Bringing RadhaKrishnas love alive on stage

first_imgTo mark the Krishnashtami, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts organised a two day ‘Gita Govinda’ festival in the Capital, at IGNCA. With the nation soaked in colors of Janmashtami celebrations, it was an enthralling experience for Delhiites to enjoy and celebrate the occasion with performances dedicated to Lord Krishna. The festival commenced with a dance production by Centre for Mohiniyattam (CFM), titled ‘Deva-Gita’, which transported the audience to the magical era of Lord Krishna and his divine love saga. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainInspired from the temple traditions of Kerala, Deva-Gita, was performed in Mohiniyattam and sung reminiscent of the Sopana musical tradition. Keeping the tradition alive and depicting it through the presentation was the main attraction of the show. The presentation began with an invocation to Lord Krishna of Guruvayur temple, followed by Radha and her sakhi discovering Krishna in the company of Gopis, leaving Radha peeved. The next segment depicts Radha waiting anxiously for Krishna. After a night’s futile wait, Radha, initially ecstatic, to receive him, is shocked to find him in a state of disarray. She is upset, hurt and angry. Krishna tries to convince her by professing his love for her, but Radha is unconvinced. When he finally places her head at her feet she is taken aback. She is shocked and expresses remorse. They embrace in love. The performance concludes with the gopis joining them in celebration. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardPadmashri Bharti Shivaji has molded her research and unique ideas into Mohiniyattam. The presentation saw the wonderful synergy of Mohiniattam dance with sopanam songs sung in temples in Kerala, which was the highlight of the performance. On the occasion, Bharati Shivaji said that the essence of this entire presentation is the love of Radha-Krishna. This essence of divine love is unique and formed an integral part of Indian culture through centuries, presenting it on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami only seemed to enhance its ethos further. The evening also had performances by Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, and noted dancer Ranjana Gauhar, and Ranjana Dance Academy on day one. The second day, which was held on August 25, witnessed Manipuri presentation by Guru Singh Ajit Singh, Charu Sija Mathur and Manipuri Nrityasram, followed by Carnatic Vocal of Sudha Raghuraman and concludes with Kathak presentation by Shovana Narayan and Asavari Repertory.last_img read more

Inquiry hears of QuebecNL tensions over Churchill River energy

first_imgHAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. – The Muskrat Falls inquiry has been told that Quebec’s hold on the Churchill River’s resources has long blocked Newfoundland and Labrador from accessing elusive energy markets.Historian Jason Churchill was an expert witness Wednesday at the independent inquiry into the cost and schedule overruns of the $12.7 billion Labrador dam, led by provincial Supreme Court Justice Richard LeBlanc.Churchill presented a report on the political struggle over the river’s hydro energy resources from 1949 through 2007, and the province’s attempts to sign agreements to export and sell Labrador’s valuable energy resources.“The expression ‘the more things change the more they stay the same’ encapsulates the overall theme of negotiations to develop the Churchill River’s hydroelectric potential,” Churchill’s report reads. “The geographic isolation of Labrador’s hydroelectric resources has dominated discussions from Confederation.”Churchill spoke to the tense relationship between Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec, stemming from the notoriously lopsided 1969 Churchill Falls deal, which has generated more than $27.5-billion for Hydro-Quebec and about $2-billion for Newfoundland and Labrador to date.According to Churchill’s paper, Quebec’s firm position set the tone for future negotiations, referring to former premier Jean Lesage’s 1965 comments that any electricity passing through Quebec territory would “become property of Hydro-Quebec.”Churchill concluded that while political actors and tactics changed over the six decades he studied, Quebec’s hold over the river’s resources constrained Newfoundland and Labrador, informing former premier Danny Williams’ 2007 energy plan for the future of the province.Williams’ plan, titled “Focusing Our Energy,” took an optimistic tone, suggesting that the province had reached a watershed moment and was on the cusp of prosperity. Williams retired from politics shortly after announcing the plan for Muskrat Falls in 2010.The project was fairly well received at the time because the subsea cables suggested access to other Canadian and U.S. markets that had previously been blocked by Quebec.Since then, the project has essentially doubled in cost, and ratepayers in the small province of 530,000 are concerned at the prospect of footing the sizable bill if outside markets don’t purchase the excess power.Churchill wrote that the Labrador-Island transmission link “has added a new wrinkle to the established narrative” by offering an alternative to transmitting through Quebec.“Time will tell if it means that things have changed utterly, or if the goals of Newfoundland and Labrador premiers since Confederation to have the province reap the full rewards of the Churchill River’s hydroelectric resources will remain elusive,” Churchill’s report read.Stan Marshall, the current CEO of Nalcor Energy, the provincial Crown corporation overseeing Muskrat Falls, took the stand to offer a detailed update on the construction process to date.Marshall, who has famously called the project a “boondoggle,” said the main construction components are mostly complete, pending final touches this year on the north dam, installation of turbines and further work on the dam’s intake and tailrace gates.Marshall said Nalcor is planning for full power from Muskrat Falls to be online by 2020.— By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.last_img read more

