Pune builder D.S. Kulkarni’s brother detained at Mumbai airport

first_imgThe Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Pune Police on Tuesday took into custody Makarand Kulkarni, the brother of fraud accused Pune developer D. S Kulkarni (DSK), after the latter was detained at Mumbai airport.Mr. Kulkarni and DSK, along with other relatives, are named in the charge sheet filed by the police in the alleged ₹2,043 crore scam by the DSK Group.While DSK, his wife, son and other relatives are in jail, the Pune Police had issued a lookout circular against Mr. Kulkarni, a partner and promoter in a number of DSK Group companies.He was finally detained at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport by the Mumbai Police, who alerted their Pune counterparts on Tuesday morning.“Accordingly, a Pune Police team left for Mumbai to bring Mr. Kulkarni back and initiate the process for his formal arrest. He will be produced before a local court after completion of medical formalities,” a senior official said.The fraudDSK and his wife, Hemanti, are in judicial custody at the Yerwada Central Jail since March last year and are accused of defrauding thousands of investors across Pune, Mumbai, and Kolhapur. At least five FIRs have been lodged against the developer and his family in the three cities since October 2017.Since then, EOW officers have been probing two schemes floated by the group: a fixed deposit (FD) scheme promising lucrative gains; and the Aadhi Ghar, Nantar Paise (first get the house, then pay the money) scheme in which deposits were taken from customers and the group promised to pay EMIs on bank loans till the possession was granted.More than 8,000 people, most of them senior citizens, are said to have invested in the FD scheme.After local courts and the Bombay High Court repeatedly turned down their bail pleas, the EOW had finally arrested DSK and his wife from a New Delhi hotel in February last year.In the months that followed, the EOW arrested the builder’s sister-in-law Anuradha Purandare, his son Shirish, and his brother’s daughter Sai Vanjape and her husband Kedar. Company officials Dhananjay Pachpor and Vinaykumar Badgandi were also arrested. All are at present lodged under judicial custody in Yerawada Jail.last_img read more

JSW Sports looking to invest in upcoming leagues; hockey, IPL also on the cards,JSW Sports looking to invest in upcoming leagues; hockey, IPL also on the cards

first_imgRELATED COMMENT JSW Sports, the sporting arm of steel major JSW, said newer sporting leagues and expanding canvas of digital audience is offering avenues for investments.The company, which has already invested in football, wrestling, kabbadi besides promoting a host of athletes, said it is evaluating for opportunities to invest in hockey and cricket.It is also looking to scale up its revenues through merchandise and onground activities.“Newer leagues have given us opportunity to invest and build teams. We are constantly evaluating on how to scale up the revenues of our existing teams. We are also looking to unlock value and monetise through various associations to take sports to the next level,” JSW Sports CEO Mustafa Ghouse told BusinessLine.Asked if the company may look at owning an IPL or hockey league team, Ghouse said it is considering. “We may look at any business provided it is sustainable,” he added.JSW Sports investments include football team Bengaluru FC, Pro Wrestling Franchise Bengaluru Yodha and newly acquired kabbadi team Haryana Steelers.While Ghouse did not indicate any investments it plans to make or even revenues generated from the sports vertical. “We are continuously stepping up investments. Owning a team is long term business. We are growing backed by the growth in digital and broadcast network,” Ghouse, who is also a former tennis player, added.Asked on its investments in the newly acquired team of Pro kabbadi league, Ghouse said Pro Kabbadi league was showing promising growth. “Last season of Pro Kabbadi League had had generated considerable interest both on ground and in terms of viewership. We expect this season also to have a good run,” he added.According to ESP Properties- SportzPower report said, that both cricket and non-cricket held their own trajectory, and together pushed the industry forward. Sports Sponsorship saw a 19.33 per cent growth in 2016 to ₹6,400 crore as opposed to the preceding year.The biggest growth driver for Sports Sponsorship in 2016 was the media spends growing 24.63 per cent from ₹2816.9 crore to ₹3510.8 crore. sport June 26, 2017 JSW Steel Ltd SHAREcenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL JSW Group ‘keen to buy an IPL team’ Published on “We are constantly evaluating on how to scale up the revenues of our existing teams. We are also looking to unlock value and monetise through various associations to take sports to the next level.” COMMENTSlast_img read more

BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary tries to create unanimity among members on Champions Trophy boycott threat

first_imgBCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has asked full members of the board to issue a letter to Amitabh Chaudhry stating that the Indian board has approved the decision to send a notice to the IBC/ICC to cure the breach as per the terms of the Members Participation Agreement immediately.India Today is in possession of the letter.The decision, Anirudh, said in his letter to the full members, was taken during a conference call which was organised through the BCCI office “rather than the other channel for obvious reasons.”BCCI is currently in a tussle with the ICC over its revenue sharing model. While the BCCI wants USD 570 million, the ICC had approved only USD 290 million before offering an additional USD 100 million to end the standoff.However, the BCCI has been in no mood to relent. A faction in the Indian board is keen on threatening the ICC with a boycott of the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England next month. (BCCI misses deadline for naming squad)But the Committee of Administrators is against any such move and wants unanimity on the issue. Anirudh, through his letter, is seeking to get a clear majority in a bid to issue the Champions Trophy boycott threat. (BCCI isolated at International Cricket Council: Sources to India Today)Earlier, speaking exclusively to India Today, Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai once again ruled out India threatening to pull out of ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales in June.”We have to build consensus and create a enabling environment for us to show our cricketing capability which is at its peak now. We can’t afford to be rigid and taciturn and have other country boards begin to hate us.”advertisementMeanwhile, the CoA issued directions to members stating that “all letters, notices and other correspondence on behalf of the BCCI which seek to invoke or exercise any rights/ remedies under the Members Participation Agreement entered into between the BCCI and the ICC Business Corporation FZ-LLC (“IBC”) shall only be issued with the prior approval of the Committee of Administrators.”The CoA also went on say that its direction shall also apply to letters, notices and other correspondence which seek to invoke or exercise any rights/ remedies against the International Cricket Council (“ICC”).last_img read more

A Jay-Z, Beyonce Concert Caused $200K In Damages To A Major CFB Field

first_imgGeneral view of Williams-Brice Stadium.COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of the kickoff between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)South Carolina will begin its 2018 season with three home games in a row. The Gamecocks will play all three on new turf, as the school is currently replacing the old surface after a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert.The show was held last Tuesday. Today, the school will install more than 90,000 square feet of Bermuda grass trucked in from Georgia, according to ESPN.The cost of the project is said to be between $150,000 and $200,000, and has been covered by the concert promoters. The field is slated to be ready for the season opener this weekend.According to ESPN, it sounds like this was a scenario that South Carolina was prepared for.South Carolina had planned for the possibility of such a changeout when Williams-Brice Stadium was picked as a stop for Jay-Z and Beyonce’s tour about 18 months ago, athletic director Ray Tanner said.Concert crews needed about a week to set up the massive stage used for Tuesday night’s show. Coach Will Muschamp and his players were among the 40,000 or so who attended.A hard cover was put over the field to protect it from wear and tear caused by construction of the stage and concertgoers. But when the cover was removed, it was clear the grass had died and needed to be replaced, Cox said.The Gamecocks open up the 2018 season at home against Coastal Carolina on Saturday.They will also play Georgia at home on Sept. 8 and Marshall at home on Sept. 15.last_img read more

Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer can ‘blow away’ teams in Test cricket, says Stuart Broad

first_imgAshes 2019: Jofra Archer can ‘blow away’ teams in Test cricket, says Stuart BroadEngland (ENG) vs Australia (AUS) Ashes 2019: “He’s already been a successful international cricketer, having been involved in the World Cup win, but he’s got some great attributes,” Stuart Broad said after the end of the day’s play.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonAugust 17, 2019UPDATED: August 17, 2019 12:22 IST England vs Australia (ENG vs AUS) Live Score, Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer in action (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJofra Archer has 131 wickets in 28 First Class matches and scored over 1,000 runs in the longer formatsJofra bowled with great pace and lengths to Australia batsmen, kept them in check during 3rd day of 2nd Ashes TestJofra still learning his trade a little bit, although he’s doing it with great success, said England pacer Stuart BroadVeteran England pacer Stuart Broad has said that debutant Jofra Archer has the pace and bounce to blow away teams in Test cricket.The third day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s turned out to be yet another damp squib as no play was possible after the first session because of rain. However, there was plenty for England to cheer as they left Australia reeling at 80/4 when the day was called off. The visitors still trail by 178 runs.Archer was one of the wicket-takers as he trapped Cameron Bancroft in front of the wickets with a delivery that jagged back sharply. The 24-year-old bowled with great pace and lengths to other Australia batsmen also and kept them in check.”He’s already been a successful international cricketer, having been involved in the World Cup win, but he’s got some great attributes,” Broad said after the end of the day’s play while speaking at the press conference.”These conditions at Lord’s have been a bit favourable to the bowler on day one and day two, but that’s not taking away anything he brings. You feel even on day four and day five pitches, with his height and bounce, he’s going to bring the stumps into play.”I don’t think there are any doubts within the group or within the media that he has the attributes to be a Test cricketer. There’s going to be times when he’s going to blow teams away. What impressed me was his nagging line, the fact that he can bring all dismissals in. He’s aggressive with his bouncer,” he added.advertisementArcher grabbed the attention of the larger global cricketing audience with his exploits in the Indian Premier League before storming into the international cricket scene with his stellar performance in England’s successful 2019 World Cup campaign. The Barbados-born fast bowler has 131 wickets in 28 First-Class matches and scored over 1,000 runs in the longer formats.However, Broad doesn’t want the team to place too many expectations on Archer.”This is his first Test match. It’s a big learning experience. You sometimes forget he’s, what, 24?” Broad said.”In our minds, because he’s been involved in World Cups and been talked about so much in the last six months that we think he’s a really experienced, older, knows-it-all cricketer. He’s still learning his trade a little bit, although he’s doing it with great success,” he added.Also Read | The Ashes, 2nd Test: England pick up crucial wickets before rain wrecks Day 3Also see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Ashes testFollow LordsFollow Eng vs AUSFollow Jofra Archerlast_img read more

