Fincantieri to Build NextGeneration Cruise Ship for Cunard

first_imgzoom Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and cruise company Carnival Corporation have signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for the construction of one next-generation cruise ship for Carnival’s UK-based brand Cunard.As informed, the agreement will become operational when all the financial and technical conditions are satisfied.The 113,000 gross ton ship will be built at the Monfalcone yard and join the Cunard’s fleet in 2022. With an accommodation space for 3,000 passengers, the cruise ship will be the 249th to fly the Cunard flag since the company’s founding in 1839.The cruise brand currently operates three ships, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.“We are very pleased to announce the fourth ship for our … Cunard brand… While today’s news helps drive Cunard’s overall strategic growth plans, we also look forward to launching this next-generation cruise ship to help meet increasing global demand and entice even more travelers to explore the Cunard experience,” Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, commented.“Fleet enhancement is an important part of our ongoing goal to exceed guest expectations. This includes replacing less efficient ships with more efficient vessels over time as part of our managed capacity growth,” Donald added.“For this group we have built 63 ships, representing today almost two-thirds of their fleet, with other 9 to come in the coming years,” Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said.With this new ship agreement, Carnival Corporation now has 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered to its portfolio of cruise brands between 2018 and 2022.last_img read more

Only 13 out of the total 173 candidates fighting LS polls in

first_imgNew Delhi: Only 13 out of the total 173 candidates fighting the Lok Sabha election in Delhi are women, putting their share among the total number of contestants at a dismal seven per cent. Each of the major political parties – Congress, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party – has fielded only one woman candidate in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12. In 2014, 150 candidates contested the Lok Sabha polls from the national capital, of which 13 were women. Also Read – Court grants Rs 35L to doctor who suffered disability of legs in road accident Of the 13, only one — Meenakshi Lekhi of the BJP — got elected. In 2009, out of 160 candidates, 18 women contested and only one got elected. The Congress has fielded its veteran leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the BJP and the AAP have named lawyer-politician Lekhi and Atishi Marlena respectively in the contest. Nominations of 173 candidates have been found valid for the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. As many as 349 candidates filed nominations from April 16 till Tuesday, the last date to file the nomination papers. Also Read – BJP plans blitzkrieg of rallies in Gurugram and Faridabad In Delhi, there are over 1.43 crore voters, and of these, 64 lakh are eligible women voters while there are 72 lakh male voters. Besides, there are 669 voters who belong to the third gender. Three-time chief minister Dikshit will contest from North-East seat against state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and AAP’s Dilip Pandey while BJP’s incumbent Lekhi will face Congress’ Ajay Maken and Aam Aadmi Party’s Brijesh Goyal in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency. The AAP has pitted Marlena against cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and former Delhi minister and senior Congress leader Arvinder on the east Delhi seat. There are ten women candidates who are fighting elections either as an independent or on behalf of little known parties. Deepti Chopra from Prism Party, Richa Katiyar Kanaujia from Right to Recall Party and Suman Devi from Bharat Lok Sewak party are in the fray for the electoral battle from Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency. There is only woman candidate — Dikshit — from North-East constituency. From East Delhi seat, Atishi Marlena, Deepti Nadella from Pyramid Party of India and Neeru Mongia of Prism Party are fighting elections. Priyanka, an independent candidate, and BJP’s Meenakashi Lekhi are in the fray for the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Aditi is contesting elections from North-West Delhi seat as an independent while Poonam has filed her nomination on behalf of People’s Party of India from West Delhi. South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency has two women candidates — Suman Yadav from Jai Maha Bharath Party and Sumedha Bodh from Jan Samman Party — who will be taking on Congress’ Vijender Singh, BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri and AAP’s Raghav Chadha.last_img read more

Higher Secondary exam results on May 27

first_imgKolkata: The results of Higher Secondary Examination, conducted by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, will be declared on May 27. It will be announced by the president of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education Mahua Das at 10 am during a press conference at the office of the council at Vidyasagar Bhavan in Salt Lake.The heads of institutions affiliated to the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education or their authorised representatives have been requested to collect the mark-sheets and other relevant documents from their respective distribution camps from 10.30 am onwards and accordingly hand it over to students. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a press release issued by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, the results will also be published on a few websites. The list of such websites will be announced shortly. More than 8 lakh candidates had appeared for the Higher Secondary Examination this year. The examination began from February 26 and concluded on March 13. Concrete steps were taken by the authorities to ensure strict vigilance at the examination centres. Eighteen mobile phones were seized from examinees during the examination. Stringent action was taken against the students who were caught with phones while writing the examination. The council decided to cancel their examination as it had issued strict instructions before the commencement of the examination that no candidate should enter examination centres with mobile phones.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Braxton Millers a Heisman Trophy candidate

