French Reality Stars Nabilla and Thomas Vergara Celebrate Babymoon in Marrakech

Rabat – Newly-wed French reality stars, Nabilla and Thomas Vergara, chose Marrakech as their “babymoon” getaway.The couple, who married on May 7 in London, chose to trade Paris’ gray streets for the warmth of Morocco’s ochre city before their baby arrives. Nabilla, often dubbed by the media as the “French Kardashian,” made sure to share the holiday snaps with her 4.3 million Instagram followers.One photo shows the brunette beauty standing in an archway of The Selman, one of Marrakech’s most luxurious hotels, with the caption “Good morning Marrakech.” Nabilla also posted a snapshot flaunting her newlywed bliss. The photo shows Thomas Vergara kissing her on the forehead while cradling her baby bump, with the beautiful backdrop of Marrakech’s landscape. Nabilla captioned the photo “Little love trip before we welcome our little angel.” View this post on Instagram Petit voyage en amoureux en attendant notre petit ange A post shared by Nabilla Vergara (@nabilla) on Jun 15, 2019 at 3:02am PDT Read also: ‘Desert Design’: Berber Carpets Added to Museum Collection in Marrakech read more

Myanmar must act now to promote democracy or face years of instability

“It is up to them to choose how to respond to the aspirations of their people and to the expectations and encouragement of the international community,” he says in his latest report on the situation of human rights in Myanmar to the General Assembly. “I believe that this choice may determine the prospects for peace, democracy and prosperity for the coming generations.”Mr. Ban voices disappointment and concern that meaningful steps have yet to be taken by the Myanmar Government following the recent visit by his Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari, calling the house arrest of Ms. Suu Kyi “a serious setback to the prospects of genuine national reconciliation, democratic transition and the rule of law…“The Government’s failure to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a missed opportunity for Myanmar to signal its commitment to a new era of political openness,” he adds, laying out three immediate concerns that must be addressed to ensure the credibility of the political process, with elections scheduled for next year.These are: the release of all political prisoners and their free participation in political life; the commencement of dialogue between the Government, the opposition and ethnic stakeholders; and the creation of conditions conducive to credible and legitimate elections.“Now is the time for the Myanmar Government to address these concerns in order to ensure that the political process serves the interest of all of the people of Myanmar, in a way that is unifying rather than divisive and that is broadly acceptable to the international community,” he writes.“In this regard, I expect that the Government will take the necessary steps consistent with its commitments to ensure that the elections are fully inclusive, participatory and transparent, and are prepared and conducted in accordance with international standards.”He also calls on the Government, in cooperation with the international community, to move from ceasefire agreements with a majority of armed ethnic groups to durable peace.“This requires the exercise by both sides of maximum flexibility in negotiations that must be responsive to their respective concerns and interests, including those on the future status of armed groups, addressing of local development needs and curtailment of criminal activities in border areas,” he says. “Equally important to the prospects of durable peace and democracy is the need to address the pressing humanitarian and socio-economic challenges facing the people of Myanmar,” he adds, calling for unlocking the country’s economic potential and harnessing Myanmar to rapid advances taking place elsewhere in the region to overcome poverty, raise living standards, promote social peace and pave the way for broader change. 24 September 2009The time has come for Myanmar’s leaders to make “clear and fundamental choices” – release democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners and hold legitimate elections or else face generations of instability and poverty – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today. read more

