Gala So White Zero diversity among nominees for Quebec TV viewers choice

first_imgMONTREAL — Viewers’ choice awards celebrating the most popular stars on Quebec television will be handed out next month, and all of the 70 stars nominated are white.In a province where roughly 15 per cent of the population is from visible minorities — rising to about 25 per cent in the Montreal area — the Artis gala reflects the lack of diversity among the most prominent people on Quebec television.Sophie Pregent, president of Quebec’s main artists union, said the homogeneity of the Artis nominees “makes my heart hurt. It’s not a pleasant thing to see.”It’s not as if there aren’t enough people of colour to choose from, she said, noting roughly 15 per cent of her 8,500 active members are second-generation immigrants. The number climbs to 25 per cent if third-generation immigrants are included, she added.There are many actors of colour on Quebec television, Pregent said, but there are very few in leading roles on the most popular shows. Therefore, she explained, those actors aren’t top of mind when Quebecers vote for their favourite stars.The Artis awards are based on the results of a multi-layered poll of 8,000 Quebecers, conducted twice a year by the Leger firm. At the end of November, about 2,000 Quebecers — half online and half by telephone — are asked to spontaneously list their favourite television star in 14 categories, including drama series, sports, news and variety shows.The firm calculates the top five choices and polls another 2,000 Quebecers, asking them to pick their favourites among the names chosen by the first group. Leger repeats the process with another 4,000 people at the end of January.Christian Bourque, Leger’s executive vice-president, said the nominees “tend to be the main characters of the most popular shows because they get the most visibility …. It’s more of a popularity contest.”And that’s precisely the problem, said Jerome Pruneau, head of Diversite artistique Montreal, a group trying to promote cultural diversity in the arts and culture scene in Quebec’s largest city. Through the arts, Quebecers are presented with an identity that is a “white, francophone fantasy,” he said.In the 1960s, when the Quebec nation was shedding its Catholic identity, the arts industry played a major role in the construction of its culture and in the protection of the French language, he said. Today, Pruneau added, the imagined Quebec culture hasn’t kept up with the times.“We have the impression that this is the only identity that represents us,” he said, “and it’s what we see unfortunately on our television shows, in the theatre, in our politics and in the public space — a little bit everywhere.”Haitian-born Quebec actress Fabienne Colas called Monday’s announcement of the Artis nominations “a sad day” for Quebec. “And especially since the majority of the nominees are from Montreal — our city, which is one of the most multi-ethnic in North America.”Her solution is for broadcasters to demand diversity quotas in shows broadcast on their networks. “When there are clear quotas, we have the urgency to find the talent,” she said. “When there aren’t any, we find all the reasons in the world not to integrate diversity.”The issue of race and representation in the arts gained wide attention in Quebec last year after the Montreal International Jazz Festival cancelled a show about black slavery from renowned director, Robert Lepage. Activists protested the performances and accused Lepage and the show’s main performer, Betty Bonifassi — both of whom are white — of appropriating black culture.Pregent said Quebecers are becoming increasingly aware of the lack of representation in the province’s arts industry. Having more people of colour in leading, well-paid roles on the most popular shows “is the last step we have to climb,” she said. Reaching that goal will take more of an effort from production companies and the big broadcasters, she said.Quebecor Inc., a dominant player in the province’s cultural industry, is broadcasting this year’s Artis awards. The company did not return requests for comment.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Moroccans to Offer Couscous of Brotherhood To Fight Racism

Taroudant – A group of Moroccans called on all Moroccans around the world to offer on Friday ‘couscous de la fraternité’ (Couscous of Brotherhood) to their neighbors of all faiths to “promote living together and confront barbarism.”The organizers said that this initiative, which came in the wake of attacks in Paris, Beirut and Bamako, aims to revive “the tradition of sharing inherited from our religion, our culture and our traditions wherever we live.”The purpose behind this initiative is to “fight against racism and rejection of the other,” organizers said. The Moroccan organizers chose November 27, the same day France scheduled to hold a ceremony in honor of the victims of the massacre in Paris, to donate a plate of couscous to their neighbors regardless of their religion.“For Muslims, Friday is a holy day, a day of prayer, meditation and sharing,” organizers said on their Facebook page.For this reason, “we invite all our compatriots – wherever they live – to offer this Friday, November 27, the ”Couscous of Brotherhood” to their French neighbors, and also to Malians, Lebanese, Tunisians, Egyptians, Spaniards, Belgians etc. in order to revive our tradition of sharing,” they added.The organizers also invited Moroccans to publish the photos of this meal on their own walls and on the fan page dedicated to this initiative, “in order to revive fraternity, to revive humanity, and to say that in the face of barbarism, we remain united.”Couscous is a purely Moroccan dish usually prepared as a lunch meal after the Friday prayer.The dish, deep-rooted in the Moroccan culture, has significant symbolizations including hospitality, sharing and collectiveness. read more

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Airbnb Broadcasts Moroccos Beauty After Trumps Alleged Insult

Rabat – Airbnb, the global online marketplace for travel and accommodation, says that it will spend at least USD 100,000 on a digital advertising campaign promoting the countries recently slandered by the United States’ president, who allegedly dismissed all of Africa a “shithole.”Taking to Twitter, Airbnb praised the beauty of Morocco and the hospitality of its inhabitants in a tweet shared on January 12, accompanied by a photo of a Marrakech riad well known by Instagram enthusiasts for its colorful decorations.Things you should know about Morocco: Yes, it really IS in Africa. And contrary to some recent remarks, it really IS this beautiful. But more importantly, it’s home to the kindest people who are proud to share their culture. We suggest you take them up on their offer. #weaccept pic.twitter.com/luKdAmc6XO— Airbnb (@Airbnb) January 12, 2018“Things you need to know about Morocco: Yes, it really is in Africa, and contrary to some recent remarks, it really is this beautiful. But more importantly, it’s home to the kindest people who are proud to share their culture. We suggest you take them up on their offer. “ Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky also shared several tweets from his personal account to promote destinations like Haiti, El Salvador, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal. read more

