School land leased out to Nithyananda’s ashram: CBSE seeks report from Gujarat

first_imgThe Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has sought a report from Gujarat Education department on how land of a school was leased out to self-styled godman Nithyanand’s ashram in Ahmedabad without its permission, according to officials.“The board has written to the State Education Department to inquire into the matter of leasing out land of DPS Maninagar, Ahmedabad to Swami Nityananda ashram without permission of the board,” a senior CBSE official said.“It has been asked to conduct the enquiry expeditiously and convey the outcome of the report and status of No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by the State department to the school for seeking CBSE affiliation,” the official added.last_img

Agent Viru

first_imgSaturday, February 19It wasn’t easy getting hold of Agent Viru after his knock of 175 in the tournament opener against Bangladesh. Just short of midnight, though, I received his replies to my texts. And, they sure were worth the wait. On how he got Sachin Tendulkar run out, Viru replied, “Coach asked me to watch the ball. How can I watch the ball and the other batsman at the same time?” On what it was like to bat for 47 overs, he texted, “Life-changing experience. Now, I know why Dravid and Gambhir have such long faces. The boredom of batting between overs 20 to 35 could make even Shah Rukh Khan look like a cow.”Sunday, February 20Agent Viru’s stated intention to bat 50 overs has sent bowlers in every team queuing for life insurance. One day before their first game, Mitchell Johnson told Brett Lee, “Jeez, I didn’t think he was serious about it, mate. Any chance we may not crash out before facing him?”Viru was not amused, though. “I am scared of Johnson. He is a smart man. We Indian players only open restaurants. But he started Johnson’s baby powder. I used it on my son’s bum when he had rashes. See? Both his bowling and business involve him spraying it around. How smart is that?” said Viru.Monday, February 21 I caught up with Agent Viru at the coffee shop of ITC Gardenia, Bangalore, where he was reading the Sri Lanka vs Canada match report. Without taking his eyes off the newspaper he confessed that for the longest time he had no idea that countries like Canada also played cricket. “It turns out that even Canadians don’t know that,” a deadpan Viru added.advertisementTuesday, February 22One day after the Australia vs Zimbabwe match, the Gujarat Cricket Association lodged a complaint against Australian captain Ricky Ponting for smashing an lcd tv in the dressing room after being run out. They are angry because they believe only their President, Narendra Modi, has the right to break unnecessary items like screens, cameras and the law. When asked about it, Ponting initially claimed that he was in such good form that he was seeing the ball as large as an lcd screen and mistook the one in the dressing room for a ball. Later, smarter brains got together and drafted the official version. Apparently, the tv wasn’t working and Ponting simply tapped the top of the screen to get it started. “It’s not his fault that he’s built like Khalli and the tv like Ajit Agarkar,” the press release said. Viru, on hearing of the controversy, looked concerned. “I hope Sreesanth doesn’t get fined for that smashed tv,” he told me.Thursday, February 24 “What’s common between India in 2007 and Australia in 2011?” Agent Viru texted me early in the morning. “Greg Chappell,” promptly came the reply too. The joke is now doing the rounds in every team. Word has it that the Australian chief selector’s special liking for middle-aged, left-handed batsmen will do to Australia what it did to India four years ago. Worse, Ponting believes so too and is said to have communicated some choicest Australian pleasantries to Chappell after hearing about Michael Hussey’s recovery from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the World Cup squad.Highlight of the weekPakistan captain Shahid Afridi was spotted thinking. No one remembers when he was last seen doing that.The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.last_img read more

10 months agoMolde chief Neerland: We couldn’t block Solskjaer moving to Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Molde chief Neerland: We couldn’t block Solskjaer moving to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde management admit they were blindsided by Manchester United’s move for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Solskjaer, who signed a new deal as manager of Norwegian club Molde earlier this month, was appointed interim boss until the end of the season on Wednesday.Molde managing director Oystein Neerland said they were called by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Tuesday and both he and Solskjaer “didn’t see it coming.””I think it is double sided,” Neerland told BBC Sport.”On one hand, Molde lose their manager for the next months who had just agreed a new three-year contract. On the other hand, Molde will not get in the way of such an opportunity.”When the biggest club in the world call and ask to borrow your manager from a club the size of Molde, you have to say yes.”Solskjaer has been dreaming about this. It is no longer a dream.” last_img read more

Heat wave breaks temperature records across the Peace Region

first_imgPeace River broke the previous record high of 29.6 degrees, which was recorded on June 19th, 1982. That community saw a high of 31.1 degrees on Tuesday. Tuesday’s high of 32.1 degrees in High Level was also record-breaking, topping the previous record by 3.2 degrees. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The heat wave that has gripped much of B.C. and Alberta since Sunday has broken temperature records across the Peace Region.On Tuesday, Fort St. John got close to but didn’t break the June 19th record high temperature, as the airport weather station recorded a high of 30.2 degrees. That’s 0.4 degrees below the previous highest temperature on that day, which was recorded way back in 1950. Dawson Creek also came close to breaking the June 19th all-time high temperature of 29.9 degrees, which was recorded in 1982. Yesterday’s high in the Mile Zero City was 29.4 degrees.Fort Nelson was by far one of the hottest places in the Peace, setting a new all-time high-temperature record of 34.6 degrees Celsius, and breaking the previous record of 32.2 degrees that dates to 1950. Grande Prairie also broke the June 19th high-temperature record yesterday, as the recorded high of 30.8 degrees broke the 30.0-degree record that was set back in 1948.last_img read more

