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Lok Sabha MP Baijayant Panda resigns from Biju Janata Dal

first_imgLok Sabha MP from Odisha’s Kendrapara constituency, Baijayant Panda, resigned from the Biju Janata Dal on Monday.Mr. Panda, who is the vice-president of IMFA, a ferro alloy producer, was suspended from the primary membership of the BJD for “anti-party” activities on January 24.The dissident MP, who remained a Rajya Sabha member of the BJD from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2006 to 2009, had won from the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency twice as a BJD nominee — first in 2009 elections and again in 2014.“It is with deep anguish, hurt and sorrow that I have decided to quit the kind of politics into which our BJD has descended,” wrote Mr. Panda in his three-page resignation letter addressed to Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik.“With the BJD and you yourself having made it abundantly clear that I am unwanted, it is only right for me to dissociate from it,” said Mr. Panda.Mr. Panda said that he will be separately conveying his decision formally to the Lok Sabha Speaker to accept his resignation from the House.Mr. Panda’s father and noted industrialist Bansidhar Panda passed away in Bhubaneswar on May 22. Mr. Patnaik, who condoled the late industrialist’s demise, had not visited their house to pay his last respects.last_img read more

Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund Draw 2-2 with Werder Bremen to Lose More Ground

first_img borussia dortmundbundesligadrawpoints table First Published: September 29, 2019, 8:17 AM IST Berlin: Borussia Dortmund came from a goal down but had to settle for a 2-2 draw against visiting Werder Bremen on Saturday to drop further down the standings, having won only one of their last four Bundesliga games.The Ruhr valley club are now in seventh place on 11 points, three behind Bayern Munich who went top of the table after beating Paderborn 3-2. Dortmund did well to cancel out Werder’s eighth-minute lead through Milot Rashica only seconds later with Mario Goetze’s diving header in the midfielder’s first start of the season.They looked to be taking full advantage of Werder’s injury absences and Dortmund captain Marco Reus nodded in a Thorgan Hazard chip to put them in front.But for the second consecutive week they could not hold on to the three points, with Marco Friedl nodding in at the far post in the 55th minute to snatch a point for the visitors.Dortmund’s latest slip-up will no doubt fan the ongoing discussion about the team’s mental strength which Reus vehemently rejected last week, insisting there was no mentality problem in the squad.Self-proclaimed title contenders Dortmund, who play Slavia Prague in the Champions League next week, have now squandered a lead in their last two games after twice going ahead against Eintracht Frankfurt last week before drawing 2-2. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Baseball – Spring is Near!

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CLEARWATER, FL— Newly trim Ryan Howard singled in his first two at-bats of spring training, and the Philadelphia Phillies tied the New York Yankees 5-5 Wednesday in their spring training opener.On a warm, sun-splashed day on the west side of Tampa Bay, the scoreboard said it was 92 degrees at game time — perhaps 10 degrees more than the actual temperature but a contrast to the cold, snowy winter in the northeast.Trying to regain the form that made him one of the top hitters before he tore his left Achilles tendon injury during the 2011 playoffs, Howard hit an opposite-field single to left in the second inning and lined a single to right in the fourth.He’s standing up straighter at the plate and dropping his hands.“Looked at some old video and stuff,” he said. “Back in ’06, I was way down and then it looked like I was steadily creeping up over the years.”Howard lost 15-20 pounds since November, when he started on a diet to eliminate sugars. His listed weight had been 250.“You have a cheat day or whatever every once in a while,” he said, “but for the most part, just trying to stick with it.”The Yankees’ Aaron Judge, a 2013 first-round draft pick, hit a tying, three-run homer on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in a four-run ninth off Mario Hollands.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Kevin Slowey, in camp with a minor league contract, is to start for the Phillies against the Yankees on Wednesday in Tampa. Slowey hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since he was released by the Miami Marlins last June with a 5.30 ERA and 53 hits allowed in 37 1-3 innings.Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi, a teammate of Slowey’s on the Marlins, is to start Wednesday against the Phillies. New York obtained Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from Miami in December for Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Minor league C Luis Torrens has a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will miss the season. Dr. David Altchek is to operate Wednesday.Phillies: RHP Aaron Harang was scheduled to start Wednesday but his name was missing when the pitching schedule was posted in the Phillies clubhouse. Harang said he was dealing with “maintenance” issues. Harang said he saw a chiropractor and that is normal for him in spring training. He expects to pitch Monday.STARTING TIMEYankees: RHP Adam Warren allowed one hit in two innings. He felt constrained by the new clock timing 2 minutes, 25 seconds for breaks between half innings. The final warmup pitch must be thrown with 30 seconds left. “I couldn’t believe it. How am I going to get eight pitches in a minute, 50 seconds.”Phillies: RHP David Buchanan started in place of Jerome Williams and gave up one run and five hits in two innings. He allowed the Yankees to score in the first on consecutive two-out singles by Chris Young, Jones and Jose Pirela — one of New York’s second base candidates. Bullpen coach Rod Nichols informed Buchanan of the start at breakfast. “I was eating some oatmeal and Rod came up to me and said, ‘Hey, you’re throwing first today,’” Buchanan recalled. “I try to throw strikes, keep the ball on the ground. Unfortunately they found holes today.”RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writerlast_img read more

Tendulkar starts new initiative with Kit Up Challenge

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Sachin Tendulkar has taken to social media to launch #KitupChallenge to encourage people to start playing sports. Posting a video of himself putting on his cricketing gear and getting ready to play, Tendulkar asked the viewers to take up a sport of their choice. As part of the challenge, Sachin called upon the viewers to post a short video of themselves on social media while getting ready to play a sport and use the hashtag to nominate others in the process. Sachins new initiative aims to promote overall fitness and encourage Indians to inculcate an active lifestyle through the joy of playing sports. The challenge has been positively received from the sports community with noted personalities like Virat Kohli, PV Sindhu and Devendra Jhajharia already participating in the challenge. Other noted sports personalities like Srikanth Kidambi and Suresh Raina have also shown support. Last month, the government of India launched the #HumFitToIndiaFit initiative which also received a tremendous response from across the country. Earlier, in his Rajya Sabha speech, Sachin had proposed a framework for Sports for All under Right To Play. PTI KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