Through the first nine weeks of the season, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer declined to consider his star sophomore quarterback, Braxton Miller, a candidate for this year’s Heisman Trophy. Following the team’s ninth consecutive victory on Saturday at Penn State, Meyer’s response changed.“I do believe Braxton’s a Heisman candidate,” Meyer said. “He has to play much better. However, from just sheer production on a team that’s 9-0, it puts him in that category.”Miller ranks 10th nationally with 2,620 yards of total offense and ranks fifth nationally with 1,093 rushing yards. The OSU quarterback has also 12 passing and 12 rushing touchdowns this season.Meyer said Miller’s progression as a quarterback this season is “on schedule.”“Somebody would say he should be a better thrower by now, and he should be,” Meyer said. “But there’s other areas of his game that have really improved.”Meyer said he does not know who the other candidates are but mentioned Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein and West Virginia senior quarterback Geno Smith when discussing the award.Meyer also named Miller as OSU’s offensive player of the week. Miller completed 7-of-19 passes for 143 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Penn State but also ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns.Miller also received recognition on a national level. Miller was announced on Monday as one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, an award recognizing the collegiate player of the year.Praise for Penn State performanceMeyer said he was proud of his team’s overall performance in their 35-23 road win in State College, Pa., on Saturday.“Our guys responded well in a very tough situation,” Meyer said. “Overall, very good team win … our best team win we’ve had.”Meyer said his Buckeyes are a “special” team.“They’re fighting for each other,” Meyer said. “It’s a refuse-to-lose type atmosphere.”Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he did not foresee the Buckeyes starting out the season with a 9-0 record.“I think it’s a testament to just the commitment of a group of guys that refuse to lose a game,” Smith said. “I wouldn’t say that we are an undefeated football team that is sitting here just dominating people … There’s a lot of stuff we can improve at every position in every phase, but what you love to see is that teamwork and that cohesion of players that go out and win the game because they have the passion for each other and this university and ultimately the team.”Awards all around for BuckeyesSophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who had eight total tackles, two sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown and a forced fumble in Saturday’s win, was named the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week on Monday.In addition to Miller, two other Buckeyes were named as national semifinalists for major college football awards. Junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is awarded to college football’s outstanding defensive player of the year. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby, who was credited with four pass breakups in Saturday’s game, was also named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which recognizes the nation’s best defensive back.Meyer said Monday that he named Shazier and Roby OSU’s co-defensive players of the week. Sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith, who had two special teams tackles, was named special teams player of the week.Redshirt junior left tackle Jack Mewhort, junior left guard Andrew Norwell, senior right tackle Reid Fragel, redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, sophomore wide receiver Evan Spencer and junior running back Carlos Hyde were named as offensive champions along with Miller.Additionally, Meyer awarded redshirt sophomore Adam Griffin a “Scarlet Shirt” award for his efforts on special teams, which included a pass breakup on a fake punt pass.Griffin said being recognized for his effort “means a lot” to him.“It just lets you know that all the hard work you put in throughout practice and throughout camp is paying off,” Griffin said.Injury reportMeyer said redshirt senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino, who has missed the last three games with a broken right fibula, is questionable for Saturday’s game versus Illinois.Aside from Sabino, however, Meyer said the team has a relatively clean bill of health.“Our trainers say we’re as healthy as we’ve been,” Meyer said. read more

Ohio State mens tennis looks to finish decade of dominance

Only one match stands between the Ohio State men’s tennis team and a decade-long home win streak. The No. 5 Buckeyes (21-2, 5-0) hold a 163-match home win streak dating back to an April 5, 2003, loss against Illinois. Should OSU secure a victory against Big Ten foe Wisconsin (10-7, 1-4) on Friday, the team will officially cap off a 10-year journey of remaining unbeaten in Columbus. “(The players) are excited … I’ll be happy when Friday comes and hopefully we can win, because for the past few weeks, thinking about it and talking about it puts a little bit of stress on everybody,” said OSU coach Ty Tucker. “It’s a mark you want to achieve, and being one match away from it, it’ll be nice if we can get the win … it’ll be nice to be done with it.” Redshirt senior captain Devin McCarthy said the team is finding it difficult to ignore the high stakes surrounding the looming achievement. “(The record) is definitely in our heads a lot more than it has ever been before any match, just because we want to get to that 10 years. But at the same time, we are still thinking about Big Ten season and wanting to stay undefeated in the Big Ten,” McCarthy said. One of the largest challenges the Buckeyes will face against the Badgers will be the transition from the indoor courts at the Varsity Tennis Center to the outdoor courts at Varsity Tennis Courts, where the match is scheduled to take place. “I haven’t remembered it in a while being this cold (in Columbus),” Tucker said. “Knowing that we haven’t had a ton of outdoor practice and knowing that it’s going to be very windy … it’s hard to reach your best level when you haven’t had that much practice outside.” Tucker said in the case of temperatures dropping below 50 degrees, the match would be moved inside. It is expected to be a partly cloudy, 55 degrees with 12 mph winds on Friday, according to weather.com. With a decade-long win streak and an undefeated conference season on the line against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes will rely on the performances of their upperclassmen leaders. Four OSU upperclassmen are ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s top 100 individual rankings. McCarthy, ranked No. 83 nationally, and junior Ille Van Engelen hold the best doubles record on the team in 2013, going 18-1 overall. Redshirt junior Peter Kobelt, who is ranked No. 4 nationally, leads the team in singles wins, rattling off a 27-6 record throughout the 2013 season. Kobelt said his success this season has given him a chance to lead younger players on the team. “This year I definitely had a breakout in the fall. I put in a lot of time and effort,” he said. “You try and lead by example on and off the court so that the younger guys see and you give them a good example to follow.” Kobelt said as the team prepares for Wisconsin, they try not to underestimate any conference team. “Any Big Ten school is very capable, so we’ll be out there and ready to go full speed (on Friday),” he said. More than any individual performance, the OSU squad continues to push one another toward playing as a single unit, a mentality that Tucker said he is proud of. “(I’ve enjoyed) watching (the players) form into a team, because tennis is a very individual sport … and when you get to college and get put on a team, you have to do what is in the best interest of the team,” he said. The Buckeyes are scheduled to face off against Wisconsin Friday at 5 p.m. in Columbus. read more

