Suspended BJD leader joins BJP

first_imgSuspended Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader and former Lok Sabha member from Koraput, Jayaram Pangi, joined the BJP here on Tuesday.Mr. Pangi, who was suspended from BJD after the recent panchayat polls over “anti-party activities”, joined the BJP in the presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and others. Former Congress leader Giridhar Gamang, who had joined the BJP two nearly two years ago, was also present.While Mr. Pradhan said that Mr. Pangi joining the BJP will be a boost to the party in tribal-dominated areas, senior BJD leader from Koraput, Rabi Narayan Nand, said it will not make any difference to his party.Murder caseMr. Pangi’s name had figured in the case relating to the murder of primary school teacher Itishree Pradhan at Tikiri in Rayagada district in 2013. The BJD had denied a party ticket to the tribal leader in 2014 elections Meanwhile, a tweet by Baijayant Panda, BJD MP from Kendrapara, created a flutter in political circles during the day. “One gone yesterday, another today. Yet when I cautioned last week, was contradicted. Now large sections unrepresented, resentment everywhere,” he tweeted. He was referring to BJD leader Amar Nayak joining the BJP in Jajpur district on Monday and Mr. Pangi joining the saffron party on Tuesday.Reacting to Mr. Panda’s tweet, BJD spokesman Pratap Keshari Deb said the MP should have asked the BJP how they accepted Mr. Pangi, whom they had accused of having a role behind the killing of Itishree Pradhan. “The BJP was accusing the BJD of shielding Mr. Pangi in the murder case, but how did they accept him now,” he asked.last_img read more

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EC launches Braille-enabled Voter IDs

first_imgThe Election Commission on Wednesday launched voter identity cards with Braille label to ensure greater participation of persons with visual impairment in the electoral process.The Commission also unveiled a strategic framework on “Accessible Elections” on conclusion of a two-day national level consultation with representatives of the Central government, political parties, NGOs and experts on disabilities.Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat announced a series of measures for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in the electoral process, which includes printing of photo-identity cards with Braille, accessible communication awareness materials, a mobile phone application to motivate and educate the voters and appointment of Disability Coordinates at the Assembly constituency, district and State level.Free transport facility The EC plans to impart cascaded training on accessibility to poll officials, set up auxiliary polling stations, provide accessible photo voter slips, sign-language window in all the audio visual training and advertisement content material for the convenience of deaf persons and free transport facility to PwDs and their Assistants.A new Accessible Division in the India International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Management will also be set up.Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said: “We should go far beyond the bureaucratic measures to overcome the barriers. Technology has the capability to fill the gaps and it shall be explored to its fullest potential.”last_img read more

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Sudin Dhavlikar dropped: Biggest dacoity by ‘chowkidars’ on MGP at night, says the Dy. CM

first_imgDeputy Chief Minister and senior leader of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Sudin Dhavalikar, who was also Minister for Public Works, was dropped from the Cabinet on Wednesday morning by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. Mr. Dhavalikar was dropped following a split in the three-member MGP, with two of his colleagues merging the split legislative wing into BJP.Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Dhavlikar said, “At night, the ‘chowkidars’, by committing biggest dacoity on MGP, have shocked the people of Goa. People of Goa are watching this. People will decide on the course of action.”One of the two MGP MLAs who joined BJP, Manohar Ajgaonkar, is a Minister in the BJP-led coalition government. The other MLA, Deepak Pauskar, is expected to be sworn in as a Cabinet Minister later in the evening after Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, who is out of station, arrives in Goa, Chief Minister Sawant has confirmed. The political development and rift between the ruling BJP and the MGP is expected to heat up in the campaign of the upcoming general elections for two Lok Sabha seats and three assembly seats. Sources in the MGP have indicated that it will field candidates against the BJP. Dipak Dhavlikar, brother of Mr. Dhavlikar is already in the fray in the Shiroda by-poll and has refused to withdraw from it despite repeated pleas from the BJP to its ally.last_img read more

