PM Modi Calls Upon Hotel Motel Patel Wallas in US to Promote Incredible India

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Gujarati Patel community in the US popular as “hotel motel Patel wallas” can help promote India as a tourist destination among their guests by putting slides about the country on their hotel TVs.Addressing Saurashtra Patel Cultural Samaj of the US via video-conference, Modi urged each NRI to inspire five foreign families to visit India to give a boost to tourism. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

A lifetime of being friends

first_imgMrunalini Joshi and her friends sit around the drawing room, giggling and chattering nineteen to the dozen. What’s unusual about four gal-pals getting together, you ask? They’re all in their eighties! Both Mrunalini Joshi and Usha Deshpande have known each other since they were five – a comradeship of 75 long years that is still holding strong. This is thanks to progressive ideas of women’s education that held sway in Maharashtra even as far back as the 930s, where Mrunalini Joshi and her lifelong friend Usha Deshpande met in “bal-varga”, the all-inclusive nursery class, at the Maharashtra Education society School. The two girls were in the same class till the second standard, when Usha was transferred to a different school. But fate decreed that hey were to meet again and renew their old ties in their golden years.While Mrunalini lost touch with one friend for a time, she found another in Mina Parande, with whom she went to high school. After being married and moving to Kolkata with her husband, Mrunalini caught up with an old family friend Saral Phatak, who lived close to the Marathi Mandal in Calcutta (as it was called back in 1958). Their husbands were colleagues and good friends, and the two couples soon became close. ‘When we’d get bored in the evenings, we would simply drop in on each other. We had that comfortable a relationship,’ reminisces Saral fondly. Over gossip, tea and food, the bonds of another lifelong friendship were forged. An old tradition among the Maharashtrians is to change a woman’s first name as well as her last name when she marries. To her friends, however, Mrunalini is still Sudha, the girl they went to school with. Even Saral, who met her only post-marriage, knows her as Sudha. ‘I never knew your (formal) name was Mrunalini! I just found out today!’ exclaims Saral, laughing. Today, the four women are closer than ever, meeting at least once in a week, destiny having brought them all to Pune now. Each one of them is part of a dynamic group of alliances and associations formed over the years. ‘It’s nothing special,’ shrugs Mrunalini modestly, when asked how these friendships have survived the test of time.A former classical singer, Mrunalini sang for the All-India Radio in Kolkata for nearly 10 years, while her friend Usha distinguished herself by graduating with a B.Sc in Botany and joining the Western Circle office (in Pune) of the Botanical Survey of India in 1958. Mina Parande, meanwhile, dedicated her life to sports, as fourtime National Champ of Table Tennis, sports coach and Central Railway official at Pune Station. Saral followed her husband around the country, dedicating her life to home and hearth. As the women got on with their busy lives as homemakers, mothers and working women, old associations took a backseat. But these affiliations, though neglected, were never forgotten. They’ve gone all over the country, enjoyed their travels, and finally settled down in Pune, close to their roots and their friends. A common interest in spirituality was instrumental in rekindling their old friendship. Mrunalini and Mina had mutual acquaintances at the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, which facilitated a happy reunion. Usha also got in touch with her childhood playmate Mrunalini through the Pondicherry connection. The Arvind Mandal, a Pune-based branch of the Auro Ashram, became a meeting place for the long-lost friends. Mina, who had turned from the more vigorous tabletennis coaching to teaching yoga and pranayam, was taking a class at the Arvind Mandal in Pune, where she later reconnected with her former classmates and friends. Now, every Friday, she visits the ancestral home or “wada” where Mrunalini lives with her daughter, son-in-law and their family, to conduct 2-hour sessions of yoga mudras and pranayam for her group of four friends. In an ebullient spirit, the other women laughingly chide her for being a hard taskmaster. Once a year, Mrunalini, Mina and Usha, singly or with other friends, visit Pondicherry to spend time at the ashram. Meditation at the inner sanctum or spending time near the tomb are the highlights of the visit for them. Staying at Pondicherry, the women travel to the ashram during the hours allotted for meditation, soaking in what they describe in their own words as “the quiet”, “the peace” or “the atmosphere”. They find the place rejuvenating; but the bond that holds them together is more than a shared allegiance to a spiritual guru. Though Saral does not accompany her friends out of town, this easy, undemanding rapport these women share isn’t dependent on everyone being part of the “Auro clique” – Saral is as much a part of the group as anyone. She lives in Pune, and catches up with her old friends just as she did back in 1958, in Calcutta.None of them sought each other out actively. It was pure serendipity that brought these soul sisters back into each other’s lives. Today, with all “the girls” living within 10 minutes of each other, popping in and out of each other’s homes with potluck meals, going out and visiting new places are just some of the ways to spend some quality girlbonding time together. ‘We can’t travel too far out nowadays. The traffic makes it impossible!’ says Usha ruefully. Today, all four women live peaceful, retired lives, and make plenty of time for old friends. Mrunalini has deposited the care of her home on her daughterin- law’s capable shoulders, while her nursery friend Usha has retired from active service. Mrunalini’s high-school buddy Mina has hung up her boots as table tennis champ and coach, but continues to pursue fitness through teaching yoga and pranayam to friends. Saral first met Mrunalini when they were both young wives, and much like her friend, she now makes time for herself, her homemaker’s duties on the backburner.Knocking on wood, Saral says that it’s been pretty much smooth sailing so far in their friendship, with everything in orderly progression, without the ups and downs that mark some associations. ‘Even when we were younger, we fought in a sporting way,’ reminisces Mina. As for squabbling, in friendships that have weathered through decades, that sort of thing is in the past. ‘Now there is no question of fighting. We are way over that stage in life. People get into little quarrels when they expect something from someone and they are left disappointed. But among us, there are no expectations now. We don’t want anybody to give us anything or to do anything for us. We don’t think of things such as “I have more than she does” or “she has less than I do” – that’s the sort of thing that leads to mistrust and discord. We accept one another, and we’re satisfied with our lot in life,’ says Usha wisely.Neither has retirement brought them dissatisfaction. Quite the opposite in fact. When other friends tell Usha that they’re retiring, she’s happy for them, glad that another one of her compatriots can join in the fun. ‘We have lots of time, and much more freedom today,’ explains Mrunalini. ‘Now we aren’t answerable to anyone the way we used to be – no need to explain to anyone why you’re late, or where you’ve been! Nothing to hold us back from what we really want to do,’ exclaims Saral. Freedom from the responsibilities and limitations of a hardworking life is sweet respite, and they live life to the fullest . ‘We do not know what will happen tomorrow, but today, we are happy!’ concludes Saral. And so we leave them, discussing an absent ally in the hospital, whose doctor has forbidden visits from her friends because she talks too much when they are there! Soul sisters, compatriots, boon companions and comrades-in-arms, they are living proof that there’s nothing quite as resilient, or as wonderful, as true friendship. Get inspired and get started today, it’s not too late!advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 4: As It Happened

