June 14, 2017: When Guwahati woke up to face nature’s fury

first_imgAssam is no stranger to monsoon floods, and this year is proving to be no different. On June 14, 2017, after incessant rain for 48 hours, the capital Guwahati woke up to severe waterlogging; a flood alert was sounded in at least five districts in lower Assam; and both the Brahmaputra and the Barak rivers were owing above the danger mark.The India Meteorological Department forecast more heavy rain in the region. The rain has cut o the highway between Assam and Nagaland, with vehicles stranded in the rising waters; and the rail link between lower and upper Assam has been hit by landslides.  The southwest monsoon has caused havoc in neighbouring Manipur and Mizoram too, with heavy rain for the past few days resulting in ash oods and landslides. At least 13 people are reported dead, and hundreds affected due to flash floods. Vehicles pass through the water-logged National Highway in Guwahati after heavy rains on June 13, 2017.center_img | Photo Credit: PTI last_img read more

Ex-tennis star Jelena Dokic: Father beat and spit at her

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games He was suspended at times from other tournaments. Among them was the U.S. Open, where he was banned in 2000 for abusing staff over the price of a salmon lunch, and at Wimbledon, where he smashed a journalist’s phone.Jelena Dokic started playing tennis at 8 years old. Her family emigrated in 1994 from Europe to Australia, where Jelena trained in Sydney under her father. In 1998, she won the U.S. Open junior title and played Fed Cup for Australia. In 1989, she upset Martina Hingis in the opening round of Wimbledon, becoming the lowest-ranked player in the Open era to beat a top seed at a Grand Slam.She switched allegiances at her father’s insistence to represent Serbia in 2001, following allegations by her father that the draw for the 2001 Australian Open was rigged against her. But she returned to represent Australia from 2006.After reaching a No. 4 ranking in 2002, Dokic’s ranking slipped into the 600s as she struggled with injuries and depression. But in 2009, she made a surprising run to the Australian Open quarterfinals as a wild card and said she’d been estranged from her father for several years. She retired in 2012 with five titles in the top tier of women’s tennis, but having never surpassed her 2000 success in a major.Dokic has been quoted as saying that her father’s emotional abuse was more damaging than the physical violence.“That was the one what hurt me the most,” she said. “When you are 11, 12 years old and hear all those nasty things … that was more difficult for me.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine’s citizen of the year Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 08: Jelena Dokic of Australia cools down between games while playing Gesela Dulko of Argentina during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 8, 2012 in Indian Wells, California. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPSYDNEY — Former tennis star Jelena Dokic says from a young age her father regularly beat and kicked her. He would pull her hair, spit in her face and belittle her with vile insults.Dokic, once ranked No. 4 in the world and a Wimbledon semifinalist, writes of her ordeal with Damir Dokic, also her coach, in an autobiography to be released this week.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Tennis Australia praised Dokic’s courage in exposing the abuse. The governing body responded to media questions about why it didn’t intervene by saying an official had taken the matter to the authorities.“There were many in tennis at the time who were concerned for Jelena’s welfare, and many who tried to assist with what was a difficult family situation,” Tennis Australia said in a statement. “Some officials even went as far as lodging police complaints, which without cooperation from those directly involved, unfortunately could not be fully investigated.”Tennis Australia said over the past 10 years the sport has strengthened steps to protect young players.At the time Dokic was playing at her peak the WTA had a rule banning disruptive family members or coaches from attending tournaments.Damir Dokic was eventually banned indefinitely from all WTA Tour events after a series of public indiscretions, including accusing Australian Open organizers of fixing the 2001 tournament draw. He also spent time in jail for threatening the life of the Australian ambassador to Belgrade and illegally possessing weapons.ADVERTISEMENT “He beat me really badly,” Dokic, now 34, told Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph. “It basically started Day One of me playing tennis. It continued on from there. It spiraled out of control.”After losing to Lindsay Davenport in the Wimbledon semifinals in 2000 at age 17, Dokic said her father refused to acknowledge her following the match and when she finally reached him on the telephone. He told her not to return to the hotel where the family was staying. She was so distressed she attempted to sleep in the players’ area at Wimbledon before officials contacted her agents and arranged for her stay with them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDamir Dokic is living in Serbia and had no comment for Australian media.Excerpts from the book and a video interview published in Australian newspapers generated wide debate about how the situation was allowed to continue throughout Dokic’s teenage years. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Local Producers Earn International Recognition

