Change in structure delays panchayat polls in Arunachal Pradesh

first_imgA change in structure from three-tier to two-tier has delayed the panchayat elections in Arunachal Pradesh.The five-year term of the last elected panchayat in the Frontier State expired on April 13.Arunachal Pradesh’s chief election commissioner, Hage Kojeen, said on Friday that the State Election Commission (SEC) is awaiting the approval of the Pema Khandu government to the draft panchayat notification sent in February. The SEC needs the go-ahead for financial and manpower support to conduct the rural polls.The SEC had proposed May 14 as the date for holding the panchayat polls. But on April 13, the State government said it would not be proper to conduct the rural polls since the Assembly had passed the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill 2018 in March to change the structure of the grassroots governance.The change in structure meant doing away with the Anchal Samiti, the intermediate level of the three-tier Panchayati Raj system, to set up a two-tier system involving Gram Panchayats and Zilla Parishads.The government referred to sub-clause 2 of Article 243 B of the Constitution and its 73rd Amendment that allows a State with a population of less than 2 million not to have the intermediate level. The population of Arunachal Pradesh is 1.38 million.Panchayat Minister Alo Libang defended the structural switch. “Rs 5 crore is spent annually on honorarium for 1,779 Anchal Samiti members. This money will now be available for development work at the Gram Pancyahat level,” he said.Mr. Kojeen said the SEC was not consulted before the Bill was passed. “The government should now come out with the date for the panchayat polls,” he added.last_img read more

Potts out to fulfill promise to grandfather by joining PBA Draft

first_imgDavon Potts. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDeclaring himself for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is more than just basketball decision for Davon Potts.He also looks at it as a chance to reconnect with his Filipino roots and get to know his relatives from Rosario, Cavite.ADVERTISEMENT Entering the draft also moves Potts closer to realizing the promise he made to his deceased grandfather years back.“I didn’t know the PBA until I talked to my grandfather. He told me that if I couldn’t make it in the NBA, why not try the PBA. He said [the PBA] is like the NBA of the Philippines and I should look it up,” Potts recalled.“It’s funny because when I was visiting him in San Diego, he told me to at least make him that promise, that, ‘If I can’t make it to the NBA, the NBA D-League, at least, you try.’ I knew I have a family here and he told me to just try. And I tried.”That’s why Potts doesn’t have any doubts when he decided to make the jump to the pros.“I’m very prepared. I think about the promise I had to my grandfather a lot and I really believe that I’m ready. This is the product of years and years or preparation,” the 6-foot-3 swingman said.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Mbala to miss La Salle’s UAAP Season 80 opener vs FEUcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Potts believes he is a two-way player, someone who is effective on both ends of the floor.“Coach Jamike allowed me to thrive on the offensive part of my game, while coach Boyet exposed me to the defense. Dealing with them in my time with San Beda gave me great upside as I enter the PBA,” he said.With his confidence on a high, all Potts wants is to land on a team where his talents will be maximized.“I’d rather be on a team that needs me than a team that wants me because I want a team that needs me for the services I can give to the team,” he said.Potts feels he would be a good fit to teams like NLEX, Ginebra, Alaska, and TNT“There are teams that need help and I want to be that person who gives that help to the team that picks me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “This isn’t just about basketball. I think it’s important that I came here,” he said.It’s a facet of Potts’ life that he really put a premium on since arriving to the country coming from the United States two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I feel like there’s a lot of Fil-foreigners who come here just to play basketball, but I think that’s not the right way to think. I think you should really know where you came from,” he said.“There’s a lot of Fil-foreigners who don’t take advantage of knowing where they come from and for me, it’s really important to know those things, where and how it all started, and to make sure that basketball is more of a tool to get back to my Buendia family. That was a bigger thing for me.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Du Plessis to lead World XI team in Pakistan

