Jenny McCarthy Hosts Saturday Night Spectacular For Autism

first_imgJenny McCarthy hosted the 1st annual “Saturday Night Spectacular” Celebrity golf tournament and VIP party on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 benefiting Generation Rescue for Autism.The star studded extravaganza featured Hollywood Celebrity guests including Donnie Wahlberg, Kevin Sorbo, Ashley Greene, John O’Hurley, Corey Feldman, Gary Valentine, Debbie Dunning, Kato Kaelin, Josh Henderson, Sam Hennings, Bruce Thomas, Kevin Farley, Marcus Grodd, Rocket Ismail, Charles Haley, Darren Woodson, Tony Dorsett, Eric Dickerson, Ken Stills Sr. and numerous others.The golf tournament was played at the world renowned Dallas Cowboys Golf Club, a tribute to the five-time world champion football team which integrates a historic tour of the Dallas Cowboys’ storied NFL history. The red carpet VIP party was held at ultra sleek Sixty Five Hundred, which has the balance of modern touches with raw materials that create the rustic modernity that is the perfect combination.“We are so excited to bring this event to Dallas to raise awareness for autism and much needed funding to provide support services to families in need. We are very grateful to the many sponsors, celebrities and supporters who have made this event possible,” said Candace McDonald, Executive Director of Generation Rescue.The “Saturday Night Spectacular” event was sponsored by: The Joule Hotel, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, The Dallas Cowboys, Nobu, JR Ewing Private Reserve, Monster Energy Drink, FD, Guide Live, CBS Radio, Barleans and Oxyhealth.For more information visit www.saturdaynightspectacular.com.last_img read more

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Project Perpetual Event Raises 55 Million For Global Childhood Vaccines

first_imgOn Friday, Project Perpetual hosted its inaugural Dinner & Auction of new works by Contemporary Artist Jeff Koons to help provide children around the world with live-saving vaccines.Koons created ten new – and unique – works incorporating Hermès handbags donated by Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola, Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, Reem Beljafla, Countess Daniela Memmo D’Amelio, HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover, Marie-Josée Kravis, Clara Kuo, and Almine Ruiz-Picasso.The evening featured a successful live auction led by Simon de Pury to benefit the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, which helps provide children around the world with access to life-saving vaccines against harmful diseases such as measles, pneumonia, polio, and rotavirus. The lively auction raised over $5.5 million in funds towards the fight against measles, a highly contagious disease that kills hundreds of children every day.Held at the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant, guests arrived through the Park Avenue entrance of the Seagram Building to the presentation of eight unique Birkin Bag (Shelf) works by Koons. The evening included a special performance by Mary J. Blige for the guests of the intimate dinner setting in the classic Pool Room.During dinner projection screens debuted the “Vaccinate” advocacy video short featuring voices in support of the mission of Shot@Life including artists Sterling Ruby and Rachel Feinstein; models Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer; entrepreneurs Victoria Beckham and Natalie Massenet; actors Michelle Yeoh and Vanessa Paradis; and former prime minister of Norway, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland.Guests included: Jeff Koons, Sofia Coppola, Naomi Campbell, Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman, Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, and many more.Project Perpetual is a new initiative that combines art and philanthropy. For each edition, a celebrated contemporary artist will produce new to work to be auctioned to benefit children at risk. The Project was created in 2014 as a privately funded initiative by collector and philanthropist Svetlana Kuzmicheva-Uspenskaya. For more information, visit www.projectperpetual.org.Source:United Nations Foundationlast_img read more

