Shivakumars daughter Aishwarya deposes before ED

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Karnataka Minister and senior Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar’s daughter Aishwarya on Thursday deposed before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in a money laundering case. Aishwarya, who was summoned by the ED on Tuesday, deposed before the financial probe agency around 10.40 a.m. She, however, refrained from speaking to media while going in the ED office. According to the ED officials, Aishwarya will be questioned about the financial dealings of a trust handled by her. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The official also said that Aishwarya will be confronted with documents of the financial transaction of the trust. Aishwarya was also part of the 2017 business deal in Singapore with Coffee Day and Soul Space, he said. The official said that Aishwarya will also be questioned about investment of several crores on her name. In his 2018 election affidavit, Shivakumar had declared Rs 618 crore assets and Rs 108 crore properties in the name of his daughter. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The ED arrested Shivakumar on September 3 after questioning him for over two days in connection with case. A day later, a Delhi court sent Shivakumar to 10-day ED custody. Shivakumar has been on the radar of the Income-Tax Department and the ED since demonetisation in 2016. An Income-Tax search at his New Delhi flat on August 2, 2017 led to seizure of Rs 8.59 crore unaccounted cash. Thereafter, the I-T Department lodged cases against the Congress leader and his four associates under sections 277 and 278 of the Income-Tax Act, 1961, and sections 120(B), 193 and 199 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).last_img read more

Jailhouse suite Bride groom arrested in Edmonton after postwedding bar brawl

first_imgEDMONTON – A bride and groom spent their first night of wedded bliss in jail when Edmonton police arrested them after a post-wedding brawl in a downtown bar.It’s unclear how it all started, but photos and videos posted on social media show the fight on the weekend spilling out of the Denizen Hall bar and onto the street.Witnesses say the bride was right in the middle of it.Police say she was charged with assault and the groom was charged with mischief.Their names have not been released.Witness Matt Machado told CTV Edmonton that the doors to the bar just exploded open and bodies stared piling out.“It was just absolutely ridiculous and absolutely absurd,” Machado said.“The bride is just swinging and the melee ends up on the sidewalk,” said another witness.“As we’re watching, you just see this girl in a wedding dress right in the middle of it,” a third witness recalled.Images and videos of the brawl were posted online. “Your wedding is trash,” one user wrote in a tweet, which included a photo of the bride sitting outside next to security staff.(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

Touré Roberts Talks Charity

first_imgAuthor, motivational speaker and humanitarian Touré Roberts recently talked to about some of the issues close to his heart.Toure Roberts Talks To LookToTheStarsCredit/Copyright: MS|PRTell us about the Artist Resource CenterIn LA, as you know, people come from all over the world to pursue their dreams. Hollywood has this way to paint a picture, many have bought into the dream, people show up realizing they won’t be millionaires overnight. That left a lot of people displaced. They are sad they can’t get into the “in crowd”. I have pastored hundreds of people in that situation. The primary function of the ARC is to be a creative space. Artists can come FREE of charge, with other artists, use equipment, and receive mentorship. The facility has a computer lab, editing suite, dance space, production and meeting rooms, a conference room, etc, so now the artists that don’t have anything can create. For some if it weren’t for the ARC they would have quit, given up on god, career, and moved back home. We also have successful entertainers and industry experts who come out to speak and do workshops and seminars. We also do mentoring. All of this is 100% free to the artist. It is also a place where we encourage them to create purposeful content. We inspire artists to inspire the world.Can you talk a little bit about some of the other causes that you supportI sit on the board of a few charities: Unlikely Heroes (provides homes for victims of human trafficking), the Executive Board of The American Friends of the MDA which provides the blood supply to Israel and the neighboring regions, as well as the paramedic and rescue services. l also support Saving Innocence, a local anti-human trafficking and victim’s advocate organization, Britticares International (who encourage and provide resources for room makeovers for families that have children with cancer). My philosophy is that every human should sense an obligation to be a humanitarian to some degree.What is the most annoying thing about people that don’t help charities and why?If we breathe air, we have a social responsibility to help, to be alive is to be blessed. To be blessed is to find a way to be a blessing.And how important do you think it is for celebrities to get involved in charity?Celebrity isn’t a privilege, it’s loaned influence. If you don’t support a charity and never give back it’s almost as if you are stealing by not using your influence for what it was given to you for.What plans do you have to make an impact on society this year?I’m really excited about my book “Purpose Awakening”, which is doing very well and is all about getting people to embrace their unique calling to create change in the world. As this book and others like it continue to succeed, the world will change. I’m so grateful this generation has a social conscience. Additionally, I’ve been entrusted with influence in and on the entertainment industry. I hope to start production on a high quality inspirational feature film by the end of the year.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Bumblebees at an increased risk of extinction a new study says

