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Vidya Balan would love to spy on Big B

first_imgMumbai: If “Bobby Jasoos” actress Vidya Balan had to turn a spy, she says she would love to investigate megastar Amitabh Bachchan. On her radio show “Dhun Badal Ke Toh Dekho”, Vidya opened up about her habit of decoding people in real life. Vidya was in conversation with a radio jockey, who asked her who would she want to spy on in real life. The “Bobby Jasoos” actress named her “Paa” co-star Big B and said the late Sridevi would have been an ideal subject, read a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “While I have never faced the need to spy on someone, but I would love to know everything about everyone since I love decoding people. There is this ‘keeda (urge)’ in me… I love getting to know people. “It has to be Amitabh Bachchan, as his thoughts or his feelings are never given away by his expressions. He has this straight face and that’s quite intriguing to decode. Of course, he is absolutely different when he faces the camera.” Regarding Sridevi, Vidya said: “There’s another person I would have loved to investigate, but she is no more and that is the legendary Srideviji. I am a huge Sridevi fan, and I feel ecstatic to have paid her a tribute with her iconic song ‘Hawa Hawai’ while she was amongst us. “While she couldn’t see the film, she did attend the screening and I am just glad I could do that.” Vidya’s radio show airs on 92.7 BIG FM.last_img read more

Madras HC adjourns Kamal’s anticipatory bail petition

first_imgChennai: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday adjourned the anticipatory bail petition filed by actor-politician Kamal Haasan. The actor who has floated the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party, had filed the petition after the police registered a complaint against him following a controversial election campaign speech. On Sunday, at the Aravakuruchi Assembly constituency, Haasan, while campaigning for his party candidate, said about the killer of Mahatma Gandhi: “The first extremist of independent India was a Hindu — Nathuram Godse. It all started from there.” The statement drew angry responses from the BJP.last_img read more

Australia warns UN will become a hollow shell unless it reforms

The United Nations will become “a hollow shell” with nations choosing to go around it to deal with the most pressing global issues unless its institutions are reformed to meet today’s challenges, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd told the General Assembly today.“That is the question we all face today,” he said. “A question of our collective political will to make the existing institutions work. To combine the existing and unique legitimacy of the UN system with a newfound effectiveness on security, development and climate change.”Mr. Rudd told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate that on several key international issues the UN had shown recently that it was unable to meet public expectations.He cited the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), saying the world was falling short on the targets in part because donor countries were not honouring the commitments they made on aid and official development assistance.The Conference on Disarmament “has been in a state of inertia for 12 years,” despite the recommendations of a key conference on non-proliferation for action, while last year’s summit on climate change in Copenhagen “did not reflect the global challenge we are currently facing.”The Australian official warned that “if we fail to make the UN work, to make its institutions relevant to the great challenges we all now face, the uncomfortable fact is that the UN will become a hollow shell. Nation States may retain the form of the UN, but increasingly seek to go around the UN and deploy other mechanisms, to achieve real results.”Mr. Rudd said the UN has “most of the essential structures in place. But for the structures to work, we must harness the political will necessary to make them work. In other words, we must enable the institutions we have created to do the job for which they were created.”Describing the UN as “inevitably imperfect,” the Foreign Minister said its imperfections “only mean that we need to work to make it better. That is up to us – the Member States. The Organization can only ever be what we Member States allow it to be.” 25 September 2010The United Nations will become “a hollow shell” with nations choosing to go around it to deal with the most pressing global issues unless its institutions are reformed to meet today’s challenges, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd told the General Assembly today. read more

UN experts meet to discuss standardizing place names worldwide

2 May 2011Experts from around the world gathered in Vienna today for the start of a five-day United Nations conference aimed at standardizing the use of place names so that governments, organizations and the public can benefit. The UN Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN), which was created in 1960, is holding its latest session at a time when digital technology has made it easier to disseminate and obtain detailed geographic information.“Global expectations are for correct and authoritative information to be available virtually on demand,” said UNGEGN Chairperson Helen Kerfoot, adding that “the challenges we face today remain as thought-provoking as in the past.”UNGEGN was established to try to promote the use and availability of accurate, clear and unambiguous geographic names given their importance to national and international communication.Place names are fundamental to many aspects of society, including the coordination of emergency services, tourism, communications systems, economic development and the setting up of planning databases.International standards and the challenges of making standardized names available for disaster responses are among the subjects to be discussed at this week’s session in Vienna.UNGEGN is one of seven standing expert bodies of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). read more

