Chaiwala turns Rafalewala: Mamata Banerjee

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday called the Rafale deal a “big scam” and said that she supported the views of the Congress party on this issue.One of the most vocal critics of the BJP-led government at the Centre, Ms. Banerjee has not spoken much about the Rafale deal. Asked about The Hindu’s revelations on the deal, the West Bengal Chief Minister said Mr. Modi is used to taking unilateral decisions and interfering in every issue and referred to demonetisation.“I was not sure how much money was involved but something has happened behind the curtains in the deal. Rafale is a big scam and I support Congress on this,” she said. The Trinamool Congress chairperson said Mr. Modi turns out to be a chaiwala (tea vendor) during the polls and becomes Rafale-wala after it. During his public meeting at Jalpaiguri Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said he had a deep bond with north Bengal which produces tea as he had once been a tea vendor. Row over circuit courtMs. Banerjee also took strong exception to the Mr Modi’s inaugurating the Circuit Bench of the Calcutta High Court at Jalpaiguri during the day.Speaking to journalists Ms Banerjee said neither the State government nor the High Court was informed of the inauguration. “The manpower for the Circuit Bench has to be provided by us. The High Court will send judges. It is like the groom and the bride are missing and the band party comes and plays a political tune,” the Chief Minister said.During his rally Mr. Modi had criticised the State government for the delay in opening up the Circuit Bench.last_img read more

Brooklyn Qawwali Party

first_imgUstad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is more than just a great musician and sufi singer for percussionist Brook Martinez. He is the spirit that binds the 11 members of his all Caucasian band, the Brooklyn Qawwali Party, founded in 2003, which performs jazz to Nusrat’s music.Growing up with hip-hop, sufi music did not feature in Martinez’s teenage world. Then, one evening, he saw Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on a VH1 Awards ceremony. “I heard Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for the first time then and my first reaction was ‘who is this large Pakistani guy’? That performance completely bowled me over.”Martinez, who studied jazz and contemporary music at New York University, says the decisive moment that led to the formation of Brooklyn Qawwali Party came after he heard Nusrat’s interview on a TV channel. “Nusrat said qawwali is like jazz. That immediately caught my attention. Nusrat himself said that he improvises his music, and that’s when I got the idea to play and popularize Nusrat’s qawwali music through the medium I know best – jazz.” Martinez picked up some of Nusrat’s songs, transcribed the music and began rehearsing with other musician friends who were also fans of Nusrat. Shawn Trail, a percussionist in the band, remembers walking into a music store and picking up his first Nusrat CD by chance: “I was just looking at some CDs when I saw a CD of Nusrat’s final studio recording. The packaging and the beautiful art work was so interesting that I decided to buy that CD! Though I must add that the packaging might have drawn me to Nusrat, but it was his music that blew me away.”Many in the band had heard Nusrat’s music on their own, while others had been introduced to his music by Martinez. The band was established in 2003 under the temporary name Martinez’s Qawwali party and performed its first gig at a friend’s apartment in Red Hook in Brooklyn, New York.Qawwali is a vibrant, improvising musical tradition that dates back 700 years ago. The songs that constitute the qawwali repertoire are principally in Urdu and Punjabi.The improvisation tradition of qawali has served the Brooklyn Qawwali party well as the group plays Nusrat’s music to their individual instruments. Says Tony Barba, a saxophone player in the band, “I am trained in jazz and find a lot of similarity in sufi music and jazz. Both improvise while being performed live, have solos and repetition of themes.”Martinezs explains, “Nusrat also introduces Hindustani classical while singing qawwali. We follow the main components of qawwali, meaning we repeat the melody in jazz and then one person goes solo. We have designated clappers as well. It’s the same in qawwali.”Martinez adds, “We decided that we won’t sing the songs since the words were unfamiliar to us and we weren’t sure of our diction. We included just basic chorus words to give the effect, like Dum Mast Kalandar and Allah Hu.”Performing in public was not easy at first. Recalls Martinez of the debut public performance at the Tea Lounge in Brooklyn in September 2003: “I was really scared. I did have thoughts like who am I to play this music? I am neither sufi, nor Pakistani or even South Asian. I wasn’t sure how the audience would receive us.”But the gig was a hit and since then the group has attracted many South Asians fans, some of who do a double take. Oftentimes, South Asian audience members recognize a song, Martinez says, “There are tentative smiles and whispers amongst the audience when they realize that we are all white Americans playing their music. The response though is extremely positive in the end.”Tony Barba adds: “When we play, we do try to see how the audience is reacting. There are times when the audience face lights up, because they recognize the music or the song and then they start clapping. That’s really satisfying for us.”A fan, Shridhar Bhave, who has attended many of shows, says: “The main thing about BQP is it transcends all the borders and barriers of language, religion, countries and race. It actually shows the power of music. It’s a unique experience listening to Allah Hu from a jazz ensemble.”Another fan, Avantika Pandit, adds: “I am extremely impressed. It is something very different and unique. For me as an Indian, who knows Nusrat’s style of singing, watching Caucasians performing it in a jazz form – this format itself intrigues me!”The group, in turn, has introduced many of its fans to Nusrat’s music, says Barba, “There are many people, friends of friends and relatives who have not been exposed to Nusrat’s music but now, after listening to his music at our performances, they are huge fans of Nusrat!” Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is the spirit that binds the 11 members of the Brooklyn Qawwali Party jazz band together.Barba, who had developed an interest in Indian music, says he was struck by Nusrat’s voice and melody the first time he heard it: “I had never been exposed to any qawwali before and when I heard him, I was awe-struck. Sufi music sounded similar to Indian music to me, but still different in some ways. In fact, I know people who don’t know anything about qawwali or what kind of music it is, but if you mention Nusrat’s name, they know who he is!”Brooklyn Qawwali Party, which performs regularly at Brooklyn’s Joe’s Pub, performed at the Indian and Pakistani Independence Day parades in New York last year.Whatever the language or the event, the central theme of qawwali remains spiritual, exemplifying the devotion and love for the Divine. That devotion seems evident on the faces of members of the Brooklyn Qawwali Party. Percussionist Trail says playing Nusrat’s music is equivalent to praying: “It is definitely a spiritual practice for me. I have reached a higher state of consciousness while playing qawwali music.”Martinez adds, “We are not westernizing sufi music. It is just a pure expression of our feeling in our unique way. It’s not pure, but it is borne out of immense love and respect for Nusrat.”The sentiment is shared by Barba: “For all the members in the band, music is spiritual in nature. When we play it, we experience it. We were conscious that the members we put together know that and relate to that feeling.”Says Trail: “Most music tends to have a direct connection with the creator. Nusrat’s voice seems to have a direct connection with the universe. I had heard sufi music in Morocco, but Nusrat went further than his own vision.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Turning point: South Africa vs West Indies World Cup tie

first_imgThe turning point in the South Africa vs West Indies World Cup match that was played at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday has to be the third wicket stand between South Africa skipper Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers.The two put on 119 runs for the third wicket after the West Indies bowler struck early removing Hashim Amla (14) and Jacques Kallis (4). From 20-2 they pushed the score to 139-3 and eventually helped the team win by seven wickets.Man-of-the-Match AB de Villiers went on to score a century remaining unbeaten on 107 and even earned a MoM award for his efforts.last_img