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Insider QA Goldman Sachs first Marcus employee speaks

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs’ consumer banking division will celebrate its fifth year in operation next month. ‘Marcus,’ as the retail division is now known, is the investment bank’s first foray into consumer banking in its 147-year history.Through Marcus, Goldman now offers unsecured personal loans, online savings accounts and certificates of deposit. Apple chose Marcus to underwrite its new credit card, and Goldman is expected to launch online money and investing products for Marcus customers as well.Omer Ismail, head of U.S. consumer business at Goldman, had worked in the bank’s private equity division before joining Marcus as its first employee. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.Q: Why did Goldman decide to start a consumer banking division?A: I would say that you can divide up the history of the consumer bank in two major phases: from the financial crisis to 2014 and from 2014 to today. We became a bank holding company in late 2008, and for those first few years it was really about getting the regulatory compliance infrastructure installed to be a bank. We really were thinking about the bank as purely a legal entity. After 2014, we started looking at the bank as an asset for growth. And it was there that we looked at opportunities where we felt like there were unmet consumer needs.Q: Why did you start with personal loans, instead of something more traditional like a checking account?A: We looked at consumer pain points and areas Goldman Sachs could have a competitive advantage. We were interested in places with deep profit pools, so that our success would not be predicated on getting some unreasonable market share. This isn’t like Goldman Sachs’s investment banking business. The U.S. consumer financial services market is massive. There are a trillion dollars in credit card debt, and $4 trillion in deposits in low-earning savings accounts.Nobody wants to go in a bank branch and apply for a personal loan. We could do this all online, and a personal loan as a product is relatively simple to handle and is less transactionally intensive unlike other banking products like a checking account. That was one criterion for us as we were looking to decide our first foray into the consumer business.Q: Goldman Sachs had zero history in consumer banking. What drew you to start this division?A: Simply, it was a very unique opportunity, both for Goldman Sachs and for me personally. How often does Goldman Sachs create a whole new business? Consumer financial services is also an area where you know you can do it better than the competition, and you are really making a difference in the lives of real people. For example, I was listening in on our customer calls when there were floods down in Houston. For those customers who had personal loans, we offered them a deferment plan. It gave them one less thing to worry about, and they were very grateful. It was very personally touching.The final thing that I will say is that you know I really feel like Goldman Sachs pays me to learn. We’ve been able to hire all these really smart people from outside Goldman: the best engineers, the best data scientists, the best credit risk managers, and the best people that understand digital products. I get to sit in meetings where we’re really trying to solve real customer pain points and listen to the best in the world talk about their craft. It’s been great, on a personal level, but it’s been a great learning experience for me.Ken Sweet, The Associated Press read more

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Probe on reports Sri Lankan maids sold in Oman

Foreign Employment Minister, Thalatha Athukorala, has launched a top level government investigation. The Government has ordered an inquiry into how Sri Lankans are entering Oman illegally and has recalled an embassy official in Oman as part of the probe.The moves come after a Times of Oman investigation revealed that Sri Lankan housemaids are on ‘sale’ in Sohar. “My officials will be probing to find how Sri Lankan female domestic workers are travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on tourist visas and crossing into Oman on job visas illegally,” Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Employment Athukorala told Times of Oman. “An official has been called back in October. We are checking whether he had any connections with the illegal gangs,” the minister said, adding that another 21-year-old woman was recently rescued from Oman after she was moved into the country by a Nepali agent through the UAE. According to the Lankan foreign employment rule, woman below 30 years old cannot legally migrate as a domestic worker.“We urge everyone to follow the rules set by the Government. Take up overseas job opportunities only through official channels,” the minister added.The agents in Sohar had told Times of Oman that they need salary details, maudinyia and ID card to get a housemaid. She also confirmed that a Sri Lankan embassy official had been recalled to Colombo as part of the probe. On October 26, Times of Oman revealed that female domestic workers from Sri Lanka and other Asian and African countries are brought into Oman by expatriate agents without the knowledge of the sending country’s embassies in Oman.An official from the Sri Lankan embassy in Oman confirmed that they had dealt with 70 trafficked cases this year alone. “We can bring housemaids. You can choose which one you want. No need to go to embassy. We will do that,” the agent had told Times of Oman.Earlier, an official from the Sri Lankan embassy, while detailing the registration procedures to recruit housemaids from Lanka, said that the embassy’s involvement is must.“Agencies can recruit housemaids but job order and other papers have to be attested by embassy here and employment bureau in Lanka. Without approval from all sides, a Lankan housemaid cannot be legally hired,” the official said.“We have come across around 70 cases of housemaids brought into Oman illegally by agents this year. We were worried and sought the help of Oman government. They have taken necessary steps to prevent it and the numbers of housemaids coming illegally have come down,” the official had said.According to the official, earlier, housemaids could come to Oman on a visit visa and convert that into a job visa.“However, it was stopped. Now, housemaids come to neighbouring countries on visit visas and then they enter Oman. They don’t know that they are duped,” the official said, adding that officially, it will cost OMR1,500 to recruit a Lankan housemaid.The official added that recently, three such cases have come to light even after the strict measures taken by Oman Government.“We are planning to make representations with Oman government authorities again,” the official added. (Colombo Gazette) The agents in Sohar, talking to Times of Oman in a hidden camera operation, had said that “they have their own way to deal with embassy officials”.Agents in Sohar speak openly of skipping official Government and embassy procedures to provide expatriate women to work as housemaids in Oman.According to the minister, the official recalled is now part of the Government inquiry. read more

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Calls for stronger UN highlight second day of General Assembly debate