first_img(Eds: Updating with more inputs and changing dateline) Karachi, Aug 24 (PTI) South African captain Faf De Plessis will lead a World Eleven side that will play three matches in Lahore next month. Besides du Plessis, the team comprises big names like Hashim Amla, also of South Africa, former captains like Paul Collingwood of England, George Bailey of Australia and Darren Sammy of the West Indies. The confirmation of the World Eleven tour was announced by the International Cricket Council in a press release, saying it had played a vital role in arranging the three-match series which the PCB is hoping will pave the way for more international teams to visit Pakistan. No top Test team has visited Pakistan since March 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore. Since then only Zimbabwe visited Lahore in May 2015 to play a short limited over series but that was not supported by the ICC which did not send any of its umpires or match referees to supervise the series. “This tour is different as the ICC has supported us all the way and its security delegation will be coming to Lahore in first week of September to inspect the security arrangements and plans,” PCB chief Najam Sethi said. He said if the World Eleven tour went off successfully, Pakistan would also be hosting Sri Lanka and West Indies this year for T20 matches in Lahore. The World Eleven side will play three T20 games on September 12, 13 and 15 in Lahore after holding a two-day camp in Dubai. Former Zimbabwe captain and ex-England coach Andy Flower will be the coach of the World Eleven side, which will arrive in Lahore on September 11. Giles Clarke, the ICC Director, who has served as the Chairman of the Pakistan Task Team since 2009, was optimistic that the series will be the first step towards international cricket returning safely to Pakistan with more T20 International matches against Sri Lanka and the Windies penciled in for later in the year. “I am delighted that Pakistan will be hosting a high- profile series, which features several top international cricketers from a number of ICC Members. “This tour is not only important for cricket in Pakistan but also for international cricket since it opens the possibility of other teams, media and sponsors visiting Pakistan for bilateral series,” said Clarke. “Pakistan has been an important member of the ICC and the cricket community has felt its pain. As part of its duty of care, the cricket community has always ensured that the sport is not affected due to no fault of the PCB, when it has continued to play its away series off-shore.” The Pakistan Task Team, which was formed in June 2009 and also included ICC Chief Executive David Richardson (then ICC General Manager ? Cricket), made 63 recommendations in June 2011 about the organisation of the game in the country. Richardson, who has been a regular visitor to Pakistan, said: “The ICC wants to see regular international cricket being played safely in all its Member countries and the World XI playing Pakistan in Lahore next month is a step towards that for the PCB. “The PCBs plans for the tour will include comprehensive security arrangements for the safety and security of the players, officials, media and spectators. As such, the ICC is fully supportive of these games. That said, all the stakeholders will remain vigilant and re-evaluate the situation if required,” said Richardson. “We are optimistic that this will be the next step in a steady and safe return of international cricket to Pakistan.” Plessis in a statement issued by the PCB said that he was honoured to have been appointed as captain of such a diverse, attractive and well-balanced side. “Like most of the players, I look forward to my maiden tour to Lahore and play my part in the safe and gradual resumption of international cricket in Pakistan,” said du Plessis. “All the members of the squad have complete faith and trust in the assessment and judgement of the security experts, who have assured us that there will be no comprise on the safety and security of all those involved in the series. As professionals, we are getting paid to play in the series, but the bottom-line is that if we did not feel safe, no amount of money would get us there. In this background, we will land in Lahore with nothing except cricket in our minds.” Pakistans former captains Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Ramiz Raja, Rashid Latif, Muhammad Yousuf and players said the coming of the World Eleven was a big step forward for Pakistan cricket. “It will allow the PCB and Pakistani government and people to show the world that international cricket can be played in the country without any fear,” Waqar said. World XI Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain; South Africa), Hashim Amla (South Africa), Samuel Badree (West Indies), George Bailey (Australia), Paul Collingwood (England}, Ben Cutting (Australia), Grant Elliott (New Zealand), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), David Miller (South Africa), Morne Morkel (South Africa}, Tim Paine (wk; Australia), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Imran Tahir (South Africa) and Darren Sammy (West Indies). PTI Corr KHS PDS PDSadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