first_imgA production with a Nova Scotia connection has earned producers Rick LeGuerrier and Timothy Hogan a prestigious International Emmy Kids Award nomination. Mr. LeGuerrier and Mr. Hogan’s production company Dream Street Pictures is nominated in the TV Movie/Mini-series category for their made-for-television movie The Phantoms. This is the only Canadian nomination at this year’s awards. “What a tremendous honour to have a Nova Scotia company nominated for this prestigious award,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “With award-winning children’s authors, internationally recognized animation and digital gaming studios, and one of the world’s leaders in the creation, production and licensing of family entertainment rights, Nova Scotia has great depth in this rapidly growing industry.” The Phantoms is based on actual events after the 2008 motor vehicle accident that killed seven Bathurst, N.B., high school basketball players, and their coach’s wife. A year later, after much debate as to whether the team should reunite and play again, the team won the provincial championship. “A nomination like this is great because it gives us the chance to take an inspiring story to a much larger audience,” said Mr. LeGuerrier, vice-president of Dream Street Pictures. “It has been an incredible project to work on, and Tim and I are very proud of the end result.” The International Emmy Kids Awards will be held today, Feb. 10, in New York. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will present 24 awards in six categories. “Recognition of this calibre speaks to Nova Scotia’s international reputation as a leader in the kid’s entertainment industry,” said Cheryl Hodder, chair of the board of directors, Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. “The agency’s goal is to build on the province’s strength in this area by providing opportunities for other businesses to take advantage of this rapidly growing industry.” The International Emmy Kids Awards will also be held in conjunction with the Kidscreen Summit. A group of Nova Scotia producers will attend this annual event. The Kidscreen Summit provides content developers with access to, and intelligence from, industry leaders. The summit is the leading forum for businesses in the kid’s entertainment industry. Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loans, investments, programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s creative enterprises.last_img read more

UN health agency visits Zimbabwe to help contain growing cholera outbreak

9 December 2008A delegation United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is currently visiting Zimbabwe, to help the Southern African nation respond to its worst cholera outbreak in over a decade. A high-level WHO delegation, headed by Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General for the agency’s Health Action in Crises cluster, arrived in the capital Harare over the weekend.WHO hosted a meeting today drawing 50 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as UN and Health Ministry partners.At the gathering, Mr. Laroche called for the creation of a strong control and command structure to lead the containment and response to the outbreak, as well as to coordinate the efforts of health providers in Zimbabwe.Yesterday, he met with Zimbabwe’s Health Minister, David Parirenyatwa, offering WHO’s support in coordinating the response to the cholera outbreak.The agency said that the number of suspected cases has risen to over 15,000, with nearly 800 deaths having been reported, since August in two-thirds of the country’s 62 districts.But it cautioned that these numbers may not reflect the true extent of the outbreak, with reporting from more areas being incomplete, and as a result is working on a scenario dealing with 60,000 cholera cases to ensure an adequate response.The epidemic has hit Harare and two other towns the hardest, and WHO noted that this outbreak exacerbates the already dire humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) noted today that 80 per cent of people in Zimbabwe lack access to safe and clean water, with the potential for the cholera outbreak to get even worse due to a deteriorating sanitation system. read more

British engine manufacturing down nearly a quarter in April

British engine manufacturing falls -23.4% in April as UK car plant Brexit shutdowns affect demand.Production for home and international markets down -41.1% and -12.8% respectively.Exports drive production, with seven in 10 engines shipped to overseas factories. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,April’s engine figures show the impact of Brexit upheaval across the supply chain. With summer shutdowns at many British car factories brought forward to try to counter the anticipated effects of a 29 March Brexit – a deadline now moved – demand for British-built engines understandably dropped.UK Automotive needs stability and, given its dependency on global demand, we need to secure a favourable Brexit deal that maintains free and frictionless trade with our key export markets and restores confidence, fast.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Football Tate Martells skillset could lend itself to other role on 2018