President Nicanor Duarte FrutosThe battle against poverty, hunger and social inequality also figured high in Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte Frutos’ address. “It is here that the UN, this noble organization, must not lose its historical memory, its raison d’etre, the objectives that gave it birth.”Among measures he proposed for his continent of Latin America were debt relief and adequate social investment to allow the Millennium goals to be reached. He also called on rich countries to fully open their markets to agricultural exports from the developing world. Video President Alejandro Toledo ManriquePresident Alejandro Toledo of Peru stressed the indispensable role the UN has to play in the current evolving world. “Without it, the goals of global governance towards preventing and curbing international conflicts, civil wars and ethnical and cultural conflicts will not be attained,” he declared. “Let us all strengthen the juridical structure of the United Nations, the rule of international law.”But he warned that no amount of reinforcement would help without addressing hunger, poverty and inequality among and within nations. “The international community must understand – we all must – that peace, security and the stability of the world system are not uniquely related to political, military or strategic issues,” he said. “Poverty and exclusion are some of the new threats to peace and security.” Video Thabo Mbeki, PresidentBut South African President Thabo Mbeki declared that for the billions of the planet’s poor, and powerless, people, the description of the UN in the Millennium Declaration as “the most universal and most representative organization in the world” was a mockery. “We comforted or perhaps deluded ourselves with the thought,” he added, “afraid to ask the question – is it?”He underscored the gulf between “the grandeur of our words and the vision they paint of a world of peace, free of war, a world characterized by shared prosperity, free of poverty” and the paltry results. For the wealthy and powerful, terrorism is the major threat, but “the poor and powerless feel threatened by a permanent hurricane of poverty, which is devastating their communities as horrendously as Hurricane Ivan destroyed the Caribbean island state of Grenada,” he added. Video President Ismail Omar GuellehPresident Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti also stressed the deficit in achieving the lofty goals of the Millennium Declaration to combat poverty and hunger and achieve a range of other social targets, noting that of the world’s 50 least developed countries, 34 were on his own continent of Africa.”There is a mounting recognition that global poverty and inequality threaten national security interests,” he said. “Something must be done for the millions suffering in those countries, as well. To ignore them is at our own peril.” He added that action to solve the conflicts in Africa must come through the UN. “This is the only path that confers a degree of legitimacy for any actions taken,” he declared. Video Opening the morning session, President Sulejman Tihic of Bosnia and Herzegovina drew on the tragic experience of his own country – torn apart a decade ago by ethnic war between Serbs, Muslims and Croats in which thousands were massacred – to highlight the need for effective UN action.”If UN mechanisms had been more efficient, the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina would not have happened or, at least, the war could not have lasted that long,” he said. “And genocide would not have been committed in the UN safe haven of Srebrenica and Žepa,” he added of the UN-designated zone where between 7,000 and 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered in July 1995 after it was overrun by Serbs. Video Prime Minister Paul MartinCanadian Prime Minister Paul Martin called for reforms “designed to put our common humanity at the centre of the UN’s agenda.” He cited as an example the current crisis in Darfur, proposing a “responsibility to protect” clause which would enshrine the legal right to intervene in a country on the grounds of humanitarian emergency when the government of that country “is unwilling or unable to protect their people from extreme harm as a result of internal war, repression or state failure.”Other reforms would establish a permanent inspection and verification mechanism to curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and mechanisms to protect threatened minorities, pre-empt new pandemics and manage the environment. “The time has come for real reform of the United Nations,” he declared. “We must put aside narrow interests and work to common purpose to strengthen this universal institution, whose activities give force to our common humanity.” Video Pervez Musharraf, PresidentSpeaking from the frontline of the war on terrorism President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan warned that the immediate anti-terrorist response has to be accompanied by socio-economic reform in Muslim nations and adequate financial and technical assistance and larger trade opportunities from the industrialized world. “A bold and innovative global strategy is required to redress the growing inequalities,” he said.He welcomed a resurgence of support for multilateralism, saying this must be based on the principles of the UN Charter. “All our collective aspirations can be best pursued within this world organization,” he declared. “The United Nations must be strengthened and revitalized to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.” Video Sam Nujoma, President Striking a similar note, President Sam Nujoma of Namibia called the widening income gap between the industrialized North and the developing South a dangerous time bomb, adding that the planet was too small to perpetuate the coexistence of abject poverty and abundance of prosperity within its fold.The world had enormous resources to fight and defeat poverty and hunger and developed countries should consider their support to the countries of the South as an act of enlightened contribution to regional and global stability, he declared. Like other leaders he called for UN reform, including the enlargement of the Security Council to reflect new economic and regional realities that did not exist four decades ago at the time of the last enlargement. Video Robert Mugabe, PresidentPresident Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe called for reform of the UN, noting that already last year he stressed “the perils inherent in the status quo, particularly, with regard to the dominance of global politics by one superpower and its closest allies.” He said debate on reforming the Security Council has been too long drawn because of attempts calculated to protect those whose interests are best served by the status quo.”We are seriously concerned that the United Nations, the pre-eminent instrument for the maintenance of international peace and security, watched helplessly while Iraq was plundered by the US- and UK-led so-called coalition of the willing,” he declared. “Such belligerent gun-slinging diplomacy and illegitimate territorial occupation of the state of Iraq are blemishes on the fair play image of the UN.” Video Bingu wa Mutharika, PresidentMalawi’s President Bingu Wa Mutharika returned to the theme of combating poverty in an address he titled “Sharing global prosperity,” underscoring what he called the “dismal” results of the international community to alleviate the scourge. He called on the industrialized nations to share the prosperity of globalization with poor nations and for the UN to adopt a holistic approach in the war on HIV/AIDS combining support, care, treatment and prevention with the provision of adequate, nutritious food and proper diet.”We share the belief that a more representative and democratic United Nations will enhance the efficiency and credibility of this global organization,” he concluded. “This will also enhance the efforts towards a just and more equitable sharing of global prosperity.” Video Vaira Vike-Freiberga, PresidentLatvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga voiced pessimism over the “many dramatic and disconcerting events” since last year’s high-level debate, referring to the “indiscriminate and brutal terrorist attacks on civilians” all over the world – in Russia, Spain, Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and elsewhere. “Ten years after the human catastrophe in Rwanda, we are again confronted with the systematic rape, torture and killing of civilians in the Darfur region of Sudan,” she added.But she reiterated Latvia’s deep commitment to the UN and effective multilateralism. “Latvia believes that the UN must maintain its crucial role in the mediation of international disputes, and that the United Nations Member States must summon the collective political will to support the UN as a truly credible force for peace,” she declared. Video Prime Minister Issam FaresWrapping up the morning session, Deputy Prime Minister Issam Fares of Lebanon called on the UN to solve the Middle East problem by securing Israel’s withdrawal from occupied territories, giving the Palestinians an independent sovereign state and ensuring the return of Palestinian refuges to their homeland.The world body should also assume more responsibility in resolving the violent conflict in Iraq and in restoring peace, stability and unity to the Iraqis, he said. Video read more