MS Dhoni records second-lowest strike rate by an Indian batsman in T20Is

first_img1st T20I: Brief scores – India (126/7 in 20 overs) MS Dhoni 29*, KL Rahul 50; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/26 vs Australia. ScorecardMS Dhoni was the second-highest scorer for India in the first Twenty20 International against Australia in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 29 off 37 balls as India were restricted to 126 for 7 from their 20 overs.For larger part of his stay at the crease, Dhoni struggled big time to find the middle of his bat against the Australian bowling attack. Dhoni scored just one boundary — a big six over extra cover — during his knock.Dhoni’s slow innings has also put him in the list of Indian batsmen with low strike rates facing at least 35 or more deliveries in an innings.His strike rate of 78.38 in the first T20I was second lowest by an Indian batsman after Ravindra Jadeja, who holds the record with a strike rate on 71.42 during his 25 off 35 against England in 2009.Dinesh Mongia is third in the list with a strike rate of 84.44 he registered while scoring 38 off 45 balls against South Africa in 2006.Dhoni already has the second slowest half-century in one day internationals by an Indian batsman.Dhoni had scored 50 from 108 balls against West Indies in Antigua in 2017. Sadagoppan Ramesh scored the slowest fifty for India against Kenya in 1999 while former India captain Sourav Ganguly is third on the list for his 105-ball fifty against Sri Lanka in 2005.Dhoni has been in fine form this year with the bat. He was the man-of-the-series in the three-match ODI series in Australia which India won 2-1 while also displayed his batting prowess in New Zealand.advertisementAlso Read | KL Rahul marks return to international cricket with 36-ball 50Also Read | India players wear black armbands in honour of Pulwama martyrslast_img read more

‘Should he chop his arm off and play without it?’ – De Bruyne

first_imgKevin de Bruyne has blasted the new handball rules brought in this summer after Manchester City were yet again denied a last-minute winner against Tottenham by VAR on Saturday.City thoroughly outplayed Spurs throughout the game and thought they had won it in injury time as Gabriel Jesus curled in a close-range finish after a scramble in the penalty area following a corner.But the goal was eventually disallowed after Aymeric Laporte was shown to have handled in the build-up, leaving the game drawn at 2-2. Under the new rules, any handling in the lead-up to a goal means the goal cannot stand, whether it would be given as a handball in regular play or otherwise – but if the ball had also brushed a defender’s hand, a penalty would not have been given. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “They made this rule, it’s new,” De Bruyne told the Telegraph. “When I saw the video [of the incident], it’s impossible [for Laporte] to take his arm away. What can he do? Should he chop his arm off and play without it?“There’s nothing he can do because Nico [Otamendi] is ten centimetres in front of him and trying to head the ball. You can’t react in that space and amount of time. So make it clear – handball both sides.”While rival fans revelled in the drama on social media, City’s bewilderment was compounded by the realisation that the Spurs goal that put them out of last year’s Champions League would not have stood under the new rules.Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 2018-19Before City’s last-gasp ‘winner’ was shown to be offside by VAR, Fernando Llorente accidentally handled before scoring the vital away goal that eventually took Spurs through. It wasn’t enough to disallow the goal at the time, but would be if it happened in a game this season.Pep Guardiola has expressed his exasperation at VAR’s perceived inconsistency, after record signing Rodri was floored inside the area in the first half. City were adamant it should have been a penalty, but the match referee didn’t look at the incident again.The new handball rule, however, has been under closer scrutiny after this game and Bernardo Silva had similar thoughts to De Bruyne.“It is never easy when you score a last-minute goal and it is disallowed, especially because last season we went out of the Champions League because of a situation exactly like this one but rules are rules and we have to accept it,” Silva said.“It is true the ball hits his hand but come on, do you want to cut his arm [off]?” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Major College Football Coach Will Reportedly Be Fired

first_imgHouston Cougars football's TDECU Stadium.HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view of the field prior to the start of the game between the Temple Owls and the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)A major college football coach will reportedly be fired at some point before the end of the season.Houston is reportedly expected to fire head coach Major Applewhite following the Cougars’ disappointing 2018 season.Applewhite’s team was blown out by Army, 70-14, in its bowl game. The Cougars finished the season at 8-5.SB Nation first reported the news of Applewhite’s impending firing.Bruce Feldman has since confirmed the news.“BREAKING: #Houston is expected to part ways with head coach Major Applewhite in the next 24 hours, sources tell me. SB Nation 1st reported the move was in the works,” he reports.BREAKING: #Houston is expected to part ways with head coach Major Applewhite in the next 24 hours, sources tell me. SB Nation 1st reported the move was in the works.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 29, 2018West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen could reportedly be targeted by Houston after Applewhite’s firing.Sources to @SBNation: Houston set to fire Major Applewhite, West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen among candidates for Cougars— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) December 29, 2018Stay tuned.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Makes His Prediction For Auburn-Texas A&M

