Closing Bell TSX makes tripledigit gain on stronger commodities

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed with a strong advance Tuesday as key commodity prices touched their highest levels in weeks.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,372.45+102.12 0.72%S&P 500 —  1,851.96+6.92 0.38%Dow — 16,256.14+10.27 0.06%Nasdaq — 4,112.99 +33.23 0.81% The S&P/TSX composite index lifted 102.12 points to 14,372.45, while the Canadian dollar moved 0.39 of a cent higher to 91.56 cents US.Since last week, the resource-weighted TSX has been largely motivated by concerns about the fragility of the global economy and speculation that stock markets could be headed for a pullback. By Tuesday, those worries appeared to have largely subsided, with the TSX mining sector one of the biggest gainers, up 1.9%.Gold stocks were stronger as the price of bullion climbed to levels it hasn’t reached for two weeks, motivated by weakness in the U.S. dollar and further unrest in Ukraine. On Monday, pro-Russian separatists seized a provincial administration building in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk and proclaimed the region independent, saying they will hold a referendum on the issue.The June gold contract rose $10.80 to US$1,309.10 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) rose 40 cents to $20.54 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) lifted 37 cents to $27.53.Crude oil was also on the rise, reaching its highest closing price in a month as May crude gained $2.12 to settle at US$102.56 a barrel. May copper moved ahead 1.2 cents to US$3.05 a pound.Wall Street was relatively flat after three days of declines. The Dow Jones industrials increased 10.27 points to 16,256.14, while the Nasdaq was ahead 33.24 points to 4,112.99 and The S&P 500 index lifted 6.92 points to 1,851.96.After the bell, aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. was the first Dow component to release its quarterly financial results, easily beating analyst expectations on adjusted earnings per share. The company said it lost US$178 million in the first quarter and revenue was disappointing.However, excluding charges to idle capacity at aluminum smelters and mills, Alcoa said it would have earned nine cents per share on revenue of $5.45 billion, compared with analyst expectations of five cents a share on revenue of $5.57 billion, according to FactSet.Investors are eagerly anticipating the latest financial reports from big U.S. companies in the coming weeks, said Jennifer Dowty, associate portfolio manager at CIBC Global Asset Management. But she said it will be about more than just the headline numbers.“It’s not so much the reported earnings, but more so the outlook that is the focus,” Dowty said.“If we see some disappointments, it’s not going to be a large surprise. I think a lot of management teams are going to be blaming the weather.”Intense winter storms pounded much of North America in the fourth quarter. The harsh weather continued into the new year and has been blamed for everything from lacklustre retail sales to slower construction.Canadian companies like Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL) and Cogeco Inc. (TSX:CCA) are scheduled to report on Wednesday. American financial services companies Walls Fargo and JP Morgan issue results on Friday.In economic data, the International Monetary Fund nudged its 2014 economic growth forecast for Canada upward one-tenth of a point to 2.3% this year, while leaving its 2015 estimate for Canada at 2.4% growth.Two reports on Canadian construction activity put a damper on hopes that activity may have picked up last month. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reported that March housing starts dropped to a seasonally adjusted rate of 156,823 units, down from 190,639 a year earlier.Statistics Canada said the value of building permits — which are required before construction begins — dropped 11.6% to $6.1 billion in February.TOP STORIESHere’s what Quebec’s Liberal win means for business in the provinceGrowth yes, but IMF still sees plenty to worry about in Canada’s economyCBC expected to make deep cuts in wake of losing Hockey Night in CanadaScotiabank boss Brian Porter eyes bigger piece of Canadian credit card marketWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Wholesale trade (Feb): Economists expect 0.5% rise from month before, 1% year over year 2 p.m.FOMC minutes from March meeting CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESBed Bath & Beyond Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.60 a share Constellation Brands, Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 76¢ a share CANADACogeco Cable Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.10 a share Cogeco Incorporated Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 91¢ a share Dollarama Inc    Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.10 a share read more

3 workers injured in hot metal spill at Tesla factory in San

3 workers injured in hot metal spill at Tesla factory in San Francisco Bay Area AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2013 3:03 pm MDT FREMONT, Calif. – Three Tesla Motors employees were injured Wednesday after an aluminum casting press failed at its San Francisco Bay Area factory, officials said.One employee was seriously hurt and two other sustained minor injuries when the low-pressure press spilled hot metal shortly before noon, said Greg Siggins, a spokesman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration.“Hot metal somehow burned the workers,” said Siggins, who added that there was no fire inside the plant.The most seriously injured Telsa worker received chest and upper-body burns, Cal-OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said. The three workers were taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose with second-degree burns, Siggins said.One of workers was released Wednesday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said. She could not disclose the workers’ identities or conditions due to privacy laws.Telsa CEO Elon Musk said in an email Wednesday that he planned “to visit them in the hospital later today and will personally ensure that they receive the best possible care.”The incident was being treated as an industrial accident, Siggins said.“We will be talking to any witnesses, reviewing training documents and manuals to see if they are in accordance with specifications as part of finding out what happened,” Siggins said.Tesla Motors, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, makes its all-electric Model S sedan at the Fremont factory. Tesla took ownership of the former plant jointly-owned General Motors and Toyota four years ago and has transformed a portion of the cavernous auto plant into a state-of-the-art facility.Wednesday’s accident follows recent Telsa car fires in Washington state, Tennessee and Mexico that made headlines. Two Model S sedans caught fire after hitting a metal object in the road and a third caught fire after a high-speed chase.None of the drivers were injured.Musk said Tuesday that there are no plans for a recall and insisted the Model S is one of the safest cars on the road. read more

Ban welcomes important step forward towards Mali peace

In a statement released this afternoon, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General commended Malian stakeholders for “the progress achieved to date” and expressed his gratitude to both Algeria, for hosting the peace process, and members of the international community for their “dedicated efforts in support of the resolution of the conflict.”“The initialling on 1 March in Algiers of a draft agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali by the Government of Mali and the Plateforme coalition of armed groups is an important step forward,” said the statement. “The political will and ownership of all Malian parties is essential for sustainable peace.”The Government in Mali has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.Throughout much of this time, Mali’s north has remained restive and, in recent months, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) and its “blue helmets” have come under repeated violent attack.In addition, the country has been consumed by a series of humanitarian crises. Addressing journalists in Geneva last week, Jens Laerke, from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), noted that at the peak of the crisis, more than 500,000 people had left the north of Mali to seek refuge in the south or in neighbouring countries. Although nearly 400,000 had already returned, they continued to face challenges in restarting their lives as communities had become more vulnerable, livelihoods had deteriorated, and social services were working only partially, especially in rural areas.At the same time, Mali continued to face a high level of food insecurity and malnutrition – a problem affecting countries throughout Africa’s Sahel region. According to UN estimates, nearly 2.6 million people in Mali, or 15 per cent of the total population, will suffer from food insecurity this year while more than one in 10 children would be affected by acute malnutrition.The UN spokesperson declared the Organization’s continued commitment to supporting Malians in their search for peace, security, justice and development through the “full and timely implementation of a future agreement” and said Mr. Ban called on all parties “to engage to reach a final settlement.” Also today, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of Major General Michael Lollesgard of Denmark as the new MINUSMA Force Commander.Mr. Lollesgard succeeds Major General Jean Bosco Kazura of Rwanda to whom Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude for his “dedicated and exemplary service during his tenure.”According to the UN spokesperson’s office, Mr. Lollesgard brings to his new role 30 years of national and international experience including deployments in peace support operations in the Balkans and Iraq. read more

