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27
Nov
2019

World Cup 2014: Football frenzy Kolkata all set for Brazil party

first_imgIt is the year of the FIFA World Cup and soccer fans in the city of Kolkata are no where behind in terms of preparations to welcome the big event. Arrangements are on full swing to experience another season of the football frenzy.While most households and clubs are in hurtle to ensure the installation of plasma screens for better and maximum view, the case does not remain the same for others. For the television space does not seem to suffice the passionate football fans!”This is the first time I will be going with my aunt and uncle. Brazil is the hot favourite country for football; it is like heaven. It is like going to the Mecca of football for the first time in my life. We will stay there for twenty days. We will go there via Singapore and spend four days in Singapore on our way back”, says Aditya Chatterjee.Many have opted for a tour across the globe to the grounds itself for the real feel! Fortunately, the decision of these die-hard fans have come down well with the tourism industry as travel agents make attempts to collaborate with various banks to introduce EMI schemes only to create friendly business.”This time it is very encouraging. We have about 200 families traveling, which is much more than our expectations and this is very nice. We see a lot of new segments also as a part of this so we’ve got good numbers and there may be much more when the game gets closer to the qualifying round. If their favourite teams are winning, I can get more passengers, it looks like”, says Anil Panjabi, a leading travel advisor and planner in kolkata.advertisementWhat is even more interesting is the consistent perseverance and determination of few to have a glimpse of the most awaited tournament. Families have saved very innings of their income for the past years and are now eagerly awaiting the tour.”It feels good. We prepare for this for four years. We work very hard so that we can attend the tournament. When it is finally time to go then I feel happy. This will be our ninth time. I don’t look into the expenses, my husband does. It costs two lakh a head, we already have four tickets. We will go there and try and get tickets for four more matches. I support Brazil”, says Chaitali Chatterjee.”I have been going since 1982, first Spain, then Mexico then Italy. This will be my 9th World Cup. The expense is around 2 lakhs per head. FIFA is giving us our own apartment to stay. We are leaving on the 17th of June at night. Five of us are going. Of course I am happy that I am going to the World Cup. Brazil is the world’s best location for football”, says Panna Lal Chatterjee.last_img read more

27
Nov
2019

Tennis and tropical plants: New French Open court is wild

first_imgLATEST STORIES The new Simonne Mathieu court is seen as Spain’s Garbine Muguruza serves against Taylor Townsend of the U.S. during their first round matches of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)PARIS — Tennis and tropical plants: The stunning new court at the French Open is, quite literally, wild.Surrounded on all four sides by greenhouses filed with exotic plants, the Court Simonne Mathieu saw its first French Open match on Sunday, a triumph for tournament organizers who overcame strong opposition from critics who long sought to block construction in a 19th-century garden of the 5,290-seat arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It’s like being in a forest,” said Parisian Kelly Orsinet. “It’s relaxing and pleasant.”Sinking the red clay court and surrounding it with tasteful modern hothouses filled with leafy plants prevented it from being an eyesore in its historic surrounds, the Auteuil gardens that date back to 1898 and are loved for their majestic steel and glass greenhouses for prized botanical collections.Expanding into the gardens is part of a massive, partially completed 380-million euro ($425 million) revamp of Roland Garros, the smallest of tennis’ Grand Slam venues that can feel uncomfortably cramped in its busiest opening week.Gilles Jourdan, the project manager overseeing the modernization, was on hand to savor the new arena’s atmosphere with its first crowd, a landmark in what has been a difficult birth, complicated by legal challenges from opponents.Neighbors who overlook the site had “said ’It’s a disgrace! A disgrace!” Jourdan recalled. “Fewer and fewer are saying it’s a disgrace now.”ADVERTISEMENT “You can’t see the court. That’s very important and that was the most fundamental idea,” he said. “If you’re not flying overhead in a helicopter, you wouldn’t know there’s a court there.”Like other showcase courts at Roland Garros, the lower of the arena’s two tiers is tastefully fitted with cream-colored, hand-finished seats of chestnut wood from eastern France. Upper-tier spectators, some of whom have a view of the Eiffel Tower, are seated on benches, because fitting seats up there would have blocked lines of sight, clogging the arena’s airy, open feel, Jourdan explained.Named after the French Open women’s champion in 1938 and 1939, the Court Simonne Mathieu was about half-empty for the start of the match but continually filled as Muguruza fought back from her unsteady start in a westerly breeze that shook leaves on the tall trees overlooking the arena.Modernization work will resume after the tournament. The Chatrier court, largely torn down after Rafael Nadal won his 11th title there last year, has been rebuilt but is still missing the retractable roof planned for next year.In the meantime, organizers have done a good job of making the project-in-progress look spic and span for the next two weeks.“It’s a bit like at the theater: You look backstage and go ‘Ooops,’” Jourdan said. “We’ve hidden everything, and 10 days after the tournament, we’ll start again.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too A year after semifinal run, Cecchinato loses in 1st round SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case PLAY LIST 01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Automatic sprinklers periodically doused the lush greenery from Africa, Asia, South America and Australia as Garbine Muguruza, too busy to notice, beat Taylor Townsend of the United States 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Muguruza, the 2016 champion, later gave a big thumbs-up to the sunken arena that is now the third-biggest at Roland Garros, after the 9,829-seat Court Suzanne Lenglen and the 14,962-seat showcase Court Philippe Chatrier that is in the process of being rebuilt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s a very cute court. It’s not small, but it’s, you know, cozy,” Muguruza said. “It’s like in a garden. It’s a different feeling.”Spectators were impressed, too. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

