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a month agoSNAPPED! Areola upsets Real Madrid with PSG selfie

first_imgSNAPPED! Areola upsets Real Madrid with PSG selfieby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Alphonse Areola upset fans with his actions after defeat at PSG.Real’s players are under huge pressure after this week’s 3-0 humbling at Champions League opponents PSG.On-loan from the Parisiens, Areola took snaps with some PSG players after the final whistle – actions which have upset some fans.Indeed, some members of Real management were also left unimpressed by the goalkeeper’s behaviour.Alphonse Areola joined Real Madrid C.F. on loan from PSG earlier this month.He looked a bit confused after last night’s result#PSGRMApic.twitter.com/ae0uomNQXC— TREQUARTISTA (@TheSporTalk) September 19, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Artistes under Tour Support Programme Are Monitored

first_img Jamaican artistes, who receive funds under the Government’s Tour Support Programme are monitored and evaluated to ensure that brand Jamaica is promoted during their tours. Senior Director for Entertainment in the Ministry, Gillian Wilkinson McDaniel, said the Ministry is provided with trip reports and other marketing documents. Jamaican artistes, who receive funds under the Government’s Tour Support Programme are monitored and evaluated to ensure that brand Jamaica is promoted during their tours.The programme, which falls under the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, aims to strengthen the country’s Brand through media marketing and partnership.Senior Director for Entertainment in the Ministry, Gillian Wilkinson McDaniel, said the Ministry is provided with trip reports and other marketing documents.“All our projects and programmes have a monitoring and evaluation process. We have to monitor and we have to evaluate whether or not it makes sense. We get the trip report. We get all of the marketing documents and so we can evaluate; that is precisely what we do,” she said.She was addressing a press briefing on Tuesday (February 13) at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices to discuss the support programme.Earlier this week, the Ministry announced that reggae artiste Etana had received a grant of US$5000 to support her 32-city tour of the United States (US).Mrs. Wilkinson McDaniel said the Ministry will be assessing the impact of the support, including the number of visitors that come to Jamaica.“How many tourists does it bring to Jamaica, those are things we have to work out in terms of the quantification with the Ministry of Tourism,” she noted.She said that artistes may have to undergo some kind of protocol training in relation to what happens while they are on tour.“How do they act as artistes while they are on tour, how do they represent brand Jamaica, because this is something, of course, that we have to guard jealously in relation to what it is that we say about Jamaica when we are on tour,” she explained.Support for artistes was provided under the Artiste Ambassador Programme initiated by the Tourism Ministry in 2013 to utilize the brand of touring artistes to sure up and to provide additional marketing for destination Jamaica.Mrs. Wilkinson McDaniel said it was recognition that over the decades, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes “have been the vanguard and the ones who have held the Jamaican flag high internationally.”“We know it has been reggae music that has been the essence of the Jamaican brand and so knowing that and knowing the history of Jamaican music and its pull for destination Jamaica, the (programme) was started,” she said.Between 2013 and 2015, Protoje and Kabaka Pyramid received funds under the programme. In 2016, Freddie McGregor received support for his September 2016 tour; and in 2017, Raging Fyah received support for his ‘Everlasting Tour’ in North America.Mrs. Wilkinson McDaniel said that applications for tour support should be sent to the Entertainment Division where they will be vetted and sent to the Entertainment Advisory Board for consideration. Story Highlights “All our projects and programmes have a monitoring and evaluation process. We have to monitor and we have to evaluate whether or not it makes sense. We get the trip report. We get all of the marketing documents and so we can evaluate; that is precisely what we do,” she said.last_img read more

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Miranda Lamberts MuttNation Foundation Helps Mutts Across America

first_imgMiranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation is thrilled to announce their Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters initiative.A total of $253,660 was donated to shelters in each of the 50 states, with the minimum donation to an individual shelter being $3000.Miranda Lambert said, “We are thrilled to be able to reach out to every state and recognize shelters and organizations working at a grassroots level to help animals. It’s those people on the ground, day in and day out, who really make a huge difference.”The MuttNation Foundation board along with partners at the RACE (Ran’s Animal Care Express) team worked diligently to find the most deserving shelters in each of the 50 states. Operating under the premise that fans, friends, colleagues and benefactors across the US have sown into MuttNation Foundation in the past year, they launched a plan to select a shelter in each of the 50 states to lend a financial hand. The criteria used in their decision to grant funds were:• High adoption per intake rate: At least 90% successful adoption rate. Low euthanasia rate (10%)• High volunteerism: People rarely jump on/stay on a sinking ship.• Are they fiscally responsible? (Low administrative/staff costs)• High activity/fundraising. Are they working hard to earn income?• Do they have a specialty – MNF selected a zoo, a horse sanctuary, disabled pet farm, and an elderly/senior pet sanctuary, a last chance rescue for animals from other shelters and a blind farm to name a few.• Do they work outside of the shelter to adopt out or minister to elderly, schools, etc.? Do they have a presence in the community?• Is the website up to date with activity? Do they send newsletters? Are they current? Do they appear to still have the “fire”?•Are they heavily advocating/helping in spay and neuter campaigns, clinics and activities?• Are the hours of operation conducive with adequate adoption times? EX: are they open on weekends, nights, and/or weekdays? How many hours?As explained by MNF co-founder Bev Lambert, “We believe these criteria enabled us to find those shelters standing as examples in the fight to end animal homelessness, abuse and neglect as well as those that encourage adoption, spay and neuter programs and avoid needless euthanasia. We are confident and proud to award funding to the shelters we selected so they may continue the efforts that they have exhibited in the fight.”A complete list of the shelters that received donations is available at www.muttnationfoundation.com.Miranda’s love of animals led to the formation of MuttNation. The foundation has successfully raised money across the country in order to aid organizations, government institutions or entities that build animal shelters for better care, increased pet adoption and encouragement of responsible pet guardianship, rehabilitation of sick or unsocialized animals, spay/neuter programs, reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals, and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs, assistance for wounded military personnel, and dogs-in-prisons programs. The mission of the organization is to end animal suffering and homelessness on every front.Donations can always be made at www.muttnationfoundation.com.last_img read more

