Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday warned Pakistan that India will not hesitate to stop water of rivers flowing to that country if Islamabad does not end its support to terrorism.“The Union government is already making a road map to stop water of rivers flowing from India into Pakistan,” he said at a campaign rally in Amritsar.The Minister said that the government is planning to build six water dams in Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and this step would solve the water problem enormously.“There was a water treaty between India and Pakistan in 1960 and its basis was peaceful relations, but if the present face of terrorism is not changed, in such circumstances, India wouldn’t take much time to take the harsh decision of stopping river water to Pakistan,” the BJP leader said.Excess waterHe said that the excess water will be given to Punjab and Haryana to address shortage in agriculture.On river water distribution between Punjab and neighbouring Haryana, he said that the issue has to be sorted out without disturbing the water available to Punjab. Mr. Gadkari said that the Modi government did what was not done in the last five decades.
Read Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES The 28-year-old Ratliffe is confident about Star’s chances against San Miguel but at the same time, he also knows the kind of challenge that lies ahead.“Five games,” Ratliffe said in his prediction. “Of course [Star winning]. I’m pretty sure anybody in our locker room will say we’re gonna win. But it will be five games, a tough, grinding series. Two good teams matching-up so it’s gonna be five.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games A lot has changed since with Star replacing the athletic Mitchell with imposing big man Ricardo Ratliffe, who is in his second tour of duty with the Hotshots and has picked up where he left off.READ: Star ousts Rain or Shine, books semis berthFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Hotshots are also on a roll since that April 16 meeting as they are currently on a seven-game winning streak heading into their best-of-five semifinals duel with the Beermen.And shortly after sweeping Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Ratliffe is already locked in on Star’s clash with San Miguel and his individual matchup with counterpart Charles Rhodes. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe last time Star faced San Miguel Beer, the Hotshots were still a different team with Tony Mitchell as their import.The Hotshots lost to the Beermen, 103-97, back in the elimination round nearly two months ago.ADVERTISEMENT UFC: New featherweight champ Holloway posts tribute to Aldo “They are really tall but I’ll just be ready for it. They have June Mar (Fajardo), Charles Rhodes, and Chris Ross, a deep team in every position. I think we match-up well though so it should be fun,” Ratliffe told reporters after posting 26 points, 24 rebounds and five assists in an 84-69 victory.READ: Star blasts Rain or Shine, moves one win away from semis“Yeah,” he said when asked if he’s ready to lock horns with Rhodes. “I’m ready for anybody. That should be a good matchup. We’ll see.”Ratliffe said he’s familiar with Rhodes’ game having played against him several times in Korea.“I played him against in Korea. Yeah, I beat him. Sometimes he beat me but I got a championship, he’s a good player though,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
OVER THE TOP: Senegal’s Ferdinand Coly (No. 17) and Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic fight for the ballIt has been said that arrogance and complacency caused France, Argentina and Portugal to underestimate opponents and depart prematurely from the World Cup.Italians, of course, accuse referees and administrators of some deep, dark conspiracy for,OVER THE TOP: Senegal’s Ferdinand Coly (No. 17) and Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic fight for the ballIt has been said that arrogance and complacency caused France, Argentina and Portugal to underestimate opponents and depart prematurely from the World Cup.Italians, of course, accuse referees and administrators of some deep, dark conspiracy for their failure. I do not believe any of it. The real reason we have had shocks almost every day is fear.The biggest names picked up the vibes from the first match, when Senegal defeated France, and became afraid that weird and wondrous things happen in this part of the world.TEARS AND TRAGEDY: (From left) Zinedine Zidane, Gabriel Batistuta and Luis Figo You could smell fear in Portugal when their normally expressive stars resorted to primitive fouls against South Korea. The Portuguese could not take the heat.When Italy also got burned in the Korean cauldron, they blamed the referee and the money men. Well, Italy is the land of Machiavelli, and the way heads of state from US President George Bush to Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi opted in and out of allying with the football troops, we supposed this tournament had at least passing political interest.CONTACT SPORT: Temperatures rose in the Germany – Cameroon matchBut is the ground shifting permanently in the game? Europeans and South Americans have been so superior that maybe what they fear is they might now be seen as inferior. In Japan’s Niigata Prefecture there is a custom of ushi no tsunotsuki – Japanese bullfighting, not man against beast, but two 1,000 kg animals goaded to fight one another.The foreplay is long, the kill can take seconds. And then the gentle folks of Niigata eat the slaughtered beef. “Old bulls that have been competing for years make pretty tough meat,” we are told. “They’re only good for hamburgers.”France, Argentina, Portugal and Italy became hamburger beef in this tournament. When Senegal and South Korea sniffed at the air, sensing their chance of a lifetime, they turned into teams that grew braver with every match.advertisementSHOCKED: Italy’s GattusoWhen the United States of America realised the established order was here for the taking, they got more gung-ho by the match. And when Turkey, which faces from west to east every day, came back to their first World Cup for 48 years, they seized the opportunity to stay longer than anybody expected.Reputations are burning in the East. The furious, and curious, energy of this World Cup has proved too much for some of the most talented players on earth. It thrills and frightens us at the same time.Every night is a