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Ohio State womens basketball hoping to rebound on the road against Michigan

Sophomore guard Cait Craft takes the ball up the court during a game against Penn State Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 74-54.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorWith just five games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-13, 4-7) is trying to finish the season strong.To do that, the Buckeyes will need to make a concerted effort to outrebound their opponents and get in easy shots.When the Buckeyes outrebound their opponents, they are an impressive 11-1, the only loss coming Sunday against then-No. 9 Penn State when the Buckeyes shot just 27.9 percent from the field.But that’s easier said than done for the struggling Buckeyes, who are trying to avoid a four-game losing streak — which would be the longest for the team this season.Senior center Ashley Adams, who is tied for third on the team in total rebounds despite coming off the bench for most of the season, has played a big part in games in which the Buckeyes have won. In the Buckeyes’ most recent victory Jan. 30, she tallied 15 points and six rebounds on 7-7 shooting.Adams, who has struggled during the current three-game skid, said the pressure put on her and her teammates to win the battle on the boards is very demanding.“It is kind of stressful because our guards get back,” Adams said. “It is really difficult to have the mentality to get the ball every time and not give up.”Adams, along with fellow senior center Darryce Moore, received a lot of help from sophomore guard Ameryst Alston and junior guard Raven Ferguson on the boards against Penn State. The two guards combined for 17 total rebounds, something Adams said is always a positive.“It is extremely helpful whenever they have above five or six rebounds,” Adams said. “It relieves us a lot.”The Buckeyes received what senior forward Martina Ellerbe called a much-needed two days off this week, as they prepare to take on No. 25 Michigan State Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.“It is a long season and I feel like our bodies go through a lot,” Ellerbe said. “I came in and got some shots up though.”OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he is excited to get his team back on the court, especially against a good Michigan State team.“Overall, they are playing very well,” McGuff said of the Spartans. “It (the Breslin Center) is a great venue to play in and they support their team well.”The Buckeyes dropped their first meeting to the Spartans, 82-68, Jan. 26, a game in which MSU 6-foot-7 redshirt-junior center Madison Williams had a career day, blocking seven shots and pulling down eight rebounds while also altering multiple OSU shot attempts.“We have changed our offensive around (since the MSU game), so hopefully our guards will have a better chance of finishing,” Adams said in reference to the Jan. 26 loss.When later asked how the offense was changed, Ellerbe simply said with a smile, “It is a secret.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to tip at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. read more

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Charities call for urgent action over latest cancer screening scare

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Cancer charities have called for urgent action after it was revealed that thousands of patients may have missed vital cancer screening and jabs during the past decade.Health officials are investigating reports that adults who should have been invited for breast and bowel cancer screening were not issued with invitations, and that children missed out on crucial jabs.Patients groups have expressed concern the latest screening scandal could further undermine public faith in the system.Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, said “Even hearing there’s the possibility of further issues with invitations to breast screening will compound the anxiety and uncertainty felt by many women after the awful failings earlier this year. If there have been problems they must be tackled urgently.”The charity urged women to attend regular screenings , saying it was the way of spotting early stage cancer.“While there are two sides to the coin for screening it remains our best tool for detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible stage,” said Ms al Qadhi.Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK’s director of early diagnosis, said: “If people have missed bowel or breast screening invitations as a result of these errors then that is extremely concerning – our cancer screening programmes are of a very high standard and detect cancers at the earliest stages when they are much more likely to be effectively treated.”We hope that anyone affected is contacted immediately and offered screening wherever appropriate.”The scare comes just three months after the last breast cancer screening scandal led the then health secretary Jeremy Hunt to apologise for errors that were estimated to have caused up to 75 deaths.An urgent investigation into the latest failing is underway, with new Health Secretary Matt Hancock due to be updated on the scale of the risks on Monday.The latest blunders are thought to relate to medical records for 55,000 patients, some of which could date back as far as 2008.Patients may not have been invited to child immunisation, newborns’ hearing screening, safeguarding, bowel cancer screening, breast screening, and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening.The investigation is understood to be at an early stage and there is currently no direct evidence any patients have been harmed.But a document by officials from NHS England and NHS Improvement document, obtained by the Health Service Journals (HSJ), show concerns about potential “risk of harm” to patients associated with 120,000 discrepancies between two national IT NHS systems.Ms Hiom added: “It’s concerning to hear of further problems with NHS technology, especially if people have inadvertently missed screening, vaccinations or care as a result.”Our health and social care system deserves to be supported by consistently reliable, 21st century IT, as well as seamless integration between all patient registers and electronic databases – this needs adequate attention and investment.” read more

