Ma Murray School hopes to hold opening ceremony by early September

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The Peace River North School Board discussed a plan for the opening ceremonies of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School at a meeting on Monday.The Board pitched the idea of holding the opening ceremony on August 27th, but that could be pushed back until September if Board Trustees were not able to attend. The School Board will also take suggestions from the City of Fort St. John, the Ministry of Education, and BC Hydro on when they think the ceremony should take place, as all three organizations made sizable contributions to the new school.Peace River North MLA Dan Davies and Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier have agreed to tour the school on June 12th, after which they will take part in a meeting with School Board members. The Board also briefly discussed community facilities such as a daycare that would be incorporated in another new Elementary school that is proposed for the City’s Northeast side. Board Chair Erin Davies said that the Ministry of Education has been pushing to have a daycare included in the new school, but has not volunteered to fund it, which has raised questions from the Board. Funding for the daycare will be brought up during the June 12th meeting with the two MLA’s.last_img read more

CAN 2019 Renard Preparing List of Footballers to Play in Qualifiers

Rabat – Herve Renard is expected to soon release a list of 36 Atlas Lions who will take part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN).According to Moroccan newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, the head coach of Morocco’s national football team will select most of the football players who participated in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The newspaper added that Renard might call on some players who are part of the Moroccan league or Botola, including the stars of the Wydad club of Casablanca: Reda Tagnaouti, Mohamed Nahiri, and Ismail EL Haddad. The newspaper noted that some of Raja of Casablanca’s footballers might also be found in Renard’s list, including Badr Banoun.The first qualifier game for the Atlas Lions will be against Malawi on September 7.Morocco will play against Comoros on October 10 and 13. Morocco will then play against Cameroon on November 16 and a second game against Malawi on March 22, 2019.The Atlas Lions will also play a friendly game against Tunisia on November 20.Despite receiving applause for their notable performance in the 2018 World Cup, Morocco dropped five places in FIFA’s latest rankings. Morocco’s national team is now ranked 46th in the world. read more

UKs Hunt says Brexit talks in crucial final period

BRUSSELS — British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says Brexit talks are entering a “crucial final period” but that an agreement can be sealed before Britain leaves the European Union on March 29.Hunt told reporters Monday that “there is a way through this. We know how we can get a majority in Parliament” in the U.K., with less than six weeks to go before Brexit.Speaking at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Hunt said that “what we need is trust and vision on both sides.”Brexit talks resume later Monday, but the EU so far is refusing to renegotiate the legally binding divorce agreement sealed between the bloc and Prime Minister Theresa May in November.The Associated Press read more

Fox apologizes for disgraceful comment about Thunberg

NEW YORK — Fox News has apologized for a guest who called environmental activist Greta Thunberg mentally ill, and said he would never appear on the network again.Michael Knowles of “The Daily Wire” made the comment Monday during a segment on a Fox evening newscast, also saying Thunberg was being exploited by her parents and the left wing.Fox had no comment Tuesday about its own prime-time host, Laura Ingraham, who likened Thunberg to a murderous child cult leader from a Stephen King short story.The network said in a statement that Knowles’ comment was disgraceful.The Associated Press read more

UN force destroys hundreds of pieces of unexploded ordnance in southern Lebanon

“The cessation of hostilities generally was maintained in the past 24 hours. There were however, two air violations by Israeli jets recorded yesterday. There was also a clash reported between Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and Hizbollah members east of Shamaha. Details are still to be established,” the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said. “A team from the Mine Action Coordination Centre carried out a controlled demolition of 445 pieces of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the areas of Yohmor, Smayieh, Ras Al Ain, Tibnin and Aita Al Jabal.” Unexploded ordnance litters many areas in the south and will take months to clear, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said yesterday, warning that de-mining will take up to six months in the region of Nabatiye alone. UN agencies are already working with the Government on a public awareness campaign on the dangers posed by the ordnance. UNIFIL also said today it was continuing ground and air patrolling throughout its area of operation to assess the situation on the ground and to monitor the cessation of hostilities, and it is keeping up its distribution of clean water to villages in the south, handing out 45, 000 litres of drinking water in El Khiam, Kafer Kela and Ebel Es Saqi. read more

