Save The Bays Chairman Hottest year on record in 120 Years Bahamas

Save The Bays Chairman Hottest year on record in 120 Years Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas: 150 laid off by Resorts World Bimini, Save the Bays siding with workers Bahamas Environment Takes Surprising Centre Stage at Global Conference Save The Bays Pins 24 Bahamians Youth Environmental Ambassadors Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, January 26, 2017 – On the heels of official news that the 2016 was the hottest year on record globally since weather record-keeping began in the 1880s, (www.edition.cnn.co), Save The Bays Chairman Joe Darville urged the nation’s leaders to act before up to 80% of the islands of The Bahamas are swallowed or inundated by water from rising seas caused by climate change.Darville, a climate change lecturer certified by Al Gore, stepped up his year-long efforts in the face of what he says “is irrefutable evidence that we are on a path to becoming little more than a memory of a forgotten time when we were once the most beautiful place on earth.”“The very same waters that inspired astronaut Scott Kelly to declare The Bahamas to be ‘the most beautiful place from space’ could be inundated by water from rising seas in our grandchildren’s lifetime,” said Darville.  At 75, the lifelong educator and human and environmental rights advocate has vowed to spend his remaining years sharing the message of protecting and preserving The Bahamas. In recent weeks, he stepped up those efforts, talking to students, appearing on radio, participating in interviews, spreading the warning wherever he could that the time for talk is over, the time for action is now.“We have only 5,300 square miles of land in 100,000 square miles of ocean and the prediction is that by the end of this century 80% of our islands will be inundated by the sea,” said Darville. “We must be prepared, we must be alert.  We owe it to our children and to generations to come to do everything in our power to mitigate against the effects of climate change.  We cannot stop it, but we can slow it down and it is up to us to do that and we can.”According to Darville, mitigation can take several forms. First, he says, is protection of life by making the tough decision not to allow people to rebuild on treacherous, low-lying properties where stronger hurricanes in the future that will form in the Atlantic will strike with little warning and could swallow entire seafronts.  He points to land in Grand Bahama that has receded 35 feet in a decade and the home where he grew up in Long Island that was washed away by Hurricane Joaquin.Next, he says, Bahamians must reduce the nation’s carbon footprint.  Though not large relative to highly industrialized nations, the local footprint could be significantly reduced by growing more food locally, establishing green spaces, trading fossil fuels for sustainable power supply sources and requiring a less harmful type of fuel for jet aircraft.  “Today, 30 million tons of carbon is emitted into the atmosphere by jets every year, burning the ozone layer,” he said.  And, he suggests, it is time that Bahamians revived the art of boatbuilding.“We are going to be a floating country, I don’t want to scare people but I want to alert our people, to wake them up to what is happening around us.  There are those who say that what we are seeing is just part of Mother Nature’s cycle.  Yes, it is part of a cycle but climate change is speeding it up in a way we have never experienced before. That is why each of the last three years has been recorded as the hottest year in history.  We have seen 20,000-year cycles but this cycle is accelerated by 300% because of industrial pollution, greenhouse effects and what we have done to alter the environment.  I just want us to be aware, to develop a plan and realize this is happening right now, not in the future, but before our very eyes and only we have the power to change it.”Launched in 2013, Save The Bays has been an outspoken non-government organization promoting environmental protection, freedom of information and an end to unregulated development through education, legal and public awareness campaigns. Its Facebook posts draw more than 20,000 friends and its 6-point petition www.savethebays.bs, has some 7,000 signatures.center_img Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Savethebays #MagneticMediaNews  #SaveTheBayslast_img read more

Bicycle Advisory Board pushes for more protected bike lanes

Bicycle Advisory Board pushes for more protected bike lanes

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Bicycle Advisory Board held a press conference Wednesday morning, celebrating the location where the first protective bike lane opened up in downtown San Diego last month. They also called for more action and more bike lanes in the near future, so cars and bikes can safely share the roads.“We have to design streets, not just for cars, but for people,” said Nicole Capretz, Executive Director of the Climate Action Campaign.It’s no secret. A drive in your car around downtown San Diego is enough to make your blood boil.“It’s expensive to park,” said Andy Hanshaw, Executive Director of the San Diego Bicycle Coalition. “There’s very little parking, so let’s start giving people choices, like riding your bike downtown.”Nicole Capretz told KUSI Reporter Dani Ruberti she likes to ride her bike every day, to work, to the grocery store, to run errands, but sometimes it can be scary.“To do that, I have to feel safe,” said Capretz. “Right now, unfortunately, because our streets are designed for cars, because we don’t have protective bike lanes in so many places, I don’t feel safe.”The folks with the Bicycle Advisory Board want to the change the mindset, redesign some of the streets and make San Diego a place where people want to ride their bikes.“It will change the quality of life in our city,” said Capretz. “It will make us more of a world class city where people have options with where they move around.”Hanshaw said the city implemented the first protective bike lane in downtown San Diego along J Street between First Ave and Park Blvd last month. It’s like a sidewalk for a bike. There’s also separate bicycle signals along the path to make the busy intersection safer.“You give them the places to ride to make it easy for them to choose to ride,” said Hanshaw. “If you live in downtown and you now have this access to this safe network, why wouldn’t you consider bike riding?”The Bicycle Advisory Board celebrated accomplishments. They said they’re thankful the city redesigned J Street with a bike friendly route, but Capretz said promises have been made and more needs to be done.“We are never going to give up and we are going to continue to pressure and advocate and hopefully persuade the mayor and the council to use our taxpayer dollars to create safe streets, so families have the opportunity to ride their bike if they choose to when they want to move around San Diego,” said Capretz.Hanshaw said the goal is to have a 9-mile network of protected bike lanes connecting streets throughout downtown San Diego in the next year and a half. Bicycle Advisory Board pushes for more protected bike lanes Posted: February 6, 2019 February 6, 2019center_img Updated: 10:50 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Video Programming Channing Tatum Star at Hearsts FirstEver NewFronts

