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Top UN envoy condemns abhorrent bombings in Baghdad and Mosul

At least 36 people were reportedly killed or wounded as a result of the car bomb that exploded on Friday outside a mosque in the northern city of Mosul as well as several explosions that struck the capital, Baghdad. Ad Melkert, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Iraq, described the bombings as “an abhorrent crime targeting worshipers while they prayed and others as they embarked on their mid-Shaaban pilgrimage.” The mission said UN agencies are working with local officials and the Iraq Red Crescent Organization to deliver humanitarian relief to families affected by the bombings. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has provided basic household supplies to some 50 families whose homes were badly damaged. Mr. Melkert, who heads the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), urged local authorities to ensure access for the ongoing humanitarian effort.The attacks come just over a week after bombings at five Shi’a mosques across Baghdad which drew strong condemnation from the Secretary-General.“Attacks against places of worship cannot be justified by any political or religious cause,” Mr. Ban said in a statement following the 31 July attacks. “These attacks appear to be aimed at provoking sectarian strife and undermining stability in Iraq.” 9 August 2009A top United Nations official has strongly condemned the recent bombings that targeted worshipers in two of Iraq’s major cities, leaving dozens of innocent civilians dead or injured. read more

Ontario seeks closer business ties with oilrich Alberta

EDMONTON — The province of Ontario has gone from criticizing the oil sands to increasing its efforts to capture their economic benefits.Brad Duguid, Ontario’s minister for economic development, says he plans to increase his department’s attention to Alberta by adding more staff to deal with trade issues.I think that we want to now move forward with the knowledge that the oil sands are important to Ontario’s economy“I think we have a recognition that our relationship could be stronger. I think that we want to now move forward with the knowledge that the oil sands are important to Ontario’s economy,” Duguid told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.He said he understands the value of the oil sands to Ontario business and estimated that value at $63-billion over the next 25 years.[np-related]“It may be a time for Ontario to increase our presence in the province of Alberta in terms of our business supports here,” he said from Calgary. “We may want to look at having some more presence here in terms of staffing.”The Ontario government doesn’t currently have an office in Alberta. A bureaucrat at the Ontario legislature spends part of his time dealing with Alberta files.“The intent is move that to a full-time contact so that we’ve got more of a personal contact here — a good liaison between the business community in Ontario and Alberta.”A spokeswoman for Duguid’s office later clarified the Ontario government is looking at many ways to boost its profile in Alberta, which may or may not include opening an actual office in the province.Duguid said it’s time to help businesses in his province that are looking for oilpatch opportunities and Alberta companies that are looking for skilled labour.“There’s a recognition that that’s important to Ontario’s economy and it makes sense to look at ways we can work closer together, both in providing opportunities for our respective businesses and at the same to work together as governments,” Duguid said.Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said earlier this year that the booming energy sector was driving up the Canadian dollar and hurting the manufacturing and export sectors in Central Canada.Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has made similar comments. He has said the oil sands are artificially inflating the Canadian dollar and hollowing out the country’s manufacturing sector. He calls it the definition of Dutch disease — a reference to the Netherlands and how a natural gas find in that country led to declines in manufacturing in the 1960s.Duguid said his government wants to move past that debate.“We’re aware that there was a lot said about those comments. We just want to move forward.”Stronger links between Canada’s largest provincial economy and its fastest-growing one would be good for the whole country, said Duguid. read more

Annan urges World Social Forum to keep focus on plight of worlds

“You meet against a backdrop of great anxiety – about the possibility of war in Iraq, about nuclear proliferation on the Korean peninsula, about escalating violence in the Middle East, and about the possibility of new terror attacks,” Mr. Annan said in his message delivered on his behalf by Nitin Desai, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. The Forum is an annual conference of civil society groups that looks at ways to counteract the negative affects of globalization and is held at the same time as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.In his message, the Secretary-General said he shared their worries that a number of other issues, from the merciless spread of AIDS to the negative effects of globalization, will be neglected when so much else may be happening in the weeks and months ahead.”These phenomena and threats have an equal claim on the world’s conscience,” Mr. Annan said, warning that neglecting such threats would be a tragedy, “not least because today we are better positioned than ever before to tackle these problems.” He said the international community now had more than pledges, promises and lengthy plans of action, noting the common framework the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) offer for governments to push forward on key questions of economic and social development. While stressing that governments must act to push the MDGs forward and that the UN system would do all it could, the Secretary-General said neither could succeed without the involvement of the “dynamic forces” arrayed in Porto Alegre. He urged the participants not only to hold their governments to their promises, but also to work in partnerships with them and to forge alliances with each other, UN agencies and the private sector. Mr Annan also said the non-governmental organizations and the business community could enrich the debate on the direction of the international system. “Our goal must be to make globalization an inclusive, equitable process,” he said, “and your advocacy will continue to play a vital part in the effort to shape it so that it offers opportunities not just for a fortunate few, but for all people, especially the poor and vulnerable.” read more

