Prairie Nurse at LFT plays falling in love for laughs

PORT DOVER A couple of prairie nurses will be coming to the Lighthouse Festival Theatre from July 25 to Aug. 10.Directed by Audrey Dwyer and written by Marie Beath Badian, Prairie Nurse stars Maia Alvina, Lia Luz, Simon Gagnon, Carmen Grant, David Leyshon, Hallie Seline and Kristian Truelsen.“Prairie Nurse is a farcical comedy that is about falling in love and seeing people for who they really are,” said Dwyer.The story follows two Filipino nurses — Alvina and  Luz — who travel to a small town in Saskatchewan to work in a hospital in the late 1960s. It is based on the true story of Badian’s mother’s immigration to Canada.“It’s about intention, and super objective and focusing on what each and every character wants in the play,” Dwyer said about her approach to the directing.Alvina, of Toronto, had wanted to see the show when it played in her city. She was unable to make it to any of the performances but she spent time researching the story and the playwright.“My agent subtly sent me an email asking if I wanted to do this show and I jumped all over them,” said Alvina. “I was over the moon when I found out I was part of the cast.”The actors said they are learning more about their families in the process.Luz said she found out that similar situations to those in the play happened to members of her family during their immigration to Canada.“I just loved seeing that these two characters are Filipino,” she said. “We don’t see a lot of Filipino people in the media, or in any art form really. They’re Filipino, they’re not a stereotype, and that just made me so excited.”Alvina and Luz said the play is about more than the race of the main characters.“What’s really beautiful about the play itself is that it’s just two different women trying to establish themselves that happen to be Filipino,” said Alivna. “It’s a very human play and there’s representation on all fronts.”“I feel like, at its core, it’s about being human,” said Luz.“You see all of these people just trying to get to what they want to achieve. We might have different colour skin, we might be from a different place, but, at the end of the day, we’re all here together.”Prairie Nurse will open on July 25 at 8 p.m. Ticket information is available on the Lighthouse Festival Theatre read more

Security Council members urge implementation of latest resolution on Middle East

The statement, delivered following consultations on Friday evening, refers to resolution 1435. Adopted early Tuesday morning, that text demanded that Israel immediately cease measures in and around Ramallah, including the destruction of Palestinian civilian and security infrastructure. It also demanded the “expeditious withdrawal of the Israeli occupying forces from Palestinian cities towards the return to the positions held prior to September 2000.” In addition, it called for a halt to violence, “including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction.”The resolution also called on the Palestinian Authority to meet its expressed commitment to bring to justice those responsible for terrorist acts, and backed efforts of the diplomatic Quartet – the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and United States – which two weeks ago outlined a roadmap for achieving a final settlement of the conflict in three years.Meanwhile in the region, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, was with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat yesterday as Israel lifted the siege. Speaking to reporters, the envoy emphasized the need to use that development as a springboard towards fulfilling the rest of resolution 1435. read more