Douglas Costa faces lengthy ban and Juventus fine after red card for spitting

first_imgShare via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Nicky Bandini Reuse this content Share on Twitter Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)He’s off the mark! @Cristiano won’t care that it’s probably the easiest goal of his career. He is up and running and his three-and-a-half game drought (!) is over. It’s @juventusfcen 1 – @SassuoloUS 0. Up and running! Subscribe – #CR7 #Ronaldo #Juve 16, 2018 Topics Share on Facebook Juventus Share on Pinterest Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)This is going to be a huge story in world football. Douglas Costa spits in Federico Di Francesco’s mouth during the #Juve and #Sassuolo game. 16, 2018 “Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen,” Allegri said. “We mustn’t fall for provocation. The game was winding down, we had it in the bag and, instead, we stopped playing as a team, everyone wanted to dribble a bit. Then the other team gets back into the game, some players get irritated and that sort of thing happens.” Allegri added: “It’s only right that [Costa] is fined and he certainly will be. I was surprised by his reaction. We have suffered a goal, a red card and a suspension which will be long.”Ronaldo needed three-and-a-half games to break his duck for Juventus but Allegri said he never had any doubts about the Portugal forward.“Was there any anxiety? Not on my part,” said Allegri. “You just have to see the first three games and how close Ronaldo went to scoring,” he said. “He was a little too hasty and eager to score again today, but football takes away and it gives, and the ball bounced off the post and right into his path.”Juventus, chasing an eighth successive Serie A title, have 12 points, three ahead of Napoli while Sassuolo are on eight after their first defeat of the season.“I was a little bit anxious as expectations were high,” said Ronaldo. “I really wanted to score, so I’m happy.”Ronaldo could easily have had a hat-trick but missed two more good chances and also had a penalty appeal turned down. He volleyed wide from six yards out and also missed when the rebound landed at his feet as João Cancelo’s shot was saved by Andrea Consigli.center_img Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo for €100m at 33? Indulgence or Juventus masterstroke? news European club football Share on Messenger Serie A Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp The Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, said the winger Douglas Costa will be fined by the club after he was sent off for spitting at a Sassuolo opponent on Sunday, marring a 2-1 Serie A win in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for the club.Costa, who faces a lengthy ban, was dismissed for spitting at Federico Di Francesco after a running feud in which the Brazilian also elbowed and head-butted the Sassuolo player. Read morelast_img read more

Get in the Fall Spirit with Jagermeister Spice Cocktails

first_img The Best American Gin Editors’ Recommendations 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather The Best American Liqueur 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Jägermeister is one of those things that people either love dearly or hate with a passion. But a few years ago, Jägermeister  released a new flavor that we can all get behind: Jagermeister Spice. Rather than rocking the controversial black licorice taste, this version is a blend of cinnamon, vanilla and a smattering of other herbs and spices.The flavor isn’t exactly what you would expect at first. The label leads you to believe that vanilla and cinnamon are the only flavors here, but they definitely aren’t. Drink it neat and at room temperature (Jagermeister’s official serving suggestions) and you’ll taste plenty of clove, star anise, and a faint hint of licorice mingling in there as well. After your first sip it becomes clear that this recipe was derived from Jager’s original blend of herbs and spices, but with more of a focus on vanilla and cinnamon this time around. This gives it a warm, inviting flavor that’s perfect for autumn. After much experimentation, we found that we enjoyed it most when served straight up, but also found it paired well with a variety of other drinks.Here’s a few recipes we whipped up that you might want to try:Jågenog – yeah, that name is probably going to be trademarked in a few weeks, but you heard it here first. It’s really not that complex – just Spice and eggnog, but here’s how we suggest making it:• 1 part room teperature Jagermeister Spice• 2 parts eggnog• dash of bourbon whiskeyBucknut – we found that hazelnut plays well with the herbs and spices of Jagermeister’s new flavor, and a shot of bourbon gives it an oaky kick and some extra warmth.• 2 oz Jagermeister Spice• 1 oz Frangelico hazelnut liqueur• 1 oz bourbon whiskeyHunter’s Tea – cinnamon, vanilla, and clove go reaaally well with the subtle bergamot orange flavor in Earl Grey tea. Serve this one piping hot with a cinnamon stick and orange peel garnish.• 1 part Jagermeister Spice• 2 parts hot Earl Grey tea• fresh squeezed orange juice to tasteTrack down a bottle near you at  Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Masterlast_img read more

Tourism industry set to bounce back stronger than ever UN finds

6 March 2009In spite of the hit that tourism is taking during the current global economic crisis, the industry will recover and be stronger than ever, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced today. In spite of the hit that tourism is taking during the current global economic crisis, the industry will recover and be stronger than ever, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced today.In conclusions issued by the agency’s Resilience Committee (TRC), the industry – which has been severely impacted by the recession and is forecast to continue its downturn for the near future – has a key role to play in helping the world recover from the current turmoil.“History has demonstrated that crises can also provide opportunities as they call for substantial efforts and industry solidarity,” the body, which met for the first time last month in Madrid, found.Addressing the recession through the lens of long-term issues such as climate change and global poverty will also help the tourism industry weather future crises, it said.UNWTO’s Secretary-General ad interim Taleb Rifai stressed that while it is impossible to estimate how long the current crisis will last, it is clear that tourism has much to contribute to the recovery process with its “unique resurgence capacity and an immense potential in terms of employment creation and sustainability.”The agency expects international tourism to stay even or fall by up to 2 per cent this year. The Americas and Europe are expected to be impacted most, while Asia and the Pacific, as well as Africa and the Middle East, will find growth easing in 2009.In January, a UNWTO report found that the economic slowdown threatens to reverse the historic four-year gains made by the industry in foreign travel. Although international tourist arrivals reached 924 million in 2008, up 16 million from 2007 or a two per cent overall increase on the year, growth stagnated in the second half of last year, hitting Europe the hardest. read more

