Gabbard dropped from Democratic Party presidential debate lineup

first_imgNew York: Tulsi Gabbard, the Hindu aspirant for the Democratic Party nomination for the US presidency, has been dropped by the party from the roster of ten candidates to feature in the next debate, dealing her campaign a setback and dimming its national exposure. Gabbard accused the party leadership of using a process that “lacks transparency” in the decision to drop her from the third national debate on September 12, the line up for which was announced on Thursday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US While some like New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who did not qualify for the third debate, have dropped out the race for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in next year’s election, Gabbard is continuing her campaign. Kamala Harris, the California senator who is of Indian and African-Jamaican descent, has made the cut for the debate, although she is slipping in the polls. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) reduced the number of candidates in the third debate to ten from the 20 in the first two by raising the threshold for participation requiring them to have at least 2 per cent support in four polls and financial contributions from a minimum of 130,000 individuals with at least 400 each from 20 states. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Gabbard met the financial requirement and got at least 2 per cent in four polls, but the DNC recognised only two of them. In an interview to Fox News on Wednesday, she said, “The DNC has only recognised some of them as being qualifying polls for the debate. The whole thing gets a little bit confusing.” “The bigger problem is that the whole process really lacks transparency,” she said. “A small group of really powerful political elites, the establishment, making decisions that serve their interests, and maintaining that power, while the rest of us are left outside,” she added. Gabbard, has rankled the party establishment with her independent opinions, some shaped by her military service in Iraq. RealClear Politics (RCP), an authoritative source for tracking electoral politics, in its latest aggregation of various national polls puts former Vice President Joe Biden at the top with 28.9 per cent support, followed by Senators Bernie Sanders at 17.1 per cent, Elizabeth Warren at 16.5 percent and Harris at 7 per cent. In RCP’s ranking, Gabbard comes ninth with 1.4 per cent. But the DNC recognised and moved up former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, whose average was only 1.1 percent and meeting the 2 percent threshold in only 2 polls, and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who got only 0.9 per cent average in the RCP average of polls, ahead of her using a different criterion that takes into account certain state-level polls. Gabbard’s has also had to contend with Google undercutting her campaign by suspending her ads at a crucial time when interest in her candidacy was soaring after the first debate. She is suing the company in a federal court for $50 million for damaging her campaign and asking it stop Google “from further intermeddling” in the 2020 election, in effect censoring her. Google denied the accusation and claimed the suspension was done automatically because her ad spending increased. Gabbard, who is not of Indian descent but a Hindu, is a member of the House of Representatives from Hawaii. She is a major in the Army National Guard, which is broadly like the territorial army, and has served on the war front in Iraq. In the middle of the campaign, she was called to active duty for two weeks this month. Drawing on her personal experience of war, she opposes interventions abroad by the US. She has been criticised for her opposition to bombings in Syria and for meeting that country’s leader Bashar al-Assad. On domestic policies she veers left supporting universal health care and restrictions on corporations. Although she is now running against Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, she backed him against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries and resigned as a vice chair of the DNC to endorse him. She has suffered from Hinduphobia and attacked as a “Hindu nationalist.” In January she wrote in an article for Religious News Service that “some media outlets have chosen to craft a false narrative” of characterising her and her supporters as “Hindu Nationalists” and “targeting and profiling them.” She wrote that she was branded a “Hindu Nationalist” for meeting Modi even though others like former President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump, Clinton and some members of Congress have also met him. She added, “To question my commitment to my country, while not questioning non-Hindu leaders, creates a double standard that can be rooted in only one thing: religious bigotry. I am Hindu and they are not.” Harris, who scored as high as 20 per cent in the polls after the first debate in June, has now slid to 7 per cent. She has been criticised for her role as a strict prosecutor in California before becoming a senator and for changing her position on allowing private health insurance companies to operate.last_img read more