first_imgIndia (557/5d, 216/3d) thrash New Zealand (299, 153) by 321 runs to sweep the series 3-0. India have marched to victory and it has been a thoroughly superlative performance. With that, they whitewash the Black Caps and clinch the series 3-0 and also grab the no. 1 Test ranking officially. Ashwin once again came to haunt the Kiwi batsmen in their final innings and they had no answer to his magical spell of bowling as he grabbed 7 wickets and ran through their order in a jiffy. Jadeja chipped in with a couple of wickets and Shami with one.No.1 Test team. @Paytm Test cricket #INDvNZ #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2016Earlier in the match, India posted a huge score of 557 on the board riding on the skipper’s masterclass double ton and Rahane’s exceptional 188. The Kiwis tried hard but had no answer to the brilliance of the duo as they were instrumental in pushing the visiting side on back foot.The visiting side came back to bat and the resilient opening pair stitched together a solid 118 run partnership. Once it was broken, the floodgates opened and Ashwin produced a thrilling display of spin bowling grabbing a 6-fer and Jadeja bagged two wickets. The Kiwis conceded a big lead of 258 runs to the home side.India opted not to enforce the follow on and pressed home the advantage further by setting a mammoth target of 475. Pujara was the star as he scored an unbeaten century. It was always going to be a herculean task for New Zealand to save the match from there and they fell like a pack of cards in the final innings to the guile of Indian bowlers. Ashwin deserves a special mention as he took 13 wickets in the match and 27 in the series. advertisementIndia beat New Zealand by 321 runs in Indore Test and win the @Paytm Test Series 3-0. #IndvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2016As It Happened: Ashwin fittingly gets the last wicket of Trent Boult to finish with a career-best 7/59 and best match figures of 13/140. 16.32 IST: Watling and Boult are delaying the inevitable for India. NZ 299 and 143/9 in 41 overs. 16.12 IST: It’s just a matter of time now! Ashwin clinches another five-wicket haul after Jeetan Patel’s wicket. Two balls later he snares Matt Henry. Both batsmen failed to trouble the scorers. NZ 138/9, India 1 wicket away from victory. 16.03 IST: Mitchell Santner’s resistance comes to an end as Ashwin clean bowls him with a beauty. Ashwin has now completed a 10-wicket haul in this match, this is the sixth time he has achieved this feat. NZ 136/7, India 3 wickets away from victory. 15.34 IST: Black Caps are falling apart!! Jadeja traps Guptill (29) plumb in front of middle stump. NZ 112/6, need more 363 runs to win. 32 LBWs – the most in a three match series (by both sides) in the subcontinent21 for Indian bowlers and 11 for Kiwi bowlers#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 11, 201615.24 IST: That’s Out!! Jadeja joins in the act and picks up the wicket of Neesham, who departs for a duck. NZ 103/5 in 23.4 overs. 15.18 IST: WICKET!! Ashwin gets his third wicket of the innings as he clean bowls Luke Ronchi for 15. NZ 102/4, need more 373 runs to win. 15.15 IST: 100 comes up for New Zealand for the loss of 3 wickets, they still need 374 to win.15.03 IST: Another one bites the dust!! Ashwin cleans up Ross Taylor, who went for a wild heave but missed the ball completely. Taylor departs after a quickfire 32 off 25 balls. NZ 80/3 in 18.3 overs. (Reuters Photo)14.57 IST: The ICC Test Championship mace will be handed over to Indian captain Virat Kohli after the end of this match. Waiting to add this beauty to our collection – @ICC Test Mace @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 201614.54 IST: Ross Taylor has come to the crease with a positive intent. He’s taking on both Ashwin and Jadeja. NZ 75/2 in 16 overs, need 400 more runs to win. 14.39 IST: WICKET! Ashwin strikes second over after lunch and once again he gets Kane Williamson, who departs after scoring a quick 27 off 33 balls. NZ 42/2, need 433 runs more to beat India(AP Photo)(AP Photo) Bowlers dismissing Kane Williamson most times in Tests5 – Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 11, 201614.14 IST: Time for Tea!India have stamped their authority in the post-lunch session and are favorites at the moment. To begin with, Pujara batted brilliantly to score a well deserved century and Rahane supported him well in the hunt for quick runs. They set a mammoth target of 475 for the Kiwis and the visiting side faltered while they came out to bat in their final innings. advertisementNew Zealand 299 and 38/1 at tea vs India, need 437 more runs to win. Kane Williamson 23*, Martin Guptill 8*. For India – Umesh Yadav 1/8. 14.06 IST: OUCH!! An attempted short delivery from Umesh hits Guptill flush on the wrist.   13.53 IST: Shami and Umesh are bowling terrific line and lengths against Guptill and Williamson. NZ 299 and 16/1 in 5 overs. IST: Umesh bowls a wicket-maiden to start off on a high in the fourth innings. NZ 299 and 7/1 in 2 overs. New Zealand’s highest total in 4th innings in India: 272/6 (107 ov) – match drawn! at Ahmedabad in Oct 2003India’s lead now 401#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 11, 201613.36 IST: That’s Out!! Umesh Yadav traps Tom Latham plumb in front of middle-stump. NZ 299 and 7/1 in 1.4 overs. 13.31 IST: MAXIMUM RESULT!! Tom Latham begins the run chase with a huge six off Mohammed Shami. NZ 7/0 in 1 over.13.30 IST: Mohammed Shami starts off the proceedings for India with two short deliveries at Tom Latham. NZ 0/0    INDIA HAVE DECLARED ON 216/3! So that was expected, India were just waiting for Pujara’s ton and Kohli has declared after it, giving New Zealand a TARGET OF 475! The hosts scored quick runs and have given New Zealand almost four and a half sessions to bat now. Gambhir scored a quick fifty whereas Pujara got his 8th Test century. Rahane was fluent as well in his short innings.8th Test century for @cheteshwar1 followed by a declaration for India. #NZ need 475 runs to win #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 201613.19 IST: India (557/5d) declare 2nd innings at 216/3, set a target of 475 for New Zealand. Cheteshwar Pujara 101*, Gautam Gambhir 50, Jeetan Patel 2/56. 13.17 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara slams his 8th hundred in 147 balls. India (557/5d and 215/3) lead New Zealand (299) by 473 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara…8th Test century2nd v N Zealand2nd in 2nd innings6th at home7th at #734th in fc cricket#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 11, 201612.59 IST: India’s lead has crossed 450 but still no sign of a declaration from the captain. Kohli might be waiting for Pujara (89*) to get his hundred.  