Afghanistan UN Mission condemns suicide attack against Iraqi embassy in Kabul

“This attack shows complete contempt for human life, as well as the international law designed to protect diplomats,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. The attack, which occurred in a residential area of central Kabul, lasted around five hours. Several armed men killed two Afghan civilian employees inside the embassy and injured a police officer before being killed by Afghan security forces. “I commend the Afghan security forces for their swift action that saved many lives,” said Mr. Yamamoto, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, or UNAMA. He noted that the attack is yet another which “appears to have targeted the international community but in which Afghan civilians bore the brunt of the violence.” Diplomatic missions are civilian objects protected under international humanitarian law, and attacks directed at them are serious violations that may amount to war crimes. The Islamic State in the Khorasan Province has claimed responsibility. read more

Space science superpowers can light the way to success for girls in

It was important to foster an understanding that “space for women” would be among the priorities moving forward, Markus Woltran, from the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) told UN News. He was the moderator of a panel discussion on space for women, taking place on Monday.He explained that three steps could be taken to reach that goal, including getting more girls and women interested in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – secondly, using space as a motivating factor to create that interest; and third, keep their interest and involvement in STEM high, by removing the glass-ceiling that blocks their pathway to success.  Astrophysicist Ersilia Vaudo, the Chief Diversity Officer at the European Space Agency and a panel participant, also reiterated the importance of the “element of wonder and excitement” to light up career paths in space science.“I used to say particularly for girls, but it holds true for everyone, that space and science gives superpowers,” she told UN News, highlighting that STEM offers dimensions that people will not experience otherwise. The field of space, in particular, is important for innovation, she added, noting rich and fulfilling career paths, ranging from climate action, to space exploration and now, living for long periods of time beyond earth’s orbit.We have been able to do things together that were not possible to do alone, like landing a robot on a comet, 500 million kilometers away from Earth – Astrophysicist Ersilia Vaudo“These challenges will need the talents of all,” said Ms. Vaudo, adding that workforces must be inclusive, in addition to being diverse, in order to realize everyone’s full potential.Citing the example of the European Space Agency, which has 22 member countries, speaking 18 different languages, she continued: “We have been able to do things together that were not possible to do alone, like landing a robot on a comet, 500 million kilometers away from Earth.” “This is because we have been able to put all these talents and competencies together and make wonderful things happen.”Space and IndustriesAlso on Monday, key actors from the space industry deliberated on how the industry can contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Panel moderator, Jorge Del Rio Vera, Scientific Affairs Officer at UNOOSA, told UN News that the space industry is eager to engage with the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, and recognizes the huge potential of being involved.Partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, can also serve as an important driver for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as noted in Goal 17, “Partnership for the Goals.”The challenge with the space industry, however, Mr. Del Rio Vera added, is that actors do not know “how” to go about forging such partnerships. “This was a good opportunity for them to present their work, and what they can do for the 2030 Agenda and how to get involved,” he said, noting that UNOOSA has developed guidelines on how the space industry can collaborate with the UN on sustainable development.UN News is on location in Vienna covering UNISPACE+50 and its associated events. Follow us at @UN_News_Centre for news and highlights. read more

