Will bounce back in 2021 assembly polls Mamata to party leaders

first_imgKolkata: Notwithstanding the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee Friday told the party activists to work hard as she is confident of bouncing back in 2021 assembly polls. During a meeting with leaders of Bankura and Jhargram district, Banerjee asked the “traitors” to leave the party instead of harming its prospects. “Our party supremo told us that she is confident that the TMC will bounce back in 2021 assembly polls. Those leaders who are working for the BJP from within should immediately leave the party,” a senior TMC leader of Bankura said after the meeting. Banerjee, also West Bengal chief minister, rebuked a section of the leaders for the party’s poor performance in the general elections. The TMC lost all the three Lok Sabha seats to the BJP in the two districts. She asked TMC workers to prepare for the 2021 assembly elections in the state and to bring back the old-timers into the party fold, the senior leader said.last_img read more

Canadian in custody in Belize as police investigate Toronto womans death

first_imgThe Canadian government says a citizen is in police custody in Belize in connection with the deaths of a Toronto woman and her American boyfriend.A spokesman with Global Affairs Canada said Thursday afternoon that consular officials are assisting the family of the detained Canadian and are in contact with local authorities.Police in Belize have said 52-year-old Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, died of strangulation.Their bodies were found on Monday in a sugar cane field in the country’s Corozal district.They were last seen leaving a bar around 11 p.m. six days earlier.DeVoursney’s mother said earlier on Thursday that the U.S. embassy in Belize told her two people were questioned in the case and have since been released.last_img

Federal fall update expected to offer more support for struggling news industry

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is expected to lay out fresh plans next week to support Canada’s struggling news industry.The measures, expected in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fall economic statement Wednesday, will be designed to help journalism remain viable after years of shrinking advertising revenues.The decline has already shuttered newsrooms, led to job cuts in many others, and eroded coverage of key democratic institutions across Canada — everything from municipal councils to provincial legislatures to Parliament.In last winter’s federal budget, Ottawa committed $50 million over five years for local journalism in “underserved communities.”The government also pledged in the budget to search for additional ways of supporting Canadian journalism.Internal federal documents obtained by The Canadian Press under access-to-information legislation say the government assembled a working group of officials from the finance and heritage departments following the February budget.Their goal, the memo said, was “to identify options to address the issues affecting journalism in Canada ahead of the fall economic statement.”The fall statement will be one of the last opportunities in the current fiscal year to announce the new measures.“A range of options to ensure the continued viability of the journalism industry in Canada are being considered,” reads the briefing note prepared for deputy finance minister Paul Rochon ahead of his meeting last July with the president and the publisher of Montreal’s La Presse newspaper.In the budget, Ottawa promised to take a closer look at potential models to enable private donations and philanthropic support for “trusted, professional, non-profit journalism and local news.” The government said eventual steps could include new ways for Canadian newspapers to innovate and receive charitable status for “not-for-profit” journalism.The briefing document for Rochon noted how La Presse announced its plan to adopt a not-for-profit structure last May — a couple of months after the budget — to position the newspaper to take advantage of the federal commitments on journalism.A separate July briefing note laid out options for “government action” but those sections of the document were redacted.“There are calls for the government to intervene to save the legacy newspapers under the premise that this is the key way of ensuring the continued production of civic-function journalism,” reads the memo.The document summarized recent industry trends — including how overall operating revenues tumbled to $3.2 billion in 2016 from their peak of $5.5 billion in 2008. The decrease included a steep drop of 34 per cent between 2012 and 2016.It said the decline has been caused mainly by falling advertising revenues and, when it comes to online ads, noted how Canadian news outlets have struggled to compete with giants like Facebook and Google, which scoop up about 80 per cent of the digital business.The number of daily newspapers in Canada was down to just 88 by May 2018, the document said. A decade earlier, there had been 139.The news industry’s challenges have also led to job losses. The memo said news organizations slashed salary spending by 37 per cent between 2006 and 2016, a period that saw the number of workers in the industry fall to 24,000 from 36,000. Between 2007 and 2017, employment in journalist positions declined 5.7 per cent — to 11,688 from 12,396.“There are indications that journalists are less able to cover stories about Canada’s democratic institutions. Dedicated coverage of public interest news (e.g. legislatures, town halls, courts) has declined,” the note said.In the lead up to the federal budget, the government was bombarded with ideas on how to help the news industry. A report last year from the Public Policy Forum called for a sales tax on foreign companies selling digital subscriptions in Canada, a fund to help finance reliable news and information with $100 million in federal seed money, a new “local” mandate for news agency The Canadian Press and changes to the CBC’s online advertising.—Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New Brunswick begins talks with Ottawa on funds for flood relief and

