It hurts Family angry over jailing shackling of sex assault victim

first_imgEDMONTON – The family of an indigenous sex assault victim who was jailed and shackled while testifying against her attacker is angry about how she was treated by Alberta’s justice system and wants the man to spend the rest of his life in jail.Lance Blanchard was found guilty last year of aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping and unlawful confinement for the 2014 attack.Relatives of the 28-year-old homeless woman came face to face with Blanchard on Tuesday during a court hearing over his treatment at the Edmonton Remand Centre.“It hurts. I want him in jail. I don’t want him out here. I don’t want anybody else to get … raped and beat up,” the woman’s tearful mother said outside court.“I wanted to know why he did that to my baby. Why her? I don’t mean for anybody else for that to happen to them. Why my baby?”The Crown is seeking to have Blanchard declared a dangerous offender. Blanchard’s lawyer is trying to block the move.At a 2015 preliminary hearing for Blanchard, a judge agreed with the Crown that the victim should spend five nights in the remand centre during her testimony. The Crown was concerned about her behaviour and whether she would return to court otherwise.The woman, who was originally from Maskwacis, Alta. and can’t be identified, was shackled and handcuffed during her testimony. On at least two occasions, she had to ride in the same prisoner van as her attacker.On Monday, Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley called the case “disturbing and tragic” while announcing two investigations into how the victim was treated. Ganley has apologized to the family.The mother said the minister’s words gave her no solace.“It didn’t matter. She is already gone,” the mother said. “She didn’t do anything wrong. She was a happy-go-lucky girl.”The woman was killed in an unrelated shooting last year.Family members said they are also angry with the Crown for not allowing the victim’s name to be published. The mother said her daughter was smart and strong, and people should know who she was.The victim’s sister-in-law said the woman’s relatives still can’t believe how she was treated.“This shouldn’t have happened — how she was handcuffed, shackled. There were other options. They didn’t try to find the family, saying can she stay here while the trial was going on. They didn’t try to take her to a woman’s shelter.“They failed her big time.”The Alberta Judicial Council said Tuesday it had not received any complaints about how provincial court Judge Raymond Bodnarek conducted Blanchard’s 2015 preliminary hearing.Provincial court Chief Judge Terry Matchett said he has no authority to review decisions made by judges during trials or preliminary hearings, including decisions about keeping a witness in custody, which is allowed under the Criminal Code.But Matchett said he will look at what happened to determined if anything can be learned.“I will be conducting a detailed examination of all of the circumstances of this case,” he said in an email.A different judge who found Blanchard guilty in December expressed regret that the woman was held in custody.“She was remanded into custody on the mistaken belief that she was ‘a flight risk’ and that she was simply incapable of participating properly in the court proceedings,” Justice Eric Macklin wrote in his ruling released earlier this year.“Her treatment by the justice system in this respect was appalling.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Tuesday the woman’s treatment “was absolutely unacceptable.”“The system failed her on a number of different fronts.”last_img read more

Emma Watson Named As UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgUN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, has announced the appointment of British actress, Emma Watson, as Goodwill Ambassador.Best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series, the accomplished actress, humanitarian, and recent graduate of Ivy League institution Brown University, will dedicate her efforts as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.“We are thrilled and honoured to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women,” stated Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women. “The engagement of young people is critical for the advancement of gender equality in the 21st century, and I am convinced that Emma’s intellect and passion will enable UN Women’s messages to reach the hearts and minds of young people globally,” added Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.Ms. Watson has been involved in the promotion of girls’ education for several years, and previously visited Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts.“Being asked to serve as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling. The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this role,” said Ms. Watson.Ms. Watson is the first Goodwill Ambassador appointment under Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s leadership.last_img read more

Security Council panel on Liberia sanctions drops 3 from list prohibiting travel

Last week, the Council committee set up to monitor the implementation of the sanctions removed Ernest Eastman, Lawrence Morgan and Robert B. Woodson from its roster of senior officials and their relatives who are banned from travelling. The move still leaves about 120 people affected by the prohibition. These latest sanctions against Liberia were imposed by the Security Council in March 2001 by resolution 1343 in response to concerns about the reported transit of illicit diamonds – which were being traded to fuel the conflict in Sierra Leone – through Liberia. The Council determined that Liberia’s support for the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone constituted a threat to international peace and security, and called on Monrovia to expel RUF members from its territory and withdraw its support for the rebel group. Under the sanctions, all States must prevent the sale or supply to Liberia of arms and related materiel of all types. Countries are also banned from importing any rough diamonds from Liberia, while members of its government officials and their spouses are under the travel ban, with exemptions only for humanitarian reasons. read more

