National Affiliate Development CoordinatorRemuneration: Structured to attract quality candidates & dependant on experienceTouch Football Australia (TFA) invites applicants to fill the position of the National Affiliate Development Coordinator for TFA in the Canberra Office. The position is business critical and vital to the delivery of service support programs for all affiliates participating in one of Australia’s fastest growing sports. As a key member of the Sports Development team, and reporting directly to the Sports Operations Manager, you will contribute to the strategic direction, long term planning and growth initiatives of the sport of Touch. Your responsibilities will include coordinating the delivery of affiliate and operational support systems to the national office, state operations and affiliate members under a unified management structure being delivered for the administration of the sport of Touch.You will be tasked with the operational delivery of the national affiliate management and servicing system and business initiatives that are vital to the overall delivery of this exciting sport.A huge focus will be placed on the support to the national network of sport operations and program synergies of the organisation and their improved alignment with the unified operational function. Strong client service and communication skills are a must along with a proven success in operational management.A Job Description including selection criteria is available at: www.austouch.com.au.By COB Thursday the 21 May 2009, applicants should email a 2 page letter of introduction addressing qualifications and experience as they relate to the selection criteria, together with a resume containing contact details of referees to firstname.lastname@example.org. Employment will be subject to conditions as outlined in the TFA Certified Agreement.Further information: Garry Foran, Commercial Operations Manager (02) 62122800.Related Filesaffiliate_development_coordinator_01-pdf
Barcelona interested in Sevilla youngster Jose Alonso Laraby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are interested in Sevilla youngster Jose Alonso Lara.Lara is currently a free agent after his deal expired on January 1.Diario de Seville says Barcelona are keeping tabs on the situation as the player is a teammate of Miranda and Abel Ruiz with Spain U21. However there are many teams from all over Europe in the running for the promising youngster.Lara made his first team debut last season under Joaquin Caparros, who is now Sevilla’s football director. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Milner: Adrian has been massive helpby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder James Milner has lauded Adrian for filling in during the absence of Alisson.The Spaniard did not lose a single Premier League game after the Brazilian went down injured on the opening game.And Milner says it is a luxury to have two quality goalkeepers.”I think Adrian did fantastically well to step in at the time he did,” said Milner.”He had not trained much, he wasn’t match fit but he made some massive saves at big points in games.”He did a fantastic job and slipped straight into the squad. I can’t say enough good things about him.”But Ali, we know how good he is. How well he did in his first season and what he brings to the team, both in terms of his goalkeeping and his character – but also his ability with his feet.”He is obviously massive. He will help us again and hopefully it won’t take him too long to get back up to speed. But the job Adrian did was fantastic.”
New Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is getting rather creative in his attempts to land four-star defensive tackle recruit Boss Tagaloa. Harbaugh, who really seems to be embracing social media the past few months, found a photo of Tagaloa asking his date to prom. Harbaugh then copied the format to ask Tagaloa to play for Michigan. You can’t make this stuff up.Prom with this butt head @_BT75 pic.twitter.com/H98oPqJXah— Sof (@sofmorales13) March 11, 2015I usually don’t tweet things like this, so forgive me but this is just really too funny not to! haha #ImDone pic.twitter.com/Muk5ZcVYzd— Boss Tagaloa (@_BT75) March 14, 2015We have no idea if this is going to work, but it’s clear that he’s got Tagaloa’s attention. Sometimes bizarre tactics like this can be the difference.
We’re officially two months away from the start of the 2016 college football season. The first Saturday of the ’16 campaign is set for Sept. 3. It’ll be a great one, too, with games like: Alabama-USC, Auburn-Clemson, LSU-Wisconsin, Georgia-North Carolina. In anticipation of the upcoming season, let’s take a look back at what college football has been like over the last 50 years. Which program has won the most games over the past half-century?A program you probably wouldn’t guess. Nebraska has won more games than anyone else over the last 50 years, totaling 476 wins. The Huskers are followed by Oklahoma and Ohio State. Here’s the full top 10:1. Nebraska – 476 2. Oklahoma – 4553. Ohio State – 4504. Penn State – 4395. Michigan, Alabama – 4347. Florida State – 4258. Georgia – 4209. Texas – 41910. USC – 415Most wins, last 50 years (P5): 476- Nebraska 455- OU 450- Ohio St 439- Penn St 434- Michigan, Alabama 425- FSU 420- UGA 419- Texas 415- USC— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) June 27, 2016Who’s going to win the most games over the next 50 years?