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THE INBETWEEN with Harriet Dwyer Paul Blackthorne Starts Filming This Fall in

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Ghost Whisperer-like crime drama The InBetween with Harriet Dyer and Arrow’s Paul Blackthorne will film in Vancouver (and Los Angeles) this Fall and Winter.Filming dates: October 22nd to February 18th.Cast: Harriet Dyer, Paul Blackthorne, Anne-Marie Johnson, Cindy Luna, and Chad James Buchanan. What’s it about?Psychic Carrie Bishop partners with two LAPD police detectives — veteran Det. Tom Hackett (Paul Blackthorne) and damaged ex-FBI outsider Damien Asante — to solve homicides with the help of the ghosts who drop by to talk over their cases with her — whether she likes it or not.last_img read more

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Norman Rockwells 3 sons seek to halt sale of his artworks

first_imgBOSTON – Norman Rockwell’s three sons were among several people who went to court on Friday seeking to halt a museum’s plans to sell 40 works of art, including two by him.A complaint seeking a temporary restraining order filed in Berkshire Superior Court alleges the board of trustees at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield contracted with Sotheby’s for a public auction of the works before it announced its plans publicly, acted in breach of its fiduciary duties and trust and acted without legal authority to sell the art.The planned sale is against Massachusetts laws establishing the museum, which requires the museum to maintain any gifts it receives “for the people of Berkshire County and the general public,” the complaint says.“Once sold, it is highly unlikely that any of the pieces will remain in Berkshire County or in a public institution where they can be seen and enjoyed,” the complaint says.Besides Thomas, Jarvis and Peter Rockwell, the plaintiffs include two local artists and several members of the museum. They are represented by the Boston law firm Foley Hoag LLP.The museum has consistently stood by its decision to sell the art.“We believe we have strong legal grounds for our deaccessioning and we are confident in our new vision plan which will allow this important local museum to continue to contribute to the educational and cultural life of this region for another century,” trustees president Elizabeth McGraw said in a statement on Friday.The museum came under intense national and local criticism after it announced in July that is was auctioning the art.The American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors said in a joint statement that the sale violated a sacred museum rule that collections are not to be sold to pay bills.The works for sale include Rockwell’s “Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop” and “Shuffleton’s Barbershop,” both of which the illustrator gave as gifts to the museum when he lived in nearby Stockbridge. Works by Alexander Calder, Albert Bierstadt and George Henry Durrie also are on the auction block.Museum trustees and officials say the museum is in dire financial straits and may close for good if it doesn’t sell the works. They say it is hoped that the sale will raise as much as $60 million, which will be used to boost the endowment by $40 million, with the other $20 million being used to renovate the museum as it changes its mission to focus more on natural history and science.The complaint says the museum’s financial troubles are greatly exaggerated.last_img read more

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Ontario Cannabis Store announces supply agreements with 26 licensed producers

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Cannabis Store says it has partnered with 26 licensed producers for its online retail platform.The store, which will be Ontario’s only online retailer when recreational marijuana is legalized in the fall, said Monday that the supply agreements with Health Canada-authorized producers were competitive.The online retailer says it will sell a variety of products, including dried flower, cannabis oil and cannabis seeds, to customers 19 and older when pot becomes legal on Oct. 17.Supply agreements with cannabis accessory suppliers are also in the works, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) says, adding that it plans to expand the selection of its available products over time.The OCS says to ensure products are delivered to homes safely, it will have a verification system in place.It says it will also establish a wholesale distribution network to supply pot in private stores.The Progressive Conservatives’ new plan to have cannabis sold through a private retail model is a contrast to the Liberals plan for a provincial government monopoly on cannabis sales.The province was to operate 150 brick-and-mortar stores by 2020, but the new plan means sales at physical stores won’t start until April 2019.last_img read more

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Economic cost of Canadian oil price discounts counted in billions of dollars

