TFA Annual Report

first_imgThe TFA Annual Report that will be put out for membership is now available to view.TFA will send an original to every TFA affiliate and some to each State office.The report will be presented at the TFA AGM which will occur on Sunday, 14 December 2008 in Canberra.Related Filestfa_annual_report_200708-pdflast_img

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Cross Canada corridor concept getting dusted off ahead of election

first_img“Those regulations are definitely there for a reason, but we were trying to come up with a better model,” he said.Dedicated infrastructure corridors have had success in other jurisdictions, including Europe and Australia, Fellows said.Pipelines are very good at generating economic benefits at both ends of the line, and not so much in the middle _ but roads, rail, electricity and telecom can help people all along the route, Fellows said.“You might not make everyone 100-per-cent happy, but the goal is to try to make everyone a little bit happier than they are now,” said Fellows, who co-wrote the paper with Andrei Sulzenko. OTTAWA, O.N. – The notion of a pan-Canadian corridor dedicated to rail, power lines and pipelines has been around for at least half a century but it looks like it’s about to get a big publicity boost.Last week, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer used a major pre-election policy speech to dust off a similar idea. Scheer promised, if he wins October’s election, that he would to work towards establishing a cross-country “energy corridor.”He said planning for the route would be done up front, in consultation with provinces and Indigenous communities. A right-of-way would make it easier to lower environmental assessment costs, improve certainty for investors and increase the chances more projects will be built, Scheer said. Interest in a coast-to-coast corridor has picked up in recent years. Energy infrastructure proposals have failed to secure approval due to tough regulatory processes and community concerns over environmental impacts.For instance, the shortage of pipeline capacity out of oil-rich Alberta has created a bottleneck that’s harmed both the provincial and national economies. Sellers have had to sell at deep discounts because there simply isn’t the transportation capacity to get oil to willing buyers.In the last few years, a few academics and senators have recommended the federal government give the corridor concept a serious look, even though making it happen would be a big, multi-jurisdictional undertaking.Scheer’s pitch appears to have drawn inspiration from a 2016 University of Calgary paper that offered possible solutions through a northern corridor for transportation and infrastructure.G. Kent Fellows, who co-authored the report, said the right-of-way could be used for roads, rail, pipelines, electricity transmission lines and telecommunications. The study’s proposed 7,000-kilometre corridor would also serve communities well north of the existing east-west routes that run closer to the U.S. border. In concept, a main line and offshoots would connect ports in northern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories to Churchill, Man., eastern Quebec and Labrador.The hurdles of consultations and regulatory oversight for new projects are significant, Fellows said.center_img The creation of a corridor could take decades, or even half a century, and a “back of the envelope” calculation estimates it could cost something like $100 billion, Fellows said.The study caught the attention of a Senate committee, which took a closer look at the concept in 2016 and 2017.In a 2017 report of its own, the committee called the corridor idea a “visionary, future-oriented infrastructure initiative” that would create significant economic opportunities for Canada and help develop northern regions.“Because an initiative of this scale and scope would likely take decades to complete, the federal government _ on a priority basis _ should ensure that a feasibility study on the proposed northern corridor is undertaken,” said the committee report.Senators recommended the government dedicate up to $5 million to the University of Calgary to support further research into the corridor.The committee report noted how a 1971 report by Richard Rohmer _ an air-force veteran of D-Day who became a prominent land-use lawyer with the ear of governor general Roland Michener _ proposed the development of a “mid-Canada” corridor, recommending federal, provincial and territorial governments make it an urgent priority. Rohmer imagined a massive transportation network for goods and people could turn communities such as Flin Flon, Whitehorse and High Level into major new urban centres.The report was presented then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau but the committee said his government never moved forward on the idea.Christopher Ragan, a McGill University professor, said he recalls the University of Calgary corridor study and he thinks it’s “quite a striking idea” that makes a lot of sense.Ragan, who served on federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s economic advisory panel, said he’s glad Scheer has taken up the concept of a corridor and bringing it to the public’s attention as a serious idea.On climate change, Ragan said the country will want to find ways to get through tough approval processes to run more east-west energy grids. For example, he said clean electricity could move from British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba into Alberta, Saskatchewan and parts of Ontario to help displace fossil-fuel generation.Ragan is also head of the Ecofiscal Commission, a group of academics focused on economic and environmental solutions.“I don’t frankly care whether it’s an old idea or a new idea _ but it is a new idea in terms of a real-world, policy practical discussion … It’s good that you actually have politicians starting to talk about this.”last_img read more