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QA Vancouver director Michelle Ouellet talks women in film

first_imgDavid Alpay and Sara Canning star in Prodigals, screening at this year’s Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. For 0301 qanda prodigals [PNG Merlin Archive] Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Tickets and info: $9-$20, womeninfilm.caNow in its 13th year, the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival celebrates women’s stories on film as well as women behind the camera.Among the films screening at this year’s festival is Prodigals. The third feature from Toronto-raised, Vancouver-based director Michelle Ouellet, it tells the story of Wesley (David Alpay) and his return to his hometown of Sault Ste Marie. There, he tries to defend his old friend Benny, who is charged with murder.Postmedia News talked to Ouellet about her new film. Director Michelle Ouellet and actor Sara Canning on the set of Prodigals.Q: The name of your production company is Sociable Films. But at least one of the characters, Benny, is very anti-social, isn’t he?A: He and Wesley are such foils for one another. Thematically, what was interesting about the script for me is the idea of second chances — and the idea that these two guys’ lives mirror each other, but things have turned out differently for both of them based on circumstances.Q: The screenplay is from a play. How did you come across the script?A: I have to full credit to Sabrina Evertt, our executive producer. She is the one who had worked with Sean (Minogue, the playwright) and had developed the play from an outline. Her company Twenty-Something Theatre (now Firepot Performance) produced the play in Vancouver in 2011, and she supported the film adaptation. So she’s the one who brought it to stage and the screen.Q: How much was filmed in Vancouver?center_img Now in its 13th year, the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival celebrates women’s stories on film as well as women behind the camera.Vancouver International Women in Film FestivalWhen:March 6-11Where:VIFF Vancity Theatre Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Moroccan Producer RedOne Pays Tribute to his hometown

first_imgCasablanca- Moroccan super producer, RedOne holds a big surprise in store for his hometown’s soccer team, Moghreb de Tetouan (MAT). Soon, Bad Romance’s producer will release a tribute song for his favorite Moroccan team, with the participation of some international celebs.According to Le360, Lady Gaga’s producer has invested about $150.000 to produce a song for the MAT, an invaluable international present the mega producer has decided to offer his city of origin.The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is taking part in RedOne’s surprise for his hometown. The names of the other international celebrities have not been disclosed yet. Awarded the Moroccan Royal Award for “Intellectual Excellence,” and decorated officially by King Mohamed VI of Morocco in July 2011, RedOne is considered by many Moroccans one of Morocco’s top international ambassadors.Despite his enormous exploits and worldwide fame, the Moroccan music producer has never turned his back to his homeland. Almost on all international occasions, the Tetouani star shows his pride of being Moroccan and his readiness to support Moroccan youth in achieving their dreams.Such unconditioned love for the motherland and continuous service to its youth has earned RedOne the love and respect of all Moroccans.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Tembecs largest shareholder opposes takeover by Rayonier Advanced Materials

MONTREAL — Tembec’s largest shareholder says it will vote against the sale of the forestry company to Rayonier Advanced Materials unless the offer price is raised.In an open letter to shareholders sent Friday, Oaktree Capital Management says Tembec’s shareholders are not receiving a fair value.Tembec shareholders (TSX:TMB) are being offered C$4.05 in cash or 0.2302 of a share in Rayonier Advanced Materials, subject to a cap on the total amount of cash and shares that will be issued.The friendly offer is 37 per cent above where Tembec’s shares traded before the offer, however it lags the $4.21 the shares traded for Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Oaktree holds a 19.9 per cent stake in Tembec.Patrick McCaney, Oaktree’s managing director and portfolio manager, says if the offer is not raised, Tembec (TSX:TMB) shareholders would be better off to remain independent.He adds that Florida-based Rayonier is the big winner because it faces a challenging future unless it is able to add Tembec to reposition its business away from the declining acetate market.Tembec declined to comment while Rayonier couldn’t be reached for comment.Meanwhile, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services recommended Friday that Tembec shareholder approve the deal at a vote on July 27. It says the deal has “sound strategic rationale” and gives shareholders the flexibility of receiving cash or Rayonier shares. read more