Foundation Provides Second Chance for High-School Dropouts

first_img Through her brainchild Anti-Cancer Research Jamaica Foundation (ACRJF), which was established and registered in January 2017, close to $1 million has been raised to date to assist high-school dropouts and others to sit Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects or to pursue vocational training. Jamaican research scientist and educator, Dr. Simone Badal McCreath, has embarked on a noble mission aimed at providing a second chance for persons to gain the education and skills necessary to acquire a job or pursue higher learning. Story Highlights The Foundation has identified an initial three beneficiaries for CSEC assistance this year at a cost of approximately $173,290 for three subjects per beneficiary. Jamaican research scientist and educator, Dr. Simone Badal McCreath, has embarked on a noble mission aimed at providing a second chance for persons to gain the education and skills necessary to acquire a job or pursue higher learning.Through her brainchild Anti-Cancer Research Jamaica Foundation (ACRJF), which was established and registered in January 2017, close to $1 million has been raised to date to assist high-school dropouts and others to sit Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects or to pursue vocational training.Approximately $540,000 has come from corporate donors, and about $380,000 from a wide cross section of individuals.The Foundation has identified an initial three beneficiaries for CSEC assistance this year at a cost of approximately $173,290 for three subjects per beneficiary.Dr. Badal McCreath lectures in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, St. Andrew, where she is also engaged in anti-cancer research from which the Foundation derives its name.She indicates that as the beneficiary of a solid formal education, she feels obliged to give back to society through this avenue.She says there are many persons “who need someone to give them a chance to make something meaningful of themselves. So I came up with the idea of establishing a Foundation that targets assistance for high-school dropouts and also can help other persons, such as inner-city residents, to get skill sets or go back to school if they want to,” she tells JIS News.Dr. Badal McCreath says she pitched the concept to her family, several colleagues and associates with whom it resonated, resulting in several of them forming the core board of directors overseeing the operations of the Foundation, which she chairs.They include husband, Gregory McCreath, who is Director for Strategic Planning; and Community and Workers of Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union President, Pete Smith, who is Finance Director.The team of directors also includes persons with responsibility for areas such as requisitions; marketing and communications; overseeing the donating partners committee and the organisation’s overall governance; information technology; spearheading the newly formed learning centre, which will engage post graduates in subject delivery; and the mentorship academy.Additionally, Dr. Badal McCreath says the organisation has forged collaborations with several churches and schools to assist in identifying persons for support. Among these are Swallowfield Chapel and Gaynstead High School in Kingston.“These are entities that come in contact with a plethora of potential candidates. Partnering with stakeholders who know the individuals directly… makes it easier for us to actually dispense the resources to persons who will make use of these,” Dr. Badal McCreath reasons.Director of Marketing and Communications, Damion Wilks, points out that the Foundation offers three main programmes. These are the early school leavers’ programme, which targets high school dropouts; a vocational skills programme; and a mentorship programme.Mr. Wilks says the focus on vocational training is in recognition that “not everybody is going to be comfortable in a traditional classroom environment. “There are persons who prefer to work with their hands… and earning a livelihood this way to support their families,” he notes.He explains that the mentorship component is to ensure that in addition to academic and technical training, beneficiaries are equipped with the requisite social skills that will enable them to interact seamlessly with others.Finance Director, Pete Smith, says the support of all well-thinking individuals and organisations will be imperative in ensuring that the Foundation achieves its goal of enabling beneficiaries to fulfil their aspirations.In this regard, he says individuals are being encouraged to commit to donating $1,000 per month, and corporate entities, a minimum of US$1,000 per annum.He says the Foundation will also be staging several fundraising events, noting that “in 2020, it is our aim to garner over $20 million to continue the support”.He advises that two accounts have opened at the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and Scotiabank to which donations can be lodged, and persons can visit the Foundation’s website at www.acrjfoundation.org.jm for additional information.He informs that the Foundation is also in the process of setting up PayPal to accept contributions online.Mrs. Smith says the entity is committed to transparency and accountability. and monthly reports are being generated and circulated to all donating partners and members of the Foundation, which will be supported by audited financial statements.The Foundation recently held a reception at the UWI’s Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex to say thanks to the individual and corporate donors supporting the initiative.They include Community and Workers of Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union Limited, Virgin International Trading Limited, Jomo Auto Sales and Supplies, Big Brother Auto, and Creative Screen Printing.Virgin International’s Chief Executive Officer, Garfield Virgin, says he believes in the Foundation’s vision… “but, more so, I have the faith in the founder, that my contributions will be used for its intended purpose.”UWI undergraduate, Shannique Clarke, who is an individual donor, feels that “if more persons are educated, we will be able to make better decisions that enhance our outcome as a country. So it is important for me to contribute to this cause that will help to steer us in that direction”.Dr. Badal McCreath is appealing to well-thinking Jamaicans at home and abroad to support the initiative.Noting that an estimated 2,000 youngsters drop out of high school annually, she contends that boosting Jamaica’s global competiveness requires an adequately educated and trained labour force.“If we want to get there, we cannot afford to leave the persons who have dropped out of high school behind. Furthermore, an educated society is a safer society. Let us not just be persons who talk about the changes that we want to see, but let us be persons… who accompany those discussions with solutions. So we implore you to help us to get there,” Dr. Badal McCreath underscores.Meanwhile, Mr. Smith says there are plans to expand the Foundation’s reach to the wider Caribbean.“The ACRJF… is seeking to assist. Many premature high-school leavers are stuck in a place where they really don’t belong. They too have dreams, they have aspirations, and they want to go places.The Anti-Cancer Research Jamaica Foundation is here to help them soar like eagles,” Mr. Smith adds.Individuals and organisations interested in supporting the Foundation can visit the office on the first floor of the UWI’s Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex or call 927-2290.Persons can also visit the website at www.acrjfoundation.org.jm or e-mail them at info@acrjfoundation.org.jm or acrjfoundation@gmail.com.last_img read more

