Fearing Tighter US Visa Regime, Indian IT Firm Rush to Hire

first_imgAnticipating a more protectionist U.S. technology visa programme under a Donald Trump administration, India’s $150 billion IT services sector will speed up acquisitions in the United States and recruit more heavily from college campuses there. Related Itemslast_img

Boxing: Jose Uzcategui declared the new IBF Champion

first_imgAdvertisementJames DeGale vacated his IBF title leaving everyone to wonder what was gonna happen next. Just before he vacated, the IBF ordered a purse bid July 5 for him to face challenger Jose Uzcategui.It has been a tough road for the Venezuelan fighter. Uzcategui lost a controversial fight by DQ in 2017 against Andre Dirrell. After being disqualified, we witnessed the uncle of Dirrell, Leon Lawson sucker punch him. Ten months later, he left no doubt that he was the better man in a rematch that was an eliminator for the IBF title.This declaration by the IBF ended his long journey of becoming a world champion. Now the spotlight is on some of the match-ups that can be made for him. One, in particular, is the #2 ranked IBF contender Caleb Plant.In a division that is heating up with young talent a move like this can be a major opportunity for these hungry lions to let the world know who is the best in the division.Advertisementlast_img read more

Burnley vs Chelsea: Morata replaces Giroud as Hazard misses out

first_imgChelsea are monitoring the fitness of star man Eden Hazard ahead of Sunday’s game against Burnley.Hazard missed Thursday’s 3-1 Europa League win over BATE Borisov with a back injury and remains a doubt for their trip to Lancashire after missing training on Friday.If Hazard misses out again then Ruben Loftus-Cheek could keep his place after scoring a hat-trick against BATE in midweek. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Maurizio Sarri’s side needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Ross Barkley against Manchester United last weekend to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.With Manchester City not playing until Monday, Chelsea can move into second place with a win and narrow the gap on leaders Liverpool to two points.They will take on a Burnley side that have won just twice in the Premier League so far this season and were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend. Game Burnley v Chelsea Date Sunday, October 28 Time 1.30pm GMT / 9.30am EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports Gold fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be televised live or streamed. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A  Squads & Team News Position Burnley players Goalkeepers Heaton, Lindegaard, Pope, Hart Defenders Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Bardsley, Long, Gibson, Cork Midfielders Brady, Hendrick, Defour, Berg Gudmundsson, Westwood, Lennon, Vydra Forwards Vokes, Barnes, Wood Burnley have Robbie Brady available for the first time since December after the Republic of Ireland winger recovered from a knee injury.Aaron Lennon is doubtful with a virus, while Ben Gibson is expected to miss out. Stephen Ward and Nick Pope remain long-term absentees.Confirmed Burnley XI: Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Defour, Cork; Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Brady; Vokes Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Moses, Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Ampadu Midfielders Fabregas, Jorginho, Hazard, Barkley, Drinkwater, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Pedro, Willian, Hudson-Odoi Forwards Morata, Giroud Chelsea will give Eden Hazard as long as possible to prove his fitness after the Belgium winger missed Thursday’s Europa League win over BATE Borisov with a back injury.Ruben Loftus-Cheek will hope to keep his place after scoring a hat-trick on Thursday but Ethan Ampadu is likely to miss out with a knee injury.Confirmed Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Morata, WillianBetting & Match Odds Chelsea are priced at odds of 4/11 to win with bet 365, while a draw is available at 4/1. A win for Burnley is priced at 10/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Maurizio Sarri ChelseaMaurizio Sarri can become the first Chelsea boss to remain unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League matches in charge if they avoid defeat at Turf Moor on Sunday.Despite being appointed relatively late in the summer, Sarri has wasted no time in imprinting his ‘Sarriball’ style of play on the Blues. The result is a fine opening to the campaign that has seen the London club keep pace with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table.Much of Chelsea’s good play has centred on Eden Hazard, with the Belgian scoring eight goals and setting up a further three in 11 appearances so far. It’s little wonder therefore that the club are giving the 27-year-old as much time as possible to prove his fitness.If Hazard does miss out then the focus is likely to switch to misfiring strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud. The pair have scored just three goals between them this season, though Sarri insists he has no concerns about their form.For Burnley it is yet another daunting fixture after their humbling at the Etihad Stadium last week.After the highs of last season’s seventh place finish, the Clarets have found life much tougher this time around. Their participation in the Europa League qualifiers looked to have taken its toll on the squad in the early weeks of the campaign, with the side only securing their first league win at the end of September.The Lancashire club currently sit in 13th place but are just three points outside the relegation zone. Manager Sean Dyche feels his players need to find greater consistency if they are to return to the levels that made them such tough team to beat last campaign.“We’ve shown in the past and on numerous occasions that we can earn wins off these teams,” said Dyche.“It’s just that statistically it’s more difficult, but there is a badge of honour when you take points off these teams.“The main thing is reminding the players about the level of our performance and how important that is. Performances over a season will pay you back and we’ve been a bit up and down with that – even during games – so consistency is what we are looking for and we’re getting back towards that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Olympiakos Pummels AEK, 81-62

