AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has accused the BJP and the Congress of “not taking steps” to ensure remunerative crop prices to farmers, employment generation and improving health and education services since Independence. Addressing a rally here on Saturday, he asked the people not to vote for the BJP or the Congress in the next Assembly elections and sought the support of youth for building a “new Haryana”. “I want to ask the BJP and the Congress why did they not improve the conditions of hospitals and schools in the last 70 years. Why work for the welfare of farmers was not done? Why efforts were not made for generating employment for youth? “The BJP and the Congress did not undertake these works during last 70 years because their intentions were not right,” Mr. Kejriwal alleged. “We (AAP government) are now carrying out (development) works in Delhi which was to be undertaken immediately after Independence. After running the government in Delhi for the last three years, I have understood that these works are possible and we have shown by doing it in Delhi,” he said. Asking voters not to repeat the mistake of “five year (Bhupinder Singh Hooda) and five year (Manohar Lal) Khattar,” Mr. Kejriwal said with the support of the youth his party will make Haryana “corruption-free”. “Youth is our biggest strength and with their help we changed Delhi. Now it is the turn of the youth of Haryana… We will build a new Haryana where farmers will get adequate price for their crops, good educational institutions and free medical treatment at hospitals, employment to youth,” the AAP leader said. Terming the crop insurance scheme a “big scam”, he claimed that farmers were deprived of their legitimate claims after their crops get damaged. “The crop insurance scheme, being run by the BJP government, is actually a big scam. Money is deducted from the accounts of farmers in the name of insurance which is like robbing them. Farmers tell us when they seek insurance claim on account of crop damage, they are told that they could not get claims until crop of 70% villagers gets damaged,” Mr. Kejriwal alleged.He said his government in Delhi pays direct compensation to farmers and ensures that ₹20,000 per acre is paid within two months.
A 45-year-old man attempted self-immolation at Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s “Jan Ashirwad Rath Yatra” in Sonipat on Monday, allegedly perturbed over the unemployment of his two sons. He sustained more than 50% burns and has been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak.Five more persons sustained burns in the incident. Chief Medical Officer, Sonipat, Ashwani Kumar, said all the five injured were out of danger, but one of them, Chandram, has also been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak, for better treatment.Rajesh, the victim, told mediapersons that he had met Mr. Khattar at Haryana Bhawan in 2016 seeking jobs for his two sons. He said the Chief Minister asked him to come to him after the vacancies for Group D jobs were advertised and assured help. But both his sons failed to make it in the recent appointments to Group D jobs. Rajesh, a worker at a factory in Rai, said he was worried about his sons’ future and set himself afire in protest.An eye-witness told The Hindu that Rajesh doused himself with an inflammable liquid soon after Mr. Khattar ended his speech at Rathdhana village around noon. He set himself afire and ran amok hugging people in the crowd, causing injuries to them as well. He was overpowered and taken to Civil Hospital in an ambulance along with the other injured.Mr. Khattar had kicked off his State-wide tour, ‘Jan Ashirwad Rath Yatra’, in Panchkula earlier this month ahead of the Assembly elections due in October. He will reach all the 90 Assembly segments of the State till September 8.‘75,000 govt. jobs’Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain claimed that 75,000 government jobs were given during the BJP rule and the appointments were made in a transparent manner.Sonipat SP Pratiksha Godara said a case was registered against Rajesh on charges of attempt to suicide and causing hurt. She said the preliminary investigation suggested that the man was “mentally unstable”.Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health, Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -7.30 p.m.
A heroic and historic century from Darren Bravo put West Indies in sight of the unlikeliest win in the first Test in Dubai on Monday before Pakistan finally prevailed by 56 runs on an absorbing final day of the day-night contest. (Scorecard)Chasing a daunting target of 346, Bravo compiled the eighth Test ton of his career to offer the faint prospect of a fantastic West Indies win after they had trailed by 222 on first innings following Pakistan’s monumental 579 for three.It was the first century to be scored in day-night Test cricket using the pink ball.Bravo’s patient batting, following his 87 in the first innings, kept alive West Indies’ hopes after Devendra Bishoo’s eight-wicket haul had brought them back into the match on the penultimate day.Yet once Bravo’s 249-ball vigil was ended when he became the seventh Windies victim, caught brilliantly for 116 by Yasir Shah off his own bowling, there was only going to be one fitting outcome to Pakistan’s 400th Test.Noble resistance from captain Jason Holder, unbeaten on 40, kept alive the faintest hopes of Windies survival into the final hour but the run-outs of tail-enders Miguel Cummins and Shannon Gabriel, as Holder attempted to farm the strike, ensured Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.