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Challenge to the EPAs stance against mercury in coal power station emissions

first_imgAmerica’s largest business lobby group, The US Chamber of Commerce, has petitioned a federal appeals court to invalidate environmental regulations it claims will lead to sweeping electricity blackouts by forcing coal-fired power plants to close. The challenge is to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Utility MACT’ rule, which aims to reduce emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Lisa Camooso Miller, Vice President for Media Relations at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy writes on the chamber’s website that “America isn’t running out of energy. But the Obama Administration is running away from our most abundant energy resource: coal. We have over two centuries worth of coal, containing more energy than all the rest of the world’s oil reserves combined.“Despite coal’s abundance, reliability and affordability – the EPA is set on knocking coal off its spot at the top of America’s energy portfolio. From Cap and Trade to New Source Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gases and from particulate matter rules to energy industry ‘crucifixions’ the Obama Administration’s environmental agenda will stop at nothing to bring down coal. “The latest attempt, Utility MACT, is the single most expensive EPA regulation ever placed on coal-fueled power plants. According to EPA’s own studies, compliance costs are projected to be $10.4 billion in 2015, with a total compliance cost of $94.8 billion.“Those costs will be passed along to ratepayers, resulting in massive layoffs and higher consumer prices. Utility MACT could cost 1.65 million jobs by 2020 according to industry studies, while causing rate increases of 14-19% in 30 coal-reliant regions.“Utility MACT is the beginning of the end to affordable electricity from coal. That’s why passing Senator Inhofe’s Joint Resolution 37, has been a legislative priority for senators who are worried about keeping America on track.“At a price tag of at least $10 billion, EPA’s Utility MACT rule is one of the most expensive regulations ever for power plants, and has already resulted in the announced shutdown of numerous coal-fired power plants in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, with more sure to come,” the chamber’s lawyers said.The chamber says the EPA has ignored requests by utilities to give them more time to comply with the mercury emission curbs.It also said the EPA violated the Clean Air Act by using a flawed methodology to set emissions standards that are unachievable for coal plants because the necessary pollution control technologies don’t exist.“EPA’s current floor-setting approach has led to circumstances in which virtually all existing facilities in certain source categories will have to shut down, and new sources will likely never be built because of the inability to achieve the standards,” the chamber said in its brief.last_img read more

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AIB will write off debt for some split mortgage holders

first_imgAIB IS TO write off debt for some borrowers whose mortgages are distressed under a new initiative that is expected to come into force soon.For the bank, it is a final attempt to keep people in their homes where there is some level of affordability.It is understood that the initiative is a variant of the bank’s split product and can provide for upfront partial compromise of principle debt and a right sizing of the loan.The customer will also get the opportunity to earn a ‘reward’ in the form of principle debt reduction – a write off of part of the debt – if they keep to the terms of their first loan.The scheme will also incentivise and reward repayment of the new loan before its maturity.There is security of tenure built in so that the borrowers are not at risk of losing their home.The initiative will suit a certain, limited cohort of borrowers and if standard forbearance – delayed payment – works, it is understood it won’t be offered to people in those cases.It will be based on an assessment of affordability. This will involve net disposable income being calculated, after reasonable living expenses.The product will only be for ‘cooperating’ customers and those who provide full disclosure to the bank.According to David Hall of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation any client of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation who has already been offered a split will also be offered this new product.In addition, any AIB customer already offered a split will also be offered the new product.AIB declined to comment on the product.Read: Some Bank of Ireland cards to be blocked from AIB machines>last_img read more

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Latest wind turbines for multinationals in Cork harbour energy project switched on

first_imgTHE LATEST WIND turbines in a project to make businesses in Cork’s lower harbour more energy efficient have been switched on.Two of Johnson and Johnson’s wind turbines officially became operational yesterday in an event officiated by Junior Minister Sean Sherlock.The two turbines will support medical devices manufacturer DePuy Synthes and Janssen Biologics, who develops new treatment methods in the areas of immunology, oncology, and nephrology.CEO of IDA Ireland Barry O’Leary said the project was the culmination of several years of work with the Cork Lower Harbour Energy Group, who works with companies Johnson and Johnson, GSK and Novarti“Johnson and Johnson maintains the highest environmental and energy efficiency standards anywhere in the world, and I am delighted that IDA Ireland could play its part in helping to make this project become a reality,” he said.It is hoped that the turbines with “boost competitiveness and lower energy costs by as much as 30 per cent at both sites”.Read: Wind farms to face stricter regulation under proposed legislation >More: These five graphs dig into the figures behind wind energy in Ireland >last_img read more

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POLL Heres what you think about the FYROM name deal outcome

first_imgOn Saturday (AEST) Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia’s (FYROM) Parliament passed an amendment to the constitution to rename the country “Republic of North Macedonia”. It is now up to the Greek Parliament to up or down-vote the amendment in order for the new name to become official for FYROM.Following the announcement we run a poll on Facebook asking how our readers feel about it and here’s what you told us.The vast majority of those of you that took part -at 82 per cent- feel dissatisfied with the outcome while almost 1/5 -at 18 per cent- are satisfied.As for the top takeaways from the comments, most of our readers are frustrated with the course of this long-standing issue between the two Balkan countries to the point their only comments is that they are “tired of speaking out when their voices aren’t being heard”.Some of the ‘dissatisfied’ are still hopeful the amendment won’t be passed by the Greek Parliament:“Nothing is official until the Greek Parliament votes on the matter – the biggest betrayal is that Tsipras does not have a mandate for this agreement and will not allow a referendum because he knows the Greek people are against it,” one reader wrote.Another Facebook user argued that “The term North Macedonia is geographical and (at least officially) doesn’t directly denote an exclusive Macedonian ethnic identity. It’s probably the best compromise Greece can achieve. In practice many countries and international media refer to FYROM as Macedonia, so renaming to N.M. will make it easier to use that name rather than the awkward FYROM. Also people there call themselves Macedonians (wrongly), but what can Greece do to prevent it? Gag them? Declare war? It’s time to pull the heads out of the sand and accept a reasonable compromise.”Meanwhile, several agreed with this comment:“If the issue was rectified earlier in the beginning, Greece wouldn’t be in the position of reaching a compromise. Leaving the issue for 27 years and more, only allowed the problem to grow to the point where it was beyond repair. Both governments are to blame as a result and the Greek citizens are left betrayed by their own government.”Finally, with most commentators falling under the ‘dissatisfied’ category there was much backlash towards readers who answered that they are ‘satisfied’ with the outcome which has been perceived as a form of ‘betrayal’ to the public sentiment by some amongst the ‘dissatisfied’ group. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Booker T says Corey Graves is the reason he isnt part of

