BC federal government working to save Fraser River stocks after rock slide

first_imgVICTORIA — The federal and British Columbia governments have made a joint commitment to do everything possible to make sure chinook, steelhead, coho and sockeye are able to reach their spawning grounds past a rock slide in the Fraser River.The province says in a news release that Premier John Horgan briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the slide that threatens to block millions of returning salmon.B.C. Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Doug Donaldson says the team has developed a multi-pronged plan to save the salmon, some of which are already listed as species of concern.The massive rock slide northwest of Kamloops narrowed the river and created a five-metre waterfall, holding back many fish that are swimming against the fast-flowing river in an effort to get back to spawn.Federal Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the governments, along with First Nations communities, are working around the clock to do everything possible to see the fish pass safety through the site.He says collaborative efforts that also involve Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the coast guard are crucial to give the salmon stocks the best chance of survival.The province says challenges facing any remediation work include rapid flow conditions, accessibility to the remote site, unstable water levels and heavy river debris and silt.The Fisheries Department says the overall team is constructing a temporary aluminum fishway, testing options for transporting the fish by helicopter and truck and assessing the feasibility of new fish transport systems.“As a result of these parallel planning efforts, the team will be able to escalate their response to changing conditions as they get better information on how successfully the salmon are passing the slide site.”Work to drop massive boulders into the water directly under a cliff was to begin this week, with the hope the boulders will form a series of pools that fish can use as resting places while hopscotching their way up the side of the waterfall.The bucketing and boulder placement are just two of the proposals developed by the biologists, hydrologists, geotechnicians and others who have been working to save the fish.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FIFA Refutes Rumours of Morocco 2026 Disqualification

Rabat – FIFA has challenged rumors that it is planning to disqualify Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid before it gets to the vote, scheduled for June 13.An unidentified FIFA spokesperson told Moroccan media that FIFA and its Secretary General Zvonimir Boban, “categorically denied these rumors.”Boban is also a member of the FIFA task force, which visited Morocco on April 16 to evaluate Morocco’s assets and readiness to host the World Cup in 2026. Rumors of Morocco’s disqualification have gone viral after sports journalist Juan G. Arango tweeted “it is being mentioned that United 2026 would be getting World Cup bid w/o a vote.”It is being mentioned that @United2026 would be getting World Cup bid w/o a vote because of issues in logistics in five main cities in Morocco found by FIFA evaluation committee. Let’s keep an eye on this story as it is beginning to develop. Will definitely have more on this. https://t.co/mpGYbYlQQO— Juan G. Arango (@JuanG_Arango) May 27, 2018He argued that the news was mentioned by Boban last Friday night. The reason for Morocco’s alleged disqualification was supposedly “issues in logistics in five main cities in Morocco found by [the] FIFA evaluation committee.”The task force committee was expected to publish its assessment on its visit today. However, international news outlets, including L’Equipe, reported that the FIFA delegation will announce the decision in the first week of June.  FIFA’s committee has delayed the release date of the assessment as it will meet with both 2026 World Cup bid committees on May 3rd in Zurich.The task force has the right to disqualify either of the bids on the table if they do not meet FIFA requirements. Morocco’s bid scored positive points in the first months of the year, collecting the support of several countries from all corners of the world.This was mentioned by Zvonimir Boban on Friday night. Let’s keep an eye out on this story… https://t.co/ntCRRIooKG— Juan G. Arango (@JuanG_Arango) May 27, 2018The list of Morocco’s supporters includes: Luxembourg, Russia, Qatar, Botswana, Belgium, France, Nigeria, Tunisia, Algeria, and  Saint Lucia.The countdown for the FIFA vote has begun. It remains to be seen whether FIFA’s assessment will give Morocco a passing score.The June 13 poll will take votes from 211 football federations. read more

Privacy group challenges 5B Facebook settlement

SAN FRANCISCO — A consumer privacy group has filed a challenge to Facebook’s $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, saying it is not “adequate, reasonable or appropriate” and lets the social media giant off the hook for years of violations.The Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center asked a federal district court in Washington D.C. on Friday to intervene in finalizing the settlement, which was approved 3-to-2 by the FTC.EPIC says the deal, which also includes new privacy oversight and transparency requirements for Facebook, would extinguish more than 26,000 existing consumer complaints against Facebook that are pending at the FTC.Facebook and the FTC did not immediately respond to a message for comment.EPIC first filed a complaint against Facebook over privacy violations in 2009.The Associated Press read more

