Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang Arjuna for Jadeja

first_imgNew Delhi: Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was on Saturday nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sporting honour, joining Asian and Commonwealth Games champion wrestler Bajrang Punia. The name of 48-year-old Deepa, who won a silver in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was added for the Khel Ratna by a 12-member selection committee on the second day of the two-day meeting here. World No. 1 wrestler in 65kg, Punia was nominated for the prestigious award on Friday, by the panel headed by Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSix-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist boxer M C Mary Kom recused herself from the meeting to avoid conflict of interest as her personal coach Chhotelal Yadav was in contention for the Dronacharya Award. She attended the selection panel meeting, which nominated Bajrang for the Khel Ratna, but skipped the whole of second day’s proceedings. Deepa became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics when she bagged a silver in the shot put F53 category (for para-athletes who make seated throws and have full muscle power at their shoulder, elbow and wrist in the throwing arm) at 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterShe became paraplegic when a spinal tumour made walking impossible for her 17 years ago. She was previously honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2017. Last year, she shifted to javelin and discus throw and created a new Asian record in Jakarta, becoming the only Indian woman to win medals in three consecutive Asian Para Games (2010, 2014, 2018). She won a bronze each in the discus throw (F51-52-53) and javelin throw (F53-54) in the 2018 Asian Para Games. The Khel Ratna is given for the most spectacular and outstanding performance by a sportsperson over a period of four years immediately preceding the year during which award is to be given. The awardee is given a medal, a certificate, ceremonial dress and cash prize of Rs 7.50 lakh. The committee also picked 19 sportspersons for the Arjuna Award, including the likes of cricketers Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav, track and field stars Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Mohammed Anas and Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, hockey player Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and shooter Anjum Moudgil. Jadeja has been an integral part of India’s Test and ODI teams in the past few years. He is one of the key members of the Indian team that rose to world number one in Tests. Poonam has been a part of the Indian team that reached the final of the World Cup final in 2017 and the semifinal of the Women’s T20 World Cup last year. Shot putter Toor and heptathlete Barman had won a gold each in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta while Anas had claimed three silver in the same Games. Chinglensana was a part of the bronze-winning team in the 2018 Asian Games while Moudgil has been one of the most consistent shooters of the country, having secured a Tokyo Olympics quote in women’s 10m air rifle event. As per guidelines, to be eligible for the Arjuna award, a sportsperson should not only have had good performance consistently for the previous four years at the international level with excellence for the year for which the Award is recommended, but should also have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline. The panel also nominated three names for the Dronacharya Award, including former badminton star Vimal Kumar, and three for the Dronacharya Award (lifetime caregory), including 2011 World Cup winning cricketer Gautam Gambhir’s childhood coach Sanjay Bhardwaj. Five persons were also nominated for the Dhyan Chand Award. Dronacharya Awards are given to honour eminent coaches who have successfully trained sportspersons or teams and enabled them to achieve outstanding results in international competitions. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. Dhyan Chand Award is given to honour those sportspersons who have contributed through their performance and continue to promote sports even after their retirement. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. The Awards will be bestowed by the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on the occasion of National Sports Day, which commemorates the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand. List of Sportspersons nominated for various awards. Khel Ratna: Bajrang Punia (wrestling), Deepa Malik (para-athletics) Arjuna Award: Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), S Bhaskaran (body building), Sonia Lather (boxing), Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Gaurav Singh Gill (motor sports), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Burman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics), Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth (badminton), Simran Singh Shergill (polo). Dronacharya Award (regular category): Vimal Kumar (badminton), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis), Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics) Dronacharya Award (lifetime category): Mezban Patel (hockey), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi), Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket). Dhyan Chand Award: Manuel Fredricks (hockey), Arup Basak (table tennis), Manoj Kumar (wrestling), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis), C Lalremsanga (archery).last_img read more