first_imgCALGARY – Imagine producing a bumper crop of a product in high demand around the globe, only to learn you must settle for a discounted price because there’s no easy way to get your product to market.Canadian grain farmers experienced that situation in 2013 and again last winter when their harvest outstripped the transport capacity of Canada’s rail companies. Western Canada’s oil companies are now in the same boat thanks to production gains that have not been matched by export pipeline capacity gains.Like those farmers, oil producers have filled storage to bursting while they wait for a solution to appear. The price discounts or “differentials” that had mainly affected heavy oil have spread to light oil and upgraded synthetic oilsands crude as pipeline space tightens.Estimates on the cost to the economy vary wildly, but the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers officially estimates the impact as at least C$13 billion in the first 10 months of 2018.It estimates the cost at about C$50 million per day in October as discounts for Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate peaked at more than US$52 per barrel.“The differential has blown out to such an extreme level for two reasons, the lack of access to markets and the fact we really have only one customer (the United States),” said Tim McMillan, CEO of CAPP.Getting an exact number on how much discounts are costing Canada is all but impossible thanks to ingrained sector secrecy about transportation and marketing, he said, adding it’s entirely possible the real costs could be as high as $100 billion per year.Producers’ exposure to WCS prices differ depending on what kind of oil they produce, where they sell it and how they transport it.Calgary-based Imperial Oil Ltd., for instance, says about one-quarter of its output of 300,000 barrels of bitumen per day is influenced by WCS pricing — the rest is used in its Canadian refineries or shipped by pipe or rail to the U.S. Gulf Coast where it gets close to WTI prices.The company announced last week it will build a 75,000-bpd oilsands project, going on faith that pipelines will be in place for when production begins in about four years (a prospect that took a hit Thursday when a U.S. judge put TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline on hold until more environmental study is done).Meanwhile, it is ramping up rail shipments from its co-owned Edmonton terminal as fast as it can.Other oilsands producers including Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Cenovus Energy Inc. are cutting production to avoid selling at current prices.The industry’s problems receive little sympathy from environmentalists like Keith Stewart of Greenpeace.“The root of the problem is that companies kept expanding production even when they knew there was no new transport,” he said.But McMillan pointed out it takes years to plan, win regulatory approval and build projects.For example, producers would have had no way of knowing ahead of time that the 525,000-barrel-per-day Northern Gateway pipeline project approved in 2014 by a Conservative government would then be rejected by a Liberal government in 2016, he said.“If Northern Gateway had come on as planned, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” said McMillan.In a report last February, Scotiabank analysts estimated the differential would shave C$15.6 billion in revenue annually, with a quick ramp up in crude-by-rail expected to shrink the hit to C$10.8 billion by the fall.At that time, discounts had widened to about US$30 per barrel from an average of around US$13 in the previous two years.Crude-by-rail shipments increased to a record 230,000 bpd in August but haven’t reduced the differential.According to Calgary-based Net Energy, the WCS-WTI differential averaged US$45.48 per barrel in October and has averaged US$43.75 so far in November.In an analysis last March, Kent Fellows, research associate at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, estimated the differential would translate into a $13-billion economic loss if it persisted for a year — $7.2 billion to the Alberta government, $5.3 billion to industry and $800 million to the federal government.The differential has gotten much worse, he said in an interview this week, which means the lost opportunity is proportionately worse.Higher differentials hit provincial governments in the form of lower-than-expected royalties — their cut of every barrel produced from land where mineral rights are Crown owned — while the federal government will see lower corporate income taxes, Fellows said.“If this keeps up and we start to see either a lack of growth or more shutting in some of this production … you’re losing jobs and even personal income tax as well,” he said.The Alberta government estimates that every annual average $1 increase in the WCS-WTI differential above US$22.40 per barrel costs its treasury C$210 million.In Saskatchewan, Western Canada’s other major oil-producing province, each $1 change in the differential is equivalent to about $15 million in revenue, based on an assumed WTI price of US$58 per barrel, the government says.Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said in an interview that if current discounts continued for a year, the Saskatchewan industry’s lost revenue would be about C$7.4 billion.Part of the reason WCS discounts were wider in October is that WTI, which opened the year at US$60.37 per barrel, jumped to more than US$76. Producers exposed to WCS didn’t get the benefit of the higher U.S. oil prices.McMillan said the differentials are being noticed by potential energy investors — CAPP expects capital investment of $42 billion in the Canadian oilpatch in 2018, down from $81 billion in 2014.“We’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars that’s going to subsidize drivers in the United States.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:IMO, TSX:CVE, TSX:CNQ)last_img read more

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Happy Helmet Bike Rodeo

first_imgThis fun, family-friendly interactive event will include;Bike helmet fitting stationBike decorating stationDoor prizesA mini-trade show of community organizations promoting safety, family fitness and healthy living. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – June 1st, 2019 proclaimed as Happy Helmet Day in the City of Fort St. John, the Northern Brain Injury Association, the City of Fort St. John and UNBC Project Management Students are hosting the Happy Helmet Bike Rodeo.The Happy Helmet Bike Rodeo hosted in conjunction with the National Health & Fitness Day. The aim is to raise awareness about brain injury and the need to protect the brain with helmets, as 95% of brain injuries are preventable using a helmet.Taking place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre Oval on June 1st, 2019, from 9 am – 12 pm.last_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP investigate theft from local auction yard

first_imgItem 1:2012 Polaris Razor 900Black in colour with yellow/green markingsItem 2:Sony 450w Mini HI-FI Component System #LBT-DJ2iThe Fort St. John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information in this matter to contact them at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a theft that occurred on September 7 from the Short Busche Auction yard.According to RCMP, the theft occurred sometime between September 6, at 8:00 p.m. and September 7, at 9:00 a.m.The items are described as:last_img read more

