Fodder scam case verdict: Lalu appeals to party workers, leaders to maintain peace

first_imgAs the court judgement in the fodder scam case, RC 64(A) / 1996, is expected to come at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad appealed to party workers and leaders to maintain peace if he is sent to jail. Mr. Prasad, who was coming out from the State guest house to reach the special CBI court in Ranchi, said he had full faith in the judiciary and that he would get justice from the court.“I will not be cowed down with such frightening action conspired by the BJP and the RSS… I’ll not take rest until the BJP is wiped out from the country,” he said.Also Read  A large number of RJD workers and leaders, including Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve, gathered outside the special CBI court. “Lalu Prasad is not only our leader but a political ideology,” said party workers in chorus.Tejaswi Yadav, Leader of the Opposition in Bihar and son of Mr. Prasad, is accompanying his father to the court.Scene at Mr. Prasad’s residenceA pall of gloom has descended on 10, Circular Road in Patna, where Mr. Prasad lives with his family.Rabri Devi, wife of Mr. Prasad and his elder son Tej Pratap Yadav are inside the residence but the green imposing gate with a big-size lantern (party symbol) atop is shut with security guards peeping from behind. No visitors are allowed.Sources from inside the residence told The Hindu that Mr. Tej Pratap performed his ritual morning puja (offering) at a temple for over half-an-hour and so did his mother. The temple is located inside the sprawling bungalow.The family members and staff are glued to TV sets waiting for the verdict.No one was seen going inside or coming out of the gate since morning.Leaders of the ruling Janata Dal (United) said: “we all should welcome court’s justice. ”Party leader and spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said the verdict would prove to be a milestone in corruption cases. ED files chargesheet against Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti in money laundering caselast_img read more

Denmark Open: Saina Nehwal Crashes Out in Round 1, Sameer Verma Thrashes Kanta Tsuneyama

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Saina Nehwal was shocked by Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi in the first round of Denmark Open as the Indian lost 15-21, 21-23 in just 37 minutes to crash out of the tournament on Wednesday.Saina has now lost in the first round for the third straight tournament after she was ousted in the Round of 32 at the China Open and Korea Open as well. This is the second straight time that Saina has lost to the Japanese. Takahashi and Saina had last met in the Thailand Open, where the Japanese had prevailed in three games.The match started on an even note with both the players battling for each point but Takahashi picked up pace after 7-7 and then went into the break with an 11-8 lead.After the break, Takahashi continued to keep Saina under pressure and picked up points at ease to race to game points at 20-13. Saina managed to save two game points before the Japanese took the game.The second game followed the same tight pattern where Saina and Takahashi traded blows before the Japanese took an 11-9 lead to the break.Takahashi then raced to a 15-10 lead before Saina fought to make it 15-13. However, the Japanese did not panic and stuck to her game plan to earn four match points.Saina fought from there to win four straight points to make it 20-20 but could never muster a game point before the Japanese wrapped up the match.Earlier in the day, Sameer Verma and the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy won their first round matches to advance in the tournament.While Pranaav-Sikki registered a 21-16, 21-11 win over German pair of Marvin Seidel and Linda Efler, Sameer thrashed Japanese Kanta Tsuneyama 21-11, 21-11 in just 29 minutes.Ashwini Ponappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy did not take the court as their Chinese opponents Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping received a walkover. Ashwini PonnappabadmintonBWF World TourDenmark Open First Published: October 16, 2019, 6:42 PM ISTlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo Has 19 Points, Bucks Beat Raptors 104-99

first_imgTORONTO (AP) — After playing a starring role down the stretch, Malcolm Brogdon called this Milwaukee’s best performance of the season.Brogdon hit tying and go-ahead 3-pointers in the final 67 seconds and the Bucks held on to beat Toronto Raptors 104-99 on Sunday night.Brogdon scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and matched a season high with 19 rebounds, and Brook Lopez had 19 points for the Bucks, the first team to beat Toronto twice this season.“In terms of having a full game, playing hard on both ends and executing at a high level on both ends, executing the game plan, and then finishing strong down the stretch, that is definitely the top game for us,” Brogdon said.The Bucks (17-8) bounced back from Friday’s loss to Golden State and have yet to lose consecutive games this season.“That’s how special this team is,” Antetokounmpo said.Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) congratulates teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) on his basket during second half NBA basketball action against the Toronto Raptors, in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Serge Ibaka scored 22 points and Kawhi Leonard had 20 for the Raptors, who have lost two straight, the second time this season they’ve suffered consecutive defeats. Toronto, which lost 106-105 at Brooklyn on Friday, dropped three straight from Nov. 12 to 16, losing at home to New Orleans and Detroit before an overtime defeat at Boston.Fred VanVleet scored a season-high 19 points and Pascal Siakam had 17 for the Raptors, whose 21-7 record is best in the NBA.Neither Leonard (rest) nor Antetokounmpo (concussion protocol) played when the Raptors lost 124-109 at Milwaukee on Oct. 29, Toronto’s first defeat following a 6-0 start.Toronto’s Kyle Lowry shot 0 for 5 and didn’t score for the first time since March 17, 2013 against Miami. Lowry led the Raptors with seven assists.“Just couldn’t find the open ones tonight,” Lowry said. All of his misses Sunday were from 3-point range.Milwaukee led 79-74 heading to the fourth and pushed its lead to 85-74.Toronto battled back to lead 97-94 on a 3 by Leonard at 2:07, but Brogdon hit the tying 3 at 1:07 and followed with a go-ahead jumper with 40 seconds left.“We did a great job trusting one another and moving the ball,” Antetokounmpo said. “Malcolm hit some huge shots.”Middleton assisted on both of Brogdon’s key baskets and finished with five assists.Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) fouls Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during second half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)“I’m going to get the glory for the shots but Khris is the one who sacrificed and made the extra pass to get it to me,” Brogdon said.VanVleet answered with a layup, but Antetokounmpo restored the 3-point cushion with a driving dunk.Leonard hit the rim with a potential tying 3 and Ersan Ilyasova was fouled as he grabbed the rebound. Ilyasova sealed it by making both free throws with seven seconds remaining, and Toronto did not attempt another shot.Milwaukee led 51-49 at halftime.TIP-INSBucks: Newly acquired G George Hill and C Jason Smith were active but did not play. … Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with six assists. … Milwaukee has won its past three against the Raptors, including two straight in Toronto, its first road winning streak in the series since a five-game run from January 2011 to January 2013. … G Eric Bledsoe celebrated his 29th birthday. He had nine points and five assists.Raptors: Toronto missed 10 consecutive field goal attempts in the first half, including eight straight to begin the second quarter. The Raptors responded by making five of their next 10. … Ibaka had a career-high 11 3-point attempts and made a season-high four.Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas (17) drives to the net as Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker (7) and teammates defend during second half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)UNDER 100Toronto failed to score 100 or more for the second time this season. The Raptors won the other such game, beating Orlando 93-91 on Nov. 20 thanks to a last-second basket by Danny Green.UNDER 10Lowry has failed to score at least 10 points in each of his past five-games.UP NEXTBucks: Host Cleveland on Monday night.Raptors: Visit Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.—By IAN HARRISON , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