Clay Walker To Host Gala Against MS

first_imgMulti-Platinum Country Music Artist, Clay Walker, is hosting the first annual Clay Walker Gala & Live Performance to benefit MS on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at the House of Blues located at 1204 Caroline Street from 6:00pm-11:00pm.The following morning, Friday, October 19, Clay Walker and Band Against MS are hosting an MS Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel located at 1300 Lamar Street from 9:00am-11:00am. Registration begins at 8:00am.Corporate leaders, philanthropists and the sports and entertainment industries will come together for this memorable night to raise funds in support of Clay’s charity Band Against MS Foundation (BAMS). BAMS will honor American Businessman, Philanthropist and Owner of the NFL Houston Texans, Bob McNair, for his long time support of Band Against MS. Honorary Co-Chair and CEO of Associated Pipeline Contractors, Inc. Paul Somerville, will also be there for this exciting evening. Mr. Somerville is a lifetime Vice President and past Treasurer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and serves on the board of Band Against MS (BAMS).During this exciting evening, there will be live performances by Clay Walker, Percy Sledge and Sarah Marince. There will be a delicious dinner served, open bar and a chance to participate in the live and silent auctions. On Friday morning, Clay Walker and BAMS will host a MS Forum free for MS patients, caregivers, family and friends. During the open discussion, one of the leading MS researchers will speak about Multiple Sclerosis research and patient care. An MS Patient Panel consisting of Clay Walker and Sports Psychologist & Author, Dr. Jack Llewellyn will answer questions from the attendees.Band Against MS, Inc. is a public charity committed to providing educational information for those living with Multiple Sclerosis, funding programs researching a cure for Multiple Sclerosis and funding programs helping those living with the disease. Nationally acclaimed recording artist Clay Walker established BAMS in February 2003 because he wanted to help others living with the same disease he has battled since 1996.To purchase tickets or to make a donation to Clay Walker’s Band Against MS (BAMS) please visit: read more

Special kids perform Indian Classical dance

first_imgAadya Kala Tirtham and Prayas observed its 14th annual concert to celebrate Indian classical dance with young talents along with special children named Nritya Gatha at Uttam Manch.The programme was choreographed and directed by Avirup Sengupta. Started with Mangalacharan, the event was followed by Gyansagar Guru, Adharam Madhuram, Jay Shankha Gadadhara, Jay Bhagabati, Vandemataram, and so on. Sharmila Banerjee, Minu Budhia Were honoured with the Prayas Samman 2019. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIt was graced by the august presence of Rituparna Sengupta, Agnimitra Paul, Reshmi Mitra, Richa Sharma, Indrani Ganguly, Sulagna Ray Bhattacharya, to name a few. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraAvirup Sengupta is an odhisi dancer and choreographer working from last fifteen years individually, he has performed at many prestigious festivals and programmes , also the founder of Prayas a cultural performing art center for special children. Avirup recently performed and choreographed Durga Carnival and very prestigious Vodafone Agomoni this year along with actor Rituparna Sengupta. This year, Avirup has received Pragati Award, Doshar Excellence Award and prestigious award from Bengal association, New Delhi. Currently, Avirup is working as a choreographer in Bengali films too. Recently he worked in two films named ‘Jam’ (Bangladeshi film ) starring Rituparna Sengupta and Babul Supriyo, ‘Limelight’ a Bengali film acted by Rituparna Sengupta. Speaking on the ocassion, Avirup said, “It is very challenging to groom special children. I have been trying my level best to teach Indian classical dance form to them over the last fourteen years. It’s been a really enjoyable session working with them. They are like my extended family. I have emotional bondage with them and always try to do something for them through the form of art. It helps them lead a better life.”last_img read more

Migiro coordination national ownership keys to boosting rule of law

The multitude of organizations, including United Nations agencies, working to promote the rule of law has resulted in a “crowded field,” resulting in the lack of strategic planning, duplication and wasted resources, Ms. Migiro said.Speaking at the start of a conference on “Enhancing Global Rule of Law Assistance,” she pointed to the example of one country she left unnamed, which is home to 10 million people and has fewer than 500 judges, and has been the subject of over 50 assessment reports on its justice system carried out by nearly two dozen donors.“Efforts to strengthen the legal framework, police, prisons and judicial systems were modelled on those donors’ own approaches rather than the country’s specific needs,” Ms. Migiro said, adding that not surprisingly, many years of assistance have not produced much improvement in that nation.The UN has embarked on a path to bring a more strategic approach to improving the respect for the rule of law, which has improved the impact of the world body’s assistance, she noted.“We are, however, well aware that our efforts to strengthen UN coherence will make a difference only if they are part of a larger effort by the international community,” she said, reiterating a call by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for nations to reach consensus on assistance policies.“The international community needs to commit to a comprehensive effort to empower national stakeholders and help them develop their own vision, agenda and approaches to rule of law reform and programmes,” Ms. Migiro said.Also today, she highlighted the necessity of linking gender issues to disaster risk reduction, given that women – representing 70 per cent of the world’s poor – bearing a disproportionate share of suffering inflicted by natural disasters.In remarks to the International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction in Beijing, the Deputy-Secretary-General appealed for a wide-ranging partnership that brings together governments, civil society groups, international organizations and the private sector.“You are ready to join hands with others to achieve things you could not possibly accomplish alone,” she said in an address delivered by Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. 20 April 2009Strategic planning, partnership and national ownership are the cornerstones to bolstering respect for the rule of law in countries that require assistance in their justice sector, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today. read more

