You won’t be able to handle how hot Kareena Kapoor looks in this black gown

first_imgIn an industry that thrives on the idea of perfection, Kareena Kapoor stands as a visual representation of the term. The woman of immense talent that Bebo is, she has blown us over with her acting prowess in the past, and now, it’s her stellar sense of style that is ruffling our hearts.While it was already hard enough to get over her how glamorous she recently looked in a blingy, thigh-high slit gown, the actress has bestowed another look upon us.Embodying elegance in a strapless, black gown, Bebo looked bewitching in the pictures posted by designer Rhea Kapoor, on her Instagram account.The sweetheart-neckline, corset gown had all the elements needed for a sensual evening outfit, while also being high on class-quotient. The gown hugged Bebo’s goddess-like body at all the right places, and made her look smoulderin’ hot.Picture courtesy: Instagram/rheakapoor Also Read: Let’s take a moment to appreciate how royal Kareena Kapoor Khan looks in this rose gold outfitThe sheer fabric across the length of the A-line gown looked really trendy, thanks to the lovely pintex element it boasted of. While the corset accentuated Bebo’s body really well, the actress flaunted her toned legs through the cleverly placed sheer fabric, and left us gasping for air.Picture courtesy: Instagram/rheakapoor Also Read: Kareena Kapoor Khan like never before, in a thigh-slit black dressKareena accessorised this sexy ensemble with a few silver rings, and sported her iconic smoky-eyes and nude-lips look.She wore her hair in a neat, low bun, and finished the look with utmost perfection.advertisementlast_img read more

Punjab Board Class 12 Results 2018 declared at Ludhiana’s Puja Joshi tops with 98 per cent

first_imgThe Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has announced the results of class 12 board exams 2018 today, April 23 on the official website, the link for which is Punjab board class 12 exams began from February 28 and continued till March 24. The examination was held at various test centres across the nation.Punjab Board Class 12 Topper 2018:This year, Puja Joshi of Ludhiana has topped the board examination by getting 98 per cent.List of other toppers:Vivek Rajput: 97.55 per centJasnoor Kaur: 97.33 per centPunjab PSEB Class 12 Board Exam Results 2018: How to checkGo to the official website, on the relevant linkEnter all the required details in the prescribed formatClick to submitResults will be displayed on the screenDownload and take print out of the same for future useLast year, PSEB had released the class 12 exam results on May 12.Punjab Board Class 12 Result 2018: Sports category toppersPrachi Gaur: 100 per centPushwinder Kaur: 100 per centMandeep Kaur: 99.56 per centPass percentage:Pass percentage for open school: 40.07 per centOverall pass percentage: 65.97 per centPass percentage girls: 78.25 per centPass percentage boys: 60.46 per centAbout the board:Founded in 1969 under a legislative act of the Government of Punjab, PSEB, Chandigarh administers the curriculum taught in public schools in the Punjab state and conduct standardised examinations, in addition to conducting scholarship administration and textbook publication.For more information, all the candidates can check the official website of the board.For more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comadvertisementlast_img read more

Hasanboy Dusmatov intimidated by me now: Amit Panghal

first_imgBeating an Olympic champion for two consecutive times is no mean feat but Indian boxer Amit Panghal says it’s no big deal either as Uzbek ‘golden boy’ Hasanboy Dusmatov is now a “bit scared of him”.Panghal defeated world silver-medallist and Rio Olympic champion Dusmatov for the first time in September last year, the stage being the Asian Games finale in Jakarta.He repeated the feat at the Asian Championships, ousting him from medal contention altogether with a quarterfinal win in the event which concluded in Bangkok last week. Dusmatov came into this edition as a two-time gold-medallist.”Kuch nahi hai (It’s nothing). I think he was a bit intimidated by me this time, his game wasn’t upto it,” he told PTI with a grin on his face.”Thoda down tha mere saamne (He seemed a bit down),” he added.Panghal is having a stellar run ever since the bronze he won in the 2017 Asian Championships. He made the quarters of the world championships that year, losing a close one to Dusmatov.That was followed by a gold at the India Open in 2018 and also the Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria. A silver in the Commonwealth Games came soon after, succeeded by the gold at the Asiad in Indonesia.The form carried on this year too and he won a gold at the Strandja Memorial again before the top finish at the Asian Championship. In between these two golds, Panghal moved from 49kg to the 52kg category.He had said that the transition would not be easy but if there were any difficulties, they didn’t show in his performance in Bangkok.advertisement”You can say that things worked out. Plus the fact that most of the guys I fought were also the ones I used to encounter in 49kg. So, luckily all of us made the transition at the same time. There was familiarity,” he said.He has a packed schedule ahead of him as he gears up for the world championships in Russia, scheduled from September 7. The event will be the first Olympic qualifying event.”I have a packed schedule, which includes training trips to Italy and Ireland. Plus there is the India Open later this month (starting May 20 in Guwahati). So it’s a good build-up,” he said.Also Read | G Sathiyan becomes first Indian to break into top-25 of table tennis world rankingslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy M40 may launch in India on June 11 with a punch-hole display

first_imgSamsung is expected to further expand its portfolio this year by announcing the Galaxy M40 soon. While the company is yet to confirm the Galaxy M40’s existence, it seems a popular YouTuber has managed to get his hands on the upcoming device, revealing some key specs about the Galaxy M40 as well as its launch date in India. The Galaxy M40 is tipped to launch in India on June 11.YouTuber Technical Guruji published a video recently where he shows off the alleged Galaxy M40’s design. The video reveals that the Galaxy M40 will come with a punch-hole display like the Galaxy A60 and Galaxy S10-series. The hole can be seen on the top left corner and it will be used to house a selfie camera. The rest of the Infinity-O display is bezel-less and Samsung will most likely be using an AMOLED panel.The back of the Galaxy M40 is shown to be of a glossy glass-like design. We also note a triple camera setup and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy M40, the YouTuber says, will be powered by a Snapdragon 675 chipset, which is something we have heard previously as well. Additionally, the Galaxy M40 is rumoured to come with up to 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and will ship with Android Pie with One UI on top.Earlier this month, it was reported that the Galaxy M40 will be priced under Rs 25,000. The YouTuber, on the other hand, expects the price of the Galaxy M40 to be around Rs 20,000. If the Galaxy M40 is indeed launching in India on June 11, Samsung should start teasing the device any day now.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 gets a price cut in India, now starts at Rs 18,490ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 with 6.3-inch display, Galaxy A10s tipped to launch in India soonlast_img read more