Matthew Morrison To Support Human Rights Campaign With New Album

first_imgEMMY, TONY, and Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison is proud to announce that he is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in support of LGBT equality.Video: Matthew Morrison for HRC’s Americans for Marriage EqualityPartial proceeds from the pre-sale of his new studio album, Where It All Began, will benefit HRC. The album, which will be released on June 4, 2013, features an assortment of classic standards, many of which were first made famous in Broadway musicals. Morrison turned to legendary producer Phil Ramone, along with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Gregg Field, to create the 12 songs featured on Where It All Began. The record marks the first release from 222 Records, the newly formed label from Adam Levine. Place your pre-order of Where It All Began now, on, and 222 Records in partnership with Matthew Morrison will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Human Rights Campaign.“I’m thrilled to join HRC in their vital work to bring full equality to all Americans,” said Matthew Morrison. “At this decisive moment, when there is so much work still ahead, I’m standing with HRC and LGBT people across the country until this fight is won.”Matthew has used his platform to publicly support LGBT equality and today released a video for HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality. The public engagement campaign features prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, and political and civic leaders.“It was so great working with Matthew on Where It All Began. He is an amazing artist and we are longtime friends,” said Adam Levine. “We’re both huge supporters of the LGBT community and I’m glad that partial proceeds from the pre-sale of this album will go toward such a great cause.”“Not only is Matthew a brilliant musical talent, but perhaps more importantly he is a fantastic human being,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “His support for equality at this critical time in our nation’s history is something that is important to all fair minded Americans.”last_img read more

Attawapiskat also facing health crisis residents

first_imgAPTN National NewsHousing conditions on Attawapiskat are capturing the headlines.But the sad truth is there are many challenges that the community faces.As APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin found out in Attawapiskat, many are struggling daily just to stay alive.last_img

Tears 4 Justice Walk in BC rolls into Smithers

first_img(Tears 4 Justice walkers leave Moricetown, B.C. and head south towards Smithers where the MMIWG Inquiry starts up Tuesday. Photo: John Murray/APTN)John Murray APTN National News Surrounded by autumn colours and mountain-side mist, people gathered for the Tears 4 Justice Walk to honour and recognize those who are missed and gone, and make the journey from Moricetown, B.C. south to Smithers where the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding three days of hearings.Gladys Radek, whose niece Tamara Chipman, 22, vanished in 2005 along Hwy 16, continues a walk that she has done for the last seven years.“We all walked for this national public inquiry,” she told the gathered crowd. “We would not stop walking until we got our national public inquiry.”Following a ceremony and reflection, walkers left Moricetown, B.C, accompanied by commissioner Michele Audette.The walkers split the seven-hour walking journey into sections – different groups covered the walk along Hwy 16, also known as the Highway of Tears because of the number of Indigenous women who have gone missing or have been murdered, to Smithers.“There are many families that will be in Smithers this week and we need to pray for them, we need to send them love, send them strength, and give them all the energy they need because they are making history this week,” said Audette.“They are writing a new chapter for Canada.”(Rhonda Lee McIsaac came from Haida Gwaii to join the walk. Photo: John Murray/APTN)People from across Canada travelled to join the walk.Rhonda Lee McIsaac, an Anishinaabe woman living in Haida Gwaii, felt her presence was necessary.She also felt strongly about wearing her jingle dress.“My teachings simply say that when the dress is needed, when this medicine is needed, this is why I am walking,” she said. “There are other people who cannot walk so I am walking for them.“It is an honour to be responsible to carry those teachings and to actually live those teachings, and infuse this dress with the power of other people.”Chief Commissioner Marion Buller joined the walkers for the last hour of the walk into Smithers.Radek warned those gathered that the inquiry won’t satisfy everyone.“It might not be the answer for everybody, but it is the answer for somebody,” she said. “All of our families need answers.”The hearings in Smithers starts Tuesday.Contact John here: jmurray@aptn.calast_img read more