Minister Vaz Reports Over 90 Per Cent Support for Plastic, Styrofoam Ban

first_img “We, in this Administration, have taken the bold step and, thankfully, the citizenry has supported it. I don’t know of any other policy that has gotten 90-odd per cent support, not by the Government’s own data but by independent pollsters. Story Highlights Five months after the ban on styrofoam and single-use plastic bags was implemented in Jamaica, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, is reporting more than 90 per cent support for the initiative.“We, in this Administration, have taken the bold step and, thankfully, the citizenry has supported it. I don’t know of any other policy that has gotten 90-odd per cent support, not by the Government’s own data but by independent pollsters.“So it means as a people, we are realising and seeing the damage that is being done to the environment by these plastic [materials] and improper disposal of the items,” he said.Minister Vaz was addressing a public forum at the Rio Nuevo Village in St. Mary on Wednesday (May 30), on the topic ‘Adapting to Climate Resilience Action Plans: My Responsibility’.As of January 1, 2019, the Government has imposed a ban on single-use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene. The ban covers the importation, manufacture and distribution of the materials.The plastic bags banned are those that are commonly referred to as ‘scandal bags’ and other bags with dimensions of 24 inches by 24 inches or less.“I am happy to say that since the ban came into effect, we have carried out extensive public awareness campaigns. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Jamaica Customs and all our partners have moved with haste to enforce the ban,” Mr. Vaz noted. “So it means as a people, we are realising and seeing the damage that is being done to the environment by these plastic [materials] and improper disposal of the items,” he said. Five months after the ban on styrofoam and single-use plastic bags was implemented in Jamaica, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, is reporting more than 90 per cent support for the initiative.last_img read more

Budget Bulletin Debt Retirement

first_img establishing a debt retirement contingency in fiscal year 2004-05 that will be required to reach $106 million by fiscal year 2007-08; creating a fund for debt retirement using a portion of the interest earned on investments; and enacting legislation that commits extraordinary revenues to the province, as well as money from the sale of provincially owned assets, to the debt retirement fund. The province of Nova Scotia continues to make progress inmanaging its long-term debt. Three successive balanced budgets,steady reduction in net debt to GDP ratio, and continuedreduction in foreign currency exposure have contributed tofinancial recovery and prosperity for the province. The government announced a debt retirement plan in June 2003. Bylowering the debt, annual interest charges will be reduced,making the province more attractive in financial markets. The plan’s three components are: The debt retirement plan focuses on net direct debt (NDD) as thetarget measure of the province’s debt. Despite balanced budgets,annual spending on tangible capital assets (TCA) such as roads,schools, and other public infrastructure, has been adding to thedebt. To address this challenge, a $250 million annual capitalspending TCA allocation was established. This will controlprovincial spending while prudent investment in capitalinfrastructure will support steady economic growth. Net direct debt to gross domestic product (GDP) compares what theprovince owes with what it produces, thereby measuring theability of the province to manage its debt. NDD:GDP RATIO2002-03 45.0 per cent2003-04 44.1 per cent2004-05 (estimated) 43.1 per cent Reducing the amount of debt that is in foreign currencies reducesthe province’s vulnerability to sudden changes in foreigncurrency markets. By law, Nova Scotia’s foreign debt had to belowered to under 20 per cent. FOREIGN CURRENCY EXPOSURE1994-95 72.2 per cent2001-02 28.9 per cent2002-03 18.1 per cent2003-04 16.9 per cent The benefits of the above actions can be seen in debt servicingcosts. In fiscal year 2003-04, debt servicing costs were down by$25.3 million compared to the budget estimate. This, despite theinclusion of $30.5 million in interest on post-employmentbenefits in 2003-04 debt servicing costs. Without that change inaccounting policy, debt servicing costs would have been down$55.8 million. In part, decline in debt servicing costs was dueto the improvement in the Canadian dollar and the continuation oflow short-term interest rates. Debt servicing costs in 2004-05 are up slightly compared to the2003-04 forecast. However, the increase is due to interest onpension and other obligations totalling about $10 million. -30-last_img read more