On remembrance day for Rwandas genocide victims UN urges action on Darfur

The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Juan E. Mendez, said the international community had failed by allowing the events of Rwanda to happen, and while stopping short of describing events in Darfur as genocide, he highlighted the increasing killings going on and said the situation had deteriorated markedly over the past year.“Remembering Rwanda, debates about troop strength on the ground and about mandate of our troops on the ground are very eerily reminiscent of what happened then and we’re still debating today,” Mr. Mendez told reporters in New York, referring to ongoing discussions on how to stop the killings in Darfur, by possibly strengthening the African Union force there or putting in a UN mission.“There’s definitely ethnic cleansing, there’s definitely crimes against humanity, there’s definitely war crimes and attacks on civilian population; all of those things should prompt the action of the international community, whether we call it genocide or not,” he added.Since becoming the Special Adviser in July 2004, Mr. Mendez has visited Darfur twice, and made various recommendations to the Secretary-General and to the Security Council about what needs to be done in the strife-torn region, consisting of four main themes that he says should be addressed simultaneously as much as possible.“One is protection, meaning physical protection from harm of vulnerable populations…the second one is humanitarian assistance…the third is accountability: the cycle of impunity has to be broken before the victims can expect to find conditions of security that will allow them to return…and the fourth is support for the peace process.”Echoing today’s remarks to reporters, Mr. Mendez also wrote an Op-Ed on the 12th year commemoration that was published by several European and Asian newspapers, in which he also stressed that despite international obligations – such as the 1948 Genocide Convention – the global response continues to fall short of what is required.“We cannot claim to have learned the lessons of the 1994 Rwandan genocide if our action in the face of genocidal violence remains half-hearted. Action is particularly needed in Darfur, where the threat of genocide continues to loom large,” he wrote.Elsewhere in the world commemorations to mark the Rwandan massacres took on a similar sombre tone, including a minute’s silence for the victims in a gathering at the UN Office in Nairobi, Kenya, and further calls to the world community to make sure such horror never gets repeated.“If the international community had acted promptly and with determination, it could have stopped most of the killing. But the political will was not there, nor were the troops,” the Deputy Executive Director of UN Habitat, Inga Björk-Klevby, told UN and other officials, echoing the words of the Secretary-General in a speech he made in 2004 marking the Memorial Conference on the Rwanda Genocide.“If the United Nations, government officials, the international media and other observers had paid more attention to the gathering signs of disaster, and taken timely action, it might have been averted.”In Geneva, the UN Under-Secretary-General Sergei Ordzhonikidze expressed similar sentiments at a ceremony at the Palais des Nations, describing the events of 1994 as a “stark reminder to the world, of the dangers that prejudice and discrimination can breed.” read more

Mens U18 EHF EURO 2018 Israel take first point Hungary beat Spain

U18 EHF EURO 2018U18 handball ← Previous Story Can Celebi is back to RK Nexe Nasice Next Story → Veselin Vujovic wants Milic and Ocvirk in Nis The Men’s U18 EHF EURO 2018 began on Thursday in two Croatian cities – Koprivnica and Varazdin. Israel took an important point in battle with Serbia after -5 (20:25) only five minutes before the final buzzer. Hungary beat Spain 22:19, while France outplayed Norway 30:29 in a “replay” of the last senior WCh 2017 final.Here are the results, but also schedule for the Day 2.Results of the first round:Group ASerbia – Israel 25:25Croatia – Portugal 37:21Group B:Romania – Denmark 22:24France – Norway 30:29Group C:Hungary – Spain 22:19Germany – Russia 21:20Group D:Sweden – Slovenia 29:21Iceland – Poland 25:20Schedule of the second round:Serbia – Portugal 18.30Croatia – Israel 20.30Group B:Romania – France 14.30Denmark – Norway 16.30Group C:Germany – Hungary 18.30Russia – Spain 20.30Group D:Poland – Slovenia 14.30Sweden – Iceland 16.30PHOTO: EHF / HRS, Cabra / Hocevar read more

Mexico Leader of powerful Zetas drug cartel killed in shootout report

first_imgTHE MEXICAN NAVY said late last night that the leader of the Zetas, a powerful drug cartel implicated in a grisly string of mass killings, was apparently killed in a shootout near the US border.The navy said in a statement that it was still awaiting final forensic results, but that the body appeared to be Heriberto Lazcano, aka “El Lazca,” the leader of the feared cartel made up of former commandos.The shootout reportedly occurred in Coahuila, one of the border states that have been at the epicentre of Mexico’s vicious drug war, believed to have claimed some 60,000 lives since the launch of a military crackdown in 2006.“Two suspected criminals were killed during an assault with grenades and firearms against naval personnel” on patrol Sunday in the small town of Progreso in the northern border state, the navy said in its statement.It added that after the shootout troops recovered a grenade launcher, a tube used for firing rockets and 12 grenades.Lazcano is one of the two main leaders of the divided cartel and one of Mexico’s most wanted men, with a $2.6 million reward for information leading to his capture. The United States has set the award at $5 million.Mexican federal prosecutors have said Lazcano broke with the other leader, Miguel Trevino Morales, aka “Z-40″ — known for cruelly dispatching his enemies — leading to a schism in the cartel.Immigrant massacreEarlier, Mexican authorities had announced the arrest of a Zetas commander allegedly linked to the massacre of 72 immigrants, the murder of an American and two massive jail breaks.Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo was presented to the press by the Mexican navy along with five alleged accomplices. They were captured Saturday in Nuevo Laredo, a border city in the northern state of Tamaulipas.Martinez was the “presumed intellectual author” of a massacre of 72 illegal immigrants whose bodies were found in San Fernando, Tamaulipas in August 2010, Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara said.More than 60,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon put the military in charge of a campaign against organized crime.US authorities say the Zetas are one of Mexico’s most powerful gangs alongside the Pacific region’s Sinaloa federation, led by fugitive billionaire Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.Much of the northeast is in the clutches of the Zetas cartel, which was founded by former Mexican special forces soldiers who went rogue and are known for decapitating and dismembering their enemies.The Zetas were originally hired as enforcers for the Gulf Cartel but turned on their employers and have fought them for control of lucrative drug routes to the United States.Read: Why did the Mexican police shoot at a US government vehicle?Read: Mexico: Mayor-elect shot deadlast_img read more

