first_imgDivisions over whether to provide a conduit to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally loomed as the pivotal sticking point Wednesday as House Republicans searched for a solution to their campaign-season standoff over an issue that has split them for years.In bargaining Wednesday, moderates told conservatives that any deal would have to include steps that could ultimately lead to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers. The issue was left unresolved, according to two Republicans who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private talks.Read it at Hastings Tribune Related Itemslast_img

first_imgArun Pandey, who has been long-time friend and business partner for MS Dhoni, is entreprising. You can here it in his voice, how dedicated he is to his passion project releasing on September 30. The project is none other than a Bollywood film based on the life of Dhoni, India’s most successful captain. He emphasises more than a few times that the film was made purely to motivate youngsters in India and around the world.He repeats it so many times, that it actually becomes irksome. Dhoni is a very marketable commodity. And it’s hard not to see the financial prospects in telling the life story of a man like him. He is a World Cup winning captain, has pan-India appeal and it only makes sense that his underdog story be sold to the highest bidder. However, the trailers suggest they have tried to capture the essence of the cricketer’s life. Both Neeraj Pandey (director) and Sushant Singh Rajput (playing Dhoni himself) look sincere. Will MS Dhoni: The Untold Story break the jinx with Bollywood and biopics, we’ll have to wait and watch.We caught up with the producer Arun Pandey, and spoke about how he managed to pull together a project as ambitious as this. Excerpts from the interview:1. What was that one element in Dhoni’s life story that separates him from the rest of the underdog stories in the world? Why does the world need to hear Dhoni’s story?A majority of the population is the youth, out of which a big number come from the small towns. And how many stories like Dhoni do you have that can motivate you to this extent? The ascent from where he started to what he has achieved, it is so massive, how do you not get inspired by a story like that? But it’s not even about his victories and the success and the money that he has made. It is how he has conducted himself through those phases of life. You hear him in interviews, and he’s always talking about a process. What is a process? The effort we put in today. A lot of people dream like Dhoni did, but did they put in the effort that Dhoni did? Dhoni himself never dreamt that he would play for the country, let alone lead it. What purpose the story will serve is to tell the youth, if you have dreams big or small, if you put in the effort today, you will be closer to achieving it than you were yesterday.advertisementYou watch Lincoln, Wolf of Wall Street and even A Beautiful Mind, from the last 15 year’s Oscar-winners you’ll find at least 10-12 of the films were based on real life stories. That’s why we thought the story needs to be told.ALSO READ: Amaal Mallik’s MS Dhoni The Untold Story album is pleasant, if not extraordinaryALSO READ: Virat Kohli to PV Sindhu, 5 actors who should play these sportspersons in their biopics2. Neeraj Pandey’s earlier films have a completely different flavour compared to what this biopic would need. How did he come on board?When we first thought of making the movie, we had a few names about who could be candidates for the director’s job. As soon as I heard, that Neeraj was the man behind A Wednesday, I jumped and was convinced he was the man who would make it. I’m a great fan of A Wednesday, how he’s made this whole movie around one incident and how in middle of it is the story of a common man. So I asked my people, and they set up a meeting. And after that one meeting, Neeraj was on board to direct.3. Was Sushant the first choice to play Dhoni? What convinced you he could pull it off?I was coming back on a plane when I saw Kai Po Che. And I saw Sushant, the way he batted, bowled and how he talked about the sport. We thought he would be a good boy to work with. We wanted someone raw, hardworking and we got both those things from Sushant who really worked hard to get Dhoni’s physique.4. When did Fox Star come into the picture?So there was Dilip (Jha, the writer) who was writing about the various incidents in Dhoni’s life. He used to go everyday, meet him and hear his stories and wrote that down. After Neeraj came on board, he started reviewing Dilip’s work and he started asking questions and started piecing together a narrative for the film. After that it took close to 10 months to find the right studio who will help us tell the story like it should be told. Vijay Singhji (CEO, Foxstar) was a visionary enough to see the potential in the story and after that we began shooting.advertisement5. A film like this can be risky, it requires scale to look convincing, were there dark days when you thought you couldn’t pull this off?I didn’t doubt myself for a single second, since I decided to start work on making this