Virat badly wanted a ton says Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgPort of Spain: Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was all praise for his skipper Virat Kohli who ended a long patch of century-drought in the 50-over format with a classic ton against West Indies in a rain-affected second ODI of the three-match series which the Men in Blue won by 59 runs (DLS method). On Sunday, Kohli — who was unable to score a single ton in the World Cup — ended his five-month drought for an ODI hundred with a brilliant 120-run knock during which he also went past Sourav Ganguly on the list of most runs scored in ODIs. After reaching the century-mark, Kohli reacted aggressively which showed how eager he was to break the shackles and come back to his usual attitude of scoring hundreds. “From Virat’s expression you know he badly wanted to score a hundred, not because he was out of form but because he was getting out on 70s and 80s. He is always known for scoring big runs,” said Kumar speaking at the post-match press conference. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhEarlier in the day, Kohli stroked his 42nd ODI century to pave way for India’s 279/7. He stitched a 125-run stand with Shreyas Iyer for the fourth wicket. The Delhi Capitals captain, returning to the ODI side in this series after almost 18 months, registered his third half-century in his sixth innings to help consolidate India’s position after they were reduced to 101 for 3 in the 23rd over. In a 68-ball knock, he smashed five boundaries and a six as he amassed 71. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKumar then returned with figures of 4/31 in his allotted 8-over spell and helped India bowl out West Indies for 210 in 42 overs, who were given a revised target of 270 in 46 overs after a brief interruption due to rain. “It was a crucial partnership with Virat. It wasn’t an easy wicket to bat on. He (Iyer) played with a lot of maturity,” said Kumar while praising Iyer. Meanwhile, the India skipper reckoned it wasn’t an easy wicket to bat on and thus, it was pertinent for one of the top three to get a big score. “It was a good outing with the bat,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation. “It feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one. Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up.” Kohli was also full of praise for Iyer and added, “He (Iyer) is a very confident guy and has the right attitude. He really got the tempo going and took the pressure off me. After I got out, he got the extra runs as well.” Both the teams will remain in Trinidad for the final match of the series to be played on Wednesday, with the hosts having an opportunity to level the contest while the Men in Blue will aim for another commanding performance to seal the three-match rubber.last_img read more