Somalia UN envoy lends support to state formation process in southwest regions

“I urge those who remain outside the process to support the agreement and contribute to building a federal Somalia,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Nicholas Kay, said during a visit to Baidoa. He is in the area to support the Federal Government and local efforts to establish a new interim administration which would comprise regions of Bay, Bakool, and Lower Shabelle. “All parties should continue their work constructively and peacefully, and avoid any actions that might undermine peace and security,” noted Mr. Kay, who is also the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).While in Baidoa, the senior UN official met with the Speaker of the Somali Federal Parliament, Mohamed Osman Jawari, as well as signatories to the agreement on an interim administration in south west Somalia and members of the technical committee established to implement it.The agreement was formed in June, after supporters of two different state formation processes met in the capital, Mogadishu.Mr. Kay today reiterated his encouragement on stakeholders to expedite the implementation of the agreement. “The momentum of Somalia’s state-building process must not be interrupted; it is a critical part of the country’s path towards peace and stability,” he stressed. UNSOM, established by the UN Security Council in June of last year, is mandated to support the Federal Government of Somalia with its peace and state building agenda, including the federalism process, review of the provisional constitution and elections in 2016. It also works to strengthen Somalia’s security sector, promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment and assist in the coordination of international assistance. read more

Columbus to host NCAA womens basketball Final Four in 2018

For the first time ever, the city of Columbus is set to host the NCAA women’s basketball Final Four in 2018.The announcement was made Monday evening on ESPN2 after the women’s basketball committee visited Columbus in September.Columbus was up against Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and New Orleans in the bidding process. Each city was in the running to host the Final Four between 2017 and 2020, with Dallas getting 2017, Tampa Bay being awarded the 2019 tournament and New Orleans receiving the Final Four in 2020.Columbus has never hosted the women’s Final Four, but last hosted first round matchups at Ohio State’s St. John Arena in 2013.Tampa Bay is set to host the 2015 women’s Final Four.Bids to host the Final Four were due in May and the committees narrowed the list down to select finalists before visiting each of those cities earlier this fall.According to an NCAA release, any venue that wishes to host the women’s Final Four must have a seating capacity of at least 18,000. Nationwide Arena — the likely site for a Final Four in Columbus — has a capacity of 19,500 for basketball.A Greater Columbus Sports Commission release estimated in September that the women’s Final Four could generate $18-20 million in visitor spending and could attract 40,000 fans. read more

RUD tyre chains perform at Mangoola

first_imgXstrata brought the Mangoola coal mine into production in 2011/2012 in the Upper Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia. Mangoola is set to deliver 10.5 Mt/y of ROM thermal coal over an expected 18 year mine life. The main fleet is made up of Liebherr hydraulic excavators and a Le Tourneau L-1850 wheel loader along with Caterpillar trucks. The drive-wheel Michelin tyres on the L-1850 with a pair of FELS CROWN X22 tyre protection chains (TPCs) from RUD.Considered one of the most popular in LeTourneau’s loader line, the L-1850 is offered with a 30 m³/ 54 t bucket as standard equipment. Powered by a 1,419 kW diesel engine, the L-1850 is designed to centre load most haul trucks rated for payloads between 236 and 327 t. Concealed by 15-90 m of sandstone conglomerate, the three 9-10 m coal seams at Mangoola are inter-bedded with 3-4 m thick, late-Permian, tuffaceous bands. The L-1850 loader’s Michelin X-Mine D2 60/80-57 tyres are subject, not only to heavy abrasion from the sandstone and tuff but are also under constant threat of sidewall damage from the unpredictable content such as razor-sharp, unweathered shards of rock.As the only wheeled loader on site, the Letourneau is too valuable an asset to be standing idle awaiting a replacement tyre. Given the current limited availability of giant earthmover tyres and high replacement costs, Mangoola has taken practical pre-emptive steps to save unnecessary expense and unwelcome delays in production. The RUD FELS CROWN X22 tyre protection chains were supplied, installed and supported by RUD Australia and manufactured by RUD Kettenfrabrik of Germany. RUD states: “The robust, tight-meshed, 22 m, ribbed links of RUDs FELS CROWN encase the tyre, absorbing the abrasion which would, otherwise, in no time,  powder the tread and, by deflecting sharp rock fragments, preventing sudden-death, side-wall penetration.”While an extending new tyre lives up to three times is a significant benefit, another big plus of owning RUD TPCs according to the group is in productivity through assured machine availability and reduced cost per delivered tonne. Since fitting the TPCs the L-1850 has worked over 9,000 hours without reporting any unscheduled workshop visits for tyre repairs or replacements.last_img read more