biopic. The kind of love and affection MS gets from people all over India, never doubted the project for a single second. And Fox backed us completely, whatever was the requirement for the movie from my side, from Neeraj’s side was fulfilled without question.6. There is a tendency to sugar-coat biopics, has Neeraj Pandey attempted to take on the grey areas of Dhoni’s life?The definition of grey area tends to differ from person to person. And as far as clarifications related to conflict of interest has already been given, it’s all there out in the open. There was no glamourisation of anything, in fact I can tell you positively that 98 percent of the what happens in the movie, is based on Dhoni’s real life. Ask Neeraj, when he came on board and how difficult he found to find the grey areas in Dhoni’s life. He was surprised that there was hardly any negativity in his life. He was appalled that he had to work so hard, talk to so many people, and he still couldn’t find any grey areas in MS Dhoni’s life.7. When was the decision taken about dubbing the movie into Marathi, Tamil and Telugu?It was always on the cards, even before the trailer was released. Dhoni has a pan-India appeal and we thought it would be a good idea to reach out to people in the other regions as well who will be equally eager to hear Dhoni’s story. Even better if it is in their local language.8. Raj Thackeray’s MNS objected to the Marathi-dubbed version. Are you going to go ahead and release it in Marathi or is that on hold?I have to speak to the people at Fox about that, I’ve not really been in the loop about that. I’ll have to check up on it, it slipped my mind.9. How comfortable was Dhoni opening up on the details of his love-stories? Which are two from the movie? Whatever happened in real life, he sat down and spoke to Neeraj. And that’s been included in the movie.10. Has Dhoni seen the movie yet? What was his reaction?Of course, he got emotional. It was a little awkward too for him, but he hardly ever expresses. He was a little overwhelmed seeing his life story adapted to the big screen.last_img read more

first_imgShimla, Jan 10 (PTI) Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur today announced a cash prize of Rs five lakh for skier Anchal Thakur for winning a bronze medal at World Skiing Competition. Aanchal, who hails from Burna village in Manali, created as she gave India its first ever international medal in skiing while competing at “Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup, organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) in Turkey. She clinched the medal in the slalom race category.The Chief Minister said the government was coming up with a plan for systematic development of sports infrastructure. PTI PCL AT ATlast_img

first_imgFlorentin Pogba has been handed a trial at Spanish second-tier outfit Elche.The central defender, 28, formerly of Saint-Etienne and, most recently, Turkish side Genclerbirligi, has been a free agent since the expiry of his contract last summer.One of two older brothers to Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Florentin has plenty to offer Elche in terms of experience, having made 193 senior appearances in all competitions, including the first and second divisions of France, as well as the Europa League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Unlike his younger sibling, however, he represents Guinea at international level rather than France.Elche announced on their official website that the centre-back would train with the club for a week to give manager Pacheta a closer look at his qualities and decide if he would be a worthwhile addition to the squad.The club are languishing in 17th in the Segunda Division, just a point above the relegation zone. They have the joint-fourth worst defensive record in the league, having conceded 26 goals in 20 games, something they hope their potential new addition could help to combat.Florentin’s twin brother, Mathias, recently spoke out against Mourinho’s treatment of their younger brother, citing the United midfielder’s recent strong performances as evidence that he was being mismanaged by the Portuguese.The World Cup winner had been criticised for his performances this season, and Mourinho dropped him to the bench for the Red Devils’ Premier League fixtures against Arsenal, Fulham and Liverpool.However, since the arrival of interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the France international has scored four goals and registered three assists in just four league games, playing the full 90 minutes in each one and he looks like a player revived.Mathias plays as a striker for Tours FC in the third tier of French football, having joined on a free transfer himself last summer, after a year out of the game following the expiry of his contract at Dutch outfit Sparta Rotterdam.last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of a football with the Utah Utes logo on it.