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Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge RCMP looking to locate man wanted on outstanding

first_imgLindstrom is being described as:Indigenous male6′ / 194 lbs.Brown hairBrown eyesAthletic BuildFair ComplexionIf seen, the RCMP advise that Linstrom should not be confronted and that you should call 9-1-1 immediately.If you have any information regarding Lindstrom’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call Chetwynd RCMP at 250-788-9221 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. CHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted on multiple outstanding arrest warrants.According to RCMP, 24-year-old Devon Lindstrom has warrants issued against him for assault causing bodily harm, numerous firearms-related offences, prohibited driving and breach of an undertaking.Police say Lindstrom is also wanted in Alberta for theft and failure to attend court.last_img read more

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Teenager commits suicide in Muzaffarnagar

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: A 16-year-old boy has committed suicide by consuming poison in Amit Vihar locality here, police said Saturday. According to Station House Officer Santosh Kumar Singh, the youth took the extreme step Friday when his parents were not in the house. The exact cause behind the suicide was not none as yet and further investigations were on, the SHO said. The body has been sent for post mortem, he added.last_img

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Morocco ranks 78th in list of best countries for business

first_imgRabat- American Magazine published its list of the best countries for business in 2013. According to the list, which was published last December, Morocco ranks 78th worldwide for doing business. Morocco ranks second country in the North Africa behind Tunisia, which ranked 77. In the Arab world, Morocco is ranked 9th after the United Arab Emirates (30th), Qatar (40th), Saudi Arabia (56), Oman (58), Bahrain (59), Jordan (65), Kuwait (76) and Tunisia (77). Algeria ranked 131, while Libya ranked 136.Ireland tops the list of best countries for business followed by New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Singapore, Canada, Norway and the Netherlands. The American famous magazine based its assessment on data made public by a number of think tanks and international organizations, such as the Freedom House, the Heritage Foundation, the Property Rights Alliance, Transparency International, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Southgate happy for Liverpools success

first_imgLiverpool made it to the Champions League final this season and it is considered to be a huge success for the whole English football – and Gareth Southgate believes that it will lift the national team as well.The Albion manager insisted that it is always great to have some experienced players in the squad and thanks to this journey, the Liverpool players were able to gain a lot of experience which they can now use while representing their country.Southgate spoke about this Liverpool’s success as he said, according to Independent:“I think it is big.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We want our players to be playing in those big matches and the experience for the likes of Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana and Trent in the last few months of playing in those matches that matter.”“It was the same for the Spurs boys and Man City boys – you want them in those big-match environments.”“You want them to experience winning things because then they know what it has taken, the commitment that is needed and the mindset that is needed and that hurdles can be overcome and they have gained belief from being in those performances.”last_img read more

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Tottenham reportedly set sights on Porto captain

first_imgThe Portuguese news outlet A Bola have reported that Tottenham Hotspur plot a January swoop for Porto captain Hector Herrera, whose market value stands at around €8 million.According to the same source, the Spurs would like to beat the competition from Barcelona, Inter Milan, Roma, and Arsenal, and grab the 28-year-old midfielder as early as next winter.With Mousa Dembele’s contract set to expire at the end of the ongoing season, and with Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko’s struggle to live up to expectations, Mauricio Pochettino is forced to rush into the market to keep his side competitive on multiple fronts.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Meanwhile, Herrera’s contract is also about to run down in less than a year, and in case Azuis e brancos opt to refuse eventual offers in January, he might leave Estadio do Dragao without a compensation fee next summer.Already established as one of the most solid midfielders in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the former Pachuca man is known for his pinpoint passing and vision, which is the main reason Pochettino would like to see him in the Premier League.However, considering the fierce competition and Porto’s stubbornness when it comes to negotiations, the north London outfit will have to put maximum effort to close the deal.last_img read more

