Songs of Hope XIV Presented by Spotify

first_imgWorld-renowned independent cancer research and treatment center City of Hope today announced that the Warner/Chappell Music “Icon of Hope” Award will be awarded to lauded musical theatre lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz, composer of hit musicals Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, among many others.Warner/Chappell’s Chief Operating Officer Carianne Marshall, and Senior Vice President of Theatrical and Catalog, Kurt Deutsch will present the award to Schwartz at Songs of Hope XIV presented by Spotify.In his four-decade plus career, Schwartz has won four Grammy Awards and three Academy Awards, has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and Theatre Hall of Fame, and was awarded the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, a special award for his commitment to fostering new talent and championing important causes.Songs of Hope XIV presented by Spotify will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at hit-maker Alex da Kid’s KIDinaKORNER Kampus, in Sherman Oaks, CA. Last year, Songs of Hope XIII was hosted at the Kampus for the first time, raising more than $400,000 for City of Hope.City of Hope previously announced award presenters and recipients including:Clive Davis “Legend in Songwriting” Award, presented by Clive Davis to Benny Blanco and Mike Will Made-ItMartin Bandier “Vanguard” Award, presented by Marty Bandier to Sarah AaronsElectronic Arts “Composer of the Year” Award presented by Steve Schnur to James Newton HowardSongs of Hope Beverly and Ben Horowitz Legacy Award presented by Zach Horowitz to international expert in leukemia, lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation, Stephen J. Forman, M.D., the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope. This award will include the presentation of $100,000 to support the research of Stephen J. Forman, M.D. and his team.Universal Music Publishing Group and Spotify will also present awards, with more information provided closer to the event.For the 14th consecutive year, the event is co-chaired by David Renzer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Group; Doug Davis, Founder/Principal of The Davis Firm; Evan Lamberg, President of Universal Music Publishing Group, North America; and Steve Schnur, President of Music, Electronic Arts.This year’s music and entertainment sponsors include Spotify, Clive Davis, Sony/ATV, Electronic Arts, Universal Music Publishing Group, and Warner/Chappell Music.To purchase tickets for Songs of Hope XIV presented by Spotify, visit or contact City of Hope at 626-218-6313 or’s Chairman and CEO Jon Platt will be honored by City of Hope at the annual Spirit of Life gala on October 11. For more information and to purchase tickets to that event, click here.last_img read more

China hits out at abnormal immoral attacks on Huawei

first_imgBrussels: China’s foreign minister lashed out Monday at “abnormal, immoral” attacks on Huawei amid growing concern, led by the US, that the telecom giant poses a security risk to the West. Wang Yi demanded a “fair and just competition environment” for Chinese firms as he met EU foreign ministers and officials for talks in Brussels. His call comes as Washington steps up pressure on allies, particularly in Europe, to shut Huawei out of tenders for fast fifth-generation, or 5G, telecom networks, because of the firm’s ties to the Chinese government. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”China hopes all countries will create a fair and just competition environment for companies of all countries,” Wang told reporters. “What we oppose is groundless accusations out of political purposes and attempts to bring down a foreign company. We think such practices are abnormal, immoral and have no support from other countries.” Huawei strenuously denies allegations its equipment could be used for espionage and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang insisted Friday that Beijing would “never” ask its firms to spy on other nations. A law recently enacted by Beijing obliging Chinese companies to aid the government on national security has added to concerns about Huawei just as European countries begin planning 5G infrastructure.last_img read more

Sexual harassment Ali asks Meesha to face the court

first_imgLahore: A year after singer Meesha Shafi accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment, the singer-actor recently urged her to face the court as her case against him was dismissed. He even drew a parallel between her and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. Ali wrote on Twitter: “Meesha Shafi’s case against me has been dismissed alongside the appeal made against the dismissal. The case in the court is my case against her to pay for damages that her false statement has caused me, which naturally she is trying to run away from.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”I have also filed a case against all the fake and other accounts being used to run a campaign against me on social media. I have been quiet about all this for a year while thousands of disgusting tweets were posted against me, like a campaign every time a big event comes. But it’s time to expose the truth via due process of law for which I urge the FIA to take strict legal action. Meesha had called out the singer last year, accusing him of sexual assault.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX closes slightly lower amid CN revenue miss miners up

