3 LeT militants gunned down in Kashmir’s Pulwama

first_imgThree Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were killed in a night long encounter in Pulwama. Their charred bodies were recovered on Thursday morning.Police sources said all three trapped militants, who engaged the security forces in a gunfight on Wednesday night, were killed in a house. The house of a civilian was completely damaged in the encounter as it caught fire.The slain militants were identified as Majid, Irshad and Shariq. Two rifles have been recovered from encounter site. All killed militants were locals. One of the three militants is a teenager, aged around 14.The fresh killing takes the toll of slain militants to five in the past 24 hours.PTI adds…The encounter lasted for over six hours.Majid Dar, one of the slain militants, was involved in a number of killings, including that of sarpanch of Kakapora and district president of Pulwama, a police official said here.This is the first successful counter-insurgency operation in Pulwama area, which is believed to have large presence of local militants aided with a strong-network of over ground workers, he said.The successful operation is a big blow to the LeT terror outfit, which recently lost its commander Junaid Mattoo in an encounter at Arwin village in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on June 17, he added.This is the second successful operation against the terror outfit within three days.On Wednesday, two militants were killed in an encounter in Sopore township of Baramulla district in north Kashmir.last_img read more

The UK’s Evolving Rules On Turbans

first_imgEarlier this month, members of the Coldstream Guards marched through London for the Trooping of the Colour to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday. It is a ceremony that has marked the official birthday of Britain’s sovereign for over 260 years. This time, the ceremony was significant for another reason. For the first time, one of the guards wore a turban bearing the ceremonial cap star. The British media lauded the event’s “historic significance”.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img read more

India Revokes Passports Of 25 NRI Men Over Marital Discord

first_imgThe Indian government has revoked the passports of 25 men living abroad for abandoning their spouses in India, a Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) official said on Friday.Of these, eight were recommended by the Ministry while the rest involved cases where the state police sought the action.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Safe Haven Lure Fails To Lift Demand; Indian Jewellers Stock Up

first_imgPhysical gold demand lacked vigor in most Asian hubs this week as limited safe haven interest failed to lift activity into the year end, while jewellers in India stepped up purchases, hoping for a further leg to a rally in domestic rates. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

WATCH: Kobe Bryant recites retirement poem with composer John Williams

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments His short but sweet recital was met with a standing ovation from the pleased audience.Meanwhile, the 39-year-old Bryant expressed his delight upon performing and sharing the stage with one of music’s most recognizable names.“Never thought I’d be on stage w/ the great JOHN WILLIAMS @HollywoodBowl to perform the #DearBasketball animated short. Thank u LA #mindblown,” he wrote. Never thought I’d be on stage w/ the great JOHN WILLIAMS @HollywoodBowl to perform the #DearBasketball animated short. Thank u LA #mindblown pic.twitter.com/NryTKovJuU— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 2, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Aside from being one of the most spectacular basketball players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers, Kobe Bryant is a man of many talents.ADVERTISEMENT Since his retirement from the game last year, fans have learned more about his many hidden passions aside from putting the ball in a hoop—including his gift for poetry.The Los Angeles Lakers legend recited his ”Dear Basketball” poem, alongside legendary conductor John Williams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl over the weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe one-time league MVP penned the heartfelt piece on The Player’s Tribune in 2015-2016 season, to announce that he’ll be walking away from the sport.Bryant’s emotional words echoed throughout the packed hall, as an animated short of his storied career played on a big screen overlooking the stage. Lyceum stays unbeaten, cruises to 10th straight win Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Williams, meanwhile, is responsible for a slew of the most popular music in cinema history, including music for classics like “Jaws”, “Jurassic Park,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestial” and the iconic “Imperial March” from the “Star Wars” franchise. /raRELATED STORY:Nike responds to Kobe Bryant’s letter to game of basketball Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