Ind vs Ned: India survive Dutch scare, win by 5 wickets

first_imgIndia beat the Netherlands by five wickets after being pushed to the wall by an inexperienced Dutch side in their World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Score | PhotosChasing 190, India started off in an explosive fashion with openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag putting 69 for the first wicket.But Sehwag’s dismissal started a slide and at one stage India were 99/4 before Yuvraj Singh staged a revival and helped India home in the 37th over with 191/5 on board.After scoring a six and a four, Sehwag fell to left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar when he went for another big hit. He failed to clear Alexei Kervezee at point and India lost their first wicket on 69/1. He scored 39.But another wicket wasn’t far and the Dutch players got their man when Seelaar struck again to claim Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on 27. He fell for 80/2 in the first ball of the 10th over. He too went for an aerial shot but failed to clear the man in the deep.More celebrations followed even as the shell-shocked Indian spectators didn’t understand what was happening at the Kotla. For a few minutes later big-hitter Yusuf Pathan too fell and against it was Seelaar to the fore. India were 82/3. So Seelaar sent back two big players in one over.Another wicket and India were reduced to 99/4 in the 14th over and this time it was the Dutch captain’s turn to show his bowling prowess. He landed the ball on the off and it turned in to take the insides edge of Virat Kohli’s bat and shatter his stumps. He scored a partly 12.advertisementFinally Yuvraj Singh, who had scripted India’s victory against Ireland in the last match, and Gautam Gambhir tried to steady the Indian innings. The two batted with caution rotating the strike and helping India inch closer to the target, which had assumed mammoth proportions following early attacks. But, just when the spectators thought that the two might bat on till the end, Gambhir fell.A regulation ball from the Dutch medium-pacer Mudassar Bukhari, pitched outside the leg stump but Gambhir tried to work it away but missed and in the process the ball made its way towards his stumps. He fell for 28 and India went down to 139/5 on the first ball of the 24th over.Finally, Yuvraj Singh and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put on an unbeaten 52 for the sixth wicket as India won the match by five wickets.The Netherlands inningsEarlier, after electing to bat the Netherlands scored 189 and batted on till the 47th over even as the India bowlers tried hard to get the opposition wickets.The Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and elected to bat. But, the plan failed as ‘minnows’ Netherlands managed to put just 189 on board despite a decent start.Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi forged 56-run first wicket partnership before leggi Piyush Chawla decided to come up with a fine googly to send him packing on 28. Surprisingly, the Dutch team pushed Eric Szwarczynski up the order in place of regular opener Alexei Kervezee.Then it was the turn of Yuvraj Singh to show his bowling prowess. He scalped the other opener Wesley Barresi with a turner that rapped on his pads and Barresi was walking back with an LBW written against his initials. He fell on 26 and Netherlands fell to 64/2.Post Barresi’s dismissal, Tom Cooper and Ryan ten Doeschate got on with a partnership. However, Yuvraj wasn’t finished yet. He got the better of danger-man Ryan ten Doeschate to push the Netherlands to 99/3 on the first ball of the 29th over.The spinners and their day, so how could the paceman be far behind. Ashish Nehra took the strike in the 30th over to scalp Tom Cooper on 29. His away moving ball took the edge of Cooper’s bat to land in skipper M.S. Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps and the Ntherlands team were down to 100/4.Taking cue, Zaheer Khan too went for the kill and was rewarded with Bas Zuiderent’s wicket. The length ball landed on the off and curved into the batsman to hit his pads. The umpire raised the finger but the Dutch went in for the review. But, they failed to en cash it as the ball was clearly striking on the top of the stumps. Zuiderent fell without opening his account and Netherlands went down to 101/5.Soon the Dutch team came under pressure and at such a stage, a run out isn’t far away. And that’s what happened when Tom de Grooth got run out on 5 in Yuvraj’s over. Grooth was short of his crease by a mile and keeper Dhoni used all the time in the world to take his bails off. And Netherlands went down to 108/6.advertisementPiyush Chawla had more reason to celebrate as he struck back to claim Alexei Kervezee on 11 and the Netherlands fell to 127/7 in the 39th over.Surprisingly, the Dutch decided to take the Batting Powerplay in the 43rd over after they had lost their seven wickets. But, it didn’t really go in their favour as in a bid to up the tempo the Netherlands lost another wicket with Bradley Kruger getting run out in 43rd over.At death skipper Peter Borren and Mudassar Bukhari tried their best to raise the run rate in the Powerplay by hitting a few shots across the fence but it was too late to script a revival. Skipper Borren top scored with 38 on board before he fell to Zaheer Khan.last_img read more

Army recruitment rally in Yavatmal in January

first_imgNagpur, Nov 16 (PTI) The Army Recruitment Office will be conducting a recruitment rally from January 6 to 17 at Yavatmal here, a senior official today said.The response after the online process started for the rally is encouraging and 2,500 youths have registered themselves for the rally till now, ARO Director Col Sudhir Singh said.The recruitment is for four categories – soldier general, soldier technical, soldier clerk and soldier stores keeper, he said adding the rally will be held with the support of Yavatmal district administration.The ARO had a meeting with Yavatmal District Collector Sachindra Pratap Singh to finalise the arrangements.The rally will be held at Sports Stadium and youths coming for the rally will be accommodated in marriage halls and college buildings, officials said.The tests of the candidate for consuming any performance enhancing drug will be a major task and its results will be available immediately, Singh said.This rally will be for the year 2016-2017. The previous rally, held last year at Bhandara, had evoked good response, he said.About 37,825 youths had turned up for the rally and 660 of them were selected after clearing all the three tests like physical, medical and written. 640 of them joined the Indian Army, Col Singh added. PTI JOE NRB AYPlast_img read more

