India Wary of US Embrace on Free and Open Indo-Pacific Policy

first_imgWith China’s assertiveness posing a potential threat to the security of its Asian neighbours, open regional trade and a rules-based international order, the US has been pushing for a greater role for India in the vast Indo-Pacific region, which stretches from the west coast of India to the western shores of the United States.Indeed, as the world’s ninth-largest economy, the country under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is responding, beginning to flex its economic, military and diplomatic clout, seeking a major role in the regional balance of power. Under Modi, India has already demonstrated its credibility as a contributor to the Indo-Pacific balance through joint military exercises, patrolling, port calls, anti-piracy missions and humanitarian missions.Read it at Asia Sentinel Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Football Way Ahead of Us: Bangladesh Coach Weighs Up ‘Tough Tie’

first_imgKolkata: Bangladesh football team coach Jamie Day feels India are “a long way ahead” in terms of domestic structure and facilities and that will help them start as overwhelming favorites when the two sides meet in a World Cup qualifier at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on October 15.Bangladesh, who are ranked 187 in the world, lost 0-1 to Afghanistan in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in their World Cup qualifying opener on September 10, the same day India held reigning Asian champions Qatar to a famous 0-0 draw in Doha. “It will be a very tough challenge as India are ranked 83 place above us, and a long way ahead of us with domestic football and facilities available,” Day told IANS from Dhaka.Bangladesh take on Qatar at home on October 10 before locking horns with neighbours India five days later. They are at the foot of the five-team Group E at present. India find themselves in fourth position with one point from two matches. They lost 1-2 to Oman at home.The eight group winners and four best runners-up will advance to the third round of Asian qualifying for Qatar 2022.”We are preparing now with the players and have started our camp last week,” said the 40-year old Brit, who played for Arsenal briefly.Asked about the Indian players they are wary of, unsurprisingly Day said captain and record goalscorer Sunil Chhetri is Bangladesh’s main threat.”There is a few players we need to be aware of but Chhetri is the main goal-scoring threat.”Bangladesh can expect to find support in Kolkata owing to the proximity between the two states, West Bengal and Dhaka, and familiarity in terms of language and culture.”I am hoping we can take a huge Bangladesh following to help the boys in this tough fixture,” Day said.On Bangladesh football, he added: “Most of our squad is under 23, so going forward this World Cup this will give them a fantastic experience to use.”We need to improve our professional league and structure of our clubs to get the young players developing and into national team.”Abahani Limited Dhaka performed brilliantly in the AFC Cup recently.As far as the 104-ranked Indian team under Croatian coach Igor Stimac is concerned, all players are currently in pre-season training with the clubs ahead of the Indian Super League which starts from October 20. 2022 FIFA World Cup QualifiersAfghanistanbangladeshFIFA world cup First Published: September 29, 2019, 9:55 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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.last_img read more

Jharkhand waives VAT on mobiles below Rs 5000

first_imgJamshedpur, Dec 10 (PTI) In an attempt to encourage mobile banking in rural pockets of the state, the Jharkhand government has decided to waive value added tax (VAT) on mobile phones worth below Rs 5,000. “We have made VAT free on mobile phones worth below Rs 5000 to encourage rural masses opt for mobile banking and a cashless Jharkhand,” Chief Minister Raghubar Das said while addressing a state-level convention on cleanliness, organised by Jharkhand Drinking Water and Sanitation department at JRD Tata Sports complex here. Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modis decision to demonetize Rs 500/1000 currency notes on November 8 as “bold”, Das said the move was aimed to track 30 per cent black money in circulation. With 30 per cent of the black money in circulation our economic systems growth was impeded, he said while appreciating the people of the state for supporting Modi?s decision whole-heartedly. Despite harassment, people were standing in queue before banks and ATMs but nonetheless supporting Modis demonetisation decision, the chief minister said. The attitude of the 125 crore population of the country indicated that the country is changing and they have dream to see India as ?Economic Superpower of 21st Century?, Das said.Hitting out for 70-year long misrule, Das, who did not name the Congress, said it was a blot on the face of the country that “we could not provide toilets, roads, electricity etc to masses even 70 years after Independence”. “Isnt it shocking that our women had to wait for sunset to attend natures call in the open,” he asked while stating that Prime Minister had assured to invest the money seized following demonetisation for the welfare of the masses. The state government was committed to achieve all round development with an objective to see the mineral-rich state in the line of developed states of the country in next three years period, Das added. PTI BS SUS MRadvertisementlast_img read more