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 10: A ball boy holds up a football during warm-ups before the Utah Utes and Brigham Young Cougars college football game at Rice Eccles Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)The college football season is almost over, but the final weeks of the year will certainly be fun to watch. While there aren’t any games on the schedule over the next two days, the Boise State Broncos will face the Boston College Eagles on Wednesday in the First Responder Bowl.Although the winner of this bowl game won’t earn the chance to keep its season alive, it will result in receiving arguably the best trophy ever.The First Responder Bowl trophy has a light on the top, which can be turned on with just the push of a button. It’ll be hard to find another bowl game award topping this design.Here is a photo of the trophy:The First Responder Bowl trophy has a light on top and a button in the back to turn it on.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) December 24, 2018Boise State will look to erase the bitter moment of losing to Fresno State in their conference championship.If the Eagles are going to pull off the minor upset, then AJ Dillon will have to perform well in this game. The dynamic tailback was outstanding throughout the year for Boston College, proving to be the heart and soul of the offense.Kickoff for this matchup is set for 1:30 p.m. ET from Cotton Bowl Stadium.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

first_imgPavel Florin’s hilarous bowling action will leave you in splits: WatchRomania-born bowler Pavel Florin has taken the Internet by a storm after bowling with an unusual action in the ongoing European T10 Cricket League in Spain.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 17:22 IST Pavel Florin gets ready to bowl a delivery (Twitter/Screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSThe European T10 Cricket League is being played in Spain from July 29-31The tournament features 8 teams in totalAll the matches are being played at the La Manga ClubNo matter how long one must have followed cricket as a sport, it still has the ability to shock and surprise just when one would have thought that they had seen it all. One such instance was witnessed during the ongoing European T10 Cricket League where Romania’s Pavel Florin was seen bowling with the most unusual of actions.During the match between Dreux Cricket Club and Florin’s team Cluj Cricket Club, the bowler was seen bowling dollies with a one-arm action. The deliveries ended up being so loopy that batsmen had to wait for an eternity before the ball arrived in their arc. As a result, despite the innocuous bowling, Florin still managed to keep things quiet. But social media wasn’t so quiet.Pavel Florin just overtaken Dwayne Leverock as my new favourite bloke Hussey (@HusseyJack) July 30, 2019The clip went viral instantly with even former Australia batsman Mark Waugh suggesting ‘I reckon that would be very hard to hit.’.I reckon that would be very hard to hit.Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) July 30, 2019Another user compared the action to one of R Ashwin’s experiments in the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League. (@saravanamaanu) July 30, 2019Poor tweet this. No need to laugh at people trying to play the game in a part of the world that’s had little exposure to it. Hardly a great way to try and grow the sport.David Byrom (@DB1993) July 30, 2019Never seen such an unnecessary need of a wicket keepers helmet in all my life…advertisementNick Dearden (@n88ckd) July 30, 2019The European T10 Cricket League comprises of 8 teams divided into 2 groups and is being played over 4 days from July 29-31 at the La Manga Cricket Club in Cartagena, Spain.Also Read | Hasan Ali set to marry Indian girl in DubaiAlso Read | Australia eye first Ashes glory in England since 2001For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Pavel FlorinFollow European Cricket Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgzoom Sweden-based shipowner Furetank Rederi AB and its compatriot Rederi AB Älvtank have contracted two additional product/chemical tankers with LNG propulsion at China’s Avic Dingheng Shipyard.The vessels, of which Furetank and Älvtank will own one each, will be delivered during 2018 and 2019.Featuring a dual fuel/LNG propulsion, the vessels will be built to a design developed by FKAB together with Furetank with special focus on minimal impact on the environment, with close to 50% reduction of CO2 emissions, according to Gothia Tanker Alliance.Additionally, the tankers will fulfill the Tier III rules and have LNG for Inert gas production, power production with floating frequency, battery backup (UPS) for all vital functions to minimize use of auxiliary engines, installed ballast water cleaning system, ice class 1A and Alternative Propulsion System.As part of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, the companies, along with their partner Thun Tankers BV, already have four LNG-fuelled tankers under construction at the same yard. The previous vessels were ordered by the alliance in 2015.From the six tanker vessels on order, three will be owned by Furetank, two by Älvtank, while Thun Tankers is the owner of the remaining vessel.The vessels will be commercially managed by Furetank Chartering in the Gothia Tanker Alliance.last_img read more

