Twinning Consultation Session in New Glasgow Rescheduled

first_imgDue to weather and poor travel conditions, the public consultation session on highway twinning scheduled for this evening, Tuesday, Jan. 24, in New Glasgow has been rescheduled. The session will now be held on Monday, Jan. 30, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, 2656 Westville Rd. -30-last_img

Alibaba to offer voice discovery services in cars

first_imgBeijing: Chinese e-commerce, Internet and technology giant Alibaba Group has reportedly partnered with auto giants such as Renault, Audi and Honda as it works to introduce voice discovery services in China. The agreement, announced at CES in Shanghai this week, will see the car brands adding Tmall Genie Auto technology into its cars so that people can use voice technology to complete tasks while driving, The Drum reported on Tuesday. The partnership is likely to offer car owners a range of voice-controlled services, including identification of nearby attractions and restaurants, and the ability to order items on Alibaba’s retail site. “By providing AI technologies, including speech-recognition and Natural Language Processing, Tmall Genie Auto enables car users to access an extensive in-car infotainment portfolio by tapping into Alibaba’s rich content and service ecosystem,” Miffy Chen, General Manager, Alibaba AI Labs, was quoted as saying by The Drum.last_img read more

Man can return to Victorias Empress hotel years after seagull pepperoni uproar

first_imgVICTORIA – A Nova Scotia man banned from Victoria’s stately Fairmont Empress hotel is welcome back after apologizing for an incident more than 17 years ago in which seagulls hungry for pepperoni trashed his room in a rock star frenzy.Nick Burchill of Dartmouth, N.S., says in a letter to the hotel he was young and immature in 2001 and unaware of the aggressive nature of West Coast seagulls, especially when tempted with a suitcase full of fresh pepperoni near an open window.“I remember walking down the long hall and opening the door to my room to find an entire flock of seagulls in my room,” stated Burchill’s letter. “I didn’t have time to count, but there must have been 40 of them and they had been in my room, eating pepperoni for a long time.”He said he startled the gorging birds, which is when things really got out of control.“They immediately started flying around and crashing into things as they desperately tried to leave the room through the small opening by which they had entered,” said Burchill. “The result was a tornado of seagull excrement, feathers, pepperoni chunks and fairly large birds whipping around the room.”Tracey Drake, the hotel’s public relations director, said Monday there were thoughts this was an April Fools’ Day prank, but a check of the records and Burchill’s appearance at the front desk last weekend confirmed the seagull story and the former guest’s permanent ban.“It is absolutely a true story,” she said.Burchill was in Victoria for a conference and was booked to stay at the Empress back in 2001, said Drake. After the room fiasco, he was moved to another room for the rest of his stay.“The hotel followed up with his employer afterwards, saying he’s not welcome back at the hotel due to the damage in the room,” Drake said. “He’s correct. The lamps were broken. The room was trashed. It’s a really funny story to tell 17 years later, but I was sitting here thinking about the housekeeper and what her first reaction must have been when she opened that door.”Burchill’s letter stated he still remembers the dismayed look on the housekeeper’s face when she walked into his room.“I have matured and I admit responsibility for my actions,” the letter stated. “I come to you, hat in hand, to apologize for the damage I had indirectly come to cause and to ask you reconsider my lifetime ban from the property.”Burchill could not be immediately reached for comment.The letter he sent to the Empress and posted on Facebook explained how his plan to bring spicy Nova Scotia pepperoni to Victoria to share with friends stationed at the West Coast naval base went astray when he decided to cool the meat near the window because his room didn’t have a fridge.Drake said the damage to the room was beyond description, but all is forgiven and Burchill is back on the guest list.The seagulls and pepperoni flap isn’t the only wild animal story to occur at the Empress.Almost two years ago, thieves stole an iconic Bengal tiger skin that was mounted on the wall of the hotel’s Bengal Lounge. The theft remains unsolved.In 1992, a cougar was spotted on the hotel grounds, where it was later tranquilized in its underground parking lot.last_img read more

Join Ellen DeGeneres For Ellens 12 Days Of Giveaways

first_imgEllen DeGeneres is supporting her friend Jimmy Kimmel, and has teamed with to give you the chance to win at “Ellen’s 12 Days Of Giveaways” and support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.“People around the world were moved by my friend Jimmy Kimmel’s story about his newborn son Billy’s congenital heart disease and open-heart surgery hours after he was born,” wrote Ellen. “Jimmy’s monologue touched the hearts of so many. I wanted to do something to help and bring awareness to the fantastic things that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles does.
“So, for a donation of only $10, you’ll be entered for a chance to bring 9 of your friends — count ‘em, 9! — to sit in the Skybox during my “12 Days of Giveaways” this December. We’ll fly you and your friends to Los Angeles, put you up in a hotel, and you’ll enjoy my show from my luxurious Skybox. “Donate more and you’ll get extra chances to win, plus some cool T-shirts, hoodies, and other swag from the show. All of this is my way of thanking you for honoring Billy and my friend Jimmy, while supporting the amazing work at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”To find out more, visit read more

