Gowda hits out at BJP for questioning Kumaraswamys US trip

first_imgBengaluru: JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda Sunday attacked the BJP for objecting to Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s ongoing visit to the US, asking whether he should have sought permission for it from saffron party chief B S Yeddyurappa. Gowda said his son had gone to the US for the groundbreaking ceremony of Vokkaliga community’s Kalabhairaveshwara temple. “He has not gone for anything else. Our community’s Adichunchanagri seminary’s Kalabhairaveshwara temple is there. No one from here has given money, Vokkaligas in America have gathered Rs 20 crore for it,” Gowda told reporters. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Is Yeddyurappa’s (state BJP chief) permission required for it? What is wrong in going for for three days…is it a joke?” He was responding to a query over senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa questioning the chief minister’s priorities and the number of days he was spending in the US. “If someone asks chief minister about it he will question whether you have voted for me, rename your party from Janata Dal Secular to unquestionable Janata Dal,” Eshwarappa had tweeted Saturday night. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed The BJP has been questioning the priorities of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government at a time when most parts of the state are reeling under a severe drought. It has also termed the chief minister’s ‘Grama Vastavya’ (overnight stay in villages) programme, aimed at making the administration more effective, a “political drama”, and has asked him to instead tour drought affected areas to assess the ground situation. Ahead of his departure from here on June 28, Kumaraswamy had tweeted, “Heading to the USA to take part in two private functions” and he gave details of the programmes. Besides taking part in the temple ceremony, he is slated to address a convention of Vokkaligas Parishath on July 5. Meanwhile, Kumaraswamy in a tweet Sunday said, “I will attend the Compete with China Investor Meet on Business Opportunities in Karnataka, organised by Kannadigas in Washington DC and New York on July 2 and 4. The government is keen on driving investment to the state, especially to its tier 2 and 3 cities.” He also shared pictures of the temple groundbreaking ceremony on Twitter. Gowda, replying to a question, said the JD(S)’s proposed statewide footmarch aimed at strengthening the party after its rout in the Lok Sabha polls will be organised in such a way that it does not cause any threat to the coalition government in the state. “…without causing threat to coalition government, without hurting anyone’s sentiments it will be organised…I will personally look into the preparations and flag it off,” he said. JD(S)’s padayatra announcement in the backdrop of Gowda’s recent remarks about mid-term polls in Karnataka had caused a flutter in the political circles, especially its alliance partner Congress.last_img read more

Sidney Crosby hints the Stanley Cup will return to his hometown in

first_imgHALIFAX – Hockey superstar Sidney Crosby has hinted he will mark is 30th birthday by once again parading the Stanley Cup around his hometown in Nova Scotia.Speaking to reporters at his annual youth hockey camp in Cole Harbour, N.S., Crosby confirmed he will have the Cup on Aug. 6 and 7.Crosby said his plans for the trophy are still in the works, but he noted there is a annual, civic parade in nearby Halifax on Aug. 7 — his 30th birthday.“The Natal Day parade is on the Monday … so we’re kind of throwing that idea around,” Crosby said, referring to the event that celebrates Halifax’s birthday.“That seems like it would be a good fit.”Crosby added that he wants as many people as possible to see the trophy.The Pittsburgh Penguins captain has shown off professional hockey’s most prestigious trophy twice before in Cole Harbour — in 2009 and 2016.Last July, Crosby carried the Cup in the back of a pickup that made its way to an arena in Cole Harbour as thousands of cheering fans looked on amid sweltering heat.Crosby recalled hoisting the Cup above his head many times as the truck crawled along the Forest Hills Parkway for just over half a kilometre.“I had a little bit of a later night the night before, too, so it was tough,” he said with a laugh.“But it was fun. To see everyone turn out, you see all the chairs and everyone camped out on the sides. It’s an experience. When you think about bringing the Cup home, that’s the snapshots you have, seeing the amount of people that are there.”Each player of the Cup-winning NHL team gets brief custody of the trophy.Crosby’s annual hockey camp for boys and girls age 9 to 12 benefits his foundation for underprivileged kids.On Wednesday, Crosby stopped by the camp to help coach some young players, donning a navy blue jacket and ball cap, both emblazoned with his hockey school’s logo.last_img read more

