Identification of Kuwaiti remains in Iraq brings closure to families Annan

In his report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan says that the identification of the remains has brought a sense of closure for family members and extends his “heartfelt condolences” to those “who suffered more than 12 years of uncertainty.”His High-level Coordinator on the issue, Yuli Vorontsov of the Russian Federation, recently expressed his view that the situation in Iraq is now favourable for intensifying efforts to search in earnest for the 605 missing Kuwaitis and third-country nationals, whose fate remains unknown since the Persian Gulf war in 1991.Mr. Annan voices his hope that all files will be resolved in the months to come through continuing collaboration between Kuwaiti officials and coalition authorities to recover and identify the remains.”The Tripartite Commission, the principal mechanism for resolving the Kuwaiti missing persons issue, recently formulated procedures to exhume and identify the mortal remains of missing Kuwaitis at its Technical Subcommittee meeting. I believe these efforts should intensify so as to resolve Kuwait’s long-standing humanitarian concerns,” he says.The Secretary-General recommends that in light of the ongoing progress in the relocation issue, the Security Council may consider bringing the Coordinator’s mandate to a close when the next report, issued every four months, is submitted this December. read more

Indiana State shoots 50 per cent from 3 tops WKU 6354

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Jordan Barnes scored 17 points with seven rebounds and Tyreke Key scored 16 with six boards and Indiana State beat Western Kentucky 63-54 on Saturday.Indiana State (2-1) started the second half with a 10-3 run and led 42-33 on Bronson Kessinger’s layup with 15:09 remaining. Later, Dalano Banton scored a 3-point play and a layup to bring the Hilltoppers within 48-46. The Sycamores outscored WKU 11-5 over the next five minutes to create safe distance.Jared Savage’s 3-point play brought WKU within 59-54 with 78 seconds left but the Hilltoppers failed to score again.The Sycamores were 9-of-18 shooting from 3-point range to 4 of 18 for Western Kentucky (3-2). The Sycamores have made at least one 3-pointer in every game since December 2008 against DePauw — a span of 316 games — which is the third-longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference.The Hilltoppers got a 16-point, eight-rebound effort from Charles Bassey and Desean Murray and Savage scored 11.The Associated Press read more

Dwight Howard I Grew From Trade Rumor Experience

Dwight Howard‘s became NBA bad guy No. 1 after last season’s incessant complaining about his situation, where he would be traded to, his coach and just about anything else. Out of it came the nickname “Dwightmare.”Looking back on it now as a Los Angeles Laker, Howard said the whole protracted, tried saga made him stronger.“I think there’s a reason why everything happened the way it happened,” said Howard, who ended up traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. “So far it’s been an unbelievable experience for me. It’s like a dream come true.”Howard endured a tumultuous final season with the Orlando Magic in 2011-12. The three-time defensive player of the year demanded a trade to the Brooklyn  Nets at the beginning of the season, but the two sides couldn’t reach a deal.I did want to go to Brooklyn. That’s a place where I told the Magic that I really wanted to go,” to Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM. “[But] I was traded to the Lakers, and I think it was a blessing in disguise.“I thought I was going to get traded at the beginning of the year, actually; that’s when I asked for it. But everything happened for a reason. I had to go through last year to get to where I’m at today. It’s made me a stronger and better person for it. I had to go through the hell and the stormy forecast to come out to a place like this . . . and I’m thankful for it.”Going through it, however, was tumultuous. The perception was that Howard changed his mind about his loyalties every other day, fostering an impression of unsteadiness.“The whole year a lot of people were making up a lot of stories about ‘This deal is getting close, that deal is getting close to being done,’ or whatever, but none of those deals were ever close,” Howard said.Eventually, despite myriad trade rumors all the way up to the trade deadline, Howard stunningly agreed to waive his early-termination option and committed to stay with Orlando through the 2012-13 season.“I think a lot of it was people just felt like I was going back and forth with the whole thing,” Howard said. “But the business side, people don’t understand, when you’re doing business you have to be a shark. You have to demand things. If you don’t, people will run over you, and that was a lesson that I learned.“At the end of the day, you can’t please everybody. There’s gonna be people happy about me staying, there’s gonna be people happy about me leaving. I’m over that now. I can’t control the way how people feel about me.” read more