Southern Miss overwhelms Rust 10646

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Dominic Magee scored 14 points, Tyree Griffin 13 and a dozen Golden Eagles scored in a 106-46 Southern Miss victory over Rust on Sunday.Tyler Stevenson added 12 points and Ladavius Draine and Ladarius Marshall 10 each for Southern Miss, which shot 66 per cent, including 12 of 25 on 3-pointers for 48 per cent. The Eagles (6-2) held a 54-12 advantage in points in the paint.It was the second time this season Southern Miss eclipsed 100 points, having beaten Southeastern Baptist 111-66 in its opener.Ke’Jerrick Taylor scored 14 points and Kortez Wade 10 for the NAIA Bearcats, who shot only 31 per cent overall and were 5 of 27 from 3-point range for 18.5 per cent.The teams exchanged 3-pointers to start the game then Southern Miss went on an 18-2 run, including seven by Cortez Edwards, to take command. A 13-0 run led to a 54-18 halftime lead.The Associated Press read more

Four underclassmen sign contracts to play in MLB

Former OSU first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic at bat versus Wright State on June 5. Courtesy: OSU AthleticsLast week at the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft, six Ohio State players were selected — the most since six were taken in the 1998 draft.One week later, it has been confirmed that all six of those Buckeyes will play professional baseball. OSU coach Greg Beals told The Lantern that each former OSU player has signed an MLB contract, which includes four underclassmen.The Buckeyes were set to lose nine seniors from the 2016 group that won a Big Ten tournament championship. With outfielders Ronnie Dawson and Troy Montgomery, first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic and starting pitcher Tanner Tully all signing with a year of eligibility left, the Buckeyes will now have to replace six of their starting nine hitters as well as two members of their starting rotation.The first player drafted for the Buckeyes was Dawson, who was taken in the second round with the 61st overall pick by the Houston Astros. According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, he signed a deal with a bonus of $1,056,800.Montgomery was drafted 246th overall in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Angels. His bonus was worth $150,000.In the 19th round of the draft, the Colorado Rockies selected Bosiokovic. The 560th pick in the draft was signed with a bonus of $40,000. He flew out Monday to join the Rockies short-season single-A affiliate, the Boise Hawks.“I really didn’t know (I would be drafted) until I had spoken with (the Rockies) after the second day of the draft,” Bosiokovic said. “They were asking me what my signability was, but I really didn’t know what was going to happen until I got the phone call from our area scout.”Left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei was also selected in the draft, taken in the 21st round with the 626th overall pick, but it is unknown at this time how much he signed for. According to Baseball America, the slot value for his place in the draft is $100,000.Co-captain and third baseman Nick Sergakis was taken later in the 23rd round of the draft with the 700th pick in the draft and signed with the New York Mets for a bonus of $5,000. The final Buckeye taken in the draft was left-handed ace Tanner Tully, who signed with the Indians on a $100,000 bonus after being selected in the 26th round with the 782nd overall pick. read more

