Kolkata: A report submitted to the Election Commission by the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas in connection with the detention of Rujira Banerjee, wife of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee at Kolkata Airport, says that there is no mention of any gold in the seizure list by the Customs.The report has validated Abhishek Banerjee’s claim who had categorically stated during a press conference on Sunday that his wife had not been carrying any gold when she was intercepted by Customs officials inside Kolkata Airport on the night of March 15. He had also challenged the Customs officials to produce CCTV footages, if they had any, to prove that his wife was carrying gold. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFollowing the incident, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state sought a report on the entire incident from the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas Antara Acharya, who is also the District Election Officer (DEO). After being instructed by the commission, the DEO on Tuesday submitted the report to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Tuesday, which apparently validates Banerjee’s claim. The incident had triggered a political slugfest in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Banerjee had expressed strong objection after many news portals and some national news channels reported the incident without verifying the authenticity of the allegations. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe commission had also received several complaints in this regard from various political parties. Banerjee’s lawyer had filed a complaint with the CEO’s office against BJP’s MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo, for making false statements regarding the issue, on his Twitter handle. The fake news related to the incident was also mentioned in the complaint by his lawyer. A senior official of the CEO’s office has confirmed that the report has been received. After going through the report, the CEO’s office will finally send it to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi. The CEO’s office will act according to the instructions of the ECI in this regard. It has been learnt that the DEO has submitted the report on the basis of inputs provided by Bidhannagar Police. The CEO’s office has no jurisdiction to intervene in the Customs related matter and hence it is up to the ECI to take up the matter with the Central agencies if it feels so. “We have received a factual report from the DEO of North 24-Parganas on the matter. We are looking into it,” a senior election official from the CEO’s office said.
Bonn – The choice of Morocco to host the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech (COP22) is a recognition by the international community of Morocco’s actions to fight climate change, said, on Monday, chairman of the COP22 steering committee and foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar.The choice of Morocco as a host country for the COP22 is not random, it is a recognition by the international community of Morocco’s actions to fight climate change, said Mezouar at the opening of the Bonn Conference marking the 44th session of UNFCCC’s subsidiary bodies SBSTA and SBI, and the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement.This commitment was made at the State’s highest level to ensure that the COP22 takes place in the best conditions, he said, recalling the launch ceremony of the Call of Tangiers “for a solidarity-based, strong action for climate”, which was chaired by HM King Mohammed VI and French president François Hollande. This initiative mirrors the two countries’ resolve to join efforts to help the international community find appropriate answers to the issue of climate change, said Mezouar, stressing that Morocco’s organization of COP22 is in fact an extension of a continuous commitment made by the Kingdom during its organization of COP7 in 2001 in Marrakech.He added that COP22 is meant for the adoption of procedures and mechanisms to activate the Paris Agreement, and of a pre-2020 action plan for mitigation, adaptation, financing, capacity-building, transfer of technology and transparency especially for poor countries.The COP22 will also be an occasion to to agree on a concrete road map to raise 100 billion dollars by the year 2020, he said, noting that Morocco will honor its pledge, in collaboration with France, to get more parties to adhere and ratify the Paris Agreement ahead of the COP22.He also proposed that parties and public and private financial institutions create a “Fast Track Finance Facility”.With MAP
According to Government reports, 40 people have been killed so far by the heavy rains, and numbers expected to climb following ongoing assessments of the situation.According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the biggest priority is to provide shelter and 16,000 survival kits for those whose houses have been destroyed, as the rains have also destroyed designated community shelters such as schools and churches.OCHA stated that damage assessments continue throughout the country, and warned that internal country resources may not be enough to respond to emerging needs. 31 January 2012The United Nations humanitarian agency reported today that an estimated 117,000 people have been affected by two tropical storms in Mozambique last week, adding that it is closely monitoring the situation.
