Democrats subpoena banks as they probe Trump finances

WASHINGTON — Two House committees have subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and several other financial institutions as part of investigations into President Donald Trump’s finances.The House financial services and intelligence panels issued the subpoenas Monday, according to Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. He says the subpoenas are part of an investigation “into allegations of potential foreign influence on the U.S. political process.”The California Democrat did not name the other financial institutions.House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, also a California Democrat, says “the potential use of the U.S. financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern.” She says her committee is looking into those matters, including whether they pertain to Trump.The investigations are among several House Democrats are conducting into aspects of the president’s personal and political life.Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press read more

Ranil says China has assured will not interfere

United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says China gave him an assurance it will not interfere in the political crisis taking place in Sri Lanka.There have been claims made that China was funding Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to buy the support of some UNP members. Asked about this at a media conference today, Wickremesinghe refused to comment on the allegation. However he said the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka informed him that China will not interfere. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan met Wickremesinghe after he was removed as Prime Minister.The Chinese Ambassador also met newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former Prime Minister said that most foreign diplomats feel Parliament must be convened to resolve the issue. Wickremesinghe also denied reports that he has called for the UN Peacekeeping force to be deployed to Sri Lanka.He said that a forged letter was circulating to that effect but he insisted he had not made such a request. (Colombo Gazette) Wickremesinghe said that at the meeting with him, the Chinese Ambassador sought details on the political crisis.He said the Chinese envoy had assured that China will not interfere in the domestic affairs of Sri Lanka.Wickremesinghe had over the weekend also briefed foreign diplomats in Sri Lanka on the crisis. read more

Globalization in AsiaPacific resulting in growing social income inequalities UN reports

“Globalization, coupled with demographic dynamics, is resulting in increased exclusion and social dislocation in some situations,” warns the report, which will be presented to government ministers attending the next session of the Commission later this month in Bangkok”In the ESCAP region, these are reflected in deepening poverty in its different forms, growing social and income inequalities, and eruptions of social and ethnic tensions,” according to the report, entitled, “Sustainable Social Development in a Period of Rapid Globalization: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Options.”Among the “social risks and vulnerabilities” cited by the report are changing conditions in local labour markets, an aging population, and a population increasingly on the move. Other factors resulting in social dislocation include social and civil conflict, the prevalence of people with disability, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and fall-out from the 1997 financial crisis.The study finds that some people are being excluded “partially or wholly from sustainable livelihood, decent employment, minimum earnings and consumption, physical and human capital development.”On a positive note, the report states “globalization and the ‘opening up’ of societies have increased opportunities for people’s participation and contributed to the strengthening of civil society.”Globalization has also meant that people are beginning to network as never before, creating new associations and interest groups in fields such as environmental protection, women’s empowerment and human rights.International links are also forged between some trade unions and farmers’ organizations as they collaborate to meet the challenges of possible downsides of the globalization of production, the report says. read more

Security Council Ban condemn heinous terrorist attack in northern Lebanon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have strongly condemned the “heinous” terrorist attack that took place today in Hermel, Lebanon, a town near the country’s northern border, which killed at least four people and wounded dozens of others.“The members of the Security Council underline the need to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the 15-member body said in a press statement issued in New York shortly after the incident, which, according to news reports, was a suicide bomb attack carried out a gas station in the town, which is near Lebanon’s northern border with Syria. In the statement, the Council extended its condolences to the families of the victims and expressed sympathy to all those injured in the heinous act and to the people and Government of Lebanon. Reaffirming that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, Council members also reaffirmed the need to combat the scourge in all its forms and manifestations “by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law. Recalling its Presidential Statement of July 10, 2013, the members of the Council appealed to all Lebanese people to preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country’s stability and stressed “the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Lebanon’s policy of disassociation and to refrain from any involvement in the Syrian crisis, consistent with their commitment in the Baabda Declaration.” A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York echoed the Council’s condemnation as well as the 15-member body’s call for the “perpetrators of this crime and all other acts of terrorism” to be brought to justice.“The recent escalation in acts of terrorism and violence in Lebanon is of grave concern,” said the statement, adding that Mr. Ban reiterates his call on all Lebanese to rally behind their State institutions, including the army and security forces, as the best means to confront such unacceptable and indiscriminate actions and to safeguard their country’s security and stability. Today’s incident was the latest in renewed spate of deadly attacks in Lebanon, the most recent being an explosion in a southern Beirut suburb that killed four people and wounded a number of others on 21 January. That attack was condemned by the Security Council, the Secretary-General and the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Derek Plumbly. The car bombing, which was the second to strike the suburb of Haret Hreik in January, was “a further deeply disturbing act of indiscriminate terror,” the Secretary-General said in a statement on that incident issued by his spokesman. read more