DAY ONE PREVIEW FOR THE 2007 SENIOR NTL

first_imgDay One action in the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament commences at 8.30am with non stop quality contests on the program.Many teams have had the complexion of their sides changed markedly due to retirements, unavailability due to the recent involvement of some key players in Australia’s successful defence of the Federation of International Touch World Cup, and the changing of the guard in several divisions.Defending champions in the Men’s 40s division, Scorpions get the action underway with an eagerly anticipated contest with traditional rivals Mets on Field One first up to whet the appetite for what promises to be a feast of fast and furious action all day.The star studded Sharks Men’s 35s team make their first appearance on the showcase field later in the day, whilst the crack Scorpions Women’s outfit will be looking to get their campaign for an unprecedented fourth title off to a winning start when they take on the Brisbane Cobras.Six fields will be operating and despite steady rain, the fans can look forward to some exciting clashes as NTL Permits battle it out for supremacy across seven divisions.8.30am            Men’s 40s:                   Scorpions v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Rustlers v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Sharks v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Hornets v Suns9.20amMen’s 40s:                   Eagles v SunsMen’s 40s:                   Barbarians v HornetsMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v ScorpionsMen’s 50s:                   Mets v ACT10.10amWomen’s 30s:              Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Sharks v CyclonesWomen’s 30s:              ACT v RustlersMen’s 50s:                   Sharks v HornetsMen’s 40s:                   Cyclones v WarriorsMen’s 50s:                   Cyclones v Eagles11.00amMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cyclones v RustlersWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CyclonesWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Cobras11.50amMen’s 35s:                   Cobras v MetsMen’s 30s:                   Hornets v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Eagles v ACTMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s:              Sharks v Suns12.40pmMen’s 40’s:                  Hornets v CyclonesMen’s 40’s:                  Scorpions v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v Barbarians Men’s 40s:                   Suns v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Suns v Rustlers1.30pmWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s:              Suns v ACTWomen’s 30s:              Scorpions v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Mets v Eagles2.20pmWomen’s 40s:              Cyclones v SunsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v SharksMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v Mets Men’s 35s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Sharks3.10pmMen’s 50s:                   Hornets v MetsMen’s 50s:                   Scorpions v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Cobras v SunsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v Cyclones4.00pmMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v EaglesMen’s 40s:                   Suns v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 40s:                   Hornets v Rustlers4.50pmMen’s 35s:                   Scorpions v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Mets v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cobras v Rustlerslast_img read more

College QB Had Arguably The Worst Bowl Performance Of All-Time

first_imgGary Patterson leading his TCU football team onto the field.FORT WORTH, TX – DECEMBER 06: Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs leads his team onto the field before the Big 12 college football game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frongs defeated the Cyclones 55-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)A college football quarterback had arguably the worst bowl game performance of all-time on Wednesday evening.Last night’s Cal-TCU Cheez-It Bowl was one of the ugliest postseason contests in recent memory and the quarterback play was just dreadful.TCU ended up beating Cal, 10-7, in overtime.The Horned Frogs’ quarterback, Grayson Muehlstein, finished with a stat line of:7 for 20 passing27 yards4 interceptions1.7 QBRTCU ended up playing another quarterback who didn’t have full use of one of his feet.TCU is now playing a QB who doesn’t have full use of one of his FEET ?? pic.twitter.com/kiXXgYKSps— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) December 27, 2018It was a wild contest, that’s for sure.TCU finishes the year 7-6 with the win, while Cal dropped to 7-6.last_img read more