16
Nov
2019

World Cup 2019: No 500 total but big hits still decide CWC champion

first_imgExpecting the first 500 total in limited-overs history, Cricket World Cup organizers reprinted the scorecards that are sold to fans at venues in England. The original designs only catered for totals of up to 400 runs.Then in the week after the tournament began, the British weather turned cold and wet. The flat, dry pitches that had seemed like strips of batting paradise for three years turned soft and tacky, and bowlers came back into the reckoning.No team got close to setting a batting record. There were only four totals above 350, topped by England’s 397-6 in a mismatch against Afghanistan.Yet at the climax of the 46-day saga, in the craziest and most dramatic final ever, it was batsmen and their biggest hits that determined the champion on a sunny Sunday evening at Lord’s.Tied after 100 overs, and tied again after the first ever Super Over a sequence of six extra deliveries for each team what finally separated England and New Zealand after 8 hours, 45 minutes of a slow-burning final was England slapping 26 balls either to or over the boundary compared with New Zealand’s 17.Having dismissed England for 241 in reply to their own 241-8, the Kiwis didn’t raise the issue of wickets being the logical tiebreaker. They graciously accepted that the rules were the rules. But no rules are set in stone, and the International Cricket Council ought to correct them. Coach Gary Stead suggested the trophy be shared next time.Different rules came into the spotlight Monday when Simon Taufel, a five-time world umpire of the year, pointed out that the on-field umpires erred in the last over of the regular game in awarding six runs to England, including the four accidentally deflected from Ben Stokes’ bat , instead of five. And Stokes should not have been on strike for the next delivery. Taufel said the “error of judgment … influenced the game” but not the outcome.advertisementThat was one of England’s two late strokes of luck. Nine balls earlier, Stokes was caught on the boundary by Trent Boult, but the New Zealand fielder’s momentum made him step back onto the boundary pads. Instead of Stokes being dismissed, he got six runs.England, the No. 1-ranked side and pre-tournament favorite, saved its best until last in the round robin, also. At self-inflicted risk of missing the semifinals, England’s last two group matches against India and New Zealand became knockouts. England won both convincingly and got its swagger back. Then defending champion Australia was beaten in the semifinals, and New Zealand was edged in the final to salvage a four-year mission to take advantage of home conditions and win the World Cup title for the first time.England’s legacy in the home of cricket is shaky. Cricket’s popularity has been on the wane in England for years. Sport England says the number of people aged over 16 who play cricket at least once in two weeks has fallen by 20% in the last three years.Most of the current team was inspired by England’s drought-breaking triumph in the 2005 Ashes series against Australia. But that was the last time the England men’s team was on domestic free-to-air television until Sunday, when Sky TV agreed under pressure to share the final with a domestic broadcaster. Viewership peaked at 8.3 million, comparable with the 2005 Ashes.Unfortunately, the rest of the tournament was broadcast locally on pay TV and mainly on the inside of the sports pages, especially while the Women’s World Cup of soccer was drawing millions of British eyeballs to England’s run to the semifinals.English cricket compensated by marketing the men’s tournament to British Asians, who backed their teams, packed stadiums, booed Aussies pair Steve Smith and David Warner, and generated much of the best atmosphere. They also wrought the question of why has Pakistan been playing its home internationals in silent solitude in the United Arab Emirates, and not in England?Those relentlessly upbeat fans also made up for the lack of variety that teams from Scotland, Zimbabwe, and Ireland once offered the global tournament, until they were given little hope of qualifying. Slashing the teams from 14 to 10 was supposed to reduce mismatches and increase competitiveness, but the tournament became predictable quickly.The semifinalists were established less than a quarter of the way in. Only at the halfway stage were the top four threatened when England couldn’t chase down Sri Lanka’s 232-9 in Leeds. That defeat suddenly gave hope to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.The next week marked the tournament’s high point until the playoffs: Mohammed Shami’s last-over hat trick for India to snuff out Afghanistan, Boult catching Carlos Brathwaite on the boundary to rob the West Indies, Australia’s Jason Behrendorff taking a maiden five-for to hand England a third group-stage loss, Pakistan’s Babar Azam smashing New Zealand with an unbeaten century, and bees forcing South Africa, Sri Lanka and the umpires to lay faces down in Chester-le-Street.advertisementSport craves underdog stories, but it seemed nobody could deliver.Afghanistan came to win “three or four games” but didn’t win any. Meanwhile, Gulbadin Naib was better at bicep posing than being a captain, and all-time leading scorer Mohammad Shahzad found out he was being sent home by reading a tournament news release for what he called a minor knee strain.But no team was more disappointing than South Africa, which missed the playoffs for only the second time.The West Indies didn’t have a Plan B for the short ball, and suffered from carrying Andre Russell, who could hardly stand, and Chris Gayle, who could hardly walk. Pakistan waited too long to start Shaheen Afridi, Sri Lanka was too dysfunctional, and Bangladesh didn’t provide enough support for the amazing Shakib al Hasan. Australia came unglued by untimely injuries, and India was cruising in the tournament until it slumped to 5-3 just 19 deliveries into its chase of New Zealand in the semifinals.For all of New Zealand’s nice guy persona, it had a mean streak. Without posting 300, New Zealand lulled the West Indies, South Africa and India into a false sense of security, and gunned them down in the last over.The lasting image of the tournament was going to be the New Zealanders commiserating with a crestfallen West Indies allrounder Brathwaite, after his attempted six to win was caught by Boult inside the boundary.Instead, the lasting image will remain of England celebrating with the trophy, because New Zealand didn’t quite push the boundaries enough.Also Read | Sharing World Cup should be considered if finalists can’t be separated: New Zealand coachAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Went to default mode during NZ’s Super Over, says Jos ButtlerAlso See:last_img read more

