(In order of appearance: RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson refuses to answer questions while in his SUV; RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Harold Pfleiderer refuses to answer questions from APTN; Justice Minister Peter MacKay; Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney. APTN/Video)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA grand chief from Alberta wrote to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson Monday requesting he authorize the public release of all data collected by the federal police force as part of its review of 30 years of murdered and missing Indigenous women cases across the country.Treaty 6 Grand Chief Bernice Martial wrote to Paulson in response to recent claims made by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt that unreleased RCMP data shows Indigenous men are responsible for 70 per cent of the murders of Indigenous women. Valcourt made the statement during a closed-door meeting with three grand chiefs, including Martial, while the minister was in Calgary on March 20.“We are requesting that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police release the report in its entirety on missing and murdered Indigenous women,” said Martial, in the letter obtained by APTN National News. “As the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations of Alberta, this issue is at the heart of our communities and families who need some answers on their murdered and missing loved ones.”The RCMP said in a statement last Thursday that it would not be releasing any data based on the “ethnicity” of perpetrators. RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Harold Pfleiderer also refused to back Valcourt’s claim that his statistic came from unreleased RCMP information.Martial said the RCMP needed to release the information to determine whether Valcourt’s statements were true.“With the recent statements by (Valcourt) stating that 70 per cent of Indigenous men are responsible for the deaths of the approximately 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous we would like to review the report to see if his claims are accurate,” wrote Martial, whose treaty organization represents 25 First Nations. “This issue is close to my heart as I know it has affected so many families within our territory of Treaty 6.”The RCMP has released only a portion of the information it gathered as part of its missing and murdered Indigenous women project. The federal police force reviewed cases held by about 200 police agencies across the country dating back to 1980.Valcourt would not stop to answer questions from APTN about the data prior to question period Monday. Inside the House, he faced similar questions on the issue for a third time. Valcourt was not allowed to respond to the issue during question period last Friday.This time, he answered one of two questions on the subject.Quebec NDP MP Mylene Freeman, whose riding includes the Mohawk community Kanesatake, demanded during question period that Valcourt apologize for his “unsourced” claim.“The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs…deeply offended First Nations leaders when he tried to cite an unsourced fact contradicted by the RCMP,” said Freeman. “Instead of attacking Indigenous people, the minister should bring people together to end the violence and finally call a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.”Valcourt said he wouldn’t comment on what was said behind closed doors.“What I got from many people outside of those meetings, and I am talking about chiefs and tribal councils, is that they will indeed use the action plan to address the issues of missing and murdered Aboriginal women,” said Valcourt, during question period.The minister, however, remained seated when Freeman launched a second question, this time in French which is Valcourt’s mother-tongue.Referring to a recent appearance on popular Quebec television show Tout le Monde en Parle by Laurie Odjick, whose daughter disappeared from Kitigan Zibi, which sits north of Ottawa in Quebec, Freeman asked the government to call a public inquiry.“We do not need a national inquiry,” said Susan Truppe, parliamentary secretary for the status of women department. “We are developing more community safety plans on and off reserves, including in regions identified specifically by the RCMP. This action plan will engage men and boys. It will raise awareness to breakinter-generational cycles of violence.”Paulson on Monday appeared before the Senate committee conducting a pre-study of the Harper government’s proposed anti-terror legislation, Bill C-51. Paulson left the committee meeting through a back door to avoid media and refused to roll down the window of his SUV when APTN caught up with him on the street.Pfleiderer was also present at the committee hearing, but he refused to comment when approached by an APTN reporter.“I am the spokesperson,” he said. “Give me a call in the office…I am not giving you a comment.”Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney also appeared at the Senate hearing.MacKay told APTN it was his understanding that Valcourt obtained his information from the RCMP, but he hadn’t personally seen the specific 70 per cent number.“I believe he was referencing material he was given by the RCMP. I wasn’t present at the meeting, I only heard what he has said about it since,” said MacKay. “I am only telling you what he has said about where this information originated.”Blaney seemed to suggest Valcourt’s number came from an “analysis” of public information.“The data are up there, anyone who wants to know about the file can download the data and make their own analysis,” said Blaney.email@example.com@JorgeBarrera read more
