10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola: We must finish better against Liverpool

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: We must finish better against Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned his players they must take their chances when they face Liverpool.Guardiola was speaking after victory at Southampton.”We missed a lot of chances. The game could’ve been six or seven. We have to score (more),” he said.”Liverpool are not going to give us this amount of chances. I’ve always had this feeling. We scored 106 goals last season – the best ever – but I thought we had to score more.”In every department I think we can improve. I said that two months ago when everybody said how beautiful and how handsome we were. There were many things I liked today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Tim Tebow Surprised A Young Florida Fan In The Hospital, And It Was Awesome

first_imgTim Tebow with a young Gator fan at the hospital.Tim TebowThis video is incredibly heartwarming, but you may need to view it with some tissues handy. Former Florida legend and Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow visited Nathaniel, a patient at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville. Clearly, judging by his blanket, pillow and t-shirt, Nathaniel is a huge Gators fan. When Tebow walks in the room, the young boy’s reaction is immediate, and priceless. Watch for yourself.  So AWESOME to watch Tim Tebow surprise our new friend Nathaniel at Wolfson Children’s Hospital! What an incredible young man!Posted by Tim Tebow Foundation on Tuesday, September 29, 2015That’s just awesome stuff, and not a surprise coming from Tebow. [ USA Today ]last_img

Alan Cummings Asks Fans to Support Courage

first_img Fighting lies about Obamacare — when the right-wing front group, Generation Opportunity, launched a propaganda campaign — using free beer, pizza, models, and a creepy Uncle Sam to spread lies about health insurance and bribe college students into opting out of Obamacare — Courage launched the Obamacare Reality Response Team to educate the public and spread the truth about the Affordable Care Act.Courage Campaign Institute needs you to keep doing this work in 2014. Please make a tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year.Sincerely,Alan CummingSource:Courage Campaign Institute Actor Alan Cumming sent out an email in support of the Courage Campaign Institute yesterday, asking fans and supporters to make a last minute tax-deductible donation before the end of 2013.From the email:You probably know me as an actor/director/writer. Maybe you saw me recently on CBS’ The Good Wife, on Broadway, or in London’s West End, but I’m also a committed activist. And as you’re deciding where to make your tax-deductible contributions before midnight on December 31st, I wanted to give a plug for one of my favorite progressive organizations, the Courage Campaign Institute.Courage Campaign Institute exists because folks like us have the courage to care and to fight. Courage brings us together. The voices of many become one, speaking truth to power and demanding bold leadership to solve our nation’s challenges. Your contribution will sustain public education on critical issues, move public opinion, and help organize and train local leaders.Hopefully, you’ve seen Courage’s recent emails and are aware of much of the great work accomplished in 2013 thanks to your help. Here are some highlights: Stopping the Koch Brothers from purchasing the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and eight other major newspapers — when others said it was impossible, Courage launched an innovative, ferocious campaign that torpedoed the deal. Ending Prop 8 and DOMA — the product of YEARS of work by Courage Campaign Institute to educate the public and move public opinion, which led to the Supreme Court made historic rulings in June. With 33 states still restricting marriage equality, our work is far from over.last_img read more

Disney says no merit to Malaysia resort company lawsuit

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Resort developer Genting Malaysia’s lawsuit seeking $1 billion in damages from Walt Disney Co. and Fox Entertainment Group for alleged breach of contract related to a theme park, is “without merit,” Disney said Tuesday.The lawsuit filed Monday in the Central California District Court cites damages from Fox’s withdrawal from an agreement set in 2013 to license its intellectual property for a Fox World theme park in Resort World Genting, a sprawling facility perched on a mountain in Malaysia.The theme park would have been Fox’s first. According to Genting’s complaint, Fox issued a “notice of default” aimed at ending the agreement.Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox apparently raised issues because Genting’s resort includes a casino, which conflicts with Disney’s stance against gambling.“The claims made against Disney in this matter are utterly without merit,” Disney said in an emailed statement.Despite disagreements over the specific terms of the deal, Genting said Fox had no grounds to pull out. The complaint also alleges that Disney and 21st Century Fox interfered with the contract and caused Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, part of Fox Entertainment, to breach it.Genting says it has invested nearly $180 million in the Fox project. Its most recent quarterly report said the group was focused on developing its resort and on preparing to roll out the “highly anticipated 20th Century Fox World Theme Park” as well as another attraction, the Skytropolis indoor theme park.The opening of the Fox themed park had been planned for the first half of 2019.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Provincial government provides funds to northwestern municipalities seeking revenuesharing agreement