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government will set up a state-of-the-art Space Systems Park, claimed to be the countrys first, at Knowledge City here to attract global start-ups working in space sector and also develop it as a major manufacturing hub for space-related technology, research and development.Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Knowledge Centre and Space Museum, to be developed by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a major centre of ISRO, as a befitting memorial to the former president and top space scientist, will also be located at the sprawling site as part of the overall infrastructure of the Space Park, a press release said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe state government has issued orders to make Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre and Space Museum part of the space park and to allot the land required for the facility. This will be an added attraction to the park and the entire investment will be made by the VSSC. The government will transfer 20.01 acres as lease to the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Ltd (KSITIL) to develop the space park at Knowledge City within Technocity as an international space technology ecosystem. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliOf this, 16.07 acres, now having SEZ status, will be denotified by KSITIL. The land belongs to Technopark. The project will be implemented by the Electronics and IT Department, government of Kerala. Primarily a manufacturing hub for companies using GIS and other data systems, the integrated complex will also have start-up incubator, accelerators including Airbus Bizlab, skill training systems and production units. KSITIL, the agency mandated to develop IT infrastructure in the state, will hand over required land to ISRO to set up Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Knowledge Centre and Space Museum, through a lease agreement. A government order (GO) has already been issued in this regard. The government had earlier allotted 1.75 acres at Kowdiar in the city to VSSC, to develop the Centre and Space Museum. Later, VSSC informed the government of the restrictions in taking up world class constructions on the land imposed by the Kerala Art and Heritage Commission, and requested an alternative site for the project. “With the Space Park materialising, Kerala capital will become a key hub of space technology in the country,” said M Sivasankar, state Secretary, Electronics and IT. “The Space Park is being set up to leverage on the opportunities provided by ‘Space 2.0 and it will generate lots of high tech jobs,” he said. Apart from VSSC, some other major centres of ISRO are also located in and around the city, and together with the Space Park they would help create a robust ecosystem for space technology applications and research, Abdul Kalam museum being another attraction, he added. The CEO of Kerala Government owned ICT Academy Santhosh Kurup has been appointed as special officer of the Space Park project. KSITIL, as co-developer of the project, will collect premium from the companies taking up space in the complex.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress MP Prasun Banerjee deposed before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday, in connection with the Narada sting operation probe and accused the Central agency of harassing him and his fellow party leaders. “It seems that they are trying to harass us. I told them that as I am an MP, my voice samples are easily available in the public domain. There was no requirement to summon me for the voice sample. I had already submitted all details regarding the Narada case when I was interrogated two years ago. It seems that they want to tarnish our image in public by repeatedly summoning us,” Banerjee told reporters after coming out of the CBI office.last_img

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tonight, Friday, August 9th, 2019 is the opening night of A Celebration of Images Captured by Local Artists at the Peace Gallery North.From 7 pm to 9 pm, the public is welcome to the opening reception for ‘Captured’ with live entertainment by Landis Dell playing jazz guitar and catering by the Cultured Cafe. Come meet the Photographers and their works of art.Exhibits include work by; Tammy BoveeSharon GauntVictor IreneDon HoffmanSandra MilnerSteve MilnerAnn MusgroveDiane WatsonEight photographers are featuring their work, with a wide variety of images, there is something for everyone. There will be captures of landscapes and portraits with approximately 60 exhibits to be seen shares Bev Berg, Manager of the Peace Gallery North.The exhibit will be up in the gallery until the end of August.Photographers will have take away items for sale as the exhibit must remain until the end of the show. This will give you an opportunity to see the artists repertoire of art.To view the FB Event; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Rabat – Lahcen Haddad, the Moroccan minister of tourism will propose the adoption of what he calls the “African Charter for Sustainable Tourism” during his visit to the Ivory Coast for a continental tourism conference this week, a government