PSG ‘200 per cent’ positive Mbappe will stay this summer

first_imgKylian Mbappe may be generating more talk of a possible move to Paris Saint-Germain, but Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is “200 per cent” sure that the striker is staying put.Speculation has started to build again around one of the most highly-rated talents in world football.At just 20 years of age, Mbappe has already achieved plenty and offered the promise of a lot more to come. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He is a three-time Ligue 1 title winner with PSG and world champion with France, with his exploits in those triumphs seeing him complete a meteoric rise to the very top of the game.The likes of Real Madrid are forever in the market for players with such ability and reputation, with the Galactico recruitment policy still very much in place under Florentino Perez.Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy have already been snapped up by the Blancos this summer, but there could be further spending to come.There were calls from supporters during Hazard’s official unveiling at the Santiago Bernabeu for an approach for Mbappe to be made.PSG, though, have no intention of parting with a prized asset that they have invested considerable funds and faith in.Al-Khelaifi told France Football when asked for an update on Mbappe’s future: “He wants to be more involved in our project, to grow with the team and the club. “But I explained to him that what he wants, he does not need to ask for. We must go and hit those targets and sometimes even tear them away. “We do not wait, we lead. As he is very intelligent, I am sure he understood.“Will he still be at PSG next year? I am not 100% sure but 200%! I will not let go of this player.”While the French champions are confident of keeping Mbappe on their books, it remains to be seen whether Neymar will be retained alongside him.He is another generating transfer talk in the summer window, with Real Madrid also said to be keen on the Brazil international.Al-Khelaifi has admitted that he will look to move on any player that does not buy into the PSG project, but they have Neymar tied to a long-term contract and have made no decision on his future as yet.last_img read more

Evacuation orders lifted for some properties in Grand Forks BC

first_imgGRAND FORKS, B.C. – The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, B.C., has begun lifting evacuation orders on some properties, after cooler temperatures and less rainfall spared the area from an expected second surge of catastrophic flooding last week.By Sunday afternoon, the regional district had rescinded evacuation orders on 175 properties, which affects about 350 people in Grand Forks and some nearby communities.Residents at all 415 properties at Christina Lake had their evacuation orders lifted by Sunday evening.“I’m excited to say the forecast is improving and the river levels are dropping faster than anticipated,” said Dan Derby, fire chief for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.About 20 rapid damage assessment teams comprising 47 firefighters are going door-to-door, putting placards on homes with minimal or no damage that they deem safe to return to.Amid the devastation, they have found a small piece of good news.“There’s been a higher number of [homes] than we anticipated that are what we call ‘green’ or safe to re-enter,” Derby said.While about 1,000 properties remain under evacuation orders in the region, Derby said the goal is to have as many orders lifted as possible by the end of the day Monday.That includes opening up the downtown core, while acknowledging that some individual businesses may require damage repair, he said.Several hundred homes evacuated due to loss of road access will also have their orders rescinded once access is restored, but officials warn that doesn’t mean the community is in the clear.The district says waters could rise again later in the week if there is heavy rain, so it’s encouraging residents to keep sandbags in place until more high-elevation snow finishes melting in the coming weeks.The rising water levels in the Kettle River watershed have also increased the risk of sloughing, erosion and bank instability in several locations, so 39 addresses in the Grand Forks area have been issued hazard notices.The Red Cross is setting up a “resiliency centre” in the community, as a place of support for residents whose properties are unsafe to enter and as a source of information for all those affected.About 100 members of the Canadian Armed Forces, who had arrived to help prepare the area for the forecasted second surge by sandbagging and reinforcing dikes, left the area Sunday and were redeployed to other parts of the province, officials said.While that second surge never came, regional district chairman Roly Russell said the military provided vital psychological support to residents and emergency crews already exhausted by the disaster.“We knew we would have the capacity to respond Friday, Saturday, to the surge that was predicted,” Russell said.Other parts of the province remain on alert, but are also hoping to avoid major damage.Langley’s emergency program co-ordinator, Ginger Sherlock, said officials there are monitoring dikes and are ready to deploy sandbags if necessary.But she said the area has been lucky so far to avoid a projected rise in the Lower Fraser River that would have displaced hundreds of people.The gauge at Mission was projected to reach 6.0 metres by the end of the day Friday and rise to 6.4 metres by Monday, which would prompt evacuations in areas unprotected by dikes. It was hovering just below 6.0 metres by Sunday afternoon.“We were prepping in case we needed to evacuate people, but we got good news (Saturday) that the levels were not as high as anticipated,” Sherlock said.“Nobody wants to be displaced and nobody wants to displace people. So we’re hoping and crossing our fingers and toes that Mother Nature continues to be co-operating with us for the next couple of weeks.”Meantime, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will visit Lake Okanagan on Monday to observe flood relief efforts.There are currently 300 Canadian Army soldiers assisting with flood relief efforts in the region, while other military assets and personnel are on standby.Sajjan will receive briefings from military operations staff and meet with Canadian Armed Forces personnel assisting in flood relief efforts.He will be accompanied by senior military staff co-ordinating the military’s relief efforts in the province.On Sunday, members of the military worked alongside B.C. wildfire contractors and municipal staff in the Green Bay area of West Kelowna to install sandbags and other flood protection measures.Kirsten Jones, public information officer for the Regional District of Central Okanagan, described Green Bay as a spit of land coming into the lake that is particularly vulnerable because it hosts lots of public infrastructure.She said Okanagan Lake is currently at 342.54 metres — six centimetres above “full pool,” the target set by the province to ensure adequate water supply through the summer.“Full pool doesn’t necessarily mean flooding, and it’s not a terrifically unusual occurrence in the Okanagan. But it is something we mention as sort of a measure,” Jones said.Only two properties are under evacuation alerts at the moment, she said, however the lake is expected to keep rising.Private property owners are responsible for protecting their own property and should put the same flood-protection measures in place as last year, the regional district said.Jones said last year’s historic flooding rose higher than 343 metres.Region-wide flood protection measures that had been put in place for possible creek flooding, including bladder dams and sandbags, are now being redeployed to areas vulnerable to lake flooding.Boaters are also being asked to avoid creating wakes near vulnerable shorelines, and to watch for debris and other hazards.— by Amy Smart in Vancouverlast_img read more