PAM to Release Booklet on Moroccan Government Failures

Taroudante – The Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), one of Morocco’s opposition parties, announced that would publish a booklet that will detail what it describes as the current government’s “failures,” as well as its “unfulfilled” promises.In an interview with Huffington Post Maghreb, Milouda Hazib, President of PAM’s parliamentary group in the House of Representatives, said that her party would publish a booklet in which “we will prepare an assessment of the government. We will put in perspective the promises made by the government, its actual achievements, and its failures, so that people know.”“When studying the program promised by the government, we find that is far off its plans, and that it has not implemented even 10% of its promises,” Hazib said. She added that the conduct of the government with respect to the parliament “does not reflect” the provisions of the 2011 Constitution, Article 10 of which “guarantees to the parliamentary opposition a status conferring on it the rights that will permit it to appropriately accomplish the missions that accrue to it in the parliamentary work and political life.”Hazib attacked the government, in particular the ruling Party of Justice and Development, stressing that the party had failed to deliver on the promises it made to the public.The work of the Executive clearly shows that it is “an amateur government, with no experience or competence,” she said.Despite the populist rhetoric of the Head of Government, which “is trying to give the illusion of having achieved many things,” Hazib said that the “only achievements implemented by the government are those established by previous governments.”The PAM criticism toward to the PJD comes few months before the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place next in October. read more

The top 10 audiobooks on Audiblecom

Audible.com bestsellers for week ending April 19:Fiction1. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, narrated by Zachary Quinto (Audible Studios)2. The Darkwater Bride: An Audible Original Drama by Marty Ross, narrated by Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, Freya Mavor & Adrian Scarborough (Audible Studios)3. Redemption: Memory Man Series, Book 5 by David Baldacci, narrated by Kyf Brewer & Orlagh Cassidy (Hachette Audio)4. Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers by Chris Grabenstein, narrated by a full cast (Audible Studios)5. True West by Sam Shepard, narrated by Kit Harington & Johnny Flynn (Audible Studios)6. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)7. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice (Random House Audio)8. Master & Apprentice (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray, narrated by Jonathan Davis (Random House Audio)9. The Quantum Magician by Derek Kunsken, narrated by T. Ryder Smith (Recorded Books)10. The Mister by E L James, narrated by Dominic Thorburn & Jessica O’Hara-Baker (Random House Audio)Nonfiction1. Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch: An Audible Original by Ruth Cowen, narrated by Jennie Bond, Tim Piggott-Smith & Lindsay Duncan (Audible Studios)2. The Beautiful Brain: An Audible Original by Hana Walker-Brown, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)3. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)4. The New York Times Digest by The New York Times, narrated by Mark Moran (The New York Times)5. The Wall Street Journal Digest by The Wall Street Journal, narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright (The Wall Street Journal)6. Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition): A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis, narrated by the author (HarperCollins Leadership)7. Life Will Be the Death of Me: …And You Too! by Chelsea Handler, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)8. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell, narrated by the author and John Slattery, Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen, Bobby Cannavale, John Hodgman, Stephanie March & Alexis Denisof (Simon & Schuster Audio)9. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)10. The Washington Post Digest by The Washington Post, narrated by Sam Scholl & Jenny Hoops (The Washington Post)—–The Associated Press read more

Fire destroys Niagara Falls luxury home

A luxury home in Niagara Falls was destroyed by a fire early Saturday morning.Crews were called to the house on Flora Court in the city’s west end just before 3:00 a.m.More than 20 firefighters battled the blaze, which had fully engulfed the roof of the two-storey house. The family managed to escape the fire unharmed, but the house sustained serious fire and water damage.The Ontario Fire Marshall’s office has been called in to investigate the cause.The home was valued at $875,000.

Badgers win OUA awards for best fans and best social media account

The Brock Badgers have been recognized by Ontario University Athletics for their success off the court.The second annual OUA CHAMP Awards (Celebrating and Honouring Achievements in Marketing and Promotions) were held Wednesday night in Huntsville, where Brock University won awards for Best Social Media Account and Best Fan Support Group.“We have an exceptional group of students that engage in the promotion and support of our Badger teams,” said Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden. “They are simply the best.”The Badgers grew all of their social media accounts over the past year with the addition of many of their 45 teams joining the trend to promote their individual sports and the Brock Badgers brand as a whole.In 2016-17, Brock again boasted the ‘Best Fans in Canada’ while selling out almost every basketball home game and topping more than 3,000 in attendance for both the Annual Steel Blade Hockey Game and a basketball home game against the OUA rival Ryerson Rams at the Meridian Centre.Over the past few years, the Badgers have been recognized on both a provincial and national stage as they continue to grow their family both on campus and in the community. This year Brock also captured five more championships, giving the school a total of 115 in its 53-year history.Brock University students Mohamed Hassan, left, and Colin Gratton, right, accept the OUA award for Best Fan Support Group from OUA CEO Gord Grace Wednesday night in Huntsville. read more

