Jeff Lemire Jillian Tamaki among Canadian comic book creators nominated for 2018

first_img Facebook The Eisner Awards, widely considered the “Oscars” of comic book awards, have revealed the writers, artists and colourists nominated across 31 categories.Canadian creators appear in several shortlists, including best writer nominee Jeff Lemire who is recognized for his work on the Dark Horse series Black Hammer and Image Comics series Descender. Lemire is also nominated for best continuing series alongside his Black Hammer collaborators, Dean Ormston and David Rubín, and best new series for Royal City.Lemire’s fellow Canadians in the best new series category include Steve Skroce for Maestros and artist Tyler Jenkins for Grass Kings, written by American Matt Kindt. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Canadian comic creators (from left) Jeff Lemire, Isabelle Arsenault and Jillian Tamaki are nominated for Eisner Awards. (Cole Burston/Canadian Press/Cindy Boyce/Reynard Li) Advertisementlast_img read more

FCID grills former Cultural Affairs Minister TB Ekanayake

The investigation was being carried out based on a complaint lodged by the Organisation for the Protection of the Central Cultural Fund. It was alleged that a vehicle bearing number plate WP PE-0771 belonging to the CCF had been misused by Ekanayake when he was the Minister of Cultural Affairs during the previous regime. (Colombo Gazette) The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) today questioned former Cultural Affairs Minister T.B. Ekanayake over the alleged misuse of a vehicle belonging to Central Cultural Fund (CCF).Ekanayake was being investigated for allegedly misusing the vehicle while he was serving as the Minister of Cultural Affairs between 2012 and 2015.

Splattering of red ink in the oilpatch as crude rout weighs on

Splattering of red ink in the oilpatch as crude rout weighs on quarterly results AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2015 12:19 pm MDT CALGARY – There was a splattering of red ink in the oilpatch Thursday, as the steep drop in oil prices weight on the bottom lines of some of the energy sector’s biggest names in the last three months of 2014.Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) said it’s cutting its headcount by 15 per cent, mostly contractors, amounting to 800 positions. Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) also said there’s been a “small” reduction in its workforce, but declined to get more specific. And Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD) said there’s not enough work these days to keep its crews busy.“I believe we are in for much greater volatility in oil prices for the foreseeable future and that’s why you’ve seen Cenovus preserve cash by moderating our growth and reducing our workforce,” Cenovus CEO Brian Ferguson said.Crude prices have been at around the US$50 a barrel mark for much of this year so far, after having hit US$107 a barrel last summer. The drop intensified toward the end of 2014.Cenovus posted a net loss of $472 million, widening from the previous year’s loss of $58 million.The results for the quarter included a $497-million charge related to its Pelican Lake oil project in Alberta due to the drop in oil prices and a slowing of the development plan for the project.Some expansion work at Cenovus’ flagship Foster Creek and Christina Lake oilsands projects is winding down, though phases that are further along in development are continuing as planned.Last month, Cenovus cut its 2015 capital budget by $700 million to $1.8 billion and $2 billion.Cenovus has been looking at a deal to get more value out of its royalty lands in Alberta. Although interest has been strong, Ferguson said the timing is bad.“I don’t want to be guilty of doing the right thing at the wrong time,” he said.Meanwhile, Husky booked a $603-million net loss during the quarter, compared with net earnings of $177 million during the same 2013 period mostly because of asset writedowns and inventory reductions. Excluding those, Husky’s net earnings for the quarter were $147 million.It’s shaving up to $400 million from its previous 2015 budget of $3.4 billion and seeking $400 million and $600 million of operational cost savings, mostly from its suppliers and contractors.Husky produces oil and gas in Western Canada, Southeast Asia and off Canada’s East Coast. It also has refineries and retail fuel stations.The crude downturn has been particularly tough on companies that are hired by producers to drill wells, like Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD).Precision announced a net loss of $114 million Thursday, compared with a profit of $68 million in the same 2013 quarter as the industry was forced to adjust to a “swift and severe” decline in crude prices, said CEO Kevin Neveu.About to 20 to 25 rig hands work on each active drilling rig. Right now about 50 fewer Precision rigs are running than at the same time a year ago, Neveu said.There just isn’t enough work for those rig hands these days. When things improve, Neveu said Precision will do “everything it can” to get those same crews back.“Industry downturns are difficult for all, but they affect our rig crews more than anybody else.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter read more