In hardhitting speech UN human rights chief warns against populists and demagogues

“Populists use half-truths and oversimplification – the two scalpels of the arch propagandist, and here the internet and social media are a perfect rail for them, by reducing thought into the smallest packages: sound-bites; tweets. Paint half a picture in the mind of an anxious individual, exposed as they may be to economic hardship and through the media to the horrors of terrorism. Prop this picture up by some half-truth here and there and allow the natural prejudice of people to fill in the rest. Add drama, emphasizing it’s all the fault of a clear-cut group, so the speakers lobbing this verbal artillery, and their followers, can feel somehow blameless,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a speech delivered at a gala of the Peace, Justice and Security Foundation in The Hague yesterday. We hear of accelerating discrimination in workplaces. Children are being shamed and shunned for their ethnic and religious origins – whatever their passports, they are told they are not ‘really’ European, not ‘really’ French, or British, or Hungarian. “The formula is therefore simple: make people, already nervous, feel terrible, and then emphasize it’s all because of a group, lying within, foreign and menacing,” he added. “Then make your target audience feel good by offering up what is a fantasy to them, but a horrendous injustice to others. Inflame and quench, repeat many times over, until anxiety has been hardened into hatred.”In his remarks, the High Commissioner said he was particularly addressing Dutch politician Geert Wilders and others like him. According to media reports, ahead of the Netherlands’ parliamentary elections next year, Mr. Wilders has issued a set of proposals which include banning migrants from Islamic counties and closing mosques, Islamic schools and asylum centres, among other steps.“Geert Wilders released his grotesque eleven-point manifesto only days ago, and a month ago he spoke along similar lines in Cleveland, in the United States,” the UN official said. “And yet what Mr. Wilders shares in common with Mr. Trump, Mr. Orban, Mr. Zeman, Mr. Hofer, Mr. Fico, Madame Le Pen, Mr. Farage, he also shares with Da’esh [ISIL]. High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warns against populists and demagogues in Europe and US. Credit: UN Human Rights“All seek in varying degrees to recover a past, halcyon and so pure in form, where sunlit fields are settled by peoples united by ethnicity or religion – living peacefully in isolation, pilots of their fate, free of crime, foreign influence and war. A past that most certainly, in reality, did not exist anywhere, ever. Europe’s past, as we all know, was for centuries anything but that. The proposition of recovering a supposedly perfect past is fiction; its merchants are cheats. Clever cheats.”The High Commissioner noted that while he does not equate the actions of nationalist demagogues with those of the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the latter’s mode of communication, use of half-truths and oversimplification, and the propaganda uses tactics similar to those of populists. “The humiliating racial and religious prejudice fanned by the likes of Mr. Wilders has become in some countries municipal or even national policy,” Mr. Ra’ad Al Hussein said. “We hear of accelerating discrimination in workplaces. Children are being shamed and shunned for their ethnic and religious origins – whatever their passports, they are told they are not ‘really’ European, not ‘really’ French, or British, or Hungarian. Entire communities are being smeared with suspicion of collusion with terrorists.”The High Commissioner went on to call on the world to pull back from such a trajectory, flagging that while a decade ago Mr. Wilder’s recent comments would have created a world-wide furore, they were now met with little more than a shrug, and, outside the Netherlands, his words were barely noticed. “Are we going to continue to stand by and watch this banalization of bigotry, until it reaches its logical conclusion?” Mr. Ra’ad Al Hussein asked. “Ultimately, it is the law that will safeguard our societies – human rights law, binding law which is the distillation of human experience, of generations of human suffering, the screams of the victims of past crimes and hate. We must guard this law passionately, and be guided by it.” read more