More than 42 of anglophone Canadians now own a tablet study

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2014 8:15 am MDT More than 42% of anglophone Canadians now own a tablet: study TORONTO – More than 42 per cent of anglophone Canadians now own a tablet and most are increasingly choosing one of Apple’s iPads, suggests a report by the Media Technology Monitor.Tablet ownership spiked by about 66 per cent between 2012 and 2013, according to the results of a MTM survey conducted with 4,009 Canadians between Oct. 7 and Dec. 1 of last year.In the fall of 2012, about one in four anglophone Canadians told pollsters they had one of the gadgets, while a similar survey conducted in the fall of 2011 found just one in 10 were tablet owners.Apple’s iPads account for about two-thirds of the tablets Canadians own, MTM’s newest report suggests, while BlackBerry’s PlayBook and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab devices have a 10 per cent share of the market each. Apple’s hold of the market has consistently grown in MTM’s polls while the other brands have stagnated.The polling numbers also seem to suggest that while tablets are now more commonly found in Canadian households they’re being used a little less often.In the spring of 2011, 46 per cent of tablet owners said they used their tech toy several times a day, 25 per cent said they used it at least once a day, and 16 per cent said they used it once a week.Last spring, only 38 per cent were using theirs several times a day, 24 per cent said it turned on at least once a day, and nine per cent said they picked it up once a week at least.But iPad users appear to engage much more with their tablets.In the most recent MTM poll, about 45 per cent of the iPad owners said they used their tablets several times daily, versus just 28 per cent of the Samsung tablet users and 23 per cent of PlayBook users.Overall, the tablet users typically said they used their device to go online (88 per cent), browse the web (80 per cent) and use email (65 per cent). About half said they used their tablet for social networking, watching video and reading news.Not surprisingly, MTM found consumers with higher incomes were far more likely to have bought a tablet. Almost 80 per cent of anglophone consumers with a household income above $200,000 had a tablet, as did 66 per cent of those with a household income between $150,000 and $199,999.The results of the telephone survey, conducted by Forum Research, are considered accurate within 1.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20. read more

Veteran public official from Portugal elected to lead UN migration agency

António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino of Portugal was elected today by the member States of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to serve as the agency’s Director General, beginning on 1 October 2018. Mr. Vitorino succeeds William Lacy Swing of the United States, who will have served two five-year terms as IOM chief.Established in 1951, IOM had been an observer to the UN since 1992. Mr. Vitorino is the first Director General elected since the agency joined the UN system as a related organization in September 2016, part of the outcome from the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, which took place at UN Headquarters in New York.With degrees in law and political science from the University of Lisbon, Mr. Vitorino has served in the Portuguese Government starting with his election to Parliament in 1980. His career in national politics included a term as judge on the Constitutional Court, in addition to appointments as Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister under António Guterres, the current UN Secretary-General. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Vitorino served as the European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs, during which he participated in conversations that led to the drawing up of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, and the Convention on the Future of Europe.Outlining his priorities for the agency, Mr. Vitorino told UN News that he envisioned a “very decentralized, flexible organization, very close to the ground”, capable of answering the needs of its member States on migration. Adoption of the Global Compact on migration was an upcoming challenge, he said, adding also that it was “absolutely necessary” to achieve “concrete action” on the linkages between migration and the Sustainable Development Goals.IOM is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration with over 10,000 staff serving in over 400 offices across more than 150 countries. It provides services and advice to Governments and migrants, such as humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.The agency works with its partners in the international community to help ensure orderly and humane migration management and to promote international cooperation and understanding on migration issues. read more