12
Oct
2019

Judge Resumption of US coal sales by Trump needs review

BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge says the Trump administration failed to consider the environmental effects of its decision to resume coal sales from federal lands, but stopped short of halting future sales.U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana on Friday ordered government attorneys to enter negotiations with states and environmental groups that sued to stop the lease sales.More than 40 per cent of U.S. coal is mined from federal lands, primarily in Western states.The Obama administration imposed a moratorium on most federal coal sales in 2016. The move followed concerns that low royalty rates paid by mining companies were shortchanging taxpayers and that burning the fuel was making climate change worse.President Donald Trump lifted the moratorium in March 2017 as part of his efforts to revitalize the slumping coal industry.Matthew Brown, The Associated Press read more

06
Oct
2019

UNs agricultural development agency awards nearly 300 million in loans and grants

After meeting last week at its headquarters in Rome, the Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development announced on Friday it was awarding $284.1 million in loans and $2.5 million in grants. The biggest individual loan – $30.2 million – will fund a programme in India’s Mid-Gangetic Plains region that will establish grassroots institutions to help women and girls obtain microfinance, business development services and access to productive resources. The second biggest disbursement, comprising a loan of $27.4 million and a grant of $400,000, will finance a Ugandan programme to strengthen decentralization and local governance so that poor farmers in 13 of the country’s districts have greater opportunities to generate income. In China’s Xinjiang Uygur region, a $25 million loan will form part of a wider $55 million programme to pilot and expand successful projects in areas such as technology, organic farming, marketing and microfinancing. Argentina, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Eritrea, Haiti, Laos, Mali, Niger, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania and Turkey will also benefit from the projects. Set up in 1977 in the wake of the food crises of the early 1970s that hit the Sahelian countries of Africa particularly hard, IFAD is a specialized agency of the UN dedicated to helping the rural poor in developing countries overcome poverty. read more

02
Oct
2019

SMMT statement in response to the 2015 Spending Review

“Government engagement with industry has been fundamental to the recent success and global competitiveness of UK automotive, so today’s commitment by the Chancellor to a long-term industrial strategy for the sector is encouraging. More specifically, we were pleased to see the Chancellor heed SMMT’s call for increased investment in Catapult Centres and the extension of funding for the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) – both of which are vital to securing the UK’s position as a global centre of excellence for innovation. Meanwhile, the renewed support for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) will help maintain the UK’s position as Europe’s fastest growing market for these new technologies.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

22
Sep
2019

Team Bosnia Herzegovina The return of Tahirovic enough with Doborac Toromanovic and