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Securing halophytes

first_imgHalophytes are salt-tolerant plants that grow in waters with high salinity, such as in mangrove swamps, marshes, seashores and saline semi-deserts. Only two per cent of the plant species found on the Earth are halophytes. As they are able to tolerate high salinity through different adaptation methods like tolerance, resistance and avoidance, they have less competition in saline environments. Halophytes are classified into aqua-halines, terrestro-halines and aero-halines. Also Read – A special kind of bondAqua-halines include Emerged Halophytes, among which most of the stem remains above the water level and Hydro-halophytes, among which almost the whole plant remains under water. Terrestro-halines include Hygro-halophytes, which grow on swamp lands, Meso-halophytes, which grow on non-swamp and non-dry lands and Xero-halophytes, which grow on dry or mostly dry lands. Aero-halines include Oligo-halophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl (Sodium Chloride) from 0.01 to 0.1 per cent; Meso-halophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl from 0.1 to 1 per cent and Euhalophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl greater than one per cent. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn the state of Tamil Nadu, where I come from, halophytes are found growing in waters with high salinity along the seashore in Pichavaram in North Tamil Nadu as well as the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary and Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve along the Palk Strait in the southern part of the state. These are the associates of the true mangrove plants. Some of the mangrove associates that grow abundantly in the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary and Muthupet areas include Suaeda monoica, Suaeda maritima, Suaeda nudiflora, Arthrocnemum macrostachyum, Tecticornia indica, Salicornia brachiate and Sesuvium portulacastrum. Out of these halophytes, plants belonging to the Suaeda genus have been growing in large numbers. They are herbaceous plants growing to a height of 1 to 2 metres. Suaeda maritima has red streaks on the main stem, which is missing in Suaeda monica. The Suaeda and Salicornia varieties do not compete with each other. Unlike other plants, those of the Sesuvium genus grow by spreading on the floor. Their stems and leaves are red in colour. Halophytes are generally colonisers and grow in areas which are subjected to periodic inundation. Suaeda monica is the only halophyte which is observed growing more gregariously in degraded areas when compared with other halophytes. As halophytes are salt extractors, they perform the key function of reducing soil salinity and making the area more suitable for growing mangrove species. Over a period of time, in the course of ecological succession, halophytes are gradually replaced by mangrove species, which grow vigorously and get established. If not for the presence of halophytes, the regeneration of mangroves would be very difficult in seashore areas which face frequent seawater ingress. Seawater generally contains 40 grams of dissolved NaCl per litre. Beans and rice can grow in water containing about 1-3 grams of NaCl/ litre. Barley and Date Palm can grow in water with 5 grams of NaCl/ litre. Though these plants have more salt content, parts of them are used for human consumption and as cattle feed. Halophytes that grow in desert regions, estuaries where rivers join the sea and along the seashore, are used for human consumption, cattle feed and for biofuel production. In Point Calimere, the succulent leaves of Suaeda monoica are relished by black bucks while in Somalia and Kenya, it is browsed by camels and goats. It is said that during famine, the leaves of Suaeda monoica were boiled and eaten by the people of this region. Edible oil is extracted from the Salicornia species. The salt absorbed through its roots is evaporated through the minute pores of the leaves of the halophytes. Generally, halophytes will have very small leaves. When there is scarcity of water, they shed them. These plants are bestowed with long roots that help in the search for fresh water. When the leaves are absent, photosynthesis will take place through the stems. Some of the halophytes grow on top of hills situated near seashores and on sand dunes. They are capable of thriving even in semi-desert regions with scanty saline water. The succulent leaves help the halophytes for storing water in these kinds of adverse conditions. A treasure trove from Nature Halophytic flora plays a major role in protecting coastal habitats and maintaining ecological stability. They often creep and act as sand dune binders. They prevent erosion to a great extent and seawater incursion into freshwater habitats. Halophytes provide food and shelter for a large number of aquatic and terrestrial animal species. Researchers have identified some halophytes which have the potential of yielding sustainable supply of renewable resources like food, fodder, fibre, fuel, green manure and raw materials for pharmaceutical, industrial and household products. Studies have shown that many halophytes can be used as sources of nutritious grain and oil, while some bear edible or economically-useful roots, bark, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds. Certain halophytes are able to accumulate and transform toxic levels of heavy metals (lead, cadmium and selenium) into organic compounds. Salicornia cultivation is considered to be economically profitable since it is harvested as selenium-rich animal feed because of its ability to convert high concentrations of inorganic selenate into organic selenium. Salicornia plantation has been initiated in Mexico as it plays a key role in carbon sequestration. The commercial viability of halophytes is determined by screening relevant properties such as salt tolerance, nutritional value, palatability, and digestibility. Halophytes are assessed to have potential as biomass crops to directly sequester up to 0.7 Gt C. Thus, halophytes, like trees, can play a significant role in mitigating climate change. In reality, many of the frontline field staff of forest departments in India are not able to identify these valuable halophytes. The ecological values of the halophytes are not known to many. So far, no tangible action has been initiated to propagate and protect halophytes by any government agency. Since halophytes play an important role in helping the establishment of mangroves which in turn protect the interior from tsunamis, cyclones, and storms, it is very essential to propagate and protect them. It is high time that the Central and state governments make some serious efforts to identify, propagate and protect the most useful halophytes. (The author is President, the Society for Conservation of Nature, Trichy, Tamil Nadu and consultant with the Society for Social Forest Research & Development, Tamil Nadu. Views expressed are personal)last_img read more

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MP Congs chowkidar chor hai campaign banned by poll body

first_imgBhopal: The Election Commission (EC) Thursday banned the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee’s audio and video poll campaign which uses the phrase ‘chowkidar chor hai’ following objections from the BJP.The Congress said it would request the EC to review its decision, as the campaign did not name any person. As per an EC spokesperson, state’s Joint Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Kaul’s order said that the campaign, titled ‘chowkidar chor hai’, was being banned as the EC’s media certification and scrutiny committee decided to revoke the permission granted to it on April 5. The BJP had complained to the poll authorities that the campaign used objectionable language against ‘chowkidar’, which referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been using the phrase ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (the watchman is thief) to target Modi over the Rafale fighter aircraft deal. Modi, earlier, had termed himself as nation’s ‘chowkidar’ or watchman.last_img read more