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Council costs have risen

Council pay in Norfolk will increase noticeably in 2019 thanks to tax changes imposed by the federal government.For many years, municipal politicians in Ontario were allowed to collect one-third of their salary tax free. This had the effect of keeping gross pay low while providing for a larger than expected net-pay at the end of the year.When the tax break was approved, the idea was that it would help compensate for routine expenses municipal politicians incur in the course of their duties. That changed Jan. 1.In anticipation of the elimination of the tax break, the former Norfolk council voted last summer to increase gross pay to compensate for the extra amount Ottawa was collecting for itself.In a report on Norfolk council remuneration that will be tabled at Tuesday’s meeting, Tammy Murphy, a reconciliation accounting analyst with the treasury department, said salaries and benefits to council members this year will rise $78,000.Murphy’s report includes an accounting of council pay and expenses last year. Total council wages and expenses in 2018 came to $374,386.At the top of the list was former mayor Charlie Luke. He earned $72,932 last year while claiming expenses of $9,909.Pay and expenses for his council colleagues were as follows:Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus: $33,521 ($3,693 in expenses). Simcoe Coun. Peter Black: $34,842 ($2,486 in expenses). Windham Coun. Jim Oliver: $34,623 ($126 in expenses). Simcoe Coun. Doug Brunton: $33,433 (no expenses claimed). Port Rowan Coun. Noel Haydt: $32,356 ($844 in expenses). Langton Coun. Roger Geysens: $32,486 (no expenses claimed). Port Dover Coun. John Wells: $31,636 (no expenses claimed). Waterford Coun. Harold Sonnenberg: $29,779 (no expenses claimed). The council elected in October was sworn in early December so there is some overlap between the new council and the former council.The six new councillors elected last fall – Kim Huffman, Amy Martin, Tom Masschaele, Ian Rabbitts, Ryan Taylor and Chris VanPaassen – each collected $2,943 by the end of 2018.For her part, new mayor Kristal Chopp collected $6,361.Murphy’s report contains an accounting of boards and committees that Norfolk council members and appointees sit on. Some of these are paid positions.Columbus collected an additional $8,206 last year as chair of the Long Point Region Conservation Authority. Councillors on the LPRCA also collected per diems and expenses. They were Couns. Brunton ($2,577 in total),  Geysens ($2,288) and Haydt ($2,094).Three Norfolk appointees to the Norfolk Polices Services Board were also remunerated. They are Carol Greentree of Simcoe ($5,441), David Murphy of Port Dover ($5,425) and former chair Peter Hellyer of Simcoe ($5,386).Membership on Norfolk’s committee of adjustment is also a paid position. The report says former chair Rick Barker collected $3,161 while members Dan Ciona, Larry Dawson, Eric Gilbert, Rudy Stickl, Dennis Tschirhart and Marcel Vanhooren earned between $2,400 and $1,846 depending on attendance and expenses.Susie Huyge was paid $1,000 for her service to the Delhi BIA Board of Management. Jeff Miller of Port Dover claimed $1,620 as president of the Haldimand-Norfolk Housing Corporation. Hagersville Coun. Tony Dalimonte claimed $1,874 in expenses as a member of Haldimand and Norfolk’s Health and Social Services Advisory Board.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Philippines UN expert calls for more action to protect displaced people

“The disconnect between national policies and the gap in implementation made the affected populations feel isolated, neglected and alienated, all of which fuelled the general discontent in the region,” the Secretary-General’s Representative on Internally Displaced Persons, Francis M. Deng, said at the conclusion of a weeklong visit to the country. Displacement in the Philippines is largely concentrated in Mindanao, the scene of clashes in 2000 between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. That year, more than 300,000 people were forced to flee their homes. Displacement has also reportedly resulted from ongoing anti terrorism operations in some parts of the country, according to Mr. Deng, who met with representatives of both groups, along with UN officials, donor governments and non-governmental organizations.Mr. Deng pointed out that while responding to the needs of the internally displaced is a high priority, “it must be underscored that the root causes of internal displacement in Mindanao are inherently linked to the status of development and governance in the region.” He called for intensified efforts to resolve the conflict peacefully, and noted a “high degree of willingness from both sides in the conflict to continue the search for a long lasting peace.” While in the Philippines, Mr. Deng also held talks with numerous officials, including local authorities in Mindanao, and spoke with community leaders as well as both displaced and resettled families. read more

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UN conference generates renewed global momentum to eradicate malnutrition