Sudan UN condemns harassment of its peacekeepers in Southern Kordofan

17 June 2011The United Nations today strongly condemned the detention and abuse by the Sudanese armed forces of four UN peacekeepers who were on patrol in Kadugli, the main town in Southern Kordofan, where fighting is raging between the northern and southern armies. The harassment of the peacekeepers was blamed on members of the northern army known as the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.“The Sudanese Armed Forces, the [southern] Sudan People’s Liberation Army [SPLA] and other armed groups must immediately stop intimidating and harassing UN staff, who are critical to provide the necessary humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable populations,” said Mr. Nesirky.He said security and the humanitarian situation in Southern Kordofan remained of very serious concern amid intermittent fighting, shelling and military build-up in various areas of the state.In the other disputed area of Abyei, the UN peacekeeping Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) confirmed that six shells fired by SAF earlier today landed 150 metres away from an UNMIS base in Agok. There is no report of casualties.“We are in the process of verifying the details, as the SAF is claiming the shelling was part of an exercise, while the SPLA is stating that the SAF shelling was targeting SPLA positions and intimidating the local population around Agok. It remains to be determined precisely what happened,” said the UN spokesperson.“Both sides must stop military actions, which are not only a threat to the UN in the area but to the local populations in the area,” he added.Yesterday, a UNMIS team landing in Magennes – a contested area along the border of Upper Nile and Southern Kordofan states – was briefly detained by Government of Sudan police. The UNMIS team was accompanied by two members of the United Kingdom and United States consulates in Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan.According to the Government of Sudan officials in the area, the flight did not have the requisite landing authorization, although UNMIS had obtained flight clearances from the Government of Southern Sudan in Juba. The entire team was released and returned to Malakal in Upper Nile state and no one was harmed in the incident.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), meanwhile, reported that the situation in Abyei remains tense and volatile a month since fighting resulted in the displacement of nearly 113,000 people.Clashes between SAF and SPLA were also reported on Wednesday near the Banton Bridge in Abyei, according to OCHA, which added that UNMIS had confirmed the movement of SAF troops from Abyei town southwards towards the bridge and that of SPLA forces northwards from Agok town and Twic county.An inter-agency food security and livelihood assessment team last week visited Wunrok, Mayan Abun, Turalei and Agok, where internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled Abyei when it was taken over by SAF on 21 May found that the prices of staple food, such as sorghum, have increased by 40 per cent in local markets.The spike in food prices is a cause for concern considering that rainfall is expected to intensify in two weeks rendering roads to Agok impassable, a factor that will reduce grain supplies to the area, according to OCHA.A second convoy of 13 trucks carrying humanitarian aid, including fuel and other non-food items, was due to depart from Juba today headed for Wunrok, Turalei and Kwajok in Warrap state, Malualkon and Aweil in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state, and Wau in Western Bahr el-Ghazal. Warehouses have been erected in Wunrok and Turalei and another store is under construction in Agok, according to OCHA.This year’s joint funding appeal for humanitarian work in Sudan, which is seeking $1.7 billion, has currently received $731 million.In Southern Kordofan, insecurity and restrictions on movement of humanitarian personnel continue to severely limit access to IDPs around Kadugli and other areas, OCHA reported.As part of an inter-agency response, members of the Humanitarian Country Team have called for the creation of humanitarian corridors, particularly between Kadugli and El Obeid, to allow the safe passage of people who wish to leave.OCHA reiterated its call on all parties to the conflict in Southern Kordofan to refrain from targeting civilians and using indiscriminate military tactics. The Office urged them to respect and protect civilians and allow access to them by emergency aid workers as required under international humanitarian law.Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), expressed deep concern over the escalating conflict in Southern Kordofan, saying that further fighting may undermine the agency’s efforts to reach the 400,000 people it was feeding before the latest outbreak of violence.In a related development, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kang Kyung-wha, will begin an eight-day mission to Sudan on Monday.During the mission, Ms. Kang is due to visit Khartoum, Southern Sudan, Darfur and the Transitional Areas, and meet high-ranking officials, including the Vice-President of Southern Sudan, the country’s Foreign Minister and the Chief Justice.In Darfur, she will visit several camps for IDPs and places of detention. She will also use the opportunity to raise key issues and lend her support to human rights defenders. read more

Amnesty calls for urgent action on Jaffna students

The AI statement says it is not known if the students have been formally charged. Sri Lankan media reports that they are being questioned about their alleged involvement in a petrol bomb attack on the office of a local political organisation, as well as their involvement in organising demonstrations. The London based human rights group Amnesty International (AI) has called for urgent action with regards to the university students arrested in Jaffna last week.The four students were arrested on 1 December in Jaffna by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of the police. AI says they are being held in Vavuniya for interrogation and are at risk of torture. P. Tharshananth, Sanmugam Solaman, Kanesamoorthy Sutharsan and K. Jenemajeyamenan were arrested without warrants in Jaffna. There are concerns for their well-being given evidence of the persistent use of torture in TID custody.Their arrests come after several days of student protests following efforts by the security forces to suppress peaceful commemorations of Maaveerar Naal (Heroes Day), a day of remembrance established by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The AI statement added that on 27 November security forces broke up a lamp lighting ceremony at the women’s hostel at Jaffna University, reportedly breaking lamps, threatening students and pointing weapons at them.“The following day students responded with a silent protest and short march and held placards denouncing the restrictions on freedom of expression. At least 20 undergraduates were injured and beaten by riot police and officers in civilian dress, including Sanmugam Solaman. Security forces allege that the students had thrown stones at them, prompting them to react; university staff told local media that the event was peaceful until the authorities attacked the marchers,” the AI statement said. read more

Germany extends ban on Saudi arms sales

BERLIN — Germany has extended its ban on defence industry exports to Saudi Arabia for another six months, despite some calls for it to be relaxed in the wake of the recent attacks on the country’s oil production facilities.The government said Wednesday the ban had been extended for six months until March 31, 2020, when it will again be considered.A ban with many loopholes was initially put in place over humanitarian concerns with the war with Yemen in 2017, then tightened last year after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.An influential lawmaker in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party suggested Monday loosening the ban to allow the export of defensive weapons, but Merkel on Tuesday said she didn’t see “any conditions for changing” German’s stance.The Associated Press read more