Atlas Copco and RCT unite to offer underground mobile equipment automation

first_imgThe world of underground mining is becoming increasingly challenging. Issues associated with deeper orebodies, increasing costs and the drive for greater social responsibility continue to pressure the viability of many operations. In response to this, Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation and Remote Control Technologies (RCT) have agreed to team up to provide a comprehensive range of automation solutions that will deliver on the demand for safe, productive mining.Atlas Copco and RCT each offer a range of automation solutions for increasing safety and productivity for underground mobile equipment. While Atlas Copco’s solutions are focused mainly on machines that use the well-known RCS control system, RCT provide solutions that are a perfect match for some of the older generation Atlas Copco products that remain popular workhorses of the industry.By combining expertise and solutions in this way, Atlas Copco and RCT can offer a broad range of remote control and guidance systems for the majority of Atlas Copco’s underground machine portfolio.Julian Reynolds, Product Line Manager for Atlas Copco, explains: ”The reason behind our decision to work with RCT is quite simple……we have some older or newly acquired machine models in our portfolio for which we do not currently offer a comprehensive range of automation solutions. We must be able to offer these machines with similar automation functionality that customers can find on our newer generation equipment. Teaming up with RCT gives us the opportunity to do this and we are glad that such a recognised company shares our view on the importance of delivering safe productivity.”According to Phil Goode, Senior Business Development Manager for RCT: ”The intention is that Atlas Copco and RCT will provide a united front in addressing any safety or productivity issues that a customer may be experiencing. They will have access to the expertise of both organisations to ensure an automation solution can be found that meets their specific needs, no matter what type of Atlas Copco vehicles are in their fleet. We have worked successfully with Atlas Copco in the past and it is a great step forward to be able spread this cooperation further”.last_img read more

Man dies after his car crashes into a tree in Co Louth

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Man dies after his car crashes into a tree in Co Louth The crash happened yesterday afternoon. Short URL Feb 12th 2018, 7:49 AM Monday 12 Feb 2018, 7:48 AM 16,826 Views Share29 Tweet Email By Rónán Duffycenter_img The crash happened in the Twonspark area. Image: Google Maps 1 Comment Image: Google Maps A MAN IN his 50s died after his car left the road and struck a tree in Co Louth yesterday.The crash happened at about 5.30pm yesterday afternoon at Townparks in Ardee.Gardaí have said that the man was alone in the car at the time of the crash and that no other vehicles were involved.The road was closed for a period to allow for an examination by garda investigators but it has since reopened.Read: Elderly man dies after Galway road crash despite efforts of passers-by >Read: Icy showers and up to 3cm of snow forecast as authorities issue safety advice > The crash happened in the Twonspark area. last_img read more

Christmas spending down

first_imgEuropeans will spend 3 percent less on Christmas this year as the euro region struggles to grow and unemployment remains high, a study showed.On average, Europeans will lay out 488 euros on gifts, food and drinks and leisure activities for the late December holiday, Deloitte LLP said. Only shoppers in Poland, Russia, Switzerland and Germany will spend more this year, according to the consultant, which polled more than 17,000 adults in 17 countries last month.Years after the sovereign-debt crisis rocked the region, the 18-nation euro area is still struggling to expand. Across the bloc, growth has ground to a halt. The region’s biggest consumer companies from Unilever to SABMiller Plc have reported results that trailed estimates amid lackluster spending at home.“The euro area is still vulnerable,” Deloitte said in the study. “In this difficult context, household confidence is put to the test.”Consumers in Greece are restraining their spending by 13 per cent, the study found, as they cut back on everything from gifts to going out. Polish shoppers, on the other hand, are spending an additional 29 per cent on gifts. Source: Bloomberg Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Ryan Seacrest Reveals American Idol 2018 Premiere Date