Trial underway for poultry farm employees murder

Six years after an Edun Poultry Farms and Hatchery employee was killed during an alleged robbery, the accused, Mahindra Bishundial, called “Tyrone”, of Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) is standing trial for the capital offence.A 12-member mixed jury has been empaneled to hear the case after the defendant denied the indictment which stated that he murdered Aga Khan, 57, on November 6, 2012 at Busby Dam, Craig, EBD during the course of a robbery.Murdered, Aga KhanThe trial is being heard by Justice Sandil Kissoon while attorney Nigel Hughes is representing the murder accused.State attorneys Orinthia Schmidt and Lisa Cave are prosecuting the case. A voir dire trial (trial within a trial) was heard at the High Court on Wednesday.It was reported that Khan was confronted by several robbers who demanded to hand over a bag. It was also reported that after complying with the request, he was subsequently shot dead. The police during their investigations arrested and charged the suspect for the heinous crime. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan accused of Craig poultry farm murder set freeDecember 13, 2018In “Court”Two T&T men freed of murder charge after a decade in jailNovember 16, 2018In “latest news”Accused in double murder of elderly pensioners halts trial by faintingJanuary 11, 2018In “Court” read more

Cabin crew base closure could be averted following 5am talks breakthrough

first_imgTHERE’S BEEN A breakthrough in the long-running dispute between Aer Lingus and airline  cabin crew based at Shannon over new transatlantic services.87 people are employed at the Shannon base. The airline announced last month that it was planning to close the facility following a row centring on staffing levels for the new flights, which will use smaller planes leased from another company.The IMPACT trade union had initially rejected a  proposal that cabin crew operate the flights with four staff members instead of five.Under proposals agreed between the two sides at the Labour Relations Commission at around 5am, it’s planned there will be five cabin crew working on most of the flights when the new schedule begins from January.A union spokesman confirmed to TheJournal.ie that it was planned some services would operate with four staff, and that crew would be paid extra ‘credits’ for working on those flights.“The main point here is that the proposals are aimed at keeping the Shannon cabin crew base open, and ensuring that these flights are crewed by Aer Lingus crew,” the spokesperson said.He said that while most services would have the full complement of five staff members, the plan left the “operational possibility” that some would take-off with four.The arrangements will be reviewed in July of next year.The union has stressed that staff would prefer to be crewing fully-staffed planes rather than receiving financial compensation for covering the extra workload.The IMPACT negotiators will put the proposals to the union’s cabin crew in a meeting at 1pm today.Read: Aer Lingus and IMPACT to meet with LRC over Shannon job lossesRead: Aer Lingus cabin crew vote in favour of industrial actionlast_img read more

KPocke une poche pour ne jamais perdre son téléphone

first_imgK-Pocke : une poche pour ne jamais perdre son téléphone !Avis à ceux qui ont pour habitude de glisser leur téléphone portable dans la poche de leur chemise, et l’ont, comme tout le monde, malencontreusement laissé tomber : la K-Pocke est faite pour eux ! Comme son nom l’indique, ce produit est une poche. Mais pas n’importe quelle poche !K-Pocke, c’est le nom d’un étonnant produit, qui ne manquera certainement pas de séduire ceux qui ont l’habitude de ranger leurs téléphones portables dans la poche de leur chemise ! Conçu en effet pour éviter les accidents – qui n’a jamais fait malencontreusement tomber son smartphone en se penchant après avoir oublié où il était ? – il s’agit tout simplement d’une poche. Mais une proche bien évidemment améliorée.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Présenté sur un site dédié qui vient tout juste d’être mis en ligne, ce produit japonais ne mise pas sur l’esthétisme mais sur sa praticité. Cousue sur des chemises, des polos, ou de simples tee-shirts, la K-Pocke est une poche à double couche dans laquelle des objets peuvent être glissés par deux fentes situées sur les côtés. Une fois bien enfermés, les téléphones portables, et autres lecteurs MP3 ou clés, ne pourront plus s’en échapper ! C’est du moins ce qu’affirme la société qui a eu l’idée de cette poche magique.Simple, fonctionnelle et efficace, la K-Pocke ne demande plus qu’à être quelque peu améliorée en matière de design. Car les coloris et motifs pour l’heure proposés à la vente ne correspondent qu’aux adeptes des années 80 !Le 18 juin 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Electricity Supplier says fuel factor down again

