a day ago​Dele Alli insists Spurs players behind Pochettino

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Dele Alli insists Spurs players behind Pochettinoby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli believes that everyone at the club is firmly behind their manager Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs are struggling for confidence and form, especially in the Premier League.It has seen them slip in the top four race and prompted talks about Pochettino’s future at the club. But Alli insists every one of Spurs’ players is behind the Argentine coach.He told reporters: “Yeah, 1,000 per cent [players are behind Pochettino].”A lot of us would not be where we are now if it was not for him. All we can do is thank him.”We have always trusted him 100 per cent and we are going to keep doing that. We are a team.”When things are not going our way, it is easy for people to try and get at the manager but we need to look at ourselves as players.”We’re doing that and we are going to keep working hard.” last_img read more

Vote To Have Steve Aoki Perform At Your School

first_imgChegg, the Smarter Way to Student, in partnership with truth, one of the largest and most successful national youth tobacco prevention campaigns, today announced that one U.S. college or high school campus can win a once-in-a-lifetime visit from Steve Aoki, the international producer, DJ and entrepreneur.Beginning today, high school and college students can vote for their school to win this on-campus experience through an online contest. Steve Aoki will take over the classroom to host an exclusive Q&A with students, giving them a look at all that went into his rise to fame and experience as one of America’s most successful DJs and trendsetting entrepreneurs. The student body will also be treated to a set specially crafted for the day by Steve Aoki.To celebrate the importance of arts in education, Chegg will also award the winning school the $10,000 David B. Goldberg Music Grant for the music department at their school.“I am excited to be participating in the Chegg Music 101 classroom series as it allows me to connect with my fans, share experiences of my career,” said Steve Aoki. “I discovered my passion for creating music when I was in school and would have loved to have had the opportunity to hear from industry leaders.”Students attending high school or college in the contiguous 48 states can begin nominating their campus today for a chance to win the experience. To do so, students simply visit www.chegg.com/music101, log in to Chegg, and vote for their school. The school with the most student votes will win the visit from Steve Aoki. For the first time, students can earn additional votes by coming back to the website weekly and interacting with content from Chegg, truth and Steve Aoki.“While many people may think the smoking issue in this country is solved, tobacco is still the number one cause of preventable death with 99 percent of adult smokers starting by the age of 26,” said Eric Asche, Chief Marketing Officer, Truth Initiative, the organization that funds and directs truth. “Partnering with a company like Chegg, allows us to share the facts about tobacco directly with students nationwide. We believe that ending smoking is a realistic goal, and this generation is using their collective power and creativity to make it happen.”This #CheggMusic101 is presented by truth. It is the latest in Chegg’s ongoing series of music classes brought to students across college and high school campuses nationwide. This season’s contest follows successful programs that Chegg has conducted with top-artists including Kaskade, Shawn Mendes, Rachel Platten, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran.“This is our second Chegg Music 101 with an incredible EDM artist. We had a great success in our Brooklyn Technical High School Music 101 with Kaskade where students were able to learn about producing and remixing music. We’re thrilled to be able to bring Steve Aoki to another campus,” said Mitch Spolan, EVP of Brand Partnerships at Chegg. “By broadening the range of artists we work with for our Chegg Music 101s, the more students we can reach, educate, and surprise and delight as they interact with the artists and brands they love.”To learn more about the contest and nominate a school, visit: www.chegg.com/music101.To learn more about how to join truth and become part of the generation to end tobacco for good, visit: thetruth.com.last_img read more

Toronto stock market starts November by posting third day of positive growth

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index started November by notching a third straight day of positive growth led by higher metals and materials.Despite the bounce back from a very weak October, it may be premature to celebrate just yet, says Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“We’re not getting overly enthused or turning positive just yet because we feel that it’s still too early to say we have turned the corner,” Pashootan said in an interview.Being late in the bull run, he said it’s difficult to see how equities will generate even high single-digit increases amid volatility.Some of the tech and industrials names that led the correction have regained some footing over the past three days amid strong third-quarter corporate results that helped to inject positive sentiment.But Pashootan said some big companies that have yet to report could be a determining factor if the bounce back will stick — chief among them is Apple Inc.“We’re going to need the world’s largest company to have solid numbers reported, or otherwise you could see a quick reversal of this three-day optimism that’s come back,” he said.The company reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of US$14.13 billion after markets closed. The net income of $2.91 per share surpassed Wall Street expectations of $2.79 per share. But its holiday outlook suggested weaker demand for expensive new iPhones.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 122.87 points to 15,150.15. Metals, materials and gold rose by at least 3.7 per cent, while utilities, financials, utilities and consumer staples led on the downside.It’s been a good week for the Toronto Exchange.“You’re seeing this tug of war continue between the market trying to decide if overall it’s feeling optimistic because of Q3 earnings or it’s still trying to finish the cleansing process of the correction that started a couple of weeks back,” Pashootan said.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 264.98 points to 25,380.74. The S&P 500 index was up 28.63 points to 2,740.37, while the Nasdaq composite was up 128.16 points at 7,434.02.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.41 cents US compared with an average of 76.09 cents US on Wednesday.The December crude contract was down $1.62 to US$63.69 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down 2.4 cents at US$3.24 per mmBTU.Crude is down about five per cent for the week but more decreases are likely, noted Pashootan.“Investors should be watching in the coming months because the real reasons why the commodity price rose in the first place not being supply and demand, but more so supply disruptions.”The December gold contract was up US$23.60 at US$1,238.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 6.25 cents at US$2.72 a pound.last_img read more