Chester Launches New Environmental Technology

first_imgResidents in the Municipality of the District of Chester will benefit both economically and environmentally because of technology that was unveiled today, Feb. 7. The municipality is the first in the province to purchase the Altinex dewatering truck that will reduce the dependence on septage lagoons, lower transportation costs, and create economic opportunities for local residents. “I would like to congratulate the Municipality of the District of Chester for seizing the opportunity to invest in the Altinex dewatering truck,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “I look forward to the liquid waste industry following Chester’s lead to improve their septage handling technology.” The truck pumps the septic system and separates the liquids from the solids. The liquid portion is then put back into the septic system, which reduces the threat of septic system failure. The solid portion may be composted and used in landscaping, land reclamation, silviculture and the creation of biofuels. Septic pumpers using the Altinex dewatering truck technology will make fewer trips to and from discharge locations because the truck can handle 10 times more septage than the current trucks. This will result in savings of about 80 per cent on fuel annually, and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. “We are proud to be the first municipality in the province to employ this new technology,” said Allen Webber, Warden of the Municipality of the District of Chester. “With financial assistance from the Government’s Septage Treatment Facility Assistance Program, we have been able to invest in this Nova Scotian first.” The government’s four year, $2.75 million Septage Treatment Facility Assistance Program offers assistance to septage lagoon operators to upgrade facilities or construct replacement facilities, and technology to meet new guidelines for improved environmental handling of septage materials. The Altinex dewatering truck will improve the Municipality of the District of Chester’s septage technology and help them to meet the revised Guidelines for the Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Septage. The truck, developed in Norway, needed to be re-fitted on North American chassis and bodies. Lunenburg-based company, ABCO Industries Ltd., has made the adaptations for this technology to be operational in Nova Scotia. “We commend the Municipality of the District of Chester for taking the initiative in this new to Nova Scotia technology and are very pleased to have been part of this project,” said John Meisner, president of ABCO Industries Ltd. “The units fit in very well with our environmental equipment line and we hope that Chester’s investment results in a requirement for more of these units that we could produce at ABCO.” The Altinex De-watering Truck will begin operation in March. For more information on the technology or the government’s Septage Treatment Facility Assistance Program visit, www.gov.ns.ca/enla/water/septageassitanceprogram.asplast_img read more

Sudarsan to compete in US Sand Sculpting Championship

first_imgBhubaneswar: Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik from Odisha will represent India at the International Sand Sculpting Championship 2019 to be held in the US’ Boston city between July 21 and 28. As many as 15 sand artists will participate in the championship from around the world, said sources. “I am happy to know that I have been selected to represent India. I got the invitation from the organiser Meredith Corso,” said Pattnaik. Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik has participated in more than 60 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won many awards for the country. He is known for his sand sculptures on social awareness. He is also a Guinness Book of World record holder in 2017. Pattnaik also runs a sand art school at Puri beach in Odisha.last_img read more

Killjoys Breaking through the Double Standard

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Despite the fact that it’s 2016 and gender equality in front of and behind our television screens is getting better and better, there’s still a very big double standard that exists when it comes to male versus female characters on television. Similar to real life, when a male character has several different sexual partners he’s often patted on the back (way to go bro! stud!), but when a female character displays similar type behavior she’s criticized, perceived as damaged or looked down upon (slut!). While change can be slow, thankfully there are shows like Killjoys out there who are not only breaking, but completely shattering these antiquated double standards.While Season 2 of Killjoys has certainly been the Year of the Woman, focusing on several different female characters during its sophomore run thus far, make no mistake about it, this is Dutch’s show. Some fans have commented that earlier episodes this season seemed to be pushing Dutch aside and she wasn’t as central as last year, but that’s certainly changed over recent weeks. Hannah John-Kamen has grown nicely into her role this season and completely owns the character in every single facet. Showrunner Michelle Lovretta has said she wanted Dutch to have more fun and be more playful this year–given how young John-Kamen actually is–and we definitely have seen that youthfulness shine through in fun undercover ops or when the actress showed off her singing chops.But perhaps one of the (many) great things Killjoys has done with Dutch this season is show that a woman is fully capable of having many different types of relationships. Killjoys is a diverse show, not just with its cast, but also in the wide variety of character traits and relationships it portrays. Just as they do in real life, people on Killjoys are not confined to having just one type of relationship or one type of romance and that’s extremely evident with Dutch in Season 2. While she may have connected with D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) in Season 1 over shared experiences, we’re now seeing her connect with Alvis (Morgan Kelly) in a different, but equally important manner. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Motorbikes The Famous Means of Transport in Marrakech