UK plant to build engines for BMW i8 plugin hybrid sports cars

At today’s SMMT 2012 International Automotive Summit at Canary Wharf, London, Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW, announced that the new generation of high-tech, 3-cylinder petrol engines for the future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will be built exclusively at the BMW engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham.Ian Robertson said, “Our Hams Hall engine plant, which last week celebrated production of the three-millionth engine since the plant was opened in February 2001, will make an important contribution to the future success of the new BMW i brand and the company’s strategy for achieving sustainable mobility. The new 3-cylinder petrol engines will enable our future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car to set new standards for dynamic performance in combination with industry-leading fuel-efficiency and low carbon emission levels.”Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said, “The announcement that BMW will build its new i8 sports car engine in the UK at its Hams Hall plant is great news for the UK and demonstrates that international companies continue to see the UK as a competitive manufacturing base and key market for new products.”Business Secretary Vince Cable said, “BMW’s decision to produce engines for their i8 plug-in hybrid sports car at Hams Hall is more good news for the UK automotive sector and underlines its growing competitive strength. It is yet another indication that international companies see the UK as one of the best places to develop and manufacture low emission vehicle technologies.”During his keynote address at the SMMT Summit to leaders from across the automotive industry, Ian Robertson said that the BMW Group, as a major UK investor, employer, manufacturer and exporter, welcomed continuing joint government-industry initiatives to re-balance the UK economy, strengthen the manufacturing sector and improve the standards of training and skills that underpin the success of the industry. He also emphasised the importance of new, emerging markets around the world for creating export-led economic growth and employment.During his presentation, Robertson also welcomed UK government activities to help stimulate the early market for ultra-low carbon emission vehicles and emphasised the need for continued support in developing the market for electric vehicles which will play an important role in further reducing CO2 emissions and achieving increasingly ambitious carbon reduction targets in the years ahead.Despite the current economic difficulties in many countries in Europe, including the UK, Robertson declared his confidence and optimism in the positive development of the automotive sector and its ability to play an increasingly important role as a key sector of the UK economy.Over three million engines have been produced to date at the Hams Hall engine plant for a wide range of BMW and MINI vehicles. This milestone follows record production in 2011 and confirmation that facilities are to be upgraded to enable production of the new generation of engines. The UK-built engines are supplied in sequence to production plants in Germany, Austria and Oxford and currently power the BMW X1, BMW 1 Series, the new BMW 3 Series as well as all MINI petrol engines.The BMW i8 Concept is a contemporary sports car boasting an innovative eDrive plug-in hybrid concept combining an electric drive system with a high performance three cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine producing 349hp/300Nm. Acceleration of 0-62mph in under five seconds combined with the fuel consumption in the European cycle of under approximately 78mpg gives sports car performance with small car fuel consumption. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid drive, most daily journeys can be taken in zero-emission all-electric mode with an electric range of approximately 20 miles. The 2+2 seater provides enough space for four people giving a high level of everyday practicality.Click through the link to see all of the news emerging from today’s 2012 SMMT International Automotive Summit. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Dumped cat Banjo turns out to perhaps be Britains oldest feline