University Of Iowa President “Not Convinced At All” That Hawkeyes Should Play Iowa State Anymore

first_img “I’m not convinced at all that we should play this game again – here or there or anywhere – unless we can protect our fans, our band and of course, our athletes.So I’ve asked – I’ve reached out to President Wintersteen as well as President Nook at UNI because we don’t ever, I believe, play in their venue but they play in our venues. I think all three of us need to sit down and have a series of conversations with our athletic directors, with our band directors and with our campus security and safety people and say ‘how do we protect and ensure that something like what happened last weekend – eight days – doesn’t happen again?’”While it seems unlikely that Iowa and Iowa State will actually stop playing each other annually, it does appear the school is now taking what happened seriously. Perhaps the game will became a permanent Noon kickoff to keep fans in check a bit better. Iowa president Bruce Harreld walks with Kirk Ferentz.IOWA CITY, IOWA- OCTOBER 28: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes visits with University President Bruce Harreld before the match-up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on October 28, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The fallout after an unfortunate incident between the University of Iowa band and a number of Iowa State fans following last Saturday’s rivalry game continued on Monday. Iowa president Bruce Harreld is now suggesting that he’s not “convinced” the Hawkeyes should be playing the Cyclones in football anymore.Early last week, following Iowa’s 18-17 win in Ames, Iowa announced it was opening an investigation into an incident involving the program’s band after the contest. Later in the week, the two schools issued a joint statement on the matter, pushing sportsmanship between the two sides moving forward.A few students in the Iowa band took to social media to express their disappointment with how the athletic department handled the situation. In their posts, they alleged physical and sexual abuse at the hands of Iowa State fans.As a result, Iowa reopened its investigation. Now, Monday, Harreld told The Daily Iowan that he’s not sure the two sides should play anymore.last_img read more

MOL Names New Iron Ore Carrier at Hiroshima Shipyard

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has held a naming ceremony for the Shinzan Maru, a newbuilding iron ore carrier, at Imabari Shipbuilding.The ceremony took place at Imabari’s Hiroshima Shipyard on October 27, 2016.The new vessel, featuring a length of 320 meters and a width of 55 meters, will sail under a long-term transport contract between MOL and Japanese steel manufacturer Kobe Steel.The 215,790 dwt Shinzan Maru represents the third generation of vessels to sail under the same name, MOL revealed.MOL said the newbuilding features a design with improved fuel efficiency and energy-saving technologies such as a heat recovery system that can use mid- and low-temperature heat sources from 70 °C to 250 °C.The ship is said to represent “the next generation safety-conscious vessels,“ adopting the integrated navigation system.Market value of the Shinzan Maru currently stands at USD 46.04 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.last_img read more

NTPC net profit up 563 pc to Rs 2840 cr in June

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned power giant NTPC on Saturday posted a 5.63 per cent rise in its consolidated net profit to Rs 2,840.28 crore in the June 2019 quarter. Its net profit was Rs 2,688.96 crore in the corresponding period a year ago, the company said in a BSE filing. Total income on a consolidated basis rose to Rs 26,272.24 crore in the said quarter from Rs 24,148.50 crore a year ago. Gross power generation of the NTPC Group for the April-June 2019 was 76.63 billion units (BUs) as against 76.92 BUs in the same period of 2018. The average power tariff of the firm was Rs 3.63 per unit in the quarter under review. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company’s plant load factor or capacity utilisation (PLF) of coal-based projects dropped to 73.91 per cent in the June 2019 quarter from 77.98 per cent a year earlier. Its domestic coal supply dipped to 42.28 million tonne in the April-June period from 43.04 million tonne a year ago. Coal imports by the company went up slightly to 0.89 million tonne in the said quarter from 0.09 million tonne a year ago. NTPC Group’s total installed capacity increased to 55,126 MW as on June 30, 2019, from 53,156 MW as on June 30 of previous year.last_img read more

Zimmer Childrens Hospital To Hold WE ALL PLAY FUNdraiser This Weekend

first_imgThe world-famous Zimmer Children’s Museum will host the WE ALL PLAY FUNdraiser, presented by Hasbro Studios in celebration of National Mr. Potato Head Day.As Zimmer’s largest family event of the year, proceeds will be raised to help provide thousands of low-income families with free or subsidized museum memberships, fund field trips for Head Star and Title I schools, and create scholarships for camps and classes.Guests in attendance to include Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, Jordana Brewster (“The Fast and the Furious” series), Ron Livingston (“Office Space,” “Search Party”), Rosemarie De Witt (“Mad Men,” “La La Land”), Colin Hanks (“Life in Pieces,” “Fargo”), Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily on “Modern Family”), “This Is Us” stars Eris Baker, Faithe Herman, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates, and Lonnie Chavis, “Fresh Off the Boat” stars Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen, Kathleen Robertson (“Murder in the First,” “Bates Motel”), Andrew Keegan (“10 Things I Hate About You”), Autumn Reeser (“Sully,” “The O.C.”), Christine Lakin (“Step by Step,” “Hollywood Darlings”), Jenni Pulos (“Flipping Out”), Johnathan Schaech (“That Thing You Do!”), Meredith Monroe (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Edge of Seventeen”), Rio Mangini (“Bella and the Bulldogs”), Ever Carradine (“Goliath,” “Shameless”), Terri Seymour (“EXTRA”), Ariana Greenblatt (“Stuck in the Middle”), “Girls Meets World” stars August Maturo, Cooper Friedman, and Ava Kolker, Bryce Gheisar (“A Dog’s Purpose”), Mekai Curtis (“Kirby Buckets”), “Bunk’d” stars Nathan Arenas and Nina Lu, and moreMusic from Lucky Diaz and the Family Bands, Lolas, and Luis and Ana; Appearances by Mr. Potato Head, Amazing Etch Man, Tommy Salami, and The Magic Balloon Book starring Mr. DaveWHEN: Sunday, April 30th, 2017 Check-in: 12:00Carpet: 12:30pm – 2:00pmWHERE: The Zimmer Children’s Museum 6505 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048Free Parking Available at La Jolla & Wilshire Lotlast_img read more