first_imgBo Nix throws a pass during Auburn's win over Oregon.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 31: Bo Nix #10 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles with the ball against the Oregon Ducks in the fourth quarter during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Paul Finebaum isn’t one to hold back his true feelings, and on Saturday morning he unleashed an interesting take on the Auburn-Texas A&M game.Auburn hasn’t lost yet this season, but that could change this weekend. Defeating Texas A&M in College Station with a true freshman at quarterback is an extremely tough task.Texas A&M owns a 2-1 record this season with the one loss coming to the hands of Clemson. It’s an acceptable loss for a program that should be ranked throughout the fall.Finebaum believes the Aggies will get the chance to redeem themselves in the coming hours against the No. 8 ranked team in the country. When giving his prediction for the game on SEC Nation, Finebaum said “I like the Aggies because their back is against the wall.”He also said that Bo Nix will struggle in a hostile environment. This will be the first road test for the five-star quarterback.Finebaum went as far as to say it’ll be a “baptism by fire” for Nix this afternoon.Through three games this season, Nix has 545 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. It’s important that he avoids turning over the football against the Aggies.With Kellen Mond ready for this SEC showdown, it’ll be fun to see how Nix responds to the challenge.[247Sports]last_img read more

The Manual Wind 2015 Watch of the Year: MB & F Legacy Machine Perpetual Calendar

first_img The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now For the 2015 Manual Wind watch of the year, I have chosen one that although not easily attainable, is extremely notable.  Its not easy for boutique brands to break through to collectors.   A lot come out with interesting design, but flop.  It takes the right backing and the right watchmakers to create a successful boutique brand.  MB&F, Maximilian Büsser & Friends, has been able to break from the pack.  Their designs are as aesthetically pleasing as they are horologically pleasing.  Far out designs make for interesting time displays.  Their more traditional designs have amazing depth and detail.  The combination of unique design, depth and detail has put MB&F on the radar of all modern collectors.  Blowing the minds of all horological enthusiasts this past year is the timepiece I have chosen for the Manual Wind watch oft the year; the MB&F Legacy Machine Perprtual.44mm in diameter, this is simply a display case for the amazing movement inside.  Designed from scratch by Stephen McDonnel, this classic perpetual movement is brought alive under the domed crystal of the Legacy Machine.  The movement displays hours, minutes, day, retrograde date, month, retrograde leap year and the level of the 72 hour power reserve.  Elevated above it all is a 14mm balance wheel.  Characteristic of the other Legacy Machines, this feature sets this piece apart from all other watches ever produced.  The depth this creates within the watchcase is what helps make this piece so impressive.  Cast in rose gold or platinum, this piece defines boutique with a production of only twenty-five pieces per metal.This watch was incredibly well received upon debut.  MB&F is more than just a watch brand.  It is a club of ownership.  Maximillian is a hands on owner and gets to the know the wrists his amazing creations rest upon.  His attention to detail is proven both in and out of the watches making MB&F that boutique brand that collectors are excited to own.  Joining this exclusive club of ownership is certainly pricy.  A base model MB&F is still in the high five figures.  Don’t fall too hard for the Legacy Machine Perpetual.  This piece will set you back $145,000 in rose gold and $176,000 in platinum.  There is no question that the MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual is the Manual Wind 2015 watch of the year.Honorable mention to the Tudor Black Bay Black which still remains the best watch for the money in the watch market. Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Editors’ Recommendations 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional last_img read more

COSCON Keeps It Cool

first_imgzoom The first batch of cool treatment reefer containers carried by China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCON) has safely arrived in Shanghai Port in the early morning of 29th July, the company said in a press release. “It is the milestone that COSCON’s capability of providing cool treatment service,” COSCON said.These reefer containers were loaded onboard MV YUEHE from Melbourne with Australian citrus. As explained by COSCON, to achieve the standard of Chinese Commodity Inspection, the temperature of each container is attentively measured and well reported at specified time during the whole voyage.“The dedicated cool treatment teams composed of experts from Headquarter, POL, POD and port of transshipment, thorough operation procedure with contingency plan, professional technical support are foundation stones for COSCON to offer successful cool treatment service,” the company added.COSCON intends to expand cool treatment service to more trade lanes soon thus meeting increasing demands from fresh fruit and vegetable importers.Press Release, August 4, 2014last_img read more