← Previous Story Nikola Marinovic to Wetzlar! Next Story → First IHF Global Coaching Clinic in Bahrain and Qatar The coach of the BiH national team, Vojislav Radja, announced the team that will take on Estonia (9th and 12th march) in the EURO 2012 in Serbia qualifications that are to take place in one month. We can notice that are big changings, as some of the “known” names are not included in the list. Two backs, Mirsad Terzic and Damir Doborac, and the pivot of the team, Muhamed Toromanovic, will not play in these two games.– They broke the players code in the previous game against Macedonia, where they spent the night before the game in one of the inns of Sarajevo, said Vojislav Radja, who also added that the aforementioned three will not play for the national team as long as he is the head coach of the national team.On the wide list are 27 players: Enid Tahirović (Goppingen – Germany), Danijel Šarić (Barcelona – Spain), Nebojša Grahovac (Chambery – France), Adnan Šabanović (Sloga Doboj – BiH), Benjamin Burić (Izviđač), Vukašin Stojanović (Aragon Zaragoza – Spain), Amir Čakić (Bosna BH Gas), Mirko Mikić (Borac), Adnan Jaškić (Croatia Osiguranje – Croatia), Deni Velić (Nexe Našice – Croatia), Faruk Vražalić (Bosna BH Gas), Damir Delić (Goražde), Nikola Prce (Alser Puerto Segunto – Spain), Marinko Kelečević (Ferencvarosi – Hungary), Ante Kukrika (Esperance – Tunisia), Igor Mandić (Prijedor), Edin Bašić (Chambery – France), Adnan Harmandić (Wetzlar – Germany), Srđan Trivundža (Crvena zvezda – Serbia), Nikola Dokić (Sloga Doboj – BiH), Ivan Karačić (Borac), Marko Panić (Borac), Saša Đukić (Alser Puerto Segunto – Spain), Kosta Savić (Bosna BH Gas), Senjamin Burić (Izviđač), Vladislav Veselinov (Kristianstad – Sweden) and Vladimir Vranješ (Borac).All the handball fans celebrate the return of the goalkeeper Enid Tahirovic (39), who decided to help the national team reach the EURO 2012. In the beginning of the qualifications, Bosnia lost in Hungary and then drew with Macedonia in “Skenderija”, so the decisive match most probably will be against Macedonia in June in Skopje. read more

20
Sep
2019

Trop de beuveries affaiblit le système immunitaire

first_imgTrop de beuveries affaiblit le système immunitaireSelon une récente étude américaine, de trop grandes quantités d’alcool pourrait affecter le système immunitaire. Les adeptes de beuveries seraient ainsi plus vulnérables aux infections virales, telles que celles du VIH par exemple. Si les médecins alertent régulièrement sur les risques engendrés par des beuveries répétées, c’est une nouvelle conséquence que viennent de confirmer des chercheurs de l’université du Massachusetts Medical School de Worcester aux Etats-Unis. D’après les résultats de leur étude, ces trop grandes quantités d’alcool affecteraient également le système immunitaire et rendraient le buveur bien plus vulnérable aux infections virales. Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les scientifiques ont exposé des monocytes, les cellules qui interviennent dans les lignes de défense de l’organisme, à des substances chimiques qui miment les virus et les bactéries. Ajouté à cela, la moitié de ces globules blancs a également été exposée à des niveaux d’alcool qui sont généralement observés dans le sang des personnes après avoir bu quatre à cinq verres par jour durant toute une semaine. Les scientifiques ont alors observé que les cellules “alcoolisées”, une fois exposées aux virus, produisaient seulement un quart de la quantité d’interféron-1 habituellement fabriquée par les monocytes. “Les interférons ont un rôle décisif, c’est la première réponse à n’importe quelle infection virale. Il n’y pas d’élimination virale sans cela”, explique au New Scientist le docteur Gyongyi Szabo qui a mené l’étude. Au cours du test, les cellules ont ainsi montré de bien moins grandes capacités à lutter contre les virus.  Un organisme moins vigilant contre le cancer ?À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Mais du côté bactérien, le diagnostic s’est avéré encore plus sérieux. Exposés aux substances mimant des bactéries, les monocytes “alcoolisés” ont montré une double perturbation : non seulement une baisse de la quantité d’interférons mais aussi une forte augmentation d’une autre substance appelée facteur de nécrose tumorale. Or, si cette molécule est importante dans la réponse immunitaire, lorsqu’elle est surproduite, elle peut gravement endommager les tissus. D’après le docteur Szabo, ces résultats coïncident avec les données médicales qui indiquent une mortalité plus importante chez les gros buveurs porteurs du VIH. Elles confirment également les précédentes études qui ont démontré que le système immunitaire des adeptes de beuveries était peut-être moins vigilant contre le développement de cancer. Des raisons qui justifient selon la scientifique d’alerter les buveurs de ce risque potentiel. Désormais, l’équipe espère donc se concentrer sur la vaccination contre la grippe et voir si l’alcool agit également sur son efficacité.  Le 5 octobre 2011 à 17:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

19
Sep
2019

First entrant for the 2017 WWE Royal Rumble match itself announced on

first_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Comments are closed. delos56 Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Now Playing Up Next Which Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame? Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Bill Goldberg Now Playing Up Next Cue Lesnar interference in Rumble against Goldberg to set up Mania match…anyone? Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Goldberg announced on RAW that he is entering himself in 2017 Royal Rumble match. Goldberg is the very first entrant announced for the 2017 WWE Royal Rumble PPV. His quest to go to WrestleMania 33 for one last title run.The Royal Rumble PPV is on January 29, 2017 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.In case you missed the segment where he announced his participation in the Royal Rumble match, click here to read Mike Tedesco’s amazingly detailed RAW Results.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhich Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 36.54%0:03Remaining Time -0:39 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the listcenter_img Facebook WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Now Playing Up Next WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Now Playing Up Next November 22, 2016 at 7:38 am 2 COMMENTS Enjoyitforwhatitis Google+ Pinterest November 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm He should go in as Number 1..if he is real bad ass. Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Toronto Videos Articleslast_img read more