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and held at its Headquarters in Rome, Italy brought together over 2200 participants, including 100 ministers and vice ministers, 150 representatives from civil society and nearly 100 from the business community.The three day summit opened with Governments adopting the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, along with a Framework for Action that gives recommendations for national policy-makers to combat malnutrition and put healthy diets and environmental sustainability at the centre of food, from farm to fork. “Malnutrition is the number one cause of disease in the world. If hunger were a contagious disease, we would have already cured it,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in his closing remarks. “This Conference on nutrition is the beginning of our renewed effort,” he said. “It will be acknowledged for having brought nutrition into the public sphere, making it a public, not a private, good,” Mr. Graziano da Silva explained. In an interview with UN Radio, FAO Deputy Director-General Marie Helena Semedo said that moving forward, the agency expected the aims of the Declaration and Framework for Action to be implemented in country action plans.“The [delegations] were really committed, with very strong political will to create integrated nation plans to tackle all forms of malnutrition, including obesity and overweight,” she said, expressing the hope that countries themselves and the international community would implement the ICN2 outcomes and support the resource mechanism set up by FAO.To support governments in transforming commitments into concrete actions, FAO established the Action for Nutrition Trust Fund. The fund will mobilize resources for programmes and projects that foster enabling environments for nutrition, promote sustainable food systems and nutrition-enhancing trade, increase nutrition information, improve food safety and make nutrition part of stronger social safety nets. To ensure accountability post-ICN2, the fund will also help countries build robust mechanism to monitor progress on their nutrition commitments.Oleg Chestnov, from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) the other co-organizer of the event, called today’s political commitments – the first to include solutions that will address malnutrition in all its forms, from hunger to obesity – landmark. “We look forward to working with Member States and FAO to move ahead without delay, through policies and actions that will change the lives of millions,” Mr. Chestnov said. Throughout the conference both the FAO and WHO stressed the importance of collaborating across sectors to respond to modern nutrition challenges, but also made it clear that the fight against malnutrition ought to be led by national governments through concrete commitments. In the same vein, civil society and the private sector are essential allies in combatting malnutrition as they can hold governments accountable and deliver food to consumers. read more

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MCC removes Giftland parking signs

Marking signs attached to the access road and compound of the Giftland Mall were removed by the City Council on Friday. These signs include Diplomatic Parking allocations and parking notices that were installed for the benefit and safety of staff and customers of the mall. The signs were removed to facilitate access to construction sites in the area.Giftland Parking Signs RemovedA delegation of guards and workers of the City Council were sent to Giftland Mall at noon on Friday to detach and remove the parking signs from the compound without any prior notice. This led the management of the mall, in a statement to the media, to conclude that the action by City Hall is anti-business; as creating a safety hazard may affect their customers.This incident has caused the management of the mall to place special attention on the actions of the City Council. Given the current uproar regarding parking meters in the city and disapproval thrown at the Council for this initiative, the mall is suspicious of the actions on the Council’s behalf as a result of their current free parking campaign. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related,Marking signs attached to the access road and compound of the Giftland Mall were removed by the City Council on Friday. These signs include Diplomatic Parking allocations and parking notices that were installed for the benefit and safety of staff and customers of the mall. The signs were removed to facilitate access to construction sites in the area.Giftland Parking Signs RemovedA delegation of guards and workers of the City Council were sent to Giftland Mall at noon on Friday to detach and remove the parking signs from the compound without any prior notice. This led the management of the mall, in a statement to the media, to conclude that the action by City Hall is anti-business; as creating a safety hazard may affect their customers.This incident has caused the management of the mall to place special attention on the actions of the City Council. Given the current uproar regarding parking meters in the city and disapproval thrown at the Council for this initiative, the mall is suspicious of the actions on the Council’s behalf as a result of their current free parking campaign. read more