Trump Appoints Businessman David Fischer as New US Ambassador to Morocco

Rabat – After the departure of Dwight Bush in January 2017, United States President Donald Trump has appointed David Fischer as the new US ambassador to Morocco, reports US media.A Michigan-based industrialist and Republican extraordinaire, Fischer is the CEO of Suburban Collection, the state’s largest car dealership with 48 franchised stores.One of the biggest financial contributors to Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign, Fischer provided USD 250,000 and co-chaired the Trump Victory Fund, allowing the current White House tenant to take Michigan, the Midwestern US labor state (and its 16 electors), from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Presented as an “active philanthropist” by the American press, Fisher is also the CEO of the large American construction company Walbridge Aldinger Co. He was previously the chairman of finance for Mitt Romney’s two presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.In addition to being a billionaire businessman, Fischer, whose villa in Palm Beach is adjoined to the now famous Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s summer residence, has maintained a genuine friendship with the president.Fischer’s appointment also marks a noticeable departure from the traditional CV of American ambassadors mandated to the Kingdom. However, his status as a businessman would give an indication of the degree of importance accorded by the Trump administration to Rabat: business as usual.Fischer will serve as the administration’s liaison to the nation following his confirmation by the US Senate. read more

SecretaryGeneral to focus on climate change during trip to China and Mongolia

20 July 2009Climate change, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called “the defining challenge of our era,” will feature prominently on the United Nations chief’s visits later this week to China and Mongolia, his spokesperson said today. Earlier this year, Mr. Ban called on China – as well as the United States, India and the European Union – to show “global leadership of the highest order” in tackling the issue, particularly in the run-up to the crucial climate change negotiations scheduled for December in Copenhagen to draw up a new agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.“During his working visit to China, he will pursue his dialogue with the Chinese leadership on climate change and other global issues,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters. The Secretary-General is scheduled to meet on Friday with President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other Chinese officials in Beijing and later, on Saturday, in Xi’an. While in China, he will participate in a number of climate change-related programmes, including a “Green Light” event focusing on energy efficient technologies and the extensive production and use of energy saving lamps in the world’s most populous nation. Mr. Ban then travels on Sunday to Mongolia, where he will address the challenges of climate change and adaptation with an emphasis on the special needs of landlocked countries, said Ms. Okabe.Mongolia is one of 30 landlocked developing countries, which face a number of constraints to their economic development, including lack of territorial access to the sea, remoteness and isolation from world markets and high transit costs.Mr. Ban is scheduled to meet with President Elbegdorj Tsakhia, Prime Minister Bayar Sanj and Foreign Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold. Also during his visit, the Secretary-General will spend time in a traditional Mongolian herder community that is faced with water shortages and desertification. Herding and agriculture have traditionally been the backbone of the country’s economic activity, according to the UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). read more

Asgiriya Chief Prelate questions North CMs demand

The Chief Prelate said this when he met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is on a visit to Kandy. Responding to this, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe noted that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is working well with the new Government. The Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter, the Venerable Galagama Attadassi Thera, has questioned the demand by the Chief Minister of the Northern Province C V Wigneswaran, that the army should be withdrawn from Jaffna.The Venerable Galagama Attadassi Thera said that the Government must be wise when responding to such demands and ensure that Sri Lanka remains united under one National flag. Wickremesinghe also noted that the issue of returning land held by the military in the North to the civilians is still an issue.However he said that land which the military does not require anymore since the war is over, is being returned to the rightful owners. (Colombo Gazette) He recalled that some TNA members had even attended the Independence Day celebrations this year and this shows that the TNA accepts Sri Lanka’s Independence Day and also the military.The Prime Minister said that while there maybe a few negative comments being made by some TNA members, in Parliament both the Government and the TNA have a good understanding. read more

India lifts travel warning issued for Sri Lanka

Indian nationals travelling to Sri Lanka are advised to be careful and vigilant. India has lifted the travel warning issued for Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday attacks.In a statement issued in New Delhi today, the Indian Government noted that the security situation in Sri Lanka is gradually returning to normal with the lifting of curfew and restrictions on social media and the opening of schools. Indian nationals requiring any assistance can get in touch round the clock with our High commission in Colombo, Assistant High Commission in Kandy and Consulates in Jaffna and Hambantota. The helpline numbers of the Indian High Commission in Colombo are: +94-772234176 +94-777902082 +94-112422788 +94-112422789Earlier China and Switzerland had also lifted the travel warnings issued on Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Calgarybased Chevron Canada Resources confirms plans to cut 130 jobs

