Fierce contest among 2 political novices, 1 seasoned leader

first_imgOdisha’s prestigious Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha constituency is witnessing a fierce triangular contest among two political novices representing the Biju Janata Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party, and a senior leader of the Communist Party of India(Marxist).Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik is the BJD nominee, while former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi is the BJP candidate. Senior CPI(M) leader Janardan Pati is the third major contender. The Congress has shared the seat with the Left party.While Mr. Patnaik and Ms. Sarangi are new to politics, Mr. Pati has headed his party’s Odisha unit for 24 years – from 1991 to 2015. Mr. Pati is contesting the Assembly or Lok Sabha election for the first time like his two main rivals.Since the Assembly polls are being held simultaneously, the three candidates have started campaigning across the seven Assembly segments coming under the Bhubaneswar Parliamentary seat – Bhubaneswar Central, Bhubaneswar North, Ekamra-Bhubaneswar, Jayadev, Jatani, Khurda and Begunia. Apart from addressing public meetings, they have started door-to-door campaign at different localities braving a harsh summer.Mr. Patnaik and Ms. Sarangi are campaigning in close coordination with the Assembly candidates of their respective parties. Mr. Pati is sharing dais with the Congress nominees, apart from independently holding meetings and rallies. Ms. Sarangi, a Bihar born 1994-batch Odisha cadre IAS officer, is married to Santosh Sarangi, Odisha cadre IAS officer of the same batch. He is still in service and is posted in New Delhi where Ms. Sarangi was posted before resigning.While the BJD nominees for the Lok Sabha and Assembly seats are highlighting the achievements of the Naveen Patnaik government during the past 19 years in the State to garner votes, the BJP leaders are seeking support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. Mr. Pati has been critical of both the BJP and BJD.Social media Coming to the use of social media, Mr. Patnaik is not active on Twitter, though he has opened an account this month. Ms. Sarangi is active on social media and has 15,000 followers on Twitter. She had joined Twitter in October last year, a month before she took voluntary retirement from service and joined the BJP in November. Mr. Pati is also not very active in social media. Mr. Patnaik, a 1979 batch IPS officer, had joined the BJD last year after his retirement in 2015.The BJD candidate, Prasanna Kumar Patasani, had bagged the Bhubaneswar LS seat in 2014 election by a margin of over two lakh votes defeating actor-turned politician Bijay Mohanty who contested as a Congress nominee. The BJP candidate, Prithviraj Harichandan, won over one lakh votes to finish third.Mr. Patasani, who was denied a party ticket to contest this election, has not quit the BJD like several others. He is campaigning for his party nominees in different parts of the State. Mr. Mohanty is not active in politics at present, and Mr. Harichandan is contesting as a BJP nominee from the Chilika Assembly segment under the Puri Lok Sabha constituency to make space for Ms. Sarangi.In such a situation, all the three are trying hard towin the seat. The BJP is expecting to win by garnering more votes since the Congress has not fielded its own candidate.CPI(M) baseMr. Pati is also hoping for victory since his party has an old base in the region. Veteran CPI(M) leader Sivaji Patnaik had won the Lok Sabha seat in 1977, 1989 and 1991.Mr. Patnaik’s supporters are also confident of winning the seat this time again as the region has been a BJD stronghold for a long time. The BJD had also won all the seven Assembly seats when elections were also held simultaneously in 2014. Polling is scheduled to be held in the constituency in the third phase in the State on April 23.last_img read more

England to host West Indies in day-night Test next year

first_imgEngland will become the third country to host a day-night Test match when they meet West Indies in Birmingham next August.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and hosts Warwickshire County Cricket Club said in a joint statement on Thursday that the first Test of the series would be held under lights, probably with a 1400 local time start.”It’s a great opportunity to attract more fans to the game and see how staging Test cricket in the afternoon and evening fits with working patterns and modern lifestyles,” said ECB chief executive Tom Harrison.”We think it can help attract different fans and families to Test cricket.”A pink ball will be used during the August 17-21 match at Edgbaston and players will wear traditional test clothing. As part of their preparations, West Indies are to play Derbyshire under lights with a pink ball from August 11-13.Australia’s day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide last year was the first under lights. Pakistan will entertain West Indies in another in Dubai next week.last_img read more