Rabat – Marrakech, known as the Kingdom’s best tourist destination, is also described as “the capital of motorbikes,” since they are the most important means of transportation for the city’s residents.Motorcycles are largely used inside the ochre city by men and women alike, the young and the old, students, workers, and even professionals use motorcycles every day to go to their offices.The French-made MBK Swing and Libero brands used to be the most popularbrand used by the people in Marrakech after high speed scooters, which are now used widely, have been imported from China. Interviewed by Anadolu Agency, Abdul Latif Bahi, a public sector employee, said, “I had a normal bike and I started to use a motorcycle six years ago after getting a new job.” “The motorbike facilitated my daily life and I accomplish my needs quicker than before,” he added.The motorbikes are widely used in most of the cities of Morocco, but Marrakech, Morocco’s fourth most populous city, remains number one in terms of motorbike usage as a daily means of transport.“Motorcycle sales here in Marrakech reached 30 percent of total sales of motorcycles in the country, as Marrakech is known for its large usage of motorcycles. The city is helped by its geography, which is free of highlands and hills,” Mahdi Zureikm, owner of a motorbike shop in Marrakech, told Anadolu Agency.Even though most families in Marrakech own a car, a motorbike is a must have vehicle in every house for running errands very quickly or even take a trip through the narrow, windy streets of the old medina.Despite the effectiveness of motorbikes in Marrakech, high speed motorbikes, which have flooded the Moroccan market, have caused several road accidents that took the lives of many.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Brazilian Football Teams Plane Crashes in Colombia Killing 76

Beryl KessioRbat – A chartered plane carrying 81 people, including Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team and over 20 journalists, crashed in Colombia on Monday evening, killing 75 people.The team was traveling to Colombia to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Medellin team Atletico Nacional. This matchup was going to be the biggest in the small club team’s history, since it had only entered Brazil’s top division in 2014. The first of the two-leg Copa Sudamericana final was scheduled for Wednesday but has now been suspended. Atletico Nacional has asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the cup.Chairman of the team’s board, Plinio David de Nes Filho, told reporters on Tuesday that Chapecoense dreamt of winning the coveted cup.“The dream was over this morning,” he said, choking back tears. “Yesterday morning I was saying goodbye to them,” he said. “They told me they were going in search of the dream to make this dream a reality.”According to Colombian aviation officials, the plane reported electrical problems as it flew near the towns of La Ceja and La Unión. The crash occurred in a mountainous area called Cerro El Gordo near Medellin, officials said.The plane went down in stormy weather but it is still unclear why the plane crashed. These heavy rains rendered the accident site accessible only by land, hampering rescue efforts.At least three soccer players, two crew members and one journalist survived, authorities reported. read more

Bouknadel Train Accident Survivor Some Tried to Help Others Looted

Rabat- Passengers who survived the Bouknadel train accident still suffered theft by individuals who pretended to help, only to loot from the train.Many eyewitnesses recounted how some individuals took advantage of the accident to loot from the luggage of passengers. The act has shocked and disgusted Moroccans. Others claimed that some taxi drivers raised prices to transport the stranded passengers.One survivor told Moroccan radio station Hit Radio that thieves stole from jackets, pockets, and luggage of shock-stricken passengers who could not do anything to stop them.Read Also: Bouknadel Train Accident: Spain, Qatar Send Condolences to Morocco“My money, my bag, my passport, my phone, everything was robbed,” the Moroccan man residing in Germany complained. “It was an apocalypse.”He stated, “If it weren’t for the royal gendarmerie showing up only a quarter hour from the accident, everyone would have ended up stark naked” because of looters from nearby shantytowns.However, the man was sympathetic, saying poverty was the real culprit because the looters were victims of poverty.Read Also: #Baraka: Moroccans Call for Boycott of ONCF TrainsThe survivor described how some of the people who genuinely wanted to help had no knowledge of first aid and pulled passengers out by their limbs, which may have exacerbated injuries.The man wished that they had waited for the arrival of ambulances and civil protection forces to retrieve the injured.“Half of the injured people were paralyzed because of the [inexperienced humanitarians].” Comparing Moroccan authorities to those of Germany, the speaker said that the Moroccan civil protection forces did an “amazing” job and were very competent.Train No. 9 linking Rabat and Kenitra on the Casablanca-Kenitra line derailed on Tuesday near Bouknadel at 10:20 a.m., killing 7 and injuring 125, according to the most recent statistics.Neither the National Office of Railways (ONCF) nor the Moroccan government has yet given an official statement on the cause of the accidents.According to a leaked recording of a phone conversation between ONCF employees, the train was running at 120 kilometers per hour, when it was supposed to run at 60 kilometers per hour in the area where it derailed.One of the employees stated that problems on that stretch of track were noticed last Friday, however ONCF did not set speed limit signs, properly communicate the speed limit to drivers, or take it into consideration.On the other hand, the Media and Press Department at the Ministry of Equipment told Morocco World News that they had no knowledge about the recording. The department emphasized that there should be “a scientific proof of what happened.” Many Moroccans have expressed rage towards ONCF, blaming it for the accident after the recording blaming faulty tracks and speeding went viral.Moroccans have begun an online campaign with hashtags “#Baraka” (enough) and “#Boycott ONCF” on Twitter and Facebook. ONCF, the only rail transport company in Morocco, is state-run with “financial autonomy” according to its website.While many are calling for actions, hundreds of people have donated blood for the victims of the accident at the Regional Center for Blood Transfusion.Many people in Rabat, including royal gendarmes volunteered to donate blood for the victims.The center had taken 549 sacks of blood in the first 24 hours after the accident. The center only had to use 16 by mid-Wednesday, according to the head of the center, Mohammed Benajiba. read more