Hotels can go green in energy consumption under new UN scheme

Testing of the toolkit, launched by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and its partners, was finalized this month in more than 100 European properties in four different pilot destinations – Haute-Savoie in France, Palma de Mallorca in Spain, Bonn in Germany, and Strandja in Bulgaria – with positive feedback from hotel owners and managers.Although hotels and other types of accommodation account for only 2 per cent of the world’s global-warming carbon dioxide emissions, UNWTO says addressing this comparatively small yet important footprint is a priority for the tourism sector. Of the world’s 5.9 million hotel rooms, over half are located in Europe, where the project has been launched initially.The Hotel Energy Solutions (HES) e-toolkit, the main output of the Hotel Energy Solutions project, provides hoteliers with a report which shows their current energy use and recommends appropriate renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and actions. It further sets out what kind of savings on operational expenses hotels can expect from their green investments through a calculator measuring returns on investment.While Hotel Energy Solutions is a UNWTO-initiated project supported by the European Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, it is expected to be rolled out globally over the coming years. Once adapted for non-EU Member States, the project will benefit hotels worldwide.The project has been implemented in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA), the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), and the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). 30 August 2011Hotels will be able to contribute to climate change mitigation while also increasing their profits under a new United Nations-backed ‘green’ scheme offering an online toolkit to evaluate energy consumption, find renewable sources and improve energy management, thus cutting costs. read more

President says Lanka ties with UN now strong

The UN officials made the President knowledgeable about the funds for the projects for drinking water, agriculture, health and other sectors. During this discussion, attention was paid on the required facilities for drinking water projects in Sri Lanka. The President said he would give priority for the issues of under privileged people when solving the drinking water problem. President Maithripala Sirisena says the relationship between Sri Lanka and the United Nations’ Organization (UNO) had strengthened as a result of the discussions he had with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon during the UNGA sessions.He was speaking to officials of Development Program of the United Nations who met him at the Presidential Secretariat today. President Sirisena recalled assistance given by the UN Development Program for the development of this country, and added Sri Lanka expects that support in the future too. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Average US rate on 30year mortgage drops to record 367 per cent

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage drops to record 3.67 per cent by The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2012 12:17 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Average U.S. rates on 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgages this week fell to fresh record lows for the sixth straight week.Cheap mortgages continue to help boost prospects for home sales this year.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year loan dropped to 3.67 per cent. That’s down sharply from 3.75 per cent last week and the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.The 15-year mortgage, a popular refinancing option, declined to 2.94 per cent. That’s down from 2.97 per cent last week.Rates on the 30-year loan have been below 4 per cent since early December. The low rates are a key reason the housing industry is showing modest signs of a recovery this year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Give adopted people their records says the real Philomena

first_imgJournalist Martin Sixsmith, author of The Lost Child of Philomena Lee will also be at the launch of The Philomena Project in Dublin today.Sixsmith said that when writing the book he was struck by “the scale of the problem, with tens of thousands of babies being taken from their mothers by a church that regarded them as fallen women.”Adoption Explainer: What’s the first step to take if you want to trace your parents>Calls for independent investigation into Ireland’s illegal adoptions> PHILOMENA LEE IS calling on the Irish State to give adopted people and their families access to adoption records.There are more than 60,000 “adoption” files held by the HSE, private adoption agencies and church representatives spanning several decades. In many cases, the adoptions were not official and were carried out without the full knowledge of the biological mothers involved.Lee has established The Philomena Project in association with the Adoption Rights Alliance, calling on the government to lead the way and enact legislation to allow the release of these documents.The Oscar-nominated film Philomena shows Lee’s 50-year search for her son, who was sold for adoption and sent to America when Philomena was in a Mother and Baby Home in Roscrea, Tipperary, after she became pregnant as a teenager.Speaking about The Philomena Project, Philomena Lee said:I’ve been so moved by the support we’ve received, both for telling our story and for bringing attention to this experience that so many of us had. My daughter Jane and I established The Philomena Project because we’ve heard from so people who saw my story and want to help.It is my hope that this effort will help us find solutions that ensure every mother and child who want to be reunited are able to come together once again.”last_img read more

Man released over death of woman in Dublin house

first_imgA 58-YEAR-OLD MAN arrested over the death of a woman in a Dublin house has been released from custody.Gardaí confirmed that the man was freed last night from Rathfarnham Garda Station where he was being  questioned.A file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.The man had been arrested on Tuesday night in Dublin. The body of the woman in her late 50s was found at the house in Woodlawn Park Grove in Firhouse on Sunday afternoon.Gardaí and emergency services were called but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.last_img read more