first_img“American Idol” will return to ABC on March 11 with a special two-hour premiere special at 8 p.m. ET.The announcement was confirmed a short while later via social media by Katy Perry, who will be joining the relaunched show’s first season as part of the judging panel, alongside Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Twitter Ryan Seacrest: “American Idol” Returns March 2018 ryan-seacrest-reveals-american-idol-2018-premiere-date NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 18, 2015 – 1:28 pm Lionel Richie Wins Album Of The Year News Email Find out when the reboot of the acclaimed talent competition is scheduled to premiereBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 6, 2017 – 3:56 pm Ryan Seacrest officially announced the return date for “American Idol” on this morning’s episode of “Live With Kelly And Ryan.” Ryan Seacrest Reveals “American Idol” 2018 Premiere Date Facebook Auditions for prospective contestants have been taking place around the country over the past three months, with stops in 23 cities. Voicing her excitement over joining the show this past October, Perry said, ” I think there is still talent out there to be discovered … we’re here to really make dreams come true, and to hopefully find that ‘American Idol’.”Katy Perry GRAMMY Museum Exhibit Opens Nov. 7Read morelast_img read more

How Rajinikanths soninlaws dropped film creates roadblock for Alaudhinin Arputha Camera release

first_imgAlavudinum Arputha Camera.PR HandoutFilmmaker Naveen of critically acclaimed movie Moodar Koodam has blamed Vishagan Vanangamudi’s uncle Swarna Sethuraman of Flash Films for creating troubles for the release of his upcoming movie Alaudhinin Arputha Camera.According to Naveen, he was approached by Vishagan Vanangamudi and his uncles in 2016 to work on a project. He was initially not keen to join hands but agreed to direct a film for them after they convinced him.In the press release, Naveen claims that they had an agreement, according to which the project was supposed to be completed in eight months. Vishagan and the producers were happy with the script and paid him an advance amount to kick-start the pre-production works, he says. The young filmmaker says that he utilised the amount to book the technicians and for the location hunt. However, Vishagan and his uncles lost interest in the project post demonetisation and due to other issues. Swarna Sethuraman later allegedly said that Vishagan was not working in the project and leaving to the US. Now, using his money power and influence, Swarna Sethuraman has brought a stay against the release of his latest film Alaudhinin Arputha Camera for not returning the advance amount, Naveen blames. The director claims that he has necessary proof to prove his points and is ready to challenge them in the court.On the other side, Swarna Sethuraman has a different story to tell as he states that he gave a cheque of Rs 45 lakh and Rs 5 lakh cash to direct the project. Once the director got his money, he left to the US and failed to come up with a script even after 10 months, Sethuraman adds. Alaudhinin Arputha Camera is a fantasy film, which is written, directed and produced by Naveen himself apart from playing the lead.last_img read more

US Fed hikes interest rates after almost a decade by quarter of

first_imgThe Federal Reserve hiked interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade on Wednesday, signaling faith that the U.S. economy had largely overcome the wounds of the 2007-2009 financial crisis.The U.S. central bank’s policy-setting committee raised the range of its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to between 0.25 percent and 0.50 percent, ending a lengthy debate about whether the economy was strong enough to withstand higher borrowing costs.”With the economy performing well and expected to continue to do so, the committee judges that a modest increase in the federal funds rate is appropriate,” Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in a press conference after the rate decision was announced. “The economic recovery has clearly come a long way.”The Fed’s policy statement noted the “considerable improvement” in the U.S. labor market, where the unemployment rate has fallen to 5 percent, and said policymakers are “reasonably confident” inflation will rise over the medium term to the Fed’s 2 percent objective.The central bank made clear the rate hike was a tentative beginning to a “gradual” tightening cycle, and that in deciding its next move it would put a premium on monitoring inflation, which remains mired below target.”The process is likely to proceed gradually,” Yellen said, a hint that further hikes will be slow in coming.She added that policymakers were hoping for a slow rise in rates but one that will keep the Fed ahead of the curve as the economic recovery continues. “To keep the economy moving along the growth path it is on … we would like to avoid a situation where we have left so much (monetary) accommodation in place for so long we have to tighten abruptly.”New economic projections from Fed policymakers were largely unchanged from September, with unemployment anticipated to fall to 4.7 percent next year and economic growth hitting 2.4 percent.The Fed statement and its promise of a gradual path represented a compromise between policymakers who have been ready to raise rates for months and those who feel the economy is still at risk from weak inflation and slow global growth.”The Fed is going out of its way to assure markets that, by embarking on a ‘gradual’ path, this will not be your traditional interest rate cycle,” said Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz.Fed officials said they were confident the situation was ripe for them to make a historic turn in policy without much disruption to financial markets, which had expected the hike this week.U.S. stocks rallied on the news, in part because the Fed made clear it would proceed slowly with further tightening. Yields on U.S. Treasuries rose, while the dollar was largely unchanged against a basket of currencies. Oil prices fell sharply before paring losses.POLICY STILL ACCOMMODATIVEYellen on Wednesday said the Fed had no desire to curb consumers from spending or businesses from investing. She emphasized that interest rates remained low even after the rate hike, near levels economists regard as appropriate for a recession.”Policy remains accommodative,” Yellen said. “The U.S. economy has shown considerable strength. Domestic spending has continued to hold up.”last_img read more