first_imgThe Canadian Press FREDERICTON — The premier of New Brunswick says he’s working with the federal government to provide financial relief to homeowners affected by this year’s spring flood.Blaine Higgs met with the federal finance minister Wednesday morning and says Bill Morneau was receptive to what’s needed for flooding relief and future mitigation.Higgs says he knows quite a few cottages — especially around Grand Lake — have been damaged by the floodwaters, but the government’s priority will be for repairs to primary dwellings.The premier says the amount of assistance has not been determined, but he says the government will provide advance funds to allow people to begin repairs right away.During last year’s record flood the province provided up to $4,000 in advance funding, but Higgs says he wants to increase that to about $15,000.Higgs says an emphasis must be put on mitigation, including restrictions on building on flood plains, and raising some highways and roads that had to be closed.He said a priority would be the Trans-Canada highway where the flooding forced the closure of a section between Oromocto and Riverglade for an entire week.The highway reopened Wednesday.last_img read more

Walmart Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Walmart Inc. (WMT) on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $3.84 billion.On a per-share basis, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said it had profit of $1.33. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to $1.13 per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.02 per share.The world’s largest retailer posted revenue of $123.93 billion in the period, missing Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $125.33 billion.Walmart shares have increased 7% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 14%. The stock has climbed 18% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on WMT at https://www.zacks.com/ap/WMTThe Associated Press read more

Wreckage found near Haiti too recent to be Columbuss Santa Maria –

“There is now incontestable proof that the wreck is from a much later period,” according to a report from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The bronze or copper fasteners found on the site, near the Coque Vieille Reef, point to shipbuilding techniques of the late 17th or 18th centuries, when ships were sheathed in copper. The Santa Maria, which ran aground on the night of 24 to 25 December 1492, would have used only iron or wood fasteners. Moreover, in view of contemporary accounts – notably the journal of Christopher Columbus, transcribed by Bartolome de las Casas – the wreck is too far from the shore to be that of the Santa Maria.The report was drafted by UNESCO mission leader Xavier Nieto Prieto, whose team visited Cap-Haitian, north of the island, between 9 and 14 September. He was joined by Tatiana Villega, of UNESCO’s Office in Haiti, Kenrick Demesvar, of the Haitian Ministry of Culture, and Maksaen Denis, of Haiti’s National Bureau of Ethnology.In a letter dated 12 June, Haitian Culture Minister Monique Rocourt asked for the support of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body of UNESCO’s 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, requesting that a mission of experts be sent to the site.The letter followed an announcement in May that Bill Clifford, an American underwater explorer, had located the wreck of the ‘Santa Maria.’ He first visited the site in 2003 and identified a cannon believed to date from the 15th century. The cannon has since disappeared. UNESCO’s Underwater Heritage Convention, adopted 2001, aims to ensure the safeguarding of underwater heritage and support research and international cooperation in this field. The States – numbering 48 including Haiti – that have ratified it undertake to preserve this heritage, prevent commercial exploitation of sites and fight the illicit trafficking in stolen artefacts. This latest UNESCO report recommends further exploration to find the Santa Maria and to draw an inventory of other major wrecks in the area. It also calls on Haiti to adopt legislative measures to enhance the protection of underwater heritage, notably with regard to the attribution of authorizations for the excavation of underwater archaeological sites, and meet the standards of the Convention. read more