If you want your child to become chowkidar vote for Modi Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Taking a dig at BJP’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said Wednesday that if people want their children to become watchmen, they should vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And if they want good education, they should vote for Aam Aadmi Party, he said. Kejriwal, in a tweet in Hindi, said Modi wants the whole country try to become ‘chowkidar’ (watchman). “If people want their children to become chowkidar, they should vote for Modi but if they want their child to get good education and become doctor, engineer or lawyer, they should vote for AAP,” he said in his tweet in Hindi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder On Saturday, Modi had urged his supporters to take the ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ (I too am watchman) pledge, saying he is not alone in the fight against graft and social evils. Since then, the BJP has stepped up its ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign with the prime minister and other party leaders, including its president Amit Shah, prefixing the word ‘chowkidar’ to their names in their Twitter profiles as they sought people’s support in the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

Adverse effects of shrimp fishing need to be addressed warns UN report

17 February 2009A new United Nations report released today urged countries to increase efforts to halt the economic and environmental threats posed by shrimp fishing, a major source of income for many developing countries. Rampant overfishing, harmful trawling practices and poor management of fishing sites are causing significant damage to seabeds and endangering important fish stocks, warned the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report.Shrimps and prawns are among the most important internationally-traded fishery products, with a value of $10 billion, or 16 per cent of global industrial fishing exports, and shrimp fisheries generate substantial economic benefits, especially for many developing countries.The Global Study of Shrimp Fisheries reviews current problems and solutions of shrimp fishing in ten countries: Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Madagascar, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.“For millions of poor vulnerable households, shrimp fishing is an important source of cash and employment,” said Jeremy Turner, Chief of the FAO Fishing Technology Service.“But shrimp fishing is also associated with overfishing, capture of juveniles of ecologically important and economically valuable species, coastal habitat degradation, illegal trawling, the destruction of seagrass beds and conflicts between artisanal and industrial fisheries,” added Mr. Turner.Trawling in tropical regions can result in large amounts of unwanted catch that is either discarded or kept on board, further threatening endangered species and already heavily exploited fish stocks. Bycatch often includes juveniles of important commercial fish species, such as cod, rockfish, red snapper, croaker, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and weakfish, as well as sea turtles.FAO estimates that shrimp trawl fisheries are the single greatest source of bycatch, accounting for over 27 per cent or 1.86 million tons of discarded fish.The report recommends that bycatch reduction efforts should focus on medium and large-scale shrimp fisheries, where significant cutbacks have already been achieved by applying modifications to fishing gear, catch quotas, discard bans and improvements in bycatch handling and marketing.Many of the problems caused by shrimp fishing can also be mitigated by promoting sustainable, fishing management schemes, reducing fishing capacity and addressing the issue of open access according to Mr. Turner.The report cites Australia’s prawn fisheries and some cold-water shrimp fisheries as some of the best managed in the world, based on fishers’ participation, managed bycatch, reduced discards and the use of property rights in management. The report also urges countries to make agencies more effective and to provide legislation protecting access to fisheries. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.48 points to 15,219.58, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 17.70 points to 21,981.62. The S&P 500 index was down 8.35 points to 2,468.00 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 38.95 points to 6,323.99.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.54 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 79.91 cents US.The September crude contract was down 30 cents to US$48.86 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.82 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $2.80 to US$1,276.60 an ounce and the September copper contract was down one cent to US$2.87 a pound. read more