Bumblebee populations are at an increased risk of extinction, according to a new study by a environmental science professor at University of Guelph. Nigel Raine says bumblebee queens that are exposed to pesticide are 26 per cent less likely to lay eggs to start a colony.“It was a bigger impact than I was expecting. And our modeling suggests it could have a major impact on population persistence and increases the chances a population could go extinct,” said Raine in an interview with The Canadian Press.The professor’s findings were published Monday in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. The release comes at a time when bumblebee populations are on the decline worldwide, and scientists are trying to understand why.Bees are crucial to agriculture. Published reports suggest about a third of the crops eaten by humans depend on insect pollination, with bees responsible for about 80 per cent of that figure. read more

Dylans 1965 Newport festival guitar used when he went electric to be

by Ula Ilnytzky, The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2013 10:02 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The sunburst Fender Stratocaster that a young Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival when he famously went electric, perhaps the most historic instrument in rock ‘n’ roll, is coming up for auction, where it could bring as much as half a million dollars.Though now viewed as changing American music forever, Dylan’s three-song electric set at the Rhode Island festival that marked his move from acoustic folk to electric rock ‘n’ roll was met by boos from folk purists in the crowd who viewed him as a traitor. He returned for an acoustic encore with “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”The guitar is being offered for sale Dec. 6, Christie’s told The Associated Press. Five lots of hand- and typewritten lyric fragments found inside the guitar case — early versions of some of Dylan’s legendary songs — also are being sold. The lyrics have a pre-sale estimate ranging from $3,000 to $30,000.With a classic sunburst finish and original flat-wound strings, the guitar has been in the possession of a New Jersey family for nearly 50 years. Dylan left it on a private plane piloted by the owner’s late father, Vic Quinto, who worked for Dylan’s manager.His daughter, Dawn Peterson, of Morris County, N.J., has said her father asked the management company what to do with the guitar but nobody ever got back to him.Last year, she took it to the PBS show “History Detectives” to try to have it authenticated. The program enlisted the expertise of Andy Babiuk, a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and owner of an upstate New York vintage instrument shop, and Jeff Gold, a Dylan memorabilia expert. Both men, who appeared on the episode, unequivocally declared the artifacts belonged to Dylan.Babiuk took the instrument apart and also compared it to close-up colour photos of the guitar taken at the 1965 festival.“I was able to match the wood grain on the body of the guitar … and the unique grain of the rosewood fingerboard. Wood grains are like fingerprints, no two are exactly alike,” Babiuk said in an interview. “Based on the sum of the evidence, I was able to identify that this guitar was the one that Bob Dylan had played in Newport.”Dylan’s attorney and his publicist did not respond to email and phone requests for comment. Dylan and Peterson, who declined to be interviewed, recently settled a legal dispute over the items.The terms of the settlement were not disclosed but allowed Peterson to sell the guitar and lyrics, according to Rolling Stone, which wrote in July about Peterson’s quest to authenticate the guitar.“Representatives for Bob Dylan do not contest the sale of the guitar, and are aware of Christie’s plan to bring it to auction,” a statement issued through Christie’s said.Dylan has generally looked upon his instruments to convey his art, akin to a carpenter’s hammer, Howard Kramer, curatorial director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said last year. “I don’t think he’s dwelled on a guitar he hasn’t played for 47 years,” he said. “If he cared about it, he would have done something about it.”Festival founder George Wein told the AP that when Dylan finished playing, Wein was backstage and told him to go back out and play an acoustic number because that’s what people expected. Dylan said he didn’t want to do it and said he couldn’t because he only had the electric guitar. Wein called out for a loaner backstage and about 20 musicians raised their acoustic guitars to offer them.The lyrics for sale include “In the Darkness of Your Room,” an early draft of “Absolutely Sweet Marie” from Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” album, and three songs from the record’s 1965 recording session that were not released until the 1980s: “Medicine Sunday” (the draft is titled “Midnight Train”), “Jet Pilot” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover.”Dylan’s “going electric changed the structure of folk music,” the 88-year-old Wein said. “The minute Dylan went electric, all these young people said, ‘Bobby’s going electric, we’re going electric, too.’”___Associated Press writer Michelle R. Smith in Providence, R.I., contributed to this report. Dylan’s 1965 Newport festival guitar, used when he went electric, to be auctioned in NYC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Average US mortgage rates decline slightly this week with 30year dropping to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Average U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week with rates remaining near historic lows.Mortgage company Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan dipped to 4.13 per cent, down from 4.15 per cent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, edged down to 3.23 per cent, compared with 3.24 per cent last week.Mortgage rates are below the levels of a year ago, having fallen in recent weeks after climbing last summer when the Federal Reserve began talking about reducing the monthly bond purchases it was making to keep long-term rates low.Rates on one-year adjustable rate mortgages were 2.39 per cent this week, down from 2.40 per cent last week, while rates on five-year adjustable rate mortgages were 2.97 per cent, down from 2.99 per cent last week.At 4.13 per cent, the rate on a 30-year mortgage is down from 4.53 per cent at the beginning of this year. Rates have fallen modestly even though the Fed has been trimming its monthly bond purchases. Fed Chair Janet Yellen told Congress this week that the purchases will likely end altogether at the end of October.But at the same time, Yellen said during congressional testimony that the Fed still sees the need to keep its benchmark short-term rate at a record low near zero to give the economy support.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was 0.6 point, down from 0.7 point last week. The fee for a 15-year mortgage was 0.5 point, down from 0.6 point last week.The average charge for a five-year adjustable rate mortgage was 0.4 point, unchanged from last week. For a one-year ARM, the charge was also 0.4 point, also unchanged from last week. Average US mortgage rates decline slightly this week with 30-year dropping to 4.13 per cent by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2014 8:49 am MDT read more