Meyers Real Life Wednesdays look to prepare Ohio State football players for

Lantern file photoOne of Urban Meyer’s primary tasks as Ohio State football coach is to get his football players focused and prepared to win games, and potentially a national championship, during the 2013 college football season.All of those players, however, will eventually move on from being student-athletes at OSU. While some of those players may continue in OSU’s long line of sending players to the National Football League, most will have to quickly adjust to life after football.Recognizing this, Meyer instituted a program for his players called “Real Life Wednesdays,” something he brought to OSU after instituting it prior to his final season at the University of Florida, according to OSU athletic spokesman Jerry Emig. During spring semester, speakers were brought in to talk to the team each week about a variety of issues that players will have to deal with in their lives after college football.Many of the speakers brought in for the program were people who once sat in the same seats as the audience they were speaking to. Numerous former OSU football players were invited back to speak to the team, including Dee Miller (1994-98), Ryan Miller (1993-96) and Chris Spielman (1984-87).Dee Miller and Ryan Miller both had to transition quickly away from their NFL dreams. Dee Miller was a sixth-round selection by the Green Bay Packers in the 1999 NFL draft, but never played in an NFL game. Ryan Miller was invited to training camp by the New York Jets after not being drafted, but he did not make the team’s roster.Dee Miller, who works as a State Farm agent in Hilliard, Ohio, said he was “ecstatic” when Meyer called him and asked him to speak to the team.“When reality hits you, when the football career is over with, it’s what have you done to prepare for life after football,” Dee Miller said in an interview with The Lantern. “I came back and was able to show guys, you know what, you can still have a pretty good life if you don’t make it in the NFL. I think that was important for them to see that, and they can relate to former players because I was them.”Ryan Miller said he wanted to be a part of the program because of the valuable lessons he learned from former OSU football players, specifically Jim Lachey, during his own years with the Buckeyes.“I can remember being in that same situation … and I thought it was unbelievably helpful and valuable,” Ryan Miller told The Lantern. “When (Meyer) asked me and talked to me about ‘Real Life Wednesdays,’ I just thought it was such a great idea that I wanted to be a part of it, and hopefully be a part of this for years to come.”Dee Miller said he told the players that while their status as OSU football players will help them find career opportunities, they cannot rely on that status for post-football success.“Ohio State will get you to the door, will get you to the interview, but once you get in the interview, it’s basically, how can you impact my company?” Dee Miller said. “I think it helps, but I think you also have to be prepared in what you think you’re about to get into so that Ohio State is able to help you.”Ryan Miller, who is a founding partner of M2Marketing and co-founder of the 2nd & Seven foundation (along with OSU assistant coaches Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel), said he thinks OSU football players have an “advantage” other college students may not have because of resources like “Real Life Wednesdays.”“They would have seen a lot of different things that they may had to have waited until they graduate to hear, so I think it’s an advantage without a doubt,” Ryan Miller said. “Having the opportunity is one thing. It’s what you do with that opportunity that really makes all the difference in the world. My hope is that it could for a majority of the kids, and they take some of these ‘Real Life Wednesdays’ to heart.”Spielman, an ESPN broadcaster who was a two-time All-American at OSU, was able to continue his NFL career for 10 seasons. He said he focused on family and responsibility when he spoke to the team.“I was trying to use my life experience to try to just show them the importance of taking responsibility,” Spielman said in an interview with The Lantern. “Football can teach you about being part of a team and being responsible to your team, but obviously a family is a much stronger, bigger team than a football team will ever be, especially if you’re a husband and a father.”Spielman’s wife, Stefanie Spielman, passed away in 2009 following a battle with breast cancer. Chris Spielman is a father to four children.Former OSU football players were not the only speakers the Buckeyes had access to this spring. Harley-Davidson CEO Keith Wandell, Limited Brands chairman/CEO and former OSU Board of Trustees president Les Wexner and Clark Kellogg, a former OSU basketball player who is currently the Indiana Pacers’ vice president of player relations and a college basketball broadcaster for CBS, were among the other professionals who spoke to the team.Harry Trombitas, a retired FBI special agent who is now a lecturer for OSU’s sociology department, was another speaker in the program. He said that like other students who are uncertain about their career paths, he encouraged the football team to “keep an open mind” if they are trying to figure out what career to pursue after football.“They’re moving into the world of adulthood where they really have to start preparing for the rest of their lives,” Trombitas said. “It’s OK to have fun and do things in college like a regular college student would, but you really have to be careful of the choices that you make, and understand you’re setting the stage for what you’re going to do the rest of your life.”Chris Spielman said there were not many programs specifically in place to teach life lessons during his time as an OSU football player.“Life lessons were conveyed through my watching of my parents and watching people around me,” Chris Spielman said.Dee Miller said that while OSU provided resources that student-athletes could take advantage of to prepare for life after football, there was not as much structure to providing those resources when he played for the Buckeyes.“Back then, the focus on academics and life after football was not like it is today,” Dee Miller said.Meyer and the OSU football program also brought a new opportunity to the players this year. Senior staff and human resource representatives from 57 businesses and organizations came to Ohio Stadium on Thursday for a student-athlete job fair, which was organized by the OSU football program.The entire OSU football team and “as many as 50 to 75” student-athletes from other OSU sports teams attended the job fair, Emig said.Nike, ESPN and IMG were among the organizations present, while NFL senior vice president of player engagement Troy Vincent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich were also available at the job fair, according to a press release. Kasich also spoke to the football team prior to the job fair.Ryan Stamper, Ohio State football’s coordinator of player development, said in a press release that every player on the team “had to have a new resume” for the job fair.“Every player learned about resumes and key components of them, and then our staff, support services staff and academic advisors helped each one update their existing resume or create a new one,” Stamper said. “And every one of our players, including freshmen, had to have a list going into the job fair of four business areas or interests that they would like to speak with reps about and learn about.”Redshirt senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said in the press release that the Buckeyes spent months preparing for the job fair.“The speakers we’ve heard and the people we’ve spoken to (at the job fair) have given us real insight into the opportunities and careers we can strive for,” Mewhort said. read more

Wandsworth prisons Xray scanner not used for legal reasons

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. One of Britain’s largest prisons stopped using an X-ray body scanner for “legal reasons” even though similar devices are in place at other jails, according to a report.Inspectors questioned why the technology had been taken out of action at HMP Wandsworth after proving effective in identifying contraband.HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) found illicit substances, particularly cannabis and new psychoactive substances, remained “too accessible” at the establishment in south-west London.Existing technology was not being used effectively, the assessment found.”For example, the X-ray scanner in reception was no longer used and the CCTV cameras in visits were not monitored as a result, we were told, of a lack of staff,” it said.The X-ray scanner had been used previously and was an effective way of identifying contraband, HMIP said.Inspectors were also told that inmates preferred the scan, which was more dignified than strip-searching.”However, the scanner had fallen into disuse; we were told this was for legal reasons but we remained unclear about the reasons, given that similar scanners were in use in other establishments,” the report said. Last month the inspectorate highlighted encouraging early results from the use of body-scanning technology at another jail, HMP Belmarsh, saying it had led to the discovery of mobile phones, drugs and weapons which would not have been detected during a strip search.A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “Wandsworth took a very cautious approach to new enhanced EU regulations on body scanners.”Their use continued as normal across other prisons with scanners and we have now advised Wandsworth how to use the scanners effectively and in line with the EU regulations.”The report on HMP Wandsworth, based on inspection visits in February and March, said that in the previous six months searches recovered 277 mobile phones, 65 weapons and 153 drug packages.In other findings, the watchdog said Wandsworth remained the most overcrowded prison in England and Wales, with most of the 1,428 men being held at the time sharing a cell built for one.Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said: “In essence, there were too many prisoners, many with drug-related or mental health issues, and with not enough to do.”Calling for “cultural change”, he noted that not all staff carried anti-ligature knives despite six self-inflicted deaths since the jail was last inspected in 2015, and described the response to cell call bells as “totally inadequate”.Overall, Mr Clarke said it was “quite clear that there was a very real determination on the part of many dedicated staff at Wandsworth to make positive progress at this well-known and important prison”.Michael Spurr, chief executive of Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service, said Wandsworth had been provided with extra staff and resources, its capacity had been reduced to ease pressure and the prison was strengthening its approach to preventing self-harm and suicide.Prisons minister Rory Stewart acknowledged it was a “disappointing” report.He said the Government was putting an extra £16 million into improving facilities at 11 prisons, including Wandsworth. read more