UN envoy on Yemen presses on towards political solution with meetings in

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed met with the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, with whom he exchanged views on the situation in Yemen and the peace process, UN spokesperson Ahmad Fawzi told reporters in Geneva. The Secretary-General said that “the League, when the time came, would consider seriously the question of monitors, in case of a ceasefire,” said Mr. Fawzi. While in the Egyptian capital, the Special Envoy also met with the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General and key leaders of the General People’s Congress.“The Special Envoy still feels, as he did in Geneva, that there is momentum for a political solution to be reached and he is pushing all parties in that direction,” said Mr. Fawzi. Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed will soon travel to Oman for meetings, followed by a visit to Saudi Arabia, before traveling to New York to brief the Security Council.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that almost 100,000 people have fled Yemen since conflict erupted there in late March but the agency’s regional response to this outflow is just one fifth funded. “With funding also low for operations inside Yemen, UNHCR is concerned that delivery of assistance there, as well as to refugees fleeing the country, will be at risk without additional funding soon,” spokesperson Adrian Edwards said at a press briefing in Geneva.UNHCR requires $105.6 million for its emergency response inside Yemen. It has only received about 23 per cent of that. Some 1.2 million internally displaced people and approximately 250,000 refugees continue to need assistance in extremely challenging conditions with severely restricted access, UNHCR noted. The conflict continues to cause death, injuries and damage to homes and infrastructure. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported today that the civilian death toll in Yemen has risen to at least 1,916, with another 4,186 civilians wounded since the escalation of the armed conflict in March. Also, over the past few weeks, there have been two “particularly devastating” attacks in residential areas, according to spokesperson Cécile Pouilly. On 19 July, 95 civilians, including 29 children, were killed and 198 injured in Aden in the Al Ghaleel Residential Area, which is home to members of the Al-Muhamasheen community, a marginalized group in Yemen. The attacks were reportedly conducted by the Houthi Popular Committees using mortar shelling. Fourteen civilian homes also incurred extensive structural damage. Then on 24 July, at least 73 civilians, including 11 children, were killed and 93 injured, when two residential compounds in Taiz were hit. The compounds housed the families of workers of Al Mokha Steam Power Plant. According to eyewitness, the residential compounds were hit by nine missiles. OHCHR is working on verifying reports of the source of the attacks. “We are also deeply concerned about attacks against civilian infrastructure, including places of worship, hospitals and schools,” Ms. Pouilly told reporters. “We urge all parties, again, to ensure that they, at all times, distinguish between civilian and military targets, comply with the principle of proportionality when conducting military operations and take all feasible precautions to avoid, and in any event to minimise, the impact of violence on civilians.” read more

Miami SelfImposes Second Straight Postseason Ban

Miami University has self-imposed yet another postseason ban for the second straight season in the wake of an ongoing NCAA investigation into the school’s compliance practices.The inquiry began in 2011 after a former booster came forward with allegations that he provided multiple athletes and recruits with extra benefits such as cash and gifts.The Hurricanes are hopeful by implementing a postseason ban that the NCAA will lessen its punishment if it find that the university has committed any wrongdoing.The announcement came Monday morning from interim athletic director Blake James following the Hurricanes 40-9  victory over South Florida Saturday, which made them bowl eligible with an overall record of 6-5 and 4-3 in the ACC.University President Donna Shalala and the school’s legal counsel were also involved in the decision.The school issued the following statement:“Considerable deliberation and discussion based on the status of the NCAA inquiry went into the decision-making process and, while acknowledging the impact that the decision will have on current student-athletes, coaches, alumni and fans, a determination was made that voluntarily withholding the football team from a second postseason was not only a prudent step for the University to take but will also allow for the football program and University to move forward in the most expedited manner possible,” the statement read.It continued, “The University and President Shalala have been clear from the start of the inquiry that Miami will cooperate fully and will seek the truth, no matter where the path might lead and that the institution will be stronger because of it. The University has already taken proactive measures to ensure more strict compliance with NCAA rules and continues to evaluate further steps. “No other self-imposed penalties have been issued at this time and to continue to protect the integrity of the inquiry, the University will have no further comment.”Hurricanes coach Al Golden, was not apart of the decision-making process, but told reporters Sunday that he understood if a decision was reached to forego another postseason due to self-impose sanctions because the decision was out of his control.“It’s not really about what I feel,” Golden told reporters. “There’s not one coach sitting in this chair that wouldn’t want to continue to get the bowl practices and move the team forward and have a chance to win more games. But that’s just taking football into account.”Golden is on board with any decision that will expedite the process, allowing for the program to move forward.The Hurricanes have the opportunity to secure a share of the ACC Coastal Division title with a win over Duke in their regular season finale, but Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC) will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. The Yellow Jackets will take on Florida State, the representative from the Atlantic Division on Dec. 1, in Charlotte, N.C.But Golden said that Saturday’s season finale is more important for the seniors of the program.“It’s critical,” Golden said. “It’s critical for our seniors, for them to have weathered what they will have weathered and be able to have an opportunity to go out like that.” read more

Parents who wont let their son wear a skirt may have to

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. Schools are advised that some parents may “struggle” to accept their child’s gender identity The Department for Education (DfE)’s statutory guidance on safeguarding says that staff with concerns about a child must alert the school’s safeguarding lead, and if necessary contact social services or the police.  Another scenario outlined in Brighton and Hove City Council’s guidance document is parents who contact the school to ask: “My daughter doesn’t want a boy changing next to her, what if he looks at her body?”It explains that in such a case, “it would not be appropriate to remove the trans pupil from the changing rooms”.Instead, the school should focus on increasing their “training and awareness raising” to ensure that all pupils understand that a transgender girls is a “real girl”.    The guidance document, now in its third edition, was produced by Allsorts Youth Project, a charity that supports young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ). Schools are advised that some parents may “struggle” to accept their child’s gender identity Parents who refuse to let their son wear a skirt to school may need to be referred to social services, a council’s guidance has advised schools.Mothers and fathers who dismiss a “gender questioning” child’s requests to change their name could also be a trigger for concern, according to Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit”.  It comes after warnings that schools are “sowing confusion” in children’s minds by over-promoting transgender issues, and that children are being encouraged to “unlearn” the difference between boys and girls. The guidance advises teachers on how to handle a number of different scenarios, including if parents say: “I refuse to allow my son to change his name or wear skirts”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Schools are advised that some parents may “struggle” to accept their child’s gender identity and it may be a long time before they accept the change.“If a setting has a significant concern about the child’s wellbeing and or safety in relation to how the parents or carers are managing the exploration of the child’s gender identity it may be necessary and advisable to follow safeguarding procedures,” schools are told.     Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit”   Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit” Credit:Allsorts Youth Project It advises that in “all cases”, transgender pupils should be allowed to use the changing room that corresponds to their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.This means that any boy who identifies as a female should be allowed to use girls’ changing rooms, even if it makes other girls feel “uncomfortable”.“It is important to ensure that these are safe environments for all by challenging underlying attitudes and bullying behaviours,” the guidance says.  A spokesman from Brighton and Hove Council said the version of the toolkit, which is published online on the Allsorts Youth Project’s website, is undergoing final checks before being sent out to schools.  Earlier this year, it emerged that a teacher who was accused of “misgendering” a child was told by police that she had committed a hate crime.  The teacher, who claimed they were a “grammatical purist”, refused to acknowledge that the pupil self-identified as a boy and failed to use the pupil’s preferred pronouns of “he” or “him”. read more