first_imgFacebook February 5, 2018 at 4:19 pm Hey if you do something to Corey Graves on the Street… your butt will be in Jail dummy. Pinterest WhatsApp I’m watching all the old ppvs on the network & to be honest, commentary is far better without Booker T. He rambles a lot & it’s very hard to follow him sometimes, a lot of the time he doesn’t even make sense. That’s just my opinion but I don’t think taking him off commentary has done any harm to the product. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions February 5, 2018 at 8:28 pm Now Playing Up Next During an episode of his “Heated Conversations” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T took aim at WWE commentator Corey Graves and said Graves is the reason he is no longer party of the Monday Night RAW commentary team.WWE announced the re-hiring of Jonathan “The Coach” Coachman last Monday night, which saw Coachman officially replace Booker T as part of the RAW commentary team.Here is an excerpt of Booker’s comments about Graves courtesy of PWInsider.com.We should note – whether Booker was being super or not remains to be seen.“People ask me about Corey Graves. Corey Graves is good at what he does, you know? Corey Graves, he’s thrown jabs at me, I’ve thrown jabs back, you know? And you know, the thing is Corey Graves, of course, yeah, he’s a college educated young man. His vernacular is a little different than mine.But I tell you, if I got Corey Graves into a fisticuffs, I would beat him down like he stole something. I would be whooping his ass all day long. Because that’s the thing – my thing is this. I’m a nice guy, until you get on my bad side. Corey Graves, right now, I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s on my bad side, but he’s the reason that I’m not on Monday Night Raw right now. Because, you know what, a lot of people in the company thought I was gonna jump on him, I was gonna do something bad to him, I was gonna drag him, I was gonna take him out to the woodshed, I was gonna beat that man so bad, I was gonna beat him until this man say, ‘Please, please, please, just don’t beat me any more.’That’s how hot I was getting. That’s how close I was getting. So, they said, ‘Hey, Book. We’re gonna take – step back a second, alright? We’re gonna regroup, alright, we’re gonna press the rewind button. We’re gonna send you back to the Kickoff show of SmackDown, Monday Night Raw pay-per-views and cool you down for a second. Cause we don’t want you to do anything to Corey Graves, because we know what you could do to him. We know Corey Graves could do… he’s sitting there for a reason, man. He’s sitting there for a reason, and Corey Graves knows it.You know what? I’ll tell you this here. I want all you people out there to know, you heard it right here Heated Conversations, Sports Radio 610, it’s probably gonna make all the dirt sheets like Meltzer and all those guys. But if I catch Corey Graves on the street, I’m gonna do something to him. Alright? I ain’t gonna do it at the office or anything like that. But if I catch him… not gonna do it in the airport, nah, I’m not gonna do that. But if I catch Corey Graves on the street? You see that little bouffant hairdo he got? I’m gonna rearrange it for him. Alright? I’m just saying. I’m just saying… Let me catch him at Starbucks. I’m a tattoo him…He’s one of those guys gonna have to walk it like he talk it… Me personally, everybody knows my reputation… I get mean, when you mess with my green. And right now, my green is being messed with, you know what I mean? So, me and Corey Graves… WrestleMania coming up, right? There’s room for one more match. Right now, on my show, Heated Conversations, Sports Radio 610, I’m calling Corey Graves out to a fight. Not a match. Not a pre-show posedown or anything like that. I’m calling Corey Graves out to a fight.”Corey Graves appeared to respond to the comments on Twitter earlier today.“Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.”-Sun Tzu(Yes, this is what you think it is)— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) February 5, 2018 Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte February 5, 2018 at 4:01 pm Ronda Rousey OMG! .ing, LittleKuriboh replied to Corey’s tweet. He said, and I quote, “Is this about Booker T? Are you quoting Sun Tzu in reference to Booker T? Because I’m pretty sure Booker thinks The Art of War is a coloring book.”Can someone do me a favour and photoshop Booker T with crayons trying to colour the inside of The Art Of War? PLEASE? XD February 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm Jeffery Adam Phillips Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Highlighting WWEs ProblemsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Who the . is Corey Graves? The show sucks no matter who is on commentary. Tre Zen Tell me he didn’t just say that! Booker T sounds bitter. He should have just looked in the mirror rather than point the finger. WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) February 5, 2018 at 4:11 pm February 5, 2018 at 3:16 pm February 6, 2018 at 7:27 am James Buchanan Now Playing Up Next sounds like booker t could stand the corey graves zingers an one liners in commentary.hey booker-as the heel commentator graves is supposed to be that way.anyone remember lawler on commentary an his one liners an zingers? yeah-hey book-get the hell over it.. Aaron David Harwood “Can you dig it….Suckaaaaaaaaa” I hope Jeremy Borash replaces Coachman. Never thought I’d say this; but Michael Cole is the lone bright spot on RAW commentary. Coach and Graves are beyond annoying. Shayne Ritter February 5, 2018 at 8:46 pm Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw February 5, 2018 at 8:23 pm Now Playing Up Next Jeffery Adam Phillips February 5, 2018 at 5:10 pm I don’t know how to react to this, on one hand usually commentary has a heel and a face and I get the jabbing part for entertainment. Then I look it at it like this, I think Booker T isn’t realizing that his job is part of an escape from what is really going on in this world today with all this racism (I NEVER SAID Graves did neither one of them make a racist comment to on another) and all this hatred going on in the world; I understand that if that is the way Booker T looks at it. Maybe I am not making myself clear but isn’t WWE suppose to entertain us and let us escape from the real world? I like how WWE is a sardonic comedy. What the hell did Corey ever say/do to Booker? Like James below said, Lawler and JR, Ventura and Vince, one is heel and the other is face commentator, it’s Corey’s job So Booker says Graves is the reason he’s off commentary, but reading his comments I’d have to say that Booker is the reason that Booker is off commentary and frankly if Booker’s telling the truth then I’d say it’s frankly the right call. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte February 5, 2018 at 5:18 pm Now Playing Up Next Hotrod Zach Steven Whitlow February 5, 2018 at 7:53 pm Here’s the thing .Booker is a legend and deservedly a HOFer. However his commentating was just downright awful. He’s never consistent and just blabs out nonsense. Corey and Cole just pointed them on several occasions. He sucked at his job and is lucky he didn’t get canned for being an airhead Google+ Twitter Tony Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Austen Allen February 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm burton31cat February 5, 2018 at 9:02 pm Anonymous 14 COMMENTS theFranchiise Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR *facedesk* Booker, no one is questioning how tough you are or how good you are in the ring or ANYTHING like that. But here’s the fact: You SUCK as a commentator. You do. And you have no one else to blame for that but yourself. End of story. Steven Herrera Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Blast on Russian subway kills 11 2nd bomb is defused