A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder after a hammer attack on a mother and daughter in south-east London.Joe Xuereb, 27, appeared in court on Tuesday in connection with a serious assault on Ania Gos, a 30-year-old King’s College graduate who now works in the City, and her mother, 64, on Sunday afternoon.Officers were called at 12.10pm to find two women suffering from devastating injuries “consistent with a violent assault” in Adderley Gardens, Eltham, Scotland Yard said.They were taken to south London hospitals, where they remain in a critical condition.A hammer was recovered from the scene which was “believed to have been used in the assault”, police said. Xuereb, of Greenwich, was arrested on Sunday evening.He appeared in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon. He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, September 18.Ms Gos is a Polish national who works at S&P Global, a financial services firm in Canary Wharf.A LinkedIn page states that she works in business support services.The company said in a statement that colleagues had been left “extremely shocked” by the “senseless attack”. Police at the scene of the attack tape off the areaCredit:Grant Falvey/LNP Her mother was visiting from Poland at the time of the attack.Neighbour Bob Gover, 69, told The Telegraph that several other relatives including a sister and young nephew had also been staying with Ms Gos and her partner in their flat. Blood-covered clothing at the scene of Sunday’s attackCredit:Grant Falvey/LNP Ms Gos also completed a one-year course in advanced English at King’s College, London, having earned a master’s in history at the University of Łódź, according to the page. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more
Metso, the global supplier of technology and machinery for minerals processing, has inaugurated its 51st service plant in the world at an investment of $7.5 million in Arequipa, a city that is close to the great mining projects that are being developed in the south of Peru, notes Proinversion on a report from El Comercio. Aldo Cermenati, Vice President of Services for the Pacific area, noted that Metso has constructed five new plants in the last five years, the majority of them in Latin America. “We have inaugurated many services centres, but the core is in this region, particularly in Arequipa and surroundings, where there is a huge Metso equipment installation distributed in mining and cement operations.”He added that the company is already considering an extension of this plant of Arequipa, in order to support the development of great mining projects in progress. “We do not only supply our traditional clients, such as Cerro Verde, Southern, El Brocal, Hochschild, Buenaventura, Tintaya and cement companies of the south, but also mining projects in construction, such as Las Bambas, Constancia and the extensions of Southern, from where will come the needs of service and future support”, indicated Peter Hartmann, General Manager of Metso Perú.The inauguration of the service plant in Arequipa represents the second investment of Metso in Peru in 2014. Previously, last April, it completed the extension of its rubber plant in Lima, with an investment of $1 million.These projects will enable that the company may grow 12% in Peru this year, just in the area of services. “In 2013 we will invoice €55 million in services, discounting the imports and sale of capital goods that are recorded separately. For this year we expect to reach €62 million,” indicated Hartmann.He added that the most ambitious plan of Metso, including the sale of equipment, is to pass €90 million during the next 12 months. read more
SIMPEC says it has been awarded more than A$5 million ($3.46 million) in scope extensions to its current contracts in Western Australia.WestStar Industrial’s engineering contractor business said the bulk of this work is either underway or will commence imminently and was built on the original awards from MSP Engineering (for the Tianqi Lithium Kwinana processing plant, pictured) and Iluka Resources (for the Cataby mineral sands project).This news comes hot on the heels of SIMPEC announcing major contract awards, the most recent being the A$10 million win from ATCO to supply and install the electrical, communications and dry fire systems for an 800-room mine camp at Fortescue Metals Group’s Eliwana iron ore mine site in the Pilbara, Western Australia.SIMPEC said its team has grown substantially over the past six months with nearly 150 personnel and contractors now working across all of its current contracts.SIMPEC Managing Director, Mark Dimasi, said: “These scope extensions are a direct result of our strong performance on site. With safety at the forefront of everything we do, SIMPEC is performing very well across all projects and working very closely with our clients.” read more
8. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …11218262:286(-24)5 Rhein Neckar Lowen won another away battle in EHF Champions League! The “Lions” kept chances to win the Preliminary Round first place and ensure direct placement at quarter-final by beating IFK Kristianstad 31:29 (15:16) in front of 4.000 fans.IFK Kristianstad – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 29:31 (16:15)IFK Kristianstad: Larsson, Simic; Lipovac (1), Arnarsson (2), Henningsson (3), Sörensen, Moen, Lagergren (8), Larsson, Gudmundsson (9), Hallen, Tollbring (5/1), Jonsson (1), Hanisch, EriksenRhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Palicka; Schmid (7), Sigurdsson (3/1), Baena (8), Mensah (4), Pekeler (1), Groetzki (5), Reinkind, Guardiola, Petersson (3), KellerSTANDINGS: 5. HC Meshkov Brest11443302:299(3)12 3. KS Vive Tauron Kielce11704327:310(17)14 4. MOL-Pick Szeged11614296:277(19)13 ← Previous Story EHF Cup: German domination – MT Melsungen survive away match in Finland Next Story → EHF CL ROUND 11 – BEST 7 with Sterbik, Groetzki, Dibirov, Mackovsek… 6. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko11236311:335(-24)7 2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen11713312:305(7)15 1. HC Vardar11803319:289(30)16 7. IFK Kristianstad11227300:328(-28)6 read more