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Sept 2015 – The Fuel Factor Rate continues on its downward spiral as Fortis TCI shows rates decreasing for the third consecutive month.Fortis TCI reveals that the rate from the previous month is at .14cents. Fortis says rates are based on the price of fuel at the time it is purchased from Sun Oil Ltd. and is subject to fluctuating world market prices.The company says it believes “any new or additional forms of generation should not increase cost to customers, or decrease safety and reliability in service.”Residents are reminded that the current rate will be reflected on their September 2015 power bills. Related Items:down, fortis tci, fuel factor Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideaslast_img read more

Pochettino backs WalkerPeters to be a key man for Spurs

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino predicts a bright future for Kyle Walker-Peters after his impressive display against BournemouthThe 21-year-old defender made three assists for Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura to hand Spurs a three-goal lead at Wembley.Harry Kane and another strike from Son sealed a 5-0 win for Pochettino’s side, who move up to second in the Premier League.Now the Argentine is expecting more from Walker-Peters, who bounced back from a mistake against Barcelona to star in his first league start of this season.The youngster’s error at Camp Nou this month led to Ousmane Dembele scoring the opening goal in a critical Champions League game.“It’s no surprise to me,” said Pochettino, according to Evening Standard.“I told you after the match in Barcelona that we really believe in him and he has amazing quality and only needs time to mature and show his quality.“I’m so pleased, so happy, because I think his quality is going to help the team this season and for the future he’s going to be a very important player for Tottenham.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Did I have to speak to him after the mistake? Not really, because this type of thing happens in football.“The first person who knows that very well is the players, to come in after and try to make sure that that situation meant a lot to you there is no point.“I think the most important thing is not to talk to too much about this type of situation afterwards and not only a young player but a senior player too.“It’s for us a mistake that is part of the game. When a player makes a mistake it’s not important for us.“What’s important is that you try afterwards. If you try and you play and you don’t think about the mistake you make, that’s the most important thing for us.“The problem is when you make a mistake and you are thinking about that mistake and you don’t play the football in the game.“That is the way we need to work with the players. For us they need to make the mistake because football is about making mistakes. That is the way we try to manage the squad and the players.”Spurs will next host Wolves at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more

Wilmington Boosters Association Hands Out 31 Scholarships

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Boosters Association recently handed out 32 scholarships in the amount of $15,000 to graduating Wilmington High School seniors:Lindsay AmazeenJarred AucoinSamantha Belmonte (Jack Cushing Scholarship)Jack BoyleDylan BresnahanMorgan BresnahanLauren D’AngeloMichael DuCharmeLauren FieldElizabeth Gordon (Dottie Dellascio Scholarship)Dana Goulet (Dottie Dellascio Scholarship)Matthew Hansen (Mary Lou Ducey Scholarship)Emily Hayden (Jack Cushing Scholarship)Isabella GranaraHanna Malloy (Jack Cushing Scholarship)Kayley KeoganAntonia KieranWilliam McEvoyAnthony McKearneyJoseph MirabellaSydney Padulsky (Jack Cushing Scholarship)Lailoo PerrielloJoseph RebeiroTyler RobertsJill RocheAshley RooneyBrenden Ross (Christopher Crosby Scholarship)Jonathan SearsDanielle SilvaGraham Smith (Kevin Nolan Scholarship)Jason Spizuoco (Audrey Harrison Scholarship)Tom WorobLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLocal Scholarship Opportunities For Wilmington Graduating Seniors (2019 Edition)In “Community”Wilmington Boosters Association Announces Scholarship WinnersIn “Education”WHS SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT: 105 Graduating Seniors Receive $165,000 In ScholarshipsIn “Education”last_img read more