The OSU women’s ice hockey team prepares to take the ice prior to an exhibition game against Western Ontario at the Ohio State Ice Rink Sept. 28. OSU tied 2-2.Credit: Grant Miller / Copy ChiefThe Ohio State women’s hockey team was a model of inconsistency last season. Coming into its season opener against the University of New Hampshire this weekend, the Buckeyes are hoping to ditch the Jekyll and Hyde show and find consistency in their team.OSU comes off a season where it went 15-17-5, but earned a 9-4-3 record following winter break. The late push gave the Buckeyes a template for success they can build upon this weekend in Columbus.Given its roster makeup, OSU is in a much different position than it was at the start of last year. The Buckeyes graduated five seniors but retained the majority of their veteran skaters.“I think that they’re a together group,” said coach Nate Handrahan. “That’s not to say that last year’s group wasn’t, but it just seems that this group has come together a lot quicker.”OSU returns a large group players from last season, including nine of its top ten point scorers. Their key offensive departure was forward Ally Tarr, who led the Buckeyes with 32 points in 36 games last season.Defensively, OSU’s biggest loss was Annie Svedin, who logged 134 games over four seasons on the blueline. Buckeye senior defensemen Kari and Sara Schmitt might be forced to help pick up the slack, as the pair combined for 51 points last season.While the Buckeyes have retained key veteran skaters, it’s a different story in the goal crease. Redshirt-junior goalie Stacy Danczak is the lone returner in her position, and on Thursday, Handrahan announced freshman Kassidy Sauve would be Friday’s starter.Danczak, Sauve and freshman goalie Alex LaMere each saw a period of action in OSU’s 2-2 exhibition tie against Western Ontario last weekend. Sauve started the game, making seven saves in the first period.“Everyone played well,” Kari Schmitt said. “It was a good start to the season and we’re ready to go.”Sauve won a gold medal with Team Canada at the International Ice Hockey Federation U-18 Women’s World Championship and comes to OSU following a minor-midget career where she became the first woman to play in the Ontario Hockey League cup.“She’s got some patience and she’s pretty agile side to side,” Handrahan said. “She’s trying to let shooters make the first move as opposed to her trying to dictate the play.”Aside from goaltending, the Buckeyes’ minimal roster turnover has put them ahead of schedule in introducing tactics and systems into their play, redshirt-senior defenseman Kara Gust said.“We can already see it on the ice in our practices,” Gust said. “Our systems are already getting there quicker and I think we’ll have a better start to the season this year than we did last year.”Positive fitness tests have also been an indication of the Buckeyes preparedness for the season, Handrahan said.The University of New Hampshire Wildcats welcome seven true freshmen, a new head coach and new assistant coach to their roster this season. Coach Hilary Witt is coming off of a two-year stint as an assistant coach and head scout for the U.S. Women’s National Team.The Wildcats dropped their season-opener, 2-1, on the road against the University of Maine last weekend.The puck is set to drop on Friday at 6:07 p.m. and Saturday at 2:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.
Train trapped by landslipCredit:PA In another incident, a 64-year-old man was rescued after a two hour search in the south of Scotland.He had been without power for seven days in his remote home in the woods near Eskdalemuir when he decided to set out to try to reach the village.After four hours of struggling through deep snow he called for help and was found by the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team on Sunday night.It was called out again a few hours later to take part in an operation with Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Police Scotland to find two walkers on the Southern Upland Way. They were eventually found, unharmed, at 5.30am.Helen Roberts, of the Met Office, said the “significant warming” following a lengthy cold snap could lead to further avalanche or landslip conditions, before a period of gales and rain. Two others members of his party were rescued near the summit of the mountain on Sunday but deteriorating weather and the risk of avalanches prevented the Lochaber rescue team from continuing the search at the time. The train remained stuck in the mudCredit:PA She said: “There is also the potential for flooding issues with a lot of snow melting, combined with expected rainfall.”On Wednesday, we are looking at gales, or even severe gales, with possible wind speeds across the north and west of 65mph. There is no warning out yet but there is the potential for one being issued in advance.” Scotland is facing the prospect of further landslides and avalanches as temperatures continue to rise following an incident in which a passenger train was derailed by tonnes of mud.The Mallaig to Glasgow train left the track on a remote stretch of line between Arisaig and Glenfinnan, near the famous viaduct that features in the Harry Potter movies.The carriages remained upright and the five passengers on board were unhurt but the line will remain closed “until further notice”, with a replacement bus service operating between Mallaig and Fort William.Tonnes of mud swept across the track from the bare hillside above, and a NetworkRail Scotland spokesman said engineers were assessing the site to determine the scale of the problem.The unstable conditions have been blamed on a huge temperature swing, from the lowest figure recorded this winter, when it reached -13.5C in Dalwhinnie on Saturday, to the 10C expected in the central belt on Tuesday.The avalanche risk is said to be “considerable” in the mountains, including the Ben Nevis area where searchers were continuing to look for a missing hillwalker. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Prince Charles and Meghan get on famously at this year’s Commonwealth Day serviceCredit:Pool The conspiracy theory was further compounded in the wake of the launch of the Sussex Royal Instagram page, in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have used an array of American spellings and words – such as diaper – in their official communications.Fans believe the Duchess has taken control of social media communication herself, drafting messages in her distinctive voice to share with the world.At Clarence House, however, there is no such confusion.Examination of the Prince’s letters showed that he has regularly chosen to use an -ize suffix, in a habit unusual in modern English but nevertheless correct. When the Prince of Wales published a letter of condolence to the French president after the Notre-Dame fire, he intended to convey to the nation his heartfelt sympathies.He may not have expected to become embroiled in one of the more bizarre royal internet conspiracy theories to date, nor to have inadvertently educated a generation in the finer points of 17th century English spelling.The Prince, who habitually uses the “ize” ending to words such as “realize”, left the internet-reading public questioning whether an American had been writing his letters for him.Perhaps, some more far-fetched theories wondered, his daughter-in-law the Duchess of Sussex could be aiding him with his work while on maternity leave?In fact, royal sources said, the letter was merely a continuation of the Prince’s lifelong preference of using older English spellings, considered correct by the Oxford Dictionary of English. The letter, printed on Clarence House headed writing paper and reproduced on the palace’s social media pages, read: “My wife and I were utterly heartbroken to learn of the terrible fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral this evening and wanted to let you know immediately how much we are thinking of yourself and the French people at this most agonizing of times, and of the emergency services who are so bravely tackling the blaze. “I realize only too well what a truly special significance the Cathedral holds at the heart of your nation; but also for us all outside France it represents one of the greatest architectural achievements of Western Civilization.”Social media users were quick to point out that “agonizing, realize and civilization” would more usually be spelled “agonising, realise and civilisation” in English, with the -ize suffix more commonly used in America.“Are you an American or the future king?” one wondered, while another suggested: “Maybe it was written by an American. Maybe Charles dictated a letter and Meghan wrote it up lol.” The Oxford Dictionary of English lists realize, agonize and civilization only under their “z” spellings, giving the -ise version as a variation in parenthesis. The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Sussex at a garden partyCredit:Pool Both “realize” and “civilization”, it notes, have origins in early 17th century French, while “agonize” could come from late 16th century French, or the late Latin “agonizare” from the Greek “agonizesthai”.A blog explaining the matter, published in 2011 by Oxford Dictionaries, states: “There’s a widespread belief that these spellings belong only to American English, and that British English should use the ‘-ise’ forms instead, i.e. realise, finalise, and organise.“In fact, the ‘-ize’ forms have been in use in English spelling since the 15th century: they didn’t originate in American use, even though they are now standard in US English.”It cites the first example for the verb organize in the OED in around 1425, from an English translation of a treatise on surgery written by the French physician Guy de Chauliac describing how “in euery partie is organized one vertue”.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of unidentified man fished out of Church St canalOctober 14, 2016In “latest news”Breaking: Lifeless body bearing marks of violence found floating in Tarla Dam trenchFebruary 27, 2017In “Crime”Breaking: Decomposed body fished out of Herstelling trenchJuly 17, 2018In “Crime” The body of a male East Indian was on Friday fished out of the Canal No one trench.Based on information reaching this publication the man who is currently unidentified was found sometime around 11:00h by a resident who reportedly called 911 and made the report.He was clad in an orange T-shirt, three quarter cream cargo pants and black hat and was floating face down in the middle of the trench which runs from east to west.The police arrived shortly after and removed the body which reportedly bore no marks of violence.The man’s body was escorted to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where it was pronounced dead on arrival.It is presently at the Ezekiel funeral home awaiting identification and a postmortem examination.
