Injured Hardik Pandya out for six weeks, may miss England ODIs

first_imgIndia allrounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of competitive cricket for a minimum of six weeks after the shoulder injury he sustained during the net-session turned out to be a hairline fracture.The rehabilitation will start post recovery and it makes Hardik a doubtful starter for India’s ODI series against England starting in Pune on January 15.”BCCI medical team confirms that India allrounder Pandya has sustained a hairline fracture on his right shoulder.He will take minimum six weeks to recover from this injury,” a BCCI release stated.”BCCI medical team will monitor his progress and rehabilitation programme and update accordingly. Hardik was struck by a ball during a net session before the start of the third Test match against England in Mohali,” the releaseadded.Opener KL Rahul and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha are already in the injured list.last_img read more

Court dismisses womans suit for damages, terms it frivolous

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) A womans plea seeking damages from the DDA for dispossessing her family from their ancestral land adjacent to the Safdarjung Hospital, has been dismissed by a Delhi court which said it was a “frivolous litigation”.The court also slapped costs of Rs 60,000 on the woman, the plaintiff, with a direction that Rs 30,000 be paid to the DDA and the other half to the District Legal Service Authority, South.”Court is not an idle, docile and mindless spectator which is powerless to bring frivolous litigation to an early end and the court is not a slave of proceedings.”The plaintiff wasted precious court hours as well as caused defendants to bear the brunt of frivolous litigation and the plaintiff must recompense the court as well as defendants,” Additional District Judge Neera Bharihoke said.The judge said the case was a glaring example of how the plaintiff “made a mockery of the law, courts and judicial system by changing her stand.”According to the plaintiff, the suit was initiated in 2000 for declaration, injunction and damages with respect to the suit property i.e. the land measuring 300 bighas adjacent to the Safdarjung Hospital and facing erstwhile Kamal Cinema at Safdarjung Enclave in south Delhi.It was submitted that the DDA had been threatening to dispossess the plaintiffs from their land since a long time and in 2008 they acquired a part of that land for a Sports Injury Centre, which was built ahead of the Commonwealth Games, 2010.The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), however, claimed that the land was acquired by the government through a century old notification, thus the suit filed in 2000 was barred by time.advertisementIt further said the suit was barred by Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act 1972 and plaintiffs were attempting to encroach the government land.The court, while dismissing the suit, said the woman kept changing her stand through the proceedings, with respect of description of the property, extent of the property under their possession, nature of their possession over the suit property as well as the reliefs claimed as the case progressed.”The present suit has been filed in 2000 and the period of limitation expired much earlier. Further, the plaintiffs came to know about their title, if any, to the suit property, to have fallen into cloud as early as in 1962 under the old Limitation Act as well as in 1980, when the Act 1963 had already come into force but they filed simple suit for injunction without seeking any relief of declaration and thus the present suit is besides being barred by limitation, is also barred under Code of Civil Procedure,” the court said.It said the plaintiffs have not been able to raise any bona fide dispute in respect of title of the property. PTI AG DVlast_img read more

Inshallah: Salman Khan to play US-based businessman, Alia Bhatt an aspiring actress?