From Arun Jaitley to Rajnath Singh Did Yeddyurappa pay Rs 1800 crore

first_imgRandeep Singh SurjewalaTwitter [Representational Image]Congress on Friday claimed that the Karnataka state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), BS Yeddyurappa, had bribed senior leaders of his party in 2009. The comments were made at a press conference conducted by Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.It was claimed that Yeddyurappa had paid over Rs 1,800 crore as bribe to senior BJP leaders, including LK Advani, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari. twitterCiting an article named “The Yeddy Diaries” from The Caravan magazine, Surjewala said that the Karnataka BJP chief and former Karnataka Chief Minister had bribed top leaders in 2009. He also claimed that Yeddyurappa’s diary with signature on all pages is in the possession of the Income Tax (IT) department since 2017.According to the report, Yeddyurappa made these records in his own handwriting in a Karnataka state Assembly legislator’s 2009 diary in Kannada.The copies of the diary pages note that Yeddyurappa paid the BJP Central Committee Rs 1,000 crore; that he paid the finance minister Arun Jaitley and the transport minister Nitin Gadkari Rs 150 crore each; that he gave the home minister Rajnath Singh Rs 100 crore; and that he paid the BJP stalwart LK Advani and the senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi Rs 50 crore each. Besides this, the entry notes, Yeddyurappa paid Rs 10 crore for “Gadkari’s son’s marriage.” The diary entries also state that Yeddyurappa paid Rs 250 crore to “judges” and Rs 50 crore to “Advocates (fee paid for cases),” but does not mention any names, reports The Caravan.The Congress leader further said that the Narendra Modi government had denied permission to investigate the diary trail.Yeddyurappa reactsThe BJP state president reacted to the allegations by releasing a statement saying that the Congress party and its leaders are bankrupt of ideas, they are frustrated with the growing popularity of the Modi Ji and BJP, they have lost the battle before it began. IT Department officials have already proved that the documents are forged and fake. BS Yeddyurappa statementtwitterHe tweeted the statement on Twitter over the Congress allegation saying, “Absolute nonsense, disgusting & desperate efforts by Indian National Congress (INC) to release such fake diary, prove it at the earliest or face defamation case.last_img read more

Japans SoftBank clinches first solar power project in India

first_imgJapan’s SoftBank, which had announced that it would invest $20 billion in the Indian solar energy sector, has clinched its first deal in Andhra Pradesh through its newly formed company, SBG Cleantech.SBG Cleantech has landed the 350 Mw solar power project in Andhra Pradesh by bidding the lowest tariff of Rs 4.63 per unit for the tender. For the same tariff, US SunEdison had won 500 Mw solar power park in Andhra Pradesh last month.Indiabulls’ Yarrow Infrastructure, Azure Power India, Reliance CleanGen, Goldman Sachs backed ReNew Power and two others were the other bidders for the project.In June, SoftBank partnered with Foxconn and Bharti Enterprises and announced an investment of a massive $20 billion in solar projects in India, which is considered as one of the biggest investment outlays so far in the country’s renewable energy sector.”SoftBank is surely establishing itself as a serious and competitive player in the market. The company is likely to be a strong contender in the upcoming national bids as well,” Business Standard quoted Jasmeet Khurana, Associate Director – Consulting at Bridge to India, as saying.Softbank holds a majority stake in New Delhi-headquartered SBG Cleantech, while Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan’s Foxconn are the minority stakeholders. Manoj Kohli and Raman Nanda, who were veterans at Bharti, are the executive chairman and the chief executive officer of SBG Cleantech respectively.Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to generate renewable energy of 100,000 MW by 2022 from a current 3,000 MW, to make India one of the world’s largest renewable energy markets.”Of the 100-Gw target set by the PM, the SoftBank venture will look at solar power generation of 20 Gw. The investment will be made through the next 10 years. Acceleration will depend on the support of the central government, the local governments and NTPC,” Softbank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son had said in June while launching the joint venture.last_img read more