Top UN official in AsiaPacific urges stronger ties between States and business

The top United Nations official in Asia and the Pacific today urged governments in the region to develop stronger ties with the private sector to spur economic growth and provide better services to the public through improved infrastructure.“Efficient economic and social infrastructure and services, and enhanced national and regional connectivity can have a major role to play in helping countries emerge from this latest [financial] crisis stronger and in a better position to promote development for all,” said Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP ).Ms. Heyzer was speaking at a ministerial conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, on public-private partnerships for infrastructure development.The meeting was the culmination of a four-day event that drew more than 1,300 delegates, including representatives of the World Bank, MEC Holdings, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Export-Import Bank of the United States, General Electric and Intel Corporation, and nearly two dozen government ministers from countries in the Asia-Pacific region.Indonesia”s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in his opening speech to the “Infrastructure Asia 2010 Conference” on Thursday that infrastructure development is an important way of improving people”s welfare.Ms. Heyzer noted that new drivers of growth based on increasing intra-regional trade – especially with larger markets within Asia – are now emerging strongly, but there is a “desperate need” for more investment in capacity and services.“Asia needs to invest about $750 billion per year in infrastructure from 2010 to 2020 to meet the strong growth of populations and economies,” she stated, adding that the challenge demands a shared approach between the public and private sectors.She noted that countries in the region still faced a number of hindrances to public-private partnerships in infrastructure development, including a lack of awareness among government officials. 17 April 2010The top United Nations official in Asia and the Pacific today urged governments in the region to develop stronger ties with the private sector to spur economic growth and provide better services to the public through improved infrastructure. read more

Ceremony sends hope and love to First Nations communities in crisis

The Indigenous Solidarity Coalition at Brock University gathered for a tobacco ceremony and prayer vigil in front of the Schmon Tower Thursday, April 21.The ceremony was in response to the suicide epidemics facing the northern First Nations communities of Attawapiskat, Ont. and Cross Lake, Man.More than two dozen people stood in a circle and took part in the tobacco ceremony, drumming and songs aimed to send love and hope to the communities in crisis.Last week, Attawapiskat’s chief and eight councillors declared a state of emergency, citing 11 suicide attempts in one night this month and 28 recorded attempts in March in their small community of less than 2,000 people.Equally heartbreaking is the reportedly more than 140 people attempting or threatening to kill themselves in a recent two-week period in the northern Manitoba community of Pimicikamak Cree Nation (Cross Lake), which has a population of 6,000.Most of the deaths or attempted suicides in these communities are youth, of the same age or younger, than most first-year Brock students.• The Indigenous Solidarity Coalition at Brock is dedicated to providing people in the Brock community and the Niagara Region the opportunity to engage in events which raise awareness and foster activism surrounding Indigenous issues.,The Indigenous Solidarity Coalition at Brock University gathered for a tobacco ceremony and prayer vigil in front of the Schmon Tower Thursday, April 21.The ceremony was in response to the suicide epidemics facing the northern First Nations communities of Attawapiskat, Ont. and Cross Lake, Man.More than two dozen people stood in a circle and took part in the tobacco ceremony, drumming and songs aimed to send love and hope to the communities in crisis.Last week, Attawapiskat’s chief and eight councillors declared a state of emergency, citing 11 suicide attempts in one night this month and 28 recorded attempts in March in their small community of less than 2,000 people.Equally heartbreaking is the reportedly more than 140 people attempting or threatening to kill themselves in a recent two-week period in the northern Manitoba community of Pimicikamak Cree Nation (Cross Lake), which has a population of 6,000.Most of the deaths or attempted suicides in these communities are youth, of the same age or younger, than most first-year Brock students. read more