Freshman quarterback Tate Martell (10) warms up prior to the 2017 season opener against Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State cannot have two signal-callers on the field at the same time, but it might have two quarterbacks.Head coach Urban Meyer said Monday that while the suggestion a quarterback play receiver is thrown out often with no real logic behind it, the plan might work in redshirt freshman Tate Martell’s case.“Tate’s got an incredible skillset,” Meyer said. “There is some conversation about that because he is a gifted guy.”The quarterback battle has been between three players but always seems to come down to two names: Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins.Left out has been the dynamic Martell, the No. 56 overall player and second-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class. Martell — known more for being an elusive, shifty quarterback than a true pocket-passer — seems to always be named third by the coaching staff due to his lack of experience.But his placement on the depth chart might not necessarily prevent him from earning snaps in the fall. Martell emphasized after the Cotton Bowl and last Wednesday that he has no plans to transfer and will be on the field, saying “I didn’t come here to sit on the bench.”Martell said that even if he does not start, packages will be made to get him on the field at the same time as the starting quarterback.Each quarterback came into the spring possessing clear attributes that set them apart.No one on the team throws the ball as well as Haskins, who could provide it with the true pocket-passing quarterback it hasn’t had in years. Burrow might be the best dual-threat quarterback, with an arm better than Martell and more mobility than Haskins.Martell?“Obviously you’re going to look at the running ability,” Martell said with a laugh. “I guess it’s just being able to make plays, make people miss and stuff like that. I mean that’s where I’m at my best. Just adding that element to the game where you’ve got to add an extra guy to guard me when it comes to running the ball where it takes them out of pass coverage.”Many view Martell as a strong candidate for the job because of his ability to run. Whether it was Terrelle Pryor, Braxton Miller or J.T. Barrett, Ohio State has leaned heavily on quarterbacks who can impact the game with their ability to move.Haskins, viewed by most as the frontrunner for the position, does not have the legs to impact the game. However, Meyer has said repeatedly the offense will change based on who is at certain positions.The last time Ohio State had a quarterback shift to a different position was in 2015 when Miller played H-back with the combination of Barrett and Cardale Jones starting under center. Miller was coming off shoulder surgery, but still had the legs to impact the game. Often appearing under center in a wildcat formation, Miller at least initially seemed to give teams the concern that he could either run or take them by surprise by passing.Martell would come into the role much differently. It became clear as the season wore on Miller would not throw the ball, but his legs were still something of which to be wary. Though not the runner Miller was, Martell would not have any limitations on his arm and could still throw the ball if he took the snap. There’s plenty of other options Ohio State could have in trying to get Martell on the field. The team has not revealed anything more about what they might be other than they are being explored.One thing is for certain: Martell did not come to sit on the bench.“I don’t think that’s going to be the case,” Martell said. “There will be packages if I don’t win the starting job for sure.” read more

Guntoting dad given second chance after being spared jail

first_imgA weapons enthusiast has avoided jail for keeping lethal explosives in his fridge. Adam Moutsopoulos, who had posted a photo of his baby daughter holding a gun, was charged with possessing wide range of dangerous goods and weapons.The explosives were found in February last year after the bomb squad and Special Operations Group stormed the accused’s home.The County Court heard that the 65.12g of Powergel explosives in Adam Moutsopoulos’s fridge could have killed anyone in a 5m radius. The explosives could also have created more damage and injury if combined with a metal pipe also found at his St Albans home.Moutsopoulos, 29, pleaded guilty to possessing the explosives, two detonators, illegal fireworks, cannabis and amphetamines, an antique air rifle, longarms, an imitation Python handgun that was hidden in a planter box, a re-bored pistol, a sword, and a butterfly knife.Judge David Parsons said he had no option but to impose a 12-month jail term. However, the jail sentence had been suspended for two years, which proved to the judge that Moutsopoulos can change his life and had good rehabilitation prospects. Moutsopoulos had complied with a curfew, lacked prior convictions, had employment and a changed lifestyle. He was also ordered to do 100 hours of community work and fined $950. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Terraforming Mars Is Impossible For Now

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on target It’s long been a feature of speculative fiction, but terraforming Mars — like for real — is probably going to be harder than we’d probably hoped. At least according to new research by NASA, which suggests even the most aggressive route — literally nuking Mars to habitability — won’t be enough to make water wet on the surface of the red planet.The basic concept is sound — pump the air full of gasses that can trap heat. Use that to make it nice and toasty, and hopefully those gasses turn out to be breathable ones. I mean, we’re already kinda mucking this up here on Earth and Venus is well past screwed, with a surface hot enough to melt many metals outright. So, what’s the trouble with Mars?Well, it turns out there just isn’t enough atmosphere — even with the human-powered boost. Earth and Venus, for instance, both have complex atmospheres with loads of different chemicals. Each of them can block a specific band of radiation, and while CO2 can pull off some pretty wicked things here, where there’s a complex cocktail of chemistry working together to heat up the planet (which is why many people refer to greenhouse gasses in general and not just CO2 these days). “Carbon dioxide and water vapor are the only greenhouse gases that are likely to be present on Mars in sufficient abundance to provide any significant greenhouse warming,” said Bruce Jakosky of the University of Colorado in a release. “In addition, most of the CO2 gas is not accessible and could not be readily mobilized. As a result, terraforming Mars is not possible using present-day technology.”Even if all the carbon on Mars were tapped, the air pressure alone would be a small fraction of what is needed. To say nothing of it being breathable, or usable, or comfortable. There is evidence to suggest that Mars may once have been a haven for life. And, with liquid water now discovered, it’s possible the planet still harbors something. But it’s critical resources — like air — have long since been lost to the void. Maybe one day we can make the place a second home, but we have a long-ass way to go.Stay up to date on all the latest ongoings of our favorite red planet here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Jeopardy Apparently Bans Wagers Alluding to Sex Nazis Satan