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New York Times adds more digital subscribers shares climb

NEW YORK — Share of the company that owns The New York Times rose Wednesday after the publisher reported that it grew digital subscribers again in its latest quarter.The New York Times Co. said it added 223,000 digital subscriptions, and it has 4.5 million total subscriptions now. It is aiming to have 10 million by 2025.The Times’ gains, helped by a string of scoops on President Donald Trump’s administration, are taking place while hundreds of local newspapers close. Print advertising has collapsed, and revenue from digital ads hasn’t been able to offset those losses. Facebook and Google take the majority of U.S. digital ad dollars.But the Times has been able to grow revenue from subscriptions instead. Its advertising revenue fell 0.4% in the first quarter; print ad revenue slid 11.9%.The New York company said reported first-quarter net income of $30.2 million, or 18 cents per share, up 38% from $21.9 million, or 13 cents per share, the year before.Adjusted for one-time costs, per-share earnings were 20 cents.Revenue rose 6.1% to $439.1 million.New York Times shares rose 67 cents, or 2 per cent, to $33.52 in late morning trading. Shares have risen 48% since the beginning of the year._____Parts of this story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on NYT at Associated Press read more

Simcoe woman tells tales in Chicken Soup for the Soul

Lisa Timpf learned a lot from her late dog.The retired Simcoe woman’s story about her mischievous pet, Sneeks, is included in Life Lessons from the Dog, a Chicken Soup for the Soul book.“We had a really quirky dog,” said Timpf.“She did so many outrageous things that the stories actually came very easily because there’s so much to work with.”In addition to Life Lessons from the Dog, Timpf has been published in four other Chicken Soup books:  My Very Good Very Bad Dog, which also contains a story about Sneeks; The Spirit of Canada; The Power of Yes; and Christmas in Canada.The latest book includes 101 stories from contributors that touch on how dogs have enriched their lives. All royalties from Life Lessons from the Dog are going to American Humane, a non-profit organization founded in 1877.Timpf’s first Chicken Soup piece was published in is Christmas in Canada.“I knew they were looking for stories and, at that time, I had to mail the story in,” said Timpf, noting that the process is much different now that submissions are accepted online.She studied at Hamilton’s McMaster University, where she began covering women’s sports for the school newspaper, and then went to Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, where she was able to continue her sports writing into her post-graduate studies.Timpf worked as a sports reporter for a newspaper in Halifax before moving back to Ontario, where she spent the rest of her career at Honda while freelance read more