Female pensioner trailed from VreedenHoop Bank robbed in Parika

Police say they are investigating an alleged robbery under arms committed on a 67-year-old pensioner of Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara, which occurred about 10:00hrs on Tuesday at Parika, by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun.Based on information from the police, the victim transacted business at a Bank in Vreed-en-Hoop, and then proceeded to Parika, where she was approached by one of the suspects, who exited a private motorcar and held her at gunpoint.He then demanded her bag containing approximately $900,000 and escaped on a waiting motorcycle, registration number CH 1423, which the police said they subsequently found abandoned at “Train Station Dam”.According to the police, the driver of the vehicle that the armed bandit exited from was charged and is presently before the court for Robbery Under Arms.This publication was informed that the driver is also assisting the Police in this investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBandits rob busload of passengersMay 10, 2015In “Crime”Bandits creating havoc at Vreed-en-Hoop …several businesses targeted over the past few weeksSeptember 28, 2016In “Crime”WBD man slapped with robbery chargeAugust 22, 2016In “Court” read more

Saayii Tolof – Part 166 EPISODE 13 Difficult Marriages – Sins

Saayii Tolof – Part 166 EPISODE 13 Difficult Marriages – Sins

first_imgMa Kumuna’ Intervention   She was my Governess (Nanny) whom I thought was my mom, she was strict a no nonsense lady but also kind, generous and compassionate and I enjoy both sides of her character and it gave me discipline she cannot beg me anything I can refuse. I rushed to her and wept bitterly that my mom touched my soft spot by asking my real mom to intervene. “Mom give me time and I’ll report back to you.” She understood me more than my arrogant mother then she replied; “I know you my son and what you are capable of I’ll be waiting for a positive reply and please whatever the case may be I expect a positive reply and will be patiently waiting.” I kissed her and left with my luggage but mom is never sure again; “Will he come back Haja?” “I know my son he hates to me pressurize; I’ll be seeing him don’t you worry but don’t threaten him if you do he’ll dare the challengeNanny and Son Ambruce visited his nanny and discussed further with her.     “Look at what this adulteress, wicked woman has done to my father your friend and brother, I can forgive but not forget it made me stereotype women so as not to fall into my father’s trap, he was so gentle and kind and she took him for granted so as to bring her lovers into her matrimonial home, what a disrespect! I’ll never allow such and will never allow her to interfere and wreck my life, I’ll take my time and find my wife and she can also never influence me to marry a wife she brings for me; talk frankly to her as a true friend and confidante.”Nanny “I’ll talk to her you know me now I used to advise her to take note of you that you are growing up a bitter young man and that she is destroying your life and you’ll grow up to hate women and marriage stereotyping all women and that’s exactly what has happen, but take it easy with yourself and her go back to your family home and take your time in finding a better woman.”Pa Ambruce “I’ve heard you nanny but you know that arrogant fool she thinks only of herself and whenever I go back she’ll never stop interfering and you’ll forever keep sitting on our case, let me be I can be visiting her whenever there is time but I can never go back to that house my spirit and soul is not in agreement.” “I’ll respect your decision but still ask you for more somber reflection.” “Thank you nanny well appreciated I promise that you’ll be well posted.”Ayoumerou Ayou is his best friend who have the most influence over him since childhood he went abroad with his family and have just returned to run the family business while his family live and stay overseas. Mama D went to him to impress upon his best friend to return home and marry a wife.Mama D   “Ayou! How are your parents it’s so long I haven’t heard from them? Hope they are fine?” “They are mom and have sent their greetings always asking after you since my return. How is my friend I also hope he is fine? I’ve not seen him since my return.” “I am here because of him; he moved out of the house out of protest that I told him to find a wife and settle down, well every parent would want to see his/her grandchild especially we women who are emotionally attach to that.” She reflected and asked Ayou, “Are you married yourself?” He smiled and answered in the negative; “I am still searching mom.” Then she urged him to also find one before he can influence his friend. “Mom I am still young and there is no need to be in a hurry before you fall into a trap.” Mom became defensive; “That’s what your friend always keep saying, but if you stick to that principle when will you ever find one if you don’t try? Will a wife drop down from the sky?” “That is a point but let us first get into friendship and start it from there.” “I’ll agree but your friend is even afraid to get into a courtship please influence him to start from friendship and take it up from there.” “Okay I’ll do my best but where does he live now?” “I don’t know but you can go to his company and you’ll surely make an appointment.” She then gave him the address and phone number. She praise him and left.Pa Ambruce Ayou found the place and he was excited and happy to see him. After exchanged of pleasantries he told him his mission; “Are you not staying at home? I went there but you were not found so mom gave me your company’s address; what is happening boyfriend?” “What has mom told you? I hope you are not here to convince me get married and go back home?” “If that is the case what’s wrong with it? Am I not part of the family?” “Of course you are but you know that one cannot marry for marriage sake? One has to take time not to be rushed to failure and that’s what I am doing and I’ll never allow mom ruin my life, she has to let me be give me time to find a spouse.” “And that’s exactly what I told her but she agreed and said what is worrisome is that you have not even start courting that wife will not drop from the sky.” “I’ve heard you and will surely court when I meet the right woman/girl.” Ayou thanked him for offering him an audience then left.Pa Ambruce He went to mom and told her off; “Stop discussing me with strangers, what sort of mother are you? Do other women discuss their children with other non- family members? So far I am discreet but if you push me you’ll leave me with no other option but to tell them how you’ve killed my father made me hate all other women and distrust you, let me be and leave me at my own time to make my decision!” He scolded her and left in a rage. Mama D wept bitterly and regretted her action; she prayed to God to soften her son’s heart and make him forgive her. To be Cont.last_img read more