first_img ‘Mental Samurai’ and the History of High-IQ Game ShowsAlex Trebek Contractually Obligated to Beat Cancer Actually, there are five banned wagers. This is probably the most innocuous one. https://t.co/5Yt0Y9JbKX— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) April 25, 2019So what rates are out of bounds for contestants?According to a Reddit thread, the remaining numbers fall within much more nefarious bounds:14, 88, 1488: “Fourteen Words” (14 or 14/88) is a reference to the 14-word slogans coined by white supremacist David Lane, a founding member of the 1980s terrorist organization The Order. Derived from a passage in Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” the Fourteen Words are prominently used by neo-Nazis, white-power skinheads, white nationalists, and the alt-right.666: The “number of the Beast” in (most manuscripts of) the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. In modern culture, 666 has become one of the most widely recognized symbols for the Antichrist or the devil, and is is purportedly used to invoke Satan.A $420 wager, meanwhile, is completely acceptable—for now.Early this month, pro sports gambler Holzhauer broke the previous single-game Jeopardy winnings record ($77,000, set by Roger Craig in 2010) by collecting $110,914.As of April 26, 2019, Holzhauer appeared on 17 episodes and won a total of $1,275,587, making him the second-highest winning contestant and second Jeopardy millionaire in regular, non-tournament game winnings—behind only Jennings, who, in 2004, walked away with $2,522,700 in 75 episodes.More on Geek.com:Alex Trebek Contractually Obligated to Beat CancerWatch Watson Destroy Humans at Jeopardy‘Mental Samurai’ and the History of High-IQ Game Shows A: 14, 69, 88, 666, and 1488Q: What are the five specific dollar value wagers banned on Jeopardy?A joke about James Holzhauer’s record-setting run on the game show inadvertently unearthed details about its censorship rules.Former Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings last week tweeted that he doesn’t get “enough credit for making small, sensible Jeopardy wagers”—a very different tactic from Holzhauer’s aggressive bidding. Stay on target this is officially forbidden on Jeopardy now, as of last year.not even joking.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 23, 2019But the Internet’s favorite “sex number” (a sort of visual illustration of an oral sex position) is not the only prohibited price.Citing an article about the “one wager you can’t make on Jeopardy,” Holzhauer confirmed there are actually five illicit amounts (though he admitted that $69 is “probably the most innocuous one”).last_img read more

Karanka heaps praises on Grabban after Forests victory

first_imgNottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has heaped praises on Lewis Grabban after the striker scored a brace during the team’s victory over Bolton Wanderers.Karanka became the first Nottingham Forest to secure a win at Bolton since Brian Clough in 1991, as Forest recorded a comfortable 3-0 win at the University of Bolton Stadium.Grabban scored twice in the space of 19 second-half minutes having already missed his third penalty of the campaign, after Joe Lolley had opened the scoring for Forest in the 12th minute.“He was brave enough to take the ball,” said Karanka, as quoted by Sports Mole.“Even at 0-0 or 1-1, he would have taken the ball. He is a strong character and he trusts himself and for us it is important to have a player like him.”“I have thought about it (changing the penalty taker) but he scored so I have to keep trusting him. The main thing is he is scoring goals. It is important to have one player like him happy and scoring goals. His desire and spirit rubs off on the team.”LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Everton FC at Craven Cottage on April 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)Karanka says Mourinho would have been perfect for a Madrid return Manuel R. Medina – April 23, 2019 The former Real Madrid assistant manager backed Jose Mourinho, saying he would have been just as good as Zinedine Zidane is.“We have a good opportunity with this group to do something good this season. From the first minute we played really well.”On the presence of Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis in the stands and on the training pitch, Karanka added: “I had met him a few times but it was important for the players especially when you are hearing the owner is supportive.”“It is nice to see him on the training ground and to hear his words and to know we are all together.”“We have a good opportunity with this group to do something good this season. From the first minute we played really well.”last_img read more

Malaysia reopens labour market for Bangladeshis

first_imgBangladeshi labourers. Photo: UNBAll the licensed recruiting agencies of the country from now on can send workers to Malaysia under the G2G Plus system.The decision was taken at a meeting of expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam with Malaysian human resources minister M Kulasegaran in Putrajaya on Tuesday.Nurul Islam led a five-member Bangladesh side to the meeting, said a handout of the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry.As per the decision, the job market of Malaysia will remain open to the workers who are waiting to go there.Meanwhile, the joint working group of Bangladesh and Malaysia also held a meeting in Putrajaya in the morning.Bangladesh high commissioner to Malaysia M Shahidul Islam led an 11-member Bangladesh delegation to the meeting.last_img read more