UK weather Freezing fog grounds dozens of flights as thousands hit by

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Traffic makes its way through heavy fog on the in west London as fog hit London early on TuesdayCredit:Ben Cawthra/LNP ​British Airways said it was reducing its short-haul flight schedules on Tuesday to “keep our customers safe in these challenging conditions”.Heathrow said a “small number of flights” were cancelled in advance due to poor visibility at the west London hub.A spokeswoman said this decision was made in partnership with air traffic control provider Nats “as a last resort to ensure safety”.She added: “Regrettably, this may result in some passengers experiencing disruption to their journeys today and we advise they check flight status with airlines before travelling to the airport. It’s a foggy start out there across parts of England and Wales, so do allow some extra time for your journey and stay #weatheraware. Elsewhere its largely dry, with the best of the brightness in eastern Scotland— Met Office (@metoffice) December 19, 2017 Traffic makes it's way through heavy fog on the A40 at Acton in west London as mist and fog hit the capital city The airline added: “We are very sorry for the disruption to our customers’ journeys at this important time of year.”We recommend that all customers check their flight is operating before travelling to the airport.” No flights were able to take off or land at Manchester Airport for several hours on Monday as one runway was shut due to fog and another was closed for emergency maintenance.This led to the cancellation or delay of dozens of flights. A Met Office yellow weather warning for fog was issued from 8pm on Monday to midday on Tuesday.A spokesman said: “Fog is expected to form widely across southern and central England and some eastern parts of Wales on Monday evening, persisting overnight into Tuesday.”Slower journey times are likely with delays possible to bus and train services. Some delays or cancellations to flights are also possible.” “As always, Heathrow’s top priority is the safety of our passengers and we apologise to those whose travel may be impacted by the weather.” Thousands of airline passengers have suffered fresh flight disruption as freezing fog hit the UK just days before the Christmas getaway.A severe weather warning was issued by the Met Office covering southern and central England and some eastern parts of Wales until noon on Tuesday.British Airways cancelled at least 49 departing and 49 arriving flights at Heathrow.A number of flights at Gatwick, Stansted and London City airports were also cancelled or delayed due to the severe weather.Passengers due to fly to or from European destinations on Tuesday were able to change their travel plans and re-book on to alternative flights up until Friday. A British Airways spokesman said: “Freezing fog is expected across parts of Southern England and Northern Europe from early on Tuesday, December 19, and this is likely to affect flights arriving into and departing from London airports. It added that with light winds and clear skies expected to form quite widely on Monday night, visibility could fall below 100m (328ft) in some places.Only a slow improvement in conditions is expected on Tuesday morning.The yellow weather warning was issued for the East Midlands, the East of England, London and the South East, North West England, South West England, Wales and the West Midlands. @lufthansa absolute chaos at Manchester Airport check in!!!— Brian Clegg (@BrianCleggArt) December 19, 2017 “In order to keep our customers safe in these challenging conditions, we have agreed to slightly reduce our short-haul schedules.”We are doing all we can to contact customers whose flights are affected. If you are due to fly to or from European destinations on Tuesday, you may choose to change your travel plans and rebook onto alternative flights up until Friday 22 December.”last_img read more

Oli Mazi – all together

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Macarthur Greeks is a newly incorporated entity in NSW, with the key objective being to provide the facilitation of cultural community services to Greeks in the Macarthur region. “Our common goal is to engage with the Greek community and to use some of the fantastic venues that this region has to offer to connect Hellenes,” says the group’s spokesman John K. Tsekas. “For this reason we are holding an inauguration event in September, offering the opportunity for all age groups to engage in different activities.” While most Greeks from the region usually congregate at the Liverpool Church, Tsekas found that as the Greek community evolves and branches out, the multi-ethnic families tend to slowly lose touch with the community. “Younger generations are time poor and have competing interests – of which Greek culture and language learning, not to mention dance, is a low priority,” he says. “Sometimes there is [a] will, but [it] is quite difficult to access Greek dance and Greek food in the local area.” The inauguration is a free event, but due to venue requirements, bookings are essential. The hosts will also provide afternoon coffee and tea accompanied by traditional Greek sweets. When: Saturday 13 September 2015 from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown NSW For more information email or call John Tsekas directly on 02 46100712 or 0418 207103.last_img read more