Updated 11.01pmTWO WOMEN ON trial in Peru for trafficking cocaine have been sentenced to six years and eight months each in jail.Michaella McCollum Connolly from Tyrone and Melissa Reid who is from Glasgow, known as the ‘Peru 2′, were arrested in August as they were attempting to leave Lima for Spain.The two were detained after 11.5kg of cocaine was found hidden in food packets in their luggage.The two pleaded guilty in September to attempting to smuggle the drug out of Peru. Initially they had denied the charges and said they were coerced into smuggling by an international cartel.However they changed their story and said that they “knew they were going to transport drugs, and that they regret having participated in such an act,” according to the court.Melissa Reid (right) and Michaella McCollum (back) arrive for the court hearing in Lima earlier today. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro) Additional reporting by AFPOriginally published 6.15pmRead: Peru 2 transferred to prison notorious for overcrowding > Read: Sentencing of Peru 2 postponed due to judges’ strike > read more
Les Français consomment toujours trop de médicamentsSelon les chiffres établis par l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps), les Français ont consommé en moyenne 48 boîtes de médicaments en 2010, soit presque une boîte par semaine pour un total de 27,5 milliards d’euros. La France est décidément une bonne consommatrice de médicaments et semble s’y tenir. Mercredi, l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) a en effet révélé des chiffres très parlants. Selon le rapport qu’elle a établi, les Français auraient utilisé en moyenne 48 boites de médicaments en 2010, soit près d’une boite par semaine. Un total qui correspond à 27,5 milliards d’euros de dépenses dont 19,9 milliards ont été remboursés. En 2009, ce sont 19,8 milliards qui avaient été remboursés, traduisant une nouvelle hausse. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Par ailleurs, si le marché pharmaceutique a connu un léger ralentissement de sa croissance totale (+1,2% en valeur contre 4,7% par an depuis 2000), la consommation hospitalière, elle, a continué de croître de 4,2%. Mais en moyenne annuelle depuis 2000, la progression pour les médicaments prescrits à l’hôpital a été de 8,5%, précise l’AFP. En outre, 68% des médicaments sont pris par voie orale en médecine de ville tandis qu’à l’hôpital ce sont les formes injectables qui prédominent (67%). Mais l’ensemble des médicaments vendus représentait 10.350 spécialités, 14.500 représentations et 3.000 substances actives.Le Doliprane en tête des ventes Plus en détail, parmi les 50 produits les plus vendus à l’hôpital, on dénombre surtout les anticancéreux, les antirétroviraux (contre le VIH) ainsi que quelques spécialités de maladies rares. En ville, en revanche, ce sont les médicaments liés aux maladies cardio-vasculaires, aux ulcères, au système nerveux et à l’asthme, les plus administrés. Dans les pharmacies, la tête du classement revient au Tahor, un hypolipidémiant du laboratoire américain Pfizer qui réalise le plus gros chiffres d’affaires. Par contre, du point de vue de la quantité, la première place revient au Doliprane suivi de près par le Dafalgan et l’Efferalgan. Enfin, du côté des génériques, si l’on observe du mieux dans leur disponibilité (ils sont présents dans la plupart des classes thérapeutiques), il reste du chemin à parcourir. En 2010, ils ont ainsi représenté 24,5% en quantité (pour 11,5% en valeur). Le 29 septembre 2011 à 17:22 • Maxime Lambert read more
WASHINGTON — Republicans’ latest health care plan would create winners and losers among Americans up and down the income ladder, and across age groups.It would give consumers more responsibility for their insurance choices, a goal long held by conservatives who argue that’s key to a true health care market. Younger adults and healthy people in the solid middle class may find more agreeable options. But low-income people may not be able to afford coverage, along with older and sicker adults.And there are potential unintended consequences for people with employer-provided insurance, currently about 170 million Americans. Allowing individuals to pay premiums from tax-sheltered accounts may create incentives for employers to stop offering coverage, say some independent analysts.The legislation would put limits on federal spending for Medicaid, a partnership program with states to cover low-income people, the disabled and nursing home residents. The drawback is that state officials could eventually face no-win choices, such as having to pick between paying for coverage for low-wage working mothers and support services for elderly people trying to stay out of nursing homes.As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., steers toward debate and votes next week, here is a look at some of the latest changes and major issues:Cruz’s planThe new Senate bill incorporates the core of a proposal from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would reorganize the market for policies purchased by individuals. As many as 20 million Americans get coverage this way, about half through subsidized markets like HealthCare.gov, created under former President Barack Obama. read more
Clark County law enforcement arrested six intoxicated drivers during a regional crackdown over the weekend.The heightened DUI enforcement started Friday, when Vancouver police and Clark County deputies contacted 123 people. Only one person was arrested for driving under the influence on the initiative’s first day, according to a Vancouver Police Department news release.On Saturday, the officers arrested five drivers on suspicion of DUI, police said.About two dozen people were ticketed while another 87 were let off with a warning.The DUI enforcement was possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Guntur: In a tragic incident, a woman was killed brutally at Duggirala in Guntur district. The deceased identified as Padmavati who was murdered by Subba Reddy. Going into details, Subba Reddy of Gandhi Nagar and Padmavati who belongs to Chennakesava Nagar have been in a living relationship for some time. It’s said that Subba Reddy has attacked Padmavati over suspicion. The locals who noticed the incident have trashed Reddy. With this, he sustained severe injuries. Over the information, the police have booked a case and investigating.