Terrorism survivor in Cameroon takes road to recovery UN News special report

Men in the village of Zamai in the Far North Region of Cameroon, drink local beer brewed by the former terrorist hostage, Wala Matari. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeWala Matari has received support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) including literacy classes and training in animal husbandry. She has also participated in a cash-for-work programme which enabled her to fund a small, and now thriving, business brewing “bilibili” a local beer made from red millet grain.On Sunday afternoons she serves it to the men of Zamai who gather at her home to drink from a bowl-shaped container made from the gourd of a calabash tree.“I am making the millet beer so that I can feed and clothe my children, buy the soap and to take care of my husband who is mentally ill. Before, my children and I we lived in extreme poverty. With my millet beer, I am fighting for my family,” she told UN News.Wala Matari is rebuilding her life one gourd of bilibili at a time, earning money to support and sustain her family. It is unclear how long they will stay in Zamai and whether she will return to her original village, but while ongoing terrorist activity in the region makes a return impossible, she says that her Christian faith continues to provide her with the strength to face up to past horrors and the uncertainty of the future. Twenty-nine-year-old Wala Matari, a former terrorist hostage, attends church with her children in the village of Zamai in the Far North region of Cameroon. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeEvery Sunday, she told UN News in her new home town in the far north of the country, she walks the dusty paths which cross-cross the parched and sparsely-vegetated landscape, to bring her children to church. Today she has come to St Joseph’s, this airy and high-ceilinged Catholic church in Zamai, to hear a pastor deliver his homily on peace and acceptance to a congregation of perhaps 200 worshippers, many of whom have been subjected to similar horrors.“I go to church to drown my sorrows, to move on from the bad memories. We sleep better after hearing the word of God. After church, I am happy to be alive,” she told UN News, following the service. One Wednesday night in September 2014 armed insurgents attacked her previous home in the village of  Zelevet, ransacking and burning down homes and then dragging their occupants into the bush. Unimaginable crueltyThey came at night, in the middle of the night, while I was sleeping with my children and my husband; they surrounded our neighbourhood, our house” she said. “They were completely masked, with only slits for their eyes.”Her brother and his seven sons, her nephews, had their throats cut in front of her, an act of almost unimaginable cruelty; an example of the casual brutality deployed by armed insurgents in the region who terrorize and subjugate civilians in their path.Hundreds of thousands of people, like Wala Matari, have been displaced and many thousands killed across the region over the past decade or so, as a result of an insurgency which continues to this day.The reign of terror began in the north-east of Nigeria with the formation of a group which called itself Boko Haram – which roughly translates as Western-style education is a sin – and has since spread to include Cameroon, Niger and Chad.Taken hostage,Wala Matari and her children were taken hostage.  At the time, she  tried to disguise her sons in girl’s clothes, padding their shirts to suggest they had breasts, knowing that boys would probably be recruited into the ranks of the insurgents, or worse, just summarily executed like her nephews.The boys were discovered and forced to take up arms and fight for the group in Nigeria. Meanwhile, Wala Matari was repeatedly raped over a two-year period, became pregnant on multiple occasions and miscarried each time after being mercilessly beaten.,The United Nations is committed to supporting people who have been attacked, abducted, injured or traumatized by acts of terrorism wherever they are in the world. Ahead of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism marked annually on 21 August, read more here about how the UN is showing solidarity with victims and survivors.,“I was beyond suffering,” she said, and too scared to attempt to escape after seeing others punished for doing so.“Some people tried to escape but were captured and later died from their injuries. They would have their ears, breast or a limb amputated, and would be left to die in the bush.”Ultimately, Wala Matari and her family were helped to escape by people she describes as “men in uniforms”, walking at night and hiding during daylight in caves. “God is great, he never sleeps and thanks to his divine grace I escaped that hell”, she said.Escape to ZamaiThe family’s escape led to Zamai in Cameroon. Originally a village, Zamai has grown into a small town following the arrival of people displaced by terrorist activity. Some 2,270 people who have fled their homes in other parts of the region live side-by-side in small now semi-permanent shelters made of mud and brick; they’re covered in the white plastic sheeting provided by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR; the telltale marker of the displaced in Cameroon, the Lake Chad region and indeed across Africa. The words of 29-year Wala Matari from Cameroon may be uncompromising, but they are a heartfelt and honest window into the suffering she has experienced, and the enduring torment of the unspeakable atrocities perpetrated by ruthless terrorists against this mother of six. read more

DAngelo Russell Has Fueled The Nets Run

FiveThirtyEight’s current NBA predictions give the Brooklyn Nets an 81 percent chance of making the playoffs. That’s way better than the odds before the season began, when our predictions gave Brooklyn only a 34 percent chance of making it past the regular season. In the video above, Chris Herring takes a look at how the Nets got here and the challenges the team faces in maintaining this new success.