Toddler killed in arson Suspect committed to stand trial for murder

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCrum-Ewing’s murder: “Grey Boy” committed to stand trial in High CourtFebruary 12, 2018In “Court”Crum-Ewing murder: High Drama as Magistrate re-opens then discharges case againJune 7, 2017In “Court”Six Trinidad police officers to stand trial for murderJuly 19, 2013In “Regional” The preliminary inquiry (PI) into the arson at Kaneville, East Bank Demerara which claimed the life of eight-month-old Romain Seth earlier this year concluded on Thursday with Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman ruling that sufficient evidence has been presented before the court to establish a prima facie case of murder against Nigel Dodson.Deceased: Romain SethNigel DodsonMagistrate Latchman has committed him to stand trial at the next practicable sitting of the High Court in Georgetown.In delivering her ruling after a moment of deliberation, the magistrate returned to the bench and declared, “I am of the opinion that the evidence has established a prima facie case on the charge of murder against the accused”.Dodson appeared visibly upset as the magistrate handed down her ruling, and declined to say anything or present witnesses when given opportunity to so do.Defence counsel Keoma Griffith, relying on the recently closed murder case of the Police versus Regan Rodrigues, aka “Grey Boy,” as one of his authorities, had earlier submitted that there was insufficient evidence to implicate his client in the crime.Griffith made reference to a witness’s statement to the court (under cross-examination by the Defence during the PI) to the effect that a few days prior to the arson incident, he (the witness) had a confrontation with the accused, during which Dodson had mouthed threats directed solely at him (the witness).Griffith therefore submitted that other witnesses who had heard the threat expressed should not have considered themselves likewise threatened, and their testimonies can only be deemed “hearsay”.Moreover, Griffith continued, it was confirmed by police statements in court that the accused had said he did not set fire to the house, nor had he any intention of doing so, nor did he have any knowledge of how the fire had been set.Referring to Grey Boy’s case, the lawyer reminded the court that concrete evidence is important; for, despite it being confirmed that a weapon found in a house had indeed been used in commission of a murder, the mere fact that this weapon was found in the dwelling house of the accused was undoubtedly insufficient to convict the defendant of murder.Along this line, he argued that there was no direct evidence to link his client to the crime, except for the mere presence of the accused at the scene and the reported threats he had uttered.Conversely, Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves submitted that a prima facie case had been made out against the defendant, as the witnesses’ evidence was solid and well corroborated, at no point being discredited by intense cross-examination by the Defence during the course of the PI.The prosecutor argued that it is undisputed that the deceased was at the time in the said house, and lost his life as a result of smoke inhalation and burns — so confirmed by the post mortem report.The prosecutor reiterated that the fire report had indicated that the blaze was not caused by electrical means, thus inferring the possibility of foul play. In addition, he requested that the court rely on voluntary oral statements made by the accused to investigators, admitting that he did threaten to kill the family.While accepting that no eyewitness had seen the defendant commit the act, the prosecutor submitted that a properly directed jury would return a guilty verdict after putting together the “bits and pieces” of evidence presented.An early morning fire on January 23, 2017 destroyed the three-bedroom home of Michelle Menezes several days after arson accused Nigel Dodson had threatened to kill her entire family. Most regrettably, it claimed the life of her eight-month-old grandson, Romain Seth. read more

Denmark AG Kobenhavn confirms domination beats Bjerringbro

← Previous Story EC 2012 Quals (W): Czech Republic surprises Austria! Next Story → Bundesliga: Kiel invincible! In the derby of the Danish Jack and Jones Ligaen, AG Kobenhavn beat the most serious title rival. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg lost at home with 26:22. Kobenhavn took the lead in the first half, going at break with 12:11, and it was still all open then, but in the second half they played even better, and with Hvidt and Hansen in form, the away team cruised to a victory, in what might prove vital to win the title, winning the game 26:22. read more

Frank Loke misses the start of the Bundesliga

Heavy injury for the 34-year Norwegian international that plays in the Bundesliga for Lubbecke. In the friendly match between Lubbecke and Eintracht Hildesheim, Frank Loke ran into teammate Drago Vukovic and injured the ligaments, prompting him to rest for at least one month, which will mean that he’s to miss the beginning of the Bundesliga. He’s been taken to hospital where it was decided that the injury is not to be underestimated. He’s played for Post Schwerin, Copenhagen, Grasshoppers, Amicitia Zurich, RK Zagreb before joining Lubbecke in 2010. Bundesligafrank lokehandballlubbecke ← Previous Story QUICK REACTION: Jelena Grubisic to Gyor! Next Story → Asian Junior Championship 2014 (Iran): Qatar going for a “hat-trick” read more