James Bond should always be played by a man Eva Green

first_imgLos Angeles: Former Bond Girl Eva Green is not in the favour of flipping the gender of 007 spy as she believes it would be wrong to ignore the history of the character, which has always been played by a man. The “Casino Royale” star, considered one of the best Bond girls in the history of the franchise, says women should create their own action film legacy. Daniel Craig is set to leave the franchise after the release of Cary Fukunaga’s “Bond 25” in April 2020 and there is already a lot of speculation about his replacement with names such as Idris Elba and Richard Madden doing the rounds. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Some actors and fans are in favour of giving a gender swap to the character as they believe it is time for a female actor to take on the role, created by Ian Fleming. “I’m for women, but I really think James Bond should remain a man. It doesn’t make sense for him to be a woman. Women can play different types of characters, be in action movies, and be superheroes, but James Bond should always be a man and not be Jane Bond. There is history with the character that should continue. He should be played by a man,” Green told Vanity Fair on the “Dumbo” red carpet. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Green is proud of the fact that her character Vesper Lynd brought about a change in the way Bond girls are perceived. “I originally had reservations about being a Bond girl. I didn’t want to be a bimbo. The women are now perceived differently. They are intelligent and sassy and fascinating. I loved playing Vesper. She’s the only one to get to Bond’s heart and has a big impact on his life,” she said. “Bond 25” will be Craig’s fifth outing as 007 following “Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace”, “Skyfall” and “Spectre”.last_img read more

The Rams Really Made A Mess Of Things

It’s appropriate that the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever saw an interception on the first pass and set a record for the longest punt in a title game. In a season with the second-most points scored per game in NFL history, it was defense, not offense, that ruled the day.Throughout the 13-3 New England victory, the Patriots frustrated the Rams’ offensive plans, pressuring quarterback Jared Goff into off-target throws, ill-advised scrambles and finally — when it mattered most, with 4:19 left in the fourth quarter — a game-clinching interception. In holding Los Angeles to 3 points — which tied the 1971 Dolphins with the lowest point total in a Super Bowl — the Patriots were relentless in their pass rush. They blitzed an incredible 41 percent of the time, and Goff was pressured on 39 percent of his dropbacks, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. And it wasn’t just the Patriots front six that made life difficult on the Rams; the Patriots secondary blanketed Los Angeles all night long. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Rams receivers had the worst separation when targeted by Goff since Sean McVay was named head coach.But this wasn’t a case of the Patriots defense — one that was middling most of the regular season — suddenly morphing into the 1985 Chicago Bears or the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.1Both of which, incidentally, gave up more points in their respective Super Bowl wins. The Rams’ execution and play-calling were suspect as well. The Patriots held C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley to 57 yards on the ground, and they did it without stacking the box. The Rams never faced a defensive front with more than seven men near the line of scrimmage — not even once in the game. Against a light box of six or fewer defenders, the Rams offensive line was able to generate only 21 rushing yards on six carries — a 3.5-yard average. That was 2.2 yards worse than their regular-season average of 5.7 and just a 10th of a yard more than the 3.4 yards per carry2On 12 carries. they averaged Sunday against a seven-man front. The Rams went from being the third-ranked rushing team in the league against these light and neutral defensive fronts — averaging 5.4 yards per carry in the regular season — to one that could muster only 3.4 in the biggest game of the year.Goff, who was hit five times in the game, was never able to find a consistent rhythm and frequently missed his target. Most notably, he was late on a pass in the third quarter, allowing safety Jason McCourty to break up a sure touchdown to a wide-open Brandin Cooks in the end zone. McVay, meanwhile, failed to aggressively push small edges, never going for it on fourth-and-short. The Rams also played sloppily, earning nine penalties for 65 yards to New England’s three for 20. Much was written about the experience gap between the two teams at coach and QB, and it showed. At one point, Goff forgot the snap count he called in the huddle and was flagged for a false start, an incredibly rare feat for an NFL quarterback.The net result of the Rams’ offensive futility was historic: They became only the second team in Super Bowl history not to score a touchdown, wasting a defensive effort that held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 13 points. And while there may be more to football than scoring points, it’s hard to argue that this Super Bowl was a shining example of compelling low-scoring football. Neither team was efficient on third down, with each converting just three opportunities into a new set of downs. A total of one play was run in the red zone by either team. The first half of the game was so uneventful that the two plays with the highest impact as measured by positive win probability3Using the nflscrapR win probability model. added were punts by Johnny Hekker.In a season defined by high-scoring excitement, this Super Bowl could have been a showcase for explosive offensive efficiency. Instead we got nine Hekker punts and Maroon 5 in the halftime show. In short, it was one of the worst Super Bowls ever. read more