Statistics Canada says real GDP contracted by 01 per cent in August

OTTAWA — The Canadian economy hit reverse in August, its first monthly pullback since October last year.“The amazing run of amazing Canadian economic data is officially over, with growth coming back to reality in a hurry,” Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter wrote in a note to clients.Statistics Canada said Tuesday real gross domestic product fell 0.1 per cent for the month, following essentially no change in July.Porter said the two-month lull in activity reinforces the point that “the frothy growth of the past year is over and done.”The Canadian economy began 2017 with strong growth through the first two quarters.However, after raising its key interest rate twice this year, the Bank of Canada kept its target for the overnight rate on hold last week amid expectations that the economy would slow in the second half of the year.In doing so, the central bank suggested future rate hikes were still likely, but noted it will proceed with caution while paying close attention to the impact of higher interest rates on indebted households, the evolution of the economy’s capacity, wage growth and inflation. Future rate decisions would be guided by incoming data, it said.The bank also said it’s closely watching persistent unknowns around geopolitical developments as well as U.S.-related fiscal and trade policies, such as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.On Tuesday, governor Stephen Poloz was cautious once again as he delivered his opening statement to a parliamentary committee. He said Canada was in a “crucial spot in the economic cycle and significant uncertainties are clouding the way forward.”“We agreed that the economy is likely to require less monetary stimulus over time, but we’ll be cautious in making future adjustments to our policy rate,” Poloz said in reference to the rate decision made last week by the bank’s governing council.Because of Tuesday’s GDP numbers, TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto said third-quarter growth is now tracking around an annual pace of 1.9 per cent, roughly in line with the Bank of Canada’s forecast of 1.8 per cent in last week’s monetary policy report.“Indeed, although there remain some wild cards, such as the impact of a strike in the auto sector, it is likely that output will come back to life in coming months, particularly given still encouraging signs from labour and housing markets,” DePratto wrote.Statistics Canada said goods-producing industries contracted by 0.7 per cent for August, while services-producing industries edged up 0.1 per cent.Twelve of 20 sectors improved for the month, but weakness in manufacturing and mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction more than offset the gains.The mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector fell 0.8 per cent in August, due to maintenance shutdowns in Newfoundland and Labrador.The manufacturing sector contracted 1.0 per cent for the month as both durable manufacturing slipped 0.1 per cent and non-durable manufacturing declined 2.0 per cent. read more

UN human rights experts call on DPR Korea to suspend scheduled execution

The four experts expressed dismay at the Government’s refusal to “respond in any meaningful way” to their concerns over the scheduled execution of Son Jong Nam, noting that he was reportedly tortured by the National Security Agency and sentenced without the benefit of any of the procedural safeguards required by international human rights law. “We are profoundly dismayed by this response and deplore the failure of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to cooperate with the special procedures established by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights,” they said. In late April the experts called upon the Government to postpone the execution and review the conviction.But on 5 May the Government replied by characterizing the experts’ letter as a “a product of conspiracy undertaken in pursuit of the ill-minded aim of spreading fabricated information while following the attempts of those hostile forces to defame, disintegrate and overthrow the state and social system of the DPRK on the pretext of human rights.”The experts are: Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Leila Zerrougui, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on the question of torture; and Vitit Muntarbhorn, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK. Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity who received their mandate from the now defunct UN Commission on Human Rights and will report to the newly established and enhanced Human Rights Council. read more

TSX slides crude oil prices tumble amid weak June employment data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 6, 2012 4:53 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market tumbled Friday as weak U.S. jobs data added to worries that the global economy is slowing faster than previously thought.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 157.38 points to 11,659.65 as the U.S. Labour Department reported that the American economy only managed to crank out 80,000 jobs last month, below already modest expectations for 90,000 positions.“It’s more than the jobs report,” said Patrick Blais, managing director and portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“A number of items are coming to the forefront: European challenges seem to be resurfacing, (Spanish bond yields are moving back higher), the market is coming to the realization that global growth will be significantly lower than expected — probably not only for this year but looking into the next year.”The Canadian dollar was down 0.41 a cent to 98.17 cents US as traders also took in tepid domestic job creation figures from Statistics Canada. The agency said 7,300 jobs were added in June, slightly better than the limited gain that had been expected.The TSX Venture Exchange shed 15.1 points to 1,211.35.The Dow Jones industrials dropped 124.2 points to 12,772.47.The Nasdaq composite index lost 38.79 points to 2,937.33 and the S&P 500 index was off 12.9 points to 1,354.68.Even before the jobs reports, markets had already been set for a weak session after International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Friday that the IMF is cutting its forecast for global economic growth in a quarterly assessment to be released later this month.She did not say which countries or regions were contributing to the lowered assessment for 2012 and declined to give more details.Growth in most major economies has showed signs of slowing in recent months, partly due to Europe’s chronic debt crisis and economic malaise.The jobs report capped a disappointing week which included worse than expected readings on the American manufacturing and service sectors. But the TSX managed to end the week with a gain of 63 points.On the TSX, the energy sector fell 2.21 per cent as crude prices fell sharply despite interest rate cuts announced Thursday by the European and Chinese central banks. The August crude contract fell $2.77 to US$84.45 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gave back $1.04 to C$29.36 and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was down 96 cents at $26.58.The base metals sector fell 3.75 per cent as diminished demand prospects also pushed metal prices lower with the September copper contract on the Nymex off eight cents at US$3.41 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lost $1.04 to C$31.92 and First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) was 89 cents lower at $18.63.The gold sector dropped about 2.4 per cent as bullion fell $30.50 to US$1,578.90 an ounce. Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) faded 40 cents to C$8.41 and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) was off 78 cents to $38.52.All TSX sectors were lower save for a slight gain in the utilities group.The financials sector declined 1.23 per cent while Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) was down 41.03 to $52.85 and Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) dropped 34 cents to $10.90.Industrial stocks also weakened with Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) 16 cents lower at $4.04.Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) says Tony Ingram has resigned as a director, the third departure from the CP board since the Calgary-based company’s annual meeting in May. As a result of the departures and the addition of Hunter Harrison as a director and chief executive officer of the company, the nominees put forward by Pershing Square have a majority on the 14-member board of directors. CP stock declined 73 cents to $75.03.In other corporate news, Calvalley Petroleum Inc. (TSX:CVI.A) stock soared Friday in the first trading since it received an unsolicited takeover proposal from a Norwegian oil and gas company. Its shares jumped $1.19 or 82.64 per cent to $2.63, well above the $2.30 per share proposed Thursday by DNO International.Pengrowth Energy Corp. (TSX:PGF) is reducing its monthly dividend payments to shareholders by 43 per cent to four cents a share starting next month. The Calgary-based company says it’s making the change due to weak commodity prices and increased uncertainty in the capital and property markets and its shares fell 21 cents to $6.40.Ottawa has approved Target Corp.’s plan to enter the Canadian market and sell books and other cultural products such as DVDs, music and magazines. Target has committed to support Canadian cultural events and organizations. The U.S. retailer is poised to begin opening the first of between 125 and 135 stores in Canada at former Zellers locations acquired from Hudson’s Bay Co. The store openings are set to start next year. TSX slides, crude oil prices tumble amid weak June employment data read more