12 noonThree researchers based in the U.S., U.K. and Switzerland have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developments in electron microscopy.The 9-million-kronor ($1.1 million) prize is shared by Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne, Joachim Frank at New York’s Columbia University and Richard Henderson of MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, Britain.The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences said Wednesday their method, called cryo-electron microscopy, allows researchers to “freeze biomolecules” mid-movement and visualize processes they have never previously seen.”The development, it said, “is decisive for both the basic understanding of life’s chemistry and for the development of pharmaceuticals.”___ Share 12:15 p.m.Joachim Frank, who shares this year’s Nobel Chemistry Prize with two other researchers for developing a method to generate three-dimensional images of the molecules of life, says the potential use of the method is “immense.”Speaking by phone, Frank told a news conference after the Nobel announcement Wednesday that the method, called cryo-electron microscopy, meant medicine no longer focuses on organs but “looks at the processes in the cell.”Frank, based at New York’s Columbia University, shares the prize with Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne and Richard Henderson of MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, Britain.The Nobel committee said their technology “has taken biochemistry into a new era.”___ 7:40 a.m.The Nobel Prize for Chemistry rewards researchers for major advances in studying the infinitesimal bits of material that are the building blocks of life.Recent prizes have gone to scientists who developed molecular “machines” — molecules with controllable motions — and who mapped how cells repair damaged DNA, leading to improved cancer treatments.The 2017 prize, worth 9 million kronor ($1.1 million), is being announced Wednesday by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.It’s the third Nobel announced this week.The medicine prize went to three Americans studying circadian rhythms: Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young. The physics prize went to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne for detecting gravitational waves.The literature winner will be named Thursday and the peace prize will be announced Friday. The Latest on the Nobel Chemistry Prize (all times local):Twitter user @RoyalsociatyProfessor Richard Henderson along with Professors Jacques Dubochet, and Joachim Frank won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.2 p.m.The president of the American Chemical Society says the microscope imaging technique honored by this year’s Nobel Chemistry Prize is like Google Earth for molecules.“This discovery allows the scientist to zoom in down to the fine detail (which) gives you a wealth of information about that protein molecule and how it’s interacting with its environment,” Allison A. Campbell told The Associated Press on Wednesday.Potential payoffs include help in developing medicines and industrial chemicals, she said. But not right away.“I think it’s something for the future,” Campbell said. “I think this is a technique that is just starting to find its way into the research community.”The Nobel committee announced Wednesday three scientists share the Chemistry Prize for the technology, called cryo-electron microscopy.___ read more
Share By iStock.comTexas schools issued more than 64,000 in-school suspensions to students in second grade or younger during the 2015-16 school year, and a disproportionate number of those students were black, male, in foster care or in special education, according to a report released Monday by a children’s advocacy group.The report by Texans Care for Children also said that more than 36,000 students received out-of-school suspensions during that time. The following year, lawmakers passed a bill that banned out-of-school suspensions for students up to the second grade. In-school suspensions are still allowed under the new law, and advocates said Monday that more needs to be done to address the issue. “Schools are suspending little kids as young as four years old, many of whom are in a classroom for the first time in their lives,” Texans Care for Children CEO Stephanie Rubin said in a statement. “Suspending our youngest students interrupts their education, communicates to them that they don’t belong, and misses a critical opportunity to actually address why they might be acting out.”The report said black students from pre-K to second grade were five times more likely than their white counterparts to receive an out-of-school suspension, and twice as likely to receive in-school suspension.Special education students also received disproportionate numbers of suspensions, being twice as likely as the overall population to receive either out-of-school or in-school suspensions.Smaller districts tended to be the most frequent suspenders. Jasper ISD in East Texas had just 122 students in pre-K, but issued 71 in-school suspensions to 23 students in the 2015-2016 school year.Jasper ISD officials could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.The report proposed several recommendations to education and policy leaders, like using classroom strategies and models to assist both teachers and students with emotional or behavioral support. School districts like Houston ISD have used such practices, in addition to already banning suspensions of pre-K through second grade students in 2016, the report said.“The Legislature took a huge step forward last year, but there’s more work to do for school boards, superintendents, and state leaders,” Rubin said in a statement.The report was released the same day that lawmakers on the Senate Education Committee discussed school discipline and ways to minimize the damage of suspensions at a hearing in the Capitol. Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, suggested providing in-school suspended students with a live video feed of what’s happening in their classrooms so those students don’t fall behind because of their suspensions. A representative from the liberal group Texas Appleseed said many students facing in-school suspension are put with proctors or teachers who may not teach that student’s grade. The subject of school discipline was included the Education Committee’s interim charges, meaning members have been asked to study the issue and recommend possible changes that can be considered when the full Legislature meets again in 2019.Disclosure: Texas Appleseed has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/26/texas-youngest-public-school-students-still-risk-suspensions-report-sa/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. read more
The Daniel Payne Community Development Corporation and the Metropolitan AME Church will host an Evening of Jazz on Feb. 27 in recognition of the presence and culture of music in Black history. The event will be held at the church, located at 1518 M Street N.W. The event will include Jazz performers Christie Dashiell, George V. Johnson Jr. and the N Tyme Jazz Ensemble. Admission and parking are free.For more information call 202-331-1426.