Taapsee Pannu wraps up India schedule of Soorma

first_img(Eds: Correction in the slug)Mumbai, Dec 16 (PTI) Taapsee Pannu is through with the India schedule of sports biopic, “Soorma”.The 30-year-old actor took to Twitter to announce the news.”And thats a wrap for India schedule of #Soorma. Closing in towards the final pack up call and ready to present to you this gem of a story on #29June2018,” Taapsee wrote.Directed by Shaad Ali, the film is a biopic on former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh, who will be immortalised on the celluloid by Diljit Dosanjh.Taapsee will be seen playing Diljits onscreen love interest in the movie. PTI RDS RDSlast_img

AFC Cup 2017: Bengaluru through to Inter-Zonal final

first_imgAFC Cup 2017: Bengaluru FC through to the Inter-Zonal final after holding April 25 SC to a goalless draw Ashish Peter Last updated 2 years ago 16:30 13/9/2017 Bengaluru FC Alberto Roca’s men held DPR Korean side April 25 SC 0-0 to advance to the Inter-Zonal final with a 3-0 aggregate victory…. Federation Cup champions Bengaluru FC booked their spot in the Inter-Zonal final of the AFC Cup after holding DPR Korea side April 25 SC to a goalless draw in the second-leg of the semi-finals at the Mayday stadium in Pyongyang.Head coach Alberto Roca named an unchanged XI from their 3-0 first-leg win at Bengaluru as he persisted with the 4-3-3 formation with Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri and Toni Dovale as the front-three.The DPR Korean side reinstated the top-scorer in the AFC Cup, Kim Yu-Song, in their starting lineup after a slight niggle had prevented him starting in the first-leg. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The Jindal Steel Works (JSW) owned outfit took control of the midfield as their triumvirate of Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado and Lenny Rodrigues imposed themselves on their Korean opponents.The two sides were locked goalless at the interval with chances coming at a premium for either side.Bengaluru FCApril 25 SC were awarded a penalty in the 76th minute of the game but India number one Gurpreet Singh guessed the correct way to deny the Koreans anyway back into the match.In the end, goals from Chhetri, Udanta and Lenny Rodrigues in the first-leg proved to be too high a barrier for April 25 to overcome.The Blues are now one-step closer to repeating their historic run to the final of the AFC Cup final when they became the first Indian side to do so.Alberto Roca’s men will now face Tajikistan outfit FC Istikol in the Inter-Zonal final in a two-legged tie with the winner advancing to the main final of the AFC Cup where they will face the winners of the West Asia Zonal finals on November 4.The Tajikistan side were themselves finalists in 2015 and as such will pose a great threat to the Blues . Bengaluru will travel to the central Asian country to play the first-leg on September 27 before hosting them at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on October 18.     read morelast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd in contact with reps for Juventus coach Allegri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd in contact with reps for Juventus coach Allegriby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have made contact with representatives of Juventus coach Max Allegri.After the dismissal of Jose Mourinho, United have immediately moved for a replacement, with Zinedine Zidane approached this week.Corriere dello Sport says United are also in talks with Allegri’s camp.While Molde have agreed to ‘lend’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a stop-gap, United are actively seeking a permanent replacement for Mourinho.Allegri, who is tied to Juve until 2020, rejected an approach from Real Madrid last summer. last_img

