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Opponents Assail White House Plan to Close NOAA Lab in North CarolinaOpponents Assail White House Plan to Close NOAA Lab in North Carolina

first_imgA proposal by the Obama administration to close a historic marine research laboratory near Beaufort, North Carolina, is drawing pushback from the scientific community and local members of Congress. Although the administration frames it as a tough choice in a time of fiscal restraint, critics argue that the proposed closure of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lab would endanger crucial marine research.Founded more than 100 years ago, the NOAA laboratory on Pivers Island near Beaufort conducts research into a variety of marine science subjects, including fish stocks, ecosystem function, and the health of aquatic creatures. Its work has helped scientists improve how they forecast harmful algal blooms, and it set in place the first study of invasive lionfish in the South Atlantic, those familiar with the lab say. And it is the only NOAA lab between Miami, Florida, and Sandy Hook, New Jersey.The Obama administration quietly proposed closing the lab in the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request released last month, citing the tough fiscal environment. 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Congress would have to approve the request as part of the spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins 1 October. But that work isn’t expected to be finished until late this year, after the November elections.In the meantime, some scientists and lawmakers are baffled by the proposal, which they say doesn’t have a clear rationale. And they are making the case for why the lab deserves to stay open.“This lab is a vital part of the local, national, and international marine science community and provides important research and information for sustaining fisheries and coastal ecosystems of the Mid- and South-Atlantic, and to U.S territories in the Caribbean Sea to the people of this nation,” said David Eggleston, a professor and the director of North Carolina State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, in a 28 March letter to lawmakers.Even if the lab is closed, NOAA won’t be letting go of the lab’s 62 permanent staff members, according to a presentation on the proposed budget. “Fisheries employees will continue the research they are currently undertaking at a different location,” the presentation says. It’s uncertain what will happen to the others. But proponents of keeping the lab open say they’re skeptical that the relocated NOAA researchers would be able to continue doing the same work they have long been doing at the Beaufort lab.”It covers a large swath ecologically that other labs can’t cover easily without traveling,” says Amy Freitag, a recent marine science and conservation Ph.D. graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who collaborated with a NOAA scientist at the Beaufort lab. “It would be difficult to continue research in the area from other NOAA facilities.” As an example, she mentions that waters from two regions of the Atlantic converge in an area of the ocean near the lab. “Ecologically speaking, it’s probably the most fascinating part of the East Coast Atlantic to look at,” she says. “You can study fisheries both from that northern region and from the southern region and see how they interact.” Freitag also worries that numerous partnerships with nearby universities would suffer if the researchers move far away.NOAA declined to make Beaufort lab scientists available for interviews. Ciaran Clayton, a NOAA spokeswoman, said in a statement that the laboratory has conducted valuable science over the course of its 100-plus-year history. “However, this aging facility requires infrastructure repairs and improvements exceeding agency budget resources now and for the foreseeable future,” Clayton said.Lab proponents don’t buy that argument. They note that in recent years NOAA has invested millions of dollars to upgrade the facility, including by building a new bridge to the island that houses the lab. To shut the lab after making those upgrades would be all the more baffling, Freitag says.The lab closure won’t see the light of day in Congress if a bipartisan coalition of federal lawmakers has their way.”I am seriously troubled by the fact that in his most recent budget proposal, President Barack Obama has proposed closing a research lab in Eastern North Carolina while continuing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on infrastructure projects in Afghanistan,” said Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) in a statement. Jones and Representative Mike McIntyre (D-NC), in a 31 March letter, requested House appropriators’ “assistance in rejecting the unjustified and misguided proposal.”Representative David Price (D-NC) said in a statement that he questions the wisdom of shutting down “a hub for collaborative research endeavors among NOAA’s federal researchers and those located in neighboring labs.””The prospect of losing that synergy is alarming, and I am going to be sharply questioning this decision” as appropriators in the House of Representatives make decisions on what the government can spend where next fiscal year, Price said.last_img read more

Top Performer Nick Markakis, Braves Ride 5-Game Win Streak into Matchup with MetsTop Performer Nick Markakis, Braves Ride 5-Game Win Streak into Matchup with Mets

first_imgBraves ride 5-game win streak into matchup with MetsAtlanta Braves (88-68, first in NL East) vs. New York Mets (73-83, fourth in NL East)New York; Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. EasternPROBABLE PITCHERS: Braves: Touki Toussaint (2-1, 4.30 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 23 strikeouts) Mets: Noah Syndergaard (12-4, 3.36 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 144 strikeouts)BOTTOM LINE: The Mets have gone 15-8 in games started by Syndergaard. New York pitchers are averaging 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Daniel Zamora leads the staff with a mark of 16.4. The Braves enter the matchup with a nine and a half-game lead over the Nationals in the NL East. Atlanta is hitting a collective .258 this season, led by Freddie Freeman’s mark of .311. In their last meeting on Aug. 5, A.J. Minter earned the win in a 5-4 victory for the Braves.TOP PERFORMERS: Nick Markakis has 14 home runs and 93 RBIs in 156 games for the Braves. Ender Inciarte has a .400 batting average with 14 hits and two RBIs over his past 10 games for Atlanta. Michael Conforto has 27 home runs and 80 RBIs in 147 games for the Mets. Amed Rosario has 14 hits and is batting .304 over his past 10 games for New York.LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 6-4, .238 batting average, 5.00 ERA, outscored by two runs. Mets: 5-5, .224 batting average, 3.99 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ranveer Singh: The Lion KingRanveer Singh: The Lion King