first_imgWith new coach Yiannis Sfairopoulos, Olympiakos gave promoted AEK an 81-62 beating in the Greek basketball league on Nov. 3, the same day that the Reds’ captain Vassilis Spanoulis was named the Euroleague’s Player of the Month for October.Panionios also had a new coach, the experienced Vangelis Alexandris, but fell to local AGOR 75-65.Meanwhile, Panelefsiniakos, said it had hired Jimmys Koustenis to replace Giorgos Skarafingas after the team lost 83-68 at Kolossos Rhodes. Panionios and Panelefsiniakos are the only teams without a win after four rounds of games.Panathinaikos and PAOK stayed undefeated. Panathinaikos whipped Trikala 96-70 away and PAOK bumped off Korivos Amaliadas 84-71 in a game where the father, PAOK coach Soulis Markopoulos, beat the son, Korivos coach Charis Markopoulos.Aris scored an important win at KAO Dramas, 74-70. Nea Kifissia remained joint third with Olympiakos and Rethymno downing Apollon Patras 63-54 at home.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica: First ride review

first_imgFor decades now the Royal Enfield Bullet has acquired a dedicated follower base which includes the Indian Army. Ever since its launch in 1932, the Bullet has impressed with its tough credentials and it is not surprising to know that the Bullet was a superstar of the Trials world. What is Trials? Trials is a motorcycle sport where one has to traverse through a trail without putting his or her foot down. Points are given every time the foot goes down and in case one stalls, it’s a max pointer which means you are out of the game. The trails too are rather tough and this requires precision riding and a tough machine. Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica is tribute to the prolific Trials rider Johnny Brittain. (Photo Credit – Nishant Jhamb)The next question is why a Trials replica? You see, Royal Enfield is exploring its rich heritage and bringing back the past into the present. Hence the bike you see in the pictures comes as a tribute bike to celebrate the legacy of the Royal Enfield Bullet at the Trials Championships. Inspired by this legacy of Royal Enfield at the International Six Days Trials and as a tribute to the prolific Trials rider Johnny Brittain comes the Bullet Trials Works Replica 2019. The instrument panel of Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica remains identical to the standard bike. (Photo Credit – Nishant Jhamb)Quite essentially then this new bike is based on the time tested Bullet. The chassis remains the same and so does the suspension. The Trials Replica is available in both 350 and 500cc guise. So what has changed? It is mainly how the thing looks. Up front, the big and bulky mudguard has been replaced by a sleek fender. The headlight can be equipped with a mesh metal guard. The handlebar gets a brace and one can also have a metal sump guard. The Trials Replica also comes with a single seat set up and then there is a carrier at the back. The rear mudguard has also been done away with and in comes a shorter one. The tank looks smarter thanks to the unique decals put on the bike. There is also a unique battery compartment cover with competition number 48 painted on it. Looks cool! Royal Enfield has chosen a red colour for the 350cc chassis and green resembles the 500cc variants. These are the only two colours available. Now since this is a Trials Replica, it is essential to have grippy tyres. Hence replacing the conventional ribbed tyres are semi-knobbly Ceat tyres. Royal Enfield is also offering Dual Channel ABS on the Trials Replica and the only thing itching is that one cannot turn it off!advertisement Single seat is the only option in Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica. (Photo Credit – Nishant Jhamb)Now we all have ridden the Bullet on the road and we know its pros and cons. However can this big 192kg lump of metal dance to the tune of a Trial course? It was time to find out. Royal Enfield along with its Rides Team had specially curated a four-stage track in Lonavala in Maharashtra and judging us would be Steve, a trials champion. Get on the bike and one feels rather comfortable. The 500cc motor thumps to life and idles in a familiar vibey manner. The track was rather tricky and this meant one had to deploy all the torque on tap in most conditions. Body weight management is also of utmost importance as the bike has to be ridden at rather low speeds. It is in these conditions that the Bullet excels. Once we got on with our bikes, we were led to Zone 1. A narrow gully with a mega dip followed by a full right and then a full ‘U’ followed by a small climb was the track. I got in with one sole intention, to get on with it without any pressure. But to get the omen right, I dabbed once right at the start of the track. The simple riding position of the Bullet meant I felt rather comfortable even on this track. The climb down was an easy one but by the time I arrived at the U, I had to go even slower to make the turn. Once turned a simple twist of the right wrist was enough for the Bullet trials to climb through. Trials Replica comes with a 19in front tyre and 18in rear tyre. (Photo Credit – Nishant Jhamb)Zone 2 was the most tricky one according to me. The track started narrow and then there was a tight right-hander followed by a steep climb up with a left-hander. After walking the track and seeing numerous riders falter I decided on a game plan. I started slow and took on the narrow section carefully. Once the right turn was made, I noted the dug up section. The moment the front wheels hit the hump, I gassed it. The knobbly tyres coupled with my weight on the saddle meant I found traction. There was enough power being delivered by the 500cc motor and up I went. Quite an achievement I must say and it surely felt good.advertisement The exhaust is now upswept and drapped in chrome. (Photo Credit – Nishant Jhamb)Zone 3 involved riding inclines and taking tight turns. Once again the approach was to go slow and steady. I stuck to the upper reaches of the track and once I negotiated the right-hander, I slowed down even further and sat down on the seat to ensure traction. Thankfully things looked easy and it just goes to show how capable the Bullet actually is! Once again I successfully avoided gathering points. The metal battery box has been replaced with this unit with a sporty racing number decal. (Photo Credit – Nishant Jhamb)Zone 4 was a timed trial and I sped off without having to worry about dabing or stalling. The Bullet Trials took off and I gathered decent speed on these tracks. The ride was good and the grip levels high thanks to the new knobbly tyres. Confidence gained all thanks to the bike. It just goes to show how good the Bullet actually is on knarly stuff and this is perhaps the reason why hundreds and thousands of people vouch on essentially this bike to tack terrains of Leh Ladakh. If you look at Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica as a Trials bike, we would say that it is a rather heavy machine. (Photo Credit – Nishant Jhamb)VerdictLet’s say that the new Trials Replica bikes look very cool. The painted chassis and slim bodywork add to the appeal of the Bullet. So on paper, the bike works. However, if you look at it as a Trials bike, we would say that it is a rather heavy machine. This trait is in stark contrast with the modern day Trials bikes. The company says that it is just trying to pay tribute to a legend and for that this one works. We also feel that the company has watched what people are doing with the Bullet post-purchase and are offering the same from the factory.ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: First drive reviewALSO READ | MG Hector bookings to start on June 4ALSO READ | Bentley Flying Spur third-gen global reveal on June 11last_img read more