Commentary We can all learn something from Kenny Guiton

Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton (13) celebrates a touchdown during a game against California Sept. 14, at California Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 52-34.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorWhen the backup quarterback of a football team, especially a team as high-profile as the Ohio State Buckeyes, is elected captain, it should resonate with even the common fan.With his recent play, most notably the way he led the Buckeye offense to a season-high 608 total yards in its 52-34 win over California, one could begin to understand a little better why redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton earned the honor of captain.But, to me, it’s so much more than that.Not only is he talented enough to fill in for junior starting quarterback Braxton Miller without flinching, allowing the offense to essentially run the same as if Miller were healthy, Guiton’s personality and leadership skills make him truly one of a kind.Growing up and playing sports myself, there were always a few teammates of mine who seemed to want more attention or were upset if they were not getting the playing time they felt they deserved. Every team can suffer from this problem, but in the case of the Buckeyes’ backup quarterback, it feels like the direct opposite.Guiton never seems to want to give himself any of the accolades that come with his success. He always talks up his teammates and how it is all about the team. Such modesty is few and far between in sports.Miller has called him his “big brother.” Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said Guiton “is the best in the business at what he does.” Coach Urban Meyer calls him “the old right-hander,” and admited it will be a tough call to sit down the player who has visible control of the huddle and the utmost confidence of everyone around him. On a grander scale, chants of “Kenny G” ring throughout Ohio Stadium whenever he gets his chance under center.Guiton often tells the media it is his job to lead the team like he knows how, doing his duties as the captain he is. Knowing and embodying his role in the way he does — keeping things simple, recognizing how blessed he is and truly loving being at OSU — makes him someone who we all could learn from.He is in no way perfect, but it is nice to know players on the OSU roster are looking up to someone like Guiton.Upon leaving the team media room late Saturday night after the game against Cal, Guiton was standing next to OSU’s locker room door, scrolling through his iPhone before hopping on a bus to head to the airport.Walking past him on my way out of the stadium, I offered him a “Good game, Kenny,” and in classic “Kenny G” form, he looked up instantly to shake my hand and said, “Thank you. Y’all have safe travels back.”Typical Kenny. Always putting others before himself. read more

Link Health and Community opens in Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Link Health and Community is opening a new facility in Oakleigh and is inviting people of all ages to attend its Open Day on 14 October.A not-for-profit organisation, Link HC is the leading provider of health and support services in Monash. Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews will officially open the building. Schools and community groups have been invited to participate, with a free sausage sizzle available from midday.The Open Day will also provide fun and informative activities for people of all ages, ranging from schoolchildren through to celebrating National Seniors Week with activities designed for senior citizens.“Our new Oakleigh site is designed to showcase Link HC’s vast range of services available to the local community,” said Philip Moran, Link HC’s CEO. “We are looking forward to welcoming lots of new faces and explaining to the local community what we have to offer.Health professionals including dietitians, diabetes educators, counsellors, physios, health promoters and occupational therapists will be available to chat with people on the Open Day.“Our experienced and qualified practitioners add a wealth of expertise to link the people of Oakleigh to better health,” said Mr Moran.“This branch further strengthens Link HC’s ability to provide a wide range of accessible, lower cost, bulk-billing and supportive programs and services for the community.”Nick Voulanas, a Greek-speaking physiotherapist, will also join the centre along with a team of experienced GPs, podiatrists and social workers. “I’m more than excited to be joining the Link HC team,” Dr Nick Voulanas told Neos Kosmos. “The centre will be of great benefit to the Greek and wider community, with fees for most services around $10, and bulk billing GPs.”The new Oakleigh addition will be equipped with a gymnasium that specifically caters for older people and chronic illness patients.The centre can be accessed from Mills Road and Haughton Road and is a short walk from the Oakleigh shopping centre. For more information call 1300 552 509 or visit www.linkhc.org.aulast_img read more

Fourmis le mâle reproducteur élimine ses rivaux à la naissance

first_imgFourmis : le mâle reproducteur élimine ses rivaux à la naissancePubliant leurs travaux dans BMW Ecology, des chercheurs allemands et autrichiens ont observé que chez les fourmis, le mâle reproducteur de la colonie élimine ses jeunes rivaux potentiels, soit en les attaquant lui-même, soit en les marquant chimiquement pour les faire attaquer par les ouvrières.Des chercheurs de l’Université de Ratisbonne (Allemagne) et de l’Institut autrichiens des sciences et technologies (IST Austria) ont observé le comportement des mâles de l’espèce Cardiocondyla obscurcir, des fourmis chez lesquelles des mâles dits ergatoïdes (mâles sexués) sont pondus tout au long de l’année. Ceci dans le but de prévenir une éventuelle disparition du mâle reproducteur ‘de service’ (un seul par fourmilière), disparition qui compromettrait l’avenir de la colonie.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Or, les scientifiques ont constaté que, jaloux de ses prérogatives, ce mâle adulte aptère et doté de testicules actifs (contrairement aux mâles ailés) détecte et attaque les futurs mâles comme lui. L’agression peut survenir alors que le futur rival est encore dans sa chrysalide – mais alors, le risque de tuer une future femelle à cause d’une erreur d’identification est grand. Comme l’ont observé les chercheurs, le ‘pacha’ préfère donc mordre le jeune une fois éclos, dès le premier jour, avant que l’exosquelette de celui-ci, mou à la naissance, ne durcisse et puisse résister à ses mandibules. S’il attend que le jeune soit âgé de 2 jours, il s’expose à une forte résistance : 50% des combats entraînent alors la mort des deux adversaires. C’est pourquoi le vieux mâle peut également recourir à une autre stratégie : marquer son jeune rival d’un tag chimique grâce à des sécrétions anales. Ce marquage provoquera sur le ‘tagué’ l’attaque des ouvrières, ‘programmées’ pour cela. Mais attention : arme à double tranchant ! Car le jeune mâle peut lui aussi marquer son aîné, qui deviendra alors la cible des ouvrières. Et comme, chez les fourmis, rien ne se perd, tout cadavre servira à nourrir les larves…Le 23 juin 2012 à 16:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Body found in Columbia River IDd as Portland man