Roller coaster ride winding down for Buckeye seniors

Then-junior running back Jordan Hall (7) is tackled during the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. OSU lost to Florida, 24-16, Jan. 2, 2012.Credit: Lantern file photoFirst there was a Rose Bowl victory. Then a victory in New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl. Then that season was vacated, and the school endured into its first losing season since 1988.Now, a 22-game winning streak. The Ohio State football class of 2013 has been through it all.“It was a roller coaster ride. It started off basically giving us everything — Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl. And then, not trying to down the Gator Bowl or anything, it’s just not the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl,” redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton said Monday. “We kind of got spoiled from the start, and then once it got down … I’m (just) happy we got to pick it back up for one last go around.”Guiton is one of 18 players set to be recognized Saturday for the Buckeyes’ (10-0, 6-0) home finale against Indiana (4-6, 2-4). With a win, OSU will clinch a Leaders Division title for the second consecutive season.It is a class of seniors that has been under the tutelage of three head coaches in its time at OSU and has gone through the adversity of a bowl ban, among other setbacks.“My class, we came in with (Jim) Tress(el) and then we went to coach (Luke) Fick(ell) and now we got coach (Urban) Meyer, so it’s been a great experience,” senior safety Christian Bryant said Monday. “Coach Meyer, he came in with a great spirit. He wanted to try to turn this program back to where it was before coach Tress left, and I feel like he did a great job of that.”The 2013 seniors have posted an overall record of 40-8, including the vacated 2010-11 season. Its 12-0 campaign a year ago was just the sixth undefeated and untied season in program history and the first since 2002.All that recent success, though, did not come easily after each member was a part of the forgettable 6-7 2011 season.“It’s been one heck of a ride, (with) just a lot of stuff thrown at us,” redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley said Monday. “For the guys that made it through and the guys that stuck it out, through the ups and downs, it’s absolutely been worth it … There’s a lot of reasons why we were 6-7, and why we’re undefeated now. We’ve done nothing but work hard to earn this spot.”In just its second season under Meyer, OSU is on the verge of setting a school record for wins in a row if the team takes care of business against Indiana. The coach said he has a high appreciation for those players being honored Saturday.“This week is all about 18 seniors, (the) last two years have (they’ve) been on a nice run,” Meyer said. “Guys I have a great admiration for.”Coming back from the depths of the losing season was something not only the seniors had to go through, the older guys played a huge part in turning the team’s success around.“We did a lot of growing up, as far as maturity goes. I think when coach Meyer got here we realized that we were the older guys now, and we had to assume some responsibility and not just take a back seat and watch other guys do it,” redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said. “It’s been a lot of fun, and it’s been a great journey and I love this senior class.”For Linsley, one moment in particular stings deep on the journey from the Gator Bowl after the 2011 season to 22 straight wins.“Probably losing to the team up north,” Linsley said. “After that game, everyone was just like, ‘Man, we haven’t lost to those guys in forever.’ I’d say that was the darkest moment of the season.”Meyer, on the other hand, said he has yet to take a step back and reflect on the success he’s had with the class. He cares more about how they’ve grown as people, particularly the offensive line.“To think that those guys have developed, I go fight for those guys,” Meyer said. “I love who they are. I love who they’ve become. If I was a college kid, that’s who I would hang out with. They’re sincere, great people that work their tails off. They love Ohio State and they love football.”Guiton said he wants members of Buckeye Nation to remember those leaving for the way they reversed the program’s bad luck.“Just turning it around. Turning it around. We had a bad year and everything and coach Meyer came in and changed the leadership around,” Guiton said. “He changed a lot around. He helped for the better.”Meyer said, though, it’s not quite time to look back on the seniors’ successes.“I think someday, you’ll be able to look back and reflect. Now is not that time. We have too much work to do,” Meyer said.Linsley echoed his coach, saying the success will be mute if they don’t finish strong against the Hoosiers in the seniors’ final home game. That attitude has permeated throughout the whole team.“Honestly, two weeks ago I didn’t even know what our record was. I think that was the feeling on the team, too. What are we? 7-0? 8-0?” Linsley said. “It doesn’t really matter because all we can do is think about the next opponent. When we get (the record for wins), that will be a heck of an accomplishment, but right now we’re just focusing on beating Indiana. ‘Cause Indiana doesn’t really care about our win streak.”That attitude is sure to be a part of whether the Buckeyes will take down Indiana for their 23rd straight win. Kickoff at Ohio Stadium is slated for 3:30 p.m. read more

Glik ready to face PSG

first_imgMonaco are about to face PSG in the Ligue 1 and defender Kamil Glik insisted that he is confident about his side’s chances despite the club from the capital has been dominant this league season so far.The Polish centre-back came to France from Torino and he has become a crucial man for the club since then – and although they are not fighting for the title this season, they still can qualify to the Champions League.The Poland international spoke about his team’s chances as he said, according to asmonaco.com:Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Last year we had other priorities. This season is different. We’re not in a title fight this time, and we’re not in the Champions League. We’ll be doing everything we can to bring the trophy home. This trophy is very important for us and for the club.”We’ve played each other quite a few times over the last few seasons. The rivalry between Monaco and PSG is a good thing for both clubs and for French football in general. There will be a good crowd, the stadium will be full, it will be a great occasion.”There are still two months left to play. We have another objective, which is second place. If we achieve those two objectives with the Coupe de la Ligue, this will be a fine season.”last_img read more