Video Programming Channing Tatum Star at Hearsts FirstEver NewFronts

first_img Video content, particularly that produced in concert with Snapchat Discover and Facebook Live, would become a dominant theme throughout the program. If there was one thing Hearst wanted media buyers to take away from its hip, “house party” styled Newfronts presentation atop Hearst Tower Wednesday evening, it was that the legacy magazine publisher is committed to reaching millennials. Really, really committed. The shirtless male dance crew that kicked off the evening’s proceedings to the tune of Ginuwine’s “Pony” may have been met with initial confusion from the attendees hastily seeking drink refills from the stage’s adjacent full bars, but all was explained when actor Channing Tatum and Hearst Digital Media SVP Lee Sosin took to the stage to reveal a year-long content partnership between Cosmopolitan and “Magic Mike Live,” a Vegas installation based on the hit films. The exclusive content deal will include multiple video series, Facebook Live broadcasts, Snapchat takeovers, and virtual reality. Snapchat’s VP of content, Nick Bell, lauded Hearst’s embrace of the app’s Discover publishing platform. Expanded content partnerships were revealed, exclusive to Discover, including “SnapHacks,” a series of advice videos covering food, fashion, beauty, and fitness produced by Cosmopolitan; and “The Sweet Guide to a Better Life,” designed to help viewers expand their cultural horizons. Credit: Hearst Magazines Troy Young, president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media, touted the company’s massive success in digital video production—over 350 million video views monthly with 100 new videos produced each week—before stating, “If you want to connect with millennial audiences, you need to get Snapchat right.” Other notable video launches in the works include “WhoHaHa,” an original comedy series developed by Cosmopolitan and actor/comedian Elizabeth Banks; Elle.com’s “How Do I Wear That?,” meant to bring the latest runway looks from Paris and Milan into the everyday woman’s closet; Esquire’s “How to Be a Man,” depicting hapless former Cosmo staffer Frank Kobola attempting to carry out “manly” tasks (you see, millennials love rigid gender norms but hate manual labor); Manhood, a documentary series taking a more serious look at what it means to be a man in the 21st century; and “The Younger Games,” following Kelly Deadmon’s irreverant and comedic attempts to look younger. Esquire’s new editor-in-chief, Jay Fielden, previewed his new celebrity and style game show, “Who’s That Guy,” which will be broadcast on Facebook Live (Hearst plans to produce over 200 Facebook Live broadcasts each month, according to Todd Haskell, SVP and CRO of Hearst Magazines Digital Media). A sizzle reel followed Tatum’s departure from the stage, depicting the digital initiatives Hearst’s various brands have been taking and culminating in one all-encompassing mantra: “Hearst. We make good sh*t.” For those over-35’s reading this, millennials apparently don’t have time for verbosity or austere decorum. Millennials just want good shit. “The star of every video we make is the person watching it,” said Sosin. “Whether it’s smart service, hilarious comedy, or inspiring journeys, everything is audience-first and built to be shared.” If anything was clear to those taking the 40+ floor elevator descent back to ground level at Hearst Tower Wednesday evening, it’s that Hearst knows who its partners want to reach, and it’s doing everything it can to get them there.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Mike McCoy Discusses What Hell Do To Support