Women Filmmakers Rise to the Top at Whistler Film Festival

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Whistler, B.C. (November 27, 2017) — At a time when the call for gender parity is more prevalent than ever, the Whistler Film Festival (Nov 29 – Dec 3) is proud to present an unprecedented number of female focused films, talent, events, and awards throughout its 2017 programs. To mark its commitment to championing women in the industry, and to celebrate the women directors and talent at this year’s festival, female filmmakers and industry leaders will ascend to the top of Whistler Mountain for WFF’s second annual Women on Top Keynote and Breakfast on December 2 sponsored by Whistler Blackcomb. The Whistler Film Festival is pleased to screen 14 feature films and 16 short films directed by women, which makes up 30% of this year’s film programming, the highest percentage for the festival to date. WFF is also honoured to have 40 Canadian females out of 82 (49%) participating in 11 different talent programs, including 14 directors, 5 producers, 4 screenwriters, 9 filmmakers, 3 actors, and 5 musicians in bands in the Music Showcase.WFF’s Women on Top keynote address will be delivered by American film producer and co-founder of Resonate Entertainment Susan Cartsonis, who was named “one of the top five grossing producers of the year” by The Hollywood Reporter, in the year her film WHAT WOMEN WANT became the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release and remains number two to this day. Cartsonis has also produced THE DUFF, BEASTLY, WHERE THE HEART IS, and AQUAMARINE, as well as executive produced MIDDLE SCHOOL, INVISIBLE SISTER, and NO RESERVATIONS. Her most recent films produced include CARRIE PILBY, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2016, and DEIDRA & LANEY ROB A TRAIN, a Netflix Original Film which premiered at Sundance 2017. She is currently executive producing The Disney Channel musical FREAKY FRIDAY THE MUSICAL.“It’s not unreasonable to expect that women should be 50 percent of those creating content, considering more than 50 percent of us are consuming the content,” says Cartsonis. “I think it’s really important that women mentor both men and women. I’m well aware that some encouragement, direction and advice can change the course of your life. And when women mentor men, we change the way they view the abilities of women.” Cartsonis was an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade and rose from script reader to Senior VP of Production. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Independent Committee of the Producer’s Guild. She teaches Advanced Producing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is strong advocate for female representation in front and behind the camera. She is a frequent speaker on the economic argument for female inclusion in media.Greetings and updates at the Women on Top event will be delivered from public agencies that have initiated new policies for gender equality. The roster includes Creative BC CEO Prem Gil, Canada Media Fund President and CEO Valerie Creighton, National Film Board of Canada’s Executive Producer of Pacific and Yukon Centre Shirley Vercruysse and Telefilm Canada Feature Film Executive – English-language Market Stephanie Azam as well as current Women in Film and Televisions Chair of Advocacy Committee and Vancouver Honorary Lifetime Member, filmmaker and UBC professor, Sharon McGowan.The Whistler Film Festival is poised to help elevate efforts to increase women working together across the entertainment industry. In addition to the talented content creators attending the festival in support of their films and projects, WFF will also host industry elite including actress and Borsos Jury member Camille Sullivan, award winning director and WFF alumni Ingrid Veningerwith PORCUPINE LAKE, first time feature director Jackie English with BECOMING BURLESQUE, Darcy Hennessey Turenne, director of WFF’s closing gala film THE MOMENT, Sarah Rotella director NOBODY FAMOUS, Michelle Ouellet director PRODIGALS, acclaimed director Éva Gardos with BUDAPEST NOIR, first time feature directors and WFF alumni Hannah Cheesman and Mackenzie Donaldson with THE DEFINITES, acclaimed director Camille Thoman with the American Indie selection NEVER HERE, Kyra Sedgwick director of STORY OF A GIRL, award winning director Eisha Marjara with VENUS, American director Lori Stoll with HEAVEN’S FLOOR, Gail Harvey director of NEVER SAW IT COMING, and Jordan Canning and Renuka Jeyapalan co-directors of ORDINARY DAYS. Add to that industry leaders from all of Canada’s public agencies and the high level female executives that will be attendance, including Kim Fox – Partner, MadRiver Pictures, Christina Rogers – Director, Content Acquisitions, Netflix, Kristin Harris – VP, Acquisitions and Distribution, Good Deed Entertainment, Joanna Miles – VP, Marketing, Films Canada, eOne, Viviana Zarragoitia – Vice President, Three Point Capital, Amanda Archibald – VP, International Marketing and Publicity, IM Global, Gosia Kamela – Production Executive, Drama & Feature Film Original Programming, Bell Media, Christina Davila – Creative Executive, Stage 13/Warner Bros Digital Network, Tania Natscheff – Director of Programming, VICE Media Inc. and many more.WFF is thrilled to host the Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch class of 2017 which is primarily comprised of women screenwriters. The seven female screenwriters being honoured include Liz Hannah, THE POST; Hallie Meyers-Shyer, HOME AGAIN; Maggie Betts, NOVITIATE; Tracy Oliver – co-wrote GIRLS TRIP, Dorothy Blyskal – “THE 15:17 TO PARIS”, and Sarah Ruhl, MY LIFE ON THE ROAD. Maggie Betts, Tracy Oliver and Dorothy Blyskal will be attending the festival.“The Whistler Film Festival’s female focused initiatives are aligned with several industry wide mandates launched last year, and we are committed to promoting the shared goal of breaking the celluloid ceiling and increasing the number of women in the director’s chair, addressing the imbalance of industry diversity behind the camera and supporting the collaborative efforts to bring more female written and directed narratives to screen,” says Shauna Hardy Mishaw, WFF Executive Director. “With strong representation both in front of and behind the camera in our films, and talent programs this year, Whistler is maintaining a timely leadership role for women in the industry, when the need is not only apparent, the collective is calling for it.