Ban welcomes peaceful elections in Burkina Faso salutes strong participation of women

Mr. Ban, in particular, saluted the “strong participation of women in the electoral process,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.“As Burkina Faso awaits the results, the Secretary-General encourages all political leaders and national stakeholders to maintain the peaceful atmosphere that prevailed on Election Day. He calls on all parties to resolve any dispute that might arise through established legal procedures,” the statement concluded.

Jermain Defoe leaves Spanish training camp to attend best pal Bradley Lowerys

first_imgHe penned a heartfelt letter to his young friend,  as well as posting a montage of the two of them together.Defoe wrote: “Goodbye my friend gonna miss you lots. I feel so blessed God brought you into my life and had some amazing moments with you and for that I’m so grateful. 🛫@IAmJermainDefoe has today departed our pre-season training camp and returned to the UK for the funeral of Bradley Lowery. #afcb 🍒— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) July 13, 2017 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. He had forged a deep friendship with Defoe,  after appearing as a mascot and leading Sunderland onto the pitch last year when they faced Everton at the Stadium of Light.Their bond captured the imagination of not only Sunderland fans, but football fans across the country. Three months after his Everton appearance, Bradley came onto the pitch before Sunderland’s home match against Chelsea. He stroked a penalty past the Chelsea goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, in the pre-match warm up. It was voted the BBC’s goal of the month in December.Defoe repeatedly visited Bradley in hospital and was overcome with emotion when he died. Jermain Defoe has left a pre-season training camp in Spain to attend the funeral of Bradley Lowery, the young cancer sufferer he befriended while at Sunderland.Defoe was allowed to return to the United Kingdom by his new club Bournemouth, the Sun reported.Bradley was only six years old when he died last week after losing a battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. “I’ll never ever forget the way you looked at me when I met you for the first time, the genuine love in those cute eyes.“Really finding it hard to find words to express what you mean to me.”last_img read more

CDMA iPhone 4 on PAYG Cricket Wireless via jailbreak

first_imgPay-as-you-go (PAYG) deals are normally ideal if you don’t fancy being tied down to a lengthy phone contract. However, for iPhone 4 users your choices are normally dependent on the two main mobile operators, Verizon or AT&T. But Engadget has uncovered news that the relatively unknown Cricket Wireless dealers are able to flash any iPhone 4 you give them, so it will work on their own network.Even the new Verizon iPhone 4 is flashable, but there are a few prerequisites required before it is possible. The first is you have to jailbreak the iPhone 4 (which may put off some users) and secondly you need to install some third party MMS software. If you have done both of those you then need to place your trust in the chaps at Cricket Wireless and hope they do not brick your phone by doing the procedure. However, as the video below clearly shows, the whole process is possible.Of course most people I’ll bet have never heard of Cricket Wireless (I know I hadn’t), so I checked out their website to see what PAYG deals that they had to offer, and to be honest they seem pretty reasonable. They do 3 tariffs on PAYG, costing from $1 to $3. If we take the $3 tariff as an example, you only pay the charge when you use the phone, if it remains idle you won’t get charged. For the money, you get unlimited talk and US long distance calls. International calls are charged at 25 cents a minute. Unlimited texts and web usage is also available and coverage is supposed to be nationwide.It’s here that there may be a problem because I typed in several zip codes into the availability window and coverage was extremely sparse, so it’s best to check their website before even attempting to jailbreak your phone and go through this procedure.Read more at Engadget and Cricket Wirelesslast_img read more