WHO 10000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen

first_imgGENEVA — West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent.WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward gave the grim figures during a news conference in Geneva. Previously, the agency had estimated the Ebola mortality rate at around 50 percent overall. In contrast, in events such as flu pandemics, the death rate is typically under 2 percent.Acknowledging that Ebola was “a high mortality disease,” Aylward said the U.N. health agency was still focused on trying to get sick people isolated and provide treatment as early as possible.He told reporters if the world’s response to the Ebola crisis isn’t stepped up within 60 days, “a lot more people will die” and health workers will be stretched even further. Experts say the epidemic is doubling in size about every three weeks.WHO raised its Ebola death toll tally Tuesday to 4,447 people, nearly all of them in West Africa, out of more than 8,900 believed to be infected. Aylward said calculating the death rate means tracking the outcomes of all possible patients — a complicated process since the numbers of cases are substantially underreported and much patient data is missing.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectwoman Jomarie OMahony Thanks The Voters

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectwoman Jomarie OMahony Thanks The Voters

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to take a moment to thank the voters of Wilmington for electing me to the Board of Selectmen this past weekend. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the town I love in this capacity and promise you that I will stay true to the person I am and always try to act for the greater good. I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time holding signs and their lawns for signs as well as their homes for meet and greets and their kind words in their letters of endorsement. As exciting as the experience was to be a candidate in a political race, now the work really begins. I promise to work to the best of my abilities and in harmony with the other members of the board to accomplish the tasks before us.Sincerely,Jomarie O’MahonyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Doreen Champoux & Former Selectman Mike Champoux Endorse O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Kevin Caira Thanks The VotersIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectwoman Candidate Jomarie O’MahonyIn “Government”last_img read more

Advocates opposed to mining in Bristol Bay region ramp up summer outreach

first_imgNick Harvey is a deckhand from Seattle. This is his first season fishing in Bristol Bay.(Avery Lill/ KDLG)Kristina Andrew greets Nick Harvey as he steps into the Sustaining Bristol Bay Fisheries booth at the Dillingham harbor. He’s hoping to buy a “No Pebble Mine” flag for his boat to fly. Andrew, the director of Sustaining Bristol Bay Fisheries, is out of flags, but Harvey agrees to sign a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency instead.Listen nowThe letter is addressed to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt. It expresses disappointment that the EPA and Pebble Limited Partnership recently reached a settlement that will allow the Pebble project to proceed into a normal permitting process.As Harvey, a 20-year-old deckhand from Seattle, waits on a Dillingham resident to finish signing her letter, he chats with Andrew. She tells him the latest on litigation and legislation related to the proposed mine. This is Harvey’s second season fishing, and it is his first in Bristol Bay.“This fishery is one of the last truly wild ones in the world. And it’s definitely worth protecting,” Harvey said. “It’s not worth putting a mine upstream that would decimate the salmon populations. I didn’t know about it until I started working up here. It definitely should be a Pacific Northwest issue if not a national one. It could use more recognition nationwide.”Sustaining Bristol Bay Fisheries is a recent project of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay. SBBF’s goal is to connect specifically with the commercial fishing industry. Andrew has set up operations in a shipping container in the harbor. The container is painted with fish, boats, and anti-Pebble slogans. Inside she has hoodies and t-shirts for sale, letters to sign and informational flyers to pass out. She is there every weekday afternoon.In a week and half of being open, she estimates 500 people have signed letters to the EPA. Over the weekend, SBBF hosted a happy hour at the Sea Inn, a bar in downtown Dillingham. Andrews estimates 150 attended, and 90 signed letters.Kristina Andrew is the director of Sustaining Bristol Bay Fisheries.(Avery Lill/ KDLG)“The importance of having the outreach in the summer is this is when we have the most traffic,” Andrew explained. “A lot of fishermen are coming up from out of town, and we really want to capitalize on everybody being here right before they go out fishing.”On the east side of the bay, Melanie Brown is manning a table outside the Naknek LFS store. Like Andrew, she is collecting signatures to protest the Pebble project. Brown is a part-time set netter in the Naknek district.“The more they hear about people’s concerns about the project, the more they’re going to have to listen,” Brown said. “They’re not going to be able to deny that they don’t have the social license to move forward if that means anything to them.”Brown sees these petitions as a concrete way of making a difference.“If fishing is important to you, if you want to continue to fish, if you have children you want to participate in the fishery, descendants who want to participate, then you have to remain diligent. You have to do what you can to put the pressure on the decision makers,” Brown said.After this week, Brown will switch from petitioning mining to doing what keeps her motivated—fishing.last_img read more

Chief Acevedo Announces Changes HPD Will Make To Deal With Domestic Violence

Chief Acevedo Announces Changes HPD Will Make To Deal With Domestic Violence

first_imgPhoto: Kese Smith (HPD)HPD Chief Art Acevedo has announced changes in the way Houston police officers will deal with domestic violence incidents.Chief Art Acevedo announced Wednesday changes in the way the Houston Police Department (HPD) deals with incidents of domestic violence.Acevedo explained at a press conference held at HPD headquarters that a new policy he has established entails that when an officer is in a call that involves domestic violence, the officer will be obligated to request the presence of an on duty supervisor to the scene in certain situations.Those situations are that the suspect is on scene; that a warrantless arrest is not made for an offense related to family violence; and there is a bodily injury.Acevedo said he expects the new policy will allow HPD sergeants to better assess the officers’ understanding of the law, as it relates to domestic violence, and evaluate how prepared the officer in question is to provide information to the Harris County District Attorney’s office.“This is a great opportunity to take this battle, this war against domestic violence, to the next level,” the chief noted.Acevedo added he also thinks the new guideline will help the department’s supervisors determine whether HPD personnel need more training related to domestic violence and how the existing laws deal with those incidents and crimes.Acevedo, who underlined HPD officers don’t ask about immigration status, detailed there were 43 domestic violence murders in Houston in 2017.Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg explained that, historically, there have been “gaps” related to domestic violence incidents in the county “often because somebody at the scene didn’t want charges filed or because officers weren’t trained or told what evidence to collect” and that has meant that alleged abusers or attackers were not arrested. Sharelast_img read more

Loch Raven Boulevard Enoch Pratt Library Curators of Hip Hop Presents the

Loch Raven Boulevard Enoch Pratt Library Curators of Hip Hop Presents the

first_imgSeamlessly interwoven with poetic narration by SK (Shayla Mason), “The Curators Volume 1” chronicles the independent journeys of MCs Ahmad, Matt Reeves, RealPRIE, and Dee-1. It also captures and documents the infancy-to-stardom of Def Jam recording artist, Logic. These artists represent a younger generation trying to make it in the music world and the story parallels that of every artist trying to make a name for themselves. The screening will take place on Feb. 2 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at 4420 Loch Raven Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21218.last_img