OSU freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo excels at US Junior Open

Francesca Di Lorenzo competes during a match at the 2015 U.S. Junior Open. Credit: Courtesy of United States Tennis AssociationWhile most Ohio State students have started hitting the books, freshman tennis player Francesca Di Lorenzo has been busy hitting the courts at the 135th edition of the U.S. Open.The fourth leg of the Grand Slam, which began on Aug. 31 in New York City and concluded on Sunday, featured more than 300 of the best tennis players in the world.Di Lorenzo, who was ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2015 by the Tennis Recruiting Network, advanced all the way to the semi-finals of both the U.S. Open Junior girls’ singles and doubles draws.Di Lorenzo said the experience was one of the highlights of her career so far.“It was one of the best weeks I’ve had in terms of tennis,” she said. “The atmosphere there in New York was just unbelievable. The fans, everyone supporting you, you’re in the U.S. as a U.S. player. It doesn’t get better than that.”Surrounded by famed tennis stars like Serena and Venus Williams, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Di Lorenzo got a taste of life with the pros.“It was interesting to be with the pros. You got to eat in the same restaurants as them and be right by the locker room with them,” she said. “It’s nice to see the level that you want to get to.”The New Albany, Ohio, native was unseeded in the singles draw but was ranked fifth in doubles alongside partner Luisa Stefani of Brazil. Despite what the rankings might have depicted, Di Lorenzo said it is competing in singles that she enjoys most.“I enjoy doubles and having a partner out there, but I like being out there competing on my own,” she said. “If I win, it’s on me. If I lose, it’s on me.”Throughout the singles draw, Di Lorenzo faced off against two players ranked in the top five in the world. She defeated Slovakia’s Tereza Mihalikova, the No. 4 seed, in the third round of the tournament. She later fell to the No. 2-ranked, and eventual single’s champion, Dalma Galfi of Hungary, in the semi-finals.Di Lorenzo said her mindset does not change regardless of where her opponent is ranked.“I don’t like looking at the rankings as much as focusing on what I have to do to be successful in the match,” she said. “I knew that whatever match I was playing that the girl was going to come out playing her best and competing hard, and I would have to do the same.”However, she admits that taking out a high-ranked player adds more excitement to a win.“(Mihalikova) was the Australian Open junior champion, so that was cool to be able to beat a girl that has had so much success,” the freshman said. “That gives you a lot of confidence going into your next matches.”Di Lorenzo and her doubles partner Stefani met through their siblings who both play tennis at Xavier University. The pair had recently won doubles championships in Brazil and Belgium.They took out the No. 4-ranked pair of Russians, Anna Blinkova and Olesya Pervushina, in the quarterfinals before having their run end in the semi-finals against the eventual champions, Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova and Russia’s Aleksandra Pospelova.Having only been on campus for two weeks before the tournament began, Di Lorenzo is now adjusting to life at OSU.“It’s tough, I’m not going to lie,” she said. “It’s much harder than you think to try and keep up with the academics and tennis. I just missed the last week, so hopefully I can catch up. Luckily we have amazing tutors and help.”The transition is eased by growing up in the Columbus area and a familiarity with campus and her coaches, both of which played a role in her choice to attend OSU.“I go to a lot of games. I love the big school atmosphere and most importantly the coaches. They’ve all really helped me become the player I am,” she said.Women’s tennis coach Melissa Schaub said she is proud to have a highly rated prospect on the roster.“It means a lot. Not only is she a one recruit, but she’s an Ohio kid and from Columbus. It’s huge for us at Ohio State to keep someone home like that,” she said. “I think we’ve been able to get ourselves to a level where we are able to get someone like her. It means a lot for the future of the program and for right now.”While new to OSU, Di Lorenzo said she is already comfortable with her new teammates.“I’d come here for the clinics when I was younger, and I’d meet the girls,” she said. “They’re great girls. I just love being with the team.”The team atmosphere is what Schaub said she sees as one of roster’s strengths.“Team chemistry is really strong. They’re definitely very tight-knit. I think this year with the addition of Francesca, there’s really good competition amongst the team. I think that’s good,” she said.As the season gets under way, Di Lorenzo already has some goals in mind.“I’d love to be the Big Ten freshman of the year and hopefully make the NCAA individual tournaments,” she said. “I’d love to go a round of 16, at least, for the team championship. That’d be cool.”Schaub views Di Lorenzo’s determination as one of her best qualities.“I think that’s the greatest thing about Francesca, she was a No. 1 recruit in the country, but there’s also things that she can get better at,” she said. “Her goals are beyond college, and no one is willing to work harder than she is. It’s pretty exciting.”  Di Lorenzo and the women’s tennis team are scheduled to kick off their 2015 season in tournaments in Waco, Texas, and Miami from Sept. 18-20. read more