Denis OBrien loses defamation case against Sunday Business Post

first_img Short URL Updated Mar 1st 2019, 4:13 PM DENIS O’BRIEN has lost his legal case against the Sunday Business Post newspaper.The businessman has taken a High Court action claiming defamation against the newspaper over articles published across six pages of the newspaper on 15 March 2015.The court heard from three witnesses – O’Brien, journalist and former deputy editor at the SBP Tom Lyons, and its former editor Ian Kehoe – during the trial.Lyons and Kehoe denied defaming O’Brien in those articles over the course of their testimony.The 11 jurors began deliberating yesterday afternoon but could not reach a verdict by the evening.This afternoon, the jury said they didn’t believe it was possible to reach a unanimous verdict after over five hours of deliberations.Mr Justice Bernard Barton told the jury: “There are circumstances, and this is one of them, where a court can accept a majority verdict.”He said there were very strict conditions attached, with a majority of at least nine jurors needed to reach a decision.When they returned just after 4pm, after deliberating for over seven horus, they returned a majority verdict that O’Brien hadn’t been defamed.Following a submission by Michael McDowell SC for the Sunday Business Post, O’Brien will pay the costs involved in this case. Judge Barton thanked the jury for their service, and exempted them from further service for a period of 10 years. Speaking outside the court, Lyons said it is a “great day for Irish journalism”.“We stood up to him. We fought for a full month. We stuck to our guns, and we told the truth, did the right thing and thankfully the jury came down on our side,” he added.Kehoe said the “easy thing” to do would have been to “cave and not fight these cases”, but they’d “fought it at every step of the way”. The Sunday Business Post welcomed the verdict and said the issues raised in this action are “of critical importance for the media in Ireland”.CEO Siobhán Lennon said the newspaper prides itself on “its independence and objectivity”. “Now more than ever a strong, independent and objective media is essential to a functioning democracy,” she said.“The case highlights the extent to which Ireland’s defamation laws place significant constraints on all Irish media outlets in their efforts to provide robust, objective and fair scrutiny of all the stories that matter to Irish democracy. We believe it is time for action to reform the relevant defamation laws and to ensure that the media are liberated from unreasonable pressures which currently exist.”Comments are closed for legal reasons Friday 1 Mar 2019, 4:13 PM Denis O’Brien arriving at the High Court earlier this week. 46,463 Views Share395 Tweet Email6 Mar 1st 2019, 12:54 PM By Sean Murraycenter_img Denis O’Brien loses defamation case against Sunday Business Post O’Brien has taken a case against the Sunday Business Post over a set of articles published in March 2015. No Comments Denis O’Brien arriving at the High Court earlier this week. Image: Leah Farrell/ Image: Leah Farrell/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

FYROM changes stance on naming issue

first_imgAfter a quarter of a century of strenuous diplomatic relationships, finally a ray of light shines for Greece and its northern neighbour, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In an interview with the Financial Times, the country’s newly appointed Foreign Minister, Nikola Dimitrov expressed his willingness to concede to Greece’s objections and accept a provisional name, in order for FYROM to join the NATO alliance. “Hopefully political forces in Greece will realise this is a historic opportunity,” Mr Dimitrov said, adding: “I will ask Greece to reconsider what kind of neighbour they want — do they want a stable, friendly country that offers hope for democracy and justice?” This turn of events comes after a long period of turmoil in FYROM, following the end of Nikola Gruevski’s term as prime minister, during which he renamed airports and motorways after Alexander the Great, the warrior king who created an empire stretching from Greece to India. The new PM, Zoran Zaev, has expressed his determination to build good neighbourly relations with Greece, which he considers a “friend” of his country. This change of approach could put an end to a dispute that has plagued the two countries relations, with FYROM insisting on being called, a name rejected by Greece, as it implies a territorial claim to the northern Greek province with the same name, which occupies the largest part of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. Greece had vetoed the Balkan nation’s application to the alliance in 2008, on historical, cultural and political grounds, but the new FYROM leadership seems to employ a more pragmatic approach, prioritising the need of being in a strong alliance, in order to face the current challenges presented in the field of diplomacy and international security. There has not been any mention a specific name being taken into consideration, but analysts have commenting on the likelihood of a geographic term, such as ‘Upper Macedonia’, instead of an ethnic one. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Boy 6 found in Oregon car trunk critically injured

first_imgPORTLAND — A 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized Wednesday in critical condition after he locked himself inside a car trunk on a hot day, police said.The child’s parents found him in the trunk Tuesday after they discovered he was missing and searched for him, the Medford Police Department said in a release. The boy was flown by helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland.Temperatures in Medford, a city about 275 miles south of Portland, reached 90 degrees Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately known how long the boy was inside the trunk.Police said it appeared the boy locked himself in the trunk by accident.Medford police spokesman Lt. Mike Budreau did not immediately return a call seeking more details on Wednesday. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department referred calls to the Medford police.last_img read more