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Tuesday, weighed down by an earnings report from industrial heavyweight Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR).Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,745.38 -13.00 -0.10%S&P 500 — 1,692.39 -3.14 -0.19%Dow — 15,567.74 +22.19 -0.14%Nasdaq — 3,579.27 -21.12 -0.59%However, mining stocks got a lift after China’s leadership indicated it would take measures to support the economy.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 13 points to 12,745.38, after running ahead for the past four sessions.Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) depressed the TSX even as the railroad handed in quarterly earnings that beat expectations following the close Monday.CN earned $717 million or $1.69 per diluted share, up from $631 million or $1.44 per diluted share a year ago. Ex-items, CN earned $1.66 per share, up from $1.50 per share a year ago and four cents ahead of estimates.Revenue totalled $2.67 billion, up from $2.54 billion and slightly below estimates of $2.7 billion and its shares fell $3.37 or 3.2% to $101.68 as CN also cautioned that a slowdown in grain and fertilizer exports during the summer months could make for a challenging second half of the year.Rival Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP), which posts earnings Wednesday, lost $2.44 to $130.18.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.56 of a cent to 97.23 cents US after retail sales for May came in much better than expected. Statistics Canada reported that sales ran up 1.9%, much higher than the 0.4% gain that economists had expected.The agency said the largest sales increase in dollar terms was a 4.3% gain at motor vehicle and parts dealers.Meanwhile, Chinese media said Premier Li Keqiang said that growth wouldn’t go below 7%. He also said that China’s economic growth needs to be kept above that minimum, according to Beijing News and reaffirmed 7.5% as this year’s growth target.The report cleared uncertainty about how much China’s government would let the economy slow as it tries to shift the basis of growth toward domestic consumption and away from reliance on exports and industrial investment.“Clearly them putting the floor on growth is comforting because for starters, you never really can be that confident about the data out of China,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer Scotia Asset Management PM Advisor Services.U.S. indexes were mixed as traders took in a solid earnings report from United Technologies and looked ahead to earnings from Apple Inc. after the close.The Dow Jones industrials gained 22.19 points to a new all-time closing high of 15,567.74, the Nasdaq composite index declined 21.12 points to 3,579.27 and the S&P 500 index was down 3.14 points to 1,692.39.United Technologies climbed $3.05, or 2.99%, to US$105.16. The conglomerate said second quarter earnings ran up 17% as strong orders for its Otis elevator business in China and commercial airline parts helped lift sales and profits.After the close, tech giant Apple turned in results that were slightly better than expected with earnings per share of $7.47, a bit higher than the $7.32 a share that analysts had expected. Revenue came in at $35.3 billion, slightly higher than the $35.02 billion that was forecast.Apple shares had closed down $7.32 or 1.7% to US$418.99 in New York and rose about 3% in after hours trading in New York.After the close Monday, online video streaming company Netflix said it earned $29.5 million, or 49 cents per share, in the latest quarter, up from $6.2 million, or 11 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts had forecast earnings of 40 cents per share. Netflix’s revenue climbed 20% to $1.07 billion, mirroring analyst projections. But it failed to meet expectations for new subscribers and its stock declined 4.47% to $250.26.Beyond the slide in railway stocks, the financial sector was the biggest decliner on the Toronto Stock Exchange, down 0.44% with Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) down 61 cents to $58.35.The base metals sector led advancers, up 3.73% with September copper up a cent at US$3.20 a pound after gaining five cents on Monday. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 40 cents to C$24.37.The gold sector erased early losses to move up about 2.25%, adding to Monday’s gain of over 6%, down about 0.7% while August bullion lost $1.30 to US$1,334.70. Bullion ran ahead $43 to a nearly five-week high Monday, its biggest one-day gain since June, 2012. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) rose 32 cents or 6.07% to C$5.59.The energy sector was flat while the September crude contract gained 25 cents to US$107.19. Prices fell almost $1 Monday following the release of soft existing home sales data and ahead of the latest inventory data. Wednesday’s report on U.S. crude and fuel stockpiles from the Energy Information Administration will be watched for confirmation that the recent trend of falling inventories, which suggests stronger demand, is continuing.Sharp drops in U.S. crude supplies for the past three weeks have helped propel oil to its highest price in about 16 months. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) advanced 21 cents to C$12.22.In other corporate news, AlarmForce Industries Inc. (TSX:AF) said Tuesday it has “terminated” chief executive Joel Matlin after a strategic review of the company. Matlin, who holds a nearly 8% stake in the company, will continue to serve as a company director. AlarmForce completed a nearly year-long strategic review, including a possible sale of the company, earlier this month without a deal. It shares were up 20 cents to $10.TOP STORIESApple shares climb as Q3 earnings narrowly beat estimatesAutos push retail sales to biggest monthly gains in 3 years in MayTelus increases share buyback program to $1B to boost stock priceCredit card giants allowed to keep higher merchant fees on ‘premium’ cards after complaint dismissedSuncor and other oil producers rebound on optimism that pipeline bottlenecks are beginning to easeChina says 7% is bottom line for economy growth amid slowdownWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADANo economic data scheduled.UNITED STATES8:30 a.m. — Markit Flash Manufacturing PMI (July)10:00 a.m. — New Home Sales (June)CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESBoeing Co earnings: Analysts are expecting $1.58 per share (7:30 a.m. ET)Facebook Inc earnings: Analysts are expecting 0.14 cents per share (After market close)Ford Motor Co earnings: Analysts are expecting 0.37 cents per share (7:00 a.m. ET)Visa Inc earnings: Analysts are expecting $1.80 per share (After market close)CANADAAgnico Eagle Mines Ltd earnings: Analysts are expecting 0.08 cents per share (Afer market close)Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd earnings: Analysts are expecting $1.49 per share (7:30 a.m. ET)Cenovus Energy Inc earnings: Analysts are expecting 0.48 cents per share (Before market open)Encana Corporation earnings: Analysts are expecting 0.19 cents per share (Before market open)Loblaw Companies Ltd earnings: Analysts are expecting 0.58 cents per share (6:00 a.m. ET) read more