Sainsburys shelfstacker finds missing girl from his bedroom 5000 miles away

first_imgA British Sainsbury’s worker cracked a US police case when he located a missing four-year-old-girl from his bedroom 5,000 miles away.Harry Brown, 21, traced little Yvette Henley to a motel in Arizona by convincing her estranged father – who had fled the state – to let him order a pizza to his room.Yvette was reportedly staying with her father Virgil Henley, 28, when a court granted guardianship to her grandparents, Gary and Kim Forester. Yvette HenleyCredit: Yvette Henley But after the hearing in June – which heard Yvette was suffering “emotional damage” and was in danger – her father was unaware of the outcome and nowhere to be found.The girl’s anxious grandparents contacted police who launched an investigation, but after almost three weeks she was still nowhere to be found.Mr Forester, 46, and Mrs Forester, 47, contacted Mr Brown – a total stranger to them, but had internet history with Virgil – that they jointly managed to solve the case and find Yvette. A spokeswoman added: “On July 9th the reporting party contacted the Hesperia Station stating he had been advised that the child was located in Kingman, AZ.”Child Protective services was contacting Kingman and the reporting party stated he would be going to Kingman to pick up the child.” Over two days of talking, Mr Brown teased information out of him and learned he had taken his girlfriend Alyssa, 28, and Yvette to Arizona, where they were staying in cheap hotels.He eventually pinpointed their exact location by offering to order a pizza to his room at a motel and even convinced Mr Henley to hand over the room number.But instead of the food showing up at the door, police did. Yvette was recovered and is now living safely with her grandparents in California, who have custody.Mr Brown, of Staines, Surrey, said: “I spend my life on the internet but little did I know that talking to random people would lead to me finding this little girl.”She is loving where she is now. I cried so much when I saw the photos of her with her grandparents. The police had been trying to find her since May and within two days I got his exact location.”It’s a really weird set of circumstances that fell into place. Now she is in the best place possible for her.”I can’t wrap my head around it. It’s life-changing for me. I had all these worries but now they all seem meaningless. I have so much more to be happy about now.” The following day, Yvette was driven back to her grandparents’ house in Hesperia, California.Mr Forester, a janitor, said: “When Yvette was missing it was exhausting. I made it my mission to find her but ended up losing the two jobs I was working.”I was just desperate to find her. I can’t explain how much Harry helped. He was the key to everything. “It is amazing to have Yvette home. I remember standing in the driveway as the car pulled up.”She got out and started yelling and she ran up to us and jumped into my arms. I hugged her and kissed her and the tears were flowing.”It was very emotional. Just to see the joy on her face was incredible. In my heart, Harry saved her life. I will be forever in gratitude to him for that.”San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Dept said: “The missing person report for Yvette Henley was filed by her grandfather on June 20 in Hesperia.”He believed Yvette was with her parents and he had not been able to reach them.”The grandfather was given guardianship of Yvette also on June 20. At the time he filed the report it had been 10 days since he had last seen the three of them.”center_img Mr Brown, an avid online gamer, had coincidentally connected with Mr Henley on Facebook after they met over the internet a few years ago, and they had previously chatted a little.After discovering the link, Yvette’s grandparents pleaded with him to help them – so he agreed and struck up an online conversation with Mr Henley out of the blue. Harry Brown Harry Mr Brown became wrapped up in Yvette’s story after Mr Forester messaged him on Facebook earlier this month because he was one of three people who liked one of Virgil’s profile photos.Mr Brown, who was stacking shelves at Sainsbury’s at the time and checked his phone on his break, said: “I got this message completely out of the blue.”I thought, ‘This could be real.’ So I started looking into it.”Mr Brown messaged Mr Henley and started a conversation out of the blue, asking about what he had been up to and talking about food, music and the weather.The father, who was using a Facebook profile under the name Mark Johnson, let slip his location while complaining about the humidity, ranting: “f—–g HATE Arizona”.Mr Brown later managed to get his exact location in Kingman, Arizona, by offering to buy him pizza.Mr Brown, who plans to fly out to California to meet Yvette and her grandparents soon, added: “He said he didn’t want any but his wife did.”He gave me his exact address and room number. I rang Gary straight away. He called the police in America and a police officer showed up.”Instead of pizza he got the police.” 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.last_img read more

Two charged over Kanturk burglary

first_imgTWO MEN IN their 20s have appeared before Cork District Court, charged in relation to a burglary at a house in Kanturk last weekend.Gardaí in Cork arrested three suspects on Monday in the Mayfield area. A substantial amount of cash was also recovered during the operation.A third person, a 27-year-old woman, has since been released without charge.The men have been remanded in custody and are due to appear before Mallow District Court next Tuesday morning.Investigations are ongoing.last_img