UN summit meeting in 2005 to review progress towards global antipoverty goals

Unanimously adopting a resolution on the format and organization of its work from late June through mid-September, the Assembly agreed that a High-Level Millennium review would be held from 14 to 16 September, and include the same format of debates and roundtable discussions of the 2000 Millennium Summit. At that meeting four years ago, world leaders adopted the Millennium Declaration that provided a blueprint to build a better and safer world for the next century through collective security and a global partnership for development. The MDGs themselves aim at a series of ambitious targets, ranging from halving extreme poverty, to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, to providing universal primary education, all by 2015. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report last month unveiling his ideas for the five-year review summit that the decisions to be taken at the meeting “may determine the whole future of the United Nations.” He added: “Even more important, they will offer us our best – perhaps our only – chance to ensure a safer, more just and more prosperous world in the new century, not only for our own sakes but for those of our children and grandchildren.” The Assembly also decided to hold a High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development as a follow-up to the 2002 UN International Conference on Financing for Development, which was held in Monterrey, Mexico. The session would convene from 27 and 28 June 2005 in New York immediately prior to the ministerial segment of the 2005 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in order for the Dialogue’s recommendations to be considered during the preparatory process for the Millennium review. For its sixtieth session, the Assembly scheduled its traditional general debate – which attracts heads of State and government from across the planet – for 17 September to 23 September, and 26 September to 28 September 2005 on the understanding that those arrangements in no way created a precedent for future sessions. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,669.04 up 21.14 points):Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:CLL). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 24.62 per cent, at 24.5 cents on 9.36 million shares. The energy sector slipped 0.51 per cent to 254.15 points as the price of crude oil dipped 15 cents US to $104.55 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Unchanged at $2.72 on 9.24 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up 16 cents, or 3.27 per cent, at $5.06 on 7.25 million shares. Its transportation subsidiary won a US$383 million contract to help deliver technology for a transit system in Saudi Arabia.Energizer Resources Inc. (TSX:EGZ). Mine explorer. Up 16.5 cents, or 150 per cent, at 27.5 cents on 7.18 million shares. The Toronto-based company’s shares soared after it tested greater than 99.9 per cent graphitic carbon on a purification test from its Molo flake graphite deposit in Madagascar.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down 23 cents, or 0.71 per cent, at $31.97 on 3.15 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (924.69 down 0.60 point):Alberta Oilsands Inc. (TSXV:AOS). Oilsands explorer. Up half a cents, or 3.57 per cent, at 14.5 cents on 8.68 million shares.ArPetrol Ltd. (TSXV:RPT). Oil and gas exploration. Unchanged at half a cent on 5.82 million shares.Company reporting major news:Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Retail. Up 96 cents, or 5.82 per cent, at $17.45 on 1.10 million shares after announcing it will buy U.S. luxury retailer Saks in a US$2.9-billion friendly deal. Canada’s oldest retailer said it will open up to seven full-line Saks stores in Canada, about two dozen locations under a discount banner and is eyeing the possibility of starting a real estate investment trust.Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ). Down $1.07, or 19.63 per cent, at $1.96 million shares. The mining company is expecting a delay in developing its Oyu Tolgoi copper project in Mongolia due to the government’s financing process. The company formerly known as Ivanhoe Mines said it continues to work toward finalizing project financing, and says that operations of the open-pit mine will continue.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (TSX:VRX). Phamarceutical. Down 34 cents, or 0.36 per cent, at $94.06 on 421,763 shares. The Canadian drugmaker will cut as much as 15 per cent of its work force, which is between 1,850 and 2,775 people companywide. It will also move Bausch + Lomb’s headquarters to New Jersey as part of its $8.7 billion acquisition. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2013 5:33 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Seánie Willie and Pat Morning in the dock for three wise men

