New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Friday said it will hear in December ED’s plea seeking the cancellation of bail of Karti Chidambaram’s chartered accountant S Bhaskararaman in connection with INX Media money laundering case. The Enforcement Directorate informed Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri that the Supreme Court has reserved its order for September 5 on former finance minister P Chidambaram’s petition challenging the Delhi High Court’s decision to dismiss his anticipatory bail plea. Karti, his father P Chidambaram and Bhaskararaman are accused in the money laundering case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan, representing ED, urged the court to take up the matter only after the apex court passes order on Chidambaram’s plea as it relates to the same case. The high court listed the matter for further hearing on December 5. The court had on April 10 last year sought response of Bhaskararaman on the ED’s plea seeking cancellation of bail granted to him by a special court in March 2018, in connection with INX Media money laundering case. Chidambaram has challenged in the Supreme Court, the August 20 order of the high court dismissing his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media cases lodged by the CBI and ED. He was arrested on August 21, and is currently in CBI’s custody. The apex court is scheduled to pronounce on September 5, its order on Chidambaram’s plea in the ED case.
Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy Friday sought removal of the Telangana Congress chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy, terming his leadership as a “failure”. The demand of the four-time MLA and ex-Minister comes at a time when the Telangana unit of the Congress is facing a crisis of sorts after putting up a dismal performance in the Assembly elections last December. Congress won only 19 seats in the 119-member Assembly, and since early March as many 11 of those MLAs have announced their decision to cross over to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi, headed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ There already talk in political circles that if two more Congress MLAs switch sides, they may decide to merge the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) with that of TRS which also means the Congress would lose its tag of main opposition. Speaking to PTI, Shashidhar Reddy, also a former Vice-Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority, called for total overhaul of the party setup in Telangana, which is “long overdue and absolutely necessary”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “We have not focused on the organisation at the grassroots level; building the organisation at all levels is something which has been lacking,” the son of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Marri Channa Reddy said. Shashidhar Reddy alleged the Congress in Telangana, had missed a lot of opportunities to take on the TRS government, particularly to highlight its “glaring failures and corruption.” As a result, the party has not been able to gain the confidence of the people, according to him. “It’s a clear case of failure of the (party) leadership in the state,” Shashidhar Reddy said hitting out at the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President and demanding his removal. “We have not been able to give that kind of confidence to the people,” he said and alleged the party’s agitations against the TRS government have been “only on paper”. “There are many sections of society who feel threatened or let down; if we don’t stand by them and gain their confidence, they will not trust you,” he said. Uttam Kumar Reddy should have been made to step down “long back” as he has failed to lead the party with single-minded objective of winning elections and carry everybody together, he said. “We have failed to win the confidence of the people. It’s a sum total of all the failures. We have not been able to take on the government, on all their shortcomings, failed promises,” Shashidhar Reddy added. Asked if he was ready to assume charge as TPCC President if the party’s central leadership gives him the responsibility, he said: “Yes, absolutely”.
Kiko Matthews (centre), 36, with family members after arriving in Port St.Charles, Barbados.Credit:PA New OFFICIAL time is 49days 8hrs and 13 mins! I have struggled with days and times on a daily basis but figured out the first passing of 24hrs is 0 days not 1! I’m not complaining though!!— Kiko Matthews (@Kikomatthews) March 23, 2018 “I want to use my story to inspire women to challenge themselves.”She arrived in Barbados late on Thursday after 50 days at sea to be greeted by her parents, brother and nephew. In a modest reaction as she stepped off the boat, she said she was “a bit proud” of her achievement and hoped her story could inspire others.”The thought that, eight months ago, I was lying in hospital having my brain operated on, and now I am here having rowed the Atlantic, I guess I am a bit proud. Congratulations to @Kikomatthews for rowing across the atlantic, alone, unsupported and in only 50 days breaking the world record! All in support of @KingsCollegeNHS who saved her life.Inspirational achievement, simply amazing 😊 #KikoRow!!!— Olivia Swabey (@oliviaosteo) March 22, 2018 Her efforts in rowing 3,000 nautical miles from Gran Canaria have so far raised more than £90,000 to help build a new intensive care unit at the hospital.In a message on a fundraising page, she added her thanks to those who had donated money, saying she could not have done it without them.Ben Fogle was one of a number of people to congratulate her. A former teacher who was undergoing brain surgery just eight months ago has become the fastest female to cross the Atlantic solo.Kiko Matthews, who had never rowed before taking on the feat, broke the world record and completing the challenge in 49 days 8 hours and 13 minutes.The previous title of 56 days was held by Anne Quéméré, of France.Ms Matthews nearly died after being struck down with Cushing’s disease in 2009 and suffered a second tumour last year. The charity co-founder, who had never rowed before taking on the feat, nearly died after being struck down with Cushing’s disease in 2009.Credit:PA “I have shown that anyone can attempt anything given the right attitude, belief, and support. Kiko Matthews, 36, arriving in Port St.Charles, Barbados.Credit:PA Massive congratulations to @Kikomatthews on your world record Atlantic crossing #KikoRow— Ben Fogle (@Benfogle) March 23, 2018 Following life-saving treatment in London’s King’s College Hospital, the 36-year-old, from Herefordshire, said she was determined to raise funds in gratitude.Ms Matthews, who left her job as a science teacher to help found The Big Stand charity and a paddle-boarding business, suffered symptoms including memory loss, insomnia and osteoporosis during her illness. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The Peterborough MP, who was caught speeding less than two months after being elected in 2017, has been urged to resign by the Labour Party but has indicated that she will continue serving from prison. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The first sitting MP to be jailed in three decades will continue to receive her taxpayer-funded salary behind bars, and Parliament is powerless to oust her. A source close to the 35-year-old, who was expelled by Labour last year, told The Telegraph that she had allegedly made no contingency plans for being jailed,… Fiona Onasanya, a former Labour whip, was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Tuesday to three months in prison after being convicted for lying to police officers to avoid a speeding fine.