The rich heritage of Kheyal Gayeki

first_imgAfter two days of mellifluous Kheyal Gayeki from the heartland of Punjab that enchanted the lovers of Hindustani Classical music in the capital, the Festival of the Traditional Music of Punjab came to a memorable end.The festival that brought together four different singers and performers on one stage at the India International Centre was presented by Punjabi Academy, Govt of Delhi, Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Govt of Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The final day began on a spiritual note with the Qutubi Qawwali Brothers from the Dargah presenting the Sufi Qawwali from Punjab. The last performance of the festival was by Pandit Yashpaul rendering the Punjabi Kheyal Bandishes.The mellifluous kheyal ‘bandishes’ is a genre of ‘Gayeki’, which has enriched the Hindustani Classical music for more than two centuries now. Before the advent of Kheyal, there were four famous Gharanas of Dhrupad singing in Punjab, Talwandi, Haryana, Sham Chaurasi and Kapurthala. Kheyal Gayeki emerged as the next stage of evolution in the history of Hindustani music as the strict discipline of earlier days gave way to greater expansiveness and liberty of expression in the musical firmament. The process of this evolution had started with the creative endeavors of Amir Khusroe in the 12th century and completed itself under the vibrant outpourings of Niamat Khan Sadarang and Ferozkhan Adaran, who gave the Kheyal style its present stamp. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKheyal Gayeki remained confined to Delhi for some time, and it was only later during the 19th century that the new style reached Punjab. From Delhi, it was first taken to Gwalior, where Haddu Khan and Hassu Khan laid the foundation of the Gwalior Gharana of Kheyal singing. Banne Khan Nangliwale learnt from them and went to Punjab and taught stalwarts such as Pyare Khan, Umaid Ali Khan and Mubarak Ali Khan. Meanwhile, Jamail Ali Bakshi and Kaptaan Fateh Ali of Patiala became Shagirds of Tanras Khan of Delhi who had also learnt from Haddu-Hassu Khan of Gwalior, and from Mubarak Ali of Jaipur (son of Bare Mohd Khan). They founded the Patiala Gharana of Music, from which flows an important line of Kheyal Gayeki of the Punjab.  This genre of gayeki further evolved over the 20th century and adopted new ways of rendition and musical instruments.“As you are aware the Punjab has always been renowned for its beautiful ‘Bandish’, which have enriched the repertoire of Hindustani Classical Music. Punjabi is the only other language, apart from Braj Bhasha, in which Kheyal Bandishes have been written over the centuries. Shah Sada Rang and Ada Rang, creators of the Kheyal style of Hindustani Classical Music, have also composed some beautiful Bandishes in Punjab which  was presented in this Festival. Over the last two centuries, Hindustani Musicians whether from the Punjab or elsewhere have sung these Punjabi Kheyal compositions. “It is our effort through this Festival to revive an interest in them by encouraging their research and presentation,” says Geetanjali Gupta, Secretery, Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi. “Through this annual festival, our effort is to revive interest and attract youngsters to this beautiful form of classical vocal music. We also want to encourage research and presentation in the art form that is an intrinsic part of our composite culture,” says Jawahar Dhawan, Secretary, Punjabi Academy.  Delhi after independence emerged as a cosmopolitan city of diverse cultures and languages. It has always been the endeavour of the Delhi Government to provide all possible facilities for the development and promotion of different languages and projection of the composite culture of Delhi. Thus, the Delhi Government established the Punjabi Academy in September, 1981 to propagate and promote Punjabi language, literature and culture as an integral part of composite culture of Delhi.Ever since its inception, the academy has been playing a catalytic role in the propagation of Punjabi literary and cultural activities, in the spheres of music, folk dances, seminars, symposia, short story, poetry, novel, literary criticism, drama etc. where it has assumed a significant role and status of the premier organisation in the field of Punjabi culture.last_img read more