UN warns of negative effects of Venezuelas withdrawal from rights convention

In September last year, Venezuela announced its withdrawal from the Convention. Despite repeated calls from the UN to reconsider.“Regrettably, this withdrawal becomes effective today. We want to repeat our concern that this decision may have a very negative impact on human rights in the country and beyond,” the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, told reporters.The American Convention on Human Rights – also known as the Pact of San José – was adopted by many American countries in the Costa Rican capital of San José in 1969, and came into force in 1978.It defines the human rights which the ratifying States have agreed to respect and ensure, and it created two organs to promote the observance and protection of human rights and take responsibility for overseeing compliance with the Convention: the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which are both OAS organs.“We would like to encourage the Venezuelan Government, and all other States in the Americas, to continue to cooperate with regional and international human rights mechanisms, and urge them not to take any measures that would weaken human rights protection – withdrawing from a regional system is one such measure,” Mr. Colville said.He added that regional human rights bodies, such as the Court and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, play a crucial role in the promotion and protection of human rights in the region, and also reinforce international universal human rights standards and treaties.To date, excluding Venezuela, 24 nations in the Americas have ratified or adopted the Convention: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Granada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 6 September 2013

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Kentuckys governorlieutenant governor spat goes to court

Attorneys for Bevin and Hampton were in court Monday for a hearing on her lawsuit seeking to restore her two top staffers to their jobs. Her aides were terminated this year by Bevin’s administration without her consent.The judge heard about 90 minutes of arguments and then urged the two sides to try to resolve the matter out of court.Hampton’s lawsuit comes as Bevin faces a tough reelection campaign in November against Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. Bevin dropped Hampton from his ticket earlier this year. FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s general counsel has told a judge that a legal fight with the lieutenant governor over a staffing dispute is a minor disagreement between friends.Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton later told reporters that her friends don’t treat her that way.- Advertisement – read more

Community barbecues to welcome students to Niagara

Brock University students are invited to mingle with local residents and munch on some free food at two community barbecues being held to welcome them back to Niagara.The first event will take place in the Pen Centre parking lot in St. Catharines on Saturday, Sept. 7 from noon to 3 p.m.In partnership with the City of St Catharines Town and Gown Committee, the Pen Centre, Zehrs and the University, the Community BBQ aims to continue efforts to build relationships between the student population and local citizens in hopes of creating a vibrant, safe and respectful community.The following week, on Saturday, Sept. 14, Front Street in Thorold will close for the Thorold Community Backyard BBQ and Student Welcome. Running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the street festival-style event aims to introduce new students to the Thorold community. It will include activities such as yoga, basketball, bocce, lawn darts, live music and a scavenger hunt, as well as a free barbecue and snacks.For more information on both barbecue events, please contact Student Life and Community Experience at x6321 or studentlife@brocku.ca read more