Calgary-based Chevron Canada Resources confirms plans to cut 130 jobs by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Jul 7, 2015 4:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chevron Canada Resources has confirmed it is laying off 130 people as it restructures operations.Chevron spokesman Leif Sollid says the cuts are part of the company’s efforts to establish a competitive foundation in its key focus areas of Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, but declined to provide further details.The job cuts amount to about 20 per cent of the company’s workforce of more than 600 full-time employees.Calgary-based Chevron Canada Resources has interests in crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids projects.Last December the company shelved plans to drill in the Beaufort Sea due to the “level of economic uncertainty in the industry.”The cuts do not affect Vancouver-based Chevron Canada Ltd., which is a separate subsidiary of Chevron Corp. that focuses on retail sales. It has a further 350 employees, according to the company website. read more

Austrian President urges nuclear disarmament in General Assembly speech

Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation can only be achieved together, the President of Austria told the United Nations General Assembly, calling also for the Arms Trade Treaty to enter into force as early as possible.“The continued reliance on nuclear weapons and the limited progress towards nuclear disarmament are of great global concern,” President Heinz Fischer told the Assembly’s high-level debate which started today at the UN Headquarters in New York and runs through 1 October.“Nuclear weapons should be stigmatized, banned and eliminated,” Mr. Fischer urged, calling for nuclear weapons to be put at the centre of the international community’s attention. In his speech, the President highlighted how multilateral cooperation can deliver solutions to global problems. He called the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) a “historic accomplishment” and said he looked forward to its earliest possible entry into force.Turning to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the sustainable development agenda that will succeed them in the years after 2015, Mr. Fischer noted that Vienna has since 1 July hosted the Office of the Special Representative of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. That initiative aims to achieve three inter-linked global targets by 2030: universal access to modern energy services; the doubling of energy efficiency; and the doubling of the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix.Turning to the Human Rights Council, of which Austria is a member, Mr. Fischer said the country is leading initiatives for the safety of journalists, protection of religious minorities, and promotion of the rights of the child.He also urged re-enforced diplomatic efforts towards universal abolition of the death penalty, noting that “too many countries still maintain a “retentionist policy towards this cruel and inhuman form of punishment.” Noting the importance of the rule of law and last year’s meeting on that topic during the 67th General Assembly, Mr. Fisher announced that the Government is considering setting up an Austrian Rule of Law Trust Fund. The Fund would support international actors in strengthening the rule of law and offer legal expertise or deploy legal experts free of charge to developing countries at their request.“Austria strongly believes that only an international system based on the rule of law can lead to lasting peace, security, economic development and social progress,” Mr. Fisher said. read more

Go800 Forget memorizing phone numbers it make calls via Twitter handles

first_imgRemember the days when you memorized all of your best friends’ phone numbers, plus your home number, and your parents’ office numbers? Those days are long gone for most of us since cell phones came along. This is evidenced by David Harper, co-founder and architect of Go800, who was left with a dead cell phone after a day spent at a convention. He was surrounded by people with phones, but realized that he didn’t know anyone’s number so he couldn’t even borrow a phone to make a call, which gave him the idea for Go800.In an interview Harper did with Wired, he said “Phone numbers are dead.” He said we remember names and usernames and URLs much better than we remember phone numbers. Launched at the beginning of March, Go800 replaces phone numbers with Twitter handles, and allows you to make free calls though the service.Once you sign up for an account on Go800’s Web site, you then activate your Twitter name. The Twitter authentication is meant to protect users from having their names taken from imposters. After the set-up is complete, a text that’s sent to your Twitter name will cause your phone to ring. The caller is put on hold until the call connects. The recipient gets the call and has no idea it was connected through Twitter. It seems like a normal call, and the receiver even sees the right caller ID on their phone.You may be thinking that having all 2,000 of your Twitter followers being able to call your cell phone is a frightening thought – which it is; but don’t worry, Go800 allows you to choose your privacy settings to allow anyone to call you, or you can set up a whitelist so only certain people can use Go800 to contact you. Though your number is hidden from them, the caller’s number is still visible to your caller ID. This could be useful if you want to put your Twitter handle on your business card, but don’t want people to know your actual phone number.Now, this service is free – kind of. You get 100 free minutes per month. Harper told Wired he hopes to increase that number eventually, but he also hopes businesses and organizations will purchase bundles of minutes to connect to customers. Go800 works on any phone that can send a text, so even if you don’t have a smartphone, you can still connect with your friends via Twitter – one way or the other.via Gadgetwiselast_img read more

Our galaxy may host millions of Tatooines

first_imgWhile we may not see the discovery of Tusken Raiders in our lifetimes, astronomers have revealed that planets like Tatooine may not be uncommon. That doesn’t, unfortunately, mean that there are desert-like planets filled with gangster slugs and hoody-clad scavengers. What it does signify is that planets with two suns may be more prevalent than it was previously thought.Scientists have discovered two more planets that have their own sets of stars. Both celestial bodies, Kepler-34b and Kepler-35b, are gas giants, so there won’t be any lightsaber duels taking place on them. In fact, all of the double-sun worlds that scientists have discovered (three total) have been gaseous.Astronomers do, however, believe that planets with two suns can be habitable. They estimate that such a planet would need to be around 88 million miles from the stars, in order to maintain the proper conditions for liquid water. It’s also feasible that a moon, orbiting one of the gas giants, would be fit for life as we know it (sort of an Endor/Tatooine hybrid with cross-bred Jawa-Ewoks, perhaps?).One of the most interesting tidbits taken from the astronomers’ study relates to how many other dual-star planets there may be. Using a statistical analysis of sampling area vs. discovered dual-sun planets, the scientists estimate that our own galaxy may house millions of cirumbinary planets. That is actually a conservative estimate too.As amusing as it is to see science following science fiction, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this phenomenon. Inventions ranging from calculators to space stations have popped up first in classic science fiction, only to be made years later. The potential prevalence of dual-sun planets makes you wonder what will be discovered or invented next? I, for one, hope that we can replace our clunky automobiles with some badass landspeeders.via National Geographic [1] [2]last_img read more