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Dortmund boss Sancho is something special

first_imgBorussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre expects Jadon Sancho to get even better given his incredible progressThe 18-year-old winger has enjoyed a stellar breakthrough campaign at Dortmund this season and made his England debut over the recent international break.Sancho’s impressive displays at Signal Iduna Park earned him a new long-term contract at Dortmund last month.Speaking ahead of their Bundesliga game with VFL Wolfsburg on Saturday, Favre hailed Sancho and his special achievements.“Of course he has a lot of potential. He’s only 18, and he’s already playing with the England national team,” said Favre, according to Daily Mail.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“At the age of 18, that’s something special, you don’t see it very often.“Of course he can still improve a lot, that’s quite normal and he knows that. But he’s already very good.”He added: “He knows that he still has to improve. He just has to keep working hard, keep working calmly, and needs to have a lot of fun.”Sancho has scored five goals and provided eight assists in 14 games across all competitions this season.last_img read more

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Cocaine laced with fentanyl causes deadly overdoses in San Diego

first_img Jason Austell Cocaine laced with fentanyl causes deadly overdoses in San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – More than 22,000 pounds of cocaine are not on the streets today. The U.S. Coast Guard seized it in international waters and was offloaded right here in San Diego.CEO of Confidential Recovery, Scott Silverman, was on Good Morning San Diego to tell us where the drugs could be headed. Silverman also warned San Diegans of the dangers of cocaine, including the deadly overdoses it has caused in our community from being laced with fentanyl.RELATED STORY: Cocaine laced with fentanyl leads to multiple deaths in San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Jason Austell, center_img October 4, 2018 Posted: October 4, 2018 Updated: 1:08 PMlast_img read more

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Anchor Point Assault Strangulation Suspect Arrested In Anchorage

first_imgAn investigation showed Delumeau had forced entry into the house, threw the female to the ground, strangled and punched her. Delumeau fled the residence in a vehicle prior to Trooper arrival. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchorage Police have arrested a man after he reportedly assaulted and strangled a woman in Anchor Point on April 19. The female was transported to the South Peninsula Hospital for treatment. A warrant was requested and granted for Delumeau’s arrest. Delumeau was arrested on April 23 by Anchorage Police and remanded into the Anchorage Jail.center_img According to an online Trooper Dispatch, Troopers responded to a report of an assault at a residence on Stovall Ave in Anchor Point. A female reported Patrick Delumeau, 26 of Anchorage, had kicked in the door to the house and assaulted her.last_img read more

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People On The Move 51513

first_imgKiplinger has named Rebecca Dolan as its community editor. Dolan was previously an associate editor at Huffington Post Travel.Jackie Roembke has been named editor of WATT’s feed brands. Roembke was formerly the editor of Feed & Grain magazine.Bloomberg Businessweek has named Aaron Rutkoff as its deputy digital editor. Rutkoff joins the magazine from The Wall Street Journal, where he was a news and online editor.Maureen Choi is now beauty editor at Glamour. Choi was serving as associate beauty editor at Marie Claire. Golf Digest has named Molly Baldwin as director of editorial operations for the publications website. Baldwin was previously group director at Conde Nast Productions.Jayne Jamison has been promoted to vice president and publishing director at Seventeen and Redbook. Jamison was serving as vice president, publisher and chief revenue officer at Seventeen.JP Kyrillos has been named president at The Daily Meal. Kyrillos was formerly president and publisher at Travel + Leisure.Vanessa Velazquez has been named director of account management at Double Verify. Velazquez was previously director of client services at Everday Health.Skift has named Jessica Plautz as its social media and engagement manager. Plautz was serving as communications and engagement manger at Investigative News Network.Rob Brunner is now senior editor at Fast Company. Brunner was editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly.The American Prospect has promoted Gabriel Arana to Web editor. Arana was previously Web editor at the publication. Also, Clare Malone has been named Web editor. Malone was previously assistant editor. Noah Mallin is now vice president of marketing at the Online Publishers Association. Mallin was formerly senior partner and head of account planning at Ogilvy.Maria Duenas Jacobs is now senior accessories director at Elle. She was serving as senior accessories editor at Glamour.Hearst Magazines has named Troy Young president of digital. Young was formerly president at Say Media.last_img read more

