Chennai: Tamil superstar Rajinikanth Tuesday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “charismatic” leader like Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi and attributed the BJP’s massive win in the Lok Sabha polls to his individual leadership.He also said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi need not resign following the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, saying he was a youngster and perhaps had not got the cooperation of senior party leaders. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCRajinikanth said he would be attending the swearing-in of Modi as Prime Minister on Thursday, following an invitation for him to participate in the event. The veteran star likened Modi to tall leaders of India, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, A B Vajpayee, K Kamaraj, C N Annadurai, M G Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa. “This Lok Sabha poll victory is a win for the individual leadership called Modi. It is the victory for a charismatic leader,” he told reporters here. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”In Indian politics, whether at the national level or state, any party will reap wins only on the (popularity) of a leader. He is a charismatic leader,” he said about Modi. He noted that the country in the past had charismatic leaders like Nehru, Indira, Rajiv and Vajpayee. “After them (the country) has got Modi, a charismatic leader. If you see in Tamil Nadu, there were charismatic leaders like Kamaraj, Anna, Kalaignar, MGR, Jayalalithaa. Along those lines, this victory is achieved for the leadership of Modi,” he said. However, the BJP lost out in southern states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu due to an “anti-Modi wave” though there was a pro-Modi wave in other parts of the country, he noted. “When there is a political wave, one cannot swim against it and will be swept away,” he added. The reasons for such an anti-Modi wave in Tamil Nadu included the Sterlite issue in Tuticorin, methane extraction project in Cauvery delta and the “whirlwind campaign” of the opposition, Rajinikanth added. Asked if the issues surrounding NEET and GST had also contributed to the BJP’s bad show, he said “definitely.” On Congress chief Gandhi’s offer to resign, the Tamil superstar said, “He should not resign.” “I won’t say he lacks leadership qualities. The thing is it is very really difficult to handle the Congress party, it is an age-old party where senior-most people are there.”
FIELD (660 NEWS) — Canadian Pacific has reopened their mainline through Field, BC after Transport Canada conducted safety checks. According to a spokesperson for CP, crews and contractors remain at the scene working through challenging conditions to remove the damaged rail cars and equipment.Three men from Calgary were killed after over one hundred rail cars derailed in Field on Feb. 4. The cars, carrying grain, were parked for two hours when it started rolling through a dangerous passage, building up speed in excess of 32km/h, and eventually careened off a bridge into the Kicking Horse river below.READ MORE: TSB says derailed train began to move on its ownThe Transportation Safety Board investigation will now focus on why the loss of control took place. According to a spokesperson with TSB, it’s too early to say what contributing factors were present during the crash. He described this area as the most challenging railway territory in North AmericaThree workers: conductor Dylan Paradis, engineer Andrew Dockrell and trainee Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer were killed in the crash. A colleague of the men has set up a GoFundMe campaign for the victims’ families. Over $63,000 had been raised as of Wednesday night. Dylan Paradis, Andrew Dockrell and Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer. (GoFundMe) READ MORE: ‘Lives are changed forever:’ outpouring for families of B.C. train crash victimsAccording to Teamsters Canada, the union representing the victims, eight people have lost their lives in rail incidents within the past year. Now the union is calling on the federal government to make a change to prevent rail-related crashes.The recent crash has reignited fear in residents in the small town of Field where the derailment occurred.“I don’t think it helps to panic or live in fear too much, but there is that concern obviously,” Jennifer Coffman, a local restaurant owner, said. “There are over 25 trains daily that go through here — they are transporting all sorts of goods.”
“Given the many challenges we face today with 145 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, achieving the target set for 2017 provides a much-needed boost in fulfilling our mission to reach the world’s most vulnerable people with timely assistance,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said Monday in a press release, acknowledging the generosity of donors. “But given the increase in needs brought on by ongoing conflict and natural disasters this year, it is more important than ever that donors enable CERF [Central Emergency Response Fund] to reach its 2018 funding target of $1 billion,” Mr. Lowcock, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. CERF has been at the forefront in responding quickly when crises emerged in 2017, enabling partners to deliver critical health care, food, clean water, sanitation and much more to people who need it the most, especially women and girls caught up in crises. The Fund was among the first to provide resources when more than 20 million people this year were in or imminently close to famine in north-east Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, helping to stave off the worst. It allocated $145 million to help critically underfunded responses for 14 neglected emergencies around the world, and provided $13 million to enable humanitarians to help tens of thousands of people needing assistance following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean, as well as $19 million for urgent help to refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar. Recognizing that a larger and more robust fund is critical, the UN General Assembly last year endorsed the expansion of CERF’s annual funding target from the current $450 million to $1 billion in 2018. CERF’s annual high-level pledging event in December 2017 can be an important milestone towards achieving the new funding target. “For the sake of millions of people who are suffering, I ask all countries to further stretch their generosity,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who added; “A strong United Nations needs a strong, reliable CERF to reach people trapped in crises and to meet the needs of those still left furthest behind.”