first_imgScene 1: Afternoon. Novotel Mumbai, Juhu BeachRanveer Singh doesn’t walk into a room, he makes an entry. Preferably with a portable speaker in hand. It’s a signature of sorts. On his first meeting with Maneesh Sharma, who would direct him in his debut Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Ranveer came in,Scene 1: Afternoon. Novotel Mumbai, Juhu Beach Ranveer Singh doesn’t walk into a room, he makes an entry. Preferably with a portable speaker in hand. It’s a signature of sorts. On his first meeting with Maneesh Sharma, who would direct him in his debut Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Ranveer came in dancing to ‘My Name is Lakhan’. He was lugging it again, at 1 am, before sitting down for a roundtable with Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vicky Kaushal and Pankaj Tripathi for a TV show in December. For the shoot with india today, Ranveer announced his arrival with ‘Aankh Marey’, from his latest superhit, Simmba. It’s his second film to cross the Rs 200 crore mark, the first being Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial Pad­maavat (also 2018) in which his flamboyant Alauddin Khilji stole the show.2018 was a remarkable year in Hindi cinema. For the first time in almost a decade, none of the three Khans-Aamir, Shah Rukh or Salman-registered the highest earning Hindi film. It was left to Ranveer, with two films collectively earning Rs 500 crore, to emerge as the most bankable actor of the year with back-to-back hits. The face of 26 brands, one half of the #DeepVeer power couple, he was also the youngest male actor in the top 10 of the 2018 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list, with earnings of Rs 84.7 crore. And Ranveer is only getting started. His next, Gully Boy (releasing February 14), which will have its world premiere at the Berlinale, sees him play Murad, a rapper from Mumbai’s slums. Thereafter, he works in the nets to nail Kapil Dev’s bowling action for 83, a film about India’s World Cup-winning turn, and another period epic, Takht, later in the year, in which he plays Dara Shikoh, son of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.advertisementThe 90 minutes of the shoot feel like a blur. The songs keep changing, to suit the mood… first Eminem, then Mumbai rappers Emiway Bantai, Divine & Naezy…. What doesn’t change is Ranveer’s ‘trademark energy’.No other director so far has tapped into it with as much success as Bhansali. “This [energy] is infectious and that’s what makes him stand out,” says Bhansali of his hero in Goliyon Ki Rasleela… Ram-leela (2013) and Bajirao Mastani (2015) also. As a sign of how much Ranveer values his collaboration with Bhansali, the actor bought a house in the Mumbai suburb Goregaon, to be closer to the Padmaavat set in Film City. To get into Khilji’s skin, he’d lock himself up there for three weeks. “If I’m doing an intense role, I can’t switch on and off,” he says. “I have to carry the mood throughout.” In the film’s now iconic song, ‘Binte Dil’, which begins with a kohl-eyed, bare-chested Ranveer swaying in a bathtub, Bhansali instructed him to channel both Jim Morrison and Zeenat Aman. “He stunned me with how he improvised and interpreted it,” says Bhansali.For Ranveer, talent alone does not suffice, it has to be accompanied by hard work. An avid football fan, he likes to quote legendary football manager Alex Ferguson, “Hard work will always overcome natural talent when natural talent does not work hard enough.” To which Ranveer adds his own two bits: “Your ability is no good if you don’t apply yourself. I enjoy the process of creating a character with different voices, mannerisms and body language. Given the time and the bandwidth, I’d like to do it more.” It’s a work ethic that has already caught the eye of many filmmakers he aspires to work with one day.Scene 2Night: Ranveer’s Vanity Van, Mehboob StudioRanveer is resting. It’s a rare moment of repose for an otherwise effervescent personality. The van is minimally decorated, barring a Simmba poster and a whiteboard etched with his mantra for life: “Good vibes only. Stay blessed. Be kind. Work hard. Stay humble.” He’s shooting for Simmba’s end credits song, ‘Mera Wala Dance’, choreographed by Ganesh Acharya, who’s also behind his other hits ‘Tattad Tattad’ and ‘Malhari’. “I’m conserving my energy,” Ranveer tells us. “It’s what Anil Kapoor taught me during Dil Dhadakne Do.”Vikramaditya Motwane, who directed Ranveer in Lootera, a box-office failure but in which the actor posted his most accomplished and restrained performance as a thief who has a change of heart, calls him the love-child of Anil Kapoor and Govinda. They are the two actors Ranveer grew up idolising along with Amitabh Bachchan. Govinda, for him, continues to be “the complete performer”. “Whether it is emotion, comedy or dance, he is head and shoulders above everyone else in terms of sheer talent,” says Ranveer. He also finds inspiration in Anil Kapoor’s “intensely emotional” persona. “He goes about every movie like it’s his first film,” says Ranveer. “He isn’t blasé or jaded about it. He’s not being overconfident. He’s hungry and wanting to do better. He’s all heart. I want to be that way.”advertisement Only he already is, according to Maneesh Sharma. “He loves to do his homework, which is any director’s delight,” says the writer-director. “He maps out the character and the pitch for a scene.” Ranveer is meticulous about his work, carrying a diary in which he makes entries in colour pens and sticky notes. For Band Baaja Baaraat, the Bandra boy took a DTC bus to get a feel of the Delhi his character, Bittoo Sharma, belonged to. On one such visit, he managed to get into a class in Kirori Mal College and later hung out with 20 guys on the lawns. “There are actors who believe in being completely spontaneous. I think my ‘keeda’ for preparation is born out of a certain nervousness,” he told India Today in an interview in 2013. “Even if the prep didn’t help, it had a placebo effect on my mind… maine kar liya hai.” Initially, the excessive preparation was also a limitation for Ranveer, especially if his interpretation was not in alignment with the director’s vision. “For him to adapt to a different tone would sometimes be difficult,” says Sharma, citing the film’s climax where he was asked to “bring it down” and “be honest” and the shoot was pushed to the next day. Ranveer credits both Sharma and Motwane as well as Bhansali’s demanding direction for making him less rigid in his approach.Ranveer, 33, belongs to a new generation of actors that include Ranbir Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana, Varun Dhawan and Tiger Shroff. On the chat show Koffee with Karan, host Karan Johar, who directs him in Takht, asks his celebrity guests in the rapidfire round: Ranbir or Ranveer, who is the better actor? The responses so far have predominantly favoured Ranbir, but Ranveer is slowly stealing a march with his accessibility and ability to pick diverse projects. “In talent and track record, they are more or less at par,” says Prabhat Choudhary, founder of leading public relations firm Spice which manages some of Bollywood’s superstars. “The difference is in temperament and in the degree of hunger they possess. For someone to believe that you do your work and things will fall into place if they have to is being extremely simplistic. One has to realise that marketing and communication are part of your work. The stakes are way bigger today and the whole definition of stardom has undergone a change. Ranveer breaks the complacency and challenges the status quo.”While Ranbir breaks out of the ‘manchild’ roles, Tiger continues to thrive on the last action hero image and Varun picks films to demonstrate that he’s more than the next Salman Khan, Ranveer hasn’t pigeonholed himself into any genre or archetype. “He can play anything from Govinda to Ryan Gosling,” says Motwane. “He is constantly challenging himself. I am excited to see what he brings to the table in every film. He also has the pull to draw the viewers to theatres.”advertisementCinema is what Ranveer lives for. He has grown up relishing ‘masala films’. “I was such a Bollywood keeda that I thought Scarface was a copy of Vaastav,” he said at his show-stopping performance at the India Today Conclave in 2015 in New Delhi. Simmba’s problematic rape-revenge plotline is reminiscent of the big bad 1980s, but Ranveer sees in it a story that widens his reach. And the box office collections validate his approach. The line between actor and hero is blurred for him. “At the moment, my focus is to be a part of films that offer a ‘big screen experience’,” he says, “that encompass a broad spectrum of the audience.”Scene 3Evening. Yashraj Films Studio Ranveer doesn’t want to sit. He suggests a walk in the studio that gave him his break after three-and-a-half years of ‘struggle’. When he would sit outside production houses for six hours to hand in a portfolio or make cold calls to numbers stolen from the phone of casting director Shanoo Sharma who had famously spotted him putting on a show at filmmaker Shaad Ali’s house party. He was 16. The rumour that he “had to pay to be in a Yashraj film” still irks him. “I’d get Facebook messages saying, I have so much money, tell me how to go about it,” he says. “It took the shine away from my achievement”-of being one of the few outsiders after Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar to make it in Bollywood.Born to businessman Jagjit Singh Bhambani and his homemaker wife Anju, and raised in the plush Mumbai locality of Pali Hill, Ranveer was the ‘nautanki’ of his school, Learners’ Academy, where his friends included photographer Rohan Shreshtha who remembers him excelling in elocution and bagging all the lead roles in plays. “I wasn’t very good at sports, so they used to make me a mascot,” Ranveer had revealed in the 2013 india today interview. “I used to love entertaining people.” It was the same at home too. He recalled how his paternal grandmother, who fed his passion for Hindi films with VHS tapes, asked him to enliven a boring birthday party. Singh danced to ‘Jumma chumma de de’.But with no strong connections in Bollywood, a filmi career seemed a distant dream. After a two-year stint in HR College, Ranveer headed to the US for a degree in creative writing from Indiana University. Except that his love for cinema only grew after he put in hours at a video rental library. He was expected to stay back and work at an advertising firm. But Ranveer returned home to fulfil his childhood dream. The times were fraught for his family financially, with recession hitting his father’s