first_imgInshallah: Salman Khan to play US-based businessman, Alia Bhatt an aspiring actress?Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his team are currently on a recce in the United States for Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt’s film Inshallah.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 14:14 IST Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt to work together in InshallahSalman Khan and Alia Bhatt are working together in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah and fans cannot keep calm. Recently, details about Salman and Alia’s characters began to do the rounds. According to Mumbai Mirror report, a source close to the development said that Bhansali and his team are currently on a recce in the United States, after visiting locations in India.”The prime spots on the makers wish-list are the streets of Orlando and the beaches of Miami. Salman will play a 40-something businessman, who is based in Orlando (a city in central Florida). It is a character who is young at heart and Salman will sport a stylish look by wearing designer jackets and sunglasses,” the source said.The source also revealed that Alia will play the role of an aspiring actress in her mid-20s.”Alia’s character is from a place that is situated near the river Ganga, which is why Bhansali is contemplating on these locations,” the source added.According to the publication, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his team visited Varanasi, Rishikesh and Haridwar before flying to the US.advertisementLately, Inshallah has been in the limelight because of the age gap between the leading actors in the film. The casting was heavily criticised by the netizens as Salman and Alia have an age gap of 26 years in real life.On this, a source had earlier told a daily that the factors including age gap have been taken into consideration for Inshallah. The story will justify the teaming up of two actors (Salman and Alia) from different generations on a romantic journey.Alia herself had claimed that there is a reason behind the unusual casting in Inshallah.”Bhansali is a visionary. People are too quick to judge. There is a plan in place and a reason behind the [unusual] casting. I am thrilled to be working with Salman. Even I never thought this combination [working with Khan and Bhansali] is possible. It will be an intriguing journey and Salman is genuinely warm and kind. They are a magical duo together and I am blessed to be in it,” she had said.Inshallah will hit the screens on Eid 2020.This will mark the reunion of Salman Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali after two decades. They both worked together in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, which released in 1999.ALSO READ | Salman Khan to play a 40-year-old businessman in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah?ALSO READ | Alia Bhatt on Inshallah with Salman Khan: There is a reason and plan behind this castingALSO WATCH | A look at Salman Khan’s controversial lifeGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Salman KhanFollow InshallahFollow Alia Bhattlast_img read more

Order of Nova Scotia Ceremony to be Broadcast Live

first_img The ceremony will also be available live on the provincial government website at . More information about the recipients can be found on the website at . Nova Scotians interested in viewing the 2006 Order of Nova Scotia investiture ceremony will be able to watch it live on television and the Internet. Legislative Television will broadcast the ceremony on EastLink Digital Cable channel 95 beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3. This year’s Order of Nova Scotia recipients are: Alida (Cora) de Jong Greenaway, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality Joan Dillon, Antigonish, Antigonish Co. Ronald Stewart, Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Col. (Ret’d) Ian Fraser, Toney River, Pictou Co. George Clarke, Toronto, Ont./Three Mile Plains, Hants Co.last_img read more

Dust Advisory in Fort St John continues today

first_imgThe forecast suggests the dust concentration will increase until there is precipitation or more dust suppression. The advisory will be in effect until further notice.Real-time air quality observations and information regarding the health effects of air pollution can be found at FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A Dust Advisory that was issued for Fort St. John earlier this week remains in effect today.Environment Canada issued the advisory on Monday because of high levels of road dust in the air. The dust levels have increased due to the presence of winter traction material on dry roads. Levels of dust tend to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations.Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise near busy roads until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.last_img read more

UN more vital than ever European Union informs gathering of world leaders

Speaking to global leaders gathered at UN Headquarters in New York for the annual general debate, Tarja Halonen warned that conflicts and terrorism continue to undermine economic and social progress around the world.“Contrary to our shared ideals, the realities of war and violence have not become history,” she said, later citing the conflict in the Middle East as an example of a problem that requires sustained international attention.Ms. Halonen added that “effective multilateralism is crucial in facing the growing threat of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction” as she welcomed recent resolutions on this issue on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran.The Finnish President also stressed the importance of upholding human rights and the need to keep reforming the UN and its key bodies, such as the General Assembly and the Security Council.Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski invoked the spirit of his country’s Solidarity resistance movement of the 1980s as he urged the UN and its Member States to work together to overcome their biggest differences and challenges.“I believe that where tensions and social conflicts are resolved through dialogue, where respect is promoted for different cultures and religions, where economic inequalities between societies and States are prevented, terrorism will not find soil to grow,” he said.Mr. Kaczynski said “the dramatic dissonance between poverty and incredible scientific and technological progress” must change so that people in the South have access to the same development opportunities as those in the North.Moritz Leuenberger, President of Switzerland, told the Assembly that the world’s biggest challenges, from war and terrorism to the transfer of jobs offshore to climate-related natural disasters, know no borders and therefore require global responses.He also emphasized the importance of respecting human rights during the fight against terrorism, urging all Member States, large and small, to adopt the statute on the International Criminal Court (ICC).Norway’s Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, described his country’s longstanding support for the United Nations. As a member of the UN panel for reform, Norway was helping to develop proposals on how to better address development, humanitarian assistance and environmental issues, particularly in light of the many new agencies and activities added to the UN portfolio over the years.He pointed out that in several countries, the UN system was represented by more than 20 different organizations and called for an end to duplication, fragmentation and rivalry between different parts of the system. read more