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Southern Living Partners Up for New Vertical

first_imgSouthern Living has produced bridal content before, but Time Inc.’s regional lifestyle brand chose to partner with a small independent publisher for deeper penetration into the vertical. Building on special issue publications (SIPs) that it’s released on its own in the last two years, the magazine has enlisted Southern Weddings—a once-a-year publication with a 50,000 circulation—to provide exclusive content for its website and a new in-book section that will go out to targeted subscribers three times a year.The new in-book section—which is included in the January issue—replaces the SIPs that have “done well” on the newsstand, according to Lindsay Bierman, editor of Southern Living, but which limited options. Typical SIPs sold about 100,000 single copies—far short of the 400,000 distribution the in-book section will have. “There are costs associated with creating those so we were looking at other ways to put [wedding content] out there,” Bierman says. “There’s a lot of competition on the newsstands between even our own [SIPs] because we publish 12 or 13 a year. [And] because there are so many of them, we were only able to do [weddings] once a year. Having it in-book not only allows us to reach a much larger segment of the target audience, but allows us to do it more than once a year.”Southern Weddings will provide almost all of the bridal content in the new sections, and while Bierman stresses that they’ll have a lot of editorial latitude, Southern Living has final say. Changes to the first issue were minimal, he says: “The aesthetic sensibility between their team and ours was so great.”The sides will partner on sales and marketing as well, though financial terms aren’t being disclosed. Other elements, like a wedding workshop and Southern Living’s Hotel Collection, are also being incorporated. Bierman says this is the first partnership of its kind for Southern Living, but he’s open to similar arrangements in the future. None are imminent though, he adds.”We’re always looking for ways to expand the brand’s footprint. Whether that’s through partnerships or acquisitions or any other opportunities that become available, we’ll consider everything,” he says. “As of right now, this is a unique example and one that’s working really well for us.”last_img read more

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Enemy of the State

first_imgI’ve watched every State of the Union Address since I graduated high school in 1983.But, not this year.I had no desire to listen to the sh*thole president blather on about what he’s done and what he’s going to do (too bad the Congressional Black Caucus didn’t have the guts to boycott the SOTU as they threatened), because everything Trump says is a lie, or is rooted in a lie. And that’s not hyperbole.I know that every president from George Washington (despite American mythology) to Barack Obama has lied, some more than others. But, Trump is transcendent in his lying; he is truly incomparable in mendacity, he has no peer.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Around Jan. 10, Trump crossed the 2,000 lie threshold (something about building “the wall” in one year, blah, blah, blah), according to the Washington Post, which has chronicled his list of lies since day one. Of course, this odyssey began literally on day one of his presidency, when Trump (with a huge assist from now vanquished spokesman Sean Spicer) lied about the size of his inauguration crowd. That’s also when the disheveled Kellyanne Conway, his senior advisor introduced the term, “alternative facts,” into the American lexicon.Now, a little more than a year into his maniacal presidency and his first SOTU address, for Trump and his most rabid followers, the lie is the truth.In Davos, Switzerland last week at the World Economic Forum (an event no U.S. president has attended since Bill Clinton ironically), Trump took his nihilistic act to the world stage. While he was in Davos, (where allegedly most of the men and women assembled find Trump personally repulsive), the New York Times broke the story that Trump attempted to fire Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor in the Russia investigation in June 2017, just weeks after firing the director of the FBI James Comey, who had been conducting the Russia probe. Trump’s response was predictable, `fake news.’No, real news, fake president.This week, presumably bowing to pressure from the Trump White House, FBI Director Christopher Wray pushed out Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a man Trump has personally attacked because of his wife ran for state office in Virginia as a Democrat.It seems clear, in order to make “this Russia thing,” go away Trump is prepared to tear down the J. Edgar Hoover Building brick by brick.The FBI was created by Hoover, who led the Bureau from 1935 to 1972, over the course of six presidential administrations: Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Hoover, once referred to Martin Luther King as, “the most notorious liar in the country.” I was a little boy when Hoover weaponized COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program), against the Black liberation movement in America in the 1960’s, he was an enemy of Black people and his imprint on the FBI is still ubiquitous. So, I am under no illusion about what the FBI is.However, to witness the Republicans in Congress, a group of almost exclusively White men, aid Trump in the demolition of the leadership of the FBI (and the Department of Justice, Trump obtusely refers to DOJ Deputy Director Rod Rosenstein as, `the democrat from Baltimore), another group of White Republican men, most of whom are lifelong public servants, is at once hilarious and horrifying.Trump is an enemy of the state (or “deep state” for the ever burgeoning lunatic wing of the Republican Party) and of Black people simultaneously, seemingly paradoxical positions. But, for the diabolical 45th president, nothing is impossible. He presses forward, seemingly indefatigable; shredding the Constitution, mocking the rule of law, while undermining the country’s so called institutions of law enforcement, the FBI and the Department of Justice. Perhaps, Trump should appropriate his mantra from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “God damn America.”The State of the Union for the vast majority of Black people and Brown people, poor people, LGBTQ people, sh*thole immigrants, anybody who is a victim of, or fighting against the “American carnage” being perpetrated by Trump, The State of the Union is misery.No Trump lie can change that essential truth.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore Editor of the AFRO and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition video podcast, which airs Monday and Friday on the AFRO’s Facebook page.last_img
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European Music Societies Slam YouTubes Fact Free FearMongering