Une tête sculptée datant de lépoque romaine découverte en Angleterre

first_imgUne tête sculptée datant de l’époque romaine découverte en AngleterreUn étudiant en archéologie à l’université de Durham a récemment découvert une tête sculptée sur le site du fort de Binchester en Angleterre. L’objet aurait plus de 1.800 ans et pourrait être la représentation d’un dieu local. L’objet ne mesure pas plus de 20 centimètres et attendait qu’on le trouve depuis des centaines d’années. C’est un étudiant de premier cycle à l’université de Durham, Alex Kirton, qui a retrouvé cette petit tête sculptée dans la pierre au cours de fouilles menées sur  sur le site archéologique de Binchester en Angleterre, connu pour son fort romain. Une découverte excitante qui a relancé les recherches dans le nord du pays. En effet, selon les archéologues engagés dans les fouilles, cette tête d’homme plutôt bien dessinée malgré l’usure aurait plus de 1.800 ans et aurait été jeté quand le fort a été abandonné à la chute de l’Empire romain durant le quatrième siècle après J-C.Un dieu local métisséPour l’heure, les scientifiques n’ont pas pu identifier la personne représentée sur la pierre mais ils ont tout de même émis certaines hypothèses. Selon l’une d’entre elles, la tête pourrait représenter celle d’un ancien dieu local connu sous le nom d’Antenociticus. En effet, le visage présente des similitudes étonnantes avec la précédente découverte en 1862 au temple de Benwell d’une tête, sculptée également, du dieu associé au culte militaire dans la région. “C’est probablement la tête d’un dieu romain. On ne peut être sûr du nom, mais il y a des similarités”, explique David Petts archéologue de l’université de Durham, présent sur le site. Cette hypothèse est de plus renforcée par la présence non-loin de là où a été trouvée la tête d’un site de pèlerinage dédié au dieu. Toutefois, le doute demeure. “Nous ne connaîtrons peut-être jamais son identité, mais nous allons continuer à explorer le site qui pourrait nous aider à améliorer nos connaissances de l’époque romaine tardive à Binchester”, précise le chercheur cité par LiveScience. De l’exotisme dans les traitsL’esthétique de la sculpture intéresse tout particulièrement les archéologues. L’art semble tenir de la Rome antique et de l’art local celtique, cependant, certaines caractéristiques relèveraient de l’art africain. Mais ce ne sont là que des spéculations, expliquent les chercheurs, soulignant qu’il s’agit d’une voie à ne pas ignorer. “Le style africain” pourrait effectivement résulter d’un travail typique des artisans de l’époque dans cette région. “C’est quelque chose que nous devons considérer plus profondément” poursuit David Petts, “si c’est la tête d’un Africain, cela pourrait être extrêmement important”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les fouilles sont menées par l’université de Durham en collaboration avec celle de Stanford. L’objet premier est de découvrir de quelle manière l’empire romain, qui s’était étendu de l’Afrique à la Britannia (Angleterre, Pays de Galles et Ecosse), a couru à sa chute. Les visiteurs du fort de Binchester eux, pourront admirer la tête lors du Binchester Roman Festival les 13 et 14 juillet prochains.  (crédits photo : Durham University)Le 4 juillet 2013 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fishing report 0112

first_imgSturgeon anglers in the Bonneville pool continue to get a few legal-size fish, but angling is far from good. Weather conditions also have not been conducive to fishing in the Columbia River Gorge.Several local waters have been stocked with rainbow trout recently.Silver Lake in Cowlitz County got 3,000 trout. In Klickitat County, Rowland Lake got 3,000 rainbow, Spearfish Lake got 2,000 and Maryhill Pond got 500.Kress Lake near Kalama was planted with 14 steelhead from Kalama Falls Hatchery.Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 43 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize and 64 sublegals released; six bank rods with three sublegals released. (WDFW)• The Dalles pool, four boaters with one oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released; 19 bank rods with three sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)• John Day pool, two boaters and three bank rods with no sturgeon; five boaters with six walleye kept. (WDFW)last_img read more