‘Henry is still a player in his mind’ – Petit questions France icon

first_imgEmmanuel Petit believes his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry has failed to understand how to make the step from being a player to a manager, after it was confirmed on Thursday night that he has been suspended as Monaco head coach before a final decision is made on his future.Henry is now tipped to leave his first managerial post after overseeing just four league wins in three months in charge of the Ligue 1 team, as his clashes with match officials, opposition players and colourful comments in his press conferences have added to the confusion around his brief reign.The former Arsenal striker was forced to apologise after he admitted using offensive language to berate Strasbourg’s Kenny Lala during Monaco’s 5-1 defeat last weekend, with Petit telling Goal that Henry has been taught a harsh lesson in what looks set to be a doomed first foray into management. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “In his short time at Monaco, we have seen too many times his frustration on the bench,” Petit began. “Also, he has made too many weird comments after games and he lets his frustration become too much.”It looks to me like he is still a player in his mind and he has to understand how to be 100 per-cent a manager. Maybe that has been his biggest problem at Monaco. “Sometimes when you are a great player and then a TV pundit, you make comments that you might not make if you realise what it is like to be a manager. “The world has changed so much and football has changed so much since Thierry was a player, so you cannot compare this game to what it was 10 or 20 years ago.”I don’t think Thierry saw that coming when he went into Monaco. Maybe he felt his personality would be enough to turn this team around, but it hasn’t worked and as a manager, this will be a very big lesson for him.”He understands that when you are a manager, you can have an impact on your team, but now he knows what it is like to feel helpless on the bench. “When you are a player, you have the power to change what it’s happening on the pitch. Now he is not a manager 100 per-cent as he is still learning what it is like to have some of his power taken away and, as well, how to behave. “He is still learning how to pick a team, set up his tactics, his man management skills and, on top of that as well, his body language and his communication needs to improve if he is to succeed as a coach.”Petit offered up a more encouraging assessment of his former Arsenal midfield partner Patrick Vieira, who has made steady progress in his first season as Nice boss.”Patrick is a calm guy and he understands how to be a manager better at this moment,” added Petit. “We saw how he handled the situation with Mario Balotelli, for example. He was fed up with this guy, put him out of his dressing room and now he has gone to Marseille. That sends a strong message to the dressing room. “Patrick is learning very quickly and the time he had in MLS with New York City and when he was training the Manchester City academy was also helpful or him. His experience as a coach before he took on a job in a big league was important for him and maybe this is why he has done better than Thierry.”Leonardo Jardim, Henry’s predecessor at Monaco, is being widely tipped to return to the club and replace Henry as head coach in the coming days.Emmanuel Petit is a Paddy Power ambassador and you can read his views at news.paddypower.comlast_img read more

Dry Bulk Market to Recover from 2017 Onwards

first_imgzoom The dry bulk shipping market is expected to recover from 2017 onwards driven by a narrowing supply-demand gap, according to the shipping consultancy Drewry.Namely, demand is projected to grow at a healthy pace of 3% while supply could grow by about 1% from 2017.The growth in demand originates from a rise in iron ore and thermal coal trade, Drewry informed. Coal demand is expected to rise mainly from developing Asian countries including Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan and China.The rise in Chinese domestic steel consumption will provide employment to VLOCs and Capesize vessels carrying iron ore in the market. On the other hand, Vale’s new project S11D has become the most cost effective iron ore mining project and will increase iron ore supply from Brazil increasing total tonne miles, which “will help demand for bigger vessels in the long term,” according to Drewry.The supply side is projected to grow by just 1% from 2017 because of high scrapping and a thin orderbook. The environmental regulations on Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) and IMO’s regulation on use of low sulphur fuel oil in 2020 which will result in high scrapping of old tonnages.Additionally, a contracting orderbook and low future new orderings due to limited financing availability are keeping a check on future deliveries.“At this point in time, the orderbook as a percentage of the total fleet, which is a strong indicator of future deliveries currently stands at a decade low,” Drewry said, adding that the outlook for dry bulk demand coupled with a small orderbook of newbuilds as a percentage of the total fleet capacity “will ensure a sustained recovery in the dry bulk market.”last_img read more