11 really cool facts you didnt know about the human body

first_img Source: Funny JunkYou are literally stardust, let Neil deGrasse Tyson explain: Source: Max Schlickenmeyer7. You’re taller in the morningYou’re about 1cm shorter when you go to bed at night due to cartilage in your bones compressing during the day. Need to reach something in the ‘high press’? Do it before breakfast. Source: Amazing Creature8. You’ve got a big blind spot in each eyeNo matter how amazing you think your 20/20 vision is, we all have areas that we just can’t see. Try it out for yourself.Get the larger picture of the one below, close one eye and focus on the opposite letter (R for your left eye, L for right). Now move your eye towards or away from the screen until the other letter disappears. Source: ImgurWell damn. Source: Sectalk9. Westerners consume 50 tons of food and 50,000 litres of liquid in their lifetimeThis is on average, so we should double it because we’re Irish. Source: Photobucket10. You are really really hotYeah you are. Your body immersion could only be on for 30 minutes and you could still produce enough heat to boil over two litres of water. That’s not even just a chat up line. Source: Flickr/Cinemagraph Experiments11. Which of the five senses are less sharp after a massive meal?It’s hearing of course. Speak up, we’re stuffed.The sense has also been known to disappear during the eating.h/t Reddit8 strange facts about dreams you probably didn’t know>8 amazing facts that will blow your mind> THE HUMAN BODY is a wonderful thing. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about it.1. You’re arguably way older than you think you areYou started off as an egg, so in order to calculate your true age, add the age your mother had you to your age now. Feeling a bit old? Source: Pinksole2. Your sense of smell is the last thing to wake up in the morningYou wake up before your nose does. At least that’s someone that you beat to the punch. Source: ReactiongifsYour smell is also the most closely related sense to your memories. A whiff of an old flame’s eau de toilette, or the murky musk of an old boss–those feelings just come rushing back, good and bad. Source: Tumblr/top-model3. Your bones start breaking down at 27At (approximately) 27, your skeletal remains would be determined by their degeneration rather than their development. Bones fuse around this age and your childish growing up is done.Poor Funny Bones. Source: YouTube/HunterCalito4. Your heart has several back up systems to keep beating on its ownIf your normal heart node fails to work, another takes over. If that fails, you keep activating new ones until the heart cells themselves kick in and start beating in an effort to keep you alive. It’s a fighter, and makes heart transplants possible. Source: Reactiongifs5. Roughly 2kgs (4.5lbs) of your body weight is bacteriaThankfully, most of them are good. Jut look at it as 100 trillion friends you didn’t know you had.You’re also slimmer than you thought. Source: Pleated-jeans6. You’re not the same person as you were seven years agoCells shed at such a fast pace that you’re not you any more, technically. Every seven years, you’re a new person.last_img read more

Greek minister approves Athens cremation facility

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cremations were legalised in Greece in 2006, but the country did not have facilities for them to be carried out.Environment and Energy Minister George Stathakis signed a decision for the creation of Greece’s first cremation facility.The ministerial decision paves the way for the construction of a facility in a city-owned plot in Elaionas, west of Athens. A park will surround the facility.The construction of the crematorium will bring Greece in line with European legislation following delays, and mainly objections from the church.The approval of Athens facilities follows the approval of those of Thessaloniki and Patra.Aside from religious motivations, traditional burials are also a significant source of revenue for the funeral industry, local churches and municipalities.Currently those seeking to cremate their deceased loved ones have been transporting the bodies to Bulgaria with the estimated price tag of 10,000 euros.Once local cremation centres are open and running, the average cost will be around 500 to 600 euros.last_img read more

8Bitdo Debuts New RetroThemed Controllers at E3 2018

first_imgStay on target 8bitdo is doing it big at this year’s E3. The company is announcing 25 new products during the show, as well as introducing a re-brand. As with their previous products, the company’s latest offerings combine retro style with modern functionality. Each of the four controllers spotlighted below are compatible with Nintendo Switch, macOS, and Android.First up is the Zero 2. This controller is interesting because it’s so tiny! In fact, it is billed as the “world’s tiniest and most powerful wireless bluetooth controller.” Despite its diminutive size, it has all of the capabilities of a full sized controller, including motion controls. It is available in five models inspired by the original Game Boy Classic and Game Boy Pocket.8Bitdo is also releasing updated editions of two of its best-known controllers: The N30 Pro and SN30. The N30 Pro 2 introduces new function buttons, vibration, and motion controls. It comes in six new models which are all inspired by classic video game systems. The SN30 Pro+ is a full sized (i.e. modern) controller with handles and trigger buttons. It is available in three models: SNES, SFC and Gameboy Classic.If you’re a fan of the Game Boy Pocket, then the SN30 GP is the controller for you. It is available in five colors which should be familiar to those who owned Nintendo’s smallest handheld. Even if you’ve never owned a Game Boy Pocket, these controllers seem like something fun to own.All of these controllers will be available sometime in holiday 2018. If you’re attending this year’s E3, make sure to hit up 8Bitdo in the South Hall, Booth #2347 to check out these controllers and all of their other products. While there, you’ll see the company’s new logo which was designed by Cory Schmitz with logo work done in collaboration with by Grilli Type.You can find more information over at the official 8Bitdo website. Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

