Ten killed in Bihar thunderstorm

first_imgAt least ten people lost their lives in a thunderstorm that swept Bihar in the early hours of Tuesday. Most of them were killed in lightening strikes or wall collapses.The State Disaster Management Department said two deaths each were reported from Aurangabad and Lakhisarai, and Madhubani districts, while one each was reported from Patna, Purnia, Darbhanga, Madhepura and other districts. In all, seven persons were killed in lightning strikes, while three from wall collapses and falling trees.Disaster Management Department, Principal Secretary, Pratyaya Amrit has asked District Magistrates to release ₹4 lakh as ex-gratia to the next of kin of the deceased.A portion of the pontoon bridge in Danapur, connecting Patna with north Bihar, also drifted away in the thunderstorm, affecting vehicular traffic. At several places uprooted trees fell on roads blocking traffic for hours.The thunderstorm, lightning, rain and winds up to 80 kmph, hit the State early on Tuesday morning.last_img read more

PM’s truth now on people’s radar: Priyanka

first_imgCongress leader and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday taunted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the “cloud-radar” remark, saying the Prime Minister’s truth has now come on “people’s radar” and it was time for him to put his radar on the unfulfilled promises.At a rally in Punjab’s Bhatinda, she also accused the Prime Minister of resorting to politics of lies for political gains. ‘Destroyed by drugs’Hitting out at the Shiromani Akali Dal for “suppressing and victimising” the people of the State, Ms. Vadra said, “They [SAD-BJP] had handed over the State to the drugs, liquor, sand and transport mafia during their 10 years rule. If Punjab’s youth were being destroyed by ‘chitta’ (drugs), it was because of the BJP and the Akalis.”Referring to the sacrilege incidents, Ms. Vadra said those who destroyed the Guru Granth Sahib were destroying the soul of Punjab — a sin that the Akalis had committed. “While Baba Nanak always said tera tera, for the SAD-BJP it had always been a case of mera mera,” she said.She added that when Punjab was fighting for India’s freedom, RSS leaders were prostrating before the British to save their own lives.Ms. Vadra said after hearing the Prime Minister’s speeches, one would think that the only development in this country has taken place in the last five years. Bhatinda, she pointed out, was the biggest example of the industrial and agricultural development that had taken place before the Modi government came to power. “Not only was Bhatinda a large industrial centre, it was one of the biggest cotton and wheat markets with a well-developed dairy sector and an Army cantonment — all of which came up during the 70 years before Mr. Modi.”Accusing the BJP government of not fulfilling its promises, Ms. Vadra said not a single person had got the promised ₹15 lakh in his/her bank account, farmers’ incomes had not doubled, nor had inflation reduced in those years. “Far from generating 2 crore jobs a year, the government had cut down jobs by 5 crore, with 24 lakh government posts lying vacant and 50 lakh jobs lost in demonetisation alone,” she said.Demonetisation, GST “As many as 12,000 debt-ridden farmers had committed suicide during the Modi rule and farmers were getting neither proper remuneration for their crops nor requisite seeds and other facilities,” she added.Attacking the Modi government over demonetisation and GST, which had led to people losing money, jobs and businesses, Ms. Vadra urged the people to read the Congress manifesto as she listed out the key promises of the party, from NYAY for the poor, to jobs for youth, separate budget and other facilities for farmers, 35% reservation for women in elected bodies and a single slab for GST.last_img read more