first_imgTHERE WAS NO early morning arrests, no Garda vans escorting them to the court. Not like last time.This time these three former bankers had to wait outside court number one just like everyone else before proceedings got under way at the Courts of Criminal Justice yesterday morning.It was just before 10.30am and Anglo Irish Bank’s former chairman and CEO Seán FitzPatrick, former finance director Willie McAteer and former MD of Irish operations Patrick Whelan were huddled with their respective loved ones and legal teams.Dark suits were the order of the day, all three dressed in them. FitzPatrick wore a bright pink tie, McAteer opted for a light blue number while Whelan opted for the open neck shirt.The men did not speak to each other, nor did they sit together as they waited to be called before Judge Cormac Dunne who first heard a number of other cases, mainly for smaller offences, once proceedings got under way.By contrast to those cases these three men stand accused of providing unlawful financial assistance to 16 individuals in an attempt to prop up the share price of a bank that was once considered one of the world’s best and now no longer exists.At least in name. Not so much in debt. The debt is still there. We all know about the debt.McAteer accompanied by his wife Maria at Dublin District Court yesterday (Julien Behal/PA Wire)Just after 11am the trio – Seánie, Willie and Pat – were called to the dock and shuffled in, sitting tightly together on the short bench, Seánie in the middle with his arms crossed, his stone-faced complexion a little red.That famous cheeky grin is now extinct it would seem.In what seemed to be a show of strength, officials from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement attempted to deliver the books of evidence box-by-box to the men in the dock.There were nine in total – three boxes for each of the accused – with big A4 ring binders inside. As they laid the boxes beside the defendants, the nearest one – McAteer – smiled but beside him FitzPatrick appeared less than pleased.The judge halted the move, questioning the sense of it all and the box-by-box delivery stopped.The hearing was short, no more than ten minutes and the formalities were completed in silence before the judge informed the three men that if they wanted to rely on alibis in their defence they must notify the authorities and the prosecution.The three nodded to indicate they understood.Whelan’s solicitor asked that her client’s bail terms be suspended during any period of travel where prior notification has been given and the judge agreed to this.Whelan leaves Dublin District Court yesterday (Julien Behal/PA Wire)The case was sent for trial at the Circuit Criminal Court where it will be mentioned at some point before Christmas. When it will go to a trial before a judge and jury is less clear.The three men then left the court to sign their bail bonds, another formality, as journalists left the court to await their emergence outside, the cameras lying in wait.Waiting too was a man with a letter that he wanted to give to FitzPatrick as well as ask him two questions. The Gardaí put a stop to this man’s attempts to deliver his letter before FitzPatrick emerged to the waiting media pack.With legal counsel Michael Staines and a Garda escort he made his way to a nearby taxi.Unbeknownst to most of the waiting journalists and photographers, McAteer slipped out too, into the taxi in front of FitzPatrick’s with minimum fuss as the media pack chased Seánie.Later Whelan emerged too, completing the exit of the three wise men of Anglo who are on a journey that has only just begun.Comments are disabled as court proceedings are active. Video: Seán FitzPatrick leaves court after case sent for trialYesterday: FitzPatrick and two other former Anglo execs sent forward for trialPreviously: A nice tan but no cheeky grin from Seánie on his day in courtlast_img read more

Tempête Xynthia Le bilan en France porté à 45 morts

first_imgTempête Xynthia : Le bilan en France porté à 45 mortsLe bilan ne cesse de s’alourdir. La tempête qui a traversé le pays depuis hier a entraîné la mort de nombreux français et semé la désolation.45 morts, des dizaines de blessés, un million de foyers privés d’électricité, les conséquences de la tempête Xynthia sont catastrophiques. Le porte-parole de la sécurité civile n’en revient pas. Il déclare à l’AFP: “le bilan évolue de minute en minute avec l’avancée des recherches et est susceptible de s’alourdir avec nos reconnaissances plus en avant à l’intérieur des terres dans les maisons, dans les parkings”. Xynthia a quitté la France en fin d’après-midi se déplaçant vers le Benelux et l’Allemagne, mais les pompiers continuent d’intervenir partout à travers le pays. Au total, ils ont procédé à plus de 25 000 interventions. Interrogé par Ouest France, Hubert Dreveton, chef prévisionniste de Météo france a expliqué les causes de la tempête: “Les tempêtes sont assez habituelles en février sur la France, mais celle-là est d’une ampleur et d’une intensité très au-dessus de ce qu’on observe habituellement. Ces tempêtes s’expliquent par la conjonction d’un courant-jet (jet stream en anglais) en haute altitude, avec des vents d’ouest rapides et très forts, et d’une masse d’air chaud en basse couche, dans les 1500 premiers mètres de l’atmosphère. L’interaction entre les vents d’altitude et les anomalies chaudes en basse couche entraîne un creusement, c’est à dire une baisse de la pression, et la formation d’une dépression”.Le 28 février 2010 à 20:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