Shifting weather patterns means end to 90degree days

first_imgSouthwest Washington may have seen its last 90-degree day for a while, as a shift in weather patterns starts pushing more marine air into the region — and a chance of rain by this weekend.The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 87 degrees today, but temperatures are expected to move more toward seasonal levels as the week progresses. The high Thursday is expected to be only 73 degrees.The cooling trend follows an extended hot spell that saw 14 days at or above 90 degrees since July 12, and eight of the last nine days.Highs will approach 80 degrees by the weekend, with a slight chance of rain starting late Saturday night and continuing at least until Monday.Wind patterns will likely bring more high-altitude smoke over the area from wildfires in Southern Oregon and Northern California, but shifting wind patterns will move the smoke away from the area starting Wednesday.last_img read more

New US ambassador presents credential to president

first_imgAmbassador of the United States of America (USA) Earl R Miller presents his credential to president M Abdul Hamid at a ceremony at Bangabhaban on Thursday afternoon. Photo: BSSAmbassador of the United States of America (USA) Earl R Miller presented his credential to president M Abdul Hamid at a ceremony at Bangabhaban on Thursday afternoon.Welcoming the new envoy, the president urged the ambassador to work for enhancing the commerce and investment relations between Bangladesh and USA, president’s press secretary Joynal Abedin briefed the newsmen this evening.The head of the state said the US is one of the development partners of Bangladesh and the relations between the two countries are enhancing day by day.During the meeting, Miller said the US always gives priority to develop ties with Bangladesh, the press secretary said.The ambassador emphasised that a strong US-Bangladesh relationship is needed in the interests of the United States and the American people, Bangladesh and the Bangladeshi people, as well as the regional and global community.Secretaries concerned to the president were present.Earlier, on his arrival at Bangabhaban, the US ambassador was given a guard of honour by a horse-mounted contingent of the president guard regiment (PGR). The national anthems of Bangladesh and USA were played on the occasion.last_img read more

Sonos Beats Earnings Expectations Teases OutofHome Product for 2019

first_imgThe investor letter also previewed a number of initiatives that could add further growth. This includes the company’s partnership with Ikea, which will “potentially introduce millions of new households to the Sonos app and experience,” according to the letter.What’s more, executives also used the letter to preview another significant opportunity for the company: sound outside of the home. From the letter:“While approximately 50% of listening happens in the home, the other 50% happens outside the home. So, to be the leading sound experience company, we need to continue to offer differentiated listening experiences in the home while extending our platform and products to all the places and spaces our customers listen to the fantastic breadth of audio content available on demand today. In FY2019, we plan to push our boundaries by investing resources to make the experience of Sonos outside the home a reality.”Sonos CEO Patrick Spence expanded on that opportunity during Thursday’s earnings call, saying that the company had “several products that take us outside the home” on its 3-year roadmap.A first such product is expected to ship within the next 12 months, Spence said. He didn’t elaborate on the nature of these products, but it’s possible that the company could make a portable speaker, or partner with car makers to bring Sonos sound to the automotive space. The smart speaker maker saw a sales boost from its newly-introduced Sonos Beam soundbar, with executives writing in their investor letter Thursday that the Beam became the number 1 soundbar in the U.S. during that quarter measured in shares of dollar spent. That’s despite the fact that the soundbar only launched halfway into the quarter. “Beam exceeded our forecast,” the company said in its letter to investors.Sonos also revealed its full-year totals Thursday, detailing that it sold products worth $1.14 billion during its fiscal 2018. This marks the first time the company surpassed $1 billion worth in revenue. The company’s net loss for the year was $15.6 million.Over the 12 months ending September 30, Sonos sold more than 5 million products to consumers, adding 1.5 million homes to its customer base. What’s more, both revenue and household additions are accelerating significantly year-over-year, as the company illustrated in a chart: Sonos share prices rose sharply Thursday after the close of markets on better-than-expected earnings news: Investors sent the company’s stock up nearly 20 percent in after-hours trading after Sonos revealed that it nearly broke even in its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended on September 30, and surpassed $1 billion in revenue for its fiscal full year of 2018.“2018 was a great year for us,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence during Thursday’s earnings call.Sonos generated some $273 million in revenue during the last quarter, compared to $214.1 million during the same quarter a year ago. The company’s net loss for the quarter was $1.7 million, down from $14.9 million a year ago. This equals a loss of $0.02 per share. Analysts had expected revenue of $248.7 million, and losses of $0.10 per share. CREDIT: Courtesy of Sonoscenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more