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Intel thought to be dropping Atom branding for Silvermont chips

first_imgThe budget end of Intel’s desktop processor range is covered by the Celeron and Pentium brands. But in recent years Atom branding has been used for the very low power chips you find inside netbooks and soldered on to cheap mini-ITX boards. We’re about to hit a new generation of low-power Intel processors though, and it looks as though the Atom brand may disappear.Atom chips get a mixed reaction from the consumer. On the one hand they offer a cheap, low power solution for small screen netbooks and inside nettops. But they also aren’t exactly fast, with most variants running single or dual cores at 1.6, 1.8, or 2GHz. They will run most things, bit don’t run anything great.So it looks as though Intel has decided not to use Atom as a brand for the new Silvermont processors. That decision is not just because of Atom’s historical reputation, but also because Silvermont chips are genuinely fast and therefore deserve to carry the Celeron and Pentium brands instead.Indeed, Intel is promising that the 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture will offer 3x the performance of the latest Atom processors while using 5x less power. If they deliver on that, you can see why the Atom name may be dropped.Intel has yet to confirm this of course, but we should expect to see laptops, all-in-ones, and convertible laptops/tablets running Windows 8 with Silvermont Celeron and Pentium chips inside later this year. Silvermont parts will also be used for Windows and Android tablets, but won’t use the same chip branding.last_img read more

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La laine de yak équitable très prisée des grands couturiers

first_imgLa laine de yak équitable très prisée des grands couturiersTissée dans la province chinoise de Gansu, la laine de yak équitable n’en finit pas de séduire les créateurs de l’industrie du luxe. Une aubaine pour les habitants du village de Zorgey Ritoma, qui participent activement au projet Norlha mené dans l’atelier de tissage.De nombreuses maisons de haute-couture, comme Balmain, Sonia Rykiel ou encore Lanvin, sont conquises par la laine de yak équitable et durable tissée à Zorgey Ritoma, un village de deux cents familles situé dans les contreforts du plateau Tibétain.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette laine très prisée de l’industrie du luxe est née d’un projet baptisé Norlha, et dirigé par Kimberly Sciaky Yeshi et ses filles Sacha et Dechen, rapporte Le Monde. Leur atelier emploie aujourd’hui 114 personnes qui créent des châles aux couleurs et design raffinés. Les pasteurs des hauts plateaux tibétains de la province du Gansu, autrefois privés de ressources pendant l’hiver, sont employés par cet atelier qui accueille également des stagiaires volontaires.La laine utilisée est collectée très aisément par les éleveurs, et sans aucun impact négatif sur les animaux, lorsque les yaks la perdent naturellement au printemps entre mars et juillet. Kimberly Sciaky Yeshi a dû les convaincre de la récupérer, sans quoi le précieux matériau, qui ressemble au cachemire et offre un toucher doux et luxueux en plus de ses qualités thermorégulatrices, aurait été perdu.Chaque mois, quelque 1.000 pièces sont ainsi produites dans l’atelier de Zorgey Ritoma, dont les effectifs ont doublé en une année seulement. Certains de ces châles ont été dévoilés au public à la Cité de la mode et du design de Paris dans le cadre d’une exposition consacrée au luxe durable, 1.1618, SubstainableLuxury.Le 7 avril 2012 à 14:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Android victime de fausses applications Instagram et Angry Birds

first_imgAndroid victime de fausses applications Instagram et Angry BirdsUn logiciel malveillant caché dans de fausses versions d’Instagram et Angry Birds, deux applications très populaires, menace les terminaux Android. L’alerte est lancée par l’éditeur de solutions antivirus Trend Micro.Trend Micro met en garde les utilisateurs de l’OS Android contre un virus contenu dans de fausses applications Instagram et Angry Birds Space. Le logiciel de partage de photos et le jeu de la firme finlandaise Rovio Mobile sont très populaires auprès des mobinautes, et permettent donc aux pirates à l’origine de cette attaque de viser massivement les terminaux Android.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Baptisé ANDROIDOS_SMSBOXER, le logiciel malveillant détecté par l’éditeur d’antivirus invite ses victimes à envoyer un code par SMS pour pouvoir activer une fausse application. Le malware envoie ensuite des messages vers plusieurs numéros, et tente de télécharger d’autres fichiers malicieux sur le téléphone ou la tablette de l’utilisateur piégé, explique Trend Micro.Ce virus a également été détecté dans de fausses versions de Fruit Ninja, Talking Tom Cat ou encore Temple Run. L’éditeur recommande alors la vigilance, et déconseille fortement aux mobinautes de télécharger des applications sur d’autres sites que Google Play. Trend Micro invite naturellement aussi les utilisateurs d’Android à se tourner vers ses solutions antivirus payantes.Le 6 mai 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Vecino probably wont be available for match – Spalletti reveals