Avramopoulos quick steps on swine flu

first_imgThe Greek Government has responded promptly to the swine flu out break this week and has announced that there have been no cases of swine flu detected in Greece.“There has been not one outbreak in this country,” Greek Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos announced on Thursday at  the European Union’s special Health Ministers Council meeting in Luxemburg .Avramopoulos briefed his counterparts on prevention measures taken in Greece to handle the flu. Avramopoulos reported that Greek airports had been put on standby and that special heat sensors had been installed on the premises to detect passengers with unusually high body temperatures. Several hospitals have been supplied with the necessary medicines to treat anyone brought in with symptoms of swine flu.The Athens airport is distributing information sheets on swine flu and instructions that passengers contact the authorities in the event that they have any symptom related to swine flu within the first 10 days after their arrival in Greece. Avramopoulos clarified that six people had visited Greek hospitals of their own volition and been found to be clear of the virus. Two of those examined recently returned from a vacation in Mexico, where the flu broke out. The remainder were found to be suffering from a common cold.Earlier in the week officials from the Greek Ministry of Agricultural Development and Foodstuffs reassured the public that Greek agricultural producers  did not have a problem with swine flu.Deputy Agricultural Development and Foodstuffs Minister Constantine Kiltidis and the ministry’s Flu Supervision Committee President Spyros Kyriakis stressed at a meeting held at the ministry that Greece is not in any immediate danger since EU legislation forbids the importation of live pigs and pork from Mexico.Kiltidis underlined that the Greek Government has taken all necessary measures to ensure that stockbreeding is safe and carried out in accordance with bio-security rules.Kyriakis suggested calm, pointing out that Europe and Greece still have no problems from this specific outbreak of the swine flu virus.An expert on infectious diseases, Sotiris Tsiodras, said there was no cause for alarm in Greece. “Like everywhere else in the world, there is concern but infection from person to person is only occurring in Mexico,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Quand les papillons se soignent grâce aux plantes médicinales

first_imgQuand les papillons se soignent grâce aux plantes médicinalesDes biologistes de l’université américaine Emory ont étudié la façon dont les papillons monarques choisissent les plantes dont ils se nourrissent. Ils révèlent que cette espèce connue pour ses migrations saisonnières entre l’Amérique du Nord et le Mexique utilise comme nous les vertus médicinales des plantes.Selon l’équipe de Jaap de Roode et Thierry Lefevre, qui ont mené cette étude, la femelle du papillon monarque est capable de choisir les plantes dont les feuilles abriteront ses œufs, en fonction de leurs vertus médicinales et de son état de santé. Les chenilles se nourrissent de plantes de la famille des asclépiades, qui produisent des cardénolides, molécules potentiellement toxiques pour les vertébrés auxquelles elles se sont adaptées pour y devenir insensibles.Les chenilles du monarque accumulent les cardénolides dans leur organisme pour devenir toxiques et ainsi faire fuir leurs prédateurs pour qui elles deviennent immangeables. Qui plus est, ces molécules les protègeraient également contre des parasites internes. Les monarques sont en effet souvent infestés par le parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha, qui après s’être logé dans les intestins des chenilles, persiste chez le papillon adulte. La femelle transmet ce parasite aux chenilles lorsqu’elle dépose ses œufs, la mortalité étant très élevée au moment de l’éclosion.Suspectant une consommation thérapeutique de plantes médicinales par les animaux, les chercheurs de l’université Emory ont mené une expérience en laboratoire. Ils ont ainsi proposé aux femelles monarques deux types de plantes, l’une toxique et l’autre non. Les insectes non infectés ont alors choisi de façon aléatoire l’espèce végétale où ils ont déposé leurs œufs, tandis que les femelles infectées par le parasite ont préféré opter pour une asclépiade à teneur élevée en cardénolides, donnant le plus de chances possibles à leurs chenilles de se soigner.Cette étude est la première qui démontre l’usage de plantes médicinales par des animaux sauvages. Elle est publiée par Ecology Letters.Le 16 octobre 2010 à 11:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