Ohio State then-junior Emma Baranski won the solo national title on April 16, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State synchronized swimming team is hosting the U.S. Collegiate National Championships at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion this weekend, continuing its quest to clinch the program’s 30th overall national title. After a solid season and winning its second consecutive U.S. Collegiate North Regional Championship, Ohio State is competing against Stanford, Arizona, Carleton, Florida, Incarnate Word, Lindenwood, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Penn State, Richmond, Stanford, William & Mary and Wright State. The Buckeyes are looking for redemption after finishing second last year at the national championships behind Stanford, who edged them out by two points. This season, Ohio State also fell short against the Cardinal back on Feb. 18 in Palo Alto, California. “We wanted to make sure that we worked it into our competition schedule to go out to Palo Alto and see what we have, see what they have,” OSU coach Holly Vargo-Brown said. “It was a very close competition. Even though it was a loss, I still feel good about it and that we met the purpose of going while not being afraid to take a loss.”With an abundance of talent on Stanford’s team, reigning solo national champion OSU senior Emma Baranski will have to defend her title among some of the best including Stanford’s Claire McGovern. “Emma is the best in the country at just pure performance and ability to make you want to watch,” Vargo-Brown said. “There is not a single swimmer in the country that matches her in that so Claire is extremely technically sound.”Baranski will end her career where she started, at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on one of the biggest stages in synchronized swimming.“Right now I have judges that are comparing my routine to last year’s routine,” Baranski said. “So they aren’t always comparing me to other swimmers, so I am focusing on my strengths and weaknesses just as much as the competition.”In addition to Stanford, the Buckeyes anticipate Lindenwood and Incarnate Word to be the teams to beat as well. “ We have seen Lindenwood who is also a strong group,” Vargo-Brown said. “So when you can see what your top competitors are, you know where your weaknesses and your strengths are. You can adjust your strategy a little bit. Unfortunately, we were not able to see Incarnate Word this year but they are a really strong team this year, great presenters.”The last time the Buckeyes hosted the Championships in 2015, the program clinched its 29th national title, so the team will definitely have an advantage in comfortability, Vargo-Brown said.“We train here every day,” she said. “We know what it feels like to move a certain amount or move a certain place, we can make our patterns, our choreography exactly where we want them to be. We can practice that, so that is definitely an advantage.”Along with swimming in their own territory, the Buckeyes are also expecting a great hometown crowd to carry the momentum.“It’s always an advantage to swim in front of a home crowd because even in synchronized swimming, Buckeye fans are amazing,” Vargo-Brown said. “I found the energy in 2015 to be electric and that just helps help the team do their very best, because they want to perform for all of these people that are supporting them so much.”No matter who the Buckeyes face, they live by the same motto, that is focusing on what the next move is and being able to move forward from difficult times, Baranski said.“Being able to move on from hard situations is important because no matter what, things are going to happen,” she said. “As long as we stick together as a team we should be successful. Out of all my years this is the most unified our team has ever been.”Vargo-Brown hopes that her unified team will carry the momentum in winning the ultimate prize, a national title. “Moving through the season you just keep pushing,” she said. “Last year we didn’t get what we wanted to do, but you don’t dwell. Hopefully what we have done next, will get us to where we want to be this year.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Students at the Dairy School in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, where 20-year-old Vangelis Giakoumakis took his own life last month amid reports that he suffered serious bullying issued a statement in an apparent attempt to douse rising tensions in the small community as authorities seek to identify the alleged bullies.“We do not want to replace the work of justice by condemning just anyone,” the statement said. “We ask for the same stance from all well-meaning and sensitive people who want to express their solidarity and do not thoughtlessly adopt every piece of ‘information’ they hear,” it added, noting that several students have been the targets of threats and slander.The statement was issued a few hours after a crowd of about 500 people staged a protest outside the Dairy School’s premises with a smaller group subsequently breaking off and breaking the metal gate to enter the grounds. Shouting slogans including “It’s not suicide, it’s murder,” and “Justice,” the protesters tried to force their way into the student dorms but were pushed back by riot police dispatched to the scene. A police detail remained on standby late last night.A group of people alleged to have bullied Giakoumakis are said to have received threats, but the police have yet to arrest anyone and there are appears to be a dearth of evidence pointing to the perpetrators.Source: Kathimerini
Toy Tuesday: The Most Fatal ‘Mortal Kombat’ ToysToy Tuesday: The Best Funko Pops Funko is home to some of the most adorable figures and fandom-related items you’ve ever seen, and its latest acquisition is no different. Playmobil (yes, the very same one that makes those cute kids’ toys) have joined forces to make a new line of 6″ Playmobil figures with a Funko twist. Seriously. Are you ready for this? I don’t think you are.Now just imagine what that means for your favorite fandom. You don’t have to, though, because there are several images that have already been released of some of the new figures. And you’ll be able to get your hands on Ghostbusters, Doctor Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Back to the Future, and Willy Wonka figures shortly, and they’re just as heart-rendingly cute as you’d imagine. Look at their little bodies and faces, and I just want to eat them all up!The line of figures includes Marty McFly, Dr. Emmett Brown, Raphael, Michelangelo, Shredder, Leonardo, the Fourth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, Oompa Loompas, Willy Wonka, Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond Stantz, and I assume plenty more to come. Just look at their little expressions! Their outfits are picture-perfect! They might even come alive at night and start talking to you or something ridiculous like that. Probably not, but one can dream, right?If Funko’s current run is any indication like the POP! Vinyl figures, hopefully, we’ll be seeing video game personalities and plenty of other characters coming on down the line soon. So if you’ve ever dreamt of carrying around some of these familiar faces around in your pocket, you’ll want to go ahead and jump on preordering them so when March comes around you’ll have some pretty exciting packages dropping at your house.View as: One Page Slides1. Ghostbusters Dr. Raymond StantzPurchase Here for $21.112. Back to the Future Marty McFlyPurchase Here for $18.913. Back to the Future Doc BrownPurchase Here for $17.484. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RaphaelPurchase Here for $20.995. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ShredderPurchase Here for $24.996. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles MichelangeloPurchase Here for $24.997. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles LeonardoPurchase Here for $24.998. Doctor Who 4th DoctorPurchase Here for $15.019. Doctor Who 11th DoctorPurchase Here for $18.2810. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Oompa LoompaPurchase Here for $17.0011. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory WonkaPurchase Here for $21.0912. Ghostbusters Peter VenkmanPurchase Here for $24.99 Stay on target
The Doctor’s Christmas regeneration is still more than four months away. But the BBC has you covered with two upcoming TARDIS texts.Relive the excitement of season 10 with the Doctor Who 2018 Annual, a slim hardcover volume teeming with new tales of the Twelfth Doctor, Bill, and Nardole.“With secrets from the latest series, fact files on the latest terrifying monsters, exciting comic strips, stories, puzzles, and activities, it’s the perfect read for any fan,” according to the Penguin Random House brief.Doctor Who 2018 Annual (via Amazon)Dive into the Whoniverse with features on Time Lord regeneration and the oh-so-spectacular Missy, a.k.a. the Master—charged with crimes against the universe throughout all her lives.Find out how she pleads in the official annual, available in the UK starting Sept. 21, and launching worldwide on Sept. 26.For those interested in the darker side of Doctor Who, BBC Books unveiled a “spin-chilling” collection of 12 short illustrated adventures, starring various incarnations of the Doctor—and some of his most terrifying monsters and villains.Doctor Who: Tales of Terror (via Amazon)Just in time for Halloween, Doctor Who: Tales of Terror compiles works by Jacqueline Rayner, Mike Tucker, Paul Magrs, Richard Dungworth, Scott Handcock, and Craig Donaghy, with illustrations by Rohan Eason.Maybe don’t read these stories—frightening fables about Autons, Monoids, the Toymaker, Weeping Angels, and Daleks—alone in a dark place:“As his eyes adjusted to the dim light, Ian saw the metal monster his brother and sister called Starman. He was roughly conical in shape, made of machine parts, and with two thin arms protruding from his battered body. There was a large, jagged hole in his side and Ian could see something dark and wet glimmering inside.”Doctor Who: Tales of Terror (via Penguin)Just remember: If ever you get too startled, the Doctor always has your back.Also, keep an eye out for cameos by fan-favorite friends and companions, including Sarah Jane Smith, Jo Grant, Ace, and Donna Noble.Tales of Terror hits UK shelves on Sept. 7; a US version is expected for release this autumn.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent announcement from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Spend a day in the Big Apple! On Saturday, October 19, 2019, Wilmington Recreation is heading to New York City. This is the easiest way to visit NYC! We provide comfortable round-trip motorcoach transportation to 3 different drop-off locations (Rockefeller Center, Battery Park or Canal Street). Whether you want to take in a show, visit the 9/11 museum, tour Ellis Island, shop or engage in some other activity – the day is yours to spend however you choose. Simply meet back at the bus at 9:15 pm to return home. Cost is $65.To register, visit www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall Room 8. The required registration form can be found on our website – click on the link for Registration Forms on the left.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For Upholstery Workshop This FallIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For SNL Flag Football & Rec BasketballIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Spots Still Available In ‘Learn To Sail’ ProgramIn “Community”
Comments Tags Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Knowing your visual effects lingo: From compositing to previz, understand the latest filmmaking terms with this handy glossary of visual effects jargon. Considering people can only hear Pikachu say “pika pika” when he tries to speak, this live-action universe where Pokemon and humans live together will be an interesting one.Alongside Reynolds, actor Justice Smith stars as Tim Goodman, a young man in search of his missing father. He teams up with the fuzzy yellow Pokemon for the investigation. Detective Pikachu is a spinoff from the Pokemon gaming franchise, which includes the Detective Pikachu game. Directed by Goosebumps director Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on May 10, 2019. Ryan Reynolds shares behind-the-scenes peek at Detective Pikachu Detective Pikachu trailer turns Ryan Reynolds into a Pokemon German Detective Pikachu trailer sounds hilariously different 77 Photos 2 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice More Detective Pikachu Pokemon Go TV and Movies Enlarge ImageDetective Pikachu looks adorable, but does he have the skills to solve a mystery? Video screenshot by Gonzalo Jiménez/CNET Before the Detective Pikachu movie starring Ryan Reynolds hits theaters in May, there’s already news of a sequel in the works. Legendary has announced a sequel to its mixed live-action and animated Pokemon-based movie. 22 Jump Street screenwriter Oren Uziel is slated to pen the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter. No other details on the sequel have been revealed.In the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie, Reynolds plays a Pikachu with a Sherlock Holmes detective cap.