Handson with Mozilla Firefox 4 for Android

first_imgMobile browsers, to me, are fairly standard in terms of features and options. Their loading speeds seem to be identical across the platforms, and with the single exception of Flash on the Android platform, I feel like I can switch between them with relative ease and barely be aware that I’m not longer using the same browser as before. So when Mozilla announced the beta release of project Fennec, the Firefox 4 Android browser, I was fairly excited that mobile platforms were finally going to benefit from the experience of a company whose only real claim to fame was a popular and functional web browser.The beta first hit my desk about six months ago. Barely functional, and taking up an absurd amount of space on my phone, Fennec did one thing right – it was blazingly fast when it worked. The UI was pretty unique, offering up menus and tabs with simple gestures instead of tapping a button, be it physical or not, and was a refreshing change of pace. Because if its girth, I uninstalled Fennec and monitored its forum until a time where it was baked enough that I would be interested in trying again.When I saw that Firefox 4 for Android had hit the Market, I felt like I had missed something, since some of the core issues I felt the browser had weren’t yet addressed as far as I could tell by reading. Being sure that I had somehow missed something, I tapped the download button and gave it another shot.AdChoices广告Firefox had lost quite a bit of its girth, as well as its Project Fennec title (which I actually really liked) and was posing as just a mobile version of Firefox. The same clever gesture UI is there, swipe right for your tabs, up for your menu, left for settings. The browser is still very fast, though missing the Flash component that Android fans seem ravenous over, and even has a unique grouping of features set to benefit any desktop Firefox ssers. Weave, the desktop sync client, allows you to bring over your settings, bookmarks, even the tabs you have open right now to any other Firefox setup, including the Android client. For existing Firefox users, this is a really useful tool for when you are on the go, and is a step ahead of Google’s own Chrome to Phone system.Unfortunately, the browsing experience is still kind of lacking. While loading a page is quick, Firefox seems to take issue with my desire to rotate my screen, usually causing the page to reload or even crash the browser when I do so. If held in either portrait or landscape only, the browsing experience is really quite good, but that feeling is lost almost immediately as soon as you rotate.Like mobile Safari for iOS, Firefox will replace any Flash content it can find with HTML5, but if the content is interactive, and if there is no HTML5 replacement, a grid of white and black occupies the space instead of the infamous blue lego from Apple.Then there’s the social. Spark, Mozilla’s internal minigame, a clever and kind of fun way to encourage you to spread the love of Firefox 4 to all who would listen, promising badges and a larger spark if you succeed. You can share via a barcode on you phone, a link to put in your social drug of choice, or even just tell people to put your email address into their “who recommended you” field inside Spark.Whether or not Firefox will be as popular or as dominant in the mobile space as it was in the desktop space is entirely based on whether or not it continues to rapidly innovate and fix its browser in the early days. Unlike with the Fennec beta, I will keep Firefox installed, and hope that soon I can switch to it as my primary mobile browser.last_img read more

Applicants Being Sought for Young Leader Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer, a DuPont Company are seeking applicants for the 2004 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout agriculture for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating the producer leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry.The Young Leader Program began in 1984. The program goal is the same today as it was twenty years ago, to seek out and develop new leadership for agriculture. The Young Leader Program is looking for soybean farmers who are innovative, assertive, “young” (or new) to leadership, and looking to make their mark in agriculture. More than half of all past Young Leaders serve on state or national soybean associations or promotion boards, and many are active in regional or county organizations as well.“The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program,” said Ron Heck, ASA President. “The instructors and program content are of the highest quality. This program provides information that the participant can start using immediately, not only in business but personally as well.”“Applicants selected as Young Leaders have an excellent opportunity to learn the key leadership skills necessary for high profile roles within agriculture,” said Kevin Turnblad, Pioneer Key Account Manager. “They do this through interactive training that utilizes instructors and materials that have been very successful in the real-world. Participants can also learn from each other and through the use of case studies of topics that are ‘front-burner’ and pivotal to the future of agriculture. If anyone is interested in making a difference in agriculture, this program is for you.”The 2004 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience February 28 – March 2, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This seminar will include leadership and issues training and provide an opportunity for participants to meet and learn from other Young Leaders from around the country. The class will also take part in the Commodity Classic, March 2 – 4, 2004, rounding out a full week of learning, networking, and personal growth. Participants will travel to Pioneer’s Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, to complete their training in December 2004.Application forms for the 2004 Young Leader Program, sponsored by Pioneer, a DuPont Company, are being mailed to all ASA members. Forms may also be obtained by calling (800) 688-7692, your state soybean office, or on the web at Soybean producers are encouraged to apply or nominate another producer who would be an excellent candidate for the program. Nominations should be returned to ASA by Wednesday, December 17, 2003. One Young Leader couple will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.last_img read more