Press Release; September 16, 2014 zoom The Hanseatic, one of the two expedition ships of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, has become the first non-Russian cruise ship to navigate the Northeast Passage successfully. After a total of 6,032 nautical miles, the ship, which has the highest ice class for passenger ships, sailed into port at Bodö/Norway on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Hapag-Lloyd says in a release.The Northeast Passage is the legendary sea route in the Arctic Ocean, which runs along the north coasts of Asia and Europe, from the Bering Strait to the White Sea. On August 13, 2014, the Hanseatic set out from Nome/Alaska on its expedition – which included stops and stations at anchor off the Chukchi Peninsula and Wrangel Island – through the Kara Sea to Novaya Zemlya, the Barents Sea and Murmansk, which marks the end of the Northeast Passage.The HanseaticThe cruise was fully booked, with almost 300 people on board. The 18-metre-wide ship was loaded with 70 tonnes of provisions for the guests and crew. The crew organised 22 landings and tours with the 14 on-board Zodiacs, rubber boats, which are well suited to expeditions.Furthermore, the ship set a new record for passenger ships: during this expedition cruise the Hanseatic reached the northernmost point at 85°, 40.7′ north and 135°, 39.6′ east. At this latitude, the Hanseatic was just 480 kilometres from the North Pole.
The Nova Scotia legislature has sent to law amendments a billthat would ensure cemeteries continue to be maintained andoperated after their owners abandon them. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnettabled the legislation on Tuesday, April 20 following the actionsof Atlantic Cemetery Holdings Inc., which has ceased operating two cemeteries in Sydney and Alma, Pictou Co. “This has causedtremendous concern to people who have deceased family membersinterred in these cemeteries or awaiting burial, or who have paidin advance for funeral services,” Mr. Barnet said. “We are taking this action to ensure the right thing is done forthese people and to ensure no one has to go through thisuncertainty again. The amendments are needed because currentlegislation does not authorize the minister to take the actionrequired to protect consumers and ensure continued operation ofcemeteries.” Under amendments to the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act, theminister would have authority to appoint an administrator toensure that the day-to-day operations of a cemetery continues ifthe owner goes out of business or is unwilling to continueoperating the cemetery. “The administrator would be a temporarysolution until another operator or owner can be found,” theminister said. “This would include regular maintenance, whichwould be paid for from a perpetual care fund that all licensedcemetery owners are required to establish.” The registrar of cemeteries and funeral services, an employee ofService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, would have authorityto take control of pre-paid trust funds for the benefit of theconsumer and to order the cemetery owner to perform any functionsnecessary for the continued operations of the cemetery. Theseorders could be overturned only by a court. Today, the registrarcan only enforce rules requiring pre-paid accounts to be kept ina separate trust. The current law does not authorize theregistrar to access these accounts in the event of the cemeteryno longer operating. In February, Atlantic Cemetery Holdings decided to cease itsoperation of Heatherdale Cemetery in Pictou County and ForestHaven Cemetery in Cape Breton County. This left thousands of NovaScotians, who had paid in advance for burial plots and funeralservices, uncertain about their arrangements. The department hasconfirmed that pre-paid trust funds are in order and has receivedassurances from Atlantic Cemetery Holdings that remains awaitingburial will be interred within the next couple of weeks. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Amendments To Ensure CemeteryOperations Continue