first_img“We don’t even know if the [previous] owners know his real age, he could have any story.”People who work at the cattery contacted the number on his microchip, but never received a response.Luckily, they have found a home for him if he does not get claimed by the end of the month.Michelle Do Carmo, clinic manager, said: “For older cats we look for a quiet home where they can relax and enjoy his retirement – somewhere a bit more chilled out and quiet”. “Banjo must have used up all of his nine lives by now,” centre manager Beverly Leavy said. “He is such a charming, sweet old man, he is eating well and enjoying life in the cattery.” 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. An abandoned cat, Banjo, is believed to be Britain’s oldest feline.He was found surviving alone by RSPCA Southall Cattery, who were shocked by how old he appeared to be.They believe he is 27 – which would make him the oldest cat in Britain and 125 in human years.His rescuers don’t know why he was abandoned, as he was microchipped in 1991, but it is remarkable he survived on the streets at such an advanced age. They are now trying to find him a home so he can have a comfortable retirement.center_img She didn’t know why someone would abandon such an elderly cat.”It could be a number of reasons, as everyone has got different backgrounds”, she said.”Most of the time it’s money issues or they’ve got evicted or are moving home.” The cattery has contacted Guinness Book of Records to confirm he is indeed the oldest cat in Britain.Aneel Odhwani, the animal care assistant who has been looking after Banjo, said: “He’s friendly and laid back, very undemanding. He loves his food and he loves being groomed – the ideal cat to rehome,”We’ve had people asking on our Facebook page, ‘How do you know old old he is? Because he looks so young!’last_img read more

India cricketer Mohammad Shami charged with domestic violence

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHardik Pandya out of World XI T20, Mohammed Shami, Adil Rashid inMay 28, 2018In “Sports”Shami out of Afghanistan Test after failing fitness testJune 11, 2018In “latest news”Will MS Dhoni tour the West Indies? Selectors to meet on July 19July 16, 2019In “latest news” (BBC) Top Indian cricketer Mohammad Shami has been charged with attempt to murder following a complaint by his wife.Mohammad ShamiShami was dropped from a list of contracted players for the national team announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on 8 March.Police say the charges against the 27-year-old fast bowler include domestic violence, rape, attempted murder and criminal intimidation.Shami has represented India 87 times in all formats of the game since 2012.The charges against the player carry prison terms of 10 years or more.He has denied his wife Hasin Jahan’s claims, who first accused him of adultery, making public a series of messages that Shami allegedly sent to women during their four-year marriage.“It’s definitely a part of a big conspiracy against me,” said Shami, 27, who has won 30 Test caps.A BCCI supervisory committee said the allegations had put them in a difficult position.“We are in a bit of Catch 22,” Vinod Rai, chairman of the committee, told cricket website ESPNcricinfo.“Ordinarily you would distinguish and say that is a personal issue and the contract is a professional issue.“But someone could easily point out and say this allegation is an unsavoury one and you are still rewarding him.”Ms Jahan also filed a rape complaint against Shami’s elder brother. read more

Drinking on the streets in Kilkenny could be allowed soon

first_imgWe were better to leave well enough alone. If people want to drink, we have terrific pubs that would be happy to have the business.Kilkenny Borough Council voted to relax the restrictions on public consumption of intoxicating liquor on a vote of eight to three earlier this month.There will be certain safeguards introduced and any relaxation of the ban will require the approval of the local authority by a two-thirds majority.Restrictions on locations and times will also be regulated by the council.It is understood that those backing the change hope that it will help in any future bid for the city to host the popular Fleadh. Earlier this year, Derry hosted the event with local authorities granting temporary licences to a small number of designated areas in the city centre.That is not a fair comparison though, according to Cuddihy, who claimed there is “no shortage” of police in Northern Ireland.“I believe in five years we will have frittered away the bye-laws, which the gardaí have said have been effective (they pre-date national laws by some years) in their policing,” he continued.Cuddihy believes that members of the council will come under pressure to relax the rules for any number of the festivals and events that take place in Kilkenny.“I don’t want to be the Temple Bar on the Nore,” he concluded.Read: A pint in the Stag’s Head listed in top 50 ‘must eat experiences’More: Diageo defends Arthur’s Day saying it’s a music festival and celebration of the pubPoll: Are you going to partake in Arthur’s Day this year? LAWS THAT WERE put in place to ban drinking from Kilkenny’s streets and public spaces 11 years ago have been amended to allow a relaxation of the rules under certain circumstances.The move has disappointed the city’s former mayor Paul Cuddihy who led the campaign to have the bye-laws introduced in 2002.“It sounds awfully old-fashioned but we had huge problems with alcohol and we fixed that problem, largely,” the Fine Gael councillor told TheJournal.ie.“It is not entirely fixed but it is a great deal better than it had been. We had people urinating in letter boxes, people drinking slabs of beer in the streets, in parks, school yards and grave yards.”last_img read more