Ney just one of the crowd with Brazil

first_imgPSG King of Paris Neymar merely a star in Tite’s Brazil Raisa Simplicio Last updated 2 years ago 01:09 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Neymar PSG ASSE Ligue 1 25082017 Getty PSG Brazil v Ecuador Colombia v Brazil Brazil Ecuador Colombia WC Qualification South America Neymar After years of criticism for their ‘Neymardependencia’, Tite has found a fluid, functional side that plays with him rather than for him COMMENTAfter a period of rest from international duty, Neymar returns to the Selecao this week as the world’s most expensive footballer –  and he arrives from Paris with love.He’s back for World Cup qualifying, as Brazil host Ecuador on Thursday before heading to Colombia next week. READ MORE: Coutinho fit for Brazil | 5 great Brazil-Ecuador clashes | Brazil’s WCQ campaign so farAfter six years of consecutive international tournaments, the PSG man was given a much-needed break earlier this year, when Brazil coach Tite granted him a long-awaited summer holiday by leaving him out of a Brasil Global Tour double-header in Australia. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Since then he made an earth-shattering switch to Ligue 1, turning his back on Barcelona after PSG more than doubled the previous world record fee paid for a footballer when they met his €222 million release clause.With speculation among local media that he moved to the French capital to escape Lionel Messi’s shadow and become the leader and posterboy of the PSG project, it’s curious that his role with Brazil is finally heading in the opposite direction.Brazil stars play footvolley@neymarjr, Dani Alves and Marcelo M12 play footvolley Posted by Brasil Global Tour on Wednesday, August 30, 2017Indeed, while Neymar is PSG, he has slowly become just a star player for Tite’s Brazil – a long-overdue step down from a lonely role as the leader of a faltering team.When Tite arrived in June 2016, the buzzword that had followed the five-time world champions since ‘the 7-1’ was “Neymardependencia”, used to illustrate an approach of a struggling side for whom it appeared a case of ‘Neymar or bust’.The pressure told, notably with Neymar resigning from his role as team captain after a series of outbursts that repeatedly landed him suspensions. Previous coach Dunga had formed a dysfunctional side and an atmosphere of tension.Neymar Gabriel Jesus Dani Alves Brasil Argentina Eliminatorias 2018 10112016The local media believed Neymar was treated too differently from the rest and became increasingly concerned at an increasing tendency to display petulance, one that surfaced when he directed his frustrations directly at the media.Tite transformed the atmosphere in and around the squad instantly. On the pitch, he achieved instant results, while off it he won the press back onside by extending them personal and professional courtesy.Tite also divided responsibility among the squad, most notably in his decision to rotate the captaincy around the group. Peace and harmony returned to the Selecao, and to Neymar as an individual.Ney starred in a dynamic, fluid attacking setup that saw the team push high and offer him greater opportunity for interplay with his colleagues. The joy had returned.Fit and raring to go! #Selecao #Brasil #eliminatorias2018 #LFC Welcome back, @Phil_Coutinho pic.twitter.com/msxDIBkCGn— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) August 28, 2017There are no privileges in this Brazil. While in club football, he can focus solely on attacking with no real responsibility to mark, Tite has demanded he work as tirelessly as those around him when pressing high.Neymar remains the leader, the central figure both on and off the pitch. But he learned a different type of leadership under Tite – one that demands he also form part of the collective. With eight consecutive victories in World Cup qualifying, the results are there for all to see. That should serve him well in Russia – and in Paris.last_img read more

Anglo-Eastern, Univan Join Forces

first_imgzoom Third party ship management companies Anglo-Eastern and Univan have decided to merge their activities and form a new company named the Anglo-Eastern Univan Group.The merger, announced late Friday, will see the new company take under its wing over 600 vessels,  100 under crew management and a pool of over 24,000 seafarers and more than 1,700 shoreside staff. The newly created entity will operate under the helm of Anglo-Eastern boss Peter Cremers, who will be the chairman, whereas Univan head Bjorn Hojgaard will be the CEO.The two companies said in a joint statement that the merger would create an “industry leader”.“There are significant scale advantages in ship management arising from a global foot print and better career opportunities for both seafarers and shore staff which are of benefit to a ship manager’s customers, the shipowners,” the statement reads.According to the statement, for the time being the duo will continue to operate as separate entities from their existing offices in Singapore and Hong Kong.last_img read more