Sir David Attenborough launches Boaty McBoatface polar ship

His party arrived at the South Pole on January 17 in 1912, but found they were beaten there five weeks earlier after Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen led his own expedition. Scott and his explorers died on March 29 while returning from the trek after a planned rendezvous with support teams failed.Speaking after tug boats had manoeuvred the vast steel hull down the slipway at Cammell Laird, Sir David said: “It was an extraordinarily emotional moment. I’m surprised myself really. Captain Robert Falcon Scott led a team of British explorers to become the first to reach the South Pole, on what was his second Antarctic mission. Sir David said: “This country has been key in discovering what goes on down there.“Understanding what happens is of crucial importance to everybody in this country and indeed to the world.“Britain can be proud of the fact that it was key to the beginning of that sort of exploration and that it has brought it to this spectacular climax.”The Blue Planet presenter added: “When 100 years ago this country sent people down to the South Pole, we were the pioneers in exploring the Antarctic.“When we did so, I expect the reason we did was the South Pole seemed as far away as it could possibly get to be on this planet.”Now, 100 years later, we realise that remote place is, in fact, key to the whole understanding of the planet. What goes on down there affects the whole of the earth in which we live.” Sir David Attenborough said Britain’s new polar research ship which bears his name could be key to preserving the planet as he launched it for the first time.The veteran broadcaster pushed the button at the Cammel Laird shipyard in Birkenhead on Saturday to allow half of the 10,000-tonne vessel to slip into the River Mersey. The 92-year-old said it was an “extraordinarily emotional moment” as the £200 million ship, named the RRS Sir David Attenborough, entered the water.The vessel, which received more than 124,000 votes by the public to be called “Boaty McBoatface” in an online poll, is the most technically advanced survey ship ever built and will accommodate 60 scientists on research trips to Antarctica when completed. 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. About 2,000 members of the shipyard and invited guests from the worlds of science, technology and engineering were on the slipway at Cammell Laird for the launch of the ship, which the public voted to name Boaty McBoatfaceCredit:Mercury “I’ve never seen a ship of that size get down a slipway and there was something very noble about it and very emotional. Irresistible.”And, to think that it’s going to go to the other end of the globe and do such valuable work and carry so many people from this country who will be working to find out all they can about the working of our planet is a marvellous thought.”Sir David and Professor Dame Jane Francis, director of BAS, pressed the button to launch the vessel into the water in front of more than 2,000 shipyard workers, scientists, engineers and guests.In the water, tugboats pulled the ship into a “wet basin” where construction work will continue. Once complete the vessel will be comprised of one million pieces of steel, 30km of piping, 5,000 valves, and 450km of cabling. “You have to know what they are before you know how you can fix them so this ship is going to be key to the future salvage of our planet or at least its preservation.”Sir David said Britain had paved the way as a pioneer of polar research with explorations dating back more than 100 years ago, in an apparent reference to Captain Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Si David Attenborough About 2,000 members of the shipyard and invited guests from the worlds of science, technology and engineering were on the slipway at Cammell Laird for the launch of the ship, which the public voted to name Boaty McBoatface Speaking at the launch, Sir David predicted the ship would become a crucial asset in protecting the planet.He said: “The perils facing this planet are far, far greater than they have ever been in its entire history, or at least since the end of the dinosaurs, certainly for the last few million years.”There’s nothing to compare with the perils we are facing, not only in the scale but in the speed at which they are happening and of course we now know that we are responsible for a lot of these changes that are taking place. read more