Irelands Just Eat of salon bookings says Brexit is scaring investors away

first_img Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 1:42 PM Short URL 23,955 Views Ireland’s ‘Just Eat of salon bookings’ says Brexit is scaring investors away Beutifi raised €350,000 to open a London office and take on new staff. Read: ‘I could see my father’s business was failing, but no one listened to me’Read: Who is Jonathan Sugarman? Here’s what you need to know By Fora Staff Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images “Now that we have it in, it’s all guns blazing.”center_img Take me to Fora Apr 15th 2017, 1:42 PM 34 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Beutifi founder Richard Spence Source: Richard SpenceRecruitment driveLaunched in 2014, Beutifi is a website that allows salons with little or no web presence to handle appointments online. It has been described as the “Just Eat of salon bookings”.Between the UK and Ireland, there are now 1,800 firms listed on Beutifi following its acquisition of rival SalonAddict last year.“That was really to help us launch in the UK market,” Spence said. “We’re planning to use that strategy in other markets.”Spence wouldn’t be pushed to reveal where he has his eye on but said “over the next three years, we have a plan to enter a number of international markets”.“Now that we’ve closed this funding round, we can really focus on identifying where the opportunities are and start to work on that strategy.”The hair appointments business is ripe for disruption, Spence said, because the vast majority of salons are offline, and many still use paper and pens to manage appointments.That’s why Beutifi has launched a service to set up entire websites for salons to complement its booking tool.“(Salon owners) understand the need to move online,” Spence said. “It’s just that they’re too busy working on their business and working on clients to actually organise it … We literally will do everything for them.”Spence’s focus for the next six months is to improve Beutifi’s product and recruit staff to the firm’s Sandyford and London offices to roles in sales, account management and web development. That will see the firm’s workforce grow from four to 14 by year-end.When asked whether Beutifi, which booked a small loss for the year to the end of August, would look to raise money again, Spence said: “Our model is built in a way that we mightn’t have to, but our plans are kind of aggressive.“Subject to us wanting to launch into new markets as quickly as possible, it is something that we’ll probably look to do.”Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on SALON BOOKING STARTUP Beutifi’s latest fundraising round came in well behind schedule – and it blames Brexit for spooking investors.While it was previously reported that the three-year-old company planned to raise up to €500,000, it instead raised €350,000 in equity funding to open a new office in London and continue recruiting staff.The funding round was led by UK-based investors, although a number of Irish angel investors, the NDRC and state agency Enterprise Ireland also participated.Beutifi founder and chief executive Richard Spence told Fora that the funding drive was launched early last summer, but it “took a bit longer” to complete than was first expected because of Brexit.“The fund that we had gone with was made up of a lot of smaller, individual investors, who I think are maybe a little bit more risk-averse,” he said.After the UK’s EU referendum result was announced on 23 June, the investors were “a little bit uncertain as to what was happening”, he added.“I think the whole of the UK got a bit spooked. Everything kind of went into a bit of a slowdown. Our fund, in turn, didn’t raise enough to start investing in the startups that it had agreed to invest in. (Our fundraising) was just one of the many knock-on effects.”Spence said the experience was “frustrating and testing, but we were just so focused on getting it in”. Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images Share Tweet Email last_img read more