first_imgThe body found in the Columbia River Monday afternoon has been identified as a Portland man.The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office said that John David Martin, 51, was found deceased in the river near the Interstate 205 Bridge. The cause and manner of Martin’s death was not yet available.Deputies with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol responded to the report of a body in the river at 1 p.m. Monday and responded to discover the deceased male.Detectives with the agency responded and are conducting a death investigation.last_img

TCI Govt receives foreign aid after Hurricane Irma

first_img FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 19th, 2017 – Providenciales – Despite talks of relief being provided by the TCI government and government assisted agencies, there is still a cry from the people who remain with little to no basic supplies since the passing of hurricane Irma. As a result, Premier Robinson recently issued an official statement detailing the reconstruction efforts being made.Premier Robinson said that her government has been occupied with providing help to those that need it most, especially persons in the family islands. At a recent press conference, she also turned down rumors that the government was not distributing supplies to residents. The statement revealed the following:“UK military have been helping to clear debris and repair buildings in order to restore services. For example they have cleared out several Government buildings including the Treasury to allow reconstruction to commence. In South Caicos, the UK military have made repairs to the clinic, decontaminated water storage tanks and have cleaned up primary and high schools anticipating their reopening. The UK military are working closely with the Bermudan military, who have sent 30 of their rank to assist in Grand Turk, and the Canadian military who have a frigate ship based off South Caicos from which they to are assisting the local community, not least with provision of water. The UK’s Department for International Development has delivered 400 shelter kits and 655 litres of bottled water to South Caicos. Yesterday in Provo, UK Aid delivered 276 shelter kits, which include two 7×5 tarpaulin sheets and 24m of rope each, these are vital for repairing roofs. UK Aid will shortly be delivering a health kit to South Caicos, which contains enough vaccines for 10,000 people for three months.”At the recent press conference with CARICOM heads, Premier Robinson explained that unlike in the family islands where goods are being distributed door to door, if residents are in need of supplies, they will have to go to the shelters to receive them.Since Hurricane Irma, the Turks and Caicos Islands have received aid from the UK, Canada, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other governments and by regional and other international bodies and organizations. The Minister of State, Lord Ahmad, Chairman of Caricom, Prime Minister (Grenada) Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell and other regional dignitaries have visited the islands.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Recommended for you Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

Giuseppe Marotta on a new chapter in Inters history

first_imgInter Milan’s new CEO Giuseppe Marotta is keen on marking a new chapter in the club’s history.Marotta made the switch from Juve and in his first Nerazzurri interview exclusively to Inter TV, the new boss made his ambitions known.“A new chapter begins – a new journey with the same characteristics that have led me to other experiences. I will show great passion, determination and desire to take Inter as high as possible.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I was born into football, and as soon as this opportunity arose I didn’t hesitate to take it. I met the owners and I understood their desire to gift great success to the fans. There’s a lot of confidence in the management and it’s up to us to repay them.“There are plenty of points still on offer and all of our objectives are attainable. We’ll need to start again right from Saturday’s game against Udinese. Inter must have a leading role on the European stage, it’s a club with great honours.“It’s a really strong brand, with a history made up of many trophies and great players. The fans’ love for these colours is permanent.”last_img read more