Keane places Man Utd blame on Lukaku & Sanchez

first_imgManchester United ‘Man Utd’s problems are not just with Pogba’ – Keane places blame on Lukaku & Sanchez Sacha Pisani 14:41 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Alexis Sanchez Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 31012018 Getty Manchester United A. Sánchez Romelu Lukaku Paul Pogba Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla UEFA Champions League The former Red Devils midfielder has backed the under-fire Frenchman, and believes that United’s problems lie elsewhere on the pitch Roy Keane insisted Paul Pogba is not at the centre of Manchester United’s problems as he criticised Romelu Lukaku and new signing Alexis Sanchez.Pogba was named among the substitutes before he replaced injured team-mate Ander Herrera after 17 minutes in United’s 0-0 draw at Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday.The France international has dominated headlines amid a reported feud with manager Jose Mourinho, having been substituted in Premier League defeats to Tottenham and Newcastle United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But former United captain Keane defended Pogba, though he demanded more from the 24-year-old midfielder, striker Lukaku and ex-Arsenal forward Sanchez, who was withdrawn 15 minutes from the end at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.”Pogba is a really good player. He’s under lots of pressure at the moment. There’s lots of speculation about him,” Keane told ITV . “He was left out but you’d still have Pogba in your starting XI.”I look at Pogba off the field. He seems to have a big personality, whether it be social media, the cars he drives, his haircut. He needs to bring that onto the football pitch.”Man Utd’s problems are not just with Pogba. Lukaku’s got to do better. Sanchez – I know he’s new to the club – he’s got to do better.”They obviously need to reinvest in some defenders. You can’t keep pointing the finger at Pogba but of course the lad has got to do better.”Keane continued: “You’re talking about Man United, one of the greatest clubs on the planet. They still need to do better. And certain players need to up their game.”Lukaku, for example – get hold of the ball. Whatever about putting the ball in the back of the net, get hold of it.”And if you want to become one of the great strikers of Man United and you get the chance, like he did tonight, you’ve got to score in these tight games.”United – second in the Premier League – welcome reigning champions and fourth-placed Chelsea to Old Trafford on Sunday.last_img read more

New Elijah Craig Small Batch Bottles: What Better Excuse is There to Buy More Bourbon?

first_img All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet Need a new bourbon in your life?Well, Elijah Craig (produced by Heaven Hill)  just released their Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon in a new bottle. If you’re a bourbon lover, or a history of bourbon lover, or you need to make it up to your father-in-law for not dropping the Deflategate thing during the last game when you could clearly see his blood pressure rising, this might be the one.Elijah Craig Small Batch is made exclusively from batches of 200 barrels or less of 8-year-old to 12-year-old Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey. A large percent of the whiskey used comes from the older barrels. Even with the new bottling, the mash bill, proprietary yeast, proof, and aging regimen remain the same.One of the biggest differences? It’s now available nationwide. (It’s okay, you can do a happy dance if you want. I’ll wait.)According to the company, the new bottle is made from a custom mold that is taller and has cleaner lines, a nod to today’s discerning bourbon drinker.  You’ll find the year 1789—the year that Reverend Elijah Craig, the “Father of Bourbon,” founded the distillery” embossed on the bottle as well. For those that don’t know, Craig was the one who was responsible for pioneering the use of charred oak barrels for aging whiskey.The label, too, is different—smaller, this time—and contains the Reverend’s signature as well as the product information. The cork closure, which was a feature of the previous bottle, is now stained dark brown.For those that haven’t had Elijah Craig Small batch yet, the nose is complex, with vanilla, ripe fruits, and hints of mint intermingling. The palate is warming, with oak, spice, and smoke flavors. The bourbon is rounded out with a long, sweet finish.Finally, if you’re still not convinced that you should be finding your keys to get in the car and get to the liquor store right now, there are the awards to go with the bourbon: a Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Double Gold Medal & “Best Bourbon in Show” at 2016 Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, and a 92 (Excellent/Highly Recommended) at the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey Editors’ Recommendations The Bulletproof, Million-Dollar Ramsmobile SUV Has an Optional Hookah last_img read more

DHT Orders Two VLCCs from Hyundai Heavy

first_imgzoom DHT Holdings, Inc. today announced that it has reached an agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (“HHI”) in South Korea for the construction of two very large crude carriers (“VLCCs”) with a contract price of $92.7 million each, including certain additions and upgrades to the standard specification.The vessels are 300,000 deadweight tons (“dwt”) and will be delivered in July and September 2016, respectively.Further, the Company has an option for a third VLCC at the same price for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2016 if a firm contract is entered into.DHT Holdings, December 2, 2013last_img read more

NYK Oyak to Build Car Terminal in Turkey

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: NYK Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has joined forces with Turkish conglomerate Oyak to build and operate a finished-car logistics terminal in Yarimca port near Istanbul.The company signed an agreement with Oyak, the Turkish Armed Forces’ pension fund, in Istanbul on April 5.As informed, the new joint venture will be owned and operated together with Oyak Denizcilik ve Liman İşletmeleri A.Ş. (Oyak Port), a port-management subsidiary of Oyak.“The new joint venture will be positioned to respond to demand in an area where finished-car imports and exports are expected to rise,” NYK said in a statement.The new terminal, which will have a yard area of about 180,000 square meters, will be the first large terminal that is located in the suburbs of Istanbul and dedicated to finished cars, according to NYK.Operations are scheduled to commence in mid-2019.The investment is worth USD 110 million, Reuters reported.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 NEW WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Waternish Road Waternish Road, located on the west side of Stillwater, will be closed for bridge repairs from Monday, Aug. 8 to Friday, Aug. 12. Traffic control consist of signs. This is a 24-hour closure except to local traffic. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: TRUNK 28 Trunk 28 at Arnold’s Brook will be closed to all traffic until Sunday, Aug. 28 to reconstruct the Arnold’s Brook bridge. A posted detour will be available via the Lingan Road. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Glenroy (Marydale)Bridge The Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge located on the Marydale Caledonia Road in St. Andrews will be closed to traffic from until Monday, Oct. 31 for repairs. A detour is available via the Antigonish/Guysborough Road and the south intersection of Marydale Caledonia Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223 has a partial lane closure for road repairs from Highway 125 westerly for 6.5 kilometres. The work continues until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, from Redmonds Road southerly to Paddy’s Head Road, will have intermittent one-lane closures for repaving until Wednesday Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 There will be intermittent one-lane closures on two sections of Highway 102 for re-paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Section one is on the southbound lane between exits 13A and 12,and section two is on the northbound lane between exits 11 and 12. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Old Guysborough Road Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. The closure is to allow asphalt and concrete repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6 will have a one-lane closure from Ripley Road, 10 kilometres easterly toward Pugwash until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 between Exit 13A and Highway 104 will have intermittent lane closures on both northbound and southbound lanes until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Barra Strait Bridge The Barra Strait Bridge on Route 223 at Grand Narrows will have intermittent one-lane closures for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the Colchester County line westerly for about 5.4 kilometres, will have a one-lane closure for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Work will also be carried out on the on- and off-ramps at Exit 18A, east of Kemptown. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on two sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane between the Crowes Mills Road overpass and Exit 17 near Valley Cross Roads. The lane reduction is necessary for the repaving of these sections and is required until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have a one-lane closure for road work between Exit 27A, at Sutherland’s River, and French River — a distance of about 6.5 kilometres — until Wednesday, Aug. 31. There are two detours available. For the section east of Exit 27 at Sutherland’s River, the alternate is Trunk 4. The detour for the section between Exit 27A and Exit 27 is available via Exit 26 at the Thorburn Road Interchange via Route 347(Sherbrooke Road), Thorburn Road, and Trunk 4. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons.Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2, Great Village The Highland culvert on Trunk 2 in Great Village is closed for repairs until further notice. A posted detour will be available via Mill Lane and Cross Road. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 KINGS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201 in Greenwood will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Aug. 8. Work takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 RICHMOND COUNTY: Arichat There will be intermittent one-lane closures on three sections of road in Arichat for a total of 6.6 kilometres until Friday, Sept. 30. Section one is on Lower Road, from Babin’s Hill to the Petit De Grat intersection; section two is on the various streets connecting Lower Road to High Road including Bay Lane, Benets Lane, Upton Lane, Connies Lane, and Godfreys Lane; and section three is on Service Road, from Evanston Road to the second entrance of the Strait Richmond Hospital. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local area office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-563-3377 Fax: 902-563-3379 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Exit 18A,(near Mount Thom) for eight kilometres easterly, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-893-5780 Fax: 902-893-8175 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Exit 6 northerly to the Hants County line, including off ramps at Exit 6 and Exit 7, will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.center_img KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill bridge near Baxters Harbour in Kings County is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles over 5,000 kilograms. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is closed until Thursday, Sept. 1, while a replacement bridge is constructed. The 6.4-kilometre detour follows:Easterly from Old Courthouse Branch along Salmon River Road to Valley Road for 2.4 kilometres, then southerly along Valley Road to Valleydale Road for half a kilometre, then westerly along Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road for 2.7 kilometres and northerly along Greenfield Road to East Prince Street for about 0.8 kilometres. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 will have a one-lane closure for road work from the intersection of Route 354 in Noel, westerly to the end of Moose Brook. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Motorists are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk until Monday, Oct. 31. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Halifax International Airport Underpass Structure The Halifax International Airport underpass structure at Exit 6 on Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Monday, Aug. 8. Traffic control consists of barricades. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project between Exit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Traffic control will consist of signs and traffic control persons. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-756-2697 Fax: 902-756-3458 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118 northbound at the Portobello Road overpass will have partial lane closures for repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of flashing lights and jersey barriers. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane from 0.06 kilometres south of the Exit 10 overpass structure southbound to about 0.08 kilometres north of Exit 9 overpass structure, including ramps at Exit 10, for asphalt concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 – Old Sambro Road There will be a one-lane closure from Lieblin Drive south to Acre Road for repairs until Friday, Aug. 12. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209 will have a one-lane closure from North Greville Road, six kilometres easterly toward Parrsboro, until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 There will be intermittent one-lane closures between Guysborough and Halfway Cove for asphalt paving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-7116 HANTS COUNTY: Barneys Brook Bridge Trunk 2, at Barneys Brook Bridge, has a one-lane closure for removal of exiting structure. A temporary bridge is in place. Work continues until Tuesday, Aug. 30. A detour route is available via Highway 102 from Exit 3 to Exit 9. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 208 Route 208, from Zwicker Mill Road in New Germany westerly to Upper Branch Road in Hemford, will have alternating lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Aug. 14. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic control consists of signs and a pilot vehicle. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Motorists are advised that Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive The Burnside Drive underpass structure on Highway 111 will have periodic lane closures for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Traffic control consists of flashing lights and barrels. Speed will be reduced to 60 kilometres on Highway 111. Work takes place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from 1.5 kilometres west of Exit 16 to 0.3 kilometres west of Exit 17E, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from three kilometres west of Exit 17W to the overpass at Route 362, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 -30-last_img read more