Croatia send Denmark out of World Cup after Subasic heroics in shootout

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Read more Topics Read more Facebook World Cup 2018 Russia eliminate Spain from World Cup in last-16 penalty shootout Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share via Email The second period of extra time was rumbling to its seemingly inevitable conclusion when Luka Modric finally picked a pass and, all of a sudden, Ante Rebic was clean through. The Croatia winger rounded Kasper Schmeichel but he was brought down by the chasing Mathias Jørgensen, who was booked.It was the most obvious penalty of the World Cup and the responsibility fell to Modric. It would be too much. His kick was too close to Schmeichel, who saved and, at that point, everybody in Croatia was thinking about Euro 2008, when they had lost on penalties to Turkey in the quarter-final. Back then Modric missed one of the kicks. There would be a reprieve for him and his country on this occasion.The shootout was low on quality and heavy on nerves, which was a neat precis of what had gone before. Christian Eriksen set the tone for Denmark when he saw his kick tipped on to a post by Danijel Subasic and the Croatia goalkeeper would also deny Lasse Schöne and Nicolai Jørgensen. Schmeichel saved from Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric but it was Ivan Rakitic who had the kick to win it.Rakitic made no mistake and it will be Croatia that take on Russia in the quarter-final on Saturday. Modric had scored with his shootout kick, although only just. It was another wobbly one, low and straight up the middle and Schmeichel got his boot to it but could not keep it out. match reports The strange thing was that the tie had exploded into life at the outset to set up the possibility of a classic, with the goals coming with the first two moves. They were defined by comical defending but there was little to smile about for the remaining 116 minutes. What followed was the slow death of a spectacle. It was tight and subdued, the entertainment value horribly low.Croatia had been arguably the team of the group stage, sweeping past Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland to advance into what was their first knockout tie since 1998, when they went all the way to the semi-finals. But it felt as though Dalic’s vibrant team were unnerved by what was at stake. It was a weirdly passive performance from them, in which they created precious little after Mario Mandzukic had cancelled out Mathias Jørgensen’s goal.Denmark were not exactly Danish dynamite, which has been the story of their tournament. Ăge Hareide had promised that people would see “a different Denmark” but this was more of the same – a rigid display loaded with defensive discipline, in which they managed to nullify the threat of Modric and Rakitic.“It was a wonderful effort but this is the brutality of football,” Hareide said. “We had a fantastic goalkeeper in Kasper but it didn’t help. Research has proved during penalty shootouts that your adrenaline and stress levels are as high as when you are in a war zone.”Schmeichel added: “If you have the balls to take a penalty, you have my respect. Anyone brave enough to take one is a hero. We win and lose as a team.” Facebook Share on Pinterest There are some matches in which the spectre of penalties begins to loom with indecent haste. Everybody knew where this last-16 showdown was heading from an early point in the second half – possibly even sooner – and yet it might have needed only a single penalty. World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email.center_img The remainder of the game felt like a reaction to the initial chaos. Neither team had previously conceded in open play at the tournament; they were not disposed to such openness and they sought to re-impose order. Caution held sway and it became an awfully tough watch.Schmeichel made a double save in the first half to deny Rakitic and Rebic before Ivan Perisic fired the rebound high while Dejan Lovren glanced wide from a Modric free-kick. That was about it for Croatia until the Modric penalty. Where was the cut and thrust that had characterised their progress?Denmark’s creative burden rested with Eriksen – almost everything in open play went through him – and there were couple of flickers from him in the first-half, including the moment when he floated a cross towards the back post and watched it kiss the angle of the upright. But his penalty miss summed up an evening of frustration. Croatia live to fight on. Croatia-Denmark ratings Pinterest Twitter Christian Eriksen is consoled by his captain, Simon Kjaer. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters Denmark The Croatia players threw Subasic up in the air during the celebrations and – in keeping with the tone of the evening – they dropped him. Mercifully Zlatko Dalic, the manager, reported he was not injured. “He was our hero tonight,” Dalic said. Croatia World Cup Share on Twitter Croatia’s Luka Modric fluffs big line but still prevails in duel with Eriksen Reuse this content Twitter The opening exchanges had offered no clues as to what would come. Jonas Knudsen’s long throws were a weapon for Denmark and, from his first one, the ball broke to Thomas Delaney, who worked it to Mathias Jørgensen and he jabbed in a low shot. Subasic was slow to get down and, although he got a hand to the ball, he could not prevent it from trickling inside the near post. It was a horribly soft concession.Croatia’s response was immediate and this time it was the Danes who could curse their defending. Rebic released Sime Vrsaljko and his low cross did not look threatening. But Henrik Dalsgaard’s clearance was panicked, it hit the covering Andreas Christensen in the face and ricocheted to Mario Mandzukic, who swivelled and shot home. What a mess. What a start. Luka Modric, left, and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic celebrate after Croatia’s victorious penalty shootout. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA Pinterest last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2019: Sunil Gavaskar, Shane Warne recollect their favourite moments at Lord’s

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 16:19 IST Shane Warne and Sunil Gavaskar at Salaam Cricket 2019India Today’s Salaam Cricket Conclave 2019 has brought 11 legends of the game from across the world onto one stage at the iconic Lord’s stadium in England.Ahead of the the first session titled ‘Jab Legends Met’, Australian legend Shane Warne and former India captain Sunil Gavaskar were asked by Rajdeep Sardesai, the Consulting Editor of India Today, what were their favourite moments of their career at Lord’s, both harked back to their nation’s respective WC victories during their playing days.”It’s got to be Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup. India beat WI defending a small total. That’s the best moment of my career. When Michael Holding (WI’s last batsman) was hit on the legs and the ball came towards me – my first reaction was to stop a leg-bye. Then the roar of the crowd signifying the umpire had given Holding out – prompted me to pocket the ball and start my fastest sprint ever to the pavilion. I don’t think Usain Bolt would have run faster,” said Gavaskar.Warne too answered along similar lines picking Australia’s 1999 WC winning moment as his best memory.”Like Sunny, it has to be the 1999 World Cup. A nice glass of beer was pretty cool. It might have been a couple (laughs). We started off pretty slowly and we had to win 7 games on the trot. Beating Pakistan in the final was pretty special” chuckled Warne.The Salaam Cricket Conclave 2019 is ongoing and is set to feature legends like Sir Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Akram and Michael Clarke among others. Follow all the action live hereadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Sunil GavaskarFollow Shane Warne Salaam Cricket 2019: Sunil Gavaskar, Shane Warne recollect their favourite moments at Lord’sLegends Sunil Gavaskar and Shane Warne shared some of their favourite World Cup memories on India Today’s conclave Salaam Cricket 2019advertisementlast_img read more

YUTE Renews MoU with CMI to Assist Young People

first_imgThe Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) and Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) Programme have renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which should deepen their partnership, by facilitating additional provisions targeting young people from marginalized communities, deemed “at-risk”.The new MoU was signed by CMI Executive Director, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, and YUTE Chairman, Joseph M. Matalon, at the institution’s campus at Palisadoes Park, Kingston, on April 24. YUTE is a private sector coalition-led initiative, which commenced in December 2010, and facilitates young people desirous of pursuing training and certification, as well as employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.Some 93 YUTE participants are currently enrolled at the CMI, the Caribbean’s Centre of Excellence for tertiary maritime, logistics and engineering training, and research and consultancy. Outlining details of the new MoU, Mr. Matalon said it covers several areas of co-operation, expected to span the next two years. These include: sharing a database of unemployed persons in efforts to facilitate international certification and placement; apprenticeship placement facilitated by CMI for participants successfully completing the institution’s industrial security operations programme and automotive programme, as well as the top five successful participants from the welding programme.Additionally, Mr. Matalon said the CMI and YUTE have agreed on the provision of five scholarships to the institution. The CMI, he informed, will cover 60 per cent of the costs, with the remaining sum to be paid either by the participant or through YUTE.He further advised that 30 current participants are to be streamed into a bridging programme in the areas of engineering and logistics. This programme, he said, will span four semesters, covering two years.“This MoU (seeks to) further expand the range of opportunities for young persons from vulnerable backgrounds to expand their knowledge of the various maritime disciplines, and promote the wider mandate of the YUTE programme, that is, building sustainable communities whose youth are economically and socially integrated into the wider society. I trust that the partnership between YUTE and the CMI will create opportunities for more youth to have themselves trained in preparation for work in an expanding maritime industry,” Mr. Matalon said.Meanwhile, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, in welcoming the MoU’s renewal, commended YUTE for the partnership forged with the CMI, “in its thrust to mould young lives and enable social and economic development.”The Minister also commended the CMI for their “sterling work” in providing and “taking Jamaica to the forefront of maritime and logistics as industry leaders”. He assured that “the Government stands ready to assist this institution,” in whatever way possible.Welcoming the renewed partnership, Dr. Pinnock said the CMI is committed to the development of youth deemed at-risk.“We believe we have a responsibility to (the young people of) this nation and we are transforming these youth, not to put them in low skilled jobs. Rather, we want to put them into high end jobs where they can transform their lives,” he said.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Allseas to Build Single-Lift Vessel Larger than Pieter …

first_imgzoom Swiss-based Allseas has decided to build a second single-lift platform installation and decommissioning vessel. The new vessel, larger than Pieter Schelte, can remove all platform topsides in the North Sea which are beyond the capability of Pieter Schelte.Besides decommissioning, the vessel is designed for worldwide installation of very large topsides.The topsides lift capacity will be 72,000 metric tons, exceeding the capacity of Allseas’ Pieter Schelte by 50%.The vessel will have a width of 160 m (525 ft), whereas Pieter Schelte is 124 m (406 ft) wide. She will be operational in 2020.Allseas, November 11, 2013last_img

