Spotted Nigeria Welcomes Totals Egina FPSO

first_imgImage Courtesy: Nigerian Ports AuthorityFollowing a ninety-day voyage from Korea, Total’s FPSO Egina arrived at the Port of Lagos in Nigeria on January 25. The massive FPSO, which features a length of 330 meters and a width of 61 meters, is the biggest ship in West Africa, according to LADOL Free Zone.“The arrival of the Total Nigeria Egina FPSO to LADOL Free Zone is a historic milestone for industrialisation in Nigeria,” LADOL stressed.Egina started its journey in October last year, departing Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje. The newbuilding had 200 crew members on board during its voyage to Lagos, only calling at Mauritius and Cape Town.The 219,830 gross ton vessel is designed to hold 2.3 million barrels of oil. It will be moved to Egina oil field operated by Total and located some 130 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria at water depths of more than 1,500 meters.last_img read more

Debt to fall to Rs 1000 crore post sale of Bluru tech

first_imgNew Delhi: Cafe chain operator Coffee Day Enterprises on Saturday said its total debt is expected to reduce to around Rs 1,000 crore after adjusting the proceeds from sale of its Global Village Tech Park in Bengaluru to Blackstone. “The company has already announced the divestment of Global Village Tech Park held by its subsidiary Tanglin Developments Ltd for an aggregate consideration of Rs 2,600-3,000 crore. On receipt of the consideration for the sale of Global Village after payment of required Statutory payments, the debt position of Coffee Day Group will reduce around by Rs 2,400 crore,” Coffee Day Enterprises said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe debt position of Coffee Day Group post repayment of debt out of proceeds from sale of Global Village is expected to be around Rs 1,000 crore in the next 45 days, it added. As per the filing, total debt of Coffee Day Enterprises as on July 31, 2019 was Rs 3,472 crore. The company said its arm Sical Logistics has also been working on divestment of certain assets. “The proceeds from the divestment is expected to significantly reduce the debt in Sical,” Coffee Day Enterprises added. Total debt of Sical Logistics is Rs 1,488 crore, it added.last_img read more

KMRCL issues trade licence verification forms to 40 shop owners

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (KMRCL) on Sunday issued trade licence verification forms to 40 shop owners, whose shops were damaged in the Bowbazar area due to East West metro construction work.”The shop owners will fill up the forms. It will be duly certified by the owner of the building, councilor and police,” said A K Nandy, general manager (Administration), KMRCL. While jewellery and other shops are located on the main stretch of B B Ganguly Street, the workshops of the artisans associated with these shops are located in and around Durga Pithuri Lane, Syakra Para Lane and Gour De Lane. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Swarna Shilpa Bachao Committee (SSBC) on Wednesday demanded immediate compensation for shop owners and jewellery manufacturing units. While the Bowbazar is considered as jewellery hub, 350 such artisans working in 85 workshops located in this area are now suffering huge losses. “We are suffering huge losses. We have shifted to 184/1, BB Ganguly Street. But we have to vacate it after eight days. We don’t know what to do,” said Vijay Suryavanshi of Vijay Assay Centre Private Limited situated at Syakra Para Lane. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBowbazar is considered as jewellery hub of the city. The KMRCL had identified 35 buildings in Bowbazar which are beyond repair, a building assessment committee has been formed for carrying out health check of the buildings. KMRCL has initiated the steps to pull down five buildings in the area. “We have been asked to remove all belongings and furniture from the ornament making unit at Syakra Para Lane. At present, we are shifting the furniture and other ornament making machines to my friend’s house in Dankuni,” Vijay said. It may be mentioned that a machine that was boring an East- West Metro tunnel in Bowbazar, had hit a giant aquifer on August 31. More than 600 residents living at Durga Pithuri Lane, Syakra Para Lane and Gour De Lane have been evacuated. They have been shifted to different hotels across the city. A section of the residents claimed that they are not getting proper facilities at hotel. The KMRCL had formed two teams. The members are visiting the hotel to check if residents are facing problems.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon looks for more than words from Fridays highlevel Middle East

Mr. Ban will be participating in his first meeting of the so-called diplomatic Quartet with top officials of the other three partners – United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov; and European Union (EU) High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, European Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, representing the EU Presidency. “He hopes that the Quartet will seriously engage with the key issues that have a direct impact on the situation on the ground, going beyond mere statements,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, said. “He is fully aware that, within the region and beyond, many are looking at the Quartet to be more energetic in its efforts than it has been at times to break the current impasse in the peace process. “He believes the Quartet should reach out to the parties and also other key regional partners for a more systematic dialogue, and involvement in the Quartet’s deliberations,” she added. The Quartet has been championing the so-called Road Map plan aimed at securing a two-State solution to the Middle East conflict, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace, originally slated for completion by the end of 2005. 1 February 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for more than mere words from tomorrow’s high-level diplomatic meeting in Washington of key partners seeking a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution. read more