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Arjun in no hurry to marry Malaika

first_imgMumbai: With speculations doing the rounds on Internet that Arjun Kapoor will exchange vows with Malaika Arora this year, the actor has cleared the air saying he is in no hurry to get married. In an interview, Arjun spoke about how special Malaika is for him and why he does not want to get married soon. “I am 33 and you have to take my word when I say, I am in no hurry to get married. The subject of my wedding is not something that I would like to talk about. Frankly, if I was tying the knot, people would know about it. Today, nothing stays or needs to be hidden beyond a point,” he said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaOn rumours, Arjun said he does not like to respond to the scuttlebutt everytime. “Speculation is harmless. But I admit, I don’t like to respond to it all the time. Also, it gets tiring for the people involved to constantly react. There has been so much gossip on this subject that even the people who earlier tended to believe it are no longer doing so. I don’t have anything against anyone,” he said. Asked if Malaika, 45, was special to him, Arjun said: “Yes, she is. I have nothing to hide. What the world is seeing, they are seeing. However, I have no desire to justify my personal life beyond a point. It’s important to have good people around and I feel fortunate that I have such individuals in my life.” It was earlier reported that the couple would tie the knot by the end of April this year. Their Maldives visit even generated rumour that they had gone there for their pre-wedding bash. Malaika was earlier married to actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan, separated in 2017.last_img read more

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Scarlet meets Scarlet Ohio State takes on Rutgers for 1st time

OSU senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett (63), tackles Maryland redshirt-senior quarterback C.J. Brown (16) during an Oct. 4 game at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhile the colors won’t exactly clash in Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights are set for battle in their first-ever meeting on the gridiron.The Scarlet Knights (5-1, 1-1) enter Columbus coming off a bye week of their own after defeating Michigan on Oct. 4 in just their second-ever Big Ten game.Now, Rutgers enters Columbus to play its first-ever Big Ten road game, and it comes during homecoming week at OSU.The Scarlet Knights are led offensively by senior quarterback Gary Nova, who is coming off a game in which he threw for 404 yards and three scores in a win over the Wolverines, a performance OSU coach Urban Meyer said he noticed.“The quarterback (Nova) had a hell of a day against our rival,” Meyer said. “We got our hands full. We feel that (they) have very quality receivers. We are going to be very aggressive and we got to get this quarterback down ‘cause he is playing the best he has ever played right now.”OSU redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple said the Buckeye defense has been preparing to limit the big play. The Buckeye defense allowed three scoring plays of 60 yards or more the last time they played at home, against Cincinnati.“They’ve got great receivers who can take the top off of defenses so one thing is just making sure to eliminate the deep balls and make sure we keep Gary Nova in the pocket and make sure he doesn’t scramble and beat us like that,” Apple said.While Nova may be playing the best he has ever played, he has struggled with turnovers in the past.Nova entered the 2014 season with 39 career interceptions and has added seven more this season, five of which came in Rutgers’ first Big Ten game against Penn State on Sept. 13.Apple said the Buckeyes are going to try and exploit Nova’s tendency to turn the ball over.“That is something that we definitely watch, and feel like we can take advantage of,” Apple said. “Sometimes he does get a little bit rattled and he feels like he just has to throw it up there. That is something we are going to try and capitalize on.”Senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said it is his unit’s job to fluster the quarterback, something the defense focuses on each week.“We have a count each game about how many hits this guy is going to take to break, and so we will have a count on Gary and we will find out how many he has,” Bennett said. “He gets flustered, he kind of gets a little nervous so I’m sure against us he will bring everything he’s got, but we are going to try and hit him and we are going to try and hit him a lot.”During his five-interception game against Penn State, Nova was sacked three times, losing 19 yards. He scored the Scarlet Knights’ only touchdown in the game, a 14-yard run in the second quarter.In order to fluster Nova, Bennett said the Buckeyes will have to force him to drop back more than usual, which means shutting down the ground game.“If we are able to stop that run early, then we will have chances to go get the quarterback and it should be a fun night,” he said.While getting pressure on the quarterback will be the key for the Buckeye defense, protecting their own signal caller will likely be a concern as Rutgers is tied for third in the country in sacks.Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said Rutgers is successful rushing the quarterback because of how the Scarlet Knights design their pressure.“Front four are very active. They don’t blitz a ton on first and second down. I think somewhere in the range of 15 and 20 percent,” Herman said. “On third down, they try to really create confusion and havoc and they’ve got a whole third down specialist-type deal where they’re going to run a bunch of different guys in on the field and line up in some crazy alignments and try to confuse you and pressure the quarterback on third down.”OSU, which allowed seven sacks in a loss to Virginia Tech against a bear cover zero defense, has allowed just five sacks since.Despite its recent success, junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said Monday that he expects to see the kind of defense that gave OSU troubles against the Hokies.“We are expecting them to blitz a lot. We are probably expecting them to throw that bear cover zero at us too, because everybody has been trying it,” Decker said.Apple, who is a native of New Jersey, said he believes Rutgers has more talented athletes than Buckeye fans might think, which is critical to being successful when running the bear defense.“Rutgers, they always have great talent,” Apple said. “They have a great roster, and we just got to make sure we are focused so we don’t take a game off.”The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights are scheduled to meet Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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Road Health Safety for Back to School

first_img Related Items:back to school for TCI Students, road and health safety for back to school Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 5, 2016 – Children looked really smart today… it is great to see them back in this element… and the traffic, well it is what it is.  We all need to ensure that we adhere to the speed limits in our school zones and follow other road safety and personal safety rules… washing hands, fending off mosquitoes and being alert as we use our streets.  last_img read more