Samaras urges Putin to cut gas prices for Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A meeting between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Russian President Vladimir Putin – their first in more than two years – presented the Greek leader with a chance to discuss the high cost of natural gas and to reaffirm interest from Russia in the sale of the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) and Thessaloniki port.The two men met in Brussels after Samaras addressed a Business Europe conference and Putin had met with European Union officials.The cost of natural gas was a key item on the agenda of talks between Samaras and Putin as the meeting came amid discussions between Russian gas giant Gazprom and Greece’s Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) about the same issue. The Greek government is thought to have ordered DEPA officials to reject any price of more than $400 per 1,000 cubic meters.Sources said that Putin did not make any binding commitments on the matter but indicated that he would examine the issue. In his comments after the meeting, Samaras drove home the point that Greece could not afford to keep paying natural gas prices that are about 30 percent above the European average. “My country is currently coming out of a six-year recession and low energy prices from Russia are crucial to our recovery,” he said.On the issue of OSE, Putin made it known that there is Russian interest and asked whether Athens would be able to package the railways and Thessaloniki port into a single privatization tender. The government, however, will be unable to comply with this request.Samaras extended an invitation to Putin to make an official visit to Greece soon.Meanwhile in Athens leftist SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras lashed out at the imposition of austerity reforms over the past few years, claiming that the troika-imposed measures violated the Greek Constitution. “For three years now, the Constitution and the procedures that it dictates have been violated, on the orders of our lenders,” Tsipras said after talks with Sotiris Rizos, the president of the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court.Tsipras subsequently met with Eleni Raikou, the capital’s top corruption prosecutor, for a briefing on the progress of the graft probes she is overseeing. “Whoever stole public money must return it,” he said.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Nurse caught on camera abusing Greek Australian patient to face court

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A 30-year-old Cranbourne West man is due to face Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court on 21 February 2019 for a contest mention hearing regarding two counts of unlawful assault.The man, a former nurse employed by Caulfield hospital was caught on camera abusing a defenseless patient suffering from cerebral palsy and recovering from a car accident.Billy Aivaliotis, 33, after being treated in the Royal Melbourne Hospital immediately after he was struck by a car, was transferred to Caulfield hospital by his family to receive care.The incident was revealed when the Aivaliotis family, concerned about the patient’s weight-loss and signs of bruising hid a camera in a picture frame after their persistent attempts to raise the matter with staff kept kept being ignored.Mr Aivaliotis (pictured), who was born with cerebral palsy.Indeed, on 22 January, the footage from the secret camera revealed a male nurse grabbing Mr Aivaliotis by the throat, before moving him aggressively on to a bed at 8.06am that day. At 8.10am the nurse stood over Mr Aivaliotis attempting to clean him, but forcefully pushed the patient in the neck or face area.The family shared the story with the Herald Sun, which was also later aired on the Current Affair.The male nurse does not work at the hospital anymore and following a thorough investigation, a report in July made 26 recommendations which Alfred health promised to implement by the end of the year.In a statement, the Aivaliotis family said: “To leave a loved on in the care if a hospital and their staff demands total trust and support, which we were committed to. After this devastating realisation, we have absolutely no faith in this broken and failed system of care. We had to take matters into our own hands after zero action from the hospital. Billy cannot voice his feelings. He is incapable of demonstrating his fears and concerns. His family is his voice, and we do everything possible to ensure his safety and well-being.”last_img read more

Inter Milan makes Cuban students happy

first_imgThe Italian club has added a new campus in the Caribbean island to their football familyInter Milan is not only a brand-name in the Italian Serie A.The Nerazzurri are also working for the less fortunate people in the world.That’s why today it was announced in the Inter Milan’s official website how the team added a new campus in Cuba.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The new center is located in the town of Pueblo Nuevo and works as an after-school activity for many children.“Octavio, who’s an experienced and patient coach, meets us at the school entrance and accompanies us through the classrooms and corridors before the kids start their sporting activities,” the website wrote.“This is new for Inter Campus Cuba, where we’re used to playing at grand training centers, mostly away from educational institutions.”“Soon enough, school uniforms are swapped for Inter shirts, with the school turning a shade of black and blue,” the website added.last_img read more