UN labour agency seeks to help Latin America cope with economic crisis

The ILO meeting is being held in a regional context of low economic growth, high unemployment and the growing “informalization” of the labour market as more and more people work without social protection.Urban unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean rose in the third quarter of this year to 17 million – the highest figure in the past 22 years, according to the ILO, which warned that this would likely continue to rise as an additional 1 million people lose their jobs.The four-day meeting brings together more than 400 delegates, representatives of governments and workers’ and employers’ organizations from 35 countries. They are considering the impact of globalization, gender and discrimination, the social and labour dimension of regional integration and the region’s lack of jobs and income.“We are faced with populations in despair who cannot understand how their own countries can have come to such a pass and who in many cases feel themselves to be the true pariahs of globalization,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said.In a report to the meeting, he blames the crisis in part on “serious shortcomings in the functioning of democratic institutions,” widespread corruption, and society’s loss of confidence in the independence of those in power, their institutions and the judicial system.Faced with the seriousness of the economic crisis and the worsening of social and labour conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Director-General calls for measures “not only to return to high and sustained economic growth, but also to incorporate social objectives into economic policy, democratize and modernize institutions, prevent corruption and violence and – the final goal – to achieve development with freedom, equity, security and human dignity.” read more

Olympic torch relay to make stop Saturday at UN Headquarters

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will light a cauldron from the torch’s flame at around at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Joining him at the event will be General Assembly President Julian R. Hunte of St. Lucia, as well as the Greek Alternate Minister for Culture, Fanny Palli-Petralia, and the head of the Athens Organizing Committee, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. Among the 140 relay runners in New York are Toni Jones and Daniel Mejia, two young people whose lives have been deeply affected by conflict and chosen by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to carry the torch into and out of the UN complex. Ms. Jones, 18, was born in Monrovia, Liberia. After being forced to flee the country in 1990 because of political conflict, she and her family spent three years living in a UNICEF-supported refugee camp. During that time, her eight-year-old friend was kidnapped, forced to become a child soldier, and later killed in the conflict, inspiring Ms. Jones to become an influential voice against the use of children as soldiers. Daniel, 17, was born in Queens, New York, after his parents emigrated from Colombia 20 years ago. Daniel’s uncle was the victim of a political assassination in Colombia in 1994. Many of his relatives have received asylum in the United States and now live in Miami and New York City. read more

CV market strong as van demand rises for ninth month in 2015

Strength of UK commercial vehicle market continues, with year-to-date registrations up 16.7% and a run rate double the monthly average. Overall sector remains stable with small 2.9% decline in the month following a bumper October 2014.Van demand continues upward trend with 6.2% month-on-month increase, marking nine out of 10 months of growth in 2015.UK van and truck registrations: 2015 and % change on 2014 Click through to download the full press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The UK commercial vehicle market remained steady in October, with a small 2.9% decline in registrations. This reflects a return to business as usual following exceptional demand in the same month last year that was driven by impending regulatory changes. Figures for the year-to-date show overall growth of 16.7% compared with 2014, with a total of 355,301 vehicles registered.The British van market continued to thrive, as demand rose 6.2% compared with October 2014. 312,369 new vans have been registered so far in 2015 – 16.3% more than this time last year, and fuelled by increasing business confidence and the ever-growing popularity of online shopping.Truck registrations remained strong, up by nearly a fifth in the year-to-date, with 42,932 new vehicles registered in the first 10 months. A spike in heavy duty demand last October, following the introduction of the Euro-VI emissions standard at the beginning of 2014, caused this month’s figures to appear considerably lower in comparison, falling 31.5%.Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT, said, “The van and truck market remains strong, with remarkable growth across all commercial vehicle types so far this year. The rise in demand for vans demonstrates an ongoing trend as more consumers choose the convenience of home delivery.“Meanwhile, following an exceptionally strong October in 2014, it’s no surprise to see a decline in last month’s truck market. To put this into context, at 5,791 registrations, this October’s performance is more than double the average monthly total of 2,720 delivered by the market since 2001.” read more