Love school fame Vishakha Raghav to get her big Bollywood break

first_imgVishakha Raghav the diva who sizzled the reality show Love school 3 with her astounding persona and charm is all set to enter the b’town world.That’s right a birdie informed us about the diva signing a well-renowned banner for her debut.Extracting immense fame and fan fam from a reality show, Vishakha is all geared up for her upcoming projects in the pipeline.The shoot of the untitled project will be starting later this year. Vishakha will also be seen in an upcoming web series having a well-renowned star cast under an ace production house.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img

Ben Jealous Maryland Has Reneged

first_imgBy Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROMaryland HBCU advocates are bracing for another round in court in the twelve-year legal battle to dismantle the state’s dual system of higher education.  HBCU Advocates, represented by The Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Higher Education are in the final days of court-ordered mediation with the State of Maryland.The Coalition and the State of Maryland are in formal settlement talks until Oct. 18, the deadline for the parties to submit closing briefs appealing the case to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court in Richmond, Va. But,  HBCU advocates are not betting on cooperation from the State to accept the remedies due HBCUs established by the District Court of Maryland.“While the Maryland HBCU case is still in mediation, due to the State’s refusal to accept Judge Blake’s ruling, the Maryland HBCU Matters Coalition is hard at work,” said Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, president of the HBCU Matters Coalition and veteran civil rights activist.Maryland HBCU’s (Courtesy Images/Logos)The HBCU Matters Coalition will host a series of informational symposia on each of the state’s HBCU campuses to update the public on the case, and “convey the importance of staying active and energized,” Cheatham said.“If as expected, the governor and state of Maryland continue to fight the judge’s [Blake’s] decision, we expect to plan trips to Richmond, Virginia,” Cheatham added.“According to the briefing schedule, Oct. 18 is the date for submission of closing briefs. After that date, the Court, may, at its discretion, set a date on its calendar for oral argument,” said Pace McConkie, director of the Robert M. Bell Center for Civil Rights in Education at Morgan State University.According to briefs filed by Attorney General Brian Frosh, the state plans to argue on appeal that it has  desegregated all of its “formerly White universities” and expanded funding at Historically Black Institutions (HBI’s).“Maryland has fully integrated its formerly White universities and eliminated discriminatory admissions policies, funds its HBI’s at a level equal to or better than its non-HBI’s,” stated the May 2018 updated appeal brief filed by Frosh.Ben Jealous, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate told the AFRO Maryland has reneged on its responsibilities and he plans to end the historic inequity negatively impacting Maryland’s HBCU’s for generations.“I’ve put a detailed plan on the table to ensure that we finally treat our state’s HBCUs fairly. We’ve been underfunding public higher education for too long and we need to reorient our state’s priorities back towards making sure we’re preparing our kids for the workforce,” Jealous said.“As governor, I’m committed to putting an end to this lawsuit and fulfilling the state’s obligations to our HBCUs.”In 2013, Judge Catherine Blake, U.S. District Court of Maryland, found the state in violation of 14th Amendment rights of its HBCU students and alumni. Her ruling said Maryland continues to operate vestiges of a de jure system of segregation, specifically by continuing a longstanding practice of duplicating academic programs offered at HBCU’s, rather than investing in making the HBCU programs attractive to a diverse range of students.By June 2017, after initial failed mediation between HBCU advocates and the state of Maryland, Blake ordered parties back into court.  In November of 2017, Blake issued an order providing for an administrator known as a special master to coordinate a comprehensive plan ensuring Maryland’s HBCU’s would be home to high quality academic programs.“The Plan should propose a set of new unique and/or high demand programs at each HBI, taking into account each HBI’s areas of strength, physical building capacity and the programmatic niches suggested by the plaintiff’s experts,” Blake wrote in the November 2017 ruling.By December 2017, Frosh gave notice that the state would appeal Blake’s ruling.Frosh, who in prior years urged a mediated resolution to the long-standing HBCU lawsuit, explained why he is now extending the legal battle.“It’s my job to defend the state when it gets sued,” Frosh told HBCU protestors who rallied outside his office in the months following the State’s appeal.In January , Gov. Larry Hogan, further complicated the State’s message toward HBCU’s by writing to Del. Cheryl Glenn, former chair of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus (LBC), offering a $100 million-dollar settlement offer. While the LBC supports HBCU advocates, the Caucus is not an official party to the lawsuit.Hogan’s $100 million proposal would be split between Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  His settlement offer stipulates a 10-year allocation period and relieves the State of responsibility for court costs.  Each institution would receive approximately 2.5 million per school, per year.However, the estimated cost of the Coalition’s Plan to remedy the imbalance in quality academic programming offered at HBCU’s is in the $1-2 billion range.Hogan’s offer also falls short of the $500 million settlement between the State of Mississippi and plaintiffs representing Mississippi’s three public HBCU’s almost 20 years ago, back in 2001, ending higher education desegregation litigation dating back to the 1970’s in that state.last_img read more