business. “But I was never made to feel the pinch,” says Ranveer. He assisted Shaad Ali (Saathiya) on ad films and in the process did what every aspiring actor does-build a body, learn acting and shoot a portfolio. Only in Ranveer’s case, it had to be “one that could not be junked”, and so he conceptualised it with photographs that reflected different moods in varying situations. Soon, his audition for Band Baaja Baaraat would catch Sharma’s eye and he in turn would convince Aditya Chopra of his talent.The first couple of years were hard, as Ranveer tried to fit in desperately. “At one point, it became too taxing,” he says. In an industry where artifice is almost a virtue, Ranveer was an anomaly. Uninhibited and perhaps too authentic. “I have never put a filter,” he says. “Like most boys, I, too, was conditioned to believe that showing your emotions was a sign of weakness. But it wouldn’t work on me. I express very freely, to a fault sometimes.” It didn’t help that he dressed like no leading man in Bollywood had dared to. If body-hugging Being Human T-shirts are Salman’s style statement, Ranveer’s is just Being Himself. He can whirl in a pink angarkha at his mehndi ceremony; wear a ghaghra to an event and carry off loud motifs and bright colours with the same confidence as Rishabh Pant sledging in Australia. Ranveer’s sartorial choices challenge the conventional notion of a Bollywood hero. “A part of my being is really feminine,” he says, “and I don’t shy away from it. I have been raised by women.” His elder sister, Ritika, he says, is like a “second mother” to him.Ranveer the actor has so far revelled in projecting a sexuality that is at variance with the conventional hyper-mas­culinity of a Bollywood hero. Befikre’s Dharam teases the woman with a glimpse of his bare bottom; in …Ram-leela, his Ram takes off his kedhiya and brandishes his greased torso for the viewing pleasure of Gujarati girls; in Simmba, for all the bravado his character displays, he’s shy about confessing his love to the woman he desires. Madhavi Menon, director, Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality at Ashoka University, notes that the “sexually compelling and fluid” roles Ranveer has played, especially in Bhansali films, “don’t make him less heterosexual. Rather, they make heterosexuality less recognisable as the opposite of homo- and bisexuality. His big achievement as an actor has been to denaturalise heterosexua­lity as something easily recognisable and consistent. He (and Bhansali) gives sexuality the power to break the stereotype of sexual identity as fixed and controllable. With him, it becomes a moving object, moving both as touching and as unpredictable.” #Deepveer: ‘Had to work really hard’-for six years-before the couple got hitched in November 2018.Scene 4Afternoon. Back to Novotel Mumbai, Juhu Beach Deepika Padukone is calling. On FaceTime. “Hi baby, you are looking handsome!” she says. Ranveer talks about his wife with the same passion as he does about cinema. On Sunil Grover’s TV show Kanpur ke Khuranas, he told the audience, “Bahut mehnat karni padi (I had to work a lot)”-for six years-before he married Deepika in November 2018. Six months into their relationship, which began on the sets of …Ram-leela in 2012, Ranveer knew she was the one. “I genuinely believe she is a far more evolved and wholesome person than I am,” he says. “She is more responsible, mature and independent. Duniyadaari mein woh mujhse aage hai.” Deepika, who had come off a break-up, would take time to commit fully. The couple remained rock steady even as she battled depression and then pursued a career in Hollywood. “I was never unsure about him,” she told a film magazine in her first interview after their wedding. “We’ve fought, we’ve had our ups and downs. But we stuck together through all of that. He was extremely patient with me through all my doubts, my insecurities.” Ranveer has been secure with his now wife’s fame and success. He acknowledged her role in …Ram-leela’s success. “Deepika was killing it in 2013,” he says. “Some credit has to go to her for the opening numbers.”One of Ranveer’s most trying times came in late 2017 when Deepika received death threats from right-wing fringe groups for defending freedom of expression in response to protests against Padmavati (before the name was changed to Padmaavat). “It was very frustrating because you are unable to express yourself and it’s just burning inside you,” says Ranveer. “I was very close to putting out a video saying what was on my mind. But I didn’t want to validate them by a responding. I had to be professional and follow the instructions of my producers. Their money was at stake.”Bonded by their nuclear family upbringing and outsider tags in Bollywood, #DeepVeer aspire for a long and success­ful relationship of the kind their parents have. “I’ve grown up seeing a marriage where the attitude is to make it work regardless of anything,” says Ranveer. “A marriage is a commitment, out is not an option. So whatever you have to work through, you do.” Ranveer currently stays in the Prabhadevi apartment that has been Deepika’s home for years. “The most sensible and convenient thing was for me to move into her set-up. She is comfortable there and I don’t want to displace her,” he says. “I always try to give her priority.” That said, they’re hunting for a bigger home.Scene 5Evening. Purple haze Studio In the midst of promoting Simmba, Ranveer takes a few hours off to dub for Zoya Akhtar’s film at a Bandra studio. Later that evening, he’ll collect his first trophy for Padmaavat. Akhtar knew Ranveer was her ‘gully boy’. “He’s obsessed with Bombay slang and speaks the lingo all the time,” she says. “He’s very influenced by hip-hop which you can see in his clothes.” Ranveer also took advise from artist Divine while preparing for the role. He has composed many of the tracks the actor sings in the film. “He’s so sharp with picking up stuff,” Akhtar recollects. “Because he has it in him, the training was a very short process.”In Gully Boy’s now-viral track, ‘Asli Hip Hop’, written by Spitfire, the two lines he raps perhaps best define Ranveer: “Kalakar main, kal ko aakar doon. Yehi hai mera dharm, Meri doosri koyi jaat na (I’m an artist, I shape the future. That’s my faith, I have no other identity).” As gully boy, he says, ‘Apna time aayega’. Ranveer’s time is now. And he’s making the most if it.Director’s cut | Making Gully Boy In 2014, while editing Dil Dhadakne Do, Zoya Akhtar was shown ‘Aafat’, a track by rapper Naezy aka Naved Shaikh. “It blew my mind,” she says. “It was so street, real, and I was like I have to meet this guy.” Musician and friend Ankur Tewari arranged a meeting, and so began a journey that saw Akhtar and her screenwriting partner Reema Kagti do extensive interviews with rappers, attend their gigs and meet their families, friends and girlfriends. The experience would inspire Gully Boy, Akhtar’s fourth feature, set in Mumbai’s street rap music scene. “You can’t put everything in, but you get a feel, you get their politics and their spirit,” says Akhtar.After Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do, in which Akhtar followed characters from the upper crust of Ind­ian society across scenic locations abroad, the approach for Gully Boy had to be different as the focus was on an entirely different milieu. “When I made Dil Dhadakne Do, I wanted to be outside looking in, critique the human behavi­our, the vehicle for which was the dog,” she says. “For Gully Boy, it was important that I be inside, looking out. I didn’t want to have a f***ing Bandstand gaze on Dha­ravi.” Instead, both Kagti and she captured how despite a fraught liv­elihood, the artists have no cynicism, are “extremely hopeful” and “out to change the world”. “It’s contagious,” says Akhtar. “We wanted to put that dream of theirs into the film.” Shot predominantly in Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, the film centres on Murad (Ranveer) who gets hooked to the gully rap scene much to the chagrin of his father (Vijay Raaz). “Koi aur karta toh main jal ke raakh ho jaata [I’d be envious if someone else had done it],” says Ranveer, at the film’s trailer launch. “Yeh main hi kar sakta tha, main isike liye paida hua hoon [Only I could have done it. I was born for this role].” The film also stars Alia Bhatt, Amruta Subhash, Vijay Verma, Siddhanth Chaturvedi and rappers Spitfire, Emiway Bantai, SlowCheeta.Akhtar got Divine & Naezy on board as consultants, with the former helping Ranveer in vocal training as well as composing tracks. “Divine is such a generous artist,” says Akhtar. “He gave him tips on throw and basic technique, and stayed back and let him emerge.” The Gully Boy album is an amalgamation of existing tracks from the Mumbai street hip hop universe and tweaking of some others. One of Akhtar’s favourite tracks in the film, ‘Doori’, sees Javed Akhtar collaborate with Divine on lyrics.By bringing to the big screen voices from the underground music movement, Akhtar hopes to open up the music to a bigger Hindi filmgoing audience. She hopes music companies are watching too. “Music companies need to be enlightened as they do not want to promote anything if it’s not attached to a Hindi film,” she says.”They haven’t caught such a massive underground movement. It’s big, people are listening to it and it’s not being given a platform. It should be promoted.”A MAN OF MANY PARTS: THE RANVEER FILMOGRAPHY, FROM THE FIRST TO THE LATEST SMASH HIT Band Baaja Baaraat, 2010; Rs 23 crore: Ranveer’s debut film, in which the Mumbai-born and bred lad played Bittoo Sharma, an effervescent wedding planner in Delhi, gave notice that the debutant had the makings of a star. Bajirao Mastani, 2015; Rs 183 crore: Was impressive as the powerful Maratha ruler and devout lover in this epic tragic romance. And his Marathi inflections were perfect. Simmba, 2018; Rs 225 crore (the film is still in cinemas): As the swaggering police officer with a funny bone and greed on his mind, Ranveer emerges as the single screen hero he has always wanted to be. Lootera, 2013; Rs 27 crore: Showcases the lesserseen, quieter side of Ranveer. “Not many know his emotional quotient is high,” says Maneesh Sharma. This gentle performance best demonstrates that. Dil Dhadakne Do, 2015; Rs 75 crore: Stood out in this ensemble drama as a young man and a reluctant heir to the family business. “There’s a lightness to him in it which is unrehearsed,” says Vikramaditya Motwane. Padmaavat, 2018; Rs 282 crore: In his first role as an antagonist, Ranveer’s madcap interpretation of Alauddin Khilji left a lasting impression on audiences.last_img read more