“WFF Feature Films directed or co-directed by women:BECOMING BURLESQUE (Canada) Dir. Jackie EnglishTHE MOMENT (Canada) Dir. Darcy Hennessey TurenneNEVER SAW IT COMING (Canada) Dir. Gail HarveyNOBODY FAMOUS (Canada) Dir. Sarah RotellaPRODIGALS (Canada) Dir. Michelle OuelletBUDAPEST NOIR (Hungary) Dir Éva GárdosTHE DEFINITES (Canada) Dir. Hannah Cheesman & Mackenzie DonaldsonNEVER HERE (United States) Dir. Camille ThomanSTORY OF A GIRL (United States) Dir. Kyra SedgwickVENUS (Canada) Dir. Eisha MarjaraTHE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ (United States) Dir. Kate NovackPORCUPINE LAKE (Canada) Dir. Ingrid VeningerHEAVEN’S FLOOR (Canada, United States) Dir. Lori StollORDINARY DAYS (Canada) Dir. Jordan Canning, Kris Booth, Renuka JeyapalanWFF Short Films directed or co-directed by women:THE STAKEOUT (Canada) Dir. Jax SmithNEGATIVE SPACE (France/US) Dir. Ru Kuwuhata and Max PorterWE FORGOT TO BREAK UP (Canada) Dir. Chandler LevackBFF (Canada) Dir. Sofia AuzaGOOD GIRLS DON’T (Canada) Dir. Ana de LaraMONDAY (Canada) Dir. Liz LevineLOLZITA (Canada) Dir. Katie BolandTHE BURDEN (MIN BÖRDA) (Sweden) Dir. Niki Lindroth von BahrDEAR HATETTS (Canada) Dir. Kerry BarberSHADES OF WINTER: CROSSROADS (Austria) Dir. Sandra LahnsteinerTHE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING (Canada) Dir. Sherren LeeUNINTENTIONAL MOTHER (Canada) Dir. Mary GallowayWAITING FOR LOU (EN ATTENDANT LOU) (Canada) Dir. Katerine MartineauFLOATING LIGHT (Canada) Dir. Natalie MuraoVIOLET AND JUNE (Canada) Dir. Linnea RitlandTHE BUTTERFLY (Canada) Dir. Andy AlvarezWFF Talent Programs with female participation announced to date include: Feature Project Lab (4/6 producers): Lettie Costea (BC) – ALONE; Tricia Lee (ON) PENUMBRA; Amanda Verhagen (BC) PARTY FAVOUR and Carmen Forsberg (BC) – BOUNDARY COUNTRY.Praxis Screenwriters Lab (4/5 screenwriters): Andeep Singh (BC) – GOODNIGHT MR G; Emily Bridger (NL) – LITTLE ORPHANS; Simone Stock(ON) POLARIS and Kate Bond (BC) – TRAPLINE.Power Pitch (1/5 producers): Rebeka Herron (BC) – SALTBOXAboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship (3/6 directors): Nikita Weiss Day (BC) – SWEETGRASS ROAD; Madison Thomas (MB) – STARBOUND and Sonya Ballantyne (MB) – REVISIONDoc Lab (5/10 filmmakers): Kate Kroll (BC) -, CALAMITY KATE AND THE FIGHTING CHOLITAS; Jessica Dymond (BC) – TO LETHBRIDGE WITH LOVE; Christina Ienna (ON) – COLDWATER; Ali Harris (BC) – XWAAQW’UM: A JOURNEY and Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos (BC) – WE ARE THE BRIDGE.Digital First Lab (4/7 filmmakers): Rebecca Campbell, THE GIRL WHO TALKS TO THE MOON; Farah Merani, SUPER ZEE; Sonya Ballantyne, REVISION and Nikita Weiss Day, SWEETGRASS ROAD.Music Showcase finalists (5/31 musicians): The Katherines (3 – all female band); I M U R (fronted by a female) and Rya (female – solo).Stars to Watch (3/4 actors): Jessica Parker Kennedy attending WFF with the world premiere of SOMEONE ELSE’S WEDDING; Tiera Skovbye attending with the world premiere of PRODIGALS and Julia Sarah Stone attending with the Western Canadian premiere of A WORTHY COMPANION.MPPIA Short Film Award (2/4 directors): Jessie Anthony (BC) – THE LAST CIGARETTE and Veronika Kurz (BC) – 20 MINUTES TO LIFEWIDC WFF Industry Immersion (8/8 directors): Sonia Bonspille Boileau(QC) – RUSTIC ORACLE; Jessica Bradford (BC) – FINN MCKAIN AND THE LOST TOAD; Katia Café Fébrissy (ON) – GROUNDED; Leah Cameron (ON) – THE COMMUNIST’S DAUGHTER; Sandi Gisbert (BC) – ALL PRANKS AND NO FUN; Sophie Jarvis (BC) – INVASIONS; Elizabeth Lazebnik (ON) – HANNAH and Shannon Walsh, UNIDENTIFIED MINOR.WIFTV Mentorship (1/1 director): Shannon Walsh, UNIDENTIFIED MINOR. Mentor is Robyn Wiener – CEO Owner/Producer, Synergy Cinema Inc.Other female-focused talent programs that WFF supports includes the Women in Film & Television Vancouver Film Market Preparation Mentorship, which provides the recipient with experience in preparing her feature film project for market by immersing her in the festival, and the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) with eight Canadian women directors recently announced to attend the 20th anniversary session of the highly acclaimed script development and director mentoring program WIDC: Story & Leadership. A major component of the program takes the form of an Industry Immersion at the Whistler Film Festival, and culminates with each director receiving individually tailored coaching to advance her project to the next stage over the three months following face-to-face sessions. These eight directors-to-watch will join the ranks of WIDC’s prestigious alumnae network of over 220 women directors across Canada. Between 2006 and 2016 over 60% of Telefilm Canada funded features directed by women were directed by WIDC alumnae. One of the directors will win the WIDC Feature Film Award valued at nearly $200,000 including in kind services and rentals from companies across Canada, and $35,000 cash investment from Harold Greenberg Fund, will be presented to a Canadian woman director to help her complete her fiction feature film at the Whistler Film Festival.WFF is also providing a platform for the fifth consecutive year to present three female-focused awards including the juried Alliance of Women Journalists EDA Awards – for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and for Best Female-Directed Short Film to recognize and honor excellent work by female directors. Eligible female-directed films are being screened as part of the festival’s regular program, and are being nominated for EDA Awards consideration by Whistler Film Festival’s administration and programmers. The Narrative feature jury includes: Marina Antunes – Row Three, Vancouver, Nikki Baughan – Screen International, London, Betsy Boszdech – Commonsense Media, San Francisco, Jennifer Merin (Chair) – Cinema Citizen, New York, Gill Pringle – The Independent, Los Angeles; Short Film Jury includes: Katherine Brodsky (Chair) – Variety, Vancouver, Lexi Feinberg – Big Picture, Big Sound, Berkeley, Karen Martin – Arkansas Online, Little Rock, Diana Saenger – East County Gazette, San Diego, Susan Wloszczyna – RogerEbert.com, Washington, DC. The EDA Awards will be presented to winners at the Whistler Film Festival’s awards ceremony on December 3.From November 29 to December 3, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 17th edition featuring 87 fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Industry Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age. WFF’s film lineup, events and industry Summit schedule are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com, and will be updated regularly.The Festival’s online box office at whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend/ is now open for VIP Patron Passes, Industry Passes and Ticket Packages. Single film and event tickets are now on sale (until December 3). The Festival Box Office is open for phone sales (1-877-838-FILM) and on November 24 for walk-up sales.Air travel and ground transportation deals as well as best accommodation rates are now available on whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend/. WFF has 20 accommodation partners to choose from including host hotel, the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa and VIP hotel the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada and Western Economic Diversification, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, The Harold Greenberg Fund, the Canadian Media Producers Association, Cineplex, SW Event Technology, Remax Sea to Sky Real Estate, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Indigenous soldiers in defence of Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN National News has done plenty of coverage of Canadian Forces exercises.This time, APTN National News host Michael Hutchinson chose to speak to the soldiers themselves.Hutchinson spoke to three soldiers from the Canadian reserve forces from the 38th Canadian Brigade Group out of CFB Shilo, Man.last_img