The 14-meter, 48-year-old white spruce, donated by Ken and Donna Spinney, is a gift to Boston, continuing an annual tradition. “The people of Boston reached out to us during a dark time in our province’s history and this beautiful Nova Scotia Christmas tree expresses our deep thanks, once again, for neighbourly help that will never be forgotten,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “I thank the Spinney family for generously providing this year’s tree.” Teachers and students from Drumlin Heights Consolidated School, Ecole Pubnico-Ouest, and Ecole Bellville attending the tree-cutting ceremony. “It’s wonderful to have this big crowd here in honour of our tree and it’s just great to be part of the 40th anniversary of this Nova Scotia tradition,” said Donna Spinney. Yarmouth town crier Dave Olie rang a brass bell and delivered a declaration about the tree tradition while red-uniformed RCMP officers stood at attention. The gathering was addressed by Mr. Parker and District of Argyle Warden Aldric d’Entremont. Nova Scotia children’s author Bruce Nunn read from his book Buddy, the Bluenose Reindeer and the Boston Christmas Tree Adventure. Tanya Davis, poet laureate for Halifax Regional Municipality, read an original poem written for the occasion. The tree is being transported by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal via the Digby ferry, across the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, N.B., then down through Maine and on to Massachusetts. Each year since 1971, Nova Scotia has sent Boston a large Christmas tree in gratitude for help Bostonians provided after the devastating Halifax Explosion of Dec. 6, 1917. Boston provided medical personnel and supplies to help treat explosion victims. The tree’s travel route can be tracked online at http://www.gov.ns.ca. Photos of the tree at various locations en route will be posted on an online map. People can also follow the tree’s progress on Twitter at @novascotialife . The Nova Scotia tree will be lighted on the Boston Common on Dec. 1 at a ceremony attracting about 30,000 people and broadcast live on ABC television at 8 p.m. Atlantic time. NATURAL RESOURCES–Crowd Cheers 40th Boston Christmas Tree —————————————————————Hundreds of elementary school children cheered and waved small Nova Scotia flags as the province’s 40th Christmas tree for Boston was cut at a ceremony today, Nov. 15, in Central Argyle, Yarmouth Co.
Quoting Qatari news agency QNA, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani attended the meeting.The head of Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) and General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) is on a working visit to Qatar to attend the launch of the 12th annual International Exhibition of Internal Security and Civil Defense.Military and security officers and ministers attended the launch of the symposium. The event is marked by the participation of 219 companies from 24 countries, including 90 local companies.The companies will showcase their latest innovations in the field of public security, defense solutions and equipment, security and communications, radiation detection, and communications software throughout the three-day event.While in Qatar, Hammouchi and Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani held talks to discuss Qatari-Moroccan bilateral ties and issues of common interest.
SriLankan Airlines, the largest foreign carrier into India, resumed its services to the southern Indian city of Kochi on 30th August, which had been suspended since 15th August due to the worst flooding in the state of Kerala in nearly a century.Cochin International Airport was closed on August and reopened on 29th August, with the first flights being domestic services, followed shortly by international carriers. SriLankan’s first flight following the resumption departed Colombo at 0747 hours. In addition, passengers booked to fly from any point in the SriLankan Airlines network to Cochin, were able to fly to Trivandrum or any other destination in South India served by SriLankan, at no extra charge.SriLankan also temporarily increased its capacity between Trivandrum and Colombo to cater to the additional requirement. These included offering passengers booked to travel from Cochin to Colombo and onward destinations, the option of departing from Trivandrum or any other destination in South India served by SriLankan, at no extra charge. During the closure of the Cochin Airport SriLankan Airlines had introduced a series of measures to mitigate inconvenience to its valued passengers.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Benchmark crude price slides on concerns about US and global economies by News Staff Posted Jul 5, 2012 3:56 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – A slew of disappointing economic news spooked investors Thursday and pushed down the price of oil.Shoppers in the U.S. cut back on spending last month, leaving many retailers with tepid sales and concerns about consumer demand during the coming back-to-school season. Consumers drive about 70 per cent of U.S. economic growth. And the Institute for Supply Management reported that U.S. service companies appear to be struggling, as growth declined last month to the slowest pace in nearly two and a half years. Service companies, which include retail, construction, financial services, health care and hotels, employ about 90 per cent of the nation’s workers.On the brighter side, weekly jobless claims fell to a six-week low, offering some hope on the jobs front.Meanwhile, Europe and China lowered interest rates in an effort to spark consumer borrowing and spending. Interest rate cuts â€” and the expectation that they’ll increase economic growth and energy demand â€” have boosted oil prices in the past. This time, analysts said, investors are focusing most on what those moves say about the economy.