Podcast The NFL Draft Mayweathers Past And How Many NFL Players Go

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (for April 28, 2015), we look at the upcoming NFL draft and whether there is anything to all the measuring and testing that goes into evaluating prospects; Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, the future of boxing, and Mayweather’s violent past; and ESPN’s Pablo Torre visits the studio to discuss a new study on how many NFL athletes go bankrupt. And our significant digit this week is -14.7 — how many points the Toronto Raptors underperformed by this offseason.Plus: An update on the first Hot Takedown crowdsourcing project, which asks you to submit your ideas to help stop tanking in the NBA.Stream the episode by clicking the play button above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to.Below, some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:How would you fix the NBA draft and stop tanking? Tell us.Neil Paine on how NFL teams try to beat the draft — and fail.How surplus value works in the NFL Draft.What does the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight mean for the future of boxing?“Outside The Lines” on Mayweather’s troubled past.A look at whether we missed out on the best possible fight between these two boxers.Pablo Torre’s 2009 article “How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke.”The recent NBER paper on NFL bankruptcy. Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

CSEC CAPE results to be released tomorrow Harmon

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLess students sitting CSEC, more sitting CAPEMay 5, 2018In “latest news”CXC results expected online todayAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”CSEC, CAPE results to be announced todayAugust 12, 2014In “Business” Minister of State Joseph HarmonResults for both the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) will be released tomorrow (Friday) by the Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry at the subject Ministry.This is according to State Minister, Joseph Harmon on Thursday during a Post Cabinet Briefing with media operatives at the Ministry of the Presidency.“The Honorable Minister of Education reported to the Cabinet that the results for both the Caribbean Secondary Council Examination and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination have been received,” he said.Moreover, Harmon asserted that according to Henry, based on the results, most of the schools countrywide have shown improvements in their performances in all subject areas.Students from across Guyana sat the 2018 CSEC and CAPE in May.According to the Superintendent of Examinations within the Education Ministry, Sauda Kadir, 12,266 candidates were registered to sit the CSEC examinations this year, which shows a decrease when compared to 12,684 candidates in 2017.She added that this year, 923 candidates wrote the CAPE, which records an increase when compared 851 in 2017. This brings the total of 13,189 students writing the two examinations.Last year, even with the Ministry of Education initially indicating dissatisfaction upon announcing the country’s performance at CSEC examinations , Guyanese students collectively managed to cop a total of 11 of the Regional Awards offered by the CXC.Of the nine Regional Awards up for grabs at the CSEC level, Guyana walked away with a whopping seven, placing the country once again as a front runner at the Caribbean Examinations.CSEC Top Performer 2017, Michael BhopaulFor 2017, Queen’s College student Michael Bhopaul  single-handedly won four of the nine CSEC Awards.Preliminary results revealed that Bhopaul secured a groundbreaking 25 passes at the secondary level regional assessment, 24 of which were Grade Ones, along with 1 Grade Two.However, confident in his performance, the 16-year-old reviewed his results and subsequently discovered that he in fact scored Grades Ones at all 25 of the subject areas he pursued. Stemming from his landmark achievement, the QC boy was named the Most Outstanding Performer at CSEC 2017.In addition, Bhopaul also won himself the Best Performer title in three other categories by scooping up the Business, Science and Technical Vocational awards. read more