Des sons produits par les étoiles permettent de les étudier

first_imgDes sons produits par les étoiles permettent de les étudierLe télescope spatial Kepler est capable de déterminer l’âge et la taille des étoiles avec cinq fois plus de précisions que n’importe quel autre outil. Cette prouesse technologique est rendue possible par l’enregistrement des sons produits par les astres.Le télescope spatial Kepler est, selon les scientifiques, un outil de pointe de l’ “astrosismologie”. En effet, c’est en captant les infimes variations lumineuses qui proviennent des étoiles sous forme d’ondes sonores qu’il parvient à dater et à calculer la taille des astres. Ainsi, plus le ton est bas, plus l’étoile est grosse. Quant à la datation, c’est en mesurant la quantité d’hydrogène et d’hélium consumés que Kepler parvient à la déterminer.À lire aussiUn time-lapse époustouflant dévoile le ciel nocturne du désert des MojavesBill Chaplin, chercheur à l’université de Birmingham, a expliqué que Kepler était en quelque sorte à l’écoute de “la musiques des étoiles”. C’est ainsi qu’il traque les exoplanètes, ces étoiles situées en dehors de notre système solaire. Kepler est en mesure de capter des sons 1.000 fois en dessous de notre capacité auditive humaine.Comme l’indique le scientifique à la BBC, les données collectées par Kepler sont si nombreuses qu’il pourrait passer le restant de sa vie à travailler dessus. Car avec l’astrosismologie, il devient possible de recréer l’image d’une étoile et de découvrir à quoi ressemble l’intérieur de celle-ci.Le 26 février 2011 à 09:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