Five arrests made at Santee DUI checkpoint for Cinco De Mayo

first_img KUSI Newsroom, May 6, 2018 Five arrests made at Santee DUI checkpoint for Cinco De Mayo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 6, 2018 SANTEE (KUSI) — An overnight driver’s license/sobriety checkpoint in Santee netted five DUI arrests, a sheriff’s sergeant said Sunday.Also, six citations were issued for motorists driving unlicensed or with a suspended or revoked license, said Sgt. Joe Passalacqua of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.Eight vehicles were also impounded at the checkpoint near the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and State Route 125, which began at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and ended today at 2:30 a.m.,  Passalacqua said. KUSI Newsroom last_img

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of July 8 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 8, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:NonePreviously Lived In Wilmington:Philip F. Denner, Jr., 93Ralph Dixon Knight, 75Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike 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… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Workers clash with police over arrears in Ctg

first_imgJute mill workers blocked the Chittagong-Hathajari road at Amin Jute Mill area since 9:00am on Tuesday.They clashed with the members of law enforcing agencies over realising two months’ arrear wages.The blockade on the road continued till 2:00pm, creating a huge tailback.According to witnesses and police, about 300 workers of Amin Jute Mill blocked the road at 9:00am on Tuesday.They enforced the blockade on the road by setting fire to tyres and piling up logs. Vehicles came to a halt on both sides of the road.The workers clashed with the police, at one state throwing stones when the police told them to remove the blockade.Officer in charge of Bayzid Bostami police station Abul Kalam said the workers blocked road in demand of two months’ arrears.”We are trying to convince them to remove the blockade,” the OC added.last_img read more

S Sudan doctor wins UN refugee prize

first_imgUNHCR logoA South Sudanese doctor who runs an overcrowded hospital with a dimly-lit surgical theatre and no regular supply of general anaesthesia on Tuesday won the UN refugee agency’s prestigious Nansen award.Evan Atar Adaha’s Maban hospital in the South Sudanese town of Bunj serves more than 144,000 refugees from Blue Nile state in neighbouring Sudan, UNHCR said.The hospital’s X-ray machine is broken, but Atar and his team perform nearly 60 surgeries per week in a room with just one light, with staff using “ketamine injections and spinal epidurals” instead of general anaesthesia, the agency said.UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Atar’s “profound humanity and selflessness” had saved thousands of lives.Atar had previously run a hospital in Blue Nile but was forced to relocate when a conflict erupted there in 2011 between the Khartoum government and rebel fighters.Khartoum unilaterally announced a ceasefire in the area in March.The Nansen prize, awarded annually, is named for Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who served as the first high commissioner for refugees during the failed League of Nations.Last year’s winner was Nigerian Zannah Mustapha, who helped negotiate the release of some of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists from their school in Chibok in 2014.UNHCR said actor and goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchet will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony in Geneva next week.last_img read more

Zimbabwes Mugabe No Longer Able to Walk President Says

first_imgBy FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated PressHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s 94-year-old former president Robert Mugabe is no longer able to walk as his health declines, his successor said Saturday.President Emmerson Mnangagwa told ruling party supporters that Mugabe has been in a hospital in Singapore for the past two months.“He can no longer walk but we will continue to take care of him,” said Mnangagwa, who took over from his former mentor a year ago after Mugabe stepped down under military pressure.In this Sunday, July 29, 2018 file photo, former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe holds a press briefing at his residence in Harare. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, file)Mugabe was the world’s oldest head of state before his dramatic exit following 37 years in power, a period in which he led the country from independence into repression and economic collapse. For years, Zimbabweans who saw their aging leader nod off during events speculated how long he would stay in office, while his wife vowed that he could rule from the grave.In a rare public appearance in July, Mugabe slumped behind a bank of microphones during a press conference and didn’t leave his chair until reporters left.In his remarks on Saturday to supporters at a rally in Mugabe’s home district, Mnangagwa said the former leader had planned to return to Zimbabwe on Oct. 15 but was not feeling well.Mnangagwa did not give further details about Mugabe’s condition.He is now expected to return to Zimbabwe on Nov. 30.The president and Mugabe, whose firing of Mnangagwa as his deputy led to his ouster, have made recent signs of reconciliation. Mugabe supported an opposition leader in Zimbabwe’s historic election in July but in September said he accepted Mnangagwa’s win. “All of us are now duty-bound to rally behind the government,” he said.Mnangagwa in turn on Saturday heaped praise on the former president.___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_Africalast_img read more