ASA Education Membership Campaign Looks To Grow Grassroots

first_imgSurvey indicates soybean producers support ASA initiativesGrowers also unclear about distinct differences between checkoff and ASA activities and responsibilitiesNew campaign designed to clarify ASA purpose—and increase membershipEighty percent of soybean producers believe that policy development, like working with legislators and regulators on issues surrounding biodiesel and the farm bill, is important to their future success, according to a survey conducted by Marketing Horizons Inc., on behalf of the American Soybean Association (ASA).The survey also showed that more than 80 percent of growers correctly believe ASA works with regulators, legislators and international policymakers on biodiesel, the farm bill, expanding export opportunities and developing farm programs.”The survey demonstrates that soybean producers understand many of the important functions ASA does on a daily basis,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean grower from Waterloo, Iowa. “However, the survey also pointed out some misconceptions that we have begun to focus on as part of a membership campaign that kicks off this month.”For example, 22 percent of growers believe ASA’s funding is solely from the soybean checkoff, while an additional 63 percent of growers believe ASA is funded by the soybean checkoff and membership dues.”The reality is, ASA’s policy work is funded by its dues-paying members,” said Rob Joslin, chair of ASA’s Membership Committee and a soybean grower from Sidney, Ohio. “Policy development and lobbying cannot be funded by soybean checkoff dollars. Strong membership support for ASA and the state soybean associations is critical to our work on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers.”Hoffman said, “While the law prevents soybean checkoff dollars from being used to fund policy work and lobbying, ASA, as a voluntary dues-paying membership organization can, and does, do those things on behalf of soybean farmers.”It is important to recognize that both ASA and the soybean checkoff provide vital contributions to strengthening and growing the soybean industry,” Hoffman continued. “For example, the checkoff funded research to conduct tests on biodiesel, and then ASA worked with Congress and policymakers to create the federal biodiesel tax incentive that has created a growing market for biodiesel. The work of both ASA and the checkoff has been key to the success of biodiesel. We want soybean farmers to understand the importance of providing their voluntary support to ASA.”Since the survey showed there was some confusion among soybean growers regarding the differences between ASA and the soybean checkoff, ASA has launched a campaign that explains the difference and encourages soybean farmers to join their state soybean association, which includes membership in ASA.”Membership is our lifeblood, which enables our work on Capitol Hill to be successful,” Joslin said. “We’re using this campaign to tell soybean farmers that if they believe in the importance of sticking together, working on Capitol Hill, promoting trade and ensuring federal support for biodiesel, then it is important to belong to ASA, because that’s the work we do.”ASA’s education and membership campaign is broad and includes direct mail, print and radio ads and personal contact across the country. The campaign theme “If You Believe, Belong.” emphasizes that soybean growers believe the work ASA does is important, and, therefore, they should become a member if they are not already.Hoffman said, “ASA gets its strength through numbers, through grassroots membership. Growing our membership base helps us be more successful. More importantly, it helps all soybean producers be more successful.”ASA’s education and membership campaign, which continues through this year, was made possible by a grant from Monsanto Co.last_img read more

Cardi B To Release Invasion Of Privacy Debut Album

first_img When Is Cardi B’s Debut LP Dropping? cardi-b-release-invasion-privacy-debut-album News Are your ears ready for the GRAMMY nominee’s debut album?Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Mar 27, 2018 – 10:40 am She’s unleashed top-charting singles, scored two GRAMMY nominations and lit up the GRAMMY stage with Bruno Mars. Plus, she’s done it all in headline-grabbing style. Cardi B is now ready to invade you with her debut album. And you have a week and change to prepare.Via Instagram, the rapper announced that her Atlantic Records debut, Invasion Of Privacy, will be released April 6. Her post also provided a preview of the colorful album artwork, featuring Cardi B rocking a bright-yellow ‘do, white sunglasses and checkerboard-based outfit.Named by Rolling Stone as the breakout music star of 2017, Cardi B’s debut LP follows the momentum established by hit singles such as “Bodak Yellow” — nominated for Best Rap Song and  Best Rap Performance at the 60th GRAMMY Awards — and “Bartier Cardi” and “MotorSport,” in addition to features on tracks like Bruno Mars’ “Finesse (Remix)” and G-Eazy’s “No Limit.” Cardi B To Release ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ Debut Album Facebook center_img Email Twitter A day after the release of Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B is scheduled to perform on “Saturday Night Live.” Her recent performance at the iHeartRadio Music Awards earlier this month drew high praise, with Vanity Fair labeling her the “queen” of the festivities.Thus, if there is one topic liable to dominate the Monday, April 9 water-cooler talk, bet on Cardi B.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Vodafone found hidden backdoors in Huawei equipment says report

first_img 40 Photos Tags FBI director slams Huawei and ZTE phones 2 Huawei routers apparently had some historical vulnerabilities. Adrian Dennis / AFP / Getty Images Vodafone apparently discovered hidden backdoors in Huawei equipment as far back as 2011.The UK-based carrier found vulnerabilities in routers and other equipment that could have given scandal-scarred Chinese company Huawei unauthorized access to Vodafone’s network in Italy, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.Both Vodafone and Huawei told Bloomberg that these vulnerabilities were addressed in 2011 and 2012. However, the outlet reported that the vulnerabilities remained after that and could also be found in Vodafone’s UK, German, Spanish and Portuguese businesses, citing anonymous sources. Vodafone apparently kept using Huawei equipment because it was competitively priced. Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle Security Internet Services Share your voice Vodafone disputed the report in an emailed statement, saying the “backdoor” mentioned is a protocol used to perform diagnostic functions and wouldn’t have been accessible from the internet.”In addition, we have no evidence of any unauthorized access. This was nothing more than a failure to remove a diagnostic function after development,” the spokesperson wrote. “The issues were identified by independent security testing, initiated by Vodafone as part of our routine security measures, and fixed at the time by Huawei.”Huawei mirrored this statement, noting that it addressed the “historical vulnerabilities” in 2011 and 2012.”Software vulnerabilities are an industry-wide challenge,” a spokesperson said via email. “Like every ICT vendor we have a well-established public notification and patching process, and when a vulnerability is identified we work closely with our partners to take the appropriate corrective action.”Bloomberg didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.The story comes as China urges Britain to let Huawei play a role in developing its next-generation 5G wireless network, even as the US pressures its European allies not to adopt Huawei’s 5G equipment. US officials have said the gear could be used to spy for China. Huawei denies the allegations. Comments Now playing: Watch this: 1:11 Huawei Vodafonelast_img read more