NIH, 10 Drug Companies Partner to Study Four Diseases

first_imgRamping up its efforts in drug discovery, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today unveiled what it called an unprecedented $230 million, 5-year partnership with 10 drug companies aimed at finding new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.In a room at the Washington, D.C., National Press Club packed with representatives from industry, patient groups, and federal officials, NIH Director Francis Collins described the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP). The goal is to cut down on the more than 95% failure rate for drug candidates. As a result, it now takes some 10 years and more than $1 billion to develop a successful drug. By combining forces, companies and academics hope to cut costs and speed things up by sorting through a wealth of new genomic and molecular data on disease biology to find the most promising new drug targets. “This is a job too big for any single group,” Collins said.The 10 companies, which include giants like GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Eli Lilly, and Sanofi, will put up about one-half of the $230 million; NIH is providing the other half. AMP, which will also involve patients groups, will be overseen by the Foundation for the NIH. Although the foundation already oversees various similar-sounding public-private partnerships, this one will be more comprehensive, participants say. Pfizer President of Worldwide Research & Development Mikael Dolsten explained: “What we would like to have is a … GPS for human disease.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Collins said NIH spent more than 2 years in “intense discussions” with companies to put together the partnership, and it has personal significance. As director of NIH’s genome institute, Collins helped lead the massive sequencing effort that produced the first draft of the human genome in 2001. The Human Genome Project has since been criticized for failing to appreciably improve medical care or drive down costs. For example, researchers have found more than 1000 genetic variants pointing to proteins that predispose some people to disease. But only about a half-dozen promising drug targets have come out of this effort, Collins notes.The problem, Collins says, is not a lack of candidates but the challenge of sorting through “a deluge of information.” AMP will do this by bringing together academic scientists and industry for several 3- to 5-year pilot projects. Participants will share data openly. (In some cases, access will be restricted to researchers in order to protect patient privacy.) For companies, the payoff will come later, when they develop compounds to block the newly identified drug targets.The projects include:Alzheimer’s disease—At $130 million, this project will receive the lion’s share of AMP funding. It will look for new biomarkers for disease progression, such as imaging data or molecules in blood and spinal fluid. The biomarkers will be studied as part of four NIH-funded clinical trials that are testing ways to delay or prevent the disease. The project will also analyze existing brain tissue samples from Alzheimer’s patients to validate biological targets, develop network models for late-onset Alzheimer’s, and screen compounds against novel targets.Type 2 diabetes—This $58 million project will pool genetic and clinical data on up to 150,000 patients, some contributed by companies, and share this information through a web portal. One goal is to understand in more detail the complications of diabetes, such as kidney failure, Dolsten says. The project will also search for rare individuals with unusually severe or mild disease who could be studied to validate targets. Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus—A major goal of the $42 million project will be to analyze single cells from newly collected tissue samples, particularly from the synovium (the tissue lining joints), to better understand these autoimmune diseases at a molecular level and search for new drug targets.AMP follows on other NIH initiatives in the past few years to accelerate drug development, such as the creation 2 years ago of a new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). For example, NCATS has launched a project in which companies work with academic researchers to find new uses for abandoned drugs. NCATS is not directly involved with AMP; instead, three disease-specific NIH institutes will fund the projects, Collins said.Later this year, the institutes will release requests for proposals to seek academic partners. The investigators who win the grants will then become part of joint disease steering committees. If AMP is successful, NIH hopes it will expand to other diseases.last_img read more

Below my dignity to react to Shoaib Akhtar’s charge: Sachin

first_imgSoon after Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar raised questions about him, Sachin Tendulkar said it was “below my dignity to react”.Tendulkar’s childhood friend and former cricketer Vinod Kambli, who was the architect of many a great innings in company with the batting genius, has also said Sachin was never scared of Akhtar’s bowling, as claimed in the Pakistan cricketer’s book.’Sachin was never scared of Shoaib or anyone. Look at the way he played his cricket and scored highest runs. Nobody is even close to him and nobody ever dares talk to him like that,” Kambli said.Akhtar has made several starling revelations that are set to send the cricketing community running for cover. Akhtar — one of the most controversial cricketers — sparked a row by revealing it all in a tell-all autobiography — Controversially Yours.Akhtar hit out at Indian cricket stars Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. In a statement, Shoaib criticised Tendulkar and Dravid for not being winners and for not knowing the art of finishing a game.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s 200 runs in vain as India lose Edgbaston Test vs England

first_imgVirat Kohli led from the front on the field and with the bat but India failed to chase down a modest 194 in the first Test of a five-match series against England at Edgbaston. Kohli’s first innings 149 had kept India in the game; he then scored a composed 51 to keep India in the hunt during their chase but he failed to find any kind of support from the top-order.Ben Stokes, who was sacked from the Ashes squad after his arrest in Bristol over a pub brawl, turned out to be England’s hero – he picked 4 for 40 as England beat India, the world’s number one Test team by 31 runs. England now lead the five-Test series 1-0.On Saturday, Kohli walked out to the crease with Dinesh Karthik – India still needed 84 runs to win their first ever Test at Edgbaston and seventh Test in England in 86 years. If last night was any indication, Karthik was proving to be a great ally for Kohli – the two had kept the scoreboard ticking and looked in control against the swinging ball.India vs England 1st Test – As it happened | Highlights | ScorecardHowever, James Anderson, England’s highest wicket-taker struck in the first over of the day to remove Karthik for 20. But all hopes were still not dashed for India as Hardik Pandya joined Kohli in the middle.For the next 10 overs, India seemed like they were getting into cruise mode. Kohli was firm and Pandya was willing to curb his natural instincts and stay put with his captain as a historic victory beckoned. But it was left to Ben Stokes to get the big fish.advertisementKohli walked across the stumps and missed an attempted flick shot as the ball hit his pads bang in front of middle. There was a loud appeal and the umpire ruled Kohli out. He reviewed and replays showed Aleem Dar had got it absolutely right. Stokes then pushed India further to the brink when he dismissed Mohammed Shami three balls later. Ishant Sharma, who had hoped his half-century during the county season would come in handy, lasted for 15 balls and contributed 11 in an 13-run stand with Pandya for ninth wicket.It was another heartbreak for Kohli, who waged a lone battle. Back in 2014, India were on the verge of another historic win at the Adelaide Oval against Australia. Kohli, in his first Test as captain, slammed twin hundreds but again, he was let down by the other batsmen in the stiff chase.In Cape Town earlier in the year, India needed 208 to upstage South Africa in the first Test of the three-match series and they fell short by 72 runs.Kohli has turned it around in England – after the horror tour of 2014, where he scored 134 runs from five Tests, scored 149 and 51 in one Test this year. But the likes of Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane were mediocre and hardly Test standard. They need to start batting like they should at the highest level – unless that happens, Kohli alone cannot be expected to keep creating opportunities for India overseas all the time.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh looking to ‘play some fun cricket’ after international retirement