Sophie Turner – Joe Jonas wedding Priyanka Chopra grabs all the attention

first_imgInstagramGame of Thrones star Sophie Turner and American singer Joe Jonas have tied the knot, once more. The couple tied the knot in a close-knit family ceremony attended by very few friends in France on Saturday.The entire Jonas family brothers Kevin Jr, Nick, Franklin along with Priyanka Chopra and Danielle attended the ceremony held at Château de Torreau in Sarrians, France. As per the tradition, Sophie Turner wore a white gown, veil with a long train and had a bunch of flowers in her hand as she was accompanied by Joe Jonas. As per reports, Joe and Sophie got quite emotional while exchanging vows and left everyone emotional with their love for each-other.While Sophie looked like a million bucks, we just could not take our eyes off Priyanka Chopra and her desi avatar at the wedding. From whatever photos we land our hands on, Priyanka looked like a vision in her powder-pink, lacy, intricately designed saree and accessorised it with a low bun and minimal make-up. Nick Jonas too, looked dapper in a tuxedo suit.Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas were also spotted having a great time at the rehearsal dinner and pre-wedding festivities. A video has come up on social media that shows Nick, Priyanka and others having a fun conversation on a yacht. Priyanka, who was standing at the edge of the yacht alongside Nick, suddenly lost her balance, and was about fall off the water-craft. However, Nick held her at the right time, and saved her. Right after being saved, Priyanka is seen burst out into laughter.Priyanka Chopra shares a warm and affable equation with Sophie Turner. The duo was also seen in the music video of the Jonas brothers recently.last_img read more

Higher Education for foreign students made accessible

first_imgIndian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) had been mandated with the responsibility to co-ordinate welfare measures for all foreign students including ICCR scholars in India. ICCR’s endeavour is to provide foreign students a comprehensive positives experience of India so that they return to their respective countries as lifelong friends and admirers of India. The inauguration of the conference on ‘Higher Education in India for Foreign Students’ is being held today at Azad Bhavan, ICCR Auditorium in the national Capital.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The occaision will be graced by Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Human Resource Development, government of India as the chief guest. It will be chaired by Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President, ICCR.This conference will seek to optimise the collective national effort in administering scholarships to foreign students, who can potentially be a source of enduring goodwill for India around the world. There is a tremendous interest in developing countries for education in India and this conference will aim to accord priority attention to various factors pertaining to the inflow of foreign students to our universities and find solutions to facilitate foreign students and cater to their needs.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“As you may know, to recognise, celebrate and honour ICCR’s Alumni who have made significant achievements in their field, distinguished ICCR Alumni Awards were instituted last year. We are happy to count proudly many eminent persons including Cabinet Ministers and the Secretary General of ASEAN and distinguished ambassadors, you would shortly hear one of them at the Conference” said Professor Lokesh Chandra, president, ICCR. Ambassador Rajasekhar, Director General, ICCR said: “Hosting foreign students has many benefits to the nation.  They can be bridges between India and their respective countries in promoting mutual understanding and goodwill.   “They add to our socio cultural diversity. They bring new perspectives and help cross pollination of ideas and expand our horizons.  They also contribute to the economy.  India is in a unique position to offer higher education to foreign students – given our vast size, competitive academic environment, cosmopolitan society and English medium education at affordable cost. “But to reap these benefits, we need to make conditions here conducive for them.  Different institutions- government agencies, universities and society in general need to coordinate and make India accessible to foreign students. This Conference is an attempt in that direction.” ICCR annually offers around 3,350 scholarship slots to international students, wishing to study in India in various programmes and disciplines. These scholarships cover traditional courses in Indian Classical dance and music, Ayurveda, Yoga etc. to modern, secular and development studies.last_img read more