Kobe Bryant Flies in to Help Pitch Lakers to

Kobe Bryant posted “selfies” on Instagram of himself in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday as he vacationed with his family. Soon after, apparently, he boarded a plane to Los Angeles to join in on the Los Angles Lakers’ pitch to free agent forward Carmelo Anthony.Anthony opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks and is being courted by, among others, the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and the Knicks. The Lakers seem to be a long shot, but with some maneuvering they can have enough cap space to sign the lethal scorer and pair him with Bryant, who is coming off a season in which he played just 13 games because of injuries.Bryant and Anthony have had a long, close relationship and if anyone could influence Anthony to take a flyer on the struggling Lakers, it’s Bryant. His pitch could be that they’d be a special duo and that when Bryant retires in two years, Anthony would continue the legacy of Hall of Fame talent in purple and gold.The Lakers have made Anthony and fellow superstar free agent LeBron James  their primary points of interest, going so far as to hold off hiring a coach and signing other free agents until they could make pitches to the two players.While they have called Rich Paul, James’ agent, and were hoping to meet with him soon, sources maintain James and Paul have yet to grant formal meetings to any teams.Anthony is far from a consolation prize, however. Sources indicate the Lakers are enamored with his game and believe he would complement Bryant well. The Lakers hope to pair the two wings with center Pau Gasol,  with whom they met on the first day of free agency.ESPN reported Wednesday night that the Oklahoma City Thunder duet of stars, Kevin Durant and Michael Westbrook, made a strong case for Gasol to join them. But OKC seems limited on what it could pay Gasol. The Bulls are scheduled to meet with Gasol on Thursday in Los Angeles.However, the Lakers can pay Gasol more than any other team, and his fondness for the city and playing with Bryant should not be discounted. If the team can add to its roster with Anthony, sources said, Gasol would be far more inclined to re-sign with the Lakers. read more

NBA Free Agency Diary The Rockets Are Still Relevant

Keep track of the chaotic NBA offseason with our Free Agency Diary. Dear NBA Diary,The Houston Rockets are having a rough summer. Despite tough talk from owner Tilman Fertitta after the team’s second-straight playoff defeat to the Golden State Warriors — and a mandate for general manager Daryl Morey to improve the team over the offseason — the Rockets have largely watched from the sidelines as other Western Conference teams overhauled their rosters. In fact, the biggest news to come out of Houston this summer might have been the (disputed) reports of friction between stars James Harden and Chris Paul.Maybe there is still time for Houston to orchestrate a trade for orphaned OKC star Russell Westbrook, but that looks like a long shot. Most likely, the 2019-20 Rockets will closely resemble the 2018-19 Rockets, who also closely resembled the 2017-18 Rockets.But is that such a bad thing? After a rocky start, last year’s Rockets righted the ship and finished the 2018-19 season with essentially the same Elo rating (1702) as they had at the end of 2017-18 (1704). And the Warriors, their longtime bête noire, are unquestionably weakened. (By how much? That’s a subject for a future entry, dear diary.) Our way-too-early CARMELO rankings consider Houston the best regular-season team in the West, talent-wise, right now: The Rockets still have a lot of top talent on their sideProjected full-strength regular-season depth chart for the 2019-20 Houston Rockets, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Clint Capela00022931-0.3+2.3+2.0 Eric Gordon03260029+1.1-1.2-0.1 James Harden82540037+7.4+0.9+8.3 PJ Tucker00226028-1.2+1.1-0.1 Isaiah Hartenstein0006612-1.7+1.4-0.3 As my colleague Chris Herring and I argued immediately after Houston’s playoff loss, the Rockets would be in surprisingly good shape if they simply ran it back yet again with the same Harden-CP3-Clint Capela core. The roster is light on depth, to be sure. But our early simulation model for 2019-201Plugging ratings into last year’s regular-season schedule, since this year’s hasn’t yet been released. calls for Houston to win a conference-high 56 games (with a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs), and it gives the Rockets a 30 percent chance of making the NBA Finals and a 19 percent chance of winning the title (both of which rank No. 1 in the West).Despite all this, the narrative around the Rockets seems to be that they need a major shake-up, or that their offseason will be a failure if they don’t participate in this summer’s wild superstar arms race. And after a string of so many disappointing playoff outcomes, it’s easy to see why. But don’t write off Houston quite yet, NBA Diary. It could just be the championship contender everyone is forgetting this summer. CARMELO team rating:1693 Austin Rivers91710027+0.1-1.3-1.2 Team total Chris Chiozza100001-0.9-1.6-2.5 Gary Clark002103-1.9-0.4-2.3 Danuel House Jr.031408+0.0-0.4-0.5 Gerald Green00125017-0.7-1.9-2.6 Chris Paul30000030+2.8+0.7+3.5 Michael Frazier000000-1.6-1.3-2.9 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Deyonta Davis00041317-1.7+1.0-0.7 Expected record:56-26 240+5.9+1.7+7.6 Check out our NBA player ratings. EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING read more