Drone sighting halts flights at Irelands Dublin Airport

LONDON — Flights to and from Dublin Airport in Ireland were briefly halted after a drone was spotted over the airfield.The airport says it suspended flights “for safety reasons” after a “confirmed sighting” on Thursday morning. Flights resumed a short time later.The airport said “the safety and security of customers is our key priority at all times.”The popularity of drones makes them a growing threat to aviation.More than 100,000 travellers were stranded or delayed before Christmas after drone sightings near London’s Gatwick, Britain’s second-busiest airport.The Associated Press

Teen researchers showcase projects at Mentorship Symposium

A recent Brock University event has shown the innovative research that can come from mixing bright young minds with a little bit of guidance from dedicated and knowledgeable mentors.During the recent 2019 Mentorship Symposium, local high school students shared the findings of projects they worked on alongside Brock faculty members, touching on topics such as rock formations on Mars, computer programs that analyze Amazon reviews and plants that help in the fight against cancer.The event capped off the 24th year of the Brock Mentorship Program, run through the Faculty of Math and Science, which has helped more than 500 students prepare for post-secondary studies since its inception.In addition to faculty members from Math and Science, students were paired with academics from the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Goodman School of Business to explore topics in their areas of interest.Each year, Grade 12 students from the Niagara region are nominated and encouraged by a teacher or staff member from their school to participate in the Mentorship Program. Students begin initial talks with their mentors on their projects as early as May.Fittingly, 24 students from both the District School Board of Niagara and Niagara Catholic District School Board participated this year.These students gathered at Brock Saturday, Feb. 9 to present their findings at the 2019 Mentorship Symposium.Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon opened up the day by welcoming visitors and thanking Brock faculty and staff for their commitment to helping guide the budding researchers through their endeavours. He also offered his congratulations to the students for their accomplishments and completion of the program.Ishan Herath said the mentorship experience has had a positive impact on his life. “I really enjoyed my time in the program,” said the Grade 12 Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School student, who conducted his research with Brock’s Department of Biology. “I learned how to work in a professional research environment and developed skills that I wouldn’t have been able to in a high school setting.” Giya Joseph, of Denis Morris Catholic Secondary School, said she was appreciative of the guidance she received from her time with the Department of Earth Sciences. “It was a great experience for me,” she said. “I was able to learn new research methods and now have a better understanding of what I can expect in university.”For their efforts, each student in the program is offered a scholarship should they decide to come to Brock.“We hope that students get the most out of this experience and that this program motivates them to further their studies in a field they are passionate about,” said Heather Bellisario, Academic Advisor, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, and Mentorship Program Co-ordinator.­Applications for the 2019-20 Mentorship Program are now welcome and will be received until Friday, March 8. More information on the application process and abstracts from this year’s presentations can be found on the Mentorship Program web page. read more

Back to Rio Tintos roots

first_imgLast month, Rio Tinto’s Chief Executive Sam Walsh visited the company’s birthplace in southern Spain, commemorating the employees who helped build the foundations of the company more than a century ago. He also pledged Rio Tinto’s support for restoration work on a part of the company’s heritage in the region.The roots of the organisation date back to 1873, when a group of British and European investors formed The Rio Tinto Co to reopen ancient copper mines in the town of Minas de Riotinto, in Spain’s Huelva province. Rio Tinto eventually divested its Spanish interests, but for many years, the Huelva operations were the heart of the company, and the world’s leading producer of copper.Among the reminders of Rio Tinto’s time in Spain are the British Protestant Cemetery built by the company in 1879, and a memorial that the company constructed to honour its employees who lost their lives in World War I.During his visit, Walsh told Minas de Riotinto’s Mayor Rosa Caballero that the company would contribute €20,000 over three years towards restoration work needed on the cemetery.He also thanked Mayor Caballero for laying the wreath that the company sent in November 2014, to mark the centenary of the start of World War I and pay its respects to the employees who died in the conflict.“Rio Tinto is an international mining business with operations in more than 40 countries and we have a long and proud history stretching back more than 140 years,” said Walsh. “I respect our company’s heritage and, while we are no longer there, our commencement at Minas de Riotinto back in 1873 represents an important part of our story.“It was a privilege to have the opportunity to see first-hand the birthplace of our company and to better understand the rich history behind our business.“I was delighted to announce Rio Tinto will be helping to support the restoration of the cemetery and look forward to seeing the project progress. The Mayor of Minas de Riotinto told me it is an important project for the local community and we are pleased to be able to make this contribution.”Sam also spent time exploring Rio Tinto’s extensive historical archives and the town’s mining museum – which he declared one of the best he had ever visited. He also inspected the Cora Atalya (old pit), travelled on the restored locomotives and carriages of the mining railway, and toured the town’s English quarter, where houses were modelled after those from Victorian Britain, and were home to expatriate company executives.last_img read more

