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Jaypee Group arranges fund to start work on realty projects

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 19 (PTI) Jaypee Group today said it has arranged funds from banks to start construction on its various real estate projects and deliver it to customers.Jaypee Group is facing protest from buyers because of significant delays in execution of its projects in Noida and Greater Noida, where it is developing over 30,000 flats.”The company is making its sincere efforts to complete and deliver the projects to the buyers and is in touch with them. Necessary funds required for the working capital have already been tied up with banks and the work on various projects will commence soon,” Jaypee Infratech said in a filing to the BSE.The company was replying to an explanation sought by the BSE on media reports.Stating that the real estate sector is facing a demand slowdown, the company said it is making a sincere efforts to assuage the sentiments caused by delays.The company said it launches projects only after obtaining requisite approvals from the concerned statutory authorities, as per the extant guidelines of relevant time.”The company is in the business, which includes real estate including retail sales and will obviously have some customers who are dissatisfied and initiate some unwarranted actions, for which the company does take appropriate steps to put forth its stand before the concerned authorities,” Jaypee Infratech said.Yesterday, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) asked Jaypee group to pay the total outstanding amount of Rs 600 crore by August against 1,000 hectare land parcel allotted to the company.advertisement”We have given one month time to Jaypee group till May 15 to pay 15 per cent, which is Rs 90 crore. We have directed them to clear the remaining amount by August end,” YEIDA CEO Arun Vir Singh had told PTI.Earlier, YEIDA had asked Jaypee Group to pay 15 per cent of the total outstanding amount of Rs 600 crore by April 15.Jaypee Group had paid only Rs 10 crore out of Rs 90 crore to YEIDA and had sought four months time to repay the total dues. The group has developed sports city on some part of the total land parcel.Jaypee group has been selling its assets to reduce debt. Last year, the company announced sale of its cement plants with a total capacity of 21.1 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) at an enterprise value of Rs 16,189 crore to the Aditya Birla Group firm Ultratech Cement.Last month, Jaiprakash Associates had said it has got the approval of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for transfer of its cement plants to UltraTech Cement.The deal will help the Jaypee Group firm to reduce debt, which runs into thousands of crores of rupees. The deal was subject to various regulatory approvals.The groups cement operations have a total capacity of 17.2 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) spread across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh. PTI MJH BALlast_img read more


I dont know whether I will go home after a race: Santosh

first_imgBy Philem Dipak SinghParacas (Peru), Jan 9 (PTI) Indias top endurance biker C S Santosh feels that his sport is so tough that life is not guaranteed and he does not know whether he will go back home after a days race.34-year-old Santosh is one of the two Indians competing in the 2018 Dakar Rally, considered as the toughest off-road race in the world.He is competing in the bike category for Hero MotoSports team. The other Indian is KP Aravind who is representing TVS Racing.”In a race like this, nothing is guaranteed. I might start but the first kilometre itself anything can happen. It is not say like a tennis match that after the match I am going to go home. For me, I dont know I am going to make home everyday. So, I keep a lot of faith with the man upstairs (God),” Santosh told PTI.”Motorsport is different. You put your life on the line. I have some belief and faith on the higher power,” he added.Santosh had a brush with a near fatal accident in May 2013 during the third stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. On an extremely hot day, the heat ignited to the fuel spilling from his bike and that left him with third degree burns.That is why he is superstitious and always wears his gear starting with the right boot and also carries his mothers watch as a lucky charm.”Yes, I am superstitious but I need to do that. Not only me, all the riders do something or the other like that,” Santosh said.advertisementHe also said that he does not speak to his parents and other people at home during this rally so that he keeps focus on the job at hand.”I dont speak to anybody, I am just here myself to do my job and enjoy in doing that. Here the mindset changes. Home reminds me of comfort. I want to suffer for two weeks and go back home. Then I will have my whole lot of people to enjoy with but now I need to these two weeks,” he said.”Dakar is very tough, especially the sand dunes here (in the Peru part of the rally). In India I only race in dirt tracks. Here there are no roads. I have never experienced conditions like this.”The weather is hot. The dunes like over here I have never experienced. They were massive, huge and soft. I dont think a lot of cars can finish. There were some places in the dunes where there are massive rocks immediately after that. “Dakar is such a tough event, the body takes a beating. One thing is to work but also to work smart and bring your game to the competition. I want to get out of Peru safely. That is my first priority. Bolivia is going to be hot and wet and that will be a different challenge.”The 9000-km long rally will enter Bolovia in the next few days and it will end at Cordoba in Argentina on January 20.Santosh had finished 36th in 2015, his best so far. He did not finish in 2016 while he was 47th last year. PTI PDS ATK ATKlast_img read more


James Vince included in England ODI squad for series decider vs India

first_imgEngland have included James Vince in their squad for the third and final one day international against India.The three-match ODI series is currently tied at 1-1 and the winners-take-all contest will be played at Leeds on Tuesday. While India wn the first ODI, England bounced back to level the series at Lord’s on Saturday.Batsman Dawid Malan and all-rounder Sam Curran were released from the squad to allow them to join the England Lions side to face India A in a four-day match.England are already missing the services of Alex Hales, who has been out of action since the T20I series. Hales, who was not part the first two one-dayers, has been ruled out of the final game as well.However, his absence didn’t hurt England much in the second ODI as Joe Root found his rhythm back to score a classical century. Eland won the match by 86 runs to stay alive in the series.England have not lost a bilateral ODI series at home since 2015 while India have won their nine previous bilateral series.After the ODI series, both Enland and India play a five-Test series starting at Birmingham from August 1. Virat Kohli’s team had won the Twenty20 International series 2-1.last_img read more