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A bomb blast tore through a subway train deep under Russia’s second-largest city Monday, killing 11 people and wounding more than 40 in a chaotic scene that left victims sprawled on a smoky platform. Hours later, anguish and fear rose again when police found and defused a shrapnel-packed explosive device at another St. Petersburg station.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came while President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city, his hometown. In the past two decades, Russian trains and planes have been frequent targets of terrorism, usually blamed on Islamic militants.News reports initially said police were searching for two suspects, and Russian state television showed a photo of one suspect wearing what appeared to be a skullcap characteristic of Russia’s Muslim regions. However, the Interfax news agency later cited unspecified sources as saying police now suspect the blast was the work of a suicide bomber linked to radical Islamists.The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said it was looking for the “perpetrators and organizers of the terror attack.”St. Petersburg, a major tourist destination famed for its imperial palaces and lavish art museums, had been spared previous attacks.“From now on, I will be scared to take the subway,” said Marina Ilyina, 30, who brought flowers to the station where the train stopped after the bombing. “We in St. Petersburg thought we wouldn’t be touched by that.”The explosion occurred in midafternoon as the train traveled between stations on one of the city’s north-south lines.The driver chose to continue on to the next stop, Technological Institute, a decision praised by the Investigative Committee as aiding evacuation efforts and reducing the danger to passengers who would have had to walk along the electrified tracks.last_img read more

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Dunne Stones can become worldclass

first_imgFormer Manchester City defender Richard Dunne believes John Stones as the potential within him to become one of the world’s greatest centre-backsFollowing his £47.5m from Everton in 2016, Stones has made 95 appearances for City with manager Pep Guardiola praising his versatility this season which has enabled him to play in multiple positions.Stones, who is regarded as a ball-playing central defender, has been compared to the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Jerome Boateng and Gerard Pique.And Dunne has no doubts that Stones will one day reach the same kind level that will justify the comparisons with these world-class defenders.“I think he has the potential [to be world-class],” said Dunne on the club website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“When he’s playing with England, they’re helping him by building a side around him.“He was unfairly criticised when he first came because he was young and he was bound to make mistakes. It takes time to fit into what Pep wants from him.“But with the benefit of a couple of years he has improved and will continue to improve and there’s no reason why he can’t be one of the best centre-halves in the world.”City will be back in action away to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Sunday.last_img read more

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1st Commercial Launch Scheduled For Alaska Aerospace Complex

first_imgWhile government launches will continue at the spaceport — a Department of Defense missile launch is planned for later this year — commercial spaceflight will factor prominently in the company’s future, Campbell said. Alaska Aerospace has launched 19 rockets in collaboration with government agencies including NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the Missile Defense Agency since the spaceport opened in 1998. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak will be launching its first commercial spaceflight next month, Alaska Aerospace CEO Craig Campbell said. Sources with knowledge of the industry have refused to name the company that will launch in April due to a non-disclosure agreement, the Daily Mirror reported. But the launch will not be from Vector Space Systems or Rocket Lab — two companies that have known contracts with Alaska Aerospace. “The market is primed for satellites that need to launch from places with high latitudes like us,” Campbell said. “That’s why we’re working right now with four different launch companies in that market.” The Kodiak spaceport’s polar location is particularly beneficial for satellites meant for imaging and navigation. Satellites in polar orbits travel at lower altitudes and have relatively short orbital periods, allowing information to be relayed quickly, according to Germany’s national research center for earth sciences. In preparation for the launch, berms are in place to protect the launch pad and surrounding facilities. A glass structure has been placed on top of a shipping container, which will serve as a mission control center. But in recent years, the publicly owned corporation has partnered with commercial launch companies amid the growth of the private spaceflight industry. Vector aims to utilize these advantages. Later this year, the company will be launching two PocketQube satellites, according to a March 8 press release. PocketQubes are 5 centimeters squared — about the size of an apple. The Coast Guard has notified mariners of the launch, which is scheduled for some time between April 6-13, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Monday. “In the next two to three years, I see expanding opportunities for commercial launches in Alaska,” he said.last_img read more