A song from the Arctic arrives in the capital

first_imgIndia’s induction into the Arctic Council as an observer nation was celebrated with a performance by Inuit ‘throat singers’ from north Canada here recently.Canadian singers Kathy Kettler and Kendra Tagoona, who perform contemporary and traditional Inuit music in the styles of throat singing, were in the city to exhibit the traditional art form native to Arctic regions.The event was organised by the Canadian High Commission here.‘Bringing in artists from the Arctic region of Canada to India is significant in the wake of India recently assuming the status of Observer nation in the Arctic Council that consolidates Indian-Canadian ties,’ said Jim Nickel, Acting High Commissioner for Canada in India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Legends say this art form of ‘throat singing’ was traditionally used to sing babies to sleep or in games women played during the long winter nights while the men were away hunting.Inuits are the indigenous people of Canada residing in the northern part of the world’s second largest country (geographically) which remains snow-clad throughout the year and it was here that ‘Inuit Throat Singing’ originated.Kathy Kettler and Kendra Tagoona work individually and together to preserve and share Inuit culture from Northern Canada. Both the singer say they retain strong connections to their heritage and culture through their Inuit elders. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKnown to natives as ‘katajjaq’, throat singing is a women’s traditional style of fun-filled singing from the hinterlands of the arctic region.‘India and Canada have ties since 1947 and the countries have time and again lent support to each other at various fronts. One out of 30 people in Canada is an Indian and Canada is also a diverse nation like India. The performance is an endeavour to exhibit the cultural diversity that exists in Canada,’ Nickel said.last_img read more

Mismatch of needs and job demands may cause burnout

first_imgBurnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion from work, which results in lack of motivation, low efficiency, and helpless feeling. Its health effects include anxiety, cardiovascular disease, immune disorders, insomnia, and depression. The results showed that a mismatch between job characteristics and either implicit motive can cause burnout. Employees can get burned out when they have too much or not enough scope for power or affiliation compared to their individual needs. “We found that the frustration of unconscious effective needs, caused by a lack of opportunities for motive-driven behaviour, is detrimental to psychological and physical well-being,” said leading author, Veronika Brandstatter, Professor at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. “The same is true for goal-striving that doesn’t match a well-developed implicit motive for power or affiliation, because then excessive effort is necessary to achieve that goal. Both forms of mismatch act as ‘hidden stressors’ and can cause burnout,” Brandstatter added.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFurther, the unconscious needs of employees – their so-called “implicit motives” – play an important role in the development of burnout. The researchers focus on two important motives: the power motive, that is, the need to take responsibility for others, maintain discipline, and engage in arguments or negotiation, in order to feel strong and self-efficacious. Secondly, the affiliation motive, the need for positive personal relations, in order to feel trust, warmth, and belonging.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the team analysed 97 Swiss men and women, between the age group 22 and 62. The greater the mismatch between someone’s affiliation motive and the scope for personal relations at the job, the higher was the risk of burnout, the researchers said. Likewise, adverse physical symptoms, such as headache, chest pain, faintness, and shortness of breath, became more common with increasing mismatch between an employee’s power motive and the scope for power in his or her job. Interventions that prevent or repair such mismatches could increase well-being at work and reduce the risk of burnout, the team suggested.last_img read more

Begin the New Year on a luxury cruise

first_imgBegin the New Year on a luxury cruiseBegin the New Year on a luxury cruiseIndulge in the serenity of the sea, relish the luxury of Crystal, and marvel at mysterious Easter Island as you make your way to the idyllic isles of Polynesia. Departing February 19, 2019, Crystal Symphony will transport guests from Valparaíso, Chile, through the South Pacific Ocean into a paradise of island exploration. The 16-night luxury cruise will visit Fakarava, French Polynesia, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a snorkeller’s dream locale, before travelling to Moorea, Society Islands, with its crystalline lagoons, fjord-like bays, azure waters and velvety mountain peaks. Bora Bora in the Society Islands will captivate guests as the ultimate island paradise before Crystal Symphony calls into Papeete, Tahiti, for an overnight stay before guests disembark.This luxurious itinerary includes a ‘Jazz Days & Cabaret Nights’ Experiences of Discovery theme; a multi-layered exploration into the world of jazz with enriching lectures and live musical performances by some of the genre’s best artists.Onboard, Crystal’s all-inclusive features include beverages such as select fine wines, Champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages; gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Nobu Matsuhisa’s sea-going restaurants (with additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee); 24-hour room service; complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet access; enrichment workshop series featuring lectures by renowned authors, ambassadors, celebrities and destination experts; fitness programs including yoga, golf instruction and mat Pilates; and much more.Book by 31 December, 2018TERMS & CONDITIONS: *Fares are cruise-only, per person, in US dollars, based on double occupancy, apply to new bookings only, and include taxes, fees and port charges. Fare quoted applies to category D on voyage OCS190219-16, including Book Now Savings. Book by 31 December, 2018. Solo Traveller Fares available on request. Optional dining in the Vintage Room attracts an additional fee. Cruise-only fare does not include land programs. All offers may not be combinable with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares, itineraries, programs, policies and shore excursions are subject to change and correct at time of printing. Restrictions apply.For complete Terms & Conditions, visit crystalcruises.com/legal. ©2018 Crystal Cruises, LLC. Ships’ registry: The Bahamas.Source = Crystal Cruiseslast_img read more