STATE REP RACE QA Mike McCoy Discusses What Hell Do To Support

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington).#15a) What you will do at the State House to ensure that our local police and fire departments have what they need to adequately protect us? The brave and dedicated men and women in our police and fire departments put their lives on the line every day. They are our first line of defense for the populations of Tewksbury and Wilmington. It would be irresponsible if I were to do anything less than my best to care for them as their State Representative as they are for me, my family and my neighbors. My platform and commitment to the deserving people in public safety is as follows. I will:Commit one day per month to meet with police, firefighters and EMT’s from Wilmington and Tewksbury. Face-to-face interaction and active listening are the best ways for an elected official to truly understand the needs and concerns of these heroes. You cannot provide these fine people with what they need without keeping your finger on their pulse and getting their direct input. They know best what they need.Provide every individual in public safety a business card with my office, cell and home phone number for direct and immediate access to me, 24/7.Ensure first responders’ salaries and benefits in Tewksbury and Wilmington remain competitive.File legislation to reinstate the death penalty for anybody convicted of taking the life of a first responder.Sponsor legislation to provide compensation for those families who lost a spouse or parent in the line of duty.The populations of Wilmington and Tewksbury are rapidly increasing. What was adequate in the past won’t cut it in the future. Response time for police, fire and EMS is frequently a matter of life and death. Our increasing populations in our communities directly impacts response time in two ways; the first is increased traffic. Think of Routes 38 and 62 today as compared to ten years ago. Now picture it ten years from now. The second factor is that increased populations and dwellings exponentially increase the probability of several emergencies occurring at the same time. Having a substation in North Wilmington will cut response time. Another reason for having this substation is the railroad crossing on Middlesex Avenue. Emergency response vehicles have waited for the commuter rail gates to be lifted. There is also an immediate danger associated with this crossing is the location is the MTBA commuter on/off boarding platform. The current location is too close to Middlesex Avenue. The crossing gate and train block the traffic on Middlesex Avenue for emergency response vehicles for minutes when seconds count. Resolving this critical public safety issue will be a high priority item if I am elected as your next state representative. Finally, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to our public safety professionals.#15b) Do you support a fire substation in North Wilmington? The simple answer is yes. It is long overdue because of over-development combined with increased population.#15c) Did you/do you support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year?I come from the school of common sense. My own observation dictates that simple answer is yes because of the rampant over-development and the the population explosion. With that being said, I took it upon myself to see Chief Hazel of the Tewksbury Fire Department on Friday August 3, 2018 and asked him a couple of basic questions in regards to the funding of the new Center fire station in Tewksbury. Chief Hazel is a complete gentleman and a true professional. He answered all of my questions and Tewksbury should be very proud to have him as their fire chief. I will always do everything in my power as state representative to ensure that the Tewksbury firefighters have everything they need to keep themselves and the residents safe.#16a) The Vietnam War Moving Wall recently visited Wilmington. It was a sobering reminder of what the men and women in our armed forces are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. What will you do at the State House to support our local veterans and veterans statewide? The first time I visited the wall was in 2008 and again last week I visited the Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall when it came to Wilmington. It gave me pause and an opportunity to silently reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by 58,193 young American men and women. They never had the opportunity to enjoy the full measure of life. Countless more will carry the scars of their service-related or psychological trauma to their graves. Even for those who returned unharmed, their thanks was frequently being spat upon and called, “Baby Killers!” This was a national disgrace. The debt that we owe our veterans is incalculable. As your state representative, I pledge to:Meet with the Veterans Services Departments in Wilmington and Tewksbury once a month to better understand the needs of our veterans and how I can help to fulfill those needs.Sponsor and support legislation that will improve the quality of life for these heroes.Arrange for State House tours for veterans and their families.Establish a communications link with the Tewksbury DAV and the Wilmington VFW and American Legion to explore ways that I can beter assist our prcious veteran population.Address all veteran concerns in a timely and effective manner.#16b) What, if anything, have you done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? While I have never worn an armed services uniform, I have always had the desire to dedicate myself to public service. I fulfilled this need by committing my life to 31 years to serving the public and 28 of those years (and counting) as a Wilmington selectman. Things that I have done to demonstrate my commitment to our veterans include:Making financial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House and the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA.Marching in every Memorial Day parade for 28 years.Supporting the Wilmington Veteran’s service budget for as long as it has been established.In closing, I would like to give a heart-felt thanks to our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. I would also like to extend my profound gratitude to Lisa Downey, the Tewksbury Veterans Service Officer, Lou Cimaglia IV, Wilmington Veteran Services Director and Michael Frotten, Wilmington Veteran’s Service agent for the fine work that they do for our veterans on a daily basis.#16c) Do you personally have any family that serves/served? Yes.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tewksbury Residents Should Vote Mike McCoy For State Rep Because…In “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses What She’ll Do To Support Police, Fire & Veterans If ElectedIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of August 26 2018

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of August 26 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, August 26, 2018.Sunday, August 26No MeetingsMonday, August 27The Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, August 28The Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 7:30pm in the John P. Miller School Committee Room at the Tech. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, August 29The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, August 30No MeetingsFriday, August 31No MeetingsSaturday, September 1No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