Canada in 2050 land of climatechange extremes at current emissions levels

Steam rises as people look out on Lake Ontario in front of the skyline during extreme cold weather in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Canada is a land of extremes, from car-freezing cold to crop-searing heat and drenching rains to drought. But you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. By 2050 ??? within the life expectancy of most Canadians ??? scientists say that if current emissions levels remain unchanged, climate change will be well established. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch Canada in 2050: land of climate-change extremes at current emissions levels EDMONTON – Canada is a land of extremes, from car-freezing cold to crop-searing heat and drenching rains to drought. But you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.By 2050 — within the life expectancy of most Canadians — scientists say that if current emissions levels remain unchanged, climate change will be well established.It will be warmer: a cross-country summertime average of about two degrees. It will be wetter, mostly, by about five per cent.Those modest figures may sound good to a country that describes summer as four months of poor sledding. And global warming will bring perks, such as the chance to grow different or more abundant crops.But gentle averages, however, are not what Canadians will experience. Climate change will feed into Canada’s already considerable natural variability — and not to smooth it out.“The kind of changes one anticipates are more likelihood of drought or more likelihood of wet periods,” said Greg Flato, Environment Canada’s top climate modeller.“If you think about temperature extremes, as the climate warms the likelihood of getting a very hot extreme becomes greater; the likelihood of getting a very cold extreme becomes less likely.”The extra rain, for example, is unlikely to fall in a gentle spring shower. Look for it in great flooding downpours or winter rains that drain before they can nourish crops.John Pomeroy, a Canada research chair in water resources at the University of Saskatchewan, points out the amount of water that falls as snow has already declined by one-third on the Prairies. The number of multi-day rains has increased by half.“Farmers need to adapt to that, to being inundated and flooded quite a bit,” he said.Heat-loving crops like corn could become much more common in Canadian fields.But water availability could limit the advantage of a longer growing season. Southern Canada’s modest precipitation gains are expected to be lost through higher temperatures.FOREST TO PRAIRIEMilder winters allow mountain pine beetles to survive and infect forests in Alberta and Saskatchewan, killing trees and turning parched and overheated forests into tinder boxes.Wildfire seasons already begin weeks before they used to. In the Northwest Territories, where temperatures are climbing faster than almost anywhere on earth, the 2014 fire season set a record of 3.4 million hectares of scorched forest.Aspens, the most common leafy tree in the boreal forest, are dying at twice their historic norm, “part of a larger-scale pattern of climate-related dieback episodes,” says Natural Resources Canada.By 2050, look for big parts of the boreal forest’s southern fringe to be brand-new prairie.“Drought-prone spruce will be lost first, followed by pines and then aspen, to be replaced by some form of prairie grassland,” said a 2009 report from the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers.Glaciers, an important source of water for western cities during low-snow years, are on their way out, said Mike Demuth of the Geological Survey of Canada.“Glaciers in the Rocky Mountains are pretty much going the way of the dodo bird,” he said.Nor do the changes stop with the land.“We are already seeing (fish) species shifting their distributions,” said William Cheung of the University of British Columbia. “Warmer water species from the south are appearing in the north area and some of the (northern) species are suffering because the ocean becomes too hot for them.”Look for overall catches off the Pacific coast to decline between four and 11 per cent by 2050, Cheung said. Salmon hauls will drop between 17 and 29 per cent, herring by up to half.There is, however, good news.West coast fishers can look for more pacific sardines and manila clams. In the Atlantic, catches are expected to increase — as long as fishers can sail further north.“Smaller-scale fisheries may not be able to fish from their home ports a lot further,” Cheung said.Commercial fisheries could also open in an ice-free Arctic Ocean, with turbot, Arctic cod and Arctic char. But much science is needed to determine if those fisheries are sustainable.“It will be risky,” Cheung said. “Once fisheries have developed, it’s very difficult to scale it down.”THE HIDDEN DRIVERCanadians will also have to deal with climate change’s global impacts.“It complicates the U.S.-Canada relationship,” said Rob Huebert from the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.“We know that in the southwest (U.S.) they’re pretty much getting maxed out in terms of available water sources. In a United States that is water-deprived, they’re automatically looking northward.”Climate will be a hidden driver behind many difficult foreign situations, said Huebert. Refugees, fleeing expanding African deserts or the strife caused thereby, will be knocking on Canada’s door.“What I’m seeing is an acceleration in the collapse of some of these societies and it seems to be coming from the expansion of the desert,” Huebert said. “(Climate change) definitely seems to be an intervening variable that is exacerbating the situation.“It’s the accelerator of what’s already a bad situation.”Some worry current predictions are too conservative.“All the work we’ve done may be falling apart because nobody expected to see the Arctic exploding with heat,” said University of Lethbridge climate modeller James Byrne.Even with this year’s El Nino, Byrne said the Arctic is falling apart faster than anyone thought it would.January was the ninth straight month of record-breaking global warmth and saw the greatest departure from average of any on record, says NASA. It was hottest in the Arctic — four degrees above normal.“The scenarios are challenging to interpret at this point,” Byrne said. “How much faith can we really have in them? I’m worried about that.”Most climatologists say the big impacts — especially if the world doesn’t reduce its carbon emissions — don’t even start until after 2050.Climate change forecasts, said Flato, only predict more uncertainty.“We don’t know where that ultimate change will be,” he said.“It’s a bit worrisome, not knowing what the future will be for my son or my grandchildren. The uncertainty of where it will get to is a worry to me.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the amount of water falling as snow had declined by half. by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 29, 2016 2:30 am MDT Last Updated Feb 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Football Ryan Day finds trust in 2019 recruiting class