Brendan Rogers not comfortable with Celtics transfer window deals

first_imgBrendan Rogers has requested an inquiry into the poor deals Celtic had made over the transfer window.The mangers had missed players he wanted to bring into the club after the club had made the sale to Lyon of Moussa Dembele at £20million.The club were not successful in their move for midfielder John McGinn and defenders Cristiano Piccini and Scott McKenna, even though they had made a record signing of French forward Odsonne Edouard from Paris Saint-Germain.Concerning these deals, Mail Online has reported Rogers: “You have to review – it is important. I felt it was a straightforward window for us, and it was twofold – keep the players we wanted to keep, then add the quality into key areas of the field. I didn’t think we needed many.“But it’s never as straightforward as it should be sometimes.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“It’s clear it hasn’t been an ideal window for us but we’ll look at the processes and everything else around it. We’ll review it all and try to ensure in the next window we can be better.’ Rodgers relationship with club chief executive Peter Lawwell has appeared strained over the past few weeks, while questions have also been raised around the role of head of recruitment Lee Congerton, who was appointed in March 2017.“It has been a busy period and we will assess it after this period is done.“There are clearly things we can improve on and be better at. But, listen, this is management, it is not always smooth and everything going nice.“So you just have to deal with it and focus and concentrate on what you do, which is the coaching, the preparation of the team and sending them out there to perform at the best level that they can.”last_img read more

Soldotna Marijuana Regulation Recommendations On Consent Agenda

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享There are two ordinances on the consent agenda for the Soldotna City Council meeting that set forth recommendations for regulation of marijuana in city limits. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Soldotna-weed-on-consent-agenda.mp3VmJennifer-on-Soldotna-weed-on-consent-agenda.mp300:00RPd The first ordinance, provides general standards and enforcement procedures for marijuana establishments. The second, includes provisions for taxation and regulations of marijuana. The Soldotna Planning and Zoning Commision has submitted the recommendations  before the moratorium ends on February 15. The Soldotna City Council will introduce the two ordinances at the meeting on Wednesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. The Soldotna City Council voted in favor of extending the moratorium on commercial marijuana establishments within city limits an additional 45 days, to allow the time necessary for the P&Z Commission to establish the regulation recommendations. Public hearings are scheduled on the ordinances for January 24th and February 14th.last_img read more

Jennifer Lopez Announces Its My Party North American Tour

first_img Jennifer Lopez Announces It’s My Party Tour jennifer-lopez-announces-its-my-party-north-american-tour Twitter News The It’s My Party tour will then bring her killer moves and infectious energy to other huge venues across North America, including the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on June 13, the American Airlines Center in Dallas and the United Center in Chicago on June 29. She will make two stops in Canada, in Toronto on July 7 and Montreal on July 10, followed by a July 12 show at the historic Madison Square Garden in New York. She will hold the final two concerts of the tour in Florida, in Orlando on July 23 and closing out in Miami on July 25.In the video accompanying her social media announcement, Lopez shared her vision for the tour: “I know I’m going to give them a good show, I know I’m going to make sure that the music feels great, and the flow is right and the set is right. That’s what I do…It’s a party, baby!”A press release emphasized that nothing will be held back for J. Lo’s birthday extravaganza. The shows will be “a nonstop party mix of Jennifer’s new and classic anthems, show-stopping choreography and dancers, dazzling wardrobe, jawdropping technology and set design, and all of the glamour and wow-factor fans have come to expect of Jenny from the Block,” it said.In addition to the excitement of celebrating J. Lo’s birthday with the icon herself—fans are already freaking out on Twitter—the tour itself is a big deal. It is her first one since her first major solo tour, the Dance Again World Tour in 2012. Prior to that, she had a joint tour with Marc Anthony in 2007. Lopez’ most recent concerts were during her Las Vegas residency, dubbed All I Have, from January 2016– September 2018, during which she performed 120 shows. The multifaceted pop star’s last LP was her eighth studio album, 2014’s A.K.A. She released several singles last year, including the Spanish language “Te Guste” with rising Latin trap star Bad Bunny in November and the bilingual “Dinero” featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B last May. She has teased a new track, “Medicine,” featuring rapper French Montana, due out April 5. Tour tickets go on sale Fri., March 29 at 10:00 am local time, with presales beginning March 26; more info here.Rosalía Announces First Solo North American TourRead more The 25-date trek kicks off on June 7 in Los Angeles and wraps up the day after her birthday, July 25, in MiamiAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 22, 2019 – 1:11 pm GRAMMY-nominated pop powerhouse and dancer extraordinaire Jennifer Lopez fittingly wants to celebrate her upcoming 50th birthday, July 24, with music, dancing and all her fans. The Bronx-born star has announced a 25-date tour, her first trek in seven years, kicking off on June 7 in Los Angeles. https://twitter.com/JLo/status/1109145719347265537 Facebook Jennifer Lopez Announces It’s My Party North American Tour Email last_img read more