first_imgInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti responded to questions from journalists at the Suning Training Centre in preparation for the match against PSV on Tuesday.He says via official club website that Vecino may not feature in the match but Nainggolan should train more to avoid risking a repeat of his injury coming back.“Vecino? He probably won’t be available for the match while Nainggolan needs to work for a few more days to not be at risk of his injury repeating itself.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Spalletti also spoke about other players:“Perisic’s form? It’s natural that people look out for his assists and goals but strength, speed, distance covered and physicality are also important in games. He’s a key player for us.”“ Icardi’s trip to Madrid to watch River Plate vs. Boca Juniors? I don’t see any issue with it, lots of other players from different teams were there too, it certainly wasn’t strange for him to be there.”last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday July 19 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowUSFWS quietly allows land survey in Izembek; Enviros call foulLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Conservation groups say the Interior Department has gone behind the public’s back to conduct a land survey in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, in the area of the proposed King Cove road.Endangered Species Act overhaul could put Alaska’s polar bears in crosshairsNathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Trump administration announced revisions to the Endangered Species Act to make it easier for developers to navigate the law. Environmental groups criticized the proposal.Feds join governor in ending Juneau road extensionAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauWalker announced in 2016 that he wasn’t going ahead with the project. But the new Federal Highway Administration decision finalizes that choice.Anchorage officials employ new methods to clear away illegal homeless campsZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageOfficials in Anchorage are pushing forward with a new plan to more quickly clear away unlawful camps in the city’s parks and greenbelt. Critics say homeless people in the camps are trashing the woods, committing crime and making the city’s public trails feel less safe. But others say the encampments are one of the only options for people with no where else to go.Feds request public input on National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska oil leasingElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe federal government is asking the public for input on this year’s oil and gas lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), an Indiana-sized area of land on the North Slope.DNA shows Eagle River bears shot after maulings were not to blameCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageDNA from the bears that were shot did not match DNA evidence at the scene of the June maulings near the end of Hiland Road, said Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh.Tlingit & Haida tight-lipped about project near EaglecrestJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauSince mid-June, heavy machinery has been clearing about 20 acres leased by Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Association of Alaska. The tribe has only given clues about its plans for the Douglas Island property.Anchorage pilot dies, two suffer injuries in Willow plane crashEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska State Troopers identified the pilot as 24-year-old Colt Richter of Anchorage. Richter was flying for Anchorage-based Regal Air.Panel finds Alaska lawmaker violated ethics lawAssociated PressA legislative ethics panel says it found by “clear and convincing evidence” that an Alaska lawmaker violated ethics law by disclosing the existence of a complaint that was considered confidential.A woman seeks Don Young’s seat in Congress. And she’s never been to AlaskaAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerOut of the field of six candidates running to unseat U.S. House Rep. Don Young this fall, there is one candidate who’s never set foot in Alaska.How bold? Governor’s climate action team talks emissions reduction goals and educationElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker’s Climate Action Task Force met Wednesday to discuss a draft document that could influence the state’s climate change policy in the future.last_img read more

