After successful breeding plan pandas will be released into wild

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Zoo Authority has decided to release four pandas into the wild in September this year. The decision was driven by the success of red panda breeding at the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling.Two male and two female pandas will be released at the Singalila National Park. The current captive stock of the pandas at the Himalayan zoological park is 21. The state Forest department feels that the park has sufficient pandas to release some animals in the wild. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe planned breeding of the animals at the Himalayan zoological park started in 1990. At that time, the zoo had one male and three female pandas. In 1993, one more male was brought from Rotterdam Zoo to augment the population of the existing pandas and in June 1994, two cubs were born. The planned conservation breeding programme of the pandas gained momentum with the setting up of a new conservation centre at Topekeydara, Third Mile within the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary. Pandit Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, has been recognised as the participating zoo for the conservation breeding programme. The Nainital Zoo has also reported successful breeding. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The genetic analysis of blood and fecal samples has revealed that captive red pandas at the Himalayan zoological park, Darjeeling, is genetically vibrant and genetically sustainable,” said Vinod Kumar Yadav, member secretary of West Bengal Zoo Authority. Red Pandas are threatened by loss of habitat, large-scale hunting, trapping and trading with more than 50 per cent of its population decline reported in the last 18 years. They are at present in danger of becoming extinct in the wild and in fact have already become extinct in certain areas. There are two protected areas having red panda population in Darjeeling —Singalila National Park and Neora Valley National Park — and another at the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary in Darjeeling. Taking a serious view of the situation, the Himalayan zoological park Park has been undertaking a dedicated approach to the conservation of the endangered Himalayan fauna. The Gangtok Zoo has started another conservation breeding centre and has also started breeding after two animals were shifted there from the Himalayan zoological park. A global meeting will be held at Darjeeling sometime in the last week of April when the Himalayan zoological park will highlight their global plan for breeding conservation of red pandas. Eleven countries will be participating in the meeting with representation from three states-Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh apart from Bengal. All these three states have been doing work in breeding conservation of red pandas.last_img read more

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President appoints new cabinet Wijeyadasa Vasantha Vadivel get posts

President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed 12 cabinet Ministers, a State Minister and a Deputy Minister to a caretaker Government.UNP Parliamentarians Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Vasantha Senanayake and Suresh Vadivel were among the new Ministers who took oaths today. The new Ministers took oaths before the President at the Presidential Secretariat. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Nimal Siripala de Silva as the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Dr. Sarath Amunugama as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mahinda Samarasinghe as the Minister of Ports and Shipping, Mahinda Amaraweera as the Minister of Agriculture, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya as the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa as the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economic Affairs, Faiszer Musthapha as the Minister of Provincial Councils, Local Government, and Sports, Douglas Devananda as the Minister of Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Development, & Hindu Religious Affairs, Arumugam Thondaman as the Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, Vasantha Senanayake as the Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, Suresh Vadivel as the State Minister of Plantation Industries and Ananda Aluthgamage as the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Wildlife. read more

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Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Libya for six months

The current mandate was set to expire on 15 June. In its resolution, the Council expressed its support for the ongoing efforts of UNSMIL and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to facilitate a Libyan-led political solution to the challenges facing Libya. The 15-member body also recalled its resolution 2259 (2015), which endorsed the Rome Communiqué of 13 December 2015 to support the Government of National Accord as the sole legitimate Government of Libya, and welcomed the arrival in Tripoli on 30 March 2016 of members of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord, led by Prime Minister Fayez Serraj. Further to the text of the resolution, the Council welcomed the endorsement in principle of the Libyan Political Agreement by the House of Representatives on 25 January 2016 and further welcomed the meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue on 10 March 2016, which reaffirmed its commitment to uphold the Libyan Political Agreement. Recognizing the importance of continued inclusiveness, the Council strongly encouraged the Government of National Accord to support reconciliation and enhance political outreach throughout Libya, as well as emphasized the importance of all parties in Libya engaging constructively with the Libyan Political Agreement in good faith and with sustained political will. In the resolution, the Council also urged the full, equal and effective participation of women in all activities relating to the democratic transition, conflict resolution and peacebuilding in line with relevant Security Council resolutions. Expressing grave concern at the “rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Libya,” the Council also encouraged the Government of National Accord to finalize interim security arrangements for stabilizing Libya as a critical step towards tackling the country’s political, security, humanitarian, economic and institutional challenges and to combat the threat of terrorism. Recalling its determination in resolution 2213 (2015) that the situation in Libya continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security, the Council decided that UNSMIL, within operational and security constraints, will undertake human rights monitoring and reporting; provide support for securing uncontrolled arms and related material and countering its proliferation; provide support to key Libyan institutions; provide support, on request, for the provision of essential services, and delivery of humanitarian assistance and in accordance with humanitarian principles; and coordinate international assistance. read more

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Hale receives award for support of local arts