Report: Male sports fans have big interest in women’s sports

first_imgLondon, Oct 4 (AP) Male sports fans make up more than half of the group of people with an interest in women’s sports, according to a report published Thursday by analysts Nielsen Sports.The report found that 84 percent of general sports fans in eight key markets around the world, including the United States and Britain, have an interest in women’s sports, and that 51 percent of those are male.”This research not only illustrates the vast amount of people actively interested in women’s sports today, but also shines a spotlight on the significant commercial opportunities on the horizon,” said Lynsey Douglas, who led the team behind the 32-page report “The Rise of Women’s Sports.” “From equal pay to record audiences and new media deals, women’s sport is one of the fastest changing areas in the sports industry, and is more important now than ever before.” The landscape for women’s team sports has changed dramatically over the past few years, creating the potential to increase the cost of broadcasting rights and the pay of the athletes themselves. While tennis and golf have led the way for decades in the professionalization and commercialization of women’s sports, their counterparts in team sports have lagged far behind despite some exceptions, such as with soccer in the United States.That’s all changing though, particularly in soccer, with leagues around the world being established. The Women’s European Championship in 2017, for example, attracted a television audience of 150 million, according to Nielsen.”Building on this momentum, next year’s Women’s World Cup is set to engage on a large scale and represents a great platform for brands to stand out,” Douglas said.advertisementNielsen found that of those people aware of next year’s eighth Women’s World Cup in France, 34 percent have already shown an interest. That’s not far off the 45 percent equivalent for this year’s men’s version in Russia, which was eventually won by France.With promotional campaigns still to come, Douglas said there is a “clear chance” to engage potential fans ahead of the tournament, which will be broadcast around the world. Major broadcasters, such as the BBC in Britain, TFI in France and Fox in the United States, will show extensive coverage of the competition.Nielsen’s research in the eight countries Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and the United States involved 1,000 interviews per market, split between men and women between the ages of 16 and 69.(AP) AMSAMSAMSlast_img read more



first_imgSome Sioux City residents will be ringing in the New Year with fireworks today and tonight.City code allows fireworks to be used on your own property or a property where written permission is given from 1pm this afternoon until 12:30 a.m. tonight….ending 30 minutes after the New Year begins.Setting off fireworks in a public park, city owned property, or on a public roadway, street, or alley is strictly prohibited.The discharge or possession of fireworks on city property will be subject to a $500 simple misdemeanor, $250 on private property.No person under the age 18 shall purchase, possess or discharge fireworks without parental supervision.Sky lanterns are NOT allowed in Sioux City.If you have any questions regarding the use of fireworks, please call Sioux City Fire Rescue at 279-6377.last_img read more


Mbappe feeling ‘100 per cent’ after ankle knock

first_imgFrance Mbappe feeling ‘100 per cent’ after ankle knock in training Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 02:10 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) KylianMbappe - Cropped Getty Images France World Cup France v Australia Kylian Mbappé Antoine Griezmann Ousmane Dembélé After an injury scare, the PSG striker is ready to go for France’s World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday Kylian Mbappe insisted he was feeling no ill-effects from his injury scare while acknowledging that the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and himself will have to be clinical if they are to propel France to World Cup glory.The Paris Saint-Germain forward limped out of training on Tuesday nursing a left ankle problem following a challenge from team-mate Adil Rami.Mbappe subsequently tweeted to calm fears that he could miss Les Bleus’ Group C opener against the Socceroos on Saturday, and the 19-year-old was in high spirits as he faced the media on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I’m 100 per cent, I wanted to continue,” he said.”Club or national training is the same. We play as we train. These are things that happen and will happen again. It’s a bit innocuous, it’s a little late, certainly, but no-one died!”Mbappe also spoke about the possibility of lining up alongside Griezmann and Dembele in attack – a prospect that greatly excites the teenager, although he concedes the trio will have to continue to work on their relationship.”We are three players who appreciate each other and there is a lot of movement and speed,” he said.”But we can improve our defensive [work]. We cannot arrive in this competition with a team cut in half.”We must also be more effective in front of goal, we will not have 60 opportunities. Sometimes we will have one and it will be necessary to put it away.”Asked for his thoughts on the favourites to lift the trophy come July 15, Mbappe named three sides who he feels are ahead of Didier Deschamps’ men in that regard, and one for whom he sees 2018 as the last chance for a golden vintage to perform on the grandest stage.”Brazil, Germany and Spain are at present three teams that are a little ahead of us,” he said. “After, there is Belgium. For them it’s now. With their generation, I think it’s the last chance.”last_img read more


Leave Winter for Warmth and Wellness at Hawaii’s Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