Dina Asher-Smith already preparing for Olympic success after gold in DohaDina Asher-Smith already preparing for Olympic success after gold in Doha

first_imgTwitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Asher-Smith also paid tribute to her parents and Blackie, who has guided her career since she began training at the age of eight. “Even when I was little and I would try to jump over hurdles and do the long jump he said ‘please watch yourself’. He told me we could do some special things. He’s been careful with my progression to hold me back. This medal is dedicated to his patience, intelligence and wisdom.” Was this helpful? … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Dina Asher-Smith wins world 200m gold to make history for Great Britain Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Athletics “The Olympics is less than a year away so we’ve already been thinking about it,” she said. “But my coach John Blackie and I still have some things to work on. In the 100m I didn’t run the race I planned. I am still getting stronger and more experience physically and mentally. So hopefully there is more to come and it should be an exciting journey.”Asher-Smith’s victory has propelled her into the stratosphere of British sport but afterwards she promised global success would not change her.“Not really because being an athlete is very humbling anyway,” she said. “I train six days a week and I am still going to push myself to the limit. It’s very unglamorous when you’ve got lactic [acid], and you’re on the floor. Ultimately you’re only ever as good as your last performance.”She added: “Athletics is a very unpredictable and at times unforgiving sport.“I could run the same time next year and finish fifth in the Olympics – that’s just how it goes. So I have to really keep my feet firmly on the ground and keep working hard.” Since you’re here… Team GB Thank you for your feedback. Dina Asher-Smith believes that her stunning world 200m victory can be a springboard to Olympic glory next year – and expects to get even stronger and faster for Tokyo. She became the first British woman to win a global sprint title with a dominant display in Doha, charging home in 21.88sec to take gold and break her own national record in the process. It was her second medal of these championships to go with her silver in the 100m. But when the 23-year-old was asked whether it meant she was the finished article, she shook her head. Topics World Athletics Championships Share on Pinterest Share via Email Olympic Games Hide Dina Asher-Smith Read more news Show Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 Reuse this content Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Former Kansas Football Player Found DeadFormer Kansas Football Player Found Dead

first_imgBrandon Bourbon cheers from the sideline.Former Kansas football player Brandon Bourbon, who had been missing since the night of April 2, was found dead Friday, according to 13 News WIBW.Former @KU_Football and @WU_Football player Brandon Bourbon found dead. https://t.co/cVfsNOFvVB pic.twitter.com/eIuyhlCRZW— WIBW (@wibw) April 9, 2016According to the Maries County Sheriff’s Office, Bourbon’s body was discovered on a secluded riverfront property, just north of Vienna, Missouri. The sheriff’s office revealed the cause of death to be suicide.Bourbon was a member of Kansas’ football team from 2010-2013 before missing his senior season with an injury. As a junior, Bourbon started all 12 games for the Jayhawks and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. His former Kansas teammate Ben Heeney posted this tribute to Twitter following the tragic news. Rest in peace to my best friend, my brother, my beard bro. U affected so many lives Brandon. I love u more than you know. @BeastmodeBourb— Ben Heeney (@henbeeney) April 9, 2016Our thoughts are with Bourbon’s friends and family during this difficult time. [13 News]last_img read more

Press Team from Brazil Coming to Look at Tourism Products and AttractionsPress Team from Brazil Coming to Look at Tourism Products and Attractions

first_img A press team from Brazil is to visit Jamaica from August 22 to 26 to look at tourism products and attractions and help build the knowledge about the Jamaica Brand in that country.Spearheaded by the Jamaican embassy in Brazil, the trip is also being organized by the Jamaica Brazil Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with full sponsorship from COPA airlines and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).The Jamaican Ambassador in Brazil, Her Excellency Alison Stone Roofe, told JIS News that the trip is part of activities to be rolled out by the Chamber over the next year and a half to promote tourism, trade and investment between Jamaica and Brazil.“The first order of the day though, is to build the knowledge of the Jamaican market in Brazil and that’s what we hope to do with this press trip with about eight journalists coming down to see for themselves what Jamaica has to offer,” she said.Mrs. Stone Roofe said that Jamaica and Brazil continue to enjoy a strong diplomatic relationship, which has deepened since the establishment of the Jamaican Embassy in that country last year.The two states have had diplomatic contact for some 51 years, since Jamaica gained independence in 1962.The Ambassador told JIS News that the opening of the embassy was part of a strategic move, geared towards encouraging trade and investment between Jamaica and Brazil.“There are several aspects of targeted actions that we have in our strategic plan or strategic vision for the embassy being here (Brazil), and that include trade and investment, culture, defence co-operation, work on an air services agreement, and deepening our technical co-operation activities with Brazil, which cover a range of issues,” she said.Additionally, Mrs. Stone Roofe said the embassy is looking at other areas of co-operation in the fields of agriculture, tourism, health and security. “There is a whole package of activities that we have in place and which we have envisaged to look at over the next two to three years,” she added.Mrs. Stone Roofe, who is Jamaica’s first resident Ambassador to Brazil, said since taking up office, she has met with representatives from a number of groups, including the private sector, the industry association and the Sao Paulo tourism group – the key travel agent that sends tourists to Jamaica.“There has been quite a lot of activity, but clearly we’re building relations now, being on the ground in a more active way. So, there is a lot of work to be done. There is a small staff, but we are trying to do what we can and within specific timelines, so that we deliver on the plan that we have before us,” she told JIS News in the telephone interview from Brazil. The trip is part of activities to promote tourism, trade and investment between Jamaica and Brazil Visit will help build the knowledge about the Jamaica Brand in Brazil Story Highlights The embassy is looking at other areas of co-operation in the fields of agriculture, tourism, health and securitylast_img read more