Brock’s dean of Humanities has been given a community award for her support of the arts.Rosemary HaleRosemary Hale is this year’s recipient of the Laura Sabia Award, given annually by the Niagara Artists Centre to commemorate International Women’s Day. The award recognizes a Niagara woman who has made an outstanding commitment to the arts and furthered the careers of women artists.Hale received the award because of her leadership in establishing a “much needed, first-class performing arts centre here in Niagara,” said Laura Thomas of the Niagara Symphony.She also supports local artistic endeavours, including the Niagara Symphony, Chorus Niagara, Lyndesfarne Theatre, Suitcase in Point and Theatre Beyond Words.Hale said she is “positively thrilled” to get the award.“Laura Sabia was an amazing and inspiring artist-activist woman,” she said. “It is a real honour to receive an award that carries her name.”Hale is president of the Bicentennial Legacy Council, a bi-national organization committed to organizing commemorations around the War of 1812. She also serves as co-chair of the Regional Cultural Committee and a board director for the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.During her time at Brock, new interdisciplinary initiatives have emerged, including Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Interactive Arts and Science program, dedicated to studies and training in interactive media.Each year, art is commissioned as a gift to the Laura Sabia Award winner. Hale will receive a limited edition print entitled Trois Oeuf, created by St. Catharines artist Sandy Middleton. It will be presented at the Women in Music concert at Club Roma on Sunday.Quick link:Niagara Artists Centre read more

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IOVE predicts 5 recession in Greece for 2013

first_imgThe Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research Foundation (IOVE), a private, non-profit, public-benefit research organisation, has re-evaluated its predictions regarding the recession of the Greek economy and estimates that for 2013, the rate will be between 4.8% and 5%, compared to the earlier prediction of 4.6%. IOVE also made some new predictions on the rate of unemployment in its four-month report, suggesting that unemployment will climb to 27.8%, compared to 27.3%. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Hypertension la vitamine D pourrait réduire la pression artérielle

first_imgHypertension : la vitamine D pourrait réduire la pression artérielleUne équipe de scientifiques britannique vient de mettre en évidence un lien entre carence en vitamine D et hypertension. Une supplémentation en cet élément pourrait ainsi permettre de réduire la pression artérielle.L’hypertension touche aujourd’hui pas moins de 14 millions de personnes en France. Une incidence qui continue de grimper et qui inquiète les médecins en raison des risques que présente une pression artérielle trop élevée. Abimant les vaisseaux, elle est reconnue comme favorisant la survenue de maladies cardiovasculaires. D’où l’importance à quoi peut être due cette hausse. Dans cet objectif, des scientifiques de l’Institut de santé infantile de Londres viennent tout juste d’identifier un autre facteur possible. En effet, ils ont mis en évidence un lien probable entre vitamine D et hypertension. Pour ce faire, le docteur Vimal Karani S. et ses collègues ont collaboré avec plusieurs centres européens et d’Amérique du nord pour réaliser au total, 35 analyses incluant 155.000 individus. Ils ont constaté que les sujets qui avaient un apport élevé en 25 hydroxyvitamine D ou 25(OH)D avaient un risque moindre de présenter une pression artérielle élevée.Néanmoins, ce lien restait à préciser. “La corrélation n’est pas une cause”, souligne Karani, aussi fallait-il fournir des preuves concrètes. “L’ensemble était flou, nous avons décidé de l’expliquer une fois pour toutes”. Pour aller plus loin, les chercheurs ont donc utilisé comme marqueurs des variants génétiques associés à l’hypertension afin d’établir un statut individuel de la vitamine D. Une fois l’analyse terminée, il est apparu qu’une augmentation de 10% de l’apport en vitamine D réduisait de 8,1% les risques d’hypertension. “Pour expliquer simplement, en utilisant cette approche, nous pouvons déterminer la cause et l’effet et être relativement sûr que nous sommes arrivés à la bonne conclusion sur le sujet”, explique le Dr Vilma Karani qui a présenté ces résultats mardi lors de la conférence de la  European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG).  Des carences en OccidentSur l’ensemble de la population qui a participé aux études, les Occidentaux sont apparus comme ceux présentant le plus de carence en vitamine D. Selon les chercheurs, les pays de cette région du monde ne prendraient donc pas assez au sérieux le problème. “Notre étude suggère fortement que certains problèmes cardiaques pourraient être évités par une prise en vitamine D ou une supplémentation alimentaire”, ajoute le spécialiste.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais ces résultats, qui restent à approfondir, pourraient également servir dans la détection du diabète de type 2 ou encore le cholestérol. De même, la vitamine D participe aussi à l’absorption du calcium par le corps. Elle est donc d’une importance capitale notamment pour l’enfant chez qui, une carence peut entrainer du rachitisme, des os affaiblis et cassants. Comme le soulignent les spécialistes, l’alimentation générale de notre quotidien fournirait seulement 10% des besoins en vitamine D. En cas de carence, les médecins conseillent donc les compléments alimentaires et surtout la consommation d’aliments riches en cet élément : les poissons gras (saumon, thon, etc.), les œufs ou moins attirant l’huile de foie de morue.  Le 13 juin 2013 à 09:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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De Guzman Napoli director hit me in the face I went