“You have to ask why they are stimulating the economy in the first place,” independent analyst and trader Stephen Schork said. “We’re still in this economic malaise.”The U.S., China and Europe have instituted a number of government stimulus programs since the Great Recession, and analysts say investors are increasingly frustrated that the global economy continues to limp along.“We’re still in uncertain economic waters,” said Gene McGillian, a broker and oil analyst at Tradition Energy. “We need to see consistently better economic news, and there’s a general fear that we’re not going to see that any time soon.”Benchmark U.S. crude lost 44 cents to end the day at US$87.22 per barrel in New York â€” a slight drop following a jump of nearly $10 a barrel in less than a week.The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that the nation’s supplies of oil fell by 4.3 million barrels last week. Analysts expected a decline of two million barrels, according to Platts, the energy-information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.A drop in oil supplies usually pushes prices higher. But analysts pointed out that the U.S. has more oil on hand than in the past 22 years, and crude stocks are almost 12 per cent above the five-year average. The country also used less oil and gasoline last week, compared with a year ago.Overseas, Norway’s Statoil said that striking oil workers will force it to shut down production in the North Sea by 1.2 million barrels per day. That’s nearly as much oil lost on world markets last year during the Libyan uprising.Brent crude, which comes from the North Sea, rose by 93 cents Thursday to end at $100.70 per barrel in London. Brent crude helps set the price for oil imported into the U.S. that is used to make gasoline.In other futures trading, heating oil added nearly a penny to end at $2.768 per gallon, and wholesale gasoline rose 4.19 cents to finish at $2.7648 per gallon. Natural gas rose by 4.6 cents to finish at $2.9450 per 1,000 cubic feet.___Follow Chris Kahn on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ChrisKahnAP(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE)
“I share the sadness of his bereaved family, the Government and people of Bangladesh,” the Secretary-General said in his remarks in New York.Mr. Rahman died on 20 March in Singapore from reported respiratory problems. The 193-member General Assembly paid tribute to the late president before starting its deliberations today. “Despite such sad news, the people of Bangladesh have many reasons to feel positive about their future, and the late president can rest proud in the knowledge that his country has advanced dramatically since independence 42 years ago,” Mr. Ban continued. He called Mr. Rahman “one of the country’s leading political figures” whose reward in the final years was the presidency, “an acknowledgement of a lifetime of dedication.” Mr. Rahman had taken office in 2009 while already in his 80s.Noting the positive changes in Bangladesh in the past decade, Mr. Ban praised the progress made in achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in education, maternal mortality and access to fresh water and sanitation.“Bangladesh is on track to graduate from the ranks of the least developed countries,” Mr. Ban said, noting that challenges remain, including population grown, raising food prices and unemployment.The head of the UN also praised the country’s efforts to empower women, particularly the roles played by Bangladeshi women police officers serving in UN peacekeeping missions.“They are showing women and men in the countries where they serve that there is nothing that a woman cannot do,” Mr. Ban said. He added that the country’s top political role is currently filled by a woman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.In his speech, Mr. Ban also noted the impact of the tornado that struck Brahmanbaria district on 22 March.“My heart also goes out to the families who lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods,” he said, adding that it is one more reminder of the growing vulnerability of the people of Bangladesh to climate change.