Kolkata: Two of the most mesmerising art forms of Bengal have come alive in two popular Durga Pujas in South Kolkata.Ballygunge Cultural Association has decided to adorn its Puja pandal in an artistic décor through the intricacies associated with Shola (thermocol) art and various items made of thermocol, while Mudiali Club has displayed a unique blend of Dokra art and Patchitra through its puja this year.The Ballygunge Cultural reached out to a far-flung village in South 24-Parganas and roped in around 40 artists of the village along with their 200 assistants to work tirelessly for 240 days. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has provided the residents of the village associated with this art form an opportunity to project their artistic skills to countless visitors and art lovers across the world.”Bengal’s Shola items have been used in various religious, public, cultural, social and various other traditional occasions in the past, its use in such a large scale has probably never been done before. We are striving for the development and prosperity of this art through its publicity by taking this handicraft of Bengal beyond its geographical confines and projecting it on a grand stage to the world,” a member of the Puja committee said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWith Facebook on board as ‘Official Social Media Partner’, Ballygunge Cultural is set to become a global Puja, powered by appropriate hashtag #BiswaPujo, whereby people all over the world will be able to witness the Puja via the goings-on here. Every Puja moment at Ballygunge Cultural will there online either live or via recordings.The Mudiali Club in its 84th year has made an effort to showcase the Patchitra of Bengal through Dokra art through its theme ‘Mayer Aanchal’. Goddess Durga along with her entourage is seated on a chariot that is being pulled by two oxen. There is a big horse like animal at the entrance of the pandal, which according to theme maker Gouranga Kuila is a mix of animals like donkey, deer, goat. “People have been calling it a terracotta horse but a careful look will reveal that it is a blend of many animals with which you would associate the tribals of Midnapore district,” Kuila added.Some 50 odd artists from Tamluk in East Midnapore have worked for nearly three months to create the pandal.”The idol will be Sabeki keeping in with the tradition of Mudiali Club. The pandal has been decked up with foam, bangles and bells to give the feel of a motherly care,” said Arun Lal, Secretary of the Club.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated both these pujas which have been crowd pullers for the last few years. read more
West Bengal Urdu Academy is organising the 2nd National Urdu Drama Festival (Celebration of Theatre) in the city which to be inaugurated on December 26 at 5 pm presided by Prof Syed Manal Shah Alquadri, Vice Chairman, WBUA, with chief guest Arpita Ghosh (MP), and guests of honour being Janab Md Nadimul Haque, (MP, Chairman Finance Committee, WBUA), Janab Mushtaq Kak (Eminent Theatre Director) and Uma Jhunjhunwala (President, Little Thespian).The first play to be scheduled is Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada by Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation, Hyderabad. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAbout the playIt is based on the historic love-legend of the founder of the cosmopolitan and heritage-proud South Indian city of Hyderabad, poet-prince Quli Qutub Shah and his dancer-singer beloved Bhagmati. With a blend of fine and performing arts, embellished with Indian classical and shadow dances, period sets and costumes, the play takes the audience back in time to the 17th century Indian kingdom of Golconda through a philosophical tale of true love. Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada has been the toast of prestigious theatre festivals and venues in India, Canada, France, Turkey, UK and USA. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe play to be staged on the second day is titled Ishq Malangi – based on Sh Khalid Hussain’s two stories, dramatized by Pritam Katoch – it is designed and directed by Mushtaq Kak from Amateur Theatre Group, Jammu and Kashmir.About the playThe play Ishq Malangi is a portrayal of the eternal love of those who have no desires or lust but only loyalty, dedication and deepest commitment towards their loved ones. The beloved is not necessarily a human being, it can be the Creator of this world, the beloved of all those who believe in harmony, peace and brotherhood. The story of the play dates back to 1940 when Jammu city was a small town in the present Jammu and Kashmir State. The next play on the same day is Akhiri Raat directed by S M Rashid from Universal Little Theatre, Kolkata. About the playKishore has been granted death penalty in charge of murdering Seth Girdhari Lal, who had adopted him from an orphanage and proclaimed Kishore to be his only son. Though he had a daughter whom he has sent along with his wife to America for study, he had always all been careless about them. But Kishore gave her fatherly affection and always used to took utmost care of her. Girdhari Lal was not only an industrialist but a philanthropist; he had enjoyed a very powerful position in political arena too and had an important role in policy making factors of the nation. Kishore has enjoyed the same image as of Girdhari Lal who promoted him to the zeniths of politics and was being rewarded with most prestigious awards of the country for his services and patriotism. But now in the eyes of law he was a traitor. The play on the third day of the festival will be staged at 6Pm. Titled Jin Lahore Nahin Dekheya Wo Janmaya Hi Nahin, the play is directed by Habib Tanveer form Naya Theatre, Bhopal.About the play The production is based on Asgra Wajhat’s play of the same name. After the partion, in 1947 Ratan lal Johri’s Mother refuses to move out of her house in Lahore. This house has been officialy alloted to sikander Mirza of Lahore, and his faimly. She has no objection whatsoever to a Muslim faimly living with her, but on no condition will she move out of her own house. Slowly this woman is come to be loved by everybody and is fondl addressed as ‘Jagmai’ (unversal mother). The day she dies, question aries about her last rites – to be cremated as per her religion. This decision however is not liked by the local goons and they kill the maulvi. This story arose out of an actual incident in Lahore which was reported in the Delhi Daily Pratap The director decided bring the two corpses on the stage to unravel the deep dimensions of fundamentalism. A whole violent situation erupts on stage, the likes of which we are witnessing all over the country even today. He has also moved charactors and dialouges around to