Mounties stolen auto found questions remain about officers missing handgun

first_imgCalgary police say they have found an unmarked RCMP vehicle that was stolen in the city this week, but there is no word on whether a loaded handgun that was inside it has been recovered.Officials say the 2018 Nissan Rogue belongs to a Mountie who was on duty when the gun, identification and badge, soft-body armour, pepper spray, handcuffs and baton were left inside the vehicle before the officer went into a building Tuesday night.The gun is described as a Smith and Wesson model.The officer placed the keys inside a bag that was then put in a locker, but a thief or thieves stole it and gained access to the SUV parked outside.Police located the abandoned vehicle Wednesday afternoon.They say no one has been arrested but have not said if the SUV’s contents have been recovered. (CTV Calgary)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kirk And Anne Douglas Feed The Homeless For Thanksgiving

first_imgThe homeless on Skid Row were treated to a special Thanksgiving meal courtesy of the Los Angeles Mission, Wells Fargo Bank and Chef Michael Voltaggio, chef/owner of ink. and ink.sack, on Wednesday. Thousands were served at the midday event, which featured recipes created by Chef Voltaggio.“This is the biggest meal of my life… literally,” said Voltaggio. “I’m nervous and all I want is to do a good job and make people smile with food.”Kirk and Anne Douglas, long time Mission benefactors, were the hosts for the event where they helped serve the meal. Earlier this year Mr. Douglas honored his wife with a $10-million donation to the Mission over the next 20 years. The Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Los Angeles Mission is named for Mrs. Douglas.“We should give thanks every day,” Kirk and Anne Douglas said in a statement. “But we look forward to Thanksgiving with our friends at the Los Angeles Mission and try to help those in need.”Among the stars joining Kirk Douglas at the event were Malin Akerman, Matt Bomer, Zachary Levi, Neil Patrick Harris, Bella Thorne, Blair Underwood, Bailey Chase, Mario, and Stephen Collins.The Mission was started as a soup kitchen for depression era men in 1936. Those who came to the Mission then would be very surprised at the quality of the food being served this Thanksgiving. The Mission still serves meals each day, and emergency shelter, but the primary work of the Mission in 2012 is helping men and women restore their lives and get back on their feet. Thousands have graduated from the program and gone on to life off of the streets. Many alumni were on hand Wednesday to volunteer.“We’ll serve more than half a million nutritious meals this year, none more important than the Thanksgiving meal,” said Herb Smith, President of the Los Angeles Mission. “That’s why we are so pleased that Chef Voltaggio has worked closely with our kitchen staff to create this very special meal. The message to our guests is ‘you are special, you are valuable and we care about you.’ It gives us a chance to build connections that can grow into relationships. And it is relationships that are necessary to help many chronic homeless make the decision to change their lifestyle and restore their lives.”Wells Fargo Bank sponsored the event for the 6th year, with a $50,000 donation to the Mission to support its services to the homeless. More than 200 Wells Fargo associates joined other volunteers to serve the meal, clean tables, and serve in countless ways during the event.“Wells Fargo is privileged to continue its support of the Los Angeles Mission’s efforts to provide food, shelter and services to those in need,” said Bryan Moeller, Wells Fargo’s director of Small Business Banking for L.A. Metro/Orange County. “In these difficult times it is imperative that corporate entities join together to lend a helping hand to build stronger communities through financial support and volunteerism.”The Mission’s Thanksgiving event is a huge undertaking with more than 500 staff and volunteers working for months to get everything planned and in place. Three thousand pounds of smoked turkey were prepared by the kitchen staff, along with Chef Voltaggio’s recipes for 700 pounds of a Corn and Maple Stuffing (recipe below), 80 gallons of Country-Style Turkey Sausage Gravy (recipe below), 800 pounds of vegetables for the Parmesan Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Ranch Stuffed Baked Potatoes, CranApple Chutney and 400 Pumpkin Pies with Milk and Cereal.The stuffing was prepared with the assistance of Los Angeles Trade-Tech College Culinary Club students.The meal was served on a closed portion of 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles, the heart of Skid Row. Tents for serving were set up, along with specially decorated tables and seating. Thousands of guests from the community were seated and served the meal by volunteers from the community, from the entertainment industry as well as local political leaders.The Los Angeles Christian Health Centers provided foot washing and examinations to nearly 400 of the day’s guests. In addition to getting their feet washed, physicians, nurses and other medical staff did examinations and minor procedures to relieve foot issues. Those with more serious problems were referred to the clinic for appointments. The clinic partners with the Mission for medical services for area residents.Numerous businesses and groups contributed to the event. U. S. Foods provided some of the elements of the meal, Landsberg Amcor provided the cutlery, plates and napkins, Tarps Plus provided and distributed 2,000 tarps, Icelandic Glacial Water provided bottled water for guests, Kimberly VoDang, Ms. America International 2011, provided and distributed 1,400 blankets, Morongo Band of Mission Indians provided turkeys, and PCL Construction made a financial donation.And for the 15th year students at Suzanne Middle School provided bags of candy that were distributed to the guests. The students collect left-over candy from Halloween, bag it into individual servings and the Mission hands it out at the event.“It is the great generosity of the people of the Los Angeles area, companies, individuals and groups that makes this event, and our work possible,” said Smith. “From the dollars donated by Wells Fargo, other companies and thousands of individuals, in kind gifts like food, cutlery, tarps, blankets and thousands of other items, to the talent of people like Michael Voltaggio, we are blessed every day. This ministry’s work would not be possible without the tremendous help we receive. I want to thank everyone who gave and served to make today possible.”last_img read more