Moroccan Singer Houda Saad Opens Hotel in Marrakech

Rabat – According to a Facebook post on Monday, December 17, Moroccan singer, composer, and songwriter Houda Saad launched a new hotel in Marrakech which aims to offer new tailored experiences that expose guests to the history, cuisine, and attractions of the scenery and landscape surrounding them.Situated opposite the High Atlas Mountains between the Fairmont Royal Palm Hotel and the Ritz Carlton Marrakech, Mountain Palace lies on an approximately 1-hectare area and boasts unique architectural and design characteristics including contemporary furniture and a panoramic view.Read Also: Radisson to Open Upscale Radisson Blu Hotel in Casablanca in 2019In a ceremony held last weekend and attended by her husband, son, and other artists and celebrities, Houda Saad celebrated her ambitious investment. The Moroccan singer shared pictures and videos from the opening ceremony on her Instagram account and commented, “Many thanks to all our guests who came to celebrate the launch of Mountain Palace Marrakech with us.” read more

DR Congo UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu urges protection of women and children

On her mission to Ituri and North Kivu province, Ms. Liu, an American actress, met with former child soldiers, survivors of sexual violence and communities of people forced to flee their homes by the ongoing hostilities.“I had the opportunity to meet with children and women who have faced unspeakable horrors, and who continue to live in an unstable environment,” she said.“Yet it is clear to me that the people of DRC are still very much hopeful for change which can only happen if the international community continues to support the work of agencies like UNICEF and its partners.”The deadly civil war which mired the DRC between 1998 and 2003 claimed the lives of roughly 3.8 million people, and is the most lethal conflict worldwide since World War II. Furthermore, approximately 1,200 people die daily in the Central African nation, with children comprising half of these victims.Children suffer disproportionately, whether from disease or witnessing and participating in conflict. Nearly 30,000 child soldiers have laid down their arms thus far and are being reintegrated into their communities, while thousands more are still active in armed groups, according to UNICEF.Since the start of this year, more than 50,000 have been displaced from their homes and lack basic services and shelter. UNICEF has supplied assistance to these people by providing clean water and emergency education and household supplies.UNICEF, in conjunction with its partners, has also aided 100,000 to return to their communities by providing them with survival kits and equipping schools with supplies so children’s educations can resume.In a related development, UN agencies and their partners yesterday asserted that education offers promise in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic ravaging sub-Saharan Africa in a summary of a new report set to be issued later this year.“Education is essential to preventing HIV infection among young people, especially girls,” according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UNICEF, the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Bank and the Partnership for Child Development.“It helps them live free from HIV and AIDS by imparting knowledge, skills and values to help them protect themselves as they grow up,” it added. “At the same time, preventing HIV infection is essential for ensuring the sup ply, demand and quality of education.”The study, entitled “Accelerating the Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS: Five Years On,” highlights the achievements made by the agencies in the past five years in propelling the education sector’s response to the epidemic.Adolescents and young people, the report said, are not given enough information on HIV/AIDS. Life skills must be taught to supplement facts about sex and the virus to truly be effective in reducing vulnerability and curtailing risky behaviour.The report also underscored the necessity of empowering young girls to alter the course of the epidemic, as gender disparities still result in women being at increased risk of infection and bearing the greater burden of the disease.This new study is a result of the work of the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Education. Since its establishment in 2002, the education sectors of 37 countries – representing mover 200 million school-age children in sub-Saharan Africa and 2.6 million school teachers – have participated in the programme, known as “Accelerate Initiative.” 19 June 2007Having recently returned from a visit to eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ambassador Lucy Liu called on the nation’s Government to bolster its efforts to protect women and children caught in the continuing violence. read more

UN official shocked by conditions in Darfur camp for displaced

Kyung-wha Kang, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights visited the Zamzam IDP camp, which lies on the outskirts of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, and is home to more than 100,000 people.“I think the concern of the international community should be to come back. I think it has dissipated quite a bit. Especially, here with so many new people coming in to settle,” she said.Earlier this week the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) reported violent clashes near Shangil Tobaya in North Darfur that forced about 1,000 people from their homes. “The UN system, protection cluster and humanitarian assistance set-up is trying as best as it can, but the challenge is just so enormous,” Ms. Kang said. “I’ve seen many camps in many countries. But this is just on a totally different scale.”An estimated 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur since the conflict between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen erupted in 2003 and about 2.7 million others have had to flee their homes. Both sides have been accused of numerous human rights abuses.“The purpose of my visit is to come and see for myself this very difficult situation, how people’s human rights have been affected by displacements and to work with partners within the UN and others to find ways to help protect those rights even under very difficult circumstances,” said Ms. Kang. “Because the displacement of the Darfur people has been ongoing for such a long time, this is a particular concern for the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.” Earlier this week Ms. Kang visited Southern Sudan, where she said the Government of the soon-to-be independent country must ensure that it ratifies all key global human rights treaties and make sure its citizens can enjoy basic freedoms. 24 June 2011A high-ranking United Nations human rights official today said she was shocked at the conditions of a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur and called for renewed international concern with the situation in the war-torn Sudanese region. read more