Chancellor urged to reimburse VAT for charity sales of Tommy statues

The life-size outline statue of a First World War soldier stands at the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as part of national art installation, There But Not There.Credit: Brian Thompson Remembered, the umbrella charity for the There But Not There campaign, hopes the Chancellor will reimburse the expected £3 million the Treasury will gain from VAT.Credit:News Scan Most notably, VAT was returned to charities benefiting from the sale of the 888,246 ceramic poppies that had been planted at the Tower of London and were then sold for £25 each. Former British Army officer and defence select committee member Johnny Mercer said: “We know not all the money pledged to military charities from LIBOR made its way to those that needed it most. Questions still need to be answered.“It would go some way to help temper the mood of military charities however, if the Treasury supported this campaign – as it has with others – and pledged to match-fund money raised or at the very least donate the amount paid in VAT.”The First World War commemoration campaign There But Not There was launched in February 2018 after artist Martin Barraud had first exhibited a 6-foot Tommy silhouette in a church in Penshurst, Kent.Proceeds from the sales will be shared among The Royal Foundation, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Walking with the Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes and Project Equinox, a veterans’ housing project in Plymouth.Rowley Gregg, the Director of the There But Not There campaign, former Army Officer and recipient of the Military Cross said: “I would urge the Chancellor, the Prime Minister and the wider Government to each listen to their conscience”. The life-size outline statue of a First World War soldier stands at the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as part of national art installation, There But Not There. The Telegraph understands that The Lord Dannatt spoke to Treasury officials a week ago and had been assured the Chancellor would respond within seven days. No such response has been forthcoming. It emerged earlier this year that £326 million of other Libor funds which had been earmarked for Forces charities had been used to plug shortfalls in ministerial budgets.In his letter sent last month, Lord Dannatt said he wanted to remind the Government that he and the charities Remembered represents were well aware that Libor funds promised them had still not been handed over.He wrote: “In light of the recent, and very disappointing, revelation that £326 million of the Libor money intended for charities has been used to top up central Government funds, we believe the Government needs to demonstrate fully the value placed on the service and sacrifice paid by our veterans.”In a statement issued through the charity, Mr Ellwood said he personally wanted to ensure that the sale of Tommy figurines was exempt from VAT.“With estimated sales expected to reach £15 million, then divided between six charities, the net beneficiary will actually be the Treasury on £3 million, with just £2 million going to each charity,” he said.“I hope you agree, given the optics of this and the good causes supported, that there is a strong case for VAT to be exempted.” 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. Remembered, the umbrella charity for the There But Not There campaign, hopes the Chancellor will reimburse the expected £3 million the Treasury will gain from VAT. A defence minister has taken the unusual step of backing a campaign urging his own Government to refund VAT on an Armed Services charity’s fundraising project.Tobias Ellwood, the minister for veterans, is calling on the Treasury to ensure all money raised from a commemoration marking the centenary since the end of World War One goes to help veterans.Sales of ‘Tommy’ figurines, miniature replicas sold as part of the ‘There But Not There’ campaign, have raised nearly £4 million, with the final figure expected to reach £15 million. However, £800,000 has so far been paid in VAT to the Government.In a move backed by Mr Ellwood, General Sir Lord Dannatt, the patron of Remembered an umbrella organisation for six veterans’ charities, has written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him to use money from the Libor fund to repay the VAT.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––It follows the 2013 decision by the then chancellor George Osborne to give £1.1 million raised from fines imposed on banks involved in rigging interest rates as a VAT rebate to Armed Forces charities. read more

Marcus Stoinis holds nerve to seal thrilling win over India

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRohit Sharma ton, Jasprit Bumrah four-for help India knock out BangladeshJuly 2, 2019In “latest news”No use quibbling over what could have been — BrathwaiteNovember 12, 2018In “Sports”Australia’s Shane Watson hits 124 not out – second highest T20 scoreFebruary 1, 2016In “Sports” Australia held on for a thrilling victory over India in the first Twenty20 international in Brisbane. Chasing 174 from 17 overs, India needed 13 from the final over but Marcus Stoinis took two wickets in consecutive balls to seal victory by four runs.Marcus Stoinis in actionGlenn Maxwell scored 46 as the hosts made 158-4 amid a rain interruption and India were set a revised total via the Duckworth Lewis Stern method.Shikhar Dhawan hit 76 and Dinesh Karthik 30 but India fell just short.Dhawan’s brilliant innings, which included two sixes and 10 fours, had given the tourists hope in their difficult chase but when he fell with the score 105-4, Australia were clear favourites.India needed 60 runs from the final four overs but Karthik and Rishabh Pant gave India the edge with a blistering fifth-wicket partnership of 51 from 24 balls, which included hitting seamer Andrew Tye for 25 runs in the 14th over.However, Pant fell for 20 in the penultimate over and Karthik was the second of two wickets in two balls in the final over as he tried to clear the ropes with India needing 11 runs off the final three deliveries.Earlier, Australia capitalised on some poor India fielding, with Kohli dropping Australia captain Aaron Finch, who went on to make 27, while Maxwell hit three sixes after Rahul missed a straightforward opportunity to run him out.Australia lead the three-match series 1-0 with the second match taking place on Friday in Melbourne.  (BBC) read more

Home holidays for Greeks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nearly nine in 10 Greeks are choosing to spend their vacations in their homeland, significantly above an average of 58 percent in other European Union countries, according to the findings of a new Eurobarometer survey on tourism for 2012 and 2013.A total of 87 percent of Greeks said they spent their holidays in Greece in 2012. Italians and Bulgarians were close behind with 80 percent and 79 percent respectively planning their holidays in their homeland. Croatians and Spaniards came next, with 74 percent and 73 percent holidaying within the borders of their respective countries.According to the survey, 37 percent of Greeks did not go on vacation last year, compared to an EU average of 27 percent. Financial constraints were the reason given by 72 percent of Greeks who did not go on holiday in 2012, compared to an average rate of 46 percent in the EU.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Beckingham Charity Walk kicks off with 600 in Grand Turk