Latest issue of International Mining Project News available (April 23): Many companies are still coming to terms with the recent iron ore announcements. The steelmaking raw ingredient and its counterpart, metallurgical coal, are featured heavily in this issue – with 15 project updates. This includes production news at the huge Benga project in Mozambique – estimated to produce 1.7 Mt/y of coking coal, Brockman Resources signing an MOU with Sinosteel for its Marillana iron ore project in the Pilbara, and the expansion of Aquila Resources and Vale’s Isaac Plains coal mine in the Bowen Basin of Queensland. There is also news of Xstrata Copper investing $4,200 million for start-up of its Las Bambas project in Peru, Gold Fields expanding at its South Deep gold mine in South Africa, Navigator Resources pouring first gold at its Bronzewing and Leonora projects in Western Australia, and many more.The Benga project is jointly owned by Riversdale Mining (65%) and Tata Steel (35%). The ground breaking ceremony commenced on April 13 and according to Executive Chairman Michael O’Keefe, “signals the beginning of a program of works and investment that will eventually see over $1 billion expended on developing a major coal mine”. The company believes the scale of the resources at Benga allows for cost-effective open-pit mining, with the potential to produce 20 Mt/y of run of mine (ROM) coal for a period of more than 25 years. In October, Riversdale and Tata announced the approval of Stage 1 of the project, following the review of the feasibility study. O’Keefe: “Together we are committed to bringing the Benga coal mine into production and shipping first coal by late 2011.”Xstrata Copper’s Las Bambas project is located between the Grau and Cotabambas provinces in the Apurimac Region. The $4,200 million sum represents the biggest mining investment in the history of Peru. The company plans to present the environmental impact assessment (EIA) during second quarter 2010 and expects to get final corporate approvals by first quarter 2011. Las Bambas is made up of the Chalcobamba, Ferrobamba, Sulfobamba and Charcas deposits. The construction is programmed to start in Q3, 2011 and be completed three years later, with the start-up of operations toward the third quarter of 2014. With a 140,000 t/d capacity concentrator plant, Las Bambas should produce 400,000 t/y of copper during the first nine years and an average of 315,000 t/y in a life of at least 18 years. Furthermore, it will produce 5,000 t/y of molybdenum.Molybdenum is also a focus of the Kennecott Utah copper mine in Magna. Rio Tinto is investing $340 million into the construction of a new Molybdenum Autoclave Process (MAP) facility, which will allow: lower-grade molybdenum concentrate to be processed more efficiently than through conventional roasters, improved molybdenum recovery and operating flexibility, production of metallurgical and higher chemical grade molybdenum products. Investment in the MAP facility is part of an overall plan to extend the life of the Bingham Canyon mine beyond 2020, where a significant molybdenum deposit remains.Gold Fields’ depth extension of the Ventilation Shaft at its South Deep project, the newest mine in the company’s South African portfolio, will see it go down to 3,000 m, from the previous 2,760 m mark. The deepening and equipping of the shaft, which includes ore storage silos and conveyor belts at the shaft bottom, a new rock winder and new headgear, is set to be completed by July 2012. The Twin Shaft Complex currently has a hoisting capacity of 158,725 t/month through the Main Shaft. This is set to increase to 335,590 t/month (comprising 299,310 t of ore and 36,280 t of development waste) once the Ventilation Shaft is completed. The completion of the shaft and the commensurate increase in production capacity of the Twin Shaft Complex will enable the mine to build up to its full production target of between 750,000-800,000 oz/y of gold by the end of 2014.Pouring of first gold at the Bronzewing project is, according to Navigator Resources’ Managing Director, “is the first in what will be an annualised rate of production of 100,000 oz of gold. At Leonora, gold production from the trial mining program is not only generating revenue – but self-funding the feasibility work targeting a larger scale development plan for the project.” The company’s medium term objective is 150,000 oz/y of gold production from these two open-pit projects.There is also news from Moly Mines’ Spinifex Ridge molybdenum and iron ore projects in Australia, following the settlement of the A$200 million equity and debt funding, and the re-start of North American Palladium’s Lac des Iles mine in northwest Ontario, as well as much more… To receive the full 40+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact email@example.com for a free trial copy.
I am working on three articles for the September issue of International Mining – looking at the latest in SX/EW, process flowsheet design and better fragmantation. If you have editorial (news of successful projects, new products and technologies, etc.) you wish to have considered for inclusion in the articles, please let me know ASAP. My deadline to complete the articles is August 5th, but may be extended if you have something really interesting. firstname.lastname@example.orgProcess development and process plant design – Accurate development of the process flowsheet of a minerals separation plant is essential – new ideas?SX/EW – What are the latest technologies and ideas that will help maximise recoveries from this ever growing extraction method? Extra distribution: October 3-7: ISEC 2011 – XIX International Solvent Extraction Conference, Santiago, Chile, http://www.isec2011.com/Fragmentation focus – The latest software, better drilling, improved explosives and more intelligent initiation all aim to get better breaking from your blasts.Extra distribution: September 18-21: Mine Closure 2011, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, http://www.mineclosure2011.com/Extra distribution at our own IPCC event in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, (contact email@example.com) for more details.