SonyATV Songwriting Camps Are Giving Songwriters More Opportunities To Showcase Talent

first_img Facebook Twitter Sony/ATV Songwriting Camps Are Giving Songwriters More Opportunities To Showcase Talent News Email Inside Sony/ATV’s Successful Songwriting Camps sonyatv-songwriting-camps-are-giving-songwriters-more-opportunities-showcase-talent “Get Loud For Me” was written and performed by Gizzle, with a co-write from Mike Sabath. With initial placements in ads for NFL/Bose and Adidas, it has gone on to more than 4 million streams on Spotify and is featured on more than 67,000 playlists.”Do It Like This” was written and performed by Daphne Willis, with co-writes from Austin Massirman and Sabath. Initially placed on Comcast Xfinity ads, it will soon appear in a Royal Caribbean Cruises campaign and has sparked viral dance-alongs across South Korea.Stories like the placement of “Get Loud For Me” and “Do It Like This” in successful campaigns inspire writers to get invoilved with songwriting camps, an general concept that is sometimes credited to the long-time practice of producer Max Martin. Since 2015 this has caused his native Stockholm to be associated with the growing trend, which includes its own organizing group with support from CISAC.Sony/ATV didn’t miss a beat getting started with the concept and now they will be using their sync camp model more widely. Brands associated with their initial-placement success stories also include Apple, Dunkin’ Donuts, Google, Miller, Nissan, Orbit, Ram, and Universal Theme Parks. It is a commercial approach of a different kind, first appearing alongside advertisements or on soundtracks. Time has proven that sync licensing can provide an effective launching pad for powerful songs.Bringing The Streaming Music Revolution To Small BusinessesRead more The music publisher is using songwriting camps to help writers land their songs in world-famous media and entertainment brands Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 22, 2018 – 4:08 pm For songwriters, getting their songs placed on TV ads, movie scenes or television shows, can hugely boost their audiences and be one more way to generate income. Music publisher Sony/ATV is using “songwriting camps” to help writers gain more opportunities to successfully collaborate and land song placements or “sync licenses.”So far, the camps have obtained 300 sync licenses, Sony/ATV says. In Sept., Ross Copperman and other writers including Brian Fallon, Jon Nite, Marc Scibilia, Jason Wade, and Geoff Warburton were among about 20 participants at the Nashville camp.”It was so inspiring and refreshing and I’m so grateful for the new people I’ve met and got to work with,” said Copperman. “I would love to do this more often wherever and whenever … These few days have fed my soul in a big way.””Sync” is short for “synchronization” or a kind of license used by music publishing companies like Sony/ATV to give licensees the permission to place administered songs in “movies, TV shows, commercials, trailers, and video games.”The camps began five years ago in New York and London. Sony/ATV has plans to expand to Atlanta and Miami, seeing this as “a proactive way” to provide opportunities for its songwriters.last_img read more

Local Couple Dies While Vacationing in Domincan Republic

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comNathaniel Edward Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day were in the midst of living their best life as they were preparing to spend the rest of their lives together while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. However, it came to a premature end when they were found dead in on the day they were expected to checkout of their Caribbean resort.The Prince George’s County couple was reportedly found unresponsive in their room Thursday, May 30 at Grand Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana, approximately 75 miles east of Santo Domingo, the capital, halfway between another popular location, Punta Cana.Prince George’s County couple Nathaniel Edward Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day were found dead in their hotel rooms on Thursday, May 30. (Courtesy Photo) Holmes and Day, who were engaged to be married, reportedly died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs, according to Dominican police. Hotel staffers reportedly did not find any signs of violence.  The official cause of their death was determined after their bodies were transported to the Dominican National Institute of Forensic Sciences for an exam.  “We are deeply saddened by the incident at one of our hotels in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and want to express our deepest condolences to their family and friends,” Bahia Principe Hotels said in a statement.”According to the Huffington Post, Dominican Police said they discovered the couple with various bottles of medications used to treat high blood pressure in their room and authorities are still waiting for the results of toxicology tests. Day and Holmes were discovered in a room reportedly by a hotel worker who found them, but it was not reported whether the bottles were empty.But the Daily Mail, a publication that serves the United Kingdom, reported that Dominican Republic’s National Police learned during their investigation that Holmes had called for a hotel doctor Thursday morning May 30, complaining that he felt ill. However, when the doctor arrived he refused treatment.By all their personal accounts that were posted on social media, the couple had been enjoying the vacation of a lifetime in paradise.  They looked healthy and relaxed in posted videos and pictures of their excursions on boats and while they were enjoying time at the bar in the resort on Facebook. Holmes’ sister reportedly said she spoke to him before he last posted on Facebook on Tuesday. “Boat ride of a lifetime!!!” read one of the captions on a post.  Another caption reads: “Can somebody please loan me $250,000 bcuz I don’t want to come home!!!!!”NBC-4 in Washington, who first broke the story locally, reports the family is questioning the authenticity of the investigation in the Dominican Republic.  Their deaths are considered suspicious in part because Holmes complained of discomfort but supposedly refused treatment.  Carbon monoxide poisoning also has not been ruled out because it could trigger a reaction inside their bodies, which would have had fatal results.  There is no word, however, of whether there were adequate air quality analysis detectors on the property.They are the second Black American couple to die in the Dominican Republic since March. Orlando Moore, 41, and Portia Ravenelle, 52, were believed by authorities to be en route to the airport to return from their vacation after leaving the same brand property when Moore may have lost control and crashed into the Caribbean Sea.  That couple was from New York and stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa hotel in Samana.  Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department said it’s working with local authorities on the investigation into the deaths, but has issued a warning to those who are planning to travel to the Dominican Republic anytime this summer.last_img read more