Ohio State head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day answers questions from the media during a press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal SaeedThe recruitment of five-star defensive end Zach Harrison came down to the last minute for Ryan Day and Ohio State. For Day, Harrison was a good representation of what the recruiting process has been like for him transitioning into the head coaching role after Urban Meyer announced that he would retire after the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.“We had a home visit last week, was really important to sit down in the home and talk to the family about the direction of the program and having some communication on just some of the leadership changes that comes with the change of the head coach,” Day said.  This was a conversation Day had with many recruits in this two-week span following Meyer’s announcement, a needed conversation that the state of the program, despite the transition of leadership, was very strong and would be consistent. For many, the decision on whether to choose to come to Ohio State was much simpler. Day said the decision comes down to families trusting that their son would be taken care of. Harrison trusted Day. So did 14 other recruits, giving Ohio State the No. 3 2019 recruiting class in the Big Ten and No. 12 in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Day knew from the moment Meyer handed him the reins of Ohio State recruiting that it would be a difficult process in securing the 2019 class during the period of transition, which he started immediately after the Big Ten Championship. Day had connected with many of the of the 2019 recruits in August and through the first three games of the season when he was named the acting head coach during Meyer’s suspension. He said this helped him have a closeness with the families. In the two-week span, what he considered to be a whirlwind, Day said it took a level of trust for the families to commit to a program with a brand new head coach. “I think there was some faith right here because I’ve only been on the job here really for a couple of weeks,” Day said. “When you connect with people, you look them in the eye and you sit in their homes, there’s a connection to be made there, I thought that happened.” But many of the families had the same types of questions, revolving around the same topic: replacing Meyer and what Day’s vision and direction for the Ohio State football program would be. “We think we have the most comprehensive program from A to Z in the country. The infrastructure is here and that the plan is not to change that,” Day said. “There’s a reason why there’s been so much success here in the past and we want to keep that going.” Day said even though there will be a change at the head coaching position, providing a change in personality and demeanor, the infrastructure would stay in place, the “Plan to win,” as Meyer coined, would remain consistent. This is what brought Harrison to Ohio State, what kept five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson and five-star center Harry Miller committed. While the Buckeyes have an expectation for the quality of player and person they recruit, the storyline for the 2018 early signing period revolved around the expectation that the recruits have in Ohio State, despite the off-the-field storylines the program went through. And for those that remained with Ohio State through the firing of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, the suspension of Meyer, Meyer’s retirement and Day’s promotion, the new and acting head coach is very grateful. “When you look at who these kids are in the last seven months, their loyalty, it’s amazing,” Day said. “What happened in August and then the coaching change down the stretch, these kids stuck with us, that means a lot to us. And we are not going to forget that moving forward.” read more

Disbelief as staff locked out of plant in Carlow

first_imgRECEIVERS HAVE BEEN appointed to a quarrying company which has two plants in Carlow, leaving more than 160 staff in limbo.SIPTU’s David Lane told that staff arrived to work at 8am this morning and were met by security guards who had padlocked the gates overnight. He said that, before this morning, there had been no indication to staff that their jobs were at risk and management were not present on site today.“It was total disbelief – the lads turned up for work this morning and the gates were locked,” Lane said.Paul McCann and Stephen Tennant of Grant Thornton have been appointed joint receivers to Dan Morrissey, it was confirmed this evening. Grant Thornton said it has ceased to trade with immediate effect due to the insolvency.They added that they are immediately preparing employee entitlements for submission to the Department of Social Protection. SIPTU’s Lane said the union will now be looking for a meeting with receivers.The company could not be reached for comment today.Read: Bausch and Lomb workers to vote on plan to cut jobs and wages>last_img read more

Gardaí seize MDMA and heroin worth €11m in Dublin

first_img Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 7:00 PM Image: An Garda Síochána Short URL 22 Comments 12,467 Views Image: An Garda Síochána Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan Share51 Tweet Email GARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED drugs with an estimated street value of €1.1 million and arrested four men during an operation in west Dublin.As part of ongoing investigations targeting serious criminal activity in the Dublin region, a planned operation was carried out in the Clondalkin area yesterday evening by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.During the operation gardaí intercepted two cars and searched an apartment. Approximately 12kg of MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) powder and 3kg of heroin was seized.Four men, ranging in age from 30s to 60s, were arrested as part of the investigation.They are currently being detained at Clondalkin and Ronanstown Garda Stations under section two of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act. They can be detained for up to seven days.The combined street value of the controlled drugs seized is estimated at €1.1 million (pending analysis).The investigation is ongoing.Read: Garda gets €250k damages after being forced to retire early due to ‘vicious’ pub assaultRead: Hostages rescued after standoff with gunman in Florida Gardaí seize MDMA and heroin worth €1.1m in Dublin Four men, ranging in age from their 30s to 60s, were arrested. Dec 1st 2016, 7:00 PM last_img read more