Brendan Cox Westminster attacker represents British Muslims no more than Jo Coxs

first_imgI don’t care about the name of the attacker. This is the name I will remember.— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) March 22, 2017 .@MrBrendanCox being brilliant at saying that we mustn’t let #WestminsterAttack divide us – remember that extremists are tiny minority— Caron Lindsay (@caronmlindsay) March 23, 2017 Brendan Cox the husband of murdered Jo Cox MP is a remarkable level headed, tolerant & compassionate man. @BBCNews @AlisonMoyet— David Ryan (@DRyan2013) March 23, 2017 #BBCbreakfast Brendan Cox speaking peace, love and sense again— Maria (@Maria_julie) March 23, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “One of the reasons people do these horrific things is to gain notoriety, and we should remember the heroes of this story, whether that’s Tobias Ellwood or PC Palmer who lost his life trying to defend our values.”I think that talking about them and remembering them is the way that we do justice in this horrific environment”. ‘Yesterday there was one act of evil, but there were thousands of acts of kindness and heroism’ — Brendan Cox #westminster— Kristan Tetens (@Tetens) March 23, 2017 Mr Cox earlier said the assault on the country’s political nerve centre would “not succeed in dividing us”.Neo-Nazi Thomas Mair received a whole-life sentence for the assassination of the Batley and Spen MP days before the EU Referendum last summer.In a statement delivered to the Old Bailey following her killer’s conviction, he did not address him by name, saying: “We have no interest in the perpetrator. We feel nothing but pity for him.” He said: “What helped me in the weeks after, not the first few days because you’re so numb, but in the weeks after was that sense of public support, those thousands of acts of kindness, the sense that the person you lost meant something not just to you but to others. “I think one of the things you need to be careful about is giving notoriety to the person that did it. Brendan Cox, the widower of Jo Co – the MP who was murdered by an extremist – has given a message of unity after the attack in London on Wednesday.After tweeting “The person who did this wants us to be fearful and divided- let’s show them that we are neither #DefeatTerrorTogether”, he spoke on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme about how he thinks we should respond to the attacks.”What the terrorist would like to happen is for us to fall apart and start blaming groups of people, to say that in some way this is Muslim or Islam as a whole,” he said.”We have to remember that the person who did this is no more representative of British Muslims than the person who killed Jo is representative of people that are from Yorkshire.””I’m going to do whatever I can to remember the names of the victims like PC Palmer and not the name of the person Mr Cox continued: “The first thing we need to do is remember that this is a story about the people who didn’t come home yesterday, the impact it will have on their families and the thousands of lives touched by the individual tragedies.”He argued that it is more important to remember the names of the heroes in the story and those who lost their lives, and that the killer should not be made notorious.last_img read more

Calls for NHS to ban painful and dubious IVF scratch

Fertility experts said the scratch was one of a number of dubious add-ons marketed to “vulnerable” would-be parents.They called for health bosses to ban private clinics from offering the treatment to women referred for IVF by the NHS.Meanwhile Professor Lord Robert Winston, who helped pioneer the technology, said: “Many experimental treatments during private IVF are extremely costly and are given without adequate scientific evidence of their efficacy.“Patients should not have to pay these costs.” Show more Thousands of women are being charged for invasive IVF “scratch” procedures which fail to improve pregnancy chances, experts have warned.A major international study has concluded that endometrial scratch, one of the most popular “add-on” fertility treatments, should be abandoned to prevent unnecessary pain.The procedure, common in the UK since 2013, works by lacerating a section of the uterus lining prior to IVF in the hope it will make implanted embryos more secure.The £350 treatment is routinely offered by private clinics, including to patients referred by the NHS, and commonly causes discomfort and bleeding.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Now a study of 1,300 women in five countries, including Britain, has established that success rates are virtually identical in women who opt for endometrial scratch and those who do not. It comes as Professor Geeta Nargund, a senior NHS advisor, warned that access to IVF in Britain lags severely behind European neighbours because of “scandalous” budget waste by health bosses.New international data reveals that while Britain performs around 60,000 treatments a year, Spain provides nearly 120,000, German 96,000 and France 94,000. Researchers at the University of Auckland performed the trial at 13 fertility centres across New Zealand, the UK, Belgium, Sweden and Australia.Half the women were randomly assigned endometrial scratching ahead of IVF, with another half undergoing IVF only. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. National rules mean infertile couples are entitled to up to three rounds of IVF on the NHS, but rationing due to budget constraints mean most are lucky to get one.However, Professor Nargund, member of an NHS England taskforce on IVF, says local health chiefs could pay for up to three times more women to undergo the treatments if they managed their money better. The clinical pregnancy rate in the endometrial scratch group was 31.4 per cent, compared to 31.2 per cent in the control group, while live birth rates were 26.1 per cent in both groups.Previous smaller trials had indicated there was an advantage to the treatment, particularly for women who had undergone multiple failed rounds of IVF, with doctors believing that the injury to the lining of the uterus causes an inflammatory response that helps embryos stick in the womb.Addressing the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting in Barcelona, Dr Sarah Lensen, who led the research, said: “Our results contradict those of many studies published previously.“I think clinics should now reconsider offering endometrial scratch as an adjuvant treatment.” read more