3 USA Gymnastics Board Members Resign As Fallout From Abuse Scandal Continues

first_img Share Scott Olson/Getty ImagesLarry Nassar appears in court last Wednesday in Lansing, Mich., to listen to victim impact statements during his sentencing hearing. He is accused of molesting more than 100 girls while he was a physician for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.Three key board members at USA Gymnastics have resigned, the organization said Monday. The moves indicate continued tumult at the sport’s governing body as the sentencing hearing continues for former team doctor Larry Nassar, who has admitted to the sexual assault of minors under his care.The resignations of chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley were announced by USA Gymnastics, which said its board of directors would identify an interim chairperson until a permanent one is selected.“We support their decisions to resign at this time,” USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry said in a statement that thanked the three for their years of service to the organization. “We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization.”The positions are volunteer and unpaid, The Associated Press reports. Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics’s former president and CEO, resigned last March. Perry took over in December.As NPR’s Vanessa Romo reported last week, more than 100 women are telling their stories of abuse during Nassar’s sentencing hearing: “Nassar has pleaded guilty to seven first-degree sexual assault charges in Ingham County, Mich., but Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is allowing all of his accusers to speak if they want to before issuing Nassar’s sentence. He has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography in a federal case.”Michigan State University, where Nassar’s sports medicine practice was based, is also under fire. One accuser testified on Friday that she had been assaulted by Nassar and told the university about it back in 1997. An investigation by The Detroit News found that 14 university officials were told of reports of sexual misconduct by Nassar in the two decades before he was arrested and that at least eight women had reported his actions.A front-page editorial in the MSU student newspaper called for the resignation of university President Lou Anna Simon: “Survivors of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse cannot move on without change. You ‘apologized’ to them, you have thrown money at them, but about the only thing you haven’t done is listen.”On Tuesday one victim called Simon a “coward” for not attending the sentencing hearing, NBC News reports; Simon was present the next day.USA Gymnastics announced last week that it had severed ties with the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, which had served as the training center for the USA Gymnastics National Team and where some members of the national team said they had been assaulted.Nassar has admitted to molesting young athletes and has taken a plea deal. In addition to his decades in prison for child pornography, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years for the assaults, according to the AP, though the maximum sentence could be significantly higher.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