World Fleet Growth Returning to PreBoom Levels

first_imgzoom The pace of world fleet growth has slowed down with the fleet expanding by 3.1% over the last 12 months, representing the lowest level of monthly year-on-year growth reported since the early 2000s, according to Clarksons Research.More limited contracting and lower delivery volumes combined with firm levels of demolition and non-delivery have limited fleet expansion which now “appears to be returning to its ‘pre-boom’ levels.”Between the start of 2005 and the end of 2012 the pace of annual fleet growth averaged 7.2%, with 484 million gross tons ordered in just four years from 2005 to 2008.Demolition was very limited over this period with just 23 million gross tons reported sold for scrap between 2005 and 2008, less than has been reported demolished in 2016 alone so far.Overall, the world fleet increased by 463 million gross tons between the start of 2005 and the end of 2012.At the start of October 2016 the global merchant fleet totalled 92,413 ships of a combined 1.2 billion gross tons.Moreover, newbuild contracting volumes have now fallen to levels not seen since the 1980s with just 16 million gross tons contracted in the year to date, Clarksons said.“There has been a notable slowdown in the pace of growth since the end of the fleet’s big surge. Today, recycling activity is strong, deliveries look set to slow and contracting levels are at their lowest in over 30 years,” Clarksons said.last_img read more

Mustattend events in the Capital

first_imgA flavourful meal Enjoy a flavourful one pot meal of rice/noodles topped with a choice of marinated meat and seasonal vegetables. Cooked in a clay pot, this healthy yet tempting meal is served with a variety of palatable sauces. The menu offers Garlic Fried Rice with Minced Chicken, Hand-made Noodles with Asian Greens, Crispy Noodles with Tofu and Broccoli, Wok Tossed Egg Noodles with Lamb Dumplings among others. Where: Empress of China, Eros Hote, Nehru Place Also Read – An income drop can harm brainWhen: Until August 31 Timings: 12pm – 3pm and 7pm –11:45pm Price: A la Carte MenuDance extravaganza The 23rd edition of Parampara Series – a festival of dance and music is back to enthrall Delhiites. This three-day celebration of Indian classical performing arts will bring young generation of artists as well as veterans at one platform. Among the performers, Raja Radha Reddy, a legendary Kuchipudi dancing couple, gurus, and choreographers, are surely going to be a treat to watch. Their performances for over five decades globally have gained them a reputation for rare excellence and perfection of technique. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhen: August 30 – September 1, 2019 Venue: Kamani Auditorium, New DelhiAugust 30, 2019 Raja Radha Reddy & Troupe Kuchipudi Classical Dance Performance Shubha Mudgal – Hindustani Classical Vocal August 31, 2019 Sujata Mohapatra – Odissi Classical Dance Trichur Brothers – Carnatic Classical Vocal September 1, 2019 Kumudini Lakhia & Group – Kathak Classical Dance Jayateerth Mevundi – Hindustani Classical Vocallast_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline work destroyed salmon habitat scientist says

first_imgVANCOUVER — Work on a Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in a British Columbia stream has destroyed salmon habitat, raising concerns about the Crown corporation’s ability to build infrastructure through waterways if the expansion project proceeds, a scientist says.Mike Pearson says the “amateur hour” work on the Stewart Creek crossing in Chilliwack will reduce food sources for coho and chum salmon and limit their ability to hide from predators. The fish are part of the diet of endangered southern resident killer whales.“There was no consideration given whatsoever to the habitat, which is just not acceptable,” said Pearson, a biologist with 30 years’ experience, in an interview.Trans Mountain Corp. filed documents with the National Energy Board showing its plans to cover exposed pipe in the Fraser Valley creek. It wrote that it would place concrete mats in the channel, extending about eight metres upstream and nine metres downstream of the exposed line, and cover it with small stones.Pearson said the work was completed in August to September of last year. He visited the site in December and took photos that he says show most of the stones have been swept away by currents, leaving the concrete blocks exposed.“The work has degraded habitat in several ways,” he wrote in an assessment filed with the energy board by intervener Yarrow Ecovillage.The smooth, hard concrete provides no hiding places for salmon, supports very few of the aquatic invertebrates they feed on, inhibits plant growth and prevents fish from burying their eggs, the document says.Pearson believes it’s not an isolated incident. An assessment he did of a pipeline creek crossing on Sumas Mountain in 2015 for Pipe Up Network, an anti-pipeline group, concluded the site was physically unstable and reconstructed with materials inappropriate to restoring habitat.A stream-keeper has also raised concerns about excavation at Trans Mountain’s terminal in Burnaby. John Preissl has filed several complaints with the energy board alleging the work has caused sediment to fall into two salmon-bearing creeks.Federal and provincial officials inspected the terminal in April and found improperly installed sediment and erosion control measures. A follow-up energy board report concluded Trans Mountain had fixed the problems by the end of November.Trans Mountain said in a statement that the BC Oil and Gas Commission approved its Stewart Creek work and found no issues in site inspections during and after construction.It said a third-party engineer designed the plan to protect the exposed line and conducted a study to ensure it would not impede fish passage. Environmental plans were created and work was monitored full-time by a qualified environmental professional, it said.As for Pearson’s 2015 criticism of the Sumas Mountain crossing, Trans Mountain said an independent environmental consultant completed an assessment and made a management plan. The work was monitored by an environmental professional and the oil and gas commission found no issues.It also said “extensive” sediment control measures and mitigation efforts are in place at its Burnaby terminal.The corporation added that field crews investigated all potential watercourse crossings for its expansion project even before it applied to the energy board for approval.“The information gleaned from this fieldwork allows us to avoid or minimize impact to fish and fish habitat during pipeline construction,” it said, adding environmental inspectors will monitor construction.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion.The expansion would triple the capacity of the existing line that runs from the Edmonton area to Burnaby. The energy board completed its first review in 2016 and recommended the government approve the project with 157 conditions.In its report, the board wrote the watercourse crossing plans “would effectively reduce the extent of effects on fish and fish habitat.”Ten conditions relate to fish, including that the company must file details on the presence of fish and fish habitat with the board before starting construction on watercourse crossings.Most of the conditions are “a plan to make a plan,” argued Eugene Kung, a lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law.“They don’t have any actual measurable effect on the outcome.”The Federal Court of Appeal quashed the project’s approval in August in part due to the board’s failure to consider marine shipping impacts. The government ordered the board to conduct a new review looking at this issue and produce a report by Feb. 22.Scientists and environmentalists say the new review, which is limited to 12 nautical miles off B.C.’s coast, is neglecting the streams and rivers that support salmon.Board spokesman James Stevenson said it will consider all evidence on the record relevant to assessing impacts of project-related marine shipping, including but not limited to impacts on southern resident killer whales.“Some parties have filed evidence regarding (southern resident) prey, including salmon,” he said.The board rejected Pearson’s evidence because Yarrow Ecovillage filed it nine days after a December deadline, but the board noted the evidence “may have some relevance as it pertains to salmon, which is a food source of the (southern residents).”Chinook salmon comprise roughly 80 per cent of southern resident orca diet in the summer, but chum, coho and steelhead trout make up about 14 to 18 per cent, and little is known of their winter diet, said Pearson in his filing with the energy board.Paul Spong, founder of Orca Lab research station on Vancouver Island, said chum are the whales’ second choice after chinook, adding that starvation is the biggest threat to their survival.“Anything that interferes with salmon using river systems is detrimental to the orcas.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