Chelsea Manning is going to court to have her name legally changed

first_imgCHELSEA MANNING HAS taken the first legal steps to change her name legally from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning according to the support network set up in her name.Private Manning, who was sentenced to 35-years in prison for leaking classified military information to WikiLeaks, has petitioned a Kansas court for a name change.The Private Manning Support Network, which is changing its name to the Chelsea Manning Support Network (CMSN), has also said that Manning wishes to receive hormone treatment.“This announcement represents the result of a long process of personal introspection and discovery, which started before her arrest in May of 2010,” the group in a statement.Manning has been diagnosed by at least two US Army behavioural health specialists with gender dysphoria, or gender identity disorder. Manning is currently serving her sentence in a miltary prison in Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.Officials at Fort Leavenworth have said Manning would have to get a legal name change to be known as there as Chelsea.Civilian federal prisons are required to provide treatment, if deemed medically necessary, but the military has said it does not provide treatment for gender dysphoria because Pentagon policy dictates that transgender soldiers are not allowed to serve.CMSN says that Manning’s lawyer plans to go to court to secure her right to receive treatment and that they have been pledged support from the American Civil Liberties Union.A hearing on Manning’s formal name change request is scheduled for 23 April in Leavenworth County District Court.- Additional reporting from Associated PressRead: “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.” >Read: Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison >last_img read more

Netflixs Marvel Heroes Are Coming out in Action Figure Form

first_imgStay on target All Hail Trypticon, Giant Dinosaur Transformer!Bandai Makes Star Wars and Marvel so Much Cooler with Samurai Marvel and Netflix have been pretty successful with their collaborations so far. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage were all pretty great, even with their flaws. John Bernthal was a solid Punisher in the second season of Daredevil, and now he’s getting his own Netflix show. And soon you’ll be able to get an action figure of him, along with the MCU’s Daredevil, Elektra, and Jessica Jones.Hasbro revealed a ton of new Marvel Legends action figures at its Toy Fair briefing on Saturday, and four that stood out are based on the Netflix shows. The company showed off four new six-inch Marvel Legends figures featuring the visages of Charlie Cox, Elodie Yung, Krysten Ritter, and Jon Bernthal as Daredevil, Elektra, Jessica Jones, and the Punisher. Sadly, there was no word on a Luke Cage figure with Mike Colter’s face. And I have a feeling I won’t be getting the Foggy Nelson action figure I suddenly want really badly for a while.Marvel fans will be happy to see a lot of weird deep cuts in the Marvel Legends line outside of the Netflix figures. Adam Warlock, Dazzler, Death’s Head, and Warlock (Technarchy, not Adam) are all getting 6-inch Legends figures, and Jessica Jones’ failed Jewel superhero persona from the comics will be getting its own three 3/4-inch version.A lot of familiar faces are coming back as action figures for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but several are getting new head sculpts, like a fresh Chris Pratt face for Star-Lord. More importantly, Kurt Russell’s Ego is coming out as a new action figure, but it’s an Ego in a human form with a dad beard and a big scarf. I was hoping for a retooled Unicron with Kurt Russell’s head, personally. Ego will only be available in a two-pack with an unmasked Star-Lord. Doctor Strange is also getting into a new two-pack with… Doctor Strange. The Sorcerer Supreme with Benedict Cumberbatch’s face will be sold alongside a pale, translucent astral projection version of the same figure.Hasbro unveiled the new 12-inch Marvel Legends line last year with Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man. This year Deadpool is joining the detailed foot-tall crew with his own 12-inch Marvel Legend, complete with propeller-headed Zombie Deadpool head, alternate half-masked Wade face, and burrito. Thor and Hulk will also be getting 12-inch Marvel Legends versions (though Hulk is closer to 14.5 inches).Most new Marvel Legends figures will hit stores this Fall.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.last_img read more

Whats next for SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley

first_img Updated: 6:47 PM January 12, 2018 Posted: January 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Los Angeles Chargers, San Diego Chargers, Scott Sherman, SDCCU Stadium FacebookTwitter What’s next for SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIt has been one year since the Chargers move to Los Angeles and there is still no resolution on what to do with the land. Councilmember Scott Sherman joined Good Morning San Diego to talk about the current proposals being discussed and what he thinks should be done with the site. , last_img read more

OBITUARY Susan A McNeil Roy 49

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Susan A. (McNeil) Roy, age 49, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on July 24th, 2019. Born on February 10th, 1970, Susan was the beloved daughter of the late Walter and Ann Marie (Harris) McNeil. Susan grew up in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Schools, graduating from Wilmington High School, Class of 1988.Following high school, Susan attended hair dressing school. Susan worked in Arlington as a hairdresser for over 25 years, becoming friends with many clients and co-workers along the way.Susan married her husband John on July 3rd, 2006 and soon after, the family grew with the birth of their two children; Charlie and Alaina. Her children were Susan’s world. She loved to spend time with her kids, whether it was playing sports with them out in the yard or sitting and drawing while watching them play. Susan was always the “life of the party” and leaves behind many friends. She will truly be missed by her family and friends.Susan was the beloved wife of John Roy of Wilmington. She was the devoted mother of Charlie and Alaina Roy of Wilmington. Susan was the dear sister of the late Charles “Chuckie” McNeil. She was the daughter-in-law of the late Herbert and Barbara Roy. Susan was the sister-in-law of Jane Wilson & her husband Donald of Tewksbury and Mark Roy & his wife Patty of Moultonborough, NH. Susan is survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews, as well as many friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Monday, July 29th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, July 28th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Susan’s name can be made to the charity of one’s choice.Susan Roy(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Bertha G. (Gouveia) Deprez, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Virginia Rejects Trumpism As Dems Score Major Victories