3. French film in generalAmelie, Au Revoirs Les Enfants, La Haine, Le Havre, the Three Colours series. The list goes on… FRANCE LOOKS SET to be the 14th country to legalise marriage equality, with the approval of a parliamentary bill today.The move has not been without its opponents and controversy, and protests in Marseille a few months back led to this picture going viral: via Buzzfeed/Tetu.comThe image is one of the most striking of an issue which has caused massive debate and division.It’s also got us thinking about some of the best things to come out of France in recent years (apart from the obvious ones… wine and delicious, delicious cheese).1. Daft PunkYou’ve heard the new song right? Or are you one of the last 13 people in the world who haven’t?Here you go:Video here: YouTube/Legman1242. LéonThis 1994 English language French film features Natalie Portman’s breakout role and stellar performances from Jean Reno and Gary Oldman. 4. Serge GainsbourgSexy. So sexy.YouTube/Glivingston735. CroissantsEven though the ancestors of the croissant have been traced back to Austria, they are a staple of French bakeries, and Cuisine de France ensure that our nostrils are filled with their delicious scent every morning.Dem croissants (Shutterstock.com) 6. Joe DassinFor this song alone…Video here: YouTube/Agnes2227. Once Upon a Time… LifeRemember this cartoon? It originated in France and was dubbed for our viewing pleasure.Image: Wikimedia Commons8. Joe Le TaxiDid you know taxis themselves also originated in Paris? The first documented taxi service originated in the city in 1640.And then of course there’s this classic:Video here: YouTube/BungeeJumpWhat are your favourite French things? Or “choses” if you prefer. Let us know in the comments section…12 gorgeous moments which will make you feel good about marriage>Here’s why you might be crying this Tuesday>
Apr 4th 2019, 5:36 PM 70,719 Views Image: Shutterstock/Yebhen Prozhyrko By Garreth MacNamee Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 5:36 PM 84 Comments Share209 Tweet Email Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Yebhen Prozhyrko THE WOMAN WHO filmed herself having sex with an on-duty garda has said he should not be sacked from his job following an internal disciplinary investigation.In a statement this evening, the woman said she did not set out to hurt the officer and called on Commissioner Drew Harris to drop the disciplinary action. The garda in question faced allegations of appearing in a video of a sexual nature which was posted online last year.A man in an official garda uniform appears in the footage, and engages in sexual activity with a woman, who is not a garda. A garda car is also visible in the video.The woman said: “I regret that the guard is in more bother in regards to the movie. We both partook in the act willingly. We both agreed for it to go online as his identity was hidden. “It was not done to harm the garda in any way and I am if it seems that way. I believe he has been punished enough. I do not have any more contact with the guard in question but I wish him luck in keeping his job. This will not help anyone if he is successful.”Following a disciplinary hearing, it was recommended that the garda be fined two weeks’ wages.However, Commissioner Harris has refused to accept the findings of the disciplinary tribunal.Sources have told TheJournal.ie that the commissioner has instructed the garda that he can resign from the force or face dismissal. It is understood that the garda in question has 10 days to respond to a letter from the commissioner informing him of these instructions. It is also open to him to appeal this matter. A spokesman for An Garda Síochána said they cannot comment on individual cases. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4577316 ‘He has been punished enough’: Woman involved in garda sex tape calls for him to keep his job An investigation was conducted to try to identify the garda involved.
https://jrnl.ie/4792744 Share19 Tweet Email3 Rose Hynes, Chairman Shannon Group, Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD, Vice President of the United States of America Mr Mike Pence and Mayor of Clare Cllr Cathal Crowe TD on the Vice Presidents arrival at Shannon Airport today. By Garreth MacNamee US VICE PRESIDENT Mike Pence has touched down in Ireland this afternoon. Air Force Two, the plane which carries the vice president and the second lady landed in Shannon Airport at around 4.30pm this afternoon.Pence will meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tomorrow as well as President Michael D Higgins during his visit.The meeting with Varadkar for lunch and talks will take place in Farmleigh House with Varadkar saying today that his parents and partner Matt Barrett will also be present. Pence is arriving in Shannon early this evening and will stay overnight in Trump Doonbeg – the Co Clare golf resort owned by the president where Trump himself visited earlier this year. Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett met with Pence during the Taoiseach’s St Patrick’s Day visit to the US earlier this year.The Taoiseach extended an invitation to Pence, who has strong ancestral roots in Ireland, at that engagement in the Vice President’s Washington home. Tomorrow’s visit is expected to be met with protests in Dublin – including one organised by Amnesty Ireland at the gates of the Dáil. The NGO is hosting a ‘Disco at the Dáil’ to mark the presence of Pence, who has long been criticised for his positions on LGBT rights and abortion. ProtesterBut not everyone was happy to see the vice president. Clare poet Sarah Clancy was stopped by gardaí at Shannon Airport this afternoon as she tried to make her way towards the terminal carrying two placards.Bellharbour-based Clancy was told by gardaí that they were concerned that US vice-president Mike Pence might be offended by the language on her signs. Speaking at Shannon this afternoon, Clancy said: “That’s what I was hoping for but they (gardaí) asked me to move away from the area which I did.”