12 million stateless people globally warns UNHCR chief in call to States

Echoing that message, UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi appealed for “decisive action” from governments to eliminate the problem, noting that it is the right thing to do, “humanly, ethically and politically”.Every person on this planet has the right to nationality and the right to say I belong – Filippo Grandi, UNHCR chiefStateless people “still face huge barriers to exercising fundamental human rights”, such as education, medical care or legal employment, the High Commissioner said, before calling for States to tackle discrimination in nationality laws, which is regarded as the biggest driver of the problem.Only 25 countries around the world retain gender discrimination in their legislation that prevents mothers from conferring their nationality to their children on an equal basis as men.Madagascar and Sierra Leone are the most recent countries to change these laws, UNHCR said.Mr Grandi’s appeal comes four years after the launch of a 10-year campaign to eradicate statelessness globally, in recognition that millions remain stateless and living in limbo around the world, with the majority in Asia and Africa.  Nine states have established or improved statelessness determination procedures, six states have reformed their nationality laws and another two have eliminated gender discrimination that prevents women from passing on their nationality to their children.National plans to end statelessness have also been formally adopted in nine countries.“States like Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Thailand are paving the way,” Mr Grandi said, “showing that with political will and commitment, and concerted national efforts, the lives of tens of thousands of people can be transformed through the acquisition of nationality.”Insisting that statelessness is a man-made problem and “relatively easy to resolve and prevent”, UNHCR has published a handbook called “Good Practices in Nationality Laws for the Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness” which offers examples of legislation that States can use to avoid childhood statelessness, eliminate gender discrimination from nationality laws and establish procedures to identify stateless persons and facilitate their naturalization. © UNHCR/Roger ArnoldA family poses for a portrait at home after attending a UNHCR stateless workshop in Skopje, Macedonia. Most stateless persons in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia originate from other former Yugoslav republics. 2017. “Today I call on politicians, governments and legislators around the world to act now, to take and support decisive action to eliminate statelessness globally by 2024,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “Humanly, ethically and politically it is the right thing to do. Every person on this planet has the right to nationality and the right to say I BELONG.”Some countries have hundreds of thousands of stateless persons and there is no region of the world that is untouched by statelessness, UNHCR said.The very nature of statelessness means it is difficult to determine exactly how many people are affected, or at risk.In 2017, approximately 70 countries reported 3.9 million stateless individuals. But UNHCR estimates that this is only a fraction of the total and the true number could be three times higher.There has been progress since UNHCR’s #IBelong campaign began, however, with more than 166,000 formerly stateless people now with a nationality.In addition, 20 states have acceded to international accords on statelessness since November 2014, bringing the total number of parties to the 1954 Convention to 91 and 73 to the 1961 Convention.  © UNHCR/Roger ArnoldKombo Asumani Kombu and his family, attended a UNHCR workshop in Shimoni, Kenya to share their experience of statelessness. (June 2017) read more