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Telescope detects galaxy’s oldest known solar system

first_imgAstronomers have spotted the oldest known set of planets in the Milky Way, a quintet of hot and presumably rocky worlds that is more than twice as old as our solar system. Further study of the ancient system may shed light on the early days of planetary formation in the galaxy.The parent star of the planetary system is Kepler-444, a sunlike star about 117 light-years from Earth, says Bill Chaplin, an astrophysicist at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.Chaplin and his colleagues analyzed several years’ worth of data gathered by NASA’s Kepler mission, a space telescope that surveys a region of the galaxy for signs of Earth-size and smaller worlds. In Kepler-444, they seem to have struck a jackpot. In all, five planets pass in front of the star, creating minieclipses that betray the presence and size of the planets as well as how quickly they orbit their parent star. All the planets lie within 12 million kilometers of Kepler-444 and circle it in 10 days or less. 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Indeed, the orbs have surface temperatures much hotter than Mercury, so any atmospheres or oceans probably have long since been boiled away, leaving nothing but a scorched, rocky surface. The closest planet of the five to Kepler-444 is about the size of Mercury, and the farthest is slightly smaller than Venus or Earth. The other three are about the size of Mars, Chaplin says. “Finding five planets all smaller than Earth in the same distant system, that’s pretty incredible,” says Andrew Vanderburg, an astrophysicist at Harvard University who was not involved with the work.Kepler has previously found multiplanet systems around other stars, Chaplin says. What’s unusual about this new find is Kepler-444’s great age: The star is about 11.2 billion years old, the team reports online today in The Astrophysical Journal. (By comparison, the universe is about 13.8 billion years old, and our own solar system clocks in at about 4.6 billion years of age.)To assess Kepler-444’s age, the team analyzed subtle variations in the star’s brightness, as revealed in data samples taken as often as once every minute for a year. Those variations allow astrophysicists to calculate the speed of sound inside the star, which in turn enables the researchers to infer the ratio of hydrogen and helium inside the star—the key to determining how far along the star is in its evolution. The astronomers assume that, as in our solar system, the planets formed quickly after the star did. “By the time the Earth formed, the planets in this system were already older than our planet is today,” Chaplin says.The immense age of the Kepler-444 system suggests that Earth-class planets could have formed very early in the life of the universe. Spectroscopy of Kepler-444 reveals that the star is iron-poor, so presumably the planets are as well. The planets, Chaplin says, are likely predominantly made of lighter than iron elements such as carbon, nitrogen, silicon, and sulfur.Further analyses of this ancient system, and others like it, will help scientists better model how and when planets formed in our galaxy and throughout the universe, says Natalie Batalha, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.last_img read more

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London Olympics 2012: Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell for closing ceremony?

first_imgSupermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell will reportedly take to a specially-designed runway at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics next month.The beauties, along with Mick Jagger’s daughter Georgia May and Stella Tennant, will strut their stuff on the stage for the show-stopping spectacle at Olympic Park on August 12, reported Contactmusic.An unconfirmed leaked set list also suggests funnyman Russell Brand will be part of the celebration, singing Pretty Vacant as well as the Beatles’ I Am The Walrus.Rock band The Who is scheduled to close the show, while artists including Jessie J, Madness, The Pet Shop Boys, Annie Lennox and Take That are also slated to perform.”He was very proud of his father and proud to be his father’s son,” Braustein said.last_img read more

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Datsun redi-Go unveiled, India launch in June

first_imgNissan subsidiary Datsun today took off the covers of its production stage Datsun redi-Go in Delhi. The redi-Go is a small car which will be launched in India in June this year. The redi-Go is the third vehicle to be added to Datsun’s portfolio of products.Based on the low-cost CMF-A platform, the redi-Go draws its styling from the redi-Go concept car. The hexagonal front grille is a familiar concept across almost all the company’s cars. The car comes with sleek headlamps, separate LED DRLs on the bumper, 185mm ground clearance with the rear end sporting vertical taillamps, a contoured tailgate with separate reflectors on the lower bumper.The hexagonal grille is a familiar touch from the Datsun house.EngineThe redi-Go will come with a 0.8 litre three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission which, the company claims, will make for best-in-class fuel economy.InteriorsThe Datsun redi-Go is also expected to offer decent kneeroom, spacious rear seats and best-in-class visibility. The interiors will come in full beige with black plastic center console and fabric seats finished in brown and beige dual tone.The Datsun redi-Go’s boot has neat lines and a stylish look to it.CompetitionThe Datsun redi-Go takes on the likes of Renault Kwid, from which it has borrowed some features as well as the design language. The Datsun redi-Go is likely to dent the market of its main competitors the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and the Hyundai EON since it is likely to come with a price tag of between Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh. Datsun will open the bookings for the car from May 1, this year with the car’s launch slated for June.advertisementThe dual tone interiors come with leather seats.The Datsun redi-Go comes with a three-spoke steering wheel.The centre console also has the power window controls.The ergonomic dash is more driver oriented in the redi-Go.The sporty alloy wheels are similar in size to the ones presented in the concept.last_img read more