communique obtained by Morocco World News said.Haddad landed in Abidjan on Tuesday to attend the 58th edition of the annual conference of the African Commission for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), according to the international organization’s website. Government officials and private stakeholders in African tourism will be present at the event ending on April 21st to discuss “accelerating the shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns” and a 10-year framework of programs (10YFP) to achieve associated goals.The Moroccan minister expects the sustainability pact to be signed “on the sidelines” of the COP22 climate to be held in Marrakech in November. In January, Morocco adopted a draft charter on sustainable tourism during the first edition of the “Moroccan Day of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism” in Rabat.“The proposal embodies the positioning of our country as a tourism sustainability leader in the region,” Hadded said in the communique.During the ongoing meetings, world leaders will also discuss the implementation of the mission of the international organization Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty Initiative (ST-EP), which was born in Johannesburg in 2002 as part of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.Emphasis will also be placed on the detriments of tourism development in the African continent to make sure the process occurs at an environmentally safe level, the minister’s release said.“Hence, the need for strong cooperation focused on increased ownership in consumption patterns and sustainable production with greater distribution of wealth between the northern parts of the continent and the southern ones.”Eleven years after the world summit in South Africa, over 35 countries had expressed interest in becoming founding members of ST-EP and hosting regional offices for the organization in the country, though little news of the opening of new offices have been reported since the original show of interest.Last December, the U.N. declared a resolution naming 2017 as the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.”Tourism represents an important source of income for African nations due to the inflow of foreign currency it generates, which grows the countries’ GDPs and creates new employment opportunities.Critics, notably from the U.N,’s own environmental division – suggest that an emphasis on tourism makes impoverished countries dependent on the well-being of developed economies, as tightly-budgeted families are less likely to go on vacation.According to the division’s statistics, poorer countries in Africa rely on tourism to generate income for the survival of their people. Gambia, for instance, utilizes 30 percent of its workforce to provide services and goods directly and indirectly related to its expected visitors.Numbers describing the continent as a whole say vacationers’ economic hold on Africa will remain the same in the coming decade. A 2015 report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said it expects the industry it represents to make-up over six percent of Africa’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2025 – not a significant change from the report’s slightly lower estimate for 2015, which was also just above six percent of GDP.A Morocco-specific analysis by the WTTC in 2015 said the tourism industry’s share in the national economy would stagnate at just below 18 percent from 2014 to 2025.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo is teaming up with Lyft in Arizona to attempt to lure passengers away from ride-hailing market leader Uber.The alliance announced Tuesday will allow anyone with the Lyft app in the Phoenix area to summon one of the 10 self-driving Waymo cars joining the ride-hailing service.Waymo’s robotic vehicles will still have a human behind the wheel to take control in case something goes awry with the technology. But their use in Lyft’s service could make more people feel comfortable about riding in self-driving cars.Both Lyft and Uber consider self-driving cars to be one of the keys to turning a profit, something neither company has done so far.The new threat to Uber is emerging as the company prepares to go public this week.The Associated Press read more

On 9 January the inhabitants of southern Sudan will vote on whether to secede from the rest of the country, while the residents of the central area of Abyei will vote on whether to be part of the north or the south.The referenda will be the final phase in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was signed in 2005 to end two decades of conflict between the northern-based Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in the south.“This peace process is unique in the history of the Sudan and the next few months will be critical for safeguarding the achievements made since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in his latest report to the Security Council on Sudan.