Tencent Penguin Adapting Australias Miss Fisher Series in China

first_imgChinese actress Ma Yili (“The Road Not Taken”) stars as the eponymous detective. Jin Weiyi is the lead writer and one of the producers. Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox, Every Cloud Productions founders, are set as creative consultants.Eagger and Cox are also the creators of the upcoming feature film “Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears” and spinoff TV series “Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries.” “Crypt of Tears” will be released in Australia by Roadshow Films and in the U.S. by Acorn.“Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries,” a series of four telemovies, has just screened on the Seven Network in Australia. All3 Media International, the overseas distributor of the series and the film, said that the show will be broadcast on Acorn in the U.S. and on UKTV in the U.K. later this month.The first “Miss Fisher” series premiered on Australia’s ABC TV in February 2012. Since then, the series has sold to 247 territories in 179 countries. Broadcasters include Netflix (multi-territories), Acorn (U.S.), PBS (U.S.), Channel 5 (U.K.), UKTV’s Alibi Channel (U.K.), France3 (France), Knowledge Network (Canada), Kanal 5 (Sweden), Sony Germany and Red Bull Media House (Germany) and Rai (Italy). Popular on Variety Production has begun in China on a Mandarin-language version of Australian TV series “Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries.” It is the first Australian television series to have been re-versioned in China.The original series, based on Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher mystery novels, was created by Every Cloud Productions. The Shanghai 99 Visual Company acquired the Chinese format rights. 99 Visual has partnered with Tencent Penguin Film and talent management firm Easy Entertainment to produce the show. It will be delivered as 30 episodes of 42 minutes each and play out on Tencent‘s platforms in the spring of 2020.The series is set in 1930s Shanghai. At the time, Shanghai was one of the world’s most vibrant and fashionable cities, where foreigners and Chinese alike enjoyed its many hedonistic pleasures.center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

SF Giants Train for 4th World Series Win With Halo Sport Headphones

first_imgWhat does it take to score four World Series championships in 10 years? The San Francisco Giants hope science is the answer.In partnership with Halo Neuroscience, the National League baseball team is among the first to implement neurotechnology into its training.The company’s first product, Halo Sport, resembles an ordinary pair of wireless over-ear headphones. But detachable foam nibs (which look like a torture device or high-tech head massager) tickle your brain in 20-minute “Neuropriming” sessions.HaloThe process, as described by Halo CTO Brett Wingeier, uses electrical stimulation during movement-based training to induce a temporary state of hyper-learning, or “hyperplasticity,” in the mind, refining its ability to adapt.Oh, and it plays music.During the Giants’ 2016 conditioning camp, coaches split top minor league prospects into two groups—one wearing Halo Sport during 20-minute warm-ups, and one without.After two weeks, the Halo group reported the greatest improvements in speed.“Overall, all players at camp showed general improvements in the testing parameters,” Geoff Head, Giants’ sports science specialist, said in a statement. “But there was an additional increase in testing results in the players who used Halo Sport as compared to the players in the control group—especially in the 20-yard dash.”Giants pitcher Tyler Beede trains with Halo Sport (Halo)Exercising with Halo Sport doesn’t mean a player can skip practice. What it does mean is that his muscles will be better primed to swing the bat, throw the ball, and run bases. Which, in turn, could mean another Commissioner’s Trophy for the three-time World Champions.“As a San Francisco-based company, we are thrilled to be working with our hometown team,” Halo Neuroscience CEO Daniel Chao said.Slater and Beede show off Halo Sport (Halo)But the Giants aren’t the only ones improving their motor skills with Halo Sport: Oakland Raiders cornerback T.J. Carrie, pianist Mario Marzo, and powerlifter Emily Hu can be found practicing in the headphones; MLB training centers Barwis Methods and Sparta Sports Science, also use the $749 headphones.last_img read more

Tourism sector wants government support to boost competitiveness

first_imgRelated posts:Solís blocks added sales tax on national park entrance fees, a decree passed days before he took office Tourism entrepreneurs urge President Solís to block retroactive sales tax Another decree angers Costa Rica’s tourism sector Tourism chamber leaders vow to escalate fight against added sales tax Tourism leaders want President Luis Guillermo Solís to do more to boost the industry in Costa Rica, including building a new international airport and attracting more airlines.Industry leaders, including members of the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR), the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH), the Costa Rican Restaurants Chamber (CACORE) and representatives of car rental companies, met with Solís on Tuesday and asked for better conditions so they can “compete more aggressively with other countries in the region.”They also asked Solís for “more active participation in government decisions” from Tourism Minister Wilhelm Von Breymann. The minister did not attend the meeting.Chamber of Hotels President Gustavo Araya Carvajal said he was surprised by Von Breymann’s absence and said the minister needed to take a more prominent role in such discussions so that the government can be fully aware of the tourism sector’s needs.Among their main priorities, tourism leaders cited the construction of a new international airport and attracting more airlines to increase visitation.Three new airlines — U.S.-based Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines, and U.K.-based Thomson Airways — are launching service to Costa Rica this year.For the past few years, Costa Rica’s Civil Aviation Authority has been studying the possibility of building a new airport in Orotina with double the capacity of Juan Santamaría International Airport.Tourism leaders want that process sped up. They say visitors are currently too few to provide a sustainable income for many tourism-dependent businesses.“Annual average hotel occupancy is at around 55 percent,” Chamber of Hotels President Araya said, “with a few peaks of up to 95 percent in some special seasons such as Holy Week.”CANATUR president Pablo Heriberto Abarca also said his group wants a more effective tourism minister.“We have been tolerant but we also want to make clear our opinion that we need more support from the government,” he stressed.Following the meeting President Solís acknowledged tourism as one of the main drivers of the national economy, and said his administration is making “determined and consistent efforts at boosting the tourism industry.” He also acknowledged that there’s room for improvement.According to the Costa Rican Tourism Board some 2.5 million visitors entered the country on a tourist visa last year, generating revenues worth some $2.6 billion. The tourism sector employs about 400,000 people, directly or indirectly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The heart of Fabricio Alvarado part I Pocora Limón