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CARPHA says more Zika cases than media is reporting explains why

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 1, 2016 – Late yesterday, the Caribbean Public Health Agency or CARPHA issued a statement to refute charges that their lab is denying the public accurate figures on confirmed cases of the Zika Virus within the countries of the Caribbean.CARPHA says they are unraveling the mystery behind the numbers and Dr James Hospedales, Director of the Agency explained, “The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) reports that positive Zika cases confirmed by laboratory testing represents only the “tip of the iceberg.”  This means that the number of confirmed Zika cases published in the media are only a small number of infected persons, who were tested and confirmed as positive for having the disease.”The Turks and Caicos had 11 cases confirmed at last report; there are far more  people walking around with the mosquito borne virus which is also sexually transmitted and which has invisible symptoms for some, causes brain damage in unborn babies and causes the nerve disease, Guillaine Barre Syndrome.CARPHA provided the diagram, which is a pyramid illustrating that its tip reflects cases reported and its base reflects what cases actually exist. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:CARPHA explains zika case table, more zika cases than media is reportinglast_img read more

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Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of April 22, 2018:149 Burlington Avenue — Sale Price: $595,000 — Buyer: Daniel Ober & Nancy Ober — Seller: Robert H. Coughlin & Susan E. Coughlin — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 23,087sf138 Chestnut Street — Sale Price: $360,000 — Buyer: Craig F. Crockett & Janet M. Sherman — Seller: Patricia Tammaro — Sale Date: 4/23/18 — Use: Residential Building — Lot Size: 60,548sf1 Olson Street, Unit 6 — Sale Price: $495,000 — Buyer: Sarah C. Fallon — Seller: Linda Perez-Ortiz & Antero G. Ortiz — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: Condo1 Oxford Road — Sale Price: $570,000 — Buyer: Ji Y. Kim & Daniel K. Jib — Seller: Paul Douglas Co. — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 5,883sf69 Park Street — Sale Price: $484,000 — Buyer: Ylli Deshnica & Doroida Qendro — Seller: Michael Kirby — Sale Date: 4/27/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 25,700sf7 Pinewood Road — Sale Price: $725,000 — Buyer: James P. Prendergast & Christine J. Prendergast — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 11,326sf Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

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Best vlogging cameras and accessories for YouTube