first_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Next Westin Hapuna Beach Resort There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Chase McPeak / The Manual Health & WellnessHapuna Spa by MandaraDo not go to Hawaii without treating yourself to a massage or a spa day. Sure, some men might find getting a massage daunting (if you’re one, please read our guide on what to know before you book your first appointment), but we can guarantee that after the first ten minutes of feeling awkward, the gently kneading of muscles and the working out of knots will make you forget your ever had feelings and emotions like stress, tension, anxiety, and anger.Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can let your fitness goals lapse.While any treatment from the Hapuna Spa by Mandara will send you off into a spa-drunk la-la-land, we recommend the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, the traditional massage of Hawaiian royalty; the deep tissues massage; the fire and ice massage which involves heated basalt stones, an ice-cold gel, and melted wax; and the myofascial release treatment – a process where a therapist uses rollers on your major muscles to workout knots and soreness and increase mobility. You can also get a few crazier treatments like sound wave therapy and hand and feet acupressure.Westin Workout Center and Crossfit StudioJust because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can let your fitness goals lapse and the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort wants to help you in any way they can. In fact, if you forgot your workout gear, their lending program will set you up with a fresh set of New Balance clothes and kicks for the duration of your stay. Once you get your workout gear, head down to the Westin Workout Center and Crossfit Studio to get your sweat on. The gym has it all: Cardio equipment, free-weights, a squat rack, and literally an entire area dedicated to Crossfit – not something you see in your average resort of hotel, meaning you’ll never have to miss a WOD while on vacation at Hapuna Beach. The gym is open 24/7 too, allowing easy access for early risers and night-owls alike.Chase McPeak / The ManualThe Westin also offers fitness classes such as spin, barre, body sculpting weight-lifting classes, cardio classes, and water fitness education.ActivitiesWhile many people head to Hawaii to literally lie on a beach for seven days, others want to branch out and be a little more active. Working out and spending some time on self-care at the spa are all well and good, to really experience Hawaii Island, it’s best to take advantage of one of the many outdoor activities that The Westin Hapuna Beach has to offer. From kayaking to snorkeling to volleyball and surfing – Hapuna Beach has it all. Additionally, further inland, the 175-mil long Ala Kahakai trail winds its way around the property, making for a perfect jaunt through Hawaii Island’s dry, northwest coast. Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) Gone are the 90s architectural elements and instead, a refined, almost Mid-Century Modern meets Relaxing-Spa-Sleek aesthetic dominates. OOn August 21, 1959, Hawaii officially became the 50th state in the U.S. and in no time at all American travelers embraced their newfound tropical vacation destination. Fast-forward 60 years and the state still tops the bucket-lists of Americans.The island chain composed of black, white, and green sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and year-round sunshine, is also home to some of the world’s best and most relaxing beach resorts. One such resort is the Westin Hapuna Beach on Hawaii Island’s Kohala coast. Built in 1994, the property recently underwent a 46 million dollar renovation which saw The Westin Hapuna Beach turn away from the traditional beach resort draw of too much sun and alcohol, and instead reoriented its focus on health and wellness. 1 of 3center_img DiningDining options abound at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. Start your day with a delicious and fresh breakfast buffet at ‘Ikena Landing. With everything from traditional American breakfast ingredients like bacon, eggs, sausage, and pancakes to traditional Hawaiian foods like poi to more Asian-influenced foods, there’s a breakfast for anyone with any taste. And, keeping with the Westin’s theme of health and wellness, fresh fruits, yogurts, smoothies, and greens abound for those who want to keep up their healthy diet while vacationing in paradise.For drinks, snacks, or coffee during the day or evening, head to the Piko Coffee + Bar area for Kona Coffee, grab-and-go lunches, delicious drinks (like the classic Mai Tai), and small bites. Perfect for after dinner drinks or a midday snack, Piko Coffee + Bar also offers up unparalleled views of the beach and headlands beyond. Top: Piko Coffee + Bar area for Kona Coffee | Bottom: Naupaka Beach GrillIf hunger strikes while at the pool or beach, head over to Naupaka Beach Grill for salads, sandwiches, poke bowls, drinks, beers, and other lunchtime and midday food and beverages. And finally, when it’s time to do dinner at the Westin, make reservations at Meridia – the Westin Hapuna Beach’s signature dining experience built on a Mediterranean menu full of locally sourced and healthy ingredients. Craft cocktails, traditional drinks, and local beer also make an appearance on Meridia’s drinks menu.Travel PackagesFrom the Westin Hapuna Beach ResortSilver Jubilee PackageFor $25,000, two guests will receive: 7 nights/8 days suite accommodations; a Jeep rental car; helicopter transportation between Kona Airport and the resort; $2,500 food credit; $250 credits each for beach activity rentals, Mandara Spa at Hapuna and Mauna Kea Resort Shopping; unlimited golf at Hapuna Golf and Mauna Kea Golf Courses at Mauna Kea Resort; a private cooking class followed by a romantic dinner for two; complimentary daily pool cabana; a one-hour photo portrait session; Moonlight Manta Snorkel; premium seating at Mauna Kea’s award-winning Lū’au; Big Island Spectacular tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters; an island snorkel cruise; and choice of one Hawai’i Island eco-tour adventure with Hawaii Forest and Trail. To reserve, guests must call 808-880-3301.25th Anniversary PackageIn celebration of the resort’s 25 years, they are offering special savings on accommodations, golf, food & drinks and beach rentals throughout 2019. Guests will receive 25% off nightly room/suite rates; 25% off green fees at Mauna Kea Golf Course and Hapuna Beach Golf Course; 25% off beach rentals and activities; and 15% off at Meridia Restaurant. This offer is valid for stays taking place through December 21, 2019 and requires a minimum stay of 6 nights/7 days. To reserve, guests can book online using promo code ER7 or call 808-228-9290 and ask for promotional code ER7.Book NowNot enough Hawaii for you? Listen to Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Hawaii Episode for an in-depth look at all the things to do on Hawaii Island. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Supporting that endeavor is the resort’s updated look. Gone are the 90s architectural elements and instead, a refined, almost Mid-Century Modern meets Relaxing-Spa-Sleek aesthetic dominates. Upon entering the hotel, guests are welcomed first by an expansive and breathtaking view of Hapuna Beach and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The multi-story, open-air lobby that make up the heart of the resort is home to the check-in and concierge services on the upper floors, and, down a stunning double-staircase with a water-inspired chandelier above, the dining areas, bars, lounge spaces, and terraces that lead out to the multi-level pools reveal themselves before emerging onto the stunning centerpiece of the property – its vast, sandy beach.AccommodationsWestin Hapuna Beach ResortEnhancing the property’s public areas are recently refreshed room and suite options for any type of guest – whether a solo traveler looking to get away from it all, the honeymooning couple, or the family man with 2.5 kids in tow. Room categories range from king partial-ocean view rooms to premiere ocean suites. All rooms, no matter their location offer ocean views and private lanais that feature soft, comfortable outdoor furniture. Each of the 249 guest rooms and 17 suites also feature the brand’s signature Westin heavenly bed (a pillow-topped mattress specifically designed to cradle you like a sleeping baby), flat screen TVs, data ports, a Westin Heavenly Shower, double sinks, a wet bar, and a seating area. Overall, the rooms are spacious and well-appointed with tasteful and comfortable furnishings, large glass patio doors that look out onto the ocean, and soothing color schemes that lull guests subconsciously into a deeper state of relaxation (at least, that’s how we felt).Beach and PoolsWhile hotel rooms are well and good, what everyone really goes to Hawaii for are the pools and the beaches and The Westin Hapuna Beach has both in spades.Hapuna BeachHapuna Beach is a half mile long crescent of white sand edged by green hills and rocky cliffs and bordered by ultramarine waters that are calm enough on most days for swimming, snorkeling, and floating. The Westin Hapuna Beach offers lounge chairs and umbrellas – which are a true necessity if you plan on spending more than a half hour at the beach since it gets very hot and the sun can be fierce. But enduring the heat and light is worth it to relax on one of the best beaches in the state of Hawaii. Be aware, that the beach, like all beaches in Hawaii, is open to the public and this particular one also happens to be a state park, so occasionally crowds do form, but they mostly stick to the southern end of the beach opposite the property.Chase McPeak / The ManualPoolTwo pools make up the freshwater fun at the Westin Hapuna Beach, with the larger of the two designated as the general pool area where both children and adults can swim, float, play, and relax. Ringed by cabanas, loungers, and umbrellas, the lower pool is large, warm, and welcoming. Grab a drink from the nearby bar and sit a spell as your kids splash in the shallows. If you’re without children though, you’re going to want to head up to the adults-only pool.The sound of trickling water drowns out the usual resort noise and provides a place for peaceful rest and restoration.Adults-Only PoolThe resort’s adults-only pool is smaller, but far more relaxing. Small koi ponds dotted with lily pads are perched above the pool and boardwalks and seating areas are interspersed on small platforms. It’s touches like these that make the adults-only pool truly integral to the property’s goal of health and wellness. The sound of trickling water drowns out the usual resort noise and provides a place for peaceful rest and restoration. We spent the majority of our pool time in the adults-only pool (and hot tub) and didn’t regret it in the slightest. Like the lower pool, cabanas, loungers, umbrellas, and palms surround this space, ensuring there’s always a shady spot to take a few moments out of the sun. Previous Chase McPeak / The Manual For fans of golf, the resort also boasts an 18-hole golf course designed by none other than Arnold Palmer. Additional golf amenities include a driving range, putting green, clubhouse, rentals and lessons.And finally, when in Hawaii, take the opportunity to educate yourself in the local culture by participating in one of the Westin’s many cultural activities that occur throughout the week. Offerings include learning to chant, lei making, and hula lessons, among others. For more information, see the property’s Aloha Ambassador in the hotel lobby.last_img read more