18,483 is the match attendance here at the Holkar stadium @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 201612.46 IST: India 557/5d and 173/3, lead New Zealand (299) by 431 runs. Pujara 80*, Rahane 1*.12.33 IST: WICKET!! Virat Kohli departs (lbw b Jeetan Patal 17) in the quest for some quick runs. India 557/5d and 158/3 in 40 overs.12.28 IST: Pujara and Kohli have come out all guns blazing after the lunch break which suggests that the declaration might be coming soon. India 557/5d and 154/2, now lead by 412 runs. 12.23 IST: FOUR! Kohli smashes a boundary to end Santner’s over as India’s lead soars past the 400-run mark.  12.12 IST: FOUR!! Pujara pulls a short delivery from Santner for a boundary as India’s lead soars to 390. India 557/5d and 137/2, lead by 395 runs.11.30 IST: Players break for Lunch!India 557/5d and 127/2 at lunch, lead New Zealand (299) by 385 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara 50*, Gautam Gambhir 50. For New Zealand, Jeetan Patel 1/28.(AP Photo)advertisementIndia have scored 109 runs in 28 overs for the loss of two wickets. The Black Caps struck early today as Guptill sent Vijay back to the hut with a brilliant piece of fielding. Gambhir came back to bat at no 3 and continued his innings after he injured his shoulder yesterday. Take a look at the session summary at Lunch on Day 4 of the third Test #INDvNZ. India now has extended the lead to 385 runs BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 201611.25 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 11th half-century in just 96 balls. India lead by 380 runs.FIFTY! 11th half century in Tests for @cheteshwar1 #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 201611.16 IST: Heartbreak at Indore! Gautam Gambhir comes down the track and smashes the ball straight to Guptill at cover. Jeetan Patel gets the wicket. Gautam Gambhir c Guptill b Patel 50 (56b).(AP Photo)11.13 IST: Gautam Gambhir brings up his 22nd half-century in just 54 balls. This is his first fifty since 2012 and his second fastest fifty in test cricket. India lead by 367 runs.(AP Photo) 11.05 IST: India 557/5d and 100/1 in 27 ovs, lead NZ by 358 runs (Pujara 33*, Gambhir 46*).10.55 IST: India’s lead has now touched 350. Last 10 overs: 51 runs scored at 5.10 per over.10.53 IST: Fifty-run partnership between Pujara (28*) and Gambhir (37*) comes up. India now lead by 344 runs.10.41 IST: Gambhir is dealing in boundaries right now! He played a delicate late-cut against Santner in the last over to collect a boundary and then flicked Boult off his pads to score another four in the deep square region. India 557/5d and 75/1, lead by 333 runs. 10.32 IST: Drinks break! India 557/5d and 58/1 in 20 overs (Pujara 19*, Gambhir 19*), lead New Zealand by 316 runs.10.21 IST: Trent Boult comes into the attack as India are looking for some quick runs now. India 557/5d and 51/1 in 18 overs, lead by 309 runs. 10.05 IST: Good News!! Gautam Gambhir has recovered from his shoulder injury and has come out to bat once again. He was forced to retire hurt yesterday after hurting his shoulder while diving to get in the crease.  10.03 IST: WICKET!! Misunderstanding with Pujara costs Vijay as he gets run out thanks to some brilliant fielding by Martin Guptill. Vijay went for a non-existent single but Pujara refused the call with Vijay half-way down the pitch. Watling did the rest. India 557/5d and 34/1 in 13.4 overs. (Reuters Photo)9.57 IST: Before I forget, wish you all a very Happy Dussehra from everyone here at India Today. Legends Virender Sehwag and Kapil Dev are also in festive mood it seems.Two legends, one frame – Wishing everyone a #HappyDussehra BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2016Wishing everyone a #HappyDussehra and all the health and happiness in the world! sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 11, 20169.55 IST: The Black Caps must attack the batsmen in the first hour itself after which the pitch will get better and better for batting. India 557/5d and 32/0, lead by 290 runs. 9.47 IST: Good effort from Neesham at deep mid-wicket but can’t hold on to the catch! On a length around middle and off, Vijay extends his arms and hits it aerially towards deep mid-wicket. Neesham who is stationed there just in front of the boundary, jumps high in the air and holds the ball. But as the momentum would have taken him behind the boundary, he pushes the ball inside. Single taken by the batsman. India 28/0 in 10.1 overs.9.43 IST: Matt Henry bowls the first maiden this morning. India 26/0, lead by 284 runs.9.39 IST: Mitchell Santner joins Matt Henry in the attack for NZ. India 26/0, lead by 284 runs.9.35 IST: Vijay and Pujara have both started to pile on the runs at Indore. India 22/0 in 7 overs, lead by 280 runs.9.30 IST: Matt Henry will start off the proceedings for the Black Caps this morning. India 18/0 in 6 overs, lead by 276 runs. 9.00 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin, who picked up six wickets yesterday, reveals how he planned to bowl against all the Kiwi batsmen. #TeamIndia bowler @ashwinravi99 on how he plotted Williamson’s dismissals #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 10, 2016Day 3 Report:Ravichandran Ashwin took his 20th five-wicket haul as New Zealand was bowled out for 299 runs on day three of the third test in Indore. India then reached 18-0 in six overs at stumps, taking an overall lead of 276 runs.After tea, James Neesham (71) scored his fourth test half-century, and put on 52 runs with Mitchell Santner (22) for the seventh wicket for New Zealand. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 3: As It Happened)Ravindra Jadeja, with 2-80, broke their resistance as Santner was caught at backward short leg.Ashwin then trapped Neesham lbw to complete his five-wicket haul, and then ran out Jeetan Patel (18) when a dropped return catch from Matt Henry was deflected onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end by the spinner.Trent Boult was last man out, caught in the deep off Ashwin, as the Black Caps surrendered a first innings’ lead of 258 runs.India didn’t enforce the follow-on though.Gautam Gambhir, who injured his shoulder whilst fielding, retired after facing just seven balls after he aggravated his injury batting.At the close, Murali Vijay was unbeaten on 11, while Cheteshwar Pujara was not out 1.India has already won the three-match series with an unassailable 2-0 lead.last_img read more