Colchester County and Mikmaq Have Common Vision for Debert Lands

first_imgA step in a larger plan to develop a Debert industrial park and build on the rich cultural heritage of the Mi’kmaq in the region, was taken today, March 30. Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development, was joined by Chief Lawrence Paul, on behalf of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, and Mayor Mike Smith of the Municipality of Colchester County at the Debert Air Industrial Park to provide a progress report on the vision and land-transfer plans for the park. One of the first elements of the plan is the transfer of two sewage-treatment plants on the property to the municipality. This will enable the municipality to manage and operate the utilities in accordance with the overall vision for the park. “Today, I am announcing the transfer of the Debert Air Industrial Park’s two sewage treatment plants to the Municipality of Colchester County,” said Minister Hurlburt. “This is consistent with a broader plan that will protect the outstanding archaeological resources of the Debert area for the Mi’kmaq and provide for a locally owned industrial business park.” The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., will contribute $1.635 million to support future utility upgrades. The Debert Air Industrial Park is an area that is rich in archaeological and cultural importance and is home to a thriving business park. The transaction is an important first step in recognizing that the parties can work hand in hand to protect a significant archaeological and cultural area while allowing for improved economic development activity in the park. “We see the Debert Air Industrial Park as a critical component to economic development in our municipality,” said Mr. Smith. “This is an important first step towards the transition of the industrial park to local ownership. We applaud the efforts of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, on behalf of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, to develop a cultural facility in Debert, and we look forward to a long and co-operative working relationship.” Over the past 18 months, the parties have discussed how best to create a strong, sustainable business community, and to recognize and preserve the rich cultural history of the area. “The Debert area includes some of the most significant archaeological sites in North America,” said Chief Paul. “The Mi’kmaq have been working with the province to ensure that these sites remain intact. With this in mind, we are planning a major cultural centre that celebrates our heritage.” Discussions will continue about the future of the park.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge The Salmon River Bridge, on Trunk 1, in Salmon River, is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route on Salmon River Road, Exit 32, Highway 101 to Exit 31. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavel Bridge Gavel Bridge on Gavel Road over Gavels Lake is closed for replacement until the end of January. Use an alternate route. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Martins Brook Bridge Martins Brook Bridge, Trunk 3, approximately 900 metres north of Hermans Island Road, is closed for bridge replacement until Friday, Feb 19. Detour on Trunk 3 to Fauxburg Road, Northwest Road, Schnares Crossing Road back to Trunk 3. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected.last_img read more

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT CANADIAN ANIMATOR RICHARD WILLIAMS DEAD AT 86

first_imgROGER RABBIT ANIMATOR RICHARD WILLIAMS DIES AT 86Williams, who was born in Toronto but moved to the UK in the 1950s, won two Oscars and a Bafta for his work as animation director on the 1988 film, which starred Bob Hoskins.The triple Oscar and triple Bafta winner also worked on two of the Pink Panther films and Casino Royale. Williams died at his home in Bristol on Friday, his family announced. READ MORE‘WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?’ ANIMATOR RICHARD WILLIAMS DIES, AGED 86Renowned animator Richard Williams, best known for his work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” died Friday at his home in Bristol, England, Variety has confirmed. He was 86.Williams was a distinguished animator, director, producer, author and teacher whose work has garnered three Oscars and three BAFTA Awards. READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT ANIMATOR RICHARD WILLIAMS DEAD AT 86Canadian-born Oscar winner helped revitalize Disney’s animation department in the 1980sRichard Williams, a Canadian-British animator whose work on the bouncing cartoon bunny in Who Framed Roger Rabbit helped blur the boundaries between the animated world and our own, has died. He was 86 years old.The Oscar-winning artist died from cancer at his home in Bristol, England, on Friday, his daughter Natasha Sutton Williams said Saturday. READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

First medical marijuana dispensary opening in Hawaii

This undated photo provided by Maui Grown Therapies shows medicinal cannabis grown in the dispensary’s production centers in Upcountry Maui, Hawaii. Dispensary sales of medical marijuana in Hawaii are beginning after patients waited 17 years for a legal way to purchase the drug. Maui Grown Therapies was the first dispensary in the state to sell medical marijuana to patients. (Maui Grown Therapies via AP) First medical marijuana dispensary opening in Hawaii HONOLULU, Hawaii – Dispensary sales of medical marijuana in Hawaii are beginning after patients waited 17 years for a legal way to purchase the drug.Maui Grown Therapies received approval from the Department of Health to begin selling medical cannabis Tuesday.The dispensary sold medical marijuana to patients for two hours Tuesday, limiting their hours to help manage the new process, said Teri Freitas Gorman, director of community relations and patient affairs.“Clearly this is a historic day not just for Maui but for the state of Hawaii,” Freitas Gorman said. “This is the first time in Hawaii that patients will be able to buy lab-tested, quality-assured medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary. We’re so excited.”The Maui dispensary pre-registered patients and began selling medical cannabis to patients by appointment only. They made 22 transactions and there were some software glitches, but patients were very excited, Freitas Gorman said. Marijuana was sold for $20 per gram and $90 to $125 for a quarter-ounce, depending on the strain. Walk-in sales will start in about a week.“This is an important day for qualified patients and caregivers on Maui who now have assurance the medical cannabis they purchase at Maui Grown Therapies has been thoroughly tested and is safe for them to use,” said Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health, in a statement. “Implementing a new health program is always challenging, and the dispensary program was no exception.”Hawaii was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 2000. But the state didn’t legalize dispensaries until 2015, so the state’s 18,000 patients had to grow or obtain the drug on their own.Hawaii granted licenses to eight medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the Hawaiian islands last year. Several dispensaries began growing and harvesting the product, but they were unable to sell it because until recently the state had not certified a lab.Honolulu-based dispensary Aloha Green was inspected Tuesday by the Department of Health and later announced it would open for sales Wednesday.The dispensary says the price will include costs unique to Hawaii, including high electricity prices, lab testing, substantial taxes and a delay in sales for over a year. by Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2017 3:17 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2017 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN allocates 13 million from emergency fund to support people in northeastern