August 12 2009 This is the fourth installment in

first_imgAugust 12, 2009 This is the fourth installment in a series of reports with the most recent 3D renderings of “SOLARE The Lean Linear City”. Excerpts from BEYOND GRIDLOCK Paolo Soleri’s Lean Linear City by Tomiaki Tamura, Cosanti Foundation, August 2009. [Waste Management] SOLARE’s urban structures certainly make waste material collection more efficient. The linear transportation system also provides easier access to processing and recycling locations, and to waste disposal sites. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] The biologically processed (composting) materials fill the landscaping and garden soil enrichment needs. The energy recovery system in forms of solid, liquid and gaseous materials can also be adopted. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] Perhaps the largest contribution to waste management in SOLARE is the reduction in the absolute amount of material consumption; redefining the “quality of life” by giving its residents pedestrian access to many amenities, so that each resident does not have to own everything (but can share), therefore creating an environment in which less materials are needed. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] [Agriculture/Greenhouse] Sustainable agriculture may be a somewhat elusive concept, especially with the complexity of varied and shifting environmental conditions, and socio-economic needs of the communities that produce and consume the goods involved in the process. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] However, humanity’s attempt to reduce the ecological footprint that supports our lifestyle necessitates bringing agricultural activities much closer to the habitat where the consumption occurs. SOLARE explores urban agriculture in the adjacent open field (close proximity to the human habitat) and vertical farm built into the structure where applicable. Another unique feature of SOLARE is the terraced greenhouse unit (Energy Apron) intended to extend the growing season and provide diversified horticulture and floriculture practices within its stratified micro-climatic conditions. This glazed productive environment substantially reduces the amount of water usage, while diverting excess heat to upper structures for space heating when needed. This report continues on 8/14/2009. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura]last_img read more

The European subscription videoondemand SVOD m

first_imgThe European subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market is due to reach revenues of US$6.8 billion in 2022, up from US$3.9 billion in 2017, according to Kagan research.The S&P Global Market Intelligence research group said that Netflix’s localised presence throughout Europe was one of the “main factors” contributing to this growth.Other cited factors were the expansion of Amazon Prime Video as a stand-alone service, the debut of international OTT services like Naspers’ Showmax, and the strengthening of offerings from local media providers such as Sky’s Now TV and ProSiebenSat.1 Media’s Maxdome.According to Kagan estimates, total paid subscriptions to online video services across 14 European markets will grow from 39.3 million in 2017 to 60.8 million in 2022, a compound annual growth rate of 9.1%.SVOD services were found to be especially popular in the Nordics, with Denmark, Norway and Sweden ranking as the countries with the highest penetration rates – ranging from 76.2% to 86.1% in 2017.Kagan said this can be attributed to the countries’ high percentage of English-speakers as well as disposable incomes higher than the European average.The UK was found to have Europe’s highest number of SVOD subscriptions, more than double those in Germany in 2017. The report said it expects this to continue over the next five years.Russia, Spain and Portugal were the three least SVOD-penetrated markets in Europe, according to the report.The study looked at 14 European markets – Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Poland and Russia.last_img read more