Opinion 5 questions for Buckeyes matchup with Indiana

Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott warms up before a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won. 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team has two games left on its schedule, but the Buckeyes know a win — or a Michigan State loss — will give them a third.OSU (9-1, 6-0) is set for a shot to seal a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game against Indiana on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, but when it comes time for the noon kickoff, nothing will be a given.The Lantern sports editors picked five key questions needing answers as the Buckeyes look to book their ticket to Indianapolis and the Hoosiers try to delay their trip.1. Will sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott become coach Urban Meyer’s second 1,000-yard rusher?Chances are Elliott — who has accumulated 954 rushing yards on 167 carries this season — will break the 1,000-yard barrier this season. But if the Buckeyes establish the run game early, he could do it in the first quarter against Indiana.There’s no guarantee, but Elliott’s strong play in recent weeks has been key to OSU’s offensive attack. As he closes in on a career milestone, there’s no reason for the coaching staff to go away from him if he’s playing well from the start.Former Buckeye Carlos Hyde became Meyer’s first-ever 1,000-yard rusher last season, against Indiana, and Elliott — especially in recent weeks — has compared favorably to Hyde’s play.If he doesn’t pick up the necessary 46 yards, OSU won’t be guaranteed a loss. But a big win for the Buckeyes could come behind a big day from Elliott.2. Will playing at home help the Buckeyes eliminate mistakes?OSU is coming off of consecutive road wins against teams ranked in the top 25 of the College Football Playoff standings, but that doesn’t mean the team was flawless against Michigan State and Minnesota.First-half turnovers against Michigan State allowed the Spartans to take a 21-14 lead early on, but the OSU offense found a way to make up for it to take a 28-21 lead into the half. Against Minnesota, a pair of lost fumbles and an interception allowed the Golden Gophers to stay within three at halftime and eventually keep the game within seven when the clock ran out.Both games were played on the road — and the Minnesota game was played in below-20-degree temperatures — but many of the mistakes were still avoidable. Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall’s two fumbles lost against the Golden Gophers almost single-handedly kept the game close, while the Buckeyes’ offensive explosion helped overcome some big plays given up after turnovers against Michigan State.Returning to Ohio Stadium might be the perfect remedy for OSU’s turnover issues, and if that’s the case, the Buckeyes could be in for a commanding win.3. How many yards will Indiana junior running back Tevin Coleman gain?Meyer said it best during Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference: Coleman is “ridiculous.”The Hoosier running back is the focal point of the offense, and has carried the load with 214 carries totaling 1,678 yards so far this season. He’s also got 12 touchdowns on the ground, and is coming off a 307-yard performance in a loss to Rutgers last week.It’s hard to say how Indiana managed to lose a game when its running back put up that many yards on the ground, but Coleman getting rolling is one of the few things likely to keep Indiana in the game against OSU.4. Can Indiana freshman quarterback Zander Diamont step up in the Horseshoe?The Hoosiers entered the season with an experienced junior quarterback under center, but since junior Nate Sudfeld went down with a season-ending shoulder injury after playing in six games, Diamont has gotten the call.Sudfeld threw for 1,151 yards and six touchdowns to just three interceptions before getting hurt, and Diamont hasn’t come close to replicating those numbers.  In the first two games of his collegiate career — consecutive losses to Michigan State and Michigan by a combined 63 points — Diamont completed a grand total of 10 passes on 23 attempts. Those 10 completions totaled just 35 yards and no touchdowns. He didn’t throw his first touchdown until his fourth game, and has completed just 46.9 percent of his passes as a Hoosier. Diamont starting wasn’t in Indiana’s this season, and having him start against the No. 6 Buckeyes could be too tall of a task. If he struggles from the start, expect the OSU defense to bring pressure early and often and force at least a few mistakes from the freshman signal caller.5. Can the J.T. Barrett and Joey Bosa combination continue to impress?The 2013 recruiting classmates have arguably been the top two players not only on the OSU team, but in the Big Ten as well. Thursday afternoon, Bosa was named a finalist for the Lombardi Award, which is given to the best lineman or linebacker in the country, while Barrett has the third-best odds to win the Heisman Trophy (15/1 as of Thursday evening) according to, an online gambling site. Both are coming off big games individually as Bosa recorded a season-high seven tackles in a 31-24 win over Minnesota and Barrett broke three school records including longest rush by a quarterback (86), most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback (189) and touchdowns responsible for in a season (38). Bosa will need to play one of his better games in order to shut down Coleman, as he said Wednesday that the goal of the defense is to hold the Indiana back under 100 yards. If Barrett can continue to play like he has since the loss to Virginia Tech, there is a very good chance he could be on a flight to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony in early December. read more

More unmarried couples with children breaking up than married couples for first

first_img“At some point, someone’s got to start paying attention to this,” he said. But Gingerbread, the charity for single parents, refuted suggestions that selfishness was behind societal decline.Rosie Ferguson, chief executive, said: “The Marriage Foundation are right to highlight the threat of poverty amongst single parents families. “Yet the solution to this has to be actions that address the specific, concrete drivers of inequality, rather than the inflammatory stigmatising of those involved.” “We put ourselves first, so we’re more likely to have problems with relationships.  Sir Paul Coleridge, a former High Court judge and founder and chairman of the Marriage Foundation, said: “Whenever family breakdown statistics are discussed people assume it means married couples divorcing, but that is not the real mischief.“The real mischief is that separating cohabiting as opposed to divorcing couples are four times more likely to split up.  This is the driver of the national tragedy of mass family breakdown.”Previous research found that unmarried couples were four times more likely to split up than married couples. 5.3 per cent of unmarried couples split during the course of any one year, compared to 1.3 per cent of married couples. The UK has one of the highest levels of family breakdown in Europe. Research released earlier this year by the Social Trends Institute found that the UK is the only country in Europe where less than 75 per cent of children live with both natural parents. Levels are also high in the US, where almost one in three children live with a single parent. Mr Benson said that the unpopularity of marriage was due to an preoccupation with “individual autonomy” in the UK and US.He said it was a “public health issue” because children in cohabiting relationships were more likely to have problems with health and education.  In 2006 there were just 954,000 cohabiting couples, compared to 1.26m in 2016. In 2016 51.4 per cent of families with parents who split up were unmarried, compared to 48.1 per cent of married couple families. Same-sex couples with children made up just 0.5 per cent of splits. The group, which campaigns for the public understanding of marriage, said that an increasing number of unmarried couples would lead to more children being adversely affected by their parents splitting up. center_img 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. More families involving unmarried than married couples are breaking down for the first time ever in what campaigners for marriage are calling a “national tragedy”, ONS figures show. Analysis of the official figures shows that despite unmarried couples with children making up just one in five of all parents, they now account for more than 50 per cent of splits which involve children. While there are more than 4.8m families where the parents are married, and just 1.26m where they are not, more than 50 per cent of splits in 2016 were cohabiting couples. Ten years ago families where the parents cohabited made up 45 per cent of splits. Harry Benson, of the Marriage Foundation, who analysed the data, said the increase was due to a rise in the total number of families where the parents are unmarried. last_img read more