“People have experienced unspeakable suffering due to the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram. We now have better access finally, and a chance to help them,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, in a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“The international community must take advantage of this opening to reach people with essential services and build on the CERF allocation to scale up the response,” Mr. O’Brien added.The destruction of crops and looting of livestock have left many people unable to support their families, according to OCHA, which also flagged that more than 50,000 people need seeds and tools for the upcoming planting season and CERF funding will help them to rebuild their livelihoods.The humanitarian agency also noted that a significant number of women, girls, men and boys have suffered or witnessed terrible abuses, and the CERF funds will enable humanitarian partners to provide critical psychosocial support and protection services.CERF funds will be used to provide food, cash for food purchase, nutritional supplements, protection and health services to the most vulnerable people in the newly accessible areas. Disbursements will be made through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), the Office of the UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP). “The humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria is massive and alarming: 15 million people are affected by the violence instigated by Boko Haram, including seven million people who need urgent humanitarian assistance,” the acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Munir Safieldin, said in the OCHA news release. “Unless we scale up now, seven to eight children will die of severe acute malnutrition every hour; 184 children will die every day. We need resources now to scale up our current response.”According to OCHA, the Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria was revised upwards by $51 million in June and is now calling for $279 million. To date, it is only 22 per cent funded.Since 2015, CERF has supported life-saving assistance in response to Boko Haram-related violence with more than $58 million. OCHA said that this new injection of funds brings the total CERF support to more than $70 million. In March 2015, approximately $27 million was allocated to assist greater than 1.6 million internally displaced people, refugees, returnees and host communities in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. An additional $31 million was provided in early 2016 to help 700,000 people in the Lake Chad Basin. As of mid-year 2016, donors have contributed $248 million to CERF, which, in turn, has allocated nearly that same amount to humanitarian partners – in response to their high demand. In its news release, OCHA noted that new contributions are urgently needed.CERF is a pooled fund in which donors preposition funds so that money is available immediately to kick-start relief operations in new emergencies and to provide live-saving assistance in crises that are underfunded. read more

USUE Mens Soccer Finishes Strong in Vegas

By Mary Hart, USU Eastern Sports Information ContributorUSU Eastern’s men’s soccer team traveled to the extreme heat of Henderson, Nev. over the weekend. On Thursday, the Eagles took on Arizona Western, a team that is ranked nationally in the top 25. The team played very well and were able to hold the Matadors to an even tie of 0-0 after double overtime.“We had the same amount of opportunities as they did and came close to winning the game multiple times,” said head coach Jared Woodhouse.On Saturday, the Eagles played another skilled team, Allan Hancock, and this time they were victorious. They were able to beat the Bulldogs 4-0.“Our team is progressing well and taking steps to prepare for a very difficult conference,” Woodhouse said.The Eagles will play again at home on Saturday, Sept. 7 against Moizer SC at 12 p.m. and USA at 2 p.m. read more