James Cameron And Zoe Saldana What Would The Ocean Say

first_imgPresented by filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron and the Avatar Alliance Foundation, What Would the Ocean Say? debuted at the United Nations in the Hall of the General Assembly to mark the occasion of World Oceans Day on June 8th as part of the programming for the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference.Video: What Would The Ocean Say?Distributed online by National Geographic, the short film is narrated by Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy actress Zoe Saldana and features stunning ocean imagery generously donated by some of the world’s preeminent marine documentarians.The short film outlines the significant challenges the world’s oceans face: global warming, plastic pollution, overfishing, ocean acidification and more. But it also introduces a new generation of ocean activists — researchers, conservationists, teachers, filmmakers — working on the front lines to protect and preserve the planet’s critical resource.Following the film’s debut at the UN, a second segment aired that featured eight young leaders focused on ocean science, education and conservation and associated with National Geographic, The Explorers Club, OpenROV — OpenExplorer and The Resolution Project. Consistent with the themes of the UN Ocean Conference, which was aimed at achieving Sustainable Goal 14, the “Ocean Goal,” this next generation of ocean champions underscored the need to take action on oceans through a collective statement: “If not me, then who? If not now, then when? It starts here. It starts now.”The film is executive produced by James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm and was made possible by collaboration from contributors: Oceans, a Jacques Perrin and Galatée Films production; Planet Ocean, a Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot film; March of the Penguins by Bonne Pioche Productions and Luc Jacquet; MacGillivray Freeman Films; Alucia Productions; National Geographic; Howard Hall Productions; Dave Hannan; the Plastic Oceans Foundation; Years of Living Dangerously; TBA21-Academy.The following list of institutions additionally supported the production: Disneynature; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; The Explorers Club; OpenROV – OpenExplorer; The Resolution Project.last_img read more

CBC ANNOUNCES 201920 ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING SLATE