7 Web design trends and predictions for 2019

first_imgStaying updated about web design trends is very crucial. The latest norm today may change tomorrow with shifting algorithms, captivating visuals and introduction of best practices. Remaining on top by frequently reforming your website is thus quintessential to avoid looking like a reminiscent of an outdated website. 2019 will be all about engaging website designs focusing on flat designs, captivating structures & layouts, speed, mobile performance and so on. Here are 7 web design predictions which we think will be trending in 2019 #1 Website speed You would have come across this pivotal aspect of web design. It is strongly recommended for the loading time of websites to be necessarily less than three seconds to have a lasting impact on visitors. Having your visitors waiting for more than this duration would result in a high bounce rate. Based on a survey by Aberdeen Group, 5% of organizations found that website visitors abandoned their website in a second of delay. Enthralling website design with overloaded data slowing your page speed could eat up on your revenue in a huge way. Google Speed updates which came into effect from July 2018 emphasize the need to focus on the page loading time. Moreover, Google prioritizes and ranks faster loading websites. Though the need for videos and images still exists in web design, the need in 2019 will be to reduce the page loading time without compromising on the look of the website. #2 Mobile first phenomenon With user preferences inclined greatly towards mobile devices, the need for the “mobile first” web design has become the need of the hour. This is not only to rank higher on SERP but also to boost the quality of customer experiences on the device. Websites need to be exclusively designed for mobile devices in the first place. The mobile first web design is a completely focused conceptualization of the website on mobile taking into consideration parameters like a responsive and user-friendly design. Again, 2019 will need more of optimization inclined towards voice search. Users are impatient to get hold of information in the fastest way possible. Voice search on mobile will include: Focusing on long tail keywords, conversational and natural spoken language. Appropriate usage of schema metadata Emphasize on semantics Optimization based on local listing This is yet another unmissable trend of 2019. #3 Flat designs Clutter-free, focused websites have always been in demand. Flat design is all about minimalism and improved usability. This kind of design helps to focus on the important parts of the website using bright colors, clean-edged designs and a lot of free space. There are two reasons for website owners to opt for flat designs in 2019. They contain lesser components which are data-light, and are fast- loading, improving the website speed and optimization quotient. Also, it enhances customer experience with a quick loading website on both the mobile and desktop versions. So by adapting to flat designs, websites can stay back longer on user favorite lists, in turn, churning out elevated conversion rates. #4 Micro-animations Micro animations may seem like minute features on a webpage but they do add great value. A color change when you click the submit button conveys that the action has been performed. An enlarged list when you point the mouse on a particular product makes your presence felt. Such animations communicate to the user about actions accomplished. Again, visuals are always captivating, be it a background video or a micro animation. Such micro animations do impact by creating a visual hierarchy and compelling users towards conversion points. So micro animations are definitely here to stay back in 2019. #5 Chatbots Chatbots have become much more common as they help bridge communication gaps. This is because these chatbots have emerged smarter with improved Artificial Intelligence and machine learning techniques. They can improve response time, personalize communication and automate repetitive tasks. Chatbots understand our data based on previous chat history, predict what we might be looking for and give us auto recommendations about products. Chatbots can sense our interest and provide us with personalized ad content thereby enhancing customer satisfaction. Chatbots serve as crucial touch points. They can intelligently handle customer service while collecting sensitive customer data for the sales team. This way you can analyze your customer base even before initiating a first cut discussion with them. 2019 will be a year which will see many more such interactions being incorporated in websites. #6 Single page designs Simple, clutter-free and single page design is going to be a buzzword of 2019. When we say single page design it literally means a single page without extra links leading to blogs or detailed services. The next question would be about SEO optimization based on keywords and content. To begin with, a single page designed websites have a neatly siloed hierarchy. As they do not have aspects that slow down your website, they are easily compatible across devices. The page-less design has minimal HTML and JavaScript which improves customer experience, in turn, helping to earn a higher keyword ranking on SEO. Also, with way lesser elements on the page, they can be managed easily. Frequent updates and changes based on customer expectations and trends can be done at regular intervals adding greater value to the website. This is yet another aspect to watch in 2019. #7 Shapes incorporated Incorporating simple geometric shapes on your website could do wonders with its appearance. They are easily loadable and are also engaging. Shapes are similar to colors which throw an impact on the mood of the visitors. Rectangles showcase stability, circles represent unity and triangles are supposed to reflect dynamism. Using shapes based on your aesthetic sense either sparingly or liberally can definitely catch the attention of your visitors. You could place them in areas you want to seek attention and create a visual hierarchy. Implementing geometric shapes on your website will drive traffic and affect your potential sales in a huge way. Staying on top of the competition is all about presenting fresh ideas without compromising on the quality of services and user experience. Emerge as a pacesetter on par with upcoming trends and differentiate your services in the current milieu to reap maximum benefits. Author Bio Swetha S. is adept at creating customer-centered marketing strategies focused on augmenting brand presence. She is currently the Digital Marketing Manager for eGrove Systems and Elite Site optimizer, contributing towards the success of the organization.last_img read more