Amina Mohammed said recent joint efforts by the four of the region’s affected countries – Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria – have resulted in “considerable progress” in the fight against the extremists, including the liberation of hostages as well as territorial gains.However, she reported that the group has stepped up the use of women and girls as suicide bombings, while children were deployed in 135 such attacks in 2017: a five-fold increase over the previous year. “It is now key to stabilize the areas that have been reclaimed, and that we seize the opportunity to really promote sustainable development,” said the UN deputy chief, speaking via videoconference from Liberia where she is participating in celebrations to mark the end of the UN peacekeeping mission in that country, known as UNMIL.Ms. Mohamed was joined by Mohammed Bila, a representative of the Lake Chad Basin Commission based in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, and Senior Conflict Advisor at Adelphi, Chitra Nagarajan, in painting a picture of the factors behind people’s suffering in the Lake Chad Basin and driving some to terrorism one year after the Council adopted its first resolution on the activities of Boko Haram in the strife-torn region. Boko Haram, an Islamist militant organization based in north-east Nigeria, has carried out raids, suicide bombings and kidnappings across the Lake Chad region over the past decade.Their operations have led to displacement, insecurity, destruction of infrastructure and what Ms. Mohammed described as a “complex and dire” humanitarian situation, with nearly 11 million people requiring assistance.The group gained international notoriety in 2014 after abducting more than 270 girls from a Government school in Chibok, Nigeria. It is believed to be behind the kidnapping last month of 110 schoolgirls from the Nigerian town of Dapchi, most of whom were safely returned this week.Overall, Boko Haram has abducted more than 4,000 women and girls, according to the UN deputy chief, who added that those who return to their communities are often stigmatized. As the violation of human rights continues to fuel insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin region, Ms. Mohammed said investing in community justice mechanisms will be essential for reconciliation, as well as for ensuring accountability and promoting peace.She stressed the need to incorporate human rights and gender dimensions into activities aimed at countering terrorism or preventing violent extremism.For example, she said the increase in Boko Haram’s use of women and girls as suicide bombers could be due to a lack of women security officers who can search other women at checkpoints.And she called for more international action to support children affected by the upheaval in the region.Chitra Nagarajan, a Senior Conflict Advisor with the think tank Adelphi, who is based in north-east Nigeria, also used her briefing to touch on the gender-related aspects of the crisis and also its impact on persons with disabilities.In addition to the threats outlined by Ms. Mohammed, she spoke of how women and girls are pushed into early marriage with combatants, for example, or they fall victim to sexual abuse and exploitation, including at the hands of people who are supposed to protect them.“Men and older boys are often the first to flee insecure areas,” she said, speaking via videoconference from the city of Maiduguri.It is now key to stabilize the areas that have been reclaimed [from Boko Haram], and that we seize the opportunity to really promote sustainable development — UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed“They are deliberately targeted, killed and forcibly recruited by armed groups. They’re viewed suspicion, arrested, and detained by security agencies, and they are involved in fighting, leaving women of all ages, as well as girls, younger boys and older men struggling to cope.”The Security Council meeting took place as the United Nations marked World Water Day, which focusses attention on the importance of managing freshwater resources.Mohammed Bila, a Remote Sensing Expert with the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), a decades-old initiative to regulate and control the use of water and other natural resources in the region, spoke of how climate change has had an impact on water governance.He said the shrinking of Lake Chad has affected communities which depended on its shoreline to grow crops, leading to increased competition for water, accusations of river diversion, loss of livelihoods and social tensions.He told the Council that the environmental monitoring network there is “inadequate, sparse, poorly funded and operated,” with only one water level measurement station for the entire lake.“The environmental challenges facing the Lake Chad basin are interconnected to the challenges of climate change faced by the region of the Sahel of Africa,” he said.“The Sahel is increasingly facing extreme variability of climate resulting in frequent droughts, short-duration high-intensity rainfall, desertification, water scarcity, land degradation, and ultimately food insecurity. Consequently, addressing the climatic root causes of local challenges through risk assessment and management will require a similar solution at the Sahel regional level.”