Credit Union loan book is down but membership is up

first_imgMore: €24,000 payment for sexual orientation discrimination at Credit Union > The Government remains fully committed to supporting the Credit Union movement throughout this process. We want credit unions to emerge stronger so that you can continue to play an important role in local and national life in this country.Read: Money advice: National Consumer Agency’s top five tips > DEMAND FOR LOANS from the Credit Union is down for a second year in a row, despite €1.1 billion worth of loans handed out to its members over the last 12 months.The lack of demand has been put down to “continued restrictions on lending”.Despite this, membership has increased by 36,000, bringing the total number of members to 3.1 million across 32 counties, making the Irish movement one of the most popular in Europe.The figures were revealed today, as almost 2,000 delegates met at the Irish League of Credit Unions annual general meeting in Limerick.The theme of the conference is ‘Committed to Communities’ and discussions have been focusing on recent regulatory and legislative changes, as well as restructuring within the sector.Speaking at the AGM earlier, the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, said that although credit unions were going through a major transformation, the government would stand by them:last_img read more

Grace case whistleblower says shes disappointed with HSEs response

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Tammada Image: Shutterstock/Tammada 16 Comments Apr 30th 2017, 3:24 PM 10,697 Views A WHISTLEBLOWER INVOLVED in the Grace case has said that she’s disappointed with the HSE’s responses to serious questioning and has requested to appear before committee to give greater insight into the core issues.A woman known as ‘Grace’ was left in an abusive foster home in the southeast of the country for 20 years, despite several reports to authorities that she was being abused.RTÉ’s This Week spoke to the whistleblower who first made a protected disclosure to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in February 2015 about reports of Grace’s abuse.The whistleblower, who remains anonymous in order to protect Grace’s identity, said that she would like to appear before the PAC to set the record straight.“It’s been two years since I first made the protected disclosure to the public accounts committee and still some questions remain unanswered or certainly unclear.”RTÉ reports that the committee chair Seán Fleming ”confirmed that he would view the request favourably when the committee reconvenes”.The woman said that her appearance before the committee could make any subsequent questioning of the HSE “more productive”.She said that the HSE needs to correct the record in some cases and was “disappointed” with their responses to questions being put to them.But she believed that it was too late for the HSE to issue her an apology, which she requested in 2016: “That ship has sailed at this stage, there is no meaningful apology that can be offered.”Last week the High Court approved a settlement of €6.3 million in compensation to the woman known as Grace, with the presiding judge calling her case a scandal and mentioning that there were still unanswered questions.In March HSE boss Tony O’Brien apologised to TDs for telling them that no health worker involved in the Grace case was still in public service, in what he called “a monumental cock-up”.A worker who sat on the panel that decided to leave Grace in the foster home retired in 2012, but is in receipt of full HSE pension and still carries out some specialist clinical services for Tusla on a part-time basis.Read: €6.3 million settlement approved for woman at centre of Grace caseRead: ‘A monumental cock-up’: HSE boss admits Grace case worker still in public service and on a full pension Grace case whistleblower says she’s ‘disappointed’ with HSE’s response The whistleblower, who remains anonymous, told RTÉ’s This Week that she wants to appear before committee to set the record straight. Short URL Share Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 3:24 PMlast_img read more