17Million in Highway Maintenance Contracts Awarded

first_imgNova Scotia drivers and taxpayers will benefit from improved road surfaces and extended pavement life as a result of five highway maintenance contracts awarded by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works awarded contracts for concrete patching, crack filling, sealing and coating on highways in six counties. The projects are: Hants County — 16 kilometres on Route 202 from the intersection of Trunk 1 to the intersection of Trunk 14, and on Trunk 14 from the Nine Mile River Bridge north for 9.3 kilometres to Cheese Factory Corner. The contract was awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. with a bid of $624,801. Lunenburg and Kings counties — 31.8 kilometres of sand resealing on various roads in Lunenburg County and 25.1 kilometres on various roads in Kings County. This contract was also awarded to Dexter Construction with a bid of $435,300. Guysborough County — on Trunk 7 from the Halifax-Guysborough County line east for 13.7 kilometres. The contract was awarded to Industrial Cold Milling Limited with a bid of $361,250. Colchester County — on Trunk 4 from the carpool parking lot at Exit 17 off Highway 104, east for 4.2 kilometres to the intersection of East Mountain Road; on Stewiacke River Park Road from the intersection of Alton Road for 2.7 kilometres to the Stewiacke River Park gate; and on Marney Road, from Irwin Lake Road south for 2.4 kilometres to the end of the road. The contract was awarded to Industrial Cold Milling Limited with a bid of $189,320. Pictou County — on Route 374 from the Stellarton town line south for 5.4 kilometres. The contract was awarded to Moncton Construction Inc. with a bid of $139,821. The five contracts total 110.6 kilometres of improved roads with a total value of $1,750,492. “Maintaining these roads will prevent larger construction costs later on,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The projects are essential to protect these sections of road and make them safer for drivers.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Pak court to take up terror financing charges against Hafiz Saeed on

first_imgLahore: An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan will take up the terror financing charges against Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jammat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed on September 2, an official said on Friday. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police declared Saeed “guilty of terror financing” in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Gujranwala district of the Punjab province on August 7. The ATC Gujranwala in the last hearing had shifted the case to Gujrat ATC court (some 200-km from Lahore) on the request of the prosecution as it was related to Mandi Bhauddin district of Punjab. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The ATC Gujrat will take up the terror financing charges against Saeed on September 2. The CTD has declared him guilty of terror financing and it will plead its case before the ATC and get him convicted for his crime,” a CTD official told PTI. Saeed is being kept at Lahore’s high security Kot Lakhpat jail amid high security. The founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba was arrested on July 17. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings him to justice. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSaeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. The CTD on July 3 registered 23 FIRs against 13 JuD leaders, including Saeed on the charges of terror financing in different cities of the Punjab province. Since the Imran Khan government has taken control of the JuD and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) properties including seminaries and mosques across the country following immense international pressure built up after the Pulwama attack, Saeed was keeping a low profile at his Lahore’s Jauhar Town residence. He was even barred from entering the JuD headquarters in Lahore and Muridke. The Pakistani government had also arrested the JuD’s second-in-command Abdul Rehman Makki, who is brother-in-law of Saeed, on the charges of making a public speech and terror financing charges. The CTD said it booked Saeed and his 12 aides for ‘terror financing’ in 23 cases after “irrefutable evidence” against them was detected. The cases have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan for collection of funds for terrorism financing through assets/properties made and held in the names of Trusts/ Non Profit Organisations (NPO) including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust and Muaz Bin Jabal Trust. The CTD said the investigation launched into financing matters of proscribed organisations – JuD and LeT – in connection with implementation of the UN Sanctions against these Designated Entities and Persons as directed by the NSC (National Security Committee) in its Meeting of January 1.last_img read more

UCP calls for an Alberta exemption to stress tests for homebuyers

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Brick by brick, UCP Leader Jason Kenney wants to scale back legislation from Ottawa when it comes to buying homes. He would like Alberta to be exempt from stress tests involved in buying homes.Kenney believes this broad legislation was brought in because of problems outside of Alberta.“One of the reasons why homes are less affordable in Alberta today is because of unfair rules imposed by Ottawa to deal with the overheated real estate markets in Toronto and Vancouver.”Kenney noted his party will act on this before any election.“A motion at the first opportunity in the next (sitting of the) legislature calling on the federal government to withdraw its unfair attack on Alberta home ownership.”Meanwhile, Mayor Naheed Nenshi is happy to see any party talk about housing ahead of the next provincial election.“I’d love to look at it because it clearly did not apply to the Alberta context.”Kenney also believes this causes problems for first-time homebuyers. That is an argument Nenshi could get on board with.“That stress test has actually been very challenging for first-time homebuyers. It has particularly been challenging for folks who are trying to access housing through Attainable Homes Calgary.”Ward 5 Councillor George Chahal is bringing forward a motion on Monday asking for a more regional approach from the federal government.Premier Rachel Notley quipped she may look into this but will be focused on what the provincial government can do to help.“That can help people have a higher quality of life and have more affordability. So that is what my focus is on. read more