MONTREAL – Montreal-based dairy giant Saputo Inc. announced Thursday it has reached a $1.29-billion agreement to acquire Australia’s Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Limited.The Australian dairy company produces products for the international market under the Devondale, Liddells and Murray Goulburn Ingredients brands.Murray Goulburn makes a variety of dairy products including milk, milk powder, cheese, butter and infant formula.Saputo said the agreement has been unanimously recommended by Murray Goulburn’s board of directors and is subject to shareholder approval.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission also needs to approve the deal.Saputo (TSX:SAP) said it expects the transaction to close in the first half of 2018.
Mumbai: Jet Airways pilots body, the National Aviator’s Guild (NAG), Sunday deferred its “no flying” call to a later date, particularly when the management is scheduled to meet the lenders on Monday.Earlier in the day, the Guild, which has around 1,100 pilots as its members, decided to stop flying from April 15 in protest against non-payment of salaries since March. “It has come to our notice that there is a critical meeting planned (Monday) morning with the airline management and SBI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”In light of the meeting, the members have requested, through their team leaders, that the call of ‘No Pay No Work’ be deferred to give the airline a chance of survival. Accordingly, as requested, the Committee would like to inform all that the decision stands suspended for the time being,” the Guild committee said in a late evening communication to its members. All pilots are still requested, however, to be present at Siroya Centre at 0930 hours on April 15 in their uniforms, it said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySiroya Centre is Jet Airways headquarters in Andheri suburb in Mumbai. According to NAG, it has also called upon other departments to join the gathering at the headquarters as a show of unity. An Open House will be called shortly as per the availability of the venue and the committee members, the communication added. The pilots, along with engineers and senior management, have not received salaries since January. The debt-ridden carrier has also not paid the March salary to employees of other categories as well. “As on today, we have not been paid for nearly three-and-a-half months, and we do not know when we will be paid. So we have decided to go ahead with our call of no-flying from April 15. All 1,100 pilots of NAG will stop flying from 10 am Monday,” a Guild source said earlier in the day. The NAG, which claims representation of around 1,100 pilots of the total 1,600 with the full-service carrier, had in late March called for no flying from April 1 over non-payment of salaries. However, on March 31, it deferred the agitation to April 15, saying it wanted to give more time to the new management. Jet Airways is at present under the management control of SBI-led consortium of lenders after the approval of a debt-rejig plan last month, which also led its founder chairman Naresh Goyal to quit. With PTI inputs
The average team wins at home 63 percent of the time and on the road just 37 percent of the time. But the differential is much smaller for France and even smaller for Switzerland. In fact, France lost the past two finals it hosted, in 1999 and 2002.Andrew Flowers contributed to the analysis of data supplied by the International Tennis Federation. This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s Nov. 24 The State of Football Issue. The farther Cup teams have to travel, the worse they perform (though traveling between 501 and 1,000 miles seems particularly tough). Luckily for Roger & Co.: Lille is just 325 miles from the Swiss capital of Bern, minimizing the French advantage. Roger Federer holds a record 17 Grand Slam titles, but there’s one trophy he’s still itching to lift: the Davis Cup. Starting Friday, he gets his best chance yet. In his first Davis Cup final, the 33-year-old ace and his Swiss teammates will battle the French in Lille, France.Yes, playing away from home significantly diminishes the win probability for the Swiss. And because Davis Cup rules dictate that the host country gets to choose the playing surface, Federer will be forced to compete on clay, his least favorite type of court — without much practice, after a back problem kept him sidelined until a short session Wednesday.But the good news for Federer is that Lille is a lot closer to home than Melbourne, where he lost to the Australians in 2003, the only other time he made a Cup semifinal. Plus, Switzerland is one of a handful of major teams to maintain a winning Cup road record since the modern era began in 1972.Of course, the second-ranked Federer is simply better most days than any of his Lille opponents. (France is led by No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.) And he’s so popular globally that he takes home-court advantage with him when he travels. Consider Roland Garros. “When he plays a French player,” says France’s Gilles Simon, “[the crowd] is 50-50, and I’m like, ‘Guys, what’s going on?’ ”The Swiss aren’t likely to feel that much love in Lille. But they still have plenty on their side to get the job done. Here’s a closer look at the factors in their favor. Federer’s 37–7 Davis Cup singles record is even more impressive when you consider that he’s been even better on the road than at home—especially in Europe, where he’s won his past 15 matches.
