Sheetal Raj, the youngest woman mountaineer visited IGI airport unit on Wednesday. She met the women police officers working in this unit and boost their morale by sharing her experiences of scaling the highest peaks. Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said all the present women officers welcomed her and she was presented a souvenir by the IGI Airport Unit for her outstanding achievement. “She spoke about struggles in her life and advised few tips to overcome the difficulties and problems and achieve greater heights. She encouraged staff to encourage their children to accomplish high goals in life,” added DCP IGI. Sheetal Raj from Uttarakhand has become the youngest girl from the state to climb Mount Everest. The 22 year old, who hails from the Salmoda village in Pithoragarh district has managed to create history. “Sheetal was a part of an expedition called ‘Climbing Beyond the Summit, Everest Expedition 2019.’ Scaling the highest peak in the world was the second grand achievement for her,” added DCP IGI.
NEW YORK — The holiday season can be a motivation and productivity killer at some small businesses. Staffers may spend time chatting or shopping online, ask to leave early for children’s holiday events or just not be in the mood to work.The companies with the most holiday problems are likely to be ones where November and December aren’t a particularly busy period — they’re not retailers, restaurants, caterers and other companies where staffers understand when they’re hired that this is prime time and everyone has to be physically and mentally present. At any company, if employees are distracted, owners may find that being firm but flexible will help keep everyone focused.Human resources professionals say holiday issues, like any matters that involve employees, are easier to resolve when staffers know in advance what the expectations and limits are. So, owners who sense that their workers are likely to be sitting and talking about parties and gifts may want to remind everyone now that chatting needs to be kept to a minimum. And if the owner or managers are seeing people giving in too much to temptation, a friendly, “hey, we have work to do,” is in order.It’s probably going to be impossible to completely stop staffers from shopping online. The solution may be to remind staffers that they should wait until break or lunch times to do their ordering. And if the owner sees someone shopping at other times, don’t make a big scene, but remind the staffer of the rules.Staffers who want to leave early for children’s plays or concerts should be given the chance to do so, but they also need to give the boss advance notice that there’s an event coming up and they must be held responsible for getting their work done. It may require some flexibility from an owner — allowing staffers to work remotely, come in early or leave late on another day. If the staffer needs a co-worker to cover for them, it’s the employee’s responsibility to set that up.HR pros warn that there’s a caveat about letting staffers leave for family events but not allowing others without children to take time to go to an event they’re interested in. Some employees can feel discriminated against if they see others getting what they feel is special treatment, and that could mean legal repercussions down the road. It’s best not to judge what kind of event is OK — as long as staffers are getting their work done, they should have permission to take part in an extracurricular activity.Some companies that have flexibility at holiday time give staffers an afternoon of their choosing off. Employees will consider that time to be a real gift — and knowing they’ll have a little free time may help them stay focused the rest of the holiday season._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
In order to celebrate the living bridge of cricket between Bengal and Britain, British Deputy High Commission Kolkata hosted a UK-Kolkata Cricket Carnival at Spring Club, EM Bypass on May 18.The cricket carnival was in association with Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), SKAL International Kolkata, VFS Global and British Council. A team of 8 players (including men and women) from British Deputy High Commission Kolkata and all of these 5 different organisations went on to the pitch to play against each other to create some unforgettable and memorable cricket moments for the ‘City of Joy’. Also Read – The Puja carnivalBruce Bucknell, British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata said: “I am delighted to join hands with the travel and tourism trade in Kolkata to celebrate the living bridge of cricket between Bengal and Britain. The World Cup in the UK will be the biggest cricket tournament to date. It is a chance to showcase the best of England and Wales on the global stage, and is a once in a generation chance for cricket fans in England and Wales to see the world’s greatest players in action.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraAnil Punjabi, Director, ARES Travels and Chairman East, Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) said: “History of Indian cricket has its major link to Britain. We have come close to each other to enhance our business and overall growth. As it’s often said – Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. I wish UK-Kolkata Cricket Carnival a huge success. Such events will boost travel to Great Britain.” The player of the match in the finals won a return trip ticket (Kolkata to London) courtesy Sri Lankan Airlines. The Woman of the Tournament (highest score) won a return trip (domestic ticket in India) from Spice Jet. The cricket carnival was interspersed with cricket trivia and quizzes which included prizes and giveaways from the tourism and hospitality sector of Kolkata such as Novotel, Thai Airways, Country Road Resort, Vivada cruise, Pride Hotel, HHI hotel among others. Sanjeev Mehra, President, SKAL International Kolkata said: “The game of cricket is a great unifier in India and the British High Commission in Kolkata has chosen the right medium to connect with the tourism and travel trade. SKAL International Kolkata 127 welcomes this wonderfully inclusive initiative that brings together all our colleagues from the travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruises and other spheres of this buzzing industry. We participated with gusto, played the game with the friendly spirit that underlines all SKAL activities, and see this as a precursor to a very exciting and successful ICC World Cup later this summer.” Indians travel to attend all sorts of sporting events. It is not just cricket, but other sports like football – the English Premier League, tennis at Wimbledon as well as cricket at Lords and the other main grounds in England and Wales. Estimates for the numbers planning to travel to the UK from India for CWC 2019 range from 50,000-80,000.
6 December 2011Two United Nations agencies have strongly condemned the recent murder of a Mexican peace activist and the attempted killing of the chief of a women’s rights organization in the same country and called on the Government to investigate and prosecute those responsible. Nepomuceno Moreno Núñez, a member of the Peace with Justice and Dignity Movement, was murdered on 28 November in the northern state of Sonora. He joined the movement after the disappearance of his son in July last year, demanding an investigation and punishment of the perpetrators.Two months ago, during an encounter of the movement with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón, he revealed he was under a lot of pressure and turned in all the documents related to his son’s disappearance.Norma Andrade, the co-president of the non-governmental organization (NGO) “Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa” (Our Daughters Come Home) in Ciudad Juárez, was severely injured by a gunshot on 2 December. Ms. Andrade’s daughter was murdered in 2001. Since then, she has been defending women’s rights, demanding justice for the hundreds of women have been murdered in the state of Chihuahua over the past decade. Javier Hernández Valencia, representative for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Mexico, called for authorities to implement mechanisms that would protect human rights defenders in the country.“As time passes the risks that human rights defenders and victims of human rights violations increase drastically,” he said in a statement issued yesterday.A representative for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Ana Güezmes, stressed the “necessity to strengthen the right to justice, and to guarantee the rectifying the damage suffered by victims and their families, as well as deploying more efficient actions to prevent, sanction and eradicate impunity and violence, in particular violence against women.”Both officials reiterated the need for the Mexican Government to establish dialogue with NGOs to create a national mechanism that can guarantee the security of those individuals that dedicate their lives to the promotion and defence of human rights.