first_img Login/Register With: CBC has revealed its 2019-20 slate of original programming including drama, comedy, factual, arts, music, kids, sports, news and documentary storytelling across television, radio and streaming platforms, showcasing diverse Canadian voices and perspectives.“As Canada’s public broadcaster, we are committed to building stronger relationships with Canadians of all ages by providing them with relevant and engaging content across all genres and platforms,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “It is more important than ever that we better reflect more of the country we serve and connect a broader range of Canadians to their communities, their country and the rest of the world.”New CBC original series confirmed for the 2019-20 broadcast and streaming season include: Facebook Comedy:TALLBOYZ (8×30, Fall 2019 – Accent Entertainment) features the four members of acclaimed Toronto-based sketch comedy troupe TallBoyz II Men – Tim Blair, Guled Abdi, Franco Nguyen, and Vance Banzo – as they alternate between playing heightened versions of themselves and sliding into absurd sketches about friendship, politics, bro culture and everyday life. Executive producers are Bruce McCulloch (The Kids in the Hall, Young Drunk Punk) and Susan Cavan (The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town, Young Drunk Punk).Drama:FORTUNATE SON (8×60, Winter 2020 – Seven24 Films and Lark Productions) from the producers of Heartland and the producers of Motive, is a spy drama set in the social and political chaos of 1968, inspired by a true story. Pursued into Canada by the FBI, the matriarch of an American activist family helps smuggle Vietnam war deserters and draft dodgers across the border. What she doesn’t know is that one of the deserters is an agent of the CIA sent to spy on her. Created by Andrew Wreggitt (Jack, Borealis (Survival Code)) who also serves as showrunner, the series is executive produced by Tom Cox, Jordy Randall and Erin Haskett. Stefan Schwartz (The Americans, Dexter) is the show’s lead director.THE SOUNDS (8×60, 2020 – Canada/New Zealand co-production, Shaftesbury and South Pacific Pictures) is a striking take on the relationship-driven thriller. Welcome to Pelorus Sounds, New Zealand – the sleepy settlement where nothing, including the visiting Cabbotts, is quite what it seems. Grieving wives, cheating husbands, epic embezzlement and historic crime all collide to weave a complicated web stretching through the Sounds’ hidden valleys and deep waters. Created by New Zealand-based author Sarah-Kate Lynch and directed by Peter Stebbings (Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Disappearance).THE TRICKSTER (6×60, 2020 – Sienna Films), adapted from the ‘Son of a Trickster’ trilogy of books by award-winning author Eden Robinson and co-created by Michelle Latimer (Rise, The Inconvenient Indian) and Tony Elliott (12 Monkeys, Orphan Black), THE TRICKSTER is a darkly humorous coming-of-age story — a mash-up of dysfunctional family drama and supernatural thriller. The series follows Jared, an Indigenous teen struggling to keep his family above water when a mysterious stranger, Wade, blows into town and turns his already chaotic life inside out. And when weird things start happening, it becomes clear that he’s also the mythic magical being the Trickster. What begins as an unnerving slow burn of strange events in Jared’s already-messy life crescendos to an epic clash of magic, monsters and mayhem.Documentary:ENSLAVED (6×60, Winter 2020 -Associated Producers/A CBC Gem and documentary channel co-production with Epix in the United States), a blue-chip documentary series led by Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici (The Naked Archaeologist) that charts the history of slavery through underwater archaeology. The series coincides with the 400-year anniversary of the first African brought to the New World as a slave, and will retrace the harrowing sea voyage that brought millions to a life of slavery. ENSLAVED is produced by Felix Golubev and Ric Bienstock and executive produced by Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Jackson, Eli Selden, Rob Lee, Simcha Jacobovici and Yaron Niski. International distribution by Fremantle.Factual Entertainment:BACK IN TIME FOR WINTER (7×60, Winter 2020 – 3Bird Media, eOne) Based on the audience favourite Back in Time for Dinner, this series follows one modern family on a winter time-travelling adventure, as they take on 60 years of iconic outdoor activities and trends in cold-weather food, fashion, domestic work and technology. Beginning in the 1940s, each week the Carlson family will leave their modern comforts behind and enter a new era of winters’ past. They’ll experience firsthand how growing affluence, innovations in style, technology, and increasing global influence have transformed Canadian winterlife.BATTLE OF THE BLADES (1×120, 6 x 60, Fall 2019 – Insight Productions) Canada’s most-watched English-language original format* returns with athletes from two of Canada’s favourite sports — figure skating and hockey — as they pair up in a live, high-stakes figure skating competition for the charity of their choice. CBC today announced that Canadian icons Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada and Rogers Hometown Hockey and four-time Canadian and four-time World champion figure skater Kurt Browning will return for the new season as host and head judge, respectively, while beloved Olympic ice dance champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, will appear as guest judges. Participating in the competition are hockey players Sheldon Kennedy and Natalie Spooner and figure skaters Vanessa James and Violetta Afanasieva. For more information, click here.FAMILY FEUD CANADA (60×30, late Fall 2019 – Zone 3, Fremantle) One of television’s longest-running and top-rated game shows watched by audiences around the world comes to CBC with a Canadian spin. Hosted by actor and comedian Gerry Dee (Mr. D), FAMILY FEUD CANADA will showcase Canadian families from across the country as they compete to guess the most popular answers to fun, family-friendly survey questions from a sample of Canadians. First introduced in the U.S. in 1976, the much-loved, iconic game show has been picked up in 71 international markets to date.FRIDGE WARS (6×60, Winter 2020 – an original CBC format produced in association with The Gurin Company) is a new original unscripted format that will showcase Canadian families across the country by revealing what’s in their fridge, and pits two celebrity chefs against one another to make the best meal possible using only the ingredients they find in the families’ kitchens.HIGH ARCTIC HAULERS (8×60, Winter 2020 – Great Pacific Media, a Thunderbird Company) follows the high-stakes drama at sea as shipping crews battle ice and treacherous tides to keep the towns at the top of the world supplied and alive. It’s an obstacle course of a delivery route that extends to the most Northerly town in Canada. For the people who live in the High Arctic, there is no option – the haul MUST get through.YOU CAN’T ASK THAT (8×30, all episodes available June 14 on CBC Gem, Winter on CBC Television – Pixcom), based on the unscripted format from ABC Australia. Each episode asks a group of people with the same disability the awkward, inappropriate or uncomfortable questions you were always too afraid to ask. It’s an audacious, touching and funny series that is guaranteed to entertain while challenging assumptions about life with a disability. This is the first CBC series to use Integrated Described Video (IDV).RETURNING SERIESTwo of the co-creators, executive producers and stars of CBC’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Baroness von Sketch Show – Aurora Browne andCarolyn Taylor – join THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW tent as hosts for the upcoming third season. Bruno Feldeisen returns to the judge’s table, joined by esteemed Toronto-born pastry chef and entrepreneur Kyla Kennaley, best known for launching the acclaimed commercial bakery Madeleines Cherry Pie and Ice Cream, and appearing as the regular in-house pastry expert on CBC talk show Steven and Chris.In addition to previously announced returning series, the following titles are also confirmed to return(see end of release for a complete list of 32 CBC returning titles):CORONATION STREET continues with new episodes this fallDIGGSTOWN (6×60, Season 2, winter 2020 – Circle Blue Entertainment and Freddie Films)HA!IFAX COMEDY FEST (6×30, Season 24, fall 2019 – Pilot Light Productions)JUST FOR LAUGHS: GALAS (4×60, 2019-2020 – Just For Laughs TV)THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (19×30, Season 27, fall 2019 – DHX Media)WHEN CALLS THE HEART (10×60, Season 5, July 7)WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL (5×60, Season 18, winter 2020 – Frantic Films)WORKIN’ MOMS (8×30, Season 4, winter 2020 – Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment).CBC’s award-winning news, investigative and documentary programming also returns:CBC DOCS POV (18×60, Season 5, summer 2019)Premieres with Drag Kids, introducing four remarkable children who aren’t afraid to hold their own in the adult world of competitive voguing and lip synching.THE FIFTH ESTATE (Season 45)MARKETPLACE (Season 47)THE NATIONALTHE NATURE OF THINGS (18×60, Season 59, fall 2019) *moves to Friday evenings*Launches with The Trimates (working title), a two-hour special narrated by Sandra Oh about a new generation of female primatologists and their study of our closest relatives, the great apes.TAKEN (8×30, Season 3, June 14 – Eagle Vision Inc.)THE WEEKLY WITH WENDY MESLEY (Season 3).CBC KIDSCBC Kids is expanding CBC Kids News to better serve young Canadians with the launch of a CBC Kids News weekly news show on CBC and CBC Gem. Launching this fall and hosted by kids, the show will break down the stories that matter most to young Canadians and invite them to share their opinions, making their voices heard from coast to coast to coast. Other new series for kids and tweens this year include ENDLINGS (12×30, Winter 2019-20, Sinking Ship), a sci-fi adventure about four foster kids who make a startling discovery that affects the entire universe; KINGDOM FORCE (26×22, Industrial Brothers, CBC co-production with Boat Rocker Studios), an animated adventure about animals who use some unique skills to protect their community from danger; and MOLLY OF DENALI (38×30, Fall 2019, Atomic Cartoons, CBC Kids co-production with PBS), a charming action-adventure following the adventures of a feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Indigenous girl.These new series are part of CBC’s goal to broaden and double the amount of kids’ content available on CBC Gem over the next year. This commitment includes acquired content from Canadian and international distributors, with the streaming service currently offering more than 200 hours of advertising-free programming for young Canadians.CBC GEMCBC Gem is Canada’s streaming service, offering more than 4000 hours of acclaimed, authentically Canadian programming including original series, 200 hours of ad-free content for kids and tweens, more than 750 documentary titles and more than 100 Canadian films, with a new film added each week. The following selection represents just some of the new titles that will launch on the streaming service this year.CBC Short Docs:SHORT ROUND UP (Nobu Adilman, July 5) 35 years after a fateful audition, Adilman goes in search of all the men who, as boys, auditioned to be “Short Round” in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom; A SWEET & SOUR CHRISTMAS (Aram Collier, December 6) Take out and eat in, Christmas Day at the King Wok restaurant means feeding families, one deep-fried chickenball at a time; and KING LAJOIE (Joannie Lafrenière, December 6) KING LAJOIE explores the kitsch universe of an Elvis impersonator from small-town Quebec – from his 88-year-old parents to his astrologer, his octogenarian secretary and a young impersonator following in his footsteps.CBC Gem Originals:HOW TO BUY A BABY (10×10, Season 2, August 23 – LoCo Motion Pictures), after rounds of failed and expensive infertility treatments, the dark comedy finds Jane (Meghan Heffern) and Charlie (Marc Bendavid) in the throes of adoption, a process steeped in paperwork, parenting classes, home inspections and difficult decisions about just how far they are willing to go to become parents.JENSPLAINING (10×12, August 23 – Peacock Alley Entertainment), an educational series with an unapologetic sense of humour that features Dr. Jen Gunter as she destroys the pseudoscience behind many popular health trends. Dr. Jen is here to help us understand how these health and beauty myths are anything but harmless.International Series:CBC and CBC Gem will be the home for the Canadian premiere of WILD BILL (Drama, 6×60, 42, MultiStory Media and Anonymous Content, UK), starring six-time Golden Globe® nominee Rob Lowe (The West Wing, Parks and Recreation) as a high-flying US police chief who arrives in the UK to shake up the East Lincolnshire Police Force – and his own life in the process. The series is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.Additional acclaimed international series streaming on CBC GEM this year include the exclusive Canadian premieres of DAS BOOT (Drama, 8×60, Bavaria Fiction GbmH, Germany), the award-winning sequel to the original film, starring Lizzy Caplan (Castle Rock, Masters of Sex) and Vicky Krieps(Phantom Thread), and Emmy®-nominated doc parody series DOCUMENTARY NOW! (Comedy, Seasons 1-3, Broadway Video, USA) starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader; as well as THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL (Drama, 6×60, BBC Studios, AMC Studios, The Ink Factory and 127 Wall Productions, UK) with Florence Pugh and Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies, True Blood) based on John Le Carré’s best-selling book; UK thriller MOTHERFATHERSON (Drama, 8×60, BBC Studios and BBC Two Films, UK) starring Richard Gere, Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders, Penny Dreadful) and Billy Howle (Outlaw King, Dunkirk) ; and new seasons of LUTHER (Season 5) and PORTLANDIA (Seasons 6-8).CBC LISTENThe new CBC LISTEN app officially launches this fall as the one-stop destination for all CBC Music, CBC Podcasts and CBC Radio content. Audiences can hear their favourite local and national CBC Radio One and CBC Music shows, live or on-demand, for free, as well as access to more than 175 curated music playlists featuring brand-new releases from Canadian artists.CBC PODCASTSCBC Podcasts, Canada’s #1 podcaster with more than 20 million downloads on average each month, unveils a diverse slate of new and returning original podcasts for the upcoming year.New original podcasts:CHOSEN FAMILY (June 19, Season 2), Montreal comedians and queer BFFs Thomas LeBlanc and Tranna Wintour explore the intersection of art, community and sexuality.UNCOVER: THE CAT LADY CASE (July 9, Season 4), the investigative series continues with a look into the cold case of seniors who went missing from the Muskokas without a trace.UNCOVER: SHARMINI (September 10, Season 5), the investigative series follows reporter Michelle Shephard as she revisits a 20-year-old murder that remains unsolved.HUNTING WARHEAD (Fall), shining a light on the darkest corners of the dark web with this exploration of a task force that includes journalists and police officers.THE STORY STORE (Fall), a collaboration between CBC Podcasts and CBC Kids, The Story Store is open for business! Run by Mr. Orlando the Moose and Gary the Unicorn, The Story Store takes orders from real kids across Canada and turns their suggestions into hilarious, fun-filled adventures for kids, grandparents and everyone in between.ASKING FOR IT (Winter), Kaitlin Prest (The Shadows) helms this fiction series that centres around one woman’s tumultuous journey through three relationships.SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING: IZZETT (Winter, Season 6), host David Ridgen investigates the 1995 disappearance of Don Izzett, who was discharged from the military for being gay, embarked on a road trip – and never made it home..Returning original podcasts:TAI ASKS WHY (August 28, Season 2), 12-year-old Tai Poole returns to further explore answers to life’s biggest questions.THE SECRET LIFE OF CANADA (October, Season 3), a new season of the history podcast about the country you know and the stories you don’t.PLAYME (November, Season 3), a new season of the podcast that transforms Canadian plays into audio dramas..CBC SPORTSCBC SPORTS will continue to keep Canadians connected to the world of high-performance sport through weekly staple ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES (fall 2019, Season 5), available on CBC and CBC Gem, as well as live streams of key competitions on cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app.As Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Network, CBC will bring sports fans in-depth coverage of the established and up-and-coming athletes to watch in the one-year countdown to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (July 24 – August 9, 2020) with featured events including the ongoing IAAF Diamond League (until September 7), World Aquatics Championships (July 12-28) and World Track & Field Championships (September 28 – October 6). The fall sees the return of winter sports on the competitive World Cup circuit. This summer, CBC SPORTS will also bring Canadians the excitement of the Calgary Stampede (July 5-14), the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, championship show jumping from Spruce Meadows (June 8 – September 8), Little League Baseball Canadian Championship (August 1-10), and continued live coverage of the Canadian Premier League inaugural season, ongoing until October 19.CBC FALL 2019 SCHEDULECBC’s Fall 2019 schedule, available on CBC and CBC Gem, is as follows:(For Newfoundland and Labrador, please add one half-hour later for all times).MONDAYS8 PM – MURDOCH MYSTERIES *Season 13* (FALL/WINTER)9 PM – FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES *Season 3* (FALL)10 PM – THE NATIONAL.TUESDAYS7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA *NEW SERIES* (LATE FALL)8 PM – STILL STANDING *Season 5*(FALL)8:30 PM – THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES *Season 27* (FALL/WINTER)9 PM – TALLBOYZ *NEW SERIES* (FALL)9:30 PM – BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW *Season 4*10 PM – THE NATIONAL.WEDNESDAYS7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA *NEW SERIES* (LATE FALL)8 PM – THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW *Season 3*(FALL)9 PM – NORTHERN RESCUE *Season 1*(FALL)10 PM – THE NATIONAL.THURSDAYS7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA *NEW SERIES* (LATE FALL)8 PM – BATTLE OF THE BLADES RETURNS (FALL)9 PM – DRAGONS’ DEN *Season 14* (FALL)10 PM – THE NATIONAL.FRIDAYS7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA *NEW SERIES* (LATE FALL)8 PM – MARKETPLACE *Season 47*(FALL/WINTER)8:30 PM – IN THE MAKING *Season 2* (FALL)9 PM – THE NATURE OF THINGS *Season 59* (FALL/WINTER) – New Night10 PM – THE NATIONAL11:30 PM – CBC ARTS: EXHIBITIONISTS (FALL/WINTER) .SATURDAYSAfternoon – ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES *Season 5* (FALL/WINTER)6:30 PM – HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA (FALL/WINTER) .SUNDAYSAfternoon – ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES *Season 5* (FALL/WINTER)7 PM – HEARTLAND *Season 13* (FALL)8 PM – ANNE WITH AN E *Season 3*(FALL)9 PM – THE FIFTH ESTATE *Season 45*10 PM – THE NATIONAL.About CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Roots reports bigger Q1 loss as sales hampered by winter storm