2020 Honda Civic hatchback gets a meaner face and more sweet sixspeed

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe 2020 Civic hatchback in Sport Touring trim looks a little meaner and can be had with a six-speed manual. Honda The present generation of Honda Civic is better than it’s been in a really long time. So when Honda announced on Thursday that it was tweaking the hatchback version for 2020, we were psyched.The changes to the Civic hatch aren’t massive, but that’s no bad thing because the car was already good. The most significant change — and the one that’s going to get enthusiasts’ hearts pumping the most — is the addition of a six-speed manual transmission in the top Sport Touring trim level. If you know Honda, then you know that gearbox is going to be good.In addition to the six-speed manual, Honda is offering a CVT transmission, and with that choice, you get remote start. The Sport trim level also gets push-button ignition and keyless entry as standard.2020-honda-civic-hatchback-sport-touring-056Enlarge ImageThe interior of the 2020 Civic hatchback sports an updated infotainment system and typical Honda practicality. Honda Next, the big H made some slight adjustments to the vehicle’s styling; specifically, it gave the hatchback a more aggressive look in the front and rear. Now, it’s definitely not Civic Type R levels of aggression, but it suits the car quite well.Inside, Honda is using the dashboard trim to help differentiate between trim levels. For example, top-spec EX-L and Sport Touring get a brushed black finish while the Sport trim gets a geometric pattern. Also on deck is an upgraded Display Audio system which still offers physical controls and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.Pricing for the 2020 Civic hatchback ranges from $21,580 for the base LX model with the CVT transmission and $22,750 for the Sport trim with manual transmission to $29,780 for the Sport Touring model with CVT, and all are set to go on sale on Friday. 2019 Honda Civic Sedan: Small visual updates and friendlier tech More From Roadshow 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse Preview • Apple CarPlay lets iOS take over a Mercedes-Benz Honda Tags 2 Share your voice News • 2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna eligible for Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa retrofit Hatchbacks Car Industry Honda 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box More about Apple CarPlay Comments Honda Civic Type R TCR is one serious $172,000 race car 4:41 Review • Apple CarPlay review: What’s it like after one month of heavy use? Now playing: Watch this: 63 Photoslast_img read more

Union Budget 2014 Know Your Facts

first_imgThe newly elected Narendra Modi government is set to present its first Budget on 10 July, three days after the Budget session begins in Parliament.Here are some facts about the Union Budget you should know:The Union Budget is a financial statement of the government’s revenue and expenditure for one fiscal year (April to next March). According to Article 112 of the Indian Constitution, the Union Budget is a statement of the estimated receipts and expenditure of the government for that particular year. In other words, the Union Budget keeps an account of the finances of the government for a fiscal year.The presentation of the Union Budget is preceded by the Economic Survey, which lays down the ground for the Budget by indicating its direction and showcasing the economic performance of the country. This year, the Economic Survey will be presented on 9 July, a day before the Union Budget is presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 10 July.The Union Budget comprises two aspects – the Revenue Budget and the Capital Budget.The Revenue Budget entails the revenue that the government gets, mainly from taxes and other sources. The Revenue Budget also looks at the day-to-day expenditure of the government.The Capital budget entails capital receipts, which cover the loans that the government raises and capital payments which include government expenditure on the acquisition of assets.The Union Budget is presented by the Finance Minister before the fiscal year begins, usually at the end of the month fo February. However, during the elections, an Interim Budget is passed to be in effect till the next government comes to power and brings out its Budget. An interim Budget is passed through a Vote on Account procedure and is applicable for a limited time period.The first Union Budget of India was presented in 1947 by RK Shanmukhan Chetty. Here is the documented speech made by the first Finance Minister of India.The Union Budget 1950-51 was the first to give the foundation for the Planning Commission, an institution that formulates five-year economic plans for the country.The Union Budget 1991-92 by the then-finance Minister Manmohan Singh opened the gates for economic liberalization as import-export policy was revised and import duties were cut.The Union Budget 2014-15 will be the first budget to be presented after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India in May 2014.last_img read more

Heres all about Maitri Bridge over Indus river Longest suspension bridge made

first_imgMaitri Bridge in Leh-LadakhTwitterMaitri Bridge, the 260-feet long suspension bridge, was built in just 40 days over the Indus river in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh district. It was opened to the public on Monday, April 1.The bridge is situated at Choglamsar village in Leh and is the longest suspension bridge over the Indus river.The name Maitri symbolises the friendship between the military personnel and locals. The bridge was constructed by Combat Engineers of the Sahas Aur Yogyata Regiment of Indian Army’s Fire and Fury Corps in a record time of 40 days. Almost 500 tonnes of equipment and construction material were taken to the location, reports ANI.  The bridge will help the residents of Choglamsar, Stok and Chuchot, which are said to be the largest villages in the regionTwitterAccording to India Today, the bridge has been constructed to help the residents of Choglamsar, Stok and Chuchot.According to ANI, the bridge was inaugurated by war veterans who were part of 1947-48, 1962, 1971 and 1999 operations in Jammu and Kashmir. They were led by an 89-year-old war veteran, Naik Phunchok Angdus (retd). The opening ceremony was conducted in the presence of Lt Gen YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding, Fire and Fury Corps.  Other army veterans, senior army officials and civil administrators were present during the opening of the bridge.Twitter 89-year-old war veteran, Naik Phunchok Angdus (retd) formally opening Maitri BridgeTwitterlast_img read more