Austerity leads to art revival

first_imgAn interesting ‘side effect’ of the economic crisis in Greece is the flourishing of contemporary art, according to The New York Times. Journalist Katherine LaGrave visited Athens and claims that even though austerity measures have been to the detriment of the Greek people, it appears that there have been two beneficiaries.Tourism has shot up to 28.8 per cent in the first three months of this year, as well as artistic activity.Contemporary art has sprung up during the crisis, as the political and economic turmoil offers a great deal of inspiration to the artists. The audience, exhausted and in need of support, is also seeking more creative exits during these difficult times.Moreover, Athens is one of the cities with the cheapest rent for studio space compared to other European capitals.LaGrave is surprised by the fact that artists from abroad keep choosing as their basis a country where federal artistic funding is almost non-existent.Ms Iliana Fokianaki, Athens-based curator, art critic and founder of ‘State of Concept’, decided not to leave Greece, seeing the economic crisis as a reason to stay.“I realised it would be much more useful to have an artistic platform in a city like Athens than another European city,” said Fokianaki.“The crisis kind of boosted our energy to do more things, rather than flee the country.”LaGrave mentions a series of events artists can attend if they plan on visiting Athens during the Greek summer.She suggests ‘Snehta Residency’, where applications have tripled for its two-month Athens-centric research residencies.The Athens and Epidaurus festival, including exhibitions ‘Renaissance Stories’ and ‘Terrapolis’ organised by the non-profit NEON, and displays at the Museum of Cycladic Art, are also extremely popular.Finally, it is worth mentioning that ‘Documenta’, the world-renowned exhibition of modern and contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany, will be co-hosted by Athens. Adam Szymczyk, the exhibition’s artistic director, said that Athens was chosen in an effort to boost artists struggling with the economic and political crisis.“Athens seemed to be the place where contradictions meet,” Szymczyk said.“The cradle of civilisation affected by crisis and debt while its citizens endure a lasting uncertainty as to their future.”* ‘Documenta’ starts in Athens in April 2017 and will be moving to Kassel later on the same year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Van Dijk wants the Quadruple for Liverpool this season

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk revealed that he wants to win all four titles with the Reds this season, he believes Liverpool can pull it off.It’s been a very exciting last 24 hours for Liverpool and all its supporters, they just came from winning their second consecutive match in a quite complicated month filled with highly competitive matches. The first one was against Tottenham Hotspur, where the Reds beat Mauricio Pochettino’s side 2-1 and this Tuesday they defeated PSG 3-2 at Anfield Road. One of the key components of this squad is €80 million man Virgil van Dijk, the Dutch defender who is slowly becoming the Premier League’s top center-back and one of Europe’s best. If Liverpool wants to aspire to all the trophies this season, they will need him at his very best in order to accomplish such an achievement. Only one in modern English football has a treble been accomplished, it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United back in 1999 and there is a lot of expectation surrounding Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool because people actually think they can pull it off. When asked about the possibility, the Dutch defender didn’t deny that this is a dream all his teammates have beside him and they will do their best throughout the season to make it happen.“I want to create memories here and write history with all these boys. Everyone is excited, everyone is feeling good, everyone wants to be part of this. We know the season is very long. We have four competitions to play in and we want to win everything — that is basically our mindset. Given the size of this club and the history of this club, we want to try and win everything. It’s going to be very difficult to do but we are going to try. You need to have belief. You need to have belief in everyone in your team, and I have that belief in this team. There are players who are not even in the squad who have so much potential, so much quality, and that says a lot about our team. It’s exciting and, no, I’m never gonna get used to this. We want to compete for every competition like we did last year, and we really wanted to start well this time. You want to play these games. You want to play these clubs we are going to face. You want to play at the highest level,” said a buzzing Van Dijk right after Liverpool’s victory against PSG in the Champions League this Tuesday.Not a bad start to our @ChampionsLeague campaign. Now is time to recover and get ready for the weekend! #UCL ?— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) September 19, 2018Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.As one of Jürgen Klopp’s biggest bets for this new season, the former Southampton defender has already proved his worth several times over this season and is arguably amongst the best players in his position throughout Europe. Just last week during the international break during the match between France and the Netherlands, Van Dijk gave us a taste of his defensive capabilities during a chance created by Kylian Mbappé himself. On the replay, you can see the Dutch player actually running faster than the PSG player in a massive sprint where the two footballers measured their abilities, this display of strength and skill dropped everybody’s jaws to the floor as nobody expected a defender to have such great reaction to a sprint from the French prodigy himself. This moment was the prelude of what was in store for everyone at Anfield Road, Van Dijk is no joke when it comes to going against the some of the top players in the world and his support during the next month will be key for Liverpool’s aspirations to come out on top before the next international break. We can’t forget that the Reds are about to embark on a highly demanding schedule that starts with a visit from Southampton, then two consecutive matches against Chelsea in two different competitions, then a visit to Napoli in the Champions League, and another visit from Manchester City.’We had a plan and we have belief’ ?? Post-#LFCPSG with @VirgilvDijk ?— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 19, 2018Do you think Liverpool has what it takes to win the Quadruple this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Columbian editorial board meets with commissioner candidates

first_imgThe Columbian’s editorial board met Wednesday with candidates for the Board of Clark County Commissioners, District 2. The candidates are Commissioner Marc Boldt and challengers David Madore, Pat Campbell and Roman Battan. District 2 includes most of Vancouver east of Interstate 205 and east county. A few answers to questions were videotaped. The editorial board asked:All the candidates about the CRC bridge and light rail.All the candidates whom they would vote for in this race if they weren’t in the race.Madore about a conversation he had with County Commissioner Tom Mielke.last_img