Government set to decide whether to sign off on €3bn National Broadband

first_img Ministers Simon Harris and Paschal Donohoe speaking to reporters in Summerhill in Dublin today. Image: Christina Finn Short URL Friday 26 Apr 2019, 1:38 PM Apr 26th 2019, 1:38 PM I have got a lot of different views in relation to this project but I think the imperative thing is that we allow the work that is underway in relation to the broadband plan to come to conclusion. “That will he happening and then the Cabinet will be briefed on all of the different issues in relation to it and all of the different opportunities in relation to it.The minister said the plan that has gone now “a very extensive tendering process”, adding that the government is now aware of the many “different costs and complexities that are involved in relation to a project of this scale and because of this, Cabinet will be well informed and well placed to make a good decision on what is a really important investment in our country’s future”. Ministers Simon Harris and Paschal Donohoe speaking to reporters in Summerhill in Dublin today. FINANCE AND PUBLIC EXPENDITURE Minister Paschal Donohoe has said he will take into account all of the advice he has received in relation to whether the government should press on with the National Broadband Plan at a cost of €3 billion. The National Broadband Plan, first announced in 2012, aims to bring high-speed internet to parts of the country – smaller towns and one-off homes – that are unlikely to be viable business prospects for commercial providers.The plan has since been beset by delays and setbacks, including the withdrawal of Eir and rival broadband infrastructure giant Siro, a joint venture between Vodafone and ESB, from the bidding process.US-based investment firm Granahan McCourt is the only firm still vying for the contract for the project, which it plans to build with a group of subcontractors. SSE had been part of its consortium, however the energy giant pulled out of the group in July.A contract had been expected to be awarded last year, with then communications minister Denis Naughten – who eventually quit his ministerial post over a series of controversial meetings with Granahan McCourt chief David McCourt – saying the network should take three to five years to complete once the deal was signed. The Taoiseach has said the cost of providing high-speed broadband to 500,000 homes will be “many multiples” of what was anticipated originally, placing a figure of €3 billion on the project. Advice on the projectFollowing speculation that the government will proceed with the project, Donohoe told reporters in Dublin today that he will “be taking account of all of the advice that is given to me in relation to the National Broadband Plan”.“It has gone through a very very extensive debate and process within my own government and with the Department of Communications,” he said, adding: Government set to decide whether to sign off on €3bn National Broadband Plan The plan aims to bring high-speed internet to smaller towns and one-off homes around Ireland.center_img Share Tweet Email1 By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,102 Views Image: Christina Finn No recommendation has been taken to government yet… but that will be happening, I believe, soon and I’ll be taking account of all the advice and views on that matter when I give my views on it. 105 Comments last_img read more

Semaine dinformation sur la santé mentale stopper la stigmatisation des malades

first_imgSemaine d’information sur la santé mentale : stopper la stigmatisation des maladesFrance – Cette semaine sera celle de l’information sur la santé mentale. Lors de cette 21e édition, environ 3.000 manifestations seront mises en place dans toute la France. Le thème de cette année est : “Santé mentale : comment en parler sans stigmatiser ?”, afin de stopper les préjugés envers les malades mentaux.Les manifestations sont ouvertes au grand public. Elles doivent permettre de sensibiliser aux problèmes et aux solutions qui existent pour les maladies mentales, tout en dédramatisant la situation des patients. La semaine veut également aider à la mise en place de réseaux de solidarité, de prévention et de soins, informer le public sur les différents lieux et moyens et sur le personnel d’aide gérant les troubles mentaux.À lire aussiInternet : passer ses nuits à surfer augmenterait le risque de maladie mentaleLa semaine d’information sur la santé mentale (Sism) a lieu à partir d’aujourd’hui, et se terminera le dimanche 21 mars 2010. Tous les ans, 3.000 manifestations sont organisées dans toute la France : expositions, films, journées portes ouvertes, conférences, pièces de théâtre… Les organisateurs de ces animations peuvent être les malades eux-mêmes, mais aussi leurs proches, des médecins, des psychologues, des membres d’association, des chercheurs, des enseignants, des artistes…Même si cette année, l’accent est mis sur la stigmatisation des malades mentaux et le regard de la société, des personnes souhaitant trouver de l’aide pourront recevoir lors des manifestations des éléments de réponse. Pour de plus amples informations, rendez-vous sur le site officiel de la Sism : 15 mars 2010 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