Hulk Hogan: Whatcha gonna do when the USWNT runs wild on you?

first_imgWrestling star Hulk Hogan took to Twitter on Friday to offer words of encouragement to the U.S. women’s national team ahead of this weekend’s World Cup clash with Chile.The USWNT put together a record-breaking start to their World Cup campaign on Tuesday, thumping Thailand 13-0 behind five goals from striker Alex Morgan.Morgan was joined on the scoresheet by the likes of Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Sam Mewis, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd, with Lavelle and Mewis firing braces. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Next up for the USWNT is a match against Chile, who fell 2-0 to Sweden in their opening match in their first ever World Cup appearance.And the former WWF champion says that he expects the USWNT to make short work of Chile when the two collide on Sunday as he took to Twitter to cut a promo in typical Hulk Hogan style.#Hulkhogan and the whole #WWEuniverse are cheering on our #USAwomenssoccer team for the big victory this Sunday brother!!!!HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) June 14, 2019″I can feel the power brothers, and I can smell victory also,” he said in the video.”I’m used to being around champions, and I’m used to winning championship belts, brother, but the way I see it, this Sunday the USA Women’s World Cup team is going to be victorious when they wipe Chile off the face of the map.”That Women’s World Cup team, they’re a bunch of Hulkamaniacs, with the lead Hulkamaniac Ashlyn Harris, training, saying their prayers and eating their vitamins.”So this Sunday, whatcha gonna do when the USA Women’s World Cup team runs wild on you, brother?”The USWNT were certainly victorious in their opening match, but they were still the subject of heavy criticism with regards to the manner in which they won.Pundits from around the world criticized the USWNT’s decision to run up the score and the ensuing celebrations that followed each goal.Former Canadian national team stars Clare Rustad and Kaylyn Kyle​ were among the more vocal, saying the U.S. should be “‘disgusted and embarrassed” by their actions.Hogan, a six-time WWF champions and six-time WCW champion, has previously offered similar messages of support for the U.S. men’s national team.The 65-year-old wrestler recently returned to WWE after departing the company in 2015 following a racism scandal.last_img read more