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Air Yordan: Álvarez hits 2-run homer in Astros’ Game 5 win

first_imgHouston Astros’ Yordan Alvarez, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Yuli Gurriel during the second inning of Game 5 of the baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)WASHINGTON — Carlos Correa told Houston Astros teammate Yordan Álvarez it was his day.After spending the previous two nights on the bench limited to two pinch-hit appearances, Álvarez got a full-time job back for Game 5 of the World Series and had a blast. Álvarez went 3 for 3 and hit a huge two-run home run off Washington Nationals emergency starter Joe Ross to help Houston take a 3-2 series lead and move one victory away from a second championship in three years.ADVERTISEMENT When they got back into the clubhouse after a 7-1 win Sunday night, Correa reminded the rookie of his pregame prediction.“See, I told you,” Correa told Álvarez. “This is the day.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe homer was Álvarez’s first of the playoffs, and he became the youngest AL player with three hits in a World Series game since Tony Kubek did it for the Yankees in 1957.“I never thought that I’d be here in the big leagues at the biggest stage and performing at the biggest stage,” Álvarez said through a translator. This jewelry designer is also an architect Despite hitting .500 in the first two games of the World Series, Álvarez didn’t see the field for Games 3 and 4 at an NL park with no designated hitter because of concerns about his defense. Álvarez took three swings in two pinch-hit appearances, popping out in one and flying out in the other.The Astros won each of those anyway with no help from Álvarez, but manager AJ Hinch had a plan.Hinch didn’t want Álvarez sitting too long and saw an opportunity with his ace, Gerrit Cole, on the mound. He figured Cole usually gets “so many strikeouts” — he threw nine — that there’d be fewer balls in play. Álvarez had no trouble with the one ball lined his way in left field.“The dugout actually exploded more when he caught the line drive in left field,” Hinch said. “Everybody was having a good time with him.”Álvarez, of course, was sixth in the lineup for his bat, which heated up during the first two games in Houston after he went 1 for 22 in the AL Championship Series. The 22-year-old was starting to look more like the phenom who hit .313 with 27 home runs and 78 RBIs in just 87 games in his first major league season.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man MOST READ That power was on display in the second inning when he crushed a low-and-away sinker from Ross into the seats in left center. Álvarez passed Jose Canseco as the youngest Cuban-born player to homer in the World Series.“Not really thinking about home run,” Álvarez said. “Just looking to hit the ball through the middle, and it went out.”He followed that up in the fourth by singling to right — through the defensive shift — on an up-and-in slider and scored on Correa’s two-run home run.“He’s been having great at-bats, honestly, the last five, six games,” outfielder George Springer said.Hinch’s hope was Álvarez would help get the Astros the lead and he could put in a defensive replacement. After another single to right in the seventh, Hinch lifted Álvarez for a pinch-runner because his job was done.“He’s done this the whole year, but this postseason as he’s tried to find his way, and it was nice to see him stay within himself,” Hinch said. “He contributed great. Got to the seventh inning, three hits, put our defense in. But he was a big catalyst tonight.”Before getting positive pregame vibes from Correa and Aledmys Díaz, Álvarez spoke to his father on the travel day Thursday about what he was doing well and what adjustments he needed to make. He took those things to heart and earned praise from his teammates for working at his game.“I just told him that what great players do when they struggle is try to figure out a way to contribute to the game,” Correa said. “He went to the cage. He spent time in the cage. He put in his work. And he told me that he was feeling great. I said, ‘It’s your night, brother, let’s go.’ And he was able to contribute in a big way to the team.”Álvarez should be back at his usual DH spot against Stephen Strasburg in Houston in Game 6 Tuesday with a chance to win the World Series.“Obviously we did the job here, which was to win three games,” he said. “Very happy to go back to Houston and to do my job to hit as a DH.” Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track PLAY LIST 01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST05:18After the Typhoon Part 202:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami win India ODI series vs New Zealand