TORONTO — Corus Entertainment Inc. shares were down 11 per cent early Wednesday after the company announced a $935.9 million loss tied mostly to a devaluation of its broadcast licences and slashed its dividend to accelerate debt reduction.The company’s B shares were at $5.56 in the first minutes of trading, down 69 cents or 11 per cent from Tuesday’s close and equal to their previous 52-week low on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Toronto-based television, radio and production company said the loss included a $1.01-billion non-cash impairment charge related to broadcast licences and goodwill.Impairment charges generally reflect the future earning power of a business’s assets. Excluding those and other expense items, Corus would have had a profit in the three months ended May 31.The reduced dividend will divert about $150 million per year to reducing Corus debt — a move that management said would give it more financial flexibility in the long-term.Corus chief executive Doug Murphy told analysts that the company has a long-term strategy for rebuilding its business in turbulent times, amid intense competition, changing technologies and an uncertain regulatory landscape.“While our immediate focus will be on debt reduction payments, we will continue to make prudent investments that support our strategic priorities to ensure our company remains vital for the long term,” Murphy said. Corus said Wednesday it will start paying a quarterly dividend of six cents per class B share starting in September compared with its current dividend which is a monthly payment to shareholders of 9.5 cents per class B share.The reduction in the dividend came as Corus says the loss amounted to $4.49 per share for the quarter ended May 31 compared with a profit of $66.7 million or 33 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in what was the company’s third quarter totalled $441.4 million, down from $461.6 million in the same quarter last year.Television revenue fell to $403 million compared with $422.3 million a year ago, while radio revenue fell to $38.4 million compared with $39.3 million in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, which excludes the impairment charge and other one-time items, Corus says it earned $78.1 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $70.1 million or 35 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 36 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Corus owns radio stations as well as conventional and specialty television services across the country including Global Television.
Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga takes a shot during the Buckeyes game against the Boilermakers on Feb 18. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTied for first place with No. 13 Maryland atop the Big Ten standings, No. 14 Ohio State (22-6, 11-3 Big Ten) will play its final home game of the season against Northwestern (10-18, 3-11 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes have had recent success against the Wildcats. They hold a three-game winning streak against Northwestern, and have won seven of their eight previous matchups. Wednesday’s matchup will be the lone time the teams play this season, and the first meeting since Ohio State’s 31-point victory in the quarterfinals of last season’s conference tournament.Northwestern began its season winning five of its first six games, but since has gone 5-17 with only three conference victories. The team hit a rough stretch in January and February with it going on an eight-game losing streak, and at one point losing 10 of 11 games.Ohio State’s focus will shift to freshman guard Lindsey Pulliam, who leads Northwestern in scoring with 14.3 points per game. But as a team, Northwestern struggles to score and sits third to last in the Big Ten with 62.4 points per game. Ohio State, by comparison, averages 85 points per game.That doesn’t mean Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff is overlooking the Wildcats.“If you look at them, they’ve played their best games against the best teams on the road,” McGuff said. “They have a lot of talent, they’re just young, they have a hard time closing games, but they are in every game and I suspect this time a year they’re gonna take their best shot they can on the road knowing what we have in front of us.”The Wildcats have three players who score more than 10 points, with the next closest — freshman Jordan Hamilton — coming in at just 7.8 points per game. Abi Scheid, a 6-foot-2 sophomore forward, is second on the team in scoring, with 12.4 per game while junior forward Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah averages a double-double, with 11 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. With two games remaining, Ohio State will need help from other teams in order to secure the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Maryland, with its 11-3 conference record, holds the first place tiebreaker as a result of the Terrapins’ 99-69 victory against Ohio State earlier this season. In the season’s final stretch, the Buckeyes also will have a shot at securing home games for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. They must beat Northwestern in order to remain one of the top-16 teams. Senior guard Asia Doss is not concerned with hosting tournament games, though.“Honestly, I think it’s just one game at a time, at this point we still have a chance to win the Big Ten Conference,” senior guard Asia Doss said. “We’re still trying to finish out the season, at least for me that hasn’t really crossed my mind. I don’t really look at that, I’m just worried about the Big Ten right now.”Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell has a chance to take advantage of Northwestern, which has the third-worst scoring margin in the conference. She is tied for second in the nation with 24.6 points per game and needs 42 points to pass former Baylor forward Brittney Griner for the third-most career points. Mitchell has scored career 3,242 points.
Victoria’s Coalition and Opposition Leader, Matthew Guy has the most challenging and arduous job in the political scene of the state. The recent brawl in the federal Liberal party, resulting in the dethroning of the elected PM of the country, didn’t help him. Instead of focusing on the upcoming electoral contest in Victoria, Mr Guy and the Liberals had to turn on damage control mode, neutralise the issue they had no control over and hope that their message to the voters of Victoria will not be diluted in the ‘poisonous fog’ of revenge politics that had engulfed the federal Liberal Party.Mr Guy had to be back in control. After all, that’s what his pitch to the people of Victoria is all about. The slogan of his campaign – ‘Back in Control’ – leaves no doubt about that.The son of Ukraine-born parents who migrated to Australia in 1949, after being displaced in the aftermath of WWII, grew up in the modest suburb of Montmorency. He knows all about struggles, determination, the hunger and the passion to do the best when given a second chance.He was elevated to the position of the Leader of the state Liberals after the bruising loss of the Liberal – Nationals, Napthine government, a government that will mostly be remembered not for its action but lack thereof.Guy though is – or promises to be – different. He has plans, he shows a go-getter attitude and while he knows that he is the underdog in this electoral contest, he believes that the people of Victoria will eventually give him the right to govern.Instead of Neos Kosmos going to him, he came to us; riding on his campaign bus, no less.He looked tired, but not exhausted, and tanned – he lives in the bus these days – armed with a generous smile and his good humour.He even betrayed his long standing relationship with his favourite short black coffee for a Greek one, which we served him accompanied by a couple of relevant questions to the Greek community of Melbourne.IT’S NOT AN AUCTIONWhile Labor has embarked in a spending spree on all fronts, including the Greek community, the Liberal Nationals Coalition had been a lot more cautious in these matters. I ask him to explain why:“I don’t think it’s just about money. It’s not an auction in my view. The Premier likes to promise money at election time, but there’s a lot of other things to do. And yes, we’ve got promises to the Greek community, which we want to make but it is more than that, it’s about cost of living; it’s about crime and keeping the state safe, it’s about congestion, it’s about population growth, it’s about the future of the state and the Greek community is integral to our state’s future. So I think it’s more than just showing up at election time with commitments and funds. It’s how you conduct yourself over four years.”On things Greek he chose not to give hot cash to the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, but to intervene and rezone its Bulleen plot. Is this commitment set in concrete?