Why has France given asylum to Interpols exchiefs wife China

first_imgBeijing: China on Wednesday objected to the French government granting asylum to the wife of former Chinese Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, who is currently on trial here for alleged corruption, saying that there is no political persecution in the case. Grace Meng, who had declined to return to China after her husband was arrested last year while on a visit here, alleged his political persecution by the Chinese government. Reacting to her asylum, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, I don’t have the specifics. I can say that Meng was suspected of taking bribes and is being prosecuted by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe case is ongoing and it is a normal criminal case. No political factor in it. There is no political persecution. The wife of Meng applied for asylum in France, it is abuse of French procedures. Hope China and France will hold proper and sound cooperation and deal with this case properly, he added. Meng, 65, once a rising political star of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) held the powerful post of vice-minister of public security before being appointed as the the country’s first official to head the Interpol. He was expelled from the CPC and removed as the head of Interpol for serious disciplinary violations and suspected of graft. Grace told media in France on Tuesday that she and her children have been granted political asylum by the French government.last_img read more

Iran revokes New York Times correspondents accreditation

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The New York Times says Iran has revoked the press accreditation of its Tehran-based correspondent.The Times said early Tuesday that Iran’s government offered no explanation for its decision regarding Thomas Erdbrink, a Dutch national who has lived for years in Iran.The newspaper said Erdbrink lost his accreditation four months ago and that “officials of Iran’s Foreign Ministry have repeatedly assured The Times that Mr. Erdbrink’s credential would soon be restored.”Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The revocation of Erdbrink’s government-required accreditation comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, stemming from President Donald Trump’s decision to pull America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers a year ago.The Associated Press read more

A look at some oil spills and leaks on the Prairies over

REGINA — It’s been a year since a Husky Energy pipeline leaked 225,000 litres of heavy oil and diluent near Maidstone, Sask. About 40 per cent of the spill reached the North Saskatchewan River. Here’s a list of some spills of oil and other materials on the Prairies in recent years:January 2017: A band member from the Ocean Man First Nation in southeastern Saskatchewan finds a 200,000-litre pool of crude on farmland. The pipeline responsible, owned by Tundra Energy Marketing, is nearly 50 years old and there’s no record of it ever being inspected by provincial authorities.June 2016: An estimated 380,000 litres of light petroleum leaks within five kilometres of a grizzly bear management zone in northwestern Alberta. Owners ConocoPhillips Canada and Paramount Resources say the leak of condensate, a liquid produced with natural gas, is from a gas plant near Grande Cache, Alta. No one is found living in the area and there’s no evidence of animals or fish hurt by the spill.July 2015: Five million litres of bitumen, sand and water mixed together spill into muskeg at Nexen Energy’s Long Lake oilsands project near Fort McMurray, Alta. The company concludes a pipeline rupture went undetected for about a month before it was discovered by a contractor. Nexen says the pipeline was not designed properly for muskeg conditions. In July 2017, the Alberta Energy Regulator lays five charges against Nexen.March 2015: About 2.7 million litres of condensate used to dilute heavy oil is discovered near the muskeg’s surface at Murphy Oil’s heavy oil site, 80 kilometres northeast of Peace River, Alta. The company says the spill occurred over an extended time period. No harm to wildlife is reported.November 2014: Canadian Natural Resources says a mechanical failure led to a spill of 60,000 litres of crude oil near Red Earth Creek in northern Alberta. The company says most of the spill was contained on the company’s land and a nearby pipeline right of way. No report of harm to wildlife.April 2014: A pipeline owned by Canadian Natural Resources spills 70,000 litres of oil and processed water northwest of Slave Lake, Alta. The spill is described as not being near any people, water or wildlife.July 2013: Canadian Natural Resources identifies four sites where a bitumen-water mix has been seeping from an old well at the company’s oilsands project on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range. At least 1.5 million litres of bitumen is recovered. At least 100 animals die. The Alberta government issues environmental protection orders and limits the amount of steam CNRL pumps into the reservoir.May 2013: An Apache Canada pipeline in the Zama City region of northern Alberta leaks 15 million litres of process water heavily contaminated with salt. Another 1.8-million-litre leak of waste water is discovered the following October.June 2012: Some 461,000 litres of oil from a Plains Midstream pipeline leaks into a tributary of the Red Deer River in central Alberta from an underwater pipe cracked by high water flows. Gleniffer Lake, a man-made reservoir popular with water recreationists, is closed for nearly three weeks. A marina and campground are also closed, fishing on the river is shut down and drinking water is trucked in. The province’s regulator concludes the line had not been adequately inspected.May 2012: A leak that goes undetected for days from a Pace Oil and Gas waste disposal line releases about 800,000 litres of light sweet oil near Rainbow Lake close to the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary. It is discovered when an aircraft from another oil company makes a routine flyover.April 2011: A poorly welded and highly stressed section of the Rainbow pipeline owned by Plains Midstream cracks and spews about 4.5 million litres of oil into low-lying marshland near the northern Alberta aboriginal community of Little Buffalo. A beaver dam prevents oil from spreading beyond the spill site. School in Little Buffalo is cancelled for several days over odour concerns. Damage is described in court as significant.April 2007: A rupture in a pipeline belonging to Enbridge Pipelines downstream of a pump station near Glenavon, Sask., spews about 990,000 litres of crude oil into a wetland on farmland. About 912,000 litres is recovered. There are no injuries. read more

Maheswarans brother attacked

The brother of late UNP Parliamentarian T. Maheswaran was attacked in Jaffna todayAccording to a relative of Maheswaran, his brother T. Thuwaneswaran came under an acid attack in Jaffna. Thuwaneswaran suffered extensive burn injuries from the acid attack and was to be rushed to Colombo for further treatment.