British Gas hits a bum note with David Bowie Twitter tribute

first_img@CobboldMassive Hi, see where you’re coming from but this was genuinely just something that was important to Paul. Sorry for any offence ^LP— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 @BritishGasHelp “, time flys don’t it”That’s really bad taste. I’m shocked a business account has written that.— Ted (@tedreally) January 10, 2017 It comes after a US company was forced to delete this ‘tacky’ Carrie Fisher tribute. 10 of the most brilliant customer service exchanges ever seen on Twitter @BritishGasHelp Go home British Gas Help, you’re drunk.— Miranda Athanasiou (@Mirandalife) January 10, 2017 Some quoted Bowie songs  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. A British Gas Twitter tribute to David Bowie backfired after social media users criticised the company for using the anniversary of his death for self-promotion.The energy company’s dedicated customer service account @BritishGasHelp tweeted using the hashtag #RIPDB. British Gas apologised for any offence caused in a confusing Twitter exchange Some suggested the tweet was in ‘bad taste’ Other also criticised the tweet  @habbyhatter Hi Richard, which department is your complaint with? Thanks, Waz— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 Here’s the tweet that sparked an online backlash British Gas Help  @teletextpage152 we’re pretty fond of Paul too. Thanks for the support ^Georgie— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 Another tweeted it was “a brazen attempt to hijack [the] hashtag”center_img Morning all. A year today we lost a pop icon David Bowie, time flys don’t it? We’re here till 10pm if you need anything. Thanks, Paul #RipDB— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 @BritishGasHelp You’ve done NOTHING WRONG! In fact what you did was nice.— jon ronson (@jonronson) January 10, 2017 Hey, David Bowie meant so much to me. I didn’t mean to offend anyone & I only wanted to pay tribute to a master songwriter & true icon ^Paul— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 @BritishGasHelp Paul you’re the man! Don’t let them get you down x— Adam McGibbon (@AdamMcGibbon) January 10, 2017 But others loved the tweet @BritishGasHelp my boiler isn’t working right. It seems to be under pressure….— Grumpy Bloke (@GotTheUmp) January 10, 2017 @BritishGasHelp A really brazen attempt to hijack a Hashtag that has nothing to do with your business. Paul – you should be ashamed— GrumpyMcGrumpface (@grumpyoldchris) January 10, 2017 The tweet from British Gas Help Credit:Twitter  @BritishGasHelp Paul, can’t believe people have an issue with this. You keep doing you✨ 👌🏻— Em Sheldon (@emshelx) January 10, 2017 Paul later explained he “didn’t mean to offend anyone” @BritishGasHelp It was a reply to your post. Can’t you tell it was a reply? pic.twitter.com/JADa4vtccE— Ted (@tedreally) January 10, 2017 @Waldmeisterei Sometimes we kick off the shift with something relevant – yesterday was FA Cup. Sorry if this one caused any offence ^Laura— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 @Waldmeisterei Hi Kat, we have a couple & this one is for customers who need our help & advice. Cheers, Claire— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017last_img read more

Harmon confirms 2nd list of GECOM nominees still being considered

The second list of nominees for the Guyana Election Commission’s (GECOM) chairman is still being carefully considered by President David Granger, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said.Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency, today, Minister Harmon said, “The second list has been provided to His Excellency the President and I can say to you that the president is considering the list”.He further stated that there was a consultation on Wednesday morning between the President and the Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and that the question of the list was raised.The minister said that “the President gave the Leader of the Opposition the assurance that he is considering the list and that as soon as he has finished his consideration, he would get back to him, and so there is no issue of a third or fourth list,” the Minister said.“We (the government) understand the patience of Guyanese, that this is an issue that is of importance to them, and I can assure you that His Excellency is going to give it the urgency that it requires,” he further added.The first list of six nominees’ submitted by the Opposition Leader to the fill the position was deemed by the President as unacceptable because it did not include retired, current or judge-eligible persons. The  first batch of rejected nominees had included Governance and Conflict Resolution Specialist,  Lawrence Lachmansingh;  Attorney-at-Law and Chartered Accountant, Christopher Ram;  Retired Major General, Norman Mc Lean; Business Executive, Ramesh Dookhoo; Indian Rights Activist, Rhyaan Shah and History Professor, James Rose.The President had requested that the Opposition Leader submit a new list with nominees that exemplify qualities such as impartiality, independent and integrity.The second list of nominees currently being considered by the President include; Justice of Appeal B.S Roy (ret’d), Justice William Ramlall (ret’d), Oneidge Walrond-Allicock, Attorney-at-law and a former Magistrate, Kashir Khan, Attorney-at-law, Nadia Sagar, and  Attorney-at-law and Gerald Gouveia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGranger wants new GECOM Chair appointed “within days”July 4, 2019In “latest news”Harmon says President will “respect” High Court ruling on GECOM ChairmanshipSeptember 7, 2017In “latest news”‘The final 6’: Discretion remains with the Leader of the Opposition – JagdeoJuly 10, 2019In “latest news” read more