15
Sep
2019

Coast Guard stops group of Cuban migrants at sea

first_imgKEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of Cuban migrants were stopped at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard.The Coast Guard stopped 29 Cubans in the Florida Straits over the weekend as they attempted to make it to the U.S.All were repatriated except for one.That person was brought to Miami-Dade on an outstanding grand theft auto charge.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

02
Sep
2019

Asylum Seekers Who Show Credible Fear Will Not Be Eligible For Bond

first_imgAndrew Harnik/APU.S. Attorney General William Barr.Detained asylum seekers who have shown they have a credible fear of returning to their country will no longer be able to ask a judge to grant them bond.U.S. Attorney General William Barr decided Tuesday that asylum seekers who clear a “credible fear” interview and are facing removal don’t have the right to be released on bond by an immigration court judge while their cases are pending. The attorney general has the authority to overturn prior rulings made by immigration courts, which fall under the Justice Department.It’s Barr’s first immigration-related decision since taking office. The American Civil Liberties Union said late Tuesday that the plan was unconstitutional and that it planned on suing.Typically, an asylum seeker who crosses between ports of entry would have the right to ask a judge to grant them bond for release. Under the new ruling, they will have to wait in detention until their case is adjudicated.“There will be many, many people who are not gonna even have the opportunity to apply for release now,” said Gregory Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Chen said that about 90 percent of asylum seekers pass their credible fear interview, the first step in seeking asylum.The decision doesn’t affect asylum-seeking families because they generally can’t be held for longer than 20 days. It also doesn’t apply to unaccompanied minors.Barr’s ruling takes effect in 90 days and comes amid a frustrating time for the administration as the number of border crossers has skyrocketed. Most of them are families from Central America who are fleeing violence and poverty. Many seek asylum.There were a total of 161,000 asylum applications filed in the last fiscal year and 46,000 in the first quarter of 2019, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees immigration courts.Sarah Pierce, policy analyst for the Migration Policy Institute, said the number of decisions by immigration judges that the administration of President Donald Trump has referred to itself for review is unprecedented.The administration — under both Barr and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions — has reviewed a total of 10 immigration rulings. That’s compared to four under all of President Barack Obama’s tenure and nine during George W. Bush’s.“This has been a really unprecedented use of power to influence the immigration system,” Pierce said. Sharelast_img read more

31
Aug
2019

Now KMC will be responsible for upkeep of Citizens Park

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is taking over the maintenance of Citizens’ Park, popularly known as Mohor Kunja, situated on Cathedral Road beside Victoria Memorial.The decision has been approved at the Member, Mayor-in-Councils’ (MMiC) meeting that was chaired by Mayor Firhad Hakim on Saturday. Reliance Industries that had taken over the maintenance of the park in 2015, had written to the KMC a few days ago, expressing its unwillingness to carry on with the park’s maintenance. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We are taking over the maintenance of Citizen’s Park as the private company associated with its maintenance is no longer willing to continue its upkeep,” said Debasish Kumar, MMiC (Parks & Gardens). It may be mentioned that Reliance Industries had taken over the park’s maintenance in 2015 and was supposed to maintain the urban park for five years. The civic body had made it clear that they will not be able to do any commercial venture out of the park. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, the company wrote to the Director General of the Parks & Garden department of the civic body, expressing its willingness to move out of the contract. When asked about the reason behind Reliance opting out of the contract, Kumar refused to comment. The park, which had started its journey in 2005, was one of the most vaunted projects of the erstwhile Trinamool Congress board, with Subrata Mukherjee as the Mayor. It was named as Citizens Park.last_img read more