Apple kills iPad 3 rumors

first_imgThere were several rumors floating around the Internet that pointed to a possible release of an iPad 3 later this year, but thankfully now that the iPad 2 is here we don’t have to worry too much about such rumors. That’s mainly because the Apple press conference I have just watched had Steve Jobs state that 2010 was the year of the iPad and 2011 will be the year of the iPad 2, so the corporate is going to focus primarily on the new model.Thank goodness for that, as I think most people will be getting a little tired of all the iPad 2 rumors fluttering around the web, let alone starting more iPad 3 ones so soon. If I was to break silence on my last statement for just a moment, we can at least read between the lines and use the lack of an SD card slot or USB port on the iPad 2 to support a theory that Apple may well have saved these features for the 3rd installment, these and the higher resolution display that we spoke of last month.Personally, I was glad to see that Steve Jobs did the majority of the conference yesterday as it was hopefully a sign that he was on the mend. I also found it interesting how Jobs made a dig at all the competitors in the market who are still trying to emulate the success of the iPad. Something made even more difficult now by that tablet dropping to just $399.In some ways the figures he used to describe the success of the iPad were not to be sneezed at. 15 million iPads sold in 2010 alone is impressive, and that was just from April to December. Compare this to Samsung’s Galaxy tab which sold a mere 2 million.With the iPad 2 launch I can see yet more awards and competition crushing. The bar has been raised again with 65,000 apps already available, a power efficient dual-core A5 CPU on-board, and a design that looks fantastic.I for one am looking forward to getting my hands on the iPad 2 when it starts shipping later this month.Read more at Apple insiderlast_img read more

In further blow Trumps pick for cabinet post withdraws under cloud of

first_img Share Tweet Email US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump’s pick for labour secretary Andrew Puzder has withdrawn from consideration after facing intense scrutiny for his business record and controversies about his personal past.The 66-year-old fast-food executive is the first of Trump’s cabinet nominees to withdraw, dealing a new blow to the president on the heels of the resignation of his embattled national security chief.“I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor. I’m honored to have been considered and am grateful to all who have supported me,” Puzder tweeted.In a statement to US media, Puzder said he reached his decision “after careful consideration and discussions with my family.”“While I won’t be serving in the administration, I fully support the president and his highly qualified team,” he said.The White House confirmed Puzder’s departure, with press secretary Sean Spicer simply saying: Short URL Feb 16th 2017, 8:18 AM Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 8:18 AM By AFP 15,129 Views center_img He withdrew.Concern swelled this year about Puzder’s labour practices and positions, with critics blasting him for opposing a minimum wage for US workers.He also admitted he had failed to pay taxes on an undocumented employee – although he paid back taxes long afterward. And he faced embarrassing questions related to a messy divorce that he went through several years ago. Trump and Puzder pictured in November. Source: Carolyn KasterTo be confirmed in his post Puzder needed the support of at least 51 out of 100 Senators. But he was staunchly opposed by Democrats and had lost the support of several of the chamber’s 52 Republican Senators.“Andy Puzder made the right and honourable choice by withdrawing from consideration as labor secretary,” Republican Senator Marco Rubio said in a tweet.The top Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer, described the withdrawal as “a victory for the American worker”.“Puzder should never have even been nominated to lead the Labor Department, and Senate Republicans clearly recognised this too,” he said.If President Trump is remotely serious about standing up for workers, he will nominate someone for Labor Secretary that champions workers’ rights rather than suppresses them.Puzder’s confirmation hearing, after a number of postponements, had been set for today, when Democratic and Republican senators alike would have had a chance to grill him over his record as head of the parent company of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr restaurant chains.His withdrawal comes just two days after the explosive resignation of Trump’s top aide Michael Flynn, who is accused of lying to White House colleagues about his contacts with Russian officials.© – AFP 2017Read: Second woman arrested in Malaysia over North Korea assassination >Read: Ireland’s corporate watchdog is suffering from a chronic staff shortage > In further blow, Trump’s pick for cabinet post withdraws under cloud of controversy 66-year-old fast-food executive Andrew Puzder is the first of Trump’s cabinet nominees to withdraw. https://jrnl.ie/3242356 42 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Panic research seeks volunteers