Frontier attendants say they couldnt breastfeed on the job

DENVER – A year after four pilots accused Frontier Airlines of not doing enough to help pregnant or nursing employees, two flight attendants on Tuesday filed similar discrimination complaints Tuesday accusing the Denver-based discount carrier of forbidding them from pumping breast milk while on flights.In documents filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, flight attendants Jo Roby of Boise, Idaho and Stacy Rewitzer of Denver said they were forced to take unpaid leave after having their children so they could keep providing them with breast milk.Both women said they returned to work within about four months after giving birth because Frontier does not offer parental leave and instead requires employees to cobble together sick or vacation days, Family Medical Leave Act time or medical leave subject to company approval to care for their babies.They also said they were penalized because they had to use sick days to take time off during their pregnancies and to care for their children under the airline’s dependability policy that deducts points from employees for absences, putting them at greater risk of losing their job.“As a result of Frontier’s actions, I have had to choose between performing my job and earning a living on the one hand, and continuing to breastfeed my child on the other,” Roby said in her complaint, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Holwell Shuster & Goldberg law firm.Frontier responded that its policies comply with state and federal laws and the flight attendants’ union contract.“We have made good-faith efforts to identity and provide rooms and other secure locations for use by breast-feeding flight attendants during their duty travel,” it said in a statement.Roby and Rewitzer acknowledge that Frontier did try to provide locations for them to pump in airports but said they were not always close enough to gates to allow them to pump milk between flights so they could make it to back to planes in time to work.They asked in the complaint for Frontier to be required to provide adequate places for them to pump on flights and in airports. They said they should have the option of working temporarily on the ground to avoid having to take leaves.Galen Sherwin, senior staff attorney for the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, said the entire airline industry still has a lot of work to do accommodate nursing mothers but the situation is the worst for them in smaller airlines like Frontier where parental leave is not standard.Flight attendants often end up taking time off before delivery because of the physical demands of the work, she added.Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union, said flight attendants and pilots do not have the option of part-time work or lunch break pumping.“Everyone has a mother and it’s high time we recognize the realities of motherhood in aviation,” she said.Sherwin said the EEOC is still investigating the pilots’ complaints and could ultimately decide to allow them to sue Frontier on their own, sue on their behalf or mediate the dispute.The EEOC is not allowed to confirm or discuss ongoing investigations. by Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2017 5:46 pm MDT Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this April 8, 2013 file photo, the painted tail appears on a Frontier Airlines aircraft parked at a gate at Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing, N.J. A year after four pilots accused Frontier Airlines of not doing enough to help pregnant or nursing employees, two flight attendants have filed similar discrimination complaints against the Denver-based discount carrier. ((Jackie Schear/The Trentonian via AP, File) Frontier attendants say they couldn’t breastfeed on the job read more

Positive registration trends in key month of March

DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ·         Registrations: 38,900 in March; 225,388 for the rolling year, down 25.0%.·         Trucks: 4,209 in March; 32,471 for the rolling year, down 37.5%.·         Vans: 34,691 for the month; 192,917 for the rolling year, down 22.4%.“March 2010 saw some welcome improvement in UK van registrations with the third successive month of growth. Truck registrations remain extremely low, reflecting last winter’s deeply depressed demand,” said Paul Everitt, chief executive at the SMMT. “The situation reflects a hesitant recovery though demand is still very low with continued uncertainty in key segments of the market. Manufacturers and dealers will look for more and better priced credit to help strengthen demand in the coming months.” Positive registration trends in key month of March read more

Swedish Drott Halmstad at the VELUX EHF Champions League

Drott HalmstadDrott handballEHF Champions Leagueehf champions league 2013/2014sverige handballSwedish handball ← Previous Story Men’s EHF CL 2013/2014 Qual: Host teams are in the Final! Next Story → After 4 years Győr is defeated in Hungary! Swedish champion Drott Halmstad will play at the VELUX EHF Champions League after great second match in which Scandinavians smashed Handball ESCH from Luxembourg 37:14 (19:8). Surprisingly high victory was unexpected after the first match in which Swedish team was defeated with four goals…Drott-Esch 37-14 (19-8)Drott:Magnus Persson 7, David Löfgren 6, Jesper Adolfsson 4, Viktor Hallén 4, Henrik Olsson 4, Philip Stenmalm 3, Martin Bystedt 2, Albin Stenberg 2, Jesper Sivertsson 2 (2), Anton Halén,  Hasse Karlsson, Jesper Linnell.Esch: Kohl 3, Schmidt 3, Schoter 2, Pulli 2, Decker 2, Labonte, Boch. read more

Pick Szeged win in Plock

Hungarian PICK Szeged conquered Plock only 15 days after they did the same in Zagreb! Juan Carlos Pastor obviously can be satisfied with the form of his players. who missed the chance to beat reigning EHF Champions League winners – RK Vardar Skopje 26:26 last weekend.Pick Szeged were impressive at Orlen Arena. At the end, it was a question of routine – 33:27 (15:12).Orlen Wisła Płock – MOL-Pick Szeged 27:33 (12:15)Orlen Wisła: Borbely, Morawski, Wichary – Ghionea 3, Daszek 7, Duarte 3, M. Gębala 1, Krajewski 2, Ivić 5, Mihić 3, De Toledo, Obradović, T. Gębala, Żabić 3MOL-Pick: Sierra Mendez, Sego – Buntić 5, Balogh 4, Garbok 2, Kallman 3, Skube 3, Gaber 3, Sostarić 4, Banhidi 1, Bodo 4, Sigurmannsson, Dos Santos 3, Fekete, Żytnikow 1, Blazević ← Previous Story “No mercy for newcomers” – Telekom Veszprem +19 over FTC Next Story → Barcelona Handball camp – Croatia 2018 Pick Szeged read more