first_imgSmriti Mandhana followed on her 105 in Napier to score a fine 90 not out at Mount Maunganui as India defeated New Zealand by 8 wickets to take an unbeatable lead in the 3-match ODI series. Skipper Mithal Raj scored 63 not out as India chased down a modest 162 in the second ODI.India suffered two early setbacks in their chase. 18-year-old opener Jemimah Rodrigues fell for an 8-ball duck while Deepti Sharma departed for 8 off 11. India were in a spot of bother at 15 for 2 in the fifth over before Mandhana and Raj joined forces to steer India to victory.Mithali Raj hit a six over long on to complete the chase.2nd ODI. It’s all over! India Women win by 8 wickets https://t.co/HpmPFBQChC #NZvInd #TeamIndiaBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) January 29, 2019In the first ODI in Napier, Mandhana (105) and Rodrigues (81) had added 190 for the opening wicket as India successful chased down 193 to take the lead in the series.The gulf between the two sides was apparent again on Tuesday. Goswami picked up 3 for 23 while Ekta Bisht, Sharma and Poonam Yadav picked two wickets apiece to dismiss the White Ferns for 161.For New Zealand on the other hand, Amy Satterthwaite was the only bright spot as she scored 71 off 87 deliveries.50 for @AmySatterthwait! Reaches the mark in 71 balls. Partnership with Kasperek now worth 35. 98/5 in the 30th. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/iqN4toaPSe #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/fBbdXHRNGdWHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) January 29, 2019Captain Mithali Raj was happy to have the series in the bag and praised the effort from the entire team in getting the victory.advertisement”I am happy with the series win in New Zealand and I’m happy the way the team is shaping because even the bowlers are doing their job. There are batters like the first game, we had the openers doing the job for us and this time around, my partnership with Smriti. So overall, the team looks good,” Mithali said in the post match presentation.Mithali conceded that the wicket in Mount Maunganui was on the slower side and she was just looking to play a supporting role to Mandhana, who is in a cracking form.”Well, I have always enjoyed batting in challenging conditions. I knew that today’s wicket is on the slower side and will help the spinners and it’s not going to be easy. It’s not a wicket where the ball is coming on to the bat and it requires patience. Smriti is in good form, someone has to give her the support on the other end,” Mithali further said.Team India will now look to sweep the series against the White Ferns in away conditions and look to continue with their good performance.”When you have a good run, you would want to continue it. We are definitely looking for 3-0,” Mithali said.India women’s series victory comes a day after the Indian men’s team took an unassailable lead in their five-match ODI series against the Black Caps.On Monday, Mohammed Shami led the charge again with three wickets before Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli hit stylish fifties to script a 7-wicket win.last_img read more

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Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss film

first_imgRajinikanth is playing two different roles in Darbar. Reportedly, he will be seen as an IPS officer and as a social activist in the film. Now, it is revealed that the Superstar will sport two different looks for the film.It is rumoured that in the first half of the film, Rajinikanth will be seen as an activist and from the second half he will take on the IPS avatar. Rajinikanth’s Alex Pandian role from Mundru Mugam is still spoken about as Rajinikanth’s performance as a police officer was stunning.AR Murugadoss is planning to recreate the same magic with the upcoming film. The film has music by Anirudh Ravichander and stars Nayanathara in the female lead role.Other than Nayan, Yogi Babu is ts confirmed to be part of Darbar. Now, it has been announced that Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar has been chosen to play the antagonist in the film.Confirming the news, Prateik, in a statement, said, “It is such a dream come true to have bagged this project in such little time. This year is looking very positive for me and Sanya (Sagar) has been such a great influence on my life professionally and personally.”Darbar will hit the theatres on Pongal 2020. The film marks the 167th film of Rajinikanth and might also be the last film of the actor, who might take the political plunge after this.ALSO READ | Happy Birthday Rajinikanth: Thalaivar’s untold love story with wife Latha RangachariALSO READ | AR Murugadoss on his film with Rajinikanth: It is NOT a political ventureadvertisementALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna Memoriallast_img read more