Flash flooding in parts of the UK after intense downpours with further

As much as 30-50mm of rain was expected on areas of higher ground in just three hours, the Met Office warned.On Tuesday evening there were 38 flood alerts telling people to ‘be prepared’ for possible flooding, and another two in place warning people to immediate action as flooding was expected.  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. Leyburn fire station flooded  Flooding in Leyburn Flooding in Leyburn Flash flooding  Some areas were expected to see 20-30mm of rain in one hour, as thunderstorms rolled across the country from the South West causing potential flooding. Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team posted a picture of a collapsed bridge in Grinton on Facebook, urging motorists to “only travel if essential as many routes impassable” due to flooding.The fire station in the town of Leyburn was also flooded. Video footage also showed streets in Sheffield becoming submerged this evening. The West Midlands also experienced flash flooding with roads becoming submerged in Tipton. Leyburn fire station flooded  Parts of North Yorkshire and the West Midlands were hit with flash flooding on Tuesday as the Met Office issued weather warnings for across the UK. People this evening reported cars being swept away, businesses flooding and bridges collapsing. Routes around Swaledale and Wensleydale were left impassable tonight due to the amount of water on the ground.Due to “intense downpours” a flood warning was put in place for Arkle Beck at Reeth and Low Fremington, the Environment Agency said, after a driver had to be rescued from the boot of their car near Reeth.It added that river levels were expected to “rise significantly overnight” and it was “monitoring the situation closely”. The average rainfall for the UK in July is 78.1mm, meaning around a fortnight’s worth of rain was expected in the one-hour period.Sheena Engineer, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency said: “Slow-moving thundery showers could lead to localised surface water flooding, mainly across parts of western England on Tuesday, with the risk extending north and east into Wednesday.”The Met Office put out a yellow rain warning for the north of England all day on Wednesday, with a yellow storm warning for Wednesday afternoon and evening in Scotland.More normal conditions are forecast to return from Thursday. Last week, the UK set a new all-time temperature record of 38.7C (101.66F) which was recorded in Cambridge. read more

Man dies following serious accident at Heathrow airport

first_img Feb 14th 2018, 11:51 AM By Ceimin Burke Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 11:51 AM Updated at 12.10pmA MAN HAS DIED following a crash on the airfield at London’s Heathrow Airport this morning.Two members of airport staff who were operating vehicles were involved in the collision which took place shortly after 6am.One of the men, who was in his 40s, was hospitalised with serious injuries where he later died.Another man was treated at the scene for a suspected broken shoulder.“We can confirm that following a serious accident involving two vehicles on our airfield, an airport colleague has passed away,” a spokesperson for the airport said in a statement. 41,991 Views Man dies following ‘serious accident’ at Heathrow airport Two members of staff operating airport vehicles were involved in the incident. Image: Steve Parsons 9 Comments Police and airside operations vehicles at Heathrow Airport today. Image: Steve Parsons Police and airside operations vehicles at Heathrow Airport today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3851147 Share56 Tweet Email Short URL Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends affected by this accident. We will be fully cooperating with the Police in the investigation which will follow.The spokesperson added that they are working to minimise delays for passengers.The Met Police said the Health and Safety Executive have been notified and there have been no arrests. A post-mortem will take place in due course.READ: Three-year-old girl who was injured in Dublin home over the weekend dies>READ: United Airlines plane forced to make emergency landing after engine cover rips apart mid-flight>last_img read more

Klopp provides an injury update on Trent AlexanderArnold

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed they are taking assessing Trent Alexander-Arnold’s fitness on a daily basis ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Manchester UnitedThe English full-back was forced to withdraw in the closing stages of Liverpool’s decisive Champions League victory against Napoli at Anfield on Tuesday night.Arnold remains a doubt for this weekend’s clash against United at Anfield with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez definitely out.“With Trent, it’s not as serious as it is with the other two boys, but of course it is absolutely not top-class news, that’s clear,” said Klopp on the club website.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It was unlucky as well, especially with Joel; the last second of the game. When you asked me in the press conference I had no idea about it because I had to go doing different stuff pretty much immediately and I didn’t see him on the pitch because I spoke to Carlo [Ancelotti].“The rehab has already started pretty much, the same for Joe.“Trent, we have to see. For him, it is day by day how we judge it. It’s not cool but as long as we still have enough players, it is our job to always find a solution for it – and we will have a solution for the weekend, but of course, it is not perfect.”The German added that full-back Nathaniel Clyne has been back in training for the last four days and is set to return from injury.last_img read more

Hamann Bayern Munich would struggle to beat Liverpool

first_imgEx-Germany international Dietmar Hamann doubts Bayern Munich would be able to beat Liverpool in the Champions League knockout stagesNiko Kovac’s side finished top of Group E following their 3-3 draw at Ajax on Wednesday night with Bayern only dropping points twice in their six games.But Hamann, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and started his playing career at Bayern, reckons the German club must hope they do not get drawn against the Reds for a last-16 tie.“Liverpool and Atletico [Madrid] are the strongest of the teams that ended in second place,” Hamann wrote on his column for Sky.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“What Liverpool showed was amazingly impressive once again. Klopp and his team are the last opponents I’d want to face.“I think Bayern would have little chance against them in the round of 16. For me, Bayern are not in the extended circle of favourites for the first time in many years.“The Reds lost three games away from home and still progressed. Sometimes, such things trigger something very special in a team.”The draw for the last-16 stage of the 2018/19 Champions League will be made on Monday at 12:00 (CET).last_img read more