VIDEO Joan Lunden Snoop Dogg Legacy inductees and Big Boss Man family

first_img Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Brian Cage vs. Michael Elgin for the Impact World Title headlines tonight’s Slammiversary XVII RAW Preview: Strowman vs. Lashley in a Falls Count Anywhere Match, Live Post-Show tonight Twittercenter_img Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Results – 7/1/19 (Extreme Rules build continues, Falls Count Anywhere match) WWE has posted video clip from Saturday’s Class of 2016 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Dallas. Below are clips of Joan Lunden accepting the Warrior Award, Snoop Dogg accepting his spot in the celebrity wing, the introduction of Legacy inductees and the family of the Big Boss Man accepting his award.last_img read more

MIA flight delayed after swarm of bees found on jets wing

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A passenger flight headed to New York City from Miami International Airport was delayed for hours, Monday afternoon, after bees were spotted on the outside of the plane.A 7News viewer sent in a picture of the swarm on one of the wings of the American Airlines jet bound to John F. Kennedy Airport.The airline called a beekeeper to get rid of the insects. Once the aircraft was bee free, crew members and passengers returned to the jet.The flight finally took off at 5:18 p.m., more than four hours after its scheduled departure time.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

KFD Reminds Revelers To Be Careful And Considerate With Fireworks

first_imgKenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker is asking revelers to be careful and considerate: “General safety is the biggest concern. With the snow on the ground we’re not concerned about wildland fires, but anytime you use fireworks safety precautions need to be taken seriously. Have an extinguisher nearby, and don’t let children use them without parent supervision. If people take the right precautions fireworks can be used safely, and we just encourage people to do that.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On the days of December 31st and January 1st only, a 48-hour period, a person over the age of eighteen may use salable fireworks within the City of Kenai. According to Kenai Municipal Code:Fireworks are to be used only for personal and private use on real property owned by the person, or other private property with the consent of the property owner. Fireworks are not allowed on public spaces like the beach, ballparks, etc. Fireworks are forbidden in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, except for planned, professional, permitted displays. Chief Tucker: “Outside of the City of Kenai fireworks are not allowed to be used, but within the city limits of Kenai you are allowed to use fireworks.”last_img read more

Incident of harassment involving Pakistan High Commission

first_imgNEW DELHI: An alleged incident of harassment involving an official of the High Commission of Pakistan was reported in January this year, the External Affairs Ministry said Thursday. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the allegations of harassment were denied by the Pakistani official and the victim also did not file any police complaint in the matter. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us He said the Indian government has, from time to time, taken up the “incidents of harassment, aggressive surveillance and intimidation” of the officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad with the authorities there. “Pakistan side has been asked to ensure safety and security of our diplomatic mission and its diplomatic and consular officials,” he said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “The government has made it clear that respective diplomatic missions should be allowed to function normally in keeping with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 and the bilateral Code of Conduct signed by the two countries in 1992,” he added. On March 30, 2018, Muraleedharan said, India and Pakistan mutually agreed to resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats and diplomatic premises in line with the 1992 Code of Conduct for the treatment of diplomatic or consular personnel in India and Pakistan. “The implementation of this understanding is regularly followed up through diplomatic channels,” he added.last_img read more

Suriyas NGK traileraudio launch release date is here

first_imgSuriya in NGK.PR HandoutWith little over a month for its release, the makers of upcoming movie NGK are now ready to start full-fledged promotions of the upcoming movie, which stars Suriya. It will formally commence with the audio and trailer release of the Selvaraghavan-directorial flick.The makers have now announced the audio and trailer release of NGK on Twitter. “Hi friends! Happy to let you know that the #NGK audio and trailer will be out on April 29th! Thank you all for your continued support and love! [sic]” the director posted on Twitter.A single titled Thandalkaaran was released recently and met with good response. Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed the music and the complete track list is expected to be out this weekend. The album is expected to have 4-5 tracks of different genres.Coming to the trailer, one expects the clip to have all the elements that are found in Suriya’s films to satisfy the hardcore fans as well as family audience. The teaser was well-received by cine-goers.The makers of NGK have planned to release the film in multiple languages on March 31.It is a political thriller in which Rakul Preet Singh and Sai Pallavi are playing the female leads. Jagapathi Babu plays the usual baddie character with Mansoor Ali Khan, Ponvannan, Thalaivasal Vijay, Vela Ramamoorthy, Aruldoss and others in the supporting cast.The movie has Sivakumar Vijayan’s cinematography and Praveen KL’s editing.last_img read more