McLaren announces plans for a new grand touring model in Geneva

first_imgEnlarge ImageOur first glance at McLaren’s next model, which aims to take on the greatest GT cars. McLaren McLaren used its Geneva Motor Show press conference Tuesday to announce that the British company will build a new “Grand Tourer” model. The GT’s name has yet to be revealed, but McLaren did show a heavily camouflaged photo of the car.The fourth car to debut under McLaren’s so-called Track25 business plan, the new grand tourer will not be part of one of the company’s existing model ranges. Instead, McLaren describes it as a “unique, tailored model” that, while still a high-performance mid-engined machine, will offer high levels of everyday livability.”It will be a car that combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a beautiful lightweight body,” said McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. “It’s a car that has been designed for distance and one that will also provide the comfort and space expected of a Grand Tourer.” 66 Photos Tags 2020 McLaren 720S Spider is an open-air cruise missile Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 0 Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard As with all its models, McLaren will focus on performance engineering even with the grand tourer, promising it’ll be the quickest and lightest model in its class, with the best power-to-weight ratio. McLaren wouldn’t say which cars it considers to be competitors to the forthcoming GT, but did say it’ll “share its DNA with the 250-mph McLaren Speedtail.”More information on the new car will be rolled out over the following months, with McLaren promising updates on its website at Given how much we like the company’s existing performance cars, we’re eager to learn more about McLaren’s first proper GT. reading • McLaren announces plans for a new grand touring model in Geneva • McLaren Preview • 2020 McLaren 720S Spider first drive: World-class performance now comes with a view More From Roadshow Geneva Motor Show 2019center_img Post a comment Share your voice More about 2020 McLaren 720S Spider Geneva Motor Show 2019 McLaren Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Review • 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer Performance Cars Coupes See Alllast_img read more

Economy and Markets India financial markets shut on Feb 13

first_imgA man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while celebrating the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai, India April 26, 2017.Reuters fileAsian shares edged higher as Japanese equities joined the global rally following a holiday on Monday and after Wall Street extended rebound from last week’s steep fall.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 percent after sliding to its lowest level since December 11 on Friday. U.S. rose for the second day on Monday after posting their biggest weekly drop in two years.Indian stocks, bonds and currency markets are closed on Tuesday for a public holiday and trading will resume on Wednesday.Economic data: Retail inflation slightly eased to 5.07 percent in January from a 17-month high in December but remained above the cebtral bank’s medium-term target of 4 percent. Separately, industrial output grew 7.1 percent in December compared with 6.2 percent forecast in a Reuters poll.Oil demand: Oil consumption in India rose 10.3 percent in January, its fourth straight monthly gain, powered by the improvement in road freight transport coupled with growing use of cars and scooters.Earnings: Companies announcing their results in this week include Bank of India, Britannia Industries, GAIL and Tata Power.last_img read more

BNP asks EC to allow alternative candidates

BNP asks EC to allow alternative candidates

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday demanded the election commission either allow alternative candidates or reschedule the election date for those constituencies where BNP candidates have been declared illegal by the High Court, reports UNB.”Already, our eight candidates have been declared illegal by the court. We declared one candidate for each constituency who were declared legal by the EC. If these candidates are declared illegal now, who’ll take the responsibility?,” BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan asked.The BNP leader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting with the CEC and its other officials at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.When the election commission declared them legal, the court is declaring them illegal. If there was any mistake it was done by the EC, he said.”We’ve proposed the election commission two things — either allow us to field alternative candidates to those constituencies where BNP candidates have been declared illegal by the court or reschedule the election there,” he said.The election commission heard our complaints and said they will take a decision in this regard soon, he said.The High Court declared eight BNP aspirants illegal who were earlier declared qualified by the returning officers and the election commission. The eight aspirants filed nominations for Jamalpur-4, Bagura-3, Brahmanbaria-4, Rangpur-1, Mymensingh-8, Jhenaidah-2, Joypurhat-1 and Rajshahi-6.BNP vice chairman Selima Rahman, joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, BNP chairperson’s adviser Bijan Kanti Sarker were present.last_img read more