Social cultural diversity an enormous richness not a threat Guterres declares calling

He was speaking against the backdrop of European Parliamentary elections in recent days, which showed a surge in support away from political parties in the centre ground, towards those espousing more nationalist and anti-immigrant policy platforms. “This is the world we want: a world in which contributions from everybody, everywhere matter” – @antonioguterres at music workshop #WithRefugees and @YoYo_Ma in Vienna. https://t.co/4SqrNiCOrb pic.twitter.com/s3rHnvcqYD— United Nations (@UN) May 27, 2019 Secretary-General António Guterres told those gathered for the Day of Action that it was particularly important “in the present debate in Europe” to adopt “a universal perspective for peace, for human dignity, for human rights” and the values enshrined in the UN Charter. “Societies today are multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural. And that is a richness, not a threat”. Like an orchestra featuring musicians from around the world, they need to practice to play harmoniously: “It is the same with society” he added. “Diversity requires investment. Social, cultural, political, religious; sometimes investment in social cohesion – to make sure that in a diverse society, every community feels that their identity is being respected – like the identity of the violinist needs to be respected, together with each instrumentalist. Hailing music as a fundamental tool to promote UN values, he said the Day of Action was fundamental to the future of the Organization “especially when we are also discussing the dramatic situation of human mobility”. Migration too, needs investment, instead of letting people smugglers and traffickers profit from it, and letting fear of migrants fester, “we need to invest in international cooperation, we need to invest in adequate forms of migration”, he said.  UN Vienna/Nikoleta HaffarThe Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, meets the UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the United Nations in Vienna. (27 May 2019)Guterres lauds 40 years of UN in Vienna, Austrian World Summit Speaking after meeting Austrian President Alexander Van Der Bellen, Mr. Guterres praised the nation for its support for the UN Office at Vienna over the past 40 years, home to many key agencies and bodies. As one of the main UN headquarters, he said he was convinced the work done in Vienna would help preserve peace and security for the world, during trying times. He looked ahead to Tuesday’s Austrian World Summit on climate, saying that taking part was essential to him, having convened the Climate Action Summit this coming September. Fresh from a major fact-finding visit to the South Pacific, Mr. Guterres said that to rescue an island State such as Tuvalu – parts of which are already sinking below the waves due to rising sea levels – was “to rescue the planet”. “The climate crisis is something that will have an impact on the lives of everybody everywhere”, said the UN chief. “And to reverse the present trend in which climate change is running faster than we are is an absolute must. And for that, we need in 2020, countries to assume engagements much stronger than the ones that were assumed in Paris.  He said nations had to commit “to a much more ambitious set of measures in mitigation in adaptation, mitigation and in finance. And I must tell you that I consider absurd that we are taxing salaries, we are taxing income, and not taxing carbon”. read more