first_imgYuvraj Singh, India’s middle-over batting lynchpin in two World Cup triumphs, retired from international cricket with immediate effect on Monday although he will look to play on in Twenty20 leagues around the world.The 37-year-old all-rounder, accompanied by his wife and mother, told reporters of his decision at a city hotel close to the Wankhede Stadium where India lifted their last 50-overs World Cup title in 2011.”After almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on,” he said after being reduced to tears by a video of the highlights of his career.”After 25 years in cricket I’ve decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything I have. Thank you for being a part of this journey : #YuvrajSingh pic.twitter.com/Ez8y49KlH2BCCI (@BCCI) June 10, 2019″Cricket has given me everything and that’s the reason why I am standing here today. It’s been a love-hate relationship with the sport in retrospect.”Yuvraj, who played the last of his 304 one-day internationals two years ago, was a key cog in India’s World Twenty20 triumph in 2007 and was player-of-the-tournament at the World Cup four years later.In his heyday, Yuvraj was one of the cleanest strikers of the ball in the game – as England’s Stuart Broad discovered when he was bludgeoned for six sixes in one over during the 2007 World Twenty20.That was one of the highlights of his career, Yuvraj said, along with scoring his first Test century against Pakistan at Lahore in 2004 and the 2011 World Cup triumph.advertisement”This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust off, to get up again and move forward. It has been a lovely journey…see you on the other side”: #YuvrajSingh pic.twitter.com/n7ARsxn5KMBCCI (@BCCI) June 10, 2019His lowest point, he added, came in the World Twenty20 final of 2014 when he scored 11 runs off 21 balls and was widely blamed for India’s six-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in Dhaka.Yuvraj revealed that his first love had been roller-skating and he only reluctantly played cricket because his father, one-test bowler Yograj Singh, would not let him take up any other sport.”FUN CRICKET”Part of the victorious Mumbai Indians squad in the recently completed Indian Premier League, Yuvraj played in only four matches during the 2019 campaign.That would be his last foray in the IPL, he confirmed, but he would seek release from the Indian board to play in other, lower profile, Twenty20 leagues.”At this age I can manage some kind of fun cricket,” he added.”I am going to go and enjoy my life, it has been too stressful just thinking about my international career, performing in big tournaments like IPL.”Hopefully I can just enjoy myself. Obviously with the BCCI’s permission I would love to go and play this year. Next year I don’t know.”Yuvraj made an emotional return to the game in 2012 after a lengthy fight with a rare germ cell cancer in his lungs and played the last of his 40 tests that same year.He scored 1,900 runs in the longest format of the game after making his debut against New Zealand in 2003 with three hundreds – all against Pakistan – and 11 half-centuries.Also Read | Decided a year ago IPL 2019 would be my last: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Don’t want to say anything about Yo-Yo tests but my time will come: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Rohit Sharma to Yuvraj Singh: Love you brotherman, you deserved a better send-offlast_img read more

Police investigate Sterling attack

first_imgManchester City Police investigating ‘hate crime’ amid reports of Sterling attack Matthew Scott 18:49 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sterling - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Raheem Sterling Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The England international was reportedly attacked before a Premier League meeting with Tottenham and authorities are investigating a “hate crime” Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has opened investigations into a “hate crime” amid reports Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was attacked before Saturday’s Premier League game against Tottenham.Sterling scored twice in a 4-1 triumph over Spurs, City’s 16th league win in a row which maintains their healthy 11-point lead atop the table.However, troubling reports emerged soon after the game, alleging that Sterling was kicked and had racial slurs directed towards him in an altercation at the entrance of City’s training base. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The club have not reported the incident to police, who were made aware of the incident the day after the game.GMP confirmed in a statement: “Enquiries will be carried out and officers are treating it as a hate crime.”last_img read more