first_imgJonathan De Guzman has revealed club director Cristiano Giuntoli punched him while at Napoli.The former Swansea midfielder was informed by Giuntoli he needed to leave the club, with the likes of Bournemouth and Sunderland interested in his services.However, as De Guzman arrived back at the Napoli’s training ground on after the close of the transfer window, he met a furious Giuntoli.“I was in the locker room and he called me over as a ‘piece of ****’ to go into the players’ lounge. He said I had promised to leave, but I did no such thing.” De Guzman said in an interview with De Volkskrant.“He suddenly hit me in the face. Then I went crazy. We started fighting, chairs were knocked over. My teammate Camilo Zuniga dived in and pulled us apart. He told me to take my things and go home.”“As I was going, I passed by De Nicola. I said: ‘What the hell did you do? I’m not fit because of you!’ The next day, the fitness coach told me I could only jog around the training ground.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I tried to call President Aurelio De Laurentiis, but there was no reply. Edoardo De Laurentiis, the son of the President who I had a decent rapport with the year before, came in and told me: ‘You’re not going anywhere, so you stay here and you’re dead to us.’ I thought I was now completely lost.”“The players didn’t help me. If they tried, the club would criticise them. I wanted to train by myself, but where could I go? Everyone knows the players in Naples.”After six months of no football activity, De Guzman joined bottom of the table side Carpi and they finally allowed him to have proper treatment in Germany.“The pain was gone quickly, but my body was so weak that I just lurched from one injury to the next. I returned to Napoli in 2016. Sarri said I could prove myself. He is a good Coach, he’s proving that now at Chelsea.”“Everything was top at Napoli, from the supporters to the facilities, all except for a few men. Football is a business and business is tough, I understand that, but this treatment was inhumane.”last_img read more

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3 run for CCFR fire district board seat

first_imgRichard BritschgiAge: 57.Occupation: Operations manager at an auto manufacturer.Notable endorsements: International Association of Firefighters local chapter No. 3674.David TownAge: 59.Occupation: International union representative.Notable endorsements: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades local chapter No. 10.W. “Frank” ManzaAge: 46.Occupation: Captain at Vancouver Fire Department.Notable endorsements: Firefighters with Clark County Fire & Rescue.Three candidates are vying for Position 1 on the Clark County Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners. The board, which meets twice a month, runs the fire protection district that serves more than 120 square miles in Ridgefield, La Center, Battle Ground and Woodland. Commissioners earn $114 for every meeting they attend, including additional committees, up to $10,944 annually during their six-year term.• Richard Britschgi holds the seat now; he was appointed in 2010 and elected in 2011. Previously, the La Center resident served as treasurer of the Washington State Firefighters Association Board of Trustees, vice president and president of the Clark County Firefighters Association, and, for 10 years, a volunteer firefighter with the fire district. He has received several community service awards.Although the district has lost more than $5.5 million in revenue since 2009, the board “managed to keep the district afloat,” he said. A contract with Woodland saved taxpayers money, and the district added five firefighters. Last week, the board voted not to pursue an EMS levy that would have increased property taxes.Britschgi wants to consolidate services by integrating Woodland and Battle Ground into the fire district, as La Center and Ridgefield were brought in in recent years.• David Town was a Fire District 12 commissioner from 1986 through 2000; around that time, he was also a volunteer firefighter. Town has more than 20 years of experience as a union representative.last_img read more

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MakeAWish Foundation 5K held at Zoo Miami

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – People from across South Florida laced up to keep some special children’s wishes coming true.The 2016 Walk for Wishes 5K took place at Zoo Miami, Sunday. Hundreds of people gathered to raise money for children facing life-threatening medical conditions.The event was hosted by 7’s own Alex de Armas.The $70,000 raised will go to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And they’re off!!! 🏃🏻 #WalkforWishes @makeawishsfla @zoomiami pic.twitter.com/yZIzgyU43i— Alex de Armas (@alexdearmaswsvn) May 21, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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JuneauWhitehorse flight to connect sister cities