Farmers Receive 97Million Investment from Province

first_imgNova Scotia farmers will get a boost from a three-point plan designed to reward sound business planning and help with debt reduction. The $9.7-million investment was announced today, Dec. 1, by Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture, at the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture’s annual meeting in Truro. “This investment is good for farmers, the agriculture industry and taxpayers,” said Mr. Taylor. “We must position our industry to become more competitive and sustainable.” The investment has three elements, the Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund, debt relief and income support. The investment fund will offer $1.5 million, over four years, beginning April 1, 2007, for projects with a strong business case. “We are looking for projects that inspire growth,” Mr. Taylor said. “This investment is extremely important as it will provide for projects which will affect real change in a positive way for the industry.” The debt relief segment will also begin in April of 2007, with $6.2 million available to retire producer debt under the ruminant loan support program and the Pork Nova Scotia loan program. To be eligible, applicants must complete a business planning process that points to profitability; move to a new business model or product; have a succession plan; or an exit plan. For the direct income support segment for non-supply managed producers, payments will be based on 10 per cent increase of the reference margin used to calculate the 2003 Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization program payments. The maximum funding for this program is $2 million. Payments will be calculated and forwarded as soon as possible. No application is necessary. “There is a strong transition and business planning theme, and this is absolutely critical,” Mr. Taylor said. “If we are to move forward as business enterprises, and as an industry, we must show that public money is invested wisely, with a view to a more positive future. By doing so, we will maintain the strong public support that agriculture so rightfully deserves.” Many sectors of Nova Scotia’s farming community are experiencing a farm income crisis. This is particularly true of smaller family farms that do not have the production capacity or financial capacity to pursue changing retail and food service markets. For sectors such as pork, Nova Scotia is a high cost production area in a North American commodity market at a low point in the price cycle. “Together, these initiatives total $9.7 million — one of the most significant financial commitments this government has invested in agriculture,” said Mr. Taylor. A strong, healthy, progressive agriculture industry is essential to a strong, healthy and progressive Nova Scotia, he said. For more information, visit .last_img read more

Jio to be in top 100 most valuable global brands in 3

first_imgNew Delhi: Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s telecom venture Jio will be among the 100 most valuable brands globally within three years, says a report. The ‘Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2019 report’ by communication services provider WPP and market research firm Kantar Millward Brown ranked Amazon the world’s most valuable brand ahead of Apple and Google. While, Life Insurance Corp (LIC) and Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) have entered the list as new entrants. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalJio has been featured in global 100 disruptive power brands. “Jio disrupted the Indian telecom provider category with its deep discount prices for data consumption. It forced competitors to lower their prices and drove category consolidation,” the report said. All telecom consumers not only Jio customers have been benefited from Jio’s action, it added. Stating that meaningful disruption is the key to scalable relevance, the report said Jio “will enter the Top 100 within three years at current growth rate.”last_img read more