Viacom posts 4 pct increase in 2ndqtr net income on strong results

Viacom posts 4 pct increase in 2nd-qtr net income on strong results at TV networks division NEW YORK, N.Y. – Viacom said Thursday that its second-quarter profit rose 4 per cent, boosted by strong results at its TV networks that offset a decline at its movie-making business.Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman noted during a conference call with analysts that ratings rose on a year-over-year basis at many of the New York company’s networks including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT Spike and TV Land.He added that Nickelodeon took the top spot among networks for kids age two to 11 for the second-straight quarter and posted a 4 per cent increase in revenue, while two of its top competitors posted declines.The company’s total advertising revenue increased 3 per cent, while domestic advertising increased 2 per cent. For the current quarter, the company expects domestic advertising growth in the “middle-single digits,” Dauman said.Meanwhile, total affiliate revenue increased 10 per cent.For the quarter ended March 31, earned $502 million, or $1.13 per share. That was up from $478 million, or 96 cents per share, a year earlier.Revenue edged up 1 per cent to $3.17 billion from $3.14 billion.Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of $1.05 per share on $3.19 billion in revenue.While media networks revenue rose 6 per cent to $2.38 billion, revenue at the company’s filmed entertainment arm, which includes Paramount Pictures, fell 12 per cent to $831 million.Dauman pointed to the success of the Paramount films “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Noah” during the quarter and said that the company is optimistic about its summer releases of “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” ”Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Hercules.”Dauman also addressed the upcoming departure of Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, saying that the network “looks forward to sending him off in style these next eight months” and is also excited about the chance to “reinvent late night television again beginning in 2015.”Colbert is slated take over for a retiring David Letterman on CBS’ ‘Late Show” next year.Viacom Inc. also said Thursday that it’s buying Britain’s Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd. for 450 million euros (about $757 million), increasing its investment in U.K-produced content.The commercial public service broadcaster is watched by more than 80 per cent of the U.K. population monthly. Viacom said it expects it to complement its pay TV networks.Viacom Class B shares fell $1.40, or 1.7 per cent, to $83.58 in morning trading. Its shares are down more than 3 per cent so far this year. FILE – This Jan. 19, 2010 file photo shows the Viacom logo above the entrance to Viacom’s headquarters, in New York. Viacom reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2014 5:39 am MDT read more

New V8 diesel engine begins production at Ford Dagenham

A new state-of-the-art twin-turbo 3.6-litre V8 engine is now being produced at Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre, further strengthening the site’s status as global centre for diesel engineering and manufacturing. More than £12.2 million has been invested in the development and manufacture of the new V8, bringing the total spent at Dagenham to £644.2 million since it became Ford’s centre of excellence for diesel. It was opened by the Prime Minister in 2003 and a total of 2,350 engineers and production operators will make up to 700,000 engines this year. From next year, Dagenham will also assemble 1.4 and 1.6 diesel engines, taking the site’s production beyond a million units a year. The new V8 engine has been exclusively engineered and produced by Dagenham’s specialist engineers.They are gearing up to production volumes of up to 25,000 V8 units a year. The cylinder heads for the V8 will be machined in Dagenham’s adjacent original engine plant, where V6 machining already takes place. Dagenham is the source for half of Ford Motor Company’s diesel engine requirements globally. Around one in four engines in Ford Motor Company vehicles worldwide were built in Britain – assembled either at Dagenham or Bridgend engine plant, in Wales. Phil Lake, Ford’s chief diesel engineer, said, ‘This new V8 engine underlines Ford Motor Company’s commitment to engineering and manufacturing in the UK. It is a credit to Dagenham where employees have embraced their role as diesel specialists – engineering and producing advanced quality engines.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Quality Control (QC) Inspector at CutisPharmaFull-Time Residential Life Coach at NuPath, Inc.Part-Time Movers/Drivers/General Laborers at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Business Acct Exec 3, SMB Direct Sales at ComcastPart-Time Seasonal Cashier at TargetFull-Time Branch Operations Manager at Lennox InternationalPart-Time Quality Engineering Intern at Analog DevicesFull-Time EBPP Product Manager at Tyler Technologies, Inc.Part-Time Cook at LaRosa’sThe UPS Store (668 Main Street, Wilmington) is hiring. We are looking for someone to work 2:00 to 7:00 two to three days a week plus Saturdays from 9:00 to 3:00. Requirements: Must have excellent customer service skills. Must have computer skills. Must be able to work independently. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Graphic printing experience a plus. Please contact Laurie at 978-988-8009, Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 2:00.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Perfect 10Day Trip For History Buffs Set For September

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent announcement from the Wilmington Recreation DepartmentCalling all History Buffs! Wilmington Recreation has an amazing trip to see all the major historical sites of the Northeast! We take care of all the details – once you’re registered you can sit back, relax and enjoy this wonderful tour!We’ll be staying in New York City, Gettysburg, Charlottesville, Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. on this 10 day trip. We’ll have guided tours of New York City, Philadelphia, Gettysburg Battlefield, Monticello, Mount Vernon and Washington D.C. And there’s more! We’ve got lots of fun activities included like visits to the Reading Terminal Market, the Gettysburg Museum of History, Eisenhower’s home, time in Colonial Williamsburg, the American Revolution Museum and even a tour and tasting at a winery (wine is very historic, you know)!Our package includes motor coach transportation from Wilmington throughout the tour until we reach Washington D.C, and then we’ll enjoy a quick flight home from D.C. We also include 9 nights accommodations in quality hotels, 13 meals, admission fees, a Tour Director, taxes and gratuities (except Tour Director and Driver).This trip runs September 6 – 15, 2019 (a great time to travel!), and is $2,650 p.p.d.o. (single and triple rates are also available).To register, or if you have any questions, please call the Wilmington Recreation Dept. at 978-658-4270.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… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas From The Recreation DepartmentIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Northeast Historical Tour in September; Vermont Day Trip In OctoberIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”last_img read more