The First International Future Mining Conference & Exhibition was held at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, November 19 – 21 November, organised by the School of Mining Engineering, UNSW and The AusIMM. Dr Serkan Saydam, Chair of the conference, told IM “the conference was very successful. We tried to look at the future of mining and to get some understanding of the potential problems along with the solutions and challenges. We also aimed in this conference to present new scientific and technological developments from other disciplines into the mining industry which was the uniqueness of the conference. There is no other mining conference that looks at and tries to find solutions from other disciplines. From my perspective we have achieved this successfully.“Each session provided many important insights. This conference provided an excellent opportunity for the mining community, government, research, operations, technology and services and other interested parties to hold open and robust discussions on the full range of important issues currently being considered in the context of the challenges and opportunities, innovations, needs and Issues for the future of mining.“I must also highlight that the high level of interest: around 150 delegates across five continents and the papers address current technologies and predicted scenarios from North and South America, Europe to Asia and Pacific countries. This was very satisfying for the first conference. In addition to that we received very positive feedback from delegates and especially industry representatives.“We had three keynote speakers who were Mitch Hooke, Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Council of Australia, Dr. Guner Gurtunca, Director of Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, USA and Prof Bruce Hebblewhite Head of School of Mining Engineering UNSW and Director of Mining Education Australia.“And the AusIMM professionally and perfectly organised the conference together with the organising committee at University of New South Wales. UNSW Faculty of Engineering is the largest Engineering Faculty in Australia and rated No 1 in Australia by the latest Times Higher Education Survey. UNSW is one of the leading mining educational institutions in Australia. One of the things we at UNSW Mining School pride ourselves on is our ties with industry and our commitment and ability to meet the ever-changing needs of the industry, at all levels of research, education and training. This conference therefore was very important for us in helping chart the future of the mining industry and hence the future research & education requirements. The organising committee has decided that this inaugural event will be placed in the mining calendar as a regular event. And the 2nd International Future Mining Conference will be held in 2011 in Australia again and overseas thereafter.”The conference aimed to present and discuss future needs of the mining industry; current and prospective innovations in the mining industry and implementation of new scientific and technological developments from other disciplines into the mining industry.The Conference aims to identify possible scenarios of ‘Mining in the Future’ and provide a picture of the global mining industry in 2025 and beyond. www.futuremining.org
Mar 19th 2017, 9:15 AM By Sean Murray Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3290783 37,149 Views 71 Comments Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Source: Luas Cross CityIn October, the lower end of Dawson Street was closed to traffic to facilitate these construction works.Construction on the Luas Cross City began in June 2013. It is due to be completed by the end of this year.The cost of the project is an estimated €368 million and when it is completed an additional 13 stops will be added to the Luas service.The Cross City Line will link with both existing Red and Green Luas lines.It will begin at Broombridge, with stops at Cabra, Phibsborough, Grangegorman, Parnell Street, O’Connell Street, Westmoreland Street, Trinity College and Dawson Street.Read: ‘A serious accident waiting to happen’ – cyclists not happy with Luas lines on single lane O’Connell StreetRead: If you have a Leap card you can now ditch your DublinBikes card Short URL Share Tweet Email3 Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 9:15 AM AS PART OF the Luas Cross City construction works, only public transport will be able to turn right onto Eden Quay from O’Connell Bridge.Described as a permanent change, no private vehicles will be able to make the right turn from O’Connell Bridge from tomorrow, Monday 20 March.Taxis and cyclists, however, will still be able to use this route.Luas Cross City urges all motorists wishing to access Eden Quay to do so using alternative routes. From tomorrow, you won’t be able to turn onto Eden Quay from O’Connell Bridge The permanent change will kick in from tomorrow. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Twitter pèse 3,7 milliards de dollarsTwitter a reçu de nouveaux fonds de la part d’investisseurs. La somme de 200 millions de dollars a été évoquée (151 millions d’euros). Ainsi, le blog social pèse aujourd’hui 3,7 milliards de dollars (2,8 milliards d’euros).Twitter a voulu rester discret sur le montant apporté mais l’information a fuité. Le site de micro-blogging, présent depuis 2006 sur la Toile, a reçu 200 millions de dollars. Des capitaux versés de la part notamment d’investisseurs du fonds Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers. Cette ressource devrait permettre aux administrateurs du réseau social de pouvoir être épaulé “d’une équipe expérimentée dans l’Internet, le mobile et les plateformes sociales”, explique Twitter. Grâce à cet apport, le site pèse aujourd’hui 3,7 milliards de dollars, environ 2,8 milliards d’euros, mais s’enrichit surtout de nouveaux projets afin de rivaliser avec Facebook. Dick Costolo, directeur général du blog souligne : “Ces ressources et cette expertise supplémentaires seront extrêmement utiles tandis que Twitter continue de se développer”. Chaque jour, 95 millions de tweets sont publiés par les internautes du monde entier.Le 16 décembre 2010 à 11:54 • Emmanuel Perrin