“As the Comprehensive Peace Agreement deadline for the referendums approaches, public anticipation and anxiety are building up at an accelerated pace. The events of the next three months will have a profound impact on the future of the Sudan. “The stakes are undeniably high, as failure to meet the deadline for the referendums prescribed by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement could have severe consequences. Notwithstanding the progress made so far, it is imperative that the parties to the Agreement and all relevant authorities redouble their efforts to ensure that they successfully meet the deadline,” he states.Mr. Ban notes that while international partners are eager and ready to support and assist the Sudanese people through this last phase of implementation of the CPA and beyond, it is, and must continue to be, a fundamentally Sudanese effort. “International contributions have been important and will continue to be so long after the referendums, but only the political will of the Sudanese themselves can drive this process forward. As such, it is the parties to the Agreement that have the primary responsibility to ensure its success,” he says, adding that there is no time left for political confrontation and stalemates. The Secretary-General has set up a three-member UN panel to monitor the referenda, at the request of the Sudanese Government. In addition, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is providing technical, logistical and other assistance for the preparations for the referenda.Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy told a meeting of the Council today that there has been “palpable” progress in the preparations for the southern Sudan referendum, but there was a lack of progress on the Abyei referendum, for which a referendum commission has still not been set up. He stressed that it is essential that the parties reach agreement, noting that a lack of progress is exacerbating tensions on the ground. Mr. Le Roy recalled that during the Council’s recent mission to Sudan, Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir warned of the serious risk of violence during the referendum and urged the creation of a buffer zone between north and south.“We are currently considering a number of possible options to increase UNMIS’ presence in high-risk zones along the border, especially traditional migration zones or those where population movements could take place,” he said. “However,” he added, “it remains important to recognize that an increase in the number of troops would not enable UNMIS to prevent or to contain a clash between the two armies. Our best possible tool against a return to war remains our commitment in favour of a political agreement, i.e. the agreement of the parties on key pending issues.”Mr. Le Roy added that, as the attention of the international community increasingly turns to the impending referenda, it is important not to lose focus of the acute challenges remaining in Darfur. During the reporting period, he said, incidents of banditry, carjacking, ambushes and abductions of UN staff and humanitarian workers continued in the strife-torn region. In his recent report to the Council on the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Mr. Ban noted that clashes between Government and rebel forces have destabilized some areas of the region, caused new displacements and impeded the delivery of humanitarian aid. “I call upon all belligerents to cease hostilities and join the peace process for the sake of the people they claim to represent,” the Secretary-General said. 25 October 2010The next few months will be crucial for Sudan as it prepares to hold two referenda on self-determination in January, top United Nations officials said today, urging all parties to redouble their efforts to ensure that the polls are held on time, free, fair and credible. read more

“This species has enough significant differences to separate it from the other species,” said Peter Kirk, editor of the British Tarantula Society’s journal, which published a study describing the spider in December. But, Kirk notes, taxonomic determinations based on physical descriptions can provoke disagreement. “I absolutely would love to see DNA sampling done – on all the species ofPoecilotheria,” he said. A new type of tarantula about the size of your face has been found in northern Sri Lanka. Scientists found the spiders — with a leg span up to 8 inches (20cm) across — living in trees and the old doctor’s quarters of a hospital in Mankulam.Covered in beautiful, ornate markings, the spiders belong to the genus Poecilotheria, known as “Pokies” for short. These are the tiger spiders, an arboreal group indigenous to India and Sri Lanka that are known for being colourful, fast, and venomous. As a group, the spiders are related to a class of South American tarantula that includes the Goliath bird-eater, the world’s largest. The spider’s unique leg markings include geometric patterns with daffodil-yellow and grey inlays on the first and fourth legs. It was first seen during a Sri Lankan arachnid survey led by Ranil Nanayakkara, co-founder of Sri Lanka’s Biodiversity Education and Research. In October 2009, a local villager presented Nanayakkara and his team with a dead male specimen that didn’t resemble knownPoecilotheria in the area. Before the team could begin describing the presumptive new species, they needed more individuals. Scouring the semi-evergreen, forested area for females and juveniles required the help of police inspector Michael Rajakumar Purajah, who accompanied the team through areas just beginning to recover from a civil war. Eventually, the team found enough spiders – including the ones hiding in a hospital – to assemble a detailed description of the new arachnids.