NBA fires Turkish company that left Enes Kanter off a tweet

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, let, congratulates center Enes Kanter who reacts after hanging from the rim after putting the ball in for a basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, April 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The NBA reacted in support of Portland’s Enes Kanter on Thursday, not long after the league’s Turkish-centric Twitter account failed to mention Kanter’s efforts in the Trail Blazers’ victory over Denver in Game 2 of the teams’ Western Conference semifinal series.The league also fired the Turkish company in charge of operating that account.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid, 76ers pull ahead 2-1 after rout of Raptors Kanter has previously said that he will seek a U.S. passport; his Turkish one was canceled in 2017. Citing security concerns and a fear of being arrested, Kanter chose to miss two games outside of the U.S. so far in 2019 — when he was with the New York Knicks he did not accompany them for a game in London in January, and he didn’t travel with Portland for a game in Toronto on March 1.His reluctance to leave the U.S. coincides with Turkish officials seeking a “red notice” through Interpol and pursuing Kanter’s arrest since January, alleging that he backed exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and provided financial support to his group. Gulen has been blamed for a failed coup on the Erdogan government in 2016; Kanter has dismissed that as a “fake coup” staged by Erdogan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Kanter — who has been estranged from Turkey, his homeland, for at least two years and is a longtime critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — had 15 points and nine rebounds in Portland’s 97-90 victory Wednesday night. After the game, the NBA tweeted out a list of stat leaders and included Kanter; the Turkish account, @NBATurkiye, made no mention of Kanter.It’s the latest twist in a long saga, one where the Turkish government has sought Kanter’s arrest and he has claimed, among other things, that the government censors him and forbids the airing of Portland games in the country. The NBA said Turkish fans can still see all games through its various platforms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Fans in Turkey can watch all playoff games featuring Enes Kanter and the Portland Trail Blazers on NBA League Pass and NBA TV International,” NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum said. “The NBA Turkey Twitter account was managed by a local vendor and we are terminating that relationship.”The National Basketball Players Association also put out a statement in support of Kanter on Thursday, saying it “fully supports our players using their platforms to stand up for their beliefs and the principles they support. We stand with Enes and, as with all of our players, will work to ensure that he is treated fairly and with respect.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

Unbeaten PetroGazz rips shorthanded Motolite

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Caroline Steffen overcomes ‘mechanical issue’ to win women’s Ironman 70.3 MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:28Hurricane Dorian lashes South Carolina, Great Abaco Island02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Salas scored 25 points, while Johnson added 13 for PetroGazz which has yet to drop a single set the past three matches.Channon Thompson scored 22 points for Motolite which missed Edina Selimovic who hurt her knee, and Myla Pablo, who is nursing a back injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines—Petrogazz ran roughshod over a depleted Motolite side to score a 25-22, 25-18, 25-19, Sunday to remain unbeaten in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.Imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson hammered points at will for the Angels, who hiked their record to 3-0 while handing the Motolite Spikers’ second successive defeat.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