story, every forecast is folly, and on either side of the Dong Hae, the sea between Korea and Japan, there is a sense that by bringing the game to Asia, we have liberated something extraordinary.The humourists guide to world cup tacticsClick here to EnlargeIt is fun being in the midst of this feeling that we are out of control, or the game fuelled by such nationalism is. There lurks a suspicion that we might rue the departure of such truly talented people as Zinedine Zidane, Gabriel Batistuta, Luis Figo. They have gone without getting into their stride, replaced by athleticism; the survival of the fittest. In a poll of the 32 World Cup coaches, all of them forecast France or Argentina would win the World Cup. Neither team survived the first round. France were too old, too reliant on Zidane. Argentina were cowed by an unreasonable expectation that their players could lift the pall of a nation in economic and political catastrophe. To some extent, Brazil gave us Samba in Suwon, yet while R & R – Ronaldo and Rivaldo – score goals for fun, Brazil begs for another IMF loan. But if the pressures around football are surreal, do not let experts tell you the players do not feel for homelands many of them leave in their teens for riches elsewhere.ASIAN TIGER: South Korea players celebrate another winYou must have seen the uncontrolled tears of Hernan Crespo watering the pitch at Miyagi where Argentina fell. You may have seen Batistuta, an absolute gladiator of the sport and a winner of everything bar the World Cup, sitting there on the bench, his head slumped, his pride hurt.A former England manager, Joe Mercer, once said genius is fine when it is in tune with the team. When it sours, it contaminates those around it. France had a genius, but Zidane’s thigh injury incapacitated him. Argentina had Juan Sebastian Veron, but he was off form.Portugal had Figo who had suffered from playing too many games for Real Madrid on an injured ankle. And Francesco Totti, Italy’s idol, got himself red-carded for cheating against Korea.advertisementHAIR BORNE: USA’s Clint MathisI come back to fear. Portugal, supposedly with the finest players of their generation, were so afraid they tried to kick the dervishes of South Korea into submission. It was almost racist: bully the Asians and they will lose composure.What they forget, or probably never knew, is Korea’s lifelong fight-against the Japanese, against the communists and against the international tendency to underestimate Korean toughness. The message to Spain, and whoever else comes South Korea’s way, is simple: kick a Korean in front of all those fervent supporters, and he will beat you where it counts – on the pitch.The Great Soccer BazaarClick here to EnlargeWhat we are seeing is a levelling of football standards, partly because European clubs have bought talents from lands near and far, partly because, so the former great players like Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini and Johan Cryuff tell us, the top players endure too much football these days; they come to a World Cup too tired to show their majesty. The levelling of standards is, therefore, down, rather than up.If I were Asian, I would take this excuse with a grain of salt.How much longer must the 3.3 billion population be told that the Asian is intrinsically handicapped? That he is the wrong body type to play muscle on muscle, bone on big bone with the Europeans, Latins and emerging Africans? If you still believe that, you cannot have been watching the Koreans out-run, outlast, outjump and out-battle two of Europe’s highly fancied runners.SAMBA RHYTHM: Ronaldo and Rivaldo gave Brazilians fans a lot to cheer aboutThe boot, for once, is on the other foot. South Korea’s Dutch coach Guus Hiddink and his trainers have taken Koreans as long in the tooth as Hong Myung-bo and Hwang Sun-hong, and put them through three months’ gruelling effort which broke some players, but others emerged fitter than Marines.Hiddink had one precious commodity – time – and a huge budget sponsored by Chung Mong-joon, head of the Korean FA, heir to the Hyundai billions and potential political leader of his country.Heroes & ZeroesClick here to EnlargeSo, with access to players bigger nations cannot get, the coach also took young saplings, one of them Cha Doo-ri, the son of Korea’s only previous world-rated player, out of university to toughen up for the World Cup. Cha, Hong and Hwang are still pursuing the dream. The Italians and Portuguese, their victims, are heading for the beaches where, perhaps subconsciously, they wanted to be all along.There are suggestions from certain camps that Asia is a destabilising place to host a World Cup. I could not disagree more. With 56 of the 64 matches played, the co-hosts have provided an inspiring, well-organised, secure tournament. We cannot blindly proclaim that the globalisation of the global game is poorer because unheralded nations are having their day.A Senegalese after his team beat SwedenNor can we blame the culture and climate for quirks among the established order. It is hot, humid and sometimes torrentially wet here, but Mexico, the host to two of the most memorable World Cups in 1970 and 1986, had all those vagaries plus high altitude, plus heavy smog, plus shambolic organisation. What those years had were Pele and Maradona, phenomenons who shut out distractions and performed. What 2002 has is Joao Pinto and Francesco Totti who point conspiratorial fingers at referees.Italy got some disputed decisions, but in a World Cup where boldness holds the key, Italy’s coach Giovanni Trapattoni eschewed a wealth of scoring talent while attempting to squeeze games.advertisement5 Great GoalsClick here to EnlargeHere was darkness self-inflicted. He left out Marco Delvecchio, Vincenza Montella and, for long spells, Alessandro Del Pierro while asking Christian Vieri to score the goals. He preferred old soldiers like Angelo Di Livio to gifted strikers, and paid the price.South Korea in 1988 used an Olympics in Seoul to present itself to the world commercially. Now it runs on the fuel of three incentives. To go further than Japan, to equal North Korea’s 1966 World Cup victory over Italy, to sustain the most powerful outpouring of self-worth South Korea has known.The pace of Korea, the underestimated technical ability to control the ball at that pace, and so far the unconquerable spirit are all perfectly legitimate traits of sport. As the new Koreans are saying, “Hup (Dutch for Go) Korea!”