first_img Large Schoolchildren participation in Footsteps4Good Related Items:Footsteps4Good, governor peter, jill beckingham GOVERNOR’S wife to walk 100 kms Across the islands of TCI for charity Walking through the Caicos Islands – new developments, beautiful by nature, clean up litter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19Oct 2015 – With water bottles in hand some 600 children and youngsters joined the Governor’s wife, Jill Beckingham in her second annual Footsteps4Good Charity walk. The opener was in the Capital Grand Turk last Friday and joining the effort, naturally, was Governor Peter Beckingham who said: “I cannot remember seeing such an enthusiastic and cheerful group of schoolchildren in Grand Turk! For almost the entire population of children to turn out for this event to raise money for the schools was a remarkable achievement. Grand Turk and its schools, citizens and children should be justifiably proud of themselves. They have set the bar very high for the other islands over the next week.” The group started at the historic Grand Turk Lighthouse and included students from the Community College, HJ Robinson High, Ona Glinton Primary school, Eliza Simmons Primary and the Methodist school. As the walk progressed, the schools joined in and the momentum and excitement appears to have been growing equally. The walk this year has been graced with the participation of the European Union Ambassador, Mrs Paola Amadei, and her husband and son, who travelled especially from Jamaica to take part.So far Footsteps has walked through Grand Turk, Salt Cay and was today due to be in South Caicos. On Tuesday the founder will take her trek to Middle and North Caicos before landing in Providenciales by the weekend. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Varun Dhawans powerpacked Kalank fails to cross opening day box office collection

first_imgTiger Shroff and Varun DhawanVarinder ChawlaVarun Dhawan’s recently released Kalank was one of the most anticipated films of 2019 as it has not just have an amazing ensemble cast including Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Kunal Khemu, but also it had two of the biggest banners in the Hindi Film Industry backing it, namely Dharma Productions and Nadiadwala Grandsons Entertainment. But the Varun Dhawan starrer failed to cross the opening day collection of Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi 2.Kalank’s opening day collection is whooping Rs 21.60 crore making it the highest opener of 2019 till day, but this score could not cross the mark of Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi 2 first day collection which was Rs 25.10 crore. Thus, making Tiger one of the youngest superstars to have such huge first day box office collection.Kalank did not fare well even with the stark features which included great visuals through VFX and the genre of a period drama and yet failed to cross the benchmark set by Tiger.Baaghi 2 was an action-thriller film which is one of the highest openers of 2018 with a collection of almost Rs 25 crore on the first day itself. It had also left behind Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor which was one of the highest openers in the first quarter of 2018.Interestingly Student of the year had Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, and Sidharth Malhotra making their big Bollywood debut. Student of the year 2 has Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday making their Bollywood debuts opposite Tiger Shroff who is already an established star.Post Kalank’s release, Varun Dhawan has got Street Dancer with Shraddha Kapoor. On the other side, Tiger Shroff has got Student of the Year 2 releasing in a few days, untitled next with Hrithik Roshan, post which he has got Baaghi 3 and an official remake of Rambo.last_img read more