The contemporary way of celebration

first_imgThe Contemporary Arts Week 2014 is an initiative by Friends of Art back with their second innings to enthrall music and art aficionados. The event is spread over 10 days of excitement with 35 events including new entries such as photography, visual art, and spoken word and improve theatre. Established and budding artistes will exhibit their passion in the form of art, puppetry, dance, music, stand-up comedy, drama, clowning etc.This initiative is a conscious effort to educate the audiences by bringing together artistes and likeminded people under one roof to engage creatively by appreciating the talent in different genre – dance, music, theatre, visual arts etc. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event will be held from 12 September till 21 September at multiple venues like Shiros, India Habitat Centre, Summerhouse café, Alliance Francaise, Satya Sai Auditorium, Zorba  and Epicentre, Gurgaon etc.Reining into its 2nd year the week will witness some soul rendering performances by artistes such as Parikrama, Adi and Suhail (Coke Studio fame), The Danceworx, Advaita, The Chrysalis Project, Santosh Nair (Sadhya Dance Co., Faridkot, Dilip Shankar, Gyandev Singh(National Awardee) and Apurv Gupta  and the list goes on. So head over!last_img read more

Taylor Swift dedicates Reputation Tour speech to Pride month

first_imgI loved everything about #RepTourChiacgo but the best part was @taylorswift13 giving a pride speech while wearing a rainbow dress #reputation #ReturnOfTheQueen— Becky Winters (@its_b_dubs31) June 3, 2018The singer’s current tour, in support of her latest studio album Reputation, is set to hit the UK and Ireland on June 8, taking in six dates across Manchester, Dublin and London. Swift is supported by Camilla Cabello and the UK’s own Charli XCX.Watch Swift’s full Pride speech below:[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Taylor Swift delivered a passionate speech in defense of same-sex love at the Chicago stop of her Reputation tour. Taylor Swift performing on her Reputation stadium tour (Photo: Wikipedia) GAYSTARNEWS- This is actually so sweet and so acknowledging rather than just a “pride month ” tweet. She acknowledges the pride as well as the struggle and how far we still are. UGH THANK YOU @taylorswift13 IT MEANS THE WORLD #TaylorSwift— Hiromi13 (Houston: Sec 103, row k, seat 20 & 21) (@idratherswift) June 3, 2018 Standing onstage in a rainbow dress at Soldier Field on Saturday June 2, Swift introduced her recent single Delicate by championing the need to celebrate Pride month.‘It’s very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any situation, but it’s even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love when you know that it might be met with adversity from society,’ the 28 year-old singer began.‘This month and every month I want to send my love and respect to everybody who has been brave enough to be honest about how they feel, to live their lives as they are, as they feel they should be, as they identify. This is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we’ve come, but I think we also need to acknowledge how far we have left to go.’Swift continued by encouraging her gay fans to have the courage to come out of the closet.‘I want to send my love and respect to everybody who hasn’t felt comfortable enough to come out yet… and may you do that on your own time and may we end up with a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid to say how they feel.‘When it comes to feelings and when it comes to love and searching for someone to spend your whole life with… it’s all just really, really delicate.’Fans took to social media to express their gratitude to Swift, who boasts a sizeable LGBTI fanbase.I really want to thank @taylorswift13 for the speech she gave during her 2nd night in Chicago. It really helped me gain courage to acknowledge my feelings and come out to my Dad. I’m grateful for this.