Mathematical framework offers a more detailed understanding of network relationships

first_img Unraveling biological networks (—A trio of math and computer scientists has developed a means for developing generalized frameworks that allow for clustering networks based on higher-order connectivity patterns. In their paper published in the journal Science, Austin Benson and Jure Leskovec with Stanford University and David Gleich with Purdue University outline their framework ideas and offer real life examples of ways their techniques can be applied to help understand complex networks in simpler ways. Nataša Pržulj and Noël Malod-Dognin with University College London offer an analysis of the work done by the trio in a Perspectives piece in the same journal issue. Journal information: Science Social network diagram. Credit: Daniel Tenerife/Wikipedia More information: A. R. Benson et al. Higher-order organization of complex networks, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad9029AbstractNetworks are a fundamental tool for understanding and modeling complex systems in physics, biology, neuroscience, engineering, and social science. Many networks are known to exhibit rich, lower-order connectivity patterns that can be captured at the level of individual nodes and edges. However, higher-order organization of complex networks—at the level of small network subgraphs—remains largely unknown. Here, we develop a generalized framework for clustering networks on the basis of higher-order connectivity patterns. This framework provides mathematical guarantees on the optimality of obtained clusters and scales to networks with billions of edges. The framework reveals higher-order organization in a number of networks, including information propagation units in neuronal networks and hub structure in transportation networks. Results show that networks exhibit rich higher-order organizational structures that are exposed by clustering based on higher-order connectivity patterns. As the authors note, it is not difficult to make out patterns in very small networks, a person trying to do so need only watch the system at work for a period of time. It is when networks become bigger and more complex that they become unwieldy. Even in such cases, however, low-order patterns are often still easy to discern—counting nodes or edges for example, offers some degree of network size, though doing so tells you very little about what the network does and how—that is where high-order organizational principles come into play. Unfortunately attempts to create a means for providing more information or detail about such systems has to date, not met with much success. In this new effort, the researchers describe a framework they have developed that offers some of the pattern recognition seen in smaller networks, with more complex networks.They start, Pržulj and Malod-Dognin note, with one of the more common higher-order structures known as small network subgraphs, which they refer to as network motifs—those that are statistically significant can be used as building blocks for the building of a mathematical framework, which is of course what the researchers have done. Relationship identification among the motifs was done by applying clustering algorithms. The result is a framework that highlights and/or identifies which of the motifs are the most critical when a network is in operation.The trio tested their framework technique by using it to analyze part of the neuronal network of a roundworm, and report that it revealed the particular cluster of 20 neurons responsible for performing actions such as standing and wiggling its head. They also gained insights into air traffic patterns by using it to perform an analysis of airports in the U.S. and Canada. They suggest such frameworks may be used in a wide variety of applications.center_img Citation: Mathematical framework offers a more detailed understanding of network relationships (2016, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further © 2016 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Epic victory with a fair twist

first_imgRam Bijoy- Ankia Naat was performed for the art and culture lovers of the city at Mavalankar Hall on 24 May. This is an endeavor by the Assam Tourism Development Corporation, Government of Assam in association with Raginee-a socio-cultural organization of Guwahati  to showcase the rich and glorious cultural legacy of the state Assam.Women performing an Ankia Naat which is considered to be a religious performance is self-explanatory of women empowerment and liberal culture of Assam. Till 1949 these Ankia Naataks were performed only by men. Thus the Capital witnessed this special treat that  had Assam’s best known actors gracing the stage.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ram Bijoy was designed and directed by Madhurima Choudhury. Ankia Naat Bhaona is a traditional art form of the 15th century – A style of drama conceived by Srimanta Sankardeva (1449-1568) that displayed spiritual music encompassing a combination of dance and dramaturgy.Ustad Amzad Ali Khan and his wife Subhalakshmi, Actor Adil Hussain, Hemoprova Saikia were also present along with other dignitaries.Ram Bijoy – Ankia Naat performed by a group of women who are top actresses of Assam including  Moloya Goswami, Nishita Goswami, Madhurima Chaudhuri, Rasarani Chetana Das and Barsha Rani Bishaya. The play was performed in Brajavali – concoction of Assamese, Hindi, Oriya and Maithili. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Ankia Naataks were performed only by men, even the female characters were enacted by male actors till 1949.  Women performing an Ankia Naat which is considered to be a religious performance is self-explanatory of women empowerment and liberal culture of Assam.‘I wanted to turn the tables. These are the times of women revolution, this women driven performance aids in empowering us’, said Madhurima Choudhury, designer and director of the play who essayed the role of Lord Ram.‘After my marriage I got the opportunity to explore the music of Sankardev. There is a need to recognize his contributions across the country.’ Choudhury added.last_img read more