Adobe Lightroom gets texture tool and tutorials

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Google Apple Lightroom Post a comment CNET Apps Today Share your voice Enlarge ImageThe texture tool now in Adobe Lightroom lets you bring out textural details like in these mandarin duck feathers (click to zoom in). Stephen Shankland/CNET Adobe’s Lightroom has a new texture-editing tool for photographers trying to get people’s skin to look just right, a rare change to the software’s core tools for fiddling with photos.The texture slider either smooths or amplifies medium-scale details. Moving the slider one way lets you smooth skin without making it look unnaturally plasticky, Adobe said. In my tests, I preferred increasing the texture setting to emphasize the structure of flowers, leaves, feathers and the brush strokes of oil paintings.It’s one of a slew of changes Adobe announced Tuesday to Lightroom, its tool for editing and cataloging photos. Another big change is a new interactive tutorial ability to show step by step how experienced photographers got from an original shot to the finished product.Read more: Save 40% on Adobe Creative Cloud through May 17″You can watch a bunch of these in a few minutes and get inspired,” said Josh Haftel, an Adobe principal product manager. “We believe we can make people become better photographers.”You can think of Lightroom as somewhat like Google Photos or Apple Photos on steroids, offering a lot more options for organizing and editing shots. It’s available for free on iOS and Android devices, but upgrading with a $10 per month subscription lets you sync photos with your laptop and unlocks premium features. If you need more cloud storage space, prices go up.Lightroom texture tool a rare changeLightroom’s texture tool is a big deal, especially for portrait and wedding photographers who want to avoid time-consuming trips to Photoshop. Building it straight into Lightroom means it works nondestructively so you can fiddle with settings without permanently altering the photo.The texture tool isn’t designed to give people impossible levels of beauty — a criticism often leveled at photo-editing software when it’s easy to feel inferior to models and movie stars on social media.”Because it maintains pore characteristics and blemishes, this is not like a caked-on layer of concealer. It’s like really nice lighting,” Haftel said. “We believe by maintaining the natural characteristics of the person, we can avoid the feeling of ‘I never would look like this.'”Lightroom's texture tool lets you smooth out or emphasize skin features. From left to right are an original photo and variations with texture increased and decreased.Lightroom’s texture tool lets you smooth out or emphasize skin features. From left to right are an original photo and variations with texture increased and decreased.  Stephen Shankland/CNET It’s rare for Adobe to add new editing controls to its Lightroom software; the last time was with the addition of Lightroom’s dehaze control in 2015. Adobe only added the texture tool once it was sure it wouldn’t slow Lightroom down.Unfortunately for photographers — especially those who enjoy the greater flexibility of the raw photo formats Lightroom is designed to use — there won’t be much in the way of performance improvements this time around. Adobe is acutely aware of photographers’ desires here, though.”This is going to be one of the No. 1 goals if not the No. 1 goal,” Haftel said. “The problem is how do we do these improvements while still making sure stability is rock solid?”Lightroom tutorials will feature your own photosIn Lightroom for Android and iOS — phones and tablets — Adobe has add a new tutorial feature so you can learn from a selection of pros like Nicole Young, Kristina Sherk and Matt Kloskowski. The feature will come to Lightroom CC for personal computers later this year, too — but there aren’t any plans to bring it to its older-lineage sibling, Lightroom Classic CC.Adobe offers a smaller number of in-depth tutorials, complete with commentary from the photographers, and a larger number of lighter weight tutorials. But the longer-term plan is to let anybody contribute tutorials for photos. With the lightweight tutorials, Lightroom will generate the tutorials directly from the image data and editing history.”You can see exactly how the image came to be,” Haftel said. “It’s a first step in trying to prove we can make people better photographers.”Later, Adobe plans to make it possible to convert a tutorial into an editing preset that can be easily applied later, he added.On photo-sharing sites like Flickr, digital photographers for years have been able to pore through each photo’s EXIF data — parameters like shutter speed, focal length, and camera and lens model. Adobe’s feature is a bit like the photo editing equivalent. But the company hopes to expand, too.”We see an opportunity to also share camera settings, posing opportunities, lighting, composition, even art history,” Haftel said.  Also new to LightroomA few other changes are arriving, too:On Lightroom for Android, you can now apply an edit made to one photo to a group of photos. The feature will come to Lightroom for iOS later.On Lightroom CC for PCs, clicking the question mark icon will open a more detailed contextual help system complete with interactive guides to using editing controls and animations to show what they do. The feature will come to iOS and Android “soon,” Adobe said, and the company is exploring a version for Lightroom Classic.If you’re that one person who collects photos from group events, you can now invite people to contribute photos you can import into your Lightroom CC catalog. They’ll need an Adobe user ID to do so, but no software other than a web browser that uses the online version of Lightroom.”Lightroom has been since its conception about me, myself and I,” said Tom Hogarty, senior director of product management for photography at Adobe. “This is a pretty tectonic shift to become about me and you, me and us.”Lightroom Classic vs. Lightroom CCOne difficult drawback of Adobe’s early philosophy is that the company is dividing its development efforts between Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC. The older Classic version is designed to use a catalog of photos stored on your computer or an attached external drive; the newer alternative is built around the idea that the cloud stores the primary versions of photos.”We got to a fork in the road,” Hogarty said. The company concluded, “we’re going to get to market faster with an entirely cloud-native solution if we have a second desktop app.”Lightroom CC still doesn’t have some features in Lightroom Classic CC, including color categories for photos, a detailed photo-import process and the ability to attach location data to photos. It is catching up, though, for example with the ability to merge individual photos into panoramas and high dynamic range (HDR) shots.Even though new features like tutorials and group photo albums are only in Lightroom CC, Adobe insists Lightroom Classic CC remains a priority. Those words could be comforting, particularly to customers who were alarmed to see Adobe experiment with a minimum Lightroom Classic price of $20 per month instead of today’s $10.That experiment is over now, but Adobe didn’t comment on whether it might eventually raise the Lightroom Classic price. The company will keep the version around, though.”We try everything we can do to ensure we’re broadcasting that we believe in and love Lightroom Classic,” Hogarty said.First published May 14 at 6 a.m. PT.Update 9:59 a.m. PT: Adds further comment from Adobe. Mobile Software Photographycenter_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 0 See All Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors reading • Adobe Lightroom gets skin-smoothing texture tool — and built-in tutorials Applelast_img read more