EU FINANCE MINISTERS have been edging towards a difficult compromise this evening on a Banking Union they hope will prevent a repeat of crippling crises and inject new impetus into the European economy.Ministers voiced optimism they would reach a “political accord” during what are expected to be marathon talks in Brussels, but several predicted a further emergency meeting would be needed to thrash out the details.Arriving in the city yesterday, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said there were still “several points” of difference, and warned that another meeting may have to take place “before Christmas”.The ministers broke off talks in the late afternoon and then resumed at 7:30pm, with one EU official warning “it is becoming increasingly clear it could be very late.”The aim is to create a pan-European body that can wind up failing lenders and stop damage in the banking sector bleeding through into the real economy.This body — dubbed the Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) — would also have a pot of cash at its disposal to deal with the costs of collapsed banks so the taxpayer does not have to pick up the bill, a situation which forced Ireland into its international bailout.The SRM would go hand-in-hand with an already agreed Single Supervisory Mechanism under which the European Central Bank will scrutinise the top 130 or so eurozone banks directly, and thousands more indirectly via national authorities.© – AFP 2013 with additional reporting by Daragh BrophyRead: ‘We’re only barely getting off the ground’: Noonan dismisses boom suggestionsMore: Troika will conduct six-monthly monitoring visits to Ireland >
Deloitte, Herbert Smith Freehills, Royal Mail, Southbank Centre and Unilever are among the winners at the 2016 Business in the Community (BITC) Workplace Gender Equality Awards.The awards recognise organisations that have demonstrated leadership in creating equal and inclusive workplaces for women.The awards ceremony (20 April 2016) coincided with the release of the The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2016 list, published in partnership with BITC as part of its Responsible Business Week. Arup, EDF Energy, Linklaters, MI5, Microsoft UK, PepsiCo, the Royal Navy, Sky and Tata Consultancy Services are among the employers included on this year’s list.The full list of winners at the 2016 Business in the Community Workplace Gender Equality Awards is as follows:Engaging women award – Southbank Centre.Female FTSE 100 award – Unilever UK.Female FTSE executive women award – Kingfisher.Game changer award – Southbank Centre.Inclusive leader award: gender champion – Geraldine Huse at Procter and Gamble.Inclusive leader award: people manager – Philip Goodstone at EY.Progression award – Goldman Sachs International.Talent pipeline award – Royal Mail Group.Transforming cultures award – Herbert Smith Freehills.Transparency award – Deloitte.Kathryn Nawrockyi, gender equality director at Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to all our 2016 award winners and finalists. They have demonstrated that working to achieve equality is about more than just creating ‘opportunities for women’; it’s about creating workplaces and ways of working that work for both women and men. We are challenging employers to rethink traditional approaches to creating an equal division of work and power between women and men, and I hope that tonight’s winners and finalists will inspire other employers to be bold and innovative.”Fiona Jackson, head of strategic resourcing at EDF Energy, which is listed on The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2016 list, added: “To recruit and retain the best and most diverse talent, we know that creating a culture of inclusion is fundamental. Our employees and networking groups have been at the forefront of driving change and we’re delighted that their efforts have been formally recognised by Business in the Community.”Nupur Singh Mallick, HR director at Tata Consultancy Services UK and Ireland, which is also listed, said: “At Tata Consultancy Services, we work hard to provide a supportive environment for all our associates and to help them to achieve their full potential at work. Given the need for more women to pursue careers in the IT industry, both in the UK and globally, we want to show that working in tech can be hugely fulfilling and rewarding. Our goal is to create an environment where women are encouraged to be ambitious and confident, and to be role models within our business.”Miriam Ort, head of HR at PepsiCo, which was recognised in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2016, said: “Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential for our business to work at its best. Our commitment to attracting and retaining high-calibre employees means we must be equally compelling to talent across genders. We’re delighted to win this award for the ninth year in a row, it reflects the results we have achieved with our ongoing work to make PepsiCo a top [organisation] for talent in the UK.”