first_img“Even though the clarifications proposed by the EU institutions may not be to YouTube’s liking, they will contribute to sustainable and balanced growth of the European digital markets ultimately to the benefit of all stakeholders in the digital value chain including citizens. Many thousands of international artists, authors, publishers, labels, managers, songwriters have urged the EU to find a solution to the value gap. YouTube’s eleventh-hour campaign of fact-free fear-mongering should be seen for what it is: an attempt to derail the EU democratic legislative process.” YouTube has long been considered by many to be the big bad wolf of the music industry, largely because of the comparatively low royalties it pays on music streamed on its free platform, and because of the “safe harbor” laws that exempt it from policing unlicensed music on its site.In its annual and mid-year reports, the global music industry collective International Federation of the Phonographic Industry calls the resulting “value gap” the single greatest threat to the health of the business. Article 13 of the European copyright directive, now under consideration by the European Parliament, would change many of those provisions, and YouTube and its parent company Google/Alphabet have mobilized substantial forces to oppose it.Following a blog post by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki that stated the company paid significantly more in royalties to the music industry than calculations by the IFPI and other organizations — and also made the debatable claim that many songs with incomplete copyright information would be blocked from YouTube — on Tuesday YouTube Music chief Lyor Cohen (pictured above) posted an op-ed in Music Business Worldwide that doubled down on those claims, and also challenged record labels to reveal how YouTube’s royalties are distributed to artists (possibly implying that the labels are pocketing an undue share). While several executives responded to the op-ed in Variety Tuesday, on Wednesday afternoon five major European music-industry trade organizations — the IFPI as well as ECSA (the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance), GESAC (comprised of authors’ societies from across the European Union, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland), ICMP (a global music-publishing trade organization) and IMPALA (the European association of independent music companies) — fired off a strongly worded collective response titled “YouTube’s Fact Free Fear-Mongering,” which follows in full; details on Cohen and Wojcicki’s posts can be found here.“YouTube’s campaign against Article 13 of the Copyright Directive shows a lack of respect for the EU democratic process of law making,” it reads. “The revisions to the Directive have been under discussion for over four years already and the three main institutions of the European Union have all given their position. The Commission, Council and Parliament have all reached the same conclusion, that there is a value gap, also referred to as a transfer of value, where user upload services are making vast sums of money on creators’ content uploaded by their users, but not paying the right holders who own that content fairly. The result is a serious distortion in the European digital market place which harms right holders, other digital services and citizens. To correct that situation, platforms like YouTube should have to take responsibility for the content they use and monetize, by fairly remunerating their creators and right holders.“YouTube constantly refers menacingly to ‘unintended consequences’ if the Directive is adopted, and threatens to block content, instead of showing willingness to observe laws and fairly remunerate. In fact, the Directive will bring fairness. Fairness for all platforms by creating a level playing field where everyone is playing by the same rules and fairness for right holders who will be properly rewarded for their creative content. It’s in our interests to boost online creativity, not restrict it. Popular on Variety ×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

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No election around Popes Visit to Sri Lanka Roman Catholic church

first_imgThe Roman Catholic church in Sri Lanka says it has asked the government to ensure that the country’s presidential election does not conflict with Pope Francis’ visit to the country early next year.While a date has not been set, the government has said it wants to hold an election sometime in January. Pope Francis is to arrive in the island nation on January 13.The Reverend Fernando, the spokesman for the pope’s visit, said on Monday the church has told the government that Pope Francis won’t visit a country during an election campaign, and that there should be enough time between a possible election and the visit. During his trip, Pope  is scheduled to lead the canonization Mass for S Lanka’s first saint.last_img read more