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Video: Urban Meyer Announces That Running Back Mike Weber Has Earned Removal Of Black Stripe

first_imgMike Weber celebrating with his Ohio State football teammatesCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Mike Weber #25 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)One by one, members of Ohio State’s freshman class are earning the removal of their black stripe and officially becoming true Buckeyes. Offensive lineman Isaiah prince was the first freshman to earn the honor, and after today’s practice, Urban Meyer announced that Mike Weber has done the same.Mike Weber was a work today at practice and earned the removal of his black stripe. Welcome to the Buckeyes 20. #ScarletAndGrey #GoBuckA video posted by The Ohio State Football (@theohiostatefootball) on Aug 15, 2015 at 3:26pm PDT That has to be a pretty special feeling for an Ohio State freshman. Weber, a Detroit native, caught a bit of heat during the winter when he was photographed wearing Michigan gear. It is safe to say that he’s put that Ohio State faux pas behind him, as he becomes the second 2015 freshman to prove himself to the rest of the team.last_img read more

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Credible evidence linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder UN expert

first_imgGeneva: There is “credible evidence” linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a UN expert said Wednesday, calling for sanctions on the prince’s personal foreign assets. The allegation regarding Prince Mohammed’s possible direct role in Kashoggi’s execution last October was detailed in a new report by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard.last_img

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Roger Daltrey To Be Honored With Music Industry Trusts Award

first_imgRoger Daltrey CBE, founding member of The Who and multi-generational cultural icon, is to be honoured with the 25th Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS).This prestigious annual music award is presented to Roger in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the music and entertainment industry and many charitable causes. The Award will be presented on Monday 7 November at a gala ceremony in aid of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust.“We are absolutely thrilled that in our 25th year we will be honouring Roger Daltrey with the Music Industry Trusts Award for 2016,” said David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee. “Roger Daltrey embodies the ethos of the MITS Award and is a deserving honouree in this milestone year. We are proud to recognise not only Roger’s musical output, both as a solo performer and as part of The Who, but also his tireless dedication for charitable causes and in particular the Teenage Cancer Trust which has helped thousands of young people throughout the UK and worldwide. Roger Daltrey is an inspiration when it comes to personal devotion to charities and is a worthy recipient in this historic year.”The Music Industry Trusts Award, celebrating 25 years this year, has raised over £5.5 million for Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust. It has earned its respected place in the entertainment industry due to the great names that have held this honour, they include: Sir George Martin, Ahmet Ertegun, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue OBE, Jools Holland OBE, Gary Barlow OBE, Annie Lennox OBE, Michael Eavis CBE and Simon Cowell. The Award was founded to recognise outstanding achievement in the UK music industry as well as to benefit the charitable work of Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust.Roger Daltrey, was born in the West London suburb of Shepherd’s Bush on March 1, 1944, he first assembled the group that would become The Who in 1959 while at Acton County School. The band went on to become one of the most important and influential groups in music history responsible for multi-platinum albums such as ‘My Generation’, ‘Tommy’, ‘Quadrophenia’ and ‘Who Are You’. Renowned for his sense of showmanship Roger is one of rock’s most iconic vocalists. He has also carved a successful acting career, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Tommy in the movie adaptation of The Who’s rock opera, other film credits include Ken Russell’s Lizstomania, the title role in McVicar, Lightning Jack with Paul Hogan, and numerous roles in TV dramas. Roger has also cultivated a singing career outside of The Who, with solo albums including Daltrey, Ride A Rock Horse, One Of The Boys and After The Fire. Roger has appeared on stage away from The Who on many occasions, including his 1994 solo concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the fastest selling event in the venue’s history.As well as being one of the original supporters of Nordoff Robbins Roger Daltrey (and The Who) has raised many millions for a multitude of charities throughout their career. Since 2000 Roger has been a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that builds specialised wards for teenagers with cancer in the UK. Roger shows no signs of slowing down and is as passionate as ever about his music and his charity work.“It’s great to be honoured by my friends and colleagues in the music industry in this way in the 25th year of the Music Industry Trusts Award,” said Roger. “Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT trust are wonderful charities. The Who were there at the beginning and I am proud to join the honourees that have received this award before me and themselves done so much not only for these charities but also for many others.”The Music Industry Trusts Award is sponsored by Spotify, PPL, Ingenious Media and SJM. The Award is unique because it recognises the contribution that an individual has made to the industry across a range of activities: record producer, film music composer, broadcaster, artist, music executive, songwriter and concert impresario. The Award evening has become renowned for its magic moments, with unique live performances that have a special resonance for the recipient.Tickets are available from: mitsadmin@nordoff-robbins.org.uk.More info can be found here.last_img read more