first_imgA research project in Melbourne is to explore how techniques used in freediving – a form of underwater diving that relies on a swimmer’s ability to hold their breath for an extended period – can be used as effective treatment for anxiety disorders.And the study’s organisers are looking for anyone who has suffered anxiety attacks to help them gauge how effective such a treatment may be. Melbourne clinical psychologist Peter Kyriakoulis and Swinburne University Professor Michael Kyrios, who are leading the research, are appealing for people who suffer from panic attacks to come forward.Mr Kyriakoulis told Neos Kosmos that volunteers who take part could help push the boundaries of knowledge on anxiety symptoms and their treatment, as well as gain valuable insights into their own disorder.“Individuals may well learn some potential strategies to manage their symptoms,” said Mr Kyriakoulis. “Participants will receive biofeedback on heart and respiration rates as part of the experimental study.”In Australia, anxiety disorders affect around one in seven of the population, with women more frequently affected than men.To be undertaken over the next six months, the research project is targeting adults between the age of 18 and 55 who have suddenly felt frightened or anxious. Participating in the Victorian study involves an interview and undertaking some physical tasks which involve breath-holding.The research tests will take place at Swinburne University in Hawthorn, with each session taking 90 minutes.Those interested in finding out more should contact Mr Kyriakoulis on 0429 998188 or volunteers can register online at www.positivepsychology.net.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vancouver police say thefts from gym lockers on rise

first_imgVancouver police say there has been an uptick in thefts from gym lockers since mid-May.In two recent thefts, people’s car keys were stolen, and so were their vehicles, Vancouver Police Department said in a Facebook post.Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said lockers were targeted at multiple locations in Vancouver.“The thieves are taking wallets and car keys and are almost immediately going to stores to purchase gift cards,” the post says.Police believe there are multiple groups of culprits committing the thefts, and they “know what they are doing and what they are looking for.”The police department encouraged gym patrons to use quality locks on lockers and to not take any unnecessary valuables into the gym. Many of the thefts have happened because people aren’t using locks, police said.“Not everyone is (at the gym) to get healthy,” police said.last_img read more

Do not miss the entry deadline for the Employee Benefits Awards 2018

first_imgReward, benefit and HR professionals have until Monday 8 January 2018 to submit their entries for the Employee Benefits Awards 2018.The annual Employee Benefits Awards, which returns for its 16th year in 2018, provides employers with the opportunity to celebrate and showcase the excellent ongoing work, as well as specific projects, they have carried out on their reward and benefits strategies this year. Employers will also be able to demonstrate the impact this work has had on both their organisation and their employees.The wide range of categories to enter includes: best defined contribution (DC) pensions strategy, best mental health strategy, best flexible benefits plan, best benefits to support diversity and inclusion, best benefits to support working carers, best benefits communications, and most motivational benefits, among many others.Winning employers will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, which will be held on 8 June 2018 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London. The lunchtime awards ceremony is a must-attend event, giving the industry the opportunity to come together to network and celebrate employers’ achievements.Ensure your organisation has a chance to make the final shortlist by submitting your entry by Monday 8 January 2018.Read more information and enter the Employee Benefits Awards 2018.last_img read more