TORONTO — Roots Corp. reported a loss of $5.6 million in its fiscal first quarter, an increase from the prior year, but also reported an improvement in sales.The loss amounted to 13 cents per share, compared with last year’s loss of $5.1 million, or 12 cents per share.Its adjusted net loss was $4.5 million or 11 cents per share, compared with $3.6 million or nine cents per share a year ago.Analysts had expected a loss of nine cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.But Roots says it remains confident that it will achieve its full-year target of between $35 million and $40 million of adjusted net income and between $410 million and $450 million of sales for fiscal 2019.Total sales for the quarter ended May 5 were up 5.8 per cent to $51 million, from $48.2 million.Sales from corporate retail stores and e-commerce channels accounted for $44.2 million, up nine per cent from $40.5 million in last year’s first quarter. Same-store sales, a key industry metric, increased 6.4 per cent over the same quarter of its last fiscal year.The company believes a winter storm affecting 80 per cent of its store network probably reduced sales from a semi-annual, four-day event during the quarter.The clothing retailer has been embarking on an expansion strategy into the United States.The heritage-clothing chain recently announced it plans to open stores in Chicago, Washington, D.C., area and Greater Boston, Mass., area this summer.Roots wants to open 10 to 14 new American locations by the end of 2019, and as of Feb. 3 operated three U.S. stores.As part of the 45-year-old company’s rejuvenation, it listed its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange in October through an initial public offering.At the time, the IPO was considered unsuccessful as the initial stock price of $12 per share was below the original proposed range of $14 to $16 each and the stock fell on the first day of trading to close at $10.Companies in this story: (TSX:ROOT) read more

Netflix reaches deal with Comcast to ensure smoother streaming of TV shows

by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2014 2:46 pm MDT Netflix reaches deal with Comcast to ensure smoother streaming of TV shows, movies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider.The two companies said in a joint statement Sunday they’re establishing a more direct connection to provide a better service to customers that will also allow for future growth in Netflix traffic. The companies say the arrangement is already giving customers a better experience.Netflix had 33 million U.S. streaming subscribers at the start of the year and accounts for about one third of all traffic at peak times on the Internet, according to research firm Sandvine. As the video steaming company has grown, Internet service providers like Comcast have pushed the company for more structured deals to enable its content to be transmitted smoothly and reduce the strain on their networks.While the companies did not disclose the terms of the deal, Netflix investors will want to know how much this deal will affect the company’s bottom line and whether the costs will be passed on customers. Netflix has been resisting paying fees to Internet companies and this deal could open the door to similar agreements with other providers.Netflix is already experimenting with different rate plans that charge slightly more for households that want to stream its shows and movies on four different screens simultaneously.The deal comes after months of collaboration with Comcast though Netflix will receive no preferential network treatment under the multi-year deal, the statement said.Comcast was ranked as the 14th fastest Internet service provider in January, according to a table on Netflix’s website. By connecting directly to Comcast’s network, Netflix should be able to boost the quality and speed of its video streaming as it adds more customers and prepares to start streaming its content in the ultra high definition format this spring.Other large Internet companies such as Google already pay broadband providers a fee to enable more direct connections.Comcast is the nation’s number-one pay TV and Internet provider under its XFINITY brand. The company said earlier this month that it had agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable for $42.5 billion in stock.__AP Business Writer Michael Liedtke contributed to this report. read more