Family of father killed in front of son pay tribute to devoted

Lee Pomeroy The man was stabbed to death between Clandon and Horsley on a South West Train service between Guildford and London A devoted father stabbed to death on board a train had been on his way to London to celebrate his birthday with his 14-year-old son, his family revealed today.Lee Pomeroy, would have been 52-yesterday, but died on Friday afternoon when he was stabbed in the neck during a brief argument with a fellow passenger on a train in Surrey.Mr Pomeroy, an IT consultant, who lived with his wife, Svetlana, and teenage son in Guildford, was described as an honourable man who was always willing to help those in trouble.In a statement, his devastated family said: “Lee took his son on a trip to London hoping to spend some quality time with him which was cut short by an horrific and pointless attack.The statement went on: “Lee would have had his birthday today but did not get to see his presents. He was an honest, bright person, who loved music very much, he knew history and art and he was a bachelor of science in Maths. 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. The man was stabbed to death between Clandon and Horsley on a South West Train service between Guildford and London The teenager was last night being supported by specially trained police officers and was said to be deeply traumatised.Police revealed that Mr Pomeroy lost his life after an argument with another passenger as they boarded a Waterloo bound train at Guildford London Road station quickly escalated into “extraordinary violence”.A huge manhunt was launched on Friday afternoon in Surrey after the suspect fled the scene. Mr Pomeroy and his Russian born wife married in Sheffield in 2000 and lived in London before moving to their current home in Guildford in 2012. Lee Pomeroy “He was a devoted family man and did everything for his family. He was an honourable man and would always help somebody who was in trouble. He was a loving husband and father, he will be deeply missed by all his family.” Police were alerted to the stabbing at Horsley station On Sautday morning a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder at an address in Farnham around 15 miles from where the stabbing took place.A 27-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Police were alerted to the stabbing at Horsley station A family friend said Mrs Pomeroy was too upset to comment on Saturday, saying: “It is too fresh. It was in front of their 14-year-old son.”Neighbours described the couple as quiet and polite and said Mr Pomeroy was clearly devoted to his son. read more

Monitoring methane and carbon monoxide in Norwegian coal mine

first_imgTrolex’s STX3241 and STX3261 toxic and flammable gas detectors and TX5920 Vortex Air Flow Sensors have been used to monitor methane, carbon monoxide and air flow at the Svea Nord coal mine in Norway. The sensors have a high strength moulded housing sealed against dust and moisture to IP65 standard and EMC protection, making the systems resilient to the extreme, arduous conditions in the mine. All the sensors have ATEX M1 approval.Tor-Arne Iversen, Electrical Engineer at Store Norske: “Trolex gas sensing systems have been used in the mine since it opened in 2000 and are also used in JOY and Sandvik machinery. We are extremely happy with the service and equipment that we have received from Trolex which is the only gas sensing equipment that we use to have ATEX M1 approval.”The STX3261 flammable gas sensor is a robust, dust and waterproof pre-calibrated gas detector which uses a poison resistant catalytic combustion sensor to monitor flammable gases present in the atmosphere such as methane and propane. The large mass of the sensing element assures a long and reliable operating life with exceptional stability even in conditions of high vibration.The sensor has a life expectancy of around five years depending on the monitoring conditions and can be rapidly serviced or replaced at the end of its operating life. It is also available with a remote mounted gas-sensing module for installations where space or access is restricted.The STX3241 toxic gas sensor is designed for ease of installation and maintenance in arduous, exposed locations providing economical safety protection from toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide, nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide and sulphur dioxide in mining and tunnelling applications.The sensor features high accuracy electrochemical cell gas sensing elements, convenient and secure zero and span calibration and a choice of output signals of 4-20 mA or 0.4-2 V.last_img read more

Serbian girls face serious problems before Mobelringen Cup

Serbian NT head-coach, Saša Bošković has serious problem to make competitive squad for Mobelringen Cup which start tommorow in Oslo and Larvik. Norwegian cities will host Denmark, France and Serbia, but the runners up from the last World Championship 2013 will try to catch the form without most of the important players.Andrea Lekic, Sanja Damnjanovic, Katarina Tomašević and Dragana Cvijić won’t be able to help their team-mates in Norway. That will cause a lot of problems to their coaching staff, but in another way, could be a challenge for some younger players to show their quality. ← Previous Story Draw for TOP 16 of Women’s European Cups Next Story → EHF CL: Kiel look for revenge against Zagreb euro 2014mobelringen cup 2014