SpiceJet offers domestic airfares at Rs 511 and international airfares at Rs

first_imgBudget carrier SpiceJet on Tuesday announced a three-day sale of tickets with domestic base-fare starting from Rs. 511 and international base-fare starting from Rs. 2,111 to mark its 11th anniversary. The offer is open for bookings of domestic travel tickets between June 15 to September 30, 2016, and international travel tickets between June 1 to July 20, 2016. Although the fare price is for one-way travel, it will be refundable, Hindustan Times reports.The sale price is applicable only for direct flights within SpiceJet’s network across seven domestic routes and seven international destinations. However, due to a limited number of the discounted tickets, the offer would be available on first-come-first-served basis.SpiceJet rival Air Asia India on Monday announced 50 percent discount on two-way flights for three days (May 16-18). Passengers can book their tickets for flights between August 1 to November 30, 2016. Air Asia India said the discount offer was to mark the carrier flying 2.5 million passengers since its India foray in June 2014, IANS reports.”Seats have to be booked by May 18 on our website (www.airasia.com) and our mobile app or mobile site (m.airasia.com),” the low-cost aircraft carrier was quoted as saying by the agency.India’s domestic air traffic grew 24.26 percent in February 2016 to 74.76 lakh passengers, up from 60.16 lakh in the corresponding month last year. It, however, declined from 76.55 lakh in January 2016.SpiceJet has reportedly managed to increase its market share to 13.1 percent due to change in ownership, better aircraft utilisation, management and focus on operational efficiency, whereas IndiGo continued to maintain its position with the largest market share with 36.8 percent in February 2016. The SpiceJet stock was trading at Rs. 82.45 at around 2:05 p.m. on Tuesday, up 0.37 percent from its previous close.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2match Test series A brief preview in