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Premier John Horgan’s officer says the provincial government will be providing funding for a group of municipalities looking to get its own version of the Peace River Agreement signed with the Province.Premier Horgan said that the government will provide $300,000 to the Northwest B.C. Resource Benefits Alliance in support of its communities’ continued efforts to strengthen economic development in the region. “We believe that people should benefit from the prosperity generated by their hard work, and the resources of the regions where they live. I applaud the efforts of the RBA to strengthen their local economies,” said Horgan. “We are committed to working with Northwest communities as they work to help stabilize their economy over the long term.”  The Resource Benefits Alliance, representing 21 local governments from Vanderhoof to Masset, was formed in 2014 to advocate for the infrastructure needs of their communities. During the provincial election last year, Horgan stated that the NDP would negotiate with the RBA in September of 2017 if it were to form government. Then-Premier Christy Clark declined to make a similar commitment, saying at a separate campaign event that the Province had been providing the region with funding through the rural dividend fund. “Building a strong, sustainable, innovative economy is a priority for this government,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This funding is expected to help the RBA build relationships with First Nations, labour, major project proponents, local business and the non-profit sector.” “The RBA shares the government’s vision of economic development that creates good local jobs and sustainable communities,” said RBA chair Bill Miller. “We thank the Premier and minister for recognizing that liveable, well-serviced communities are essential for economic development.”Leaders from the RBA met with Premier Horgan in late September last year, saying that negotiations had begun. On September 29th, the RBA said in a release that it hoped to reach a revenue-sharing agreement with the provincial government within six months.last_img read more

Coroners report says 12yearold drowned after foot was sucked into Rotary Lake

first_imgAn investigation into the girl’s death found several hazards at the man-made lake, including insufficient fencing, a lack of supervision, poor water clarity, inadequate safety and first aid equipment, and a single main drain that created a suction hazard.The provincial government granted the park an exemption in 1989 allowing it to operate like a beach after the City of Dawson Creek argued that it would be too expensive to operate it as a swimming pool. Last July, Northern Health recommended that the facility’s exemption from pool regulations be revoked because of the safety concerns. The City has said that changing the lake to a pool would cost $500,000 in upgrades and over $150,000 in annual operating costs.The girl is the second child to have died at the facility since 1989. In 1994, a five-year-old drowned after their parents lost contact with them for just five minutes. The murkiness of the water and overcrowding were said to have been factors in the child’s death.The full report can be found below. Coroner Adele Lambert's report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert’s report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert's report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert’s report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert's report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert’s report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert's report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert’s report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The B.C. Coroner’s Service has released a report which found that the suction from a drain at the bottom of Dawson Creek’s Rotary Lake was what caused a 12-year-old girl to drown in the lake nearly two years ago.In her report, Coroner Adele Lambert said that the girl and her family were spending the day at the man-made lake on August 13, 2016. At around 5:30 that afternoon, Lambert said the girl was playing with other children in the water, and the group was able to remove the bolts that were holding a cover over the drainage pipe on the lake’s bottom. The removal of the bolts also caused the drain’s cover to be removed.Around 45 minutes later the girl, who has been identified by CBC News as Beverly Park, became trapped with her head under water when the drain’s strong suction pulled her leg into the pipe. A family member and a bystander tried to pull her out but were unable to until an attendant turned off the drain’s pump. The girl was airlifted to a hospital in Vancouver where she passed away three days later from significant brain injury due to a lack of oxygen.last_img read more