“It is because for that land there is already a planning panel report. It is worth a lot of money for the Greek community, huge amount of money and the government has now put their plans out for the North East link, which makes it virtually worthless. So that land should be rezoned and the whole precinct should be, from the Italians and the Veneto club, a precinct for the two biggest communities of Melbourne which is the Italian and the Greek communities.”COST OF LIVING, PENSIONERS AND CRIME The interview was conducted hours before he announced his TV and fridges trade-in program for low-income households in Victoria. I ask him to address the plight of pensioners who in many cases live on the verge of poverty due to the increasing cost of living.“We have announced energy concessions for up to $530 for pensioners annually in energy bills. For pensioners with pensioners card who will apply for this scheme, the government will purchase electricity in a concession rate from a power provider and pass on the saving to them. So rather than each pensioner buying their own power and seeking their own discount, we will bulk purchase, so we will get a better price. That’s how they did it in South Australia and they received a better price and in Queensland too. It has been tried and it works.”The Bourke Street terrorist attack got many Victorians who previously dismissed Guy’s stance on the law and order issue as nothing but scare mongering rhetoric, to think twice. The coalition leader in the context of his policies on how he will keep the state safe, had announced that he will spend almost $690 million to expand the prison in Lara adding 1300 beds. His punitive approach in solving the “crime crisis” – as he calls the current state of affairs on the streets of Melbourne – has proven ineffective in other countries. I ask him why he thinks that his ‘get tough’ approach will make Victoria safer.“We have from education, to prevention to jail. We have three levels of trying to solve crime not just punitive. We have police in schools, a program which is very important, so students and police develop a better relationship of respect rather than just having their first interaction being a combative one. We will create Australia’s first mandatory rehabilitation facility, so we can actually get people off drugs, because a lot of the new crime is around drugs. And then yes there are punitive measures because there are people who should be behind bars, who are on the streets. We are seeing this from people who are time and time and time again are committing crimes and whether it takes four, five times for them to receive a custodial sentence, they are hurting people in the process. We need to put these people behind bars.”PLAN B FOR VICTORIANSHe chose to be the Leader of the Opposition but surely he prefers to shake this title off for the unquestionably more prestigious one, that is the one of the Premier. So why should people support him with their vote in order for him to achieve it?Here is his three point plan.“We are going to cut the cost of living. We are going to make people safer and we are going to get back in control of our population growth,” he says.“These are our three key messages about how we want to change the state for the longer term. I will lead an inclusive government to ensure long term for Victoria. Not just focusing for the next election. For the short term is fixing issues around crime. Medium term around congestion and affordability which relates to the cost of living and in the longer term is around decentralisation and regionalisation. Cutting taxes, encouraging people to country Victoria, growing the whole state, taking the pressure off Melbourne.”And what if Saturday proves to be the not a lucky day for Mr Guy. What does his future hold?“I am not even focused on that,” he says. “I will deal with it after election day. I will honestly face it, when it comes. I have to be focused on what I want to do and the plans we’ve got and you know we’ve got a lot closer in the last weeks that’s for sure. So it’s very close and it will be a seat by seat election,” he concludes. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Nellore: MP A Prabhakar Reddy said that they will take steps to complete the pending water projects in Nellore rural area. MP Prabhakar Reddy along with local MLA K Sridhar Reddy visited Komarapudi village in Nellore rural constituency on Sunday where the MP laid foundation for the new road. Prabhakar Reddy said that they would arrange mineral water plants where there is necessary in rural constituency limits and informed that he had sanctioned Rs.5 lakh for drinking water purpose on the request of the MLA Sridhar Reddy. He explained that he had taken measures for sanction of four drinking water projects for rural constituency earlier. Measures would be taken to complete them with the support of Irrigation Minister Dr P Anil Kumar Yadav, he added.
Sincerely wish I could have been in #Manchester for the vigil tonight. There’s strength and solidarity in numbers #StandTogether https://t.co/ZXYoTnP906— Natasha Calder (@tasha_calder) May 23, 2017Thousands of people have turned out for a vigil in Manchester, with the crowd holding a minute of silence to honor the victims of the concert attack.Lord Mayor Eddy Newman and the city’s police chief were among the speakers in front of city hall in Albert Square. Several people in the crowd held up signs with “I Love MCR,” an abbreviation for Manchester.A banner with a website for a Muslim group said “Love for all, Hatred for None.”The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Monday night’s blast at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people and wounded 59 others. Police have named the suspected bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.___6 p.m.Pop group Take That has postponed its planned three shows at the Manchester Arena Thursday, Friday and Saturday.The band had already canceled its Tuesday show in nearby Liverpool following the deadly bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.The band said it was postponing the Sunday performance “out of respect to all of the people and their families that were affected by the horrific incident last night.”The band Blondie also canceled its Tuesday night concert in London “as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible attack.”Lead singer Debbie Harry tweeted that the Round Chapel date will be rescheduled.Police say the attack in Manchester killed 22 people and injured 59, including many teenagers.___5:50 p.m.Manchester’s police chief has warned that while he understands that “feelings are very raw” after Monday’s concert attack, it is vital that the city’s diverse communities stand together and that hate will not be tolerated.Chief Constable Ian Hopkins also said that the priority for police Tuesday is to establish whether the suspected bomber, named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, was acting alone or as part of a network.Police arrested an unidentified 23-year-old man in southern Manchester on Tuesday. They also raided the house where Abedi was registered as living, but witnesses say they did not see anyone arrested there.Monday’s bombing at an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people and injured dozens others.Vigil for #ManchesterBombing victims…crowds listen to the city’s Lord Mayor pic.twitter.com/erzfLddiBZ— BBC Outside Source (@BBCOS) May 23, 2017___5:30 p.m.The chiefs of Italy’s police and intelligence forces, along with a British security official, have met to review anti-terrorism measures in light of the Manchester bomb blast, which occurred four days ahead of a G-7 summit in Sicily.Interior Minister Marco Minniti led the huddle Tuesday at his ministry, with a Rome-based British security official among the participants.The ministry says Italy’s level of threat for terrorism hasn’t changed after the concert bombing in England Monday night. But it said already-heightened security will be further strengthened to protect high-risk targets and places where crowds of people gather.