OBC drags LT Halol Tollway to NCLT to recover dues of 78

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oriental Bank of Commerce on Wednesday said it has taken L&T group to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and has initiated a Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CRIP) against L&T Halol-Shamlaji Tollway. “OBC has filed insolvency and bankruptcy application under section 7 of the IBC Code, 2016 against L&T Halol-Shamlaji Tollway Ltd for default in repayment of Rs 76.69 crore on December 27, 2018,” the bank said in a release. The Gurugram-headquartered lender said that it had disbursed Rs 155 crore in 2009 under a common loan agreement by a consortium of lenders and institutions which included Allahabad Bank (as lenders’ representative and escrow bank).last_img read more

In the news today Nov 22

first_imgEight stories in the news for Tuesday, Nov. 22———LIBERALS TO UNVEIL NATIONAL HOUSING STRATEGYThe federal government will unveil its highly anticipated national housing strategy today, with the Liberals looking to ease the concerns of Canadians who fear being priced out of the market. The plan will put a heavy focus on housing supply — building tens of thousands of affordable housing units over the next decade — and repurposing other cash to maintain housing supplements.———FEDS’ TAX PROPOSALS STILL NEED WORK, CRITICS SAYA coalition of industry groups says Bill Morneau must make more changes to the tax proposals he first unveiled last summer to ensure he addresses persistent concerns in the small-business community. The group, which was formed in recent months to oppose the finance minister’s tax-reform plan, is urging him to go further — beyond the adjustments he made to calm an uproar that dogged him for months.———RACHEL NOTLEY MAKES PLEA FOR PIPELINESAlberta Premier Rachel Notley issued warnings to all political parties to take off their partisan blinders or both the environment and Canada’s energy industry will fail. Notley was in Ottawa on Tuesday as part of an effort to solicit support for pipeline expansions. In a speech at the Economic Club of Canada and a roundtable discussion with The Canadian Press, she pleaded with political allies and foes alike to work with her.———OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS UP, DAILY DOSES DOWN: REPORTThe Canadian Institute for Health Information says doctors have increased their prescriptions for opioids over the last five years, but have been giving patients fewer doses. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of opioid prescriptions rose by almost seven per cent, but, on average, daily doses by five per cent. The CIHI report also found that stronger opioids are being increasingly more prescribed, with 57 per cent of all opioids prescribed in Canada last year being high potency, as opposed to 52 per cent in 2012.——JURY TO BE CHARGED AT BORUTSKI TRIALA jury will be charged by an Ottawa judge today before beginning deliberations in the trial of Basil Borutski. The 60-year-old man is on trial for first-degree murder in the deaths of three women in eastern Ontario in 2015 — Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam. In his closing argument yesterday, Crown attorney Jeffery Richardson said jurors ought to have no reasonable doubts that Borutski killed his three former friends in a carefully executed plan to exact revenge.———CLOSING ARGUMENTS TODAY AT GAS PLANT TRIALClosing arguments are set to be heard today at the Toronto trial of two top aides to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty who are charged with destroying documents. Defence lawyers will push the Ontario court judge to acquit David Livingston and Laura Miller. Both have pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted mischief and illegal computer use.———ONTARIO CITY LOOKING TO END AGE-BASED DISCOUNTSAn eastern Ontario city is mulling the idea of scrapping discounts on municipal programs and services for seniors and youth in order to boost supports for low-income residents of any age. The City of Kingston says that while it already has a Municipal Fee Assistance program for those in need, the approach it’s considering would raise the qualification threshold so more people could access the savings.———NEW BRUNSWICK POLITICIANS QUITS FOR LIFEGUARD JOBA New Brunswick city councillor has stepped down to take an unlikely gig: lifeguard in the Bahamas. Jordan Nowlan was turned 19 the day after he was elected. But after five-and-a-half-years as a councillor-at-large, the 24-year-old recently quit to work as a lifeguard at Castaway Cay, a private island that serves as an exclusive port for Disney Cruise Line ships.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Toronto to make an announcement on housing.— The National Energy Board will hear from landowners in Hinton, Alta., concerned with the route of the Trans Mountain pipeline.— Municipal leaders meet with cabinet ministers and parliamentarians to discuss infrastructure, housing and pot legalization.— In St. John’s, N.L., arguments begin in the case of transgender activist Gemma Hickey, who is seeking a non-binary birth certificate.— In Halifax, the Crown will appeal the acquittal of a taxi driver who is alleged to have sexually assaulted an intoxicated passenger.— Grey Cup media conference in Ottawa with Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson and Toronto head coach Marc Trestman.last_img read more