SNC SLAPP fight in Ottawa Leader of the opposition dares PM to

first_img–With files from CityNews and 680 NEWS OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer is challenging Justin Trudeau to follow through on a threat to sue him over his assertion that the prime minister politically interfered with the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavlin.The Conservative leader revealed Sunday that he received a letter on March 31 from Trudeau’s lawyer, Julian Porter, threatening a libel suit.“If Mr. Trudeau believes he has a case against me, I urge him to follow through on his threat immediately,” Scheer said in a statement.“Canadians want this scandal to be investigated in a legal setting where Liberals do not control the proceedings.”Scheer said he looks forward to Trudeau testifying under oath in open court.He called the threatened lawsuit “an intimidation tactic” aimed at silencing the Conservatives, who have been demanding a thorough, independent investigation of the affair. It’s the same kind of tactic Trudeau has employed to silence former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, said Scheer.“This is what Justin Trudeau does when you stand up to him. He threatens you.”The back and forth is being described as a SLAPP fight — a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. The University of Toronto’s Jeff Dvorkin outlined the perceived strategy heading toward a fall election amid the controversy that has clouded the prime minister and his inner circle for the past few months.“Maybe for the prime minister to move the debate away from the SNC-Lavalin story into something a little more manageable, should we say,” he said.Dvorkin says he doesn’t believe this will end up in court, like it didn’t when there were legal threats between Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion, and Jean Chretien and Preston Manning.“This is just a little bit of schoolyard pushing and shoving,” he said.Conservatives ‘won’t back down’Like Wilson-Raybould, Scheer added: “We will not back down. We will continue to do our jobs, hold him to account and get to the bottom of this.”Wilson-Raybould maintains she was inappropriately pressured last fall by the Prime Minister’s Office to stop criminal proceedings against SNC-Lavalin on bribery charges related to contracts in Libya. She believes she was moved to Veterans Affairs in a mid-January cabinet shuffle as punishment for refusing to do so. She resigned from cabinet a month later.While she has called the pressure improper, Wilson-Raybould has said she doesn’t believe anything illegal occurred.Last week, Trudeau expelled both Wilson-Raybould and fellow former cabinet minister Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus. Philpott had resigned from cabinet in early March, citing a loss of confidence in the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin case.At issue in the threatened libel suit is a statement Scheer issued on March 29, in which he said documentation provided by Wilson-Raybould to the House of Commons justice committee — including a surreptitiously recorded phone conversation with the clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick —  is “concrete evidence that proves Justin Trudeau led a campaign to politically interfere with SNC-Lavalin’s criminal prosecution.”Porter called the statement “highly defamatory.”“The prime minister supports wide-ranging and vigorous political debate on matters of public policy,” he said in his letter to Scheer. “However, your statement, in its entirety, is beyond the pale of fair debate and is libellous of my client personally and in the way of his occupation as prime minister.”Porter said it’s “entirely false” to say Trudeau interfered in the SNC prosecution, which has not been halted, or that he personally directed Wilson-Raybould to “break the law” and “fired” her when she refused. It’s also entirely false to suggest Trudeau was aware of Wilson-Raybould’s concern that he was politically interfering in the SNC case but lied to Canadians about it, Porter said.Scheer’s statement that the affair amounts to “corruption on top of corruption on top of corruption” was meant to suggest that Trudeau “had engaged in dishonest and corrupt conduct that would contravene the Criminal Code,” a crime deserving of up to 14 years in prison, Porter said. That too was “entirely false.”In response, Scheer’s lawyer, Peter Downard, wrote back Sunday that Scheer “will not be intimidated” and is simply performing his “constitutional duty” to hold the government to account.If Trudeau is serious about suing, Downard said he must immediately take steps to preserve all relevant documents and to notify all members of his government, past and present, who’ve been involved in the SNC-Lavalin matter that they can expect to be called to testify.If Trudeau does not proceed with the threatened lawsuit, Downard said Scheer will conclude that Trudeau “has properly acknowledged that Mr. Scheer’s statements were appropriate and grounded in evidence before the Canadian people.”PMO respondsMeantime, the Prime Minister’s Office says both Scheer and the Conservatives have “repeatedly made false and defamatory statements.”In an email to CityNews, the PMO says it put the Opposition Leader on notice “that there are consequences for making completely false and libellous statements.”PMO responds in a statement to @CityNews that says, “We put [Scheer] on notice that there are consequences for making completely false and libellous statements.”— Caryn Ceolin (@carynceolin) April 7, 2019last_img read more

Brocks Special Collections and Archives make the grade

The grades are in and Brock’s Special Collections and Archives have been awarded an A.The department, located on the 10th floor of the James A. Gibson Library, was recently granted Category “A” designation for textual and archival materials by the Movable Cultural Property Directorate, a branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage.The designation means that the University’s Special Collections and Archives have achieved the highest standards for an archival repository in Canada in terms of procedures, practice, environment and security.“There is no other institution in Niagara with this kind of accreditation,” says David Sharron, head, Special Collections and Archives at Brock.“This will enable us to try and keep some of Niagara’s history here in Niagara, and it will also allow us to tap into our region’s untold histories,” he says. “You never know what someone has hidden under their bed.”A key aspect of the designation means that the University can now bypass the lengthy and labour-intensive process required to have materials certified as “cultural property of outstanding significance and national importance.”“Because we are now designated, all we need to focus on is the collection rather than both the collection and our policies and environment,” says Sharron. “It allows us to spend more time building our collection and going after significant resources.”Special Collections and Archives in the James A. Gibson Library at BrockThe Movable Cultural Property program is designed to keep important cultural records and artifacts in Canada. Donors whose materials achieve certified cultural property status receive improved tax incentives for their gifts.“This makes us more competitive because we can now offer certain donors the same benefits as other Category A institution in Canada,” says Sharron. “If we can give them greater benefits for their generosity, it helps everybody.”“We get the scholarship out of it and they get a great tax break,” he says. “It’s also a good means to attract new and influential donors to the University.”The accreditation also allows the University to apply for Moveable Cultural Property grants to help purchase Canadian cultural property available outside the country.“Say there’s a Niagara Falls enthusiast over in Germany and that person wants to sell their collection,” says Sharron “We can now apply to the government to pay for a portion of that, to work together to bring it back home.”The long road to accreditation began in 2008, when the University hired a consultant from the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa to take a close look at its archives and special collections operations. This review produced a list of recommendations for areas needing improvement in order to meet the high-level national classification.In 2009, the library secured a grant from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to upgrade environmental and safety conditions for the collection. The renovations, which included new HVAC, sprinkler and lighting systems, were completed in early 2010.“Then we had to gather one year’s worth of data on our environment,” explains Sharron. “We have little data loggers that record what the humidity, temperature and light levels are every 20 minutes.”After the environmental data was compiled, a package was submitted to the Movable Cultural Property office in 2011 for further evaluation, which also included policies and security procedures for the department.“The whole building was looked over by Ottawa with a fine-toothed comb,” says Sharron. “And after about a year and a half of submitting that initial information package, we were notified that we had received the accreditation.”“This is a significant milestone for our Special Collections and Archives,” says Margaret Grove, University Librarian. “We’re grateful to the many staff at Brock who helped us to achieve this important designation, and to Canadian Heritage for its generous funding support.”—Highlights of Brock’s Special Collections and Archives include: Ethelwyn Wetherald fonds – photos, diaries, letters, rough and published works of the Canadian poet Ethelwyn Wetherald from Fonthill Brockiana Collection – a collection of all things Isaac Brock including books, articles, artwork, toys, stamps, coins, and five items signed by the general including his own copy of the General Regulations and Orders for the British Army from 1804 Canada Niagara Power Company fonds – records, maps and plans that highlight the first effort to harness hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls on the Canadian side of the river Bradley Institute for Music Education archives – materials from the school that operated in Niagara Falls for more than 70 years before it closed in 2008, including photos, letters, student rosters and an unpublished manuscript written by Bradley, that describes his history and philosophy of music St. Ursula’s Convent – the first book of fiction written by a native-born Canadian and published in Canada in 1824 Terry O’Malley fonds – forty years of scripts, sketches, videos, reports and correspondence chronicling the legendary advertising career of Terry O’Malley and Vickers & Benson Letter signed by King James VI of Scotland – this 1579 letter gives a member of the Hamilton family permission to come to Edinburgh for an audience with the King read more