Hasina wins Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. BSS File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina was awarded ‘Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award’ on the premises of City Cube-ITB in Berlin on 7 March on the occasion of International Women’s Day, reports BSS.Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed received the award given by Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW), an official release said.State minister for civil aviation and tourism Md Mahbub Ali, among others, was present at the award giving ceremony.Sheikh Hasina won the award for her outstanding contribution to the field of women empowerment as well as her dynamic leadership in South Asian region.last_img

Wasike and Forrest Begin NCAA Indoor Competition This Weekend

first_img Live Results Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Drocas Wasike and Makenli Forrest will be competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend in at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.  Wasike will run in the 5,000 meters on Friday while Forrest will compete in the women’s weight throw on Saturday. The championships, hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Birmingham, will begin Friday, March 8 and conclude on Saturday, March 9.ESPN3 will stream the championships live starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time March 8 and starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time March 9. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, March 10 on ESPN2 and again Monday, March 11 starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ESPNU.Wasike will run on Friday night at 9:07 p.m. Eastern time.   Wasike started off the indoor season by breaking the school record in the 5,000 meters at the BU Season Opener in December with a time of 15:14.78.  She finished as the ACC runner-up in a closely contested race.  Wasike won the 3,000 meters the next night at the ACC Championships with a time of  9:24.05.  She earned first team All-ACC honors in the 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters.  She currently ranks fifth in the nation in the 5,000 meters.  Saturday’s ESPN3 Broadcast Link center_img Forrest will start competition in the weight throw at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.  Forrest established herself as a strong competitor in the weight throw once again this season. Forrest set a personal best with a throw of 22.18m/72-09.25 at the Hoosier Hills. She won the event four times, finishing in the top four of all six meets this season.  She earned second team All-ACC honors after finishing fourth at the ACC Championships with a throw of 20.71m/67-11.50.  She currently ranks eighth nationally in the weight throw.  Print Friendly Version Friday’s ESPN3 Broadcast Link last_img read more

Denver area sees more school shootings by population than nations largest metro

first_img— Tuesday’s shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, which ended with one student dead, eight others injured and two of their classmates in custody, prompted Coloradans to once again question whether these types of mass shootings are more prevalent here than elsewhere. Ultimately, it’s nearly impossible to be sure if a place is at a higher risk going forward, said Frank Farley, a professor of psychological studies in education at Temple University in Pennsylvania. “If you had suggested to anyone behind me or in this room that, within 20 years in 20 miles, we would have dealt with Columbine, the Aurora theater, Arapahoe High School, the shooting of Zack Parrish and four other deputies, we’d have thought you mad,” he said. “And yet here we are again.”center_img During a 6 a.m. news conference the day after Colorado’s latest school shooting, District Attorney George Brauchler made a point of declaring the tragedies that have rocked the area in recent years don’t define the “kind, compassionate, caring people” who live here. If Columbine did place the Denver area at a higher risk for future shootings, the only thing parents and schools can do is consider responses, like increasing school security and reducing access to weapons, he said. Read the whole story: The Denver Postlast_img read more