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Poker no more just a traditional game before Diwali

first_imgDespite lavish poker parties and informal tournaments being the major attractions, particularly during Diwali, playing it as a proper sport or making a career out of it still remains a taboo, though some youngsters are trying hard to change that perception.There is huge money in poker and youngsters are making somewhere between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1 crore every month. One such player is Aditya Agarwal.Agarwal, the face of Indian poker and who has managed to make a name for himself at the international level and earn millions of dollars, says that it is still awkward for him to tell people that he actually does “gambling” for a living. Also Read – A league of his own!“Coming from an Indian family, I was always in denial that I could actually take it up as a career. I always liked playing it but thought that once I complete my graduation, I would get a job. But by the time I graduated, I was already doing well and was making a lot of money. In fact, I became somewhat famous,” recalled Agarwal.“At that time, I thought that doing anything else other than this would be stupid and that’s how I got into it,” he told PTI. Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coachAgarwal, who hails from Kolkata, had recently made headlines when he bagged a massive USD 96,445 at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, which is considered one of the biggest tournaments in poker.“Although most other casino games are about luck, Poker is a game where you need to have some skills. Being good at mathematics is an advantage as there are a lot of numbers involved. You also need to understand the psychology of your opponents and judge their behaviour. Besides, mental fitness is a must to be able to make good decisions every single time. Sometimes for 10 to 14 hours at a stretch when you are playing tournaments.“Best players are those who are good at all these aspects,” explained Agarwal, who along with his brother Rajat, founded PokerGuru.in, a website dedicated to the game.Agarwal started playing over a decade ago when he was student in the Philadelphia, USA, and recalled that the telecast of World Series Poker in 2003 on the television got him and many others hooked to the game.“The World Series was won by an amateur. People watched it and got interested. I was 18 and in college. I started playing and gradually got better. I had a knack for the game. I started playing online as well and did well. It made me work harder and I also got mentors to teach me. Soon I was travelling the entire circuit,” said the 31-year-old.last_img read more

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Harassment survivors to put up wall mural

first_imgKolkata: A wall mural made by the women survivors of sexual violence will be put up in the city on December 14.The women will be assisted by some former students of Government Art College. This is for the first time when the survivors of sexual violence will make murals that will depict their aspirations, dreams and what they can achieve with regard to their work or profession at a personal level. This is a part of a three-week long awareness campaign launched by Swayam, an organisation working for the causes of women. Short films on #Metoo movement were shown at Rotary Sadan on November 30. Besides India, short films from Sri Lanka, Afganisthan, Pakisthan, Nepal Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeand Bangladesh. The awareness drive will be launched in Kolkata and its neighbourhood. Rally against sexual harassment on women and girls will be held from Maheshtala to Metiabruz in South 24-Parganas on December 5. On December 6, there will be a programme on communal harmony. On December 8, theatre and music group personalities will interact with the common people at different places in South Kolkata. On December 10, a human rights fair will be organized at ranu Chaya Mancha. A spokesman for Swayam said the whole idea behind organising the three-long programme is to create awareness among women coming from all walks of life. It is in fact that women are being sexually abused both at home and outside. Through the programmes women will be urged to come out and lodge their protests.last_img read more

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Rural household electrification reaches 9981 in 7 years says economic review

first_imgKolkata: An economic review for 2018-19 presented by the state government says rural electrification of households has increased from 55 percent in 2011 to 99.81 percent till March 2018. When the Mamata Banerjee government came to power, there was no electricity coverage in 45 percent of the entire area of the state but in the past few years, almost all the villagers have been brought under the coverage of electricity.The review also says that the government has ensured 24×7 power supply to all the consumers with uninterrupted power supply for 24 hours a day in the urban areas but in case of rural areas, supply of power for more than 23 hours a day has been achieved in the rural areas. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAround 5 lakh new consumers have been added during the financial year, taking the consumer base to 185 lakh. As many as 5,390 new industrial connections having a capacity of 266 MVA, 1,52,956 new commercial connections and 26,188 new agriculture connections have been provided by the state Power department. Around 100 percent electrification has been completed for all districts except the enclaves of Cooch Behar, Sunderban islands in South 24-Parganas and the hill areas of Darjeeling region. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has been exporting power to Bangladesh continuously since December 2013. In a major infrastructural development, the WBSEDCL has set up 25 new 33/11 KV sub-stations (having transformation capacity of 356 MVA) during the last financial year, taking the total number of 33/11 KV sub-stations to 616 with transformation capacity of 10,455.45 MVA. WBSEDCL has commissioned 1,002 CKM new 33 KV line, 2,655 CKM new 11 KV line and 21,459 CKM new LT line during last year, raising the present line lengths of 33 KV line to 15,029 CKM and 11 KV line to 1,64,333.77 CKM. Around 6,704 new distribution transformers with a cumulative capacity of 572.182 MVA have been installed, taking the total number of distribution transformers to 2,60,443. Phase I and phase II of Strengthening and Extending Electricity Distribution Network (SEEDN) with a sanctioned amount of Rs 619 crore has been taken up for further strengthening of the distribution system, for providing quality power to the people.last_img read more