Chelsea’s boss Maurizio Sarri is insisting that is awed by Tottenham’s display as they kept Blues midfielder Jorginho in check and defeated Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday.Sarri believes Tottenham tactics was instrumental to the midfield battle won by Spurs and when describing his team’s performance in the opening 20 minutes as, the Chelsea boss said:“It was clear after five minutes of the match that it was very difficult to use Jorginho as usual,” the Chelsea boss told a news conference after his first Premier League defeat, via FourFourTwo.“We had to get the ball from the centre-backs to the opposite full-backs, that was the only way to have one or two seconds of playing the ball.”“We were surprised because they normally play with a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3, but they played 4-3-1-2.”“After five minutes, the situation was very clear. We lost a lot of balls and, against Tottenham, it’s very dangerous to lose the ball in your half.”“In short counter-attacks, they are one of the strongest teams in Europe. It was a disaster and, after 20 minutes, 2-0 was the minimum.”Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Sarri says work in training is key now: ‘We have to try to do something because the defensive phase was a disaster today. The offensive players pressed badly, the midfield defended not very well, and the defensive line was a disaster.’#TOTCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 24, 2018On the other hand, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino maintains that going by Sarri’s analysis, Chelsea are the ones that consistently alters its shape in each match.“The plan was to win the game and we won,” said Pochettino.“We don’t use a fixed formation. If you follow us in all the games we play in the Champions League, cup and Premier League, we don’t talk about the formation, we talk about tactics or animation.”“We talk about how we play in a different way with possession in the opposite half, how we organise the team in a defensive situation when we don’t have the ball.”
Queiro explained what was happening to the Powells. He was an athlete with no previously known health conditions and was now barely clinging to life.“I fell to the ground,” Burrows said. “I started screaming ’cause I didn’t understand what was going on.”Queiro, however, did and decided to treat Powell by using hypothermia therapy. It dropped his body temperature to a point that could slow the process that causes cells to die and irreparable brain damage to happen.“We tried to stop the inflammatory process to protect the organs,” Queiro said.After two days, doctors began the slow warming process, uncertain of how he would recover. Powell then began to breath on his own, but did not wake up until the next day.While he still has no memory of what happened, a few months later, he drew a picture in class to describe what he experienced.“I drew where I was on the court, I drew myself falling down with the basketball in my hand,” Powell said, “and the heart ripping out of the page.” SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The family of a student who collapsed at school is showing their gratitude to a doctor who used hypothermia therapy to save the his life.It’s been nearly a year since 16-year-old Dwayne Powell collapsed while playing basketball at school. His mother, Tia Burrows, remembers that day well.The incident happened in September of 2017. Officials said Powell wasn’t breathing, and his pulse was nowhere to be found.“They told me I had the ball. I looked at one of my friends and just fell,” Powell said.After that, school officials were notified, and a test done by an EKG machine showed that Powell’s heartbeat was experiencing a deadly disturbance that could cause a heart attack.His vital signs were poor when he arrived to Baptist Children’s Hospital in Kendall.“The initial lab work was really bad. He had electrolyte imbalance, PH was really low, you know. it was amazing,” said Baptist Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Ricardo Queiro. He now has a defibrillator to shock his heart should it ever malfunction again.Burrows said she’s grateful to everyone who stepped in to help her son. “My son wouldn’t be here today. It would be devastating to me,” Burrows said.According to the American Heart Association, only about 10 percent of people who suffer heart attacks outside of hospitals survive.Powell said he’s excited to continue his visual arts magnet program in the fall.