Womens lacrosse Ohio State Buckeyes look to three AllBig Ten players to

Ohio State junior attackman Molly Wood races up field against Penn State on April 12, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team had three athletes who received preseason All-Big Ten honors. The honors were given to two defenders, senior Christina Turner and junior Shannon Rosati, and junior attackman Molly Wood.Turner and Rosati are both coming off of a season in which they were named to the All-Big Ten team, while Wood is the returning points leader for the Buckeyes. All three players are expected to be a few of the greatest contributors for OSU’s 2017 campaign and are looking to step into larger leading roles.“We don’t really focus too much on it,” Rosati said. “We’re not a big individual team. It’s cool and all, but we can’t focus on that. We’ve got to focus on the team goals.” OSU found themselves sitting at No. 5 in the Big Ten’s preseason poll. This comes as a disappointment to a team that feels like they can compete for a championship.“We’re coming into the season with a chip on our shoulder, that’s not where we want to be,” Wood said. “We’ve been at the top of the Big Ten before and we know what it feels like. I think that’s a feeling that we’re going to carry with us this season to get us back on top.”The Buckeyes will open up their season against a University of Vermont team that dropped their first game to Louisville after finishing last year 6-10. Even so, OSU is still looking to come out and showcase why they should be higher than fifth in the Big Ten.“[We’re looking to] just push it and show what we’ve been working on all fall and spring,” Wood said. “We didn’t end last season how we wanted to and now we’re going to come out on fire.”OSU should be able to get off a lot of shots against the Catamounts, who allowed 51 shots in their loss on Saturday. But since the Buckeyes averaged a fifth-best 25.8 shots per game last season in the Big Ten, they will have to work for those opportunities.In what will be the first matchup between these two schools in program history, Rosati said that they want to come out and prove themselves from the beginning.“We don’t want to wait until the middle of the season to show what we have,” Rosati said. “We want to have a huge game all around the field and start off with a bang.”The game is set to start at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and the Buckeyes believe that things could not be any better ahead of their season opener.“We’re going to match up well and it’s going to be a great game against them,” Wood said. “I think it’s a perfect first game. We’re going to have a blast, but I know we can come out on top as long as we play well.” read more

Bandits rob gas station employees in Berbice

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBandit mistakenly shoots accomplice dead – during bungled gas station robbery in BerbiceFebruary 25, 2016In “Crime”Gunmen on bicycles intercept, rob bakery truckNovember 25, 2016In “Crime”Bandit shot dead attempting to rob businessmanJanuary 27, 2017In “Crime” Gas station employees Prakash Seenarine, 32, and Darren Reddy, 21, attacked and robbed while on duty at their place of employment at Main and King Streets in New Amsterdam, Berbice on Saturday evening, are now in a traumatised state, especially after their lives had been threatened if they failed to comply with the bandits’ instructions.Based on reports received, the two employees were pounced on by two armed men while another accomplice was seen “keeping watch” on King Street. The incident occurred at about 20:15hrs.INews  was informed that the bandits had placed both victims to lie on the ground before relieving them of some $86,000 belonging to the company in an ordeal that lasted for mere minutes; and fled the scene on foot in an easterly direction along King Street, in company of their waiting accomplice.Police are in the process of reviewing the CCTV footage attached to the gas station as investigations continue. read more

Boliden to substantially reduce copper and zinc output from its Boliden area

first_imgThe Environmental Court in Umeå, Sweden, has provided Boliden with the conditions for operating and reclaiming the Hötjärn tailings pond. The Environmental Court has prior to this granted Boliden’s application to build the tailings pond adjacent to the company’s mines and concentrator in the Boliden Area. “We’re obviously delighted that this matter has finally been resolved, and that the Boliden Board of Directors now can review this investment. Our ambition is to have the new tailings pond in operation by the spring of 2010,” says Jan Moström, President of Business Area Mines at Boliden. The Environmental Court approved Boliden’s proposals concerning emission levels, methods of reclamation and level of financial guarantee. The later being set to an amount of SEK37 million. The consequences of this ruling being delayed do, however, remain. Boliden is planning to restrict production at the concentrator to just one section, i.e. halving production, as of second quarter 2008. This measure, coupled with the amended mining plan in the Boliden Area, means metal production levels of zinc and copper in 2008 will be cut by 45% and 38%, respectively, compared with today. The corresponding Group figures are 9% and 8%, respectively. Boliden is one of the leading mining and smelting companies in Europe with operations in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Ireland. Its main products are copper, zinc, lead and gold and silver. Exploration and recycling of metals are also important within the company. The number of employees is approximately 4,500 and the turnover amounts to approximately €3.8 billion annually. Its shares are listed on Stockholmsbörsen’s Large Cap list and on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada. www.boliden.comlast_img read more