“They are quite rare,” Nanayakkara said. “They prefer well-established old trees, but due to deforestation the number have dwindled and due to lack of suitable habitat they enter old buildings.” “When it comes down to taxonomy, it’s not a hard and fast science,” Kirk said. “Until we get to things like DNA sampling.” (Courtesy Arachnologist Robert Raven, curator at the Queensland Museum in Australia, says the team has done a thorough job describing the spider, but isn’t entirely convinced the team has found a new species – yet.“The description and figures are excellent and will provide a good basis for establishing whether it is a good species,” he said, noting the possibility that the spiders are a local variant of a related species. Raven says not enough is known about the Poecilotheria genus in general, and that more detailed studies of each known species are needed before new ones can be reliably added. “The genusPoecilotheria has not been taxonomically revised,” he said. “Popping new species out in that situation is always going to be fraught with doubt and difficulty.”So far, about 15 species have been described within Poecilotheria. Several are endangered, due mostly to loss of habitat. P. metallica, a bright blue beauty, is considered critically endangered. So is P. hanumavilasumica — named after a temple on Rameshwaram Island –which lives among the trees in the island’s disappearing plantations. The spider which most closely resembles P. rajaei is called P. regalis, and so far has only been found on the Indian mainland. Nanayakkara hints that he’s got several more potential new tarantulas up his sleeve, awaiting review. The new spider, named Poecilotheria rajaei after a local police inspector who helped the team navigate post-civil war northern Sri Lanka, differs from similar species primarily in the markings on its legs and underside, which bears a pink abdominal band. read more

“He has come to that decision because he believes that the objections that the Government of Israel has to deployment of the mission are fundamental objections, and therefore they are most unlikely to be overcome,” the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast, told the press this evening after briefing the Council behind closed doors.He added that Mr. Annan’s position had been conveyed to the Council in a letter which would soon be published as a public UN document. “The Council is now considering its response to the Secretary-General’s letter,” Mr. Prendergast said.Asked whether the team might continue its work in the absence of a visit to the Middle East, he said that option had been rejected because members were “very clearly of the view that in order to produce a credible report, a full report, an accurate report and a balanced report, they would need to go to Jenin.” Voicing regret at the outcome, Mr. Prendergast said the concept had actually been “an Israeli idea,” and pointed out that the Secretary-General had only gone forward on the basis of assurances from Israel of full cooperation. The Under-Secretary-General also noted out that the Council, in a resolution tabled by the United States, had welcomed Mr. Annan’s intention. read more

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor to remain with Beats By Dre following $3B deal with Apple NEW YORK, N.Y. – Trent Reznor and officials at Beats By Dre agree: Reznor is still with the company.Reznor tweeted Monday afternoon that he remains the company’s chief creative officer. Apple Inc. bought the headphones and streaming music company last week in a $3 billion deal.Early reports last week speculated that the Nine Inch Nails leader would not follow Beats founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to Apple as the company is absorbed. He wrote “YES I am still CCO of Beats Music and looking forward to what lies ahead with Apple” on Twitter. A spokeswoman with Beats confirms that Reznor remains CCO and that role will not change.The Grammy and Oscar winner joined Beats in January 2013 when plans to enter the streaming market were launched.___Online:Home AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2014 3:47 pm MDT read more