Buying an iPhone 8 Here are some offers you should look at

first_img Close If you are buying the newest offering from technology giant Apple — the iPhone 8 –, online retailers, Citibank and Jio, Flipkart and Amazon have lined up impressive exchange and buyback deals.CitiBank has the coolest offer of the lot: the bank is offering a flat Rs 10,000 cashback on the new iPhone available for pre-booking, the cheapest offer.Depending on the requirement, one can team up with other companies to get the best deal. Reliance Jio is offering to give you 70 percent of the iPhone’s value (before tax) if you upgrade to a new one within a year.With the Reliance Jio offer, if one purchases an Apple iPhone 8 (64 GB) at a price of Rs 64,000, the consumer will get around Rs 39,500 if he upgrades to the new model within a year, Business Standard (BS) reported.But the Jio offer comes with a catch; to avail the offer, the customer must take the special Jio plan for the iPhone. Jio has come up with a Rs 799 a month plan for the new iPhone that buyers need to take if they want to avail the Jio iPhone 8 offer.”On an average, iPhone users keep the device for two years. But if you want to upgrade the phone, the offer makes a lot of sense as Apple does not run upgrade programs in India as it does in the US. The user will spend less, but more often than he would in the past,” the business daily quoted Raju PP, who runs personal technology blog as saying.Indian online retailer Flipkart hasn’t missed the opportunity to tap iPhone 8 buyers — if an individual buys the phone on Flipkart, he will get a guaranteed exchange value by paying a token Rs 9.In case of the buyer wishes to exchange the iPhone 8 Plus (64 GB) for another Apple handset within six-eight months he will get a Rs 38,000 credit. An exchange happening in a 9-12 month period will fetch Rs 30,000, while between 12-15 months the credit would be Rs 23,000, BS reported. Apple iPhone 8 Plus (64 GB) has been priced at a whopping Rs 73,000.In case you miss the pre-order offers, there is a great possibility that cashback will be back soon with the Diwali sale in October inching closer. Many experts feel that you won’t lose much if you wait a few weeks. Apple launch live screenshot IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Apple iPhone 8 – Top 5 highly anticipated featureslast_img read more

Economy and markets All you need to know to start your day

first_imgA trader reacts as he watches screens on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Feb 5, 2018.ReutersAsian shares advanced on Tuesday, tracking gains in the U.S. equities on easing concerns over President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs.Republicans, including House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Representative Kevin Brady urged Trump to reconsider the planned tarriffs on imported steel and aluminum.Impact of Italy’s election was limited to a mild sell-off in Italian bonds and stocks after exit polls showed no outright winner on Sunday, with voters backing anti-establishment parties in record numbers.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.5 percent while Japan’s Nikkei jumped 2.0 percent.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 climbed 1.1 percent Monday, its second straight day of gains.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex declined 300 points or 0.88 percent to close at 34,746 on Monday.The partially convertible rupee closed at 65.11 on Monday, up 0.09 percent from its previous close of 65.17.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.8 percent, while foreign investors have bought $108 million and $1 billion in equity and debt markets, respectively.Policy decisions: Reserve Bank of Australia monetary policy decision on Tuesday, followed by the European Central Bank on Thursday. Bank of Japan monetary policy decision and briefing on Friday.Crude check: Brent crude gained 0.27 percent at $65.72 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.3 percent at $62.74 a barrel.last_img read more