What did leprechauns look like There are 2 answers

first_imgWhat leprechauns looked like according to folklore:What leprechauns looked like according to St Patrick’s photo: Flickr/backofthenapkin15 people* who are really, REALLY looking forward to St Patrick’s Day>Your own pet Irish rock anyone?>last_img

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Mourinho insists United havent figured out Salah

Mourinho insists United havent figured out Salah

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists his team have not found a way to stop Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.Despite the former AS Roma star failing to score against the Red Devils over two legs last season, Mourinho insists Jurgen Klopp has found ways to make Salah more dangerous this season.“Those were different matches. They had Philippe Coutinho then, and Coutinho was playing as a fake-left sided player. He was always coming inside to play between the lines.” Mourinho said, according to Mirror Football.“It was a completely different dynamic. At this moment, Salah sometimes plays from the right. Other times he plays as the striker with Roberto Firmino dropping behind him.”“They have so many possibilities to try to get the best out of Salah.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But while the Mourinho is keen on keeping Salah and the rest of the Liverpool team quiet on Sunday, he wants his own players to put in a performance too.“We have to think about Salah and try to give him at least a difficult match. But in spite of it, we want to play our own game as well.”The former Real Madrid manager also revealed his current United team is far from his identity and he insists he’s not making the team dispirited.“I’m not frustrated because my work is to give. What I demand from players is for the players to give everything they have and I only demand things that I can give myself.”“So what I ask the players to do that’s what I do. You have to work hard, you have to work on your limits. That’s my job. It’s not about me complaining or moaning.”last_img read more

Search underway for man in attempted car breakins in Cutler Bay

Search underway for man in attempted car breakins in Cutler Bay

first_imgCUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in their search for a man seen on surveillance trying to break into several cars in Cutler Bay.A security camera captured the subject walking up to the front door of a home in the area of Southwest 215th Street and 89th Avenue, July 10.He is then later seen attempting to open the doors of several parked cars in the driveway.If you have any information on this would-be car burglar’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Dinesh Chawla Trumps former hotel partner held for theft

Dinesh Chawla Trumps former hotel partner held for theft

first_imgMemphis: Dinesh Chawla, a prominent Indian-origin hotelier in the US, who previously partnered with President Donald Trump’s family on four hotels, has been arrested on charges of stealing bags from the Memphis airport for the “thrill and excitement,” according to media reports. According to police records, airport security footage recorded Chawla, the CEO of Chawla Hotels, on August 18 removing another passenger’s suitcase from a baggage claim carousel at the Memphis International Airport in the US state of Tennessee and putting it in his car before taking a flight. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The airport police said they searched the car and discovered the suitcase and another piece of luggage that had been taken from the airport a month earlier, The New York Times reported. Chawla, 56, was arrested when he returned to Memphis on Thursday and admitted to stealing the two bags and their contents, valued at about USD 4,000, according to a police affidavit. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The records also said Chawla had confessed to stealing other luggage “over a long period of time,” but it provided no details of other thefts. Chawla told an officer “that he knows stealing luggage is wrong, but he does it for the thrill and excitement,” the NYT quoted the records as saying. He was given a USD 5,000 bond and released on Thursday. Chawla has a court date scheduled for Friday, Mississippi Clarion Ledger newspaper reported. Advertise With Us He could not immediately be reached for comment, the report said. Chawla and his brother Suresh Chawla operate 17 hotels and motels in Mississippi and are constructing a luxury hotel in Cleveland, an undertaking that until February was a joint venture with the Trump Organisation. The Trump brothers, Donald Trump Jr and Eric, withdrew from the undertaking in February, saying that “harassment” from Democrats had led them to that decision, but praising the Chawlas. The relations between the Trumps and the Chawlas began in 1988 when the Indian-origin brothers’ father, V K Chawla, reached out to Donald Trump Sr for help starting a motel in Greenwood. Trump called the elder Chawla and suggested that he apply for a minority Small Business Administration loan, which he did successfully, Mississippi Business Journal reported. Last year, The NYT profiled Chawla as he and his brother were partners with the Trump Organization on several of their hotels project in the Mississippi Delta until early this year.last_img read more