AFRO Exclusive Speaker Adrienne Jones Only Through Him

AFRO Exclusive Speaker Adrienne Jones Only Through Him

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comDuring the days of Jim Crow in Southern states like Maryland, Black people were often forced to sit in the balcony or gallery of public gathering spaces like moviehouses, theatres, or courtrooms.So, it may have been even more surreal for Del. Adrienne Jones of Baltimore County when she closed in on the historic moment of becoming the first Black and first woman to become the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, when she gazed towards the gallery of the House in Annapolis to see it filled with exuberant Black faces.Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones, second from left, talks to reporters after being elected speaker in a special session on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Annapolis, Maryland. She is standing between two other Democrats who ran for the office, Del. Dereck Davis (left) and Del. Maggie McIntosh. Del. Nic Kipke, the House minority leader, is standing right. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)“I looked up in the gallery and saw the whole gallery filled with African Americans and had no idea of the number that had been up there. I couldn’t believe it,” said Jones to the AFRO.“The whole magnitude of the fact that I’m the first African-American woman (in Maryland) and I’m only the third African American woman in this country to serve as Speaker.”On May 1, Jones became only the third Black woman, after Rep. Karen Bass of California, who was the 67th Speaker of the California Assembly (2008-2010), and New Jersey Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who served as the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly (2010-2014), to preside over a state legislative body.But before that historic moment in American political history manifested, there were several anxious moments when Jones’ ascendance was dubious.“Well, it was tense at times within the [Democratic] caucus,” Jones said. “Maggie (McIntosh) said, ‘We’re not leaving here until someone gets 71 votes.” For the next few hours Jones revealed the back rooms of the House were a blur of machinations, with members shuffling back and forth, conferring with each other. Jones said she first spoke with Del. Derrick Davis of Prince George’s County, who had originally been the choice for Speaker of the Maryland Black Caucus over Jones.“Had it gone to the floor and Derrick had gotten all the Republican votes, that would have become an issue. We need unity, not fracturing. I put unity over politics,” Jones said. Allegedly after a couple of hours of mulling the situation, Davis acquiesced. “He essentially said, ‘You stepped aside for me, I’m going to do the same for you.’  Then Jones spoke to Del. Maggie McIntosh, the choice of the Baltimore City Delegation, who Jones said she promised the powerful post of chair of the Appropriations Committee. This was the move that sealed the deal for Jones. “It was euphoria; there were tears, there were hugs and everything else,” said Jones.“Only through Him did this happen. I think there was an angel up there by the name of Michael Bush, maybe whispering in God’s ear too. But, only through God could this happen.”Jones, who has built a reputation as “a worker” from her entry into the House of Delegates in 1997, has immediately gotten to work in her new role. She allegedly met with Baltimore legislators on May 8 to discuss, “Pimlico, the Preakness and everything else,” she said.“I want to build a bridge. I’m a visual person; I will go to see exactly what their issue is,” Jones added.“Every area of the state has needs, some more than others. You need to be able to talk to folks who know their area, and it’s not necessarily that representative. You’ve got to talk to people who may not have had an opportunity for anyone to listen to them.”last_img read more

Metamaterials used to make metamirrors capable of reflecting one frequency and ignoring

Metamaterials used to make metamirrors capable of reflecting one frequency and ignoring

first_imgMultifunction mirror. This metamaterial mirror reflects light with the resonant frequency at an angle determined by the placement of antenna-like omega inclusions of various designs. The blue beam strikes the mirror at a right angle but is reflected at 45 degrees. For the red beam, which has a different frequency, the metamirror is transparent. Credit: V. Asadchy/Aalto Univ/ Physics Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways Normal mirrors reflect light back at an equal but opposite angle, which works well for some purposes. Over the past several years, scientists have discovered that applying metamaterials to the surface of a regular mirror allows for manipulating the reflective angle. In this new effort, the researchers have found that metamaterials could be used both for manipulating certain frequencies and for reflecting purposes while at the same time allowing other frequencies of light to pass through unchanged. With such a mirror it would be possible, for example, to make a mirror/window that allows normal and infrared light through, but not ultraviolet.In their work, the researchers found that embedding tiny copper wires (which they call inclusions) inside of a clear material that normally allowed microwaves to pass through allowed them to create a mirror that could be used to reflect microwaves in ways they chose while also allowing light and other radiation to pass through unchanged. By manipulating the size and shape of the inclusion, the researchers could choose the frequency they wanted to impact and the reflection angle. The technique works, they explain because the microwaves cause the tiny wires to oscillate at the same frequency as the original microwaves, but only for a very short time—they are very soon released at the same frequency, but travel in a different direction. The team also created a metamirror that was capable of focusing all of the microwaves to a single point, as is normally done with a parabolic receiver.The team reports that computer simulations showed that the technique could be used to reflect incoming radiation back in virtually any direction and note that such mirrors could find a variety of uses, such as single panels that perform multiple duties, e.g. serving as both a solar collector and radio wave receiver, or a single panel that could route different radio waves from space to different receivers, saving on costs. (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers working at Aalto University in Finland has discovered a way to create “metamirrors” capable of acting on a single radiating frequency while allowing others to pass through. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe how they embedded metamaterials in certain other materials allowing for the creation of metamirrors with interesting properties. Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Explore further Citation: Metamaterials used to make metamirrors capable of reflecting one frequency and ignoring all others (2015, March 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-metamaterials-metamirrors-capable-frequency.html © 2015 Phys.org More information: Functional Metamirrors Using Bianisotropic Elements, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 095503 – Published 6 March 2015, dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.095503 ABSTRACTConventional mirrors obey the simple reflection law that a plane wave is reflected as a plane wave, at the same angle. To engineer spatial distributions of fields reflected from a mirror, one can either shape the reflector or position some phase-correcting elements on top of a mirror surface. Here we show, both theoretically and experimentally, that full-power reflection with general control over the reflected wave phase is possible with a single-layer array of deeply subwavelength inclusions. These proposed artificial surfaces, metamirrors, provide various functions of shaped or nonuniform reflectors without utilizing any mirror. This can be achieved only if the forward and backward scattering of the inclusions in the array can be engineered independently, and we prove that it is possible using electrically and magnetically polarizable inclusions. The proposed subwavelength inclusions possess desired reflecting properties at the operational frequency band, while at other frequencies the array is practically transparent. The metamirror concept leads to a variety of applications over the entire electromagnetic spectrum, such as optically transparent focusing antennas for satellites, multifrequency reflector antennas for radio astronomy, low-profile conformal antennas for telecommunications, and nanoreflectarray antennas for integrated optics.last_img read more

Train passengers protest nonfunctioning of AC

Train passengers protest nonfunctioning of AC

first_imgMalda (WB): The passengers of DN Bhramhaputra Mail today protested against non-functioning of AC units in some coaches in Malda town station disrupting train services for hours, a GRP official said. The passengers of the Delhi-bound train from Guwahati, which arrived at the Malda town station at about 4 am, pulled the chain when it was leaving the platform. They alleged that no action had been taken even after their complaints at Siliguri and Malda railway stations, GRP Inspector-in-charge of Malda town station Partha Chanda said. After partial repair of AC units, the passengers boarded the train which resumed journey at about 8 am, he said. Train services were disrupted in the section for hours following the incident, he said.last_img