David Beckham employs Mr Loophole lawyer to fight speeding charge

He stated that Mr Beckham accepted that he was the driver and that he was speeding, but contested the charge based the 14 day limit under which a notice of intended prosecution must arrive.Mr Freeman said: “I’m not disputing it wasn’t served. I’m saying it was served out of time.” Nick Freeman became known as Mr Loophole after getting a number of high profile clients of motoring chargesCredit:PA 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. He added: “There’s no issue in terms of driving or speed limit. There’s no issue taken with that at all.”He explained that Bentley had loaned the vehicle to Beckham and that the letter had arrived with them a day after the law permits.Asked by the judge if the former footballer would be attending the trial, Mr Freeman replied: “I don’t anticipate it.”The judge expressed concern that if the star lost his license, the consequences would need to be made clear to him.Mr Freeman replied: “If the case goes against him and if the result is disqualification then I will make it abundantly clear.”Mr Freeman, represented Mr Beckham in 1999 when the footballer received an eight month ban for driving his Ferrari at 76mph in a 50 mph zone.He successfully appealed against disqualification by arguing that the footballer was being pursued by paparazzi near his home in Cheshire at the time.Mr Beckham, of Holland Park, denies one count of breaking the speed limit.He will be tried at Wimbledon magistrates’ court on 27 September. David Beckham has employed the lawyer known as Mr Loophole as he fights a speeding charge.The former England captain has accepted that he broke the speed limit in a borrowed Bentley – but is challenging the case on a technicality.The 43-year-old will argue that the legal notice informing him of the charge arrived too late and therefore was not valid, Wimbledon magistrates’ heard yesterday.Mr Beckham was clocked at 59 mph in a 40 zone between North Wharf Road and Bramley Road along the A40 in Kensington at 5:37pm on 23 January 2018.He was represented in court by Nick Freeman, a Manchester based solicitor often referred to as ‘Mr Loophole.’During a case management hearing, which the celebrity chose not to attend, judge Barbara Barnes said: “This case then, I have listed, refers to a David Beckham and it refers to a speeding charge.”Mr Freeman spoke to confirm his client’s plea of not guilty. Nick Freeman became known as Mr Loophole after getting a number of high profile clients of motoring charges read more

Man steals MMO source code blackmails original creators with clone

first_imgIn what seems like the actions of those obnoxious players we all come across when playing online games, 24-year-old Dutch national Anil Kheda allegedly stole the source code of text-based MMO Outwar, created a clone of the game, then used it to blackmail the original creators.Supposedly, Kheda and company hacked Outwar’s servers, obtaining an unspecified amount of the game’s source code, granted themselves in-game points, and restored previously banned accounts. The hack and subsequent modifications to the game caused Outwar to be shut down for two weeks over the course of a nine month period resulting in, as the indictment states, “over $100,000 in lost revenues, lost wages, lost hosting costs, long-term loss of business, as well as the loss of exclusive use of their proprietary source code, which it had invested approximately $1.5 million in creating.” A federal grand jury indicted Kheda with charges of extortion and hacking.After allegedly stealing the source code, the indictment states Kheda created a clone of the Outwar, dubbed Outcraft, which gained around 10,000 players — compared to Outwar’s over 75,000 — and earned Kheda around $10,000 in profits.The indictment also mentions emails sent between Outwar’s developer Rampid Interactive and Kheda, in which Kheda asks Rampid to either restore his banned account or pay him $1500, or else he’d hack the servers once again.If convicted, Kheda could face a maximum of five years in prison for the conspiracy charge and two years for the extortion charge.via Seacoastonlinelast_img read more

Updated Maine Media Collective Distances Itself From Owner After Assault Allegation

first_imgUpdated as of 5/1/17 at 11:43am ET.Maine Media Collective—publisher of Maine Magazine among a handful of other local titles—announced Monday that it’s canceling the annual Kennebunkport Festival and exploring a sale of the company following an allegation that its owner Kevin Thomas assaulted a former employee and then bullied her into resigning.“We are doing so because we don’t want recent news about Maine Media Collective to cast a shadow over the festival,” reads a note posted on the festival’s website.The announcement comes days after Jessie Lacey—who spent four years with the company as art director for Maine Home + Design from 2006 to 2010—detailed in a Medium post a 2010 encounter with Thomas, in which her then-boss allegedly touched her thigh, pushed her against a wall and “forcefully kissed her” without permission.Lacey says she was driven to speak out about Thomas’s behavior after hearing similar accounts from other women.“I deserve to make this public and other women deserve to know who this man, Kevin Thomas, truly is,” she wrote. In a statement given to the Portland Press Herald, Thomas acknowledged that he was wrong in attempting to kiss Lacey, but disputed her account of the incident.Kevin Thomas“The truth is, eight years ago, I asked Jessie’s permission to kiss her, twice. And twice, she said yes,” Thomas wrote. “Was it wrong? Of course. I was her employer, she was my employee. And we were friends.”In interviews published last week by local magazine The Bollard, Lacey and a handful of anonymous current and former employees elaborate on a “toxic atmosphere” fostered by executives at the Maine Media Collective, which Thomas co-founded in 2008 with Susan Grisanti, who stepped down as editor-in-chief of Maine Magazine late in 2016.An open letter from Maine Media Collective CEO Andrea King, who joined the company in 2016, invited readers to contact her directly “to join in this important discussion,” but stopped short of addressing the allegations directly.King is due to speak on a panel at the inaugural Maine Women’s Conference next week. Meanwhile, the official Facebook page for Moxie Maine, a new magazine launched by the Maine Media Collective earlier this year and devoted to sharing “the empowering stories of Maine women,” appears to have been taken offline.Several local businesses had already withdrawn support from the Kennebunkport Festival prior to its cancellation.Update: King released a follow-up statement Monday evening, confirming that the Maine Media Collective has “begun looking into options for transferring ownership from Kevin Thomas.”“The issues brought to light by our former colleague Jessie Lacey are serious and of great concern to us,” added King. “While the working conditions Ms. Lacey described in her blog post relate to the alleged actions of former management eight years ago, we want to apologize and assure you in the strongest possible way that such conditions are neither present nor tolerated at MMC today.”last_img read more