Ohio State mens hockey to take on No 1 Minnesota in final

Freshman defender Drew Brevig (4) controls the puck during a game against Michigan March 2 at Nationwide Arena. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternAfter four years filled with countless achievements and even more memories, four members of the Ohio State men’s hockey team are preparing for their final home games in the Scarlet and Gray.The Buckeyes (15-11-4, 5-7-4) are set to recognize seniors Alex Szczechura, Travis Statchuk, Alex Lippincott and Curtis Gedig this weekend as they welcome No. 1 Minnesota (23-4-5, 12-2-2) to Columbus.Szczechura, the team’s fifth-highest scorer, sustained an injury last Sunday against Michigan and won’t get to play in this final home stand OSU coach Steve Rohlik said.“(It’s) disappointing,” Rohlik said. “He’s certainly put the time and the effort in here and he deserves to be out there … he’ll be with us out there, he’ll be out there on the ice to get recognized but certainly we’ll miss him out there on the ice.”Rohlik said he’s seeking the right balance of emotion and focus from his players for this important series.“I think the team wants to play well for (the seniors),” Rohlik said. “It’s my job not only to: one, make sure our team recognizes what (the seniors) mean to this program but two, to keep things in check … and control our emotions and go out there in the right frame of mind.”The quartet of seniors is set to be recognized in a ceremony before Saturday’s game, but Statchuk said the reality of his OSU career ending wouldn’t hit him until much later.“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. Once the season ends and you’re cleaning out your stall as a senior, I think that’s when it’s really going to settle in,” Statchuk said. “I’ll probably (be) a little emotional, that’s for sure.”The Buckeyes gained two points last weekend in their home-and-home series with Michigan, and currently sit five points behind the Wolverines in fourth place in the Big Ten. Meanwhile the Gophers continued their strong campaign with a sweep of Penn State, and are now seven points clear of second-place Wisconsin.Facing the nation’s No. 1 team while trying to climb in the standings might not be an ideal situation, but Rohlik said his team is eager to test themselves, no matter who the opponent is.“If you want to get to the national tournament, you’ve got to beat the best teams no matter who they are,” Rohlik said. “It’s a great challenge for our guys and I think they’re looking forward (to) it.”When the Buckeyes and Gophers met earlier in the season in Minneapolis, OSU proved themselves to be worthy opponents. In the first game, Minnesota’s sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox kept his second shutout of the season as his team won 1-0. OSU had a two-goal lead in the second game before junior forward Sam Warning netted a hat-trick as the home team ran out 4-2 winners.Since that second game against the Gophers, the Buckeyes are 4-3-3, and Statchuk said this weekend is a great chance for the team to show its credentials with only four games left in the season.“We’re excited to get out there and show the rest of the league and the country that we deserve to be where we want to be,” Statchuk said. “Obviously we have beat the No. 1-ranked team to get there but that’s a challenge we’re willing to accept.”Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m., and the puck is set to drop at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. read more

Suits you Sir How Thomas Markles royal wedding outfit was put to

It should have played centre stage at one of the most eagerly anticipated events of recent years; the wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle. And there it would have stayed, but for an unlikely twist of fate. When sports PR Johnno Spence decided to get himself kitted out with a new outfit for last week’s Royal Ascot his Savile Row tailor said he had just the thing in mind – Mr Markle’s tail suit.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– But after Thomas Markle was let unable to fly to Britain after suffering a heart attack, the suit he would have worn to lead his daughter up the aisle of St George’s Chapel was left languishing in a tailor’s wardrobe. With both men being of similar shape and size the suit needed only… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Secrets of Meghans baby shower Amal Clooney Serena Williams and celebrity friends