29
Aug
2019

Lightbulb open source FLux alternative for Windows

first_imgLightbulb: open source F.Lux alternative for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on April 23, 2017 in Software – Last Update: April 23, 2017 – 21 commentsLightbulb is an open source program for Windows that provides you with options to reduce blue light automatically as the day passes by.Programs that reduce blue light are nothing new. There is the grand daddy of them all, F.Lux for Windows which was released in a new version recently. Companies like Apple and Microsoft started to add the functionality to the latest versions of their operating systems as well.Microsoft calls the feature Night Light Mode for instance, and it allows users of the Windows 10 Creators Update or newer to adjust screen gamma automatically using it.As is the case usually, third-party programs offer more advanced features over built-in ones of the Windows operating system.Lightbulb reviewLightbulb is an open source program that you can download from the GitHub’s project page. It is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows starting with Windows 7 and going up all to the way to Windows 10.The program requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0, but can be downloaded as a portable version that does not need to be installed, or a regular setup version. Both offer an identical feature set.When you start the program, either directly after download or after installation, you will notice that it places an icon in the system tray, but may not do anything at all afterwards.This depends on the time of day. The program is configured to change the screen gamma at night, and if you happen to launch it late in the day, you may notice that it adjusts the gamma right away.It is recommended to open the configuration of Lightbulb on start to adjust the program’s functionality according to your needs.You may set the day time and night time color temperature in Kelvin on the first screen, the transition period, and may run a preview of the settings right away.The temperature is adjusted on 100K steps, and changes to the currently active setting is reflected directly on the screen.The transition period describes the periods in which Lightbulb switches from Day to Night, and from Night to Day mode.The preview feature highlights how the screen gamma would change in a 24 hour period so that you know what to expect; ideal for a quick check of the configuration changes that you have made.The geolocation tab of Lightbulb’s preferences enables you to set the sunrise and sunset time manually, and sync the program with the Internet (disabled by default), to adjust it according to the time of the year.The final configuration screen lists advanced options. You may enable hotkeys to toggle Lightbulb or Gamma Polling, disable gamma polling or temperature smoothing by default, or disable the program’s functionality when a fullscreen program runs.Comparison to F.LuxHow does Lightbulb compare to F.Lux? F.Lux is without doubt the product that is more mature. It offers features that Lightbulb does not offer, such as presets, options to whitelist programs, or support for a wider range of color temperatures.Lightbulb uses 20 or so Megabytes of RAM while it is running in the background, about the same that F.Lux uses. Lightbulb is open source on the other hand, while F.Lux is not.Closing WordsLightbulb is a well designed blue light mode application for Windows devices. It offers better functionality than the Blue Light mode of the Creators Update of Windows 10, but less than the established F.Lux application. Still, it may offer all you need from a program that manipulates screen gamma.Now You: Do you use blue light programs on your devices?      Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name LightbulbOperating System WindowsSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page https://github.com/Tyrrrz/LightBulb Advertisementlast_img read more

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Aug
2019

Christina Aguilera dons disguise and surprises NYC subway

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- The Genie in a Bottle singer disguised herself in sunglasses, a floppy hat and baggy clothes.She then enters the 50th street subway station with Fallon and begins entertaining unsuspecting passersby on the platform.Christina Aguilera. | Photo: Raffaele Fiorillo / FlickrThe pair sing Aretha Franklin’s hit-song Think and a huge crowd begins to form.When they finish the song, Fallon removes his disguise and introduces himself to the crowd of people. He then introduces Aguilera to a crowd that goes wild.Aguilera ends up performing her classic song Fighter to a score of people cheering, screaming and recording on their phones.[embedded content]LiberationThe stunt comes about after the release of Aguilera’s new album today (15 June) entitled Liberation. She released the album’s first single Accelerate last month.This is the first studio album she’s released since Lotus in 2012.The new album features collaborations with Demi Lovato, 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign. It also features a sample of a Sound of Music song. Christina Aguilera teamed up with Jimmy Fallon to give New York City subway commuters a special treat yesterday (14 June). eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) UK-based singer MNEK also features on the album, with the song Deserve.He tweeted: ‘guys the new @xtina album #LIBERATION is out today and i’m so thrilled to be a part of it through the song “Deserve”.‘Thank you for all your kind words, so sweet and so appreciated just happy you’re enjoying the tunes – big up ms @juliamichaels and thank you Christina.’Have a listen and tell us what you think:The album is now available worldwide. Enjoy…. https://t.co/IkuNPvx1mM #LIBERATION pic.twitter.com/GmErVokSRE— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) June 15, 2018Christina recently appeared on the first episode of season 10 of hit-show RuPaul’s Drag Race. She also released a touching video for the victims of the Orlando shooting.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Christina Aguilera performs in a NYC subway station. | Photo: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon / YouTube Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Christina Aguilera helps two male fans get engaged on first night of her tourChristina Aguilera looks unrecognizable on this magazine coverChristina Aguilera’s new song is finally here and it was worth the waitRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/christina-aguilera-disguise-busks-nyc-subway/last_img read more