The Hunger Games MockingjayPart 1 claims box office victory for 3rd consecutive

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1’ claims box office victory for 3rd consecutive week In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen, right, and Liam Hemsworth portrays Gale Hawthorne in a scene from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The box office odds were ever in “The Hunger Games” favour as the latest installment in the franchise claimed the top spot for the third consecutive week.“Mockingjay-Part 1,” the third film in the blockbuster teen dystopian series, collected $22 million in its third week of release. The domestic haul for the Lionsgate release now tops $250 million.Fox’s animated “Penguins of Madagascar” came in second with $10.9 million, followed by Warner Bros.’ raunchy comedy “Horrible Bosses 2.”Disney’s “Big Hero 6” and Paramount’s “Interstellar” rounded out the top five, earning $8 million and $7.8 million, respectively. The only new release to break into the top 10 was Fox’s R-rated horror, “The Pyramid,” with $1.3 million.___The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak:1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1,” Lionsgate, $22,026,762, 4,054 locations, $5,433 average, $258,153,593, 3 weeks.2. “Penguins Of Madagascar,” 20th Century Fox, $10,907,030, 3,775 locations, $2,889 average, $49,397,566, 2 weeks.3. “Horrible Bosses 2,” Warner Bros., $8,421,307, 3,400 locations, $2,477 average, $35,896,073, 2 weeks.4. “Big Hero 6,” Disney, $8,042,918, 3,168 locations, $2,539 average, $177,461,157, 5 weeks.5. “Interstellar,” Paramount, $7,788,357, 3,028 locations, $2,572 average, $158,445,319, 5 weeks.6. “Dumb And Dumber To,” Universal, $4,278,350, 3,088 locations, $1,385 average, $78,190,085, 4 weeks.7. “The Theory Of Everything,” Focus Features, $2,645,428, 826 locations, $3,203 average, $13,590,862, 5 weeks.8. “Gone Girl,” 20th Century Fox, $1,473,516, 1,205 locations, $1,223 average, $162,834,542, 10 weeks.9. “The Pyramid,” 20th Century Fox, $1,369,935, 589 locations, $2,326 average, $1,369,935, 1 week.10. “Birdman,” Fox Searchlight, $1,150,315, 738 locations, $1,559 average, $18,919,810, 8 weeks.11. “Nightcrawler,” Open Road, $1,069,094, 1,269 locations, $842 average, $30,014,481, 6 weeks.12. “St. Vincent,” The Weinstein Co., $1,068,829, 1,432 locations, $746 average, $40,749,905, 9 weeks.13. “Fury,” Sony, $911,696, 952 locations, $958 average, $83,275,969, 8 weeks.14. “Beyond The Lights,” Relativity Media, $723,845, 827 locations, $875 average, $13,815,382, 4 weeks.15. “Wild,” Fox Searchlight, $606,810, 21 locations, $28,896 average, $654,058, 1 week.16. “Foxcatcher,” Sony Pictures Classics, $516,845, 75 locations, $6,891 average, $2,784,388, 4 weeks.17. “The Homesman,” Roadside Attractions, $481,938, 154 locations, $3,129 average, $1,047,203, 4 weeks.18. “The Imitation Game,” The Weinstein Co., $389,260, 8 locations, $48,658 average, $1,000,459, 2 weeks.19. “Whiplash,” Sony Pictures Classics, $316,990, 173 locations, $1,832 average, $4,380,721, 9 weeks.20. “John Wick,” Lionsgate, $315,128, 407 locations, $774 average, $42,101,651, 7 weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 8, 2014 2:45 pm MDT read more

Status of declaration on indigenous peoples rights in spotlight as UN forum

“Far more needs to be done to fully realize the human rights of indigenous peoples,” said Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Vice-President of the UN General Assembly, on behalf of the President of the Assembly, Peter Thomson, underscoring the importance of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.“Targeted strategies would ensure that indigenous peoples could fully participate in implementing those accords,” he added. In his remarks, the Assembly Vice-President also highlighted that discussions were ongoing within the 193-member body on ways to enhance the participation of indigenous peoples within the Organization and urged UN Member States and indigenous peoples to participate in upcoming dialogues on a comprehensive draft text addressing the matter. This year also marks the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a comprehensive statement emphasizing the rights of indigenous peoples to maintain and strengthen their own institutions, cultures and traditions and to pursue their development in keeping with their own needs and aspirations. Underscoring the importance of the Declaration, Lenni Montiel, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, noted that as indigenous peoples continue to suffer disproportionately from poverty, discrimination and poor health care, the world “can do better.” “[Indigenous peoples’] collective and individual rights are too often denied; this is unacceptable. […] we must do better,” he underscored. Noting that indigenous peoples and UN Member States had requested increased engagement of the UN system, he spoke of the system’s response, and cited further examples of efforts, including the International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women). Such efforts would continue through the new international development phase guided by the 2030 Agenda, noted Mr. Montiel. Ceremonial opening of the Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Also speaking today, Cristián Barros Melet, Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council, said that while the 2030 Agenda made a commitment to “leave no one behind,” voluntary national reviews on implementation had shown the risk of indigenous peoples being left behind. “[As] an advisory body of the Council, the [Permanent] Forum has an important role to play in providing specialized advice and recommendations. It is essential to review progress made to date and to consider what additional efforts were required,” he said. The Permanent Forum should meanwhile continue its collaboration with other Council bodies, noted Mr. Barros Melet, underscoring that its recommendations would help ensure that provisions of the Declaration were promoted. He also expressed hope that it would provide advice and guidelines which ensured indigenous issues remained an integral part of UN’s work. Also today, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri, highlighted the importance of empowerment of indigenous women, noting that indigenous women and girls needed to be aware not only of their identity, but also their human rights, and they must claim those rights. “No traditional culture or custom can be invoked to justify and perpetrate violence and harmful practices against indigenous women,” she said. Highlighting the place of indigenous women and girls in the discussions and outcomes of the 2017 session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, she said that the international community could no longer tolerate a situation in which such precious stakeholders and actors for sustainable development were not only left behind, but also the furthest to reach. Within the UN system, the Permanent Forum is mandated to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. It also works to raises awareness and promotes the integration and coordination of activities related to indigenous issues within the UN system; and prepares and disseminates information on indigenous issues. Its current (sixteenth) session, the Permanent Forum runs until 5 May 2017. read more