Motion to suspend state funds to all Ministers personal staff passed

A motion to suspend state funds to all Ministers and their personal staff, was passed by Parliament today.The motion was passed with 122 members voting for it. The motion noted that secretaries to any and all Ministries have no authority to approve any payment of monies drawn from the funds of the Republic for Ministers, State Ministers, Deputy Ministers and their personal staff. Yesterday a motion submitted to Parliament to suspend funds to the Prime Minister’s office was also passed. (Colombo Gazette) The motion noted that the House on 16th November, 2018, accepted the official statement made by the Speaker on 15th November, 2018 that, in terms of paragraph 2 of the No Confidence Motion against the Government adopted on 14th November 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers stood dissolved in terms of Article 48 of the Constitution, and accordingly this House further resolved that, since 26th October, 2018, as contemplated in Article 48 of the Constitution, this House had no confidence in the Government including Mahinda Rajapaksa.The motion also notes that Parliament has full control over Public Finance as mandated inArticle 148 of the Constitution and so Parliament resolves that from 15th November, 2018, secretaries to any and all Ministries have no authority to approve any payment of monies drawn from the funds of the Republic to pay for the salaries and other emoluments of Ministers, State Ministers, Deputy Ministers and their personal staff and are also prohibited from defraying expenses incurred in foreign travel, internal air travel including use of helicopters on behalf of the above Ministers and any person taking any action in violation of this resolution will be dealt with according to law. The motion was submitted by United National Front Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranwaka. read more

Barneys New York evaluating restructuring options

NEW YORK — Barneys New York may soon join the ever lengthening list of retail stores seeking protection in bankruptcy.The luxury clothing company, faced with high rents and a shifting consumer landscape, is evaluating options that may include a bankruptcy filing. That’s according to a source close to the matter who asked to remain anonymous because the discussions are confidential.The company has nearly a dozen locations, mostly in the swankier districts of cities like Boston, Beverly Hills, California, and New York.High-rent retailers like Barneys now compete with online luxury players like Net- a-Porter and the RealReal.com, which don’t have need to maintain flagship stores.Reuters first reported that Barneys was evaluating bankruptcy options.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

US economic growth looks weaker in 2nd quarter after subpar growth in

US economic growth looks weaker in 2nd quarter after subpar growth in retail sales AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy appears to be weaker than many economists had thought after a report Monday showed consumers spent cautiously in June at retail businesses.Americans bought more cars and trucks, furniture and clothes. But they cut back almost everywhere else. They spent less at restaurants and bars, reduced purchases at home improvement stores, and bought fewer computers and electronics.Overall retail spending rose 0.4 per cent in June from May, the Commerce Department said. But excluding volatile spending on autos, gasoline and building supplies, so-called core retail sales rose just 0.15 per cent. That’s the weakest gain since January.Economists said the deceleration in retail sales could slow economic growth in the April-June quarter to an annual rate below 1 per cent. That’s weaker than many had thought and would be down from a tepid 1.8 per cent rate in the January-March quarter.Still, many economists aren’t changing their forecast for the second half of the year. Most expect growth will rebound to around a 2.5 per cent rate.“Job growth, income growth, rising stock prices and higher home prices all suggest a healthier state for the household sector in the second half of the year,” said Paul Dales, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.Consumers are still increasing their spending. But their pace has dropped off sharply from the start of the year. Core retail sales increased from April through June at a 2.7 per cent annual rate. That’s down from a 4.2 per cent rate during the first three months of the year.The decline suggests an increase in Social Security taxes that took effect Jan. 1 may be starting to squeeze consumers. And that’s slowing growth because consumers’ spending accounts for about 70 per cent of economic activity.Other reports Monday added to worries that growth had weakened in the second quarter. Businesses increased their stockpiles only slightly in May, signalling fewer orders of factory-made goods.And economic growth in China slowed in the April-June quarter to its lowest rate in more than two decades. That could reduce demand U.S. exports.Dales, however, said the risk is low because China makes up only 7 per cent of America’s total market. The bigger threat to the U.S. economy is if dampened growth in China spreads to other nations that buy more U.S. goods.Most analysts expect U.S. economic growth to bounce back in the second half of the year. The biggest reason for their optimism is an improving job market that should help offset the drag from the tax increase.Employers have added an average 202,000 jobs a month this year, up 180,000 in the previous six months. Stronger job gains should increase overall income and boost consumers’ spending.Economists also point to a housing recovery that continues to gain momentum. That’s lifting home prices, making Americans feel wealthier and more likely to spend. It’s also adding construction jobs.“Retail sales will continue to grow at a moderate clip, as gains in disposable income stemming from moderate job creation outweigh the lingering effects of payroll tax increases,” said Martin Schwerdfeger, senior economist at TD Economics.There were some encouraging signs in the retail sales report that consumers remain confident in the economy. Spending on cars and trucks rose 1.8 per cent — the biggest gain since November. And furniture sales jumped 2.4 per cent last month. Both gains show many consumers are still making large purchases.Over the past year, car and truck sales have risen 11.4 per cent, according to the government’s data. That shows autos remain the most vibrant part of the retail economy.Earlier this month the nation’s automakers also reported robust sales in June. Sales totalled 7.8 million from January through June, the best first half since 2007. And the outlook for the rest of 2013 is just as strong. Wider credit availability and hot-selling new vehicles are helping to boost sales. Demand for big pickups has been a key factor in higher sales.Monday’s government report comes after some retail chains reported their best sales gains since January. Revenue at stores opened at least a year rose 4.1 per cent in June compared with the same month a year ago, according to a preliminary tally of 13 retailers by the International Council of Shopping Centers.June is typically when stores clear out summer merchandise to make room for fall goods. Brisk sales mean that stores probably won’t be stuck with piles of summer clothes that need to be cleared as back-to-school sales kick off in late July. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2013 9:32 am MDT read more