Enlarge ImageAudi’s RS6 is coming to the US for the first time as an Avant, and we’re wondering if it’ll have the chops to keep up with the best from Mercedes and Porsche. Audi This week was a big one for fans of fast station wagons, or as our compatriots at Carfection would call them, “estate cars.” That’s because Audi announced its latest and greatest RS6 Avant, and unlike any RS6 Avant before it, it’s coming to the US.That makes it one of a very select group of vehicles that serve as catnip for car nerds which includes the Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon and the Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo. How will Audi’s new vorsprung-durch-technological terror compare to the best long-roof models from Affalterbach and Zuffenhausen? Let’s take a look at the numbers.PowertrainThe natural place to start with this group is with their drivetrains. Each vehicle is powered by a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine, despite what Mercedes’ naming conventions of the past might suggest. Of the three cars, it is somewhat surprisingly the Porsche that makes the least amount of power, with just 550 horsepower on tap. Next comes the Audi with a very healthy 592 horsepower, and at the top of the pile is the Mercedes E63 S wagon, making 603 horsepower.The wise old car sages say that horsepower may sell cars, but it’s torque that wins drag races at the local Trader Joe’s to snake that elusive last parking spot. (I think that’s how the saying goes.) In any case, when it comes to rotational force, it plays out much the same with the Porsche offering the least amount of twist at 567 pound-feet, followed by the Audi with 590 and again, the big Benz reigns supreme with a cool 627 lb-ft.When it comes to transmissions, don’t get too excited. Gone are the days of the six-speed manual-equipped CTS-V wagon. These ‘roided out grocery-getters all come with autos, though the Audi is the only model to come with a traditional torque converter automatic. In this case, it’s the excellent ZF eight-speed unit found in pretty much everything these days, so it’s not necessarily a mark against. 27 Photos Drivetrain specs 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo 35 Model Transmission 627 Cargo capacity 9-speed MCT Now playing: Watch this: Tags 7:14 50 Photos 603 $105,000 (est.) 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 592 2020 Audi RS6 567 Torque (lb.-ft.) 2020 Audi RS6 Avant is the fast wagon we’ve been waiting for Audi finally brings the RS6 to the US 2020 Audi RS6 Avant The Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon starts off at just under $109,000 before options or fees. Of course, nobody would buy just a base model E63 S, so in our preferred spec with some comfort options, the carbon-ceramic brakes, all the driver assistance stuff and the sports exhaust, it’d end up around $130,000.One of Porsche’s longest-lived taglines was “There is no substitute,” and based on the pricing of the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo, we’re going to assume that it still very much believes that. The entry price for the Turbo Sport Turismo is an eye-watering $155,000. That’s before any options, and you know that the options list is deep indeed.To get the Panamera with similar features to the Audi and the Mercedes, we’d easily be topping $200,000. Keep in mind too, that this isn’t even the top-tier Panamera. There is the wildly powerful Turbo S E-Hybrid model which is even more expensive, starting at $190,200 before options, though it does make a staggering 677 hp. 24 Photos $108,850 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 Base price Model Audi Mercedes-Benz Porsche 590 2019 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon $155,500 Audi Mercedes-Benz Porsche 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: A mighty, frugal wagon PerformanceThe whole reason for buying a performance station wagon is performance. Otherwise, you’d save yourself $30,000 or so and just get the standard version. So, with that in mind, how do our warp-speed people haulers compare?The logical first point of comparison is the classic 0-60 mph run, something that the AMG does in a claimed 3.4 seconds — a frankly staggering figure for a vehicle that weighs nearly 5,000 pounds. Both the Audi and the Porsche claim 3.6-second runs, and while it may not be as quick as the Benz, friend, that isn’t slow.If you’re going to get a heavy car moving super fast then the quality of that vehicle’s braking system becomes very important. Luckily, the Audi’s available 17.3-inch carbon-ceramic brake discs and 10-pot calipers will likely do an admirable job of hauling it down from its claimed 190 mph top speed. The Benz is packing optional 15.8-inch carbon-ceramic brakes and the Porsche’s optional PCCB’s (Porsche carbon ceramic brakes) clock in at 16.5 inches in the front.In the handling department, the phrase of the day is “four-wheel steering,” and of the three models we’re looking at, only the Mercedes lacks it. We expect that this will hurt it on tighter roads or on a race track, but we’d have to test all three side-by-side to be sure — (please let us test these together Mercedes, Porsche and Audi).DimensionsWe’ve done all the performance stuff, but now we need to get into the wagon part of the equation. How much stuff can each of these bruisers carry?The Porsche Sport Turismo is one hell of a fast car, but it’s more like an honorable mention in the wagon category. Despite having a bulkier bum than its more coupe-like cousin, it’s only able to carry 18.3 cubic feet of cargo. If you plan to make lots of Ikea runs, invest in a stout roof rack or a pickup truck.The Audi is the second-best, though this is in part based on speculation. We’re not entirely sure if the RS6 lost some cargo area in its transition from the midtier S6 model, but the S6 at least offers a reasonable, if not cavernous 20 cubic feet for your stuff. Compared to the wagon by which all other wagons must be judged — the venerable Volvo 240 (or 245, if you’re a stickler) — it’s down over 21 cubic feet.Finally, the E63 S once again ascends to the top of the podium with a super-practical 35 cubic feet of storage. If there were some high-horsepower, burnout-filled Top Gear-like version of Supermarket Sweep, this is the car you’d want to use for it. Porsche fitted the Panamera Turbo (and Sport Turismo model that we’re interested in here) with its latest and greatest eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (or PDK for those of you who don’t speak fluent Porsche Engineer). As usual, this bad boy packs twin clutches and all the rapid-fire shifting you can stand. PDK has long been one of our favorite dual-clutch transmissions, and it’ll be hard to beat, considering it’s been in development since the 