OGM José Manuel Barroso rejette linitiative citoyenne réclamant un moratoire

first_imgOGM : José Manuel Barroso rejette l’initiative citoyenne réclamant un moratoireIl y a quelques jours, la Commission européenne a reçu une pétition signée par un million de personnes réclamant un moratoire sur la culture et la commercialisation d’organismes génétiquement modifiés (OGM) dans l’Union européenne. Une proposition permise dans le cadre du droit d’initiative prévu par le traité de Lisbonne, mais que le président de la Commission José Manuel Barroso a jugé irrecevable.Cette pétition lancée en mars par Greenpeace et Avaaz, et signée par plus d’un million de citoyens de l’UE, demandait à la Commission européenne de “décréter un moratoire sur l’introduction des plantes génétiquement modifiées en Europe et à mettre en place un organisme éthique et scientifique indépendant chargé de mener à bien la recherche sur l’impact des OGM et déterminer leur régulation”. Mais cet appel a été jugé non conforme au droit d’initiative qui dans le cadre du Traité de Lisbonne, permet à des citoyens européens, s’ils sont au moins un million, de soumettre une proposition à la Commission sur des questions présentant pour eux un intérêt et relevant des domaines de compétence de l’UE.À lire aussiAbeille : le soja OGM force les apiculteurs argentins à migrer loin des culturesSi la pétition est aujourd’hui jugée irrecevable, c’est parce que ce projet d’initiative populaire n’est pas encore entré en vigueur. Les gouvernements européens l’ont approuvé mardi dernier, et c’est désormais au tour du Parlement européen de le valider. Après cette étape, les Etats devront ratifier le projet pour qu’il puisse être mis en application. Une entrée en vigueur qui n’est pas attendue avant la fin 2011.A ce jour, quinze OGM, en grande majorité des espèces modifiées de maïs, sont en attente d’une autorisation en Europe, où le maïs MON810 et la pomme de terre OGM Amflora sont actuellement autorisés à la culture.Le 18 décembre 2010 à 19:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Time Out Beijing Banned Before Olympics

first_img“It is normal commercial practice to renew print permits following the establishment of new business relationship,” a spokesperson for the magazine wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. The spokesperson noted that Time Out Beijing’s owner, Hong Kong-based SEEC Media, is consolidating its publishing strategy in China and is increasing the frequency of its Chinese-language editions in Beijing and Shanghai to a bi-weekly cycle. The spokesperson declined to comment on the banned issue.Notorious for arresting journalists, China two years ago banned the Chinese edition of Rolling Stone because of a similar licensing issue.It was not immediately clear when or if Time Out Beijing would resume its print publication. As China prepares to host the 2008 summer Olympics, a government agency has banned this month’s English-language version of Time Out Beijing.China’s General Administration of Press and Publications—known for its strict media guidelines—banned the June issue of the magazine, according to a report in the Times of London. Editor Tom Pattinson told the newspaper the reason was that the magazine lacks a required printing permit. He pointed, however, to the suspicious timing of the ban—two months before the Summer Games this August.China, which is led by the Communist Party of China, has been criticized over its continued religious and political oppression of Tibet, highlighted particularly in recent months by the attention brought on by the Olympics. last_img read more

Barksdale AFB to Consider Opening Charter School

first_imgOfficials at Barksdale Air Force Base are considering opening a charter school, according to D.C. Machen, superintendent of Bossier Parish schools.Only eight military installations in the United States have charter schools, including Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in Belle Chasse.A charter school could be opened on-base in two years; the local school board would need to approve its charter, reported KTBS. It also would need to admit the children of civilian families, which would require civilians to obtain security clearances.In contrast, a DOD school, which the wing commander prefers, would not have to deal with the security issue. Establishing a DOD school, though, could take 10 years, as it requires congressional approval, according to the story.Machen said that Bossier will continue to support Barksdale even if it pursues an on-base school.“Our pledge to Barksdale Air Force Base and the military families and our community is that we will continue to remain engaged in our daily efforts of meeting the needs of our students and military families regardless of the decision that will be made related to that issue,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Foo Fighters Billy Idol Greta Van Fleet To Play Cal Jam 18

first_imgAside from plenty of loud guitars, Cal Jam 18 will offer campers a full range of activities, including outdoor midnight movies, carnival rides, a pop-up record store, a comedy tent, and access to the water park.Tickets and camping packages go on sale this May 17 at 10 a.m. PT. Visit for more details.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Greta Van Fleet To Play Cal Jam 18 News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am ‘Wasting Light’: Foo Fighters win Best Rock Album Twitter center_img Music festival curated by Dave Grohl & Co. to offer music, camping and fun activities this fall in Southern CaliforniaTim McPhateGRAMMYs May 14, 2018 – 3:44 pm Another weekend of rock and roll abandon curated by the Foo Fighters? Yes, please.  Foo Fighters Bring Back Cal Jam 18 foo-fighters-billy-idol-greta-van-fleet-play-cal-jam-18 Following 2017’s installment, which made believers out of 30,000 music fans, the Foos have announced Cal Jam 18, which promises rock and roll shenanigans with more than 20 bands across four stages coming Oct. 5–6 to San Bernardino, Calif.On Oct. 5, the lineup will feature Bridget Everett, the comedian Jerry Seinfeld called “one of the greatest live performers I have ever seen in my life,” Mexico City’s Mexrrissey, who will perform a mix of covers of songs by the Smiths and Morrissey in Spanish, and punk-rock legend Billy Ido.Dave Grohl & Co. will headline Saturday, Oct. 6. Also performing that day will be Iggy Pop, who will join his all-star Post Pop Depression band featuring Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Arctic Monkey’s drummer Matt Helders, among others. The Saturday lineup will be rounded out by GRAMMY winners Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups, and Giant In The Trees, Nirvana alum Krist Novoselic’s new band, among others. Facebook last_img read more