Pipeline blast forces FortisBC to the open market for natural gas supply

first_img(Canadian Press) VANCOUVER, B.C. – FortisBC is looking at several options to boost its stock of natural gas in an effort to get its customers through the winter after a pipeline blast squeezed off the supply.Sean Beardow, manager of corporate communications with Fortis, says the flow through the Enbridge pipeline that exploded in flames near Prince George last month has reached about 55 percent, far below what they’ll need this winter.He says the company is getting more fuel from an Alberta pipeline and has received permission from the B.C. Utilities Commission to purchase natural gas on the open market. He says they’re looking at on the spot market to import compressed and liquefied natural gas.Enbridge has said it wants to get its pipeline capacity up to 80 percent after the unexplained explosion, but Beardow says that won’t be enough to get them through the winter, especially if it’s cold.Beardow is urging customers to help save, saying even small things can make a difference collectively.“Eighty percent can sound like it’s really good but the fact is that during the winter months, we use 100 percent of what we get from the Enbridge transmission system,” he says.He says they’re preparing for a potential acute shortage and are asking customers to step up their conservation measures.“There’s not a single tipping point because really we’re looking at a number of variables that could affect gas supplies,” he says, adding weather and customer demand will be key factors.last_img read more

Around 60 polling in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi recorded a voter turnout of around 60 per cent for the seven Lok Sabha seats, five percentage points down from the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the Delhi chief electoral officer said on Sunday.The turnout was not as per the poll body’s expectations considering the number of campaigns it had undertaken to draw the voters to the polling booth, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said. Voting recorded till 6 pm was 60 per cent and the figure may slightly go up as polling continued at several places way beyond the deadline. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”In 2014, it was around 65 per cent, but this time it might turn out to be around 61 per cent, which is a disappointment,” Singh said. In Delhi, the Congress, the BJP and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party are in the race for the seven Lok Sabha seats, with former-chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Union Minister Harshvardhan, former Olympian boxer Vijender Singh and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir among key candidates. Aam Aadmi Party’s Malviya Nagar legislator Somnath Bharti alleged that voting machines at three booths were not functioning. Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said 5.5 per cent EVMs were replaced in the morning. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenNational security, unemployment and demonetisation were among the various issues on which Delhiites exercised their franchise on Sunday. Age is just a number, says a family member of 111-year-old Bachan Singh, the oldest voter in Delhi who carried a youthful enthusiasm into the polling station in Tilak Nagar here. Centenarian Bachan Singh and 110-year-old Ram Pyari Sankhwar were the oldest man and woman respectively to cast their vote for the Lok Sabha elections in the national capital Sunday. For students of Delhi government schools, it was a Sunday well spent at polling booths in the national capital where they volunteered to help disabled and elderly voters to cast their ballot.last_img read more

Dont write off Petr Cech yet warns Arsenal legend Seaman

first_imgArsenal legend David Seaman believes that it would be a foolish mistake to rule out a proven winner like Petr Cech and he is confident that the goalkeeper still has a lot to offer the clubThe former Czech Republic international joined the Gunners in the summer of 2015 from Chelsea in a £10m deal and has since made 117 appearances in all competitions after establishing himself as former manager Arsene Wenger’s first-choice shot-stopper.But Cech’s form has been inconsistent over the past two years and new Arsenal boss Unai Emery has already signed a new goalkeeper this summer in Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.The German is the favourite to be Emery’s first-choice at the Emirates for the new season, but Seaman believes that Cech can’t be ruled out.“I don’t think [Cech] will get written off straight away,” said Seaman, according to Goal.“You don’t disregard that experience from a guy that has won everything in the Premier League and he has won the Champions League as well.”Despite being linked with a surprise return to Chelsea, Cech has changed his shirt number from 33 to the number one.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Don’t disregard that,” Seaman added.“He has still got a lot to offer. What is interesting is that Petr has took the number one jersey. So that means that he wants to stay around for a little while.“It is going to be difficult. I would imagine that one of [Cech or David Ospina] will leave.“I am always cautious as to when a goalkeeper comes into the Premier League because it takes them a little while to get used to it.“If you think back to David de Gea, he really struggled in his first season at Man United but he has really pushed on since then.“So if Leno is the number one it will be interesting just to see how he adapts to the Premier League.”last_img read more