THE ART OF QUEUEING: People line up at bank counters to exchange currency notes in Hyderabad on November 10, 2016.IANSOn November 8 last year, only a hermit or a Finance Ministry official would claim ignorance of the ubiquity of cash and its dominant usage in India. The most bizarre alibi of all to justify the devaluation of selected currency denominations back in November was that it would work as a magic spell to realise a cashless society, and in a single stroke, eliminate most ills facing India as a society. All it takes is 50 days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised emotionally.The denominations illegalised by the government amounted to Rs 15.5 lakh crore worth of total currency in circulation at the time demonetisation was sprung on India’s unsuspecting citizens.Most of them gamely cheered on the move as a quick-fix to eradicate black money; or increase direct tax compliance in a country where only 1 percent of the population — 1.25 crore out of a total population of 123 crore — paid up its income tax in 2012-13.But the truth is: then and now, eliminating black money and increasing tax compliance was and always will be a byproduct of robust policy oversight, strong institutional independence and quality of citizenship.Once the government confirmed its suspicions that black money has multiple levers to its creation and control, as played out in diverse sections of the economy, the private and unorganised sectors, stock and money markets, besides trade, and not a monolithic entity which could be hushed into silence through artificial currency shortages, it (the government) switched track to new rationales. As stated earlier, the most bizarre of the lot was the de facto creation of a cashless society.Wishing on a visionCashless always signposts digital, went official logic. And, digital in every situation points to progress, said Niti Aayog, the government’s rechristened version of the erstwhile Planning Commission. Modi’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley agreed. The data doesn’t.Digital transactions using debit cards rose 4.99 percent in April this year over March, but December 2016 is a memory. December was when, faced with the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 100 notes in the previous month, and left with no recourse but seek digital intervention, the number of non-cash transactions witnessed a huge spike.Modi’s demonetisation stress led to digital transaction volumes peaking in December, but falling 18.42 percent in January, and a further 37 percent in February. Growth in digital usage has remained flat since.The relentless pursuit of the cashless dream by creating a currency shortage as it did, would in Finance Ministry parlance, “encourage” almost 90 percent of India’s population which uses cash to transact its way through life to move over to digital transaction modes – online, Point of Service (PoS), at the very least, ATMs. This was convoluted logic in action at best, and phantasmagorically middling thought process at worst.The results were close to what the critics feared, and cheer leaders continued to ignore. In January, at the height of the demonetisation-fuelled currency shortage, the volume of digital transactions fell 18.42 percent from the highs of December. But this was minimal under the circumstances, considering that December transactions were at record figures thanks to the compulsive digital conversions of habitual cash users during the month. Coming from a wider base, the January fall in transaction numbers was not substantial enough to warrant dismissing Modi’s digital dream as a myth.A digital shift? Not reallyData from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy indicates that new currency circulation actually showed an increase in the period of one week ending January 13, 2017, at 5.9 per cent, with the RBI’s three currency mints going full blast on production. The government declared the match won before half-time. Digital is the new norm, it said. That appeared to be a self-goal, for digital transactions fell in February as well – this time, by 37 percent.Does the temporary higher circulation of the new currency explain this fall? Probably not, for even though many semi-urban and rural ATMs were still being recalibrated for the new notes during the January-February 2017 period, and many as usual had no cash at all despite the higher availability of currency, it was clear that more people were emboldened to risk cash transactions — simply because they were comfortable doing it, and often cost-effectively too. Traders and farmers who exchange their produce and services for cash, were justifiably relieved till the second week of March, when the currency supply tightened up again.Finance Minister Jaitley reminded us that digital India was on a roll and higher supply of the new currency would negate the “inconvenience” caused by demonetisation. But he would again, knowingly or unknowingly, miss the wood for the trees. For, the very fact that urban ATMs were running out of cash revealed that demand for currency continued to be high, and the higher currency circulation was insufficient to meet it. But Jaitley insisted that digital transactions had become the new normal. Raghavendra NThe bottomline was clearer by March when another currency supply crunch struck the common man, and digital transactions faltered further. The bottomline was that digital modes of settling transactions were far from being a way of life in urban or rural India. RBI data for April indicates that digital transactions dropped a cumulative 31 percent from their December peaks.The preference for debit card transactions (see chart above) as a reliable indicator of measuring post-demonetisation spending, is driven by its high levels of usage by those in the sub-Rs 3.5 lakh per annum salary category, who form a majority of Indian salaried workers.It is a fact that credit cards are pushed almost as much into digital usage as debit cards. However, credit cards are essentially non-collateralised debt, and as stochastic data, less accurate in revealing user behaviour or financial status when it comes to spending money on essentials. Real-time transaction spends using debit cards, on the other hand, are based on accounting for actuals, — which more accurately reflect the financial situation of their user bases –, thereby serving as better indices in gauging the success of the digital medium as a realistic alternative to cash.The very fact that digital transactions have stayed flat since January shows that inhabiting a digital reality will elude us for some time to come. That would be unfortunate, though not a national tragedy by any stretch of the imagination.