17
Aug
2019

The search is on for Australias first W Insider

first_imgSource = W Brisbane The search is on for Australia’s first W InsiderThe search is on for Australia’s first W InsiderW Brisbane is on the hunt for Australia’s first W Insider, ahead of the highly anticipated hotel opening in early 2018. An integral role at all W Hotels, the W Insider connects guests to what’s new and next in their city, ensuring they have access to the freshest design, fashion and music experiences. To help uncover Australia’s top talent and the perfect person for the W Insider role, W Brisbane has joined forces with radio and TV personality Abby Coleman to launch the city’s first-of-a-kind casting call.W Hotels turns the conventional hotel experience upside down, boldly colouring outside the lines of luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. Next year will see the return of W to Australia, as the brand brings its provocative design and super-charged energy to the Sunshine State. The first five-star hotel to open in Brisbane’s CBD in twenty years, W Brisbane will provide backstage access to the city’s emerging talent, with the W Insider paving the way to ensure guests have the most incredible and memorable stay every time.“Brisbanites are in for a real treat when W Brisbane opens next year and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with W Hotels to uncover Brisbane and Australia’s first W Insider,” said Abby Coleman. “A secret life bubbles away just below the surface in Brisbane and we’re on the lookout for someone who knows what’s going on behind the scenes – the unexpected finds and quirky spots that global jetsetters and local tastemakers can only dream of.”To be in the running, interested candidates need to prove they’ve got their finger on the pulse and know Brissy better than anyone else. Candidates are encouraged to think outside of the box and create their application in a form that best captures their personality, style and presence – think video, prose, art or social media. The submissions will be judged by Abby Coleman and the hotel team who will select the most witty and bold applications, in line with the W Brand’s core values.From here the shortlisted candidates will be paired up with a professional camera crew for a day and sent out into the city and surrounds to film their Insider Guide to Brisbane – a video capturing their take on what’s new/next in Brisbane through the lens of W Hotels’ key passion points of design, fashion, music and fuel (the brand’s take on wellness).The newly appointed W Insider will be announced at W Brisbane’s Talent Casting Day – the hotel’s unconventional take on a traditional recruitment day – on Monday, 11 December 2017, where their Insider Guide to Brisbane will be premiered in front of guests.“W Brisbane is going to be a game-changer for the Australian hotel scene when it opens, and the W Insider will play an integral role to the success of the hotel,” said Haldon Philp. “We need someone who embodies the passions, style and essence of the W brand and vibrancy of this city, and can channel their energy into creating extraordinary experiences our guests will never forget.”Abby Coleman will be one of four judges at W Brisbane’s Talent Casting Day, including W Brisbane’s General Manager Haldon Philp, who will be selecting the best talent for various divisions across the hotel, including Wheels (Concierge), Whatever/Whenever, Welcome (Front Office), Style (Housekeeping), AWAY® Spa, Engineering, Beverage & Food (Beverage & Food instead of Food & Beverage) and Sales.For more information on how to apply for the W Insider role or supporting positions please click here.W Brisbane is set to ignite Queensland’s capital, bringing bold design and playful luxury to the western end of the Central Business District (CBD). Located at 300 George Street, W Brisbane will light up the Brisbane River foreshore, with 312 stylish rooms, including 29 suites, two Wow Suite® and the Extreme Wow Suite® (the brand’s modern interpretation of a Presidential Suite) all with stellar river views.W Brisbane offers three supreme venues for guests and locals to eat, mix and mingle, including a signature restaurant featuring the best locally sourced produce and interactive live cooking; The Living Room (W’s take on the traditional hotel lobby) which evolves from a serene spot to chill-out or meet during the day to a lively hub in the evening; and famed WET® Deck where guests can re-charge with a swim or Aussie barbeque.Get your glow on at AWAY® Spa offering a tranquil space for guests to relax and re-charge with sublime massage treatments and quick fixes, vitality pools, salt inhalation chambers and experience showers. For those who can’t miss a workout, the FIT® gym is open 24-hours and features the latest equipment by TechnoGym.Soon to be a coveted venue for weddings and other special occasions, W Brisbane covers approximately 1,100 square metres of event space and meeting rooms, which will be fully equipped with world class audio-visual facilities to set the stage for electric world class events.Craving more of what’s to come?Stay connected via www.whotels.com/brisbane, www.facebook.com/WBrisbaneAUS/ and follow W Brisbane on Instagram.last_img read more

15
Aug
2019

Inventory Growth Guides Housing Market to Health

first_imgRecent housing indicators reveal signs of health in the housing market in July 2015, according to Realtor.com’s Advance Read of July Trends, which draws on residential inventory and demand trends over the first three weeks of the month.In addition, the San Francisco, California metro hosts the best inventory and demand numbers for consumers, ranking number one in June and July 2015, according to the Realtor.com Hotness Index.“We are now entering the time of the year when both inventory and demand typically reach their peak,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of Realtor.com. “The dog days of summer slow down the pace of activity, just as the school year creeps closer.Smoke added,”This year we’re seeing inventory continue to grow in July, albeit at a slower pace than this spring. And while demand overall is strong, the trend in median days on market is suggesting that the market is finding more of a balance, which bodes well for more moderate price appreciation in the months ahead.”According to the trends, home prices continue to rise upwardly with the national median list price increasing to $234,000, up 7 percent year-over-year and 1 percent over June.On the other hand, the median number of days on the market, or the inventory, increased to 69 days, down 7 percent year-over-year, but up 5 percent month-over-month. The supply in housing usually spikes in July or August as families are anxious to close on a home before school is back in session.“It’s typical to see a slackening in the pace of market activity during this time of year, due to back to school and the dog days of summer,” Smoke said. “Increasing median days-on-market suggests the market is finding more of a balance, but demand is still strong. This bodes well for more moderate price appreciation in the months ahead.”Realtor.com reported that traffic and searches on realtor.com continued to set new highs in July, showing that there is still strong demand for homes. On average, these ‘hot’ markets receive 1.5 to three times the number of views per listing compared with that of the rest of the nation, and inventory is moving 24 to 41 days more quickly. They have also seen days on market drop by a combined average of 14 percent year-over-year.“These hottest markets are the best in the country from both a supply and demand perspective,” Smoke said. “Sellers are seeing listings move much more quickly than the rest of the country and at an accelerating pace from just last month. Meanwhile, these markets are clearly attractive to buyers as the listings in these markets are viewed as much as three times more often than the national average.” Advance Read of July Trends Demand Housing Market Health Inventory Realtor.com 2015-08-04 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharecenter_img August 4, 2015 497 Views Inventory Growth Guides Housing Market to Healthlast_img read more