The Best Way to Start 2019 is with a Box of High-Quality Meat from Porter Road

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Now that the holidays are over, there are no excuses for eating like crap. The parents and in-laws are gone, vacation is over, and all of the Christmas cookies you got from the office exchange have finally disappeared. It’s a sad time, indeed, that you can’t just go home and stuff your gullet full of sugar and fat, but it’s also good because that means it’s the new year and it is time to hit the reset button.What do we mean by reset? No, we don’t mean cutting everything out completely for the indeterminate future until you are but a husk of yourself, salivating at things that vaguely resemble burgers or fried chicken. Instead, by reset, we mean making intentional choices when it comes to the quality of the foods you are buying. Sure, the clearance rack pork might look appealing to your wallet (just as the 35 packs of ramen for four dollars do), but is that really the best for your body?No, no it is not. It’s not as bad as gas station sushi, but it’s still not good.Instead, focusing on where the meat you’re eating is coming from and how it is processed is what is important. That’s where companies like Porter Road come in. How to Cook Steak in the Oven How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know center_img Ready and Rare-ing to Go: How to Make Steak Tartare Porter Road is a butcher shop that has grown out of the two founders’ need and love for locally-sourced, high-quality cuts of meat. The company, which is located in Nashville, works with select local farms, processes all of their meat in their own facility, and hand-cuts each and every piece of meat at their store.Not only are their meats hand-cut, but the meat is better than most you can find in your local grocery stores. The meats are all antibiotic-free, hormone-free, and pasture-raised – happy cows mean happy home chefs. Porter Road currently offers beef (including some great lesser-known cuts), pork, chicken, lamb, and sausage, which you can order piece by piece or order as part of a gift box.Not sure where exactly to start? We suggest their best-of box, as it contains a sampling of beef and pork products that’ll facilitate at least five or six meals for two people. The Best of Porter Road Box features two dry-aged steaks*, two pork chops, 2 pounds of dry-aged ground beef, 1 pound of bacon, 1 pound of country sausage, and 1 pound of chorizo sausage.Porter RoadOK, great, you ordered the box, but now what? What if you’re not the next Gordon Ramsay and can’t just make meals up on the spot? Outside of the obvious – grilling the steaks or making some to-die-for pork chops – you could use some of the ingredients in healthy-ish dishes that are both high-quality and delicious.To get you started, we zeroed in on one of our favorite items in the box, bacon, which is tied for first with the steak, pork chops, country sausage, ground beef, and chorizo.This recipe, by Porter Road Co-Founder James Peisker, is a simple and delicious way to have a healthy(ish) dish while still getting your daily allotment of bacon. OK, so maybe it isn’t the healthiest out there, but everything in moderation, right? Maybe instead of downing a sixer of cheap beer, you have a sparkling water tonight and indulge in a serving or two of this with your main course (a steak or chop, obviously).Plus, when you think about it, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and apple cider vinegar are all good for you, so the majority of ingredients are indeed healthy.Brussels Sprouts with Pork BaconPorter RoadIngredients:3 lbs Brussels sprouts1 lb pork bacon, cut crossways into .5″ strips.5 cup dried cranberries2 tbsp apple cider vinegarSalt and pepperMethod:Cut sprouts in half, lengthwise. Remove the outer leaves and reserve.Brown bacon in large skillet, then remove.Place sprouts cut-side down in pan and cook over medium/high heat until golden brown.Add cranberries and bacon, then add the reserved outer leaves. Saute until tender, 3-5 minutes.Add salt and pepper to taste. Finish with vinegar.After you get through your first box and you decide you want more, Porter Road also offers a variety of subscription boxes to satiate all your meaty needs. How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefslast_img read more

Ottawa cut off direct aid to Nicaragua last summer over human rights

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is suspending all direct aid to Nicaragua, citing what it calls “the deteriorating human rights situation” in the Central American nation under President Daniel Ortega.Ortega’s government has cracked down violently on protests that began last April as demonstrations against cuts to the country’s retirement system, but quickly turned to calls for the president to step down.The opposition has said more than 640 people were being held for political causes, although the government says the actual numbers are far smaller and it has released many prisoners in recent months.Canada’s suspension of direct aid to Nicaragua was first reported by the CBC, which says a Global Affairs memo from last August recommended against making any public announcement when the decision was made.In an email to The Canadian Press on Sunday, a spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada confirms the government made the decision last summer.Brittany Fletcher says Ottawa will continue to support projects led by non-governmental organizations, with a focus on helping vulnerable groups.“President Ortega’s repressive actions against his people are unacceptable. We continue to consider all diplomatic and policy options at our disposal in order to support the Nicaraguan people,” Fletcher said in an email.According to the government’s “Statistical Report on International Assistance,” Global Affairs Canada provided $9.37 million in bilateral international assistance in 2017-2018.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