Lottery for Ontario retail cannabis licences to take place next week

first_imgTORONTO — The Ontario government will accept entries next week from those looking to enter a lottery to apply for the first 25 retail cannabis licences in the province.The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario says expressions of interest can be submitted online Monday through noon Wednesday, with the draw to take place on Friday and results to be posted within 24 hours.There is a $75 fee to submit an expression of interest and those selected through the lottery will have five business days to turn in their application along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit.The commission says the rules have been established to encourage the opening of retail cannabis stores by April 1 — the first day they will be allowed in Ontario — and those who are not committed to meeting that deadline should not sign up for the lottery.Recreational cannabis can currently only be purchased legally through a government-run website.The province had initially said it would not put a cap on retail stores but later announced it would only hand out 25 retail licences this winter, with no date set for additional licences to be granted. The Progressive Conservative government said the move was in response to a national cannabis supply shortage, which it said can only be tackled by the federal government.Though the retail licence lottery is set for next week, Ontario municipalities have until Jan. 22 to opt out of hosting cannabis shops.The commission says the retail licences will be divided regionally, with five going to the east of the province, seven in the west, two in the north, six in the Greater Toronto Area and five in Toronto itself.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Summer care tips to beat this heat

first_imgAs Summers are here, so are many problems related to skin. Experts list down a few tips for you to fight this season gracefully:Get rid of uneven patches: For the lips which are extremely vulnerable to have unbalance tone and texture, mix 1 spoon of lemon juice some raw honey apply this paste on your lips and rub it for like 3-4 minutes. Thereafter, wipe it off. After this process apply some balm or home based oil for nourishment. you can replace honey with brown sugar. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHydrate your body and hair: When the Summers strikes, keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of plain water and coconut water. Coconut is good for skin and hair also. For your hair, mix a fine paste of one banana, 2-3 spoon of coconut oil and 1/3 cup of plain curd. Apply this paste on your hair from roots to your hair length, massage your hair for about 5 minutes. Keep this mask for 50-60 mintues for better result and rinse your hair with mild shampoo. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardKeep your face acne free and smooth: Summers are the season of oliy skin, and it is the main cause of acne on our face. Take orange peel powder, Aloe Vera gel and rose water mix these three ingredient and apply it on your face for glowing and acne free skin. Control oil on skin: Be it Summers or chilly winters, never leave your skin non-moisturised. Otherwise, the skin will produce more oil on your face. Use clay based mask as they absorb the excess oil for better result use this mask for 2-3 times in a week. Night Cream: Night care is the most important step for a good skin. Add few drops of tea tree essential oil to your aloe vera gel and use it as a night cream and deep moisturise your skin throughout the night. (Inputs shared by Arpita Das, Skin Care expert).last_img read more