Stakeholders congratulate Air Canada Transat on Skytrax wins milestone merger

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share MONTREAL — Following last week’s milestone merger agreement between Air Canada and Transat SA, key stakeholders have extended their congratulations to both carriers for their big wins at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards.Held at the 53rd International Paris Air Show Le Bourget in France, the annual awards are vote on by travellers around the world and include more than 300 airlines. This year, Air Canada took home ‘Best Airline in North America’ while Transat was named ‘Best Leisure Airline in the World’. Aéroprts de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, the Conseil du patronat du Québec, and the Fédération des chambres de commerce due Québec praised each airline for their accomplishments and also congratulated them for having reached a merger agreement to combine their respective businesses. “We are proud to see two Montreal-based carriers recognized as amongst the very best in the world. Over the last five years, the number of passengers at Montreal-Trudeau has increased by nearly 40%, and with this combination of two home-grown champions, we expect that growth to even accelerate to reinforce the position of Montreal as a world-class hub,” said Phillippe Rainville, President, Aéroports de Montréal.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckYves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, added: “That Air Canada and Transat have both won these awards several years running is a testament to the attractive product offerings and commitment to customer service excellence from these Montreal champions. We are pleased to see that the combination of Air Canada and Transat will create a Montreal-based global leader in leisure, tourism and travel distribution, offering choices to more destinations than ever from Montréal, more connecting traffic and promoting two-way tourism to and from the city.”Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, said that Air Canada’s acquisition of Transat would strengthen one of Montreal’s flagship companies. “The commitment to maintaining decision-making power regarding Transat’s activities in Montreal also bodes well for job creation in the city. This is good news for our economy.”Yves-Thomas Dorval, President and CEO of the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), agreed, saying: “The merger of these two Quebec companies will support job creation and Quebec’s economic development. In addition to increasing tourism, which is very important for many of our regions, the merger of Air Canada and Transat will create new business opportunities for the innovation and aerospace strategic sectors.”More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemFinally, Stéphane Forget, President and CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, said the federation welcomes the agreement between the two airline and the growth potential it represents. “The possible synergies between the two airlines should ensure a greater access to more international destinations and connection options to passengers coming from or going to regional airports throughout Québec.” Stakeholders congratulate Air Canada & Transat on Skytrax wins, milestone mergercenter_img Friday, July 5, 2019 Tags: Air Canada, Skytrax, Transat Travelweek Group last_img read more

12 Latin American Caribbean countries honored by UN for fighting hunger

first_imgAt a ceremony in Rome on Sunday, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director General José Graziano da Silva recognized 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries, including Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, and Venezuela, among others, that halved their proportion of of people facing hunger.The award honored countries for meeting the Millennium Development Goal to halve the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 and the more ambitious World Food Summit goal of halving the absolute number of undernourished people by the same year. FAO collects data from each member country and international agencies and then analyzes food availability and distribution to determine the number of people who cannot meet the caloric levels for a “healthy life,” according to the group’s methodology. Critics of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, however, blasted the organization for honoring the country when it struggles with food insecurity and some of Latin America’s worst inflation, rising nearly 30 percent each year. Opposition news organization Globovisión reported that activists from the Voluntad Popular political party demonstrated outside the U.N.’s FAO offices, disputing the quality of the food young people receive and the government’s claim that only 30 percent of the country’s food is imported, according to ABC News/Univisión. Opposition leader Julio Borges put the amount of imported food as high as 70 percent.FAO acknowledged 38 countries in all for their achievements in fighting hunger. From Latin America and the Caribbean, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guyana, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Uruguay were recognized for their efforts, and leaders in the region are already looking to the next step. The Latin America and Caribbean without Hunger Initiative has set a target of eliminating hunger in the region by 2025.“Reducing child malnutrition by half means we still have the other half to go,” said Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli during the meeting.AFP contributed to this story. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Virgin Tiger deal still tricky for the ACCC

first_imgThe regulatory body has reiterated concern over Virgin Australia’s proposed 60 percent acquisition in Tiger Airways, claiming it is a complex case that needs thorough consideration before approval.Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims said although the deal would create a direct competitor in the LCC market, there is still a lot to “weigh up”.”On the one hand, if the merger proceeds, Virgin will be in a much better position to take on Jetstar by using Tiger,” he told ABC News 24.”On the other hand, it will be taking out the third player in our aviation market to do that, so there’s a very complex equation there to weigh up.”The 60 percent acquisition into Tiger was announced in October last year alongside the carrier’s intentions to fully acquire regional airline, Skywest. ACCC head says there’s still much to weigh up. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