Kante says Chelsea can be optimistic about todays match

first_imgChelsea will play against Manchester City in the English Premier League, in one of those games that will define the season.Chelsea and Manchester City will meet tonight in English Premier League action.And for Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante, his team can be optimistic about playing against the Citizens.“It was an important game for us when we played them in December,” he recalled about the 2-0 win over City last year, as he spoke to the team’s official website.“This will be another game, it will be difficult, but of course the last game gave us confidence that it is possible to win and I hope we’ll get a good result there.”“It’s been a little bit difficult away from home in 2019, but we will try to get the result we want because we need to start to have many wins to keep the top four spot,” he added.“I think we are a little bit far from the title race, but we will try to give our best until the season has finished.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The most important thing is to finish the season in the top four. If we do very well and we are able to fight for the title, why not, but the most important thing is to get into the top four,” he commented.“I think if we have a review of the first six or seven months of the season, we have had a little bit of inconsistency when we lost some games to put us in the position we are in now, but we need to work hard, keep going and go on a good run. We are still in four competitions and we can reach our goals.”“I think I played some good and not so good games, but the most important thing is to play as a team, to complement our team-mates, to be organized and work together,” he continued.“I think in training we prepare the game in the best way and we need to reproduce that in the games.”I have chosen to join @chelseafc in 2016 as it has always been my priority. I want to thank the Management of the Club, the President and my agent for making this agreement possible. I am grateful to my teammates and to our amazing fans as the adventure continues. Common’ Chelsea pic.twitter.com/5hieULDX1L— N’Golo Kanté (@nglkante) November 23, 2018last_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Spots Still Available For California Trip In April

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent announcement from the Wilmington Recreation Department:California Field TripIf you haven’t booked your 2019 vacation yet – here’s a great opportunity to head to Southern California with Wilmington Recreation this April! We take care of all the details – once you’re registered you can sit back, relax and enjoy this wonderful tour! We’ll be staying in Santa Monica, San Diego and Palm Springs. We’ll follow the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tour, take a ride on the world’s largest rotating tram to see the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon and the pristine wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park, and tour Skyline Drive which travels into the lush and protected areas of Catalina Island. We’ve got lots of fun activities included, as well as some down time in Palm Springs so that you can enjoy some R & R on your vacation. Our package includes round trip airfare, motor coach transportation, airport transfers, 7 nights accommodations in centrally located hotels, 12 meals, admission fees, a Tour Director (who happens to be the President of the Tour Company!) taxes and gratuities (except Tour Driver).To register, or if you have any questions, please call the Wilmington Recreation Department at 978-658-4270.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Take An Ocean City Getaway This SpringIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Perfect 10-Day Trip For History Buffs Set For SeptemberIn “Community”last_img read more

Man stabbed dead in Habiganj

first_imgMap of HabiganjA man was stabbed to death allegedly by his rivals over the previous enmity in Putijuri Bazar area of Bahubal upazila, Habiganj on Saturday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Wahid Miah, 40, son of Abdullah Miah of Mirer Bazar village in the upazila.Masuk Helal, officer-in-charge of Babubal model police station, said Wahid Miah got a contract of repairing a road in Mirer Bazar village. A Shahnaj Miah of adjoining village wanted some shares of the contract from Wahid.There had been an enmity between two of them over the issue, said the OC. They locked into an altercation in Putijuri Bazar around 8:30pm.At one stage, Shahnaj stabbed Wahid indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured. Being rescued, the victim was rushed to Bahubal upazila health complex where the duty doctors declared him dead.Shahnaj also hit three others as they tried to obstruct him. The injured were admitted to MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

BNP to form human chain protesting JS session

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoTerming the 11th parliament as a “fake and stigmatised” one, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday announced to form a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the capital on Wednesday, protesting the start of its maiden session, reports UNBThe party will also hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on 8 February, demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, marking the first anniversary of her jailing.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a media conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office in Dhaka.”The new parliament, formed with fake votes, is going into session tomorrow (Wednesday). This parliament is a ghost of an entity that snatched people’s democratic and voting rights,” he said.“This parliament is an anti-people one and a gossip club of mass enemies of the illegal government which exerted its unlawful power on unarmed voters,” he said.The BNP leader said the 11th parliament will be considered everywhere as an assembly of non-mandated power greedy people of history.“As the parliament’s first session is set to start, the BNP will form a human chain from 11:00am to 12:00pm on Wednesday in front of the National Press Club to register protests against this stigmatised parliament of fake votes.”The maiden session of the 11th parliament will begin at 3:00pm on Wednesday, within 31 days of the national election held on 30 December with the participation of all the registered political parties.Awami League, led by Sheikh Hasina, formed the government for the third consecutive term following its landslide victory in the national elections.Turning down the election results with the allegation of ‘massive vote robbery’, country’s principle opposition party the BNP demanded re-election.Eight MPs of the party and its alliance partner Gano Forum elected in the election have not taken oath yet.last_img read more