Japan plans solar panels on every new building by 2030

first_imgJapan has already committed to renewable and sustainable energy sources, but following the events at the Fukushima nuclear facility after the earthquake in March, the country is stepping up efforts to invest in them. At the G8 summit in France, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is planning to unveil a bold new plan that will mandate solar panels on top of every new building constructed in Japan, with the goal of having them standard on all new buildings by 2030.Eventually, Japanese officials hope, the nation will have a kind of “super solar” array of connected buildings, all sucking down and generating power for the country to use. The result would be less need to rely on fossil fuels and nuclear power in a country with an extremely high population density.Prime Minister Kan is also expected to affirm Japan’s commitment to nuclear energy as clean and safe at the conference, and to confirm that Japan will continue to operate its existing nuclear power installations, and certify they’re safe for continued operation. At the same time however, he’ll acknowledge that even Japan has to consider ways to turn to renewable energy sources and to encourage overall energy conservation, not just look for more ways to meet growing energy demand.The project is designed to help Japan meet those needs, and by mandating solar panels on every new building, Japan can continue its already large investment in the solar energy industry. Prime Minister Kan also expressed his hopes that the new plan will spur jobs and investment in technology, and keep Japan on the forefront of technology development and innovation.With broad investment in solar energy, even in Japan, the overall cost of solar technology could come down across the board. Cheaper solar energy would be a fringe benefit that would be felt in other countries looking to solar for their green energy needs.Read more at PhysOrglast_img read more

Almost 12 million small appliances were recycled in Ireland last year

first_img Share80 Tweet Email1 Short URL By Ceimin Burke Almost 12 million small appliances were recycled in Ireland last year Enough iron for 2.5 Eiffel towers and enough copper for 27 Statues of Liberty was recovered. 16 Comments Image: Shutterstock/tonympix Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article However, we can’t become complacent. We will only achieve long-term change and benefits for the environment if we continue to manage our e-waste responsibly.WEEE Ireland also surpassed EU targets in waste portable battery collections, where the quantity collected increased from 812 to 874 tonnes.Donovan said this marks another successful year for the LauraLynn ‘Every Battery Counts’ campaign and is testament to how the ‘Blue Box’ has become synonymous with battery recycling in schools, retailers and businesses across Ireland. 3.2 million lamps and lightbulbs195,000 televisions and monitorsAlmost 12 million small appliancesRecycling the 35,708 tonnes of waste led to the recovery of 18,000 tonnes of iron and 830 tonnes of copper.This is enough iron for 2.5 Eiffel towers and enough copper for 27 Statues of Liberty.“We are extremely proud of these results and want to thank every person who recycled even one item of e-waste,” the CEO of WEEE Ireland, Leo Donovan, said. Jun 14th 2018, 11:03 AM 20,198 Views IRELAND’S LARGEST ELECTRICAL and battery recycling scheme had its most successful year in 2017.WEEE Ireland recycled a total of 35,708 tonnes of e-waste and 874 tonnes of waste batteries from Irish householders, consumers and businesses last year, according to its annual report.It was a record-breaking year for the scheme, which achieved a collection rate of more than 10kg of e-waste for every single person in Ireland.Nearly half of all the e-waste recycled was large household appliances such as dishwashers, ovens and washing machines, which can be returned to retailers for recycling on delivery of new appliances.Among the items recycled were an estimated: Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 11:03 AM Image: Shutterstock/tonympixlast_img read more

NEMA – All Clear Issued for Bimini and Grand Bahama


Residents concerned with plan to turn Cottonwood Golf Course into a sand

first_img November 28, 2018 Updated: 5:14 PM Residents concerned with plan to turn Cottonwood Golf Course into a sand mine KUSI Newsroom Posted: November 28, 2018center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Concerns in east county tonight about the plan to turn a golf course into a sand mine.Residents near the golf course will meet to discuss their concerns.KUSI’s John Soderman is live in Rancho San Diego. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn proclaims innocence in video message

first_img Renault Nissan Share your voice Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Post a comment Carlos Ghosn, the embattled former Nissan and Renault executive who has been accused of financial crimes in Japan, said in a video message released Tuesday that he is innocent and the victim of a conspiracy. The more than 7-minute video describes his removal from Nissan as a “coup.””I’m innocent. It’s not new, you have heard it from me in January, I repeat it today. I am innocent of all the charges that have been brought against me,” Ghosn said in the video. He also said he disagrees with accusations that he was a greedy, dictatorial leader.Enlarge ImageGhosn appeared in a video reportedly recorded on April 3. Carlos Ghosn/Screenshot by Jake Holmes/Roadshow Ghosn’s message emphasized that he has a positive history with Nissan, and instead described the charges against him as a “conspiracy.””I love Japan and I love Nissan … I committed, since the beginning of my career, to the success of the Nissan revival plan,” he said. “This is about a plot, this is about conspiracy, this is about backstabbing.”A Nissan spokesman in the US said the company had no comment on the news.Ghosn alleged that this conspiracy was caused by fear of a greater alliance and potential merger between Renault and Nissan, which, he said, “would in a certain way threaten some people or eventually threaten the autonomy of Nissan.” He countered, however, that he has “been the fiercest defender of the autonomy of Nissan.”According to Automotive News, the video was released at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo. It was reportedly recorded on April 3 — a day before Ghosn was arrested again, this time for “suspicion of financial misconduct” while he was running Nissan. Ghosn had tweeted on April 2 that he was “getting ready to tell the truth about what’s happening” and that he planned a press conference for April 11.Ghosn’s video begins with the suggestion that the clip was filmed in preparation for him being arrested: “If you are listening to me through this video today, it means that I was not able to make the press conference that I planned for April 11.”Ghosn was initially arrested in November 2018 over allegations of financial crimes. He was released on bail on March 6. Since his initial arrest, Ghosn has resigned as chairman and CEO of Renault, been voted out of Nissan’s board by shareholders and is now reportedly under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US.last_img read more