Censor board should drop scissors go for gradation of films Goutam Ghose

Censor board should drop scissors go for gradation of films Goutam Ghose

first_imgOne of the most acclaimed film directors of India, Goutam Ghose, never fails to amaze us with his brilliant direction and cinematography. Growing up and building his career base in Kolkata, Ghose has left an extra-ordinary impression on our hearts through his movies. Having worked with so many outstanding actors and winning endless number of national and international awards, he is a living example and an inspiration for movie-makers and movie-lovers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Working for more than four decades primarily in Bengali cinema, he has given us some of the best movies like Padma Nadir Majhi, Sankhachil, Abar Aranye, Moner Manush, Paar, Kaalbela, Yatra, Dakhal among several others. We have also come across his excellent acting skills in movies like Baishe Shrabon and Chotushkone – films directed by Srijit Mukherji. His movies are not only popular and admired in India but abroad as well. Also, his undying passion for movies makes eagerly wait for his releases.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTell us about your childhood days…I was born in Calcutta in 1950, just a few years after independence. As a result, the impact of independence and the partition of Bengal was very strong. I still remember my father’s relatives came from erstwhile East Bengal almost as refugees and my maternal side was well settled in Kolkata. I would visit my relatives who had just arrived from East Bengal with my grandmother. Gradually as I grew up, I realised that although this independence was a great achievement for us, it had caused a lot of bloodshed between brothers. This has a retrospective effect when I think about my childhood days. Kolkata was very exciting for me. For four years, I was in St John’s Diocesan and then shifted to Cathedral Missionary Boy’s School which was under the same Diocese. As there was really less number of boys in my class, girls used to pamper us. We used to get presents and we would visit their families. It intrigues me to think as to how a nation gets divided on the basis of religion. Despite the division, we held on to the community feeling within us.What led you to film-making?I was more interested in all kinds of games. Cinema for us was a rarity. We were not allowed to see all kinds of movies as it depended on our parent’s choice. I remember my parents took me to watch Pather Panchali as they thought it was different from the usual Bengali cinema. Otherwise, movies were quite unknown to us and I never knew my destiny would take me here.As a young boy, I was quite drawn to magic and theatre. Magic fascinated me and I think cinema has some connection to magic. Both magic and cinema create illusions. Another push was a gift from my maternal uncle, he had gifted me a Kodak box camera on my birthday. I used to look through the viewfinder even when it had no films inside it. For me, that was the beginning of framing. When did you realise that film-making was your true calling?As I was growing up, I became fan of Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand among others. Sometimes, I used to bunk school to watch their movies. I was also very fascinated by American and French films that were shown at the American Center and Alliance Française. This phase was more like building up of my interests. In addition, I also had the opportunity to watch European films. I started to realise the unlimited amount of nuances a film could possibly have. Cinema is a very powerful language through which millions of hearts can be touched. The fact that it has so many layers and elements, fascinated me.Music was also of prime interest. Music, theatre and my interest in photography drew me to cinema. For me, cinema is an intriguing combined art. I started reading up books which dealt with film-making. I still remember borrowing books from British Council Library and National Library as film books were expensive. I never went to a film school as I was the eldest in the family and didn’t want to create pressure on my parents. Although my parents were okay with it, I thought of earning by myself and contributing whatever little I could.How much did Satyajit Ray influence you as a filmmaker? How closely were you associated with him?My first association with Ray was in 1962. I was one of the first members of Sandesh and that was sort of my first exposure to Ray as an editor. Gradually I became a fan as I started reading about his work. I was also inspired by stalwarts like Ritwik Ghatak, Tapan Sinha and Mrinal Sen. I feel extremely proud that I knew these stalwarts on a personal level. Ray used to call me to his place and I used to bombard him with questions. I watched all his movies and we discussed it for hours.Mrinal Sen gave me courage. He always said, never compromise on your hard work even when your films are not successful and advised me to go on making films. One should not let go of the spirit needed to pursue one’s dreams. I feel movies can partly change the world and bring people close to each other as it depends on the socio-economic system of the society. However, it has the power to record collective memories from different parts of the world.Name one movie that is very close to your heart.It’s very hard to choose one as I love all my movies. Each and every movie is like my child. My first movie was Maa Bhoomi, which was shot in Andhra Pradesh and was very successful at the box office. Perhaps, the next one would be my favourite.Why Kolkata? What holds you back in this city?I got innumerable offers from Mumbai and have made a lot of ad films as well. However, I have always stayed back in Kolkata as I feel it has some sort of inner strength. Historically, Kolkata was the nerve centre for the entire sub-continent. It’s my comfort zone and I love operating from here.How could we hold on to Kolkata’s cultural identity?In earlier days, Kolkata was the cultural hub and was considered the seat of power. As we know, great artists from all over India settled in Kolkata. However as generations passed by, the city lost its cultural identity. It began with the Partition. I believe Kolkata is still very secular and hospitable as compared to the rest of India. It has a long cultural heritage, which we must preserve. It has to be accepted that we are in a transitional period but one should never forget about one’s roots. The kind of diversity India has, needs to be respected at all costs.Like in case of movies, there is a distinction drawn between national and regional movies but I feel that’s the incorrect way to term them. I believe each and every film is a national film and sometimes it can also be categorised as an international film if need be. It is very fascinating to see so many centuries exist together in our country.A film, which is a powerful medium, is made within the realms of the social world and interpretations may vary. So, how do you think a film should be made, with a strong social message, underlined message or simply open interpretations?Cinema is a language which can be used for various reasons. It can gather news, documentation of people, and create fiction. There are more than hundred ways to use this medium. For some filmmakers, cinema could be mere entertainment and for some, it may give away a message. However, I think people go to the movie theatres to experience time. For instance, I can a tell a story of 1000 years in 2 hours or a story of 2 hours in 2 hours or a story of 10 minutes in 2 hours. Hence, cinema has the power to squeeze or expand time. By watching movies, people get to experience what time actually is and in the process you either get entertained or educated.Movie reviews and critics have increased in number because people voice their opinions on social media platforms. So in such a case what happens is that before you actually watch the movie and interpret it in your own way, you are already informed by someone else’s opinion.  