President and Stars Join in Epic Farewell to Queen of Soul

first_imgBy JEFF KAROUB, Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Former presidents and preachers joined a parade of singers Friday in a hip-swaying, piano-pounding farewell to Aretha Franklin, remembering the Queen of Soul as a powerful force for musical and political change and a steadfast friend and family member.“Aretha’s singing challenged the dangling discords of hate and lies and racism and injustice,” the pastor William J. Barber II said. “Her singing was revelation and was revolution.”In a send-off both grand and personal, a celebrity lineup of mourners filled the same Detroit church that hosted Rosa Parks’ funeral and offered prayers, songs and dozens of tributes.Louis Farrakhan, from left, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton attend the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Guests included former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.Robinson, the Motown great, remembered first hearing Franklin play piano when he was just 8, and he remained close to her for the rest of her life. They talked for hours at a time.“You’re so special,” he said, before crooning a few lines from his song “Really Gonna Miss You,” with the line “really gonna be different without you.”Late Friday, Franklin was laid to rest in a mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, the final resting place of her father and two of her sisters.The epic funeral unfolded on the same day as services for Arizona Sen. John McCain in the nation’s capital, creating a challenge for some news networks trying to show both ceremonies. The McCain memorial, with its reverential silence and ramrod-straight honor guard, contrasted sharply with the joyous remembrance in Detroit.Bill Clinton described himself as an Aretha Franklin “groupie,” saying he had loved her since college. He traced her life’s journey and praised her as someone who “lived with courage, not without fear, but overcoming her fears.”He remembered attending her last public performance, at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation benefit in November in New York. She looked “desperately ill” but managed to greet him by standing and saying, “How you doing, baby?”Her career, Clinton noted, spanned from vinyl records to cellphones. He held the microphone near his iPhone and played a snippet of Franklin’s classic “Think,” the audience clapping along.“It’s the key to freedom!” Clinton said.Lasting just over eight hours, the service at Greater Grace Temple encompassed many of the same elements and emotions that were hallmarks of Franklin’s more than six decades on sacred and secular stages. She was remembered as the pride of Detroit and a citizen of the world.Actress Cicely Tyson reworked the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem “When Malindy Sings” to “When Aretha Sings.” Music mogul Clive Davis, who helped revive Franklin’s career in the 1980s, described her as a loving friend and a dedicated and unpredictable artist, whose passions ranged from soul to ballet. He remembered her turning up at a tribute to him in a tutu.“There was the Queen of Soul, accompanied by members of the City Center Ballet Company,” he recalled, with Franklin “doing well-rehearsed pirouettes and dancing with most impressive agility and dignity. It was wonderful.”Music was in abundance, of course. Jennifer Hudson, whom Franklin said she wanted to play her in a movie about her life, brought the crowd to its feet with a rousing “Amazing Grace.” Ariana Grande sang one of the Queen’s biggest hits, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and Faith Hill performed “What a Friend We Have In Jesus.”The Aretha Franklin Orchestra opened the funeral with a medley featuring “I Say a Little Prayer,” ”Angel” and other songs she was known for, along with such gospel numbers as “I Love the Lord” and “Walk in the Light.”Gladys Knight segued from “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Near the end, Stevie Wonder brought the dwindling audience to their feet, swaying to his classic tribute to love, “As.” Jennifer Holliday ended the funeral with “Climbing Higher Mountains,” an uptempo gospel original by Franklin herself.A statement from former President George W. Bush that was read to the crowd said Franklin would “continue to bring joy to millions for generations to come.” The Rev. Al Sharpton read a statement from former President Barack Obama, who wrote that Franklin’s “work reflected the very best of the American story.”Sharpton received loud cheers when he denounced President Donald Trump for saying that the singer “worked for” him as he responded to her death. “She performed for you,” Sharpton said of Franklin, who had sung at Trump-owned venues. “She worked for us.”“She gave us pride. She gave us a regal bar to reach. She represented the best in our community,” Sharpton said.Many noted her longtime commitment to civil rights and lasting concern for the poor. The Rev. Jesse Jackson recalled Franklin raising money for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and urged attendees to honor her memory by registering to vote. Her friend Greg Mathis, the reality show host and retired Michigan judge, recalled his last conversation with her. They talked about the tainted water supply in Flint. “You go up there and sock it to ’em,” she urged Mathis, paraphrasing the “sock it to me” refrain from “Respect.”Franklin died Aug. 16 at age 76.Her body arrived in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse. She wore a shimmering gold dress, with sequined heels — the fourth outfit Franklin was clothed in during a week of events leading up to her funeral.The casket was carried to the church that also sent Franklin’s father, the renowned minister C.L. Franklin, to his and Parks’ final resting place at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the singer will join them. Pink Cadillacs filled the street outside the church, a reference to a Franklin hit from the 1980s, “Freeway of Love.”Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced during the service that the city would rename the riverfront amphitheater Chene Park to “Aretha Franklin Park.”Family members, among them granddaughter Victorie Franklin and niece Cristal Franklin, spoke with awe and affection as they remembered a world-famous performer who also loved gossip and kept pictures of loved ones on her piano.Grandson Jordan directed his remarks directly to Franklin, frequently stopping to fight back tears.“I’m sad today, because I’m losing my friend. But I know the imprint she left on this world can never be removed. You showed the world God’s love, and there’s nothing more honorable.”___Associated Press writers Josh Replogle, Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.___Follow Jeff Karoub on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jeffkaroub and find more of his work at https://apnews.com/search/jeff%20karoub .last_img read more

Major fire breaks out at garment godown in Howrah

first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at a storeroom packed with garments off Foreshore Road in Howrah at around 12.30 am on Sunday. Ten fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. Firefighters took around six long hours to douse the flames.Locals saw smoke billowing out of the huge storeroom situated close to the bank of river Hooghly and informed the state Fire and Emergency Services department.Locals initiated the work to douse the flames. Fire fighters took the minimum time to reach the spot and initiated the work properly to extinguish the fire. An officer of the state Fire and Emergency Services department said the exact reason behind the fire could not be ascertained yet. But they are suspecting electric short circuit led to the incident. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe officer further said the storeroom is situated close to the river bank. As a result, a gush of wind from the river side prompted the fire to spread fast and it spread to the entire go down within a short span of time.It also made the task difficult for the firefighters. The fire fighters took necessary steps and restricted the flames from spreading to the adjacent structures. They worked the entire night and doused the flames by 6 am in morning. Locals, who witnessed the incident, said the situation turned worse when the roof over a portion of the godown collapsed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe fire fighters had managed to enter the storeroom after bringing the situation under control and they searched inside the storeroom to become sure that there was no one inside. Police confirmed that there was no one inside the storeroom as it was a Sunday. The entire godown was gutted but the total extend of damage is yet to be ascertained. The fire department officials are trying to ascertain whether there was proper fire fighting measures in the storeroom.last_img read more