Head of 800yearold mummy stolen from crypt of St Michans Church in

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Archdeacon David Pierpoint said the church has to be closed to tourists now. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe Vicar of the Christ Church Cathedral Group of Parishes, of which St Michan’s is part, Archdeacon David Pierpoint said he is upset and disappointed that the church has been targeted again by vandals. The crypt was also vandalised back in 1996.“The actions of these people are devastating and sacrilegious. We are upset at the amount of damage that has been caused,” he said.“But also the crypt will have to close so tourists will not be able to visit. It is very frustrating. I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the gardaí.” Short URL Monday 25 Feb 2019, 3:44 PM Feb 25th 2019, 3:44 PM Share6695 Tweet Email9 By Michelle Hennessy A (file) photo from outside the crypt. Image: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.iecenter_img Head of 800-year-old mummy stolen from crypt of St Michan’s Church in Dublin The Church of Ireland said the crypt was badly damaged by vandals. THIEVES WHO VANDALISED a crypt in Dublin have stolen the head of an 800-year-old mummy known as The Crusader.The discovery at the crypt of St Michan’s Church on Church Street was made shortly before lunchtime today when a guide was preparing to open the church for visitors.The Church of Ireland said the crypt had been “badly damaged” and several of the mummies inside, including the 400-year-old remains of a nun, had been desecrated. The Crusader’s body was turned over and his head had been removed.The Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson said he was “shocked that someone would target this ancient burial place and desecrate the remains of those lying within it”. Not only have these individuals desecrated the sacred crypt but they have destroyed these historic mummies which have been preserved in St Michan’s for hundreds of years. I would appeal to those responsible to examine their consciences and return the head of The Crusader to its rightful place. Image: Nicky Ryan/ 63 Comments A (file) photo from outside the crypt. 85,645 Views last_img read more

Soldotna Wildlife Trooper Gets Hearing On Marijuana Control Board Nomination

first_imgJamie has spoken about wanting to revisit rules for on-site consumption of marijuana at some licensed retailers if he is appointed to the board.  He said he acknowledges that Alaskans voted to legalize so-called recreational use of cannabis and that respecting the wishes of the people is important but “sensible regulations” also are needed. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Alaska Wildlife Trooper stationed in Soldotna was among Governor Mike Dunleavy’s picks to serve in the public safety seat on the state Marijuana Control Board. Lt. Christopher Jaime was nominated to the board after Soldotna Police Chief Peter Mlynarik resigned in 2018. Jaime had a hearing before the House Labor and Commerce Committee this week. The nomination of Jamie to the board will require a confirmation by lawmakers.center_img Dunleavy made two new appointments, including Jamie, to the board tasked with regulating the industry even as he has eyed repealing the board. The other is Vivian Stiver who was appointed to the seat that has been held by industry representative Brandon Emmett. Matt Shuckerow, a Dunleavy spokesman, says it’s no secret Stiver “holds a certain skepticism for legal marijuana use,” which he says is a viewpoint other Alaskans share.last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg builds sleep box to help wife maximize rest

first_img 8 “So far this has worked better than I expected and she can now sleep through the night,” he wrote.”As an engineer, building a device to help my partner sleep better is one of the best ways I can think of to express my love and gratitude.”Zuckerberg also suggested that some entrepreneur might want to build more sleep boxes so more people can have an alternative to checking the time. But, if you can’t wait for the sleep box to go on sale, you can make your own. If you want more insights from the social network czar, he recently started a podcast.First published at 3:19 a.m. PT.Updated at 3:44 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Priscilla Chan found her sleep was impacted by checking the time, so husband Mark Zuckerberg found a way for her to avoid doing so. C Flanigan/FilmMagic via Getty Facebook’s creator turned his engineering talents in a new direction — helping his wife, Priscilla Chan, get enough sleep.Knowing Chan gets stressed when she’s aware of the time, Mark Zuckerberg built a wooden “sleep box” to gently let her know it’s time to get up, he revealed in a Saturday Instagram post.The box sits on her nightstand and emits a soft glow between 6 and 7 a.m. — the time their daughters, Maxima and August, usually wake up. The light is faint enough that it won’t wake Chan, but visible enough to alert her to the time if she’s awake, so she’ll know one of them should go and check on the kids. Comments 7 ways smart home devices can help you sleep better Share your voice Sleep Tags Now playing: Watch this: 3:16 Mark Zuckerberg Facebooklast_img read more

National Weather Service Issues El Niño Watch

first_img(Graphic courtesy National Weather Service)There could be more warm and cloudy weather on Alaska’s coast and more wildfire danger in the Interior this summer if a temperature trend in the waters of the Pacific Ocean along the equator continues.Download AudioThe National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center issued an El Niño Watch on Thursday, saying the weather pattern is more likely than not to develop this summer.“At this point it does look quite likely that we’ll see that warmer water across the equatorial Pacific,” Rick Thoman, the Director of Climate Science and Services for Alaska, said. “That will influence where those big thunderstorms develop in the tropics over the summer, and that pushes lots of heat and moisture into the mid and high latitudes of the earth.”The moisture transported to the north becomes clouds in Alaska.El Niños were fairly common in the late 20th century but have only shown up twice since 1998. Thoman says because the jet stream is fairly weak in the summer, El Niño’s effects to the north can vary, but a general pattern can still be seen in records of past events that developed between spring and summer.“When that’s happened in the past, that has correlated with active fire years,” Thoman said. ”It also does correlate to some extent with at least not cool summers, especially in coastal Alaska.”The reason for the higher fire risk is thunderstorms.“Because to get thunderstorms of course you need some moisture,” Thoman said. “Last year was a very warm summer across mainland Alaska, but there was unusually low thunderstorm activity and that was a result of the high pressure aloft and really a lack of low level moisture.”“So to some extent we need that moisture to get thunderstorms across inland Alaska.”The Climate Prediction Center says there is now a 65 percent likelihood of an El Niño developing this summer.last_img read more