One Last Dispatch From The Land Of Chess Kings And Billionaires

Left: While waiting for the title ceremony, Magnus Carlsen is finally able to relax with his father by his side. Right: Following his defeat, Karjakin was clearly disappointed while speaking to the Russian media. He confirmed rumors about travelling to New York with a Virgin Mary icon. Watching an elite chess match in person is at once enjoyable and discomfiting. You follow the players’ actions — their moves, their mannerisms — for long stretches of time. You hang on each one and imbue it with meaning. You become so familiar with their moves that you can rattle them off later from memory: “queen to h6,” say, or “rook to e2.” You try to understand why the players did what they did. The moves can be beautiful or inscrutable or frustrating or disappointing. You try to imagine what you would do if you were in one of their chairs. You try to predict what they will do next. You try and make sense of their postgame explanations. But you aren’t them, and you can never really understand.On Wednesday, the final day of the World Chess Championship, hundreds crowded into the Fulton Market Building in lower Manhattan to watch, trying to understand. Magnus Carlsen, the defending champion, No. 1-rated player in the world and the closest thing the sport has to a rock star, was facing his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, in a series of speedy tiebreaker games. The 12 lengthy games that had stretched over the previous 19 days — I attended 11 in person — ended tied and the two grandmasters were back in their chairs in a soundproof glass box to break the deadlock. It was the biggest day in chess in many years. Carlsen, the former wunderkind, was clinging to his title and his legacy, while Karjakin and the Russians were hoping for a return to the days of Soviet chess hegemony. On the fourth game of the tiebreaker, and the 16th of the match, Carlsen attacked the Russian’s king, Karjakin resigned and the two shook hands. It was over. You had to elbow your way through knots of onlookers to get anywhere in the venue’s sprawling VIP wing. Men in suits and expensive shoes crowded around TVs, watching the games and sipping martinis. The room was at a low murmur — equal parts English and Russian with an occasional dash of Norwegian. The clinking of glasses and the ratatat of ice in cocktail shakers punctuated the chess talk.Like a Russian nesting doll, a VVIP section had been set up for Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire, and company within the VIP section. It was newly roped off and closely monitored by scary-looking bodyguards. Thiel, a Donald Trump supporter and a strong chess player himself, and Yuri Milner, the Russian billionaire venture capitalist, sat at a board inside. With apologies to Beyoncé, it was $6 billion at a chess table. Accompanying them: Bennett Miller, who directed “Foxcatcher,” about the wrestling-obsessed murderer and multimillionaire heir to the du Pont fortune, and the Icelandic grandmaster Hedinn Steingrimsson, who was giving them a private analysis of the ongoing championship game taking place just a few yards away.A buffet and wine bar had been installed for the guests from Silicon Valley who’d arrived that day, and bored-looking members of their entourages lolled on large couches, poking at iPhones. Word around the venue was that the billionaires had paid $50,000 for these privileges. (The match’s organizer wouldn’t comment on the figure.) Much later in the evening, some other journalists and I raided their buffet, eating what must have been thousands of dollars worth of cold mini tacos.“Are you security?” the writer Brin-Jonathan Butler asked one of the well-dressed, well-built men keeping close watch over the well-heeled chess lesson.“Something like that,” he responded ominously. “I wouldn’t bother them, if you don’t mind.”This World Chess Championship scene was somewhere at the intersection of Bond film, Trump fundraiser and museum gala. There are other internal chess-world squabbles. Agon Limited, the match’s organizer, filed an application for a restraining order and injunction against a number of popular third-party chess websites, just before the match began. The websites’ alleged transgression? Relaying chess moves live, which Agon saw as a violation. The application was denied by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, who wrote that “robust reporting of factual data concerning the contestants’ moves” best served the public interest. Agon’s CEO, Ilya Merenzon, told me that the company would continue to pursue the matter in court, and was also proposing legislation to cement their rights to the games they organize.I discussed the case with Macauley Peterson, the content director for chess24, one of the defendants, on the floor of the venue during one of the early games. He kept glancing away from me at people walking by. He said he was worried about who might be eavesdropping.The tournament’s organizers have declared their own victory, though, bragging that the 20-day biennial championship had drawn some 10,000 spectators to its location in the South Street Seaport. But that’s less than, say, half the average attendance of the worst team in baseball for any one of its 81 home games this year. And the event’s only two main sponsors were PhosAgro, a Russian producer of phosphate-based fertilizer, and EG Capital Advisors, a Russian investment management company. Not exactly Nike and Coca-Cola. Spectators in the VIP lounge. A production team from Russia created an atmosphere for VIPs more often seen in Moscow than Manhattan. Despite the high-powered, moneyed interest, and its prime New York City location, the match was sparsely covered by the American press — as chess is generally — and given little attention outside the core chess world. It’s unlikely to increase the game’s reach or exposure as the organizers may have hoped. That did happen once in the States — in 1972 — but that was because of Bobby Fischer.The troublesome shadow of Fischer stretches over every conversation of chess’s success and future in the U.S. He was the best American player of all time, and its only modern world champion. His legacy is stained by his vocal anti-Semitism, and comments that he was pleased with the terrorism on Sept. 11, among other things. But in his chess prime, he carried the U.S. on his back while sitting at the board, having taught himself the game, largely alone, in a shabby Brooklyn apartment. And he won.While this year’s championship lacked the colorful characters and Cold War narrative of Fischer’s title run — although some journalists tried to revive them — it did have some of the controversy.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the game’s international governing body, FIDE, was absent from the match, having been sanctioned by the U.S. for business connections with the Assad regime in Syria. Ilyumzhinov is no stranger to controversy. He insists he was abducted by aliens. They were wearing yellow spacesuits and nabbed him from his Moscow apartment in 1997, taking him away to a distant star. He considers chess “a gift from extraterrestrial civilizations.” Left: Magnus Carlsen, 26, at the World Chess Championship’s opening gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Right: Sergey Karjakin, 26, tests the overhead lights in the playing hall. All photographs by Misha Friedman Left: A branded vodka bar assured VIPs were sufficiently entertained throughout the tournament. Right: Ekaterina, a Karjakin family friend, flew in from Moscow just for the tiebreaker round. But despite the controversy and the finances, what’s really missing from chess is a character.The U.S. has three players in the world Top 10, any one of whom could have a shot at challenging Carlsen for the title in two years. They’re undeniably fantastic players. But they seem less like compelling national characters — and less like artists — than Fischer did. They’re technicians, raised in a computer-chess age. Carlsen ended the match and extended his world championship reign with a beautiful move on Wednesday evening — whether he’d admit its beauty or not — sacrificing his queen to entrap Karjakin’s king. But in one of the postgame press conferences, Carlsen said chess was a sport and a science. For art, he said, you’d “have to look elsewhere.” Left: Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrated astrophysicist, and Fabiano Caruana, the No. 2 ranked chess player in the world, chatted about baseball. Right: Peter Thiel showed up for the decisive tiebreaker round and had a grandmaster at his side to explain the games live. Tickets were expensive, but there were a lot of young fans at every game, especially on weekends. After the match — after the trophy presentation and the cake and the champagne — our photographer and I tracked down the Norwegian contingent at an after-after-party at a steakhouse a couple miles uptown. It was a festive scene. Holiday garland and lights festooned the bannisters and the restaurant was a cozy respite from the cold and rainy November day outside. Carlsen was sitting at a far table in the crowded dining room with about 50 others. He was eating. With a fork. Like a person. It was odd to see him with something other than a chess piece in his hand.I wanted to talk to him. I’d been watching him for hours most days for the past three weeks. But honestly I had no idea what I’d say. Carlsen famously hates interviews. But I was saved. “No questions. Definitely no,” his manager, Espen Agdestein, told us. “He’s very tired. We’re just relaxing.”I’m not Carlsen. But I understood. read more