Reminder The Burn Closure Is Still In Effect

first_imgFire Crews are responding to unauthorized burns in our service area, and have issued a reminder that the burn closure still remains in effect. Original Post: All burning, including campfires and the use of charcoal grills, is prohibited, including campfires in established fire pits or rings in designated campgrounds. Devices that can be turned on and off — such as gas and pellet grills and backpacking or camp stoves that use fuel or compressed fuel canisters — are still allowed, though users are urged to be cautious with them as well. Additionally, available Alaska Division of Forestry resources are limited due to the Swan Lake Fire. So, the DOF reminds Kenai residents to remain vigilant and report any open burning. Although there was a slight amount of rain overnight (0.20 in) and the temperatures are cooler, we still have the significant potential for extreme fire behavior.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated 9/4/19: Burn Closure Lifted For Kenai Peninsula. An emergency burn closure issued two weeks ago on state, private and municipal lands in the Kenai Peninsula is being rescinded effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday September 4th. Click here to read the story. Howie Kent with the Kenai/Kodiak Division of Forestry: “This is a plea from the Alaska Division of Forestry to the public to please adhere to the burn closure. Our firefighters have their hands full working to suppress and contain devastating wildfires in both the Mat-Su Valley and Kenai Peninsula. Any new fires will make that job even tougher and could put the public and firefighters at risk.” The burn closure will remain in effect until conditions moderate in the form significant rainfall.last_img read more

Did not call for UNSC session on Kashmir UK

first_imgNew Delhi: The UK on Friday denied that it had backed Pakistan and China in calling for the August 16 closed-door session on Kashmir and stressed that all issues between India and Pakistan should be resolved bilaterally. In a statement, the UK also said that it does not seek to mediate in the matter. “There has been some inaccurate speculation about the UK position at the closed session of the UN Security Council on August 16 on Kashmir,” it said. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “The UK did not call for this session or support a formal council statement, and we have a long-standing position that this dispute should be resolved bilaterally between the countries concerned. “Neither do we seek to mediate. We continue to call for restraint and action to address current concerns, and welcome efforts to do so as soon as possible,” it added. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us According to reports, the UK had backed China’s efforts to issue a statement following the closed-door informal consultations on the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council. The UNSC had refused Pakistan and China’s attempt to hold an open and formal meeting on the Kashmir issue on August 16. It was the first time the UNSC was taking up the “India-Pakistan Question” – the UN’s term for the Kashmir issue – since 1971. The closed-door consultations were taken up after Pakistan urged for an emergency meeting on Kashmir in the wake of India revoking the special status for Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.last_img read more

Moodys downgrades Yes Bank ratings amid leadership transition governance issues

first_imgREUTERS/Francis MascarenhasCredit ratings agency A Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday downgraded Yes Bank’s foreign currency issuer rating to ‘Ba1 from Baa3’.According to the agency, the developments around leadership transition as well as the governance issues are credit negative.”Moody’s has also downgraded the bank’s foreign and local currency bank deposit ratings to ‘Ba1/NP from Baa3/Prime-3’ and foreign currency senior unsecured MTN program rating to ‘(P)Ba1 from (P)Baa3’,” the agency said in a statement.Further, Moody’s downgraded Yes Bank’s baseline credit assessment (BCA) and adjusted BCA to ‘ba2 from ba1’.”The rating action considers the resignation of various members of the bank’s Board of Directors — which, when seen in conjunction with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) directive in September 2018 to restrict the term of the bank’s MD and CEO as well as founder, Mr. Rana Kapoor, till 31 January, 2019 — has raised Moody’s concerns over corporate governance,” the statement said.”In Moody’s opinion, although the bank’s reported credit fundamentals remain stable, the developments surrounding the transition in leadership as well as the governance issues are credit negative because they complicate management’s effective implementation of the bank’s long-term strategy.”Furthermore, the ratings agency said that developments could constrain the bank’s ability to raise new capital.last_img read more