India and the UN Celebrating 70 years of invaluable service to the

Making a lasting impact in the communities in which they serveIn addition to their security role, the members of the female Indian Formed Police Unit also distinguished themselves through humanitarian service, including organizing medical camps for Liberians, many of whom have limited access to health care services.Medical care is among the many services Indian peacekeepers provide to the communities in which they serve on behalf of the Organization. They also perform specialized tasks such as veterinary support and engineering services.Indian veterinarians serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), for example, stepped up to help cattle herders who were losing much of their stock to malnutrition and disease in the war-torn nation.In South Sudan, cattle are not only a valuable source of food but also a commodity for bartering.The Indian veterinarians ran a mobile clinic earlier this year, travelling across the Upper Nile region, including to remote and dangerous locations, to treat sick cattle and educate their owners about disease prevention.“Wherever I went I was being welcomed by people. They were very happy because there was no one, no one to look after them and whatever little we could contribute as a veterinarian and part of UNMISS, it is beneficial for them and for the animals,” said Indian peacekeeper and veterinarian Prashant Tripathi.The Indian contingent in the Upper Nile region includes the Indian Battalion, the Horizontal Mechanical Engineering Company, the Level II hospital, the Petroleum Platoon and the Force Signal Unit. They have all received UN medals of honour for their dedication and service in peacekeeping.The Indian contingent in South Sudan has gone the extra mile by providing vocational training and life-saving medical assistance, as well as carrying out significant road repair work.It is the nature of the Indian Army to step in any time when there is a need when we are on peacekeeping missions – Colonel Gaurav Bhatra, UNMISS batallion chiefColonel Gaurav Bhatra, who commands the 850-strong Indian battalion, considers such efforts “a normal part of Indian culture.”“Even in our country, we are sometimes called upon to assist in areas where it is extremely difficult to alleviate the suffering of the people. It is the nature of the Indian Army to step in any time when there is a need when we are on peacekeeping missions.”More than 200,000 Indians have served in 49 of the 71 peacekeeping missions established around the world since 1948. Currently, there are around 6,700 uniformed peacekeepers from India, the vast majority of them in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in South Sudan.India has also provided 15 Force Commanders to various missions, and was the first country to contribute to the Trust Fund on sexual exploitation and abuse, which was set up in 2016.India’s longstanding service has not come without cost; as of 30 June 2018, over 160 Indian peacekeepers have paid the ultimate price while serving with the United Nations.   “India has lost more peacekeepers than any other Member State. We grieve with the families and the people and Government of India for these losses,” noted Under-Secretary-General Lacroix.“India’s continued commitment to UN peace operations and to global peace and security – even through these difficult periods – is invaluable.” “UN peacekeeping operates in increasingly complex environments and we are grateful for steadfast partners like India, who have risen to new challenges and continue to participate meaningfully in our efforts to protect vulnerable civilians,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said in a recent interview with UN News.Mr. Lacroix visited India in June as part of a wider trip to the sub-region during which he thanked the Government and people of India, as well as Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan, for their service and sacrifice in the name of peace. Together, troops and police from the four countries currently make up close to one-third of some 91,000 uniformed personnel across 14 UN peacekeeping operations. UN peacekeeping operates in increasingly complex environments and we are grateful for steadfast partners like India – UN Peacekeeping chief LacroixCommencing with its participation in the UN operation in Korea in 1950, India has a long and distinguished history of service in UN peacekeeping, having contributed more personnel than any other country, as well as the first-ever all-female force that helped to bring peace to Liberia in the wake of that country’s brutal civil war.From 2007-2016, there were nine rotations of all-female police units from India, whose primary responsibilities were to provide 24-hour guard duty, public order management and conduct night patrols in and around the capital, Monrovia, while assisting to build the capacity of local security institutions.Hailed as role models, these female officers not only played a vital role in restoring security in the West African nation but also contributed to an increase in the number of women in the country’s security sector.“The contribution you have made to inspiring Liberian women, to imparting in them the spirit of professionalism, to encourage them to join those entities, those operations that protect the nation, for that we will always be grateful,” then President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated when the last all-female unit departed Liberia in February 2016. read more