Whats In Store For Houstons Apartment Market In 2018

Whats In Store For Houstons Apartment Market In 2018

first_img Share On average, apartment rents in Greater Houston went up slightly over the course of 2017, from $967 per month to $1,009. That’s according to But experts say that increase is starting to flatten out again.So, what can renters expect if they’re looking for a new place – or to renew their lease – in the coming year? And how does that compare to what we saw in 2016 and 2017? And how has Hurricane Harvey affected the supply and demand – and therefore the cost – of renting an apartment these days?Houston Matters finds out more from Bruce McClenny, president of, and Michelle Pawelek, president of the Houston Apartment Association.last_img read more

Annapolis Featured in Ad with Charles Barkley Samuel L Jackson and Spike

Annapolis Featured in Ad with Charles Barkley Samuel L Jackson and Spike

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new Capital One commercial features the city of Annapolis — along with former basketball star Charles Barkley, actor Samuel L. Jackson and director Spike Lee.The commercial shows the trio road-tripping to the NCAA basketball final four.But instead of arriving in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the games will take place, Barkley drives them to Annapolis, 600 miles east. A sign is shown welcoming the group to Maryland’s capital city.“Wake up, fellas. We’re finally here,” Barkley says. “In the Annapolis. Now we’ve just got to find the stadium.”Jackson and Lee go on to explain to Barkley they’re supposed to be in Indianapolis, not “in the Annapolis.”“Uh oh,” Barkley says.Connie Del Signore, president and CEO of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Convention and Visitors Bureau, called the commercial hilarious.The confusion between Annapolis and Indianapolis, a city of more than 800,000 people, isn’t new, she said.When Del Signore took the position with the convention and visitors bureau, she said some of her colleagues in the industry congratulated her on the new job in Indianapolis.“I used this with the CVB team to say ‘Look, we need to brand ourselves,’” she said. “That has been our main objective.”With the amount of advertising and branding the bureau has done over the past 12 years, coupled with the times Del Signore has heard the confusion herself, she said the bureau will take “some credit for planting the seed” for the commercial.“National placement,” she said. “Do you know how much CVBs would pay for this exposure?”___Information from: The Capital, read more

Milwaukee Officer Involved in NBA Players Arrest Fired

Milwaukee Officer Involved in NBA Players Arrest Fired

first_imgBy IVAN MORENO, Associated PressMILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks’ player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts mocking the incident, the city’s police chief said Thursday.Police Chief Alfonso Morales said the firing decision was not tied to anything Erik Andrade did when Brown was arrested, but explained that the social media posts compromised the officer’s ability to testify in other cases. Morales spoke about the case at a Marquette University event.In this April 1, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is seen during an NBA basketball game in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he’s Black. A group of officers swarmed on him at a Walgreens parking lot because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets. Brown was standing with the officers waiting for a citation for parking in a disabled spot early on Jan. 26, but never appeared to threaten police before or during his arrest, according to police body camera videos.Andrade later mocked Brown on Facebook for his arrest .“Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeer,” one Facebook post read, referencing a slogan used to cheer on the Bucks at games. Andrade also posted a racist meme of Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.Morales said in a statement that Andrade’s posts violate the department’s social media policies.“They have a racist connotation and are derogatory, mocking an individual who was recently the subject of officers’ use of force,” Morales said. “Such comments also directly affect his credibility and ability to testify in future hearings as a member of this Department. I have not, and will not, tolerate such behavior.”Andrade was at the scene when Brown was arrested but was not among the officers who took him down, according to police. A total of 11 officers involved in the arrest were disciplined or retrained, but Andrade was not among those punished at the time.The president of the Milwaukee Police Association, Mike Crivello, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on behalf of Andrade. Andrade does not have a listed phone number.Morales apologized to Brown for his officers’ actions and the Bucks’ second-year guard was never charged with anything.last_img read more