Leno hails incredible Lucas

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has praised teammate Lucas Torreira after the Uruguayan midfielder put in a stellar performance in their 4-2 win against Spurs.Torreira scored the fourth goal as Arsenal came back from 2-1 down at half-time to win 4-2, and Leno was happy with the midfielder’s contribution.“Torreira is incredible,” Leno told the club’s website.“He’s a fighter and he’s so important for our game, for the whole defense. He produced another perfect game today”Leno, who joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen experienced his first North London derby and revealed they are aiming for the top four this season.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It was my first derby and the atmosphere was incredible. It was an important game for our fans and for us as well,” he said.“We want to finish the season in the top four and now we’re in front of Tottenham. It was very important.“It’s not just an important game for a manager to win against a team from the top six, it’s important for us as a team.“We lost the first two games against Chelsea and Manchester City but against Liverpool, we played very well.“We didn’t win that one but today we won against a good team and showed a very good performance.”last_img read more

Are you ready for bonafide highend speakers for 650 a pair

first_imgThe Magnepan LRS.  Magnepan The Magnepan LRS — it stands for little ribbon speaker — isn’t your typical high-end speaker, and not just because it’s not expensive, at $650 a pair. The sound is remarkably clear, so music feels right.Picture a “normal” speaker and what do you see? A box with a tweeter and a woofer. The box might be shiny black or maybe have a pretty wood veneer. The Magnepan LRS isn’t a box, it’s a slender, cloth-covered panel speaker, 1.25 inch thick. You don’t have to be an audiophile to hear that it that doesn’t sound like a box speaker — it sounds bigger than that. Music sounds closer to life-size. Magnepans also differ from conventional speakers in the way they project sound into a room: Box speakers radiate sound forward, whereas Magnepan panels radiate sound from their front and rear surfaces. Most speakers have dome tweeters and cone midrange and/or woofer drivers, but the LRS features a thin-film “ribbon” diaphragm that produces bass, midrange and treble frequencies.The LRS is a big speaker, at 48 inches high and 14.5 inches wide. The panel comes in your choice of black solid oak or dark cherry edge trim, with off-white, gray or black fabric grilles. Impedance is rated at 4 ohms. Like more expensive Magnepans, the LRS is hand-crafted in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.All good speakers should be placed with care to sound their best, but Magnepans are finickier than most. They only start to strut their stuff when placed a minimum of 3 feet (1 meter) from the wall behind them. That said, the LRSs are light enough to easily be moved into position for listening sessions, and pushed back up against the wall when the music’s over.The speakers were designed with audiophiles in mind — people who are more likely to pair these speakers with high quality electronics, something better than an average AV receiver. The LRS works best with high power amps.I say that because I experimented with a few amps with the LRS. The Dayton Audio DTA Pro sounded sweet and full, but lacking in detail. The NAD C 316BEE was too bright. At the other extreme was my Pass Labs XA25 amp, which unleashed the LRS’ ultimate resolution potential. After jockeying those amps in and out of the system I spent the bulk of my LRS audition time with the $699 Schiit Vidar amp, which delivers 200 watts per channel into 4 ohm speakers (the LRS is a 4 ohm design). dsc6427aa Steve Guttenberg/CNET Listening to the LRSThere’s something especially satisfying about the way the LRS reproduced the sound of Pascal Rogé’s piano on his Satie: 3 Gymnopoedies album. The instrument’s transients and rich harmonics were rendered with incredible beauty. Rogé’s phrasing and touch are extraordinary, and the LRS brought them to life. The sound isn’t warm or rich, so the LRS doesn’t pretty up the sound of harsh or compressed pop recordings, but most of what’s good shines through. The better the recording the better the LRS sounds, and you’ll hear deep into the music. Turntablist Kid Koala’s 12 Bit Blues album of palpable