10
Aug
2019

by Ryan Porter The Canadian Press Posted Sep

first_img by Ryan Porter, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 2, 2018 7:00 am PDT Last Updated Sep 2, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Brigitte Berman in the ABC Studios green room, prior to speaking with Whoopi Goldberg, one of the celebrities she interviews in the documentary “Hugh Hefner’s After Dark: Speaking Out in America,” in this undated handout photo. Much like reading Playboy for the articles, Toronto-based filmmaker Brigitte Berman watched Hugh Hefner’s late-night talk shows for the politics. On both “Playboy’s Penthouse” (1959-1961) and “Playboy After Dark” (1969-1970), Hefner pressed political trigger points: championing racially diverse talent, challenging the House Un-American Activities Committee, and decrying the American military’s presence in Vietnam. The Oscar-winning Berman reappraises both series as groundbreaking vehicles for social change in her new documentary “Hugh Hefner’s After Dark: Speaking Out in America.” The film, which is seeking distribution, premiered Friday at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, where the industry elite screen festival juggernauts concurrent with the Venice Film Festival and before the Toronto International Film Festival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Canadian Oscar winner Brigitte Berman examines politics of Hugh Hefner’s talk showcenter_img TORONTO – Much like reading Playboy for the articles, Toronto-based filmmaker Brigitte Berman watched Hugh Hefner’s late-night talk shows for the politics.On both “Playboy’s Penthouse” (1959-1961) and “Playboy After Dark” (1969-1970), Hefner pressed political trigger points: championing racially diverse talent, challenging the House Un-American Activities Committee, and decrying the American military’s presence in Vietnam.The Oscar-winning Berman reappraises both series as groundbreaking vehicles for social change in her new documentary “Hugh Hefner’s After Dark: Speaking Out in America.” The film, which is seeking distribution, premiered Friday at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, where the industry elite screen festival juggernauts concurrent with the Venice Film Festival and before the Toronto International Film Festival.“It shows how we have progressed in some ways, but in other ways we have almost regressed,” she says.It is certainly hard to imagine a musician today speaking for 12 minutes against the American military, as Joan Baez once did on After Dark, without becoming a viral news story and inciting a violent Twitterstorm.Berman had previously profiled Hugh Hefner for her 2009 film “Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel,” yet she dismisses comparisons between that film and her new work, in which she feels Hefner is almost a supporting character. “This film was about the show and the way he platformed the ideas and the artists,” she says.“It is a film about these people, about Joan Baez, about Smokey Robinson, about Pete Seeger. It’s about ideas and the importance of speaking out about these ideas.”That’s why Berman sidestepped Hefner’s controversial legacy as a sexual revolutionary. Both “Playboy Penthouse” and “Playboy After Dark” were set against the backdrop of a swinging cocktail party where beautiful women served as set dressing.“The sexual politics were not really part of the show,” Berman says.“Many of us are complex people, and this (political) side of him came out in the show. If you look at the way people are dressed, they are not in Playboy bunny (costumes). They are very suavely dressed.”“Hugh Hefner’s After Dark” is Berman’s seventh film as a director. In 1985, she won the Oscar for best documentary for the film “Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got,” about the American jazz clarinetist. With “Hugh Hefner’s After Dark,” she hopes to spark political discourse, something she says the selection committee at Telluride responded to in an early cut of the film.That aspect had been teased out by Berman’s late husband and frequent collaborator Victor Solnicki. Solnicki, a writer and producer on the film, passed away in 2016 before the film was completed.Finishing the film without him was difficult, she admits, yet also healing. “It helped me deal with the grief,” she says.“For all the interviews, he was there. At the end of doing an interview, I would turn around and say, ‘Darling did we miss anything?’ He would say, ‘Let’s talk more about the House Un-American Activities Committee,’ and other times he’d say, ‘No — you covered it like the waterfront.’“I had his voice still echoing as I was watching the footage. It was very powerful.”— Ryan Porter is a freelance pop-culture writer based in Toronto.last_img read more

25
Jan
2019

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24
Jan
2019

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