first_imgTwitter via @PoliticoRalph Northam’s convincing win in Virginia ends the infighting on the left.Seizing his party’s first major Trump-era victory, Democrat Ralph Northam beat back a charge from Republican Ed Gillespie in the race for Virginia governor, a bruising election that tested the power of President Donald Trump’s fiery nationalism against the energy of the Trump resistance.In Virginia, as in several contests across America on Tuesday, the Trump resistance won. And it wasn’t close.Northam, a pediatric neurologist and Army veteran, defeated longtime Republican operative Gillespie in the hard-fought contest. “I’m here to let you know that the doctor is in,” a smiling Northam told supporters gathered in suburban Washington, D.C., for his victory speech. “As long as I’m governor, I will work hard to make sure we’re inclusive.”He added, “Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness, that we do not condone hatred and bigotry and to end the politics that have torn this country apart.”Northam’s victory set off overnight recriminations and finger-pointing among Trump’s hardcore supporters. The pro-Trump website Breitbart News, which had earlier praised Gillespie as a “culture warrior,” derided him as a “Republican swamp thing.” Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, said Northern Virginia’s voter-rich liberal suburbs should be annexed by the District of Columbia, “to return the governance of (Virginia) to Virginians.”Democrats also scored victories in the race for New Jersey governor and in Maine, where voters slapped the state’s Republican governor, a Trump ally, by backing a measure to expand Medicaid coverage under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Democratic mayors of New York and Boston, both vocal Trump critics, also won re-election easily.And Virginia voters elected the state’s first openly-transgender state representative, among more than a dozen state legislative pickups for Democrats.The resounding victories marked the GOP’s most significant day of defeat in the young Trump presidency and a rebuke to the president himself as his party eyes a suddenly more threatening midterm election season next year.The Democratic gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey prompted congratulations from Obama, who tweeted Wednesday morning, “This is what happens when the people vote.” Obama also congratulated “all the victors in state legislative, county and mayors’ races.”“The Democratic Party is back, my friends,” said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.Perez said the key to his party’s success in Tueday’s elections was fielding good candidates and thorough organizing efforts.“Organizing matters,” Perez told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” ”This was the most extensive, coordinated ground game in Virginia history, more extensive than any presidential … Terry McAuliffe did a spectacular job four years ago, and they did that much more.”Trump immediately tried to distance himself from the loss.“Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for,” Trump tweeted Tuesday night as he toured Asia, noting that the GOP won a handful of special elections earlier in the year. “With the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!”Despite the criticism, Gillespie did, in more ways than one, embrace what Trump stands for, even if he didn’t welcome Trump into the state to rally voters on his behalf.The Republican president played a marginal role in Virginia, largely because Republicans on the ground did not want him there, a state he lost last fall, as his approval ratings hover near record lows. The White House instead dispatched Vice President Mike Pence to help Gillespie, although Trump promised Gillespie would “make America great again” in a recorded phone message that went to voters on the election’s final day.Gillespie, a former aide to President George W. Bush and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, largely reinvented himself as Election Day neared by adopting many of Trump’s racially-tinged nationalist positions. Gillespie warned of the dangers of the Hispanic street gang, MS-13, and highlighted its motto, “Kill, Rape, Control” in a television ad. The New Jersey native vowed to protect Confederate monuments. And he condemned the national anthem protests by NFL players, the vast majority of them black.Liberal activists cheered their successes as evidence of the anti-Trump energy on the ground nationwide they have long insisted was real, despite poor results in special elections in deep-red Montana, Georgia and South Carolina.“This is the first fair fight we’ve had. The special elections that we’ve had so far have been incredibly slanted to the conservative side,” said Ezra Levin, co-founder of the liberal group Indivisible, which had hundreds of volunteers and a handful of paid staff on the ground in Virginia. “There is a wave building. And 2018 is just around the corner.”In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy trounced Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who served under the term-limited, deeply unpopular GOP Gov. Chris Christie.New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, among several Democrats weighing a presidential bid in 2020, cast his party’s gubernatorial victories in New Jersey and Virginia as “the very first statewide rebuttal of the Trump administration.”“We will not succumb to the politics of fear,” Booker declared. Sharelast_img read more