Production of onion potato and tomato falls marginally in 201718 Agriculture ministry

first_imgReuters fileProduction of onion, potato, and tomato has fallen marginally in the 2017-18 crop year ended June 30, the agriculture ministry said today.As per the ministry’s third advance estimate, onion output is likely to be around 22 million tonnes (MT) during the reported period, lower than 22.4 MT in 2016-17. Similarly, potato production is estimated to remain flat at 48.5 MT as against 48.6 MT in 2016-17, while tomato output is projected at 19.4 MT as against 20.7 MT earlier.However, the overall production of vegetables is estimated to be higher by one percent to 179.7 MT over the previous year, the data showed. In case of fruits, the output is projected at 97 MT, higher by 4.5 percent from the previous year. Total horticulture production is estimated at 306.8 MT, up 2.05 percent from 2016-17.The third advance estimate for horticulture crops have been prepared on the basis of information received from state departments and agencies like Directorate of Areca nut and Spices Development (DASD), Directorate of Cashew & Cocoa Development (DCCD) and National Bee Board (NBB).According to Hindu report, the total area under horticulture crops is up by 3.26 percent at 25.66 million hectares (mha) from 24.85 mha in 2016-17. At 48.5 mt, potato production is projected to be slightly lower than 48.61 mt in 2016-17, whereas a slump is expected in the output of onions, which is down 1.8 percent at 22 mt. The highest decrease in production among major vegetable crops, however, was witnessed in tomato, whose output is projected to drop by 6.6 per cent to 19.4 mt.Among fruit crops, citrus fruits output is expected to go up strongly to 9.6 percent at 12.51 mt (11.42 mt). The production of mangoes is expected to grow by 8.2 percent to 21.25 mt. (With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Harris County Officials Worst Is Finally Over

first_img 00:00 /00:13 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X After two and a half days of severe flooding and rescue operations, Harris County officials say the worst is finally over.County judge Ed Emmett held a briefing just a short time ago. He says some areas will see rising water for a few more days, but at a much slower and more manageable rate.But Emmett says there are ongoing problems that will take a long time to resolve.Parts of Highway 6 from Clay Road to Park Row will be closed for four to six weeks.And officials anticipate a few homes near the Addicks and Barker Dams will flood as those reservoirs continue to fill up.last_img

Fitness may guard you against stress related health issues

first_imgIf you are physically fit and in good shape, you may be well-guarded against the health problems that arise when you feel particularly stressed at work, a study says.The findings showed that a high fitness level offers particularly effective protection for professionals who experience a high degree of stress in the workplace – known as psychosocial stress. Psychosocial stress is one of the key factors leading to illness-related absences from work. This type of stress is accompanied by impaired mental well-being and an increase in depressive symptoms.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt also raises the likelihood of cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and an unfavourable blood lipid profile. Conversely, a high fitness level is associated with fewer depressive symptoms and fewer cardiovascular risk factors, the researchers said. “The study is significant because it is precisely when people are stressed that they tend to engage in physical activity less often,” said Markus Gerber, Professor at the University of Basel in Switzerland.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFurther, in the individuals who were stressed showed particularly large differences between those with a high, medium, and low fitness level. For example, when stress levels were high, the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – or the bad cholesterol – values exceeded the clinically relevant limit in employees with a low fitness level, but not in those with a high fitness level. By contrast, where the exposure to stress was low, far smaller differences were observed between fitness levels. To promote a physically active lifestyle, a high priority should be attached to the systematic measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness and the provision of theoretically sound and evidence-based physical activity counselling, the researchers stated.In addition, the study also has direct implications for the therapy and treatment of stress-related disorders, Gerber said. It therefore pays to stay physically active, especially during periods of high stress, the researchers noted in the paper published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (MSSE).last_img read more

China launches 2nd satellite built for Venezuela

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – China has launched a second satellite built for Venezuela’s government.The remote sensing satellite soared into orbit atop a rocket from the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu.The launch was shown live on Venezuelan TV on Friday night. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez applauded as he watched alongside aides in Caracas, congratulating those who worked on the project.Officials have said the satellite cost $140 million and will provide images for tasks such as mapping croplands, counter-drug efforts and monitoring floods. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   center_img The launch came more than a week ahead of Venezuela’s Oct. 7 presidential election, in which Chavez is seeking another six-year term.The satellite is named after Venezuelan independence hero Francisco de Miranda.Venezuela’s first satellite was named after independence leader Simon Bolivar. It was launched from China in 2008.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more