Budget 2015 Sensex Up 860 Points in 4 Days Markets Cheer Jaitleys

first_imgThe pre-Budget rally witnessed in stock markets in the last couple of days sustained itself on Friday, responding to Union Finance Ministery Arun Jaitley’s statement that his party’s defeat in the recent Delhi Assembly polls won’t slowdown economic reforms. The 30-scrip benchmark index – S&P BSE Sensex  – has risen about 860 points in four straight trading sessions starting from Tuesday, to end slightly above 29,000 on Friday. Analysts are expecting it to cross the 30,000-mark, either days before the Budget or around 28 February, the day it will be presented. The target for the 50-scrip Nifty is 9,200.On Thursday, Jaitley, while speaking in the presence of US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in New Delhi, had said, “The fact that four (state assembly) elections have been won and one has not been won is absolutely no ground for believing that there will be any slowdown on the path which we have undertaken.”Brokerages and investors are expecting Budget 2015 to contain proposals to increase capital spending and extend tax breaks for the manufacturing sector, which has continued to remain sluggish. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (R) shakes hands with India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before the fifth U.S.-India Economic and Financial Partnership Dialogue in New Delhi February 12, 2015.ReutersInvestors should look at the government’s spending plans and in areas that would receive more funds, Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund Co-CIO Mahesh Patil said.He added that the government should increase its spending in a few areas, with special emphasis on infrastructure and was keen to know the government’s plans to incentivise the manufacturing sector.With the BJP winning only three seats of the 70 in Delhi, investors were worried if Prime Minister Narendra Modi would go for ‘populist measures’. However, Jaitley was quick to dispel any such apprehension.  Budget 2015Investors and analysts have seen the stock market gain momentum in the run up to the Budget. Expectations point to the markets hitting fresh records on hope of further reforms being initiated by the NDA government.They implore investors to continue to use every opportunity, particularly the volatilities to continue to stay invested, said EconomicTimes.The upcoming Budget is expected to be the harbinger of the government’s plan and direction for India over the next few years.last_img read more

Warner Bros wants to give Harley Quinn her own spinoff

first_imgThe DC Comics Cinematic Universe (DCCU) is in the process of refocusing after being rocked back on its heels a bit by the lukewarm performance of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (yes, $868 million globally isn’t the box office it used to be). Suicide Squad opted for an expensive round of reshoots, Ezra Miller’s Flash movie lost a director, Ben Affleck was elevated to the role of Executive Producer on Justice League, and rumors swirled that James Wan was becoming frustrated with Aquaman. The newest response to the grim BvS follows the same thinking as making Affleck an EP and letting him direct his own Batman movie in the future: follow the charismatic actors and hope audiences do too. This time it’s Margot Robbie, who is apparently so good in this fall’s Suicide Squad that she’s got the studio interested in a DC Comics female-focused movie.The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who says Robbie and Warner Bros. are contemplating Harley Quinn’s return. It’s unclear what stage of development this movie is at or when it would fit into the schedule of other DCCU movies that Warner Bros. remains semi-committed to. Apparently, when Margot Robbie was researching the character of Harley for Suicide Squad, she ended up with an affinity for DC’s lineup of female heroes and villains. Together with a (currently unnamed and mysterious) female screenwriter, she developed an idea for a film that would have Harley return alongside some of these characters.Suicide Squad doesn’t come out until August 5, but the confirmed rumors of reshoots mixed with the unconfirmed rumors that the movie had a dour tone the studio wanted to correct. Either way, buzz on the film and reaction to the trailers have put the spotlight on Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn. This is the first time the character, created for Batman: The Animated Series, has made it into a movie. Warner Bros is apparently ready to ride the good will of Robbie’s performance through Suicide Squad regardless of the outcome. The report on the new movie says that she’s not only going to return as Harley, but produce the project as well.The rest of the details contain a lot of buzzwords for fans of DC Comics: “Details are being closely guarded but names such as Batgirl and Birds of Prey have surfaced, although in what capacity, it’s not clear. Warner Bros. isn’t commenting” The Birds of Prey is DC Comics’ new banner to include all the crime-fighting females of Gotham (Black Canary, Oracle/Batgirl, Lady Blackhawk, Hawk, Huntress, Hawkgirl, and Dove). The New 52 lineup of the Birds of Prey even includes Katana (who appears in the Suicide Squad movie) and Poison Ivy. Basically, all female heroes and villains are on the table at this speculative point. Early fan reaction indicates people would love to see Batgirl take on Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.The DCCU is also beginning to rely on women characters to pull them through some tough time for the Bat and the Man of Steel. Wonder Woman is going to be the first superheroine from the Big Two comic book companies to get her own installment in a shared universe (something Marvel won’t get to until Captain Marvel), and now a project that might unite some of the most beloved characters of the DC Comics has scored a female writer and a female producer.The positives of this move outweigh the negatives this early in the game. While this is all speculation, fans can have a Harley Quinn movie both with and without the Joker (Jared Leto), for example. Eventually, the details of the project will need to solidify and a place will be found for it on the schedule. The key thing is that nothing will be locked down until Warner Bros. can know how Suicide Squad and Harley Quinn perform in the wild.The danger of letting this DC movie get the greenlight is the same danger we faced last decade with characters like Elektra and Catwoman with their eponymous films: when female-led movies failed, the Hollywood system thought it was a sign that the audience didn’t want female heroes. This is potentially more vulnerable to a similar understanding as it’s a movie about women conceived by women and written by women.Like all future DCCU movies, the future of several properties hang in the balance. All we can do is brace ourselves for the next incoming installment. Suicide Squad: batter up.last_img read more