Indias strongest storm is here 3 killed as cyclone Fani wreaks havoc

first_img7. Fani, pronounced “foni”, is expected to move into West Bengal next. Earlier, a red alert was sounded in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam after heavy rain and gusty winds uprooted trees and electricity poles. Around 20,000 people were shifted to 126 relief camps in Srikakulam. But, now de-warning has been issued in Andhra Pradesh as cyclone Fani moves towards Bengal. Mrityunjay Mohapatra, IMD, Delhi stated, “Cyclone Fani has moved away from Andhra Pradesh, so we have issued a de-warning. Three districts in the state were impacted by heavy rainfall.”8. The next stop of cyclone Fani is West Bengal. It will affect East and West Medinipur, South and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram districts and state capital Kolkata. The tropical cyclonic storm Fani is very likely to move further north-northwestwards and emerge into Bangladesh by Saturday evening.9. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has operationalised helpline number 1938 for cyclone Fani.10. Back in 1999, a super-cyclone battered Odisha’s coast for 30 hours which claimed around 10,000 lives. Cyclone Fani is the strongest storm in India in 20 years. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/1:10Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Cyclone Fani | The cyclonic storm completely moved into land With a wind speed of over 185 kmph, severe cyclonic storm Fani barrelled into the coast of Odisha’s Puri district on Friday (May 3) morning. Large areas in Odisha and other places have been affected and are submerged with water as cyclone Fani made landfall at around 8 am in the morning.Trees were uprooted, hoardings and windows panes were ransacked in Bhubaneswar and other places as the powerful tropical storm hit the entire eastern coastline, covering Bengal, Andhra Pradesh along with Odisha. Trees were uprooted, hoardings and windows panes were ransacked as cyclonic storm Fani barrelled into the coast of Odisha’s Puri. ReutersHere are the top 10 developments:1. All flight operations to and from Kolkata Airport have been cancelled from 3 pm today till 8 am on Saturday. The confirmation came from the Airports Authority of India. Flight operations from Bhubaneswar Airport have been cancelled from midnight. At least 140 trains including 83 passenger trains have been cancelled so far.#WATCH Rain and strong winds hit Bhubaneswar as #FANI cyclone hits Puri coast with wind speed of above 175km/per hour.— ANI (@ANI) May 3, 20192. The state government of Odisha has already evacuated over a million people from the coastal areas to camps on higher grounds. Around 14 districts in Odisha are in the path of the Cyclone Fani. People have been moved to safe zones from Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Naygarh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar which are expected to be badly impacted by the storm. Almost 11 lakh people have been evacuated in the past 24 hours. Ganjam and Puri evacuated more than 3 lakh and 1.3 lakh people respectively to safe shelters. About 5,000 kitchens started operating to serve food to people in the shelters.The sound and the fury : here’s what the landfall at Puri by #CycloneFani actually looked like..Video by @PIBBhubaneswar— PIB India (@PIB_India) May 3, 20193. A bulletin released by the IMD stated that winds in Puri are blowing at a maximum speed of 240-245 km per hour and heavy to very heavy rains are continuing over the coast of Odisha. Now, West Bengal and Assam braces for impact of Cyclone Fani. Cyclone Fani is moving in Northerly direction at a speed of 12 kmph. Eye diameter is 17.8 km.Twitter/PIB4. West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee have cancelled her political rallies for next 48 hours in view of the Cyclone Fani. Banerjee has requested people to cooperate and to stay safe and alert during the storm. She has stationed herself closer to the coastal belt in Kharagpur to detect the condition for consecutive two days.Taking to Twitter, Mamata Banerjee said, “Have cancelled my rallies for the next 48 hours because of what could be an impending disaster #CyclonicStormFANI We are monitoring the situation 24×7 and doing all it takes. I appeal to all people to cooperate. Be alert, take care and stay safe for the next two days.”5. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has warned people against the hazards of stepping out during Cyclone Fani. NDMA has tweeted from its official handle and shared a video showing two men on a bridge amid strong winds with the caption: “This is exactly what one should NOT do during a cyclone. Request you to please go to a safe place. #CycloneFani”.This is exactly what one should NOT do during a cyclone. Request you to please go to a safe place. #CycloneFani— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) May 3, 20196. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has sent dozens of teams to flood-prone coastal regions, as well as the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The Navy, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard have been put on high alert. To tackle an emergency situation, six teams of the NDRF have been deployed in Jhargram district’s Sankrail, West Medinipur’s Narayangarh Block, in Ramnagar of East Medinipur district, Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas, Dhamakhali and Hasnabad of North 24 Parganas district.A visual showing NDRF team trying to move the uprooted trees and branches:last_img read more

Stateowned banks suggest tweaks in lending structure to boost credit growth

first_imgA man inserts his card to withdraw money from a mobile bank ATM machine in New Delhi on November 15, 2016.CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty ImagesIn a weekend meeting of public sector bankers called by the Department of Financial Services (DFS), state-run banks suggested tweaking of lending structure, said bankers aware of the development.”Large banks will do corporate banking and smaller banks will do retail. Smaller banks will focus on their niche strengths and geographies,” bankers who attended the meeting told Mint on condition of anonymity.The bankers also made a presentation to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with such suggestions, sources further stated. In the meeting the bankers also stressed on issues such as capital allocation, asset quality and credit growth.One of the bankers told the business daily that DFS will evaluate all the suggestions made and will soon come out with a blueprint to strengthen public sector banks (PSBs).The finance minster October 24 announced a Rs 2.11 lakh crore mega capital recapitalisation plan for public sector banks for the next two years. This move came when all most all PSBs are reeling under pressure of huge non-performing assets (NPAs).Bankers bet on the idea of differential lending and said that it would ensure banks’ focus on their strengths — from having regional advantage or for understanding of a particular sector. They suggested that this will also ensure lending to small and medium enterprises go up, the business daily reported.”Larger banks suggested that there should be segmented banking. However the decision has to be taken by individual banks and their boards. The larger banks also suggested asset swapping, where smaller banks can sell or swap assets of large companies to larger banks,” the bankers who attended the meeting said.”Conceptually, it’s a good idea. Earlier, even RBI had spoken about differentiated licences. But one needs to see the regulations around segmented banking. However, I don’t think asking weak banks to do retail banking and the large ones to focus on corporate banking will lead to efficient use of capital,” Mint quoted Karthik Srinivasan, group head of  financial sector ratings at Icra, as saying.last_img read more