For exclusive insight into the Royal Family from Camilla Tominey and Hannah Furness, sign up for our free Royal Appointment newsletter. With its pomp, ceremony and all-star guest list, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was by all accounts the royal event of the year.If scenes outside a five-star New York hotel were anything to go by on Wednesday, even the glamour of that moving celebration could have been surpassed by none other than the Sussex baby shower.The Duchess of Sussex was celebrating the impending arrival of the seventh-in-line to the throne, in a penthouse suite with her celebrity friends including Amal Clooney and Serena Williams.The front entrance of The Mark Hotel was transformed into a makeshift red carpet, with guest arrivals documented by photographers in the pens outside.A candyfloss machine was seen to be delivered, along with a musician wheeling a harp emblazoned with the name Erin Hill, the rock, pop and jazz harpist who advertises as having performed for Kanye West and two First Ladies of the United States. Harpist Erin Hill arrives at the hotelCredit:Splash Guests carried large gift bags with presents wrapped in blue and orange tissue paper, while hairdresser Serge Normant and make-up artist Daniel Martin – who recently shared a photograph of avocado on toast from the Duchess’ home in the UK – walking inside to join the fun. Gayle King By the evening, the Duchess, Williams, Spencer, Anderson and Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney were dining at The Polo Bar, owned by Ralph Lauren and regularly listed among the best restaurants for celebrity spotting in New York City. The bill is understood to have been paid by the Duchess’ friends, with Ms Williams named by several US outlets as the “host” and issued photographs of herself inside the hotel wearing her own clothing line on Instagram.The meticulously-planned baby shower was carried out without the assistance of Kensington Palace, with the Duchess accompanied only by her protection officers rather than by aides from her private office or press team. The Duchess of Sussex and Abigail Spencer in New YorkCredit:Gotham On Tuesday, news of her whereabouts was briefed to US celebrity magazines before she was photographed walking out of the hotel’s main entrance wearing dark sunglasses for an outing to a busy art gallery cafe and a high-end restaurant for lunch. Misha Nonoo and Markus AndersonCredit:Splash The Duchess of Sussex and Abigail Spencer in New York Harpist Erin Hill arrives at the hotel On Wednesday, the US online version of Tatler was briefed details of the shower itself by a “source”, relaying the time of the baby shower and precise details of the guest list.“The baby shower will kick off with a flower arranging lesson accompanied by a dessert table prepared by the restaurant’s head chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who will be there to greet them,” it said.The penthouse of the hotel is described as a “castle in the sky”, with space for a Grand Ballroom and an outdoor terrace amid its many rooms at a reported cost of $75,000 per night. Markus Anderson, a director at Soho House who accompanied the Duchess to her first public appearance with Prince Harry at the Toronto Invictus Games, was also in attendance, entering the hotel with designer Misha Nonoo who clutched a bag from Zittles, a children’s clothing store in New York.Gayle King, television host and a close friend of Oprah Winfrey, bore a gift bag with a pink ribbon, after actress Abigail Spencer – one of the first in and laden with bags – wore a baseball cap. Amal Clooney, the human rights lawyer whose husband recently spoke of how the Duchess is being “pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was”, wore a vivid red jumpsuit, black jacket slung over her shoulders, and gold-coloured high heels.Fitness “guru” Taryn Toomey, who offers “music-driven, mat-based practice of self study through physical conditioning”, was also seen entering the hotel.Adding to the festivities was a suitcase brand taking the opportunity to deliver clearly labelled cases apparently intended as gifts.The party came on the second day of unexpected activity at the hotel, during the Duchess’ “private” visit to New York to see friends. Gayle KingCredit:Splash Misha Nonoo and Markus Anderson read more

SKM renews EPCM iron ore project agreement with Rio Tinto

first_imgSinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has recently signed a renewed agreement with Rio Tinto for Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) services for the delivery of iron ore projects in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The renewed agreement extends SKM’s term through to mid-2015, by which time, SKM will have been providing EPCM services to Rio Tinto on a continuous basis for over 15 years.SKM General Manager – Mining and Metals, Phil Lory said the company is immensely proud of its long and successful relationship with Rio Tinto delivering many world-class projects, including some of the most significant port expansion and development projects ever completed. “During this time, SKM has supported Rio Tinto’s growth by increasing its Pilbara iron ore shipping capacity from 100 Mt/y in 2000, to the current capacity of 230Mt/y. At present, SKM is supporting Rio Tinto to increase shipping capacity to 353 Mt/y by 2015.”Under the renewed agreement, SKM has been awarded a contract for EPCM services for the second phase of Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert Port B project – one of the largest resource projects ever undertaken in Australia, involving the development of a new iron ore port facility adjacent to the existing Cape Lambert Port A facility. This award follows the award to SKM in early 2011 to provide EPCM services for the first phase of the project.The Cape Lambert Port B project will provide additional iron ore shipping capacity of 123 Mt/y, increasing Rio Tinto’s total port capacity from 230 Mt/y to 353 Mt/y. Cape Lambert Port B is being delivered in two overlapping phases of 53 Mt/y and 70Mt/y, with the first major milestone for the project (283 Mt/y) expected to be achieved by Q4 2013, and the 353 Mt/y milestone to be achieved in 2015. SKM currently has over 500 personnel engaged on Cape Lambert Port B between project, site and remote offices.last_img read more