BMC to impose 15 penalty on tax evaders

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will impose 15 per cent penalty if the house owners do not clear all property tax arrears by September 30.The decision was taken at the monthly meeting of the civic body held recently. The civic body had sent several notices to the defaulters requesting them to clear the dues at the earliest. But, the move failed to yield results. Now, the civic authorities will sent the notices asking the property owners to clear the arrears by September 30 failing which 15 per cent penalty will be imposed. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe development work carried out by the civic body is badly hit because of paucity of funds and collection of house tax arrears worth several crores of rupees will help to tide over this problem. Because of court cases, the civic body could not collect property tax properly for many years. Now, as the legal wrangle is over the civic authorities will launch drives to collect property tax dues. The money collected from tax dues will be spent to maintain the infrastructure as well as implementation of the new schemes. The civic authorities have also decided that from now onwards like property tax, the people will get birth and death certificates and trade license fees. The building plans will be given on line and training has been imparted to the employees for smooth implementation of the scheme.last_img read more

Pentagon Agrees To Provide Military Technology For Fighting California Fires

first_img ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Bestseller All Close California is seeking the help of the U.S. military to gain access to necessary technologies that could prevent another destructive and deadly fire season.Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that the California government has secured the cooperation of the U.S. Department of Defense in its fight against wildfires. He said the Pentagon agreed to provide information from Cold War-era military satellite to spot brush fires on the ground.Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has also given his blanket approval for California’s National Guard to use the DoD’s fleet of unmanned drones to map out wildfires, look for survivors, and keep track of destroyed properties in affected areas. Ads by Amazon AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Search Ads by Amazon ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусский”We finally got a breakthrough with the Pentagon,” Newsom said.The governor made the announcement during the opening of California’s Emergency Management Preparedness Summit, which was designed to allow state and local officials to better prepare for possible wildfires and other disasters.Fighting Wildfires In CaliforniaWildfire season has been particularly devastating for both California residents and the environment. The fire that swept through the wooded town of Paradise in the northern part of the state last November was the deadliest in California’s modern history. The inferno killed 85 people and left a swath of destruction.Officials have been trying to figure out ways on how to avoid a similar disaster from happening again. Utility companies have set plans to shut down power throughout areas affected by high winds and low humidity to avoid wildfires from starting.Meanwhile, the California government is seeking about $1 billion-worth of funding from state lawmakers to combat potential fires in the future.Adjutant Gen. David Baldwin, head of the California Guard’s air and army branches, said state officials have stumbled upon satellite technology that was developed during the Cold War that may be used to pinpoint small brush fires before they turn into larger, more destructive wildfires.He said soldiers and airmen will be assigned to monitor developments around the clock to let CalFire, the state’s firefighting agency, know if wildfires break out.Cooperation Between California And The PentagonCalifornia’s efforts to prevent wildfires by thinning forests have been heavily criticized by U.S. Pres. Donald Trump. However, Newsom downplayed the reported tension between the California government and the White House, saying that the state is finding ways to cooperate well with the Trump administration.”We’re just working more collaboratively with the federal government on technology and procuring access to technology that we haven’t had access before, for fires primarily,” the governor said.”Leading edge technology – that’s the bottom line.”Aside from providing satellite technology to support firefighting efforts in California, Shanahan also gave the state’s National Guard access to unmanned drones on any of CalFire’s operations through the end of the year.While the drones have been used for firefighting missions periodically since 2013, state officials had to secure separate approval from the DoD each time they needed access to the devices. Shanahan’s go-ahead will now allow them to deploy the drones whenever necessary throughout the duration of the agreement. TAG Wildfires, California, Pentagon, Firefighting last_img read more