LOS ANGELES Calif – You did it Michelle Come

first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “You did it, Michelle.”Comedian Patton Oswalt proudly and tenderly spoke those words to his late wife in an Instagram video on Wednesday.Finally, an arrest had been made in the case of the Golden State Killer, a moniker Michelle McNamara coined on her personal mission to catch a man responsible for at least 12 killings and 50 rapes throughout California in the 1970s and 80s.McNamara died in her sleep at 46 in April 2016. She had been in the middle of her hunt for the killer and her book, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.”Oswalt helped finish the book after McNamara’s death. It became a No. 1 New York Times bestseller.On Wednesday, authorities announced that a DNA match led them to arrest the Golden State Killer, who they identified as Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer.Oswalt appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” early Thursday and said news of the arrest felt like “a beginning of this whole other chapter.”“Now it feels like this thing that she wanted so badly is done,” he said.He and McNamara’s fans were crediting the late sleuth’s years of dogged work with helping solve the crime and were disappointed when police didn’t give her credit at a news conference announcing the arrest.Asked specifically about whether McNamara’s book helped solve the case, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said his office had gotten that question “from literally all over the world in the last 24 hours.”“And the answer is no,” he said. “It kept interest in tips coming in. Other than that there was no information extracted from that book that directly led to the apprehension.”On Instagram, Oswalt said: “Even though the cops are never going to say it, your book helped get this thing closed.”McNamara “didn’t care about getting any shine on herself,” Oswalt wrote on Twitter, comparing her to Frances McDormand’s unassuming Detective Marge Gunderson in the 1996 film “Fargo.”“She kept coming at him,” Oswalt said.DeAngelo’s name hadn’t been on McNamara’s radar screen, said Billy Jensen, an investigative journalist who helped write the book.But McNamara’s idea for the “Golden State Killer” name, her coverage of the case in “Los Angeles Magazine” and a blog , the shocking news of her death, and the book all shined a spotlight on the decades-old crimes, he said.“Just the fact that they said the book didn’t help but then said ‘We’ve got the Golden State Killer,’ it’s a bit contradictory,” Jensen said.Two hours before news broke of the arrest, Oswalt and all of McNamara’s collaborators were together for the first time promoting the book with her family at an event outside her hometown of Chicago. It was also the first day of filming of an HBO documentary series based on the book.“I’m a rational man, but I can’t help but feel this transcends coincidence,” collaborator Paul Haynes wrote on Twitter.Oswalt said he ended the event with a thought about the killer: “He’s running out of time.”McNamara wrote in her book that she became interested in cold cases as a 14-year-old girl when a neighbour’s murder went unsolved. She also wrote about why and how the Golden State Killer case became her obsession later in life.“The hook for me was that the case seemed solvable,” she wrote. “Curiosity turned to clawing hunger. I was on the hunt.”When DeAngelo was arrested, Sheriff Jones said officers simply waited for him to walk outside his house.“He was very surprised by that,” Jones said. “It looked as though he might have been searching his mind to execute a particular plan he may have had in mind … but he was not given the opportunity. It happened almost instantly and he was taken into custody without incident at all.”Oswalt and McNamara’s fans couldn’t help but notice the parallels with DeAngelo’s arrest and how her book ends, with a message directly to the Golden State Killer.“The doorbell rings,” she wrote. “This is how it ends for you. ‘You’ll be silent forever and I’ll be gone in the dark,’ you threatened a victim once. Open the door. Show us your face. Walk into the light.”___Follow Amanda Lee Myers on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AmandaLeeAP by Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2018 1:25 am PDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Patton Oswalt credits late wife in Golden State Killer caselast_img read more

The NFLs strong regular season of TV ratings cont

first_img The NFL’s strong regular season of TV ratings continued into its opening weekend of the post-season.The league said on Monday that there was an average of 28.4 million viewers for the four wild-card round games, which is a 12 per cent increase over last year.The Philadelphia Eagles game against the Chicago Bears on NBC averaged 35.89 million, making it the network’s most-watched wild-card game on record. NBC’s previous best was the Jan. 3, 1988, game between Seattle and Houston at 35.86 million. The audience for Sunday’s game peaked at 45.1 million viewers during the final nine minutes.Sunday’s first game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens on CBS averaged 25.4 million.Fox’s telecast of Saturday night’s Seattle Seahawks-Dallas Cowboys game averaged 29.5 million while the weekend’s first game between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans averaged 22.8 million on ESPN and ABC.Digital streaming also increased 139 per cent with an average minute audience of 496,000.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press NFL wild-card round ratings up 12 per cent over last year Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey (1) watches as he misses a field goal in the final minute during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Chicago. The Eagles won 16-15. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2019 4:24 pm PDTlast_img read more