Reuters FileCapital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has clarified and dropped the proposal to adopt a “bright line test” to determine acquisition of “control”.With the clarification, it means the regulator will leave the definition of ‘control’ in the SEBI’s (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011, unchanged.”The relevant issues have been examined intensively and in view of the aforesaid comments received and the current regulatory environment, it has been decided to continue with the practice of ascertaining acquisition of ‘control’ as per the extant definition in the takeover regulations,” SEBI said in a release.The proposed approach tried to redefine “control” and recommended a list of protective rights that do not amount to acquisition of control.”It is felt that any change or dilution in the definition of control would have far-reaching consequences since a similar definition of ‘control’ is used in the Companies Act 2013 and other laws,” the regulator further said.In March 2016, the regulator had floated a discussion paper on “bright line tests for the acquisition of control under SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations,” financial daily Business Standard (BS) reported.The ongoing framework is principally formulae-based with one of the criteria being the acquisition of 25 percent stake or voting rights. Determining change of control is essential as it prompt an open offer to the public shareholders, BS reported.”I’m firmly in the camp that says they should leave it as it is. The broad principle can then be interpreted by courts as opposed to a rigid rule which will have false positives and false negatives,” BloomberQuint quoted Sandeep Parkh, Founder, Finsec Law as saying.On the discussion paper, the regulator received a mixed response. However, key stakeholders including the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) have recommended against it, SEBI said in a statement, the business daily reported.Changing the current definition of “control” may reduce regulatory scope and increase risks of abuse, opined MCA. The ministry further told the regulator that it would be more appropriate to take decisions on a case-to-case basis.
BCL leaders stage sit-in at the base of Raju Memorial Sculpture on early hours of Sunday. Photo: UNB.Leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), who did not get posts in the newly announced committee, alleged that they were attacked by general secretary Golam Rabbani and his followers on early Sunday, reports UNB.The incident happened around 2:30am inside the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University (DU).But the demonstrators went ahead with a hunger strike programme protesting against the attack at the base of Raju Memorial Sculpture amid rain at 3:00am.“We were attacked first at TSC when our 10-member delegation went to meet BCL president and general secretary,” said Saif Babu, spokesperson of the deprived faction and former BCL publicity secretary.“Suddenly, BCL general secretary Golam Rabbani charged BM Lipi Akter (deputy cultural affairs secretary in new committee) why she delivered a speech against him at a media talk show. Lipi replied that she learnt it from him,” Saif said.“Rabbani got furious and slapped her. Activists, loyal to Rabbani, also attacked other deprived students,” Saif Babu alleged.The alleged attackers included drama and debate affairs secretary Jewel Molla, GS (general secretary) of Sir AF Rahman hall union Abdur Rahim (Rahim Sarker), VP (vice-president) of Bangabandhu hall union Akmol Hossain, GS of Ziaur Rahman hall Hasibul Hossen Santo.Those who claimed to have been assaulted are – deputy cultural affairs secretary Nipo Islam Tonni, Tilottama Sikder, deputy publication secretary Farida Parvin, deputy student-scholarship secretary Srabony Shaila, former deputy international affairs secretary Emdad Hossain Sohag, former assistant secretary Azmir Sheikh, former deputy publicity secretary of DU unit Sheikh Abdullah and general secretary of Shamsun Nahar hall unit Chhatra League Jiasmin Shanta.Around 3:00am, Chhatra League president Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and general secretary Rabbani tried to calm down the protesters amid rain but they had been told to go away.“There were some altercations. But they weren’t serious … we’ll solve the problems,” Rabbani told UNB.Rabbani rejected the claims and said, “They’re staging a drama.”
Image captured from HPD’s Twitter feed / @houstonpoliceHPD Chief Art Acevedo announces the results of a two week operation conducted in Houston targeting individuals with open parole violation warrants for arrest.Officers with the Houston Police Department (HPD), in collaboration with local parole officers, arrested 91 individuals with open parole violation warrants for arrest in a two week period, HPD Chief Art Acevedo announced Monday.Acevedo detailed in a media briefing held at HPD’s headquarters, in downtown Houston, that officers assigned to the Major Offenders Division, as well as to the SWAT team and patrol divisions, made the arrests from July 1 to July 15.“We were strategic, we were tactical, we were focused and what we focused on were the worst of the worst,” noted Acevedo, who added that his officers went after “violent offenders.”The Police Chief also underscored there are about 18,000 individuals on parole, because of both violent and non-violent offenses, in greater Houston.Acevedo explained that, at the beginning of 2018, he instructed HPD’s leadership to “put more emphasis on arresting felony parole violators and we’re calling this initiative the parole felony initiative.”“It’s time for us, as law enforcement agencies, to understand that a small percentage of those on parole are the ones that are committing the majority of the violent crime in this community and throughout the state of Texas,” added the Police Chief.You can watch Chief Acevedo’s media briefing here:Chief @artacevedo Announces Results of Parole Violator Initiative https://t.co/VMf0vea1OA— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 16, 2018 Share