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — Jack Sock clinched the United States’ Davis Cup World Group playoff win over Uzbekistan with a four-set victory over Denis Istomin on Sunday.Sock, ranked No. 29, struggled at times on the clay surface in the Central Asian nation, but held his nerve in a wild fourth set to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 against Istomin, who is ranked 33 places below him.It was Sock’s second win of his debut weekend in an inexperienced Davis Cup team also containing debutant Steve Johnson.“Closing out a tie is never easy, even for a veteran. For Jack to come through in his debut was very impressive,” U.S. captain Jim Courier said. “One of the challenges here was bringing a team with very little experience, but one of the great things as we come out of this tie is now these guys have had a taste of Davis Cup. We have more options at our disposal.”With Sock serving for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set, he saved four break points from Istomin, then saw two match points saved before finally closing out the win.Sock’s victory gave the U.S. an unassailable 3-1 lead over Uzbekistan and completes a comeback from 1-0 down on Sept. 18.The fifth rubber later Sept. 20 had been due to pit world No. 47 Steve Johnson against 158th-ranked Uzbek Farrukh Dustov, but was not played after Sock’s win over Istomin secured the U.S. win.The U.S. has played in the World Group every year since 1989, while Uzbekistan never played in the top tier and has now lost at the playoff stage four times in the last seven years.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Jammu, Jul 15 (PTI) With lakhs of pilgrims thronging the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir annually, its management has turned to the latest eco-friendly technology to protect the environment around the cave shrine.The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVSB), which manages the affairs of the shrine in Reasi district, said preservation and conservation of the environment is being given due regard while creating new infrastructure and upgrading logistics for meeting the emerging requirements of the progressively increasing pilgrimage. Over 81.78 lakh pilgrims visited the cave shrine in Trikuta hills last year, registering an increase of about 4.54 lakh pilgrims over 2016. For the first time, bio-sanitation products based on a consortium of different microbes and plant extracts have been introduced, replacing chemical-based reagents for cleaning of toilets, a SMVSB spokesperson said.A new four-storey earthquake-resistant toilet block with modern facilities is under construction in Adhkuwari. With a built up area of 8,760 sq ft, this toilet block is estimated to cost Rs 1.67 crore and will become functional by the forthcoming Navratras. “It will have an elevator and covered sitting area on the rooftop. All the seven toilet blocks on the recently inaugurated Tarakote Marg have also been specially equipped to cater to all segments of pilgrims, including senior citizens and specially abled people,” he said.The spokesperson said the board has, inter alia, installed eight modern sewage treatment plants (STPs) and three packaged STPs at different locations in the Bhawan area, Katra, Kakryal and Jammu. All 12 major toilet blocks at Bhawan, which houses the sanctum sanctorum, have been connected to the 3.2 MLD capacity STP, he said.advertisementThe spokesman said one more STP and three packaged STPs were also being installed at a cost of Rs 3.65 crore this year, which would enable connecting of toilet blocks with stand-alone packaged STPs.He said a phased programme is being implemented for renovation and technological upgradation of all toilet blocks located along the Katra-Bhawan tracks.Renovation and upgradation of all 36 toilet blocks along the tracks have been recently completed at a cost of about Rs 3.5 crore, he said. Meanwhile, in an effort towards water conservation, all 324 urinals installed along the tracks in Bhawan area and in other establishments of the board have been converted into waterless urinals under the “Flush Me Not” programme. As a result, every urinal is saving an average of 10,000 to 12,500 litres of water per month, thereby making a net saving of nearly four crore litres of water per annum, the spokesperson added.He said treated water from Katra-based STPs is being used for maintenance of the turf and lawns at the shrine board’s sports complex, resulting in saving of 60,000 litres of potable water every day. PTI TAS IJTIJT
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Ex-Tottenham boss Sherwood says Pochettino has no excuses for Cup shockby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood says Mauricio Pochettino has no excuses for their Carabao Cup dumping by Colchester.Colchester are the lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition, and stunned the football world by dumping Spurs out on penalties after a 0-0 draw.“I know the fans want to win a trophy, but not only that, the manager wants to as well,” Sherwood said.“So perhaps he will have said to Harry [Kane] yesterday ‘I’m not playing you, I’m not going to take you’, and Harry said ‘why not? I want to play, I want to win a trophy’.“It’s all about winning for these guys now.“He’s not picked a bad team there.“Look at Arsenal, look at Man City, look at the changes they made. The reason there isn’t many upsets anymore is because all the strong teams are so strong. They’re all international players throughout the squad.