Fully Functional Pinball Machine Built Exclusively with LEGO

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind For many, LEGO bricks and pinball machines are mere school-day memories. For Bre Burns, they’re the ultimate geek mash-up.Burns, half of the LEGO enthusiast duo Renegade Bricks, built a fully functional pinball machine with more than 15,000 plastic blocks and a brilliant throwback theme.As detailed by The Brothers Brick, the tabletop game stands 2.5 feet tall, and, aside from a slab of plywood bearing the unit every inch of Benny’s Spaceship Adventure pinball machine is made from LEGO.That includes three Mindstorms NXT “brain” bricks, a handful of PowerFunctions lights and battery boxes, several Mindstorms steel castor balls, and 30-plus official rubber bands. Wow, what a day! We never would have guessed the pinball machine would be so popular! We’re incredibly grateful to have this chance to share it with the whole world! Thank you all so much for the comments! Always feel free to send us a message! #LEGO #Pinball #Grateful #Pewpewpew— Renegade Bricks (@RenegadeBricks) May 10, 2018The idea for Benny’s Spaceship Adventure, Burns told The Brick Brothers, came in March 2017; she unveiled the final version at this year’s Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, about a year after the project began.“I realized that, like most real pinball machines, leveling issues, realignments, and periodic breakdowns needed to be addressed,” she told TBB. “But I was able to achieve my goal of giving a couple hundred people the opportunity to play it.”Burns spent between 200 and 300 hours designing, building, and programming the machine. She even stuck diligently to her self-prescribed challenge to use only official LEGO products.“No gluing, screwing, fabrication, or modification of any of the parts, including balls, rubber bands, and even the use of the LEGO NXT-G software instead of another programming platform,” she explained.The journey from piles of colorful bricks to a working pinball game was not easy, though: Constantly hammered by soaring steel balls, the table “flew apart repeatedly,” according to TBB.But what has LEGO taught us if not to persevere in the face of adversary—be it the frustration of missing pieces, or the all-out rage of unexpectedly stepping barefoot on said missing piece?That’s exactly what Burns did.“LEGO are meant to be played with,” she told TBB. “And I wanted this to be an inspiration to young builders, so getting people to play it and seeing kids’ faces light up made all the difficulties totally worth it.”The machine is a beautiful nod to LEGO’s “classic” space sets—the blue, grey, white, and yellow collection of cosmic cubes that inspired The LEGO Movie‘s enthusiastic astronaut Benny, aka 1980-Something Space Guy. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lothar Matthaus predicts the outcome of the Bundesliga

first_imgGerman great Lothar Matthaus has boldly predicted how the Bundesliga table for the 2018/19 season will turn out come the end of the seasonTo the surprise of many, Bayern Munich’s hopes of a seventh league title in a row are under serious threat from runaway leaders Borussia Dortmund.BVB’s perfect combination of youth and experience has proven to be, perhaps, the catalyst behind their title charge with youngsters Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi and Jacob Bruun Larsen all starring. while the likes of Marco Reus and Axel Witsel have also been receiving plaudits for their respective efforts.Currently, Lucien Favre’s men lead Bayern by six points from their opening 18 games with only one defeat.Now Matthaus has laid out his final predictions for this season’s Bundesliga table to Sport Bild with Dortmund narrowly clinching the league title from Bayern by a single point.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The German World Cup winner, who won the Bundesliga seven times at Bayern, predicted last week that his old club will struggle to break Dortmund’s hold of top spot.“I still believe Dortmund will decide the title race in their own favour. But if anyone can catch up with them, then, of course, it’s Bayern,” said Matthaus.RB Leipzig will finish third with Borussia Monchengladbach, who were one of the surprise packages from the first-half of the campaign, completing the top-four.But Hannover 96 and FC Nürnberg will be relegated with Fortuna Dusseldorf finishing in the relegation play-off spot, which will see them face whoever finishes third in the Bundesliga 2 in a two-legged play-off tie for a place in next season’s top-tier division.Matthaus’ final 2018/19 Bundesliga table after all 34 gamesBorussia Dortmund – 79 pointsBayern Munich – 78 pointsRB Leipzig – 65 pointsBorussia Monchengladbach – 63 pointsTSG Hoffenheim – 56 pointsEintracht Frankfurt – 55 pointsBayer Leverkusen – 54 pointsVfL Wolfsburg – 46 pointsWerder Bremen – 44 pointsHertha BSC – 43 pointsSchalke 04 – 40 pointsMainz 05 – 35 pointsSC Freiburg – 35 pointsVfB Stuttgart – 33 pointsFC Augsburg – 31 pointsFortuna Düsseldorf – 30 pointsHannover 96 – 26 pointsFC Nurnberg – 22 pointslast_img read more