FCA consults on annuity comparator implementation

first_imgThe Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation on its plans to require annuity providers to inform consumers about how much they could gain from shopping around before a potential annuity purchase.The introduction of an annuity comparator aims to encourage individuals to shop around for a competitive annuity product before making their selection.This would be delivered in the style of an information prompt, which would show individuals the difference between their provider’s quote and the highest quote available from other providers on the open market. The prompt will also allow individuals to access the best quote via a link.The proposals follow the FCA’s Retirement income market study, published in March 2015, which recommended the annuity comparator as one of the measures that could support consumer choice in the market.Providers will also be required to inform individuals whether the annuity is a single or joint life product, whether the rate of income paid by the annuity is guaranteed, as well as the total pot that will be used to buy the annuity.In addition, the FCA will introduce requirements on income product providers to provide data to the FCA about the types and volumes of products they are selling.Under the proposals, the new rules would come into effect from September 2017.The consultation seeks views on when the information prompt should be delivered to consumers, the scope and content of the information prompt, and when providers should implement the changes.The consultation will remain open to responses until 24 February 2017.Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition at the FCA, said: “Although sales have declined since the pension freedoms were introduced, annuities still play a significant role in retirement provision. It’s important that consumers shop around to get the best deal for them; yet our previous work found that very few people actually did so.“We believe that the proposals we have outlined will engage consumers and allow them to make better decisions, increasing shopping around and competition across the market.”last_img read more