Shoppers still going to Northern Ireland for cheap food and alcohol

first_imgTHE DAYS OF long queues of cars from the Republic queuing outside border shopping centres may be gone, but travelling to Northern Ireland for bargains is still happening.A new survey has found that almost one quarter of Irish motorists are planning a trip to Northern Ireland to do some Christmas shopping.Food is the most popular item with 53 per cent of those who said they would be shopping in the North saying they would be buying groceries, closely followed by alcohol (40 per cent), clothes and toys.Unsurprisingly, people in counties closest to the border are most likely to travel to the North – almost 40 per cent of people in Donegal plan to go over the border for bargains, followed closely by Cavan, Louth, Monaghan and Leitrim. In comparison, just 2 per cent of Corkonians said they would be making the long trek north.“Of course people want to save money with purse strings tight,” said Conor Faughnan of AA Ireland, which carried out the survey.However he warned that there can be costs in travelling too, with the average return journey from Dublin to Belfast likely to cost around €49 in fuel.He advised motorists to be careful about overloading their cars. “Don’t forget your car has its limits and overloading the boot can cause serious damage to your axel, tyres and suspension,” he said. “The last thing you want is to have to call The AA because you’re stuck on the side of the road with all your shopping”.Poll: Do you shop across the border to save money? >Read: Ireland, the recession and shopping: why we love a good bargain >last_img read more

North Korea threatens to fire nuclear missiles if attacked first

first_img Image: AP/PA Images Image: AP/PA Images Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 7:30 AM NORTH KOREA IS prepared to respond to any nuclear attack by the United States in kind, the country’s number two official said this morning.Tensions between the two countries have simmered in recent weeks as fears over the nuclear capabilities of North Korea have risen.And in a show of strength overnight, Kim Jong Un was the guest of honour at a military parade in the capital Pyongyang. He didn’t speak, however, leaving those duties to his aide Choe Ryong-Hae.In his speech, he said: “We’re prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and we are ready to hit back with nuclear attacks of our own style against any nuclear attacks.”Led by rows of military bands, columns of troops toting rifles and a troupe of sword-wielding female soldiers marched into the vast square in the heart of the city which was festooned in the national colours of blue, white and red.Parade“Today’s parade will provide a chance to display our powerful military might,” a male voiceover said on the TV broadcast.Ostensibly the event is to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim’s grandfather, the North’s founder Kim Il-Sung, a date known as the “Day of the Sun” in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s official name.But it is also intended to send an unmistakable message to Washington about the isolated, nuclear-armed North’s military might.A US-based monitoring group believes it has found evidence to show that the country is “primed and ready” at one of its nuclear sites.38North says that satellite images of the Punggye-ri site in the north of the country shows that a nuclear test could be imminent.On its website, the group said: “Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site from 12 April shows continued activity around the site’s command centre.“In the courtyards of the main administrative area are approximately 11 probable tarp-covered pallets of equipment or supplies, a formation of personnel, and several individuals walking about.” North Korean soldiers carry flags during a military parade on Saturday, Source: Wong Maye-EUS President Donald Trump has dispatched an aircraft carrier group to the Korean peninsula, to support allies Japan and South Korea in the face of increasingly hostile relations with North Korea.“We are sending an armada. Very powerful,” he told the Fox Business Network.Beijing has urged Trump to take a peaceful approach to resolving the issue, but the Global Times newspaper, which sometimes reflects the thinking of the leadership, issued an unequivocal warning to Pyongyang that it should “avoid making mistakes at this time”.A new nuclear test would be a “slap in the face of the US government” and Beijing would not “remain indifferent”, it said.With reporting from AFP – © AFP, 2017Read: US moves Navy strike group in show of force against North KoreaRead: Trump finally set to meet Xi Jinping after Twitter rants about China Share Tweet Email North Korea threatens to fire nuclear missiles if attacked first Donald Trump has dispatched an aircraft carrier group to the Korean peninsula. 29,339 Views 61 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Apr 15th 2017, 7:30 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