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Kinder Morgan CEO says recent events confirm Trans Mountain may be untenable

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau flew back to Ottawa last Sunday to meet with both premiers to try solve the impasse, but the meeting ended with no clear resolution.Trudeau said after the meeting that the federal government was prepared to financially back the pipeline, and he had directed Finance Minister Bill Morneau to sit down with the company to discuss the matter.Kean confirmed on the call that discussions have begun, but said he was not going to make any details public until a definitive agreement has been reached or the discussions have ended.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The CEO of Kinder Morgan says events in recent days have reinforced his concerns about the viability of the Trans Mountain expansion project.Speaking on an earnings conference call, Steve Kean said the company suspended work on the project earlier this month because the investment may be “untenable for a private party to undertake,” and that events in recent days have “confirmed” those views.The political wrangling around the project has significantly escalated since Kinder Morgan halted work, with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley pushing to restrict oil shipments to British Columbia while B.C. Premier John Horgan stands firm in his opposition to the project.last_img read more

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RBI to launch new Rs 20 notes this is what they look

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India will soon be issuing new Rs 20 notes. The notes will come in a greenish yellow colour and will be a continuation of the Mahatma Gandhi series. The new notes will have a motif of Ellora Caves on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage, a press release by the RBI said. The new Rs 20 note will be launched in a greenish yellow colour. While the base colour of the note will have be Greenish Yellow, it will have “other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse”. At the same time, the press release also clarified that the previous banknotes in the denomination of Rs 20 issued by the RBI will continue to be legal tender. Apart from a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre of the note, it will also have the denominational numeral 20 written in Devnagari script. The new notes will also have the Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right, Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (20) watermarks, a number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side on the front. On the reverse, the notes will carry the year of printing on the left, the Swachh Bharat logo with the slogan, the customary language panel, and a motif of the Ellora caves.(Inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

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More Chinese police arrive to serve with UN Mission in Haiti

13 April 2007The United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (MINUSTAH) today announced the arrival of nearly 100 Chinese officers, including seven women, who are serving with a Formed Police Unit (FPU) in the Caribbean country. The United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (MINUSTAH) today announced the arrival of nearly 100 Chinese officers, including seven women, who are serving with a Formed Police Unit (FPU) in the Caribbean country. The 95 new police, who joined a group of 30 FPU members of the same contingent that arrived last week on 4 April, brings the total number of Chinese officers in Haiti to 125. China has contributed more than 600 officers in Formed Police Units since the Mission was established in October 2004 after an insurgency forced then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile. The latest contingent, replacing one which has rotated out, comes from Guandong Province. Prior to their deployment to Haiti, its members underwent a five-month training course covering language, shooting, driving and combat/defensive tactics. read more

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President visits Cuban Embassy to express condolences

The Cuban Ambassador Ms. Juana Elena Ramos Rodriguez, received the President when he arrived at the Embassy.President Sirisena expressed his condolences to the Cuban Ambassador passing away of this remarkable leader, and he also engaged in a cordial discussion with the Ambassador. President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Cuban Embassy in Colombo, today to express his condolences over the demise of Fidel Castro Ruz, former President of the Republic of Cuba and an iconic revolutionary of the twentieth century.The President signed the Book of Condolences opened at the Embassy.

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Liberia UN provides treats and encouragement to orphans at holiday celebration

Using end-of-the-year holidays as an occasion to help the local population, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) organized a celebration for over 200 orphans, providing treats, entertainment and encouragement about their potential to become great adults.Hosted by UNMIL’s Public Information office, the festivities on Sunday featured football matches, sack races and a dance competition enjoyed by the boys and girls of the Bishop Judith Craig Children’s Village orphanage. A live band played contemporary African songs and Christmas carols during a show which also featured comedian George Boutini and a cultural group formed by the mission.Presenting gifts to the children, UNMIL Force Chief-of-Staff Brigadier-General Thommy Goransson said, “I am very happy be here to celebrate the holidays with future leaders of Liberia.” He told participating in the football game that he hoped “to see some of you playing one day for Liberia in the World Cup.” Lieutenant-Colonel Nick Kporku, who commands UNMIL’s Ghanaian battalion, said that his contingent was proud to be helping to move the peace process forward in Liberia. In addition to its own donations, the Ghanaian contingent distributed gifts from Worldvision-Ghana, a non-governmental organization (NGO).UNMIL Radio also donated books, T-shirts, footballs and baseball caps to the youngsters, whose cheerful demeanors were treasured by organizers. “The children’s smiles were a gift for all us in UNMIL Public Information,” said Russell Geekie, the mission’s Public Information Officer-in-Charge. During the programme, UNMIL teamed up with residents of the orphanage to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. The older girls of the orphanage prepared a drama about HIV/AIDS in Liberia. Oretha Juwle, from the UNMIL HIV/AIDS Unit, offered them age-appropriate information on the issue. read more