Grant Williams Keeps the Baltimore Convention Center Humming

first_imgGrant Williams III (inset right) is the man behind the scenes at the Baltimore Convention Center.Superstar actress and singer Vanessa Williams lit up the stage in the ballroom of the Baltimore Convention Center Oct. 25, as one of the “unexpected delights” promised to patrons of the United Way fundraiser to reduce homelessness in the city.Even as Williams dazzled the estimated 700 well-dressed guests, however, another Syracuse University alum worked backstage—unseen and most likely unacknowledged—to ensure guests were delighted not just by the entertainment, but the entire experience.It is an unglamorous but weighty charge Grant Williams III has shouldered for the past 10 years. Williams is the superintendent of operations, the “go-to guy” responsible for managing preparation for all the meetings, trade shows and other events that happen at the Baltimore Convention Center.“Repeat business is at the heart of what we do,” said the 54-year-old in an interview with the {AFRO}. “Whether we are preparing for 50 people or 38,000, the expectation that I express to my employees is that we be friendly and professional at each event and that we must ‘wow’ the customer, leaving them inspired and eager to return.“When people leave the convention center, they may not remember your name or what you look like, but they will remember how they felt,” he added. “And when I say a guest’s total experience should be premier, I mean down to the restrooms.”It is a massive undertaking. The convention center is a near-1.3 million-square-foot, four-floor facility that includes a 36,372-square-foot ballroom, 50 meeting rooms, 32 covered loading docks, 27,000-square foot outdoor terrace, dedicated show offices, VIP suites, industrial kitchen, cafés with complimentary wi-fi and—of course—several restrooms.Williams is responsible for ensuring that every square inch is clean, stocked, equipped, serviced and ready to accommodate the needs of the center’s guests.“My perspective is wide-screen,” the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity member said. “It is my responsibility to see the little things that were overlooked that will make an impact.”Williams’ days are rarely the usual 9-to-5. His job begins before he steps into the building—he checks the landscaping to ensure it is cared for, and the massive glass walls to ensure they are clean. After meeting with his assistant to get updated on the tasks for the day, he handles paperwork, including payroll for three shifts of employees and contracts for vendors such as carpet cleaners. He also ensures employees are deployed to their assigned tasks, does walk-throughs of meeting rooms, bathrooms, etc. with supervisors in preparation for an event and he interacts with customers. Many times, he has to juggle tasks for several events at a time.“That’s a lot of moving parts to keep track of,” he said of his role. But the pressure “keeps you going and it’s exciting.”A large part of what makes the center run efficiently is the staff—many of whom may not be initially prepared for their job, but whom Williams said he takes the time to train and mentor.“Now that I am on the other side—interviewing and hiring people—I would recall my early days when I needed a chance and I take a chance and invest in young people,” he said, adding, “We’ve made a lot of inroads in the industry, and that’s because when you help people and they respect you they will work hard for you.”Forecasting and prior planning are also the keys to his—and the convention center’s—success. Right now, for example, the facility is booked through 2017 and tentative operational plans have already begun to be put in place.That kind of foresight was something he learned at the hands of his parents growing up in upstate New York, Williams said. His father was a major in the Syracuse police department and his mother, a school principal once named among the top 50 in the nation. One kept him out of trouble; the other ensured he was educated, Williams added.“I’m blessed to have had two wonderful parents who taught me the value of making a commitment to anything that you do and about planning for the future,” he said. “When you have that kind of foundation at home it’s easy to realize your dreams.”Williams’ corporate experience began when he was a 19-year-old sophomore at Syracuse and was chosen out of 88 students to be Anheuser-Busch’s on-campus marketing and distribution liaison.“That was quite the feat for me at the time,” he recalled, adding with a chuckle. “I was known as the B.N.O.C.—the Budweiser Man on Campus.”Upon his graduation in 1985, Williams continued to work with the company, earning eight promotions over 10 years. From 1990-1998, Williams worked as a pharmaceutical rep for Johnson & Johnson, and led the entire Mid-Atlantic region in sales his first year. He then moved into banking, overseeing the day-to-day operations of a Bank of America branch in Hunt Valley, Md., until his move to the Baltimore Convention Center in 2005.A natural-born leader, Williams said he always aspired to stand out from the crowd.“I want people to remember my name because it was my father’s name and his father’s name. And I want to bestow a good name to my son so he would be proud of having it when I’m gone,” he said.Anonymity, though, is more the norm with his current position behind the scenes.“Success happens here in an unsung kind of way. [But] when you’re an unsung hero you do what you do without accolades and you don’t expect rewards,” he said.His reward, he said, comes from knowing he is doing what he feels born to do—to lead and to serve.“It’s about knowing what you have to offer the world and then doing it,” he said. “You have to make a contribution or difference wherever you are and whatever you do.”last_img read more

Vin Diesel reveals Guardians will be in Avengers Infinity War

first_imgAs we get ever closer to the release of the next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie this November – Doctor Strange – the Marvel publicity machine hasn’t made any major announcements since giving their enthusiastically received San Diego Comic-Con presentation. Instead, the newest happening in the MCU comes from a somewhat unexpected source: Vin Diesel’s Facebook page.In case you haven’t stumbled across something on the internet from Vin Diesel’s Facebook page before, know that the Fast & Furious and Chronicles of Riddick star will occasionally break actual news there. Othertimes, he’s wildly entertaining or genuinely positive, though confusing.It seemed like a good time for Vin Diesel to take to social media, even if news about Avengers: Infinity War isn’t what anyone was expecting. There’s been a little bit of celebrity drama surrounding Vin Diesel during the past few weeks. Apparently on the set of the newest Fast and Furious movie, Fast 8, the star and Dwayne Johnson did not get along.The public first got wind of this when Johnson took to social media to talk about a “candy ass” castmate. A few days later, the gossip kicked up a name: Vin Diesel. It’s unclear exactly what was happening between the two (apparently something with how long Vin Diesel takes in his trailer, maybe?), but when Diesel went Live on Facebook, people rushed to view.After talking about how he had wrapped shooting, commenting on how beautiful the weather was and praising his Facebook fan collective community, Diesel started talking about his first Marvel meeting when he had a picture taken in front of the cover for an Avengers comic. Then (about 20mins and 40 seconds in) he said “Now the Guardians will be included in Avengers: Infinity War and that’s incredibly exciting.”This is the first confirmation that we’ve heard that the Chris Pratt lead team from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy and next February’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 will be in Avengers: Infinity War.The next Avengers movie will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (who directed Captain America: Civil War) and written by the writers of that film, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. When it was announced, Avengers Infinity War was split into two movies: Part 1 on May 4th 2018 and Part 2 on May 3rd 2019. Since, the title “Infinity War” has been shifted to meaning just the first movie and the fourth Avengers movie will be retitled.The Russo brothers say that Infinity War won’t be a two part story like, say, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Instead Infinity War will wrap up the trilogy of Avengers movies and provide some “new beginnings” that have remained vague. Right now, Markus and McFeely are working on the third draft of Infinity War for a November production start date.Vin Diesel recently wrapped not only Fast 8 but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It sounds like he will have a month free from franchise filmmaking before finishing Guardians post-production audio and doing pre-production on Infinity War. Just how big of a part will Vin Diesel play in the Infinity War Groot portrayal? It’s hard to say. It seems like Groot is miniature-sized in Volume 2, but who doesn’t want to see a full sized groot take on an enraged back-from-space Hulk, right?last_img read more