Lightning kills 4

first_imgLightningFour people, including a schoolgirl and a schoolboy, were killed in separate incidents of lightning strike in Khulna, Kishoreganj, Brahmanabria and Pirojpur districts on Wednesday and Tuesday, reports UNB.In Khulna, a man was killed as a thunderbolt struck him while catching fish in a water body amid rain at Lakhohati Uttar Beel in Dighalia upazila around 8:00am on Wednesday.The deceased is Majibur Rahman, 50, of the village, said Barakpur union parishad chairman Gazi Zakir Hossain.In Brahmanbaria, a schoolgirl was killed as a thunderbolt bore down on her when she went out of her house during rain around 7:00am on Wednesday at Amtali village in Bijoynagar upazila, said Ali Arshad, officer-in-charge of Bijoynagar police station.The deceased is Nipa Akter, 16, daughter of Abdul Latif of the village.In Pirojpur, a schoolboy was killed after being hit by lightning when he went to bring cattle home from a field at Bhezoki village in Mathbaria upazila on Wednesday noon.The deceased is Yeasin Darji, 9, son of Yunus Darji of the village.In Kishoreganj, a housewife named Swarupa Akhter, 45, wife of Omar Gazi of Samarchar village, was killed after being hit by lightning at Austagram Bazar of Austagram upazila around 8:00pm on Tuesday.last_img read more

5 questions for a FrenchAfrican painter in Costa Rica

first_img (Courtesy of Delphine Raveau) Related posts:5 question for a Costa Rican painter 5 questions for a U.S. painter and writer in Costa Rica 5 questions for a Honduran artist 5 questions for a U.S. aerial artist Why did you start teaching art?I began a year and a half ago. As I never went to art school… I didn’t think that I was qualified or able to do this, but other people pushed me to try. I had to invent a different way to teach, based more on my desire to share my passion than on the study of techniques… and it worked so well that I still can’t believe it! Not only do I [pass on] my “healthy addiction” of painting to many people, but I also made many new and amazing friends among my students. (Courtesy of Delphine Raveau) How did you become an artist?As a kid, drawing was my favorite thing to do. As I grew up I became more focused on portraits, mainly African kids and seniors. Then I became an adult and got too busy. Every person I showed my drawings to told me that I had a lot of talent, but I didn’t believe them. And anyway, at that time, for me, it was just a hobby that I couldn’ t afford. I was struggling and couldn’t even imagine that I could make money from it.I will never be able to adequately thank all the people who pushed and supported me on this road. The main key came from the advice of an artist friend, four years ago. Like many others, he was trying to convince me to go for it, and I was giving him the same old money-and-time argument.The friend said: “Just buy a few paintings and brushes, even the cheapest ones. Use what you have. And don’t try to achieve a masterpiece. Just find 15 minutes a day to paint or draw. It’s nothing. Everybody can do it, even you. But you have to stick to that discipline for at least two weeks.”The second week the 15 minutes turned into an hour or two, or three… and I got addicted. Instead of thinking “I have to paint,” I began to feel, “I need to paint.” It was making me feel so good. I was learning so much and having so much fun. At the beach in Jacó, painter Delphine Reveau devotes her days to painting positive things, including her favorite subjects: dogs and children.The self-taught artist, 46, who spent the first 30 years of her life living in several different countries in Africa, with a few intervals in Europe, has a strong French cultural influence from her parents. She works as the manager of Tico Pod, an art gallery in Jacó; sells her paintings; and works as art teacher for locals and tourists.The Tico Times talked to the artist about the positive energy she expresses through her art, what pushed her toward the life of an artist, and her journey to Costa Rica. Excerpts follow.How did you come to live in Costa Rica?While I was living on the island of Réunion, near Madagascar, my ex-husband and I decided to leave that area – which we loved but already knew very well – in order to discover South America. He wanted to go to Chile and I wanted to go to Ecuador. We couldn’t make up our mind… until a friend from Africa who had just moved to Costa Rica invited us to check it out.So we came to Jacó 17 years ago to manage a small and charming hotel [La Villa Creole]. My two kids were born here, and even if I know that I will always be a foreigner in this country, I am more than happy to call it my home. (Courtesy of Delphine Raveau)center_img How would you define your art?I am still learning and experimenting, so it is hard for me to define my art, but I can say that it is a fusion between figurative and abstract, always with the intention of expressing an emotion. I am a big fan of the Expressionists because of that. I don’t find any interest in an exact copy of reality; I prefer to express what that reality makes me feel, even if I have to deform or summarize it.Portraits and figures are my “first love” and what I feel is the easiest to paint, because it is the most direct way to express feelings. I enjoy painting surf scenes for the colors and the movement, but also because this is not emotional to me. It is more relaxing and technical, so it pushes me to explore the abstract and textured side of my art.When I paint dogs I feel the same pleasure as with human portraits: I am doing the same deep dive into their soul, but always with a sense of humor. This is why painting dogs is my favorite subject and, yes, a kind of therapy! (Courtesy of Delphine Raveau) Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at Facebook Comments What do you want to express through your paintings?I started wanting to express the pura vida, the happiness, the relaxing lifestyle of Costa Rica… but it was also a little bit too commercial. Nowadays I am trying to express peace and hope, because like most of the people in this world, this is what I need the most.I am clearer about what I don’t want to express: any kind of negative vibes. I understand and admire dark art, but I would never buy it or want it on my walls. For me a painting is like a window, and I want that window to illuminate and satisfy my soul. So I want my paintings do the same for the people who look at them.last_img read more