Club Med is now recruiting ski snowboard instructors

first_imgClub Med is now recruiting ski & snowboard instructorsClub Med is now recruiting ski & snowboard instructorsLeading premium all-inclusive resort provider Club Med is calling all skilled and personality-plus snow lovers with a passion for skiing or snowboarding, a sense of adventure, and love for travel, to join their international team of instructors in Japan for winter 2019.From snowboarding down perfect powder slopes, to being rewarded with the smiles of guests as they develop their skills, to making friends with people from around the world, eating delicious food, and crashing in comfortable accommodation; it’s all in a days work as a Club Med snow instructor.For over 60 years, Club Med has been the worldwide leader in all-inclusive, upscale and multicultural holidays with 70+ resorts in the most beautiful destinations across the world. The Club Med staff, otherwise known as G.Os (“Gentil Organisateur” or Gracious Organiser), are ambassadors of the Club Med spirit and are central to creating happy clients in the resorts.“Knowing that during the day I will have an opportunity to ski the lightest driest powder in the world matched with the excellent terrain and tree runs to go with it and having some really cool guests and staff to share it with makes me want to wake up every morning as a G.O,” says William, ski instructor at Club Med Sahoro, Japan.Recognised as one of the best travel destinations in Asia, Hokkaido in Japan promises blankets of powder snow, breath-taking landscapes, and traditional Japanese charm. Club Med is recruiting ski and snowboard instructors for their two Japan resorts:Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido, Japan – renovated for this season!Offering a unique setting to enjoy hassle-free skiing or trekking on powder snow without the crowds, recharge your body and soul in the outdoor Canadian bath with magnificent views or plunge into Japanese culinary delights with seafood Nabe hot-pot tasting; a true immersion into authentic Japanese culture and heritage.Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan – newly opened (Dec, ’17)!Hit the slopes at Hokkaido’s trendiest new ski resort, and get ready to ride a different wave. Sprawled over 145 hectares of Tomamu Mountain, Club Med introduces a thrilling snow escape where powdery perfect slopes are just waiting for discovery. Fresh seafood, premium Wagyu beef, and award-winning locally brewed spirits make this more than a destination to discover, but a culinary journey to enjoy. From skiing and snow trekking, to riding Japan’s largest indoor wave pool at the nearby Mina Mina Beach, guests seeking winter excitement have come to the right place.To apply, applicants must hold:An Australian, New Zealand or International Ski Instructor QualificationBe eligible for a Japanese WHV or for Sponsorship (details provided upon application)Have an open mind, passion for people, sincere smile, engaging personality and high level ofmaturityThe Club Med Ski / Snowboard Instructor offer includes:Visa assistanceFull board and lodgingMeals and drinksSki Pass and Ski uniformAmazing team and work environmentAttractive wage based on qualificationThink you’re ready to take your snow skills to new heights? Contact the Club Med HR team on HR.Australia@clubmed.comSource = Club Medlast_img read more

Greece to commission feasibility study for Mediterranean gas pipeline

first_imgBy Karolina TagarisGreece launched an international tender on Monday for a study on the feasibility of a proposed pipeline to carry gas from Israel and Cyprus in an effort to reduce dependence on Russian supplies.The Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline is designed to initially carry 8 billion cubic metres a year of Israeli and Cypriot gas.It would stretch from Israel’s Leviathan natural gas field to Greece and onto European markets through the IGI-Poseidon pipeline, led by Italian utility Edison and state-controlled Greek utility DEPA.The European Commission has said Cypriot gas could play an important role in diversifying supplies but its development is complicated by the long-standing rift between Cyprus and Turkey. The pipeline would pass through disputed waters.Greece’s Energy Minister Yannis Maniatis said there was European interest in creating a new energy corridor, adding it could also reduce energy costs in the recession-hit country.He said the project was “one more step towards turning Greece into the main gateway to Europe for gas from the Caspian Sea, the Middle East and the southeastern Mediterranean.”For Cyprus, the pipeline is one of three so-called Projects of Common Interest (PCI) involving the island, approved by the European Commission, which has backed 250 power and gas projects designed to curb reliance on Russian gas imports and create a single market.The other two are Cypriot plans to create a Liquefied Natural Gas terminal on its southern coast, and a subsea electricity cable linking Israel, Cyprus and Greece.Cypriot energy minister George Lakkotrypis told Reuters the pipeline feasibility study would be led by Greece in collaboration with Cyprus.“We agreed that Greece will lead this one while Cyprus leads the PCI regarding the electricity interconnector,” he said.The highest-profile non-Russian gas project is one to ship Azeri natural gas from the Shah Deniz field, which has become a contest between the Nabucco West project into Austria, led by OMV and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline into Italy, led by Switzerland’s AXPO and Statoil.You May LikeSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best New Sub Compact SUVSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsUndoNovelodgeBaby Photoshoots That Went Hilariously WrongNovelodgeUndoEditorChoice.comIf You See Square Waves In The Ocean Get Out Of The Water ImmediatelyEditorChoice.comUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more