interCaribbean and British Airways linked in new agreement

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jul 2015 – InterCaribbean Airways this week announcing another major milestone for the indigenous airline company which ties it to one of the largest airline carriers in the world, namely British Airways. CEO, Trevor Sadler explained that this new interline agreement can now link European travellers to their destinations in the region with one single ticket. Twelve cities in six countries is where interCaribbean Airways can take the European travellers and Sadler shared that it is particularly good because the agreement is solidified in time for the winter season. In a media statement, it is said: “Over the last 18 months interCaribbean retimed its schedule to create convenient “to and through connections” giving many travellers in the region choices never before available. With this new agreement we are proud to be able to partner with British Airways.” The new agreement with British Airways came into effect since Tuesday. Related Items:agreement, british aIRWAYS, Intercaribbean Airways, trevor sadler Recommended for you Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Domestic Airline Companies institute insecticide spraying to ward off Zikalast_img read more

Nikiski Student Honored For Outstanding Volunteer Service

first_imgJessica Perry from Nikiski Middle/High School, will be presented with an engraved silver medallion to recognize her selection by The Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Jessica: “They showed me how to help and act, which inspired me to help the children at B&G.” Jessica: “The main thing I have gotten out of my volunteer work is a newfound appreciation for kids.” Jessica has been a dedicated volunteer since the summer of 2016 with her local Boys & Girls Club, providing hands-on support on activities ranging from housekeeping to helping with art projects. As a State Honoree, Jessica also received $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip last month to Washington, D.C., for several days of national recognition events. She has helped with teaching choir, healthy habits instruction and art projects. She’s also provided cleanup and housekeeping support, and helped staff members with their planning. Jessica has supported nearly 100 kids and the entire staff. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A seventh-grader from Nikiski Middle/High School, will be presented with a community spirit award as one of Alaska’s top two youth volunteers of 2018.last_img read more

5 Alaska Grown Challenge

first_imgParticipating retailers will create specialty Alaska Grown displays in their stores that prominently place and showcase the Alaska Grown products they carry, making them easy for customers to find. From June through October, Alaskans are encouraged to spend $5 every week on Alaska Grown products at their local grocery stores.  Division Director Arthur Keyes: “We have one of the cleanest growing environments in the world, and when you buy Alaska Grown, you are not only getting a fresher, quality product, you are also supporting our in-state economy.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Division of Agriculture is launching its second annual $5 Alaska Grown Challenge to support the growth of Alaska’s agriculture industry. The challenge will run for the five-month period when Alaska Grown products are most available.last_img read more

Trump Takes a Swing at Golf Magazine Industry Notes

first_img“Fake News”President Trump criticized Golf magazine on Twitter Wednesday evening, adding the infamous liberal propaganda outlet to the ranks of Vanity Fair, Time, People, and National Review among magazines who have drawn public scorn from the commander-in-chief’s social media accounts in recent months.Unfortunately for newly appointed editor-in-chief David DeNunzio and his team, the President didn’t directly name-check them when he charged their reporting as “Fake News” and “TOTALLY UNTRUE.” Trump was, of course, disputing part of a 7,000-word story by senior writer Alan Shipnuck posted Tuesday on Golf.com and appearing in this week’s Sports Illustrated — specifically, one quote: “That White House is a real dump.”On this week’s Golf.com podcast, Shipnuck tells the story behind the story, including the pushback he received from White House communications adviser Hope Hicks after it went live.“The week of the U.S. Women’s Open [in July], I heard the same story told by two or three different other sources,” Shipnuck tells SI senior writer Michael Bamberger. “This is certainly a moment that has already passed into legend at Trump Bedminster. It might be inconvenient for her boss and she might wish he didn’t say it, but it’s not a lie.” Perhaps it’s unfortunate that one line out of Shipnuck’s lengthy, insightful piece on the President’s deep relationship with the sport has been singled out to dominate the conversation, but surely the inevitable traffic surge driven by the added attention won’t hurt.Prophyts gets a thumbs-up1105 Media’s newly launched predictive ABM platform received an endorsement from advisory firm Outsell, which called the product a “true end-to-end solution for B2B marketers.”Prophyts went live in June after more than a year in development, and 1105 executive chairman Jeff Klein called it “one of the most exciting new products I’ve seen in 35 years,” and hailed its “significant potential beyond our own markets.”“In terms of funnel dynamics, more than three-quarters of the buyer’s journey is already complete before the person even reaches sales,” added Outsell VP and lead analyst Randy Guisto. “Prophyts identifies early-stage buyers and influencers well before they are on most customers’ radar, and they quickly map them to 70 ready-to-go customer segments. This saves time, money, and precious marketing resources.”AMI needs a fulfillment managerFrom the job board… American Media, Inc. seeks a full-time New York-based subscription fulfillment manager with three-to-five years experience and knowledge of both CDS Global’s fulfillment system and Alliance for Audited Media rules and procedures. This and other job openings at careers.foliomag.com.Sports IllustratedTime Inc. betting on swimsuitsSpeaking of Sports Illustrated, as Time Inc. mulls a sale of some of its brands, it continues to seek out opportunities to build out others.The company followed up last week’s runway debut of new apparel lines tied to the SI Swimsuit brand by announcing Wednesday the creation of SISE — Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Enterprises, a new division overseeing licensing and brand extensions for the 54-year-old franchise.In a release, Sports Illustrated group SVP Chris Stone called the brand’s swimsuit franchise-turned-brand a “pop culture powerhouse” and touted its “extraordinary potential to develop new licensing and business opportunities that span a variety of categories.”Time Inc. has spent at least the past year aiming to expand the SI Swimsuit franchise from a once-a-year event to a year-round brand, but it’s hardly a new tactic for the company, which was as far back in the ancient past as 2005 was pulling in $10 million a year off of secondary products like calendars and DVDs, according to then-publisher Dave Morris (The first-ever SI Swimsuit calendar came out in 1983).Silicon Valley at the Folio: ShowNew to the Folio: Show speaker lineup: Peter Elkins-Williams, strategic partnerships manager at Facebook, and Eric Kuan, webmaster relations project manager at Google.Elkins-Williams will sit for a session on publisher partnerships, while Kuan will join Time Inc.’s Jon Hawkins and TechTarget’s Jessica Levenson for the panel, “Not Ranking? SEO Strategies That Really Work.”For more on the Folio: Show or to register, click here. A trade magazine acquisition north of the borderOntario-based B2B publisher Annex Business Media has acquired IPP&T magazine and sister title Process West, a pair of bimonthly magazines serving process engineers across Canada, from owner Michael Swan.Billing itself as “Canada’s progressive magazine for processors,” IPP&T joins Annex’s stable of 65 media brands serving a vast swath of markets, including Canadian Chiropractor, Canadian Packaging, Canadian Pizza, Pulp & Paper Canada, and Manure Manager, among numerous others.last_img read more