Dance prodigy makes a distinct debut

first_imgWhen children her age would only think of their upcoming board exams, Niharika Prakash – a disciple of world-renowned Odissi dancer Ranjana Gauhar – is leaving no opportunity to showcase her craft on the international stage. An eleventh-grade student of Modern School, Barakhamba Road was introduced to the art of Odissi dance at a tender age of seven, and since then Odissi has become an integral part of Niharika’s growth. With time she has learned to strike a balance between academics and her passion for dance. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I began dancing when I was seven. Back then, there wasn’t much academic pressure, but with time the work burden increased. Studies are hard, but I can confidently say that dance has helped me to perform better academically. It has taught me the importance of discipline and hard work,” says Prakash, adding, “There is no half-heartedness, there is no room for complacence for a dancer. Dance demands you give it your all, which is what I have tried to do. I wouldn’t have done any better at studies if I didn’t dance. Over the years, I have learned to prioritize, to multi task, to work hard and persist. I still spend 3 hours a day in my dance class and yet manage to get 90% and above.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis dedicated pupil knows there is no substitute for hard work. The young dancer – along with Utsav Dance Troupe – has performed at multiple prestigious events, including the Konark Dance Festival, the Khajuraho Dance Festival, Sangeet Natak Akademy (Imphal and Delhi), Kurukshetra Mahotsav, and regaled audiences in Spain and Argentina. On being asked about the most memorable experiences in her career, Prakash narrates the time when she was selected to represent her school (Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School) in an inter-school exchange program held in Boardilla Del Monte, Madrid, Spain. (In 2012). “I was ten and barely knew how to dress myself up. I had to muster up the courage to perform my first solo in front of hundreds of little Spaniards. It was a cold morning and the entire school of Teresa Berganza in Boardilla Del Monte was out in the court to watch me perform. I was so anxious. The music played, I began to dance, bare feet on the cold concrete ground of the school field. The audience was so appreciative of the performance that the children imitated my eye gestures and hand movements for days.”Every classical dance form has its own specialty and each person views a dance form differently. Niharika was more drawn to Odissi than any other style of dancing. “Odissi appealed to me as a confluence of grace and strength. A dance form with delicate eye and neck movements, supple torso movements yet rigorous footwork,” she says. Recalling how her grandmother and mother have always taken a keen interest in Indian culture, Niharika feels a tad nostalgic. “When I turned three, I tagged along for dance recitals and cultural events and learned to appreciate Indian art. This is how it all started,” she says.last_img read more