Mount Carmel will deliver its final baby today as 200 staff leave

first_imgTHE FINAL BABY born at Mount Carmel hospital will be born today as two-thirds of the staff begin their final day at work.Staff were informed yesterday that about 200 of them will be working their final day today with the remainder of the total workforce expected to remain in place for another week or two.Emergency assistance will be available while the hospital remains open with elective patients also to be discharged today.Deliveries have been rescheduled and any patients from now who have not made alternative arrangements will be directed to the Coombe hospital.SIPTU officials say that a number of other voluntary, maternity and private hospitals around the country have been in contact with HSE to enquire about the possibility of hiring some of Mount Carmel’s staff.An intranet has also been set up so that hospitals can advertise available posts to Mount Carmel staff.This move has been welcomed by union officials but SIPTU organiser Kevin Figgis argues that the demand for the staff demonstrates the skills they have.“What it clearly shows is that it is accepted among the wider health family that there is great skill and expertise among the workers at Mount Carmel.”Figgis says that the union have argued with the liquidators for the retention of the hospital but that the  ”those calls have fallen on deaf is due to legacy debt built up at the hospital”.A team from the Department of Social Protection has also been provided with a dedicated office in Mount Carmel so staff can apply for benefit payments. A date has not yet been fixed for when the workers will receive the redundancy payments due to them.SIPTU have requested that this situation be kept in place and every effort made for the statutory redundancy to be paid as soon as possible.Read: “Ironic” that last patient to leave Mount Carmel ‘could be a public patient’ >Read: Sell Mount Carmel and save jobs, urges SIPTU >last_img read more

Facebook to offer its 128 billion users a privacy checkup

first_imgFACEBOOK WILL BE placing a greater focus on users’ privacy settings after the site announced a new set of features designed to show who you’re posting to and what permissions apps have.Over the next few weeks, the site will be rolling out what it describes as a “new and expanded privacy checkup tool” allowing users to change the privacy settings, control what apps they use and how much information from their profile is on view to the public.Those who sign up to Facebook for the first time will have their settings set to friends instead of public automatically and will get a reminder to choose an audience for their first post.In a statement, Facebook said “we recognize that it is much worse for someone to accidentally share with everyone when they actually meant to share just with friends, compared with the reverse.”Other privacy settings include anonymous login, a feature which was announced during Facebook’s developer conference f8 and allows users to access apps anonymously, a more visual audience selector on mobile, and reminders to show who will see their post before they publish itThe site is also introducing a redesigned app dashboard, allowing users to control the apps they use, manage permissions, or remove them entirely. Source: Facebook NewsroomFacebook made public posting the default in 2009 in a bid to make as much of the site as public as possible, putting it in competition with Twitter.It also allowed users to follow certain individuals through the subscribe button – later changed to follow – to help turn it into a public platform, but this move provides greater transparency as to how much personal information you’re sharing.Read: Facebook adds audio-recognition to its app to help identify songs and TV shows >Read: Microsoft introduces Surface Pro 3 as ‘the tablet that will replace your laptop’ >last_img read more

New HP laptop ships with Chinese factory testing video

first_imgIt’s very rare that you’ll ever see video footage of inside a Chinese factory where the gadgets we all use are being manufactured. Usually any such footage has been vetted and the workers prepped before it happened. However, sometimes workers don’t do their job properly and videos like the one above make it into the hands of a consumer.What you are seeing is a video discovered in the My Documents folder of a brand new HP laptop. It’s actually a test video created using the laptop’s built-in webcam by a worker in the Chinese factory manufacturing the machines, and it looks as though he just forgot to wipe it.There’s nothing untoward happening in the video, but it does show you what the life of a tech factory worker in China can be like. The guy in the background on the right is plugging in a VGA cable repeatedly on a conveyor belt of laptops simply to check output is working on the monitor to his left. Can you imagine doing that same task 8 hours a day, 5 days a week?The worker that receives the laptops after the monitor test looks to be checking something to do with the disc drive. She ends her task by removing a DVD, which the monitor test guy then takes and inserts in the next laptop. Teamwork is clearly required for some of these checks.The other thing we can discern from this video is there’s room for some efficiency improvements. The workers are left sitting there with no laptops to check for quite a while. I’m sure they appreciate the break, but someone watching at HP or the factory owner won’t be impressed by the downtime. Time is money.via PetaPixellast_img read more