KL Rahul ridicules Hardik Pandya You cannot swing the ball only concede

first_imgPandya and Rahul in England.Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesKL Rahul and Hardik Pandya are very good friends as they can often be seen spending time together when on tour with the Indian team. But since landing in trouble on Koffee With Karan, they have maintained a low profile. Now, an old video of the two has resurfaced where Rahul can be seen ridiculing Pandya’s bowling.This video was shot on the aeroplane when India was travelling to England last August and it was uploaded by BCCI on their website. As India once again prepares to take the flight to England for the ICC World Cup, this video has resurfaced.In the video, Pandya can be seen going around the flight, asking questions to various members of the Indian squad. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was accompanying Pandya as the two were entertaining themselves and also the rest of the travelling contingent. Pandya went around a bit before reaching Dinesh Karthik’s seat where the KKR skipper could be seen relaxing and watching something on his laptop. Hardik Pandya picked up his maiden fifer in Tests against England in Nottingham.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty ImagesPandya climbed onto Karthik’s seat and asked him what he wants to say. The wicketkeeper-batsman looked confused as he did not how to respond to Pandya as he had asked nothing substantial. Subsequently, Rahul joined the band and spoke about how excited he was as it was his first tour of England.”[I am] Excited about England. My first time and I have prepared for a long to travel to England,” Rahul said while being interrupted by Pandya. The Mumbai Indians all-rounder was then asked about England by Rahul as he had been to the country before. “Good, I mean [the conditions for bowling are] good. The ball swings around,” Pandya quipped.Rahul seemed amused by Pandya’s reply and said, “Kya ball swing karaya hai tumne! Maar kha ke aaya hai udhar.” The approximate English translation of that is, “What swing you extracted I wonder! The only thing you did was concede loads of runs.” Everyone had a good laugh at Pandya’s expensive and Rahul subsequently walked off saying when Pandya talks in English, people must simply walk away. KL RahulRyan Pierse/Getty ImagesThe best moment of the video came when Pandya approached MS Dhoni. The former India captain was watching a movie on his laptop and when Pandya greeted him, Dhoni simply offered him a wafer and waved him away. Pandya seemed embarrassed and said, “Bye Mahi bhai.”Pandya went around talking to various people on the flight including skipper Virat Kohli, spinner Kuldeep Yadav and fast bowling sensation Jasprit Bumrah. The entire Indian contingent will once again board the flight to England and the squad which will take the said flight will be declared on April 15.last_img read more

Hinduja brothers take back top spot in annual UK rich list

first_imgHinduja brothers have been named as the wealthiest people in the UK for the third time.The billionaire Hinduja brothers have been named as the wealthiest people in the UK for a third time, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Sri and Gopi Hinduja saw their fortune increase by 1.356 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) in the last year to 22 billion pounds, the BBC quoted the list as saying.The Hinduja Group, a family business, was founded in Mumbai in 1914, and now it has interests around the world including in oil and gas, banking, IT and property.British citizens Sri, 83, and Gopi, 79, who are based in London, are two of the four brothers controlling the empire. The two moved to London in 1979 to develop the export business.The third brother Prakash manages the group’s finances in Geneva, Switzerland while the youngest, Ashok, oversees the Indian interests.Among the properties they own is the Old War Office in Whitehall, which they plan to reopen as a luxury hotel.The two brothers topped the newspaper list in 2014 and in 2017.The list, which estimates the 1,000 richest people in the UK, is based on identifiable wealth including land, property, other assets such as art, and shares in companies, according to the Sunday Times.It does not include the amount contained in people’s bank accounts.Meanwhile, chemicals firm founder Jim Ratcliffe, who topped last year’s list, has slipped to third place.His net worth dropped by 2.9 billion pounds since last year, the paper says.For the sixth year in a row, Scotland’s richest person was named as Glenn Gordon and his family, the Jersey-based tycoon behind distillers William Grant & Sons. The group produces whiskey including Grant’s, Glenfiddich and The Balvenie, as well as Hendrick’s gin.Cardiff-born venture capitalist Sir Michael Moritz remained Wales’ richest person with a 3 billion pounds fortune.Top of the Music Rich List in the UK – which includes writers and performers – was Andrew Lloyd Webber with a fortune of 820 million pounds.last_img read more