1980s.The Mercedes also lacks a torque converter for its SpeedShift MCT nine-speed unit. It’s got the most gears out of our competitors, but transmissions have historically been a weak point in AMG cars of the past, often lagging behind the best from Ingolstadt and Munich. The good news here is that Mercedes’ neun-ganger is competent and easy to live with. It’s not as fast as PDK, but to be fair, not many boxes are.All three of our tributes are sold exclusively as all-wheel drive vehicles, though they also all have a rear-bias to the systems. The Audi claims that its Quattro system typically sends around 70% of its power to the rear wheels, but can send up to 85% to the back if the situation demands it.The Mercedes, with its 4Matic+ system, can send 100% of its power to the front or rear axles. It also has a drift mode (which the Audi also has) that totally disconnects the front axle. The Porsche can also send 100% of available torque to the front or rear axles depending on demand. PricingThis is the part of the whole fast wagon argument that’s the toughest to live with. These things aren’t cheap, partly because of their performance, partly because they’re German, and finally, because they’re super niche vehicles with low sales numbers. Still, if you’re cross-shopping these three cars, you’ll want to know how much they’re going to cost.First thing’s first, we don’t have pricing for the RS6 because Audi hasn’t released it yet, but we can infer a few things before we start wildly speculating. The C7-generation RS6 was sold in the UK for around £80,000, that works out to approximately $97,000. Taking into account some price creep, the added tech and features, and we’d bet that the RS6 will start at around $105,000 in the US. That’s a lot of money, but it only goes up from there. 2018 BMW M4: Sharper performance means bigger trade-offs 8-speed PDK Engine Share your voice 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo E-Hybrid: Plugged in and powered up 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Plugging in for performance Wagons Performance Cars More From Roadshow 2019 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon Cargo and pricing Power (hp) 8-speed auto 18.3 1 Comment 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon is one fast hauler 550 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo 20
Writer David Holthouse shares his story of being raped as a child during a talk at the Alaska Capitol. Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) first introduced Erin’s Law last year. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Alaska raised writer David Holthouse has told his story of being sexually abused as a child before. It’s appeared in newspapers, on the radio, on stage in New York City and may even end up on the movie screen.But when he spoke in the Alaska Capitol building today, it was to support Erin’s Law. If passed, the bill would require public schools statewide to provide age-appropriate K-12 sexual abuse education.Download AudioDavid Holthouse has distinct childhood memories of learning how to stop, drop and roll if he ever caught on fire. He remembers McGruff the Crime Dog telling him to stay away from strangers.“But neither McGruff nor anybody else warned me about the homecoming king,” Holthouse says.In 1978, Holthouse was 7 years old and his family had recently moved to Anchorage. They befriended another family with a daughter his age and a son in high school. The son was a star athlete, good looking and well spoken. He was nice to Holthouse.But he changed his demeanor the night he invited Holthouse to his room to play karate.“He took those ninja throwing stars and he pushed me up against the wall and he started throwing them like a knife thrower at the circus – thunk, thunk – so they landed right next to me saying ‘Don’t move’ – thunk – ‘Don’t move,’” Holthouse says. “And then he took a samurai sword off the wall and he drew it out of the sheath and he put the blade to my neck and he said, ‘If you don’t do exactly what I want, I’m going to kill you.’”Holthouse was raped, and then threatened with death and the death of his family if he ever told anyone. After a state of shock, Holthouse quickly realized what happened, but he didn’t know what to call it.“I didn’t have a word for what had happened to me. To go back to McGruff – McGruff had never taught me about ‘safe touch’ and ‘unsafe touch,’ or ‘good secrets’ and ‘bad secrets.’ If I had even been able to come forward and say, ‘That thing we talked about in school – that happened to me.’ I didn’t need any graphic terminology. I just needed a few words and the invitation to speak them,’” Holthouse says.He says if Erin’s Law had been in effect before he was raped, he might have never been assaulted.“Perpetrators of these crimes, they rely on shame and silence. They rely on our collective conspiracy of denial and silence about this. And if that silence had already been shattered, which educating every kid in a public school statewide will do, he might have thought that he couldn’t get away with it,” Holthouse says.But he says he can’t know that for sure. What he does know is that Erin’s Law will prevent kids from being sexually assaulted. He says schools need to have curriculum and talk openly about it.“I’m not just speaking on my own behalf. I’m speaking for tens of thousands of Alaska children and the adults they’ll grow up to be. And what I’m saying is, ‘Help us,’” Holthouse says.Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr introduced the bill last year and it appeared poised to become law. Then-Gov. Sean Parnell supported Erin’s Law, the Senate passed it and the House version had 21 co-sponsors. But the bill got stuck in committee.This year, there are four identical Erin’s Law bills – two from Republicans and two from Democrats. And Gov. Bill Walker wants it on his desk. Democratic Sen. Berta Gardner’s versionwas the first to get a hearing in Senate Education.Tarr hopes the bill will pass this session. She understands some lawmakers are uncomfortable with Erin’s Law being a requirement, but she says there are likely community resources and private dollars available.“We approached the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska Children’s Trust, Mat-Su Health Foundation and just put the idea out there of would they be a resource for helping implement a curriculum and they all responded in a positive way,” Tarr says.Erin’s Law has passed in 20 states and is pending in 21 others, including Alaska.