Four Points by Sheraton expands in Melbourne

first_imgStarwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is expanding its footprint in Australia and the Pacific with the signing of Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands, due to open in 2017.The new hotel joins Starwood’s extensive portfolio of 13 hotels at a time of unprecedented growth for the brand in the Pacific region, and follows Starwood’s expansion in Perth with the signings of The Westin Perth and Aloft Perth Rivervale earlier this year.Also this year, Starwood has opened three hotels in Australia and the Pacific; Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane and Sheraton Resort and Spa, Tokoriki Island in Fiji, with a further two additions to be opened in Samoa by the end of the year.“Starwood’s growing footprint in Australia is well-aligned with the increased global demand we are seeing for quality lodging in the country and with our globally-recognised, nine design-led brands, strong sales platform and leading loyalty program, Starwood is well positioned to help our partners grow and meet the needs of the next generation of travellers,” Starwood Hotels and Resorts Pacific vice president Sean Hunt said.Designed by award-winning architectural company dKo, the new-build Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands will feature 269 guest rooms, offering harbour and city views, conveniently located in the newly developed Digital Harbour Precinct in Melbourne Docklands.The hotel will offer three food and beverage venues, fitness facilities including a 25 metre outdoor heated swimming pool, and flexible meeting and function space and services.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

WEGGIS SWITZERLAND –The fivestar 53room Park Ho

first_imgWEGGIS, SWITZERLAND –The five-star 53-room Park Hotel Weggis, a member of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux portfolio premier hotels and resorts, is effectively incorporating its region’s natural resources into daily operations and is, in turn, saving money and preserving the environment. Located along the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne, the luxury hotel has successfully implemented a heating and cooling system powered by using the water from the lake, thus reducing the amount oil needed by up to 20 percent each year.Park Hotel Weggis incorporated the heat pump technology in 1999 at a cost of approximately CHF 600,000 (nearly $600,000). To date, the technology has reduced the facilities oil usage by up to 20 percent equaling 100,000 liters less of oil used each year. Additionally, 80 percent of the hotel’s heat is drawn from this system. In the summer months, the energy created by drawing the water through the pump system cools the hotel’s air-conditioning system, and in the winter, the energy is directed into the hotel’s heating systems.In addition to Park Hotel Weggis, the Village of Weggis’s school and home for the elderly have also incorporated the technology to draw precious natural resources from the lake.“Our hotel is located in one of the world’s most beautiful settings,” said Peter Kämpfer, general manager of Park Hotel Weggis. “We believe it is our duty to preserve the area and its natural resources for future generations to enjoy. With this alternate energy technology we are effectively able to reduce our carbon footprint in quantifiable amounts. We will continue to develop additional environmentally-friendly initiatives to ensure that our hotel remains as “green” as the region that surrounds us.”Newly refurbished Park Hotel Weggis offers 53 guestrooms and suites, including the uniquely designed Adara Suites featuring unadulterated views of Lake Lucerne, luxurious baths and amenities, in-room wine coolers and the latest in technology. Asian-influenced private spa cottages, Tibetan themed spa treatment rooms and therapies and Japanese gardens provide a tranquil respite in which to unwind. The refurbishment features the incorporation of modern day luxury design and style in the original hotel structure that housed the Mark Twain and Queen Victoria Suites. The signature Aquarius Hall is the perfect venue in which to create unique occasions with its glass panels and specially designed lighting executed in Murano glass by Philippe Starck. The hotel is open year-round.* * * *For information and reservations contact Park Hotel Weggis at www.phw.ch or info@phw.ch or 011-41-2-41-392-05-05.* * * * The Park Hotel Weggis is a five-star member of Relais & Chateaux situated on the banks of Lake Lucerne just 30 minutes from Lucerne and one hour from Zurich. Founded in 1875 as the Hotel Bellevue by Wilhelm Strassli, the hotel is owned by M20-Immobilien AG and managed by Peter Kämpfer. Hotel Park Weggis features 53 guestrooms and suites, a sparkling wellness facility, private spa cottages, a state-of-the-art event hall, an authentic Vinothek with 2,600 labels of wine, the most extensive in Switzerland and recipient of 2005-2007 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, 3 award-winning restaurants including 15 points Gault Millau Gourmet Restaurant Annex, an infinity pool and is situated in the village of Weggis on Lake Lucerne with views of Mts. Rigi and Pilatus – considered the Mediterranean of Switzerland. Long established as the Jewel on Lake Lucerne the hotel has once again reclaimed its position after an extensive refurbishment program combining its original Art Nouveau façade with a new sleek design, modern day luxury elements and technology. For information and reservations contact us at www.phw.ch, info@phw.ch or 011-41(0) 41 392 05 05.last_img read more