heighten the intensity and profundity of the subject. he has used appropriate poetry of contemporary Urdu poets to add to the beauty of the play. These include ghazals by the famous Pakistani poet, Nasir Kazmi and Amrita Prtitam’s heart-rending Nazm renderd in her style.Journalist, playwright, play produer, poet and director, Habib Tanvir’s name is one of the most well known and respected names in the field of theatre. On the final day, Dhoka designed and directed by S M Azhar Alam from Little Thespian, Kolkata will be staged.About the playIt is 2007 and Iraq is roiling under the American occupation. Fractured by warring political factions, threatened by Islamic fundamentalism, and preyed on by American industrialists, it is a place where the cry of a dying child often goes unheard. Against this backdrop, the Americans prepare to host the Conference for Democracy and the Salvation of Iraq, a glittering assembly of powerful Iraqis and Americans. But shortly before the conference is set to start, a little girl in search of her father is shot by an American soldier.As an angry mob gathers, the American officer in charge, Captain Edward Alston, tries to make amends with the girl’s family, but is barred by his commander, Hektor Frank. Hektor harbours a secret past with the girl’s father, accused terrorist Omar Ahad, which he may be able to protect if he holds her dead body as ransom. At the centre of this chaos an intensely private drama of grief, revenge, and forgiveness unfolds, and as the turmoil tightens around each of them, we are led to question not only what comprises war and terror, but how, where, and by whom the real war on terror is fought. read more
The devastation is extensive as #EllicotCity Maryland starts to clean up/rebuild. LIVE on @weatherchannel & @AMHQ pic.twitter.com/reTjocyY0j— Justin Michaels (@JMichaelsNews) August 1, 2016 Child inside Rhinoceros enclosure at the Dublin Zoo. TheSun: This dad did a very stupid thing with his son at a zoo’s rhino enclosure https://t.co/842XixjKa5 pic.twitter.com/cG0wpOtrnJ— daily news (@brittishmagic) August 1, 2016 Advertisement Just a child inside the rhino enclosure at @d10 more cases of Zika Virus in Florida, believed to be transmitted locally by mosquitoesublinzoo pic.twitter.com/xxsn8Dm5Ag— Ciarán Ferrie (@ccferrie) July 30, 2016 FBI employee arrested in New York expected to plead guilty for acting as agent of Chinese government https://t.co/cKVmm6i6cY— BI Politics (@bi_politics) August 1, 2016 Pregnant women advised of Florida #Zika risk https://t.co/yK8Ckazagd pic.twitter.com/IhMKenaZ0m— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 30, 2016 Ellicot City, Maryland hit with severe flooding, 2 killed. (Daily Mail UK)Dramatic video shows men creating a human chain to rescue a woman during #HowardCounty flood https://t.co/KEnkzycY3chttps://t.co/kOzCs2x3Mv— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 31, 2016 In Ellicott City, the Patapsco River rose 14 feet in an hour and a half last night, 3 feet higher than 2011 floods. https://t.co/9oUsTZs631— Maryland Weather (@MdWeather) July 31, 2016 10 more cases of Zika Virus found in Florida. Travel ban possible. (NBC-13 Orlando)BREAKING: Governor: Florida Zika cases likely caused by mosquitoes rise to 14; asks for federal emergency response team.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 1, 2016 FBI Agent arrested for acting as Chinese spy. FBI employee accused of being Chinese agent to plead guilty: prosecutors https://t.co/Bgo2JMYIkE— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 1, 2016 John McCain strongly rebukes Trump in statement to Khan family. (The Guardian)Senator John McCain denounces Donald Trump’s comments on Khizr Khan https://t.co/NbjLA0YuPi pic.twitter.com/GRK3vDwwxQ— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 1, 2016 read more
Etihad Airways has helped put Perth in the international tourism limelight at the Australian Business Group – Etihad Airways lunch held in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The new route will ensure that there are 28 to 35 flights between Australia and the United Arab Emirates per week. “We are confident our new services will boost travel and trade between the UAE and Western Australia, and strengthen our presence in Australia, where we already serve Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with great success,” Mr Hogan said. Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer, James Hogan, said in an address to the luncheon that tourism and trade would help boost Etihad’s new route to Abu Dhabi from Perth. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale The new flights are expected to help develop Perth as a tourism hub of the Indian Pacific and encourage more visitors to come to Perth. read more
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) Stopping the connection between quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Davante Adams will be a key. Rodgers ranks sixth in the NFL in passing yards, while Adams ranks fourth in the NFL in touchdown receptions.Related LinksCardinals sign DL Cameron Malveaux off Dolphins’ practice squadOn repeat: Cardinals continue search for CB opposite Patrick PetersonVets out, youngsters in: Cardinals make flurry of roster movesCardinals have looming decision over Steve Wilks after loss to ChargersRunning back Aaron Jones has at least one touchdown run in four of the Packers’ last five games.Can the Cardinals defense solve the riddle of beating the Packers at home?For more clues to that riddle, here is what’s happening in Packers Nation as the 2-9 Cardinals prepare to face Green Bay in the vaunted frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.Saturday, December 1• Can preseason star Jake Kumerow provide Packers with spark? (Packers Wire)Only three players produced more receiving yards this past preseason than Green Bay Packers receiver Jake Kumerow.He played in two games and caught only six passes, but his 190 receiving yards still finished fourth among all players.Now, he’ll get his first chance to make an impact in a meaningful game.• Packers promote versatile FB Danny Vitale from practice squad (Packers Wire)A sixth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016, Vitale originally signed to the Packers practice squad on Oct. 22. He played 17 games for the Cleveland Browns between 2016 and 2017, catching seven passes for 46 yards and tallying 13 special teams tackles. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling • Desperate Packers focus on fixes, tune out noise (Associated Press)The Green Bay Packers must make a stand just to stay in the playoff conversation.The injury list is growing. Their postseason hopes are in serious jeopardy. They’ll need breaks to go their way with teams ahead of them in the wild-card chase.Tune out the outside noise and criticism of what might be wrong, David Bakhtiari said.