State Tax Break Could Benefit Holloman AFB in Future BRAC

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) last week signed a bill offering the Air Force a deduction on the gross receipts tax it would be charged for construction services and materials needed for Holloman AFB to accommodate an expanded and permanent F-16 fighter pilot training mission. The measure would apply to five planned construction projects estimated to cost $15.4 million, reports the Alamogordo News. The economic impact of adding 638 permanent civilian jobs and 350 to 400 military families “will more than make up for [the tax break for] many more years to come,” said state Sen. Bill Burt (R). The new law also should enhance Holloman’s military value in a future BRAC round as defense officials have noted the installation’s high construction costs during past BRACs. “This will address some of that,” Burt said. “The biggest competitors for this training mission are Arizona and Texas. If we can take that 6.3 percent off of that, theoretically the contractors will take that off of their bill. Now we’ve become a little more competitive with the cost of construction. Hopefully it eliminates one of the red marks we may have to get that mission here.”Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Jonsgaardlast_img read more

2 persons burnt alive after two lorries collide in Vizianagaram

first_imgVizianagaram: In a tragic incident, two persons have died in the road accident at Gudivada junction national highway in Gajapathinagaram mandal of Vizianagaram district. The accident happened when two lorries carrying the chemical load and plastic load collided each other. In the head-on collision, two persons were burnt alive, and the lorries were also completely damaged with the spread of the flames.last_img

Huge reception accorded to Khaleda

first_imgSeveral thousand activists of BNP welcome their party chief Khaleda Zia on her return home on Wednesday after staying over three months in London. Photo: BNP Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is facing arrest warrants in three cases, returned home from the UK on Wednesday afternoon after over a three-month stay there, reports UNB.She reached Hazrat Shahjajal International Airport by an Emirates Airlines flight around 5:08pm.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir received the party chief at the airport.Hundreds of BNP leaders and activists gathered in the airport area to welcome their chairperson Khaleda Zia as she returned home from the UK on Wednesday afternoon, halting traffic and causing sufferings to commuters.Leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies assembled in front of the road opposite the airport holding banners and placards, disrupting the traffic.The road stretching from the airport to Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden hotel went under the occupation of the BNP followers.Huge law enforcers were deployed in the area to maintain the law and order.As they were not allowed to enter the airport, senior BNP leaders, including BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Mirza Abbas and Nazrul Islam Khan, took position in front of the airport mosque.Hundreds of BNP activists welcome Khaleda Zia. Photo: Focus Bangla Talking to reporters, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed alleged that police were obstructing their leaders and activists from peacefully standing on footpaths in front of the airport.Khaleda went out of the VIP Lounge around 5:30pm, but it took her nearly two and a half hours to reach her Gulshan residence as the road from the airport to Kakali was clogged by her party men.Talking to reporters in front of Khaleda’s residence, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said “lakhs of people accorded a warm reception to their chairperson gathering in the airport area. It’s an unprecedented presence of people of all walks of life.”He said the huge gathering of people has demonstrated that Khaleda is the most popular leader of the country, “We hope people will continue to support her struggle for democracy.”Earlier, Khaleda left London’s Heathrow Airport for Bangladesh around 9:45pm (Local time) on Tuesday night by a flight of Emirates Airline, said UK chapter BNP president MA Malek. The flight had over a two hours stopover in Dubai.Meanwhile, two courts here and another in Comilla last week issued warrants for Khaleda Zia’s arrest in separate cases.Khaleda Zia went to London on 15 July for taking medical treatment and spending time with her family members there.The BNP chief on 8 August underwent a successful eye surgery at a hospital in London. She also celebrated Eid-ul Azha with her family members there.last_img read more