Montreal soaring to new economic heights but headwinds still buffet the summitMontreal soaring to new economic heights but headwinds still buffet the summit

first_imgMONTREAL – In a sun-lit lecture space at Ecole Polytechnique, Joelle Pineau explained how a machine can create a recipe from a photo of a tourtiere.It’s not easy as pie, but rather the fruit of 12 months of experimentation at Facebook’s new artificial intelligence lab, which she heads up in Montreal.“I would like the robot that goes with it and then makes the recipe,” joked Pineau, an associate professor at McGill University.Facebook’s lab has already expanded to 20 specialists from four since its launch in September 2017, with plans to move to a bigger facility come January. Microsoft Corp. and Google parent Alphabet Inc. have both launched Montreal-based AI labs in the past two years, and aim to hire scores more researchers in the next year or so.It’s not just Montreal’s AI sector that’s booming. A mix of cutting-edge tech clusters, real estate growth and old mainstays like tourism and shipping are transforming the city into an economic hot spot after decades of battling a frosty business image.Regional gross domestic product grew 3.5 per cent in 2017, according to Statistics Canada, outpacing Toronto and Vancouver as Montreal enjoyed its biggest growth spurt in more than 10 years. Unemployment has hovered at around six per cent for the past 12 months, remaining near all-time lows.Meanwhile, foreign direct investment surpassed $2 billion in 2017, a new record that marks a 50 per cent increase over 2016 and a 100 per cent jump from 2015.“There’s definitely a buzz around Montreal, especially the high-tech sectors,” said Christian Bernard, chief economist with Montreal International, an economic development agency.Up to 75 per cent of foreign direct investment last year went toward high-tech sectors such as gaming, visual effects and aerospace as well as life sciences and health technology, he said.“The technology is very broad, and the talent can move around from one area to another, one niche application to another,” said Universite de Montreal computer scientist and deep-learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio, who serves as scientific director of the new Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms.Bengio cited as a key catalyst French gaming company Ubisoft Entertainment SA, which opened a small office in Montreal in 1997 that now employs 3,500 workers.Cash has been pouring into Montreal from public and private institutions, including more than $300 million over the next five years from the federal and provincial governments to bankroll big data research at Montreal universities and foster a regional AI “super-cluster”.Brad Henderson, chief executive of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, said mortgage stress tests and higher interest rates haven’t dampened Montreal’s real estate market, which he called the healthiest in Canada.The city’s $1 million-plus real estate sales increased 19 per cent year over year in July and August, and they’re poised “to set new records to the end of 2018,” according to a Sotheby’s report in September.Quebec’ political situation has calmed investor fears, he added.“Montreal’s always kind of had a bit of a political overhang,” Henderson said, “but the concerns about separatism have largely dissipated, and that in our opinion has contributed to the steady growth that we’ve seen in Montreal.”Montreal’s port continues to underpin the regional economy, as the year-old free-trade deal between Canada and the European Union boosts container shipping and prompts a hiring spree at the docks, according to port officials.Container imports increased 7.8 per cent to nearly 4.33 million tonnes in the first seven months of this year compared with the same period in 2017, with the bulk of that traffic coming from Europe.Tourism is also on the rise, with Trudeau International Airport welcoming more than 11 million foreign passengers in the first eight months of 2018 for a 6.9 per cent year-over-year gain, according to Tourisme Montreal.However, the same features Montrealers cite as strengths can detract from the city’s sheen as well.In 2016, median household incomes in Montreal climbed more quickly than in many metropolitan areas, but they remained among the lowest of any major city in Canada at $61,790, according to StatCan figures.High employment points to a severe thirst for a bigger talent pool, said Montreal Board of Trade president Michel Leblanc.Many parts of the province are now “beyond full employment,” with a demand for more qualified workers in sectors ranging from hospitality to transportation to the tech scene, Leblanc said.“We need to have more immigrants,” he said, one day before Quebeckers voted the Coalition Avenir Quebec to power on Oct. 1, whose leader Francois Legault has pledged to reduce immigration by 20 per cent.One-third of Quebec’s workforce will have to be replaced in the next 10 years as the population ages, said Mia Homsy, director of the Institut du Quebec, a public policy think tank.“It’s already starting to affect investments and production, with a direct impact on GDP,” she said.Population growth in the Montreal census metropolitan area has been relatively slow, rising 11 per cent to 4.1 million residents between 2007 and 2017, according to StatCan. The rate lags well behind Canada’s five other biggest urban areas.Despite its rapid growth, Montreal’s affordability is better than many of the other 10 biggest cities on the continent, said Loic Jegousse, head of cyber and IT risk with a BNP Paribas team that launched in Montreal last May.“I myself have two teenage daughters. I used to live in Toronto, and I thought it would be wise to come to Montreal so they can actually afford a home when they grow up,” he said.“Montreal was very sleepy for a long, long time, but now it is going through a renaissance.”last_img read more

Pilots of grounded Jet Airways move SC seeking interim funding from SBIPilots of grounded Jet Airways move SC seeking interim funding from SBI

first_imgNew Delhi: Pilots of grounded Jet Airways moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking direction to SBI to provide the assured interim finance for restarting operations, suspension of which has affected the livelihood of around 22,000 employees.The petition filed by National Aviators Guild has sought a direction to the Centre and the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to disallow slots of Jet Airways to other airlines on permanent basis. The plea, filed by advocate Gaurav Agrawal, has sought that the airline should not get deregistered. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe distressed airlines, which had 115 aircraft, started suffering losses and could not pay the employees from last December. The Board of Directors of the company had approved a plan on March 25 which envisaged infusing of Rs 1,500 crore over a period of time by SBI so that the company could be sold as a going concern but the promised funds were not disbursed, the plea said. It said that SBI’s decision not to infuse money was responsible for the operations of the airlines coming to stop and its substantial Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroaddevaluation. “The respondents have deliberately, or otherwise brought down the value of Jet Airways and as of now there are no bidders who have submitted the bid to SBI. Consequently the employees of Jet Airwyas have not been paid for last four months and have lost all hope of the revival of the airlines,” the plea said. It said the Centre, DGCA, Airports Authority of India and others have failed to appreciate the value of company which lies in the flight slots and the seats available in the international sector through various bilateral agreements. “Despite the fact that an expression of interest has been invited and bid to process to find a new purchaser is underway, the Centre and DGCA have already started allotting slots of Jet Airways in various airports to other airlines which has seriously undermined the value of the company,” the plea said. The petition said that such acts of the Centre and DGCA were highly prejudicial to employees of the company who have been waiting to get paid for last five months and have been looking forward to the resolution in bid process.last_img read more