Spain sets Catalans 3day deadline

Spain sets Catalans 3day deadline
first_imgProtesters hold a giant Spanish flag during a demonstration called by `Societat Civil Catalana` (Catalan Civil Society) to support the unity of Spain on October 8 in Barcelona. AFPMadrid on Monday warned Catalonia’s separatist leader that he has only three days left to “return to legality” after he refused to say whether he would follow through on a threat to declare independence from Spain.Responding to an initial deadline set by the central government, Carles Puigdemont called for talks with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy “as soon as possible” as Spain struggles with its worst political crisis in decades.But Puidgemont stopped short of giving a definitive “yes or no” as demanded by Madrid, and Spain gave him until Thursday morning to clarify.Anything less than a full climb-down by Thursday’s 0800 GMT deadline is likely to prompt moves by Madrid to impose direct control over the semi-autonomous region — the so-called “nuclear option.””The government regrets that the president of the Catalan government has decided not to respond to the request made by the government,” Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told a news conference.”All we are asking for is clarity.”The crisis has showed no signs of abating since a banned independence referendum on October 1, when a violent police crackdown on Catalan voters shocked the world.Puigdemont declared last week that he was ready for Catalonia to “become an independent state” after the referendum produced a 90 percent ‘Yes’ vote, although turnout was only 43 percent and many of those who back unity with Spain stayed at home.The Catalan leader had said however that he was “suspending” his independence bid to allow time for negotiations with Madrid — leaving Spain in limbo, rattling stock markets and worrying European leaders who are already grappling with Brexit.Unideco, the parent company of winemaker Codirniu Raventos which markets itself as Spain’s oldest family business, on Monday became the latest of hundreds of companies to move their headquarters out of wealthy Catalonia in a bid to minimise the instability.Adding to the tensions, Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero appeared in court accused of failing to stop the referendum going ahead, with Spanish prosecutors demanding he be remanded in custody.Trapero, who became a popular figure in Catalonia for his handling of August’s jihadist attacks in Barcelona and nearby Cambrils, faces up to 15 years in jail for sedition.- ‘Return to legality’ -Puigdemont wrote in his letter to Rajoy that “for the next two months, our main objective is to bring you to dialogue.”Rajoy said in a written response that it was “absolutely necessary” that Catalonia clarify its position.”I hope that in the hours that remain until the second deadline… you reply with all the clarity which citizens demand and the law requires,” Rajoy said, calling on the Catalan separatists to “return to legality”.Puigdemont and some separatist allies want mediation with Madrid over the fate of the 7.5 million-strong region, an idea the central government says is a non-starter.Catalonia has its own language and distinct culture but is deeply divided over independence.Separatists argue the northeastern region pays more in taxes than it gets back and that breaking away would allow it to prosper, but those who back unity say a split would spell economic and political disaster.Though it represents about a fifth of Spanish gross domestic product, Catalonia is deeply indebted to Madrid and cannot borrow internationally.Madrid says the growing uncertainty imperils Spain’s recovery from the financial crisis.The two biggest Catalan banks have already moved their legal headquarters to other parts of Spain, while ratings agency Standard and Poor’s has warned of a recession in the region if the crisis drags on.Puigdemont, a 54-year-old former journalist, is under intense pressure from Madrid and world leaders to back off.Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau on Monday urged him to abandon a unilateral independence bid, saying the uncertainty was “bad for everybody”.”Before reaching a definitive solution, what we can do is bring about a stable dialogue — and for that, it will be necessary to give up a unilateral independence declaration once and for all,” she told La Sexta television.But Puigdemont is also being squeezed by separatist allies to crack on with independence.They have threatened mass strikes and protests in the event of a climb-down.last_img