Snapchat rejected 3 billion offer from Facebook report

first_imgMOBILE MESSAGING SERVICE Snapchat recently rejected a $3 billion cash offer from Facebook, the Wall Street Journal reports.Snapchat, considered one of the up-and-coming applications in social networking, has also had an investment offer led by Chinese Internet giant Tencent, which would value the startup at $4 billion.Facebook declined to comment on the report.According to the newspaper, Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s 23-year-old co-founder and chief executive, is unlikely to consider an acquisition or an investment at least until early next year.The daily cited sources saying Spiegel was hoping to boost the number of users and messages to justify a higher valuation.Snapchat is known for mobile messages and photos that disappear after being viewed by the recipient.Snapchat did not disclose financial details of an investment round earlier this year, but online reports pegged the figure at $60 million in a deal that values the company at $800 million.“Long story short, we’re committed to building a big company around an innovative and fun product,” the Snapchat team said at the time.Snapchat recently introduced a “SnapKidz” version of its application for Apple mobile devices that lets children younger than 13 years old take or draw pictures, add captions, and save the images but not share them.The application was designed to stay within the bounds of laws restricting information that can be collected about or from children.The grown-up version of Snapchat has stirred controversy for its potential to be used to share risque pictures that are automatically deleted within one to 10 seconds of receipt.The company says that 350 million photos are shared every day.Facebook, which has more than a billion users worldwide, has been losing ground among younger consumers, who are among the key Snapchat demographic.- © AFP, 2013Read: Netflix gives its TV app a major makeoverMore: Facebook received 34 data requests from Irish governmentlast_img read more

Your GAA championship weekend review

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up on another super weekend of GAA? Look no further.  Cormac Costello after scoring a goal. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOBlue boyWhat’s Cormac Costello got to do to get a starting place for Dublin? He’s certainly pushing hard to break in to Jim Gavin’s team. 0-3 when brought on against Laois was followed up with a 1-5 haul against Wexford. He’s still U21 next year and the Whitehall Colmcille’s player looks a super prospect.Check this out:http://vine.co/v/MF650tBxMMYTalking pointsThere was possibly some controversy and definitely heartbreak at Ballycastle on Sunday as Offaly edged out Antrim. David Kenny’s last-gasp goal clinched a 2-19 to 1-20 win for the Faithful. But was the ref’s decision to award a crucial free correct?Dublin’s Leinster dominance shows no signs of abating. They reached yet another Leinster final on Sunday and are on course for a ninth senior provincial crown in 10 years. Can anyone stop them?Leitrim were annihilated by Down in Newry on Sunday afternoon. The Connacht side were 2-10 to 0-4 down at half time and ultimately lost out by 21 points.TekkersJoe Canning wasn’t as influential as he expects to be against Kilkenny on Saturday evening, scoring just a single point. But what a point, from the sideline: Royal appointment Andy Tormey celebrates after scoring a penalty past Kildare goalkeeper Mark Donnellan. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOKevin McStay on The Sunday Game  last night said Meath were excellent and are turning into a ‘proper team and a proper panel’ who can have ‘a proper cut off Dublin’ in the provincial decider.They almost let Kildare back into it yesterday despite starting impressively. We liked this graphic from RTÉ illustrating the scoring pattern over the 70 minutes. Source: RTESickening collision of the day Dublin’s Nicky Devereux and Rory O’Carroll clash heads while contesting a ball at Croker Park. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOMarooned Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHODessie Dolan has been an unbelievable player for Westmeath down the years. On Sunday, the Garrycastle clubman confirmed his decision on RTÉ Radio’s Sunday Sport programme. His decision follows Westmeath’s 1-15 to 1-14 defeat to Cavan on Saturday.Déise recoveryPauric Mahony hit 11 points for Waterford as they got back to winning ways against Laois. Last time out Derek McGrath’s men were well beaten by Cork in the Munster championship but ran out 2-22 to 1-15 winners at Walsh Park.Only 5,025 were there to witness it though, which was just 24 hours after a full house came through the same turnstiles for the star-studded Ken McGrath fundraiser.World Cup Cavan StyleCavan man Paul Marron is clearly a genius. Thanks for letting us share this World Cup-style player intro with the world. Gold.What’s next?There’s a rake of qualifiers on Saturday night in the football before Cork and Kerry face off in a Munster SFC decider on Sunday afternoon at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. In the hurling, Clare and Wexford face off in Ennis while Tipp and Galway well be on Sky on Saturday evening. The following day there’s the small matter of Dublin and the Cats in the Leinster decider.Meath lay down marker for Leinster final by scoring 2-16 against KildareCostello shoots the Dubs to the Leinster final as Wexford prove no match Source: Balls.ieThe westerners will no time to lick their wounds after defeat to the Noresiders. It’s Tipperary next up in the qualifiers. Brian Cody can prepare for another Leinster SHC decider meanwhile; this time against Dalo’s Dubs.Tweet of the weekendAs Rihanna might say, TJ Reid ran the show on Saturday night in Tullamore. The Kilkenny sharpshooter scored 2-11 in total as the Cats saw off Galway at the second time of asking.And then he had a chat with one of the biggest pop stars this side of Beyonce. Who knew she was a Leinster hurling fans. @rihanna thanks rihanna you know your hurling #winning— TJ Reid (@_tjreid) June 28, 2014 Source: tjreid12/Twitterlast_img read more