McDonalds axes Happy Meal fitness band experiment

first_imgMcDonald’s is the largest toy distributor in the world thanks to Happy Meal sales. Recently though, they made an unexpected switch: they swapped toys for fitness trackers.It was all down to timing, of course. With the 2016 Summer Games kicking off in Rio, McDonald’s figured that they should maybe do a little something to get kids active. Happy Meal prizes tend not to be the sort of things that cost a whole lot of money to produce, though, so they had to keep it simple.The solution: specially-sized step counters made for little arms that just finished repeatedly lifting a cheeseburger or pack of McNuggets. It seems like a nice enough way to get kids up and moving, you know… to burn off the calories and fat from their Happy Meals. Which, to be fair, are still healthier than the majority of the salads that “health-conscious” grown-ups are ordering at McD’s.Unfortunately, their plan came off the rails rather quickly. McDonald’s had to axe the promotion after customers’ children started developing skin abrasions from wearing the StepIt counters. I just happen to have one in my house, and it’s easy to see why. The band looks soft and squishy, but it’s actually fairly stiff — and the edges are rough 90-degree bends, not nice, gradual curves. The “clasp” also sticks up far enough through the band that it could easily cause discomfort.But hey, before everyone piles on McDonald’s for their marketing tactics and menu one more time, let’s not forget that there are plenty of fancier, sit-down restaurants serving up food that’s far less healthy than Happy Meals and Big Macs. Most of them don’t even bother to pretend to want to get kids who eat there active.They should’ve gotten Mac Tonight to hawk these.last_img read more

Mythbusters Build Team is getting their own Netflix show

first_imgThe build team is coming back together! @ToryBelleci, @KariByron, @grantimahara on a @netflix original: #TheWhiteRabbitProject coming Dec 9!— Dragon Con (@DragonCon) September 3, 2016The panel announcement came along with a teaser clip that showed Belleci attached to a bunch of wires at Byron attempted to control his arm movements.Few other details are available besides the synopsis and a release date: Dec. 9.The ending of Mythbusters last year left a hole for many viewers. Not a difficult feat considering that the science show had been on the air since 2003, had become a staple for the Discovery channel, and had launched its cast into geek stardom. The Build Team, which had been paired with the Savages since season two, was let go by the network due to a number of factors including money.There’s already some hype among fans for the new show, including obvious Build Team superfan Adam Savage. Mythbusters ending in 2015 was quite a heartbreaking moment, but even more so when the majority of its cast–Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara, the famous M7 Build Team–were let go the year prior. However, the team is set to make a comeback.Coming out of Dragon Con this past weekend was the announcement of a brand new show for the trio on Netflix. It’s called The White Rabbit Project, and was described by Netflix as a trip down a “rabbit hole” in order to investigate events in science, pop culture, and history, including things that exist in the deepest corners of the Internet. The company writes:Under their microscope are topics as diverse as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and crazy world war two weapons. In each episode the hosts immerse themselves in experiments, builds and tests as they sleuth the truth behind these and other well googled themes. So happy for my friends @KariByron @ToryBelleci & @grantimahara. White Rabbit looks amazing! Can’t wait to see it.— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) September 6, 2016This, plus the addition of Bill Nye’s new show, Bill Nye Saves The World, will continue Netflix’s recent streak of picking up educational and fun science shows with charismatic hosts. If Netflix had such thing as a “block,” like with traditional networks, this would make for a good one.last_img read more

Sex abuse survivor speaks out against keeping secrets

first_imgDon’t ever tell anyone. No one will believe you. If you tell, I’ll hurt your family. If you tell, I’ll keep hurting you. It’ll always be our secret.When Erin Merryn was 6 years old, she was sexually abused by a friend’s uncle; when she was 11, she was raped by a cousin — an older boy she loved and trusted. She didn’t understand what was going on, but the messages of warning and secrecy came through loud and clear.On Wednesday Merryn, now a 26-year-old author and activist, came to the Hilton Vancouver Washington to speak out about her survival of childhood sexual abuse and the law that’s been passed in her honor in Illinois: Erin’s Law, mandating that age-appropriate sexual abuse education be developed for Illinois elementary schools.“I’m a very determined woman, and I won’t stop until it’s passed in all 50 states,” she said of Erin’s Law.The information needs to come from school, Merryn said, because it’s often family members who are doing the abusing. That was true in her case, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 80 percent of children who are sexually abused are abused by a parent or relative.last_img read more