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe diesel is dead before arrival

first_img 71 Photos 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has a funky face and diesel power 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 81 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 4 Hyundai,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 1 Tags More From Roadshow 10 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff More From Roadshow 49 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 52 Photos Share your voice Enlarge ImageThere’ll be no Hyundai diesel beach picnics for us Americans, it seems. Cue the sad trombone. Hyundai When we found out that Hyundai was planning on bringing a diesel-powered version of its Santa Fe SUV to the US for 2019, we were pretty stoked. The thing is though, diesel is having kind of a weird time in the US thanks to the Germans and all their shenanigans, and as a result, Hyundai won’t be bringing its oil-burner stateside, according to a report published Monday by Green Car Reports.The 2019 Santa Fe diesel debuted in Geneva earlier this year, and it seemed incredibly promising. We liked the looks of it, and we love the torque and cruising range that a diesel drivetrain offers. But the stink left by Dieselgate on compression-ignition engines in passenger cars is just too much of a risk for the Korean automaker.The interesting thing is that while diesel cars and SUV’s are getting thinner on the ground than ever, more and more trucks are offering smaller diesel options. It wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted a diesel, you had to go with a three-quarter or 1-ton full-size pickup to get it. Now though, all of the big three are offering or planning to offer a small diesel in their half-ton pickups, with Chevrolet going as far as offering one in its midsize Colorado.So, if you need to have a diesel in your crossover or SUV, then you’ll have to go to the folks at Jeep, Land Rover, Jaguar or General Motors for the time being. 69 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 68 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama.center_img General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Comment Hyundai 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 18 Photos 26 Photos 12 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Diesel Cars Car Industry SUVs Crossovers Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Car Industry Comments Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 169 Photoslast_img read more

Dushyant Kapoor is going to play lead in Suitboy series

first_imgDushyant KapoorPR HandoutAfter success of “Boom: Magic Pencil Returns”, Dushyant Kapoor is now all set to release the trailer of his next superhero series “SuitBoy”. He will be playing the lead role in the series.”When I first released the trailer for ‘Shaktimaan’ my motto was to create a web series on our first Indian Superhero but after the copyright issues that raised from the side of original makers of ‘Shaktimaan’, I couldn’t help but drop out the idea of it. I promised you a superhero league and here it is. Of course, its not ‘first Indian superhero’ but i believe it is the best one,” Kapoor said.Director as well as musician, Dushyant Kapoor created Mahakaal, Naari, Halt on YouTube. Dushyant Kapoor will be releasing his 5 suprheroe web series this year and his new music album which was pending from last five months.last_img read more