Yes Bank stock slumps after private placement of shares worth 1 billion

first_imgShares of private sector lender, Yes Bank, fell over five percent on Thursday after the bank announced a qualified institutional placement (QIP) issue or share sale of over $1 billion to boost its capital base.The Yes Bank stock closed at Rs. 1,326 on Thursday, down 5.65 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.”The QIP is now opened across the world and we expect investors from across the world to participate. We are targeting $1 billion in line with the enabling resolution from our shareholders. This is growth capital for our bank, which is growing at 30 percent, and we will ensure that we continue to grow at that pace,” the Economic Times quoted Rana Kapoor, CEO at Yes Bank.A QIP is a process by which a listed company raises funds by selling its shares to institutional investors. During an interview with Bloomberg in June, the bank’s CEO had said that the QIP would result in diluting between 12-13.5 percent stake.Yes Bank is reportedly selling shares worth Rs. 6,600 crore (about $1 billion) to institutional investors at Rs.1, 410 per share. Goldman Sachs, Edelweiss, Religare, Motilal Oswal and HSBC are among some of the lender banks for the institutional placement issue.According to media reports, shareholders of the Mumbai-based bank had approved fund-raising to the tune of $1 billion.The bank had managed to raise about $500 million (about Rs. 2,900 crore) through the same route in May 2014. During the time, it had hired HSBC Holdings Plc, Deutsche Bank, Motilal Oswal Securities Limited, JM Financial Ltd and UBS in addition to Goldman Sachs for the fund raising.last_img read more

25000 trees at Maheshkhali reserved forest may be cut down

25000 trees at Maheshkhali reserved forest may be cut down

first_img.The government has approved a project for setting up a oil terminal on 192 acres of land of a reserved forest in Maheskhali, defying objections from the forest department and environmentalists.If this project is implemented, some 25,000 trees will be cut down, the department has expressed apprehensions.”The construction work (as part of project impelentation) will cause soil erosion, water pollution, release of chemical wastes and a variety of natural disasters,” the forest department said in a letter sent to the environment and forest ministry last year.The ministry sent a proposal to the cabinet division on 27 March, seeking permission for felling thousands of trees at Maheshkhali reserved forest to construct the oil terminal.The government gave Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) the permission on 1 March for construction of an unrefined fuel terminal, Maheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar, the country’s only hilly island. It will cost around Tk 45 billion.Environmental experts said implementation of such a project would result in damage to the forest and wildlife in Maheshkhali as well as a natural disaster.A fuel terminal, if set up, will affect biodiversity and ecosystem of Maheshkhali reserved forest, a home to endangered species such as Maya deer and python. Water in surrounding areas will be contaminated, the environmentalists pointed out.The environment and forest ministry said, a total of 1,701 old trees and another 1,250 trees of different types will be cut down for implementing the project. For the loss of forest resources, the BPC is set to pay Tk 13.6 million as compensation.The forest department initially estimated the value of overall loss at Tk 2.77 billion, but later refixed it downwardly — at Tk 470 million.Unrefined fuels, imported from abroad, will be brought to the Maheshkhali terminal directly from mother vessels in deep sea. The fuels will then be taken to Eastern Refinery in Anwara, Chattogram.The forest ministry’s acting secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury told Prothom Alo recently that such project has to be allowed for the sake of development.“We will, however, try to minimise the damage,” he said.The official added that the ministry has asked the BPC to plant saplings five times higher than the number of trees to be cut down, and nurture them for the subsequent 10 years.The ministry has already received the prime minister’s nod in favour of these activities, he claimed.The BPC had in 2016 sought the permission to acquire 192 acres of lands on the basis of lease from the forest ministry.A six-member expert committee was also formed to assess the value of biodiversity.A member of the committee and also professor at Chattogram University’s forestry and rnvironmental science department Kamal Hossain told Prothom Alo that they recommended not giving permission for using the forest land.”We attend meetings and seminars and make commitments to protecting forests. Returning home, we forget and give permissions to use forests. Such decisions will cause disasters in the coastal areas,” he expressed his views.Nature and wildlife expert Anisuzzaman, who is working for big government and UN projects, observed that forests and hills can easily be destroyed only after getting permission from the ministries.He said reserved forests have been the targets for implementing big projects and making infrastructures.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

100 activists detained in 5 days Monju

100 activists detained in 5 days Monju

first_imgNazrul Islam MonjuThe BNP’s mayoral candidate for the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) on Wednesday said the law enforcement had detained 100 activists over the past five days.The mayoral candidate and Khulna city BNP president Nazrul Islam Monju, speaking at a press conference, said that the law enforcement on Tuesday raided houses of 200 leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and detained seven of them.“Our activists will not leave the arena and the voting centres, not matter how many threats they face,” said Nazrul Islam.Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) additional deputy commissioner Sonali Sen denied the allegations.The KMP police official told ProthomAlo that 38 people were detained on Tuesday night. Of them, 18 were drug peddlers. They were arrested irrespective of their political identities.The police official also claimed that the police did not raid houses of the BNP activists.The KCC election is scheduled to be held on 15 May amid the stay order on Gazipur City Corporation polls.last_img read more