Smart smartwatch deals for Mothers Day Discounts on Apple Watch Fitbit and

first_img See at Amazon Fitbit Walmart Amazon Best Buy Samsung Apple See it reading • Smart smartwatch deals for Mother’s Day: Discounts on Apple Watch, Fitbit and more May 17 • Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 42mm): $229 (save $80) Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 40mm): $349 (save $50) Apple Note CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) You can also save $80 on the larger Series 3 model. Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 44mm): $379 (save $50) Share your voice Amazon also has six color combos on sale of the larger 44mm model. May 15 • Best gifts for grads from $100 to $250 Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm): $199 (save $80) Best Buy The Apple Watch Series 3 isn’t quite as sleek as the Series 4. It has a slightly smaller screen and lacks the EKG feature, but it is much more affordable and still a great smartwatch, especially for iPhone-toting moms. Plus, it has great heart health features that don’t require the EKG. A Series 3 watch can both alert its user if it detects abnormally high or low heart rates during a period of inactivity, which can help catch some serious medical conditions such as AFib. More smartwatches on saleThe Apple Watch, of course, isn’t the only smartwatch/fitness tracker that can be had at discount. There are options that use Google’s Wear OS or Fitbit’s operating system, for example, that pair well with Android-wielding moms.Fossil Q Wear OS smartwatch for $231 (save $44)Kate Spade Wear OS smartwatch for as low as $192 (save up to $133)Fitbit Versa for $180 (save $20)Fitbit Charge 3 for $120 (save $30) Walmart $349 $399 Angela Lang/CNET Tick tock, time is running out on your chance to line up a Mother’s Day gift. If you plan to skip the flowers this year and go the tech route, splurging on the latest Apple Watch for dear ol’ Mom won’t set you back as much as you might think. Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 3 models are currently discounted, and there are other smartwatches on sale, too.Take a look at the smartwatches on sale below, and if you need some other ideas for Mom, check out CNET’s Mother’s Day gift ideas for health nuts and fitness buffs and favorite gifts for moms. All deals have been verified as still available as of May 9, 8:34 a.m. PT. See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 1 See at Amazon Thoughtful gifts for every kind of mom 31 Photos If Mom already has an iPhone, an Apple Watch makes a great addition. She can make payments, stream music and track her fitness. The health benefits of the Series 4 go beyond counting steps: it notifies you of high or irregular heart rhythms that could signal potentially life-threatening conditions like atrial fibrillation; it has a built-in electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) feature; and it alerts your emergency contacts if you’ve taken a bad fall. The smaller 40mm size will likely fit most moms.Amazon and Best Buy each have multiple color options on sale. Best Buy has the Gold Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Band, Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band and Gold Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Loop. Amazon has the Seashell Sport Loop, Space Gray Aluminum with Black Sport Band and Space Gray Aluminum with Black Sport Loop. May 24 • Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 Apple Watch Series 4center_img See It The Apple Watch Series 4 delivers on its fitness promises May 12 • Mothers Day 2019: How not to piss off your mom this year Wearable Tech Fitness Now playing: Watch this: Read full review See It Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements • $413 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple At Walmart, only the Space Gray model with the Black Sport Band is on sale. See at Walmart See All Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Read full review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comment $349 Best Buy 6:29 News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Sarah Tew/CNET See It How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app See at Amazon Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Tags CNET’s Mother’s Day gift guideThese are our favorite gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Mother’s Day gifts under $50Best Mother’s Day gifts from $100 to $250Mother’s Day gifts to get her streaming with ease, starting at $30Mother’s Day gift ideas for health nuts and fitness buffsBest Mother’s Day gifts for foodie momsMother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got gameThoughtful gifts for every kind of momMother’s Day gifts for moms who love coffee (Chowhound)CNET’s Mother’s Day gift hubOriginally published on May 6, 2019.Update, May 7: Includes additional smartwatch deals.last_img read more

Netflix may rethink filming in Georgia if antiabortion law takes effect

first_imgNetflix’s production of Stranger Things may be leaving Georgia if a controversial abortion law takes effect. Video screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET Streaming giant Netflix may consider pulling its programs being produced in Georgia out of the state should a recently passed anti-abortion law go into effect, Variety reported Tuesday. Signed on May 7 by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, the bill would prohibit abortions from being performed in the state after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The move has prompted a backlash from many in the film and television industries to boycott the state, including Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano, actress Kristen Wiig and Bridesmaids writer Annie Mumolo.Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things is filmed in Georgia, as well as its Ozark series. Other productions filmed in the state include Marvel’s Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Ant-Man.”We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement to Variety. “Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”Georgia has become a major production hub in the past decade by offering 20% in tax credits. Last year, film production created more than 92,000 local jobs in the state and $2.7 billion in spending, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.The abortion ban is scheduled to go into effect in January 2020.Netflix didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 56 TV and Movies Politics Share your voice Tags Netflix Commentslast_img read more