Zayed Port Cruise Season Kicks Off

first_imgzoom The MS Rotterdam is the first cruise ship to call on Abu Dhabi Ports Company’s (ADPC) Zayed Port in the new season which will see 93 ships and 220,000 passengers visit Abu Dhabi. Gary Lemke, EVP Ports, said: “This year we have more exciting cruise developments than ever before – work is underway on the development of the new cruise terminal and the Cruise Arabia initiative which brings together Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman to promote the Gulf region as an exciting destination is attracting serious attention from the industry and prospective cruise visitors.”Holland America Line’s MS Rotterdam is a medium sized cruise ship, able to accommodate 1,400 passengers and 600 crew. The ship’s current cruise route started in Rotterdam and will continue from Abu Dhabi toward Cape Town, South Africa.“The start of a new cruise season is always a highly anticipated event, especially for what is set to be our busiest to date, and one marked by the return of a luxury vessel from one of the world’s most respected cruise lines.Our efforts are firmly set on growing interest in, and awareness of, Abu Dhabi’s expanding and diverse range of opportunities. Our priority is to convince the local travel industry and hospitality providers of the merits of this expanding sector, and having recently completed a successful multi-city regional travel trade roadshow with our Cruise Arabia partners, welcome this interest from our local travel industry partners,” Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) said.During Seatrade Med 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, ADPC and TCA Abu Dhabi unveiled the concept design for Abu Dhabi’s permanent cruise passenger terminal which is expected to open in 2016.The 2014/2015 cruise season will be the busiest yet, with 93 ship calls scheduled and 220,000 passengers expected. This is an increase of 24% and 16% respectively. The 2013/2014 cruise season saw 189,709 passengers and 75 ships visit Abu Dhabi. Press Release My location Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more