To Beat The Warriors You Gotta Draft Like The Warriors Good Luck

SA2008-1115Kawhi Leonard17.027.4 DET1994-973Grant Hill18.126.3 Despite those odds, plenty of teams manage to look smart in the draft every year. The Warriors themselves had a terrific series of drafts between 2009 and 2012, when they picked up Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in rapid succession. That group generated about 25 more points of VORP than they should have based on where they were picked, giving Golden State one of the shrewdest four-year stretches of drafts in the lottery era: DET1985-8827Dennis Rodman12.828.6 NO2002-054Chris Paul24.728.4 CLE1985-887Kevin Johnson12.934.7 Early in the draft, the curve is steep. The average No. 2 pick is worth only about 80 percent as many VORP in his first five seasons as the average No. 1, and players only get less valuable from there. Each additional pick produces a lot less than the slot before, emphasizing how costly every random tumble in the lottery can be.But let’s say our theoretical team gets its hands on a collection of valuable draft picks. What are the odds that it will take the right player at each slot? According to my research, there’s about a 70 percent chance that a team won’t take the best player available with any given pick at or near the top of the draft. Of course, the haul is still usually decent even if a team doesn’t nail its pick perfectly — but at the same time, “decent” doesn’t really help build a Warriors-killer.VIDEO: Why the No. 1 pick is such a valuable crapshoot Only at the most extreme edge of young talent, where the sample of historical examples is limited, do we see the potential upside usually associated with a group of highly drafted prospects playing together. (Think of the 2009-10 Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the greatest collections of pure talent ever assembled, coalescing into an NBA finalist within a few seasons.) Short of that, it’s tough to improve more than normal reversion to the mean would predict by simply stocking up on a bunch of kids with raw draft pedigree. Future stardom is unpredictable (again, see teams’ lack of consistency in getting better-than-average return on picks), and young players in particular tend to amplify one another’s flaws when playing together.But if our hypothetical Warriors-killer does manage to survive the lottery, make the right picks in the draft, get those prospects on the court together and then max out their potential, the model predicts the upper bound for its eventual peak Elo would be 1762. That’s roughly where the Warriors will be starting from next season (after reverting their final 2016-17 rating to the mean), and it’s also roughly the same Elo carried at season’s end by the 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers — not coincidentally, the last team to unseat the Warriors in the playoffs.A lot has to go right to get to that point, and most teams who travel down that path will fall short. But the Warriors will also feel the tug of parity soon — however gently — and at the same time, some team will eventually clear all the hurdles and build the challenger to Golden State’s throne. There’s a decent chance that journey starts in Brooklyn tonight, at the draft. * Value Over Replacement Player. Based on draftees’ first five NBA seasons, versus the average expected VORP for the slot where each player was picked. Players who were traded at the draft are assigned to the team that acquired them.Source: LAL1993-9610Eddie Jones14.027.8 In the age of superteams and super-duper teams,1Whether today’s stars want to admit such things exist or not. the Golden State Warriors built the ultimate doomsday machine when they added Kevin Durant in free agency last summer. Winning a championship this year seemed — and ultimately was — inevitable. But before KD put pen to paper, Golden State had captured one title and set the all-time wins record. And it was done with a roster largely built through the draft. The Warriors were the poster children for how to build a team through savvy scouting and player development, not reckless spending.Likewise, we can make a pretty good guess that the team that one day unseats Golden State will not be a creaky monument to Russian oligarchy, but rather more organic. So on draft day, let’s imagine how a team might build through the draft, stockpiling young talent and maxing out their collective potential. Could such a team rise to the Warriors’ level? Maybe. But everything would have to go right for our team, from lucking out in the lottery to nailing its picks and then developing them into stars. In other words, to beat the Warriors, you have to do what the Warriors did.First things first: It isn’t easy to jam-pack a roster with a bunch of promising young players. Even an aggressive tanking effort like Sam Hinkie’s “Process” in Philadelphia can’t guarantee that the lottery balls will fall the way they’re expected to. Indeed, the Sixers under Hinkie suffered below-average lottery luck. Meanwhile, other teams can always swoop in and snag the top pick (think the Cavaliers). Although Philly still managed to draft some high picks over the years — including, finally, a No. 1 choice in Ben Simmons last year — it didn’t get as much out of the draft as its fans might have expected when the Process began.And because the value of a pick diminishes so rapidly from No. 1 down, any unfavorable bounce in the lottery could derail our imaginary rebuild before it begins. Here’s the expected value for each pick slot — as measured by players’ Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) over the course of their first five NBA seasons — since the lottery era began in 1985: BEST PICK TOR1997-009Tracy McGrady13.526.1 And this methodology probably underrates the drafting job done by former Warriors general manager Larry Riley — and his replacement, Bob Myers, who made the team’s best pick when he drafted Draymond Green 35th overall in 2012 — since it looks at only the first five seasons of a player’s career. Curry, for instance, didn’t reach his full game-breaking potential until his sixth season in the league.But just as studies have found in other sports (most notably the NFL), there isn’t much consistent skill to making better-than-average picks in the NBA draft. The correlation between a team’s per-pick return on investment2As measured by VORP over expectation for each draft slot. in one three-year period and the next is only 0.014 — a practically nonexistent relationship.3I used three years because that’s about half the reasonable lifespan of an NBA GM gig. Even the Warriors picked big-man bust Ekpe Udoh sixth overall in between the first rounds in which they snapped up Curry and Thompson.With all these factors stacked against teams built around touted draft picks, it’s no wonder they have a spotty record of converting potential to results. Using the same method of evaluating talent bases as my colleague Kyle Wagner and I created for this story about the Minnesota Timberwolves, I measured how many highly drafted young players each team4Going back to the start of the NBA’s modern expansion wave in 1988-89. had on its roster at the same time. I then built a model using that data to predict how a team might fare over the next five seasons based on its young talent. For most teams in recent history, it’s tough to see much of a relationship between young talent and how much the team’s Elo rating5Essentially, FiveThirtyEight’s way of measuring how well a team is playing. improved, above and beyond what we’d simply expect from ordinary reversion to the mean.To show this, let’s give our team a starting Elo of 1400, basically where the Warriors themselves were after the 2011-12 season. Here’s what that model would predict its peak Elo to be over the next five seasons, depending on how much young talent it currently has: CLE2002-051LeBron James27.429.5 TEAMDRAFTSPICKPLAYERVORP* OVER EXPECTEDTOTAL VORP OVER EXPECTED The best four-year draft runs, by Value Over Replacement Player, 1985-2016 SEA1986-8917Shawn Kemp11.825.9 GS2009-1235Draymond Green15.824.8 read more

Kjelling plans to come back to Norway

Norwegian handball star, Kristian Kjelling (33) is in process of negotiations for the new team after contract with Danish Aalborg ended next summer. Former left back of Spanish team, Ademar Leon and Portland San Antonio is close to back home. Drammen HK wants him but financial potential of Norwegian team isn’t too high for Kjelling’s demands. However everything is still open and Kjelling doesn’t hide that there is a few options:– I have been in dialogue with others. Drammen is one of them – explains Kjelling who already played there from 1998 until 2001. Drammen HKKristian Kjelling ← Previous Story Nikola Karabatic stops Montpellier! Next Story → Larvik – Gyor to set new attendance record! read more