#Pride— ᏰᏋᏋ (@reputationswxft) June 4, 2018 .@taylorswift13 had a speech tonight in Chicago about pride month that damn near made me cry. Look it up. Proud.— David Cook (@davidcookmusic) June 3, 2018 taylor swift giving a pride speech in front of her mainly conservative audience? props.— abby (@theagustdream) June 3, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Taylor Swift invites Hayley Kiyoko on stage and they absolutely kill duetTaylor Swift gives emotional speech at concert a year after her sexual assault trialGay couple get engaged at Taylor Swift concertRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Motorists advised to expect delays as wideload travels through area

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: Police have this morning confirmed the load will not be moving today or tomorrow (Sunday December 10) due to weather conditions. Delays are expected around the A34 this morning as a wide-load passes through North Staffordshire this morning. The load will set off from Stafford at around 8am on Saturday December 9. Police say the load will be travelling from the county town to Newcastle-under-Lyme, via the A34 Northbound. The load’s route will take it from Stafford, through Stone and then onto Newcastle. Staffordshire Police have warned motorists that delays and diversions are likely as the convoy travels through the area. Read MoreMet Office issues amber weather warning for up to 20cm of snow The load may be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions – police have said. The Met Office say snow showers are set to continue – with some sunshine also expected.last_img read more

IRCTC unravels Golden Triangle package

first_imgIndian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has rolled out a rail-based weekend travel package from November 21 that will permit fast-paced travellers to zip through the Golden Triangle comprising the three cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra in three Shatabdi express trains.The two day rail-tour package to Agra and Jaipur from Delhi has its tickets in the three Shatabdi Express linked to offer comfortable and hassle-free travel schedule to travellers.“This is one of the innovative travel packages which eminently suit those travellers who are planning a short-duration getaway. The package allows them to experience the magnificence of some of the most famous monuments in India,” said IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director A K Manocha.Beginning from November 21, the package is slated for every Saturday and Sunday. The one night/two days Golden Triangle package begins with guests boarding the Delhi Habibganj Shatabdi early morning at New Delhi station and de-boarding at Agra. The travellers will be treated to the exemplary sight of Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort and Id-Mat-ud-daula along with lunch at a star hotel in Agra. The guests will then board Agra Jaipur Shatabdi to reach Jaipur for the overnight halt. After breakfast next morning, the guests would visit the Amber Fort, the 16th century palace known for large ramparts, gates and cobbled paths. Post lunch organized at the hotel, guests can savour the grandeur of the Jaipur rulers at the City Palace museum. The journey will culminate in a travel back to the capital on Jaipur New Delhi Shatabdi.All sightseeing will be conducted in air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed guides onboard to narrate the stories and aesthetics involving the monuments.The package is priced at Rs 9,444 per person on a double occupancy basis, excluding the entry fee to monuments.last_img read more