Football 2019 wide receiver Jameson Williams commits to Ohio State

Ohio State added the second wide receiver to its 2019 recruiting class Friday as four-star receiver Jameson Williams committed to the Buckeyes. Williams is the No. 24 wide receiver in the 2019 recruiting class and is the No. 2 recruit in the state of Missouri according to the 247Sports composite rankings, coming from Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis. Williams will join five-star 2019 recruit Garrett Wilson, the No. 2 receiver in the class, in Ohio State’s recruiting class. With Williams being commitment No. 15 for the Buckeyes, Ohio State, according to 247Sports, has the second-best recruiting class in the Big Ten and the No. 15 2019 recruiting class in the country. Williams is one of 10 four-star recruits in Ohio State’s 2019 class, joining Wilson and offensive lineman Harry Miller, the two five-star 2019 recruits. read more

Police in the dock for giving people the chance to spend Halloween

The Peaky Blinders were a notorious Birmingham crime gang during the First World War and inspired the 2013 BBC series.West was held at the cells while on remand, charged with the murders of 12 people. He hanged himself at Winson Green on New Year’s Day in 1995 as he awaited trial. His wife, Rose, was jailed for life after being convicted of 10 murders at their Gloucester home. 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. Mugshots of some of the real Peaky Blinders The lock-up at Steelhouse Lane Police Station, BirminghamCredit:SWNS.com A police force has been criticised for cashing in on serial killer Fred West’s notoriety by charging people to spend Hallowe’en in his former cell.West Midlands Police are promoting a ghost-hunting evening at the Steelhouse Lane cells in Birmingham, where West was housed before being transferred to HMP Winson Green in 1994.In its advertising, the force boasted the event provided a “unique opportunity” to spend the night at the notorious Victorian lock-up, adding: “These cells were occupied by none other than the original Peaky Blinders, Fred West and many more. Be there if you dare.”For £75, guests will be locked in the cells overnight in complete darkness, after first hearing stories of the building’s shadowy past. The event, for adults only, stipulates “no alcohol or drugs and visitors must bring their own sleeping bags and pillows, plus a camping mat or inflatable mattress.  The listed Steelhouse Lane, which dates back to 1891, is owned by West Midlands Police and houses the force museum. A force spokesman said: “The Ghost Hunting Mission within the Victorian Lock-Up in Birmingham city centre, run independently of West Midlands Police, is an event to raise money for modern slavery charity Hope for Justice. Steelhouse Lane is where Fred West was held in custody and his name was used alongside the Peaky Blinders to promote this worthy cause.”On reflection, organisers agreed that use of his name was insensitive and had it removed from the event’s promotion material. Mugshots of some of the real Peaky BlindersCredit:SWNS.com The lock-up at Steelhouse Lane Police Station, Birmingham Local residents have expressed dismay at the stunt, accusing police of “glorifying killers”. Victoria Sanderson, 45, a mother of three from Edgbaston, Birmingham, said: “It’s fine to hold a fun ghost-hunting event, but I think the police have gone too far promoting the fact that West was in their cells.“How will the families of those he murdered feel, that he is being celebrated in this way, and by the police? It’s very distasteful and highly insensitive to the victims’ families.” read more

Loads of tender hugs Catholic Church releases gift tokens for Valentines Day

first_img THE CATHOLIC CHURCH has come up with a new campaign to help couples celebrate St Valentine’s Day “in a more meaningful way”.Free gift tokens that can be exchanged between by people in return for favours are now available in cathedrals across the country.Examples of tokens include: “Loads of tender hugs”, “A technology-free evening to do an activity of your choice”, and “Set aside time to pray together”.Each token also contains tips from Pope Francis on the secrets to a successful relationship. Source: WMOF2018More than 150,000 thousand of the tokens are available all across Ireland.The initiative took its cue from a document The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) released by Pope Francis last year which calls on couples to celebrate their love by spending time together rather than relying on commercial gifts.The tokens were produced by the World Meeting of Families 2018, a three-yearly event which will be held in 2018 in Ireland. Source: WMOF2018The event focuses on the role of the family in the lives of Catholics and will be held over five days in Dublin.Fr Tim Bartlett, secretary general of the meeting, told the Irish Catholic:[The] tokens encourage simple little gestures, and help us to appreciate that these simple gestures are also moments of grace and expressions of selfless love for another which mirror the love of God for use, and are to be celebrated. ‘Loads of tender hugs’ – Catholic Church releases gift tokens for Valentine’s Day Free gift tokens that can be be exchanged in return for favours are now available in cathedrals across the country. Feb 10th 2017, 6:15 AM Short URL 11,346 Views 35 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3231587 center_img Friday 10 Feb 2017, 6:15 AM Share164 Tweet Email Source: WMOF2018Single people may be wondering where they fit into the mix with these gift tokens, but fear not. For anyone not yet coupled up by 14 February, a special “Prayer for those seeking a spouse” is also available in cathedrals and shops.Read: Priests visit shopping centre to hear confessionsRead: Ireland’s Catholic Library is trying to negotiate a move – and its members aren’t happy By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