NEW DELHI: The Yamuna river on Monday crossed the “warning mark” of 204.50 meters and was set to breach the “danger mark” of 205.33m in the evening, forcing authorities to ask people living in low-lying areas to evacuate to safer places. A union Home Ministry spokesman said the river’s water level was expected to cross the danger level around 6 p.m., inundating areas along its banks. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us And by Wednesday, the Yamuna’s level would touch 207m, the Ministry said. The Delhi government said that it was on an alert mode in tandem with the Centre. A Delhi government statement said Haryana had released 8.28 lakh cusecs of water from the Hathni Kund barrage. This water was set to reach Delhi “with full force” in the next two days, Kejriwal said, after presiding over a meeting of senior officials. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Authorities halted traffic on one of the old bridges that connect Delhi with its eastern wing amid the rising water level. So far, 2,120 temporary shelters have been set up, where food, water and other amenities are being provided. More than 23,800 people will be required to moved out from low-lying areas, according to official estimates. The chief minister has urged people to move out of areas likely to be flooded. People living in low-lying areas have been asked to shift to tents pitched on higher ground.
Photo: Courtesy of the Houston Food BankThe Houston Food Bank held an event on June 5, 2018, to promote its annual Summer Food Service Program, which will feed eligible children and will cover Harris County and 11 more counties located in southeast Texas.The Houston Food Bank will serve thousands of meals in the coming weeks to children who qualify for its Summer Food Service Program, which is funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).The Houston Food Bank held an event Tuesday to kick off the 2018 edition of the program, which will have more than 200 sites where food and meals will be distributed and will cover 12 counties located in southeast Texas, including Harris County.Tuesday’s event was meant to provide information to the public about the sites that will be operating this summer because, according to the TDA, only 12 percent of eligible students participate in summer feeding programs such as the one conducted by the Houston Food Bank, as well as other programs managed by some school districts.Stephanie Berno, director of Outreach Services at the Houston Food Bank, noted the program combines hot meals that are ready to eat and breakfast items such as milk and cereal, along with snacks and fruit.“We have 22 trucks delivering meals,” Berno explained.Some of the distribution sites that are participating this year in the program are the Harris County public libraries and many of the public libraries managed by the City of Houston.Additionally, as part of this year’s program and through their foundation, the Houston Astros have provided funding for a van that will deliver meals at apartment complexes located in Pasadena starting around mid-June. A food truck will also deliver meals in apartment complexes located in Baytown, also starting around the middle of the month.The program will be implemented through late August.You can find information about distribution sites on the Houston Food Bank’s website, specifically in this section. Share
A group of Hollywood studios wants to remind consumers that they can rent movies — including recent releases not available on Netflix — from a wide array of digital providers, through a four-day promo offering discounts on titles starting at 99 cents.Dubbed the “Ultimate Movie Weekend,” the special sale runs May 31-June 3 and will offer select titles from Lionsgate Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Notably absent from the campaign: Disney and 20th Century Fox (which Disney recently acquired).It’s touted as the first coordinated, multi-studio and multi-platform promotion of its kind in the U.S., spanning the five studios and 18 internet and pay-TV services. Retailers participating in the Ultimate Movie Weekend will offer 50-250 movies at discounted prices — as low as $2.99 for recent releases and 99 cents for catalog movies. Each retailer sets prices independently. Related Hollywood Execs Talk Their Inclusion Initiatives and Removing Barriers Lionsgate Shares Tumble on Report Comcast May Drop Starz Popular on Variety Recently released titles available through the promo include “Aquaman,” “A Star Is Born” (2018), “Bumblebee,” “Robin Hood” (2018), “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Step Brothers” and “First Man.” Older movies being offered at discount include “Wonder Woman,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Forrest Gump,” “The Hunger Games” and “The Wizard of Oz” (1939).Digital-video providers on board include Amazon, Apple’s iTunes and the Apple TV app, NBCUniversal’s FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sony’s PlayStation Store, Redbox On Demand and Walmart’s Vudu. Participating cable and satellite TV operators include Altice USA’s Optimum and Suddenlink TV, Atlantic Broadband, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse, Dish Network, and Frontier Communications.The home-video trade group Entertainment Merchants Association coordinated the promo, which is based on similar initiatives last year in Australia, France, and the U.K. The hope is that the limited-time discounts will attract new customers and spur “infrequent digital renters” to become more habitual, according to EMA president/CEO Mark Fisher.The EMA said it’s supporting the campaign with a “significant” media buy, along with social media marketing and direct-to-consumer outreach. Richard Smith, senior VP of domestic digital sales for Paramount Pictures, chaired EMA’s Ultimate Movie Weekend planning committee. “This is the first effort of its kind in the U.S., and the breadth of participants demonstrates that the home entertainment industry is making it a priority to communicate the value proposition of digital rentals to consumers,” he said in a statement.Here’s the list of the 29 recent releases in the promotion (note: not all of these will be available at discounted rates from all retailers): “A Star is Born” (2018); “Aquaman”; “At Eternity’s Gate”; “Ben Is Back”; “Bumblebee”; “Cold Pursuit”; “A Dog’s Way Home”; “Dragged Across Concrete”; “Escape Room” (2019); “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”; “First Man”; “Glass”; “Hell Fest”; “Holmes & Watson”; “The House With a Clock in Its Walls”; “Instant Family”; “Isn’t It Romantic”; “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”; “Miss Bala” (2019); “Mortal Engines”; “Nobody’s Fool”; “On the Basis of Sex”; “Overlord”; “Replicas”; “Robin Hood” (2018); “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”; “Stan & Ollie”; “The Mule”; and “What Men Want.” More info on is available on the EMA’s Ultimate Movie Weekend website (ultimatemovieweekend.com). ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Advertisement Marshawn Lynch added to his disappointing stint with the Raiders when he was ejected for shoving an official after leaving the bench in the second quarter of Oakland’s Thursday night game against the Chiefs.Lynch left the sidelines after Derek Carr took a shot from Kansas City corner Marcus Peters. It may have been Marshawn’s intention to defend his teammate, but going Beastmode on an official is guaranteed to get you tossed every time.Not the smartest move by Lynch here. It will be interested to see what additional fine or punishment he’ll get from the league office for this stunt.The whole sequence. Holy moly. Marshawn ran from the sidelines ?pic.twitter.com/CAAHl1dhyt— The Football Bible™ (@TheFBBible) October 20, 2017
Wow facts 1Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусский”The diffuse ISM can be considered as the starting point for the chemical processes that ultimately give rise to planets and life,” lead study author Martin Cordiner of the Catholic University of America, Washington explained in a statement on NASA. “So fully identifying its contents provides information on the ingredients available to create stars and planets.”Finding Soccer Balls In SpaceIn the findings published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Cordiner and his colleagues reveal details on the first confirmation of the presence of ionized C60 in the diffuse ISM.While scientists have seen C60 in space before, this marks the first time that an ionized or electrically charged version of the molecule is confirmed in the diffuse ISM. Ionized C60 occurs when the ultraviolet light from stars rips off an electron from the molecule, resulting in a positive charge.According to Cordiner, scientists used to believe that the diffuse ISM environment was too harsh and tenuous for significant amounts of large molecules to occur, but their recent findings show just how complex astrochemistry can be. The discovery of C60 in interstellar space demonstrates that complex carbon molecules can exist in these harsh environments, which is an interesting revelation given that life on Earth is based on carbon molecules.”In some ways, life can be thought of as the ultimate in chemical complexity,” Cordiner continued. “The presence of C60 unequivocally demonstrates a high level of chemical complexity intrinsic to space environments, and points toward a strong likelihood for other extremely complex, carbon-bearing molecules arising spontaneously in space.”The Mysteries Of The ISMMost of the ISM is made up of hydrogen and helium, but there many other compounds in the mix that haven’t been identified yet. To identify these compounds, scientists analyze starlight as the various elements and compounds in the ISM absorb and block certain wavelengths of light. Each element or compound has its own unique absorption pattern known as Diffuse Interstellar Bands. The DIBs act as a compound’s fingerprint, allowing it to be identified by scientists if they find an exact match with the absorption pattern of a substance in the laboratory.However, there are millions and millions of molecular structures to check in the laboratory, so matching one to a DIB is infinitely challenging. While more than 400 DIBs have been found over decades of study, there have been no confirmed matches until the recent discovery of C60.The presence of C60 in the diffuse ISM suggests that large, carbon-bearing molecules could be good candidates for some of the unidentified DIBs with future laboratory experiments potentially focusing on compounds related to this molecule. TAG Buckyball, Interstellar medium, Interstellar space, Hubble Space Telescope Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazon AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY All Search Close With a peek through the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have confirmed the presence of electrically charged molecules shaped like soccer balls in interstellar space.These soccer ball-like molecules are actually a type of carbon named “Buckminsterfullerene,” which has been dubbed as “Buckyballs.” It consists of 60 carbon atoms that are all arranged in a hollow sphere. With the discovery of these C60 molecules, astronomers gain valuable insights on the mysterious contents of the space between star systems, which is known as the interstellar medium or ISM.The ingredients of stars and planets come from the clouds of gas and dust of the ISM, making it an important field of study for astronomers. ENDS IN ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Monday, October 23, 2017 TORONTO — The first France Tourism offices opened their doors in 1947 on Drummond Street in Montreal. Seven decades later the country attracts more than 85 million visitors, making it the most popular country for tourism in the world.In 2009 Maison de la France and ODIT France merged to create Atout France, the sole operator of the French State for development and promotion of tourism French tourism.Canada’s love of France has grown steadily over the years, says Atout France. From 1998 to 2008, trips with night stays have increased from 452,000 to 807,000. In 2014, a turning point was reached with 1,023.000 Canadian visitors to France.Despite the 2015 terrorist attacks that severely impacted France and the recent storm that caused major damages to Saint Martin island, France “stands tall”, says Mélanie Paul-Hus, the new Director for Atout France in Canada.Many more consumer campaigns and trade shows are scheduled in order to reconquer the heart of Canadian and international clientele, she adds.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckAnd looking forward, notably to 2024, when the Olympic Games will return to Paris, the momentum that carries the tourism development of the country “is undeniable”, says Paul-Hus.For the Consul General of France in Toronto, Marc Trouyet, giving new impetus to the French tourism industry is a major priority of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.The Government has set an annual target of 100 million international tourists by 2020, and expects revenues generated by tourism to reach 50 billion euros (approximately Cdn$76 billion) annually by the end of the decade. Travelweek Group Posted by Atout France marks 70 years of French tourism promotion in Canada Share Tags: Atout France << Previous PostNext Post >>