Beer with a big head AB InBev ups its offer for SABMiller

FILE – In this Thursday, March 5, 2015 file photo, Budweiser beer cans at a concession stand at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida, USA. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the owner of the world’s biggest brewer Budweiser, on Wednesday Oct. 7, 2015, raised its takeover offer for rival SABMiller to more than 68 billion pounds ($104 billion), but the offer was rejected. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Beer with a big head! AB InBev ups its offer for SABMiller in quest for beer behemoth BRUSSELS – Any talk of a union between Budweiser and Miller — in fact, any talk of the creation of beer behemoth reaching all parts of the globe for that matter — should be put off for now as the owners of two of the world’s most famous beers continue to haggle over the terms of a merger.Earlier Wednesday, Budweiser’s Belgian-Brazilian owner Anheuser-Busch InBev sweetened its offer for SABMiller to more than 68 billion pounds ($104 billion) but the reply remained as bitter as the rejection of the two previous proposals.It’s just not enough.“AB InBev is very substantially undervaluing SABMiller,” said SABMiller chairman Jan du Plessis.There was no outright rejection that a merger is possible so it remains possible that AB InBev could find a more genial response if it raises its offer further.Were an agreement to eventually emerge, the combined company would have 31 per cent of the global beer market, dwarfing the next biggest player, Heineken, which has 9 per cent of the market. As well as bringing together the classic U.S. favourites, the merger would also see AB InBev’s Stella Artois and SABMiller’s Grolsch in the same stable.And it would allow AB InBev to venture out more into the African and Australian markets where its might is yet to be felt like it is in Europe, North Africa and Asia.In the event of a deal, the sheer size of the combined company is expected to push regulators to require the sale of some brands to ensure fair competition. That could include Miller in the United States.AB InBev CEO Carlos Brito said the combined company “would build the first truly global beer company.”Earlier, AB InBev increased its cash offer to 42.15 pounds ($64.35) per share. SABMiller quickly shot down the proposal, noting that it was only 15 pence higher than an informal 42-pound offer rejected by the board on Monday.“AB InBev needs SABMiller but has made opportunistic and highly conditional proposals, elements of which have been deliberately designed to be unattractive to many of our shareholders,” du Plessis, said in a statement.The hustle to find the right price could still be some time off.“The dance could continue for a while yet,” said analyst Phil Carroll of Shore Capital.He insisted though that SABMiller should take the bait at some stage.“We believe this represents a good deal for SAB shareholders and ultimately we expect a deal to be agreed,” he said.Beer makers are being pushed into consolidation by eroding market share and competition, particularly from trendy craft beers.SABMiller sold 324 million hectolitres (8.56 billion gallons) of lager, soft drinks and other alcoholic beverages in the year ended March 31. AB InBev sold 459 million hectolitres.___Kirka reported from London___Raf Casert can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rcasert by Raf Casert And Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2015 2:03 am MDT Last Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bakery refuses to make Sesame Street Support Gay Marriage cake

first_img Source: christianorguk/YouTubeBut the Equality Commission is taking a tough stance against the bakery’s decision not to serve the customer, saying that they have acted “unlawfully and contrary to Regulation 5 of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation regulations) (Northern Ireland) 2006 which prohibits discrimination”.In a letter to the bakery, the Equality Commission says that the bakery must suggest a remedy to their unlawful discrimination within seven days or face legal proceedings.The commission says that they are in breach of the stated law that prohibits discrimination in the provision of goods and services to people on the grounds of their sexuality.Ashers say they continue to stick by their original decision and will not be changing their stance.Gay marriage is not legal in Northern Ireland as it is in Britain.Read: ‘Music levels the playing field between gay and straight people’ >Read: Northern Ireland rejects same sex marriage for third time in 18 months > Source: Youtube/ChristianorgukTHE EQUALITY COMMISSION in Northern Ireland is pursuing a bakery chain after they refused to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage.Ashers Bakery say they initially took the order from a customer for a cake with a picture of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street with a slogan that read ’Support Gay Marriage’.The customer also asked for the logo of LGBT organisation Queer Space to be placed on the cake.Ashers say that, after consulting about the cake, they decided that they would not be able to complete the order and informed the customer before refunding him.“We considered it, looked at it and decided that it was at odds with our beliefs and was in contradiction with what the Bible teaches,” explains general manager Daniel McArthur in a video produced by the Christian Institute.The company was founded by Christians, the current directors are Christians, that means that we run a business by Christian values and beliefs, based on what the Bible teaches. That also means for example that we don’t open on Sundays and we trade openly and honestly with people.last_img read more

Netflix to debut Dave Chappelles next comedy special this month

first_img An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Share your voice $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 Dave Chappelle. August 26th. We’ll let Morgan Freeman tell you the rest. pic.twitter.com/PDyh7YBHhT— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) August 15, 2019 Read the AirPods review 0 Netflix,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read Google Home Hub review Tags Chris Monroe/CNET Apple iPhone XS Comments $999 See It Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. The Cheapskate $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo Read the Rylo camera preview “If you say anything, you risk everything,” Freeman says in the clip. “But if that’s the way it’s gotta be, OK, fine. Fuck it. He’s back, folks.”Sticks and Stones is Chappelle’s fifth Netflix comedy special. In 2016, the comedian signed a deal with the streaming service to release three stand-up specials, but he put out four. $299 at Amazon $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo: Save $30 on any car rentalcenter_img Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Post a comment Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. TV and Movies Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $59 at eBay Read DJI Osmo Action preview I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $6 at Tidal What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comedian Dave Chappelle’s fifth comedy special is coming to Netflix later this month. Kevin Winter/Getty Images Dave Chappelle’s next Netflix comedy special, Sticks and Stones, is slated for an Aug. 26 release, the streaming service said in a tweet Thursday. Netflix shared a Morgan Freeman-narrated teaser promoting the special.”Dave Chappelle. August 26th. We’ll let Morgan Freeman tell you the rest,” the tweet reads. See It Sprint See it The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. Rylo $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags See at Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET Amazonlast_img read more

California Tech Money Headed To Houston For Cancer Immunotherapy Research

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: WikipediaKatie Couric interviews cancer immunotherapy scientists who will join the $250 million, nationwide research collaboration. From left: Carl June, University of Pennsylvania; Jim Allison of MD Anderson; Antoni Ribas, UCLA; Lewis Lanier, UCSF, Crystal Mackall, Stanford Medicine; Jedd Wolchok, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.The Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker, who helped start Napster and Facebook, is pouring $250 million dollars into immunotherapy research for cancer. Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center, along with researchers at five other cancers centers in the U.S., will take part in the partnership.The focus of The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in San Francisco are techniques that prod the body’s own immune system to attack cancer.One example is the breakthrough melanoma drug Yervoy. Dr. Jim Allison, now at MD Anderson, developed Yervoy after learning how to unleash the power of the immune cells called T-cells.Parker recognizes that immunotherapy is at a critical tipping point, and needs support to continue basic research that won’t turn a profit right away, Allison said. “Sean has a passion for immunotherapy and I think he sees it as really novel, and a whole different way of looking at things,” Allison said, speaking by phone from Los Angeles before the announcement ceremony.Immunotherapy research operated at the margins of cancer science for decades, but after the launch of Yervoy in 2011, followed by similar drugs, the field attracted immense attention and is now hailed for its innovations.“He respects that, he’s been sort of a disruptor himself over the years, with Napster and Facebook and stuff like that,” Allison said.Six cancer centers will participate in the partnership, sharing research money and also scientific results.“What we’ve learned at MD Anderson in the last couple of years is you really have to look inside the tumor and see what’s going on if you if you want to know why therapies are working and not working,” Allison said.Allison says researchers at MD Anderson are already doing that type of analysis, using a mass cytometry machine they purchased with money from the Parker Foundation. The half-million dollar instrument can analyze tumor tissue and identify 40 different characteristics, such as the presence or absence of certain proteins inside or outside a malignant cell.Allison will co-direct the Parker-backed efforts at MD Anderson, along with Dr. Padmanee Sharma, a specialist in genitourinary cancers and immunology research.“I think it’s wonderful,” Sharma said. “I think finally immunotherapy will have the resources it needs, that we can develop combination strategies and research some of the strategies that are currently not working for all tumor types.”The other centers in the partnership are Stanford, UCLA, UC San Francisco, the University of Pennsylvania and Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York.The Parker Institute aims to unify “research programs, intellectual property licensing, data collection, and clinical trials across multiple centers under the umbrella of a single non-profit biomedical research organization,” according to a press release. Listen 00:00 /00:26 X Sharelast_img read more