“They’ve got enough – Tottenham’s priority this season is to finish in the top four again, I believe they will do that, but they need to progress.“Progression would be some silverware, and they’ve one less option now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The annual beauty show, which is one of the largest of its kind in North America, attracts more than 35,000 hairstylists, make-up artists, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, distributors and retailers for networking and to showcase their products and services. The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be leading a team of local cosmetics manufacturers to participate in the Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show in New Orleans, United States, from March 30 to April 1.The annual beauty show, which is one of the largest of its kind in North America, attracts more than 35,000 hairstylists, make-up artists, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, distributors and retailers for networking and to showcase their products and services.The group will consist of persons and entities producing a wide range of items for the hair, face, and body, including shampoos and conditioners; moisturisers; hair and body oils; hair gels and treatments; facial scrubs, cleansers, masks and washes; and a wide range of soaps.In an interview with JIS News, Sales and Promotions Manager for Manufacturing, Energy and Mining at JAMPRO, Berletta Henlon-Forrester, said that the show provides an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase and sell their items and meet with distributors to generate long-term business.She noted that over the three days, the local manufacturers will meet with buyers and visitors, and conduct product demonstrations, sampling and sales.“So, it involves networking and getting deals with distributors, as we are looking for sustainable business,” she said.Mrs. Henlon-Forrester said that product sales, while unusual at a trade show, will enable the companies to recoup some of the money spent to participate in the event.“The fact that they are allowed to sell their products to a salon owner and meet with distributors and retailers who can place orders on an ongoing basis is all part of JAMPRO’s mandate of increasing export in a sustainable way,” she pointed out.In terms of projections for the show, she informed that a target has been set for 45 export leads to be generated and 25 buyer meetings to be held.“One of the activities that we engage in when we go on these shows is to take a day to go and visit the trade (floor), meet with retailers and walk through some of the retail outlets to see what the products look like.“We do the comparison with other similar products, look at price points, packaging, product quality, product ingredients and talk with the retailers as this is a very important element of our mission. This is where the companies gather market intelligence and can come back and apply some of the learning to the products that they are making,” the Manager pointed out.She said that the local cosmetic items have the advantage of being made from natural, home-grown ingredients such as turmeric, charcoal, aloe vera, castor oil, honey, coffee, lemon grass, garlic, rosemary and moringa.In terms of preparation for the beauty show, Mrs. Henlon-Forrester noted that JAMPRO held a briefing session with all the participating entities on the markets that they are going into, the profile of the show and visitors, how to prepare for the show and display their products, and how to engage people in order to gain maximum results.“We also prepared a one-page flyer detailing the characteristics of their products, pictures of the products and contact information. We are constantly in communication with them, and, at the show, we will get into the conversation with them and the buyer, if they ask us to help to clarify situations,” the Manager noted.She said that JAMPRO will document all the outcomes from the Show, including the leads generated and orders and reorders, as part of measures to ensure sustainability.“We are not in this for one-off sales, as we are creating and facilitating exports on a sustainable basis. We rely a lot on the follow-up that the companies will do and the feedback that we get, because this is how we measure the results,” she noted.She said that JAMPRO creates the environment, facilitates the companies and opportunities for them to interface with the buyers, “but, at the end of the day, it is up to them to follow through and convert the leads”.JAMPRO led missions to the Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show in Atlanta in 2017 and 2018.Mrs. Henlon-Forrester said that coming out of those events, “we now have some 50 Jamaican cosmetic products in retail stores in Atlanta that were not there prior to 2017… so that has been a huge success and those stores continue to order on a consistent basis”. Story Highlights The group will consist of persons and entities producing a wide range of items for the hair, face, and body, including shampoos and conditioners; moisturisers; hair and body oils; hair gels and treatments; facial scrubs, cleansers, masks and washes; and a wide range of soaps. The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be leading a team of local cosmetics manufacturers to participate in the Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show in New Orleans, United States, from March 30 to April 1.