___5:20 p.m.Official records show that Salman Abedi was registered as living at the Manchester house raided by armed police investigating Monday night’s deadly concert blast.The electoral register shows that 22-year-old Abedi — confirmed by British police as the suspect in the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert — lived at the house in Fallowfield in southern Manchester where police carried out a controlled explosion Tuesday.Alan Kinsey, 52, who lives across the street from the raided house, filmed at least 20 heavily armed police in helmets and armor march down the street, surround the house and blast down the door before entering.He said he didn’t see anyone but police leave the house.He said a man in his 20s, whose name he didn’t know, lived there. In the past there had been other residents but for the last six months or more he had just seen the man.8 years old. Imagine her excitement. Dressing up for the concert. Holding her Mom’s hand. This is horrific. #ManchesterBombing R.I.P❤️ pic.twitter.com/ToZPeK9o3J— Mist ?? (@ZIIVRAHD) May 23, 2017___5 p.m.Ariana Grande’s tour has not been canceled or postponed despite reports online, a person close to the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said.The person said that Grande and her team are more focused on the victims at the moment, not the tour.It was unclear if Grande’s next schedule show — Thursday in London — would take place.—By Mesfin Fekadu___4:40 p.m.Concert promoters at London’s O2 Arena, where Ariana Grande is scheduled to perform Thursday and Friday, say they are in contact with the singer’s team about her next steps.“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their families,” the arena said in a statement. “We are in contact with the promoters of Ariana Grande’s tour and will update as soon as we have further information regarding the planned dates at The O2.”Grande has yet to tell fans whether she will continue her European tour following the deadly blast at her concert in Manchester.___4:35 p.m.Officials in the United States say British authorities have identified the suspect in the Manchester suicide bombing attack as Salman Abedi.A U.S. official confirmed the identity Tuesday to The Associated Press. No additional details were immediately available.The bombing Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed 22 people and sparked a stampede of young concertgoers.The Islamic State claimed responsibility, but Dan Coats, the U.S. director of intelligence, says that connection has not yet been verified.#PrayForDWTManchester No more injuries! Please be safe. #ManchesterBombing pic.twitter.com/RWOUhoeupf— Huan Liu (@boaeric) May 23, 2017___4:25 p.m.The house where British police performed a controlled explosion as part of their investigation into the concert blast in Manchester is in an ethnically mixed suburb in the city.Police raided a modest red brick semi-detached house in Fallowfield in south Manchester on Tuesday, and forensics officers were coming and going into the house. Neighbors said they had heard the bomber lived there, but most said they knew little about the inhabitants of the house, except that several people lived in it.Neighbor Natalie Daley said she was frightened by a loud bang on Tuesday afternoon, then police yelling “get in your houses — get away from the windows!”She said she was shaken by how close to home it was. She said: “When it’s like two seconds from your house, when you walk past it every day, you do live in fear.”Police on Tuesday also raided another residential road, and arrested a 23-year-old man at a third location in Manchester.___4 p.m.Britain’s queen has marked a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Manchester suicide bombing.Accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the queen stood at the top of the steps leading down from Buckingham Palace into the grounds. The national anthem was then played.The queen was attending a garden party in the grounds of her palace Tuesday afternoon.___3:55 p.m.The U.N. Security Council has condemned “the atrocious terrorist attack” in Manchester “perpetrated against young innocent people.”Uruguay’s U.N. Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, the current council president, delivered the condemnation at the start of a meeting Tuesday on chemical weapons in Syria and asked for a moment of silence.The 15 council members and diplomats in the chamber of the U.N.’s most powerful body then stood in silent tribute to the victims.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also strongly condemned “the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester” and called for those responsible “for this unjustifiable violence” to be brought to justice, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.___3:40 p.m.Poland’s Foreign Ministry says Poles are missing in Manchester following the concert suicide attack, but does not say how many.The ministry said on Twitter Tuesday that Polish consuls in Manchester are in “constant touch with the families of Polish citizens missing” in Manchester and have extended support to them.Many Poles live, work and study in Britain.___3:35 p.m.British police say they have raided two residential areas in Manchester and carried out a controlled explosion at one of them as part of an investigation into Monday’s suicide bombing attack at a concert in the city.At one of the scenes, where armed police raided an apartment Tuesday, heavily armed and helmeted police were guarding what neighbor Asghar Ali said was a “very, very quiet” area. Ali said: “Even if people throw rubbish outside, people complain – never mind this.”Plain-clothes officers wearing gloves removed bags from an apartment.The leafy residential road in south Manchester, populated by a group of tidy-looking buildings, is less than a mile from the supermarket where police reportedly arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack.Neighbors said the complex of three buildings was a mixed area of students, singles and families, with a large south Asian population.___3:15 p.m.The rapper BIA, who opened for Ariana Grande at Monday’s concert in Manchester, says her heart is “broken.”“My heart is heavy today as I extend my prayers to the children and families affected by last night’s horrible tragedy in Manchester,” the artist says in a statement.“We are sending our love to all of Manchester during this incredibly difficult time. We ask each one of you to join us in keeping all who are suffering in your thoughts and prayers.”BIA, whose real name is Bianca Landrau, was, along with Victoria Monet, part of Grande’s support act for her “Dangerous Woman Tour.”On Twitter, Monet wrote: “I wish I could say that I am OK, but I am not. Safe? Yes, but heartbroken that loved ones who came to have the night of their lives ended up losing them.”___3:05 p.m.The United States’ top intelligence official says the U.S. government has not yet verified that the Islamic State group is responsible for the Manchester attack.Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told Congress that the extremist group frequently claims responsibility for terror attacks.The Islamic State group says one of its members planted bomb in crowds in the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande show Monday night that left 22 people dead. The group warned in a statement on social media that more attacks are to come.Testifying Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Coats says though he was aware of the IS claim of responsibility, U.S. authorities hadn’t yet verified that.He says the Manchester attack is a reminder the terrorist threat is real. He says, “It’s not going away and it needs significant attention.”___2:50 p.m.Pop group Take That says it is canceling its show in Liverpool, northern England a day after the deadly bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.The band says it is postponing the performance “out of respect to all of the people and their families that were affected by the horrific incident last night.”The band was scheduled to play at Manchester Arena, the site of Monday’s attack, from Thursday to Saturday. Their representatives say there is no official word yet on whether those shows will go ahead.Police say the attack killed 22 people and injured 59, including many teenagers.___1:55 p.m.British authorities say an 8-year-old girl, Saffie Roussos, was among the 22 people killed in the Manchester bombing. And an ambulance official says 12 children under the age of 16 were among 59 injured in the attack as people left a pop concert.___1:30 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative ally in Bavaria have called off a pre-election event at a beer tent in Munich following the Manchester attack.Merkel and Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer had planned to make a joint appearance on Tuesday evening. But Seehofer’s Christian Social Union party said the event was postponed out of “respect for the victims” of the attack on an Ariana Grande concert in England.The event was scheduled as the pair display rediscovered unity after they fell out over Merkel’s welcoming approach to refugees in 2015. Germany holds a general election in September.Police in Manchester say a lone bomber with an improvised device died in the attack. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility and that several bombs were involved.___1:25 p.m.Pope Francis has expressed profound dismay over the “barbaric” attack at a concert in Manchester, England.A condolence telegram sent in his name says he was “mindful in a particular way” of the many children and young people who perished, as well as their grieving families. He prayed for “God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength” upon Britain.The telegram said Francis expressed “heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence” and commended the “generous efforts” of emergency and security personnel.Authorities in Manchester say the bomber was killed in blast. The Islamic State group has claimed one of its “soldiers” was responsible.___12:55 p.m.The Islamic State group says one of its members planted bombs in the middle of crowds in Manchester, England, where 22 people died in an explosion.Police, however, have spoken only of “an improvised device” used in the attack.IS says “a soldier of the caliphate planted bombs in the middle of Crusaders gatherings” then detonated them. It did not say whether the attacker was killed.The group claimed that “30 Crusaders were killed and 70 others were wounded,” higher than the totals confirmed by authorities in Manchester.___12:45 p.m.A school in northern England has identified one of the victims in the Manchester concert bombing as Georgina Callander, a former pupil.Peter Rawlinson, deputy of the Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, northwest of Manchester, told The Associated Press that the school confirmed Callander’s death with members of her family.Rawlinson says “she was academically a very gifted student, very hard-working. Just lovely to speak to.”The school posted a photo of Georgina on its website, smiling and look smart in her school uniform. It said she died of injuries from the attack and described her as “a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff.”12:35 p.m.U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. is working closely with the British government as it investigates the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.Tillerson released a statement Tuesday saying that “our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack.”He says: “While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack.”___12:25 p.m.Queen Elizabeth II has expressed her “deepest sympathy” to all those affected by Monday’s bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert, where 22 people were killed.In a statement issued Tuesday, the monarch said “the whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury”.She thanked police and the emergency services, and expressed admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded to the attack: “With humanity and compassion to this act of barbarity.”Police say they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack. Police say they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack.___12:01 p.m.Greater Manchester Police say they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the apparent suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the city.Police say the man was arrested in south Manchester Tuesday, a day after the explosion killed 22 people and injured 59, many of them teenagers.They did not provide details.Police also said officials arrested a man at the Arndale shopping center in central Manchester — but that the arrest is not believed to be connected to Monday night’s attack.___11:50 a.m.Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni says efforts are underway so that this week’s G-7 summit in Sicily will yield a stronger, common anti-terrorism commitment.Condemning the bombing that killed 22 people in Manchester, England, Gentiloni told reporters Tuesday in Rome that the summit on Friday and Saturday provides the opportunity to insist that “the cowardliness that snuffs out the lives of young people won’t get the better of our freedom.”He said Italians can count on the “dedication and professionalism” of their nation’s security forces to ensure international events are carried out safely.He says he planned to call British Prime Minister Theresa May to express “closeness, solidarity” to Britons.___11:45 a.m.Police have evacuated a large shopping center in Manchester, England. Police declined to comment on media reports that they have arrested a man there.July McKenzie, who was shopping when the Arndale shopping center, said: “We were just in the shop and could hear people screaming and security guards telling everybody to get out.”Some people left the scene in tears, while others waited outside the mall.The Arndale center was rebuilt after an IRA bombing in 1996.___11:35 a.m.Turkish officials say they “strongly condemn” the attack in Manchester and promised to work together with the United Kingdom against terror. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey “shares the pain of the state of England and the English people” in the attack that killed 22 people.Turkey has been hit by a string of attacks blamed on the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants since 2015, killing at least 550 people.___11:15 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May says that it is “beyond doubt” that Britain and the city of Manchester have fallen victim to “a callous terrorist attack.”Speaking outside her offices in London, she says “Although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced, and the worst ever to hit the north of England.”May says police believe they know the attacker’s name but are not disclosing it immediately.___11:10 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May says police and security staff in Manchester believe they know identity of the apparent suicide bomber who attacked people leaving an Ariana Grande concert Monday night, but they are not revealing the name for the time being.Speaking in London, May said: “This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice.”She says the attack, in which 22 people died, was one of the worst the nation had suffered.___11:00 a.m.Harun Khan, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, has joined the condemnations of the Manchester attack.In a statement, Khan says: “This is horrific, this is criminal. May the perpetrators face the full weight of justice both in this life and the next.”He adds: “I urge all those in the region and around the country to pool together to support those affected.”___10:55 a.m.Finance ministers from the 28 European Union countries, including Britain’s Philip Hammond, observed a minute’s silence in memory of those killed and injured in the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.Ahead of the regular EU meeting of finance ministers, Hammond expressed his condolences to the victims and their families of “this barbaric attack” in Manchester.“It is, as far as we know, a terrorist incident,” he said. “We are treating it as such.”Hammond, who was due to speak at a panel in Brussels, is to return to London at the meeting’s conclusion instead.Flags are also flying at half-staff outside the European Commission in the heart of the Belgian capital.___10:40 a.m.France’s interior minister says the government will be issuing instructions Tuesday to regional administrators on working with event organizers on how to secure public spaces.After a high-level security meeting in Paris Tuesday, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said organizers of sports events, concerts and other performances already had a series of instructions on how to secure their venues. Collomb said France’s airports have also been secured.France has been on heightened alert since the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks that struck a concert, the national stadium and cafes and bars.Early Tuesday, the Paris mayor’s office said all shows and concerts scheduled in coming days are going ahead as planned. Ariana Grande is scheduled to perform in Paris on June 7.___10:30 a.m.President Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready to boost anti-terror cooperation with Britain in the wake of a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.In Tuesday’s telegram to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Putin offered condolences over what he called a “cynical, inhuman crime” and wishes for a quick recovery of all those hurt.Putin reaffirmed Russia’s readiness to “expand anti-terror cooperation with British partners, both on bilateral level and within the framework of broad international efforts.”Britain and other NATO allies have cut cooperation with Moscow on fighting terrorism over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and support for a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine.Manchester police say an apparent suicide bomber set off an explosive device at the end of the concert, killing 22 people.