Kolkata: As Trinamool Congress observed Nandigram Divas with solemnity on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “We observe Krishak Divas on March 14 to remember those who had been killed in Nandigram. On this day we give out the Krishak Ratna award. We feel proud about the farmers. The government is committed towards their development.”However, the Krishak Ratna award could not be given this year due to the promulgation of the 2019 Lok Sabha election’s model code of conduct. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIn Contai, state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari attended a programme organised by East Midnapore District Trinamool Congress to remember those who got killed in Nandigram on March 14, 2007. He garlanded the martyr’s column at Tekhali and Sonachura. The minister also launched campaigns for Sisir Adhikari, contesting from the Contai Lok Sabha seat and Dibyendu Adhikari, contesting from the Tamluk seat. Meanwhile, Paschimbanga Trinamool Madhyamik Sikshak Samity observed Nandigram Day in North Kolkata. Shashi Panja, minister of state for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare took part in the programme. She remembered the sacrifice of the farmers who had been gunned down by the erstwhile CPI(M) government. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe then state government had decided to acquire land from the farmers to develop a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for Salim Group of Indonesia. Accordingly, acquisition notice was given to the farmers. In response, the farmers had launched a movement against the state government’s decision. On March 14, 2007, state government officials along with a huge contingent of police had gone to Nandigram to acquire the land of the farmers. When the farmers resisted police opened fire, killing 14 farmers and leaving 50 more injured. Trinamool Congress subsequently took up the cause of the farmers and it marked the beginning of the Left Front’s end in Bengal. People from all walks of life including intellectuals, theatre personalities, poets and others had joined the rallies organised by the party in Kolkata. Mamata Banerjee herself had spearheaded the movement and shook the foundation of CPI(M). The issue had an impact on the entire nation. In 2008 Trinamool Congress fared quite well in the Panchayat elections and bagged East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas Zilla Parishad. In the 2009 Lok Sabha poll, the party improved its performance. In 2010 Trinamool won the election at Kolkata Municipal Corporation and finally dislodged CPI(M) from power in 2011.
Go back to the enewsletterWell, I knew I was in for a treat at Saffire Freycinet but I did not realise it was ‘wow’ from the moment of arrival. Although it can only be properly seen from above, the main block is shaped like a giant stingray, with 20 detached villas beyond its head. These villas all face across Oyster Bay to a promontory with a skyline of the five Hazard mountains, the tallest of which, in the middle, is the 485-metre-high Mount Dove. How did this resort, which opened 2010, come about? I am told that the Farrell family’s Federal Group wanted to extend their Tasmania gaming monopoly and to achieve this they had to build a resort. Fortunately, they happened to have a caravan park in Freycinet National Park that they were prepared to sacrifice.The original idea was for a 120-room lower-level operation, but eventually, the Farrells chose architect Robert Morris Nunn’s plan, apparently sketched out on the back of an envelope. His villas, all 20 of them, are more or less similar, each like a giant 80-square-metre, or slightly larger, sculpture. I was in #08, named Devonian, which had simple concrete or wood walls and one all-glass wall; all the better for that view across the bay. I just wish I had had more time to spend in it. Like most arrivals, I was met at Hobart Airport and, after coffee and a tidy-up in the resort’s dedicated arrivals lounge, I was taken along the 2.5-hour scenic route to the resort by one of its four Hobart-based drivers.Saffire Freycinet is all-inclusive, in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises sense, inclusive of all the best. The food is fabulous. I loved the big bowls of Neil Perry-type healthy salads on the lunch buffet (my water came in a Riedel tumbler, but if I joined others in a midday wine-tasting it would have been in Plumm stemware). At dinner, my Pacific oysters were paired with 2017 Wineglass Bay Sauvignon Blanc from Tasmania’s east coast. At breakfast, I was offered the choice of Saffire muesli or porridge before tucking into the highly popular breakfast bowl: haloumi, sweet potato hummus, beetroot relish, avocado, poached egg, sesame dukkha and linseed sourdough. The GM, Ross Boobyer, says that the cuisine offered on-site is one of the many reasons people return again and again.Another addictive draw are the 14 complimentary activities, top of the list being the oyster experience. Ten of us were loaned hotel weatherproof jackets and torso-covering rubber waders. And wade we did, through the shallows to see and learn about baby oysters, pea-sized, growing in wire mesh dormitories held permanently in and above the water. And then we waded some more, to a firmly planted table that Bianca, one of our minders, had set with white linen and Plumm glasses. She scooped dozens of mature oysters from an older-mollusc dormitory, shucked them and we ate and drank a local white until we were fit to burst. And then it was back to the resort to watch the sunset. In the morning, I started with a pre-dawn workout in the 24/7 Technogym, skirting a wallaby as I made my way home. After breakfast I took a Giant mountain bike and pedalled down to and along the beach, breathing in the fresh air. Yes, Saffire Freycinet more than warrants world-class status.Back in Hobart, I experienced another of Tasmania’s extraordinary hostelries: The Henry Jones Art Hotel. The hotel is another feather in the cap for Federal Group, which also has a new-build MACq 01 hotel opposite. The Henry Jones, as its name implies, is filled with art; 400-plus pieces in all. It was difficult to have a favourite, but I did rather treasure Woods by David Keeling, one of the winners of the annual John Glover