The Sound of Frida Kahlos Voice – Only Known Recording Possibly Found

first_imgWhat did Frida Kahlo’s voice sound like? Artist Frida Kahlo has fascinated people for decades, and now, 68 years after her death, excitement rages over the discovery of what seems to be the only known recording of her voice. Researchers at Mexico’s National Sound Library say archivists found the recording while digitizing a collection donated by a broadcaster. The 90-second audio clip comes from a 1950s pilot episode of the Mexican radio program called “The Bachelor.” The recording is of a woman describing Diego Rivera, Kahlo’s former husband and painting partner. “He’s a large child, massive, with a friendly face and sad look,” the woman’s, thought to be Frida Kahlo’s, voice says. “His bulging, dark, intelligent and big eyes are difficultly detained.”Frida in 1932The recording, which is believed to date to 1953 or 1954, introduces its speaker as a female painter “who no longer exists.” The artist died on July 13, 1954, shortly before the program’s release, at the age of 47. Rivera passed away three years later.In the recording, Kahlo goes on to say about Rivera: “His high, dark, extremely intelligent and big eyes rarely hold still. They almost come out of their sockets because of their swollen and protuberant eyelids—like a toad’s. They allow his gaze to take in a much wider visual field, as if they were built especially for a painter of large spaces and crowds,” the piece continues, per a translation.Frida and Diego RiveraKahlo was one of Mexico’s finest artists, a painter of self-portraits and other works, who is admired as a feminist icon. She incorporated graphic and surrealistic elements in her work and explored questions of identity, gender, race, and class.Frida Kahlo self-portrait 1940. Photo by Libby Rosof CC by 2.0The director of the Frida Kahlo Museum, Hilda Trujillo, told The Associated Press in June 2019 that “there’s still a long way to go” to verify the voice in question. “I personally think that the art world has to be very strict in its judgment and can’t rush to assumptions,” Trujillo said. According to The Guardian, “Investigations will involve sound library officials, engineers, audio experts and even still-living sources. Trujillo said she is optimistic that there are still “enough elements to do a rigorous analysis.”The voice sounds light and smooth, which contradicts some assumptions of the artist. “I would have imagined that it would be a bit deeper and worn out,” Trujillo told The Associated Press. She said that Kahlo was very sick at the end of her life, and was a heavy smoker and drinker.Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky in Mexico. 1937When she was 21, Kahlo paid a visit to the studio of the much older artist Rivera in search of career advice. “She had unusual dignity and self-assurance and there was a strange fire in her eyes,” he said. Theirs was a volatile relationship, with Rivera having many affairs. Kahlo’s lovers allegedly included Leon Trotsky. Kahlo said to Rivera at one point, “You deserve a lover who listens when you sing, who supports you when you feel shame and respects your freedom; who flies with you and isn’t afraid to fall. You deserve a lover who takes away the lies and brings you hope, coffee, and poetry.”According to Sonia Corona of Spanish daily El Pais, several factors point toward the speaker being Kahlo: Experts note that the woman in question is not a professional radio announcer, since she pauses to take a breath multiple times and “tends to lisp,” and explain that the clip was recorded with a portable device rather than in an official studio, said the Smithsonian.Related Article: Only Known Recording of a Castrato – Italy’s Last Castrated Singing BoyYet not everyone is convinced. Mara de Anda, a relative, says no such recording has been found in her family records. She believes Frida Kahlo’s voice was far gruffer and therefore doesn’t match the voice reading “Portrait of Diego Rivera” in the recording.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

Any Samsung Galaxy Purchase Means you Get a Chance to Receive 19999

first_imgSamsung is going to launch Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ very soon, but it surely doesn’t want you to stop buying its current generation of high-end Galaxy phones. A lot of deals have been spotted over the last few weeks. The company has now announced another exciting offer for its high-end customers; can you guess what they are?You will receive the Gear Icon X (2018) fitness wireless earphones priced at $199.99 for free if you buy a Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, or Galaxy S8 Active. The offer is valid for both unlocked and carrier phones (excluding Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, Xfinity Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, C-Spire, and TracFone). The deal is valid until March 1, but only on Samsung’s official U.S. website and Shop Samsung App. Share Tweet Submit The Gear IconX earbuds are wireless, have built-in memory, and have feature-touch controls. So, you can listen to your favorite audio without depending on your smartphone. The earphones are not just compatible with Samsung Galaxy devices, but also with Apple’s iOS-running devices, and most Android phones and tablets running on at least Android 4.4.Check out the deal here and let us know down in the comments if you made a purchase or plan to.last_img read more