More than a year after Costa Rica’s anti-smoking law was passed in 2012, a regulation obligating tobacco companies to publish graphic warnings on cigarette packs has yet to be enforced.Costa Rican lawmakers adopted the General Tobacco Control Law in March 2012. The law prohibits smoking in public areas, bars, restaurants and other establishments. Three months later, in June 2012, the rules of the law were published in the official government newspaper La Gaceta. But the requirement that companies print large warning labels – as is the norm in several countries – was missing.In response, the National Anti-Tobacco Network (RENATA) joined lawmakers on Monday in a press conference at the Legislative Assembly to pressure President Laura Chinchilla to approve the health warning regulation.“It’s necessary that this regulation is drafted and approved by the executive branch as soon as possible as a show of commitment and political will to protect public health,” Citizen Action Party lawmaker Carmen Granados said.Once the regulation is approved, tobacco companies will have one year to begin publishing graphic warnings as to the dangers of smoking on 50 percent of the fronts and backs of cigarette packs, and 100 percent on the sides.Yul Francisco Dorado, a member of global watchdog group Corporate Accountability International, also attended the Monday press conference in San José.Dorado said private interests hope to consult with the World Trade Organization in an attempt to block the regulation. But, she said, the issue is a public health matter, and has nothing to do with trade.“Tobacco companies use cigarette packs to advertise their product, and health warnings would compete for that space,” RENATA member Teresita Arrieta said.Dorado sent a letter to Chinchilla urging the president to adopt the health warning regulation, and said she would expect a response within 15 days.Health officials say 10 people die each day in Costa Rica from illnesses related to smoking. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Among the many hazards of living abroad is the constant feeling that you are out of touch with what is going on back home.When I lived in the United States, I was a bit of a super nerd. I regularly attended midnight movie premieres, I knew all of the obscure pop culture trivia, and I could hold my own around any water cooler. But now, when I go back to the U.S., I find myself lost in the conversations of my formerly uncool friends. I don’t know what’s on TV, or what music people are listening to, or which young adult book series is being turned into a blockbuster film. A big reason for this is the way movies are translated into Spanish.Most titles, understandably, are not translated literally. “The Rum Diary” in English became “The Diary of a Seducer” in Spanish, and “Despicable Me” was translated to “My Favorite Villain.” While this makes sense for the general Spanish-speaking public, it is confusing for a Gringa waiting to see the movie her friends won’t stop writing about on Facebook.So, it comes as no surprise that when a friend mentioned to me that “Sinsajo” was coming to theaters Thursday, I had no idea what he was talking about. I nodded and feigned excitement, while making a mental note to Google Translate it later. It turns out that Google Translate is much more in tune with pop culture than I am, because it correctly translated the made-up Spanish word, Sinsajo, to its made-up English equivalent, Mockingjay, also the titles of the third and fourth installments of “The Hunger Games” (Part I, released last year, and Part II, coming out in Costa Rica tomorrow).At least Hollywood has the decency to literally translate made-up words. For those not obsessed with the mega-popular “Hunger Games” movie series or the book trilogy it’s based on, the mockingjay is a fictional bird in the series, an accidental cross-breed of the repressive government’s genetically engineered “jabberjays” and common mockingbirds. Instead of inventing some nonsensical Spanish word for the title, the translator simply took the Spanish word for mockingbird, sinsonte, and jay, arrendajo.Why can’t all movies do that?Costa Rican “Hunger Games” fans can enjoy not only the perfectly translated title, but also the advantage of catching the movie an entire day before anyone in the United States. For those hoping to see the movie as soon as possible, below are the schedules for theaters featuring the movie on its opening day.CCM Cinemas San PedroSan CarlosLincoln PlazaCinemark*Note some options are dubbedMultiplaza EscazúMultiplaza CurridabatCinépolis*Note some options are dubbedDesamparadosCartagoTres RíosHerediaNovaAvenida EscazúAmanda Zúñiga contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Related posts:Tico filmmaker to make post-apocalyptic surf action movie ‘Dos Aguas’ stuns visually, drags dramatically Costa Rica’s love-hate relationship with ‘Jurassic Park’ Love takes Costa Rica, Costa Rica takes Hollywood