NS government refuses to release cause of fire that killed four children

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government is refusing to release the findings of the fire marshal’s investigation into a blaze last month that claimed the lives of four children.Municipal Affairs spokeswoman Krista Higdon confirmed in an email that the investigation into the Jan. 7 fire in Pubnico Head has been completed, but she said the cause of the fire would not be released “due to privacy laws.” She would not elaborate.In the past, the province’s Office of the Fire Marshal has released the basic findings of investigations, which exclude personal information.Emma Kennedy and her common-law partner Phil Prouty escaped the blaze, but the fast-moving fire killed four-month-old Winston Prouty, four-year-old Jayla Kennedy, seven-year-old Mya Prouty and seven-year-old Mason Grant, a cousin who was visiting for a sleepover.The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service has completed autopsies but a spokesperson said it won’t be releasing the findings.Like the fire marshal’s reports, these documents are typically withheld from the public because they contain personal information. But basic information, such as cause of death, is often released.David Fraser, a leading technology and privacy lawyer in Halifax, said the province’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act grants most public bodies broad discretion when it comes to disclosing information considered in the public interest.Police, for example, often release the cause of death and victims’ names in murder cases.“That doesn’t get into all of the details that would be included in an autopsy, but it provides information that is important (for the public),” he said. “In a fire that has caused multiple deaths, I think there’s a public interest in knowing what the cause of the fire was.”Fred Vallance-Jones, who teaches at the journalism school at University of King’s College in Halifax, said revealing the cause of the fire could be key to preventing a similar tragedy.“If you’ve had four children die in a fire — which has received incredible public exposure — all Nova Scotians have an interest in ensuring this doesn’t happen again. There is a public interest in knowing what caused it,” he said.“That hardly violates anyone’s privacy because it’s a very public event.”Fraser also said concern for public safety should prompt a more open response.“Whenever you hear about a fire that has been caused by an appliance … that prompts people to do maintenance, which could save lives.”West Pubnico Fire Chief Gordon Amiro, whose firefighters were among the first at the scene, said he hasn’t been told what the fire marshal found.“Whether they have a cause or they don’t, or they’re not saying, I don’t know … Usually, they let us know,” Amiro said in an interview Friday.Shortly after the fire, Amiro speculated a faulty wood stove could have been to blame.last_img read more


Stars To Attend 2016 Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament

first_imgThe Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament will take place this weekend.Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament Proceeds from this event benefit LAPD employees and their immediate family members, who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness and injury. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Police Departments employee wellness program and has granted over $16 million without any direct taxpayer money.The evening will include red carpet arrivals, a celebrity poker tournament, casino games, great food, cocktails, music, photobooth, raffles and auctions. Along with dozens of unique and priceless items in the auction, guests will have the chance to win a 2-seater ride with the legendary IndyCar champion Mario Andretti at the 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with tickets, pit passes and stay at Renaissance Long Beach, spend the day with MMA fighter Tito Ortiz in training & tickets to BellatorMMA Ortiz vs. Sonnen Fight at the Forum, a stay at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, tour of Jay Leno’s private auto/motorcycle collection, LAPD airship ride, LAPD SWAT Training Day, Training at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Center to learn pursuit & pit maneuvers etc.Hosted by Don Cheadle, celebrity guests are expected to include Christopher Meloni, Danny Masterson, Luke Wilson, Jerry West, Peter Facinelli, Tito Ortiz, Jerry Cantrell, Billy Burke, Andre Reed, Gilles Marini, Camryn Manheim, Lou Diamond Phillips, AJ Buckley, Christopher Judge, Keearan Geovanni, Keesha Sharp, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, Jason Collins, Jayde Nicole, Michael Paul Chan, Shanna Moakler, Tia Carrera, Tony Denison, and Vanessa Marcil.Saturday, November 19thLos Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament & Casino Night PartyRed Carpet: 5pmPoker Begins: 6pmAvalon Hollywood: 1735 Vine St.last_img read more