Heres what Sharwanand says about Telugu remake of 96 and its release

first_imgActor Sharwanand is pretty much happy with the positive response Ranarangam is receiving at the box office and all the love his fans are showering on him. Directed by Sudheer Varma, the film is produced by Suryadevara Naga Vamsi under Sithara Entertainments banner and has Kajal Aggarwal and Kalyani Priyadarshan as the leading ladies.Sharwanand had a lot of expectations on Padi Padi Leche Manasu. But when tanked at the box office, which is something that he didn’t expect, the actor started looking for better scripts.But much before Padi Padi… Sharwa agreed to be part of Ranarangam and has been prepping for it since two years. “I am glad that the audiences have liked the film. The whole team has worked hard for two years and now, finally, we are enjoying the fruit of it. I am happy and satisfied as our efforts are being appreciated by the audience,” he said. PR HandoutSharwanand, met with an accident a couple of months ago, while shooting for 96 and underwent a shoulder surgery. He has recovered completely now and is doing really well. “I am glad that I could complete Ranarangam before meeting with the accident. There are a lot of action scenes in the film and it wouldn’t have been possible to do with an injured shoulder. The completion of the film would have taken some more time then,” he said.Sharwanand is currently busy shooting for the Telugu remake of Tamil blockbuster 96, which has Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha. In Telugu, Sharwanand and Samantha Akkineni are playing the lead roles. The film is being directed by Prem Kumar, the man who directed the Tamil version.The shooting of the film is happening at a brisk pace in Hyderabad and other cities. Almost 70 per cent of the film has been completed and Sharwa is pretty happy with the way the film is shaping up.”We are hoping to release the film later this year. If the formalities remain unfinished by the end of the year, it will be released earlier next year. Have shaved my beard now, after completing shooting for the scenes that need beard. All of us are looking forward to the release of the film just like the audience,” he added.The whole team of Ranarangam is happy with the number the film is making at the box office and so is Sharwanand who has a film called Sreekaram in his kitty as well.last_img read more

Formal trial in Holey Artisan attack case begins

first_imgThe formal trial in the Holey Artisan cafe attack case began on Monday with the deposition of a prosecution witness before a tribunal in Dhaka.Dhaka anti-terrorism special tribunal judge Mohammad Mujibur Rahman partially recorded the testimony of Ripon Kumar Das and adjourned the recording of deposition for Tuesday.After framing charges against eight ‘militants’ in the case, the tribunal on 26 November fixed 3 December for recording the statements of witnesses in the case.Of the eight accused, six are now in jail while two others have been on the run.The six accused are Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Mahmudul Hasan Mijan, Sohel Mahfuz, Rashidul Islam alias Ryash, Boro Mijan and Hadisur Rahman Sagor.The two absconding accused are Mamunur Rashid Ripon and Shariful Islam Khaled.On 23 July, the police pressed charges against eight alleged militants in the Holey Artisan cafe attack case.Hasnat Karim, a North South University teacher who was one of the hostages and later detained, was acquitted of the charges since there was no evidence of his complicity with the attack, according to the police.The terrorist attack that shattered the country and drew global attention, claimed lives of 22 people — nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis along with two police officers — on 1 July 2016.A total 21 people were identified to be behind the attack. Among them, 13 were killed in gunfights at different times.last_img read more