Assembly seeks help for Denali wolves

first_imgThe Fairbanks North Star Borough assembly passed a resolution last Thursday asking Governor Bill Walker to protect Denali National Park wolves and other predators on state land along the park’s northeast boundary. Denali wolves commonly use the strip of state land near the Stampede Trail, west of Healy, and several have been trapped or shot there in recent years. That’s contributed to a broader decline of the park’s wolf population to record lows and fewer visitors seeing the animals.Listen nowDenali wolf(Photo by Kent Miller, Denali National Park)Much of Denali National Park’s wolf decline has occurred since a 10 year harvest ban was ended by the State Board of Game in 2010. Wildlife advocates have unsuccessfully pressed the state to re-implement protections. The North Star Borough assembly resolution lends weight to the effort, but revealed sharp contrasts in public opinion.  Fairbanks resident Heather Koponen asked the assembly to pass the resolution, citing the value of Denali wolves.“The decision by the Board of Game not to reinstate this limited buffer zone has caused serious setbacks in wolf research as well as damage to the draw for tourists,” Koponen said.That sentiment was countered by commenters like Mark Knapp of Fairbanks, who cautioned that wildlife management is outside of borough government purview.“The state has a mandate to manage wildlife for sustained yield,” Knapp said. “The state has in place professional biologists and wildlife managers to manage wildlife based on sound management practices. The Borough should leave management of wildlife to those qualified to do it.”Others testified that state management is heavily bent toward consumptive uses because the Game Board is solely comprised of hunters and trappers. Resolution sponsor assembly member Van Lawrence said he brought the measure forward out of concern for the local economic impact of Denali National Park visitors who come to see wolves and other predators.“Economic development is a power of this Borough, and Denali Park is a major economic engine for the state and for this Borough,” Lawrence said. “Almost 600,000 people visited it last year and more than that will visit this year. And at least half, if not more of those visitors, end up coming through Fairbanks.”Lawrence acknowledged that harvest of wolves in the contested area is not the main reason for their decline, but said it is contributing to decreased wolf viewing in the park entrance area, where visitation is concentrated. Assembly member Diane Hutchison cited tourism promotional information, noting that wolf sightings are not billed as a primary draw.“Nowhere is the wolf number one in any of these tours and I don’t think any of these tours are getting people here because they are guaranteed a wolf sighting,” Hutchison said.Hutchison, and members Lance Roberts and Matt Cooper voted against the resolution, while members Lawrence, Janice Westlind, Christopher Quist, Guy Sattley, Katherine Dodge and John Davies voted in favor.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia consumes more Indian rice these days than Iran

first_imgSaudi Arabia continues to be the largest importer of rice from India, importing more than Iran during the first six months of 2015-16, a trend that was first set last fiscal.Saudi Arabia imported 598,001 tonnes of rice valued at $527.16 million during the April-September period, as against Iran which imported 361,474 tonnes of rice valued at $319.71 million.Till 2013-14, Iran was the largest importer of rice from India, buying 15.32 lakh tonnes valued at $1.98 billion, but slipped to second position, importing 10.04 lakh tonnes valued at $1.16 billion next year. Saudi Arabia bought 11.48 lakh tonnes valued at $1.29 billion.In terms of overall rice exports, India exported 55.26 lakh tonnes valued at $ 3.17 billion, during the first six months of the current financial year, with basmati accounting for $1.91 billion.Besides Saudi Arabia and Iran, other rice importers include the UAE, Iraq and Kuwait.The details were given by Nirmala Sitharaman, minister of state for commerce and industry, in the Lok Sabha on Monday.last_img read more

Infosys Q3 FY2017 Here is what Vishal Sikka Pravin Rao MD Ranganath

first_imgIndia’s second-largest IT services exporter Infosys on Friday (January 13) reported a net profit of Rs 3,708 crore for the third quarter that ended on December 31 as against profit of Rs 3,465 crore during the corresponding quarter in the previous fiscal.Infosys shares closed at Rs 975.15 apiece on Friday, down 2.49 per cent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Also read: Infosys Q3 net profit rises 7% at Rs 3,708 croreIn a regulatory filing to the stock exchange, the Bengaluru-based company said its net sales stood at Rs 17, 273 crore as against net sales of Rs 15,902 crore during the same quarter in the last financial year. The company revised its full-year revenue guidance to 8.4-8.8 per cent from eight-nine per cent in constant currency terms.Here is what the management said after the third quarterly results were declared:Vishal Sikka, CEO”Taking into account seasonal and other additional headwinds for the quarter, our Q3 revenue performance was broadly in line with our expectations. Beyond the quarterly numbers, we continue to focus sharply on the execution of our strategy, as reflected in the growing embrace of AI-based automation, growth in our new software-led business, delivering innovation, both incremental & breakthrough and fostering a learning-led culture,” Vishal Sikka, CEO and MD, said in a statement. “Our annual client survey results show highest customer satisfaction since we started the survey 12 years ago and increased adoption of Zero Distance and lowered attrition, especially amongst top performers – these are some of the key indicators of the growing creative confidence of Infoscions,” Sikka added.U.B. Pravin Rao, COO”In a seasonally soft quarter, our utilisation has remained healthy. Our continued efforts to improve employee engagement and experience resulted in a reduction in attrition. During the quarter, we added 77 clients and also added 2 clients in the $ 75mn+ revenue category. I would like to congratulate all stakeholders on crossing the $10 bn revenue milestone on LTM basis,” Rao said in the statement. M.D. Ranganath, CFO”Our ongoing focus on operational efficiencies has enabled us to keep YTD operating margins at similar levels for the same period last year. Our cash generation during the quarter was strong,” Ranganath said in the statement.last_img read more