WATCH Christmas Brings Northeast Blizzard Bitter Cold In Midwest

first_imgThe good news for many in the Northeast and Midwest was that it has been a white Christmas. The bad news was that a blizzard swept into parts of New England and bitter cold enveloped much of the Midwest.Even the usually rainy Pacific Northwest got the white stuff. The National Weather Service says it’s only the sixth time since 1884 that downtown Portland had measurable snow — only an inch or two — on a Dec. 25.A blizzard warning was issued Monday for portions of Maine and New Hampshire, with forecasters saying snow of up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) and wind gusts up to 50 mph (80 kph) could make travel “dangerous to impossible.”Photo via Twitter @ChattyKathy715A blizzard warning was issued Monday for portions of Maine and New Hampshire.Most businesses were already shuttered on Christmas Day in New England. One of the few open was The Tobacconist cigar shop in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, where area-resident Dwayne Doherty said he welcomed the fresh blanket of snow.“I’m actually happy,” he said, chuckling as he made his way to his pick-up. “We haven’t had snow on Christmas at all in the last few years. It’s actually perfect.”States from Montana and the Dakotas to Wisconsin expected wind chill temperatures in places at 40 below zero (40 below Celsius), the National Weather Service said. The upper half of Iowa and northern Illinois also braced for subzero temperatures.Minnesota was experiencing its most frigid Christmas Day since 1996, with wind chills as cold as 35 degrees below zero, KSTP-TV reported. The National Weather Service warned that those whose skin was exposed in such conditions could get frostbite in as little as 15 minutes.Snow amounts in the Midwest were not large for this time of year. A storm system that swept from Nebraska through Iowa dropped around 2 inches of snow on Chicago, the weather service said.That was just enough to provide a picturesque backdrop for those gathering for Christmas dinners in the Chicago area. But it wasn’t enough to cause havoc either on roadway or airport runaways.Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was reporting just six cancelations and average delays of only 15 minutes around noon Monday. There were no cancellations at the city’s other major airport, Midway, and delays were less than 15 minutes on average.The nation’s third largest city had comparatively little snow for the season until the weekend — just over 2 inches (5 centimeters) in all, the National Weather Service said.The city of Milwaukee had 103 salt trucks treating slick spots Monday, according to WITI-TV. The trucks were using treated salt that’s deployed when temperatures drop below 15 degrees.In addition to slowing travel in New England, the storm was responsible for some power outages. Eversource reported more than 20,000 customers in eastern Massachusetts without electricity, the bulk on Cape Cod which was feeling the brunt of strong winds.Most of Indiana had been under winter weather advisory with officials urging motorists to stay put unless they absolutely had to travel. Northern Indiana had been expecting up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) with slightly less in the southern part of the state.New England was expected to get up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow. Strong winds were predicted for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island with gusts up to 65 mph (105 kph).Mountain areas in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming received more than 1 foot (30 centimeters) of snow, which started Saturday. It was good news for holiday skiers and resorts which have struggled with a slow start this season.But it meant a heightened warning of avalanches in higher elevations outside of ski areas. Sharelast_img read more

Happy Birthday Doctor Who Companion Pearl Mackie

first_imgHappy birthday, Pearl Mackie!A triple threat—actor, dancer, singer—Brixton-born Mackie is in good company among former Doctor Who companions Billie Piper, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill, none of whom boasted much experience before traveling with the Doctor.With small roles in film (musical comedy Svengali, 2013), television (one episode of British soap Doctors, 2014), and theater (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, 2015-16), Mackie was all but unknown when her name was called to join Peter Capaldi on the long-running BBC show.“I’m incredibly excited,” the young star said last year. “It’s such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn’t be prouder to call the TARDIS my home.”via BBCAnd it’s good thing, too.Since Mackie’s debut last month as Bill Potts, the unlucky-in-life lunch lady-cum-ultimate student of space and time has brought a refreshing boost of energy to what had become a stale show.Funny, relatable, and openly gay (a first for Doctor Who), Bill just wants to get on with her life, while occasionally helping to save the world.On-screen chemistry and witty one-liners aside, though, Mackie admittedly is not a Whovian like so many of the people watching her each week.“I was part of the Doctor Who-less years when it sort of was off the air just before I was born, and then came back when I was about 16, when I was mostly interested in hanging out in parks and stuff like that,” she told Vanity Fair in April.via BBCDespite watching the occasional Christmas special, the actor did little research into the role, actively avoiding previous seasons of the show—as executive producer Brian Minchin instructed.Her lack of familiarity, however, is precisely what landed her in hot water among fans: While promoting the new series on The One Show, Mackie suggested the Doctor’s famous time machine runs on “space engine oil” (it is actually powered by Artron energy).Mackie recovered from the gaffe, but her future with Doctor Who remains unclear: In response to rumors that she will leave the series after one season, the BBC simply said viewers will have to “tune in to find out.”Either way, I’m glad for the opportunity to get to know Bill—and Mackie, who celebrates the big 3-0 today.last_img read more