MovieBobs 2018 ACADEMY AWARDS Preview

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target What’s going to win big at The Academy Awards this year?Politically-conscious genre films, women standing up and fresh blood – not necessarily in that order and not necessarily in the sense of actually receiving trophies.Will it be worth watching, even if my favorites weren’t nominated for anything?Probably. It’s the first show following the debacle of accidentally awarding the wrong film Best Picture last year so… look for jokes about that to get run into the ground pretty early on. It’s the first show after a full year in the Trump Era, so we can all be on the lookout for highly-politicized jokes and/or statements from the podium and furious Twitter retorts from a certain someone who should really have better things to do with his time. There doesn’t appear to be a clear favorite for Best Picture though there are definitely strong contenders (which always makes things interesting). And of course the righteous specter of the #MeToo Movement will continue to hang over the industry as we wonder if any presenter, winner or honoree will make, speak or even answer to any accusations. Also, probably lots of stupid comedy skits.Are you surprised Wonder Woman wasn’t nominated for Best Picture?Not really. I think it had a better shot than a superhero movie has had in a long time based on how well it was received and what it meant as a “zeitgeist movie,” i.e. a big lavish spectacle of feminist-iconography at a moment in time when that felt especially necessary. But it’s not a shock when a movie that loses steam so noticeably in Act 3 isn’t nominated for Best Picture (even though there’ve been “worse” nominees and winners than it in the past.) Sooner or later, one of “these” is going to get in (Black Panther probably has the next best shot coming up) but we’ll see.Alright, here’s the predictions I’ve got for categories where I feel comfortable offering an opinion:BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYNominees: The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani), Get Out (Jordan Peele), Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig), The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (Martin McDonagh)It’s easy to imagine this going to Jordan Peele for Get Out, as his big writer/director debut becoming a massive Best Picture-nominated smash hit and the most profitable film of the year is one the biggest film industry stories of 2017. But Greta Gerwig is a beloved indie darling as an actress and Lady Bird is buzzed-about as one of The Academy’s favorite overall features this year and nominated in a bunch of other categories where it’s probably not going to win. This could be where her chance to get up onstage and have a Big Moment goes, and out of all the nominees Lady Bird is the one that most lived/died based on its script.Prediction: Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYNominees: Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory), The Disaster Artist (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber), Logan (Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green), Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin), Mudbound (Virgil Williams and Dee Rees)It’d really be something to see this go to Logan, but the rest of the field is really strong and I can’t shake the notion that just the idea of giving an Oscar to one of the X-Men movies. It’s a wildly-uneven franchise that lacks either the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s box-office and critical acclaim or Wonder Woman’s decades of pop-culture ubiquity and is now tainted by associations with scandal-plagued Bryan Singer. That is “too much” for a lot of The Academy, especially with so much strong competition. Here’s where I go out on a small limb: I think James Ivory gets it. He’s a beloved fixture of the Old Guard Academy from the Merchant Ivory days but (incredibly!) has no Oscar of his own. He is tied with fellow 2018 nominee Agnes Varda as the oldest nominee and represents the much-liked Call Me By Your Name’s best chance at gold in what’s feeling like a “spread the love” year.Prediction: Call Me By Your Name (James Ivory)BEST ANIMATED FEATURENominees: The Boss Baby, The Breadwinner, Coco, Ferdinand, Loving VincentIt’s going to be Coco, easiest call of the night. It’s Pixar, it’s Disney, it was a giant hit, it was excellent and everybody saw it, cried and then brought their grandparents so they could cry too. Plus, there’s no getting around this being a highly-politicized year in pop-culture. So an animated film all about (literally) a struggle to help an extended Mexican family remain unified despite an ominous border governed by arcane rules is an irresistible fist-in-their-air/finger-in-the-eye to a certain someone the Creative Community widely views as the villain of the moment.Prediction: CocoBEST DOCUMENTARYNominees: Abacus, Faces Places, Icarus, Last Men in Aleppo, Strong Island2017 saw the continued trend of documentaries having more presence on streaming and long-form television than theaters, so surprise-surprise it’s not an especially strong year for the category at The Oscars. Faces Places feels the most likely. It’s a photography/travelogue doc from JR and legendary French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda (potentially her final film), whose beaming, grandmotherly appearance accepting a Lifetime Achievement statue at last year’s Governors Awards (and hitting the dance floor with Angelina Jolie) made her a brief social-media sensation.Prediction: Faces PlacesBEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMNominees: A Fantastic Woman (Chile), The Insult (Lebanon),Loveless (Russia), On Body and Soul (Hungary), The Square (Sweden)The “big story” in awards-caliber foreign language film in 2017 was the dissipation of heat for The Square, which was expected to run the table but fizzled outside the festival circuit. Also raising eyebrows is the absence of the well-reviewed German hit In The Fade, which featured Diane Kruger as a widow following a dark path to avenge the murder of her Turkish-born Muslim husband and their mixed-race son by neo-nazi terrorists. Of the nominees, A Fantastic Woman has had the most buzz going in, though most U.S. audiences will be unfamiliar with it.Prediction: A Fantastic WomanBEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSNominees: Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Allison Janney (I Tonya), Leslie Manville (Phantom Thread), Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird), Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)Also sometimes known as the “Wow, what a career!” award for long-respected character actresses of a certain age and/or better known for the stage or television, often won for playing eccentric mother figures to rising starlets. That describes Janney and Metcalf, who’ve been splitting the lead-up awards between one another, but I feel like Janney gets it here. It’s the “showier” version of the role, mainly, but also – let’s face it – Oscars are voted on by category peers and among Hollywood actors nothing is closer to secular sainthood than having been part of the West Wing ensemble.Prediction: Allison JanneyBEST ACTRESSNominees: Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri), Margot Robbie (I Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Meryl Streep (The Post)Strong category, but I think Frances McDormand will get Oscar #2 for Three Billboard. Here’s the thing: That movie isn’t good, but she’s AMAZING in it and she’s kind of the whole movie which is why some people *think* it was good enough to nominate it for other things – so it stands to reason they liked her enough to win.Prediction: Frances McDormandBEST SUPPORTING ACTORNominees: Willem Dafoe (Florida Project), Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Christopher Plummer (All The Money in The World), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboard Outside Ebbing Missouri)Sam Rockwell is one of America’s best and most underrated actors, his peers have basically been waiting for him to an even vaguely Oscar-ready role so they can award him for it, they’re probably going to do it here. Good for him, but I kind of wish there was more of a chance for Willem Dafoe because The Florida Project was a really good movie and he was really good in it. If there’s going to be a spoiler here it might be Christopher Plummer for since everyone was kind of blown away he was able to come in cold and help save that movie from having to purge Kevin Spacey (plus, y’know, he reminded everyone he was still alive.)Prediction: Sam RockwellBEST ACTORNominees: Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel Esq.)One has to assume that Gary Oldman is closer to having this one “in the bag” to a greater degree than any other nominee in any other category this year. Incredible makeup aside; Darkest Hour is kind of cheesy, underwhelming and it feels like Oldman has been better in a lot of other recent roles where he also wasn’t trying quite so hard.But you can’t deny that he’s one of the best actors of his generation and it’s ridiculous that he’s not sitting on a pile of Oscars already. He’s had this coming for a long time; it’s exactly the sort of performance The Academy likes best (and not a bad version of it!) so that’s probably that.Prediction: Gary OldmanBEST DIRECTORNominees: Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)My sense of things is Gerwig, Peele and del Toro are the ones with the real shot here – Nolan doesn’t do “heart” enough for Oscar’s taste and Phantom Thread is too “weird.” Gerwig has sympathetic momentum, as actor-turned-director is just about The Academy’s favorite flavor of anything, but the movie is a little slight – good, but slight. I think it comes down to either Peele or Del Toro, and whichever one wins the other guy’s movie is gonna take Best Picture. Call it a hunch. In this case, I think smart money is on Jordan Peele: It’s his first movie, he blew everyone’s doors off, he’s ALSO a actor-turned-director and he wrote the damn thing… it’s just a better “victory story,” plus I think The Shape of Water is more of an “Academy Movie” for reasons we’ll talk about in just a moment.Prediction: Jordan PeeleBEST PICTURENominees: Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing MissouriFor reasons outlined mainly in other categories, I think this is a four-way split between Lady Bird, Three Billboards, Get Out and Shape of Water as the “actual chance” nominees; and of those three it comes down more specifically to Get Out and The Shape of Water.Interestingly, along with both being excellent, they’re similar films (i.e. socially-conscious sci-fi/horror hybrids using fantastical stories as metaphors about oppression) but I think Get Out is the more “radical” one whereas Shape of Water is the safer bet here. Yes, it’s an R-rated monster movie about manphibian sex, but its overall moral paradigm fits very comfortably into the way The Academy tends to be most comfortable framing oppression narratives. A rainbow coalition of marginalized good guys (disabled woman, black woman, gay artist, well-intentioned Communist scientist) united in common cause to rescue a magical creature from The White 1950s Military-Industrial Patriarchy. And it’s “good” coded to “sensitive outsiders,” “not part of The Mainstream” (as recalled by now-aging Baby Boomers) and “appreciates classic movies;” so the old-guard of Academy voters can easily see themselves in the heroes.Whereas in Get Out, they can see themselves as well… but in a much less positive way. Get Out isn’t just about blowing up the unique unease of being a young Black man surrounded by rich White people in “their” environment, it’s very specifically about being surrounded by seemingly-“progressive” rich White people. People whose eagerness to demonstrate how enthusiastic they are about Blackness takes on a creepy and dehumanizing edge of its own. It’s not an accident that the film’s central Luciferian villain is a softly-smug, silver-haired Boomer in a turtleneck (played by yet another West Wing alum, no less!) who coos about voting for Obama “a third time – if I could!” It’s like the way Bela Lugosi’s Dracula declared “I never drink – wine;” and it’s hard to imagine the same type of Academy voter who feels hyper-validated that they, too, would be an ally of the fish-man in The Shape of Water not realizing that Get Out is pointing its finger at them… and I suspect not all of them were comfortable with the implication.Prediction: Get OutI could be wrong, of course. We’ll find out soon enough when The 90th Annual Academy Awards airs on Sunday, March 4th.center_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