Exposed database reveals personal information of 16 million job seekers

first_img Share your voice Tags This data breach response tool tells you what to do next Data breaches can sucker-punch you. Prepare to fight back What to do when your data is exposed or stolen Now playing: Watch this: 1:48 An exposed database reveals personal info for 1.6 million job seekers around the world. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET An unsecured database of personal information, including phone numbers, salary expectations and openness to new job opportunities, of about 1.6 million job seekers from around the world has been discovered online, according to research published Monday. The database, found by independent researcher Anurag Sen in May, includes information on professionals from the US, Australia, Japan and several other countries.The database appears to be owned by Indian recruitment company Talanton AI. It’s hosted in plain text on a cloud server, and anyone with a web browser can access it with the right web address. Names in the database include potential job seekers with high-profile roles in the Australian government, at Tommy Hilfiger Japan and in the FBI’s Domestic Security Alliance Council, a public-private partnership that shares information about cybersecurity threats with the government.Sen released the research as a contractor for Safety Detective, an Israeli company that reviews antivirus software. A researcher at Safety Detective who helped vet the information said the exposure could put workers in an awkward position at their jobs. What’s more, phone numbers and email addresses can help scammers who want to impersonate company officials.The data appears to have been found on LinkedIn profiles, as well as with direct outreach to job seekers. Safety Detective checked some of the information and determined it was real. Post a comment The exposure is an example of a serious, ongoing problem that can inadvertently affect almost anyone. Companies around the globe have moved sensitive information to cloud servers, but many lack the expertise to do so securely. The transition has led to exposures of sensitive health information, financial data and private contact information. Even children’s information has been exposed.A database exposure is not the same as a hack, because you don’t need to break into a computer system to find the data. Instead, you just need to find the right IP address, which is the distinct numerical address assigned to each page on the internet. There’s no indication hackers have accessed the information in the Talanton AI database.In May, Sen found an unsecured database owned by Indian marketing company Chttrbox, which contained contact information for Instagram influencers. The data wasn’t private, but had been collected in a manner that violated Instagram’s terms of service, according to the photo-sharing service.A community of researchers around the world spend their time hunting down exposed databases and trying to get them fixed, but new databases with poor security come online every day, experts say.Talanton AI’s website doesn’t appear to be fully functional. Links and buttons on the home page lead to 404 error messages or do nothing. When contacted about the exposure, a Talanton representative said he would share the information with the appropriate person.Sen’s research indicated that the database is hosted on a cloud server operated by Tata Communications. Tata said it doesn’t host the Talanton AI database.It isn’t the responsibility of a cloud service provider to secure client information, but some will notify customers if a problem is discovered and will help protect the data.Originally published June 17.Correction, June 28: This story has been updated to indicate that Tata Communications doesn’t host the Talanton AI database. Security Internet Privacy 0 A database with info on 80M+ US households was left open…last_img read more

Milind Deora resigns as Mumbai unit Congress chief

first_imgMumbai: Former Member of Parliament (MP) Milind Deora on Sunday announced to step down from the post of Mumbai unit Congress president. Deora has proposed a three-member panel to lead the local unit of the party in view of the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections to be held later this year. It is being said that the Congress leader may move to Delhi for a national role in the party. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “The same has been conveyed to Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal, General Secretaries, All India Congress Committee,” a statement from Deora’s office said. Deora had a meeting with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on June 26. His resignation comes at a time when the party leaders from several states are offering their resignation as an expression of solidarity with Rahul Gandhi, who recently quit as the party president. Deora had been appointed the president of Congress’ Mumbai unit on the eve of the Lok Sabha elections. Deora unsuccessfully ran for the Lok Sabha polls from South Mumbai constituency.last_img read more