• A ton of Packers from the 1996 Super Bowl team will be in Milwaukee for a reunion on Saturday (including Brett Favre) (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Thirty players who were part of the Super Bowl XXXI championship Green Bay Packers team will be at Wisconsin State Fair Park on Saturday, part of a reunion autograph show hosted by Ball Four Sports Collectibles.Brett Favre, former general manager Ron Wolf and pretty much every other player you remember from that 1996 team will be there, including Desmond Howard, LeRoy Butler, Antonio Freeman, Mark Chmura, Frank Winters, Keith Jackson, Chris Jacke, Gilbert Brown, Santana Dotson, Sean Jones, Don Beebe, Dorsey Levens, William Henderson, Craig Newsome and Andre Rison.Admission into the event, hosted at the Wisconsin Products Pavilion at 640 S. 84th Street in West Allis, is $7 for adults and seniors, with children under 5 and members of the military admitted for free. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Green Bay Packers’ next opponent: Arizona Cardinals present a ‘get well’ game (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)The Green Bay Packers have lost four of five — all on the road — and they return home to Lambeau Field to take on an Arizona Cardinals team that has lost three straight. Under first-year coach Steve Wilks, the Cardinals are 2-9 and in the running for the No. 1 overall draft pick in April after a 45-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.• Packers poll: Playoff appearance or top-10 draft pick? (Packers Wire)The 2018 season of the Green Bay Packers will trend one of three ways over the final five games.Mike McCarthy’s team can make another successful run at an unexpected playoff appearance, sink toward a top-10 pick in next year’s draft or toil somewhere in between.• Run the table was so 2016; Packers have less reason for optimism (ESPN.com)When Aaron Rodgers said two years ago that he thought the Green Bay Packers could run the table even though they sat at 4-6 with six games to play, his claim was not without merit.The Packers quarterback had just gotten one of his weapons, tight end Jared Cook, back from an ankle injury. In the game before “run the table” became a thing, Cook caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in his first action since Week 3. Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb, who has missed six of the last eight games because of a hamstring injury, believes he will return to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.But that’s not the only thing he’s excited about.He can’t wait to see what Aaron Rodgers does.• Aaron Rodgers neatly unpacks compounding issues hurting Packers offense (Packers Wire)At his locker Wednesday afternoon, Aaron Rodgers treated his offense like a matryoshka doll, neatly unpacking the smaller issues tucked inside the larger problems that continue plaguing the Green Bay Packers.The offense needs more plays. Which means the offense needs to convert more third downs. Which means the offense needs better execution on third down.Everything is tied together, one issue of smaller detail lurking inside another.• Justin McCray remains ready and willing to do it all on Packers’ offensive line (Packers.com)If there’s one thing the Packers have learned about Justin McCray over the last two years, it’s that the versatile offensive lineman is always ready to play.Any spot. Any play. Anywhere.During Sunday’s matchup in Minnesota, McCray entered the game at right guard under somewhat comical circumstances after Byron Bell’s cleat came off. The veteran then heaved it to Green Bay’s sideline – making the side judge duck – in an effort to stay on the field before finally leaving to have the equipment staff put the shoe back on. • Packers RB Aaron Jones meeting Joe Thomas’ rushing efficiency goal (Packers Wire)Former Wisconsin Badgers and Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas has a smart way of evaluating the run game in the NFL. Instead of only looking at a player’s rushing average, Thomas prefers to dig into a player’s rushing efficiency.It’s a simple process: Any play gaining four yards, achieving a first down or scoring a touchdown is a success. And a great running game succeeds at least 60 percent of the time.Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones isn’t just leading the NFL in yards per carry at 6.0, but he’s hitting Thomas’ rushing efficiency goal.Wednesday, November 28• Aaron Rodgers may take more chances for struggling Packers (ESPN.com)Aaron Rodgers doesn’t think his fundamentals are out of whack. Nor does he think he’s playing any differently than in years past.However, the two-time NFL MVP quarterback acknowledged that with the Green Bay Packers at 4-6-1 and barely alive for the playoffs, it might be time to play a little different, perhaps even take more chances.“Yeah, why not?” Rodgers said Wednesday. “If we lose, you guys are just going to write us off, so might as well let it all hang out these last five [games].” When the Arizona Cardinals take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Arizona will be challenging an undefeated team.Yes, the Packers have a 4-6-1 overall record. And yes, they are on a two-game losing streak, including a crushing defeat on Sunday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings.At Lambeau, however, the Packers are 4-0-1, with their only blemish a tie against the same Vikings squad in Week 2. • Unpopular Opinions: Aaron Rodgers’ Packers will make playoffs (NFL.com)NFL.com’s Adam Rank gives his latest take on an unpopular opinion. His newest rendition was the Green Bay Packers make ing the playoffs.Rank, as a Bears fan, cites that he’s seen this “play out way too many times.”Tuesday, November 27• No victory Monday, but Packers take day to regroup because … why not? (ESPN.com)It’s hard to have a victory Monday without a win on Sunday, but Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy felt his team needed a mental and physical break after a grueling stretch of four road games — three of them in prime time — in five weeks.So that’s what he did after Sunday night’s 24-17 loss at Minnesota.• Analysis: Faulty footwork undermining Aaron Rodgers’ mechanics (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Aaron Rodgers’ injuries might be taking a toll on him, not physically but mentally.How else to explain the occasional breakdown in his throwing fundamentals? Rodgers has not been the same quarterback this year as in the past, and one of the reasons is he too often is throwing off his back foot when he could step into his throws. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 13 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Get-well game vs. Cardinals must also be statement game for Packers (Packers Wire)The Cardinals’ standing in the NFL has left teams using their matchup as a change to avenge past losses and put them back on the right track as the season nears its end.It’s no different for the 4-6-1 Packers, who are trying to remain in playoff contention.From the story:“When the Packers host the lowly Arizona Cardinals Sunday at Lambeau Field, the end result – and the process of getting there – needs to send a statement to the rest of the NFL and organically create the in-house confidence needed to ignite a late-season run.”• Tramon Williams on Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald: ‘He’s too good to be true’ (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is a sure-fire Hall of Famer once he hangs up his cleats.The Packers, especially defensive back Tramon Williams, respect Larry Legend.Williams said he’s never met a guy like Fitzgerald, on or off the field.“He is too good to be true,” Williams said. “He is that good.”Thursday, November 29• Cobb: Rodgers ‘ready to light everybody up’ (ESPN) • 5 things Packers must do to beat Cardinals in Week 13 (Packers Wire)The Green Bay Packers are 4-6-1 and squarely in must-win territory, with five games left to revive a sinking season and get back into the playoff race.The revival tour must begin Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.Friday, November 30• Packers’ Davante Adams: ‘I think I’m the best receiver in the NFL’ (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)here is something Davante Adams believes to be true. Believes it so strongly he can’t — or won’t — contain it.He is in the midst of a season any receiver would covet. The type of season that moves a receiver into elite company. No matter. Inside, something is biting at him. It has been biting for a while.“I just want to get the respect that I deserve,” Adams said.• Randall Cobb admits he came back too soon from hamstring injury (Packers Wire)Maybe it was being in a contract year. Maybe it was the offense’s struggles. Maybe it was a lack of experience dealing with the injury.Whatever it was, Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb admitted Thursday he rushed through his recovery from a hamstring injury and tried to play too soon, resulting in two ineffective games and a re-aggravation of the injury. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires read more
Los Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineCrystal Cruises’ 2011 Worldwide Atlas is now available to luxury travelers and travel professionals. At 212 pages, the Atlas is Crystal’s most extensive promotional publication to date, and features detailed sections dedicated to the line’s most recent developments. Boasting 59 global itineraries – including new locales in West Africa and the line’s long anticipated return to summer Alaska cruising – plus programming, value and ship information, the brochure is a comprehensive resource for planning the luxury vacation experience heralded as the “World’s Best” year after year.Prominently highlighted in the 2011 Atlas are Crystal’s new Perfect Choice DiningT with flexible Open Dining by ReservationT; Two-for-One cruise fares and complimentary air transportation and transfers (on air/sea dates) on all sailings; step-by-step instructions for the new online Priority Check-in & Planning Center; enriching Ocean ViewsT presentations and ‘You Care, We Care’ excursions; and a section dedicated to Crystal Symphony’s multi-million dollar redesign.“Opening with the words ‘Your wish, our command,’ the 2011 Atlas focuses on Crystal’s commitment to unparalleled service and personalized value as well as classic Crystal hallmarks – space, quality and choices,” says Nitsa Lewis, vice president of marketing. “The messaging is stylish and engaging, designed to draw travelers in to the Crystal Experience.”In 2011, the award-winning, 922-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony, and 1,070-guest, 68,870-ton Crystal Serenity will offer maiden visits to Argostoli, Kefalonia; Fethiye, Turkey; Komodo Island, Indonesia; Koper, Slovenia; and Marigot Bay, St. Martin, along with added North Cape sailings to the Polar Ice Cap and overnight stays in Ashdod, Cannes, Istanbul and others. All but one Crystal Symphony voyage beginning and/or ending in a U.S. port – most of these round-trip – afford guests the luxury of convenient air travel.Also featured is a preview to Crystal’s recently announced 2012 deployment.Recently celebrating a record 17th year being voted “Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, and 15th consecutive year as “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure, Crystal Cruises has been recognized as #1 more than another cruise line, hotel or resort in history.www.crystalcruises.com read more
This cover image released by Grand Central shows “Cari Mora,” a novel by Thomas Harris. (Grand Central via AP) by Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2019 9:28 am PDT Review: The creator of ‘Hannibal’ returns with new monster “Cari Mora” by Thomas Harris (Grand Central).In Thomas Harris’ new novel, Cari Mora escaped a violent past and now lives in Miami. She can stay in the United States thanks to a temporary protected status, but she still fears being sent back to her native country.She works as caretaker of the house that was once owned by drug lord Pablo Escobar. The house has a reputation of not only being haunted, but also the possibility of a treasure of $25 million of gold hidden somewhere underneath the residence. So when a man named Hans-Peter Schneider and his colleagues rent the house to make a film, she knows what they are really after.Hans-Peter is a sociopath like another famous Harris villain, but does not come close to the nuance and sophistication of Hannibal Lecter. Lecter has elements of his personality and behaviour that elevates him above being a typical antagonist, while Hans-Peter has a lye machine and weapons. They are both monsters, but only one is truly terrifying.The push for the treasure puts Mora in the middle of ruthless people who will do anything to achieve their goals, and to stay alive she will have to remember skills she learned in her past that she was trying to forget.Descriptions run between vague and excessively graphic. A couple of scenes will remind readers of the brain eating scene from “Hannibal.” The writing veers between elegant and repulsive.Readers who are fans of “Red Dragon” and “Silence of the Lambs” will be disappointed in Harris’s first novel to not feature Lecter since his debut, “Black Sunday,” which was released in 1975. Ultimately this book will be remembered primarily for its look at the Miami area amid carnage, greed, the plight of immigrants and survival.Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more