Why did the political ethics watchdog get 427 complaints in 2012 but

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF complaints to the political ethics watchdog, SIPO, fell dramatically last year, according to its annual report published today.The Standards in Public Office Commission received 29 complaints last year, of which 16 were found to be valid.By contrast there were 427 complaints made in 2012, of which 334 were found to be valid.The reason for the sharp drop is that 388 of the complaints in 2012 related to Michael Lowry, the Tipperary North TD, and his ownership of land in the northwest of England.SIPO began investigating whether Lowry’s ownership of the land in Wigan contravened the Ethics Act as it did not appear on his Register of Dáil Interests in November 2012.After the investigation was dropped in September of last year Lowry said that previous claims that his share of the land was worth nearly €7 million were “ludicrous” after the Commission found the share to be worth around €13,000.Lowry said that the complaints against him had “orchestrated”, accusing two journalists of “working in tandem” to make “exaggerated and unfounded claims”.In a November 2012 article in the Sunday Independent, Elaine Byrne, the academic and journalist asked readers to report the former minister over the undisclosed lands.Of the 16 valid complaints received last year, the Standards Commission initiated an investigation into one case, that of Donegal councillor Pádraig Doherty who was found to have claimed expenses “recklessly”.‘Anxious’In a statement published with its annual report today SIPO welcomed the recent publication of the Lobbying Bill and the announcement that Brendan Howlin, the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister, will publish legislation to “provide provide a single, comprehensive legislative ethics framework grounded on a clear and comprehensive set of principles”.It also said it will submit revised draft guidelines for political party accounts to the new Environment Minister Alan Kelly in the autumn.Previously submitted draft guidelines were rejected by previous environment minister Phil Hogan.The Fine Gael TD objected to SIPO’s attempts to make smaller units of political parties accountable under new accounting guidelines and suggested that the ethics watchdog was acting outside of its legal remit.SIPO said today it is “anxious” that some form of guidelines for political party accounts be put in place as soon as possible.Its former chairman Justice Matthew P Smith has previously suggested that if smaller units were left out of political parties’ 2011 accounts than nearly €1 million would be unaccounted for.Read: Which political parties received the biggest donations last year?Read: Councillor claimed expenses “recklessly” and “did not act in good faith”last_img read more

RTÉ guts kids TV How can you stand before a country and

first_img Santa pays Bosco and co. a visit in 1983. Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 7:00 AM 20,801 Views Nov 26th 2016, 7:00 AM RTÉ’S DECISION TO gut its children’s TV production came as a shock to many.It was a shock to many of the people who spend their days in Montrose, but also to those across the country whose connection to the national broadcaster is most tightly wrapped in their childhood.For some though, the shock was painfully familiar.Paula Lambert, the voice of Bosco and the daughter of Wanderly Wagon’s Eugene Lambert, says the decision is the latest in a long history of occasions where RTÉ has chosen to cut children’s TV as a kind of easy option.“It brought back incredibly bad memories for me,” she explains.“I remember Wanderly Wagon was axed and how it was done and how hurt my dad was back in the day. It happened with me with Bosco and it just brought back all these memories of how badly people are treated by RTÉ.”RTÉ and its spokespeople have stressed that the station is operating in a “challenging financial environment” and that efficiencies must be found.The broadcaster has promised that its overall spend will not being diminished, just moved entirely to independent producers. But even if this pledge is kept, commissioning and production timeframes have led to fears that it could be 2018 before this actually happens. The late Irish puppeteer Eugene Lambert and ‘Judge’. (File, 2007)While most people accept that times are tight, Lambert’s problem is that the axe has fallen hardest in the children’s TV department, where she says it frequently has before:The first thing to be cut was children’s programmes. I remember the Bosco programmes we were going to do were slashed. Always in economic disasters, political disasters in the 1980s with all the elections, children’s programmes were axed to cover all the elections. Always when there was an economic, political or any reason, the first thing that got chopped was children’s programmes.“I feel very, very sorry for the young enthusiastic people who are working in the children’s department today. I know that they give it their all with very little facilities.”The young enthusiastic people Lambert is referring to don’t disagree. Puppeteer Ray Wingnut and presenter Clara Murray are two of the people most directly affected by this week’s announcement. RTÉ guts kids TV: ‘How can you stand before a country and be like, give us your licence fee?’ RTÉ has decided to completely outsource the production of young people’s television. EndedRTÉ has said that eight staff are remaining within the young people’s department, 11 staff are to be reassigned within RTÉ and 15 independent contractors will see their contracts ended.The initial plan was that these contracts would finish in December but this been made somewhat unclear following a meeting between management and the RTÉ Trade Union Group (TUG) yesterday.After that meeting, RTÉ accepted that there had been insufficient consultation before Wednesday’s announcement and that further talks would therefore have to take place.RTÉ has placed the deadline for these discussions on 31 January 2017.Unions have echoed that deadline and also pledged to ensure that “the public service ethos of the station is safeguarded”. President Mary Robinson visits Ray, Zig and Zag and Dustin on The Den in 1990. Source: Twitter/RTÉ ArchivesThis point is one that has been repeated frequently in the past 72 hours. The question of how fundamental children’s TV is to public service broadcasting.Wingnut says angry questions like this were put to the RTÉ top brass at Wednesday’s meeting:Questions like, ‘how can you stand in front of a country and be like, give us your licence fee yet we’re not going to cater for 30% of the population that is under 18 and is a population that doesn’t have a voice?’He points to examples like Swipe TV, an in-house RTÉ production that caters for children aged between 8-12 and has an accompanying smartphone app that’s been downloaded 20,000 times. It is a trusted outlet that parents can give their children when they want them to explore the digital space.“I think of things like Sesame Street, which is public service broadcasting. You know that it’s safe and you know that it’s a touchstone and I think that RTÉ as a public service broadcaster needs to maintain that idea of it being a centre of excellence.” Short URL Santa pays Bosco and co. a visit in 1983. Image: Twitter/RTÉ Archives @WWinters_Nobody asked anybody that’s the big problem I don’t even think @RTE even thought it through #Savekidstv— Bosco OFFICIAL (@boscosbox) November 25, 2016 Image: Twitter/RTÉ Archives Did your little ones catch our NEW show Pop Goes The Weekend earlier on RTÉjr? It’s on again in 5 minutes! Hope they enjoy it!— RTÉjr (@RTEjr) November 19, 2016 79 Comments By Rónán Duffy The quality of children’s programming and animation from independent producers is not being doubted by anyone. This country genuinely has some of the best people in the world working in that space.What is perhaps being questioned is whether losing RTÉ’s hand in kids’ TV will also mean losing the loyalty to heritage and the commitment to provincial balance.RTÉ’s delivery of its all-Ireland remit is frequently shown most clearly in the children from all parts of the country who appear on air. It’s a two-way street as well, with these children as excited as anyone to come to the centre of Irish broadcasting in Dublin 4.Murray has seen it first hand.“We have a diverse audience, we have children from all over the country, all parts of Dublin that I’m afraid won’t be represented.”I had kids in a few weeks ago just to record a little sting and they were absolutely thrilled. You’d want to see the reaction from some of the kids. That’s rooted in their parents as well.Commercial realitiesOn a wider level, the developments have also led to concerns that commercial decisions are increasingly outweighing other considerations at the station.RTÉ’s official statement the other evening made it clear that this was about “operating costs” and “statutory committed spend”.  At no point did it say that the decision could deliver better programming.“I think there’s been a gradual commercialisation of RTÉ,” says Colum Kenny, a former DCU journalism professor and member of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.He argues that this issue stems from a “blurring of the lines” in terms of RTÉ’s “funding, output, presenters and indeed their mode of payment”.“I think it’s a station we need a conversation about. I think that it needs to determine where it’s at itself. We’re at a point now where at times the station sounds lost and I think we want to make sure that we have strong public service media going into the future.”As Paula Lambert puts it:The children of Ireland who watched television are now the adults that are supporting RTÉ and I think the next generation really need to be treated in the same way.Read: ‘Financial difficulties’ at RTÉ forced children’s television cutbacks – but Fair City is safe >Read: RTÉ staff say decision to cut children’s programme making was ‘bolt from the blue’ > Among other things, Wingnut is the man behind Séamus the puppy dog, frequently seen on RTÉ Junior, while Murray fronts Twigín and the new Pop Goes The Weekend.They say the news brought devastation to the children’s TV team when they were called to an unexpected meeting on Wednesday afternoon. This after months of hearing the odd rumour from colleagues in the canteen.“Sheila de Courcy, head of the department, read a statement and said in three weeks time, everything is going to stop,” Wingnut explains, adding that she was visibly upset doing so.People were really angry and were distraught that Young People’s were never part of the discussion about what could be possible. It was a cold, clean sweep and that’s what hurt people. Because they were making out like we’ve come to tell you personally, look we’ve come down from our offices to tell you.Murray adds that temporary contracts as short as three months always meant for some anxious times but that “you never thought the whole department would be gone.” Source: RTÉjr/Twitter Source: Bosco OFFICIAL/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share572 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Ronnie James Dio is the New Hatsune Miku