first_imgThe Pilatus PC-12 airplane. (KHNS photo)Alaska Seaplanes recently announced that they will add a new flight between Juneau and Whitehorse. This is a big deal for travelers in Southeast Alaska because it opens up international travel directly from the capital city, which hasn’t existed for some time.Listen nowAlaska Seaplanes General Manager Carl Ramseth says he hopes his company will begin flying to Canada’s Yukon Territory soon.“We are very excited about this flight. We look forward to being able to announce the days of the week and the times of day,” Ramseth said.Ramseth says the company is still waiting for authority from Transport Canada to receive their foreign air operator’s certificate which will allow Alaska Seaplanes to operate scheduled flights into Whitehorse.Ramseth says the company has been working on the Juneau-Whitehorse route since 2015.Zoe Morrison is a Whitehorse resident who used to live in Juneau and travels back and forth for recreation.“People from Juneau love going to Whitehorse. And people from Whitehorse love going to Juneau,” Morrison said.Morrison usually drives to Skagway and takes the ferry, but she says she is really looking forward to the time-saving flight.“I’m very excited about it. It’s a two-hour drive from Whitehorse to Skagway and then it is a seven-hour ferry trip and it takes all day, and it is lovely traveling by ferry, but the flight, I understand it is going to be 45 minutes long,” Morrison said. “It’s going to really improve your ability to travel to one of the communities for the weekend.”Morrison is betting that flying will be around the same price as driving, then taking the ferry.Passengers will travel the 169 air miles aboard a Pilatus PC-12, which seats nine.The Swiss-built, single-engine, turbo-prop plane is fully-pressurized and can travel 300 miles per hour and climb 2,000 feet per minute. It can fly at altitudes close to 30,000 feet.Scott McMurren is an Anchorage Daily News travel columnist. He also publishes the Alaska Travelgram, an email travel newsletter, and the Alaska Tour Saver travel discount book. He says the plane will offer the most luxurious ride in the region.“It is a nice plane,” McMurren said. “It is just one and one, every seat is an aisle and a window. It is not crowded, but it really is a comfy seat and a comfy ride. It has got the little air things and the little overhead lights just like a regular—it’s basically your own private executive plane.”Juneau and Whitehorse are sister cities and McMurren says the flight could open up all kinds of new exchanges—economic, educational and cultural.And the flight also improves air travel times and costs between Anchorage and Whitehorse. Currently, passengers have to fly from Anchorage to Vancouver, BC then on to Whitehorse and vice versa.McMurren adds that the flight could also provide a new gateway for Alaskans to European travel. Condor Airlines has a weekly flight direct between Whitehorse and Frankfurt, Germany.last_img read more

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Kanchana 3 movie review Muni 4 and ratings by audience Live updates