Astronomers discover low surface brightness galaxies with amateur telescopes

first_img Hubble looks in on a galactic nursery Explore further (—An international team of astronomers led by Behnam Javanmardi of the University of Bonn in Germany has recently discovered 11 low surface brightness (LSB) systems located around nearby spiral galaxies. The researchers used small amateur telescopes to scan the sky around large galaxies and successfully obtained the images of their dim companions. A paper reporting the findings appeared last week on the ArXiv pre-print server. Journal information: arXiv The field of NGC 2683. The zoomed-in squares show the LSB galaxies in the image. Credit: Behnam Javanmardi et al. Citation: Astronomers discover low surface brightness galaxies with amateur telescopes (2015, November 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: DGSAT: Dwarf Galaxy Survey with Amateur Telescopes I. Discovery of low surface brightness systems around nearby spiral galaxies, arXiv:1511.04446 [astro-ph.GA] The research is a part of the Dwarf Galaxy Survey with Amateur Telescopes (DGSAT) project. Its main goal is to complete the census of very faint dwarf satellites around spiral galaxies. Prior to the latest results, the project proved its efficiency by discovering tidal stellar streams, also around several nearby spiral galaxies.By publishing the latest findings, Javanmardi and his colleagues have demonstrated that a search for LSB objects can be successfully performed with a telescope of small diameter, from 0.1 to 1 meter, having a wide field of view. The DGSAT observations were conducted with a network of privately owned robotic observatories equipped with modest-sized telescopes located in Europe, the United States, Australia and Chile.”We developed a semi-automatic pipeline to calibrate the luminance images taken by amateur telescopes, search for dwarf galaxy candidates and extract their observed parameters. By exploring the fields of six nearby massive galaxies NGC 2683, NGC 3628, NGC 4594 (M104), NGC 4631, NGC 5457 (M101), and NGC7814, we discovered eleven so far unknown LSB galaxies in our images,” the paper says.For instance, the team pointed a 0.4-meter Newton telescope at the NGC 2683. The observations, conducted from February to March this year at the ROSA Observatory in France, allowed the researchers to spot new faint LSBs around NGC 2683. However, the largest number of new LSBs was detected in the field of the NGC 5457 galaxy. This galaxy was also observed by the same telescope at the ROSA Observatory, but in 2014.LSBs are diffuse galaxies with a surface brightness at least one magnitude lower than the ambient night sky. Most LSBs are dwarf galaxies consisting of up to several billion stars. Dwarf satellite galaxies are the most common type of galaxies in the universe and are crucial for astronomers in testing different models of galaxy formation and evolution.The newly discovered LSBs have similar properties to the known dwarf galaxies of the Local Group containing our home Milky Way galaxy. Nevertheless, the research shows that further observations are required to be one hundred percent sure that the discovered objects are really dwarf satellites of their nearby galaxies.”All of the detected objects have very low surface brightness and cannot be detected in the available images from large scale surveys like the Sloan Digital Sky Survey or PanSTARRs. This also makes it very difficult to undertake follow-up observations to obtain their radial velocities and to confirm their association with the spiral galaxies even for 8-meter class telescopes,” the researchers write in the paper.They concluded that the major benefit of this study is showing the potential of amateur telescopes in discovering more dwarf galaxies. More findings could help test models of galaxy formation and evolution outside the Local Group. © 2015 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.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

7 best Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy moments from the Olympics