Historys angels in the Capital

first_imgFamous for his strong expressionist visual language, Vikash Kalra has already conducted five solo exhibitions in Delhi and elsewhere. The present solo show, Angels of History is presented by Siddharth Tagore of Art Konsult, New Delhi and is curated by noted art critic and curator, JohnyML.Vikash Kalra, a young artist whose works have already become an integral part of most of the eminent art collections in India and abroad, is known as a ‘contemporary Souza’. Inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso and Souza, this self taught artist worked his ways through the dense forest of Indian art scene and established a space of his own. With a decade long career to claim for himself, Vikash has an interesting life which is worth following. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Born in Delhi and educated in Delhi University, Vikash had donned many hats during his growing up years. A book on Picasso found amongst the second hand books took Vikash to a new realm of experience. As if touched by a spiritual vision, he did 2000 drawings in a week’s time on magazine pages. It was a life changing experience. Vikash left everything behind to become an artist and the decision proved to be right as his talent was recognized by galleries and art collectors. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Looking at the paintings of Vikash Kalra, which is prolific in output as he works like a possessed man day in and day out, one could say for sure that it is neither market nor critique on his works that sets his creative spirit ringing. There is something that is beyond all the materialistic considerations that makes this artist to work through conducive and difficult times. Perhaps, in Kalra’s own words, there is no time which is difficult for an artist,’ writes JohnyML, the curator of the show. An ardent collector of music and musical instruments, Vikash spends most of his time in his studios, painting, sculpting and making music of his liking. A documentary on his life has been produced by noted art critic, Vinod Bharadwaj. Vikash creative life so far has been the life of a wandering minstrel; the one who wanders through the streets of art. Angels of History places him along with the major contemporary artists in India.DETAILAt: Visual art Gallery, India Habitat Centre On Till: 19 April (11 am – 8 pm), Show will continue from 20 April to 4 May at Art Konsult, Lado SaraiTHE URBAN REALITY CHECKUrban life all around comes with a lot of pros and cons. Social satire has been around since people have been around. Cities have everything in king size, both the beauty and the ugliness. City life is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it. In Urban Realities both of the artists presents a glimpse of the trepidations, congruence and the conflicts of  urban life  in different forms through different mediums. Forchino chooses to create figures and scenes that give a comical twist to mundane characters. They are typically humorous subjects such as a family leaving on vacation in an overloaded car with flat tires etc. While Hemant Puri uses exploits of urban life and the contrast of traversing from semi urban to urban life in which space which is basic to every object plays a vital role.DETAILAt: Gallery Art Positive , Lado Sarai On Till: 10 April – 10 May (11am – 7 pm)FOR SOME TRANQUILITYThe group art show Tranquility at Shree Yash Art Gallery, New Delhi encompasses various eminent artists and brings them together by captivating a vast range of moods and moments in their respective walks of life. Participating artists include Madan Lal, Nand Lal Thakur, S.D.Shrotriya, R.C Bhawsar, Prithvi Soni, Harish Kumar, Manjit Soni and Savita Agrawal. The show is putting on display the  picturesque landscapes of Shrotriya, the true to life depictions ofBhawsar, the well known Prithvi Soni’s vibrant coloured Rajasthani folk classics, Nand Thakur’s myriad abstract forms, Harish Kumar whose art work valuation is steeping up due to sheer indian content. Viewers have by now been well acquainted with hues of contemporary works of Madan Lal. Lastly, the traditional art works of Savita Agrawal, Director and curator, Shree Yash Art Gallery.  The show is aptly titled Tranquility as it allows the artists to freely express their art forms with such dexterity and proficiency that the outcome has to be nothing but tranquil.DETAILAt: Shree Yash Art Gallery, Green Park Main On Till: 15 – 30 April (11 am – 7 pm)last_img read more

Massive Bone Of Jurassic Dinosaur Found In France Belongs To 40Ton Sauropod

first_imgClose A thigh bone of a dinosaur was discovered in a thick layer of clay at the Angeac-Charente excavation site in France last week. Scientists called the find a major discovery due to the femur’s good state of preservation. Pictured: Artist’s illustration of sauropods.   ( Dariusz Sankowski | Pixabay ) Paleontologists have unearthed the massive thigh bone of a giant dinosaur in France, in what scientists hail as a major discovery. French paleontologists found the femur measuring about 2 meters long in a thick layer of clay at the Angeac-Charente excavation site last week.Angeac-charente Excavation Site In FranceThe Angeac Charente’s field near the city of Cognac is famous for excavating fossils of the biggest dinosaurs. The newly found bone is one of the more than 7,500 fossils of over 40 species found here since 2010.Other remarkable find in the area include a 34-centimeter phalanx belonging to a sauropod, which was found in July 2014. 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 Wow facts 2Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementA 140 million-year-old forest was also excavated here in 2017. Researchers have also found 7,000 bones belonging to dinosaurs, crocodiles, and turtles.The latest find in the area is a well-preserved bone that belonged to one of the largest animals that walked on the planet.Major DiscoveryResearchers think the bone belonged to a sauropod, a plant-eating dinosaur characterized by long neck and tail. This particular animal lived more than 140 million years ago during the late Jurassic era.Ronan Allain, paleontologist at the National History Museum of Paris, said these prehistoric creatures likely weighed between 40 and 50 tons.Allain called the find a major discovery, citing the femur’s good state of preservation, which rarely happens in the remains of large animals.”We can see the insertions of muscles and tendons and scars” Allain said. “This is rare for big pieces which tend to collapse in on themselves and fragment.”Paleontologists excavate the thigh bone of a dinosaur in southwestern France. More here: — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 26, 2019SauropodsSauropods are among the biggest creatures that lived on the planet.The dinosaur Patagotitan mayorum, one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered is a sauropod. It spanned 120 feet in length and weighed 70 tons. It belonged to the group of titanosaurs, the last surviving group of sauropods. TAG Dinosaur, Sauropods, Angeac-charente, France Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazon Search ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY All Bestseller ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