first_img See at Amazon See at Amazon Lori Grunin/CNET The 80D pops up in a lot of top lists for good reason: The company’s Dual Pixel CMOS sensor gives it a fast on-sensor autofocus system; the Live View performance — which lets you see the footage you’re shooting on its display without looking through the viewfinder — is smooth; it has headphone and mic jacks; and it supports 1080p and 60fps. The one downside is that it doesn’t have a clean HDMI output, so if you’re going to livestream, you’ll need to shut off all the display info and switch to manual focus. It is a crop-sensor camera, though, so if you simply must have a full-frame sensor for the best video quality, the Canon EOS 5D MIII continues to be a popular pick. It came out in 2012 and still sells for more than $2,000 for the body only if that gives you any idea just how good this camera is.  1 See at Amazon Best mirrorless camera $75 at Amazon Best waterproof action camera $2,200 (with lens) at Amazon James Martin/CNET Canon EOS 80D Logitech C922 Pro Best hardware encoder Best prosumer dSLR See at Amazon Epiphan GoPro Hero 7 Black Mirrorless camera Whether iPhone or Android, using a smartphone to shoot footage for your vlog is probably the easiest option for most people for recording and livestreaming. And unless your phone is ancient, its digital camera’s image quality is probably pretty good. What can make even good video bad is camera shake. A three-axis stabilizer, also known as a gimbal, will make sure everything you shoot looks nice and smooth. The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 has great features and performance for its $130 price. You’ll get the same steady videos that DJI’s drones are known for from your phone’s camera. The Osmo’s autotracking capabilities will keep you and your subjects in the frame automatically whether you shoot horizontally or vertically. Plus, you get direct camera controls as well as programmed shots that make you look like a pro shooter without the effort.If you do decide to start with your phone and want to livestream to YouTube, you’ll need at least 1,000 subscribers to use YouTube Live with a mobile device. Otherwise, you’ll have to use a mobile encoder app like Streamlabs OBS.  See on Epiphan Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 Best YouTube cameras See on Lume Cube Read the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review Digital SLR Rode VideoMicro A prosumer camcorder is a good choice because, unlike other vlog camera options, it’s expressly designed for video recording. The G21 has many key features to look for, like headphone and external mic jacks, a cold shoe and mini accessory port for a mic or light, clean HDMI out, a flip-out rotating display, and electronic viewfinder and manual controls. Plus, you don’t have to mess with taking lenses on and off with its 20x f1.8-2.8 26.8-576mm-equivalent zoom lens.  Epiphan Webcaster X2 See at Canon $80 at Amazon Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III When it comes to mobile or on-camera mics, I lean toward Rode’s microphones, such as the SmartLav Plus and the VideoMicro (shown here, mounted on a dSLR).  The Lume Cube Air gives you a bright boost when you don’t have enough light, but still fits in a pocket. With its built-in Bluetooth and mobile app, you can wirelessly connect the light to your phone to control brightness as well as strobe speed and flash duration for photos. It comes with diffusers to help soften its light and the compact, lightweight design even has a magnetic back in addition to a tripod mount so you can use it hands-free, too.The VC kit, which stands for video conferencing, comes with a small suction cup mount that you can easily stick to your phone, tablet or display for brightening your face or subject without having to reposition the light every time you move your camera.  See at Amazon Note that if livestreaming is a priority, you might need additional hardware. You’ll find suggestions for that as well as other accessories to consider following the cameras. With a small handful of exceptions, all of these have been included after being fully reviewed or anecdotally tested by me or other CNET editors. Those exceptions in the accessories sections are based on positive Amazon user reviews and additional word of mouth accolades. Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. $115 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Mobile 2 This mirrorless digital camera might be shaped like a traditional SLR camera, but the GH5 was built for video. You’ll find all the features you need and then some, regardless of your experience level, and it’s all wrapped up in a splash-, dust- and freezeproof body. If its $1,500 price is more than you want to spend for a camera body (you’ll need to buy lenses, too), its predecessor, the GH4, is still an excellent option despite its age — it was released in 2014 — for around $800. Read CNET’s GoPro Hero 7 hands-on Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best PC webcam A software encoder will let you stream your PC games and webcam video to YouTube and Twitch. However, console players will need a capture card like the HD60 S. Connect this to your Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 or Xbox and to a PC or Mac and a display and it will capture your gameplay and set you up for streaming. The included software will help you mix in webcam video as well.  Elgato HD60 S Blue Yeti Livestream Mevo Plus Sarah Tew Best default YouTube rig: Your phone + this gimbal DJI Livestream’s Mevo Plus camera lets you create the look of a multicamera shoot with a single small camera. Livestreaming can be done by connecting both a mobile device and the camera to the same Wi-Fi network, or you can directly connect by Wi-Fi to the camera and use your phone’s LTE mobile broadband signal to stream. It can also record an ultra hd 4K-resolution version of your stream to a microSD card (a 16GB card is included).The mobile app is the true star of the show here, though, as it lets you use its high-resolution sensor to create multiple tight and wide shots, and switch between them with a tap on the screen. Or, you can have the software automatically track people and switch between shots.   Best PC webcam for deskside YouTubers Best prosumer camcorder Whether you’re looking to do a quick how-to from your computer, want to stream yourself while you game or anything in between, the simplest option for your vlog is a webcam. True, you can’t move around too much, but it is pretty much a plug-and-play experience because you don’t need an encoder. Both the C922 Pro and higher-end Brio 4K are great options, but for the money, the C922 is my personal preference. It streams at 720p at 60fps and the image quality was solid and its built-in mics give you decent audio. It also comes with a 3-month subscription to XSplit Broadcaster and Gamecaster to do more than simple broadcasts. Or you can use Logitech’s included software to control up to two webcams for picture-in-picture or switching between the two, and you can do your video recording in landscape or portrait. The Brio 4K has more features than the C922 like the option to use it to sign into your Windows 10 PC using facial recognition. The main attraction is the increased performance for streaming at full ultra HD 1080p resolution at up to 60fps and recording in 4K resolution at 30fps. It can also compensate for bad lighting with HDR. It’ll cost you about $100 more, though.   Read the Canon EOS 80D review Best game-capture card Must-have accessoriesGetting great video for YouTube requires a little more than a camera and wi-fi connection. You’ll want good lighting and audio, too, and if you’re planning to live stream, you might need a capture card or encoder to get video from your camera and up on YouTube or other video-sharing site.  Best hardware encoder You can use any camera you want to shoot video for YouTube. But, if your digital camera spits out clips that make you like a yellowish ill-defined, mushy mass of pixels, you’re going to have trouble getting and keeping viewers. Why not start with a good quality camera then, right? Right.  Elgato HD60 S Lori Grunin/CNET From its small waterproof design to its incredible image stabilization to its excellent video quality, the Hero 7 Black is one of the most versatile cameras you can get for creating YouTube vlog gold. You can use it as a studio camera, but it’s really made to be used on the move. And if you want to livestream, you can do it through GoPro’s mobile app, though it also has an HDMI output. (Note that Jim Lanzone, the Chief Digital Officer of CBS — CNET’s parent company — serves on GoPro’s board of directors as of August 2018.) Tags Point-and-shoot video camera Canon Vixia HF G21 Livestream Mevo Plus Joshua Goldman/CNET See on Elgato Logitech C922 Pro or Brio 4Kcenter_img Read the Livestream Mevo Plus hands-on Lume Cube Air VC Kit Best point-and-shoot video camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 Best mobile light Best studio microphone $152 at Amazon Best camera for wet-and-wild YouTube videos Share your voice See at Amazon GoPro Hero 7 Black Best game-capture card Black Eye Pro Kit G4 $799 at Amazon See at Logitech $250 at Amazon See at Amazon Blue Yeti microphone YouTube $349 at Amazon Comment Black Eye Pro Kit G4 See at Amazon Joshua Goldman/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $139 at Amazon Lume Cube Air VC Kit Best mobile light DJI Osmo Mobile 2 $295 at Amazon Best prosumer camcorder for YouTube shoots Best phone gimbal Better than your phone, but still fits in a pocket, Sony’s RX100 III (also known as RX100 Mark III or M3) gives you a big image sensor and a bright lens for better video quality even when your lighting isn’t the best. It has a flip-up display so you can see yourself when you’re shooting. It has a clean HDMI output, too, so you don’t have camera settings and info in your video if you output to an external recorder, encoder or display. The RX100 M3 records in full HD, but its successor, the RX100 IV, goes up to 4K.  Best on-camera microphone Rode $453 at Amazon See at Amazon Rode VideoMicro Best studio microphone Best on-camera microphone $59 at Amazon Best add-on lens kit for phones Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 hands-on Best YouTube accessories Best add-on lens kit for phones Epiphan Webcaster X2 Read the Blue Yeti USB review See at Amazon Best livestreaming camera See at Amazon $650 at Amazon Canon EOS 80D Whether it’s the long-standing favorite Yeti or its new $99 Ember XLR mic, Blue continues to make some of the best studio and live-streaming mics for the money.  Canon Vixia HF G21 Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III or later An easy way to help your phone videos stand out is by using simple add-on lenses. The Black Eye Pro lenses are nice because they quickly clip on and fit any phone (or tablet or laptop webcam, for that matter). Though you can buy lenses individually, you can also get them as kit with a custom case that includes fisheye, 2.5x telephoto and cinematic wide-angle lenses.   $949 (with lens) at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon See at Amazon Canon Elgato Best camera for on-location YouTube livestreaming Since any “good” camera will work, though, you’ll probably want to start by deciding what type of shooting you want to do. There’s little reason to spend hundreds or thousands on high-end cameras if you can accomplish what you want with a webcam or your phone. To that end, we picked out some of the best cameras that can be used for everything from simple live streams from your laptop to more polished vlog productions. The best vlogging camera picks are all based on the type of camera you might want with an eye toward budget.  See at Amazon Cameras Mobile Accessories Video Cameras If you want to livestream from a camera, you’ll need a hardware encoder like the Webcaster X2. It allows you to connect HDMI and USB audio and video sources and stream from them to YouTube, Twitch or Facebook over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. It has an HDMI output, too, so you can monitor your stream. last_img read more