first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: “It’s the cherry on the cake of (crap), that fire is,” Sainte-Marie added using an expletive.A decade after the fire, Sainte-Marie had no idea Universal believed original copies of her work might’ve perished in the flames. Nobody from the label contacted her, she said, and an extensive report published last month in the New York Times was the first she’d heard of it.“The music business is not about the music, it’s about the business, so I’m not at all surprised that whoever is responsible at Universal tried to hush it up,” she added.Sainte-Marie said original copies of three albums she made under ABC Records and MCA Records in the mid-1970s are probably gone.She doesn’t let it get to her though, partly because she’s turned much of her attention away from the music industry and towards social activism, philanthropy and her latest work with the Creative Native Project, a mentorship program that links established artists with Indigenous youth looking to gain knowledge.She feels worse for other artists who believe their tapes were among the 100,000 masters engulfed in the flames. Canadians Bryan Adams and Sum 41 lead singer Deryck Whibley have said they believe some of their work was destroyed.Universal says the Times “overstated” the losses in their report, but the label’s CEO pledged “transparency”‘ and “answers” for the artists on the status of their master recordings.Negative experiences with music executives framed Sainte-Marie’s career in the 1960s. The budding young performer got a crash course in the lack of control most musicians have over their work when she famously sold the rights for her 1964 song “Universal Soldier” to another music industry player for $1 in a contract written on a napkin. The single went on to be recorded by country act the Highwaymen and British pop singer Donovan.It took Sainte-Marie a decade before she could repurchase ownership of the song for $25,000.“I never gave away my publishing again,” she said. “Eventually I started insisting that I own the masters, which was unheard of.”Sainte-Marie began stowing her masters away in a safe place, but she acknowledges not every artist has that power.A few weeks ago, Taylor Swift drew attention to her own master recordings when she launched a public battle over their ownership. Under a contract she signed as a teenager, masters for her first six albums are owned by Big Machine Records, which is in the midst of being sold to a company owned by Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun.Swift objected to her masters landing in Braun’s hands for several reasons, including that he’d posses control over how they’re used.While a label owning an artist’s master recordings is common, Swift’s battle and the fallout of the Universal fire emphasize how little power most artists have over their original recordings or where they’re stored. Owning physical copies of master tapes was even more difficult in the pre-digital era.Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida said masters of the band’s first two albums from the 1990s sit in the hands of Sony Music Canada.“Back in the days of tape you had no backup so the label made sure to get them — it was actually a delivery requirement,” he said.“Now only the highly organized are able to locate master files easily.”Once digital recordings became commonplace around the turn of the millennium, Maida said he made sure to get ahold of duplicates to store himself.Daniel Greaves, lead singer of the Watchmen, said he was shocked when the Winnipeg-founded band’s name showed up on the Universal list, particularly because he has no idea what might’ve been in the U.S. label’s vaults. He said most of their albums were mastered in Canada.“They’re supposed to keep that stuff safe and secure,” Greaves said.“It’s pretty nefarious, but at the same time do any of us expect anything different from the record companies?”Like many artists trying to manage busy touring schedules, the Watchmen didn’t keep a close tab on some of their earlier masters. Greaves remembers when an employee at Wisconsin recording space Smart Studios called the band because they’d discovered some of their recordings while emptying the building for its closure.“They would keep a copy, or something like that, I’m not even entirely sure,” Greaves said. “But I do remember having them reach out to us saying, ‘We’re closing… where should we send this stuff?’ which is the way it should work, in terms of people who are holding on to your intellectual property.”Bob Doidge, owner of Hamilton’s Grant Avenue Studio, believes musicians need to take greater responsibility for their original masters. Over the decades, his space hosted the likes of Johnny Cash, Gordon Lightfoot and U2, but among the hundreds of others who recorded there, surprisingly few gave much thought to their masters.“I’ve tried desperately to get people to come and pick up their tapes because I have a basement full — so many you couldn’t imagine,” he said.At most studios, Doidge said original masters wind up collecting dust on a shelf for a decade or more, until they’re tossed into a dumpster.With Lightfoot’s work, Doidge takes extra care by carrying a duplicate of the original master home with him every night. It’s a practice he embraced years before a 2018 blaze burned through several homes on the block, narrowly missing Grant Avenue Studios, and one he’s using for Lightfoot’s upcoming album.He encourages musicians to consider taking home a duplicate of their master recordings, too.“Treat it as precious,” he tells clients.“It’s not like we spent the afternoon blowin’ up some tunes and here it is. A Gordon Lightfoot record takes a year… These songs are precious to humanity, that’s really what it comes down to.”Sainte-Marie tries to frame the possible loss of her masters in the bigger picture.“I have a saying that has comforted me many times in my life: ‘It’s only music and music is replicable,’” she said.“Maybe a certain recording was absolutely wonderful. This is today and tomorrow is going to happen; let’s just keep on keeping on, make some more great music.”By David Friend ~ The Canadian Press Buffy Sainte-Marie performs at the Americana Music Honors and Awards show Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Buffy Sainte-Marie was frustrated when she saw her name among hundreds of musicians whose master tapes might’ve burned in the 2008 fire on Universal’s Los Angeles backlot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Zaleski Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO — Buffy Sainte-Marie was frustrated when she saw her name among hundreds of musicians whose master tapes may have burned in the 2008 fire on Universal Studios’ Los Angeles backlot.She wasn’t so concerned about her own work, but dismayed by the loss of original recordings from other legendary musicians, many who died years ago. It reminded her of how little the music industry respects the cultural contributions of its performers. Facebooklast_img read more


Fort St John Huskies donates over 3000 to FSJ Hospital Foundation

first_imgThen on November 24, the Huskies held a special game night in support of Men’s mental health as part of the Movember Campaign in partnership with Mighty Peace Brewing and Beard’s Brewing. Each brewery donated $2 for every growler purchased that day. The Huskies managed to raise $1,672.25 from that event.In total, the Huskies donated $3,153.20 to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.Fort St. John Huskies posing with cheque made out to the FSJ Hospital Foundation from the Movember Campaign. Photo by Scott BrooksMegan Brooks, of the Hospital Foundation, says all the money will go towards the Hospital’s Cancer Treatment and Diagnostic Fund.“They gave the money to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation for the Cancer Treatment and Diagnostic Fund. It’s really cool when third-party events happen, we just hear about them and collect the cheque.”To learn more about Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, you can visit FORT ST. John, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies recently donated over $3,000 to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.Throughout October and November, the Huskies held two fundraising events.On October 24, the Huskies held a special game night in support of Women’s Cancer Awareness. That night included the wearing of pink jerseys, games and a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going towards cancer research. From that night, the Pups were able to raise $1,480.95.last_img read more