first_img Japanese Man Happily ‘Married’ to 16-Year-Old Hologram SingerShare HoloLens Holograms With Microsoft Spectator View Cam Stay on target We like metal here at Geek. Well, I like metal. I don’t actually care what the rest of you think. And Ronnie James Dio is one of the godfathers of metal. He’s up there with Lemmy and Ozzy and Rob Halford. Dio died seven years ago, but he’s still going to be touring this fall. Because holograms are now a viable live entertainment technology.Ronnie’s hologram will be headlining a tour starting this fall. Like Tupac and Hatsune Miku before him, he will be performing in digital ghost form on-stage in front of live crowds. He’ll be a dead glowing recording running around on-stage alongside the live members of his band, which consists of Craig Goldy (guitar), Simon Wright (drummer), Scott Warren (keyboard), and Bjorn Englen (bass).Yes, they’ll probably play “Rainbow in the Dark. ” and I’m at least hoping they’ll play “Eat Your Heart Out.”  Shut up about “Holy Diver,” surface metalheads. It’s a good song, but Dio had others. The man freaking replaced Ozzy in Sabbath for two albums.The tour starts November 30 in Helsinki, then moves through the rest of Scandinavia, down through Poland, with two shows in Spain before looping around Romania, Belgium, and the Netherlands. After Europe, Dio’s screaming light projection will hit the United States, though tour dates in North America haven’t been announced yet.This isn’t the first time the late Dio has digitally come back from the dead. His hologram was first shown off last year at Wacken, when Metal Sucks tried to warn us about this. There’s also the time he became a vampire thanks to an ancient stone mask and reattached his severed head to the body of his own worst enemy to torment his grandson. Actually, that might be a different Dio. Still cool.This also isn’t the first time a hologram has gone on tour. I’m not talking about Tupac at Coachella. I’m talking about Japan’s Vocaloid sensation Hatsune Miku, the completely fictitious singing synthesizer who’s performed (un)live in front of sold-out crowds over the world. Miku’s been doing live shows for longer than Dio’s been dead!Here’s Hatsune Miku performing “in front of” a hilariously baffled David Letterman. Watch his face as he wonders how he went from highlighting Warren Zevon to this.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The VW Beetle is officially out of production