FIFM Moroccan actress prevented from finishing an interview on the red

first_imgMarrakech- A Moroccan actress taking part in the 13th edition of the Marrakech Film Festival was prevented from finishing an interview to the press, according to the Moroccan daily Aujourd’hui le Maroc.Moroccan actress and film producer Mayssae El Maghribi, who lives in the Gulf, was prevented to finish an interview she was giving to an Arabic TV channel. The reason was to allow American actress, Sharon Stone, to have enough room to give interviews to the TV channel present on the red carpet. The 13th edition of the International Marrakech Film Festival kicked off Friday night with a tribute to Sharone Stone. The opening ceremony was attended by a number of renowned figures in the film industry, including Egyptian stars Adil Imam, Yousra and Izat El Alayli.last_img read more

Saudi festival showcases green mountains flower crowns

AL-SOUDAH, Saudi Arabia — Atop a string of green mountains in Saudi Arabia, a monthlong festival drew a medley of yoga enthusiasts, extreme adventure seekers, tourists and traditional Saudi families — many wearing colorful flower crowns native to the region as the kingdom looks for ways to revamp its image and build up tourism.The al-Soudah festival, which ran throughout the month of August, gave visitors a chance to experience a unique region in Saudi Arabia and take part in outdoor sports like hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, horseback riding, zip lining and bungee jumping. Thousands also attended concerts by Middle Eastern superstars.Scenes of women zip lining and young Saudis at concerts, while nevertheless in a remote village, are a stark departure from the ultraconservative policies that for decades barred concerts and gender mixing, as well as shunned women’s sports in the kingdom.The reforms are being pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the king’s powerful 34-year-old son. He is looking to revamp the country’s economy to become more resilient in the face of lower oil prices. Boosting domestic spending and opening the country to foreign tourists are seen as ways to create more jobs for the millions of young Saudis who will be entering the workforce and looking for jobs in the coming years.The al-Soudah festival attracted between 12,000 and 15,000 visitors per day, said Husameddin al-Madani, who oversaw the event. Most visitors to the festival were Saudi citizens, but it also drew foreign tourists.Unlike Saudi Arabia’s major cities — which have limited outdoor spaces for sports, especially for women who must wear long flowing robes known as abayas in public — Saudi women in al-Soudah wore fitted jeans and sneakers under their rolled up abayas to hike up the mountain. Other Saudi women were seen zip lining between cliffs. In keeping with local custom, many kept their faces and hair covered.The weather in August in the village of al-Soudah, located in the southwest Asir province, is a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) in August, unlike the capital, Riyadh, or the coastal city of Jiddah, where temperatures exceed 43 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit) throughout the summer. In the winter, parts of the mountain range see snow.Al-Soudah sits on part of the Sarawat Mountain range in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, some 3,000 metres (9,840 feet) above sea level. Its highlands are covered in the green of juniper trees. The area is also home to baboons, who were kept away from the festival with help from Human Wildlife Solutions based in Cape Town, South Africa.Jiddah city resident Noura al-Moammar said she was surprised by the region’s climate.“I never thought, honestly, that my country is that rich with nature,” she said. “It’s amazing for us to discover and see the different cultures and landscapes and weather in our beautiful Saudi.”In the nearby village of Rijal Almaa, the men wore flower crowns, or garlands, made from local flowers and herbs. Visitors here were treated to garlands of their own, local tribal dances, coffee, tea and evening lightshows displayed on the village’s 500-year-old distinct natural clay, stone and wood structures.The festival also drew extreme sports enthusiasts, including wingsuit base jumpers. Saudi media reported that British adventurer and astronautical engineer Angelo Grubisic died during a jump off the side of a cliff at the festival when he experienced difficulties reaching the landing site at speeds of around 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour.The festival took place less than 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the airport in Abha, the capital city of the region of Asir, which has been targeted by Iranian-allied Yemeni rebels. Saudi Arabia has been waging war in Yemen against the rebels, also known as Houthis.Still, visitors at the festival said they felt extremely secure.“I couldn’t feel safer, honestly,” said Paris Verra, a 24-year-old American visitor. “The city is vibrant, and I was walking down the streets at like 1 and 2 a.m. and having tea with locals.”“Coming from America, there’s obviously a lot of misconceptions … but I’m here to show and prove it’s nothing but incredible … I hope everybody gets a chance to visit this place one day,” she added.So serene was the vibe at the festival that Alwaleed al-Keaid, who runs a Saudi hiking company, led morning mediations atop the mountain.“We start our mornings with a mediation session in this gorgeous environment where we thank God for this blessing and meditate,” he said. “When we’re done, we try the local bread with honey… and help people enjoy nature, forget about the rest of the world and live in the moment.”The festival also had its share of glitz and glamour with concerts by Middle Eastern mega stars, including Emirati singer Ahlam and Iraqi singer Kazem al-Saher. Their performances drew thousands of fans and al-Saher’s concert alone generated 1.5 million Saudi riyals ($400,000) in ticket sales, festival organizers said.The al-Soudah festival is one of 11 taking place in different parts of the country this year. The initiative, dubbed Saudi Seasons, is aimed at developing tourism and providing Saudis with temporary and permanent jobs.Al-Madani, the CEO of the al-Soudah festival, said at least 515 young men and women were hired from the local community to assist in the monthlong event. Local businesses also got a boost by contributing to food trucks and other services.___Associated Press writer Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.Amr Nabil, The Associated Press read more