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Paytm to take longer than expected to return profits amid surging losses

first_imgMobile payments company Paytm is likely to take longer than previously thought to turn around as competition heats up, a report says. The losses of the company’s parent One97 Communications are likely to double in the short-term, topping Rs 2,100 crore in fiscal 2020 ending on March 31, 2020, a media report said quoting a consultant.The losses in the current fiscal, FY19, are estimated at Rs 870 crore, according to the report prepared by the Corporate Professionals Capital. The company may turn around in FY21 notching up a profit of about Rs 200 crore, the report says.Mint suggests that 97Communications may achieve a profit of over Rs 8,500 crore by the financial year 2025-26. Sources attribute the increasing losses to the company’s aggressive expansion strategy as large corporate houses are entering the mobile payment field.Amazon and Walmart have announced their intent to enter the UPI payment scenario, apart from a clutch of banks and other financial institutions. Google Pay is also threatening to heat up the competition.A source told Mint that the company may tone down its expansion-oriented strategy to rein in the losses. “The company is now planning to significantly scale down its cash-burning online businesses or selling stakes in them and augment its offline business ventures,” the report cites the source as saying. Paytm hopes that its new hire Raghu Chakravarthi from online grocery retailer BigBasket will help its online-to-offline business strategy.The company’s net cash flow is expected to remain negative at Rs 1,400 crore in the next financial year, rising from the current year’s Rs 580 crore. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc bought an undisclosed stake in One97 in August for $356 million helping Paytm remain liquid.One97 has launched 25 subsidiaries and five associate firms, including Paytm Payments Bank Ltd, LogiNext Solutions, SoCoMo Technologies and QorQL in a space of 12 months. Eight of the company’s subsidiaries suffered significant losses during the financial year that ended on March 31, 2018.The digital payments service has remained the company’s mainstay while its online retail business has been bleeding money. Paytm still leads the pack in digital payments, according to estimates.Paytm Mall, the company’s online retail business, suffered Rs 1,787 crore loss against revenue of Rs 775 crore during FY18, according to the company’s regulatory filings.One97 Communications’ took in total losses of about Rs 1,600 crore during the FY18, almost against Rs 900 crore in the previous year.Financial experts say the mounting losses and negative cash inflows have made it crucial for One97 Communications to enhance its working capital limit.A recent report said Paytm had pledged all its current assets and mutual fund investments to be able to borrow Rs 1,400 crore from private lender ICICI Bank.last_img read more

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Man killed in alleged gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and members of police in Syedpur village in Haziganj upazila of Chandpur district early Thursday.Deceased Jakir Hossain, 40, son of one Abdul Latif of Swarna village in the upazila, was a ringleader and wanted in eight robbery related cases, said police.A team of patrol police found Jakir and his associates taking preparations for robbery in Syedpur village around 2:30am, said Haziganj police station officer-in-charge (OC) Jabedul Islam.Sensing the presence of the law enforcement, the OC added, the robbers opened fire on policemen that prompted them to take action in self-defence.A gun-battle took place in the area leaving Jakir injured with bullets, he said.OC Jabedul Islam also said injured Jakir was taken to the upazila health complex where doctors declared him dead around 4:00am.Police recovered one pipe-gun and a few locally made weapons from the spot, he added.last_img read more

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Rajib Mir passes away

first_imgMir Mosharraf Hossain aka Rajib Mir. Photo: UNBMir Mosharraf Hossain, also known as Rajib Mir, former teacher of journalism department at Chittagong University and Jagannath University, breathed his last in India early Saturday.Rajib, a former student of Dhaka University’s mass communication and journalism department, was undergoing treatment for liver cirrhosis at a hospital in Chennai, passed away at 1:37am, reports UNB.Also a writer, researcher and a human rights activist, Rajib Mir left behind his 15-month-old daughter Bibhor and wife Sumona Khan.last_img

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28 Chinese tourists missing in Malaysia

first_imgMap of MalaysiaA boat carrying 31 people, including 28 Chinese tourists, has gone missing in the waters off Borneo, an official from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency told AFP Sunday.”The owner of the boat reported it missing on Saturday evening and we have begun a search and rescue mission,” a spokesman from the agency said.In addition to the tourists, a skipper and two crew members were also on board when the boat sailed out on Saturday morning, the spokesman said, adding that weather conditions were bad on the day.They were on their way to an island some 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of eastern Sabah state.last_img