Mercator cuts power costs at Mineral Hill coppermoly mine

first_imgMercator Minerals’ wholly-owned Mineral Park mine in Arizona has commenced commercial operation of its newly constructed natural gas turbine generator.  The General Electric LM6000PF generator has comfortably passed performance testing and has been generating power at a rate of 40 MW, 3 MW above its stated capacity. The projected operating cost of the  turbine using today’s natural gas prices is approximately 33% less than our current power costs on a per kilowatt hour basis. Bruce McLeod, President and Chief Executive Officer, comments, “With the new generator now online, which was the largest constraint to achieving targeted production levels of 50,000 t/d run-rate, we can now focus our attention on finalising the Phase 2 expansion at Mineral Park.”Mercator embarked on a two-phase expansion of its Mineral Park operations to a 50,000 t/d copper and molybdenum milling operation which is expected to increase total Mineral Park average annual production over the first ten years of a 25-year mine life to 56 Mlb of copper, 10 Mlb of molybdenum and 0.6 Moz of silver. Mercators Mineral Park Mine expansion is one of the largest, furthest advanced copper-molybdenum expansion projects in North America.The first phase of the expansion to a 25,000 t/d millingoperation was completed and achieved commercial production in the secondquarter of 2009. Mercator is currently producing copper, molybdenum and silverin concentrates and copper by SX/EX leach extraction at its wholly-ownedMineral Park mine located near Kingman.last_img read more

Concerned charity takes to the streets to provide water to homeless people

first_imgConcerned charity takes to the streets to provide water to homeless people as temperatures increase This week homeless charity ICHH are supplying water and sunscreen to homeless people in need in Dublin Team of ICHH volunteersThe charity received help this week from groups such as Youthreach and Foodcloud as well as online volunteering and donation.Set up in 2013, ICHH provides services to people in homeless situations and is completely run by volunteers.The charity holds night walks from 11pm until the early hours of the morning on routes in the north and south side of the city bringing supplies of food, drink and clothes to those sleeping rough.The charity is urging more volunteers to donate supplies this week and for more information on its work you can visit the website. http://jrnl.ie/4090726 We should not have homeless people wandering around our streets for 12-15 hours a day.He added that “people should have access to shade from the sun” such as a safe space to avoid complete exposure to harmful sun-rays.Flynn said these people are not used to these temperatures with many having “never seen weather like this before”.During the sunny days ahead the teams will be engaging with people on the streets to “make things a little bit more comfortable” for people, said Flynn. Source: CathyInConversation/Twitter 9,549 Views Jun 25th 2018, 5:47 PM 23 Comments Short URL Volunteers provide water to homeless in Dublin Volunteers provide water to homeless in Dublin Image: Cathy Lee Monday 25 Jun 2018, 5:47 PM Took a walk today with @ICHHDUBLIN for #HomelessHydration. Giving out bottles of water for those in need. @thejournal_ie pic.twitter.com/Ih8ieXREi1— Cathy Lee (@cathyleemedia) June 25, 2018 There have been volunteers giving out supplies on the street, working in warehouses and driving delivery vans to get the much-appreciated supplies where they need to be.Flynn said that this initiative is a contingency measure and that the government needs to extend services such as rehabilitation and social housing. AS AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES hit 24 degrees today, TheJournal.ie joined the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) group on the streets providing water to homeless people.The new project #HomelessHydration this week sees 40-50 volunteers take to the streets of Dublin to provide bottles of water and sunscreen to homeless people at risk during the spell of hot weather.Director of the charity Anthony Flynn told TheJournal.ie that “there are concerns around dehydration and the access people have to facilities such as homeless shelters throughout the day”.As temperatures rise the charity is looking out for those at risk of sunstroke, as Flynn said that there is “nowhere for people who haven’t got money in their pockets to go get a drink if needs be”, such as public water fountains.The team set out at 10am today on the streets of the city centre and along the banks of the Liffey. Image: Cathy Lee By Cathy Lee Share22 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Un incendie se propage sousterre en Bolivie menaçant un village