Related posts:Costa Rica’s fiscal deficit to reach 6.9 percent of GDP in 2016 Costa Rica to drop interest rates in attempt to jump-start economy Costa Rica should expect 4.3 percent GDP growth, World Bank says This will be the biggest question when the Fed starts raising rates It’s déjà vu all over again for Costa Rica’s investment rating.Fitch Ratings announced that the company was holding steady on its junk bond rating for Costa Rica, according to a news release from the company on Wednesday. Costa Rica has a BB+ credit rating with a negative outlook, one step below investment grade.Along with maintaining its rating for Costa Rica’s public debt with a negative outlook, Fitch echoed the same concerns that have plagued Costa Rica’s investment status for years now, including a yawning deficit and uncertain support for fiscal reform from a fractured Legislative Assembly. Last year, Fitch downgraded Costa Rica’s outlook from “stable” to “negative.”“The Negative Outlook reflects adverse public debt dynamics, driven by large fiscal deficits, and legislative gridlock preventing progress on reforms to correct fiscal imbalances in a timely manner,” Fitch’s report said.Fitch also had a lower GDP growth forecast for the next two years than the Central Bank’s estimates. Fitch said it believed the Costa Rican economy would recover from its 2.8 percent GDP growth in 2015 to 3.6 percent in 2016 and 4 percent in 2017. The Costa Rican Central Bank forecast GDP growth of 4.2 percent in 2016 and 4.5 percent in 2017.Fitch had positive things to say about the efforts of President Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration to control spending and improve tax collection along with benefits from low gas prices and continued demand from the United States for Costa Rican exports and services.Vice President and Finance Minister Helio Fallas called the news a “red light” warning for Costa Rica. “We as a country need to hurry up and approve the implementation of the measures already proposed with the goal of improving income, spending and the quality [of that spending],” Fallas said in a statement from Casa Presidencial.If not, “the next step is another downgrade,” he added. Facebook Comments
T.J. Logan has been Arizona’s kick return man in recent games, while cornerback Patrick Peterson has been taking punt returns since receiver Christian Kirk went down with a foot injury on Dec. 2 at Green Bay. TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals claimed wide receiver and return man Pharoh Cooper, who on Wednesday was added via waivers after being released by the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday.He joins Arizona as the Cardinals prepare to face his former Rams team Sunday at State Farm Stadium.“They’re getting a great competitor, tough football player, has great instincts when he has the football in his hands. We think the world of him here,” said Rams head coach Sean McVay in a conference call Wednesday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 9 Comments Share (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Cooper, who was a Pro Bowler last season, has missed most of the year due to an ankle injury suffered in the season opener. He returned in Week 13 but was released as the Rams added veteran running back C.J. Anderson, who could fill in Sunday with starter Todd Gurley nursing a knee injury.Related LinksCardinals add LB Pete Robertson, S Fish SmithsonArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson selected to 2019 Pro Bowl“It really wasn’t anything that Pharoh didn’t do,” McVay said. “It was more a result of a numbers deal where two of the three running backs on our active roster were banged up.”ESPN’s Field Yates reported that the Giants, Jaguars and Titan also put waiver claims in for Cooper, but Arizona had priority on the wire due to its record.Since returning this year, Cooper has two punt returns, including a fair catch and a 12-yard return. He’s taken 13 kick returns for 277 total yards.The 23-year-old was a fourth-round pick out of South Carolina in 2014 and has some experience at receiver, where Arizona could also use some help. He has 25 receptions for 190 yards in 31 games played.Cooper has yet to record a reception this year.Cooper could challenge for playing time at receiver, where undrafted rookies Trent Sherfield and Jalen Tolliver have earned snaps alongside veterans Larry Fitzgerald and J.J. Nelson. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories
Go back to the e-newsletterOn 2 March, Travel Leaders Group’s Hotel Division formally introduced its new ‘Select Wellness Collection’ – the inaugural offering from the travel agency powerhouse that combines curated travel experiences with luxury hotel bookings.The Travel Leaders Group Select Wellness Collection already includes an introductory portfolio profiling 40 of the world’s most exclusive hotels and spa resorts renowned for their focus on health and wellness. Designed in conjunction with wellness travel and spa expert Sallie Fraenkel, the amenity-driven collection is only available to consumers through Travel Leaders Group’s more than 40,000 travel agents.“Since wellness travel is projected to grow by more than 9% annually – nearly 50% faster than overall global tourism – we created our Select Wellness Collection to meet the growing demand for this type of experience among our agents’ clientele,” explained Erick Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of the Travel Leaders Group Hotel Division.Wellness tourism now represents approximately 6% of all domestic and international travel, and it accounts for 14% of all tourism expenditures globally and is expected to grow to reach $678.5 billion next year, according to the Global Wellness Institute. The institute has also indicated that the global wellness market is now a $3.4 trillion per year industry, or approximately three times larger than the worldwide pharmaceutical industry.To help curate its Select Wellness Collection, Travel Leaders Group’s Hotel Division enlisted the expertise of Sallie Fraenkel, formerly the Chief Operating Officer of SpaFinder and Executive Vice President of the Global Wellness Summit (GWS).According to Rodriguez, three primary objectives for Travel Leaders Group have been achieved through the creation of the Select Wellness Collection. The first was to address the growing demand for a wellness product among agents and their clientele. The second was to extend the same high level of standards agents’ clients are already enjoying through its Select Hotels & Resorts program to curated wellness experiences. The third was to provide qualifying properties with entrée to its agents.The Select Wellness Collection is among the proprietary programmes offered by the Travel Leaders Group Hotel Division exclusively to travel agents within Nexion, Protravel International, Results! Travel, Travel Leaders Associates, Travel Leaders Corporate, Tzell Travel Group and Vacation.com.Travel Leaders Group is one of North America’s largest travel companies – encompassing nearly one-third of all travel agents – and generates gross travel sales of approximately $20 billion annually. Travel Leaders Group is a leader in both leisure and corporate, consistently ranking as one of the top travel companies nationwide.Go back to the e-newsletter