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Sued by wife cricketer Sunny indicted

first_imgNational team cricketer Arafat Sunny at Dhaka court. File PhotoA Dhaka court on Thursday framed charges against suspended cricketer Arafat Sunny in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology Act.Passing the order, Dhaka’s cyber tribunal judge Md Saiful Islam fixed 21 November for the formal trial to begin with the deposition of witnesses, reports UNB.Earlier on 5 January, Nasrin Sultana, who claimed to be Arafat Sunny’s wife, filed the case with Mohammadpur police station in the capital on allegation of circulating her sensitive pictures on social media.Police arrested Sunny, who is now on bail, from Aminbazar in Savar upazila on 22 January.The investigation officer of the case pressed charges against him on 6 April.Sunny has played 16 one day international matches and 10 T20Is for the national team.last_img read more

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Climate change may affect the finest wines

first_imgClimate change is likely to make the wine producing regions of France and Switzerland too hot for traditionally grown grapes, and vineyards in these regions may then have to switch to hotter climate varieties, change long established methods, move or go out of business, suggests a new NASA study.In much of France and Switzerland, the best years for grapes are traditionally those with abundant spring rains followed by an exceptionally hot summer and late season drought. This drives vines to put forth robust, fast maturing fruit, and brings an early harvest. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the scientists analysed 20th and 21st century weather data, pre-modern reconstructions of temperature, precipitation and soil moisture, and vineyard records going back to 1600. They showed that in the relatively cool wine making areas of France and Switzerland, early harvests have always required both above average air temperatures and late season drought. This is because in the past, droughts helped heighten temperature just enough to pass the early harvest threshold.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe researchers said that up to the 1980s, the climate was such that without the extra kick of heat added by droughts, vineyards could not get quite hot enough for an early harvest. That has now changed. The study found that since then, overall warming alone has pushed summer temperatures over the threshold without the aid of drought. On the whole, France warmed about 1.5 degrees celsius during the 20th century, and the upward climb has continued. “Now, it’s become so warm thanks to climate change, grape growers don’t need drought to get these very warm temperatures,” said lead author Benjamin Cook, climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “After 1980, the drought signal effectively disappears. That means there’s been a fundamental shift in the large-scale climate under which other, local factors operate,” Cook said.“Wine grapes are one of the world’s most valuable horticultural crops and there is increasing evidence that climate change has caused earlier harvest days in this region in recent decades,” Cook pointed out. “Our research suggests that the climate drivers of these early harvests have changed,” Cook noted.last_img read more

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Modes of TV reception in France 200813 Over two i

first_imgModes of TV reception in France 2008-13Over two in five French households – 40.7% – received TV via ADSL or fibre by the end of last year, according to the latest survey from media regulator the CSA. However, growth in IPTV has begun to level off, increasingly by only 0.8% in the previous six months.Digital-terrestrial TV remained the primary mode of reception for French households at the end of the fourth quarter, with 57.9% receiving a DTT signal, down from 59.7% in June. Satellite reception was stable at 25%, while cable fell by half a point to 8.4%.About three homes in 10 had more than one form of TV reception, with only one in three only receiving DTT. About one in five only received IPTV while 14.1% received a combination of IPTV and DTT.About 82.8% of French homes had a TV capable of playing HD images, while 39.5% were equipped with HD set-tops and 77.2% were equipped to receive HD via DTT.In terms of quality, French viewers reported that images more frequently froze on IPTV services, while interruptions to reception were more frequent on DTT.The number of households with smart TVs connected to the net in France dropped slightly in the course of the six months to December 2013, from 50.4% to 48.7%. However, the number of households with TVs connected via games consoles rose from 18.9% to 20.3%. Overall, the number of households with TVs directly or indirectly connectable to the net rose from 59% to 61.1%.last_img read more

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