Morocco Orders Closure of MINURSO Military Office in Dakhla

Rabat – After Morocco expelled the civilian wing of MINURSO from the Saharan city of Laayoune, the United Nations said on Monday that the peacekeeping mission has received notice from authorities to shut down its military liaison office as well.U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq disclosed to the Associated Press that MINURSO received a new request from the Moroccan government to shut down its military liaison office in Dakhla in the near future.MINURSO was established in 1991 in order to maintain peace agreements between the separatist group called the Polisario Front and Morocco. Last week, Morocco ordered 84 international staff members to leave the country in protest to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s use of the word “occupation” while referring to the mineral-rich Sahara during his visit to camps in Tindouf, Algeria that house Sahrawi refugees.Haq also stated that Morocco was violating the U.N. charter by issuing the eviction orders and that country’s actions “cannot be tolerated.”He accused Morocco of acting arbitrarily, needlessly escalating tensions, and acting against the U.N. Charter and its agreement on deploying the U.N. mission. He expressed hope “that Morocco gets the message that this kind of behavior cannot be tolerated.”Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, foreign minister for the Tindouf-based Polisario Front, said in a statement released on Sunday that Morocco’s actions could “stir up tensions and push the Sahrawi people to take up arms again.”After two meetings on issue, the Security Council has yet to publish a statement supporting Ban Ki-moon’s statements, which have been met with protests in Morocco and the Moroccan diaspora in multiple international cities.Protestors and Moroccan officials have said that Ki-moon’s reference to the Sahara as “occupied” shows a “lack of neutrality” that goes against the secretary-general’s mandate.Haq told the AP that the U.N. has been engaging in talks with Morocco and other countries in order “to make sure tensions can be de-escalated.” read more


OCPs Africa Fertilizer Complex Seeks to Triple Fertilizer Production

Rabat – Morocco’s OCP Group has plans to triple its production of fertilizer for other African countries.OCP created an African fertilizer production unit, the“Africa Fertilizer Complex,” to extend its activities beyond Morocco, said Abderrahmane Igourzal, the general manager at OCP’s site in Jorf Lasfar, 120 kilometers south of Casablanca, the Senegalese News Agency (APS) reported.Igourzal was speaking on Saturday at a press conference at the 21st Khouribga African Film Festival, in Khouribga, 110 kilometers southeast of Casablanca. The Africa Fertilizer Complex “produces nearly one million tons [of fertilizer] a year for Africa. But since the demand is higher than supply, other facilities will be created to fill the gap so that we can produce three million tons each year” for African countries, Igourzal asserted.The fertilizer company was launched in 2016 in the Jorf Lasfar industrial zone, employing 380 associates to help develop the continent’s agricultural sector.The Africa Fertilizer Complex has an integrated 62-megawatt thermoelectric plant which helps reduce CO2 emission by over 70 percent, according to OCP.Read Also: OCP Group Launches Corporate Volunteering Initiative for FarmersFor Igourzal, the new fertilizer production unit does not have only commercial purposes. “The OCP considers that it has the responsibility to share its wealth … for the good of humanity, to help feed the planet” through distributing its fertilizer.Fertilizer is ”essential for boosting agricultural productivity.”According to Igourzal, OCP Group “holds 75 percent of the world’s phosphate reserves. The OCP’s current reserves are so large that it would take 700 years to use them up.”Igourzal continued, “For phosphate, we have almost 50 percent of the world’s market share. For phosphoric acid, we have 47 percent of the market share.”The general manager added that the company produces an estimated 22 percent of the world’s fertilizer by volume.OCP Group is one of the leading exporters and producers of raw phosphate, phosphate-based fertilizers, and phosphoric acid in the world. The company develops precision agriculture techniques to help farmers improve the quality and yield of their crops.The Moroccan company, according to Igourzal, wants to increase its share of the global fertilizer market from 22 to 40 percent by 2028. read more


UN political affairs chief visits Cyprus Greece and Turkey

After arriving yesterday, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast today met Greek Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos of the EU member, Cyprus, and tomorrow he is scheduled to meet with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.Mr. Prendergast would also meet authorities in Athens, Greece, and Ankara, Turkey, between 2 and 7 June before heading back to UN Headquarters in New York to report to Mr. Annan. A UN spokesman said earlier this month that Mr. Annan had asked Sir Kieran to listen to the views of all parties on the future of the Secretary-General’s mission of good offices on Cyprus. read more


Brock in the News – December 1016

Brock team researching computing power of DNASt. Catharines Standard meets with a team of Brock researchers who are studying how DNA might be used to make microcomputers to store massive amounts of data.Brock professor weighs in on new Canadian $10 billCivil rights pioneer Viola Desmond will soon be the new face of the Canadian $10 bill. Professor Dolana Mogadime discusses with Lee Sterry on 610CKTB how this momentous occasion will aid in educating the nation.Video round up: The Mannequin ChallengeUniversity Affairs Magazine rounds up the best Mannequin Challenge videos, with Brock University’s 750-person video landing the second spot on the list.The changing face of Boxing DayIs Boxing Day losing its appeal because of Black Friday? Goodman School of Business Professor Eric Dolansky offers his take on the biggest shopping days of the year in Strategy Magazine. read more


Football Rodjay Burns announces transfer to Louisville

Rodjay Burns (29), Jonathon Cooper (18) and Rashod Berry (13) walk out of the endzone after Burns’ rushing touchdown during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorFor the second time in less than a week, an Ohio State defensive back is transferring out of the program.Sophomore cornerback Rodjay Burns announced on his Instagram account Friday afternoon that he will transfer to Louisville to continue his football career. In the post, the Louisville-native cited his father’s health as the reason he will transfer closer to home.“Hard thought out life decision, and the decision i making for me and my future, I love my brothers at TOSU but i have to further my career elsewhere due to my fathers health, i have to decide to transfer to University of Louisville,” Burns wrote on Instagram. Burns played seven games in his career for the Scarlet and Gray, tallying a single tackle. In his first game playing for the Buckeyes, against Bowling Green, he intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown.Burns, a late commit in OSU’s 2016 recruiting class, played for Trinity High School in Kentucky. In 2014, his team won its school’s 23rd state championship.On May 9, it was reported that cornerback Joshua Norwood would transfer from the program.Burns is the ninth player to leave the Buckeyes since the end of the 2016 season. Offensive linemen Lisle, Tyler Gerald and Kyle Trout, and wide receivers James Clark, Torrance Gibson and Alex Stump decided to transfer out of OSU while quarterback Stephen Collier announced his retirement in January. read more