Maharashtra unlimited

first_imgMaharashtra has it all – from rich heritage sites to stunning beaches, wildlife sanctuaries to pretty hill stations. And of course Bollywood. To get the tourists to pick Maharashtra as their next destination, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) held a road show in the Capital. Maharashtra has variety of spots to visit. The state is blessed with heritage sites like caves of Ajanta-Ellora, pilgrimage sites like Shirdi-Saibaba temple, hill stations like Mahabaleshwar- Panchgani and Matheran among others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For nature lovers wildlife sanctuaries like Bhamragarh, Bor Dam, and Dajipur are a few must visit spots. Offering the perfect opportunity to be one with nature, these sanctuaries preserve the natural habitat of the protected animals. If you are the traditional holiday person, Maharashtra has its beautiful beaches. Places like Raigad, Harihareshwar, Bhandrapule and Kunkeshwar with their postcard perfect sceneries are the best places to relax far away from the mad rush of the city. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAdventure sport enthusiasts can set their sights on the amazing wild life sanctuaries, adventure trek spots like the Shayadri Mountains or rock climbing at Karla Mountains. And then there’s Mumbai, the heart of the state that encapsulates the power of economy, the glamour of Bollywood and the crazy diversity of the entire country in one city. If India had to pick one city to be the face of the country – Mumbai perhaps would be it. If spirituality interests you, the new Buddha circuit should be on your travel list. Made of seven inner circles and 25 recently discovered sites, some of them which 2200 years or older, the Buddha circuit is open for tourists now.  ‘We have discovered new sites which are open for tourists; it will serve as spiritual break-through for the visitors,’ said Jagdish Patil, MD, MTDC.With the opening of its new tourist information center at Hotel Janpath, MTDC will now cater maximum people from north India. As the Torism Minister said – they have the foreign figures, the focus is on domestic ones now.Soon MTDC will unveil centers at Lucknow and Tirupati. The center was inaugurated by Maharashtra Tourism Minister Chagan Bhujbal. Patil also spoke about safe tourism for all, ‘We are taking several progressive steps to encourage tourism in Maharashtra; many interactive sessions with tour operators will take place to understand how we can get maximum tourists to our land. Also, we have tourism police everywhere, domestic and foreign tourists can be assured of safety and pleasant experience.’If you are planning to head out of the city this festive season – pick Maharashtra, you won’t be disappointed.last_img read more

CNG fitness scam AAP demands LGs clarification on his role

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has demanded that the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung immediately clarify whether he has made any attempt to hush up Rs 100 crore from the CNG fitness scam, in which chief secretary DM Spolia is also allegedly involved.The L-G can no longer remain silent following news reports that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in its preliminary investigation, has found that Jung had asked the Anti Corruption Branch of Delhi to close the probe involving top bureaucrats of the state government. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreIt is high time that Jung clarifies his role and until and unless he can prove to the contrary, he should resign immediately given the seriousness of the case and his role in protecting the graft tainted.Given the role of the L-G in protecting the top officers and the involvement of the chief secretary himself in the scam, the Election Commission of India should immediately take note and decide whether free and fair elections would be possible in Delhi with such individuals at the helm of administration. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe continuing silence of the BJP’s central government and the L-G on the indictment of top city bureaucrats by the CBI in what is commonly known as the 2002 CNG fitness scam gives rise to reasonable apprehensions that people of Delhi are being cheated by an unaccountable administration and taxpayers money is being looted without any fear.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had directed Delhi’s Anti Corruption Wing (ACB) in January this year to provide all relevant documents to the CBI, when the investigating agency had registered a preliminary inquiry and sought all such documents from the ACB. It is shocking that indicted bureaucrats are continuing in top administrative positions and the BJP’s central government, which is indirectly controlling Delhi, appears to be turning a blind eye towards the multi-crore scams committed during the Sheila Dikshit government’s tenure. The AAP pointed out that the Union Home Ministry and Delhi administration should break their silence on when the CBI has sent a report to the Union Home Ministry and Delhi government’s department of vigilance asking for departmental action and further inquiries against three top bureaucrats, including the present Chief Secretary Spolia.“Is it not a fact that the former Sheila Dikshit government had tried to scuttle a probe into this scam by the Anti-Corruption Branch citing an order from the L-G that no inquiry was required?“Is it not a fact that official documents were forged to conceal facts about this scam?” asked AAP.last_img read more