Halifax firm gets nearly 3 million in federal funding to develop software

by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2016 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Halifax firm gets nearly $3 million in federal funding to develop software tool HALIFAX – Modern aircraft and military ships have grown so complex that engineering design and verification hasn’t kept up — and the result is often costly errors in early prototypes, says the head of a Halifax-based firm that’s hoping to help solve the problem.“Today upwards of 40 per cent of all project costs, some of which are well over $1 billion, is devoted to testing and fixing errors and this percentage is growing fast,” said Jordan Kyriakidis, president and CEO of design and engineering company QRA Corp.“We need new tools that ensure these machines will do only what their creators intended and will do so in a safe, reliable and predictable way. We need to verify this before anything is actually built.”Kyriakidis was speaking Tuesday after it was announced that his company was receiving $2.9 million in federal funding to develop software to assist engineers with early stage designs.The money, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, is conditionally repayable and comes from a pool of $7.1 million for four projects under the federal government’s Atlantic Innovation Fund.The QVtrace is a software tool that can be used in fields such as defence and aeronautics.Kyriakidis said it’s engineered to “crawl over” computerized designs or blueprints using mathematical proofs that can ask questions.“So we say this thing you said could never happen, well we show you that it actually can happen,” said Kyriakidis. “It’s particularly good at catching fringe but catastrophic cases.”Treasury Board president Scott Brison, who took part in the funding announcement, said the technology could ultimately provide some applications for the government.“I believe there is significant opportunities to apply some of this to big complex government procurement like defence procurement and avoid the problems that have plagued governments over time on some of these files,” said Brison.Kyriakidis said he created the initial algorithms powering the software tool as part of a research project at Dalhousie University over five years ago and now works on its development full time through his company.Kyriakidis said that while there are competitors, he’s confident his company’s approach in working directly with companies like Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is the right one.“Working together with the customers is really important to us because then we actually solve the problem. We don’t just make a technology for the sake of making a technology.”QRA, which currently has 17 employees, plans to create 13 new research and development positions through the project. Treasury Board President Scott Brison, minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announces more than $2.9 million in federal funding for QRA Corp. to develop software to assist engineers with early stage designs, in Halifax on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The company’s QVtrace is an engineering tool that allows for analysis of complex designs while minimizing disruption to their workflow. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan read more

Former Ohio State linebacker David Perkins arrested in Bowling Green on multiple

Courtesy of OSU athletic departmentFormer Ohio State linebacker David Perkins was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, criminal damaging and underage/under the influence of alcohol in Bowling Green, Ohio during the early morning hours of May 25.Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Thursday that Perkins is no longer a member of the OSU football team. An OSU athletics spokesman said Perkins had already left the program prior to the arrest.“David asked to be able to contact other schools for the purpose of possibly transferring sometime around the start of the ‘Maymester’ and he has not been around the program since,” said athletics spokesman Jerry Emig in an email.Bowling Green Police received a call at approximately 2:45 a.m. on the morning of May 25 from a female resident on Pike Street, which is located outside of Bowling Green State University’s campus. The resident informed police that Perkins was attempting to enter her home, according to the police report.The resident told police that Perkins attempted to enter her home multiple times. Perkins told police that he knew who lived at the house. The female resident, however, told police neither she nor her roommate knew Perkins.After attempting to enter the home once, the resident told police Perkins walked across the street to a car. Police found the car with the driver’s door window shattered out and with blood on the driver’s door, steering wheel and gear shift area. The owner of the car told police she did not know Perkins.The resident told police Perkins then returned to the residence and attempted to enter again, while repeatedly yelling “Let me in (expletive)” and “Answer me now.”Police arrested Perkins at the scene, where they found him with “blood all over his hands and clothes and large cuts on his right wrist.” The police report also stated Perkins had “wet pants as if he had urinated on himself.”Perkins was transported to Wood County Hospital following his arrest to receive treatment for his cuts. The 20-year-old told emergency room staff he had consumed beer and liquor prior to the arrest.Perkins is scheduled to appear as a defendant on the four charges in Bowling Green Municipal Court on June 10.Perkins did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The South Bend, Ind. native played in nine games during his freshman season with the Buckeyes last year. He played primarily on special teams, but recorded six tackles and one pass breakup. read more