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Scientists Develop Fake Clouds to Shade World Cup

first_imgThe announcement of Qatar as the site of the 2022 World Cup has raised some temperature concerns for the summer tournament. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has suggested the possibility of moving the event to the winter, to cool things off a bit. But local scientists think they’ve developed a work around: fake clouds. Sceintists at Qatar University have developed solar powered “clouds” that will effectively air condition the stadium. The objects will be constructed out of carbon and will float with the help of helium. They will be operated via remote control. The date of the event is still, you know, up in the air, with FIFPro suggesting the move to winter, as it believes Qatar, “does not provide suitable conditions for a festival of football such as the World Cup”.last_img

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Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_img Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 8:51 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Mother Kafi holds her newborn baby at Dublin Zoo Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews/ie Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4599536 No Comments 13,489 Views Get our daily news round up: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the government has run into difficulties around legislating for exclusion zones at GP surgeries.AIB has been criticised after a student claimed staff made an assumption about her race.Tributes have been paid to Joe Nicholson, who manned the door at Dublin nightspot Whelan’s. Gardaí in Tipperary are seeking witnesses to a fatal crash between a truck and a car that happened near a Bulmers factory last night.Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said that an Interim Report by the Commission of Investigation on Mother and Baby Homes has left him with “profound distress”.TD Peadar Tóibín said he felt “threatened” by a member of Sinn Féin’s political staff after he was told to leave his office.The NTA released a series of drawings which give an artist’s impression of what a number of the proposed MetroLink stations will look like.Police in Northern Ireland have identified 637 young people who were in the queue or car park ahead of a Cookstown disco in which three teenagers died in a St Patrick’s Day crush.THE WORLD center_img By Cónal Thomas Apr 18th 2019, 8:51 PM #MUELLER REPORT: The long-awaited report into Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election was released. #NOTRE DAME: Police in Paris believe a short-circuit electrical fault was the likely cause of the fire at the famous gothic cathedral on Monday. #EXTINCTION REBELLION: Climate change activists brought London to a standstill for the fourth day running in demonstrations that have led to over 400 arrests.PARTING SHOT Following Monday’s fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Brooke Windsor took to Twitter to try track down this father and daughter whom she snapped one hour before the famous Gothic monument went up in flames. They’ve now been found. The search is over! The photo has reached the dad & family. He has chosen to remain anonymous in the wake of tragedy, and writes: “Thanks again for that beautiful photo, we will find a special place for it.” Thank you to everyone who has shared the picture and for your kind words— Brooke Windsor (@brookeawindsor) April 18, 2019 Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday The Mueller report, Peadar Tóibín and the MetroLink made headlines today. Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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TCIAA Preps for Official Opening of New Terminal

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Dec 2014 – While the Provo International Airport is coping with the crash and emergency landings on the tarmac, the building and premises is now being rushed to completion as the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority prepares for its official opening on the new terminal next week; just a few days before 2015 begins. The airport terminal which is now done with phase one of the redevelopment which started in late 2012 was touted to cost $10 million to expected to expand the terminal building from 51,462 to 92,321 square feet to accommodate around 500 thousand passengers annually. The transformed site boasts a contoured open air terminal, the country’s first flight information display system, domestic curbside check in and a dual level international departure lounge. These changes and the investment have not escaped criticisms though as some feel they cannot see where the money went, and others believe the expanded structure is already too small to accommodate the remarkable growth in tourism for the country. In Summer 2012 it was explained that the third and final phase will include the domestic departures and arrivals area, completion of car park and aesthetics, including water features. The Providenciales International Airport opening is set for December 29th, 2014. Related Items:official opening, provo international airport, Tciaa, turks and caicos airport authority Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Recommended for youlast_img read more

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