Padara Tahsildar suspended for accepting bribe in Nagarkurnool

first_imgNagarkurnool: Nagarkurnool District Collector E Sridhar had suspended Padara Tahsildar and issued suspension notices in this regard on Wednesday. With the video of Tahsildar Mallikharjun Rao going viral on social media with him accepting the bribe money and counting it, the Nagarkurnool District Collector, after conducting a detailed inquiry into the matter, was convinced of Tahsildar’s involvement in the incident and issued suspension orders. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us According to sources, earlier Mallikharjun Rao had agreed to issue patta passbooks to a farmer in Ippalapally village of Padara mandal. However, the Tahsildar demanded an exorbitant amount from the farmer for the official service. Finally, the Tahsildar agreed for an amount and the same was received from the farmer at his own home. The video of the Tahsildar taking the bribe money and counting it uploaded onto social media has gone viral. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Even the news channels and print media carried it extensively. Taking cognisance of this, the District Collector conducted an enquiry and after ascertaining the authenticity of the video, he issued suspension orders. “We will not tolerate officials involving in the corrupt practices while delivering official duties. Strict departmental action will be taken against the officials who take bribes,” informed the Collector.last_img read more

Indian Stocks Decline on Weak Rupee and Global Cues

first_imgIndian stocks markets ended lower for a straight second session on Wednesday as weak rupee and a broad selloff in global markets dampened sentiment.The benchmark BSE Sensex declined 0.36 percent, or 68.16 points, to 18,664.88. The 50 share NSE Nifty fell 0.53 percent, or 29.25 points, to 5,513.00.Markets opened on a weak note, tracking negative cues from Asian peers and Wall Street overnight. Markets recovered from intra-day losses and entered into positive territory during late afternoon trade, helped by gains metal, realty and oil & gas sectors. However, the gains were offset by declines in FMCG and auto sector shares and sent the bench mark indices back into the negative territory.Among the 13 BSE sectoral indices, metal sector surged 3.31 percent and realty sector climbed 5.04 percent while IT sector plunged 1.60 percent and FMCG fell 1.37 percent.The Indian rupee extended its slide against the US dollar on Wednesday. Rupee plunged to 61.47 against the dollar before recovering to 60.96 levels. Rupee plunged to a record low of 61.80 on Tuesday before recovering on central bank buying late in the day that took it back to 60.77 levels by the close.The overall market breadth is positive with 1247 advanced against 1043 declines on the BSE.Meanwhile, Asian stock markets declined to four-week low on Wednesday as renewed fears about the Fed’s tapering plan weighed on the sentiment. Comments from Atlanta Fed president Dennis Lockhart and Chicago Fed President Charles Evans on Tuesday raised concerns that the central bank may start scaling back its asset buying program as soon as next month and sparked a sell off in global markets.”We’re going to get tapering, it’s really a question of when and not if and that’s why we’ve seen a decline in (equity) markets,” Michael Hewson, market analyst at CMC Markets, told Reuters.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 tumbled 4 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite fell 0.67 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng plunged 1.53 percent and South Korea’s KOSPI fell 1.48 percent.last_img read more

52 million earmarked for Cancun Riviera Maya Sargassum situation

first_imgHe said that about 939 kilometers of the 994 kilometers of state coasts are affected by the arrival of the sarsassum, but insisted that there is no emergency “because it is not every day nor all the beaches.” Photo: lopezobrador Admiral Secretary Raúl Ojeda said “Sargassum is a situation that is occurring in many countries and that we are dealing with it as a state problem. We are solving it with the federal government, the state government, the municipal governments, the private initiative and certain research groups such as Conacyt and the University,” Ojeda explained. “Not everything is money, because unfortunately over the last six years, a lot of money was invested. Everything was contracts, everything was compromised, and they know that the problem was not solved,” adding that even the antisargasso sea fence barriers are not proving as capable as companies claim. He said that efforts have been doubled and work will continue to give timely attention to the problem which includes, among other things, a prioritized municipal beach cleaning plan. He said that a Sargasso 2019 Operation will begin with several million peso to prioritize which municipalities need cleaning first. He added that a ship in Ensenada is being refurbished in Manzanillo for the use of sargasso collection and is expected to be operational within six months at a cost of 90 million peso. “Semar is going to build. We have engineers, we are going to design, we already have it, a sargacera (sargassum boat) very similar to the one that is in the trade,” explained Ojeda. Photo: Riviera Maya News He says they intend to build one sargassum boat per month as resources are allocated with the goal of having a fleet of 10 to 12 boats specifically dedicated to harvesting the sargassum. He also noted that more contracted companies are not likely. “This problem, like others, has been magnified to question the new government, but there is no cause for concern,” said the president. Governor Carlos Joaquín González highlighted the coordinated work between the three levels of government and noted that at the moment, there have been no reported impacts on international hotel tourism, but did highlight that work must be done quickly to avoid an impact on the seasons of summer and into December. Photo: Riviera Maya News Of the affected beaches, the government has noted 10 municipalities that include 335 kilometers of beach in Othón P. Blanco, 180 kms in Isla Mujeres, 90 kms of coast along the beaches of Cozumel, 77 kms in the municipality of Tulum, 65 kms of beach in the municipality of Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen), 58 kms in Benito Juarez (Cancun), 56 kms in the municipality of F. Carrillo Puerto, 40 kms in Lázaro Cárdenas, 20 in Bacalar and 18 kms of Puerto Morelos beaches. Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Although President Andrés Manuel López Obrador insists that the sargassum issue along the coasts of Quintana Roo is not an emergency, the Secretary of the Navy received 52 million peso to attack the plague as a state problem. Marisol Vanegas Perez, the Secretary of Tourism for Quintana Roo, said that the problem of sargassum in the state is not a serious problem, it is very serious when considering the different ways it is affecting the families who depend on tourism. She also said she is confident that as the negotiations progress, the necessary support from the federation will flow to the state and a coordinated strategy will be achieved. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pentest tool in focus Metasploit