India vs England: How England are preparing to deal with India’s spin threat

first_imgEngland are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for the first Test of the five-match series against India.Most of the batsmen in the England squad have faced the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav on their home soil four years ago but it’s the threat of the spinners that has made the hosts practice harder than usual ahead of the match.Along with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, India have a new weapon in their arsenal this time in the form of Kuldeep Yadav, which is why England have called up three left-arm wrist spinners to bowl at their batsmen in the nets.England fans likely to outnumber India supporters in Edgbaston TestYoung English spinners Akhil Patel, William Blackwell and Sam Wisniewski got the golden opportunity to help the England team practice playing spin in the nets, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.Kevin Pietersen still a hit among fans, voted in England’s greatest Test XIIndia’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane labelled Kuldeep Yadav as the team’s X-factor going into the series after the chinaman troubled the English batsmen in the limited-overs series earlier this month.England gear up for historic 1000th Test, India eye rare series triumphOnly Joe Root and Jos Buttler were able to pick Kuldeep’s variations in the five matches that he played while the rest were left bamboozled.Whether Kuldeep plays in the first Test or not remains to be seen but the hosts clearly do not want to take any chances.advertisementICC congratulates ECB as England gear up for 1000th Test matchBut it is not just the threat from Kuldeep that they want to counter. In Ashwin and Jadeja, India has the most dangerous spin attack in the Test format, and it would not be wise to forget their ability with the duo having taken 487 Test wickets as a pair which is why off-spinner Dominic Bess and left-arm spinner Jack Leach were also seen at the nets. Off-spinner Dominc Bess took part in the practice session and bowled at the English batsmen (Reuters Photo)India vs England: I feel a bit sorry for Adil Rashid, says Alastair CookIndia may or may not play Kuldeep at Edgbaston after looking at the current conditions and the pitch. Rain on Sunday ended the dry spell in Birmingham which suggests that both teams could play three seamers and one spinner in their XI.If the conditions favour the seamers then England will hold the obvious home advantage. Their batsmen and bowlers have honed their skills on swinging and seaming tracks here.I was kind of surprised: Adil Rashid reacts to England Test squad comebackBut that is not something which India is too worried about as claimed by coach Ravi Shastri, who feels the experience of playing in England four years ago will help his team in this series.”A lot of players have been to England before. A lot of them have learned a lot in the last few years, playing as a unit. I see that as a big advantage as opposed to coming with a brand new side,” said Shastri told ESPNCricinfo.Talking about the conditions in England, Shastri said, “The square will be different, the outfield will be different and the weather conditions will be different to back in India. But whatever the conditions, the balls moves in England.”In South Africa we played on some spicy tracks. We have to adapt to those 22 yards. We adapted better than South Africa in Johannesburg and we won that Test. They won a couple of sessions more than us in the first two Tests and won two Tests.”How the pitch will behave remains to be seen but rest assured the first session of play will still be difficult for the batsmen. Spin or no spin, English and Indian batsmen will have to concentrate hard every ball to stand a chance of succeeding at Edgbaston.last_img read more



US orders 15 Cuban diplomats to leave Canada stays the course on

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canada and the United States have responded in drastically different ways to bizarre attacks on diplomatic personnel in Havana, with the Americans pursuing a hardline approach that escalated Tuesday.The U.S. expelled 15 of Cuba’s diplomats from Washington, just days after removing more than half its personnel from Havana to protest the failure to protect Americans from unexplained sonic attacks that have caused dizziness, hearing loss and cognitive damage.Although several Canadian personnel were also affected this year, the federal government says the attacks have apparently stopped; there have been no incidents since the spring; the Cuban government has been co-operative in investigating the incidents; and there is no change in policy.A prominent anti-Castro hardliner says he doesn’t blame Canada for taking a different tack. While Sen. Marco Rubio urged the U.S. to respond forcefully, he said circumstances will differ from country to country.”Every nation will have to make their own determination, obviously,” Rubio told The Canadian Press.”But for us it was indisputable that we could not expose our diplomats and people serving abroad to physical attacks. If the host nation can not guarantee their safety, they can’t be there.”The U.S. announced Tuesday that it had given the Cuban government a list of 15 names of people who had to leave Washington within one week, the latest move in the fallout of the strange attacks and one which was criticized by the Cuban government..The move reverses several years of historic momentum toward closer relations between the old enemies, as the Cold War foes only recently re-established diplomatic relations and reopened embassies that had been shuttered for decades.But the U.S. was adamant Tuesday: diplomatic relations with Cuba will continue. It also stressed that the latest announcements do not mean it believes the Cuban government is behind the unexplained attacks.”This move does not signal a change of policy or determination of responsibility,” a U.S. State Department official said Tuesday.”We are maintaining diplomatic relations with Havana. The decision on expulsions was taken due to Cuba’s inability to protect our diplomats in Havana, as well as to ensure equity in the impact on our respective operations. …”We will need full assurances from the Cuban government that these attacks will not continue before we can even contemplate returning personnel.”The U.S. also disclosed that the attacks had produced a 22nd victim, one more than previously reported. That person was the victim of an attack in January. The incidents stopped for a time, but reportedly recurred as recently as late August.The Canadian government said there have been no known Canadian victims since the spring. Canada, which has historically had far warmer relations than the U.S. with Castro-led Cuba, announced last week that it is not following Washington’s lead in withdrawing diplomats.”We do not have any reason to believe Canadian tourists and other visitors could be affected,” said a statement last week from Ottawa.”Canada currently has no plans to change its travel advice and advisory for Cuba or remove its staff from Cuba.”The Associated Press reported that Cuban official called the American response “irresponsible,” and “hasty.”President Raul Castro’s government has denied involvement in the attacks.Before full diplomatic relations were restored in 2015, Cuba had about two-dozen accredited staffers at what was then called the Cuban interests section, according to a State Department list. The AP reports that the number at times climbed as high as more than 50, and the latest edition of the U.S. “Diplomatic List” identifies 26 accredited Cubans at the embassy, almost all accompanied by spouses.The removal of 15 will reduce the Cuban staffing to roughly a dozen accredited diplomats.In Havana, the U.S. had roughly 54 diplomats in its embassy until deciding Friday to pull more than half of them out and leave behind only “essential personnel.” The departing Americans are expected to have all left Cuba by week’s end, officials said.The Cuban diplomats being expelled will not be deemed “persona non grata,” officials said, a designation that would prevent them from ever returning to U.S. soil.To medical investigators’ dismay, symptoms have varied widely. In addition to hearing loss and concussions, some people have experienced nausea, headaches and ear-ringing. The AP has reported that some now suffer from problems with concentration and common word recall.___With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Miley Cyrus Supports Free The Nipple Campaign