zoom German shipbroker company Arkon Shipping announced launching of a new feeder service for heavy lift, project and break bulk cargo.The service has been developed by Arkon and the Polish freight forwarders BestLogistics, based in Szczecin.The Baltic Cargo Shuttle (BCS) consists of a heavy lifter MV “LYRA J” which can call all Baltic ports in maximum two days.As explained by Arkon, with its two cranes with a combined carrying capacity of 400 tons this vessel is ideal, especially for ports which are not fitted with heavy lift cranes.“The trigger of the idea to bundle cargoes was the extra expenses which will occur due to the new MARPOL regulations as from the 1st January 2015 for the North Sea and Baltic”, says Torsten Westphal, Managing Director of ArkonShipping. With the Baltic Cargo Shuttle there is a new option now to compensate these additional expenses, according to Arkon.The heavy lift shuttle can be used multi-purposely within the short sea trading area North Sea and Baltic.It offers a feeder service for the deep-sea traffic of the big shipping companies. Andreas Haefner, Managing Director of Best Logistics, said: “As the vessel is on stand-by in its trading area, the customer can benefit of bookings on short notice and a quick turnover. The routes will then be coordinated individually.”The company directors Haefner and Westphal await an increasing demand in this segment. “Taking the trend into consideration that pieces, especially in the construction segment, are getting bigger and heavier and cannot be containerized any more, this service taps the pulse of the age”, the partners are convinced.After a lengthy test phase which was accompanied by a market study, the heavy lifter is now employed in the regular service, Arkon said.“In the first quarter we were able to fix ten voyages. Thereby we succeeded to bundle up to four different freights on one shuttle turn,” Westphal and Haefner commented.The heavy lift shuttle calls all ports of the SECA-area in the North Sea and Baltic. The shipping routes include especially the ports of the Antwerp-Hamburg-range, the British Isles, Scandinavia and the Baltic up to the most easterly point at St. Petersburg.The transit time within the Baltic is maximum two days, between North Sea and Baltic at the utmost four days.
zoom Large quantities of cocaine are reported to had been smuggled on board the most luxuries ships sailing the high seas, a recent investigation by Italian authorities shows.The police investigation into the drug smuggling routes between South America and Italy indicated that a considerable amount of cocaine has been hidden in food supplies in cruise liners, including Costa Concordia, that ran aground in 2012, Italian daily La Repubblica writes.Investigators said that a huge shipment of mafia-owned cocaine was on board the ill-fated cruise ship when it embarked on its fatal voyage, citing phone and tape recordings of gang members.However, the drugs were never found after the ship sank.The investigation lead to the arrest of 20 people suspected of being involved in a Calabrian organized crime group Ndrangheta, the daily reports.In addition, it is believed that the smugglers were working in complicity with crew members, who would sometimes place the contraband in tourists’ rooms, mostly those of couples, the least suspicious to authorities. Nevertheless, the senior officers on board are not believed to had been involved in the smuggling.The daily further reports that the most preferred ships for drug smuggling were those of Costa Crociere, the MSC and Norwegian Cruise Line.Recent media reports hint that there has been a rise in drug smuggling on cruise ships with over 43kg of cocaine seized from crew members this year, Australian news site news.com.au reports.Just in March, two arrests of cruise liner staff hit the headlines. Namely, five galley staff of Norwegian Cruise Lines were arrested after smuggling 5kg of cocaine in their underwear and two Royal Caribbean crew members were arrested in Argentina with more than $1 million-worth of drugs taped to their bodies.World Maritime News Staff
Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The TFCA chose to recognize three young independent directors,” Gibson said in a news release. “In the case of myself and Kaz, the prize money exceeds our films’ entire budgets. Each of us could have won, and it was an easy decision to split the money: even divided, the prize guaranteed windfalls for everyone.” Facebook Twitter Advertisement Toronto filmmakers Hugh Gibson, Matt Johnson and Kazik Radwanski have agreed to share prizes totalling $110,000 awarded to them by members of the Toronto Film Critics Association.Gibson took the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at the TFCA’s 20th anniversary gala Jan. 10, for his documentary The Stairs, which chronicles the struggles and successes of three social workers over five years in Toronto’s Regent Park.The runners-up were each entitled to $5,000: Johnson for Operation Avalanche, a hybrid drama and doc that imagines conspiracy and coverup in the Apollo 11 moon landing; and Radwanski for How Heavy This Hammer, a drama about a family man attempting to fight a mid-life crisis by way of a video-game obsession. However, the three filmmakers will equally split the total prize money of $110,000, provided by TFCA sponsor Rogers Communication, in a gesture of friendship and solidarity within the film community.
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Global stock indexes are climbing as investors hope for progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations.Technology companies and retailers rose Wednesday. Microsoft jumped 2.1 per cent and Amazon rose 1.3 per cent.Energy companies jumped as crude oil prices rose 1.4 per cent.Equipment rental company United Rentals rose 7.3 per cent after giving strong forecasts for 2019.Stocks have gone through huge swings this week after a wave of selling at the end of the previous week.The S&P 500 index gained 30 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,667.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 283 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 24,653. The Nasdaq composite rose 88 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 7,120.Stocks in Europe and Asia also rallied.The Associated Press
The Army has recovered firearms and ammunition buried on a plot of land in Kuda Oya in Wellawaya.The army said that among the items recovered are repeater firearms, shotguns, T-65 bullets and MI-16 type ammunition.