Bringing together a community of craft entrepreneurs

first_imgIndira Gandhi Centre of Arts, in association with Cocoa and Jasmine (independent culture publication), has curated an event titled ‘Safed’. Organised as part of ‘The Craft Project’ – an initiative that aims to document tangible anthropology i.e material culture of a place and comment on its relevance in the contemporary space – the event will be held on April 27.Through the project, Cocoa and Jasmine also wishes to bring together a community of craft entrepreneurs and create a collective of common motivation. The Craft Project celebrates diversity in culture through objects, folk arts, crafts, and design. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCurrently, over 30 contributors from 24 cities around the world have joined the project to talk about Indian crafts in contemporary space. Some of these are Judy Frater from Kutch, Monisha Ahmed from Ladakh, Sally Holkar from Maheshwar and Brigitte Singh from Jaipur. To translate this research project into a physical space, a series of events in different cities in India and abroad will be organised. The event will comprise of a textile installation, a photo exhibit, display of printed journals and a panel discussion. The very first chapter of this series is being held in Delhi on April 27, 5 pm at the Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking about the event, Sayali Goyal, curator of the installation, says, “A common string in most textile crafts of India is white fabric, a blank canvas. Through this project, I wish to showcase the unity of our craftsmen yet bring out the diversity in textures. When a weaver weaves fabric, a little bit of himself is woven into it as well, thus each fabric displayed here holds the artisan’s emotions as if the artisan was present here. If you look carefully at these fabrics, they are all different and unique and have an individual soul yet we can appreciate them as one, just like Indian crafts.” The panel discussion will explore the importance of craft documentation and why design intervention is important to represent contemporary Indian aesthetics at a global platform. Purnima Rai of the Delhi Crafts Council and Crafts Council of India, as well as Ritu Sethi of the Crafts Revival Trust have been invited for the same. The conversation will be moderated by the Founder of Cocoa and Jasmine, Sayali Goyal. The photo exhibition will display the process of documentation and stories that were covered from East to the West of India including Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and also Maheshwar.last_img read more

Destination Britain agents important in longhaul markets

first_imgConsumers still value the trust and reassurance of retail agents. British tourism authorities are adamant bricks-and-mortar agencies are still important to travel consumers, especially in long-haul markets such as Australia.Travel agents are a necessary component of the modern tourism industry, according to representatives from VisitBritain, VisitWales, London & Partners and others who attended Destination Britain APMEA 2013.Australian travellers to the United Kingdom spent a record AU$1.69 billion last year, with Aussie arrival and spend figures projected to rise to AU$2.14 billion by 2020.Traditional distribution channels still account for the majority of Australian consumer holiday bookings, according to research conducted by Tourism Australia last year.“We need to be working with trade partners on territory, especially in those long haul markets, where consumers to a large extent rely on retailers and wholesalers,” VisitBritain overseas director Keith Beecham told ETB News.“Australians go online; they’ll do a ton of research and gather plenty of information, but they’ll still go to the more traditional retail outlet to book, particularly their long-haul travel… and it’s the same in other countries like China, Japan and India where these kinds of relationships matter.”The shared view between British tourism authorities is that due to the extensive distance and significant spending on travel from far reach destinations, consumers want reassurance on their purchases.“Travellers can safeguard against most problems and issues, especially those that may occur after arriving at your destination, by investing in these agent relationships,” Mr Beecham said.Yet, as digital distribution became more prevalent, bricks-and-mortar agencies suffered criticism.“For a while there everybody was saying that agents would be the next dinosaurs, but actually, pushing through that difficult time, they’ve had to demonstrate their word and abilities and have come away stronger than ever,” VisitWales product marketing manager Clare Dwight said.“I think the distribution industry has become multi-layered and there are a variety of options to cater to all consumer preferences nowadays, each offering a unique perspective.”ETB News is currently in Bangkok for Destination Britain, which runs from 13-16 May 2013.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more

Number of foreign property buyers 34 up in August

first_imgThe number of foreign property buyers rose 34 per cent in August to 75 compared with the respective month of 2016, the Department of Lands and Surveys said.The number of non-Cypriots who acquired real property in Cyprus, incentivised by government schemes offering investors a Cypriot passport or a visa depending on the value of the investment, rose in the first eight months of the year an annual 4.2 per cent to 618, the department said.According to reports in Britain’s The Guardian on Sunday, Cyprus extended more than 400 passports to investors as part of the government’s citizenship-by-investment scheme which allows investors to get a Cypriot passport by investing €2m in Cyprus or previously €2.5m.According to a source with knowledge of the situation, since the inception of the scheme in the months following the 2013 banking and fiscal crisis, the scheme triggered almost €5bn in investment in the economy, including €0.5bn in government bonds which are no longer an eligible option in the latest version of the scheme updated a year ago, €0.5m in deposits, also no longer eligible, and €0.7bn in company acquisitions, while the bulk of the remaining amount went into real estate. The number of persons who benefited from this scheme and a similar scheme introduced by the government under former President Demetris Christofias exceeds 1,200.The report said that beneficiaries of the scheme, who can liquidate their investment at a later stage, excluding a residence worth at least €500,000, include Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs implicated with corruption.The overall number of properties that changed owners in August rose 27 per cent to 572 and in January to August 20 per cent to 4,921.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more