Prize for aspiring Tasmanian artists (there are many original John Glovers around the hotel, too).Complementing the art is the building itself, a conversion of the jam factory started in 1869 by George Peacock. He later sold the operation to Henry Jones, who began his own career at the age of 12 by sticking labels on jam tins. Jones worked his way up and made Henry Jones IXL Jams into a global phenomenon. The Federal Group bought the dilapidated three-floor buildings, structured in a C-formation around a central courtyard, which has now been glassed over to create an expansive conservatory. In the main arrival lobby, there are two artworks, specially commissioned and completed with kids’ crayons; one shows a basket for holding jam fruits, the other an urn used in the preserve-making process.Along one long side of the building, looking straight over Hobart’s Victoria Harbour, there are a total of 56 rooms. I was in #212, a front-facing attic; some of the walls were bare stone, dating back to the beginning of the factory. Half my ceiling was corrugated iron, the rest wood. All the public areas are recycled and/or retro. There are bits of old wall deliberately left in what is now the conservatory. Centuries-old stone bits coexist with a working herb garden and seating that can be moved around as needed. Around the periphery of the conservatory space are galleries selling Aboriginal art and other works and a popular IXL Long Bar, tended by a renowned mixologist.And at one end of the unusual conservatory is Peacock & Jones, the restaurant named for the factory’s two owners. This is a lovely restaurant that gives this fascinating hotel its reputation for luxury. There are extra-high tables, normal-height tables and low coffee tables, all with suitable seating. A ceiling-hung modern wrought-iron sculpture holds a working fire. The customers are locals, anniversary couples and groups of girlfriends, all having a good time. I was brought an amuse-bouche: a one-bite choux pastry topped with truffle. I had a local burrata with beetroot and currants, and then – the highlight – grilled wallaby that was probably from a Flinders Island farm. It was soft as veal, but more flavourful and it went marvellously with Brinktop Killara 2017 Pinot Noir.In the morning, I went for an early walk around Victoria Harbour, taking note of a memorable life-sized statue of walking women: Footsteps 2017 by Dubliner Rowan Gillespie, which commemorates the 13,000 convict women who were brought to Tasmania in the early 19th century. And then there was just time for divine yoghurt and an omelette in the MACq 01 hotel, cantilevered over the harbour.Being a Sunday, I felt more than justified in taking up Tourism Australia’s kind offer to see something else of southeast Tasmania. A driver from Par-Avion, the transport firm, drove me to Pooley Wines, a third-generation winery in Richmond. This is a company that has a clever marketing approach; sign up to its club for free and you immediately get 15% off any wines, say the Cooinda Vale Cabernet Merlot (50-50) 2017. Thereafter, guests received the same concession on any case – your choice of labels – four times a year.Next, a four-passenger Par-Avion R44 Clipper II chopper, with pilot Dave, landed next to Pooley Wines’ carpark and we took off to Frogmore Creek Winery in Cambridge. This fabulous estate is co-owned by an American, Jack Kidwiler, and Tony Scherer, Tasmania’s Senior Australian of the Year, 2018 for the organic farming he has been promoting since 1990 (he is President of Australia’s Pinot Noir Forum).Frogmore Creek WineryOf course, it is rude to arrive at a vineyard and not say yes to a tasting. Frogmore Creek probably had over a hundred already having lunch, but first I was led through some excellent Rieslings by a charming Beijing architect, Stan, who had given all that up to follow his passion (I am never going back, he said firmly as he poured the 2017 Frogmore Creek Riesling that garnered Silver in the 2018 Riesling challenge). And then I sat down, looking at vineyards through all-wall windows. Both my dishes were exquisite. First I had a beetroot-cured salmon belly with mulled apple gel, baby beetroot and tzatziki yoghurt. This was followed by a sweet potato, pumpkin and baby spinach frittata with spiced pumpkin curd, mandarin gel, pickled butternut, pistachio dukkha and pumpkin. Its recommended wine pairing was 42 Degrees South 2018 Rosé.I was getting addicted to being chauffeured around by Dave. Similar to the Napa Valley, an increasing number of winery tourists use Uber to avoid having to drink and drive when hopping from one wine house to another. Here, travelling by Par-Avion makes a lot of sense (I would also recommend anyone short of time to use them to get quickly to and from Saffire Freycinet). On my day, however, Dave stayed nearer to Hobart. His last stop was to Shene Estate & Distillery, a stately home stone concept built in 1856 in English mansion style, though I have yet to come across any notable Cotswolds-type buildings where solid stone walls are paired with corrugated iron roofs. My host here was Queenslander Anne Kernke, who bought the ruined mansion with her husband David, and they are, between them, on a lifetime’s conservation mission to create a living heritage that is also viable.Shene Estate and DistilleryFrankly, Anne Kernke is such a bubbly enthusiast she could sell Shene Estate as an event space to anyone, a wedding planner or a car company (the main double-height barn now has Murano-type working chandeliers). She is the main tour guide and also the business developer for the distillery that husband, David, manages and oversees. Their Poltergeist gin is dedicated to Gamaliel Butler, who built Shene in 1856 and then went on to give his wife 16 babies. There are also tastings of Mackey whisky, named for the Kernke’s former business partner, Damien Mackey. Samplings are held at the bar at one end of Shene’s main hall. I was only sorry not to stick around for some of Tasmania’s connoisseur events, especially the upcoming Tamar Valley taster happening from 24 to 26 May 2019. But Girlahead was off, yet again.Shene Estate and DistilleryGo back to the enewsletter