As the United Nations Conference on Disarmament ended its 2012 session in Geneva today – without breaking an impasse over its agenda, including the consideration of a fissile materials treaty – the top UN official on the issue urged Member States to continue to seek progress, keeping in mind that their national security was not solely dependent on military might.“National security is also linked to the security of one’s neighbours, and to regional and global security,” the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, said as the Conference, the sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community, adopted its 2012 report to the General Assembly. “Recognizing this indivisibility of security is the first and most crucial step toward advancing the security interests of all, at the expense of none,” Ms. Kane added.Established in 1979 and with a current membership of 65 countries, the Conference on Disarmament primarily focuses on cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament, prevention of nuclear war, and prevention of an arms race in outer space, among other issues. Over its history, the Conference has produced landmark disarmament instruments such as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). However, the Conference has been plagued in recent years by an inability to overcome differences among its members and start its substantive work towards advancing those goals.“The world is facing new risks and challenges to our common security. If we manage to address the challenges of disarmament, we will be able to better create a platform for common actions to address these new challenges as well,” Ms Kane said in her remarks to the session’s closing.“Members have to employ all available means to reach a common political will and to enable this body to fulfil its mandate,” she added. “This is less of a challenge of administrative reform than of reconciling differences among Member States through diplomacy. “Such diplomacy, Ms. Kane said, may include high-level consultations in different formats, new approaches to addressing key issues, with the forthcoming 67th session of the General Assembly providing the broadest platform to consider new initiatives.
After hearing about Bulletstorm for the first time I knew it was a game that I wanted to play. I’ve played enough first-person shooters that the idea of a twist on the formula appealed to some part of me. So often these games are packed with unnecessary seriousness and after all the nonsense with Medal of Honor and the endless debate over Modern Warfare 2, I was more than happy to hear about something that was going to make fun of the formula. Of course Bulletstorm managed to drum up its own drama, but that probably didn’t deter many gamers.Having played Bulletstorm for more than a few hours (on the PC) I’m glad I put the time in. The story isn’t as bad as I had imagined–it’s actually pretty OK–and the jokes are more amusing. As expected, there was a lot of R rated jokes but they weren’t over done, they are more like quick remarks dropped whenever there was a break in the action. They were usually funny in their sheer ridiculousness more than they were clever or witty, but that’s more or less the point of the game.AdChoices广告And let’s remember that humor is not all the game has going for it. The step away from the standard shooter is really the big part of the game. Bulletstorm isn’t a battle to survive, your survival is just about a given, it’s about killing the bad guys in style. You aren’t penalized for killing someone in a boring manner (say, just shooting them) but your rewards are much higher is you use the environment to help or you find a way to get creative (you know, like kicking them into a wall until they become “graffiti”. The style points allow you to upgrade your guns, buy ammo and special shots, and add new weapons to your inventory. They’re pretty important.Each creative kill style has a punny name (usually with some sort of overtone to it) and there is a list of them you can access. The point of this is so that you have some ideas of the kills you want to do in order to earn more points and check each one off the list. There are probably some achievements attached to this as well.Playing through Bulletstorm was enjoyable because of the combination of the above. No one aspect is amazing but the shooting is passable, the story was enough to keep me interested, and the creative slaughter of the bad guys kept me entertained. I wasn’t checking in on the skill kill list to find new kill methods much, but when I saw my chance to kick a baddie in to a man-eating plant or to leash someone and pull them into some spikes, you bet I took it.In the end I guess I thought the spectacular kills would be even more creative and less a combination of kicks, shooting, and sliding than they turned out to be. That said, the skillshots were enough to keep me going. I just wanted to be surprised more–the environment of the alien planet is so open to possibilities that I wanted to do more than kick guys off ledges or shoot explosive barrels by them. I wanted this part of the game to really wow me, because you can only kick someone into an inexplicably electrified wall so many times before you want something new.The first time you did anything in Bulletstorm it’s cool, but it leaves you always wanting something new not just rehashing what you already have done. Part of the onus on you is to best use the environment, but usually the game explains how to do a environmental-based kill and you are expected to then integrate it into your repertoire. The game has something like 100 skillshots, so I can’t complain, but I will note that it feels like less.When you kill bad guys you get points you mainly use to buy ammo, which is scarce for the cooler weapons. You can also upgrade your guns a bit but not enough that it’s an incentive. More weapon upgrades would be nice, but the game doesn’t want you using your weapons too much–shooting is not an effective way to earn points. Rather you should be kicking (almost nonstop) and leashing enemies in order to use the enviroment to kill them. Weapons are acceptable in order to weaken enemies, to get them offguard, or to line them up for combo kills, but the whole point is that you aren’t machine gunning guys left and right.The game’s graphics are OK, but the textures aren’t great and the while there are some very nice vistas, things never seem as impressive once you get close to them. By way of example, using a downed skyscraper as a bridge should be really awesome but it turns out to be just like running around inside a busted up building with some uneven floors. There is no chance you’ll fall to your death or that you’ll find some cool new way to get through the building (you can’t jump). In this manner the scale of the game and the ambition of the game makers seems to be too big for what they could actually tackle. You can’t blame them for turning some of the biggest moments into cutscenes, but it would have been nice to play through more of them.So the game is great at giving players “more”: bloodier kils, bigger explosions, crazier crashes (you survive a number of them), extra ridiculous weapons, and a gigantic scope, but all this does desensitize you. After the initial spaceship crash you can only do so much, so subsequent moments struggle to have the same impact. It’s not that the game falls flat often, but the problem with promising more, more, more is that there is only so much to give.The multiplayer is simplistic, basically killing waves of enemies in order to rack up points instead of to just survive, but if one guy in your party is just shooting enemies and getting 10 points per kill (not doing skillshots and getting 100), he can ruin it for everyone. This happened to me in a few rounds and before long I was done. There are too many great multiplayer FPS games out there for me to feel compelled to spend a lot of time playing one as shallow as this. It’s not bad, it’s just a one-trick pony.Bulletstorm ended up being as ridiculous as we all imagined, but better than I had hoped for. The story was interesting enough and the mechanics tighter than I thought they would be. I figured there would be more multipliers, bullet juggling, rocket jumps, and ragdoll, but it still ended up being the points-based, creative killfest we were promised. Sure, it’s vulgar but the game’s use of naughty words is harmless and while there is a fair amount of gore, it isn’t worse than anything we’ve seen in the past.I wouldn’t say Bulletstorm is a great game, but it’s a definitely a good one and it’s worth a play through.Bulletstorm-screen-6_656x369Bulletstorm-screen-6_656x369Bulletstorm-screen-4_656x369Bulletstorm-screen-1_656x369bs_screen_13_viewbs_screen_12_viewbs_screen_11_viewThis article was written using the retail version of the game, it was provided by EA.