India names first female defence minister

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician and member of parliament Nirmala Sitharaman takes the oath during the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on 3 September. Photo: AFPPrime minister Narendra Modi named a female legislator as India’s new defence minister Sunday, the first time a woman has been appointed to the key portfolio overseeing border tensions with China and Pakistan.Nirmala Sitharaman’s appointment in a cabinet reshuffle will ease the burden on Arun Jaitley, who had been juggling finance and defence throughout a months-long impasse with China over a strategic Himalayan plateau.Modi also dropped Suresh Prabhu as railways minister, less than a week after he offered to resign following a train accident in August that killed 10.Nine junior ministers were sworn in and four promoted to the cabinet in the reshuffle, the third shake-up since Modi was elected in 2014.“I congratulate all those who have taken oath today. Their experience and wisdom will add immense value to the Council of Ministers,” Modi said after the swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace.Sitharaman, a junior minister who oversaw the commerce and trade portfolio, joins five other women in India’s cabinet. The prestigious foreign affairs portfolio is also held by a woman, Sushma Swaraj.Prime Minister Indira Gandhi also acted as defence minister on two occasions between the mid-1970s and early 1980s. She was assassinated in 1984.Sitharaman’s appointment comes just days after India and China agreed to end a months-long military stand-off at a strategically important disputed area in the Himalayas.New Delhi said both sides agreed to withdraw troops from an area near the Indian border that is claimed by both China and India’s ally Bhutan.The latest appointment will allow Jaitley to focus on his finance portfolio at a time when India’s economic growth has slowed to its weakest pace in three years.Piyush Goyal, the former energy minister, was promoted to cabinet after being assigned the railways portfolio, overseeing 1.3 million employees.Modi has made overhauling India’s creaking railway network a key priority, and speculation was rife that Prabhu would be replaced following a series of accidents.Prabhu offered his resignation in late August after an accident earlier in the month killed 10. A similar disaster in December claimed 146 lives.He will assume Sitharaman’s former portfolios at commerce and trade as a junior minister.The reshuffle has been cast as Modi laying the groundwork before national elections in 2019, where he is widely tipped to defeat a diminished opposition.His nationally ruling party also governs 18 of India’s 29 states, either directly or in alliance with regional parties.last_img read more

16 states sue Trump over border wall emergency

first_imgDemonstrators participate in a President`s Day protest against US President Donald Trump immigration policy at the Union Square on 18 February 2019 in New York City. Photo: AFPSixteen US states sued president Donald Trump’s administration Monday over his decision to declare a national emergency to fund a wall on the southern border with Mexico, saying the move violated the constitution.The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in California, said the president’s order was contrary to the Presentment Clause that outlines legislative procedures and the Appropriations Clause, which defines Congress as the final arbiter of public funds.The move had been previously announced by Xavier Becerra the attorney general of California who said his state and others had legal standing because they risked losing moneys intended for military projects, disaster assistance and other purposes.Several Republican senators have decried the emergency declaration, saying it establishes a dangerous precedent and amounts to executive overreach.California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia are party to the complaint seeking an injunction.”Use of those additional federal funds for the construction of a border wall is contrary to Congress’s intent in violation of the US Constitution, including the Presentment Clause and Appropriations Clause,” the complaint said.It added that Trump had “veered the country toward a constitutional crisis of his own making.””Congress has repeatedly rebuffed the president’s insistence to fund a border wall, recently resulting in a record 35-day partial government shutdown over the border wall dispute,” the document read.”After the government reopened, Congress approved, and the president signed into law, a $1.375 billion appropriation for fencing along the southern border, but Congress made clear that funding could not be used to build president Trump’s proposed border wall.”The complaint added that the department of homeland security had violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to evaluate the environmental impact of the wall in California and New Mexico.Friday’s declaration enables the president to divert funds from the Pentagon’s military construction budget and other sources.last_img