InDepth Houstons Asylum Seekers Face Difficult Legal Paths Ahead

first_img Listen In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions overruled an asylum case in a decision called Matter of A-B-. In the case, a Salvadoran woman sought asylum because she feared returning to El Salvador after years of domestic violence. When Sessions overruled the decision, he signaled to immigration courts that violence by a spouse, or gang member, no longer makes someone eligible for asylum, even if going back to their country is a death sentence. 00:00 /04:03 X Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sessions’ decision is also limiting who gets to stay in the country to plead their case before a judge. According to a new policy memo issued last week, immigration officers are being asked not to let domestic or gang violence victims go on to plead their case before a judge. They’ll be removed from the country instead. As these developments reverberate within Houston’s immigration courts and offices, immigrants face an increasingly difficult path to asylum. That’s a path Hana knows well. At 47, Hana currently teaches part-time at Houston Community College. Her career in academia started in her home country of Libya, where she’s lived most of her life. She asked to use just her first name for privacy reasons. Hana used to teach organic chemistry at a university in the city of Derna. There she had three children with her husband.Hana reviews polynomials with her students at Houston Community College. (Photo: Elizabeth Trovall | Houston Public Media)Hana said in Libya a husband has near total control of his wife’s public and private life. She said marriage there was a “slavery contract”.“The husband has the right to kill you,” said Hana, “By the law, no. By the traditions, yes. He can claim anything. He can find any reason.” But Hana’s life changed when she won a scholarship from the Libyan government to pursue her masters in chemistry at the University of Houston. It would mean her whole family would have to move to Texas.Her husband eventually agreed, Hana said. So, Hana and her family moved to Houston. She was months into her studies when she said her husband changed his mind and ordered her and the kids back to Libya. Hana faced a tough decision. “I decided I’m done,” Hana said, “Enslaved women will raise enslaved children. Free woman will raise free children and ladies.” She stayed in Houston with her children. Then, she said her husband cut her scholarship and health insurance. With three kids to care for, Hana had to end her studies. Hana lost her visa. She said she had no idea what she was going to do, until a friend gave her some advice to seek asylum. It took a team of pro bono lawyers, a tall stack of documents and years of anxiously waiting, but, eventually, an immigration officer weighed the evidence and granted her asylum in 2015.Though Hana’s is a happy ending, her story isn’t the status quo. Between 2012 and 2017, judges in Houston denied 87% of asylum petitions.Outside detained courts at the ICE Houston Service Processing Center. (Photo: Elizabeth Trovall | Houston Public Media)“These are very, very work-intensive, time-intensive, effort-intensive cases,” said Geoffrey Hoffman, Director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Houston Law Center. “They’re hard to win, but at the same time, they are very satisfying,” said Hoffman.  He said while the burden of proof has always been high for asylum cases, Matter of A-B-, the decision by Sessions, makes it even higher. “It shifts the legal landscape with regards to every single asylum adjudication related to private actors,” said Hoffman.“What that means is any case when the persecutor is a gang member, domestic abuser, family member, tribesman, militia, etcetera… if they’re not a direct government employee, it could have very profound effects on the adjudication of your case,” he said. Anne Chandler, Director of the Tahirih Justice Center in Houston, said her organization, which offers legal services to women and children seeking asylum, will have to make changes. “Every one of our briefs will be amended as one agency tries to redraft asylum,” said Chandler. And, according to a memo released in July, now Session’s decision is being applied in credible fear interviews, the first step in the asylum process.Immigration attorney Andrea Guttin said this move chips away at a migrant’s right to a hearing before a judge. “I fear a lot of people will be denied that could have won an asylum hearing,” said Guttin. Retired immigration judge William Zimmer also weighed in on the decision by Sessions. He said he does think Matter of A-B- will make winning asylum more difficult for victims of domestic and gang violence. “They might not qualify for asylum even if they might be killed under the standard,” said Zimmer.“That’s just the way it is,” he said. Zimmer said asylum is more to protect someone from persecution, not domestic violence, so it’s up to lawmakers to create new protections if they want to help the thousands of migrants seeking a safer life in the United States. last_img read more

The return of Moti

first_imgIt had run into trouble over the issue of its annual license renewal that expired on 31 March. ‘It took longer to get no objection certificates but shutting it down was never in question’ says the manager,’ VK Garg.  A tall and stout man stops me quizzically at the gate of the hall. ‘Now, Moti cinema is functional. There’s no problem anymore’, says Raj Narain, the security guard at the cinema. Wondering why I was there now, he added that the cinema experienced a rather unusual footfall last week.  Journalists from national media thronged to cover the demise of Moti. It’s ironical how single screen theatres get coverage over their demise; media writes panegyrics, evoking the nostalgia of their golden past but the same monumental halls seem invisible while functional. This Thursday night, with an impromptu screening of Aatish – a 1994 Sanjay Dutt starrer movie – Moti bounced back to life. Before it goes into oblivion once again, we trace its past and understand its present. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The alleyway leading to Moti is flanked with a huge hoarding of Jo Jeeta wahi Baazigar, a Tamil movie dubbed in Hindi, running these days. A man in his mid sixties, Shiv Kumar Jaiswal sits in the projector room with an air of boredom surrounding him. ‘I miss working manually on a projector’, he says pointing to the brand new UFO machine installed in the cinema five months ago. Like other big cinemas, this machine can load up a movie from Mumbai through satellites. He has worked as a projectionist for a good four decades. Though happy with the new technology, he ruminates the loss of ‘actually’ playing with reams of film prints. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn his reverie, he exclaims, there were times when he used to queue up to watch a Raj Kapoor movie. The queues used to extend almost till Lal Quila. ‘Imagine a movie running for 52 weeks straight!’ he says with a gleam in his eyes. These days Moti hardly plays Hindi movies; their target audience now are the Poorvanchalis and Bhojpuri movie goers. ‘Our audience loves action, so we run Bhojpuri, Tamil- Telugu dubbed movies and some old Bollywood movies in between to match their interests.’  Going through his yellowing note book, he tells me that Moti didn’t even play the mass entertainer Dabbang. But movies like Wanted, Zilla Ghaziabad and Son of Sardar had a five week successful run. All said and done, Moti takes on a new lease of life; showcasing the same genre of movies, offering tickets between the same 30-60 rupees range and the same salted popcorn. And they have no plans of renovating. Why not give single screen a chance before they really fades into history? Alive and kicking in the vicinityRegal Cinema, CPAmar Kumar Singh Verma, serves as an accountant at Regal since 1977. He gushes, ‘Whoever comes to talk about Regal is sent over to me. Its not viable for a single screen like us to work anymore. But being a point of confluence in CP, youngsters still come down to watch movies here.’ He added that foreigners visit it for its heritage value in Delhi. In those days, a full house was a routine but now its a rare phenomenon. Disappointedly he quipped, ‘Regal witnessed its last housefull on 26 January, this year.’ From Prithiviraj Kapoor’s theatre to latest bollywood movies, Regal has seen it all since 1932. A chequered hall leading to a passage filled with black and white pictures of the yesteryears stars, Regal is a piece of history.Capacity: 658 seatsPrice range: Rs 50-120Technology: Uses UFO for loading movies from July 2012last_img read more