Macau floating casino developer never signed final contract with operator report

first_img Goa riverboats drive Delta Corp to 64% year-on-year gain Load More The Dragon Pearl Casino Hotel was first announced by Dragon Corp last year with funds to be raised by an initial coin offering (ICO) of its cryptocurrency, Dragon Coin, in November 2017. It was reported earlier this year that the ICO had raised US$407 million.However, any real progress on the casino project remains in limbo with little noise being heard from Dragon Corp executives in the months since.According to Brova Idea Chairman Milo Andric, negotiations between his company and Dragon Corp began in August 2017 but were hindered by constant changes to the contract and ongoing delays over initial payment.He also described an unusual circumstance at the opening ceremony of Dragon Coin on 22 September 2017 in Hong Kong.“They asked me to sign a contract during the event on stage but I refused, saying I could only sign a contract after seeing and reading it, so we signed a pro forma contract on the stage. Afterwards, they said they would provide the final contract but it never materialized,” Andric told Macau News Agency.Dragon Corp CEO Chakrit Ahmad told Reuters in Decmeber that the company had partnered with four junket operators who had committed US$265 million of the money raised in its ICO via private sale.He also explained that the company’s business model revolved around the use of blockchain technology in order to reduce costs associated with standard credit processes associated with Macau’s junkets. According to Dragon Corp’s plan, clients at The Dragon Pearl Casino Hotel would gamble using Dragon Coin.“We provide a better, more convenient and more cost-effective solution for them,” Ahmad said at the time.“If they want to exchange their winnings into flat currency and then carry it themselves, they are free to do so. But the likelihood is they will revert back to digital currencies.” RelatedPostscenter_img The company flagged to help develop and build Macau’s first floating hotel and casino – The Dragon Pearl Casino Hotel – has revealed that it never managed to sign a final contract for the ambitious project with operator Dragon Corp.As revealed by Macau News Agency this week, Norway’s Brova Idea AS, a company that specializes in floating structures, says it was contacted by Dragon Coin representatives to help build the proposed US$300 million floating casino but was forced to terminate any involvement in November 2017 after multiple false starts and failure to secure initial payment. VIDEO: Week in Reviewlast_img read more

Oikya Front to release manifesto 17 Dec

first_imgFile photoJatiya Oikya Front, led by Kamal Hossain, will formally unveil its election manifesto on 17 December, according to UNB.Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the announcement while talking to newsmen after a meeting of the alliance steering committee at Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber on Thursday evening.Besides, he said, they postponed their rally scheduled for 10 December at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan.The BNP leader, however, said they will hold the rally in the capital at the fag-end of the election campaign in favour of their alliance candidates.Earlier, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced that Jatiya Oikya Front wants to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on 10 December ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.last_img read more

NASA Observes 15th Anniversary Of Columbia Disaster

first_img 00:00 /01:07 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 2Mike Leinback was Columbia’s launch director. He remembers standing out at the runway at the Kennedy Space Center, waiting for the shuttle’s return.“Three minutes and 15 seconds prior to landing we always got those double sonic booms. They didn’t occur that day. And then we had a large countdown clock between us and the runway and it reached zero. And we just didn’t know where it was.”The incident led to a massive search-and-recovery operation in an area of rural East Texas the size of Rhode Island. Grief-stricken NASA employees helped look for lost colleagues and shuttle debris, aided by FEMA, the FBI, the U.S. Forest Service and dozens of federal, state and local agencies. Johnathan Ward is with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and said it’s important to tell the story.“I went back and talked with people 50 years after Apollo happened and it’s hard to find a lot of people who were involved in that. And so anytime you can document these kind of oral histories, it’s extremely important.”Ward and Leinback are at the NASA Columbia Museum in Hemphill to commemorate the seven astronauts who died on February 1st, 2003. Listen Sharelast_img read more