beats and textures exercised the LRS panels. Its bass may not be the biggest and baddest, but its lowdown clarity was sublime with the timpani drums on my old Igor Stravinsky Conducts Histoire Du Soldat Suite LP. The tautness of the sound of tympani drums was preserved by the LRS. I measured bass down to 50 Hz, so the LRS can sound full, but a subwoofer would be required for folks craving room-shakingly deep bass. Achieving a smooth bass blend between Magnepans and subs isn’t easy, but I know lots of folks who get there. I mostly use Magnepans sans sub, but if the music calls for bass I’d recommend one of the smaller Hsu Research or REL models for use with the LRS. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s inspired and altogether unsettling score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s film The Master was a treat for my ears. The orchestral sound blossomed over the LRS panels — the strings were simply gorgeous. The panels may be thin, but the sound is anything but. With Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, the fleshy quality of hand claps sounded just right. It’s a great, hypnotic recording.I didn’t have the Klipsch RP 600M bookshelf speakers ($549 a pair) on hand for a direct comparison, but I know that speaker well enough to guess how it would go. The RP 600 is more dynamically alive, it’s more rock and roll. The LRS is more refined, transparent, and it presents a bigger, closer to life-size sound. The RP 600M is a lot more sensitive, so it doesn’t need a lot of power to fill a room.The Magnepan LRS is the most transparent, high-definition sounding speaker you can buy for $650 a pair. It’s amazing for the money, but Magnepan’s .7 speaker offers a more natural midrange, superior dynamics and bass power for $1,395 per pair. The LRS is available directly from Magnepan with a 60-day home trial. The speakers are also available from selected Magnepan dealers in the US and Canada. 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Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 Golden Company to betray Cersei

first_imgCersei Lannister’s look in season 8.Twitter/Official Game of Thrones pageIn the recently released episodes of Game of Thrones season 8, we witnessed the 20,000 men of the Golden Company, coming together to support Cersei Lannister. After Euron Greyjoy’s Iron Fleet and her own Lannister army, the support of the Golden Company puts Cersei in the lead. There is a popular theory that suggests that the Golden Company is going to betray Cersei before her final battle against Daenerys Targaryen.If you are thinking that the Golden Company is going to betray Cersei Lannister because of Euron Greyjoy, then you are not completely wrong. Yes, Euron Greyjoy might leave Cersei after learning the truth that the child she is carrying actually belongs to her twin brother, Jaime Lannister. But as well know that the Golden Company has remained loyal to the Lannisters and they were offered a good sum to fight for them in the forthcoming battle.If you have read the books written by George RR Martin, you are aware of a character named Griff. The young boy claimed to be the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell, which makes him Jon Snow / Aegon Targaryen’s stepbrother. As per a popular fan theory, Griff is being helped by Lord Varys and Illyrio Mopatis (the magister who once gave shelter to Daenerys and her brother Varys). The character is not introduced in the entire run of HBO’s Game of Thrones and as per Vogue, it is unlikely that we get to see him in the remaining two episodes. Pilou Asbæk as Euron GreyjoyYoutubeThat being said, from the looks of “The Last of Starks” we learned that Lord Varys is ready to betray Daenerys Targaryen as he has realized that Jon Snow would serve as a better ruler than Dany. As per a popular belief, Lord Varys will make Illyrio Mopatis turn the Golden Company against Cersei Lannister and join their hands so that they will be able to conspire against Daenerys and put a true Westeros-born Targaryen on the Iron Throne.By doing this, the Golden Company will stay against Daenerys Targaryen but at the same time, will stop supporting Cersei Lannister. If this happens, then it would be an extremely bold move by Lord Varys. More will be revealed when Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 will air on Monday morning at 6:30 am on Hotstar.last_img read more