NFL teams making a mistake chasing the next McVay

first_imgNFL teams should stop chasing the next McVayRams Head Coach Sean McVay has turned the NFL on its head with his prolific offense since taking over in L.A., and his success has teams with coaching vacancies scrambling to find the “next” transformational young offensive coach. Colin thinks this is a big mistake.Arizona, Cleveland and Green Bay have all hired young, unproven, offensive minded head coaches in Kliff Kingsbury, Freddie Kitchens and Matt LaFleur, respectively, but 7 of the 8 remaining coaches in this years playoffs are over 50. The hire Colin liked the most was experienced Bruce Arians – and his long track record – taking over in Tampa..Also:– Westbrook still shooting threes despite not making them– Colin’s Super Bowl prediction– Dak is the anti-Kirk Cousins Guests:Nick Wright – Host of First Thing’s First; Peter King – NBC Sports Senior NFL Writer; Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst and host of The Odd Couple; Casey Hayward – Chargers Pro Bowl Cornerbacklast_img read more

Third generation of Enterprises founding family comes up through leadership ranks

first_img Travelweek Group Share Third generation of Enterprise’s founding family comes up through leadership ranks Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Posted bycenter_img Tags: Enterprise Holdings, Promotions ST. LOUIS — The world’s largest car rental company, Enterprise Holdings Inc., has announced the promotion of Christine Taylor to President and Chief Operating Officer.The move makes the senior executive – along with Carolyn Kindle Betz, promoted to President of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation – among the highest-ranking women in the global car rental, automotive and travel industries. The promotions also mark another milestone for the rising third generation of family ownership of the company, which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.Jack Taylor founded the company in 1957 with only seven vehicles, later naming it after the World War II aircraft carrier he served on, the USS Enterprise. These days, with annual revenues of $24.1 billion and 100,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings and its affiliates own two million cars and trucks and operates – through an international network of regional subsidiaries and independent franchises – more than 10,000 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations in more than 90 countries throughout the world.“It’s fitting that these two talented women – granddaughters of our company’s founder, Jack Taylor – are moving up together as members of our senior leadership team,” said CEO Pam Nicholson. “Under Chrissy’s guidance, Enterprise has continued year after year to deliver record-breaking growth and business performance, while staying true to the values of customer service and workplace excellence that Jack instilled in our company. Concurrently, Carolyn has continued to play a key role in developing our philanthropic strategies and ensuring that we are an engaged and responsible corporate citizen in the communities where we do business.”Taylor previously was the company’s Executive Vice President and COO, a position she assumed in 2016. In her new role she will direct the company’s global business operations and oversee its product development and technology innovation efforts. She will continue to serve as a member of the corporate board of Enterprise Holdings Inc. and will report to Nicholson. Kindle Betz meanwhile was previously Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, which contributed more than $50 million in charitable gifts to a wide variety of nonprofit causes in the company’s most recent fiscal year. As President, she will develop and oversee execution of the Foundation’s philanthropic strategies. “These are both enthusiastic, energetic leaders,” says Nicholson. “When you look at Chrissy’s competitive drive and passion for innovation and Carolyn’s strong commitment to help our company make a difference in the world, you see the brand of leadership that will take Enterprise to the next level. And you see, as well, living proof that strong family ownership is a powerful competitive edge. Enterprise’s future is in very good hands.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