Tourism jumps in Europes 2nd most popular destination Spain

first_img MADRID — The number of tourists visiting Spain jumped by 12 per cent in the first six months of 2016, as a mix of economic concerns and fears of extremist attacks continued to drive foreigners away from rival Mediterranean destinations.Spain’s National Statistics Institute said Friday that some 33 million tourists arrived between January and June.Britons continued to top the list at eight million, up 17 per cent. The figure for Germans, at 5 million, was up 7 per cent while French visitors increased 8 per cent to 4.6 million.Spain, Europe’s most popular destination after France, hosted a record 68.1 million tourists in 2015, almost 5 per cent higher than the previous year.Tourism represents some 11 per cent of the Spanish economy. Tourism jumps in Europe’s 2nd most popular destination Spain The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Friday, July 29, 2016 last_img read more

Mumbai becomes the third destination worldwide to host Lufthansas Airbus A350900

first_imgEuropean airline Lufthansa has recently rolled out the service for its A350-900 in India at Mumbai, operating its daily flight between Mumbai and Munich with the most modern long-haul aircraft of the world, the Airbus A350-900. The metro city becomes the second Indian destination after New Delhi and the third destination worldwide to receive this service.The airline’s innovative new aircraft raises the benchmark for efficiency and travel comfort, reaffirming Lufthansa’s commitment to Indian customers. “Maharashtra is amongst our most important markets and our relationship with the city of Mumbai has grown consistently over the years. Therefore, it is only natural that Mumbai becomes the third destination worldwide to receive the most modern and environmental friendly aircraft, the Lufthansa Airbus A350-900,” said Wolfgang Will, Senior Director South Asia, Lufthansa Group Airlines.“Having made India home for over half a century, it’s equally important for us to cultivate long lasting trustful relations reflective of our ‘More Indian Than You Think’ commitment. Building on this, we will continue to invest in innovative products and services to ensure an enriching travel experience for our customers,” he added further.last_img read more

The US Food and Drug Administration FDA says s

first_img The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says sales of romaine lettuce grown in areas deemed to be safe can now resume, as long as the product is labeled with a harvest date and location.In a Nov. 26 announcement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also said that the E. coli outbreak that came to light last week has now led to 43 illnesses across 12 U.S. states, as well as 22 illnesses in Canada.Gottlieb said he believes that romaine lettuce associated with the outbreak comes from areas of California that grow romaine lettuce over the summer months and that the outbreak appears to be related to “end of season” romaine lettuce harvested from these areas.”The involved areas include the Central Coast growing regions of central and northern California,” he said.The FDA is continuing tracebacks of romaine from locations where impacted consumers purchased or consumed the product before they became ill.”Based on further discussions with the leafy greens industry and with agricultural authorities, we have begun to narrow the location in which we believe the contaminated romaine in the current outbreak was grown,” he said.”At the time of the outbreak, the vast majority of the romaine on the market was being grown in the Central Coast region of California. Since then, harvesting of romaine lettuce from this region has ended for the year.”Growing and harvesting of romaine lettuce is now shifting to the winter growing regions of the U.S., which include mainly the California desert region of the Imperial Valley, the desert region of Arizona in and around Yuma, and Florida.”Gottlieb added the FDA believes it was critically important to have a “clean break” in the romaine supply available to consumers in the U.S. in order to purge the market of potentially contaminated romaine lettuce related to the current outbreak. “This appears to have been accomplished through the market withdrawal request of Nov. 20, 2018,” he said.Based on discussions with major producers and distributors, romaine lettuce entering the market will now be labeled with a harvest location and a harvest date, said a new FDA advisory. Romaine lettuce entering the market can also be labeled as being hydroponically or greenhouse grown.”If it does not have this information, you should not eat or use it,” said the advisory.”If consumers, retailers, and food service facilities are unable to identify that romaine lettuce products are not affected – which means determining that the products were grown outside the California regions that appear to be implicated in the current outbreak investigation — we urge that these products not be purchased, or if purchased, be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.” November 27 , 2018 You might also be interested incenter_img U.S.: FDA finds no salmonella outbreak source at D …last_img read more