Gold stocks just had their best day since the fina

first_imgGold stocks just had their best day since the financial crisis… On Friday, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which holds some of the world’s largest gold miners, surged 11.2%. It was its best day since October 2008. As you may know, gold miners are leveraged to the price of gold. A small jump in gold can cause gold stocks to soar. On Friday, the price of gold spiked 2.8%, which sparked the rally in gold stocks. Today, we’ll look at what caused this big jump… As you’ll see, it’s the latest sign that the U.S. economy may be headed for a recession… And it’s yet another reason you absolutely need to dedicate a portion of your portfolio to gold and gold stocks right now… • Last month, the economy added its fewest amount of new jobs in six years… According to the U.S. Labor Department, the economy created just 38,000 jobs in May—the fewest in one month over the past six years. According to Bloomberg Markets, economists expected 160,000 new jobs. Gold and gold stocks spiked on the news. The U.S. dollar fell 1.7%. And the S&P 500 closed Friday down 0.29%. • Jobs are getting more scarce… Bloomberg Markets reported on Friday: The report showed a broad hiring slowdown, including declines in payrolls in construction, manufacturing and mining. Job growth at private service producers slowed, with employment climbing by just 61,000… Friday’s report showed employment in the information sector dropped by 34,000. Millions of Americans have picked up part-time jobs to make ends meet. Bloomberg Markets added: Americans who are working part-time though would rather have a full-time position, or the measure known as part-time for economic reasons, climbed to 6.4 million in May, the highest since August, from 6 million a month earlier. And underneath the surface, other indicators are suggesting the economy is in bad shape… • The number of folks employed by “temp” agencies fell by 21,000 last month… Temp agencies place workers into temporary job assignments, such as seasonal work. Temp agencies are often the first to hire workers when the economy is growing. When the economy slows, they’re often the first companies to lay off workers. That’s why a surge in temp layoffs can be an early sign that the economy is struggling. • Temp agencies have laid off more workers than they’ve hired in four of the past five months… Today, the industry employs 64,000 fewer workers than it did at the start of the year. David Rosenberg, chief economist at wealth management firm Gluskin Sheff + Associates, warned that this is a major problem. He wrote in Business Insider: [T]his type of weakness over such a stretch, again not to sound like an alarmist, occurred just prior to economic recessions in the past, without exception and with no “head fakes”. Yes, it typically is not good news when the headhunters are the ones to start chopping off heads — this is a leading indicator. So I may not want to sound alarmist, but the answer is yes … I am worried. He continued: I don’t want to alarm anyone but the facts are the facts, and the fact here is simply that this is precisely the sort of rundown we saw in November 1969, May 1974, December 1979, October 1989, November 2000 and May 2007. Each one of these periods presaged a recession just a few months later — the average being five months. If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know the U.S. economy is barely limping along. The current “recovery” is the slowest since World War II. And it’s not just the U.S… Other major economies are in rough shape too. China, the world’s second-biggest economy, is growing at its slowest pace since 1990. Japan’s economy, the third biggest, hasn’t grown in two decades. • But perhaps the most concerning number comes from South Korea—the “canary in the coal mine” for the global economy… South Korea is one of the first countries in the world to report export data. And with more than 40% of its exports going to the U.S., China, and Japan, a significant drop in South Korean exports is often an early warning sign of trouble in the global economy. South Korean exports fell 6.0% in May. It was the 17th consecutive month in which exports have dropped. The sharp decline follows an 11.2% drop in April. You’ll Be SHOCKED if You Haven’t Seen This… If you haven’t seen this raw footage yet, we’re not sure why. In fact, we’d be shocked if you haven’t at least heard about it. That said, it is simply too important for you to miss. So just to be 100% sure you have a chance to see it… Please click here to view it now. • Over the last few months, we’ve covered lots of reasons why you should invest very cautiously right now… Corporate profits are tanking. The S&P 500 hasn’t set a new high in over a year. Some of America’s most iconic businesses are closing stores and laying off workers by the thousands. We’ve also been urging you to maintain a “defensive” portfolio—one that can withstand an economic shock like a stock market crash. That’s why E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, has been encouraging readers to own a significant amount of physical gold. Gold is one of the only assets that can do well during a financial crisis or recession. And as we often point out, gold is real money. It’s held its value for centuries because it has a unique set of qualities: It’s easily divisible, easy to transport, and durable. No matter where you go in the world, folks recognize its value. Gold is up 18% already this year. And as we’ve mentioned, it’s set to soar much higher in the months ahead. • For a limited time, Casey readers can get in on the cheapest way to buy gold coins we’ve ever found… Last month, E.B. worked out an exclusive deal with Gainesville Coins, one of the largest U.S. coin dealers. The company offers exceptional service and some of the industry’s lowest premiums…especially if you’re a Casey Research reader. If you’ve bought a gold coin, you know the “premium” is the fee gold sellers charge above the market price. Premiums vary from one gold dealer to another. The lower the premium, the better the deal. Now, for a limited time, you have an opportunity to purchase these coins at a HUGE discount to what other major brokers charge—including a one-ounce South African Gold Krugerrand for just $20 over the “spot” price of gold. Click here to see the full selection of special prices. Again, this offer is only for Casey readers, so make sure to take advantage while you still can. (Keep in mind, Gainesville Coins is not paying us a commission to recommend them. Instead of collecting a commission, we asked Gainesville to give Casey readers a special discount on gold coins.) • To increase your profits from investing in gold, consider buying gold stocks… E.B. expects gold to go much higher in the coming years. To profit from higher gold prices, he recommended two gold stocks earlier this year. One is up 47% since March. The other is up 34% since April. Those are huge gains for such short periods of time. And if gold continues to move higher as E.B. expects, these stocks should soar much higher. The average gold stock gained 602% during the 2000–2003 bull market. The best ones soared 1,000% or more. You should know that gold stocks aren’t for everyone. They’re incredibly volatile. As we saw on Friday, it’s common for gold stocks to move 10% or more in a day. But if you’re OK with taking on some extra risk, owning gold stocks is a great way to potentially earn big 2x or 3x profits in a short period of time. You can learn E.B.’s two favorite gold stocks by taking a risk-free trial to The Casey Report. By clicking this link, you’ll also get a chance to watch a short, free video where E.B. explains a huge threat looming in the American economy…and what you can do (in addition to buying gold) to protect your money. Watch it here. Chart of the Day U.S. companies are hiring at the slowest rate in years… Today’s chart shows how many jobs were created each month since February. As you can see, the number of new jobs has plummeted by around 200,000. This is not a sign of a healthy economy. If you don’t own gold yet, we recommend you buy some today. Another ugly jobs report could cause the price of gold to skyrocket. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida June 6, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Man Responsible for Video Warning Americans Returns to DC for Interview After his video detailing the truth about the Obama economy went nearly viral last year, this Maryland father of six was asked to come to DC to talk about it.  But what he said changes everything…center_img – — Recommended Linkslast_img read more