first_imgRaghava Lawrence’s Kanchana 3 review.PR HandoutRaghava Lawrence’s Kanchana 3 has garnered fairly positive reviews from the netizens. The movie is packed with horror, comedy, glamour and action, which has impressed the mass as well as family audience. Kanchana 3 is the fourth instalment in the Muni franchise. Raghava Lawrence has not just acted in the films but has also written and directed the films to ensure that the horror-comedies strike the chord with the viewers.In the latest movie, Oviyaa of Bigg Boss Tamil 1 fame, Vedhika and Nikki Tamboli are playing the female leads. Sathyaraj, Kabir Duhan Singh, Kovai Sarala, Kishore, Manobala, Nedumudi Venu and host of other actors are part of the cast.Kanchana 3, which is seeing the light of the day in Tamil and Telugu on April 19, has aspiring singers composing the music. Vetri and Sushil Choudhary have handled the cinematography, while Ruben has edited the flick.Kanchana 3 Story:The story of the movie is set in a mansion. Lawrence appears as Raghava and Kaali in the film. The former, like in the previous installments, is scared of ghosts, while the latter runs an orphanage. This film too is about the spirit using his body to seek revenge againt the people behind its death. The only change being the hero being lured by three girls. Kanchana 3 Movie Analysis:Kanchana 3 is a tried-and-tested masala-package. Raghava Lawrence appears as energetic as ever and the presence  of three actresses have raised glam quotient in the movie compared to previous films in the Muni franchise. The film has a few spine-shilling moments, mass and comedy sequences. In some places, exaggerated acting, silly comedies and songs affect the overall mood of the cine-goers. Overall, it is a one-time watch flick.Kanchana 3 Hype:The three movies in the Muni franchise have not just become successful in Tamil, but also in Telugu. Interestingly, it is being dubbed in Kannada. There is huge expectation from the movie. Will it live up to the hype? Check out in the viewers’ words below:KollyEmpire : #Kanchana3 | Interval | Felt like seeing the earlier franchise movies again. Nothing new or exciting except for couple of well shot horror sequences. Over the top in most places, highly loud & too much glamour so far. Songs & comedies irritating. But family audience enjoying it.Satheeshkumar: #Kanchana3 Package loaded with Ultimate comedy & Pakka Horror. @offl_Lawrence superb. @Vedhika4u @OviyaaSweetz done nice job. Wonderful promotion @sunpictures.Christopher Kanagaraj: #Kanchana3 – Watchable old age horror masala package. Lawrence s energetic. Dance super. 3 heroines, so no compromise on Glamour side. Thr r few scares, mass & comedy. Exaggerated scenes, overacting, mokka comedies & songs r on neg side. Might entertain d Kanchana franchise fans!Kaushik LM: #Kanchana3 2nd half – @offl_Lawrence gets to be #Kaali – a messiah kinda character which mirrors his real life image as a savior of the poor & needy. Lots of mass action scenes & kids sentiment. Obviously there’s a revenge angle in the story, with the pei completing the revenge! #Kanchana3 1st half: @offl_Lawrence loyally sticks to his trademark Hit #Kanchana formula – horror, comedy in the family, glamour, songs.. this loud routine repeats itself. The film starts on a very ‘massy’ action note. There shd be a back-story coming in the 2nd half.. Paarpom!Prashanth Rangaswamy: #Kanchana3 – Will do the commercial magic as the business expects. Has plenty to offer for Commercial audience. Saw early morning show outside chennai and saw families in theater , franchise value speaks !! . #Kanchana3 interval – Pei scenes , summaa Miratti vittu irukaapdi Lawrence!! Exceptional cinematography by @vetrivisuals annan for the ghost scenes. Peya paarthaa unmayaa kola nadunguthu. BGM – Rattham therikka therikka type.Ramesh Bala: #Kanchana3 1st Half: Mass.. Action.. Horror.. Comedy.. Glamour.. Dance.. Songs.. Kovai Sarala.. What do u expect from the franchise is available in plenty.. The predominantly family and kids audience r loving it.. Dir @offl_Lawrence has mastered the pulse of the audience..Rajasekar: #Kanchana3/#Muni4 first half – @offl_Lawrence retains the flavors which worked for him in the first three super hit horror comedies.The interval episode is quite impressive. #KovaiSarala – @ActorSriman and #Devadarshini combo works once again.seyad mohamed buhari: #Kanchana3 First half mass Second half marna mass @offl_Lawrence pinni pedal eduthutinga Another blockbuster for @sunpictures 4.5/5Ramkumar Varatharajan: More Ramkumar Varatharajan Retweeted Ramkumar Varatharajan First half over…..#kanchana3 vera level….. Waiting for marana 2nd half….S Abishek: The franchise elements with which the masses are well-versed have been exploited enough. Now time for the flashback to take over. Kids and family are enjoying the majority of the portions when I am left in surprise. #Kanchana3NGR : #Kanchana3 Watched from Bangalore Sure shot blockbuster Horror + comedy waaww @sunpicturesSinga Dev : #Kanchana3 interval – Pei scenes , summaa Miratti vittu irukaapdi Lawrence!! Exceptional cinematography by @vetrivisuals annan for the ghost scenes. Peya paarthaa unmayaa kola nadunguthu. BGM – Rattham therikka therikka type. @sunpictures @offl_LawrenceArvind Sundaram: #RaghavaLawrence asks his grandfather, “Figure-nga enga?” (His mama ponnunga) – C,mon! WTF!!! Next scene #Oviya asks – “Naan glamour ha dresss panitu vandhrukken”. #Vedhika says, “naan over glamour ah vandhu irukken” ..DreamBoys Yuvasena: #Kanchana3 From Today Best Horror Series All the best #RaghavaLawrence A Man With Golden HeartReview Ram: #Kanchana3 – Interval – Comedy, glamour, horror ellame iruku. But ellame irritating ah iruku. Everything is over-the-top and exaggerated. The song placements are ridiculous, heroine characters are cheaply written. Both horror and comedy fails to work. ‘Super Boring’ so far. First half full ah padathula literally yarachu yaru IDUPULA eri eri okkandhukaranga. Either bayathula panranga or purposeful ah glamour ku panranga. Here we go #Kanchana3 (Tamil) @ SK Marlen Cinemas, Chennai. FDFS!Trendwood: #Kanchana3 1st Half Gud. Humor Works Well… Pei ScenesNani28: #Kanchana3 best Lawrence work..interval bang kadupu peli poyindi .so farrr..kovaisarala madam rampge..sure shot biggest block buster..#Jersey #Maharshilast_img read more

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7 of Tufans relatives on remand over Bogra rape

first_imgA Bogra court on Monday placed seven relatives of Tufan Sarkar, the prime accused in the Bogra rape incident, on remand of different terms over the incident.They are Tufan Sarkar’s sister-in-law Marjia Akhtar Rumki, also a Bogra municipality councillor, his mother-in-law Rumi Begum, father-in-law Zamilur Rahman Runu, wife Asha Sarkar, and two of his accomplices Jitu and Munna, and barber Jiban Robi Das.Rumki has been put on four-day remand, while the rest on two days’ remand.Tufan, the Bogra town unit convener of Sramik League, the workers’ wing of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), raped a girl on 17 July after is accomplices picked her up from her residence.Later, Rumki, her sister Asha Sarker and mother Rumi allegedly beat the girl and her mother with sticks last Friday as the girl approached the councillor for justice after being raped allegedly by Asha’s husband Tufan.Additional chief judicial magistrate Shyamsundar Roy issued the remand order.Besides, a court in Bogra on Sunday placed Tufan and two of his associates on a three-day remand in two cases filed for raping the girl and torturing her along with her mother in the district town.Earlier, two cases were filed against 10 persons for raping the adolescent girl, who has passed secondary school certificate (SSC) this year.The girl had sought Tufan’s help to get admitted to a college for higher education.  One case was filed under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act for kidnapping and raping the girl and the other for torturing the girl and her mother to force them to conceal the matter.Of the 10 accused, nine have been arrested, said superintendent of police in Bogra M Asaduzzaman while addressing a press conference at his office in the afternoon.He also claimed that police “active” even before the incident was flashed in the media. “Police detained four including the main culprit even before the case was filed.”Earlier on Sunday, detectives arrested Tufan Sarkar’s mother-in-law Rumi Begum, sister-in-law Marjia Akhtar Rumki, wife Asha Sarkar, and his two aides Jitu and Munna from Pabna and Savar while father-in-law Zamilur Rahman was arrested from his Bogra residence.Besides, barber Jibon Robi Das was arrested as a suspect from Satmatha intersection of Bogra town on Monday afternoon.The IO, however, did not seek remand for Atiqur, one of Tufan’s accomplices, as he gave a confessional statement before a court on Friday night under section of 164.last_img read more