FILE – In this May 1, 2019 file photo, Ralph Macchio arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. After starring in three “Karate Kid” films in the 1980s, Macchio says he spent the next 30 years passing on ideas for more. The franchise was a popular one and he didn’t want to ruin it with a sub-par idea. His mind was changed by the pitch for “Cobra Kai,” a 10- episode, half-hour series on YouTube that picks up the rivalry between his character, Daniel LaRusso, and his high school rival, Johnny Lawrence. The second season is now streaming and a third has been announced (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) by Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2019 10:56 am PDT NEW YORK — After starring in three “Karate Kid” films in the 1980s, Ralph Macchio says he “basically said ‘no’ for 30 years” to ideas for more.“It felt better and smarter to leave the legacy alone,” said Macchio, who is now 57. He didn’t want to “taint the legacy with a short-sighted idea or cash grab.”The “Cobra Kai” creators changed his mind with an idea about a half-hour series streaming on YouTube Premium. It takes place 34 years after the first movie.Former nemesis Johnny Lawrence (again played by William Zabka) defines down on his luck. He’s living in a run-down apartment, has just been fired from his job as a handy man, and he keeps seeing ads for Daniel LaRusso’s successful car dealerships.Lawrence ends up opening his own Cobra Kai karate studio (using the same aggressive principles that he was taught and displayed in the films) and LaRusso discovers it driving by.A martial arts rivalry is reignited as if it were yesterday.“You would think some high school nemesis opening up a karate dojo would be like, ‘You know what? Let him have his thing’ but for LaRusso, it snaps back into yesterday and that’s what’s fun about the Johnny Lawrence/LaRusso rivalry, is that they push each other’s buttons,” said Macchio.The first season, which launched in 2018, scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and its first episode has more than 60 million views.“I certainly had a feeling that the fan base was out there and that people, if we were able to present it in a smart way, that they would be interested in these characters decades later,” said Macchio.All 10 episodes of season two are now streaming and season three has been ordered.And, some intrigue for fans: Elisabeth Shue confirms she’s been approached to also revive her character, Ali, from the films. (She played LaRusso’s girlfriend.)“I have seen it and I thought it was well done,” she said. “I’m thinking about it.”___Jill Dobson contributed to this report.Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Still kicking: Ralph Macchio revives ‘Karate Kid’ franchise
by The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2019 7:19 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — One of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers says he raped her at his New York home when she was 15.Jennifer Araoz (Uh-ROHS’) said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show she hasn’t spoken to authorities about her allegations against the wealthy financier because she feared retribution.Like other victims, Araoz says she was told to undress and give Epstein massages that often led to groping and sex acts. She says he “forcefully raped” her when she was 15 despite her pleas asking him to stop.Messages were left with Epstein’s defence attorneys seeking comment about Araoz’s claims.Epstein has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges. His lawyers said in court that the allegations in the indictment couldn’t amount to statutory rape because there was no penetration.The Associated Press Accuser says Jeffrey Epstein raped her when she was 15 CORRECTS TO EPSTEIN APPEARS IN COURT, NOT IN CUSTODY – FILE – In this July 30, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. The wealthy financier and convicted sex offender has been arrested in New York on sex trafficking charges. Two law enforcement officials said Epstein was taken into federal custody Saturday, July 6, 2019, on charges involving sex-trafficking allegations that date to the 2000s. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
Holiday website Canvas holidays claim Cyprus is the second safest place in Europe to drive in.According to the website, they used the European Commission’s Annual Accident Report 2018 to calculate the data.“Denmark takes the top spot as the safest place to drive, reporting just five accidents per 10,000 residents annually. Cyprus comes in close second, with 7.5 accidents per 10,000 residents, followed by Finland with 8.5. France and Poland make up the rest of the top five, with 8.6 and 8.9 accidents per 10,000 residents respectively,” the website says.Austria is at the other end of the scale, with 43.6, followed by Germany (37.2) and Belgium (35.2)The European Commission annual report uses data from 2016, only counting accidents where people are injured or killed, not those which result only in damage.In 2016, they recorded 46 fatal accident for Cyprus, 35 of which occurred in urban areas and the rest outside urban areas.In the EU, most pedestrians and driver fatalities occurred on Fridays and Saturdays, 16 per cent each. This differs from passengers, most of whom, 20 per cent, died on Sundays.In Cyprus, the six passengers who died in road accidents were all killed on different days of the week.Of the 27 drivers who were killed, most (seven) died on Saturdays.In Cyprus and the EU in general most accidents happen around 5pm.The death toll from road accidents reduced in Cyprus during 2016 by 19.3 per cent, according to the 11th Road Safety Performance Index Report of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). This was the second biggest reduction in the EU.The ETSC also reported 46 road deaths for the year, 11 fewer than 2015. The reduction followed an increase of 26.7 per cent in 2015. With the reduction, Cyprus went back from the 20th to the 13th place it ranked in 2014 among the EU countries with regard to the road traffic death rate.CANVAS HOLIDAYS REPORT You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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