Thousands of Rohingya stranded in no mans land

first_imgFile Photo: Reuters For three weeks Dil Mohammad and his family have been stranded on a thin sliver of land between Bangladesh and their native Myanmar with thousands of other Rohingya, after running for their lives when their village was torched.More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now arrived in southern Bangladesh seeking sanctuary from violence that the United Nations says likely amounts to ethnic cleansing.But unlike those arriving now, thousands of Rohingya who fled in the early days of the crisis that erupted last month were initially blocked from entering Bangladesh.Too afraid to go back to Myanmar, they set up camp in a small area of no man’s land where they have been ever since, waiting for the world to force the country they consider home to take them back.”We have no intention of going to Bangladesh. We want to go back to our native land,” Mohammad told AFP in the camp, waving an arm towards the lush green hills that separate the two countries.”Myanmar is my home, my family has been there for generations.”The 51-year-old rice farmer said 150 families from his village of Mae Di in Rakhine state were now living in the makeshift settlement after fleeing an attack by the Myanmar army and Rakhine Buddhists.His adult son, who was shot as they fled, is being treated in Bangladesh.But although the Rohingya are now being freely admitted to Bangladesh, Mohammad does not intend to join him.He and the thousands of others living in the camp, which lies just a few hundred metres from a barbed wire fence that marks Myanmar territory, have regular food deliveries and access to clean water, medicines and even a rudimentary washing area.- ‘Humanitarian crisis’ -Much of that is down to Lieutenant Colonel Manzurul Hasan Khan, who as the local commander of Border Guard Bangladesh is responsible for policing the frontier with Myanmar.He was one of the first in Bangladesh to become aware of the unfolding crisis when guards at the hilltop border post of Tombru heard gunshots and mortar fire coming from Myanmar in August.Khan’s first instinct was a military one — he tried to call his counterpart in Myanmar for a flag meeting, whereby military commanders meet on the border to try to resolve tensions.Before he could get through, he saw that women and children were flooding over the hills of Myanmar into the valley below.He and his officers rushed down to the area, where they corralled the panicked crowd into a meadow, sat them down in the shade to explain that they could not come in and tried to establish what was going on.Later that day, the Rohingya women and children went back over the hill of their own accord, Khan said.But the next morning the firing resumed and they returned, this time in greater numbers.”At that point I knew it was a humanitarian crisis,” said Khan.One woman gave birth in no man’s land; another held up her seven-day-old baby and begged for Khan’s help. So he decided to give it.He allowed the sickest ones into Bangladesh and ensured those that stayed were given food and clean water.In the days that followed, he would witness the devastating effects of the unfolding crisis in Myanmar at first hand as more and more people arrived, most from villages near the border.One woman arrived with her leg blown off, apparently in a landmine explosion on the Myanmar side.Aid groups and Bangladesh government officials say Myanmar has mined the border to deter fleeing members of the Rohingya community from returning.- ‘Hand of help’ -Myanmar does not recognise the Muslim minority as its citizens, and they have endured decades of persecution.The situation has deteriorated dramatically since Rohingya militants ambushed security forces in Myanmar last month, and AmnestInternational says there have been “systematic” clearances of Muslim settlements.When AFP visited the Rohingya in Tombru this week, Myanmar soldiers could be seen patrolling on the edge of no man’s land, near where another group of Rohingya had apparently settled.Khan, who served in war zones in Africa and is no stranger to conflict, says the situation is the worst he has ever seen.He is proud that his country is helping the Rohingya — and happy to have played his own role.”These people may stay for a long time. Bangladeshi is a poor country,” he said. “But we have offered the hand of help, and that makes me proud.”Khan admits that the Rohingya will not be able to stay in no man’s land forever. He believes they will move into Bangladesh once the government completes its plan of building shelters for thousands of refugees.But for many of the Rohingya here, that represents an unappealing future.”I like it here,” said Mohammad Arif, 42.”I can look across to the hills and feel the breeze from my country, and that makes me feel good.”last_img read more