The official Pride in Londons popup shop to buy everything rainbow

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Kieron Yates and Sheena Carmichael at the entrance of Pride’s pop-up shop | Photo: John Banyard What does Pride make you think? Read the t-shirt! | Photo: John BanyardAs the very airy location suggests, this space is more than just a cute pop-up shop. It is set to become a community hub in line with this year’s theme #PrideMatters, as shop manager Sheena Carmichael points out.‘We have a bigger focus on community space this year,’ she says. ‘We’re making sure that we have a range of events that reflect that.’While some activities are to be confirmed, there are going to be store take over days by DIVA and Gay Star News. Wella, one of Pride in London’s sponsors, will offer blow-drys and manicures to treat yourself before 7 July.Moreover, Terrence Higgins Trust and Positive East are expected to come in for some informational sexual health workshops.‘We’re hoping to host a talk on women’s sexual health with The Femedic,’ Carmichael adds, referring to the website fighting the taboo around women’s sexuality in an inclusive way.Carmichael and her fellow manager James Davidson are also organizing art evenings. Their aim is to help young LGBTI artists and provide them with a space to sell their works.Head to 72 Old Compton Street to find out more and get you set for Pride.Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-7pm, Thursday 10am-8pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Marchers and curious can shop everything Pride: button badges, tote bags, baseball caps… you name it, they have it. All proceeds will go to Pride in London, with a quote to the crowdfunding of East London LGBTI community center.The ‘proud’ cap was one of last year’s bestsellers | Photo: John Banyard‘We’re excited to have this fantastic space in the center of Soho’ says Kieron Yates, Head of Retail and Merchandising for Pride in London. ‘The team will be on hand to help you with all that information about the festival and the parade.’Poonum Chauhan, the creative mind behind the design for this year’s Pride in London, has given that rainbowy flair to all the merch.The designing process was as inclusive as Pride itself. People have been asked to come up with words representing what Pride in London means to them. The results? Freedom, individuality, protest, and celebrations were the most popular. The beating heart of Soho is once again the location of Pride in London’s pop-up shop. After last year’s success, the shop will be open for business from 8 June to 13 July.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Gay Star News took over London Pride pop-up shop and here’s what happenedRoyal Mail unveils rainbow postbox in Soho to celebrate Pride in LondonPride in London announces its most diverse line-up to dateRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Analysis Can ULCCs fly in Canada Crunching the numbers on Jetlines Flair

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> This story originally ran in the December 21st, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. TORONTO — The Canadian skies are about to be filled with a new crop of ultra low-cost carriers (ULCCs) vying for deal-minded Canadian travellers looking for an inexpensive way of getting from A to B. The ULCC airline movement began in Europe and has since successfully migrated to both the U.S. and most of Asia. Canadians have long looked at carriers like easyJet, Ryanair, AirAsia, Spirit and Allegiant and asked, why not in Canada?Many have argued that the unique aspects of the Canadian marketplace – and by that they mean 36 million Canadians spread over 9.98 million square kilometres – make the ULCC business model unworkable. Where the ULCC model has thrived is in high-population density regions.Additionally, the ULCC model has been most successful in regions where airlines have been able to connect large urban areas that are fairly close to each other – about 1 to 2 hours’ flying time apart. Ryanair in Europe and Allegiant in the U.S. are prime examples of this traditional ULCC feature. The Canadian population density sits at about 3.7 people per square kilometre and is among the lowest in the world. Fairly recent low-cost and ultra low-cost casualties that faced this issue in Canada include Canada 3000, CanJet, Harmony, Jetsgo, Roots Air and Zoom.Ryanair in Europe and Allegiant in the U.S. are prime examples of this traditional ULCCSome Canadian passengers think the country already has a ULCC with Air Canada Rouge. While Air Canada Rouge utilizes some aspects of a ULCC business plan (think more ancillaries and lower employee costs), Air Canada Rouge is more of an LCC.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Over the next year a varied group of entrepreneurs is going to attempt to show that in reality, Canada is not so different from Europe, Asia or the U.S. when it comes to ULCCs. The question is, will they be successful?Flair Airlines is already up and running. Many believe Flair was simply a re-branding of virtual ULCC NewLeaf, but this is not the case. What’s a virtual ULCC? This is when a travel company – NewLeaf in this case – brands the airline and puts its own livery on the planes, but operates as a reseller for the airline’s fares, and is not the airline itself. NewLeaf was never an actual airline and it used planes chartered from Flair Airlines.Flair Airlines’ new liveryWhen Flair Airlines announced it was buying NewLeaf this past June, Flair’s management decided to continue NewLeaf’s business plan. Since it didn’t have to charter aircraft, as NewLeaf did, it could have lower costs. Flair Airlines had operated as a cargo and charter airline in Canada for more than a dozen years prior to this ULCC experiment. Flair has a fleet of Boeing 737-400s for its operation with plans for two more aircraft to join the fleet in 2018.In December 2017 Flair announced it was offering GDS access to its fares via Amadeus with Travelport (Galileo/Worldspan) access looking likely for January 2018. Discussions with Sabre are also in the works.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTFlair has also indicated that it is planning to grow and start international flights, and news about the expansion could be coming in these early months of 2018. Flair said it expects to add four more Boeing aircraft to accommodate the nearly 1.5 million ULCC passengers that are forecast to use Flair in 2019.Meanwhile WestJet plans to launch Swoop in June 2018, with two Boeing 737-800s. That number is expected to increase to six by September 2018 and to 10 by summer 2019.When WestJet announced the Swoop name back in September, Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy said, “It’s a powerful verb that demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for more Canadians to travel.” When WestJet launched in 1996 it was positioned as a “great leap forward for Canadian air travel”, and a no-frills LCC. More than 20 years later WestJet flies to more than 100 destinations and has its sights set on becoming a global carrier.This is the first installment of a two-part series. Click here to read Part 2. Michael Schoenberger is an aviation and travel industry expert and freelance travel writer.This story originally ran in the December 21st, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. Analysis: Can ULCCs fly in Canada? Crunching the numbers on Jetlines, Flair and Swoop By: Michael Schoenberger Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Share Tags: Canada Jetlines, Feature Story, Flair Airlines, Low-Cost Carriers, Swoop, Trend Watchlast_img read more