Saudi suspends SMS to guardians when women travelSaudi suspends SMS to guardians when women travel

first_imgSaudi Arabia has suspended a programme that notifies the male guardians of female relatives, who may only travel abroad with their permission, once the women leave the country, a newspaper reported Tuesday.Since November 2012, Saudi women’s male guardians have been sent an SMS message informing them when women under their custody leave, even if they are travelling together.The programme, which was strongly criticised by women rights activists, “has been suspended due to some observations,” passports department spokesman Ahmad al-Laheedan was quoted by Arab News as saying. “It will undergo amendment,” he said, indicating that the system that compounded constraints on women in the ultra-conservative kingdom, could return as optional. Men would only receive an SMS if they requested to be informed.As it is, women must show immigration authorities a “yellow paper” signed by their father, brother, husband or even son in the case of divorce or widowhood confirming their permission to travel.Activists welcomed the suspension of the SMS programme.“The notification process should have never been introduced in the first place because it is humiliating for women,” said Sabria Jawhar, a Saudi columnist and university professor of applied linguistics.“We are responsible adults but are treated as immature or less responsible,” she told Arab News.The kingdom enforces strict rules governing mixing between the sexes, while women are forced to wear a veil and a black cloak, or abaya, that covers them from head to toe except for their hands and faces.Women also face the globally unique ban on driving, and those who have attempted in the past to defy the ban, have been punished.last_img read more

Presidents Choice to participate in buckabeer for limited timePresidents Choice to participate in buckabeer for limited time

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Loblaw Companies Ltd. says some of its President’s Choice beer will sell for a loonie for a limited time to celebrate the return of buck-a-beer in Ontario.Premier Doug Ford lowered the minimum price of a bottle or can of beer with an alcohol volume below 5.6 per cent to $1 from $1.25.Ontario to offer incentives to brewers to sell their beer for a buckOntario’s craft brewers pan Doug Ford’s buck-a-beer plan as unaffordableThe PC promotion begins Aug. 27 at the Beer Store, where some of the brand’s products will sell for $13.20 for a dozen bottles or $26.40 for 24 bottles.The extra charge covers a deposit fee.The company did not say when the promotion would end.Many of the province’s craft beer brewers have spoken out against the new minimum, saying there is no way for them to maintain quality and offer their products at that price. read more

RamsBears Preview CapsuleRamsBears Preview Capsule

LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-1) at CHICAGO (8-4)Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCOPENING LINE — Rams by 3RECORD VS. SPREAD — Rams 5-5-2, Bears 8-4SERIES RECORD — 53-36-3LAST MEETING — Bears beat Rams 37-13, Nov. 15, 2015LAST WEEK — Rams beat Lions 30-16; Bears lost to Giants 30-27, OTAP PRO32 RANKING — Rams No. 1, Bears No. 7RAMS OFFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (4), PASS (4)RAMS Defence — OVERALL (18), RUSH (18), PASS (17)BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (16), PASS (19)BEARS Defence — OVERALL (4), RUSH (2), PASS (11)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Rams clinched second straight NFC West title, became first team to secure playoff spot, with win over Detroit. Los Angeles hadn’t won back-back division championships since completing run of seven straight in 1979. … Beating Bears would give Rams first-round bye. … Rams lead New Orleans by one game for home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs. Los Angeles lost at New Orleans on Nov. 4. … QB Jared Goff ranks fourth in NFL with 3,754 yards passing, sixth with 27 touchdowns. … RB Todd Gurley leads NFL in both yards rushing (1,175), yards from scrimmage (1,649). … DT Aaron Donald leads NFL with 16 1/2 sacks, has at least two in three straight games. … WR Brandin Cooks has 1,026 yards receiving — his fourth straight 1,000-yard season. … DT Ndamukong Suh has eight sacks in 10 games against Chicago. … NFC North-leading Bears won five straight before wild loss to Giants. Chicago rallied from 10 down in final 1:13 of regulation, losing when Janoris Jenkins knocked away deep pass by Chase Daniel after Aldrick Rosas kicked 44-yard field goal. … Chicago’s defence leads NFL with 21 interceptions. … QB Mitchell Trubisky expects to start after missing past two games because of right shoulder injury. … RB Tarik Cohen set career highs last week in receptions (12), yards receiving (156), yards from scrimmage (186). He also threw tying 1-yard TD to Anthony Miller at end of regulation. … DE Akiem Hicks joined William “The Refrigerator” Perry as only defensive linemen in franchise history to rush for touchdown, with 1-yard run last week. … LB Khalil Mack has nine sacks in 10 games. … Fantasy tip: Gurley will be going against defence that’s had some issues against run in past two games. New York’s Saquon Barkley carried 24 times for 125 yards, after Bears gave up 85 yards rushing in second half at Detroit previous week.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

NHS to carry out spinal surgery for unborn babiesNHS to carry out spinal surgery for unborn babies

Spinal surgery for unborn babies is to become routinely available on the NHS next spring, it has been announced.The life-changing procedure, performed while the baby is still in the womb, will help babies with spina bifida, whose spine and spinal cord are not properly developing, NHS England said.Surgery to repair the spinal tissue can reduce the likelihood of bladder, bowel and kidney conditions later in life, and improve walking, professionals say.It is one of several treatments which will become routinely offered on the NHS for the first time from April 2019.The surgery was carried out for the first time in Britain in the summer. The spina bifida surgeries were successfully performed by a team at London’s University College Hospital this summer. More than 300 people with tuberous sclerosis complex, mostly children, will benefit from the new drug everolimus.This reduces the number and severity of epileptic seizures as a result of the genetic condition, which causes tumours to develop in the body and brain.And a tablet to widen blood vessels will help those with pulmonary arterial hypertension, which causes high blood pressure, avoid damage to the heart.Professor Stephen Powis, medical director for NHS England, said the NHS was a world leader in innovation.He said: “NHS England is determined to ensure every penny is wisely spent, maximising the money available for life-saving, life-changing medicines and procedures like these.”Kate Steele, chief executive of charity Shine, said the announcement was “very good news” for babies with spina bifida.She said: “Pre-natal surgery has been practised for several years in other countries, but now that the surgery is set to be procured in the UK will mean that far fewer parents-to-be will have to travel abroad and stay far from home for the surgery.”They will be closer to the important family and medical support networks they will need before, during and after surgery.” 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. read more