Dozens Of Groups Ask Trump Administration For More Time To Comment On

first_img Share Julián Aguilar/The Texas TribuneBorder Patrol agents in New Mexico on April 9, 2018.More than three dozen environmental, faith-based and immigrant rights groups are urging the federal government to extend the public-comment period for construction of the border wall, arguing that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security isn’t acting in good faith.The allegations come as the Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to build at least 33 miles of wall or other barriers in the Rio Grande Valley.“[Custom and Border Patrol’s] 30-day comment period, without even a single public meeting, strongly suggests a lack of sincere interest in obtaining thoughtful comments and broad engagement with the diverse constituencies affected by border barrier construction,” the coalition of organizations wrote in a letter dated Monday to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and other federal officials. “Additionally, because many community members in the project area speak primarily Spanish, we ask that CBP send out invitations to comment on this project in Spanish.”The government is also side-stepping regulations mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act and only reaching out to certain stakeholders, according to Laiken Jordahl, the Center for Biological Diversity’s border campaign leader. “Not all the groups that signed on to our letter received that invitation to comment and that’s something we’re really concerned about. They specifically chose who they wanted to send it to,” he said.Jordahl added that it’s unclear when the comment period began or ends. He said his center received a letter from federal officials on July 10 that stated it had 30 days to respond. But the letter wasn’t dated.“There is some confusion as to when the deadline actually is. And I know different people received letters on different dates,” he said.Other groups that signed onto the letter include the ACLU Border Rights Center, La Unión del Pueblo Entero, the Sierra Club and the Hidalgo County Wildlands Network. The groups are asking that the comment period extend to 90 days and that more stakeholders be notified of what the government is proposing. They also argue that federal officials aren’t following current guidelines for constructing in environmentally sensitive or protected areas.“Finally, we are deeply concerned that this solicitation for public comment does not meet the standards for public consultation that the National Environmental Policy Act sets forth,” the letter states. “The NEPA process is a clear and well-established method of soliciting public comment, for which there is no substitute.”A CBP spokesperson said in an email the agency would review the groups’ letter and the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector “will continue to communicate the local communities and other organizations in the Rio Grande Valley on this important Border Security project.”Jordahl noted that the DHS hasn’t yet waived environmental reviews and other laws for the Texas portion of the wall’s construction, as it has already done in California and New Mexico. But he said maybe that’s what’s coming later if federal officials stay on their current course.“That they are not engaging in meaningful NEPA [policies] suggests they might be planning to issue a waiver in the future,” he said. “They know that the public opposes these border walls.”last_img read more

Maya Hawkes Dad Posts Cute Stranger Things Instagram Tribute

first_img“Some of you may have missed her in last year’s BBC production of Little Women. Some of you may have missed her work at Juilliard. I know many missed out on numerous high school productions — heck I even missed a few and I’m her father,” Ethan Hawke wrote on Instagram. “Some of you may know her music, some may not. But Ladies & Gentleman, get to know MAYA HAWKE. She’s the real thing. #StrangerThings.”Ethan Hawke also shared a funny GIF of Maya Hawke, which shows her in a Scoops Ahoy uniform in front of a carnival background with the words “One summer can change everything.”In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Maya Hawke discussed her character’s evolution throughout Stranger Things Season 3, including how Robin reacts to the bizarre, unexplainable happenings in Hawkins, Indiana.“I think it ended up working because you get to watch Robin’s walls come down,” Maya Hawke told Entertainment Tonight. “At first she’s trying to be a really tough guy and then with everything that happens to her, she really has to break open and really be herself and I hope that will come through when people watch it.”Stranger Things Season 3, which also stars David Harbour, Winona Ryder, and Millie Bobby Brown, is streaming on Netflix now.More on‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Final Trailer Is a Horrifying Summer AdventureNetflix’s New ‘Stranger Things’ Game Takes Cues From ‘Pokemon Go’The Best ‘Stranger Things’ Toys Stay on target Ethan Hawke might be the biggest Stranger Things Season 3 fan: On Friday, Hawke posted a touching tribute to his daughter, Maya Hawke, about her breakout role in the sci-fi Netflix series.On the show, Maya Hawke plays Robin, Steve Harrington’s hilarious co-worker at Scoops Ahoy, the Starcourt Mall’s ice cream shop. Even though this isn’t Maya Hawke’s first major role, her dad is still proud of her and said “she’s the real thing.”center_img Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room last_img read more