Rashmika Mandannas loss is Anu Emmanuels gain

first_imgA collage of Anu Emmanuel and Rashmika Mandanna’s pictures.Anu Emmanuel/Rashmika Mandanna Facebook PagesAnu Emmanuel has been signed to play one of the two female leads in Sivakarthikeyan’s upcoming movie with director Pandiraj. It is now said that the makers had approached a few popular names before zeroing in on her.Rumours in Kollywood media claim that Rashmika Mandanna was the first choice to play the female lead in the flick, presently referred to as SK16. Owing to date and other issues, the Kodagu girl could not take up the project. It has to be noted that she is pairing up with Karthi in Bakkiyaraj Kannan’s upcoming flick.The makers of the Sivakarthikeyan-starrer had a few actresses in mind before the offer was bagged by Anu Emmanuel. Some unconfirmed reports claim that Pooja Hegde too was in the race, but in the end it is Anu who grabbed the offer in both hands.Apart from c, Aishwarya Rajesh has been roped in to play for an important role in the flick, which also has Yogi Babu, Soori, Bharathiraaja and others in the cast.The movie marks the second union of Sivakarthikeyan’s and Pandiraj after Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga. It is a family entertainer packed with action which is jointly produced by KE Gnanavel Raja and Udhayanidhi Stalin.The film has D Imman’s music, Nirav Shah’s cinematography and Ruben’s editing.last_img read more

EC has little to do without pollstime govt BNP

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir briefs newsmen after BNP’s scheduled dialogue with the election commission at the commission secretariat in Agargaon on Sunday. Photo: Prothom Alo Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday expressed optimism about resolution to the countrys prolonged political impasse through talks.After joining a scheduled dialogue with the election commission, the BNP, which boycotted controversial ballot in 2014, observed that the commission has little to do in ensuring free and fair polls.Read more: EC’s dialogue with BNP beginsIn the current political order, the EC does not have much to do. Still, weve been optimistic a bit after talks, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told newsmen at Nirbachan Bhaban (Election Building).He claimed that the commission, too, admitted its limitations with regard to the BNPs emphasis on political dialogue and election-time government.Read more: ‘Fair polls possible only if govt in place wants’ They will try their best to do something within their limitations, Fakhrul said of the ECs position on ensuring credible general elections.The BNP secretary general led a party delegation at the dialogue and presented a 20-point demand at the dialogue. Chief election commission KM Nurul Huda chaired the meeting.last_img read more