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Safe Sound

first_imgAnyone in the trade will tell you that there are no safe bets, just as there is no formula for making a successful film. This was only underlined by the underdog films of last year – films like Hindi Medium, Newton, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Bareilly Ki Barfi, which were winners.But, these films had one thing missing. Despite the critical acclaim and audience appreciation that they received, they did not bring in huge box office numbers. Even those that did well commercially were unable to rack up anything next to the numbers that successful, big-banner films achieve – those larger-than-life commercial, masala entertainers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMoreover, the recently released Baaghi 2 has taught us that commercial movies are always going to be the first love of the Indian audience. No doubt, viewers are accepting out-of-the-box cinema and new subjects with creative treatment. But, with a masala blockbuster set to release every second month of 2018, it makes us wonder whether commercial is the way to go for filmmakers.While it is next to impossible to say what does and what does not click with the movie-going audience, one thing is clear – only a successful blockbuster can rake in the really big numbers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWe asked producers, directors, exhibitors and distributors whether commercial, masala movies are the safest bet for Bollywood filmmakers after all. Bhushan Kumar, ProducerEach of our last four films, Hindi Medium, Tumhari Sulu, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and Raid, were of very different genres but each one did exceptionally well at the box office. We believe that a good, entertaining film will always find its audience and reach its potential. Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios2018 has begun on a fantastic note for the industry. Audiences have been exposed to varied genres of entertainment, from the period classic Padmaavat to Akshay Kumar’s social drama Pad Man, Ajay Devgn’s Raid to Sajid Nadiadwala and FSS’s action entertainer Baaghi 2, which has created an opening day record and raced to the coveted ‘100-crore mark within 6 days of its release. Just when naysayers were claiming that audiences only want to come to theatres for big, spectacle films, the power of good stories with a point of difference has been reinforced! Remo D’Souza, DirectorWe already know that masala movies work more than content-driven films. There are very few content-driven films and those that work do so because they have entertainment value. With so much stress in everyone’s lives, no one wants to see something that is not entertaining. Audiences want to see something that will entertain them. That is why I think commercial entertainers work. When people come to see a movie, they want to enjoy themselves, see amazing stunts, they want to get entertained. That is why, not only in India but all over the world, commercial entertainers work. Mahendra Soni, Director & Co-Founder, SVFBaaghi 2 has delivered great numbers and it is great news for the industry. There cannot be a single formula for successful films, that it has to be masala commercial to work. The recent pat has unequivocally proved that good films which connect with the audience will undoubtedly work. Dangal and Padmaavat are not hardcore commercial films but they have delivered big time.I feel there is huge potential in every kind of film, provided it connects with its target audience and is made on budgets that keep the recovery potential in mind. October has been loved by a certain type of audience and it got great reviews too but it will not go down as a hit or a blockbuster film. My point is, expecting it to earn ‘100 crore is absurd and comparing it with the success of Judwaa 2 is ridiculous. The time has come where filmmakers/studio owners need to be more aware of market dynamics and approach their films in a more strategic manner with respect to not only budgets but a release plan, marketing spends and recovery modules. Ramesh Taurani, ProducerI don’t think there are any safe bets in the movie business. If that were the case, everyone would be making the same kind of films. The movies that you have mentioned have done well at the box office because in some way they have connected with the audience. In my opinion, that’s the only way to make a film today. Whether it’s a commercial or a content-driven film, it has to entertain the audience. Last year, we saw content-driven films like Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Bareilly Ki Barfi, which worked at the box office. And for these movies, content was king. Jayantilal Gada, ProducerContent-driven movies will always work but they have their limitations too. They cannot reach the box office success levels of commercial masala entertainers. Masala films definitely have their place, especially with what Tiger Shroff has done with Baaghi 2. It will open doors for young stars.last_img read more