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Floods damage crops on 172000 hectares of land DAE

first_imgA city corporation worker sprays insecticide to kill mosquitoes. Photo: UNBThe floods damaged different standing crops on 172,000 lakh hectares of land while country’s chief agriculture official predicted that crop losses due to the current flood would not go over 10 per cent.Different standing crops including Aus, Transplant Aman, Broadcast Aman, Aman Seedbed, summer vegetables, jute, sugarcane, banana and green chilli on 172,043 out of 1,165,000 hectares of land have swamped with flood water at thirty-one districts across the country, the department of agricultural extension (DAE) shows at its latest report.Of the standing crops, the Aus crop on 50,602 out of 4,88,085 hectares, Transplant Aman (T-Aman) on 1,363 hectares out of 41,951 hectares, Broadcast Aman (B-Aman) on 40,861 out of 1,66331 hectares and different summer vegetables on 15,513 hectares out of 117,547 hectares of land have been affected due to the flood, the report details.In addition to this, the golden fiber jute on 45,209 out of 227,139 hectares of land, sugarcane on 565 hectares out of 2,744 hectares, banana on 352 out of 1,112 hectares, green chilli on 800 out of 6,197 hectares of land and other crops on 120 out of 7,124 hectares of land have been affected due to the flood water.The DAE report, however, revealed that the floods have completely damaged different standing crops on 80,568 hectares of land while crops on 91,474 hectares of land have been partially damaged, it said.Ruling out the food deficit due to the floods, director general of the DAE Mir Nurul Alam told BSS Tuesday that the country will suffer economic pressure due to the crop damage particularly jute, but he ruled out any kind of food shortage due to the floods.The final crop loss is yet to be made which to be ascertained after recession of the flood water, said the official. “The primary report however showed that the production loss of the food grains due to the flood is approximately 328,562 tonnes or 10 per cent of the total rice production,” the DAE chief added.Around 653,452 farmers have been affected due to the floods, according to the DAE report.The flood affected districts are Sunamganj, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Noakhali, Feni, Rangamati, Bandarban, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Kurigram, Bogura, Sirajganj, Brahmanbaria, Rajshahi, Natore, Faridpur, Madaripur, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Pabna, Dinajpur, Jamalpur, Mymensingh, Sherpur, Netrokona, Naogaon, Tangail and Manikganj.last_img read more

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Generation Z May Not Want To Own Cars Can Automakers Woo Them