Carlo Ancelotti believes nobody has ever underestimated Fabian Ruiz

first_imgA last minute goal from Dries Mertens gave Napoli victory against Roma and Napoli club’s manager Carlo Ancelotti reveals why he believes in Fabian Ruiz.“Fabian Ruiz played a great match, nobody has ever underestimated him. We always believed in him and now slowly but surely, he’s showing his quality. Usually, after Champions League games, there’s a drop in concentration during the weekend. Today, however, the squad responded in the best possible way and I’m very happy about that,” he said via Gianlucadimarzio.“In our midfield, we have a lot of quality players. We lost Jorginho, who was fundamental for us, but there are a lot of young, important players that are doing well and I have a lot of choices with who I could play in that role.”last_img

Motorcyclist remains in critical condition after crash

first_imgA Vancouver man remained in critical condition Monday after crashing his motorcycle Saturday evening on state Highway 14 in east Vancouver.Jeffrey M. Hargrave, 36, was driving a 2008 Kawasaki ZX600 motorcycle eastbound on the highway just before 9 p.m. when he crashed into the back of a 2003 PT Cruiser where the highway passes under Interstate 205.Hargrave suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash.He was transported from the scene to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Monday evening, Hargrave remained in the intensive care unit.The driver of the PT Cruiser, James L. Massey, 66, and his passenger, Jeannine E. Massey, 71, did not sustain any injuries. Both are from Vancouver.Hargrave was wearing a helmet and traveling at a high rate of speed during the crash, according to the Washington State Patrol.Investigators are looking into the cause of the incident.last_img read more

Contamination Not Found in Neighborhood Wells outside of Former Brunswick NAS

first_imgTests of 27 private wells in a neighborhood just outside the southeastern border of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, showed no evidence of harmful contamination by perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a class of chemicals that has been linked to groundwater contamination at a number of active and closed bases across the country.The Navy previously discovered contaminated groundwater on several areas of the former air station. The contamination is believed to have been caused by decades of use of firefighting foam.PFCs were either undetectable or were at levels “well below the health advisory level” for the 27 samples from the first neighborhood tested, Bill Franklin, spokesman for the Navy’s BRAC program, told the Portland Press Herald.The Navy is preparing to test private wells in a neighborhood outside the base’s northern border later this month.Suzanne Johnson, the citizen co-chair of the base’s Restoration Advisory Board, was pleased with the results of the first round of testing of private wells.“We know it hasn’t migrated, so now we need to figure out what to do on the base and how is that [contamination] managed?” Johnson said.Last month, the New York Times reported that DOD’s initial investigation into 664 sites across the nation that potentially have elevated levels of PFCs in their drinking water has been expanded to at least 2,000 sites, most of them on Air Force bases. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Pilot killed in training aircraft crash

first_imgA training aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) crashed at Rasulpur in Tangail’s Madhupur upazila on Friday afternoon, killing its lone pilot, according to UNB.Rezaul Karim, assistant director of Inter Services Public Relation Directorate (ISPR), said the F-7 aircraft crashed around 3:00pm during an air exercise.The accident left wing commander Arif Ahmed Dipu dead on the spot, he said, adding that an operation was launched to recover the debris of the plane.Wishing anonymity, an officer of Orunkhola police outpost said the plane burst into flames after it crashed into a Gozari forest inside Telki Firing Range.It was not clear what caused the training aircraft to crash.last_img

Bens Chili Bowl Debuts New Location at Reagan National Airport

first_imgThe legendary Ben’s Chili Bowl restaurant opened a new location at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Virginia on July 23. The newly opened Ben’s Chili Bowl is located in the DCA B/C Terminal pre-security area. “He would be very proud, he would really be very proud of his boys,” said Virginia Ali, owner, when asked what her late husband Ben Ali would say today. “He never thought any one of the three would have had such a passion for the Chili Bowl.” All three brothers, Sage, Kamal and Nizam, and their wives, Vida, Sonya, and Joytika, are committed to the operation of Ben’s Chili Bowl restaurants, Ben’s Next Door on U Street, and the soon to open Ben’s Chili Bowl and Ben’s Upstairs restaurants on the newly extended Capitol Hill H Street corridor. To celebrate the grand opening, the Ben’s Chili Bowl family held a ribbon cutting and the Chuck Brown Band performed in honor of the late, great Chuck Brown, another Washington, D.C. legend. Long lines of Ben’s foodie fans waited to enjoy the traditional 1950s style ambiance including its signage, hot grill, carryout counter tops, bar stools, and booths mixed together with great music from a fabulous sound system and a big screen television mounted for viewers to see footage of Ben’s famous moments in history. Many customers ordered and enjoyed Ben’s classic chili half smokes and dogs with cheese fries. Everyone came together for good food, fun, and to celebrate the restaurant’s legacy and its evolution. “We are just excited that U Street has finally shown up here at Reagan,” said Clarence LeJeune, regional vice president of MarketPlace Development for DCA. “And that the Ben’s Chili Bowl family, with all their great history, [has] brought their business here to Reagan.”last_img read more