Voices of the world

first_imgAs part of a three-year project in arts education, the British Council, UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities celebrated two years of its journey of the World Voice Project (WVP) in India. The showcase saw close to 300 students perform on WVP songs with the celebrated singer Mohit Chauhan and Metzo Djatah, much-admired singer from Senegal at Bahai House of worship (Lotus Temple).The Project is currently being implemented in 12 countries across the globe and is championed by well-known musicians and singers in each country. The widely acknowledged singing icon, Mohit Chauhan has been championing the World Voice Project in India since its launch in March 2013. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India said “The British Council India’s Arts in Education programmes introduce school audiences and trainers to using new content and methods of teaching arts from the UK within Indian school curricula. Within this strand of our work, the World Voice Programme builds capacity of teachers to use the arts to develop students’ life skills, such as innovative and creative thinking, social adaptability, cultural awareness, communicational and inter-personal skills.” The Arts Education programme of the British Council through the World Voice Project  and the Drama in Classroom Project, is a pioneering endeavour of the organisation to support the government in its efforts to promote education for all, in the most creative and effective manner.last_img read more

Sangeet Natak Akademi announces winners

first_imgArtists often need encouragement that helps them excel in their field of work. To encourage them further, Sangeet Natak Akademi elected one eminent personality as Sangeet Natak Akademi fellow (Akademi Ratna) and selected 43 artists from different fields for the Sangeet Natak Akademi awards.C V Chandrasekhar was selected as Akademi Ratna in the presence of the General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama during a meeting held on April 20 in Agartala. The Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and awards will be conferred by the President of India.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The honour of Akademi fellow is conferred since 1954 and Akademi awards are being given to artists since 1952. These honours not only symbolise the highest standard of excellence and achievements, but also recognise sustained individual work and contribution. The Akademi fellow gets a purse money of Rs three lakh and Akademi award winner gets Rs one lakh, besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram. The 43 artists have been selected from the fields of music, dance, theatre, puppetry and overall contribution in performing arts for the Akademi Puraskar for the year 2015. Out of these 43 awards, two joint awards will be given. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn the field of Music, eleven eminent artists, such as Krishna Bisht, Mashkoor Ali Khan for Hindustani vocal music; Kartik Kumar for Hindustani instrumental Music–Sitar; Brij Narayan for Hindustani instrumental music–Sarod; R N Thyagarajan and R N Tharanathan (joint award); Suguna Varadhachari for Carnatic vocal music; Lalgudi G J R Krishnan for Carnatic instrumental music–Violin; Mambalam M K S Siva for Carnatic instrumental music-Nagaswaram; Bhupinder Singh, Hridyanath Mangeshkar and Prafulla Kar for other major traditions of music–Sugam Sangeet, have been selected for the Akademi awards 2015.  In the field of dance, nine eminent artists have been selected for the Akademi awards 2015, such as Ranganayaki Jayaraman for Bharatanatyam; K Kunhiraman Nair for Kathakali; G Padmaja Reddy for Kuchipudi Dance; Aloka Kanungo for Odissi dance; Sharodi Saikia for Sattriya dance; Mandakini Trivedi for Mohiniattam; Sadashiva Pradhan for Chhau dance; W Lokendrajit Singh for contemporary/experimental dance and Rajkumar Bharathi for dance. In the field of theatre, nine eminent persons have been selected for Akademi awards 2015 such as Nand Kishore Acharya, Shafaat Khan for playwriting; Parvez Akhtar, Mushtaq Kak for direction; Manoj N Joshi, Himani Shivpuri for acting; Pradeep Mulye for allied theatre arts–scenic design; Sarojini Nangiar for other major traditions of theatre–Kutiyattam and Rani Balbir Kaur for overall contribution in theatre. In the field of traditional, folk, tribal— music, dance, theatre and puppetry,  ten artistes have been selected for Akademi awards 2015 such as Khuman Lal Saav (folk music of Chhattisgarh), Ramchandra Singh (folk theatre of Bihar), Khem Raj (folk music of Jammu and Kashmir),  S R D Prasad (martial art of Kerala), Chhaya and Maya Khutegaonkar (joint award for folk dance of Maharashtra-Lavani), Gangmei Aluna Kabuini (traditional dance and music of Manipur), Paramjit Singh Sidhu (folk music of Punjab), Sayeed Sabri Jaipuri (qawwali, Rajasthan),  K K Ramachandra Pulavar and T N Sankaranathan for puppetry.Shanta Gokhale and Chaman Lal Ahuja have been selected for the Akademi Awards 2015 in the field of Overall Contribution/Scholarship to performing arts.last_img read more