PO Cruises and Rural Aids Buy A Bale Campaign

first_imgP&O Cruises and Rural Aid’s Buy A Bale CampaignP&O Cruises and Rural Aid’s Buy A Bale Campaign Partner to Offer Farm Families A Cruise Break from Crippling DroughtWorking in conjunction with the charity Rural Aid and its Buy-A-Bale campaign, P&O Cruises Australia has set aside 85 cabins across two separate four-night cruises to give hard-pressed farmers and their families a break from the crippling drought in New South Wales and Queensland.The cruises — one from Sydney to Moreton Island and the other from Brisbane to the Whitsundays — are being offered in the face of the disastrous drought that has resulted in 100 per cent of New South Wales’ land area and nearly 60 per cent of Queensland’s land area being drought declared, with large sections described as being subject to ‘intense drought’ conditions.President P&O Cruises Australia Sture Myrmell spoke of the powerful impact of the drought on rural families and of Rural Aid’s inspiring efforts to coordinate and deliver relief to people on the land including massive road convoys of trucks carrying badly needed feed to stricken livestock.“We know from Rural Aid that the physical and emotional toll of such a severe and prolonged drought on rural communities is enormous and that many farmers have not had a break in years,” Mr Myrmell said.“As much as everyone across Australia would like to, we cannot make it rain to break the drought but we can do what we can to give some farmers a welcome respite from the burden in the best way we know how by making cruise opportunities available.“We are very proud to be working in partnership with such a widely respected organisation as Rural Aid and its Buy-A-Bale campaign to make this happen.”Rural Aid is working with P&O Cruises to nominate farmers in New South Wales and Queensland who will sail on the cruises on Pacific Explorer and Pacific Dawn from Sydney and Brisbane on December 4 and December 10 respectively.CEO Rural Aid Charles Alder said, “Whilst we’re moving thousands of tonnes of hay for our farmers through our Buy A Bale program, this offer from P&O Cruises will equally bring mental relief to our farmers stressing about their animals but also their own situation.“These cruises will provide a great opportunity to break out and relax. We’ve put the call out to our volunteer base with farm-sitting experience to help allow these farmers to get away and know their farms are in good hands.”About the Buy A Bale Campaign and Support of Rural AustraliaRural Aid’s Buy-A-Bale drought appeal campaign is providing meaningful support for farmers by delivering hay and other essential items to farmers who have no feed left for their cattle or sheep. All donations to the drought assistance campaign have a fourfold effect. Some hay is donated, some we buy, so we’re feeding a hay farmer and their family. Some of our truckies are donating their time and diesel, some loads we’re paying for, so we’re feeding truckies and their families. In the end we deliver relief to our farmers at no cost to them.Australia, donating to Buy a Bale is helping not just farmers but their communities and so many more people.Thank you on behalf of our farmers for your support. Source = P&O Cruiseslast_img read more

Cabinetappointed committee to oversee teaching appointments

first_imgA three-person panel, tasked with overseeing the implementation of the new appointment system for public-school teachers, was created by the cabinet on Wednesday.The new system, which comes into effect this year, aims at gradually phasing out the old system, which ranked candidates according to a waiting list based on graduation year alone, and replacing it with an exams-based evaluation method.“Implementation of the new system is coming along as planned, and very positive elements have emerged through the assessment of candidates’ characteristics,” education minister Costas Kadis said.“Among other findings, 55 per cent of candidates hold a post-graduate degree – masters or doctoral – while 80 per cent of the 5,500 candidates are aged under 35.”In contrast, he added, the reverse appears in the old appointments list – 80 per cent of candidates are over 35, the minister added.Former supreme court chief justice Akis Hadjihambis will chair the panel, flanked by University of Cyprus professors Mary Koutselini and Costas Christou.“This body will oversee the entire process and review any objections or problems it comes across,” Kadis said.“We will have a meeting with the panel in the coming days, so that we can establish the oversight procedure.”The dates of the first exams will be announced shortly, the minister said, but in any case they will be held sometime in the first half of November.The new process will offer candidates a significant probability of success, somewhere around 12 or 13 per cent, meaning “one in eight successful exam-takers will be hired, either permanently or on contract”.Asked to comment on the fact that Greek nationals are prevented from sitting the exams, since they are going to be held over three weekends, Kadis said this was never the intention.“We just want to organise the exams properly,” he said.“They will be held while our schools are open, and exams for each subject will be scheduled in a single weekend. We believe that people who are seriously interested will have no problem sitting the exams they want.”The number of Greeks who have expressed an interest in taking the exams is 355, Kadis added, noting that “this refutes concerns expressed that we would have been inundated with Greeks, who would take the jobs of Cypriot applicants”.“In fact, in the old appointments list the proportion of eligible Greek nationals who put their name down for appointment is double what it is in the new one,” he said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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