first_imgEnlarge ImageIt’s the end of an era — again. Volkswagen Update, July 10: The final Volkswagen Beetle, a coupe clad in Denim Blue paint, rolled off the assembly line in Puebla, Mexico, today. Before the third-generation car departed from this mortal coil, though, we were given the chance to head down yonder Mexico way and assist in the assembly of some of VW’s final Beetles. Head south by one paragraph to read our account of that experience.I step into a production-line-adjacent conference room at the Volkswagen Beetle factory in Puebla, Mexico. The air inside is tinged with the aroma of what seems to be a nearby bathroom leaking its wretchedness into the air conditioning vents. A presentation slide entitled “How will be work” details the day’s schedule upon a projection screen at the other end of the room. I’m ushered around a table along with a handful of US and Canadian media colleagues. We’re given a schedule rundown and safety briefing that lasts a mere 15 minutes, and then we’re directed toward the production floor to help build a home-stretch batch of Volkswagen Beetles. In just a few weeks’ time, VW’s Bug will be swatted.This factory-floor fast-tracking runs in stark contrast to my Volvo S60 production line experience in South Carolina just two months ago. With Volvo, I was put through a half-day’s training to learn how to perform just one task on the line. Today with the Beetle, I’ll be installing front bumper and radiator covers, mounting the right-rear wheel, bolting in the rear suspension and placing the front emblem.I don’t mind the opportunity to be involved in more of the Beetle’s production process, of course. We’re talking about one of history’s most recognized and influential machines. Since the Beetle’s inception in 1938, more than 23 million bugs have crawled out of VW factories the world over, from Germany to Nigeria, Indonesia to Ireland and presently, Mexico. Getting a chance to build some of the final examples of the “People’s Car” is one of those stories I’ll likely tell my grandchildren.Volkswagen Beetle EvolutionEnlarge ImageVolkswagen Beetles rising through eight decades. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Slug bugMy first task is to install the front bumper cover on a Stonewashed Blue Beetle headed to a Chinese customer. Bumper assembly would have been a rather simple process had I been given a crack at more than one car. That’s not in the cards, though, so I go about my duties like a toddler navigating along the Brooklyn Bridge’s railing. Thankfully, I’ve got a supervision safety net of pros standing around me. For these men and women who work the line every day, proper component mounting is a matter of muscle memory. Click together a few electrical connectors, bang on the body panels just right so they snap into place (kind of like you’re playing “punch bug” with the Beetle itself) and six screws later, the little Beetle’s cute face is complete. That’s not the end of my job at this station, however. I still have to install a black plastic panel that sits under the hood ahead of the radiator, which is simply a matter of lining up the component and banging it in. Easier said than done, I soon realize. My infantile banging proves futile, so a line worker helps me by realigning the piece and then popping it into place as effortlessly as your most recent breath. Once that’s complete, the car continues down the line, never for me to see it again.The latter three assembly tasks prove smoother with other Beetles. My toddler fumbling isn’t disruptive enough to make a mess of mounting the right-rear wheel. Nor is installing the rear suspension, which is simply a matter of torquing four bolts on each side and letting the computer validate my worth by lighting up with green OKs. Installing the front VW emblem is actually an automated process, but I get to place one on a Bug’s nose anyway, because why let a good photo op go to waste?2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final AssemblyEnlarge ImageVW Beetles get an inspection under the lights before heading out the factory doors and onto their test drives. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow By the numbersSurprisingly, robots perform just 48% of the Beetle’s assembly. The other 52% is by hand. Today’s Beetle, which has slid to become VW’s least popular vehicle in the US, shares its assembly line with Volkswagen of America’s best-seller: the Tiguan compact crossover SUV. This popularity chasm is evident as I stretch my eyes down the production line. About one in every 10 vehicles is a Beetle, and there are moments walking along the floor where nothing but Tiguans flood my sockets.Over the course of three shifts within a 24-hour production day (Monday to Friday and sometimes two shifts on Saturday), 937 new vehicles emerge off the line, 170 to 180 of which are Beetles. In addition, every unit is test-driven. Fun fact: According to surveys distributed by the plant’s human resources department, the test drivers are the factory’s happiest employees.Come on, get happyAfter getting to play on the production line, VW lets me briefly test-drive some Beetles outside the factory. I’m surprised at how heavy the (1998-2011) New Beetle’s steering is, and how it feels sportier to drive than the current (2012-2019) Beetle, which is a comparative snooze fest. I’m most excited to drive the 2003 Beetle Ultima Edicion (Final Edition), the last of the original air-cooled Beetles. The Ultima Edicion is much quieter than any classic Beetle I’ve heretofore experienced. Modern seating makes it categorically comfortable, too, but from there, its modernity slopes into the abyss.The Ultima Edicion has no power steering, but that’s fine, as there’s little weight over its nose. The car’s clutch, brake and gas pedals, however, delineate evolution in reverse. The clutch is as light as any economy car’s third pedal from 2019. The brake pedal trails the clutch’s contemporary ease, but scrubbing speed isn’t terrifying: Unlike with earlier Beetles, you needn’t stomp halfway to the floor before barely stopping in time. Even still, the pedal’s modulation is precision’s distant cousin. Traveling farther back in time, the throttle is straight out of World War II, somehow feeling heavier and clumsier than Beetles I’ve driven from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.The Ultima Edicion proves more ponderous than I’d expected, but it’s a heartening reminder of an automotive icon whose production has lasted longer than the average human lifespan.Volkswagen Beetle Última EdiciónEnlarge ImageThe 2003 Volkswagen Beetle Ultima Edicion is what I consider to be the ultimate expression of the original, air-cooled Bug. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Is this really goodbye?The Beetle’s demise is the lamentable result of how the world has moved away from the spunky and toward the practical. In its ’60s heyday, the original Beetle checked a slew of boxes for the pragmatic but imaginative American consumer. Today, crossover SUVs speak to buyers padlocked by bottom-line idealism. The current Beetle lacks the cargo space, interior volume and ride height that today’s consumer demands. Consequently, the Beetle is now an unsustainably sluggish-selling lifestyle play. VW delivered roughly 14,000 Beetles in the US last year, according to GoodCarBadCar. That’s a far cry from 423,000 US sales in 1968, according to Euronews.And so, as America and the rest of the world have moved beyond Beetle Mania, so, too, must the Bug’s factory in Puebla. The Beetle’s discontinuation will free up space to build more of VW’s popular Tiguan.While Volkswagen currently has no plans to resurrect the Beetle after manufacturing ends in mid-July, I’m willing to bet money the Bug will return sometime next decade. VW’s new, incredibly limber electric MEB platform can spawn a litter of vehicles as diverse as the ID Buzz Cargo and the ID Buggy. It seemingly wouldn’t take much of a business case or a ton of development money for VW to engineer an electric Beetle off that flexible architecture. As a result, assembling some of the last Beetles really feels like “See ya later,” as opposed to a final goodbye. At least, that’s what I hope.Originally published June 24. Tags 2019 VW Beetle Final Edition review: The last goodbye 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder first drive: A Boxster with way more bite 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe review: Stylish and sure-footed More From Roadshow Share your voicecenter_img Volkswagen Automobiles Convertibles Classic Cars Coupes Hatchbacks 7 Comments Volkswagenlast_img read more

State publishes new land use plan for proposed 855acre timber sale near

first_imgThe Baby Brown sale area. (Map courtesy state of Alaska Division of Forestry Haines Office)The largest potential timber sale in the Haines State Forest in decades was put on hold this summer.Listen nowThe decision from the Department of Natural Resources was made in response to a successful appeal of the forest land use plan for the 855-acre sale.Now, the Division of Forestry has put forward a new plan.The Baby Brown Timber Sale, about 35 miles northwest of Haines, offers up 20 million board feet of old-growth spruce and hemlock.Astoria Forest Products offered $270,000 for the timber last year. They were the only bidder.But the sale hasn’t gone forward.DNR Commissioner Andrew Mack canceled the deal as it was being offered, because Lynn Canal Conservation successfully appealed the state’s forest land use plan. The original plan was only for a portion of the sale.Lynn Canal Conservation said it shouldn’t have gone out to bid until plans were complete for the entire area.Haines Forester Greg Palmieri said that’s the main difference between the new document and the old one.“This plan takes into account the entire sale offering, which is 11 harvest units,” Palmieri said. “The first forest land use plan only offered a harvest plan that applied to the first two units that were going to be for the sale.”Palmieri explains why only a portion of the potential sale was addressed the first time around.“I was directed to make the most effective use of the timber sale offering as I possibly could initially, by creating a forest land use plan for two units to start with that could be prepared for that operational season, which would have been this past summer, had that gone through,” Palmieri said.After the successful appeal, Palmieri went back and wrote up a plan for the entire sale.“So I’m hoping that’s going to lead to a successful discussion and moving forward with the sale,” Palmieri said.But Lynn Canal Conservation president Eric Holle said the overarching environmental concerns haven’t been alleviated.“We’re not really any happier with the land use plan,” Holle said. “It dotted a few I’s and crossed some T’s. But the real issues remain the same.”Holle sees a fundamental flaw with the sale.“The big issue is that clear-cutting old growth forest in these large industrial-scale cuts is really from the dark ages of forestry,” Holle said. “Most places around the world that still have old growth do not do that.”Holle points to some positive aspects of the plan.“I should say, it’s encouraging to see some mention of the hydrologic impacts, and the impacts to cavity nesting birds, for example,” Holle said. “But the use of partial cuts and shelterwood cuts, and so forth, is not convincing. The same old problems are going to remain.”Though he can’t say for sure, Holle doesn’t think Lynn Canal Conservation will appeal the sale again. But he remains concerned about potential environmental impacts.“Really, they’re going to be removing 855 acres of old growth trees near the Klehini River, which is a prime salmon stream. And there’s not a whole lot we can do about that,” Holle said.Forestry is accepting public comments on the current forest land use plan until Dec. 11. You can link to the full document here.last_img read more