Local and regional elections conducted alongside European Parliament polls on Sunday produced a mixed picture, with conservative New Democracy prevailing in most of Greece’s 13 regions but leftist SYRIZA clinching the key governorship of Attica, which is home to about a third of Greeks.The leftists’ candidate Rena Dourou edged out Attica Governor Yiannis Sgouros by winning 50.8 percent, over the latter’s 49.1 percent, in the closest result of the night.Her victory was a significant blow for New Democracy, whose candidate for Attica was beaten in the first round of voting. But the re-election of Giorgos Kaminis as Athens mayor, the coalition-backed candidate who won a close race against SYRIZA challenger Gavriil Sakellaridis, offset the loss of Attica to the leftists.SYRIZA also won the Ionian Islands but candidates backed by New Democracy took the Northern Aegean, Central Greece, Epirus, Thessaly, Southern Aegean and Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.The Peloponnese governorship went to Petros Tatoulis, who was backed by the coalition, while PASOK’s Stavros Arnaoutakis won on Crete and independents took Central Macedonia, Western Macedonia and Western Greece.In Central Macedonia, former New Democracy candidate Apostolos Tzitzicostas thrashed conservative hopeful Yiannis Ioannidis with 71 percent of the vote.Several significant mayoral posts went to independent candidates too, with Yannis Boutaris gaining re-election in Thessaloniki and Yiannis Moralis, vice president of Olympiakos soccer club, beating the ND-backed incumbent Vassilis Michaloliakos.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Voters in the Ridgefield School District passed a $78 million bond in February, and district officials are already gearing up for its next anticipated bond vote, most likely coming in February 2019.The district recently sent out an announcement seeking applicants for its Capital Facilities Advisory Committee, which will study, analyze and make capital facility recommendations to the district’s board. The February 2019 bond issue would most likely be used to build a new K-4 school and for additional expansions at Ridgefield High School, Superintendent Nathan McCann said.Expansions at the high school were also included in the bond issue voted on this year, which passed with nearly 69 percent of the vote. The rest of the money is going toward a new 5-8 campus, security improvements, repurposing View Ridge Middle School and collaborating with the city to build the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.The February 2019 bond issue represents Phase III in the district’s four-phase plan to deal with growth. The first phase was the 2012 bond issue, which allowed the district to add classrooms and services to the high school, Union Ridge Elementary School and South Ridge Elementary School. Phase II was the bond issue from this year, and Phase IV would allow for the district to increase K-12 capacity by possibly building a new K-4 school, 5-6 and 7-8 buildings and a small specialty or alternative high school.McCann said he’s optimistic about the possibility of the 2019 bond vote.“We’re grateful for the continuing support of the Ridgefield community and their knowledge that the schools are the No. 1 reason people move to Ridgefield, and they’re moving in droves,” he said.