first_img Share John Moore/Getty ImagesCiti Bike users pedal through the streets of Manhattan. Some members of Generation Z, the younger generation following the millennials, are less inclined to own cars and lean more toward bike-sharing and ride-sharing services.Sheryl Connelly has a crazy job. She’s in charge of looking into the future for Ford Motor Co. The automaker is trying to predict how people my age — from Generation Z — will use cars.“I have two Gen Zers at home,” Connelly says. “So my 16-year-old daughter is thrilled, actually. Her car is ready to go. As soon as she has her license, it’s in the driveway. And so she sits in her car and she listens to the radio and she loves her car.”That’s definitely not me.I’m 18 and I don’t want a car. I am from the San Francisco Bay Area. I take buses and trains. I bike, and when I need a car, I use Lyft.Connelly says Gen Z is a game changer.“They don’t really care about ownership,” she says. “They don’t necessarily see that their vehicle is going to be a status symbol. In fact, they’re really savvy customers and can be quite frugal.”But Connelly says that doesn’t scare Ford.“We’re ready for you. If you want to buy a car, we’ve got it for you. If you don’t want to buy a car, we can still help you there,” she says.Ford started its own bike-sharing service recently. It wants to sell to people like me who have no interest in buying a car.The Big Three U.S. automakers — Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors — say they are no longer just automakers. Every major car company is trying to make a move, whether it’s car-sharing, ride-hailing or self-driving.GM has a new car-sharing app called Maven that it’s betting billions on.“We needed to create a new brand because this is really about access and not necessarily ownership,” says Peter Kosak, executive director of urban mobility for Maven.Kosak says GM’s new car-sharing company was created to target millennials and Gen Z. While my friends and I aren’t really interested in car ownership, we are redefining what it means to travel by car.Susan Shaheen, a transportation researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, has been studying ride-sharing since the ’90s before it was a real thing. She says this isn’t all bad news for car companies.“If you are using their mobility services, chances are they’re going to have a lot of data about your preferences,” Shaheen says. “They’re going to know a lot about where you travel and how you travel. They’re going to be in a very good position to market to you.”Even if you haven’t thought about owning a car, you are essentially being placed on the road to ownership. Engaging in these car services is essentially test driving, which is the first step in purchasing a car.“This is a business opportunity for us,” says Maven’s Kosak. “You’re in that perfect case, and maybe later you will want to own a car.”So the car industry is hoping that I may want a car in the future, even if it’s not a priority now. If this sounds familiar, think back on all the doom and gloom about millennials not wanting to own cars.Millennials are starting to buy cars in big numbers, The Associated Press reported last year. They just had a late start — mostly because of the Great Recession.Could the same thing happen for Gen Z?“We think that maybe, as Gen Z ages … if you decide about getting married and having children, you may have one personal vehicle in the household,” says Michelle Krebs, an analyst for Autotrader.She may be right, but that’s not happening for me yet. I’ve always wanted to live in Los Angeles, and I recently got to move down for college. Before I moved, when I told people that I wouldn’t have a car, they’d say, “Oh, good luck.”I didn’t need luck because there’s Lyft and Uber — even taxis and a train that will take me from my dorm to the ocean.And right now, for people who are selling cars, I’m a problem. And so is the rest of my generation. That is what is sending car companies into their own identity crisis.This story is part of a series, We Are Generation Z. It was produced by Youth Radio in collaboration with NPR’s Sonari Glinton.Copyright 2017 Youth Radio. To see more, visit Youth Radio.last_img read more

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MD State Senator Majority Leader to be Obama Guest at State of

first_imgSenator Catherine E. PughDear Friend:I am proud to announce that I will be a guest of the White House seated in the First Lady’s Box for President Barack Obama’s State of Union Address.  I have introduced the Maryland Working Families Act (Senate Bill 40), this legislation gives working families the opportunity to earn sick paid leave.  I also worked diligently in the in the state of Maryland to pass our minimum wage bill.President Barack Obama will be addressing both of these issues in his State of the Union Address.I am also exciting about helping to move out state forward.  I will be communicating with you more as the 2015 session continues.  Help me to help us move to higher heights.  We have a lot of work to do and can do it together.Please join me by watching the State of the Union Address at 9 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Sincerely,Senator Catherine E. PughMajority Leader, Maryland State Senate. District 4011 Bladen Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401Catherine.Pugh@senate.state.md.uslast_img read more

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Were Set to Get a New Tolkien Book in 2017

first_img Despite the fact that J.R.R. Tolkien died over four decades ago, we’ve still been getting new books and works from him. Well, sort of. Previously unpublished poems and stories, along with new editions of old pieces, have been getting the full publishing treatment.The latest will be a love story central to the history of Middle-earth, according to HarperCollins. Beren and Lúthien will be getting its own illustrated book, set to come out next year, 100 years after they first appeared.Beren and Lúthien, who were first seen in Tolkien literature around 1917, are best known to readers of The Silmarillion, which is a collection of works that form much of the mythology surrounding Middle-earth. The two characters are also referenced by Aragorn, who sees obvious parallels between the story and his romance with the elf princess Arwen.Beren was a mortal human who fell in love with an elf named Lúthien. Since her father didn’t approve, he sent the man on an arduous and nearly impossible task. Eventually, Lúthien gives up her immortality so that she can be with him.The tale is important in the grand scheme of Middle-earth, since not only does it form an allegory for characters in the main story, but also was famously inspired by Tolkien’s love for his wife, Edith. The pair is referenced on the author’s grave, in which he is referred to as Beren and Edith as Lúthien.Christopher Tolkien, who has edited many of his father’s works, will be crafting the book based on the history of the tale, which has changed beyond its introduction in The Silmarillion. The publisher stated that Tolkien will be first telling the story in its most famous form and will supplement it with text from other places in the History of Middle-earth series to show the full story.So the new book is a retelling of the story, but also a work tracing the history of the story itself.The book, illustrated by Alan Lee, is set to be released on May 4, 2017. Tolkien, Lovecraft, Rowling Inspire Names of Seven New Spider SpeciesShadow of War’s Improved Nemesis System Lets You Command an Orc Army Stay on targetlast_img read more