CNG autorickshaws to join appbased services

first_img.CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers want to come under an app-based transport service by January, 2018.Dhaka and Chittagong units of CNG Auto-Rickshaw Workers’ Unity Council have decided to join the app-based service and had talks with a company, Top II, for this.The company has already taken initiatives to develop an app named Hello Ride Sharing (Hello CNG).Coordinator of the Top II, SM Jamal, told Prothom Alo that compressed natural gas auto-rickshaw drivers have started losing customers since ride sharing services like Uber and Pathao began operating in the cities.He also said auto-rickshaw drivers will get adequate passengers if their vehicles can be brought under this app-based service and hoped that this will end squabbling over fares.SM Jamal added that they have plans to launch car and motorcycle services through their app which will be in Bangla.The company, Top II, will charge five per cent commission from the CNG auto-rickshaw drivers. It will also train the drivers, he added.The Top II has already trained a total of 500 drivers of the CNG-run auto-rickshaw workers’ unions of Dhaka and Chittagong districts in an attempt to start its services in January 2018.Asked about CNG auto-rickshaw owners’ reaction, Jamal told Prothom Alo that the owners of the vehicles do not want to come under this process as it will prohibit them to take extra money from the drivers.He, however, hoped that the owners will soon welcome the app.Member secretary of Dhaka and Chittagong units of CNG Auto-Rickshaw Workers’ Unity Council, Sakhawat Hossain Dulal, said that they will not lag behind as everything is turning digital. However, president of the Dhaka Metropolitan CNG Owners Association, Barkatullah Bulu, told Prothom Alo that the owners, too, want to come under app-based services but it cannot be started right away.Pointing to the drivers, he said, ”They make announcements whimsically. Do they have the vehicles?”He also said that there are many things to be verified for this process including BRTA (Bangladesh Road Transport Authority) approval.BRTA director (operations) Shitangshu Shekhar Biswas told Prothom Alo if the CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers can come under app-based services if they follow the present BRTA policy.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.last_img read more

Merck CEO resigns from Trump council in protest

first_imgKenneth Frazier & Donald TrumpMerck & Co Inc Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier resigned from US president Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying he was taking a stand against intolerance and extremism.A gathering of hundreds of white nationalists in Virginia took a deadly turn on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed at least one person.Trump had said “many sides” were involved, drawing fire from across the political spectrum for not specifically denouncing the far right.”America’s leaders must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” Frazier said in a tweet announcing his resignation.Trump responded in a tweet, now that “Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”Several executives from top US companies have stepped down from a number of presidential advisory councils in protest to Trump policies.Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney Co CEO Robert Iger left the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a business advisory group, in June, after Trump said he would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Musk also left the manufacturing council.Former Uber Technologies Inc CEO Travis Kalanick quit the business advisory council in February amid pressure from activists and employees who opposed the administration’s immigration policies.last_img read more

Could Trump Backlash Hurt Cruz with Texas Voters

first_imgRyan Poppe/Texas Public RadioTed CruzU.S. Senator Ted Cruz and President Trump share a stormy political relationship but they might have to put that aside in time for the midterm elections. Political experts say Cruz will also need to walk a fine line in terms of how much help he actually gets from the president. During the 2016 primary election, Trump described Cruz, who was also vying for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination as, “Lying Ted.”During that same election, Trump also criticized the appearance of Cruz’s wife and made comments about Cruz’s father.Two years later, Cruz will likely have to reach out to the president to campaign on his behalf ahead of the 2018 midterms.Recent polls by the Texas Lyceum Group and Quinnipiac University show Cruz ahead of his Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke by only single digits.Both polls also show Trump’s support still running high among likely Republican voters at 84 percent, while 94 percent of Texas Democrats disapprove of the job he is doing.Cruz’s campaign manager Jeff Roe wrote, “We have not placed a formal request for a rally or event but Senator Cruz and President Trump speak often about the political landscape in Texas and how the President can be helpful.”Mark Jones, professor of political science at Rice University, said Cruz needs Trump’s help but “he is a little reticent to have President Trump become too involved in his campaign because that gives Democrats something to mobilize their voters around.”On top of that, if Cruz aligns too closely with Trump, Jones said he might lose support from an important group of Republicans: the moderates, who Jones said might cross over to Beto O’Rourke as a way to demonstrate their rejection of both Cruz and Trump.Jones said while the race between Cruz and O’Rourke is close,  Cruz is still favored to win, with or without the president’s help.When Cruz spoke with the Houston Chronicle at a campaign event Monday in Seguin, he said Republicans outnumber Democrats in Texas but if not enough Republicans get fired up and vote, he could be in big trouble in November.Ryan Poppe can be reached at rpoppe@tpr.org or on Twitter @RyanPoppe1 Sharelast_img read more