EC to closely monitor PMs rally at Brigade Parade ground today

first_imgKolkata: Election Commission officials would capture videos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally at Brigade Parade ground on Wednesday.The commission will also keep a tab on the rally to ascertain if there is any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The commission will also carry out an assessment to know if the entire cost of organising the rally has been spent as declared by the state BJP leaders, while taking permission for it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe commission will also monitor to see if the controversial theme song of the party sung by its Asansol MP Babul Supriyo is played during the rally. The song is yet to receive permission from the EC. Meanwhile, Special Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey will hold meeting with all the observers at Siliguri Circuit Bench on Wednesday, to take a stock on the poll-preparedness in the two districts that will go to poll in the first phase on April 11. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySeven companies of Central Forces have been sent to North Bengal for the first phase of polls. The first phase of elections would be held in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Sanjay Basu, additional Chief Electoral Officer, said that seven companies have been taken from the existing 10 companies which have been presently deployed in the state. The forces have been sent to the North Bengal districts as a part of the confidence boosting measure.last_img read more

Moroccan Filmmakers Express Indignation about Quality of Film Production in Morocco

Marrakech – A number of Moroccan filmmakers decided to send a letter to the head of the Moroccan Cinematographic Center in which they express their indignation about the poor quality of film production in Morocco.To the Director of the Moroccan Cinematographic Center:We, the signatories of this petition, young filmmakers and passionate about movies, would like to express our indignation about the quality of film production in our dear country. You are aware of the role that Cinema plays in the image a society has of itself, its identity, history and culture but also the image that other nations have of it.When we see what the current Moroccan cinema present to us, we have the bitter feeling that our ” filmmakers ” are insulting our intelligence by presenting us with superficial works both in substance and form. Works that betray the artistic incompetence of some people whose only motivation seems to be monetary.Rare are the times when we come out of a Moroccan film screening feeling that we have seen a state of the art film. The empty chairs at the movie theater are the greatest proof of this drama. This leads us to ask the following question: is it really worth producing 30 feature films a year?Sir, you now have an opportunity, more than ever, to reconcile Moroccan citizens with their cinema by opening the debate, and questioning the current status quo that only benefits a minority whose artistic effectiveness have failed to prove itself over the past years. We need new blood!Who has the right to direct a film? Who benefits from the professional filmmaker card?Young filmmakers are required to make three short films that should be produced by a CCM authorized production company, and after obtaining a degree in film. This is understandable since the goal seems to be to ensure the quality of films made, but in practice the reality seems to be quite different.In fact, by going to an authorized producer, the young filmmaker finds himself/herself rejected for not possessing a professional card. As you know, a producer only works with filmmakers when his/her production company has access to the CCM funds allocated for short films. For this to happen, one (the filmmaker) has to have at least a first assistant professional card. This seems to be the very definition of a vicious circle!Sir, in the practice of Moroccan cinema, every young director has to go through a battle whose only real purpose seems to be to keep it a “closed club” to new people except for those who agree to submit to the game by putting any artistic ambitions and dignity aside. What about cinema in all this?We ask you Sir, through this petition, to reconsider the requirements to obtain a professional card by opening the door to young and passionate talents, armed with love for their country. Let’s stop this pointless hazing that only benefits greedy producers who continue to enrich themselves without giving any real contribution to Moroccan cinema. Let’s open the door to new talents, and may the wind of a new era raise the flag of Moroccan cinema! read more

Ottawa ready to unveil details of 21billion fund for trade transport projects

OTTAWA — The federal government is set to unveil details about just over $2 billion in infrastructure spending targeting the country’s ports, airports and border crossings.Transport Minister Marc Garneau is slated to make the announcement this morning in Ottawa where he will detail how $2.1 billion set aside in this year’s budget will be spent.The money is expected to target trade corridors that are operating at capacity and in need of expansion to keep goods moving around the country and across the border.Public consultations on airline passenger rights will soon begin, Canadian Transportation Agency saysOttawa won’t set national electric vehicle quota for manufacturersThe cash is part of $10.1 billion the federal government plans to spend over the next 11 years on trade and transportation corridor projects.About half of the money, $5 billion, will flow to projects through the soon-to-be-created infrastructure bank.The bank will use federal cash to try and leverage private investment to help pay for projects that can generate revenue and provide a profit to private investors.The Canadian Press read more