“Mike Pence should not be honoured. I very much fear that in years to come people will wish they stood up against this regime. Ireland we live in one of the most frees countries in the world. I can protest Mike Pence’s visit, his inhumanity, racism and homophobia without fear of persecution or retribution. All I face is ridicule from people who maybe don’t understand the crossroads we are at in the world at the moment. If we don’t speak out here when there is no risk to ourselves then who will?” Clancy added.After moving away from the security checkpoint at Shannon, she was again approached by Gardaí and asked to move further along the road. Ms Clancy obliged and was met by a second protestor. The placards read: “No filter for fascists” and “Queers against Pence”. Protester demonstrates against Mike Pence today. Source: Pat Flynn“One of Mike Pence’s election campaigns was based around opposing the idea of recognising that LGBTQ+ people like me needed specific protections under the law. This is not the same as a crank on the internet being homophobic. Mike Pence brings the stature and power of his office as Vice President of the United States to a type of unnecessary toxic hate. In doing so he legitimises attacks, abuse and the politics of loathing,” Clancy said.“He brings his thoughts and prayers and support for the NRA to any mass shooting that happens in the US. Pence never suggests that laws should be changed or even the most ridiculous war level weapons banned,” she added.As part of the security operation, which is expected to cost up to €5m, additional fencing has also been erected along a section of the main approach road to the airport in anticipation of any possible protest against the visit.However, while it’s understood that no such protest is expected, the Garda public order unit will remain on standby in Shannon.With reporting by Pat Flynn and Daragh Brophy 18,388 Views Rose Hynes, Chairman Shannon Group, Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD, Vice President of the United States of America Mr Mike Pence and Mayor of Clare Cllr Cathal Crowe TD on the Vice Presidents arrival at Shannon Airport today. Image: Arthur Ellis Image: Arthur Ellis Sep 2nd 2019, 5:27 PM 47 Comments US Vice President Mike Pence has touched down in Ireland Pence will meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tomorrow as well as President Michael D Higgins during his visit. Monday 2 Sep 2019, 5:27 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When the Greek government launched a new electronic platform to manage citizens’ relations with government agencies, nobody was expecting it to get to breaking point within a few months. But according to official data issued by the Ministry of State which undertook the project, more than 5,500 complaints have been submitted to the website, aptly named Kathimerinotita, to the extent that it is facing its first major stress test. The website was set up in February as a platform of engagement between citizens and government. The idea was for people to communicate their daily problems with public services, directly to the authorities and the responsible agencies. The platform has been since flooded with complaints by citizens exhasperated by bureaucracy, inefficiency, and an overall dysfunctional public sector. Among the most common, as well as urgent complaints lodged, is people requesting tax offices to delete medical bills issued by public hospitals to uninsured people, a matter which was resolved with an amendment on the recent health care bill, approved by Greek parliament.
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Get your headphones and subwoofers ready: NASA unveiled its new Sounds of Mars recording and it’s nearly all bass.On Friday, NASA JPL posted a tweet with the creepy audio and urged fans to tune in on nasa.gov/sounds. According to the Tweet, sensors in InSight’s seismometer and weather instrument captured vibrations from martian wind hitting the lander on Dec. 1. NASA recommends that you hear the recording with listening equipment, because it’s an eerie mix of low pitch and wind.NEWS ALERT: Listen to the #SoundsOfMarsSensors in @NASAInSight’s seismometer and weather instrument recorded vibrations caused by Martian wind sweeping across the lander. It’s nearly all bass. Headphones or subwoofer recommended. https://t.co/lbFNTtvwm9 pic.twitter.com/73V29j3lBB— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) December 7, 2018If you don’t have headphones or subwoofers, you can try to listen to it on your laptop, but you’ll need to pitch the audio up to two octaves to hear the noise.In the video posted on Twitter, NASA said mission engineers will eventually move the seismometer off the lander and onto the ground. Once this is done, the seismometer will collect vibrations that come from the planet’s depths. By listening to Mars’ environment, we can get a feel for the planet’s conditions and internal structure.You can download NASA’s Sounds of Mars recording here.More on Geek.com:InSight’s Robotic Arm is Ready for Heavy LiftingSpaceX Launches Cargo Ship to Space Station, Misses Rocket LandingFirst Crewed Soyuz Rocket Goes to Space After Aborted Mission Stay on target
TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#ReverseOsmosisplant, magneticmedia #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 22, 2018 – Ragged Island – Caribbean’s first fully green island is the plan for Ragged Island in The Bahamas after it was ravaged in Hurricane Irma; a plan touted by The Bahamas Government and now a component is well underway with the establishment of a reverse osmosis plant. Islanders are happier said a government issued report, the frequent rain falls of late have been a help too.Ragged Island, which has seen its population dwindle to 30 people since September’s Irma, was down to getting only 700 gallons of water per day. There was outcry about the water shortage.The new RO desalination plant on the far flung southern Bahamas island will now return to 5,000 gallons per day.#MagneticMedia#ReverseOsmosisplant
PORTLAND — Police say a woman was seriously injured after jumping out of a moving vehicle while escaping a kidnapper in the Portland suburb of Milwaukie.Lt. Robert Wurpes of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded Monday night to what was reported as a pedestrian hit by a car.But the woman told deputies she had been working alone when a man assaulted her and then forced her outside to a purple minivan. She was able to escape as the man drove.Wurpes says the woman is in her 20s, but he declined to release her name.Her attacker is described as being around 50 years old, with gray hair, wire-rimmed glasses and a goatee or beard. He was last seen wearing a dark navy-blue hooded jacket.Police released photos from surveillance video in hopes that someone will identify the suspect.