Australia adjourns parliament

Australia adjourns parliament

first_imgAustralian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 21 August 2018. Photo: ReutersAustralia’s embattled government moved to adjourn parliament on Thursday which would allow its ruling Liberal party to hold a second leadership vote for prime minister.Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership looked doomed on Thursday after several senior ministers tendered their resignations and called for a second ballot.Turnbull narrowly won a ballot on Tuesday against former home affairs minister Peter Dutton. Dutton and senior ministers on Thursday called for a second leadership contest.last_img

United Way Encourages DC to Do More

United Way Encourages DC to Do More

first_imgDo More 24 campaign volunteers (Photo by Hyon Smith Photography)While Washington, D.C. and its surrounding counties have been identified as some of the most affluent areas in the nation, disproportionate access to resources still hinders many residents.“There is a delicate balance with the pride of who we are as a region,” Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area told the AFRO on June 5. “It comes with the responsibility of taking care of those who are a little less fortunate.”In the spirit of creating a continuum of giving back, in 2013, the United Way NCA created a 24-hour crowdfunding campaign to support the work of local non-profits. Utilizing an online platform, individuals could choose to donate to their favorite participating nonprofits or search for a nonprofit by cause or location.“Girls on the Run DC raised $4,297 from DO More 24,” said Kristen Komlosy, executive director of that organization, which promotes joyful, healthy, and confident fun to a diverse group of girls, more than half of whom are African American.Do More 24 campaign volunteers (Photo by Hyon Smith Photography)“Doing so, allowed us to provide program scholarships to 23 girls who would not have been otherwise able to participate in Girls on the Run,” Komlosy said of her participation in the 2014 giving marathon.On June 4, 612 nonprofits joined in the annual campaign, up from 564 in 2014. Throughout the day, social media pages blasted causes and reasons to contribute.“Give the gift of a soccer uniform & make a kid feel… like a CHAMP!!” tweeted DC Scores, an organization combining poetry, soccer, and service-learning to 1,500 low-income DC youth. Later, the organization’s Twitter page revealed a total $8,568 in donations, translating to 357 uniforms.“Give literature and a lifeline to young men in prison,” tweeted Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, a non-profit that works with District youth who are incarcerated as adults. Free Minds closed the daylong event with $9,222.The top earners included Year Up – National Capital Region, Little Lights Urban Ministries, So Others Might Eat and REBOOT Combat Recovery, all of whom received at least $30,000. In total, over $1.4 million in online donations, cash prizes, bonus funds, and sponsor support was collected among participating organizations.“This is our third year and I think this was probably our most transformative year in terms of the focus being not just on donations, but getting people connected with nonprofits to be able to potentially volunteer,” said Allen-Herring, who spent a portion of the day at Tyson’s Corner Mall filling shoeboxes with toiletries that were then delivered to nonprofits who serve the basic needs of individuals.“One of the things that really got me excited was to see a group of volunteers who had disabilities – or different abilities – come in and volunteer for someone else,” she said. “It really just brought home the message that we could all do something. Everybody doesn’t have to be an expert in something, everyone doesn’t have to be rich, everyone doesn’t have to have a specific set of skills but everyone has something that they can do.”To learn more about the campaign and get involved in next year’s festivities, visit www.domore24.org.last_img read more

BET News Presents AMERICAN INJUSTICE A BET TOWN HALL Hosted by Soledad

BET News Presents AMERICAN INJUSTICE A BET TOWN HALL Hosted by Soledad

first_imgNEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 18, 2019–BET News presents “ AMERICAN INJUSTICE: A BET TOWN HALL.” Hosted and moderated by award-winning broadcast journalist, Soledad O’Brien, this critical and timely primetime special brings together some of the most influential voices in Congress to explore the future of criminal justice reform in America. The panel of political heavyweights includes presidential candidates Senator Cory Bookerand Senator Kamala Harris, and other key members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) including Rep. Karen Bass (CBC Chair), andRep. Val Demings.This one-hour special speaks to the stark racial disparities that plague America’s criminal justice system and offers solutions. The town hall event airs Sunday, March 24 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on BET.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190318005575/en/AMERICAN INJUSTICE: A BET TOWN HALL.” Hosted and moderated by award-winning broadcast journalist, Soledad O’Brien. L-R: (host) Soledad O’Brien, Senator Kamala Harris, Representative Val Demings, Senator Cory Booker, Representative Karen Bass. (Bennett Raglin, GETTY Images via AP)“BET Networks is committed to bringing conversations and stories of systemic issues of race and justice across our nation to light through platforms like our powerful ‘Finding Justice’ series, our upcoming leadership symposium and this important ‘American Injustice’ town hall conversation in partnership with members of the Congressional Black Caucus,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. “We are taking this on in a way no other brand and network can. We look forward to taking the conversation beyond our screens and into action as we work towards addressing and telling the untold stories of transgressions to Black Americans.”In America there are currently over 2 million people locked up in jail or prison and more than 4 million under correctional supervision, and America’s crisis of mass incarceration disproportionately impacts black and brown communities. In December, President Trump signed into law the “First Step Act” aimed at reforming some of the sentencing disparities in America’s Criminal justice system. While the bill is a “first step” toward reform, there is still much more work to be done.In addition to the “First Step Act,” this BET Town Hall examines several other issues in the Criminal Justice system still in urgent need of reform including juvenile justice and the school-to-prison pipeline, the cash bail system that too often preys on low-income minorities and a probation/parole system that in too many cases works as a system to re-incarcerate offenders. This BET News special addresses these issues and offers tools to empower people to advocate for criminal justice reform at the local level, in their communities. To drive audience engagement and give context to the issues discussed, clips of BET’s original docuseries “ Finding Justice ” will be included throughout the special.Tune in Sunday, March 24 starting at 8:00 PMET to a new episode of “ Finding Justice ” focusing on voter suppression, followed by “ AMERICAN INJUSTICE: A BET TOWN HALL,” at 9:00 PM ET/PT and be part of this crucial conversation by socializing your thoughts with the hashtag #FindingJusticeBETView source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190318005575/en/last_img read more