Lacklustre trade deficit data weakens Canadian dollar Toronto stock index up

TORONTO — The loonie weakened against a strengthening U.S. dollar amid a series of trade deficit reports released Thursday, as Canada’s main stock index moved up moderately.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.69 cents US, down 0.44 of a cent.Statistics Canada says that the country’s trade deficit increased to $3.4 billion in August compared with a $3.0-billion deficit in July. Meanwhile, rising U.S. exports helped trim that country’s trade deficit to its lowest level in nearly a year.“Obviously, the trade imbalance was a bit larger than we anticipated and it just goes to show you what a strong (Canadian) dollar does,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at Holliswealth.“It’s the third month in a row that our exports were down, so a strong dollar’s definitely not what I think anybody would like to see with respect to manufacturing, with respect to exports. And now we’re paying the price for it.“The Bank of Canada is going to think long and hard about when they’re going to raise rates again and if they will raise rates again.”Two rate hikes over the summer by the central bank following the economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year had seen the loonie approaching 83 cents US in September.South of the border, it was the fourth straight record day for equity markets on Wall Street.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 113.75 points to 22,775.39, the S&P 500 index was up 14.33 points to 2,552.07 and the Nasdaq composite index added 50.73 points to 6,585.36.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index gained 55.30 points to 15,776.30 in a broad-based advance.“It’s one of those days where the three main sectors are up: financials, materials and oil,” said Small. “So it’s a good day.”The November crude contract was up 81 cents to US$50.79 per barrel.Looking ahead to Friday, investors will be eyeing Statistics Canada’s labour force survey for September, as it’s usually a driver for markets. The U.S. government will also release its monthly update on jobs growth that day.On the corporate front, shares of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) were up 66 cents, or 1.08 per cent, to $61.55 on Thursday, amid news that it has cancelled its $15.7-billion proposed Energy East pipeline, cutting off a potential conduit to bring more western Canadian oil to eastern refineries and overseas export markets.Elsewhere in commodities, the November natural gas contract was down three cents at US$2.92 per mmBTU, the December gold contract added $3.60 cents to US$1,273.20 an ounce, and the December copper contract was up nine cents to US$3.05 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

Saman Ekanayake appointed Prime Minister Secretary

Saman Ekanayake, who is a senior Special Grade officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, was appointed as Secretary to the Prime Minister today.He served as Prime Minister Secretary before Ranil Wickremesinghe was sacked in October. Ekanayake is a graduate of the University of Peradeniya in Sociology, and he has also obtained a Masters Degree from Post Graduate Institute of Management of Sri Jayewardenepura University on Public Administration. Following Wickremesinghe’s reappointment today as Prime Minister Ekanayake was appointed as Prime Minister Secretary. He has served in the Prime Minister’s Office, Department of Government Information, Ministries of Housing, External Affairs, Finance, Youth Affairs and Industries. He has also served in Sri Lanka High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and Sri Lanka High Commission in London.He has also served as Head of Agency in Sri Lanka of the UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlement Programme). read more

Suspects in distraction theft caught on camera

Peel police have released images of two suspect wanted in a “high value” jewellery theft in Mississauga. Police say two men walked into a jewellery store in the area of Lorne Park Rd. and Albertson Crescent around 1:40 p.m. on December 10. The suspects pretended to be shopping and asked the staff members numerous questions regarding purchases. Investigators say while one suspect was distracting an employee, the other suspect stole several pieces of expensive jewellery. The suspects were captured on surveillance footage and are described as white men with heavy Eastern European accents. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Peel police at 905-453-2121 ext. 1133. read more

Marijuana convictions overturned California officials forced to reach out

first_img Posted: August 23, 2018 August 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante Dan Plante, 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 SettingsIf you know anyone who’s been convicted for marijuana related crimes, this could be good news. Under Prop 64, anyone convicted for possession or selling pot, could have their sentence reduced or completely thrown out.“The California Department of Justice now has to reach out to about 200-thousand people and let them know, they are eligible for reduced sentences”, says Criminal Defense Attorney Jan Ronis.Most people did not read the entire Proposition before they voted. But Prop 64 not only legalized pot, it also reduced pot related crimes, going all the way back to 1975.Problem is, they did not include a “mechanism” to follow through. “This forces the D.O.J. to reach out and contact 220-thousand people, who may eligible’, says Ronis.In some cases, local prosecutors have already reached out. San Diego and San Francisco have reduced thousands of convictions, since the law went into effect.But most cities and counties have not. They simply don’t have the money or resources to track down pot smokers.“So this means the California D.O.J. will now be charged with finding these people and let them know they are eligible for a reduction of sentence. In some cases, charges will be dropped”, says Ronin.The bill forcing the state to follow through has been approved by lawmakers, now it’s up to the Governor to sign it. He has until September 30 to get it done. Marijuana convictions overturned, California officials forced to reach outlast_img read more