___10:15 a.m.Former Manchester United soccer star David Beckham posted on Facebook: “As a father & a human what has happened truly saddens me. My thoughts are with all of those that have been affected by this tragedy.”In targeting Manchester, the attacker struck at one of Britain’s cultural hearts. The once gritty industrial city, with London and Liverpool, has been one of the main cultural influences on modern Britain, with its iconic Manchester United football team, its cross-city rival City and chart-toppers Oasis, The Smiths and other globally famous bands. Oasis singer Liam Gallagher tweeted that he is “in total shock and absolutely devastated.”Peter Hook of Manchester bands New Order and Joy Division tweeted that his daughter “made it home safe” from the Ariana Grande concert and added: My heart goes out to all parents & those involved. Manchester stay strong.”___10:05 a.m.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has denounced the “ugly terrorist attack” in Manchester, speaking after a West Bank meeting with President Donald Trump. Abbas says he is sending his condolences to the British prime minister, the British people and the families of the victims.Both Trump and the Palestinian leader opened their remarks with a condemnation of the attack in which 22 people were killed by a bomb blast during a concert in the city in northern England.___9:15 a.m.President Donald Trump is expressing solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, condemning the “evil losers” behind the blast.Trump spoke Tuesday after a meeting in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD’ ah-BAHS’).Manchester police say an apparent suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device at the end of the concert, killing 22 people.Trump says the attack preyed on “innocent children.” He says this “wicked ideology must be obliterated. And I mean completely obliterated.”Manchester police so far have said nothing about the attacker’s identity or possible motivation.___9:00 a.m.Social media users are helping the desperate hunt for people missing in the Manchester concert bombing by circulating names and photos with the MissingInManchester hashtag.The city’s regional government and its mayor, Andy Burnham, were among scores of Twitter users that circulated the hashtag to help people seeking missing family members and friends.Those named as missing included Olivia Campbell. Her mother, Charlotte Campbell, said the 15-year-old attended the Ariana Grande concert with a friend from school who has since been found and is being treated in a hospital. But Olivia is missing, having last called home just before the concert, the mother told ITV television’s Good Morning Britain breakfast show.She says: “I’ve called the hospitals. I’ve called all the places, the hotels where people said that children have been taken and I’ve called the police. If anyone sees Olivia, lend her your phone, she knows my number.”___8:45 a.m.A Czech woman who was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester says that “there was almost no security check, rather zero. They let us get in without any check if we have anything with us.”Nikola Trochtova told the Czech public radio that “the only thing they were interested in was if we had any bottles of water with us. They almost didn’t check our bags, they didn’t take a look.”She says she was leaving the venue when she heard an explosion at the entrance, but learned the details only after returning to her hotel.___8:35 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it’s “incomprehensible” that someone would target a pop concert to kill and wound people.Merkel said in a statement Tuesday that the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester “will only strengthen our determination to keep acting together with our British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhuman deeds.”She added: “I assure people in Britain that Germany stands beside you.” Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/23121254/UK-Arena-Blast-CR1.mp400:0000:0001:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Latest on the blast at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England (all times local):9:55 p.m.Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain’s threat level from terrorism has been raised to critical — meaning an attack may be imminent.May says Salman Abadi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, may have been part of a bigger network.She said Abadi was born and raised in Britain.The level previously stood at the second-highest rung of “severe” for several years.May said critical status means armed soldiers may be deployed instead of police at public events such as sports matches._____7:30 p.m.Survivors of the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert hall say security screening ahead of the Ariana Grande show was haphazard.Nikola Trochtova said she was leaving the venue when she heard the explosion. She told Czech radio that there was almost no security screening ahead of the concert.It is still unclear how the bomber was able to enter the area undetected. The blast happened right after Grande left the stage and the arena lights went back up.Most of the 130 people killed in the November 2015 attacks on multiple Paris venues were attending a show at the Bataclan concert hall.Pre-event security protocols vary country by country and according to venues. Security experts say one protective measure that could have been taken was extending the security perimeter around the Manchester arena._____6:59 p.m.Former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan says the world must stand together against “the extremists and terrorists” responsible for the attack in Manchester and similar senseless violence elsewhere.Annan told The Associated Press on Tuesday that all countries need to work together and share information to deny extremists “their opportunities” and bring those who commit crimes to justice.Annan now leads the group of former world leaders founded by Nelson Mandela called The Elders.Speaking on behalf of the group, he said it’s “tragic that young people who have gone to listen to music and dance should be cut down so brutally and senselessly.”Annan said: “Terrorists have been around, but they’ve always lost, and they will lose this time, too. It may take time, but they will lose.”___6:55 p.m.European soccer’s ruling body says there will be a minute’s silence before Manchester United plays Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday as a mark of respect for victims of the bombing in Manchester.UEFA says “the opening ceremony will also be considerably reduced” in Stockholm after Monday’s attack. At least 22 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert as the performance ended.Manchester United players observed a minute’s silence for the victims at a morning training session on Tuesday before flying to Sweden.Ajax coach Peter Bosz says the final doesn’t have this glow that it should have” because of the attack.Bosz said: “Tomorrow evening should be a feast. But because of the events in Manchester, we are all affected.”___6:40 p.m. Share
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety CAA will work to create opportunities for Purdy in all areas, including motion pictures, television, touring, digital, and endorsements. He is managed by Sam Leigh at inArtists. His attorney is Ashley Silver at Bloom Hergott. CAA has signed Roy Purdy, the digital star who boasts 7.6 million followers across his social media channels.As a music artist, Purdy’s singles have collectively generated more than 20 million streams on Spotify, Apple, and Soundcloud, while his music videos have garnered over 17 million YouTube views. The video for Purdy’s recent single, “Oh Wow,” has nearly 4 million views, to date. Other songs include “Walk it Out,” “Who Run It,” and “I’m Just Doing Me.” He is currently working on his first album.In addition to his digital platform, Purdy has worked with such brands as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Under Armor, EA Sports, and Axe, and has an exclusive branded apparel and accessories line at 300 Zumiez stores across the country. He also is pro-level skater and continues to compete against the likes of other skaters like Nyjah Huston.