first_img Facebook Comments On Feb. 4, 2018, Fabricio Alvarado – a presidential candidate who just weeks before was at only three percent in some polls – capped off his upward surge by winning the first round of voting in Costa Rica’s national elections. In no community did he receive a higher percentage of votes than in Pocora, Guácimo, in the province of Limón.The Tico Times is pleased to translate David Bolaños’ in-depth feature, originally published by Radioemisoras UCR and the weekly Semanario Universidad examining the factors that led to Alvarado’s massive support in Pocora. Part I of IV.“It’s not the same mentality of certain candidates for the presidency who aren’t Christians, as that of a person who has Christ in his heart. A difference that marks Fabricio is that he has Christ; he’s a son of God.”Pastor Rocío Thomas spoke these words to a dozen listening congregation at the Christian Pentecostal Sendas of God Church, one recent Saturday night in the center of Pocora, a small district of the canton of Guácimo in the province of Limón.That same day, congregants listened to their leaders’ messages in 15 similar churches in the district. Semanario Universidad LogoAt first glance, Pocora is no different from many of the towns that sprung up next to the Atlantic railway in the province of Limón at the beginning of the 20th Century and those that, in the railroad’s eventual absence, grew alongside Route 32.However, during the elections of this past Feb. 4, Pocora stood out from the rest of the country: this was the district that voted the most heavily for the National Restoration Party (PRN) candidate Fabricio Alvarado.See the audiovisual chronicle of this report.While Limón was in general a huge source of support for Alvarado, an evangelical journalist, preacher and former legislator, Pocora stood out even in that PRN-heavy province: 55.5 percent of valid votes, which is a fourth of the population in that area. No other party was close to that proportion of victory in other regions.The other districts from Limón that had similar margins for the PRN are the canton of Matina: Carrandí (54.5 percent) and Matina (51.8 percent).The second-place party in said locations was the National Liberation Party (PLN) with an average of barely 17 percent of the valid votes, after years of dominating the entire province. Besides the abundance of evangelical churches, Pocora, Carrandí and Matina share the characteristic that their inhabitants live in the shadow of abandonment cast over their region by a political system focused on the capital.Those communities also turned out like no others for a party that before 2014 only existed in San José and that was almost invisible, electorally speaking, in Limón before now. Likewise, they were motivated by a candidate who spent the majority of his life in Desamparados, an urban municipality just south of San José.What created this connection between towns such as Pocora and a politician like Fabricio Alvarado? “Here, people go to church and trust a lot in God, and Fabricio is promising that. We think that because he’s a Christian person and goes to church, he’s not going to change paths,” says Yanory, a resident of Carrandí. David Bolaños / Radioemisoras UCRWith its 5,200 inhabitants, Pocora is far from being one of the most populated settlements in Limón. That’s why that 55.5 percent of support for Fabricio Alvarado translates to only 1,548 valid votes.However, the rest of the parties obtained miniscule numbers in comparison. For example, the Citizen Action Party (PAC), who is now competing against the PRN in the two-man presidential runoff that will culminate on April 1, only received 265 votes in favor of said district (9.4 percent), coming in third in Pocora overall.This political scenario was vastly different from the 2014 elections, when the National Liberation Party, the left-wing Broad Front (FA) and the Libertarian Movement (ML) led in Limón.Jairo Adams, business manager and collaborator of the Church Created to Adore in Pocora, considered that his community turned its back to the parties from four years ago because “they didn’t show results.”“I was surprised in the elections because people voted for Liberation, and I said: ‘How is it that people keep voting for Liberation?’ I went to work with them because a friend asked me to do so; if not, I wouldn’t have gone,” explained a resident Venecia, Carrandí, who asked to be identified only as Yanory.Ubaldo Urtecho, a former union member from Matina, said that he voted for Liberation even though the evangelical congregation he goes to, the Shekinah Apostolic Mission, “agreed” to vote for the PRN.The pastor from that church, Pedro Cubero, admitted that he has promoted the PRN.“Since one has the opportunity to speak to many people from here, one can tell people that if we want a change, we’ll try it. It’s telling others: ‘I believe this is the one’ – take it or leave it,” said the pastor, whose congregation in Matina comprises 80 people, in addition to 70 other followers in the next district, Batán.Urtecho said that the church promoted the production of of shirts and flags of the PRN for Election Day.Article 28 of the Political Constitution establishes that “clergy or laypeople” cannot make political propaganda “invoking motives of religion and using themselves as a medium of religious beliefs.”Stay tuned for Part II in this series, which examines some of the problems facing these communities and their hopes that a Fabricio Alvarado presidency will address these challenges. This article was originally published in Spanish at Radioemisoras UCR and  Semanario Universidad on March 6 by journalist David Bolaños. Related posts:The heart of Fabricio Alvarado, part II: Dashed hopes The heart of Fabricio Alvarado, part III: Evangelical growth The heart of Fabricio Alvarado, part IV: ‘Incorruptible people’ Presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado pulls out of UCR debatecenter_img Live blog: Costa Rica’s 2018 election results Evangelical Alliance lawyer: Costa Rica should reduce limits on religious propagandalast_img read more

Tax Credit Veteran Returns to WNC as SVP of Private Label Funds

first_img February 20, 2013 415 Views Share “”WNC””:, a national investor in real estate and community development initiatives, announced Anil Advani rejoined the firm as SVP of private label funds.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Advani, a 17-year tax credit veteran, previously oversaw WNC’s underwriting department and now serves in a new role created to grow the company’s private label fund business with large institutional investors. Advani is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with private label investors, as well as managing the closing process of WNC’s private label funds. Prior to joining WNC, Advani served as managing director with Red Capital Group. He also held a role as manager of tax credit investment advisorservices at Ernst & Young. “”WNC is pleased to welcome Anil, a seasoned industry professional,”” said Michael Gaber, COO of WNC. “”Throughout his 17-year career, Anil has built a reputation for execution and integrity and is an excellent fit with the WNC team.””Advani earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin and pursued his Juris Doctorate from American University. New,Tax Credit Veteran Returns to WNC as SVP of Private Label Fundscenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-02-20 Esther Cholast_img read more