Showcasing the brilliance of Indian weaves

first_imgCelebrating the magnificence of Indian weaves, Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao announced the fifth edition of ‘Nayaab’. The exhibition, which is on display at The Lodhi between 11 am and 8 pm from November 23 to 25, is an endeavor to showcase the finest textile traditions of India to its patrons. ‘Nayaab’ strives for excellence and believes in celebrating the finest of Indian weaves by curating and showcasing the wonders of Indian textiles. Each piece will highlight the intricacy and skill of the designer. This edition of ‘Nayaab’ aspires to embody the traditions of the Indian textile heritage and epitomise the stories of the countless hands that have worked hard to create these masterpieces. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith the fifth edition of ‘Nayaab’, the expertise of curators Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao will introduce the work of Indian designers who embody a passion for weaves, textures and natural dyes from the traditional textile heritage of India. The two-day exhibition will highlight a capsule collection by accomplished designers. Each design pays tribute to the ancient traditional textiles of the country and presents them in new, eclectic ways.This exhibition will showcase an exceptional collection of designers featuring, Ritu Kumar, Akaaro, Pero, Kora, Divyam Mehta, Eka, Nalini Malhotra, En Inde, 11.11, Indian Textiles, Weavers Studio, Anavila Saris, Vriksh, Swati Kalsi, Shaw Brothers, Swati Garodia, Taika and Pradeep Pillai.last_img read more

Maharashtra to get new regional centre of LKA

first_imgMaharashtra government has promised to find a suitable venue soon to set up a new regional centre of Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) – country’s premier art Akademi. The Chairman of LKA Uttam Pacharane has made this announcement after his successful meeting in this regard with the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavees on June 23, in Mumbai. Pacharane informs that he was accompanied by the senior BJP leader Raghunath Kulkarni while meeting Fadnavees. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccoding to Pacharane, the Mahrashtra CM’s attitude was very positive about opening a new regional centre in Mumbai. He said, “It was a long pending demand and when he sought to arrange a suitable venue with Fadnavees, he readily agreed and assured of his and his government’s whole hearted cooperation in establishing the regional centre. Pacharane claims that not only Mumbai but LKA is soon going to establish a new centre in the Indore as well.Pacharane deems that the new centre in Mumbai shall provide a new fillip to arts market in the country and also help the artists from Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat in getting a fair deal for their imagination and hard work not only nationally but also internationally. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMaharashtra has a long tradition of Arts and Culture and people tend to decorate their homes with Alpanaa on festivals like Ganesh Pooja etc. Despite being a repository of talent the local artists are still struggling to get noticed nationally as well internationally in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.Maharashtra has a number of arts institutions and new regional Arts centre shall contribute immensely in their growth and provide encouragement to the talent. Pacharane informs that the LKA shall soon launch a big initiative for conservation and encouragement of Tribal Art forms and the indigenous artists.last_img read more

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