Coldplay Dedicates Song To Houston Other Celebrities Weigh In

first_imgHeartbroken. Praying for you Houston ?? Please everyone in Texas stay safe.— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) August 27, 2017 Coldplay wrote an original song dedicated to Houston; and played it tonight in Miami. My heart is so full thank you @coldplay #ColdplayMiami pic.twitter.com/8UwZlrvZQM— Gløria |-/ (@corralesgloria7) August 29, 2017 In his post, he calls on Dwayne Johnson, Beyoncé, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Jerry Seinfeld and Justin Timberlake, among others A-listers to help.  Share my heart goes out to all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and thankful for all the emergency responders… https://t.co/z2ERwIlFpr— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 28, 2017 $1.5 MILLION! New Goal: $2 Millionhttps://t.co/SR6DmnNbyM pic.twitter.com/sII5OB3seg— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 29, 2017 Praying for Houston what a special place. Making relief donations and sending ❤️.— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 27, 2017 At their Miami show Monday night, Coldplay dedicated a brand new, original song to Houston’s Harvey victims.The band was scheduled to play in Houston Friday, August 25, but had to cancel due to Harvey’s arrival. A special song for Houston from last night’s show. R42https://t.co/3J5e6gvdtm— Coldplay (@coldplay) August 29, 2017 Other artists have shared their support for Houston during this devastating time. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart challenged several of his celebrity friends to each donate $25,000 through a Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge he started on Instagram. last_img read more

British Reporter Sues CenterPoint over Electrocution Suffered during Harvey Aftermath

first_imgAlmost a year after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, accidents that happened during the aftermath of the storm are generating litigation.Back in May, Houston Public Media reported on a lawsuit filed by the family of Andrew Pasek. The young man was walking through a flooded street on his way to rescue his sister’s cat and was killed by an electric current in the water.CenterPoint is one of the defendants in the lawsuit filed by Pasek’s family and, as Houston Matters reported Monday, a British reporter has also sued the energy company because he suffered an electrocution from which he hasn’t fully recovered yet, according to his lawyers.A news release from the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz said it filed the lawsuit on behalf of Alan Butterfield, who was reporting on the devastation caused by Harvey and boarded a boat with volunteers who were searching for survivors on August 28.Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media This file photo shows a flooding caused by Harvey in the Houston area. A British reporter who suffered an electrocution during the storm’s aftermath has filed a lawsuit against CenterPoint Energy.The lawsuit contends that, during one of the searches, the boat approached what the crew feared was downed power lines that were still live. The water currents drew the boat toward the powerlines and several crew members, including Mr. Butterfield, were electrocuted.Mr. Butterfield held onto a tree for almost 24 hours before being rescued, also according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit contends that Butterfield wouldn’t have been injured if CenterPoint had implemented a reasonable action plan during Harvey’s aftermath and that the company knew or should have known that active power lines posed a high degree of danger given that there had already been historic levels of flooding in the prior 24 hours.The lawsuit claims that if CenterPoint had shut off power to the flooded electrical lines, Butterfield’s electrocution would have been prevented.The reporter’s lawsuit aims to get compensation from CenterPoint but, as attorney Mo Aziz told Houston Matters, also “some change in policy” from the company to be more proactive about its plans for situations like the one in which the accident occurred.CenterPoint didn’t respond to a request for comment submitted by Houston Public Media. 00:00 /04:37 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Listenlast_img read more

Investigation of Fatal Explosion at Gas Drilling Rig Owned by Houston Company

first_img Share U.S. Chemical Safety BoardThis photo shows the wreckage of the Patterson-UTI Drilling rig after a deadly January 2018 explosion.A federal investigation of an explosion and fire that occurred in January and that killed five workers at an Oklahoma natural gas drilling rig owned by a Houston-based company has made new findings.The explosion may have started after natural gas escaped from the well and safety equipment failed to prevent it, State Impact Oklahoma reported.Patterson-UTI Drilling owns the rig and new findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) suggest the accident occurred after workers removed pipe from the well.Investigators said that more than 100 barrels of drilling fluid were pushed into the drilling site’s mud pits before the blowout, far above levels that should have triggered alarms — and a strong indicator natural gas was flowing into the wellbore.Lead investigator Lauren Grim said the agency is examining the blowout preventer, a last-chance device used to shut down an uncontrollable well. “We are analyzing the data and testing the equipment to identify why the blowout preventer did not function,” she said.Investigators are also scrutinizing other equipment and crew experience, training and communication to see if proper procedures were followed and if workers missed any warning signs before the explosion and fire.The agency is also working to determine what ignited the fire.Fined by OSHAIn July, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited and fined Patterson-UTI Drilling and two Oklahoma City firms, Crescent Consulting and Skyline Directional Drilling, for improperly operating a heat lamp near the combustible opening of the well.OSHA also cited and fined Patterson-UTI Drilling and Crescent Consulting for not maintaining proper controls during drilling.The CSB investigation is expected to continue for months. A final report could include recommendations for industry and regulators.In a statement released after the agency updated its findings, a Patterson-UTI Drilling spokesperson said the company is cooperating with the investigation, will work to understand any related recommendations and is committed to workplace safety.At least three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed over the accident. Michael Lyons, an attorney who represents the family of one of the men killed, said the new information showed the accident “was 100 percent preventable.” “This disaster was the product of multiple failures to adhere to safe oilfield drilling practices,” Lyons said.last_img read more