Wozniak Predicts Google Facebook Still Vital in 2075

first_img Apple, Google, and Facebook have stood the test of time—so far. But will the tech titans really live forever?Yes, according to Steve Wozniak.The Apple co-founder believes all three entities will grow even more powerful over the next six decades.Apple will be around for a long time, like IBM,” Woz told USA Today in a recent interview, citing the New York-based company founded by Charles Ranlett Flint in 1911.“Look at Apple’s cash [$246.1 billion],” he continued. “It can invest in anything. It would be ridiculous to not expect them to be around (in 2075). The same goes for Google and Facebook.”From a couple of friends in a Los Altos garage to a multi-billion-dollar Silicon Valley enterprise, Apple has come a long way from 1976 and the $700 Apple-1 desktop computer.As most young entrepreneurs do, the two Steves (Wozniak and the late Jobs) assumed their business would last forever. Maybe Woz really does have a knack for predicting the future.The trick, he admitted to USA Today, is understanding how rapidly things change.“Who could have foreseen the rise of an Uber a decade ago?” Wozniak said.The inventor is scheduled to expound on those ideas during this weekend’s Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC) event, “The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?”Living communally in deserts and interacting regularly with artificial intelligence, according to Woz, who offered some other guesses at life in 60 years.Convinced a colony will exist on Mars, Wozniak foresees the Red Planet’s use for heavy industry, while Earth remains zoned for residential use. Don’t get your hopes up, though, for extraterrestrial contact.“It’s worth trying” to communicate with another race, he said. “But I don’t have high hopes.”The three-day SVCC conference, which Woz helped create last year, boasts other famous guests like actors William Shatner and John Cusack, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and architect Greg Lynn. It will also serve as the stage for a 30th-anniversary cast reunion of Star Trek: The Next Generation. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on targetlast_img read more

A psychological drama

first_imgSkepticism is an original play written and directed by Amaan Ahmad. It contains psychological and philosophical content that features the elements of absurdism, surrealism and skepticism. The story revolves around a psychologically disturbed artist who is going through an existential crisis and wants to commit suicide. Several emotions surround him and each emotion tries to prove its power over the human mind. Also Read – Rajeev Nagar: Swachh Colony submits plea for encroachment-free footpath Advertise With Us Meanwhile, reality and imagination are also around the artist. As the play progresses, the protagonist gets confused trying to choose between reality and imagination while chaos and insanity overpower all the other emotions and Insanity instigates the artist to die. The artist is in pain and is confused as the emotions have a philosophical debate. Reality points out logical reasoning, while Insanity, along with other strong emotions, argue about the actual meaning of life and its futility. Also Read – Hyderabad: TSPCB to distribute 70,000 clay Ganesh idols Advertise With Us Toward the end, death emerges and kills all the emotions, with Hope being the last. Death sits on his throne after killing the artist, but Imagination and Reality are still there as Death cannot touch either of them. The play concludes with the artist lying down on the ground while Reality and Imagination walk off hand-in-hand, smirking at one another. To conclude, we don’t know weather the artist is alive or dead or whether that was the artist’s imagination or reality.last_img read more