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington seeks talented individuals to join the summer Recreation Department team for the following position. Employment application forms can be found HERE.Gate Attendants – approximately 10 – 15 hours per weekThe Gate Attendants enforce beach rules, check IDs and collect gate receipts.The Beach is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm from mid-June to mid-August. Gate Attendants must be available weekends.Working under the direction and supervision of the Beach Supervisor, duties include, but are not limited to: enforcement of beach rules, identification checks; and collection of gate receipts.Qualifications at time of application: Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Hourly rate: $12.00Application process: Please submit an employment application form to: Karen Campbell, Recreation Director, Wilmington Town Hall, 121 Glen Rd., Wilmington, MA 01887, or electronically as a PDF to email@example.com. Please note “Recreation Employment” in the subject line.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Now Hiring Silver Lake Lifeguards & Gate Attendants For Summer 2018In “Government”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Rec Department Hiring For SEVERAL Summer PositionsIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Recreation Department Hiring Tiny Tots & Kids Club Program Leaders This SummerIn “Government”
Police recovered body of a young man from a betel nut orchard at Mujgonni village in Monirampur upazila of Jessore district on Friday morning.The deceased is Ashraful Islam, 30, son of late Abdul Kader of the village.Monirampur police station officer-in-charge Md Mokarram Hossain said locals spotted the body at the orchard in the morning and informed police.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Jessore Sadar Hospital for autopsy, the OC said, adding that there were marks on the victim’s throat which could be from strangulation.Victim’s wife Hamida Khatun alleged that there was an extramarital affair between Ashraful and Khaleda Khatun, wife of a Malaysia expatriate Abdur Razzak, a neighbour.Ashraful might be strangulated to death over the affair, she added.Police took Khadela Khatun to their custody for interrogation, the OC said.
The Houston Grand Opera has raised nearly $10 million to offset losses blamed on Hurricane Harvey-related flooding last year that swamped its performance venue.The Houston Chronicle reports the Wortham Theater Center should reopen this fall and feature a Sept. 26 concert with Plácido Domingo and Ana María Martínez.The opera relocated to the George R. Brown Convention Center following Harvey with performances in a makeshift theater. Opera officials on Wednesday, during the group’s annual meeting, reported a 10 percent drop in attendance but overall anticipate more funding.The Houston Grand Opera company projects losses of $15 million over three years.HGO’s regular annual operating support is expected to reach $17.2 million this summer. That’s $1.2 million more compared to a year earlier, due to 86 new patrons and trustees. Share
About 230 workers were laid off.Now with the price of oil around $70 and new steel tariffs, the company said it will reactivate most of the plant by September.Luca Zanotti, president of Tenaris’ U.S. operations, said they also use imported steel, for which they now have to pay 25 percent in duties. But the tariffs create new demand for their domestic product.“We’re not buying any steel which is not either domestic or we’re transferring bars, which is the raw material that is being used in our mill here, from our other mills around the world,” Zanotti said.Tenaris plans to hire more than 100 new employees at the Conroe plant and add another 150 workers at its seamless pipe mill in Bay City and its threading facility in Houston to support the increased production activity.Other pipe manufacturing companies are not so happy about the new tariffs.Borusan Mannesmann, which has a plant in Baytown, has said the new tariffs have already cost the company $2.5 million. It has asked the Trump administration for an exemption. X 00:00 /00:56 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Courtesy of TenarisTenaris manufactures steel pipes for the oil and gas industryTenaris’ Conroe plant largely shut down three years ago, blaming the oil downturn and record levels of “unfairly traded imports.” Share
We continue to follow the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. What’s next for the movement to reconstruct policing policies across the nation? We speak to students at Morgan State University who continue to protest and demonstrate for changes in in policing and the criminal justice system. Also, we continue our conversation about media coverage of the Ferguson aftermath with Lamonte Summers, assistant professor of Media Law and Ethics. All this and more this evening on First Edition with Sean Yoes.