“Leveraging Tribune Publishing’s impressive reach to readers opens up an exciting opportunity for WWD and its sister publications,” says PMC Chairman and CEO Jay Penske. “When PMC acquired the Fairchild publications late last year, one of the first opportunities we saw for these revered brands was expanding their audience in markets beyond their traditional and deeply-rooted Manhattan readership, and in The L.A. Times and Tribune Publishing we found the right partner to take advantage of that opportunity.” A week after Hearst struck a syndication deal with The Wrap to include content in its newspapers, Tribune has entered into a similar partnership with WWD. Key subscribers will also get two issues of Footwear News, another Penske title, a watches and accessories special issue, and a joint beauty-focused issue from WWD and Beauty Inc. Issues of the fashion and beauty publication, owned by Penske Media Corp., will be distributed to targeted readership of The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune and Sun-Sentinel 12 times per year, starting in early September and coinciding with New York Fashion Week. Content from WWD will also supplement the fashion coverage on LATimes.com. In all, Penske says target readership will surpass 200,000 throughout the life of the deal, with the majority of the distribution aimed at L.A. and Chicago. Depending on the narrowness of the demographics involved, that’s not an insignificant bump for WWD, which has a weekly print circulation of 61,000 and draws in about 744,000 monthly unique visitors.
The death toll from Friday morning’s deadly road accident in Barishal city rose to seven after a child succumbed to his injuries, reports UNB.The accident took place in the city’s Tetultala after a Barishal-bound bus of ‘Durjoy Paribahan’ hit a human hauler. A woman was killed on the spot and 10 others were injured, said Yunus Ali, station officer of Barishal Fire Service.Police identified those killed in the accident as Shila Haldar, 24, a graduate student at Barishal BM College, Manik Shikdar, 40, auto-rickshaw driver Khokon, 35, Sohel 25 and Parvin Begum, 35, her son Taium, 7, of Babuganj upazila and Meherunessa, 50, of Madhabpasha.Taium died while he was being taken to capital Dhaka for better treatment.Police and fire service officials took the injured to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital where five of the injured died.Four survivors of the accident – Abdullah, 7, Sumon, 25, Tonny, 17, and Dulal Haldar, 30 – are undergoing treatment at the hospital.
[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read on if you haven’t seen the film yet; this article contains spoilers.]“Bird Box” portrays a society terrorized by a malign entity – which we never get to see ourselves – that makes people feel suicidal if they look at it, hence Bullock’s need to wear a blindfold and the reason for her perilous journey along the river in search of a sanctuary from the demonic force.The character Bullock portrays, Malorie, does not conform to the traditional image of motherhood – nurturing and gentle. This is a warrior mom, fiercely defending her young from both the evil force and the marauding gangs of deranged individuals who are immune to the suicidal impulses that afflict ordinary folk. So reluctant is she to embrace the norms of motherhood she hasn’t even given her children names – instead she calls them “boy” and “girl.”“When I read the script I felt there was the potential to portray a different picture of motherhood than that which is usually portrayed. I guess I’ve always felt that motherhood is mainly defined by men and for many hundreds of years is automatically thought of as being soft, caring, naturally nurturing, calm,” she says. “There are a lot of things that are part of our idealized vision of motherhood, but I always thought it was much more complex, much more ferocious … I think that’s what Sandra gives it.”Toward the end of the film there is a pivotal scene when Malorie is forced to change the way she treats her children if they are to survive. “I think [the shift] is about understanding what [motherhood] implies. She starts out being a reluctant pregnant woman – she has a hard time dealing with her pregnancy but generally has a hard time dealing with the world. And then she goes through insane and at times pretty horrific things, and by the end she gets to embrace motherhood and in a way gets to embrace life.”Bier adds: “She realizes that by being as adamantly tough with [the children] she is ignoring something that they need, which is [the permission] to dream – she has closed up any dreams, and she has done this to herself as well. That was a mistake and she is kind of saying sorry for that.” CREDIT: Merrick Morton/Netflix Bier is one of the world’s leading female directors, and a keen advocate for increasing female representation behind the camera. “I’ve never been in favor of quotas [for women directors] but I’m getting to the point where I am for it,” she says. “It needs to be a conscious decision – if you have two qualified candidates you need to pick the woman. And for the female filmmakers they need to trust themselves. They should not to be thrown by male arrogance and male dismissiveness, and men need to open up a bit.” She doesn’t believe that women have a different approach to filmmaking to men. “I think it is very