How to Watch Apples New iPhone Launch Event Live

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 There may also be news of a new iPad and Apple is sure to discuss gaming in some way. Earlier this year, Samsung detailed the release of “Fortnite” on Android during its unveiling of the Galaxy Note 9 and gaming in general has become a main use for smartphones, with a recent survey showing that 90% of U.S. gamers playing titles on their phones. Popular on Variety center_img Apple Wednesday hosts a “special event” from its Steve Jobs Theater where the company is expected to announce three new iPhones, a redesigned Apple Watch, and perhaps more.You can watch the livestream of the event directly on Apple’s main page (now with Chrome and Firefox support) or even see the stream live on Twitter.The stream kicks off at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT.While some of the broad strokes of what is likely to happen during the event have already been accidentally revealed by Apple’s own website, there’s a lot of nuance still unknown.What we do know is that there will be three new iPhones, two of which will be higher-end and one will be a more affordable model. The phones will all have a similar design to the X, but with faster chips and a better camera. While we don’t know prices, we do know that the models will come in black, white, red, yellow, blue, and coral, based on some code and descriptions found on Apple’s website, which has since been removed. The site also mentioned a Series 4 Apple Watch, which will come in 40mm and 44 mm sizes. The current, Series 3, Apple watch comes in 38mm and 42mm options. The watch is rumored to be thinner as well.last_img read more

Poetic delight

first_imgIndia Habitat Center’s Amaltas Hall recently witnessed a unique program combining poetry and music Kavi Ek Rang Anek.  Eminent poet Lakshmi Shankar Bajpai rendered his poetry in eleven different formats –  geet, ghazal, doha, haiku, savvaiya, kshanika, mahiya, ghanakshri, triveni, muktak  and free verse.  His poetry dealt  with contemporary subjects and everyday situations relating to life with the common man. The beauty of the language and the sensitivity of the poet’s thoughts won the audience’s hearts. Bajpai spoke of the urgent need to preserve the various forms of poetry which form India’s rich cultural heritage . Some of Bajpai’s ghazals were composed and sung by ghazal singer  Shakeel Ahmed. Ahmed’s compositions were raag based and infused a vibrancy and fresh colour into the ghazals.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The audience too joined in and sang the refrain of Khoob naare ucchale gaye, Log baton mein taale gaye. Ahmed proved his virtuosity with the heart wrenchingly beautiful Poora Parivaar, ek kamre mein which brought alive the plight of the urban middle class. Mridula Satish Tandon, president of SAKSHI who organised the show said “It is an urgent need of the times to revive an interest in India’s cultural heritage and to bring it to today’s audience in a setting and form which they can easily understand and relate with.”last_img read more

New images and an opening date for MSC Cruises Ocean Cay private

first_imgTags: Caribbean, MSC Cruises, Ocean Cay Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> FORT LAUDERDALE — MSC Cruises’ Ocean Cay will welcome its first guests on Nov. 9, 2019, according to the cruise line.Officially known as Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the island is surrounded by 64 square miles of protected waters, and a coral nursery is being established to encourage and sustain the growth of new coral, says the cruise line.MSC is currently transforming a former industrial sand extraction site for its marine reserve and private island destination, and plans are underway for a marine laboratory to be situated on Ocean Cay for researching climate change-resistant coral.“Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will bring something new and unique to our Caribbean itineraries from Miami and is set to become a truly memorable highlight for our guests,” says MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato. “We have created a guest experience that complements the breathtaking natural beauty of this remarkable part of the Caribbean. There was no need for us to build extensively on an island that already had the ingredients of a natural paradise. However, we have undertaken extensive work to clean-up the island, removing tons of historic industrial waste and helping to return the beaches, and the entire 64 square miles of protected waters surrounding the island, to their pristine state.”Onorato adds: “For the guest services on the island we have kept it authentic and designed an experience that will allow guests to simply enjoy nature at its best. The ship is an integral part of the experience as we have built a pier so that guests can go easily back and forth between the ship throughout the day making full use of both the ashore and onboard facilities.”Here are the highlights:More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoSUN, SAND, SEA & SKYWith over two miles of white sandy beach shore formed from the world’s best aragonite sand, guests will be spoiled for choice with seven distinct beach areas, each with their own allure and character, says MSC.Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve features 7 beaches for guestsSun beds will be available on all beaches, and some beaches will offer cabanas that can be rented for the day. The Great Lagoon’s shallow crystal-clear water is ideal for protected swimming and water sports, while the smaller family lagoon is designed for younger guests to enjoy, offering very shallow, calm water and plenty of games. At over half a mile long, the Great Bimini Beach is the largest stretch of beach on the island, as well as the place to go to enjoy a variety of water sports.DISCOVER AND EXPLORE WITH EXCURSIONSMSC says its Ocean Cay excursions will allow visitors to explore, discover, relax and enjoy nature’s beauty at its best: “Discover the waters around the island through snorkel safaris, kayak tours and paddle boarding. The Family Explorer club will also offer fun activities for the entire family.”Ocean Cay guests will also be able to privately rent a smaller island close to the main body of land for the day, which will include: a private boat that will take the group to the island and remain at their disposal; and a marquee, sun beds and loungers and food and drinks. Near the island is an old shipwreck, making it a perfect spot for snorkelling.Swimming and water sports at the Great LagoonGuests can also participate in a wide range of entertainment activities including sports games and tournaments, dance lessons as well activities for the entire family.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAnd here’s a bonus: ships can remain in port into the evening, allowing for a range of evening experiences.DRINKS & DININGMSC says that as part of the commitment to ensure that the island is sustainable and to minimize waste, there will be a select number of dining options on Ocean Cay. The ship will also be fully operational while docked at the island, and the furthest point from the ship is only a 20-minute walk, or there will be an electric carts service available to transport guests around the island. There will be buffet dining plus food carts including a taco truck, conch fitter truck and more. The trucks will be stationary during the day around the beaches and will move to the Marina area at night creating an atmospheric food festival-style feel.Food and beverage services will be offered at an additional cost with upgrades available to the beverage package, says MSC. As the ship is easily accessible guests are able to walk on and off at their leisure, allowing them to also be able to freely dine on board as they choose.Bar options are set to include an authentic Bahamian bar and a Lighthouse Bar. There will also be an Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Bar.SHOPPING & SPAAcross four distinct shopping areas, MSC passengers will have the opportunity to take home unique and special souvenirs or find vacation essentials that they may need. For those guests looking to relax and rejuvenate on the island, there will be services provided by the aw MSC Aurea Spa will have a selection of relaxing body and facial treatments.center_img Posted by Travelweek Group New images and an opening date for MSC Cruises’ Ocean Cay private islandlast_img read more