Dead End Thrills highlights the passion behind video game art

first_imgCommander Shephard looks out over the war-torn Tuchanka landscape. Niko Bellic skids a stolen car through the streets of Liberty City. A Little Sister warily looks over her shoulder as she makes her way through Rapture. Scenes like those are etched in the minds of many gamers, thanks to artists that worked to get every aesthetic nuance just right. But it can be tough to fully appreciate all that visual design effort, because as gamers we’re often too busy focusing on an enemy to worry about constructing a beautiful shot. That’s where Dead End Thrills comes in.Dead End Thrills is a site that highlights “the passion and talent behind the worlds of modern video games” using galleries of stunning, high resolution images. Surprisingly, the shots are not Photoshop mockups; each one is captured in-engine, usually using retail code. The games journalist behind the images, Duncan Harris, does use a few tricks sometimes, like mods and real-time injectors to improve color, contrast, and edge quality, but everything you see comes from within the games themselves. Any special techniques employed are noted along with each image.The galleries would be worth a look on the quality of the captures alone, but what will really keep you repeatedly clicking the “older entries” button is how well composed they are. Harris clearly puts thought into every image, and has a solid understanding of the places and characters he’s capturing.The site is an incredible way to revisit your favorite gaming memories, and it can quickly eat up your entire afternoon, especially if you start digging through the galleries for Mass Effect (76 images) or Skyrim (238 images).See more at Dead End Thrillslast_img read more

Bisexual actor Mara Wilson slam dunks IT Crowd creator for trans comments

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Wilson who starred in Matilda decided to weigh on a debate on Twitter about trans women and the controversial opinion that their existence erases cisgendered lesbians.One person who shares that view is Graham Lineham, creator of iconic TV shows the IT Crowd, Black Books and Father Ted. The IT Crowd about a team of IT help desk technicians in an office became famous for their often repeated tech advice: ‘have you tried turning it off and on again?’.Twitter debateHe’s been on Twitter all day debating people about the issue. He replied to Wilson who had criticized gay writer, Skylar Baker-Jordan for an opinion piece he wrote about trans women. Wilson suggested Baker-Jordan shouldn’t be writing about the issue because he was a cisgendered man.‘and Mara, do we have to be effected by an issue to comment on it? That’s a basic tenet of progressivism, isn’t it, that we do not? And anyway, how does erasing the reality of homsexuality (sic) NOT effect him?’ Lineham wrote to Twitter.Then they really got into it.‘Yep. The bottom line is that I just don’t think that consistently going after transgender people, one of the most vulnerable populations in the world, is a positive, ethical, progressive thing to do,’ Wilson replied.But then Lineham escalated the conversation questioning what was ‘wrong’ with Wilson. Mara Wilson came out as bisexual in 2016. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Actress Mara Wilson has just shut down mansplaining by the creator of IT Crowd who called her a Scientologist because of her opinion. ‘once again, I’m going after a regressive ideology that says the guy talking about forcing a woman’s head into a dog bowl full of piss is the same sex as my wife and daughter. What is WRONG with you?’ he wrote.To which Wilson replied:’And I highly doubt you, Mr. Linehan, (or the people railing against me for suggesting that calling transgender people “mentally ill” implies that mentally ill and transgender people both are to be subjugated and ostracized) are going to change my mind on this.’Lineham had a bit of a meltdown after that accusing the people in the discussion of ignoring his point.‘Yer a bunch of scientologists,’ he bizarrely wrote.But then Wilson came out with a gold medal winning reply.‘Graham have you considered turning yourself off and on again,’ she told Lineham on Twitter.Graham have you considered turning yourself off and on again— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) August 23, 2018Nicely played, Wilson.Read the exchange here:“Name a more impressive crossover”The IT Crowd guy just tried to mansplain to Matilda and got slam dunked by her instead. pic.twitter.com/qvFyCUvoMQ— Laura Shortridge (@DiscordianKitty) August 24, 2018 Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Matilda star Mara Wilson opens up on her ‘bisexual impostor syndrome’Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsNo, bi people are not ‘appropriating gay culture’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bisexual-actor-mara-wilson-slam-dunks-it-crowd-creator-for-trans-comments/last_img read more

House GOP moves on sanctuary issue after California tragedy

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled House panel has voted to block so-called sanctuary cities from receiving certain federal grants.The Appropriations Committee also wants to prevent the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency from releasing from detention people with criminal records who are in the country illegally before deporting them to their home country.The legislation comes after the killing of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, allegedly at the hands of an immigrant who had been turned over to the city by ICE but was released instead of being handed back so the federal government could deport him. Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up It was added by the panel’s Republicans to a measure funding the Department of Homeland Security for the upcoming budget year.San Francisco is a sanctuary city that limits cooperation with the government on immigration matters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Quick workouts for men Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