After Legislature Adjourns Walker Calls For Special Session

first_imgEight days after the statutory deadline, the Alaska State Legislature has adjourned. But as soon as the gavel dropped, Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation calling them into a special session. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.When the Alaska House gaveled out at 7pm on Monday, cheers erupted on the floor.After a week of frustrating budget negotiations, there was a palpable sense of relief, even if most lawmakers were not necessarily enthusiastic over the budget deal that passed. With the state facing a multi-billion-dollar deficit because of low oil prices, the Legislature’s Republican majorities cobbled together a spending plan that keeps government funded through the fall. House Speaker Mike Chenault told reporters that while he was glad to reach a deal, he wished the fiscal outlook were different.“I don’t think any of us sitting up here are real happy with the situation that we found ourselves before we started this session,” said the Nikiski Republican. “With the declining revenue stream that we had, nobody was prepared. Nobody, that I’m aware of, had the foresight to think that we would position that we’re in.”Whatever feeling of closure there was did not last long. A little after 8pm, Gov. Bill Walker sent down a proclamation ordering the Legislature to return for a special session. It came as Senate President Kevin Meyer was getting his caucus’ turn with reporters. “We will be coming back tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, and we’ll be continuing our discussion on the operating budget, Medicaid, and House Bill 44 … Is that Erin’s Law?” said Meyer.In the fourth press conference of the night, Gov. Bill Walker explained that he could not accept a budget that did not cover the full year.“We’re starting to look like the federal government, you know, that goes until midnight on running out of money and shutting down government,” said Walker. “That’s not Alaska.”Walker said he wants the Legislature to fully fund government by making a draw from the state’s constitutional budget reserve — which is where budget talks got hung up in the first place. That $10 billion rainy day fund requires a three-quarter vote to tap, and at least some members of the House’s Democratic minority must support the action to meet the threshold. During budget negotiations, the Democratic caucus had made their support conditional on increased education funding and expansion of Medicaid. They also wanted to see movement on a bill known as Erin’s Law, which establishes sexual abuse prevention programs in schools.Walker’s agenda for a special session includes all of those priorities. While the governor’s proclamation requires the Legislature to convene, it does not force them to advance those items.last_img read more

Not just Phase 4 but Marvel has planned Phase 5 too reveals

first_imgAvengers: Endgame posterTwitterMarvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige recently revealed that the studio has already charted out a plan for Phase Five. In case you don’t remember, at the San Diego Comic-Con that took place earlier this month, Marvel made some big announcements. Plans for Phase 4 were revealed at the Hall H presentation.Turns out though, Marvel already has Phase Five in place too. While speaking to MTV News, Feige told them, “We debated what we should announce today. Should we announce Phase Four and Five? We’ve planned them out, we’ve got five years down the road and I was like, I think eleven projects in two years is plenty having not mentioned anything for two or three years.” Further speaking on the absence of Avengers announcements, Feige did tease that the next-gen of superteam will be unlike anything that has been put up on the big screen.Check out photos from the Marvel Studios panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. #SDCC (8/8) pic.twitter.com/3cqnB9Rs1O— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019 Marvel StudiosTwitter”It will be a very different team than we’ve seen before, that’s what [Avengers: Endgame] was all about. It will be a very different incarnation of the team with some people you’ve already met and some people you haven’t met yet,” Feige said. He also said, “Well, we got a Falcon and Winter Soldier show, we got a WandaVision show. We’re introducing Monica Rambeau in that WandaVision show… Wanda Maximoff, who is probably near the upper echelons of power — I contend she would have taken down Thanos if he hadn’t called the [army], it was done — so her being the Scarlet Witch now, as Lizzie said on stage in a full sort of unabashed power-based [way], coming into the Doctor Strange movie, that is two heroes coming together in a fun way.”Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW with Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Cate Shortland. In theaters May 1, 2020. pic.twitter.com/7WGECDIw3t— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019 Black WidowTwitterPhase 4 will be kicking off next year on May 1, 2020, with Black Widow as their first film. Fans are expecting that perhaps Marvel will choose to announce plans of Phase Five at their D23 Expo panel on August 24. Black Widow will give a peek at the life of assassin turned S.H.I.E.L.D. member, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. Of course, this is before she joined hands with Nick Fury and the rest of the Avengers.last_img read more