Retired Pope Benedict wades into clergy sex abuse debate

Retired Pope Benedict wades into clergy sex abuse debate

first_imgNicole Winfield Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism Share This! Nicole Winfield,Load Comments,Authorities say deputy’s son behind fires at black churches Close vote in Israel extends tiny ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties’ outsized sway TagsCatholic Catholic sex abuse scandal clergy sex abuse Pope Benedict Pope Benedict XVI sex abuse Vatican,You may also like Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has ventured out of retirement to publish an essay blaming the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests.His analysis was immediately criticized as “catastrophically irresponsible” — a conflict with efforts by his successor, Pope Francis, to lead the church out of its crisis.“Why did pedophilia reach such proportions? Ultimately, the reason is the absence of God,” Benedict wrote in the 6,000-word essay published Thursday (April 11) in the German monthly Klerusblatt, the Catholic News Agency and other conservative media.Benedict traced the start of the crisis to the ’60s, citing the appearance of sex in films in his native Bavaria and the formation of “homosexual cliques” in seminaries “which acted more or less openly and significantly changed the climate.” He also attributed it to failures in moral theology in that era.“Perhaps it is worth mentioning that in not a few seminaries, students caught reading my books were considered unsuitable for the priesthood,” the conservative theologian wrote. “My books were hidden away, like bad literature, and only read under the desk.”Benedict also faulted church laws that gave undue protection to accused priests. During the 1980s and 1990s, he wrote, “the right to a defense (for priests) was so broad as to make a conviction nearly impossible.”As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict spearheaded reforms of those laws in 2001 to make it easier to remove priests who abused children. Benedict took a hard line against clerical sex abuse as the Vatican’s conservative doctrine chief, and later as pope, defrocking hundreds of priests accused of raping and molesting children.Francis has blamed the scandal on a clerical culture in the church that raises priests above the laity.At his retirement in 2013, Benedict had said he would devote his remaining life to penance and prayer, leaving Francis to guide the church. He said in the introduction to the essay that Francis and the Vatican secretary of state had given him permission to publish. The Vatican confirmed it was written by Benedict.Church historian Christopher Bellitto questioned if Benedict, who turns 92 next week, was being manipulated by others. He said the essay omitted the critical conclusions that arose from the pope’s February sex abuse summit in Rome, including that “abusers were priests along the ideological spectrum, that the abuse predated the 1960s, that it is a global and not simply Western problem, that homosexuality is not the issue in pedophilia.”“It is catastrophically irresponsible, because it creates a counter-narrative to how Francis is trying to move ahead based on the 2019 summit,” he told The Associated Press in an email. “The essay essentially ignores what we learned there.”The essay was applauded by some on the right. Writing in The Catholic Herald, Chat Pecknold praised the intervention as a necessary word from “the voice of a father” that accurately identified an absence of God as the reason for the crisis.“I suspect that after all the studies are done, after the review boards are formed, cases heard, after new protocols and safeguards are in place, Benedict’s answer will be the one which endures,” he wrote. “What will be remembered as the seed of renewal, as the root of restoration, is precisely Benedict’s counsel that we turn our faces back to Christ who is the perfect image of the Father’s love.”But other U.S. church analysts said the essay was both flawed in content and problematic on universal church level, exacerbating existing divisions in the church that have emerged between supporters of Francis and Catholics nostalgic for Benedict’s doctrine-minded papacy.Villanova University theologian Massimo Faggioli said the essay was thin in its analysis, effectively attributing the scandal to the sexual revolution. He said it omitted key cases, such as the Legion of Christ founder’s pedophilia, which began well before then and involved abuse in one of the most rigorously orthodox, conservative religious orders.“If a pope emeritus decides to stay silent, it’s one thing and can be defended. But speaking and telling a tiny part and a very personal version of the story, it’s hard to defend,” he said on Twitter.“Everything we know in the global history of the Catholic abuse crisis makes Benedict XVI’s take published yesterday very thin or worse: a caricature of what happened during in the Catholic Church during the post-Vatican II period — with all its ingenuities and some tragic mistakes,” he tweeted.David Gibson, a former Religion News Service reporter now at Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture, agreed with that assessment.“For a retired pope to try to undo the critical work of a sitting pope and on such a crucial issue seems … bad,” he said. By: Nicole Winfield By: Nicole Winfield Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! News • Photos of the Week Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Nicole Winfieldlast_img read more

Smaller expressions of a restless mind

Smaller expressions of a restless mind

first_imgFrom the realities of life that he has observed in the city he loves, to the men and animals that are depicted with passionate distortions, Shuvaprasanna has remained a restless innovator through an artistic journey spanning nearly half a century. Through all these creative years, he has contributed both to the artistic identity of Kolkata that remains his primary source of inspiration and to the creative consciousness of those who have fed on his bold initiatives. The large canvases in a string of impressive shows had seen him making sharp observations on social issues that had haunted him at different phases of his work. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAt one point, the encounters with Gunter Grass became a turning point, shaping an artistic mind that was inevitably drawn towards broken images and a natural movement towards unconventional spaces. But seldom, if ever, has the artist chosen to shift his format from the large compositions where he could indulge in a good deal of creative freedom to the small format that he presented in his show called ‘Mixed Media’ at Art Exposure. The subjects were communicated in the visual language that was striking as ever but this time he sprang a pleasant surprise by transforming the idiom to a smaller format but largely with the same radical tendencies that, quite predictably, revealed the same kind of restless energy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe series of contemporary images in a smaller format came with a powerful blending of technical skill and social concern. The battered impressions of common men and women were as lasting in their impact as the refreshing warmth of flowery patterns that greet the visitor with a tender package of compositions and colours. Shuvaprasana never burdens the mind with complex statements even when he is seen to be driven by dark realities around him. His narratives mostly in an urban context are simple yet hard- hitting, easy to access and yet bold in their overall appeal. What makes the drawings of men and animals quite extraordinary is the power of their lines, the softness of his colours and the lingering effect of his distorted images. The sleeping elephant, birds locked in a romantic moment, mime artistes concealing the agony of life in comic postures, cats and crows frozen in their curious gestures and lovers lost in their fragile emotions all seem to be an integral part of his creative expression. The attention to detail and the perfection of his textures are unmistakable elements of his work. This time it acquired a fresh dimension in the intimate space of Art Exposure that Uma Mitra and Soma Bhowmik have visualised with care and artistic consciousness. This is evident from some of the shows that have been curated with an elegant flavour since the gallery opened its doors in 2006. Selections from two veterans – Lalu Prasad Shaw and Thota Vaikuntam – recaptured the faces in the social environment they were familiar with and, quite predictably, grabbed a resounding response. But in its concern for giving the art fraternity in Kolkata a glimpse of the emerging talent from other regions, the gallery brought experimental pen and ink drawings by Laxman Aelay that dealt with musicians eking out a livelihood in remote areas of rural Telengana. The same spirit of bringing veterans and prodigies on a common platform has brought Shuvaprasanna’s personal visual statements. Clearly there are influences drawn from his exposure to European masters that he acquired during his extensive travels but essentially they belong to his own environment and the city that has nourished his creative freedom. “As a conscious citizen or conscious worker, I can’t close my eyes. They are always open. So my way of looking and thinking continued to change through internal and external lessons and varied experiences at different point of time in my life. My language has been shifting, my concerns are changing, my approaches to art are seeking new forms and expressions”, the artist tells visitors who have expressed their curiosity about the new texture and format. But those who have been observing him had no reason to be surprised by the mixed media comprising acrylic, charcoal and ink that has served to take the new idiom to another level of popular interest. The show that added another dimension to the veteran’s impressive repertoire produced another splurge of structured metaphors that appealed to the eye as much as they stir the mind.last_img read more