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Drape the nine yard wonder in different styles

first_imgNew Delhi: There are several ways of draping a sari which can make you look different and help you stand out in a crowd. Accessorise it with a waistband or team your sari with a jacket, suggest experts. Chantilly lace is used more in saris than any other type, owing to their classic, timeless look. It is advisable to go for pastel shades as they enhance that graceful look of a lace sari.Drape the sari as lehenga and pallu over a designer crop top. This is a modern look and is also very unique way of wearing a sari. You can accessorise with a waistband and minimal jewellery.Invest in a stitched sari. Slip in, zip up and simply pin the pallu as you wish as oit also saves time for some.A cross between the modern gown and traditional sari, a sari gown involves minimal draping and is pre-designed and structured to look like a gown, with a sophisticated pallu flowing across the shoulders gracefully. The look can further be enhanced with embellishments of karigari on the pallu.Rather than a lace sari, opt to pair a simple sari with a lace jacket. Jackets with embellishments and contrasting colours can help get a unique look.Apart from saris, lace blouses can add a lot of slinky charm to your sari, when teamed perfectly. Its intricate beauty can infuse glamour to a sari. To get it perfect, go for a full-sleeve lace blouse or a cut work blouse especially if you are opting for a fancy bash or then opt for chinese collars or boat necks for the casual outtings.When wearing a lace outfit the accessories need to be very subdued whereas the the make-up needs to be very distinct and the blouse can be of contrasting colour. Classic colours like black and red are best suited for lace outfits.Experiment with silhouettes fabrics and make unusual combinations of it.last_img read more

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Supercomputer puts US Weather Resources at top rank

first_imgIt’s not all about the machines: Meteorologists refine and interpret the computer’s predictions to make timely, accurate and reliable forecasts for specific cities and regions, from day-to-day weather to ferocious hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and blizzards.In the months ahead, the supercomputer will focus on severe weather, storm surge and river forecasting, just in time for spring’s flood season and summer’s hurricane season.The supercomputer showed its prowess last month, predicting an East Coast blizzard with great accuracy days before the storm, said Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service.“We expect to see better forecasts for hurricanes, severe weather, floods and other extreme events this year,” Uccellini said.Source – USAToday One of the world’s most powerful supercomputers is now being used to forecast weather.Located in Reston, Va. The computer can process quadrillions of calculations per second that all feed into the nation’s weather forecasts and predictions.RESTON, Va. – In a nondescript office building here, one of the world’s most powerful weather supercomputers quietly hums on a 24/7 mission to analyze billions of pieces of data that ultimately will tell you whether you need a sweater or sunscreen when you leave the house.Forecasts, critical not only for your wardrobe choices but for ship captains, airline pilots and shipping companies, depend on sophisticated data crunching and computer models, but three years ago European models delivered a blow to the U.S. weather apparatus.The European weather models accurately predicted the path and strength of the devastating Hurricane Sandy that hit the New Jersey coastline and caused $65 billion in damage.Now, the U.S. is on the rebound with this monumental supercomputer that collects, processes and analyzes billions of observations from weather satellites, weather balloons, airplanes, buoys and surface stations from around the world to help meteorologists make better weather forecasts.Still, the supercomputer is merely the 18th fastest in the U.S. and 42nd fastest in the world, Michaud said.NOAA’s purchase of the school-bus size device stemmed partly from competition from the top European weather model – better known in some circles by its acronym ECMWF.The company is a leading maker of supercomputers worldwide and supplied the ones used by European weather agencies.The tidal wave of data NOAA sifts through each day is equal to more than twice that contained in the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress, said David Michaud, director of the office of central processing at the National Weather Service, which is part of NOAA.In this Washington, D.C., suburb, the supercomputer takes in current weather data around the world then uses models and mathematical equations to predict the forecast in the hours, days and weeks ahead. It displays its mission proudly: large photos of lightning bolts, a hurricane, a tornado, a snowstorm and other weather phenomena cover the computer’s surface.last_img read more

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