Comiccon cosmetic costume dangers

first_img Jonathan Halvorson, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings(KUSI) – Comic Con encourages attendees to show their enthusiasm by dressing for the occasion but some materials may not be very safe.Kristen Richards with Torrey Pines Dermatology stopped by Good Morning San Diego to give some advice on how to avoid any type of allergic reaction from your custom costumes.Costume Tips:    Make sure your costumes are crafted from safe materials.Far too many store-bought versions are made of unsafe plastics like vinyl aka PVC, filled with hormone disrupters or even lead, a potent neurotoxin.This is an issue with swapped or hand-me-down costumes, too.  If costumes are older and packed away in a basement or attic, trapped dust and dust mites can make it difficult for those with allergies or asthma to breathe.Since dust mites can trigger asthma in children, parents may want to consider purchasing new costumes to replace those that have may accrued dust from being in storage all year.If a child wants to keep his or her old costume, parents can wash it with specialized laundry products designed to eliminate dust mites and other allergens.Accessories used for many common Halloween costumes also may cause reactions.Crowns, magic wands and faux jewelry that uses metals like nickel may cause rashes and irritation.Beware of nickel and cobalt, which can trigger allergic reactions.Hydrate yourself with water and snack on a few pretzels or potato chips before and during Comic-con, especially in warm temperatures.Sweat causes you to lose water and sodium, which contributes to uncomfortable leg cramps and can make you feel faint.The salt provided by the snack infuses additional sodium into your system, and the water keeps dehydration at bay.According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, costume makeup can trigger an allergic reaction or symptoms of asthma.10 percent of people will suffer from a cosmetic allergy during their lifetime           Inexpensive makeup may contain preservatives that can cause a rash and swelling of the skin.Formaldehyde is a very common preservative used in many of these products, but some products labeled “formaldehyde-free” can still cause allergic reactions.Certain makeup is not advisable to use around the mouth or eyes, so be certain to check all packaging for any warnings.  High-quality theater makeup may be a better option than the cheap crayon sticks sold at costume stores.  In any event, always test makeup on a small area of the skin well in advance of Comic-con.If a rash or any abnormality occurs, do not use the makeup     Tests conducted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics discovered that many contain heavy metal horrors like lead and chromium.  Some lipsticks also contain lead.If your kids don’t want to go bare, use the safest makeup you can find instead.           When it comes to outfitting a Comic-con costume, avoid VOC-filled nail polishes and fragranced products made with phthalates, an endocrine disruptor.   If your costume “needs” dark nails, choose a version free of formaldehyde, toluene, and phthalates.   If you can, apply outside or with the windows open, even better. Or try stickers.          Does a costume call for different hair?   Use wigs and hats instead of spray-on hair coloring made with synthetic chemicals that are a bit too mysterious. Mask tips:      Certain headgear can limit your visibility, a child can be standing at your feet and out of your field of vision.    Props like fake teeth made from rubber and vinyl frequently contain lead paint and chemical plasticizers.Kids can actually absorb these while wearing them.Fake blood is usually made from an unsafe dye in a petroleum base, so avoid it, too.  If you or your kids are the creative type, try whipping some up your own fake blood with cornstarch and beet juice.Cosmetic contact lenses might seem like the perfect way to enhance your costume this year, but the American Academy of Ophthalmology is warning consumers that the nonprescription lenses could do serious damage to your eyes.   Selling such lenses without a prescription is actually illegal,Dangerous because they could cause corneal abrasions (scratches on the cornea, which covers the iris and pupil) and ulcers on the eye, which can then lead to infection (keratitis).         If this happens, the AAO warns that corneal transplants and other eye surgeries might become necessary to prevent blindness. It all could have been avoided if these patients just took a little extra time to obtain a prescription and only wore FDA-approved lenses.Contact lenses should only be worn if they are FDA-approved and prescribed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Be sure to have a dress rehearsal, becoming comfortable in the costume before the event will insure the best performance. Comic-con cosmetic costume dangers July 16, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson Posted: July 16, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more