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first_img Register Now » 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 1, 2003 Entrepreneurs are always looking for creative ways to accomplish more of their business goals for less money. One way to save time, money and frustration is to outsource as much work as possible to external service providers. And what better place to find Web-based talent than on the Web?Consider Cheri Rychlee Tracy of Wilmette, Illinois-based Inc., a Web marketer that sells beauty products–from hair-care items to soaps. Rychlee Tracy’s company has had 50 percent growth and just under $1 million in yearly sales. Last year, Rychlee Tracy wanted to make her Web site easier to use, but instead of hiring an in-house Web designer, she outsourced the project. Rychlee Tracy used the Yellow Pages and search engines to find a Web designer, but the process was expensive and time-consuming.Searching Google one day, she learned about a company called Elance; its online marketplace allows businesses (the buyers) to post descriptions of their projects free of charge–in categories such as graphic design, Web design and business strategy–then receive proposals from a pool of professional service providers.With Elance, businesses post projects on the marketplace, and qualified service providers bid on the projects. The business then determines which bidder is best for the job by reviewing feedback from previous buyers who’ve used that service provider, bid amounts, and service provider portfolios and experience.Once a project is accepted, the business and service provider can use an online workspace and message boards to manage the project. The system also lets businesses pay service providers online. To gain access to the network, providers pay a subscription fee to Elance that varies depending on the type of service category in which they participate. And Elance collects a small fee once the service provider is paid.Businesses can also browse service provider descriptions, and if they find a service provider they want to work with, they can invite that person to bid on their particular project. “We chose an open bidding, but we also asked three people whose portfolios we liked to bid on our project, and all of them e-mailed us back,” says Rychlee Tracy, 32. “The designer we chose [cost] $750; he was based in the Ukraine.” This price was a lot less than the Web designers she found in her local area, who quoted her $1,500 to $7,500 for the project. The average bid from Elance was $1,389.Rychlee Tracy says the service offered many benefits over the Yellow Pages and online searches. “[Elance] gave us a chance to learn what the designers’ turnaround times were,” she says. “That was important because we had an idea, and we wanted to get it to market fast.” The process of finding someone took about five days.”Elance is like a talent agency,” says Christa Degnan, research director at the Aberdeen Group in Boston. “It opens a small business to a wider range of freelancers or small companies that they can partner with and uses the latest technologies to allow them to put jobs up for bid and get competitive pricing.”Doing the Right Thing is also launching its own line of bath and body products–called Urban Apothecary–to be sold in its retail salon and online. Rychlee Tracy turned to Elance again to find designers to create marketing materials and a logo/package design for the new line. So far, she has hired two designers to help her. She found one through Elance, and the other she invited to a project after having searched and found a designer with exactly the right style.For the best experience working with outside vendors or contractors-whether using the Web to find service providers or evaluating quotes from vendors the “old-fashioned” way–Elance provides a few suggestions:Clearly define the scope and schedule for your project.Evaluate a service provider as you would a full-time employee.Look for someone with specific experience who fits the style you want.Don’t choose a vendor based solely on price.Review portfolios and samples thoroughly.Elance also suggests starting small, tying payment to defined project milestones. A good guideline for IT and software development projects, for example, is to pay no more than 20 to 30 percent of the total project price upfront, with the rest of the payments awarded based on the completion of three or four milestones. In addition, Elance recommends you negotiate ownership of the work upfront, making sure not to forget about support after the project is complete. And be sure to get everything in writing.Following these tips will help ensure you have the best experience possible when working with outside vendors, which in many cases are just as important as full-time employees.Although Elance is the market leader, there are other companies out there offering a similar business model, like Contracted Work, and Freelance Seek. Keep in mind, however, that these sites are not as popular as Elance, and therefore, are pretty small by comparison. For example, a recent browse revealed that Freelance Seek had four open projects, and Contracted Work had about 50–compared with 1,200 new projects posted on Elance. You can find more options by searching Google under “bidding for contract work.”Melissa Campanelli is a marketing and technology writer in Brooklyn, New York. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the September 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more