first_imgSecurity over the web is of the highest priority these days as most of our transactions and storage takes place on the web. Our systems are ripe for cracking by hackers. Don’t believe me? check out the below video. How can we improve our security belts around our system? Metasploit is one solution cybersecurity professionals look at to tight-lock their security with no risk of intruders. Metasploit, an open source project, allows individuals or organizations to identify security vulnerabilities and develop a code using which network administrators can break into their own code and identify potential risks. They can then prioritize which vulnerabilities need to be addressed. The Metasploit project offers Penetration (pen) testing software Tools for automating the comparison of a program’s vulnerability Anti-forensic and advanced evasion tools Some tools are also built-in the Metasploit framework. The Metasploit Framework  is a collection of tools, libraries, modules and so on. It is popular among cybersecurity professionals and ethical hackers to carry out penetration testing or hacking. They can use it to exploit vulnerabilities on a network and also make Trojans, backdoors, botnets, phishing and so on. You can check out our article on 12 common malware types you should know, to know about the different malware types. The Metasploit Framework is supported by various operating systems including, Linux, MAC-OS, Windows, Android and so on. One can use metasploit in both free and paid versions, where the free version(Metasploit Framework and Metasploit community)can be used to find out basic exploits. However, a full paid version(Metasploit Pro) is preferred as it allows one to carry out deep pen-tests and other advanced features. A paid version offers: Collects integrations via remote APIs Automate several tasks, which include smart exploitation, penetration testing reports, and much more. Infiltrates dynamic payloads to evade the top antivirus solutions Also, in order to use this hacking tool, one can make use of the different interfaces it offers. Metasploit Interfaces Msfconsole Msfconsole is one of the highly popular interfaces in the metasploit framework. Once you have a hang of this interface and its syntax, it will provide a coherent access to all the options within the Metasploit Framework. Some advantages of msfconsole include: With the msfconsole, one can access all the features in the MSF Most stable and provides a console-based interface With msfconsole executing external commands is possible One can experience a full readline support, tabbing, and command completion Msfcli Msfcli enables a powerful command-line interface to the framework. Some features of this interface include: Support for the launch of exploits and auxiliary modules. Great for use in scripts and basic automation. However, one should be careful while using msfcli as variables are case-sensitive, and are assigned using an equal to (=) sign. MsfGUI Msfgui is the GUI of the framework and a tool to carry out demonstrations to clients and management. The msfgui: provides a point-and-click interface for exploitation a GTK wizard-based interface for using the metasploit framework Armitage Developed by Raphael Mudge, Armitage, is an open source Java-based frontend GUI for the metasploit framework. Its primary aim is to assist security professionals to understand hacking, by getting to know the true potential of Metasploit. Advantages of using Metasploit One can automate each phase of penetration testing Metasploit allows pentesters and cyber professionals to automate all phases within the penetration test. This is because, the amount of time required to carry out a complete and thorough pen-test is huge. Metasploit automates tasks; right from selecting the appropriate exploit to streamline the evidence collection and reporting of the attack. Credentials can be gathered and reused Credentials are the keys to any network, and the biggest prize for a penetration tester. With metasploit, one can catalog and track user credentials for reporting. Professionals and hackers can also make use of these credentials across every system in the network using a simple credential domino wizard. Become a next-Level Pen Tester If one has already worked with Metasploit framework for years together, its pro version is definitely the next step to head for. With Metasploit Pro, the expert can easily move through a network using the pivoting and antivirus evasion capabilities. They can also create instant reports on the progress and evidence. The best part is, one can seamlessly use custom scripts by going into the command line framework. Metasploit in competition with other pentesting tools Metasploit is not the only tool that offers penetration testing but it is one of the preferred ones. There are a number of other tools in the market that can give Metasploit a tough competition. Some of them include Wireshark, Nessus, Nmap, and so on. Wireshark is a famous network protocol analyzer. It can read captured information from other applications and is multiplatform. The only con it has is, it has a steep learning curve. Nessus is a vulnerability scanner and a popular tool among the professionals in security. It has a huge library of vulnerabilities and respective tests to identify them. It relies on the response from the target host to identify a breach. Here, metasploit is used as an exploitation tool to identify if the detected breach could be exploitable. Nmap (Network mapper) is a highly competent pen testing tool used for network mapping or discovery. On comparing with metasploit, it has a rudimentary GUI as compared to Metasploit. Metasploit is moving into web application security with its 3.5.0 release. The community has also added native PHP and Java payloads, which makes it easy to acquire advanced functionality through web application and Java server vulnerabilities. The community plans to port more exploits and modules to the metasploit platform. Additional modules that target embedded devices, hardware devices, etc.and BUS systems, such as K-Line could be added in the near future. Read Next 5 pen testing rules of engagement: What to consider while performing Penetration testing How to secure a private cloud using IAM Top 5 penetration testing tools for ethical hackerslast_img read more