34 House Republicans Press GOP Leader On Immigration

first_img Share NPR via YoutubeHouse Speaker Paul Ryan at the U.S. Capitol yesterday.A group of 34 House Republicans on Tuesday asked Speaker Paul Ryan to act this month on legislation dealing with the 800,000 young immigrants brought to the United States as children and living here illegally.Ryan has said he does not see a need to act before March, the deadline President Donald Trump gave Congress to find a permanent solution after he suspended the temporary protections against deportation granted by the Obama administration. The GOP lawmakers, in a letter to Ryan, pressed for quick action.“We must pass legislation that protects DACA recipients from deportation and gives them the opportunity to apply for a more secured status in our country as soon as possible,” the lawmakers wrote. “Reaching across the aisle to protect DACA recipients before the holidays is the right thing to do.”Democrats repeatedly have pressed for a legislative solution, arguing these immigrants are facing an uncertain future. Now, this similar show of support from Republicans, including some from competitive House districts, complicates some of the end-of-the-year negotiations to keep the government open.Some of the 34 signatories had already made the same request when they held a news conference last month. The group includes several of the nearly 80 members of the Republican Main Street Caucus.Its chairman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., said in a news release the letter shows many Republicans are serious about finding a permanent solution.But Davis warned that “we want to work with leadership to craft a solution that will pass, not play political games or hold government funding hostage like some of our Democrat counterparts.”Several House Democrats have said they won’t support a critical spending bill this month needed to keep the government open unless the issue is resolved.The House Republicans sent their letter while activists held several events Tuesday — and plan more this week— to push for a DACA vote before the Christmas break later this month.last_img read more

A satirical dig at society

first_imgIntrospective and satirical works that question a farmer’s diminishing importance in society form the crux of artist Akshay Raj Singh Rathore’s first solo show that he has titled Impotent Rage.In the exhibition of mixed media installations at Gallery Espace art gallery here, the 36-year-old visual artist who hails from a landed zamindari family of Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh turns his gaze inwards.“I grew up in an atmosphere dominated by upper caste politics and witnessed deterioration of rural social structure. Also, many other influences made me aware of forces and issues at stake within contemporary societies,” says Rathore who holds a bachelors in Applied Arts from Baroda University. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the year 2009 the artist was part of Soil Bite, a Khoj International Artists’ Association workshop held in Patna, which explored ties between nature and humans.In the year 2010, Rathore attended the Sandarbh Residency in Partapur in Rajasthan, where his performative work asked people to leave their footprints on a disputed street being claimed by two religious communities. His work questioned land ownership and its ramifications.In his next residency in El Salavador in 2011, he witnessed a struggle over ‘fertile land’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“This show is a culmination, in a way, of all those experiences. It is a not a single-themed show. It delves into the hidden angst in rural India, which is invisible, even impotent,” says Rathore, now based in Paris.An installation in clay titled Civil/Uncivil sequenced into three stages – the origin – a lump of raw clay; the moulding – a functional brick; and the third, the brick’s broken down form, metaphorically questions the implementation of a system that forces people into following a rigid and edgy structure, whereas the original, organic counters are lost. “It’s a debate between what is civil and uncivil. It’s textural – it’s about the earth we inhabit and how we consider poor farmers to be uncivilized though they are the ones who are reason of the land’s fertility,” says Rathore. Obituary is a portrait of farmer Tikaram, standing alone, staring at a wall of seeds from his farm.“Tikaram, a 70-year-old belongs to a group of farmers who had mastered the best technique of utilising land fertility. He still does all his farming alone and maintains an ethos of bio-diversity and organic produce on his farm. The work is a tribute to the death of this sort of wise farming,” says Rathore. Accompanying the drawing of the farmer are sets of photos of seeds taken at Tikaram’s garden and the unique metamorphosis processes, following natural rhythms.“Now there is no control of a farmer over seeds, diversity and fertility, more so with the advent of new innovative trends, genetically modified seeds and the entire concept of scientific control over life,” says the artist.Food In Hand is a series of photographs of scooping out food grains taken at various local mandis and regional haats.The collection is a visual journey through weekly markets in rural India exploring the diversity of food they offer.“With the rise in packaged food, we have lost sensation of touching, smelling and ‘feeling’ what we eat. Packaging has rendered our diversity meaningless,” says the artist.His work Impotent Range is an installation of paintings, drawings, photographs, text and found material.last_img read more