More than nine in 10 (91%) employer respondents view holiday pay laws as a necessary area of employment law, according to research by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and law firm Lewis Silkin.The Employment regulation in the UK: burden or benefit? report, which surveyed 508 employers, also found that 87% of respondents view national minimum wage regulations as a necessary aspect of employment law.The research also found:68% of respondents feel that implementing employment law increases employees’ sense of fairness and trust in their employer, and 69% think that it improves the quality of employees’ working lives.88% of respondents view equal pay laws as necessary, and 82% believe parental rights at work is a necessary aspect of employment law.74% of respondents view the Working Time Regulations as necessary, and 82% believe employment status laws are necessary.69% of respondents feel that national minimum wage laws are well drafted and easy to apply, compared to 60% that believe this to be the case for holiday pay laws, 53% for employment status laws, and 46% for the right to request flexible working laws.47% of respondents consider national minimum wage laws to be supporting their organisation’s strategic HR or business goals.52% of respondents go beyond what is required when applying employment laws, and 44% meet the minimum requirements.44% cite a lack of resources as a barrier to implementing employment law, followed by too much legislation (34%), and a lack of awareness of legislative changes (31%).36% of respondents believe that wellbeing issues, such as workplace stress, should be the focus of future legislation to improve workplace protections.33% of respondents believe there should be further legislative changes around work-life balance and family-friendly policies to improve the protection and experiences of employees in the workplace, and 17% feel there should be legislative changes around employment status and the gig economy.James Davies (pictured), divisional managing partner and joint head of employment at Lewis Silkin, said: “This research demonstrates just how much support there is among businesses for employment regulation which is well designed and well implemented. In the UK, we continue to enjoy the benefits of employment laws which achieve a balance between worker protection and business flexibility for which there is much support. Employment regulation and successful businesses are not mutually exclusive ideas.“It is also clear that, however well intentioned, there are a number of existing regulations which [businesses feel] need revisiting to ensure that they are clear, more straightforward to implement, and truly fit for purpose.”Rachel Suff, employment adviser at the CIPD, added: “This research shows that in many ways, the rhetoric around employment law simply does not match the reality. While much has been written about the need to roll back important aspects of our employment law framework to free businesses of red tape, it is clear that businesses themselves recognise the value of employment protection.“Many of these regulations exist to protect workers against exploitation, ensure they are paid a fair wage and prevent discrimination in the workplace and can help improve people management practices. Even the more controversial aspects of employment law, such as the Working Time Regulations, have broad support from UK businesses.“As we debate the future of employment regulation, both in the general election and in Brexit negotiations, it is vital that we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater by making sweeping changes to employment legislation that businesses may not want.”
33 Photos 2020 Land Rover Defender hits the dunes of Dubai 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend Land Rover 2018 Range Rover Velar: Effortless SUV elegance on- and off-road Tags More From Roadshow Post a comment SUVs Luxury cars Share your voice Enlarge ImageWe’re ready for the return of the Defender. Land Rover January 2016 was a sad date for Land Rover fans. The rough and tough, go-anywhere British behemoth known as the Defender exited production after decades of continuous production. Yet, Land Rover told us all to turn the frown upside down because it had a new Defender cooking.Well, here’s our first official look at the new off-road SUV. On Thursday, the company released a single teaser photo of the front grille that shows the iconic off-center badge and “Defender” spelled out across the hood. Obviously, the SUV is covered in mud because that’s what happens with Defenders. They get dirty; they go anywhere. That’s the charm.Land Rover didn’t share any other details about the SUV but reconfirmed we’ll see it debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show on Sept. 10. The new model will come 71 years after the company revealed its first production SUV at the Amsterdam auto show in 1948.Yanks should be thrilled about this reveal, too, since it marks the first time the Defender will be sold in this part of the world since 1997. Whether we get a single bodystyle or both the three- and five-door models remains to be seen, however.Before the big reveal, we will let you in on a poorly kept secret. Someone has already snapped a photo of the Defender with zero camouflage on the set of the next James Bond Film, No Time to Die. The photo shows the front fascia uncovered, but the rear end remains a mystery. It largely matches the Lego Technic kit that appeared to kind of leak the Defender’s appearance as well.Those who like what they see won’t need to wait long to place an order. Immediately following the Defender’s debut, Land Rover will open order books for the SUV. We’ll be on scene at the Frankfurt Auto Show to take in all the details surrounding Land Rover’s reborn, banner off-road machine. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review: Evolutionary… 0 4:47 Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Land Rover Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substance
Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft before crashtwitterIsrael’s Beresheet, the first privately-funded mission to the moon, crashed in the last part of its journey, moments before it was supposed to land, the media reported.The spacecraft aimed to perform a soft landing on the moon and would have made Israel the fourth country to do so — and by far the smallest. Only the US, the former Soviet Union and China have done it before, CNN reported.”I am sorry to say that our spacecraft did not make it in one piece to the moon,” Opher Doron, the manager of Israel Aerospace Industries’ Space Division, said on Thursday.”We made it all the way to the moon. This is a great accomplishment. We are the seventh country to make it all the way to the moon.”The $100 million spacecraft, built by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, lost communications with the control room during the landing sequence. As programme managers who had been watching the mission in real time tried to re-establish communications, they also dealt with issues in the spacecraft’s main engine.At the time of the communications failure, the Beresheet was travelling at approximately 2,110 mph and was about 120 km from its intended landing site. People watch a screen showing a picture taken by the camera of the Israel Beresheet spacecraft of the moon surface as the craft approaches and before it crashed during the landing at the ‘Planetaya Planetarium’ in the Israeli city of Netanya, on April 11, 2019.JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesSpaceIL was founded eight years ago to compete for the Google Lunar XPrize. The contest offered $20 million for the first privately funded team to launch a spacecraft to the moon, transmit high-definition video and travel 500 meters in any direction.The XPrize was cancelled in January 2018 but the Israeli team decided to continue its pursuit of the moon landing.The Beresheet spacecraft was launched on board a Falcon 9 rocket in February. It travelled a total of 4 million miles to the moon, soaring around the Earth before entering orbit around the moon.