individual. I really don’t think there is a male or female way of doing anything. There is a very personal way of doing things,” she says. Instead she says each individual is different and that by restricting access to the director’s chair to only one half the world’s population you are excluding the full range of experiences and perspectives of all those individual artists.Next up for Bier is HBO’s six-part series “The Undoing,” created by David E. Kelley and starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland. What attracted her to the project was “a really good script,” she says. For Bier this has always been the primary factor. “The script needs to be seductive.” Beyond that she is happy to keep an open mind. Having directed “The Night Manager,” she’d be keen to direct more “spy stuff,” and presumably that would include James Bond should she ever be offered the opportunity. Apart from that she says she would be “curious” to direct a period drama as she has never done so, and would like to do more comedies, following past laffers like “Love Is All You Need.” But she prefers not to know what will happen next in her career… life for Bier is an adventure. Bier concedes that Malorie is “really harsh” with the kids, but this is a natural response to the threats that face them. Bier herself admits to occasional displays of aggression and defensiveness when she feels her own children are at risk. “I think there is that sort of aggressive forcefulness [in motherhood] that hasn’t been shown [in movies] a lot,” she says. What is the reason for this omission? “Well, partly because men had the platform to show what [motherhood] was, and supposedly that was not how they wanted to see it. Maybe it is a slightly scary image. Being forceful might not be as cute,” she says.Filming “Bird Box” presented many challenges, such as having two child actors in many of the key scenes, and shooting the river sequences on Smith River in California, in particular when the boat descends the rapids. Needless to say stunt body doubles were deployed but even so the crafting of these scenes required a crew of around 300 and meticulous planning to ensure the safety of those involved, and to make sure the scenes were as thrilling as the script demanded.Another challenge was the use of the blindfolds in many scenes and the restrictions that places on the actors’ ability to express themselves. This was particularly a challenge for Bullock “because she goes through such an emotional rollercoaster,” Bier says. “It is a little bit like telling a painter that we are going to take away your brushes away now – create us a great painting, because the eyes are the brushes for an actor and it is a big deal losing that.”Another challenge was the need to maintain the tension and to do this Bier made the decision not to show the monster, which has been criticized in some quarters – not least by Variety’s own reviewer Peter Debruge. “The biggest artistic challenge was how you maintain the tension and not reveal anything,” she says. “I always felt the moment before you see the monster was super scary and suspenseful, and I wanted the whole movie to have that sense of suspense.” A blindfolded woman, accompanied by two young children, with their eyes similarly bound, guides a rowing boat down a fast-flowing murky river with trees crowding in on either side.It was this image that hooked the attention of Susanne Bier, director of Emmy winner “The Night Manager” and Oscar winner “In a Better World,” leading her to take the helm of “Bird Box,” the horror film starring Sandra Bullock, which had a short theatrical run in several territories earlier this month and is now available for streaming worldwide on Netflix.However, when Bier first read the script seven years ago she passed, as did Bullock. What changed in that time, she told Variety in London, en route to her native Denmark, was the political and social “atmosphere,” and the heightened sense of threat that pervades the world. “It feels more relevant now; it feels like a more dystopian point in time,” she explains. Bier found Netflix to be a supportive and engaged backer of the movie. “You are not dealing with a scared owner of the project; you are dealing with a bold owner, and that makes a huge difference to a filmmaker,” she says. “You are dealing with [a company] that is more interested in you doing something that is significant than something that automatically falls into a certain pattern. The bolder the better. That is exciting.”Bier applauds the support streaming platforms like Netflix have given to cinema. “No one other than the streaming services are going to finance innovative cinema and so we need to figure out a way of using that synergy.”She is happy that her film had a theatrical release, but disagrees with Cannes’ decision to exclude Netflix movies from its competition section this year. “I think the current rules [at Cannes] are out of touch with reality and [the festival] hasn’t embraced the way the whole media is moving,” she says.
MRPL has posted a net profit of Rs 406 crore in the first quarter of 2015-16 as against a loss of Rs 36 crore during the corresponding previous quarter. The increased profit is on account of increased margins in the products coming out of the secondary units in Phase III units, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) Chairman D K