10 Years since GT with Domestic Fire Department

first_img Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Feb 2016 – It has been about a decade since Grand Turk has had a domestic fire department and the Premier on Friday confirmed that only Providenciales has a domestic fire department; this means thousands of residents, guests and their properties are left vulnerable to the ravages of a fire.It also means, in the case of Grand Turk, the risk is very high for the airport to be shut down when the community needs the aerodrome unit’s help.In speaking to why there is no fire truck in the Capital island which is home to a cruise port which caters to nearly a million tourists per year, a hospital, three government schools and is the seat of government for the country; Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing said the decision is now taken to establish a domestic fire branch, but the family islands won’t see the same. Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing: “There are plans but those will come with need and demand because obviously the best model is to have domestic and the aerodrome, but, as you know most of the family islands do not have frequent air flight services. So it is really not the best cost effective to both services. In Grand Turk the chances of having a fire at the same time a flight is landing is increasing so we have to have both services.” Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:fire truck, grand turk, premier rufus ewinglast_img read more

23 artificial ponds readied by officials

first_imgHyderabad: In order to protect water bodies from rampant pollution caused by immersion of thousands of Lord Ganesh idols made up of Plaster of Paris (PoP) and to avoid dumping decorative items along with idols them, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has constructed as many as 23 artificial ponds across the city till now.Waiting in the long queue for a four to five hours to immerse the idols in major lakes like Hussein Sagar is a thing of past now. Reason: GHMC has already completed the constructions of 23 artificial ponds in various places across the city to help the residents immerse the Ganesh idols without much difficulty. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, Khursheed Moinuddin, Executive Engineer, Lakes Protection Wing of GHMC, said: “Each immersion pond costs Rs 70 to 90 lakh and we have constructed the 10 artificial ponds in first phase a few years ago and we have completed 13 ponds in second phase and remaining two ponds are under construction and we will complete it before this year Ganesh Chaturthi festival starts,” he said. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us “We have handed over around 23 immersion ponds to GHMC maintenance department for cleaning, filling water, handling immersion activity during the festival,” he said. They will clean one week before the Ganesh festival starts in September and they clean garbage from the pond and fill the water in it to immerse the idols. Lots of artificial ponds become dirty and lots of garbage dumped in these after the last year’s festival. Advertise With Us Average size of the artificial pond is about 43 meters each in length and breadth and depth is 4 meters and small and medium sized idols can be immersed in these ponds, GHMC officer informed.Last year around 3,000 small Ganesh idols were immersed in each artificial pond and officials are expecting a lot more Ganesh idols this year to be immersed in these ponds instead of lakes. Fresh water will be poured into these ponds through water tankers and workers will be deployed near the ponds during the immersion time to remove the idols as soon as possible after immersion to make way for others. Ganesh idols, which are made from Plaster of Paris as well as from clay, can be immersed in these ponds. Earlier most of the people used to immerse their Ganesh idols in Hussainsagar Lake but now people can use the ponds nearby to their areas for immersion.last_img read more

World IVF Day 2019 Fertility centres aplenty but imported tech keeps costs

first_img[Representational image]ReutersThe world’s first test-tube baby was born on July 25, 1978, giving hope to people who could not have children by natural means. In 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had said that there were approximately 180 million couples struggling with infertility across the world and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) helps bridge the gap. To celebrate IVF and bust the taboo regarding the negative connotation around infertility, experts around the world came together in 2017 to announce July 24 as World IVF Day.What is in vitro fertilisation? In vitro fertilisation is the fusing of an egg and sperm to form an embryo. The ovary is stimulated to grow follicles (fluid-filled sacs in the ovary that contain eggs). The growth of the eggs are closely monitored and after they mature to a certain level, they are transferred to a woman’s body. Reasons behind rising infertility among today’s youthDr Haricharan, a consultant gynaecologist and IVF specialist at Indira IVF Centre in Bengaluru, told International Business Times, India, that the main reasons for infertility is late marriage, delaying parenthood and consumption of alcohol and tobacco.He added that in the rural areas, infertility is caused due to infections and diseases like tuberculosis that damage reproductive organs.Dr Haricharan added that due to the exceedingly sedentary lifestyle, many women also suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) that makes child-bearing more difficult.IVF centres are also mushrooming in the country due to the easy availability of technology. “IVF technology has become a standardised technology because of lab standardisation. Due to this, everyone can afford to start the clinic because it affords a reasonably good success rate” said Dr Haricharan.Does IVF work against population control? With the population expanding drastically, India is likely to become one of the most populous countries in a few years. Many ask if we really need more IVF clinics when we are trying to control population explosion?Surprisingly, Dr Haricharan says that IVF clinics and helping people have babies does not have anything to do with the population. As an IVF specialist, he helps people at a micro-level while population control is a problem for the society and the government at a macro-level. He adds that if he does not help people with fertility issues, he would be denying basic human rights.He emphasised that adding one or two children in the world is not an indication of “not trying to control population”. (Representational Image)ReutersCan IVF become more affordable?While there is access to IVF technology, not many people utilise the service due to the exorbitant amount required for each attempt. “Each attempt will roughly cost Rs 1 lakh and a client will have at least three to four attempts before declaring the uterus as hostile,” Dr Haricharan explained. The success rate for IVF per sitting is 50 percent and each cycle is a huge bet for the patient.To make IVF technology more affordable, Dr Haricharan says that India will have to stop importing technology. At the moment, 50 percent of the population cannot afford IVF.last_img read more