California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Drivers Seats

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Officials in California proposed new rules on Friday that would let companies test autonomous cars on public roads with no human driver present.The proposal is a significant update to the state’s self-driving car regulations adopted in 2014, which allow testing on public roads only if a driver is inside the vehicle. With the new rules, companies that want to test cars without human drivers will have to apply for a special permit and meet federal standards defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.To be approved for the permit, companies will also have to obtain written support from the jurisdiction that they want to test in, which suggests that local governments could object to testing on their streets.According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, 21 companies are currently testing autonomous vehicles in the state. Among them are tech companies such as Waymo, which took over Google’s self-driving project last year, as well as traditional automakers such as Toyota and BMW.”California has more manufacturers testing autonomous vehicles than any other state and today’s rules continue our leadership with this emerging technology,” California Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly said in a statement. The state’s updated regulations will now enter a 45-day public comment period before they are adopted.Although California is a hotbed of autonomous vehicle research, it is not the only state that is working on regulations to govern the industry. In December, Michigan adopted new laws that establish comprehensive self-driving car regulations and made it the first state to allow completely autonomous ride-sharing fleets.   Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Cars 56shares Next Article Image credit: Mark Wilson | Getty Images California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Driver’s Seats Add to Queuecenter_img Proposed regulations would let companies test self-driving cars on public roads without a human driver present. News reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read March 13, 2017 Tom Brant Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Can Marijuana Replace Lost Steel Jobs Pennsylvania Town Has High Hopes

first_imgCannabis Free Green Entrepreneur App Download Our Free Android App Guest Writer –shares Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Can Marijuana Replace Lost Steel Jobs? Pennsylvania Town Has High Hopes. A region of the Keystone State impoverished by industrial decline and ravaged by opioid addiction sees a future in medical cannabis. Next Article Add to Queue March 28, 2017 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The promise of big profits and job creation continues to draw communities to the legal marijuana industry, particularly in places where the economy has long suffered.Nowhere is this more apparent than in southwestern Pennsylvania. City leaders in Braddock, located east of Pittsburgh, have submitted an application with the state in hopes to land a license that will allow for a new cannabis cultivation facility. The goal is for legal medical marijuana to bring back jobs lost over the past decades by the decline in the steel industry.They have partnered with a company that includes a Pennsylvania legend among its top executives: Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, who played for the Pittsburg Steelers. The company has a goal of his own: finding out if marijuana can become an effective pain management medicine that replaces opioids.Related: 5 Routes the Cannabis Industry Could Take to Get Around Federal Banking RestrictionsTough TimesIn many places, such as in California and Colorado, businesses and communities vie against each other to win potentially lucrative licenses from the state for creating and operating marijuana cultivation centers and retail outlets. However, in a place such as Braddock, leaders see it as a means of survival.Braddock has been decimated by the jobs lost with cutbacks in the steel industry since the late 1980s. The city’s economic state landed it on the Pennsylvania Act 47 roll of financially distressed cities. Braddock has been on the list since 1988.In numerous media appearances, Mayor John Fetterman thinks a large medical marijuana cultivation center can change the town’s fortunes. As many as 70 new jobs would be created at the outset, and the city would reap the tax benefits of having the facility in town.“It’s a great story to have with a community that’s been kind of left behind by an industry in decline like steel to be resurrected financially from a brand new industry that didn’t even exist in Pennsylvania six months ago,” Fetterman said in a Facebook Live interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.State lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf approved medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in 2016.Braddock already faces competition for the license from nearby McKeesport, which also plans to submit an application. The state has said it will only allow a limited number of facilities within six different regions of the state.Related: Colorado Takes Aim at the Marijuana Black MarketLaurel Green MedicalHarris is chairman of Laurel Green Medical, which would run the facility in Braddock if the project wins the state permit.On its website, the company said its cultivation center “will use sustainable growing techniques to facilitate the best species of the plant. We will oversee the production of our medicine from seed to sale; this allows us to offer more affordable prices to our patients across-the-board.”Harris became interested in medical marijuana through fellow former and current NFL players who told him that using opioids to manage pain sometimes led to addiction to the drug, according to the Post-Gazette. He also noted that Pennsylvania has been one of the states hit hardest by the opioid addiction crisis.Related: How Do We Measure the Statistical Significance of Legal Cannabis?Research into the uses of medical marijuana is “something that’s very much need,” Harris said.Permit applications were sent to the state in March. The state is expected to grant permits within the next several months, with the businesses beginning operation by mid-2017.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news.  Image credit: Oliver Contreras | The Washington Post | Getty Images dispensaries.com Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community.last_img read more