In case you have been hiding under a rock – tis t

first_imgIn case you have been hiding under a rock – ’tis the season for the Australian Open tennis, an annual event for tennis aficionados held at Melbourne Park, that draws in the diehards and even attracts the interest of Aussies who otherwise remain nonplussed about the sport.And among the aficionados is Helloworld Travel, showing the LOVE by ACING it (yes, puns intended!) at the Australian Open tennis this year with an exclusive Helloworld Travel branded lounge. Agents and clients are thoroughly enjoying hanging courtside at the HLO lounge, with friendly staff serving up ice cool beverages and all the action on big screens. Positioned close to all the action of Grand Slam Oval there is no waiting in any lines for the wide array of food and beverage options on offer within the venue. There are also competitions, prizes and giveaways including plenty of Helloworld Travel branded jellybeans and the more practical caps and sunscreen! “The tennis is such a draw card and a huge tourism event for Melbourne, as we know,” said John Constable, Group GM of Retail & Commercial at Helloworld Travel Limited. “The Helloworld Travel Lounge at the Australia Open this year is an inviting retreat away from the crowds and the hot weather, with comfortable seating and air conditioning on offer for our Helloworld agents and their client’s exclusive enjoyment!” And if anyone wants a break in watching all the action on the many big screens around the HLO Lounge it is just a short stroll to the official practice courts, where guests can see some of the top players in the world warming up before their matches on Centre Court. The Helloworld Travel Lounge is a perfect add-on experience to travel packages purchased through the Helloworld Travel Wholesale division of brands including Qantas Holidays.last_img read more

Election focus should not trump Cyprus talks

first_imgProminent senior officials of ruling Disy, including leader Averof Neophytou, have criticised President Nicos Anastasiades’ apparent cooling off with regard to pushing forward with the Cyprus problem talks, especially following his decision to refer a law designed to address concerns raised by the Turkish Cypriot community to the Supreme Court.Speaking on state radio, Neophytou voiced carefully-worded disagreement with Anastasiades’ apparent shift of focus, which critics – most vocally, main opposition Akel and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci – claim was driven by his entering the race for re-election in February next year.“In this latest ongoing effort to solve the Cyprus problem through negotiation, high expectations were cultivated among the people because the president managed to achieve substantial improvements, even on the 1960 constitution,” Neophytou said.“But lately, through no fault of our side’s, we have seen an impasse and the public opinion – regrettably, on both sides – has been poisoned. The dialogue has restarted but we must all realise that talks are the only way to break the stalemate.”Expressing alarm over the prospect of a permanent breakdown, Disy’s leader said “we must take advantage of every second of every minute of every day”.He then went off into a tirade against focusing on next year’s presidential election while “ahead of us lies our number-one issue, the Cyprus problem”.“I worry because with the Cyprus problem ahead of us, we have started the race on who sits in the chair in a divided country,” he said.“If we feel that it is normal for us to focus on the presidential elections, how can we expect the Americans, the Japanese, the Germans, to care about the Cyprus problem?”We have a responsibility to “keep trying” to solve the Cyprus problem, despite the difficulties, he added.Still, Neophytou said, he did not feel abandoned by Anastasiades over his referral of a bill Disy tabled and supported.“The president had a legal opinion by the attorney-general on his desk,” he said, referring to a clause in the bill the AG found to be in conflict with the constitution.“He judged that he should refer to the Supreme Court – he was under no such obligation, but he said he wanted to heed the AG’s advice. He could have looked at it politically and avoided referral or vetoing.”Meanwhile, other senior Disy officials also made their disagreement with Anastasiades’ manoeuvring public.Deputy leader Giorgos Georgiou told a TV talk show that the president’s decision to refer the law had been a “political mistake”.Τhis invited criticism from Disy MP Andreas Kyrpianou – one of the two MPs from the ruling party that opposed the bill at the plenum – who wrote on Facebook that criticism should be levelled against Akinci, not Anastasiades.“Let us all focus on the behaviour of Mustafa Akinci, even after the legislative proposal was passed, which irreparably exposes those who tried to get the talks to start again, rather than politically shoot our own president!” he wrote.In response to mounting criticism, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, who is in India accompanying Anastasiades on a week-long official visit, addressed the issue.“The President has no interest in entering a blame-game,” Christodoulides said.“We are in a process which requires soberness, and we expect to see that soberness from everyone.”The government’s goal is to end the Turkish occupation and solve the Cyprus problem as soon as possible, the spokesman added.Asked whether the president had options other than referring the Disy law to the Supreme Court, Christodoulides said the AG’s opinion could “not be ignored”.“The President had no other options. He is obliged to respect the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoAncestryWhat’s the Most Popular Surname in California?AncestryUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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