Sharp va lancer son Aquos SH10D au JaponSharp va lancer son Aquos SH10D au Japon

first_imgSharp va lancer son Aquos SH-10D au JaponUn nouveau smartphone de marque Sharp sera disponible au Japon au mois d’août. En attendant ensuite une diffusion à plus grande échelle ? Sharp a annoncé la disponibilité prochaine, au Japon, de son smartphone, l’Aquos SH-10D. Cet appareil haut de gamme possèdera un écran 4,5 pouces capable d’afficher une résolution de 720 × 1.280 pixels. Pour les caractéristiques techniques, il embarquera un processeur double-coeur cadencé à 1,5 Ghz. Côté mémoire, il propose 8 Gb d’espace disque et 1 Gb de mémoire vive. Il sera aussi équipé d’un tuner TV, d’un GPS, d’un appareil photo numérique de 12 mégapixels et d’une puce NFC. Le tout tournera sous Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich. Ses dimensions seront de 126 × 64 × 9.9 mm et son poids de 138 grammes. Disponible au Japon à partir du mois d’août, il n’est pas encore annoncé dans nos contrées.Le 18 mai 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver man baby sitter faces federal child exploitation allegationsVancouver man baby sitter faces federal child exploitation allegations

first_imgFederal investigators are seeking help in identifying possible victims of a sex offender from Vancouver who faces multiple child exploitation charges in federal court. Blaine K. Nipp, 36, recently baby-sat for at least two families in the Vancouver area, according to Homeland Security Investigations. Some pornographic images seized from his email account are believed to be of children placed in his care. Anyone with information about Nipp’s unsupervised contact with children should contact Homeland Security at 360-693-7712. Nipp was formally charged Wednesday by a federal grand jury with three counts of child exploitation: production of child pornography, receipt or distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. The case follows an ongoing Homeland Security investigation into an overseas photo-sharing website often used to trade child pornography. Special agents at the Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Va., tied Nipp to the user name “taste,” a possible distributor of illicit images. In emails sent between May and August, investigators found images and videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Nipp has been in custody since Jan. 10. He recently was a student at Clark College.The investigation is part of Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. It was launched in 2003 and has led to more than 10,000 arrests for alleged crimes against children.last_img read more

US law firm Downs Rachlin Martin introduces paid parental leaveUS law firm Downs Rachlin Martin introduces paid parental leave

first_imgUS-based law firm Downs Rachlin Martin (DRM) has introduced a new paid parental leave policy, enabling parents to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for their newborn.Eligible birth mothers are able to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave when combining the new parental leave policy with the organisation’s existing short-term disability programme. Fathers and partners of birth mothers can take up to six weeks of paid leave. Employees who are parents of adopted children aged 16 years old and under are entitled to six weeks of paid leave under the new policy.The policy is available to both full-time and part-time employees. Staff must have 12 months’ consecutive service to qualify for the benefit. Full-time employees will receive up to 100% of their regular weekly pay and part-time employees will be paid on a pro-rata basis.The new parental leave policy will run alongside the law firm’s current benefits, which include matching contributions to a 401(k) individual retirement savings plan, dental, life and disability insurance, subsidised medical insurance and medical savings accounts, wellness benefits, personal financial planning assistance, an employee assistance programme (EAP), and employer contributions to a profit sharing plan.Peter Kunin (pictured), deputy managing partner at DRM, said: “A paid family leave policy is the right thing to do for our employees and their young children, and makes sense for our business. It is well known that a parent’s ability to personally care for their children, especially newborns, is critical to the healthy development of children and families.“Parents should not have to choose between spending time with their new baby and economic security. And by giving our employees time to settle in to life as a new family, our employees are better able to focus on the needs of our clients with the level of intensity that the job demands.“Our primary asset here at the firm is our people. We want to hire and retain the best and most dedicated attorneys and staff. This paid parental leave policy says to all of our employees that we want to invest in [them]. We want [them] to settle in and develop [their] professional life in a way that does not compromise [their] family life. That security and satisfaction, we think, will also provide enormous benefits to our clients and to the long run sustainability of our firm.”last_img read more

New quakes kill at least 10 in IndonesiaNew quakes kill at least 10 in Indonesia

first_imgNew quakes kill at least 10 in IndonesiaA series of powerful earthquakes have rocked the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, killing at least 10 people and setting off fresh waves of panic after nearly 500 died there following a huge tremor two weeks ago.The quakes hit throughout Sunday, with the first measuring 6.3 shortly before midday which triggered landslides and sent people fleeing for cover as parts of the island suffered blackouts.It was followed nearly 12 hours later by a quake measuring 6.9 magnitude and a string of powerful aftershocks.The picturesque island next to holiday hotspot Bali was already reeling from two deadly quakes on 29 July and 5 August that left hundreds of thousands homeless.Ten people were killed in the quake Sunday evening, mostly by falling debris, with four deaths in eastern Lombok and six on the neighbouring island of Sumbawa, according to the national disaster agency.Two more Lombok residents died of heart attacks after the morning quake, it said.Some two dozen people were injured and more than 150 homes and places of worship were damaged, the agency said.”When the earthquake happened most people were outside their homes or at shelters so there have not been that many fatalities” compared to the August 5 tremor, said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.”The trauma because of the earlier quake on Sunday (morning) made people prefer to stay outside,” he added.Officials have evacuated some patients from a hospital in Sumbawa island and in Lombok’s capital Mataram for fear of worse destruction.Blackouts have hit much of Lombok, according to Sutopo, who posted pictures of cracked roads and video footage of a large fire that broke out in a village on Sumbawa.- ‘Too scared at home’ -Video images from an evacuation camp in Lombok showed children and adults taking cover inside makeshift tents.”I’m too scared to stay at my house because it’s damaged,” said Lombok resident Saruniwati, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.”I’ve been here since the quake (earlier this month). I went home two days ago and now I’m back here again.”Earlier, local resident Agus Salim said the powerful tremor jolted him awake Sunday evening.”The earthquake was incredibly strong. Everything was shaking,” he told AFP.”Everyone ran into the street screaming and crying.”A dozen foreign guests at the hotel Lina Senggigi, which is in a popular tourist spot, were ushered out of the building as the quake struck.There were landslides in a national park on Mount Rinjani where hundreds of hikers had been briefly trapped after the quake in late July. The park has been closed since then.Sunday’s tremors were also felt on Bali but there were no reports of damage there.- ‘Ring of Fire’ -The latest tremor comes two weeks after a shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on August 5 damaged tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok.At least 481 people died and thousands were injured.The hardest-hit region was in the north of the island, which has suffered hundreds of aftershocks.A week before that quake, a tremor surged through the island and killed 17.The disasters have raised fears that Lombok’s key tourism industry would take a beating, but the international airport was operating normally Monday.”People have been arriving and leaving Lombok as usual since last night — there’s been no sudden rush of people trying to get out,” said I Gusti Ngurah Ardita, general manager of Lombok Praya International Airport.Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide and many of the world’s volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.The Australian and Eurasian plates, which sit under the archipelago, have been colliding and putting stress on key area fault lines, according to a geologist.”Clearly there are different parts of the fault that are moving at the moment releasing those stressors,” said Chris Elders, an expert in plate tectonics and structural geology at Curtin University in West Australia.In 2004 a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.last_img read more

Texas Legislature Considers Transportation Bill For Students In HighCrime AreasTexas Legislature Considers Transportation Bill For Students In HighCrime Areas

first_img Share 00:00 /00:54 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizSB 195 would allow a school district or a county to apply for an additional ten percent of its regular transportation allotment to be used for getting kids safely to and from school in high-crime neighborhoods. If passed, the law would take effect this fall. Representative Alma Allen of Houston is on the House Committee for Public Education. “This bill allows for those who receive funding to address areas of high risk of violence, to support walking transportation programs like ‘Safe Walk Home’ on the North side of Houston.” The bill has been given the status of “pending” by the Committee on Public Education. There’s no indication whether it will make it to the House floor. Meanwhile, community members, Mayor Sylvester Turner and other local leaders will memorialize Flores in a special Wednesday afternoon program at Holy Name Catholic Church on Cochran. Listen Xlast_img read more