So does that affect the aura of the movie?One cannot really ignore what is happening in social media. It has its own dichotomy. It’s open because of the technology and in the process you lose the fun. If you already know what the movie is about even before watching it, it becomes less interesting. People go to movie theatres to experience something new and unexpected, without having any pre-occupied notions, but if it’s not the case then sometimes, I believe, the perception about the whole movie changes. Think about what happened 15 years back. A movie review came about a week after the release date but now it happens within an hour and also not to forget about the ratings that are given. This affects the moviegoers in a way. However, on a positive note, if the movie has strength, it will enter your mind, doesn’t matter what the opinion is. It has to strike a chord in order to linger on.How do you think documentaries and short films can be made more acceptable or acknowledged by this generation, apart from long reel cinema?It’s very unfortunate that they still aren’t, because there are hundreds and thousands of documentaries and feature films that are made around the world. It is really disturbing to see that there are no dedicated TV channels to broadcast them.Documentaries are like the mirrors of a nation as they document socio-economic conflicts, ethnic situations, lives in faraway places and people’s lives with different perceptions. I think we need a similar channel like Discovery in our country or any dedicated channel; otherwise many talented documentary film makers would remain unnoticed.How important is the language of image, besides actors and dialogues. Of course the story’s thread is tied with the images and has to have sync but otherwise when you are photographing, what plays on your mind?Cinema is primarily the language of images. For nearly two decades, movies were silent. It has to be kept in mind that cinema is a visual medium and sound is just a dimension. Visuals have the power to narrate a story and that is what makes a film. Sound gives impression to that certain expression.Being behind the cameras, I believe through visuals you can move your audience and you don’t need conversations, or dialogues or music. However, the new language along with sound makes it more creative. It’s not necessary that sound has to be synchronised. It is important to note that each and every element of cinema moves around the visuals. Hence, they do not necessarily have to be complementary to the visuals.It is also very important for a filmmaker to keep himself updated with the new technologies because cinema is heavily dependent on it. As you use advanced systems, you learn about the sense of proportion as to how much should be used and to what extent. The main idea behind it is how you apply it and that’s very important.How do you perceive the future of Bangla cinema?Well, the market of Bengali Cinema is rather small. I would say that Bangladesh is a potential market as I have done some Indo-Bangladesh productions like Padma Nadir Majhi, Sankhachil and Moner Manush. I believe that’s one way of expanding your market. Besides, Bengalis are all over the world, there is a potential market out there, but still we are not tapping those markets. In case of Bollywood and Telugu movies, you find them to be more widespread.New generation film makers are trying to capture the taste of the new audience. Perception of audience has changed and it’s quite natural in this era of electronic media. Filmmakers like Kaushik Ganguly, Arindam Sil, Srijit Mukherjee and Shekhar Das among several others try to capture the niche audience as well they try to break away by trying to reach the larger audience.However, this change in perception has taken place, especially, in the urban and the semi-urban areas. People residing in rural areas still prefer movies similar to those produced in 70s and 80s. It’s a matter of concern that the market is shrinking and theatres are closing down. We need to make our industry economically viable and I’m hopeful because new generation distributors are also thinking of spreading Bengali films in metro cities. They are also trying to release them abroad like in North America, UK and Australia.Bengali cinema is not so acclaimed on the international front as compared to Marathi or Malayalam films. Somewhere down the line, we have been trailing behind. New generation must make films which will be recognized at the international level.What are the deciding factors for a filmmaker while casting actors for a movie?At times, casting big actors matters and sometimes it does not. In the Mumbai film industry, If you can get SRK or Aamir or Salman for your movie, you already get some kind of assurance of the movie being a hit. It remains undeniable that to cast big stars gives us some assurance. However, there are movies for which you don’t need stars at all. You just need a new face and something fresh.While making movies, I always think whether the image of the character will go away from the mind of the audience if a big actor is cast. Next, if that actor becomes the character, the audience gets an idea of what is being portrayed and it’s the same with non-actors. This is what makes a cinema credible. To earn credibility, any actor has to become the character. Like in my last film, Sankhachil, I cast a new little girl who had no previous link with acting.I have handled all kinds of actors, starting from big stars to non-actors. So, it’s a different experience to combine trained and untrained actors. One has to be flexible while handling actors. It all depends on the content and the kind of film through which I want to express myself. I have worked with great actors from Bollywood like Shatrughan Sinha, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri,  Mohan Agashe, Nana Patekar, Rekha, Deepti Naval, Sharmila Tagore and Tabu.They never behaved like stars but have given their best to become my characters. So was the case with our greats like Utpal Dutt, Mithun Chakrabarty, Soumitra Chatterjee, Robi Ghosh, Samit Bhanja, Shubhendu Chatterjee, Rupa Ganguly, Debasree Roy, Prosenjit Chatterjee and many others.They all have enriched my films along with many non-actors. I love this combination of professionals and non actors.You are a member of Shyam-Benegal committee that has been set up by the Government to look into the functioning of the Censor Board. Tell us about your experience as a member.The committee, which was an initiative of Arun Jaitley, was led by Shyam Benegal. It was formed to revise certain code of laws of censorship or rather film certification. We recommended a more liberal certification system under the ambit of 1952 Cinematograph Act and could not go beyond a point with our suggestions as they had to be in accordance with the Act. It’s a known fact that one cannot control the Internet and I hope that the Government would come up with new regulations.We also recommended dropping of the idea of scissoring and just going for gradation. I personally believe there is no need for certification as well. There is no certification needed for music, theatre, literature or even for serials. So, why only on cinema, remains a big question to me. I feel it’s redundant to have two laws on one thing. However, it’s self-contradictory. For instance, there can be a movie which might showcase communal disunity or might preach values that are contrary to our secular fabric, so in that case, there is some control needed as we cannot allow anyone to instigate others on the basis of religion. This issue is so complex in nature that it can’t be dealt with overnight. You have to find a middle way to match the new age with regard to monitoring.How well do you think is the State Government working?The changes are quite visible in the last four years. Many welfare schemes have been formulated and implemented to benefit the underprivileged. Our interim budget is very positive as the Government has not curtailed fund on the welfare schemes for the less privileged, despite financial constraints and huge debt. The Government has provided new infrastructure for the industries, restored old infrastructure and given respect to senior members. In a way, it is very encouraging. However, four years isn’t very long. Bengal is thriving as new industries are coming up. Despite all the odds, Bengal has potential and is doing pretty well.Tell us something about your future projects that we are likely to see.   I’m starting a new feature film. It’s an Indo-Italian co-production and is a multilingual movie. The language is primarily Hindi and English and partly Italian. The movie deals with the encounter between an Indian boy and an Italian writer. It shows how they create stories from different perspectives, which finally merge at one point. I’ll start this movie by October and shooting will be mostly in Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai and partly in Gujarat and South Italy. The Indo-Italian bilateral agreement is in place.You have also acted in films. How does it feel to be on the other side of the camera?I have been acting right from the beginning because when you direct your actors you also act on their behalf. Acting has always been a major part of my system. Also, I had practical training in theatre by Prithwish Bhattacharjee, from whom I learnt about the technicalities of acting. It is not a big deal for me but I have absolutely no plans to become a professional actor. I have acted on the requests of directors and I still get them.How does it feel to be the winner of so many national and international awards?Well, of course it’s a great satisfaction because it acts as a recognition of your hard work. Awards give recognition to the entire crew. I feel happy to see my entire crew happy. Although the director is the captain of the ship, the crew is equally responsible for the success.How can film studies be made a popular subject at the college and University level?It’s a very interesting subject. Although there are many universities which have film study courses, I think it should begin from senior school level. You should know that cinema is an independent medium and in order to pursue it in the future, one should have full knowledge about the evolution of the cinematic form. Cinema changes perception and learning about the basic technicalities should start from senior school level.What would be your message to young filmmakers?Keep your eyes and ears open. Spread the word of tolerance and keep the secular fabric of the country intact. On one hand, we have technology and on the other there is terrible intolerance. Filmmakers should work towards spreading tolerance. New filmmakers should bring a sense of peace because peace is the way to reach such a level of tolerance.last_img read more