Ministers have lost grip on national crisis over knife crime Lord HoganHowe

Ministers have failed to get a grip on the national knife crime crisis, former Met Police Commissoner Lord Hogan-Howe warned today.After a weekend in which two innocent 17-year-olds were stabbed to death, he said ministers needed to appoint a “leader” who would focus day-to-day on reversing the highest rate of knife crime attacks and killings on record.Citing the £1 billion about to be invested in boosting police numbers which have fallen by 22,000 since 2010, he said: “It’s perfectly right for the Home Office, the Government to ask what are you going to do with that money.”You want to know day by day what is going to be delivered. I don’t get that sense of grip.”What [the Government] has not got is a catalyst to pull it together. It needs a leader who will say day after day, what are the police doing, what are the other agencies doing, how can we get the charities to work together.”If it’s not treated as a crisis, it will take another two years before we see action.”Lord Hogan-Howe believed the £1 billion could pay for an extra 22,000 officers, to replace those lost since 2010, but ministers were leaving policing decisions to the 43 forces. “If you really want cops, make sure it’s spent on cops,” he said. “If it was my money, I would want to know week after week when are you recruiting, when do they arrive, when do they hit the streets and when they hit the streets, what are you going to do with them?” He said knife crime was now a national crisis, affecting across the UK. “The most obvious correlation is with deprivation. In some parts of our communities race is the equivalent correlation,” he added. A second factor, he said, was too many people carrying knives. “It looks like there are more people who are worried to be caught without a knife than they are to be caught with one,” he said.”It is a false logic. If you carry a knife a fight can turn into a lethal event. If a knife is taken from you, and they are stronger and quicker than you, you have a real problem. I would say to young people: ‘Don’t do it, find another way.’”He said that current technology to detect knives was “in the dark ages”, comprising just “wands and arches”.  He called for a stepchange in research by the Home Office’s one-time scientific branch, now part of the Ministry of Defence, to develop technology and behaviour science.Police and agencies also needed to find a way of improving links into communities to encourage them to identify knife carriers. “People know who are carrying knives,” he said. “I would argue their mothers know, their brothers, their friends.”The problem is whether they will tell the police who has got them. We have to get cleverer ways of linking with young people that explains how to resolve that dilemma.” In the killings at the weekend, Yousef Makki, 17, a talented public schoolboy who dreamed of being a heart surgeon, was stabbed to death in Manchester, just hours after Jodie Chesney, also 17, was killed in an unprovoked attack in her local park on the outskirts of London.The scale of the crisis has prompted Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, to call a meeting with police chiefs this week as he warned such “senseless” violence could not go on.A new analysis of NHS data suggests there has been a 93 per cent rise in the number of children being treated for wounds caused by knives or other sharp objects over the past five years.Lord Hogan-Howe said one of the factors in the surge in knife crime was a bumper cocaine crop from Colombia which had seen the price of the drug fall in the UK, which had led to increased violence among gangs fighting over the market. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more


NSSGA submits testimony on the SMINER Act in the US

first_imgThe National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) has submitted testimony to America’s House Education and Labor Worker Protections Subcommittee hearing on the Supplemental Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2007 (S-MINER, H.R. 2768) and the Miner Health Enhancement Act of 2007 (H.R. 2769), mine safety bills. NSSGA’s statement discusses that the first priority of the aggregates industry is and will continue to be the safety and health of its workers. “This commitment is demonstrated by the heightened level of effort invested by the industry to sustain an improved performance and through the development and implementation of more effective safety and health programs. It is a partnership between industry and its workforce and the government’s education, training and compliance assistance programs.”The NSSGA statement makes the point that the S-MINER Act is premature because it comes before MSHA and the industry have had adequate time to fully implement the MINER Act and could undermine the success that has been achieved. “By imposing another layer of regulation on an industry that already is highly regulated and has shown continued safety improvements at this time would create confusion and threaten further progress.  “The S-MINER Act takes a one-size-fits-all approach that fails to recognize that mines are unique.  NSSGA members have achieved a continuously improving safety performance record. The MINER Act, written as a result of tragedies in the coal sector, has impacted the aggregates industry. Further extension of the S-MINER Act to the stone, sand and gravel industry is not warranted and contradicted by the industry’s improving safety performance.”  Based near Washington, NSSGA is the world’s largest mining association by product volume. Its member companies represent more than 92% of the crushed stone and 75% of the sand and gravel produced annually in the US and approximately 118,000 working men and women in the aggregates industry.  During 2006, a total of nearly 3,000 Mt of crushed stone, sand and gravel, valued at $21 billion, were produced and sold in the US.last_img read more


More Batman Mimobots

first_imgAs we told you earlier in the week, Mimobots has partnered with DC Comics to bring a number of superheroes to life in flash drive form. The first entry in the series is the 1939 vintage Bob Kane Batman.What we didn’t realize was that the company would be showcasing a number of other entries in the Batman line. So check ’em out here in all of their glory–silver age Batman, plus Robin, the Joker, and Catwoman.last_img