first_imgTwitter/Sri Lanka CricketNew Zealand recorded an amazing 2-1 victory over hosts Pakistan in UAE late last year. This was a monumental win as teams from outside the subcontinent don’t usually get the better of Asian sides in latter’s home conditions. But the Kiwis put up a resilient performance and, led by Kane Williamson, were able to overcome the tough challenge presented by players like Yasir Shah.Now, the New Zealanders are back in Asia, this time to take on the Sri Lankans. On paper, the islanders may look a much weaker side than Pakistan. But this team defeated South Africa 2-0 in their own backyard earlier this year. Taking them lightly is just not an option.These two Tests will also kick-start the campaign of these two teams in the World Test Championship. So, what to expect in this contest? Well, let us summarize it for you in 9 simple points.1. Will Kane shine again?All eyes would be on Kane Williamson. As the best player of spin in the team, he has to lead the charge of batting. Having earned a legion of fans after the World Cup, his progress would be followed by a large number of fans. However, if his team has to win, then also he has to set an example. Since his great rivals Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are showing great form, he too would like to assert himself by getting another Test ton in his record.2. Who will be Sri Lanka’s spinners?With Rangana Herath no longer there, a question mark hangs over the Sri Lankan spin bowling attack. The three frontline spinners picked in the 15-man squad for the first Test include Lasith Embuldeniya, Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan. The last two have had some success at this level while the first is still a bit of an x-factor. Sri Lanka are now searching for a long-term reliable spin-bowling option. How these spinners perform will be crucial. Chandimal is back in the Sri Lankan teamIANS3. Sri Lankan pacersLahiru Kumara has some talent and pace as well. Suranga Lakmal can be very handy in helpful conditions. Vishwa Fernando is yet to prove himself. Hence, the pace attack looks rather docile. But Kumara is one bowler who may make some impact.4. Will Chandimal get redemption?After being left out of the team and missing World Cup as well, Sri Lankan selectors have brought back Dinesh Chandimal. It is an acknowledgement of the need for experience in the batting line-up as well as the undeniable class of the former captain. This series is an opportunity for redemption as far as Chandimal is concerned. Will he succeed?5. Who will ‘swing it’ for the Kiwis?The New Zealand bowlers such as Trent Boult and Tim Southee have proven deadly in swing-friendly conditions. Can they replicate their efforts on dry pitches? Southee once picked up a 5-for in India while Boult too has developed ways to get wickets on dry pitches. But the key man could be Neil Wagner with his ability to bowl tirelessly on unresponsive wickets. Will Boult be able to do well in Sri Lankan conditions?MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images6. Who will keep wickets for NZ?BJ Watling has been a great performer for his team. But Tom Blundell has also shown great talent. New Zealand will have a tough time choosing befween the two. Watling, thanks to his experience, could be retained.7. Will Kusal fire again?After frustrating his fans and admirers for a long time thanks to penchant for careless shots, Kusal Janith Perera finally showed his true quality and played an amazing innings against South Africa to snatch a 1-wicket win. This innings has immortalized Perera. But he also needs to become more consistent and reliable. Otherwise, he will be remembered as another Shahid Afridi in the making and his innings against South Africa a fluke.8. Which spinner would Kiwis choose?New Zealand have picked four spin-bowling options in their squad: Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Will Somerville and Ajaz Patel. The latter bowled nicely in UAE last year while making his debut in the first Test. Somerville came in for the last game and picked up 4-more. Astle has, interestingly, played a Test in Sri Lanka before. Considering how well he bowled in the World Cup and his overall record with New Zealand, Santner might be the preferred option.9. The pitchesSri Lanka have sought to maximise their home advantage by preparing dustbowls over the last year or so for their home Tests. That trend is likely to continue. On a flat deck, Sri Lanka were able to bat out a large period of time to draw a Test in New Zealand. So, it’s either going to be flat or dusty, no sign of grass is likely.last_img read more

JS motion demanding scrapping of 16th amendment verdict

first_img-Jasod MP Moin Uddin Khan Badal on Wednesday placed a motion in parliament demanding proper legal steps for scrapping the Supreme Court’s declaration of the 16th amendment to the constitution as ‘ultra vires’.The motion has also demanded and removing ‘unconstitutional, objectionable and irrelevant’ observations of the chief justice in the verdict.He raised the motion in the House under the provision 147 (1) of the Rules of Procedure at 6:03pm when speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was in the chair.Immediate after the placement of the resolution, a general discussion started on it in the House.The motion reads, “Proper legal steps should be taken for revoking the SC’s declaration of the 16th amendment to the Constitution as ‘ultra vires’ and unconstitutional, objectionable and irrelevant observations of the Chief Justice in the verdict.”In the motion, Badal said chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha termed MPs ‘immature’ alongside making unnecessary and unwarranted remarks regarding many irrelevant issues in his observations in the verdict. “A huge debate continued over it, which is not expected for the nation,” he added.”This parliament wants an end to the present situation through massive discussion so that attempts of any evil anti-people force to catch fish in troubled waters are thwarted,” he said.The Jasod MP said he believes that the ‘fabric of democracy’ has been created with the coordination among parliament, the judiciary and the executive where newspapers contributed a lot.last_img read more

Beijings media say China Indias aid can solve Rohingya issue

first_img.India and China can jointly lead efforts to solve the Rohingya crisis by offering humanitarian aid to Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine state, an article in the state-run media has said.”Given the interests Beijing and New Delhi share with Myanmar, the two could cooperate in offering humanitarian aid to Rakhine state, assist Bangladesh in resettlement of refugees, enhance economic cooperation with Myanmar,” according to the article in the Global Times.”… China and India can also promote greater integration of trade and investment in the area, including the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor.”The exodus of Rohingyas to neighbouring Bangladesh began on August 25 when the Myanmar Army launched an offensive in the region following an attack by Rohingya rebels on multiple government posts.”As Myanmar’s neighbours, the last thing China and India want is terrorist violence on their doorstep. In the meantime, both countries are well aware of the complexity of the Rakhine ethnic and religious conflict, knowing it will take time for the government to solve such a complex question,” the article stated.”In terms of economics, there are more reasons for the two to cooperate. China’s investment in Myanmar reached $18.53 billion in January 2017 and the country plays a unique role in Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative.”It is impossible for Beijing to remain indifferent. Nor can India’s interests be divorced from peace and stability in a nation (Myanmar) that forms a bridge between South Asia and Southeast Asia,” the article stated.”Myanmar, the gateway for New Delhi’s northeastern states to Southeast Asia, is crucial to India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Myanmar last month, during which the two sides inked a series of economic, trade, defence, energy and strategic agreements, is proof enough.”The support and sympathy offered by Beijing and New Delhi to Mynamar’s ruling National League for Democracy party over its efforts to deal with the Rohingya crisis was portrayed by the Western media as a “scramble” for influence between China and India, the article said.”The possibility of the two big countries (China, India) cooperating to help resolve the ethnic conflict in Myanmar went largely unnoticed, it said.last_img read more