UPDATED: A strange thing happened on the iTunes U.S. store on Monday (Nov. 5) when Kris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor and artist, practically swept the Top 10 songs chart. For much of the day and into the night, the only non-Wu track in the top five was Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” which had premiered amid much fanfare just ahead of “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 3. For an artist who was accustomed to topping the chart with every new release, it was a bitter pill for Grande to swallow. At the same time, it seemed curious that Wu, whose album “Antares” had yet to be released in China, would have such momentum on a U.S. chart. While he’s a household name in Asia, in America he’s comparably an unknown. Also, Wu’s tracks weren’t streaming in significant numbers which was reason enough for some industry insiders to cry foul. Popular on Variety Indeed, according to a well-placed insider, Wu’s album sales were acquired fraudulently and will not count toward the iTunes sales chart reported to Nielsen and disseminated by Billboard. The determination was made to “suppress those sales numbers” on Wednesday afternoon following patterns of high-volume purchases on iTunes, first of the explicit version of “Antares,” and then of the clean version.In a statement early Thursday, a rep for Nielsen (which publishes chart data in Billboard) said the data is under review: “Billboard and Nielsen Music are working closely to ensure both the accuracy and legitimacy of the sales volumes being reported for Kris Wu this week. We capture data from a number of sources including streaming, radio and retail, allowing us to validate the accuracy of sales and playback information as well as identify anomalies. As we do with all reports when irregularities are noticed during the normal weekly validation process, we work closely with our partners to address the issue, which may result in excluding any irregular or excessive sales patterns, prior to charts being finalized.”So how did this happen? According to insiders, there were several factors that contributed to Wu’s showing. First, his album hadn’t yet been released in China where the label purportedly purposely held it back so it could come out on Wu’s birthday, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Typically, albums come out on Fridays worldwide, as per the global release date change instituted in 2015. But in the U.S., it was already available on iTunes, released by Interscope Records on Nov. 2. What transpired was a classic supply and demand scenario where “supply in the U.S. met the demand in China.”This theory was supported by Ariana Grande manager Scooter Braun in an Instagram post early Thursday, relating a conversation he’d had with Wu. “Last night we had an opportunity to connect and talk and show respect,” he wrote. “It was explained to he and I last night that because his release was held back in China for his birthday his fans went and got the music any way they could and that was US Itunes. Once the release in China took place the fans had their access. He has never been removed from the charts on iTunes. That is false. Those were real people from the US and international community and not bots like many have rumored. I have never wished anything bad for Kris nor any other artist and those saying otherwise are wrong. Any fans of anyone I manage who are using this opportunity to spread any sort of division or racism are dead wrong and I won’t stand for it.” ×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 Still other insiders contend that Chinese fans were able to use VPN manipulation to access the U.S. iTunes store, noting that Spotify is not available in China, so it stands to reason that Wu devotees would resort to any method possible to support their favorite artist (Wu is also a graduate of boy band EXO), and that there are indeed that many diehards in the U.S. Still, the integrity of the iTunes store comes into question if such a VPN breach occurred. And an added anomaly: as soon as Wu’s album was available in China, his rank swiftly slipped on the U.S. iTunes chart to position No. 90. Where did all those U.S. fans go? (Apple declined comment.)Then there’s the issue of whether Wu’s sales would be counted towards Nielsen Music metrics, which power the Billboard charts. If “bots” weren’t a factor, an argument could be made for Wu to chart, or at least that it’s not Universal Music Group’s problem, which may still be the case in terms of keeping the money. But the explicit determination was made that sales acquired in such a matter are considered “fraud.” Spotify is not unsusceptible to these issues either, as Variety reported in August.UMG signed Wu earlier this year to release his music internationally, excluding Japan and Korea, through a partnership between Universal Music China, Interscope Geffen A&M in the U.S. and Island Records in the U.K., as well as UMG’s operations in more than 60 countries. UMG Greater China is headed by chairman/CEO Sunny Chang.All of this is not to say that Wu isn’t deserving of success. He enlisted some of the top hitmakers of the day for the album — the song “November Rain,” for example, features production by Murda Beatz (Drake, Migos), while other tracks credit Frank Dukes — and he’s already notched an iTunes No. 1 in the past, “Deserve,” featuring Travis Scott, which has racked up more than a billion streams (and is also on the track list for “Antares”). He’s also starred in such films as “XxX: Return of Xander Cage,” “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” and “Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back,” in addition to recently being named the face of Louis Vuitton. CREDIT: The Whale Report A comment from Universal Music China (to which Wu is signed, and with Interscope as the U.S. licensee) was less clear in translation, but according to the site SixTone it claims the chart numbers were “genuine and effective.”While it’s not hard to see how fans from China, with a population of more than 1.3 billion, could impact a chart so swiftly, it is less clear how those living in the famously curtained country, which doesn’t even have access to Twitter, able to make a purchase on a U.S. platform. Another source surmises that there was “a plan to game the U.S. system to gain traction in the U.S. and mobilize a new audience.” Ariana Grande tried to take things in stride — she did, after all, have a No. 1 on streaming service Apple Music, the first pop artist to top that tally, and “Thank u, next” currently sits comfortably atop the iTunes single chart — but her fans didn’t hold back, launching the hashtag #kriswho and pointing to Wu fan groups which had detailed instructions on how purchase individual tracks or download the album and make it count. Making matters a bit more awkward, both Grande and Wu are signed to UMG labels (Grande to Republic Records).Reps for Interscope and Republic have yet to respond to Variety‘s requests for comment.
Ram 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.
Kolkata: The UGC direction to universities to mark September 29 as “Surgical Strike Day” is a part of the BJP’s “political agenda” and educational institutes in West Bengal will not observe the day, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said Friday. Chatterjee criticised the BJP-led central government for trying to “malign and politicise” the Army. The BJP said the TMC government has made it a practice to oppose each and every decision of the central government. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life On September 29 in 2016, the Indian Army carried out “surgical strikes” on seven terrorist launchpads across the LoC as a response to an attack on its base in Uri earlier that month. The Indian Army had said its special forces inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists waiting there to cross onto the Indian territory. “This is an agenda of the BJP and it is trying to push this agenda by using the UGC ahead of elections. It is a matter of shame that they are using the UGC to achieve their political agenda. We won’t abide by the directions of UGC,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The University Grants Commission yesterday directed varsities and higher educational institutions across the country to observe September 29 as “Surgical Strike Day”. Talk sessions by ex-servicemen about sacrifices by the armed forces, special parades by NCC and visit to exhibitions are among the prescribed events by the University Grants Commission for the celebration. Chatterjee said, “We would have understood it had they asked us to observe the day in the name of sacrifices made by our soldiers. We have full respect for our soldiers and their sacrifices.” “The Indian Army has always been kept above politics and controversies. But now we are seeing that the BJP is trying to malign and politicise the Indian Army. This is not right and we won’t support it,” he said. Reacting to the allegations, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said the TMC government has made it a practice to oppose each and every decision of the Centre. “Earlier also, we had seen Bengal government opposing directions by the UGC. This is not new,” he said.
Kolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department, in association with the state Social Welfare department will soon undertake a drive to make government and public sector websites accessible to visually challenged persons.A discussion for making government websites visually impaired friendly was held on Friday, in presence of senior officials of both the departments. The IT department has plans to make websites read itself out, so that it can be of help to somebody who is too tired to have a look at the screen of the computer. He/she can simply close the eyes and listen. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”Read Aloud extensions on internet browsers like Google Chrome can be an option as well. These ‘Text-to-Speech’ extensions are often free and offer themselves to customisation (slow or fast reading speeds),” a senior official of IT&E department said, adding that talks have already been held with Webel on how to proceed with the plans. The things that have come up during the discussion include websites with images which may have an alternative text-based information so that the “Read Aloud” feature can explain the matter to the user. The contrast ratio between background and foreground colour should be large and the contents should be navigable by arrow keys. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We are also ready assist any private company on making their websites friendly for the visually impaired,” the official added. It may be mentioned that all state governments across the country have been pushing for making websites user friendly for disabled people. The Bombay High Court has recently directed the Maharashtra government to ensure that all its websites are user-friendly for disabled people. The direction was passed on the basis of a Public Interest Litigation filed by city-based NGO Disability Rights Initiative pleading for such an order.