VMRDA Chairman vows to make Vizag a soughtafter destination

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) Chairman Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao says that among several projects, speeding up the much-awaited NAD flyover work tops his priority list. Amidst a steady stream of visitors queuing up at his residence to greet him, Srinivasa Rao settles for an exclusive interview with The Hans India. Recalling his late father Dronamraju Satyanarayana’s contribution, Srinivasa Rao said when Town Planning Trust was upgraded to Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) in 1978, his father was its first chairman. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us “Forty years later, I feel it is an honour to take charge as the first Chairman of the VMRDA. My father taught me to work hard without expecting any results. Though I lost in the recent Assembly polls as MLA, I thank Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy for reposing faith in my capabilities and giving me a new lease of life, recognising my hard work,” he says. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us In tune with Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s pro-employee stand, he said that he feels glad to take a similar step at his level by inking his first signature on 27 per cent interim relief for the staff on the day of assuming office. Considering the feedback from various departments, Srinivasa Rao said initiatives would be taken to develop the city into the most sought-after tourist destination. “I am going to redefine the purpose of VMRDA and make it more people-centric with the coordination of GVMC and corporation of neighbouring districts, including Vizianagaram and Srikakulam,” he says, assuring to give a fillip to the North Andhra region which lags behind on many fronts. Advertise With Us Saying emphasis on the Chief Minister’s vision to develop the entire North Andhra belt with enhanced concentration on Visakhapatnam, Srinivasa Rao says, “More number of houses will be built for BPL families. VMRDA will provide opportunities to middleclass. In addition, development will be in tune with the avowed pro-people policy of the State government without compromising on facilitating lung space for the city.” Defining Visakhapatnam as a cosmopolitan city, the VMRDA Chairman says that efforts will be taken to revamp it into an industrial, pharmaceutical, IT and tourist hub. “In terms of the city’s potential, it stands equal to Mumbai and it will certainly be reshaped as financial capital of the State. Once people from other cities and regions visit Visakhapatnam, they are sure to recommend the place for others to make a trip,” he shares. About demolition of Rajiv Smrithi Bhavan, Srinivasa Rao assures that it will only be renovated as a tourist spot which will be useful for the public and there is no intention of demolishing it. Before signing off, the VMRDA Chairman says that he wants to leave an indelible mark on making Visakhapatnam the favourite destination for all.last_img read more

YCP MLA Sudheer Reddy lends helping hand to accident victims

first_imgYerraguntla: In an incident, two bikes collided near Zilla Parishad boys high school at Muddanur road under Yerraguntla nagara panchayat limits in Kadapa district. In the incident, YSRCP Jammalamadugu MLA Dr. Sudheer Reddy has extended a helping hand to the accident victims. Chandra, who was injured in the accident, was shifted to the hospital in MLAs car for the treatment. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Over receiving the information, the police have reached and examined the spot. The accident happened on Monday night when two bikes hit each other. In the crash, Chandra sustained severe injuries. At the same time, MLA Sudheer Reddy was also going through the way have responded over the incident and helped the victims on the spot. The injured person was rushed to the hospital in his car.last_img read more

Khulna jute mill workers continue strike

first_imgAgitating workers are waiting for iftar. Photo: UNBJute mill workers in Khulna continued their strike on Friday demanding payment of outstanding wages, reports UNB.Production at the mills remained suspended today as well.”We blocked the road for four hours from 3:00pm today,” said Md Murad Hossain, convener of Jute Mill Workers League of Khulna-Jashore region.The workers threatened to go for countrywide strike if their seven-point demand is not met within Sunday.The latest protests started on 5 May.Workers’ wages of 11 weeks and other employees’ salary of four months have remained unpaid.Earlier, it was decided in a meeting with the jute ministry and Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation that the outstanding wages of the workers will be paid within 25 April. But the promise was not fulfilled.On 2 April, workers of state-owned jute mills observed a 72-hour strike in Khulna region to press home their nine-point demand.last_img read more