Kerala Tourism highlights Responsible Tourism Mission at WTM London 2017

first_imgSharing the sustainable practices and ethical methods to drive the responsible tourism agenda, Kerala Tourism participated in a three-day-long World Travel Market London 2017 to highlight the success of the state’s “Responsible Tourism Mission” at a global platform and highlighted the sustainable practices to put into action the responsible tourism agenda.“Owing to the tremendous growth of Indian tourism industry, there is an immediate need to invest and focus on sustainable tourism practices across the world to conserve India’s vibrant heritage. Kerala Tourism has always been on a forefront to promote tourism in a responsible manner,” said Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co-operation, Tourism and Devaswoms, Government of Kerala.The Tourism Minister launched an initiative of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) – ‘AyurBodha’, highlighting the significance of Ayurvedic practices to attract tourists from across the globe. He inaugurated the Kerala Pavilion followed by the launch of KTM brochure 2018. The pavilion was themed around Backwaters and Houseboats. The backwaters were brought to life through a two-minute film that was shot using a 360-degree technology via six cameras simultaneously.The Kerala Tourism pavilion’s location in WTM added to its importance as the UK is the primary source market for Kerala Tourism. Kerala received 1,55,548 tourists from the UK last year, accounting for 17% of the total foreign tourist arrivals to the state. Kerala Tourism has been conducting roadshows in Britain and has been participating in the World trade Mart (WTM) for the last two decades.Recently, Kerala Tourism initiated a first of its kind initiative in India- PEPPER (People’s Participation for Planning and Empowerment through Responsible Tourism), aimed at promoting unexplored and pristine destinations through people’s participation in the process of tourism planning.Highlighting the significance of Responsible Tourism at the event, Dr. Venu, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala stated, “It gives us immense pleasure to be a part of the World Travel Market London 2017 that provides a global platform to draw special attention of the world leaders towards the significance of our ambitious Responsible Tourism mission. Under Responsible Tourism mission, Kerala Tourism has developed a community tourism network to include the local community not just as a participant, or even a beneficiary, but as a leader.”In the event, Kumarakom Responsible Tourism Initiative spearheaded by Kerala Tourism was awarded the Highly Commended Responsible Tourism Award at WTM London.Speaking on the occasion, P Bala Kiran, IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism and Managing Director, Kannur International Airport stated, “Responsible Tourism Mission is aimed at promoting green principles in construction and waste management while protecting regional art and culture. In addition to that, the initiative has been providing employment to women and marginalised community.”Kerala Tourism was accompanied by twelve private exhibitor-partners at the event; Alhind Tours And Travels Pvt Ltd, Grand Hyatt Bolgatty, Jayasree Travels and Tours Company, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, Kumarakom Lake Resort, Pioneer Personalized Holidays, Punarnava Ayurveda Hospital Pvt Ltd, Raviz Hotels and Resorts, Spiceland Holidays, Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel and Xandari Resorts.last_img read more

Fijis Nanuku Auberge Resort at Pacific Harbour

first_imgFiji’s Nanuku Auberge Resort, at Pacific Harbour, has decided to abolish the practice of peak travel period and school holiday blackouts and allow bookings to be made at any time of year on any type of luxury villa accommodation the resort offers its guests.To celebrate the Resort has released a two-tiered stay option, offering guests the choice of B&B or full board, and inclusive of a FJD150.00 per day resort credit. The offer is valid for sale from 1 April 2018 to 13 December 2018, for travel 1 April to 20 December 2018.Option one – a 20 per cent discount on accommodation costs plus complimentary land transfers for stays of between three to six nights.Option two – a 30 per cent discount on accommodation plus a one-way air transfers and a one-way road transfer for stays of seven nights or more.All stays at Nanuku Auberge resort include complimentary non-alcoholic beverages from in-room minibars, complimentary high-speed internet and 50-plus in-room movies, daily afternoon team, in-room popcorn machines, cookies at turn-down and evening snacks at the resort’s Clubhouse.Complimentary activity program includes yoga, a cultural night, the opportunity to join in coral and mangrove planting, arts and crafts plus access to non-motorised water sports.Conditions apply. fijiResortlast_img read more