First Seasons of The Bachelor The Bachelorette to Stream Free on Tubi

First Seasons of The Bachelor The Bachelorette to Stream Free on Tubi

first_imgFree-streaming TV service Tubi has accepted the rose — with a throwback to the very first runs of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.”Starting April 1, the ad-supported video on demand service will offer the first seasons of reality-dating shows “The Bachelor” (from 2002) and “The Bachelorette” (from 2003). It also will stream “The Bachelorette: Trista & Ryan’s Wedding,” also from 2003, a three-part special featuring the nuptials of former contestants Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter.Those three series are currently not available on any other streaming platforms. Previously, ABC had offered the first seasons of the show and the wedding special on its digital apps and website.In addition, Tubi has acquired AVOD rights to season 5 of “Bachelor in Paradise,” which aired on ABC last year with Chris Harrison reprising his role from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” as the host of the show. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Tubi picked up the rights the shows under a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “The Bachelor,” “The Bachlorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” are produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.“Bachelor Nation will soon get to see how it all started when both debut seasons launch on Tubi,” said Adam Lewinson, Tubi’s chief content officer. “This massive franchise strengthens our larger content partnership with Warner Bros. and marks the first of many big reality series we’re bringing to the service.”The deal for the shows comes after Tubi reached a pact with NBCUniversal to add close to 400 movies and TV show episodes to its service. Some of the titles coming to Tubi’s service under the agreement include “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” “The A-Team,” “Punky Brewster,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “Quantum Leap.”Currently, Tubi’s service is available only in the U.S. and Canada. The company says it expects to spend more than $100 million in content licensing deals in 2019 to augment its content library, which currently includes over 12,000 movies and TV shows (representing around 40,000 hours of content).Tubi is available on multiple platforms including Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku, iOS and Android, Comcast’s Xfinity X1, Chromecast, Samsung televisions, and Xbox and PlayStation consoles. The company doesn’t disclose how many people use the service, but claims total viewing time last year increased by 4.3 times over 2017.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Reviving classical art

Reviving classical art

first_imgIn an effort to recreate and revive the Indian classical theatre, National School of Drama is organising the performance of Abhignana Shakuntalam under the direction of Rita Ganguly, an eminent professor of the school. Sanskrit classical theatre has a highly developed theatre technique and its training is an integral part of NSD curriculum, giving an opportunity to the students to interpret contemporary theatre practice inspired by classical theatre. Abhignana Shakuntalam will be presented by second year students of NSD,  incorporating contemporary issues along with Kalidasa’s immortal verses. The performances are scheduled from September 11 to 15 at 6:30 pm with one additional show on September 12 at 3 pm at Abhimanch auditorium, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Lane off Bhagwandas Road. NSD has invited one of the senior most theatre teachers Rita Ganguly, who also introduced a syllabus called Movement and Mime at NSD and has taught in the School for 35 years. Rita Ganguly spoke to Millennium Post and revealed, “Its been hardly three weeks that second year students are learning and I think they’re doing quite well.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Delving into the techniques used in Sanskrit classical theatre, Rita Ganguly said, “We need a serious effort to revive our classical theatre. It is the most developed form of theatre on which there is treatise. Nowhere across the world do you have a treatise over theatre techniques for voice, speech, body and internalisation. Internalisation means a person becoming a patra (vessel or carrier) through which the character is presented to the audience.”  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKalidasa’s immortal work Abhignana Shakuntalam has been a seminal text through centuries. NSD will present the play in the contemporary context of women’s emancipation and will utilise the techniques of classical theatre. It will represent today’s atrocities and trauma faced by a young girl every day. Shakuntala, a young woman, brought up at the hermitage of Kanvarishi, was seduced by the king Dushyant. Later, he refused to recognize the girl and denied the possibility of the girl being impregnated by him. She was rejected and insulted in the court. Years later, he comes to meet Shakuntala, to win back his abandoned wife and his son Bharata.  In the presentation, Shakuntala refuses to go back, just like in Ramayana, where Sita sends forth Luv and Kush to Ram but refuses to go back with her husband. There is a growing awareness, in the world, to preserve ancient traditions. Thus Globe Theatre is being revived in London, Noh and Kabuki Theatre is zealously preserved in Japan and the Classical Greek Theatre in Greece. In this backdrop it becomes imperative to look at our own heritage and attempt to revive our classical theatre which goes back at least 5000 years.last_img read more