Liebherr R 9800 excavators deployed to BHPs Mt Arthur coal mine

first_imgBHP has added two Liebherr R 9800 excavators to its Mt Arthur Coal Mine fleet in New South Wales, commissioned in November 2018 and February 2019. Mt Arthur Coal has been a long-term valued customer for Liebherr-Australia, and in particular the Liebherr Mt Thorley Branch. These 800 t excavators are the first of their class owned by BHP on site, adding to the existing Liebherr fleet of two R 996B, one R 994B and 44 T 282C off-highway trucks.The two excavators took 13,000 man hours to build with a core team of 20 BHP and Liebherr technicians, with the team working night shifts for some of the final build to improve delivery times. Liebherr stated: “Thank you to all involved in the commissioning of these machines for their dedication and commitment to delivering the two R 9800s safely and ahead of schedule. During the build, the team’s focus also realised several opportunities for improvement, not only demonstrating Liebherr Core Values, but our commitment to continuous improvement of our processes.”last_img read more

Barca with 100000 followers on Twitter

← Previous Story LNH (Round8): Paris wins in Dunkerque, 8th win in 8th game Next Story → SC Magdeburg sign Asmussen and Quenstedt at the goalkeeper position FC Barcelona twitterhandball twitter F.C Barcelona Intersport makes fantastic results on social media. The most successful handball team ever has 100.000 followers on Twitter! Barcelona’s account is growing daily by 100-150 new handball fans, what means that Spanish team break all the records among TOP handball teams in Europe. Good job @FCBHandbol!photo: read more

Lakeside Rodeo under construction before annual event in April

first_img Posted: February 21, 2018 Allie Wagner Allie Wagner, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Allie Wagner was live at the Lakeside Rodeo where construction is underway ahead of their annual event on April 26.An all volunteer group of 45 community minded members, The El Capitan Stadium Association (ECSA), a 501 (c) 3 non profit, has been dedicated to providing support to the Youth of Lakeside, CA for over 54 years. Rodeo has a long history in Lakeside, starting in 1920… out of that history, the organization El Capitan Stadium Association as Lakeside Rodeo formed 54+ years ago to build a permanent facility to continuously provide funding for the Youth of Lakeside.The Rodeo buildings and grounds are an important fundraiser venue for the Youth of Lakeside and are available for public rental 10 months of the year; from the air conditioned main hall equipped with a full kitchen to the professional arena that stands in the glow of a new State-of-the-Art Marquee. With plenty of parking available, the grounds and buildings provide a low cost venue for your events. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lakeside Rodeo under construction before annual event in April February 21, 2018last_img read more

NewBay Acquires AV Database Resource

first_img“We are excited to have this unique, valued resource join our industry-leading A/V and IT focused portfolio of brands and services,” says Steve Palm, CEO of NewBay Media. “The addition of AV-IQ immediately strengthens our ability to serve the commercial A/V market, and expands NewBay’s data, analytics and lead generation capabilities.”The AV-IQ team will join NewBay and remains headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn.The purchase follows NewBay’s spring acquisition of Ratings Intelligence, a data-driven television research firm. NewBay Media is building out utility around its portfolio of audio-visual titles with the acquisition of AV-IQ from InfoComm International, a trade association in the A/V space.Terms weren’t disclosed.AV-IQ—a digital product that includes an equipment database, case studies, service directories and product comparison tools—gives NewBay a resource to deploy alongside its six A/V magazines and seven other editorial products. The service was offered for free by InfoComm.last_img read more