Seeing Doom 2 On A Single Optimus Keyboard Key Will Hurt You

first_imgIt’s every bit as weird as it is awesome. Even more awesome is the fact that you can replicate this freakish experiment in the comfort of your own home if you really wanted to. All you need is an extra $1,000 or so to spend on an Optimus Maximus — though with some tinkering you might be able to make it work on the much cheaper and not nearly as hard-to-find Optimus Popularis.Or, heck, just go dig through your closet and see if you can find something in there that Doom hasn’t been hacked onto yet. There must be something in there… right? ‘Final Fantasy XIV’ and ‘Masters of Doom’ Are Yo…Bethesda Has ‘Doom Eternal’ and Some Other E3 2019 Games We Guess You’ve seen Doom played on an old bank machine. You’ve seen it on a smartwatch, an inkjet printer, the Macbook Touch Bar, and even a freakin’ oscilloscope. Now you can add “single keyboard key” to the list.Yes, a single keyboard key. For real. Not just any keyboard, obviously. This is an Optimus Maximus, the absurdly over-the-top keyboard with individual OLED displays on every key. A glorious, full-color, 48 x 48-pixel display. It’s also running Doom 2 and not the original.Now before you get too excited: no, the game isn’t actually being played on the keyboard itself. That would be a whole new kind of crazy.What’s going here, apparently, is that individual screenshots are being continuously snapped and applied to the Maximus’ key. That’s why the frame rate is so slow in the video. It’s not that the computer running it is having a really hard time handling Doom 2.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Interjet celebrates new YVRMexico service puts pressure on competitor WestJet

first_imgInterjet celebrates new YVR-Mexico service, puts pressure on competitor WestJet Jean Sorensen Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, October 27, 2017 center_img VANCOUVER — Don’t confuse Interjet with a low-cost carrier, says the airline’s chief commercial officer Julio Gamero who was at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond as the airline’s first West Coast flight landed in B.C. “We are a value-carrier,” he said, adding the airline is known for offering quality service at the best price.“We don’t charge you for your tequila onboard,” he said, adding that the airline offers more legroom, a 50-kilogram limit on baggage, free beverages (alcohol and non-alcohol) plus snacks and permanent senior discounts.Interjet launched year-round, non-stop scheduled service on Oct. 26 between YVR and the dual destinations of Mexico City (the airline’s head office and hub) and Cancun. The airline jumps into the B.C. market with return fares starting at $519. At the airport, the first flight brought out dignitaries, a mariachi band and ribbon cutting in a festive atmosphere to celebrate the Mexican carrier’s arrival.Interjet’s chief commercial officer Julio Gamero and Anne Murray, vice-president of marketing and communicationsInterjet is positioning itself to take advantage of a growing Mexican market that competitor WestJet has been touting. It squeaked into the YVR hub only five months ahead of WestJet, which announced on Oct. 3 that it was adding nonstop, year-round flights starting in March 2018 from both Calgary and Vancouver to Mexico City. Starting March 14, WestJet will begin service with four weekly flights between Calgary and Mexico City. On March 15, WestJet will launch three-time weekly service between Vancouver and Mexico City. Effective April 29, both routes move to daily service.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaFor Interjet, the opening of the Vancouver gate is the final plank this year in entering and structuring the Canadian market, a strategy that has been a “dream” for the airline, said Gamero. Earlier this summer, Interject launched service out of Montreal and Toronto into Mexico City and Cancun. “The whole idea was to strengthen our presence in Canada,” he said.The airline’s focus now will be to build traffic volumes out of the three Canadian gateways and then add more destinations as numbers increase. He said the Mexico City destination serves as a hub for connections to other points throughout Mexico and into South America.Interjet is interested in working with travel agents, Gamero said, and pays a 4% commission on sked bookings. The airline also has vacation packages that are commissionable and can help arrange ground excursions. With the new service, agents can now book multi-destination travel in Mexico without any time constraints on ticketing as would happen with charter packages. Gamero said that is also possible to open-jaw on the two destinations offered out of Vancouver for those who want to visit Mexico’s major city and Cancun, a sunspot. Interjet offers service between the two points.L-R: Berenice Diaz Ceballos, consulate general of Mexico; Julio Gamero, chief commercial officer for Interjet; Anne Murray, vice-president of marketing and communications for YVR; and Ty Speer, president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver.Flights to Cancun out of Vancouver, via a 150-seat Airbus A320, will depart four times a week leaving at 5:50 a.m. and arriving at 3:05 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Flights leaving Vancouver for Mexico City will depart at 9:30 p.m. and arrive at 5:15 a.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Flights back to Vancouver return on the same days.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemAnne Murray, vice-president of marketing and communications at YVR, was on hand during the greeting ceremony at YVR and said the new carrier extended the airport’s ability to connect the Asian traveller coming to YVR with all points in the Americas, including South America.Interjet out of Mexico City flies to Central America destinations such as San Jose, Costa Rica; Bogota, Colombia; Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Lima, Peru, said Gamero.Murray said the new service will contribute $16.3 million to the economy as visitors to B.C. use local hotels and explore the province and create 100 new jobs. She applauded the federal government’s lifting of a visa requirement for Mexican visitors to Canada last year. Berenice Diaz Ceballos, Consulate General of Mexico, noted that since the removal of the requirement, there is already a noted rise in the numbers of Mexican travellers coming to Canada for business and leisure.Interjet has also been strengthening its position on the U.S. Western seaboard as it recently announced service out of Los Angeles. The airline is adding a new nonstop service between Los Angeles and Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and El Bajio beginning Nov. 23. The airline already has nonstop service to Cancun, Mexico City and Guadalajara out of Los Angeles. The new service gives flexibility to Canadian travel agents who are booking clients on a two-destination vacation (such as Disneyland) and then linking up with Interjet in Los Angeles, visiting Cancun or Mexico City and then flying directly back to Vancouver. Share Tags: Interjet, New Routes, Vancouver International Airportlast_img read more