Arenal Report

first_imgNo related posts. Dr. Alan J. Sault has been appointed as a black belt instructor in Kyokushinkai karate for Costa Rica. He will be teaching karate to children at the Mata de Caña School in Nuevo Arenal at no charge.  He is also offering a class for adults that will be a mixture of basic karate and self-defense.The adult class will meet once a week at the Mata de Caña School in Nuevo Arenal on Thursdays from 3:30-5 p.m. The cost will be  {15,000 ($30) per month. Proceeds from these classes will be donated to the Mata de Caña School for needed repairs. The adult class is open to both men and women and children 14 years of age and older.  Classes start April 5. If interested, contact Dr. Sault at sault@mindspring.com.The Ladies of the Lake, in combination with the Do-It Center and The Free Wheel Chair Mission (www.freewheelchairmission.org), have been working on getting needed wheelchairs into the community.  They assembled 27 wheelchairs, which they distributed to needy recipients in the region. They have also placed some at clinics in both Nuevo Arenal and Tilarán as well as the Hogar de Ancianos in Tilarán. The Ladies of the Lake is also establishing a hurt locker. This is a place where people in need can borrow crutches, wheelchairs and similar types of equipment for a limited period of time. To contact the hurt locker, email HurtLockerCR@yahoo.com. Ruth Fountaine, past president of The Ladies of the Lake, coordinates the wheelchair building. The AA group in Nuevo Arenal is looking for a temporary group leader. If interested, please reply to Curt Priest Jean_pri@msn.com.Recently, the smell of smoke has wafted through La Fortuna, and ash has rained down. I heard a big boom the other day, but when I ran out the top was in the clouds so I couldn’t tell if it was from the volcano or something else. Perhaps the volcano is not as sleepy as people think? Those of us that live in La Fortuna loved when it had its daily eruptions, usually four or five times per day. The volcano has been clear most days this week and you can see the steady stream of smoke and hot gases coming out of the tip. Does this mean a big eruption is coming? Only time will tell.–Wendy Holt & Lynn Farriswendy90278@yahoo.comlynnfarris@ymail.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Radisson Hotel Group launches global partnership

first_imgRadisson Hotel Group launches global partnershipRadisson Hotel Group launches global partnershipThe partnership will help provide food, shelter and a better future for children and youth at-riskRadisson Hotel Group™, announced at its Americas Business Conference in Orlando, Florida, a new global partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to building loving, stable families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children. Radisson Hotel Group aims to have its 1,100 hotels in operation sponsor the upbringing and education of at least one child per hotel and help establish meaningful local relationships with SOS Villages worldwide.“Responsible Business is at the heart of our company’s promise of making every moment matter, which also means that we support and help advance the communities in which we operate. The creation of the Radisson Hotel Group created a unique opportunity for us to align our company’s commitment to a common global cause that truly will help make a difference in the world, especially for our children and youth. Our partnership with SOS will allow us to help provide a home and a better future for the most vulnerable children in the world,” said Federico J. González, President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group and Chairman of the Radisson Hotel Group Global Steering Committee.“This partnership with SOS Children’s Villages brings our core values full circle and aligns with our Responsible Business commitment to Think People, Think Community and Think Planet,” added John M. Kidd, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Radisson Hospitality, Inc. “SOS provides to orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children more than just food and shelter; it provides them a chance to have a family and a future. Together with SOS, we will help transform lives through care, hospitality and compassion.”Active in 135 countries and territories, SOS Children’s Villages impacts the lives of millions of children through family support and care programs, as well as education, medical, and emergency relief efforts. A collaboration with Radisson Hotel Group will allow SOS Children’s Villages to strengthen its efforts by mobilizing local supporters and volunteers in support of ensuring no child grows up alone. SOS has been recognized for its innovative and holistic programs, ethical policies, commitment to amplifying youth voices and for putting transparency at the heart of its work. The organization is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and a member of “Accountable Now”, a cross-sector platform for internationally operating civil society organizations.“At SOS, we create communities of strong, loving families so vulnerable children have the opportunity to heal, learn and enjoy the kind of safe and healthy childhood they deserve,” said Lynn Croneberger, Chief Executive Officer of SOS Children’s Villages, USA.“We are delighted to launch this partnership with Radisson Hotel Group, through which SOS Children’s Villages is joining forces with each local hotel owner, general manager, employee and guest to empower children and strengthen communities from the ground up.”Radisson Hotel Group and its hotels confirmed their support to the partnership at the group’s Americas Business Conference. Radisson Hotel Group will strive to inspire its guests to engage. As a first step, the partnership will be connected to Radisson Rewards, the group’s loyalty program, where members can redeem points for donations towards SOS Children’s Villages.Radisson Hotel Group has a long history of being a responsible business with a focus on conducting business ethically both within and outside the walls of their hotels. Radisson Hotel Group EMEA has been named to Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list each year since 2010.Source = Radisson Hotel Grouplast_img read more