Eides next visit will be his last

first_imgUnited Nations special adviser Espen Barth Eide’s visit to Cyprus next week will be his last as he officially leaves the post to pursue election in his home country, the Cyprus Mail has learnt.Eide’s office has already sent out invitations to diplomats and military and police officials to his farewell reception next Thursday.“Mr Espen Barth Eide requests the pleasure of your company at his Farewell Reception on Thursday, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, at the Ledra Palace hotel in the Nicosia buffer zone,” the invitation read.Eide had confirmed in an interview to daily Politis that he would be departing to pursue election in Norway in September, but had declined to say when he would actually leave.But although the Norwegian diplomat is not scheduled to return to Cyprus again after next week, in his role as special adviser to the UN secretary-general, he will remain in the post for the time being as he and his team draft the report on the Cyprus peace talks to the Security Council.Eide took over the post in August 2014, following a breakthrough that resulted in the February 2014 joint declaration by the two leaders in Cyprus. He replaced Australian diplomat Alexander Downer.He managed to bring the two sides closer than ever before on many of the outstanding issues and brokered two international conferences and three bilateral sessions in Switzerland, but was unable to catalyse what he frequently referred to as the “last mile”, which he acknowledged was the most difficult.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Committee approves Rep Brann bills to improve pet protections

first_imgBrann’s legislation was supported by added testimony from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Michigan Humane Society.Brann’s two bills advance to the House for its consideration. Categories: Brann News,News 30May Committee approves Rep. Brann bills to improve pet protectionscenter_img The House Law and Justice Committee today approved legislation to improve protections for companion pets, sponsored by state Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming.Under House Bill 4332, it would be a crime to knowingly torture, mutilate or kill an animal with the intent to cause mental distress to or exert control over a person. The legislation would create first-, second- and third-degree offenses, partnering with HB 4333 to update sentencing guidelines of up to 10 years imprisonment.“Justice should include family pets because they could be used for manipulation or harm just like our loved ones on two legs,” Brann said. “As a pet lover myself, it pains me that animal abuse continues to be a growing a problem in Michigan and we absolutely need to address it. I anticipate that this legislation will be a solution to address this awful problem.”last_img read more

House bills to improve crime reporting for victims

first_img Nassar case results in legislation to eliminate barriers for reporting sexual offensesA three-bill package has been introduced to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University.State Reps. Klint Kesto, Kim LaSata and Brandt Iden are sponsors of the legislation.“After the disgusting circumstances of the Nassar case, there’s a clear need to make sure all Michigan students have a safe educational environment,” said state Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “We must remove any barriers that hinder the reporting this criminal behavior, to make sure the proper authorities are alerted and action to protect students, athletes, and patients is taken. Nassar victimized young girls for two decades and this legislation will prevent another monster from doing the same.”Kesto’s legislation prohibits anyone in a position of authority from preventing an individual from reporting a crime, including criminal sexual conduct.The legislative package also adds a mandatory reporting requirement for K-12 and post-secondary coaches and athletic trainers for criminal sexual conduct offenses. Sexual abuse, assault, or rape also would be added to the state of Michigan’s OK2Say program, which allows anyone to confidentially report tips or criminal activities directed at Michigan students, school employees, or taking place on school grounds.“The victims of Nassar stated over and over they felt bullied or prevented from having a voice,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “This legislation stops that from happening again, while giving multiple options to report this illegal behavior.”The Nassar case showed a legal requirement for athletic officials must be added to Michigan law.“It is completely unacceptable that our coaches and trainers are not required to report allegations of abuse,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “Our children look up to these individuals to guide and protect them, not to turn a blind eye when something is terribly wrong. Identifying athletic coaches and trainers as mandated reporters is a step in the right direction and I am proud to be a part of this change.”House Bill 5537, 5538 and 5539 have been assigned to the Law and Justice Committee.##### Categories: Kesto News,News 08Feb House bills to improve crime reporting for victimslast_img read more

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