Disney, preparing to gobble up Fox and put thousands out of work for the sake of MCU X-Men, had a recent earnings call where CEO Bob Iger dropped a bit of Star Wars news. No, he didn’t reveal the Episode IX subtitle. Rather, Iger commented on the ongoing exclusive partnership with EA when it comes to Star Wars video games. And much to our surprise, Disney is still happy with the arrangement.As reported by Variety Iger said the EA Star Wars partnership represented a “good relationship” suggesting Disney wouldn’t be looking to get out of the deal it started in 2013 anytime soon. And this does shock us a little bit because at least among the hardcore crowd the conversation surrounding EA’s Star Wars game has been pretty much all negative. Respawn’s Jedi: Fallen Order releases this fall but aside from that any other Star Wars games we might have known about have been cancelled. EA’s one-time Star Wars mega-producer Jade Raymond has left the company.And if you broaden your scope beyond hardcore gamers, as you should, controversy surrounding EA Star Wars games still persists. When Star Wars Battlefront II launched in 2017 with aggressive loot box microtransactions, it became a mainstream news story. Parents were afraid their kids would get lured into spending thousands of dollars through exploitative casino tactics. Lawmakers are actively considering new regulatory legislation because of this.Even though both new Battlefront games did sell extremely well, that can’t have been a wholly positive experience for Disney. We heard that Disney execs were making a lot of angry phone calls to EA over the debacle. Maybe that mobile game buys EA a lot of leeway. Or maybe Disney is just too busy putting out the fires of non-Rian Johnson Star Wars movies.Also, for as mixed as the results have been with EA’s Star Wars games, Disney just doesn’t think it could do any better. During this talk Iger was pretty blunt about how despite repeated efforts and a massive #brand catalog, Disney just couldn’t get a foothold in gaming the way EA already has.Games like Epic Mickey and Tron: Evolution and Split/Second clearly had a lot of effort put into them but didn’t catapult Disney into a major publisher. Even a seeming slam-dunk like the toys-to-life Disney Infinity couldn’t sustain itself after a few years. Most damning of all, despite LucasArts being a classic name in gaming even separate from Star Wars, Disney couldn’t be bothered to keep it around.So look forward to more EA Star Wars games in the foreseeable future. For more on Star Wars check out these Lego anniversary sets and and other powerful Star Wars toys. Stay on target Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk…
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Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides reassured residents of Kalo Horio on Saturday that the firing range in their area would close down if it was proven that it posed risks to their health.State broadcaster CyBC reported that Fokaides, who met with members of Larnaca’s Kalo Horio community council said that the National Guard’s main firing range located in their area would close down in 15 months’ time depending on the findings of an environmental study on its impact on their health. If it is found that it is harmful, it would close down, he said.The study was also a demand of local communities who want the firing range closed, fearing for their safety and health. Residents had called for a comprehensive study into the effects the shells had on the air, the soil, and the water.Kalo Horio’s outgoing community leader Kyriacos Antzoulis had said on Monday that the firing range was located some 500 metres from a residential area, and that the defence ministry carried out exercises on a daily basis, including at night-time, except weekends.During their meeting, Fokaides presented local residents his ministry’s plans concerning the firing range, which include an environmental study which will be completed in 15 months, clearing the range of unexploded ordnance and limiting the use of the range to a minimum.The defence ministry has also prepared a scheme providing for compensatory measures for the community, which include compensation for repairs of the damage sustained by the blast of explosions on the walls of the community’s houses.Residents staged two demonstrations earlier in the month demanding the closure of the range.On Monday, residents had blocked the entrance to the range with their cars, forcing a peaceful standoff with the military and police. They withdrew after Fokaides ordered the exercise stopped and agreed to meet with them to discuss their demands.The range is used by the army for various exercises, including heavy weapons live fire. There have been incidents of shells straying from target and ending up close to communities. Unexploded ordnance found in villages surrounding the area is not unusual.Two letters had been sent, one to the defence minister and one to parliament, but no reply had been received by November 21, the deadline the residents had set. You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
2019 lok sabha electionsdroughtLalitpututtar pradesh First Published: April 28, 2019, 11:29 PM IST Lalitpur: Facing acute water shortage throughout the year owing to government apathy, voters of five villages in the Jhansi-Lalitpur constituency of Uttar Pradesh have threatened to boycott elections on April 29.Villagers complain that the administration has failed to make use of various water sources and dams present in the region, forcing five villages in this district to face the worst water crisis every year. They say the situation has also triggered migration of families to nearby urban centres.“The villagers of Lalaun, Gulenda, Chakra, Kasa and Rajpur in Jhansi-Lalitpur constituency have decided to boycott the elections on April 29,” said Mahendra Singh, a villager from Gulenda.These five villages have about 5,000 voters, he says.Singh says villagers are often forced to remain awake throughout the night, awaiting their turn to use hand pumps to fetch a bucket of water.Lalitpur district comes under the Jhansi-Lalitpur seat which goes to polls on April 29. The area under the Bundelkhand region is prone to draughts and poor groundwater level as it has a predominant granite base, which does not allow recharging of groundwater.The Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh has four parliamentary seats, including Jhansi-Lalitpur, and 19 assembly constituencies. All these seats are currently held by the ruling BJP.Call it irony, Lalitpur district has 13 dams to harness seven rivers which flow through the region.“We have decided not to vote in the elections. We have been seeking a solution to our water issues, but the district administration has been passing the buck,” Singh says.He says a solution is not difficult as there is a rivulet which catches seepage water from Rajghat canal, making it brimming with water throughout the year.“We are seeking a small lift canal (where water is pumped from lower area to canal on a higher land) from that rivulet to be brought here. It will help recharge groundwater and also solve our irrigation problem,” says the villager.Singh, who works as a contractor in Lalitpur district, says a survey was conducted to bring water from the rivulet by the previous Samajwadi Party government, but no progress was made in the matter under the present Yogi Adityanath government.These villages also have a large concentration of Saharia tribals who were given over four acres of land by the government. While some of it is rocky, the remaining land also has limited use due to scarce water sources, prompting members of the community to migrate.Manibu, 65, is one such Saharia tribal whose son and family moved to Indore where they do masonry, leaving behind the elderly parents in the village. “The only problem is water. If we get water, we can cultivate our land here,” she says.Shiv Gopal of Parmarth, a voluntary organisation working in the field of water conservation, says water level rises during night time in the summers because of moisture from seepage coming from nearby water bodies. He says women wait for their chance to fetch water.“The water can only be found at 50 feet depth which is basically surface water. Since the base is of granite, there is no groundwater in the region. During summer, this surface water, which is used up through hand pumps, also dries,” says Sanjay Singh, founder of Parmarth.He claims the entire situation is “man-made” because of poor planning and implementation of schemes.“There are water sources and damns, but water is being diverted to power plants in the region. Farmers are not on the priority list of government officers here,” he adds.Sanjay, who has been working on the issue of water scarcity in the region, says more creativity and study of the area can help frame better solutions to meet the water shortage. He cites the example of reviving 1,000-year-old huge ponds built by Chandela Kings.He also suggests building check dams to hold rainwater and small canals to divert water to small villages.The Parmarth founder also asserts that all these steps could have been taken using funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation scheme.“MNREGA was a very effective scheme till 2012, but after the SP government and change in the central dispensation, its efficacy dipped because of corruption,” he alleges.Sanjay’s father was reportedly murdered in broad day light for fighting against corruption in MNREGA.Similar was the fate of Rs 7,000 crore relief package for the region between 2010 and 2015. The funds helped to improve irrigation and tap water systems, but the package was later plagued by corruption, he says.Sanjay and other villagers rue that such crucial issues are not finding a mention in the political discourse this election.