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A fish in a bowl is playing Pokèmon on Twitch

first_imgOne of the most creative, hilarious, safe-for-work experiments to come from the internet is when the popular game-broadcasting site Twitch set up a game of Pokèmon for the internet to play. Rather than, for instance, allowing a single player to take his or her turn controlling the game, the event employed a voting system where everyone in the stream’s chat room could vote on every individual button press until one was chosen. It took a very long time, but miraculously, the game was beaten. Now, the experiment has been recreated with a fish. However, whereas Twitch Plays Pokèmon was a huge, funny success, Fish Plays Pokèmon is looking like a huge, funny failure.Fish Plays Pokèmon is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of a chat room voting on each button press, a little fish slowly swims around a bowl into zones that correspond to the game’s buttons. When the fish swims into one of the button’s zones, the input is sent to the game and a fish has successfully “played” Pokèmon on the internet.The fish, named Grayson Hopper, isn’t exactly the most active video game player on the Twitch network. Based on how he slowly meanders about the tank and often hangs out toward the top, at a glance you might actually think he’s dead.He’s playing Pokèmon Red for 125 hours and has somehow managed to win one Pokèmon.You can watch the potential new phenomenon here, though at the time of writing, the channel has been flagged for “objectionable material.” Perhaps one of the 50,000 or so people watching the experiment feels that the fish is ruining the integrity of serious game-broadcasting. Or maybe that one person isn’t cracking up like we are when 50,000 people call the fish a noob in Twitch chat.last_img read more

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Ocean Riviera Paradise opens Dec 15 with 974 suites junior suites

first_img Share Posted by RIVIERA MAYA — Ocean by H10 Hotels is getting ready to welcome its third property in Mexico, Ocean Riviera Paradise, set to open its doors officially Dec. 15 with 974 suites and junior suites as well as five pools (including one children’s pool) 9 restaurants, a great variety of activities, 13 bars, Mike’s Coffee and an Ice Cream Shop in an All Inclusive Experience.In preparation for its debut the Quintana Roo property recently hosted a traditional Mayan ceremony. In a tranquil setting next to the seashore of the Mexican Caribbean, Mayan Priest Luis Nah welcomed a select group of guests and shared his wisdom.The conservation of local flora was the key to respecting the environment, and Ocean by H10 Hotels relocating local greenery to create the beautiful gardens that frame the new five-star resort. A permanent plant nursery will be a fixture at all three Ocean by H10 Hotels properties.“Before opening the doors to the public, the objective is to preserve the ancestral traditions of the Mayan Culture as well as to promote the importance of respect towards the locality where Ocean Riviera Paradise will soon start to operate, as well as where more than 10,000 endemic plants were rescued over a period of six years,” said Ocean Hotels by H10 Director of Operations, Alejandro González Pou.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaOcean by H10 Hotels was founded in 2007 as a joint venture between Spain-based H10 Hotels and Transat. The company currently operates resorts in Mexico, the D.R. and Cuba. Tags: Mexico, Ocean by H10 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Ocean Riviera Paradise opens Dec. 15 with 974 suites, junior suites Travelweek Group Thursday, September 8, 2016 last_img read more

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Russian airline Aeroflot will begin operating regu

first_imgRussian airline Aeroflot will begin operating regular flights to Dresden from Moscow next month.The city will become the seventh in Germany served by the airline once flights are launched on July 3rd.Flights will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays, taking off from Moscow at 16:30 (local time) and arriving in Dresden at 17:10 (local time).Return flights will depart from Germany at 18:10 before touching down in the Russian capital at 22:45.The new route is expected to prove popular thanks to Dresden’s status as one of Germany’s main industrial, transport and cultural hubs, known throughout Europe for its impressive architecture.Aeroflot launched its first flights to Dresden in 1972, although the service was suspended in 1993.The carrier also operates flights to Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Munich, Hamburg and Hannover.Aeroflot airline recently launched flights to Ovda Airport in Israel, which is located 60km from the holiday destination of Eilat.Russia’s largest airline now flies to 98 destinations in 48 countries.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedExtra flights to St Petersburg to be laid on by AeroflotAeroflot is planning to increase its number of flights to St Petersburg from Moscow from seven to nine a dayIncreased flights to Moscow as part of Czech Airlines’ winter scheduleCzech Airlines has launched new flights to destinations in eastern EuropeRussian national carrier begins joint operations with Czech AirlinesRussian national carrier begins joint operations with Czech Airlineslast_img read more

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EL AL Israels national airline has been selecte

first_imgEL AL, Israel’s national airline, has been selected as the carrier to fly His Holiness Pope Benedictus XVI and his entourage from Israel to Rome on May 15. This special EL AL flight will follow the culmination of a historic Papal visit to Israel this spring.A dedicated EL AL flight will operate for the Pope and his entourage, which is comprised of 30 clergymen and 70 journalists who are accompanying him on this significant journey. EL AL is allocating a special Boeing 777 aircraft emblazoned with the Vatican insignia.“We are honored to have been selected the airline that is carrying the Pope and his entourage and have assigned a special in-flight crew that represents several faiths,” said Haim Romano, President, EL AL Israel Airlines.www.elal.co.il/last_img read more

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