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How Technology Is Turning KnowledgeSharing Into a Global Currency

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Thanks to the internet and social media, anyone can now access knowledge on just about anything in just a few clicks. And since a blog can literally be started in 20 minutes or less, a lot more people are finding it easy to share knowledge, too.Related: 3 Tools to Encourage Knowledge Sharing At Your CompanyIn addition, thanks for the continuing innovations in digital technology, we can now initiate discussions and work together with people from almost anywhere across the globe as if they lived next door. And why not? Knowledge is meant to be shared; only by sharing our individual and collective experiences, skills, and know-how can we truly make the world a better placeTraditional forms of knowledge-sharing will probably continue to some degree, but industry will continue to integrate technological tools and innovation to make knowledge-collection, analysis and sharing faster and more efficient. From text and visual-based social media platforms, to video-streaming sites, review sites and podcasts, digital innovation will continue to make knowledge available to us at a moment’s notice.Here are a few reasons why that’s not just a good thing but a great thing.1. A larger pool of informationFrom delivering messages on horseback to using the old dial-up telephone to letting us communicate via Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, forums, Google etc, internet technology has played a huge part in making information and communication better.How many times have you tried to source information online — something about making a cake, for example — and typed in “how to make cakes”?Thanks to Google’s multimillion lines of code, you will almost always find something relevant for every search. It doesn’t matter what filters your search has to pass through.So, whether your search is industry-, age- or location-specific, you’re sure to find something to help with your concern or at least help you make a more targeted search.2. Increased collaboration and facilitated skill developmentWhile the scale of information on the internet is almost limitless, a reasonable percentage of it is questionable. That’s why millions of internet users looking to learn a creative skill or get a professional counseling session or perhaps learn a new language tend to choose platforms specifically designed to meet those needs. Such searches, however, usually require more than a simple search engine query.Related: 4 Ways to Build Business Relationships With Knowledge-SharingMany knowledge-sharing platforms exist today. What a searcher chooses might be a forum-style platform like Quora or a teaching website with a catalogue of videos for learning, like the Khan Academy. Then there are platforms on very specific skill sets, such as Skillshare, which provide online learning opportunities on topics like photography, crafts, writing, etc. Going this route adds an extra layer of confidence in the quality of the information you are taking in.There are also platforms like Konversai that employ a real-time video tutorial approach, where people can share knowledge about anything via one-on-one videos. This approach aims to transform learning from a passive act, like viewing materials online, to an interactive session with a teacher in real time.It blends gig-economy sites like Upwork and People Per Hour with the interactivity of Facetime.3. Improved workplace productivityBusinesses are turning to enterprise collaboration software to aid productive work between employees and third parties. This is especially evident when it comes to employee onboarding.No business will be averse to explaining to new employees what its business and industry is all about, in a secure, online space where it can control the flow, relevance and context of information those new hires are exposed to.This helps ensure that employees can speak with one voice regardless of their geographical location, and can work well with one another, because they are properly motivated, armed with the requisite knowledge and headed in the same direction. There will be no need for them to spend the 1.8 hours per day to 9.3 hours typically needed per week (according to a McKinsey report), trying to pool together industry-related information online. Their collaboration platform will be they need.4. A boost in social media inspirationMillions of businesses and business ideas around the world have been born out of a spur-of-the moment inspiration. Social media is arguably the largest provider of such light-bulb moments. Cyberspace is full of potential inspiration, whether that means creating a mood board on Pinterest; collecting images; telling a story on Instagram; or posting an ad on Facebook, a tweet on Twitter, an article share on LinkedIn.Related: Digital Knowledge Manager: 5 Skills You Need to Succeed at the the Newest Marketing RoleEven just having a simple conversation with someone on social media can turn into a massive eureka moment that can give you a fresh idea or help you make an existing one better. There are millions of knowledge repositories and sources of inspiration besides social media, but since everyone is on social media anyway, for both business and personal reasons, it makes sense to milk it for all it’s got.In sum, there is knowledge to be found everywhere; technology just helps us make the process of finding and using it a much more pleasurable experience regardless of our particular needs and situations. October 30, 2017 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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