Sled dog racing is Alaska’s state sport and Gov. Sean Parnell has officially endorsed Alaska as a “right to mush” state.Download AudioOn Monday Parnell signed a resolution “recognizing, honoring, supporting, and encouraging support for dog mushing and dog mushers” in Alaska.Nome residents Diana Haecker and Nils Hahn drafted House Concurrent Resolution 24 to safeguard the sport and its human and canine participants throughout the state.Explaining the cultural significance of mushing in Alaska, Haecker said, “It has it’s place in history, it’s place in the present, and I think more important certainly it’s place in the future, and we felt it needed to be preserved.”Haecker and Hahn run their own kennel and modeled the resolution off the nation’s “right to farm” statutes, which protect farmers and ranchers from nuisance lawsuits complaining of farming-related activities like noise or smell.Alaska’s “right to mush” resolution is not statutory but rather signifies the legislature’s support of mushing and its significance to the culture and people of Alaska.“It’s more of a symbolic resolution,” Haecker explained, “but I think it also speaks that every legislator in the state has agreed that mushing is worth preserving and that it is an acceptable activity in the state.”The pair created the resolution after mushers across the state began reporting harassment like obstructed trails, traps set on trails, and lawsuits threatening kennel operations.The resolution received state-wide support from the Alaska Federation of Natives, the Association of Village Council Presidents, and the Willow Area Community Organization. Four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey and 15-time Iditarod finisher Mike Williams Sr. rallied behind its passage. Nome Kennel Club President Chrystie Salesky signed a resolution of support.“It gives backing to us,” Salesky said, speaking on behalf of the Nome Kennel Club, “reassuring us from the state that this is something that they want to see continued and not cease to exist.”Salesky points out many mushers engage in the sport recreationally rather than competitively though some still use teams to run trap lines and haul wood. Salesky said the resolution goes beyond protecting a sport to sustaining a lifestyle.“Even though we have all these races going on,” Salesky explained, “there’s a lot of people in smaller communities— Nome, too— where we’re just recreational mushers, but it’s still our way of life. And it’s just great to have something in effect from the state that supports our way of life so mushing can still continue to thrive into the future.”Rep. Neal Foster carried the resolution through the House.Addressing the legislature during a floor speech in March, Foster said in support of the resolution, “It’s good for the state because it’s an image of the state. When people think of Alaska, they also think of dog mushing. And it’s great for the economy, because so many people come from other states to Alaska to see the various races. So we see this as a positive thing, you know, and we just want to let folks know that we support them.” Both the House and Senate unanimously passed the resolution in March as Iditarod finishers were crossing beneath the burled arch in Nome.
Amaravati: The Canara Bank is getting ready to auction the properties of YCP leader Potluri Vara Prasad (PVP), as part of recovering the loan amount of Rs 148.90 crore. Previously, PVP Capital Limited had taken a loan from the Canara Bank, and later became a defaulter. The non-payment loan amount has reached to Rs 148.90 crore along with interest. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Over not responding to the notices, the bank officials have decided to auction off the assets. In 2003, PVP Capital took the loan from the bank for which PVP and his wife Jhansi has given the surety. Their another company, PVP Ventures Limited, also agreed to be a corporate guarantor. In a statement, the bank officials said they have decided to auction 24,355.29 square meters of land belongs to the company in Perambur village near Chennai to recover the loan amount.