first_imgUn incendie se propage sous-terre en Bolivie, menaçant un villageSitué dans le département de Cochabamba, dans le centre de la Bolivie, le village de Nueva Felicidad est en alerte face à un phénomène géologique aussi rare qu’impressionnant. Un incendie fait en effet rage sous terre, affaissant etlézardant la surface de la terre. Les 45 familles qui vivent dans ce hameau agricole voient depuis trois semaines le sol de leur village s’affaisser sous l’effet d’un incendie dont ils aperçoivent parfois les flammes, mais surtout les nuages de fumée qui s’échappent du sous-sol.À lire aussiL’étrange comportement d’une flamme dans l’espacePour les géologues, ce phénomène rare serait engendré par une accumulation de gaz. “Avec la sécheresse, les réserves d’eau s’épuisent, cette partie se vide et à la faveur d’un glissement de terrain, du gaz méthane peut se libérer”, explique Alfredo Caceres, un chercheur de l’université de Cochabamba. Le gouvernement a alors commandé une enquête auprès de l’Université supérieure de San Simon (UMSS), dont les conclusions devraient être communiquées dans les jours à venir.Malgré la peur des villageois, aucune évacuation n’est à l’ordre du jour. “Mais si cela progresse, nous devrons évacuer les gens et les animaux”, a annoncé le maire de Villa Rivero, José Rodriguez. Tandis que des fonctionnaires de la municipalité tentent de réduire le feu auprès de volontaires en jetant de l’eau sur la terre, les habitants de Nueva Felicidad doivent donc pour l’instant se contenter d’éviter la zone.Le 13 décembre 2010 à 19:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rumor Doctor Who SpinOff Class Cancelled After 1 Season

first_imgSchool’s out for winter, but is it out forever?British tabloid the Daily Mirror last week suggested that, due to low online and on-screen ratings, Doctor Who spin-off Class has been canceled.The eight-episode series premiered on BBC Three in October to a positive reception from critics—but a measly 660,000 initial views, according to the Mirror. To put that number into perspective, the least-watched episode of the Doctor’s ninth season (“Sleep No More”) racked up 5.61 million views.Even in syndication on BBC One early this year, the program fared poorly—figures quickly dropped from 1 million to 300,000, the Mirror reported.Created and written by author Patrick Ness, Class follows students and staff at Coal Hill Academy. The London-based secondary school served as a backdrop to the first Doctor Who episode and appeared again 50 years later as the workplace of companion Clara Oswald (and her love interest, Danny Pink).From left: Vivian Oparah as Tanya, Greg Austin as Charlie, Sophie Hopkins as April, Fady Elsayed as Ram, Katherine Kelly as Miss Quill (BBC)Under the reluctant leadership of physics teacher Miss Quill, five very different students must band together to fight monsters and save the Earth—at the behest of the Twelfth Doctor, who makes a cameo appearance in the first episode.An angsty teenage romp for modern viewers, the show (produced by Who showrunner Steven Moffat and exec producer Brian Minchin) pulls no punches when it comes to navigating high school while battling aliens.But Class struggled to live up to the hype and doesn’t appear to have caught on as easily as spin-offs like K-9 and Company, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Torchwood.While Patrick Ness did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment, the Beeb told us that “No decision has been made.”Not for fans’ lack of trying: An online petition for the BBC to renew Class for a second season has already racked up more than 2,110 supporters.Class series one is available digitally in HD from the UK iTunes Store, and on Blu-ray and DVD from Amazon.co.uk. All eight episodes aired in Canada and Australia over the fall; the US release is scheduled for April 15, immediately following the season 10 premiere of Doctor Who on BBC America.last_img read more

Immigration Operation uncovers nearly 40 illegals in Providenciales

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 8, 2018 – Task force operations have led to the arrest of Haitians and Dominicans who had overstayed their time in the Turks and Caicos, violating TCI issued visas.  Magnetic Media received a report of at least 36 immigrants being captured in a task force operation which swept through Providenciales.The group included 21 males and 15 females; three of those taken into custody were from the Dominican Republic and all of the illegal immigrants were reportedly found in their residences.File photo Related Items:#illegalimmigrants Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img