Australia court rejects govtfunded chaplain work

first_img(This version corrects misspelling in Nicola Roxon’s name in 4th paragraph.)(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Six of seven High Court judges agreed that the government exceeded its powers by paying Scripture Union Queensland to provide a school chaplain.About 2,700 schools around Australia have similar programs. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said she is examining the ruling’s implications.She said she would examine ways to legally continue the program, such changing the law or paying states to provide the services instead of paying the providers directly.The voluntary programs include support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships, spirituality and religious issues. It costs the government more than 70 million Australian dollars ($71 million) a year.The programs were introduced in 2007, when the conservative Liberal Party led the government, but the center-left Labor Party government currently in power had planned to expand it.“It wasn’t appropriate for a Commonwealth Government to fund such an endeavor in public schools,” Williams told Australian Broadcasting Corp. “It’s outrageous; it was always outrageous.”The Australian Christian Lobby, an advocacy group, welcomed the government’s commitment to find a way to maintain the program. Comments   Share   Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s highest court said Wednesday that the government exceeded its constitutional powers by paying for chaplains to run programs in public schools, but the attorney general said she will try to keep the work going.The High Court ruling is a victory for Ron Williams, whose 6-year-old son came home from Darling Heights State School singing gospel songs in 2010. Williams sued over the program at the school in Toowoomba in Queensland state.last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Remain Unchanged Amid Mixed News

first_img Interest rates for mortgage loans hovered at around the same numbers this week seen last week, even while the construction sector celebrated with boons in starts and confidence.[IMAGE]Mortgage giant “”Freddie Mac””: and finance Web site “”””: recorded the steady creep forward and downward by releasing their respective weekly surveys.Freddie found the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage cresting at 4.11 percent, slightly down from 4.12 last week but not far from 4.21 percent seen during the same time last year. disagreed with the mortgage giant by few turns, offering an increase from 4.21 percent to 4.37 percent this week.The finance Web site recorded a climb by the 15-year loan to 3.59 percent this week, up from 3.46 percent seen last week. Freddie posted a difference by few percentage points, with the fixed-rate mortgage inching up to 3.38 percent this week, up from 3.37 percent.””Frank Nothaft””:, VP and chief economist with Freddie, chalked up the nominal gains in a “”statement””: to varying measures of national economic health.He cited a 1.1-percent climb for retail sales over September and still-falling measures of consumer sentiment in October, alongside a[COLUMN_BREAK]””Federal Reserve””: report from this month that denoted a mild expansion of economic activity.These and other economic forces kept a heel on mortgage rates, with the 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) leveling off at 3.01 percent this week, down from 3.06 percent last week and a far cry from 3.45 percent seen over the same time last year, according to Freddie.The GSE noted a 2.94-percent upward climb by the 1-year ARM, a few percentage points above 2.90 percent recorded last week and likewise several notches beneath 3.30 percent seen over the same time last year.Five-year ARMs leapt to 3.26 percent, on the way up from 3.11 percent seen last week, according to The finance Web site also noted a 3.89-percent high for 10-year ARMs.In a “”separate statement””:, noted a sharp rise in mortgage rates from record lows, which nonetheless remain close to rock bottom historically.””This week’s increase was spurred by better than expected job growth and optimism that Europe has a handle on their debt issues, which pushed government bond yields and mortgage rates higher,”” the finance Web site said, adding the “”optimism could prove temporary.””All it takes is a hiccup in Europe or disappointing earnings or economic news on this side of the Atlantic, and mortgage rates will head right back down,”” it said.Nothaft nodded at “”some good news”” for the home construction industry, citing “”heightened consumer confidence””: and “”a spike in housing starts””: said a 13-percent plunge in building permits with five or more units signaled “”that the multifamily building pickup may be temporary.””Speaking with _MReport_ for a “”past story””:, the chief economist and other analysts described the lay of the macroeconomic land as one that would continue contributing to lower mortgage rates. Mortgage Rates Remain Unchanged Amid Mixed News October 20, 2011 409 Views in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Bankrate Federal Reserve First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Service Providers 2011-10-20 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

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