Soldiers hit streets as US floods death toll mounts

first_imgCHICAGO — The Illinois National Guard was ordered into action Friday and hundreds of people urged to flee rising floodwaters, as the death toll from days of heavy rain in the U.S. Midwest mounted.Swathes of the United States have been buffeted in the last week by tornadoes, storms and torrential rain, while the U.S. East Coast has seen unseasonably warm weather over the holiday season.Missouri and Illinois have been particularly hard hit from the record-breaking and relentless deluge in the past week.The death toll from the flooding in the Midwest rose to 23, CNN said. Fifteen of the dead were in Missouri and eight in Illinois.But the toll could rise, with increasing concerns about the fate of two missing Illinois teenagers last seen several days ago.One of them, Delia Ann Stacey, 18, was last heard of on Monday, when she sent a text message to her family saying simply “Help,” the Herrin Police Department said in a statement on Facebook.“Further contact with Stacey via her phone has been unsuccessful, as has the use of all resources available in determining its location,” it said.There were growing fears, too, for residents in southern Illinois, where the rising Mississippi River reportedly topped a levee, putting several towns and rural communities at risk.Hundreds of people were urged to evacuate.Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who toured some of the affected communities, tweeted: “I have ordered Illinois National Guard soldiers into active duty to aid local efforts to save lives and mitigate flood damage in Southern Illinois.”Forecasters warned that southern U.S. states were in increasing danger in the days to come.“Major flooding is occurring or forecast on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and tributaries in Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky, with record flooding at several locations,” the National Weather Service said.“Major flooding is also occurring on the Arkansas River and tributaries in Arkansas. Floodwaters will move downstream over the next couple of weeks, with significant river flooding expected for the lower Mississippi into mid-January.”There was some relief, however, in the St. Louis area of Missouri, where flooding was at last receding.For many, the big cleanup now begins. The more unfortunate saw their homes wiped out.“We’re just basically homeless. We have nowhere to go,” Damon Thorne, 44, told ABC News.He and his 60-year-old mother Linda were staying at a Red Cross shelter at a church after their mobile home park in Arnold, Missouri was washed away by the surging Meramec River. Facebook Comments Related posts:High tides expected along Pacific coast this week Heavy rains cause flooding in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific region Death toll at 43 as wild weather tears across parts of US After last year’s flooding, San José officials say city is prepared for the rainy seasonlast_img read more

Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand sign MoU

first_imgTourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand sign MoUAir New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand have today announced a marketing partnership worth more than $20 million over the coming financial year to promote New Zealand to new and existing international markets and collaboratively grow the value on in-bound tourism.The two organisations have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) investing more than $10 million each over 12 months in cooperative marketing activity in the key markets of Australia, China, North and South America, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Europe.A MoU was initially signed in 2013 committing to a joint investment of more than $20 million in marketing activity for the 2014 financial year promoting travel to New Zealand in international markets. This partnership has since been re-signed in each of the subsequent four years, bringing the total value of the partnership to $80 million to date.This most recent commitment will build on the momentum of previous years with a particular focus on encouraging visitation to New Zealand during the off-peak periods.Today’s announcement will see marketing activity increased in the United States with the success of Air New Zealand’s direct services from Los Angeles and Houston and the soon to launch service from San Francisco with Star Alliance partner United Airlines, seen as critical for the long-term growth of the tourism sector.Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler says the move to commit to a further year of joint investments is testament to the value the two organisations have already seen through working together.“For the past three years it has made perfect sense for marketing investments to be combined because it extends the reach and effectiveness of all our activity.“Today we are enjoying significant growth in arrivals and in particular, a significant increase in value from our priority markets. Given these clear signs of success, we are even more committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our marketing dollars by working together.”Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the airline’s partnership with Tourism New Zealand signifies not only the importance of tourism to Air New Zealand’s business but also the airline’s commitment to supercharging New Zealand’s success through tourism growth including increased export earnings and employment.“The power of our partnership has already seen significant results, for example visitor arrivals from Argentina to New Zealand have more than doubled since we began operating direct flights to Buenos Aires, and we look forward to extending our joint activity to include the Philippines ahead of our direct flights commencing to Manila later this year.” Tourism New Zealandbook your ski holiday hereSource = Tourism New Zealandlast_img read more

Cyprus will handle any EEZ challenge from Turkey through legal means

first_imgThe Republic will handle a possible Turkish challenge inside its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) using legal means, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Thursday.Speaking in parliament, the minister said they were consulting with the state Legal Service on how to react if Turkey dispatched a research vessel to roam inside Cyprus’ EEZ.In October 2014, Turkey had sent Barbaros to carry out seismic surveys inside Cyprus’ EEZ.It coincided with drilling work conducted by hydrocarbon companies in search for natural gas.The move prompted President Nicos Anastasiades to withdraw from reunification talks, which restarted some six months later.Kasoulides said the Legal Service had not been ready to recommend legal measures at the time.Following that, it tasked a foreign firm to prepare a battle plan in case Turkey decided to challenge the island’s sovereign rights once more.Kasoulides said energy was one of the most important tools in the Republic’s foreign policy, which brought it together with other countries in the region.Turkey does not recognise the Republic nor Nicosia’s jurisdiction in the EEZ, and says Greek Cypriots were acting ‘unilaterally’ in prospecting for hydrocarbons without including Turkish Cypriots.It demands that Cyprus cease hydrocarbon explorations pending reunification talks and has previously said it would take measures to protect its interests.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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