New Star Trek Beyond trailer features more Enterprise destruction and a

first_imgThe first Star Trek Beyond trailer was not well-received by fans, and even actor and co-writer Simon Pegg was unhappy with how it presented the film. The Beastie Boys soundtrack gave it a very action movie-like vibe, but the second trailer was more subdued. Now, trailer number three is out with an unusual (and very prominent) Rihanna soundtrack tie-in.The third trailer opens with the same Kirk voiceover and flashback as the second trailer, but from there we get a slightly better look of the Enterprise getting blasted to bits. About halfway through, Kirk can be heard saying “This is my last report as captain of the starship Enterprise.” Then, the Rihanna song kicks in. The song in question is called “Sledgehammer” and is premiering in the trailer. That’s sure to get it some attention. At the end, viewers are told the full song can be accessed on Shazam by using the app to tag the song.Star Trek Beyond is the third film in the rebooted film timeline, which is now officially called the Kelvin Timeline. It follows the crew of the Enterprise as they reach the halfway point of their five-year mission. In the film, the Enterprise is attacked by a wave of unidentified aliens and the crew is forced to abandon ship.It’s not clear from the trailers at what point the ship is destroyed, but it seem like it will happen early on. It would be odd to have the bulk of the film take place after the ship is lost. A Star Trek movie without an Enterprise? Risky. We’ll see how it works out when Star Trek Beyond comes out on July 22.last_img read more

Honouring indomitable spirit of women achievers

first_imgNSHM Knowledge Campus hosted their biggest inter-college communication festival Y-COMM 2018. The first evening of two – day event witnessed a charming session where ten women from various fields of society were felicitated for their achievements.Y-COMM is considered to be one of the largest media festivals where various reputed colleges and universities take part every year. This year theme is “Amar Durga”. The two-day fest features some incredible performances by the students from various colleges and universities including St Xaviers University, St Xaviers College, Techno India, Shibnath Shastri College, Scottish Church College, Heritage Academy. Pailan College of Management and Technology, Future Media School, ILead and Amity University amongst others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis year, to honor the indomitable spirits of ten different women, NSHM Knowledge Campus has conferred The NSHM award for excellence 2018 to Usha Uthup (Singer), Tanushree Shankar (Dancer and Choreographer), Chitra Sen (Actor), Bratati Bandyopadhyay (Elocutionist), Sohag Sen (Theatre Actress) and Sanjukta Ghosh (Indian vocalist) for outstanding contribution towards their respective fields. NSHM also awarded people from different walks of life for their exemplary courage and work in redefining societal norms like Pratima Poddar (Driver of Nimta, Howrah Mini Bus), Sonali Mistri (Motor Mechanic), Mala Pal (Eminent Clay Artist of Kumartuli) and Gargi Gupta (Runs an NGO for the poor and destitute). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Y-COMM 2018, the annual communication fest hosted by the Media and Design department of NSHM Knowledge Campus provides a one of its kind platform for students of various colleges and institutes to participate in various activities in the field of communication. Through NSHM Award For Excellence, we honour people from various walks of life who inspires us as well as the students with their exemplary work, said Cecil Antony, Chief Mentor, NSHM Knowledge Campus. Y-COMM 2018 is a testimony of budding talents showcasing their exceptional flair in various curriculums. Apart from a fashion show the other highlight of tomorrow evening is the musical programme, ‘Soul of Tunes’ featuring Shinjini-Tirtha-Kinjal. The Title Sponsor of the event is Senco Gold and Diamonds and the Co-Sponsor is Saha Textile.last_img read more

Gardeners of the forest The tapir in Costa Rica

first_imgYoung Costa Ricans aim to save the danta through Nai Conservation Nai Conservation seeks to protect the endangereddanta, or tapir, from growing human intervention.“We formed a collective: we believe in a coexistence concept,” said Esteban Brenes, founder of Nai Conservation. Danta play an important role in forest and climate stability.Learn more about the initiative in the following article: Related posts:Jaguars: a symbol of Costa Rica Fighting for women’s issues with art The fastest sloth wins Say no to the straw, but yes to this onecenter_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more