Bitfinex Bitcoin exchange decides its customers should help pay for 65Bitfinex Bitcoin exchange decides its customers should help pay for 65

first_imgThere are a plethora of financial rules in place the regulate how banks can handle your money, but an unregulated digital currency like Bitcoin or Litecoin is the wild west of personal finance. The popular cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex was attacked on August 2, resulting in the loss of $65 million in Bitcoin. Bitfinex has decided to “generalize” the losses across all its users by taking 36% of their money. Seems a lot like stealing.Bitfinex shut down last week following the hack, issuing a series of cryptic updates on its investigation. Now, the site is on the verge of re-launching with limited functionality. When users log into their Bitfinex accounts, they will see that a whopping 36.067% of their money is gone. That’s what Bitfinex is taking from every account to cover the losses, ensuring that everyone on the platform will have lost the same proportion of their money. It’s like being asked to help pay for the theft of a stereo from someone else’s car just because you were parked in the same lot at the time.The price of Bitcoin took a huge hit following the hack.Many users are understandably enraged over this move. Many of them lost no Bitcoins in the initial hack when they checked their balance before the reshuffling. Now, they’re out a substantial sum. In some cases, users are reporting tens of thousands of dollars lost to Bitfinex’s socialized loss scheme. It’s possible that Bitfinex is on the verge of insolvency following the hack, and this move might be a last ditch effort to avoid a Mt. Gox-style collapse.In place of the 36% loss, Bitfinex is giving each user a BFX token with a value of their total loss. It’s essentially an IOU from Bitfinex that is tradable on the blockchain. The company promises to explain in detail how the BFX tokens will work, but for now they’re completely worthless. Users who are not happy with this setup probably have little recourse as they’d lose a lot more than 36% of their money if Bitfinex goes out of business.Maybe, just maybe, Bitcoin was a bad idea.last_img read more

Blackface other insensitivities ran rampant in 8Blackface other insensitivities ran rampant in 8

first_imgBlackface, other insensitivities ran rampant in ’80s culture FILE -In this Jan. 18, 1987, photo, Atlanta city councilman, Rev. Hosea Williams, in overalls, leads a march against efforts to keep Forsyth County in Georgia all white past counter-protesters near Cumming, Ga., as a crowd waves Confederate flags and jeer the marchers. Racial stereotypes and racist imagery in popular culture seemed to be everywhere in the chaotic 1980s when future Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and future Attorney General Mark Herring admitted dressing up in blackface. (AP Photo/Gene Blythe) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Russell Contreras, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2019 12:21 pm PDT At the time Virginia’s future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy “Trading Places.”Sports announcers of that time often described Boston Celtics player Larry Bird, who is white, as “smart” while describing his black NBA opponents as athletically gifted.Such racial insensitivities ran rampant in popular culture during the 1980s, the era in which Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the state’s attorney general, Mark Herring, have admitted to wearing blackface as they mimicked pop singer Michael Jackson and rapper Kurtis Blow, respectively.Meanwhile, Chicago elected its first black mayor, Michael Jackson made music history with his “Thriller” album, U.S. college students protested against South Africa’s racist system of apartheid and the stereotype-smashing sitcom “The Cosby Show” debuted on network television.It would be another 10 years before the rise of multiculturalism began to change America’s racial sensibilities, in part because intellectuals and journalists of colour were better positioned to successfully challenge racist images, and Hollywood began to listen.“We are in a stronger position to educate the American public about symbols and cultural practices that are harmful today than we were in the 1980s,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.During the ’80s, college faculties and student bodies were less diverse, Gates said. Some scholars who entered college during the 1960s had yet to take on roles in which mainstream culture would heed their cultural critiques, he said.At the time Northam and Herring put on black makeup, Hollywood and popular culture still sent messages that racial stereotypes and racist imagery were comical and harmless, despite pleas from civil rights groups and black newspapers.Herring was a 19-year-old University of Virginia student when he wore brown makeup and a wig to look like rapper Kurtis Blow at a 1980 party. Three years before that, white actor Gene Wilder darkened his face with shoe polish in the movie “Silver Streak” co-starring Richard Pryor. He used a stereotypical walk to impersonate a black person living in an urban neighbourhood.On television, viewers could see a Tom and Jerry cartoon featuring the character Mammy Two Shoes, an obese black maid who spoke in a stereotypical voice. The 1940s cartoon series was shown across several markets throughout the 1980s. Television stations ignored complaints from civil rights groups.Elsewhere, Miami erupted into riots following the acquittal of white police officers who killed black salesman and retired Marine Arthur McDuffie in what many called a case of police brutality. President Jimmy Carter visited and pressed for an end to the violence, but a protester threw a bottle at his limousine as he left.When Northam wore blackface to imitate Michael Jackson and copy his moonwalking skills at a 1984 San Antonio dance contest, television stations still aired Looney Tunes episodes with racially insensitive images using Bugs Bunny and other characters despite some controversial episodes being taken off the air in 1968.African-Americans, however, had reason to be hopeful amid electoral gains. A year before, in 1983, Chicago became the latest city to elect a black mayor, Harold Washington, after activists registered 100,000 new black voters. That election, Jesse Jackson later said, paved the way for him to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 1984.“It was out of that context that my own candidacy emerged,” Jackson said in the 1990 “Eyes on the Prize” documentary. Jackson lost the nomination to former Vice-President Walter Mondale.Two years after Northam’s moonwalk performance, the comedy “Soul Man” hit theatres. In the movie, Mark Watson, played by white actor C. Thomas Howell, takes tanning pills in a larger dose to appear African-American so he can obtain a scholarship meant for black students at Harvard Law School. The movie drew a strong reaction from the NAACP and protesters to movie theatres.Still, “Soul Man” took in around $28 million domestically, equivalent to around $63.5 million today.Despite those images, new and popular black cultural figures also emerged, including Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey and a young Michael Jordan. Black Entertainment Television, or BET, was founded in 1980 by businessman Robert L. Johnson, giving the country access to black entertainment using 1970s sitcoms and music.But as Nelson George argued in his book “Post-Soul Nation: The Explosive, Contradictory, Triumphant and Tragic 1980s as Experienced by African Americans,” BET failed to counter negative images by relying on free music videos and investing little money in original programming. “Through this conservative strategy, BET prospered while offering little new to a community starved for images of itself,” George wrote.In addition, the new black cultural figures rarely engaged in politics or spoke out against racial injustice.Sometimes, stereotypes and comments did result in consequences. For example, CBS fired sports commentator Jimmy Snyder, known as Jimmy the Greek, in 1988 after he suggested in a television interview that black athletes were better because of slavery. The Los Angeles Dodgers fired general manager Al Campanis in 1987 for saying on ABC’s “Nightline” that blacks “may not have some of the necessities to be, let’s say, a field manager or perhaps a general manager” and they were poor swimmers.In 1987, black demonstrators marched in all-white Forsyth County, Georgia, to protest the racism that kept blacks out for 75 years. They were promptly attacked by white nationalists hurling rocks and waving Confederate flags. The shocking images sparked national outrage and led Oprah Winfrey to air an episode of her then-5-month-old syndicated talk show from the county.“What are you afraid that black people are going to do?” Winfrey asked the audience.“I’m afraid of them coming to Forsyth County,” one white man told her.Today, Gates said, people can no longer claim ignorance. While it should have been understood that blackface was offensive during the 1980s, one might have had to go to the library to learn exactly why, he said.“We also have more records digitized,” Gates said. “The access to archives is larger, and we have more diversity in the media so we can say these images are painful … and why we shouldn’t use them.”___Associated Press Writer Russell Contreras is a member of the AP’s race and ethnicity team. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras.Russell Contreras, The Associated Presslast_img read more