G Adventures launches TailorMade tours March GNormous savings

first_imgTags: G Adventures, New Tours, Promotions << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by G Adventures launches ‘TailorMade’ tours & March G-Normous savings TORONTO — In response to agent feedback, G Adventures has launched a new range of tours called ‘TailorMade’.Featuring 11 destinations and sample itineraries priced from $1,219 per person, the tours come on the heels of a global survey in which 84% of 450 travel agent respondents reported an increase in requests for tailor-made travel and private tours. 44% of agents stated it as being “in high demand” while 40% said demand had increased in the past year.Bruce Poon Tip, founder, G Adventures, says there has been a distinct gap in the market for tailor-made travel solutions in adventure travel, specifically in the affordable and mid-market price ranges.“The flexibility of TailorMade means travellers can combine experiential travel with customization. While we’ve recognized an opportunity in the mid-range travel market, we’ll also be able to cater to higher-end tastes in transport, meals and accommodation,” he said.The 11 launch destinations for TailorMade travel in 2019 are Botswana, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador (including Galápagos), India, Laos, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Zimbabwe, with two or three sample itineraries available for each as inspiration for travellers making a TailorMade request.G Adventures’ is in the process of expanding its sales team and assigning dedicated specialists who will work with travel agents and customers to design the ideal itinerary. Options will include bespoke transportation, accommodation, meals, activities, pace of travel and budget. Travellers can opt to select a sample itinerary and depart on their own date, amend a sample itinerary, or create a whole new itinerary with the help of their private travel consultant.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksTailorMade tours are available for solo travelers or groups of nearly any size, and perfect for couples, families, friends, honeymooners, teams and affinity groups who enjoy G Adventures’ style of travel, but want to create an itinerary that caters to their unique needs.In other company news, throughout the month of March, agents can share special savings with clients as part of G Adventures’ ongoing ‘G-Normous’ promotion.The sixth-annual agent incentive, which launched in January and runs through April, is poised for a record-breaking year of sales across North America. Savings are available on select Active adventures all month long.By focusing on these ‘Active’ trips, the company aims to help agents boost sales while getting the word out about its nine newest active adventures for 2019. New offerings include multisport activities in Colombia, and trekking challenges and combination tours in South Africa, Tanzania and Nepal.There are now 70 Active options across 26 countries for adrenaline-seeking travellers.Throughout March, agents can also pass along a 15% discount on select Active-style tours with the promo code 19GA015ACT03. They can also earn extra cash and prizes for bookings when registered with the G-Normous incentive in Sherpa. The North American agent incentive program offers more than $100,000 in prizes, and runs from January through April.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe newest Active adventures in G Adventures’ 2019 lineup include: the 11-day ‘Colombia Multisport’ tour (Bogota to Medellin, from $2,405 per person); the 17-day ‘Colombia Multisport and Lost City Trek’ (Bogota to Santa Maria, from $3,110 per person); the eight-day ‘Tanzania Active Safari’ (roundtrip from Arusha, from $2,999 per person); the 17-day ‘Hiking South Africa’ tour (Cape Town to Johannesburg, from $2,752 per person); the 15-day ‘Trekking Langtang’ tour (roundtrip from Kathmandu, from $1,699 per person); and the 12-day ‘Kilimanjaro trek: Machame Route & Zanzibar Adventure’ (Moshi to Stone Town, from $3,999 per person, air separate).For more information about G-Normous, agents are encouraged to reach out to their local G Adventures Global Purpose Specialist and tune into the G-Normous Active Webinar on March 5 at 2pm ET.For more information about TailorMade tours, go to https://www.gadventures.com/travel-styles/private-travel/.center_img Travelweek Group Monday, March 4, 2019 Sharelast_img read more