first_imgThe pair at the Closing Ceremonies. | Photo: Twitter @guskenworthy Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… It is a sad time indeed. The 2018 Winter Olympics, held in PyeongChang, South Korea are over. It was an especially good two weeks for LGBTI athletes. Gus Kenworthy has the perfect response to a homophobe on TwitterEric Radford takes gold and Adam Rippon bronze in team skatingAdam Rippon deserves his time in the spotlight – so let him have itRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- hopefully not you— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 19, 2018Then, he shaded Ivanka Trump’s presence at the games.In his tweet, he expressed his pride in all the athletes and people who made the games possible. At the end, he added: ‘Well… Everyone except Ivanka. Honestly, tf is she doing here??’6. Adam makes celebrity friendsFigure skater Rippon became a darling in many people’s hearts. Some of his best newfound friendships just happened to be with fabulous celebrities.First it was a Twitter friendship with Reese Witherspoon. It all began when Witherspoon tweeted that Rippon was the number one reason to watch the Olympics. After his first skate, NBC Olympics asked if she was proud of him. Her response? Totally.Oh @Adaripp ,you make me so proud ! Keep making us all so happy!— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) February 12, 2018Next up was Leslie Jones, Olympics’ number one fan. When she flew to PyeongChang, she tried her hand at being a figure skater commentator with Rippon. And it went so well. They should be commentators all the time.5. Sally Field plays matchmaker with AdamRippon got a lot of people talking, especially about their crushes on him.The biggest one of all, though, was Sally Field’s son. So the Hollywood actor took it upon herself to play matchmaker — and Rippon was all for it.Though Field’s son apologized for the embarrassing moment, we’re still holding out hope for them. 4. Gus adopts a puppyIn perhaps the cutest moment of the Olympics, Kenworthy adopted a puppy. Named Beemo, she is the cutest little fuzzball.He also used his experience visiting a dog farm to highlight the treatment of dogs raised as meat. Kenworthy didn’t criticize the culture, but he slammed the inhumane treatment of the animals on these farms.Dogs are friends. Not food.— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 23, 20183. Let’s get politicalPolitics weren’t far from the games this year. It started in earnest when Rippon criticized Vice President Mike Pence as the representative of the games. He specifically called out Pence’s anti-LGBTI stances during his political career.Kenworthy also didn’t hold back in name-dropping Pence.There’s a notion that figures like celebrities and athletes should ‘stick to what they know’ and, therefore, not have an opinion on politics. As if they aren’t voting citizens themselves. Which is why it was so refreshing that Rippon and Kenworthy didn’t hold back.Kenworthy said he was ‘v proud’ after Rippon won bronze. | Photo: Twitter @guskenworthy2. Adam wins bronzeHowever, Rippon made it clear, despite his outspokenness, that he didn’t want politics to overshadow his Olympics experience.And it didn’t happen, especially when Rippon won one of the earliest medals — alongside out Candian skater Eric Radford. They each won medals in the team event. It was a great time for out athletes and representation, and even better seeing them win.1. The TV kissThough Kenworthy didn’t win any medals, he made his own kind of history.Kenworthy’s partner, Matthew Wilkas, joined him in PyeongChang. Before his first competition at the games, the couple kissed, live on TV. NBC aired the kiss and the whole United States saw Kenworthy breaking barriers.About the kiss, Wilkas told Time it was good the kiss was televised ‘because it normalizes it more’.Didn’t realize this moment was being filmed yesterday but I’m so happy that it was. My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN! Love is love is love.— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 19, 2018Now only two years until the Summer Olympics.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . And before letting go of them entirely, let’s revisit some of the best moments of two stand-out stars — Team USA’s Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy. As two of the first openly out US athletes at the winter games, they quickly earned plenty of fans.7. The best Twitter shadesBoth are spectacularly good on Twitter, but Kenworthy, a skier, had some particularly epic shades.First, he had a great response to a homophobic user.Question is,if men marry men and women marry women who will produce children in this world— John Dowd (@ShitGate) February 19, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Travel Counsellors get set for the Hawaiian Islands

first_imgSource = Travel Counsellors Hawaii Simone Murnane Travel Counsellors get set for the Hawaiian IslandsTravel Counsellors get set for the Hawaiian IslandsIn partnership with Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania and Hawaiian Airlines, ten lucky Travel Counsellors are set to say “Aloha” on an incredible reward trip to the Hawaiian Islands.Places on the exclusive Phenix reward trip were awarded at the annual Travel Counsellors conference in Adelaide over the weekend.Phenix is the powerful end-to-end booking system that provides Travel Counsellors with the opportunity to sell an incredible range of product to their customers, as well as maximising their own earnings. The year-long Phenix incentive rewards the top Phenix users with a place on the highly coveted reward trip.Partnering with Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania and Hawaiian Airlines, the reward trip will include incredible adventures like helicopter flights over the Napali Coast and Mountain Tubing, travelling between the islands on Hawaiian Airlines’ frequent neighbour island flight services.Giselle Radulovic, Country Manager Australia for Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania said travel agents remain an integral part of the booking process for travel to the Hawaiian Islands.“Travel agents are incredibly valuable to our sales and marketing activities within the Oceania region. By educating them on all the Hawaiian Islands have to offer, we are equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to sell the destination.“Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania is thrilled to support the Travel Counsellors famil and to showcase the beautiful islands of Kaua‘i and O‘ahu,” Ms Radulovic said.Celebrating 90 years servicing the Hawaiian Islands, Gillian Hayward, National Business Development Manager for Hawaiian Airlines, said Hawaiian Airlines are the ideal partner to look after the group heading on the reward trip.“There is a real synergy between Hawaiian Airlines and Travel Counsellors. We pride ourselves on our personal service and authentic Hawaiian hospitality” said Ms Hayward.Speaking of the trip, Travel Counsellors Product Manager Jason Bell-Davey said “This is a trip like no other, and we are just so proud to partner with Hawaiian Airlines and Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania to offer these top achievers such an incredible reward for their support of Phenix”.Very soon, Travel Counsellors Matt Schmitz, Tamsin Catto, Hannah Foster, Hamish Naicker, Lani Symons Vaughan, Richard Stewart, Christine Jenkins, Donna Jones, Simone Murnane and Hayley Voll will be packing their bags to experience the Aloha sprit and the very best of Kaua‘i and O‘ahu in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.About Travel CounsellorsFounded in 1994, Travel Counsellors is the world’s largest home-based travel company with over 1,800 self-employed travel consultants and a global support team of over 400 staff. The company is headquartered in Manchester U.K, with operations in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Travel Counsellors Australia Pty Ltd. was established in 2007. Today, nearly 150 Travel Counsellors run their own travel business from home with the support of a Melbourne based Head Office. Travel Counsellors Australia is proud to be a full member of IATA and AFTA and is accredited with ATAS and CLIA.last_img read more