Lundin Gold Fruta del Norte soft tunnelling completed development now in hard

first_imgLundin Gold Inc is pleased to announce that soft tunneling was completed in December 2017 and mine development is now into hard rock at its Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador. “Tunneling through soft clay was a significant risk factor to underground mine development due to the potential for ground failure. We were able to get through this challenging task, and the mine development is now advancing at a quicker pace,” said Ron Hochstein, President and CEO of Lundin Gold. “We are also ramping up other major projects, including the process plant and powerline.”The company transitioned from soft tunneling to hard rock tunneling in December 2017, working through 77 m of saprolite (soft clay) in the first decline and 69 m in the second. Drilling and blasting in hard rock commenced on December 7th in the first decline and December 17th in the second, and currently the advance in hard rock reached 100 m and 78 m, in the first and second declines, respectively.In October 2017, Lundin Gold awarded the long-lead time grinding equipment packages, including the SAG and ball mills (complete with motors) and the flotation and filtration packages to Outotec Chile SA. The gravity mill, CIL and detox tanks, and ADR plant and gold room packages were recently awarded to FLSmidth USA Inc. TelSmith Inc. will provide the crushing packages for both the process plant and aggregate quarry crushers. ABB Inc has been awarded switchgear and substation equipment and transformers packages.Most of the mobile mine equipment orders have been placed. Importadora Industrial Agricola SA/Caterpillar will provide the underground mine scooptrams and trucks, as well as the surface earthworks and quarry equipment. Orders for the mine jumbos and bolters are expected to be awarded this quarter.The EIA for the powerline received final approval at the end of 2017. Easement agreements have been reached with 91% of affected landholders, and the Company expects the remaining easements to be obtained this quarter. Detailed engineering and procurement is well underway, and the engineering, procurement and construction contractor is on track to begin building the powerline this quarter.Regardless of difficult ground conditions, site earthworks are on schedule. Earthworks on the process plant is 13% complete with concrete mill foundations planned to start this quarter.The North Access Road is progressing well, and 32% of the road has been built. A second earthworks contractor was mobilised at El Pindal, where the North Access Road will link to the national highway system. Approximately 6 km needs to be built to connect the North Access Road from either side.All other construction disciplines are actively working on the 1,000-person construction camp which is nearing completion, with over 60% of the units currently available for occupancy. Combined with the existing camp, there are more than 1,200 beds available. During the last month, approximately 800 people were at site, including contractors.last_img read more

Donte Armbrister Bahamian Tennis Player at Commonwealth Youth Games

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 22, 2017 – Nassau – Fifteen-year-old Donte Armbrister started playing tennis from the age of 6. He enjoyed learning the game and practiced frequently for three years as a recreational player initially, then eventually graduated to playing on a competitive level in the sport he currently has come to love.“Tennis is really a mental game. You have to use your head a lot,” said Donte.On July 20, Donte represented The Bahamas internationally in a tennis match at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, held at the Tennis complex on the grounds of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. He added that to prepare for the match, he put in at least one to two hours practice for 5 days a week during his training.“I played against a male player from Cypress. I lost 6-4 and 6-3, but it was a nice competitive match and we fought well. I learned that I’m a fighter and I can find my way through tough times,” said Donte.He reflected humbly on his new experience and admitted that the Commonwealth Youth Games encouraged him to press on in the sport and learn from his time here.“Thank God, we have the opportunity to play for The Bahamas. It was a nice experience to meet different cultures, play against them, and make friends,” said Donte.Story by: Gena GibbsPress Release: BISPHOTO CAPTION: Donte Armbrister, interviewed by BIS Writer, Gena Gibbs. (BIS Photos/Gena Gibbs)last_img read more

Minister Pintard Cheers Gardiners Silver Performance

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited Kingdom, August 9, 2017 – London – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (centre) and Director of Sports Timothy Munnings (centre right, holding small flag) cheer their support for Abaco’s Steven Gardiner, as he raced to a silver-medal finish, during the Mens’ 400m Finals at the IAAF World Championships 2017, in London, England, on August 8, 2017. Pictured holding the large Bahamian flag is Joint Team Manager Carl Oliver.(Photo Courtesy MYSC) Related Items:last_img