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BusinessWeek Publisher Slashes 550 Jobs

first_imgThis is the latest round of layoffs at the New York-based publisher. Late last year, McGraw-Hill eliminated 375 positions company-wide. Seventy of those came from its information and media division. During the third quarter last year, the company said it slashed 270 jobs company-wide—140 coming from the media division.  It was not immediately clear how many, if any, of the most recent cuts came specifically from BusinessWeek. A McGraw-Hill spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.Earlier this week, McGraw-Hill confirmed that it is “exploring strategic options” for BusinessWeek. The publisher is said to have hired investment bankers Evercore Partners to explore a sale of the ailing business title.Through the first six months, ad pages at BusinessWeek were down 36.8 percent and revenue was down 33.4 percent to $77.8 million, according to the most recent PIB figures. In the wake of an announcement that the company is “exploring strategic options” for BusinessWeek, McGraw-Hill today said it has eliminated 550 positions company-wide.While the majority of the cuts—350—came from its education unit, 125 were from the company’s media and information division, which publishes BusinessWeek and Aviation Week magazines. The remaining 85 were from financial services.McGraw-Hill attributed the media division cuts to “the shifting of resources to continue strengthening the company’s digital offerings, as well as the consolidation and automation of certain functions to enable a better customer experience, greater coordination and faster execution, all while mitigating the impact of the current economic conditions.”last_img read more

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Glastonbury Festival 2019 Announces Headliners Janet Jackson The Killers More

first_imgOther performers include the Cure, Diplo, Sheryl Crow, Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monáe, Tame Impala, and Vampire WeekendPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 15, 2019 – 12:05 pm England’s Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts revealed their initial lineup for 2019’s June 26–30 event, held at Worthy Farm outside Pilton, Somerset. In addition to five-time GRAMMY winner Janet Jackson and previous nominees the Killers, 2019 Glastonbury is filled with a curated combination of the famous and emerging. Other GRAMMY winners on the lineup include the Chemical Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Diplo, Lauryn Hill, Mavis Staples, and Vampire Weekend.In addition to the Killers, previously nominated artists performing this summer include Bastille, Neneh Cherry, the Cure, Miley Cyrus, Fatoumata Diawara, Liam Gallagher, Jon Hopkins, Hot Chip, Hozier, Janelle Monáe, Jorja Smith, Tame Impala, and Wu-Tang Clan. Email News One of the joys of a curated festival like Glastonbury is experiencing new acts, from the established to those just on the radar. Two accomplished artists who stand out are the band Interpol and British rapper Stefflon Don. Others include Anne-Marie, Billie Eilish, Michael Kiwanuka, Lizzo, Pale Waves, Cat Power, Latin GRAMMY winner Rosalía, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile & The Violators, and Kamasi Washington.Although Glastonbury 2019 has already sold out, the festival encourages those wanting to attend to register at their website for an April ticket resale.Janet Jackson Announces Metamorphosis Residency At Las Vegas’ Park MGMRead more Glastonbury Festival 2019 Announces Headliners Janet Jackson, The Killers & More Janet Jackson, The Killers To Play Glastonbury glastonbury-festival-2019-announces-headliners-janet-jackson-killers-morecenter_img Here is the first Glastonbury Festival 2019 line-up poster, which includes our final two Pyramid Stage headliners: @TheKillers (Saturday) and @TheCure (Sunday). Many more acts and attractions still to be announced. pic.twitter.com/jYOoTQQurf— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) March 15, 2019 Facebook https://twitter.com/GlastoFest/status/1106465023684198405 Twitter last_img read more

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A spicy affair

first_imgDakshin, WelcomHotel Sheraton brings you its October special menu that celebrates the Chettinad cuisine, one of the spiciest and aromatic cuisines in South India. The food is prepared with a variety of exotic spices.The main attraction of this cuisine is its variety, nutritional balance, and the sudden surprises that spring on you.  Although the Chettiyars are well known for their delicious vegetarian; fish, meats, delicate noodles preparation is also exhaustive. Delicate curries using sun dried berries and legumes cooked with a liberal use of spices, like peppercorn, bay leaves, cinnamon, nutmeg green and red chilies is the speciality of the cuisine.Some of the popular dishes in Chettinad menu are ‘Varuval – Pepper gravy, poriyal and ‘Kozhumbu’, which has the ingredients stewed in gravy of coconut milk and spices.  Special mention must be made of their ‘Kola Kozhumbu, (kofta gravies) and savory ‘Paniyarams’ (dumplings).last_img read more

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Bus runs over legs of 70yearold woman

first_imgKolkata: A 70-year-old lady got seriously injured after a bus ran over her legs at Jyangra Milan Mandir.Soon after the accident, the driver fled the scene and agitated people ransacked the bus by pelting stones.According to the police, at around 11 am, the victim, Tapati Roy, was crossing a road near the Jyangra Milan Mandir bus stop.When she was in the middle of the road, a Hatiara-bound bus of route 30C hit her.When she fell down, the driver in an attempt to flee with his vehicle, ran over her legs. Looking at the crowd already gathered on the spot, the driver fled the spot leaving the Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifebus behind.Roy was immediately sent to a private hospital in Salt Lake beside EZCC, where she is admitted.Within a few minutes after the incident, another bus of the same route arrived at the spot for the same destination and locals assumed that both the drivers might have been competing.The agitated mob started pelting stones at that bus too. Later, police from Baguiati police station intervened and seized both the buses.A case has been registered against the offending bus driver, who is still absconding.”Every day each bus of the route 30C competes with each other. As the road is very narrow, minor accidents take place daily,” said a local resident.last_img read more

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