All last season, whenever The Flash was struggling, I could always count on Legends of Tomorrow to cheer me right back up. After last night, it’s clear that will continue to be the case this season. As The Flash tries to bounce back from season three and get its story going, Legends of Tomorrow continues to have everything figured out. After last week’s story-packed episode, the Legends try to get back to fixing anachronisms. Unfortunately for them, the events of last week have complicated things a bit. They once again have a trio of supervillains doing everything they can to stop the Legends from succeeding. Also, two of them have switched bodies. There’s almost a risk of too much going on in this episode, but it actually pulls it off. I guess when your show is all about chaotic superhero hijinks, you learn to write them very well.The insanity starts when Ray builds a machine that should safely sever the connection between Martin and Jax. It doesn’t. Instead, it overloads and causes them to switch bodies. The best part of all this is Franz Drameh and Victor Garber doing their best impressions of each other. It’s pretty amazing to watch and got me cackling almost every time they were on screen. Drameh’s old professor voice is already the best part of this entire season. Also great are the rest of the crew’s reactions to what happened. They aren’t surprised or even all that angry. They’re just annoyed, like it happens all the time. Especially Sara Lance, who has clearly learned to pick her battles and decides that this isn’t one of them. They have an anachronism to fix.Todd Thomson as Eddie Rothberg, Bar Paly as Helen of Troy and Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)This episode brought the Legends back to old Hollywood, where an extremely beautiful woman wandered onto a set one day. Two studios started fighting over her, leading to literal murders and the crumbling of the nascent American film industry. That woman was Helen of Troy. The episode never tries to explain why Helen’s mere presence causes men to fight, but acknowledges that it happens no matter what time she’s in. The studios treat her like a queen, and men start getting into fights over who knocked down a fake pillar in front of her. Soon, she’s poached by an executive from Warner Bros., and things deteriorate from there. Even the male Legends are rendered completely useless by her presence. That works out fine because it means the women get most of the fun scenes in this episode. It’s been a while since they got to show off their skills.The really cool thing about this episode is its exploration of Helen’s character. It’s one of the few Trojan War-related works that tries to imagine what she must have thought of all this. She hates being treated like an object to be won in war. When the Legends show up to take her back, she flees at first. Men still may be fighting for her in this new time, but at least they aren’t killing each other. Yet. Yeah, once the Hollywood executives start shooting guns at each other, she realizes it’s time to go.Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya/Vixen and Tracy Ifeachor as Kuasa (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Of course, the whole thing is complicated by Damien Darhk, his daughter Nora and Kuasa. Darhk has been posing as Helen’s agent, encouraging her to cause more chaos. We didn’t learn much about Mallus’s ultimate plans this season, but we now know that the anachronisms are important. He wants to create chaos across time for reasons that are still unknown. That gives the legends a nice driving force for the rest of the season, and ensures that they’ll run up against the Darhks and Kuasa more often, rather than them being occasional villains. The three of them make a scary effective team, and it’s much more fun to watch the Legends tangle with them than the Time Bureau. It also leads to some fantastic fight scenes, Sara and Damien swordfighting one-on-one is always cool, and so is the big climactic moment when Hedy Lamarr (yeah, she’s in this too) convinces Martin and Jax to make Firestorm even in their switched state. That means we got to see Victor Garber in a the fire-suit blasting as much fire as he can at the Darhk family.Adding even more excitement to the scene was the fact that parts of the Waverider kept disappearing. It’s always great when Legends of Tomorrow plays with the ripple effects of time travel. Because Helen of Troy replaced Hedy Lamarr, she never got her break in Hollywood. She gave up on her dreams and never invented anything. (Seriously, Hedy Lamarr was a genius, and it’s so cool that the show makes that a major plot point.) Because technology is always building off previous work, no Lamarr means no functioning Waverider. The lights go out adding yet more drama to an already tense confrontation between Kuasa and Amaya. Thankfully, Helen is inspired by all the fighting she’s seen the women do and stabs Kuasa, who turns into water and escapes to save herself.Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson and Celia Massingham as Hedy Lamarr (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)As much as this episode was Victor Garber’s time to shine, the coolest character arc was Helen’s. She sees Sara, Amaya and Zari fight and is so glad that one day women have more control over their lives than she ever did. She’s inspired to fight and when she laments having to go back to a much worse life in Troy, Zari finds a loophole for her. This leads to a very obvious bit of DC fanservice, but it’s cool enough that I don’t mind. Zari notices that Helen now disappeared halfway through the war, but everything else played out the way it was supposed to. With that knowledge they take Helen back to her own time, but drop her on an island full of women: Themyscira. So wait… does that mean Helen of Troy was an Amazon? And does this mean that a Wonder Woman series could happen? I know she’s more of a movie hero at this point, but how great would an Arrowverse version be? Even if it doesn’t lead to anything, which it probably won’t, the reference was pretty cool.This was a strong episode on its own, giving us a promising look at what the rest of the series could be. It would have been easy for the Darhks and Kuasa to fade into the background for a few episodes after last week. Instead, they’re a major part of the story. They can still participate in these anachronism-of-the-week episodes and make them better without stealing all the focus or bogging them down. If the season continues like this, Legends of Tomorrow might become my favorite Arrowverse TV show. Stay on target DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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