Of notebooks and revolutions

Of notebooks and revolutions

first_imgThe Book Office of the Institut français en Inde or the Embassy of France in India is proud to be associated with the release of the English translation of Chowra Makaremi’s Le Cahier d’Aziz. Au cœur de la révolution iranienne (Gallimard, 2011) published in India by Yoda Press under the title Aziz’s Notebook: At the Heart of the Iranian Revolution.The author will be in conversation with books editors and press on 18 March. Head over for an interesting talk.last_img

Nepal elects first woman as parliament speaker

first_imgKathmandu: Nepalese lawmakers on Friday elected the country’s first woman speaker of Parliament following formation of a new government after promulgation of the Constitution.Parliament unanimously elected UCPN-Maoist lawmaker Onsari Gharti Magar as the Speaker of the House.Nepal’s Constituent Assembly was converted into the legislative Parliament after the promulgation of the Constitution on September 20 following which K P Sharma Oli was elected as the new prime minister defeating incumbent Sushil Koirala in a contest which became necessary after parties failed to forge a consensus amid violent protests over the country’s new Constitution. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortGharti was elected unanimously to the post after Nepal Workers and Peasants Party withdrew the candidacy of its lawmaker Anuradha Thapa Magar.With the victory, Gharti became the first woman to lead the legislative body in Nepal’s parliamentary history. Earlier she had served as Deputy Speaker in Parliament.Gharti was backed by the ruling coalition, consisting of CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic and some fringe parties. The main opposition Nepali Congress had also extended support to her candidacy.last_img read more

Browsers on the Move

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » November 14, 2008 2 min read You may be perfectly happy with whatever web browser came with your smartphone, but you’re not necessarily restricted to using only that browser. Opera Mobile (opera.com) is available for phones running Windows Mobile and S60 operating systems. The program typically costs $24 (though the 9.5 Beta version was released as freeware). Opera Mobile 9.5 ups the ante with improved speeds, pan and zoom functions, and a revamped tabbed browsing experience. Opera Mini is already a popular choice for a browser that works on most cell phones and not just smartphones.Skyfire is also a compelling new contender in the mobile browser market. Its proxy technology makes it possible to closely replicate the look of a desktop browser on a mobile phone’s screen, and smart zooming features boost the usability of the application. The free application is particularly handy when it comes to rich media, such as online videos and audio, because Skyfire servers do all the heavy lifting behind the scenes, so even hefty media files load quickly.In another sign of the ongoing battle to win over mobile web browsers, Mobile Firefox, or Fennec, recently debuted as the mobile counterpart to the popular full-size Firefox. Its free price tag and familiar features will appeal to Mozilla fans. Expect it to be an emerging heavyweight in the increasingly competitive mobile browser division.last_img read more

Quantum computing – Trick or treat

Quantum computing – Trick or treat

first_imgQuantum computing uses quantum mechanics in quantum computers to solve a diverse set of complex problems. It uses qubits to store information in parallel dimensions. Quantum computers can work through a solution involving large parameters with far fewer operations than a standard computer. What is so special about Quantum Computing? As they have potential to work through and solve complex problems of tomorrow, research and work on this area is attracting funding from everywhere. But these computers need a lot of physical space right now, kind of like the very first computers in the twentieth century. Quantum computers also pose a security threat since they are good at calculating large items/numbers. Quantum encryption anyone? Quantum computing is even available on the Cloud from different companies. There is even a dedicated language called Q# by Microsoft. Using concepts like entanglement to speed up computation, quantum computing can solve complex problems and is a tricky one, but I call it a treat. What about the security threat? Well, Dr. Alan Turing built a better computer to decrypt messages from another machine, we’ll let you think now.last_img read more