Forbes names Sunwing Travel Group one of Canadas top employers

first_img Monday, February 27, 2017 Tags: Sunwing Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — The Sunwing Travel Group has been named one of Canada’s 300 Best Employers by global media company Forbes.Forbes surveyed over 8,000 Canadian employees, including 81% full-timers, working for companies with at least 500 people, to rate their willingness to recommend their own companies on a scale of one to 10. Those who took part in the survey were consulted anonymously through several online access panels.“We believe investing in our employees is vital and are extremely pleased to be included in this list,” said Stephen Hunter, President and CEO of Sunwing Travel Group. “The Sunwing Travel Group has grown and expanded dramatically over the years and we attribute this growth and success to the passion and dedication of our team.”The Sunwing Travel Group now employs almost 17,000 people internationally and has been included on the PROFIT 500 list for the last 12 years consecutively.The company recently launched a new user-friendly HR portal to provide employees access to their payroll and benefits. Employees working at the company’s headquarters in Toronto, recently extended and refurbished, get free parking and a subsidized staff restaurant and coffee house. Sunwing is also the only airline to reward employees with confirmed flight passes for travelling to and from any of Sunwing’s destinations domestically and internationally, plus staff members receive discounted rates at certain hotels and resorts, as well as selected excursions. Friends and family members of Sunwing employees also benefit from travel promotions.center_img Share Forbes names Sunwing Travel Group one of Canada’s top employers Travelweek Group last_img read more

May 6 2015This continues our report form 54 abou

first_imgMay 6, 2015This continues our report form 5/4 about the fifth annual BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL this past Saturday.This was a very well organized and executed event. Lots of vendors, good food, very good music, the weather was wonderful and a good time was has by all.On the stage is JAM PAK BLUES’N GRASS NEIGHBORHOOD BAND, a terrific group of youngsters. They have been part of this festival here at Arcosanti since its beginning and delight the audience every year.[photos by Colleen Connery]NEAMIAHCISCO AND THE RACECARSGREENWOOD SIDEEThe event was organized by the AZ Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce.A special Thank You goes to Chamber President Ben Satran, who cast the original vision for this event and has supported this festival since its inception.last_img

Huddled at a computer screen at the Denver Recover

first_imgHuddled at a computer screen at the Denver Recovery Group, counselor Melissa McConnell looks at the latest urinalysis results for her client, Sara Florence.Last fall, it lit up like a Christmas tree. Now it’s all clean. Florence says she stopped using heroin five months ago; she stopped using methamphetamine not long after that.”Shooting it, smoking it, snorting it,” Florence says. “It’s horrible, just made me feel like crap, you know. But I’d still did it. Just makes no sense, you know. It’s just really addicting.”Meth is particularly insidious, she says, because it’s cheap, readily available and “very common. Everybody does it.”Her assessment is in line with drug-overdose numbers from Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment, which show meth’s enduring presence in the state. The drug was found in the systems of 280 Coloradans who died of overdoses in 2017 — up sharply from the year before. That number was more than five times that recorded in 2012.Denver Recovery Group’s executive director, Denise Vincioni, says her organization still sees “rampant use of methamphetamine.” It’s very difficult to treat on an outpatient basis, she says.Admissions for the use of methamphetamine to what was once the state’s largest drug treatment facility — the now-closed Arapahoe House — almost doubled from 2013 to 2017. Statewide figures for meth-related treatment admissions have also risen steadily over the last five years. And there’s a new twist, Vincioni says: In the past, users mainly seemed to stick to one drug — opioid pills or heroin or cocaine. Now, they’re using those along with meth.”They’re almost going hand in hand,” says Vincioni.McConnell says once people come in for treatment, “They start to get off the opiates, but their meth use increases.”Contrary to the portrayal of meth production in popular TV dramas, the meth in Colorado these days is rarely cooked up in neighborhood basements from local drugstore ingredients. Instead, it’s mostly imported, often along the same routes as heroin.”I would say almost 100 percent of our meth comes from Mexico,” says Tom Gorman, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Much of it is mass produced there, he says, in “superlabs.”The drug’s continued impact shows up in police statistics. Denver arrests for possession of meth nearly tripled in 2017 compared to 2013. The amount of methamphetamine seized by HIDTA-funded drug task forces across Colorado, as well as by Colorado state patrol officers, went up sharply from 2016 to 2017.Meth has been overshadowed by opioids and marijuana in news headlines in Colorado recently, Gorman says, but “we’ve had a meth problem in this area for a long time.”Are more people using the drug now?”Maybe,” he says. “But it’s always been our number one problem.”Sara Florence at the Denver Recovery Group is a 36-year-old mother of three. Her reliance on drugs started early, she says — at age 15, when her parents gave her pain pills for a toothache. Just like that, she was hooked.”I grew up around it, you know,” Florence says. “It was around me, my environment. Both my parents were addicts, and so, you know, it was kind of rough not to be one.”Those troubles eventually led to heroin and an eight year struggle with meth. The day she got arrested for stealing a Subaru was when she hit bottom, Florence says.”I was homeless and had nowhere to live, and driving the stolen vehicle and sleeping in it.” The ultimate charge, Florence says, was “aggravated motor vehicle theft.”Then it was off to drug court and eventually to the Denver Recovery Group. After seeing her drug test come back clean, counselor McConnell gave Florence a big hug.”It’s just so much better quality life now that I’m not doing anything,” Florence says. “This is the cleanest I’ve been since I was 15 years old.”Still, Vincioni worries about the impact of this latest meth surge — how it could affect her clients. People with a dependency on more than one drug are that much harder to treat, and that limits their chances of “continued sustained recovery,” she says.Her facility treats clients on an outpatient basis, but Vincioni knows that many would need more intensive inpatient services to deal with a meth addiction.”It’s very difficult to stabilize patients who continue to use meth,” Vincioni says.If a client drops out of the treatment and counseling program at Denver Recovery Group, the staff often doesn’t know what happens to them. The worry is they might not survive.This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with Colorado Public Radio and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 CPR News. To see more, visit CPR News.last_img read more