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2016 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2016 at 5:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celebrity chef faces lawsuits alleging sexual harassment SAN FRANCISCO – Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello faces two lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and refusal to pay his employees their due wages.Two former servers of Chiarello’s high-end tapas restaurant Coqueta filed lawsuits in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday, alleging a work environment that was hostile and sexually charged.A spokesman for Chiarello, Terry Fahn, called the allegations unfounded and said the chef would vigorously defend himself.Chiarello has hosted cooking and entertainment shows on the Food Network and Cooking Channel, and appeared on the popular competition show “Top Chef,” according to his website.Attorney Kelly Armstrong, who filed the lawsuits on behalf of Katherine Page and Asja Sever, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the women hoped to “send a strong message that this type of treatment will not be tolerated.”One lawsuit says Chiarello crudely likened martinis to breasts and that he told managers to only hire they found sexually desirable.In another incident, the lawsuit claims Chiarello held a baguette to his crotch in an overly suggestive manner.The suit also accuses various chefs and managers of inappropriate touching and making remarks that were sexually abusive, racist and homophobic.A second lawsuit by the women is a class-action complaint alleging that the restaurant didn’t pay the women and others for all the hours they worked, including overtime.The women also claim they and others were denied meal breaks and rest periods.Coqueta, which means flirt in Spanish, opened in 2013 to top reviews over its pretty cocktails and imaginative tapas plates.In a statement, Chiarello’s spokesman called the celebrity a true American success story who learned to cook by watching his mother in the kitchen and who cares about the people with whom he worked.“The allegations are not only upsetting to him, they are also against his core beliefs,” the statement said. read more

first_imgThe 12th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium will be held at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, US, June 9-11, 2008 – The deadline for paper abstracts (300-word limit)is August 1, 2007 In addition to topics listed below, authors are encouraged to submit papers for the 2008 symposium specific to the newly implemented Miner’s Act and the control of Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM). Papers discussing the Miner’s Act can include the latest information on mine seals and the use of belt air in coal mine ventilation. In addition, papers concerning fire studies or simulations related to coal operations are encouraged. For metal/non-metal mine operations, the final DPM standard is scheduled to take effect in May 2008. For the symposium, papers discussing the success and failure of various DPM control strategies are encouraged (e.g. bio-fuels, exhaust filters, enhanced ventilation, etc.) TOPICS1. Ventilation Planning (Case Studies) 2. Ventilation Survey Techniques 3. Diesel Emissions Control and Measurement 4. Occupational Health (Mine Dusts, etc.) 5. Heat and Humidity 6. Mine Fires and Emergency Response Planning 7. Mine Stoppings and Seals 8. Coalbed/Coal Mine Ventilation 9. Numerical Modeling 10. Ventilation Economics 11. Ventilation Monitoring and Control 12. Mine Gases 13. Mine Fans 14. Leakage and Gob Flows 15. Ventilation Education 16. Road and Rail Tunnel Ventilation Planning and Design Keith G. Wallace Mine Ventilation Services, Inc. 4946 E. Yale Ave., Suite 103 Fresno, CA 93727 USA (559) 452-0182 Fax: (559) 452-0184 Email 12thsymposium@mvsengineering.comlast_img read more

first_img Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move The Asian Poker Tour will hold its first ever Japan event in 2019.APT Tokyo will be held at the Casino Stadium Tokyo over two weekends from Friday 1 February to Monday 11 February 2019 with a compact schedule of eight events. However, rather than cash prizes, players will be rewarded with packages to APT Philippines 2019, which coincides with Japan’s Golden Week in late April and early May. RelatedPosts Uncovered documents reveal Tokyo IR ambitions Load More The winner of the APT Tokyo Main Event will win entry to the APT Philippines Main Event, the Championships Event and the High Rollers Event, second place will win entry to the APT Philippines Main Event and Championships Event while third and fourth will win entry to the Main Event. Side event winners at APT Tokyo will earn entry into various mixes of the APT Philippines Main Event and other side events.The APT said that General Manager and Executive Tournament Director Lloyd Fontillas will serve as “guest host” for APT Tokyo.last_img read more

first_imgPALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) — A Doral Police officer is on the road to recovery after he was ambushed in his own frontyard.Lt. Gary King was discharged from Jackson South Hospital and returned home, Thursday.The 70-year-old officer was surrounded by colleagues after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to his arm.Officials said King had just returned from dinner with his wife, Tuesday, when he was confronted by two men outside his Palmetto Bay home.The subjects opened fire before taking off with his wallet, watch and weapon.King’s wife was unharmed.Police arrested 22-year-old Kionne Bell the next day. Bell was denied bond and charged with attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery.Police recently caught a second man allegedly involved in the shooting.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more