Costa Rica takes on Panama on Sunday afternoon for a spot in

first_imgRelated posts:Thanks to dear neighbor Nicaragua, Costa Rica advances to Central America Cup final against Guatemala Costa Rica takes on Nicaragua on Wednesday afternoon in Ticos’ first match since World Cup Costa Rica dominates Nicaragua, 3-0, in national team’s first match since World Cup Arsenal’s Joel Campbell stars on Costa Rica roster for Ticos’ first post-World Cup match Costa Rica is a victory away from their 6th straight trip to the Central America Cup final. The team takes on Panama at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cotton Bowl in sunny Dallas, Texas.The Ticos opened the tournament Tuesday with a 3-0 thrashing of Nicaragua — in La Sele’s first match since its run to the World Cup quarterfinals.Now Costa Rica looks to continue its dominance in the regional tournament by knocking off Panama and securing a spot in the championship match set for Sept. 13 in Los Angeles, California.The roster only includes seven players who saw time on the pitch during the World Cup. Still, the roster — which includes Arsenal’s Joel Campbell — contains enough star power to make the Ticos clear favorites to repeat as champs of the regional tournament.Costa Rica has seven of the 12 editions of the Central America Cup, and has only finished worse than second once. The Ticos, under new coach Paolo Wanchope, didn’t disappoint in the team’s first match since their historic performance in Brazil. World Cup participants Celso Borges and Marco Ureña scored against Nicaragua as did La Sele newcomer Johan Venegas.Panama should be a much more formidable opponent for the 15th-ranked Ticos. Nicaragua is the worst team in the region and placed 175th in FIFA’s most recent poll. Panama actually dropped 30 spots in the August rankings, but still remain more than 100 spots ahead of Nicaragua at 63rd.The canaleros were minutes away from qualifying for their first ever World Cup last October before the United States mercilessly eliminated Panama with two stoppage time goals.Panama looks like one of the up-and-coming teams in Central America. But with the Ticos coming off their World Cup run, they have no excuses for stumbling against the Panamanians. Even a tie might be good enough to send Costa Rica to the championship, although Wanchope insisted his players will be pressing for another victory.All seven countries in Central America compete in the cup, which is taking place in the United States for the first time. The top four teams secure an automatic berth to next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Costa Rica is in Group B with Nicaragua and Panama. Group A contains the remaining sides: Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Jordan promotes itself as an ultimate family destination

first_imgThe beauty of Jordan lies in its mountains and beaches, castles and ancient churches, the urbanity of its people, and the richness of its culture which makes it the ideal place for a family vacation.Jordan is well- known for the warmth and friendliness of its people. Anywhere and everywhere you go, you will always find someone to assist you. Jordanians have always been eager to open their doors and welcome visitors to experience their country.Jordan caters to the vacationer who likes to combine a visit to an ancient site with a relaxing swim – so both the aspects are well taken care of. The activities and tourist locations make Jordan a country well-suited for tourism. From visiting the ancient site of Petra, camping in Wadi Rum, snorkelling in the Red sea, floating in the Dead Sea, mountain climbing in Wadi Mujib, to just shopping, these are just a glimpse of the complete set of activities available in Jordan.The country is blessed with a fantastic climate all year round, with autumn and spring being especially pleasant to visit.last_img read more