Quarterback Carson Palmer agreed that there are ea

first_imgQuarterback Carson Palmer agreed that there are easy fixes, saying he thought the team moved the ball well for the most part but cannot afford to be settling for field goals rather than punching the ball into the end zone.“We’ll continue to work,” he said. “If there’s one thing this team does is work. We’ll continue to work and continue to get better.”In a way, while fans have reason to be frustrated and the Cardinals have reason to be disappointed, the fact that the team has had some success even in the losses could be seen as reason for optimism. Sure, it’s never enjoyable when a team costs itself a chance at wins, but at the same time, it’s better than losing because you were clearly an inferior team.The Cardinals have proven they are far from perfect, but is it difficult to see them improving where they need to?“As a group there’s a lot we can improve on, we’ve just got to continue to get better especially for 60 minutes,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “We do so well the majority of the game and then it’s one bad play here, one bad play there, mess around and cost yourself the game.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It was pretty tough, knowing that was a team we we were supposed to go out there and win (against),” running back Chris Johnson said. “We feel like we kind of lost it ourselves, we gave them the game. We had a lot of mental mistakes that we’ve got to get corrected or whatever.“But that’s another one of those games we were supposed to win.”Perhaps, as was the talk Monday at the Cardinals’ training facility, they may gain some knowledge from this defeat. As Arians said, his team will learn from what transpired in Pittsburgh and apply the lessons toward the rest of their season.Of course there are only so many learning experiences a team can afford to go through in a season and still reach the postseason, so in that regard the Cardinals must be a little careful.But if there is any panic inside the team’s locker room, the players are doing a good job of hiding it. There is a strong belief, and it’s not necessarily unwarranted, that what has ailed the Cardinals in their two losses is easily curable.“No,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said after the game when asked if he’s worried. “Our issues on offense are pretty simple to me. We just have to be more effective in the red zone. We are getting down there, we have a ton of offensive red zone snaps. We just have to execute them better. Point blank, that is where it stops. If we are scoring touchdowns and we put 30 points on the board we walk out of here with a win. In both games we lost we did not execute in the red zone. So it is not a lot of problems we have to fix it is just one glaring one.” “It was us beating us,” the coach added.That’s not to say Arians did not give the Steelers credit, because he did. But when you look at the box score, which shows the Cardinals out-gaining their opponent by a 469 yards to 310 yards margin, as well as watched the game — in which Arizona completely dominated the first 30 minutes — it’s easy to see where the coach is coming from.However, the only number that matters is the final score, and that’s where the Cardinals fell short. Again.“We’ll learn from it,” the coach concluded. “It’s not the end of the world, but you learn from it.“We had the opportunity to do something special, win two on the road. We can still do that and we’ll move on and learn from it. I like the way our football team has been resilient and bounced back so far this year.”Though the loss dropped the Cardinals’ record to 4-2, the team still holds a 1.5 game lead in the NFC West. Sure, a golden opportunity to extend their advantage to three games over the Seattle Seahawks was wasted, but as of now, disappointment seems to be about the worst thing to come from the afternoon. Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) sits on the bench late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. The Steelers won 25-13. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) In a way it is that simple. As long as the Cardinals do not commit killer penalties — they had nine for 111 yards Sunday — and don’t turn the ball over, which they did three times, chances are they will be talented enough to beat their opponent.Does a team really need to learn that penalties and turnovers are bad things? Probably not, but if there are going to be issues of any kind, now is not the worst time to have them.“For something like this to happen, it’s good that it happens in October and September, not November, December,” veteran linebacker Dwight Freeney said. “It’s a learning process. You have to learn, and I think this is what we’re going to do.“We’re going to take our bumps; no one said we’re going to win every single game, I don’t think any team — yeah, you want to — and sometimes you lose however you lose, but the big thing is making sure that we have the steam and the confidence in December and in January that those problems are corrected by then.” – / 11 TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians compared his team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, which came Sunday by a score of 25-13, to the one it suffered a couple weeks before.“Same scenarios, and it was like déjà vu from St. Louis,” he said, referencing Arizona’s 24-22 Week 4 home defeat.The gist, anyway, was that the Cardinals did plenty of good things — including moving the ball up and down the field with relative ease — but couldn’t come through in the red zone and made enough mistakes, be it penalties, turnovers, missed assignments or a combination of all three to cost them a chance at a win. 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photo by James Horecka Architect AIA Thank you

first_img[photo by James Horecka, Architect, AIA]Thank you so much for sharing your awesome photos with us! August 17, 2012We continue our report of last Saturdays FLAM CHEN performance.The evening started with a lively performance in the Vaults by Here are a few more photos of the wonderful FLAM CHEN performance[photo by James Horecka, Architect, AIA][photo by Tomiaki Tamura][photo by Charles Wicker]last_img