What to Expect From Google IO 2017

first_img Tom Brant What to Expect From Google I/O 2017 Add to Queue Google CEO Sundar Pichai once downplayed his company’s efforts to make its own smartphones. But then he announced the Pixel last fall — a “phone by Google” — which quickly vaulted to the top of many a “best Android phones” roundup, including PCMag’s.In fact, the Pixel was just one of several new hardware offerings Google launched last year. You can now buy Google-branded products to automate your home, fix your spotty Wi-Fi, beam your browser window to the nearest TV and even escape to a virtual world. And since consumer electronics are relentlessly killed off and reincarnated, many of the devices Google announced last year will likely be updated onstage at this year’s Google I/O developers conference, set to begin on Wednesday near the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif.Like any Silicon Valley giant, Google — often via its Alphabet parent company — also has its hands in a dizzying array of projects beyond hardware and the internet tools on which it originally staked its claim to fame. So Pichai and his fellow Googlers could reveal more about the company’s initiatives in artificial intelligence, cloud computing and more at this year’s conference. Here’s what to expect.Android OGoogle released the developer preview of the next version of its Android OS in late March, codenamed Android O. It has spent the two intervening months in a feedback phase, still rough around the edges (here’s what we know so far). That could change on Wednesday, when we’ll likely get more details about the new operating system’s headline features.Some of what we expect to hear about Android O is related to artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality. The preview doesn’t have much in the way of support for VR or AR, but since Google makes its own Daydream View VR headset, that will likely change in the finished version.As for AI, Android O will likely have deeper integration with the Google Assistant, the company’s answer to Siri and Amazon Alexa. At only a year old, the Google Assistant is relatively young as personal voice assistants go, which means there’s lots of room for standalone growth and integrations with Android. To get the Assistant into the hands of as many consumers as possible, Google will likely make it easier for OEMs to implement it on Android O. It currently works with phones running Marshmallow or Nougat, but only if they use Google Play and have 1.5GB of memory and 720p or higher screen resolution.We also expect to hear about some back-end improvements to Android: Google has already promised improvements to get new versions of the OS onto existing devices faster, which should help solve the chronic rollout delays that are one of Android’s chief weaknesses compared to Apple’s fast-updating iOS. Watch for Google to boost Android’s security features, too, and maybe even announce a moniker (“Oreo,” perhaps?) that follows Google’s convention of naming OS versions after confectionary treats.Pixel and DaydreamA new OS version deserves new hardware, so Google is reportedly planning to update the Pixel and the Pixel XL, as well as roll out an entirely new phone. Details on the Pixel updates are scarce, but Android Police reports they’ll stick to roughly the same screen sizes. A third handset, codenamed “Taimen,” is also in the works, according to Droid Life, and it could have a display that’s even larger than Pixel XL’s 5.5-inch screen.As for virtual reality, I/O probably won’t bring major updates to Google’s Daydream View VR headset, which just went on sale last November. But it could offer more details on Google’s plans for a new standalone VR or AR headset, the likes of which are already in development or production at Oculus, Qualcomm and other companies. Google has been working on such a device for more than a year, according to a Wall Street Journal report in February 2016.Google Home and the Google AssistantSince Google is a relative latecomer to voice assistants, it has been churning out incremental updates over the past year, from selling Google Home in more countries to adding skills to the Google Assistant, including the ability to have it start your Benz and read you recipes in the kitchen. There are now more than 200 of these skills, but that still pales in comparison to the thousands available for Amazon’s Alexa.Google will likely use I/O to announce a major update beyond additional skills, like new developer tools for building the assistant into more devices. We could even see a new Google-branded speaker or other device, such as a speaker-and-router combo, especially since Amazon now has a handful of devices powered by Alexa, like the new Echo Show and Echo Look.I/O will also feature demos of further Assistant integration with cars, including a standalone version of Android Auto that doesn’t require you to plug in your phone to access Assistant and other features, according to Bloomberg.Android TV and Android WearThis one’s a gimme: we know there will be some updates to the versions of Android that power home entertainment devices, thanks to an I/O session that will cover “new APIs, features and upcoming platform enhancements” for Android TV.There’s a similar session for developers to learn about features in the next version of Android Wear. The current version, Android Wear 2.0, hit the first smartwatches and fitness trackers in February.Allo and other softwareGoogle’s Allo chat app has languished somewhat since its unveiling last year, due in part to security concerns as well as the dominance of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and other more established competitors. If Google intends to revive it, I/O would be a good opportunity for some new feature announcements, but the company could just as easily abandon Allo, especially as it focuses on its other communication apps like Duo and Hangouts.On the operating system front, Google has a few tricks up its sleeve that we could learn more about, including plans to integrate the Chrome and Android operating systems so that Android apps can run on PCs. There’s also the Fuscia OS, still in the very early planning stages — so early, in fact, that it’s unclear what sort of devices Google intends it to power.The futureGoogle’s parent Alphabet is working on a ton of technology that won’t show up for download on the web or on the shelves of your local Best Buy any time soon. From self-driving cars to algorithms that can beat the world’s best Go players, there are a ton of geeky and futuristic endeavors that could show up in the spotlight this week. PCMag will be in Mountain View this week to bring you the latest from I/O, and you can also live stream Wednesday’s keynote address. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: via PC Mag Google News reporter Thousands of software and hardware developers will descend on the Googleplex to hear about the company’s latest products. Here’s what they might be. Register Now »last_img read more