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks Resigns

first_img Share Photo by Carlo Allegri/ReutersThe news comes a day after Hicks was interviewed for nine hours by the panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election and contact between Trump’s campaign and Russia.White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s most loyal aides, is resigning.In a statement, the president praises Hicks for her work over the last three years. He says he “will miss having her by my side.”The news comes a day after Hicks was interviewed for nine hours by the panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election and contact between Trump’s campaign and Russia.She acknowledged to a House intelligence panel that she has occasionally told “white lies” for Trump. But she said she had not lied about anything relevant to the Russia investigation.Hicks served as Trump’s one-woman communications shop during his winning campaign. She says in a statement, “There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump.”last_img read more

Houston Forecast A Few Showers Friday Cold Front Brings Chilly Temperatures Saturday

first_imgThe National Weather Service said Houstonians should expect showers and thunderstorms for Friday night. But big changes are coming Saturday. Temperatures in Houston could drop to the 40s. Sunday and Monday will be in the 60s and 70s.Friday Night severe weather threat – likely have cap of warm air aloft limit thunderstorm activity during the day. Cap may weaken overnight for the potential of an isolated severe storm. Cap may still limit thunderstorm development even though weaker. #houwx #bcswx #txwx pic.twitter.com/RLpqNInXHB— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) April 6, 2018 5 day outlook for Houston:5 day outlook for Houston. Showers this morning. Showers and thunderstorms possible tonight along and behind the strong cold front. Cool Saturday and breezy. Warming up Sunday and Monday. #houwx pic.twitter.com/b4I4HKeOx3— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) April 6, 2018 7:53am CDT #SPC Day1 Outlook Enhanced Risk: from parts of north-central/northeast texas to west-central mississippi https://t.co/GtEvHQ3UxE pic.twitter.com/wMDPzyEKQw— NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) April 6, 2018center_img Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay McKesson Among Protesters Arrested in Baton

first_imgPolice arrest activist DeRay McKesson during a protest along Airline Highway, a major road that passes in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. Protesters angry over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by two white Baton Rouge police officers rallied Saturday at the convenience store where he was shot, in front of the city’s police department and at the state Capitol for another day of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A prominent Black Lives Matter activist and 98 other people were taken into custody, authorities said Sunday, after protesters took to the streets to call for justice and voice anger over the fatal shooting of an African-American man by two White police officers.Spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office told The Associated Press that nearly 100 people were taken to the parish jail in connection with the protests that began Saturday. The vast majority of the people arrested were from Louisiana, and they included two reporters. A first wave of arrests took place on Friday and early Saturday, with 30 people taken into custody.Tensions between Black citizens and police have risen palpably over the past week or so amid police shootings of African-American men in Minnesota and Louisiana and the gunning down of five White police officers by a Black suspect in Dallas in apparent retaliation.Among those arrested was DeRay Mckesson, according to an Associated Press reporter who was at the scene. Mckesson is a leading figure in the Black Lives Matter movement that blossomed in the wake of the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of police.Police arrest activist DeRay McKesson during a protest along Airline Highway, a major road that passes in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. Protesters angry over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by two white Baton Rouge police officers rallied Saturday at the convenience store where he was shot, in front of the city’s police department and at the state Capitol for another day of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)Authorities had just arrested a couple on a motorcycle driving by on the street when attention turned toward Mckesson. An officer could be heard pointing to a man with “loud shoes,” and saying he would arrest him if he could reach him. Mckesson was wearing bright red shoes.Booking documents provided by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office say Mckesson was arrested on a charge of obstructing a highway. About 90 other people faced the same charge.Video posted on Periscope shows footage taken by McKesson in the moments leading up to his arrest. The video shows Mckesson walking alongside Airline Highway on his way back to the main area where the protests were going on when he was arrested.On the video, Mckesson can be heard talking with fellow protesters and describing what he said was provocative police behavior against protesters.“The police in Baton Rouge have been truly awful tonight,” Mckesson said on the video. “They have provoked people, they chase people just for kicks. The police have been violent tonight. The protesters have not.”Moments later, someone shouts, “This is the police, you’re under arrest! Don’t fight me! Don’t fight me!”Police arrest activist DeRay McKesson during a protest along Airline Highway, a major road that passes in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. Protesters angry over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by two white Baton Rouge police officers rallied Saturday at the convenience store where he was shot, in front of the city’s police department and at the state Capitol for another day of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)McKesson responds: “I’m under arrest, y’all!” before the camera is knocked to the ground.Photo images captured by The Associated Press show police apprehending Mckesson, who at one point was on his knees before being pulled to his feet by police and led away with his hands secured behind his back.Darren Bowers, 26, of Baton Rouge, arrived at the jail around 9 a.m. Sunday to see if he could get his girlfriend, 26-year-old Ariel Bates, released. Bowers wasn’t present when Bates was arrested near police headquarters. Bowers said she called him from the jail early Sunday.“She told me that they jumped all on her and her cousin on the grass. They weren’t on the street or anything,” Bowers said.He said he believes police are “antagonizing” protesters.“People are peacefully protesting. Why are (police) in riot gear?” he said.The tumult over police killings reached well beyond Louisiana. In Minnesota, police arrested about 100 people in the capital of St. Paul during protests. Authorities said 21 St. Paul officers and six state troopers were hurt late Saturday and early Sunday. On Wednesday night, police shot and killed Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man during a traffic stop in suburban St. Paul.The starting point of Saturday’s demonstration was the convenience store where 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot and killed last week. Protesters then fanned out to the Baton Rouge police department and the state Capitol.The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Sterling’s death, which has angered many in the black community.Shouting “No justice! No peace!” roughly 1,000 protesters gathered outside the police department, waving homemade signs as passing cars honked their support. Some drivers stopped by with bottles of water.The protests lasted well into the evening but died down a little after midnight.Police in riot gear came out numerous times as the demonstration wore on into the evening, facing off against the crowd that yelled slogans and waved signs.At one point early in the protest, a police officer on a microphone told the crowd that as long as they stayed on the grass and not on the road they could remain, and then police eventually pulled back and traffic reopened.But officers came out again after the demonstration moved to a different area of the street. At one point numerous police cars, with their blue lights flashing, sped off down the street where a smaller group of protesters had walked.A police spokesman said two firearms were confiscated and several arrests made. Authorities said they pulled in officers from nearby parishes to buttress their numbers.WAFB-TV reporter Chris Slaughter was among those arrested, Hicks confirmed.The local public radio station, WWNO, said on Twitter that one of their reporters was also arrested, and that they had little information on why.Members of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense called for the arrest and indictment of the officers involved in Sterling’s shooting, shouting “Black Power” and raising their fists.“These are human rights violations,” Krystal Muhammad shouted to the crowd at the convenience store before heading over to the police department. “They are not operating as human beings. They are being predators on our communities across America.”___Follow Santana on Twitter @ruskygal.last_img read more