The election was over and yet we marched

first_imgRelated posts:PHOTOS: Hundreds turn out for San José Women’s March Make Costa Rica great again? Solís reports positive meeting with U.S. Vice President Pence VIDEO: New Costa Rican documentary explains forced Central American migration See also: Hundreds turn out for San José Women’s MarchWhen my family moved from the United States to Monteverde, Costa Rica, for a year, my husband and I were seeking more time with our school-age children, less work, and a break from what sometimes felt like our over-commitment to community organizing and involvement back in our small town in Maine.This spirit of emigration and new beginnings is in part what defines Monteverde. In the 1950s, a group of U.S. Quaker pacifists settled the region after some of their young men were imprisoned in Alabama for refusing to register for the draft. The judge who sentenced them said, “If you like this country, you should obey the laws of this country, and if you don’t like it, you ought to move out.”And so they left. Some criticized these emigrants for giving up, for escapism, but Quakers have a long history of social action, ranging from antislavery to suffragist movements, and these settlers did not simply wash their hands of the United States. They joined with their Tico neighbors, as well as conservationists, artists, and anti-war activists, who followed them to this corner of the Cordillera de Tilarán. Together they founded a women’s arts cooperative, established the largest private reserve in Central America, worked for justice in prisons, founded schools and institutes for sustainability education and, more recently, set goals to make the Monteverde region carbon-neutral.Two weeks ago, when Monteverde resident Katy VanDusen invited others to join her in a sister march to the Women’s March on Washington, as usual, my neighbors stepped up. One woman organized a sign-making party; another distributed song lyrics for the march; a man printed out forms to register folks on the day of the gathering; and 250 people emerged from their remote cloud forest homes with signs advocating for justice, not a single one mentioning U.S. President Donald Trump.As I looked around the assembled crowd, I realized I was not gazing at a bunch of liberals out to assuage their frustrations with the current political climate. I was not witnessing progressive posturing. Instead, this was Monteverde flexing its collective moral muscles, demonstrating the values that many here live day in and day out.Some have questioned why non-U.S. citizens, or citizens living abroad, bothered to march on Saturday. Why should we care about U.S. politics?  I’m certainly a believer in the interconnectedness of humanity. John Donne’s words come to mind in moments like these: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” But at a purely selfish level, living abroad highlights for me more than ever the repercussions of U.S. policy around the world, and why we all have a stake in what happens in the White House.Take climate change, for example. Here on the continental divide, rare animals migrate up the mountain, adapting to rising temperatures, while some at the top, like the famed golden toad, have disappeared. Climate change is disproportionately caused by global superpowers, but Costa Rica disproportionately loses with diminished biodiversity.Another realm in which United States policy has a direct impact on life in Costa Rica is immigration. Immigrants account for 9 percent of the population of Costa Rica, including refugees and migrants, many of whom are hoping to make passage to the United States. The shock waves of changes in United States immigration policy will certainly be felt here.Read more: There’s no such thing as a ‘pure Costa Rican’Monteverde has proven a welcoming and inclusive home for my family this year, in large part because our neighbors aren’t the type to sit back. Perhaps like other communities heavily populated by immigrants, they understand that society works when everyone chips in. The march was a good reminder to me and my family that though we are on leave from icy roads and snow shoveling this year, there’s no taking a break from political involvement. Healthy democracies demand the constant engagement of their citizens.So, when a Monteverde friend reminded us of the U.S. congressional switchboard number after the march, we pulled out a pen and wrote it down. We’ve signed up to participate in the Women’s March “10 Actions for 100 Days” campaign. And we can already see the increased vigor in the step of Monteverde’s many activists. As President Obama said, “Democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.” I am grateful for the reminder.Katie Quirk blogs about family gap years abroad at Facebook Commentslast_img read more