Turnbull meets Suu Kyi to raise human rights concerns

first_imgMyanmar`s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi stands next to national flags of Australia and Myanmar at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia on 19 March. Photo: ReutersMyanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Canberra on Monday to be met by a military honour guard and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has said he will raise human rights issues during her visit.Suu Kyi has been in Australia since Friday, attending a special summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders in Sydney, where her presence drew street protests and a lawsuit accusing her of crimes against humanity.Australia’s Attorney General has said he would not allow the lawsuit, lodged by activist lawyers in Melbourne on behalf of Australia’s Rohingya community, to proceed because Suu Kyi had diplomatic immunity.Since coming to power in 2016, Suu Kyi, who won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle for democracy in Myanmar, has faced growing criticism for failing to condemn or stop military attacks on her country’s minority Rohingya Muslims.UN officials say nearly 700,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar to Bangladesh after militant attacks on Aug. 25 last year sparked a crackdown, led by security forces, in Rakhine state that the United Nations and United States have said constitutes ethnic cleansing.The UN independent investigator on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said in Geneva this month she saw growing evidence to suspect genocide had been committed.Myanmar denies the charges and has asked for “clear evidence” of abuses by security forces.Neither Suu Kyi nor Turnbull made public remarks before their meeting, but the Australian leader said on Sunday that Suu Kyi spoke “at considerable length” during the ASEAN meeting about Rakhine State, appealing to her Southeast Asian neighbours for humanitarian help.last_img

46th IHGFDelhi fair comes to end

first_imgThe 46th edition of IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn 2018 concluded with a bang on October 18 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida with business enquiries worth Rs 3465 crores.The closing day witnessed the valedictory session, wherein, Bhupendra Singh Choudhary, Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Public Works Department, launched the product catalogue of Home Décor and Home Textiles along with Ritesh Kumar Gupta, MLA Moradabad Nagar. Rakesh Kumar, ED –EPCH welcomed the chief guests and apprised them about IHGF-Delhi Fair. He said, ” It started in 1994 with 313 and today over 3200 exhibitors are displaying home, lifestyles, textiles and fashion products.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the event, Bhupendra Singh Choudhary, MOS for Panchayati Raj said that a large number of exporters from Moradabad are participating in this show and he also wished them good business. “Export is backbone of the country as it earns foreign exchange. Therefore, this fair will become a vital platform for increasing export.” Even though the overseas buyers from 110 countries visited the show but maximum buyers from USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, UAE, China, Brazil, Canada, South Africa and Saudi Arabia came to source their requirement from over 3200 Indian handicrafts exhibitors who showcased 2000+ designs and styles. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the event and this year’s business at the fair, Rakesh Kumar said, “The IHGF-Delhi fair has played a vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the country. The handicrafts exports was to the tune of Rs 751.67 crores in 1993-94 when the fair was initiated. The Handicrafts exports during the year 2017-18 was Rs 23,029.36 crores. However, the exports of handicrafts during first six months of the current financial year 2018-19 is Rs 12953.25 crores [prov] with overall increase of 6.58% in rupee terms over the previous year.” “Buyers from new countries like Benin, Fiji, Latvia, Rwanda and Dominican Republic have been added in the list of 46th edition of IHGF-Delhi fair,” he informed. Representatives from departmental and chain stores who were regularly visiting every year including Herold, Deetjen and Meyer, Lambert GMBH, Germany, Kapimex BV, Only Natural, Riviera Maison, Lifestyle Home Collection, Zara Home, Spain among others were also present at the show. Many dignitaries from centre and state government also came to encourage the participants including Ajay Tamta, Union Minister of State for Textiles, Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State for MSME, aong others. Also, Ambassadors of various embassies were also seen becoming the part of the mega event held in the Capital. Theme pavilions of NER, Jodhpur/ Barmer were the main highlights of the fair as exquisite crafts of these states attracted many buyers to visit these theme pavilions. A record number of domestic volume retail buyers sourced the home, lifestyle, furniture products from the show witnessing the growing demand in the domestic market. The 47th edition of IHGF-Delhi Spring 2019 will be held from 18 – 22 February, at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida and EPCH has already initiated publicity world wide.last_img read more

Contractor corruption watchdog unable to carry out duties

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