Constable home guard injured while trying to nab errant biker

first_imgKolkata: A traffic police constable and a home guard were injured after an errant biker hit them while driving dangerously.The incident happened on Saturday evening near the crossing of Strand Road and Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road. Later, police arrested the accused after he lost balance and fell down on the road just before approaching Howrah Bridge. According to sources, on Saturday evening a traffic sergeant along with a home guard and a constable were managing traffic at the said point. While doing so, the sergeant noticed a bike coming towards the crossing along MG Road recklessly. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe biker was overtaking other vehicles in such a way that there was every possibility of an accident. Seeing this, the traffic sergeant instructed the home guard identified as Raja Ali and constable Subhas Chandra Ghosh, to intercept the bike. As soon as the bike reached near the crossing, the home guard instructed the biker to stop. But the biker, who was later identified as Pravesh Yadav, hit Ali with his bike and fled. Seeing this, Ghosh also tried to stop Yadav but the bike hit him as well and went towards Howrah Bridge. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateImmediately, the traffic sergeant informed about the bike to other police personnel en route. While approaching the Howrah Bridge, Yadav lost control of the vehicle and fell down on the road. At that moment, a few police personnel performing duty nearby rushed there and detained him. Later, Yadav along with his bike was handed over to Burrabazar police station and he was arrested after Ghosh lodged a complaint. Earlier, accidents have taken place in two instances while intercepting errant bikers. In the first case, a police constable was dragged about 100 meters, while trying to stop an errant biker in Beckbagan area. In the second case, two bikers fell on the road and got injured while trying to evade naka-checking at Moulali.last_img read more

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Trip Advisor rates Oaks M on Palmer Townsville in Australias Top 25

first_imgSource = Oaks Hotels & Resorts Hotel Iinterior The results are in and Oaks popular M on Palmer in Townsville has been awarded for the thirdconsecutive year in Trip Advisors most popular awards poll – winning a place as one of Australia’s top 25 Trendiest Hotels.“The reviews are real and based on actual stays, which is fabulous recognition from unbiased travellers who see the best, so our team are thrilled with this news,” said Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Oaks Hotels & Resorts Queensland, Rachelle Cole. The Hotel’s stylish good looks; fashioned on New York Loft style, are complemented by contemporarydecor and sleek inclusions in studio apartments that represent excellent value.Located in the lively Palmer Street Precinct in Townsville, Oaks M on Palmer is within easy reach of all Townsville’s most popular attractions and features a pool and gym and is conveniently nestled behind Townsville’s Metropole Hotel with sports bar, bistro and on-site event and conference facilities. “There is nothing else like this property in North Queensland and it has set a new benchmark in the region for style, quality and the “element of cool” that travellers have responded to,” Cole said. Oaks M on Palmer was also ranked number one for accommodation in Townsville on Trip Advisor in 2011 and has taken out top honours as Townsville’s Top Value and Top Business Hotel previously too.“When independent guests are impressed enough to take the time to share their experience with other travellers on Trip Advisor it really is a huge acknowledgment. To poll in the top 25 Trendiest Hotels amongst the competition that exists in Australia is a fabulous achievement for our property and team,” she said.last_img read more