barack obamaBarack Obama and Steven Spielberg collaborationMichelle ObamaSteven Spielberg First Published: June 7, 2019, 12:34 PM IST It seems former President of the United States, Barack Obama, could be teaming up with Steven Spielberg after they were spotted dining together in New York recently.According to a Daily Mail report, the pair sparked rumors of a possible collaboration as they were seen together three months after Michelle and Barack Obama’s Higher Ground Productions announced its executive leader team for the Netflix-based company. A source told Page Six that Spielberg walked through the front and no one noticed while Obama arrived through a side entrance. The duo met at upscale seafood eatery Marea. “They were with a group — with lots of Secret Service. But it was still pretty low-key with no disruptions to other diners,” the source told Page Six.The Obamas are said to be working on shows about fashion and federal bureaucracy and Higher Ground Productions’ first release will be Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s Sundance Film Festival documentary American Factory. They are also working on an adaptation of David W. Blight’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, ‘Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.’On Spielberg’s part, this is not his first collaboration with a former White House resident. The legendary director has already teamed up with Hilary Clinton to help produce the TV show The Woman’s Hour, an adaption of author Elaine Weiss’ book.
June 10 is turning out to be sad day for Indian playwriting as after the demise of Girish Karnad, another iconic playwright Crazy Mohan lost his life to massive cardiac arrest. The renowned dialogue writer in Tamil film industry was taken to Kauvery Hospital in Chennai after he suffered a massive heart attack. According to The Hindu, the actor was pronounced dead at 2 pm after efforts to revive him didn’t succeed. The Tamil industry icon passed away at the age of 67.After the news of his demise shocked the Tamil movie industry, several celebs took to the micro blogging site to offer their condolences to the demised soul. Actor Siddharth, who was part of Rang De Basanti, wrote, “#CrazyMohan sir is no more. What a sad day for cinema, theatre, laughter and life. There will never be another like him. Prayers for his soul. Deepest condolences to the family. He was a huge part of our collective #Tamil consciousness and our ability to make or laugh at a joke.” #CrazyMohan sir is no more. What a sad day for cinema, theatre, laughter and life. There will never be another like him. Prayers for his soul.Deepest condolences to the family. He was a huge part of our collective #Tamil consciousness and our ability to make or laugh at a joke.🙏🏽— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) June 10, 2019 Filmmaker Venkat Prabhu also offered his prayers to Crazy Mohan with the tweet, “OMG #crazymohan saar!!! My deepest condolences to the family. #ripcrazymohan” Crazy MohanCrazy Mohan deathCrazy Mohan passed awayGirish Karnad First Published: June 10, 2019, 3:19 PM IST OMG #crazymohan saar!!! My deepest condolences to the family. #ripcrazymohan— venkat prabhu (@vp_offl) June 10, 2019Actress Radikaa Sarathkumar also wrote, “Will miss him #CrazyMohan , very sad.”Will miss him #CrazyMohan , very sad.— Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) June 10, 2019Actor Prasanna also took to twitter to express his sadness. He wrote, “Deeply disturbed to hear about #CrazyMohan sir.” He also wrote in another tweet, “Even few days back when I met my friend dir @rs_prasanna we were talking about #CrazyMohan sir and how he added value to our film #KSS his writings and performances have always been top notch. His comedy sense nonstop. A fantastic human. RIP Crazy sir. Will miss u”Deeply disturbed to hear about #CrazyMohan sir.— Prasanna (@Prasanna_actor) June 10, 2019Even few days back when I met my friend dir @rs_prasanna we were talking about #CrazyMohan sir and how he added value to our film #KSS his writings and performances have always been top notch. His comedy sense non stop. A fantastic human. RIP Crazy sir. Will miss u— Prasanna (@Prasanna_actor) June 10, 2019Director and actor Rahul Ravindran also, “South Indian theatre has lost two of its darling sons on the same day! Irreplaceable loss! RIP ‘Crazy’ Mohan sir”South Indian theatre has lost two of its darling sons on the same day! Irreplaceable loss! RIP ‘Crazy’ Mohan sir🙏🏽— Rahul Ravindran (@23_rahulr) June 10, 2019Bosskey, actor and stand-up comedian, wrote: “Dear MOHAN ! I never thought u would be so crazy to jus leave us in life ! How will i ever forget u literally stalking me to make me write stage plays ?! The times in 1980s when i accompanied u for ur vethala paaku sessions? the immortal lines u have spoken to me on humour in various forms ? the wisecracks of urs even on the sad occasion of ur dad’s passing away ? Mohan, u have deprived us all of atleast 3 more decades of jokes and laughter ! I wish somebody does a revival act like ur Vasool raja sequence ! I poignantly ( ur pet word) presume that u have just left to a different planet to entertain another tribe of humour lovers !But here, the humour world is now short of one erratic genius…CRAZY MOHAN ! love u boss !”Also read: Crazy Mohan, Humorist, Playwright Passes Away in ChennaiFollow @News18Movies for more
Actress Kajolae dil hai mushkilAyushmann Khurrana Bhumi Pednekar filmsBhoot First Published: June 12, 2019, 10:00 AM IST For actress Bhumi Pednekar, working in Takht, a Karan Johar directorial, is nothing short of a dream as she has grown up watching and loving his movies which she feels are high on real emotions.”I think Karan’s films are larger than life and aspirational yet at the same time, where the emotions are concerned, they are very real. You feel Karan’s films and the emotions linger on. I’m honoured and privileged that I have the opportunity to be directed by him and I will give it my all for him,” Bhumi said in a statement. Apart from the magnum opus Takht, Bhumi will also star in his production, the newly announced horror franchise film titled Bhoot: Part One – The Haunted Ship in which she will share screen space with Vicky Kaushal. What are her favourite KJo movies?Kuch Kuch Hota Hai has a special place in her heart.She said: “I loved and enjoyed Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The film released when I was in school. I was literary 10 and it had such a big impact on me growing up because it honestly defined pop culture at that time. So, I went through that entire phase where I would dress up like Kajol with head bands, sweat bands and some days I would dress up as Rani ma’am too, like in short skirts and try to act like her.”Bhumi says she even had a neckpiece that said ‘cool’ — like what Shah Rukh Khan flaunted in the film.”I remember dancing to Koi mil gaya at every birthday party or family get-together. I was borderline obsessed with the movie and made the kids in our building compete as Team Tina and Team Anjali at get-togethers. That was the level of impact the movie had.She said, “After seeing this movie, I also went for a summer camp which was very close to the one shown in the movie. Basically, I tried to do everything that Karan showed in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and wanted to live it.”Another of Karan’s films that touched her was Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. “It speaks of a relationship where two friends are confused about their feelings. It was such a beautiful, mature love story that really moved me,” said Bhumi.Follow @News18Movies for more.