Microsoft explains why Windows Update did not work on January 29 2019

Microsoft explains why Windows Update did not work on January 29 2019

first_imgMicrosoft explains why Windows Update did not work on January 29, 2019 by Martin Brinkmann on February 05, 2019 in Windows – 20 commentsWindows users and administrators reported that Windows Update was broken for them on January 29, 2019. Affected systems received an “error encountered” error message when Windows Update was used to search for updates.The full error message read:Error encountered. We couldn’t connect to the update service. We’ll try again later, or you can check now. If it still doesn’t work, make sure that you‘re connected to the Internet.The message revealed that connection issues prevented the operating system from connecting to the update service. The message implied that it was an issue on the user’s end; turns out, it was not.Users discovered quickly that the issue was somehow related to the DNS service provider configured on the device. A workaround suggested to change the DNS server to a public one, e.g. from Cloudflare or Google, and doing so did resolve the issue on affected devices.Microsoft responded quickly. The company stated that it was aware of the issue and that it affected some customers.We are aware of a service-side issue where some customers are still unable to connect or download updates from the Windows Update service. We are actively investigating this issue. Thank you for your patience.The company updated the windows update history document of Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019 on February 4. The update explains what happened on January 29, 2019.The Windows Update service was impacted by a data corruption issue in an external DNS service provider global outage on January 29, 2019. The issue was resolved on the same day and Windows Update is now operating normally, but a few customers have continued to report issues connecting to the Windows Update service. We expect these issues will go away as downstream DNS servers are updated with the corrected Windows Update DNS entries.According to the published information, the Windows Update connection issue was caused by a third-party DNS service provider who experienced an outage.Windows Update should work on most Windows devices again; some systems may still report connection errors. Microsoft notes that these errors should go away eventually as DNS information is updated.Administrators may switch to different DNS providers on affected systems if possible to resolve the issue immediately. Flushing the DNS cache may also help.So, what is the takeaway?Windows Update, just like any other service that requires an Internet connection, may break and there may be little that users can do to resolve issues that are caused by external factors. It is easy enough to change DNS service providers but it is probably something that only advanced users would feel comfortable doing (let alone know about). Some programs, e.g. DNS Switch or DNS Jumper  may make this easier.It is often a good idea to wait when issues like these are encountered as they may be external and may be resolved automatically.Now You: Do you use Windows Update? (via Windows Latest)SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft explains why Windows Update did not work on January 29, 2019DescriptionWindows users and administrators reported that Windows Update was broken for them on January 29, 2019. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Turkey briefly blocks access to Twitter over bombing images

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Access to Twitter in Turkey was restored a few hours later Wednesday. A government official said Turkey had asked Twitter to remove 107 URLs with images of the bombing’s aftermath. Twitter had removed about 50 of the URLs before it was blocked.A Turkish government official said access to Twitter was restored after the company “removed malicious content, including hate speech, in line with the court order.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of rules that bar officials from speaking to journalists without authorization.A court in Suruc issued a ban earlier Wednesday on the publication of images related to the bombing in the media, including on the Internet and on social media platforms, and ruled that access be barred to Internet sites not complying with the ban, Anadolu reported.Authorities confirmed, meanwhile, that Monday’s attack was a suicide bombing and identified the bomber as Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz, a 20-year-old Turkish national who was confirmed through DNA testing.Anadolu said Alagoz’ older brother ran a now-closed down tea house where IS was believed to have recruited followers. The location of the tea house was not disclosed. The two brothers had disappeared six months ago and had been reported as missing two months ago by their family, which lives in Adiyaman, the province north of where Suruc is located. Anadolu said the two were wanted by authorities as “missing persons with possible terrorism traits.”Also Wednesday, a pro-Kurdish news agency said Kurdish militants have claimed an attack on two policemen who were found dead in their home in the town of Ceylanpinar, near the border with Syria, with gunshots in their heads. The Firat news agency said the attack was carried out in retaliation to the Suruc bombing to “punish” the policemen it claimed had collaborated with “IS gangs.”Turkish officials say they have detained more than 500 people suspected of working with IS in the last six months — including an investigation of IS recruitment networks in Turkey that this month netted 21 suspects.Protests have erupted in Istanbul and other cities since the bombing Monday, with demonstrators blaming the government for the attack in city close to the border with Syria. On Tuesday, police detained some people before they could march to a local ruling party office in Istanbul. Protesters also threw fireworks as police officers attempted to disperse a crowd at a separate protest in Istanbul.Turkey has periodically blocked social media. The government ordered a temporary block on Twitter and YouTube earlier this year during a hostage crisis in an Istanbul courthouse. Those sites were also blocked last year after audio recordings of a secret Turkish security meeting that suggested corruption by government officials were leaked on social media. Turkey’s highest court, however, overturned those bans, deeming them to be unconstitutional. Comments   Share   ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey briefly blocked access to Twitter on Wednesday to prevent images of Monday’s deadly bombing from being broadcast and to stop Twitter users from calling for protests against the government, which they blamed for not doing enough to prevent the attack, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.The dispute highlighted the tensions in Turkey after the suicide bombing Monday in the southeastern border city of Suruc, which killed 32 people and wounded scores. Turkish officials say the Suruc bombing is part of a retaliation campaign by the Islamic State group for the government’s crackdown on its operations in Turkey. Sponsored Stories Previous moves by Turkish authorities to block the social media networks have provoked widespread criticism by Western governments and human rights organizations.__Fraser reported from Ankara, Turkey.__Follow Butler and Fraser at https://twitter.com/desmondbutler and https://twitter.com/suzanfraserCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Check your body, save your life Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke “I wasn’t feeling great coming out of that game but it was mostly the wind getting knocked out of me,” said Heap. Heap said it wasn’t the first time it has happened to him playing football, but it was one of the worst hits he’s had put on him. The 11-year veteran knows those types of plays are going to come with the game.“It’s football, you always have to expect the unexpected,” said Heap. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img After getting blindsided from a block by Seahawk Kam Chancellor, Cardinals tight end Todd Heap says he is good to go this week against the New York Giants. The hit drew an unnecessary roughness flag, but Heap is not holding on to any grudges.“I’m pretty much over it,” said Heap. “Obviously we play them again but I’m moving on to next week.”The hit came while Heap was running after a Seahawks defender carrying the ball after an interception. The interception was called back due to a penalty but the hit on Heap had lingering effects. Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more