Musical Star Hinton Battle Opens Dance Workshops in DC

first_imgHinton Battle is bringing his dance workshop, Soul Dance & BBQ, to D.C. (Courtesy Photo)Driven by his love of dance and desire to help lower income children, three time Tony Award winner, and NAACP Image Award recipient, Hinton Battle is set to open dance workshops in D.C.Even though Battle had the option of choosing to hold his workshops in New York, he chose D.C. because of the growing creative culture. Soul Dance & BBQ, whose name is inspired by the belief that when anyone dances they feed their soul no matter the type of dance, is scheduled to occur on Oct. 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Edgewood Arts Center, 3225 8th Street NE.“Since being back in D.C., I’ve noticed that the arts are flourishingly unbelievably here and the cities behind it,” Battle said.  “I’ve met a lot of kids here that want to dance, but haven’t had the financial opportunity to study. I want to create dance venues that they can take and come and learn great things by great people that are affordable.”Single dance sessions will be $32.64 and barbeque will be $27.37. The workshops will include dance forms, such as tap, contemporary, hip-hop, African and ballet. All classes will be taught by some of D.C. and New York’s most notable master dance instructors.Battle, who grew up in Washington, D.C. and New York, is an actor, singer, dancer and instructor, who started his theatrical career at the age of nine under a very persuasive mother.  For three years, he studied at the Jones Haywood School of Ballet, in Northwest. Battle also attended The School of American Ballet in New York City, where he studied until the age of 15, when he was cast in his debut role on Broadway as the scarecrow in “The Wiz”.“I had very good training at one of the best schools in the country, which at the time for an African American dark boy was not easy,” he told the AFRO. “In a lot of cases I had roles created for me that did not even exist until I showed up.”For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  soul-dancebbq.com.last_img read more

Singur farmers to present paddy to Mamata in bid to silence Opposition

first_imgKolkata: Farmers associated with West Bengal Kishan Khet Mazdoor Trinamool Congress Committee have proposed to present paddy produced in Singur to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a bid to silence the Opposition’s allegations that the area has failed to yield any crop.A meeting of the committee was held at Trinamool Bhavan on Sunday afternoon. Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee was present in the meeting. Chatterjee said that under the BJP-led government at the Centre, the condition of the farmers throughout the country has turned from bad to worse. The Centre has proposed to hike the income of farmers three times by 2022, while the state government has already done it. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBecharam Manna, president of the committee, said the farmers have proposed to present paddy that is being produced in Singur. He alleged that the Opposition is trying to mislead people by making false allegations that Singur and its adjoining areas have failed to yield paddy. It may be mentioned that after returning the land to the farmers as directed by the Supreme Court, the state government took several steps to produce paddy in Singur. Agriculture experts had visited the spot and the soil was tasted. Mamata Banerjee herself had sown seeds and later distributed them among the farmers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSingur was the vegetable bowl of Bengal before the land was forcibly taken from the farmers to start an automobile factory by the Tatas. Factory sheds and other concrete structures came up on nearly 1,000 acres of land where the proposed factory was supposed to come up. The fertile land was supposedly converted into a barren one in the process. Meanwhile, the farmers have decided to call a convention where the achievements and problems faced by the farmers will be discussed at length. The committee will request Mamata Banerjee to attend the convention, whose date and venue are yet to be finalised, said Partha Chatterjee. Farmers and agriculture labourers will also attend the Brigade meeting on January 19 in great numbers. After coming to power in three states in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Congress government is waiving the loans to the farmers but the condition of farmers has improved in Bengal over the past seven years. Arup Roy, state Cooperation minister, said loans worth Rs 5,200 crore have been disbursed among the farmers at 7 percent interest in the current financial year. 3 percent loan was waived if the money was not returned on time. However, the tendency to repay the loan has been among 95% and above. The state government has cracked down on the middlemen and from January 1, 2019, the farmers will receive cheques for selling paddy and the slogan for the same is “give your paddy and take your own cheque.”last_img read more