first_imgMiley Cyrus has taken to twitter to support a new indy film that challenges censorship laws in the US.Miley Cyrus Free The NippleOn Wednesday (Dec. 11), the 21-year-old singer tweeted to support the Free the Nipple campaign by posting a photo of herself holding a large, fake nipple over her left eye. Miley, who is known for her edgy style is now speaking out on behalf of the film, FREE THE NIPPLE. The singer recently wore a provocative campaign t-shirt at an after party for Jingle Ball and has since tweeted several times to fans and with Cosmopolitan.Miley Cyrus Supports Free The Nipple CampaignOther celebrities like Kellan Lutz, Russell Simmons and Rumer Willis have shown support by tweeting as well.The film FREE THE NIPPLE poses the question “What is more obscene… A murder or a nipple?” The indy film comes from debut director, Lina Esco who wanted to challenge the backwards censorship laws in America. The controversial film, which stars Lola Kirke, Monique Coleman, Casey LaBow and Janeane Garofalo is based on the true events of two women who ignite a revolution to fight the backward censorship laws in America. The story explores why there is so much controversy over a woman’s nipple while an American child will see over 200,000 acts of violence and 16,000 murders on Network TV before they turn 18.In an ironic twist, the movie is facing NC-17 censorship from the MPAA, thus Miley and other celebrities have gotten on board to raise awareness and funds for the cause via www.fundanything.com/freethenipple.last_img read more

Family continues search for missing Karina

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of a missing Saskatoon woman is asking for the public’s help in finding their daughter.Karina Wolfe went missing a year ago and her family continues to search for answers.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

Quick Facts ChurchillKeewatinook Aski

first_imgAPTN National NewsDuring the election, APTN will be profiling 51 ridings the Assembly of First Nations say Aboriginal voters can make a difference.Riding: Churchill-Keewatinook AskiCandidates:  Quick Facts:The Incumbent is the NDP’s Niki Ashton who won the riding by 5,422 in the last general election.In the last Parliament, Ashton served as the Aboriginal Affairs critic and was also a regular panelist on APTN’s political show, Nation to Nation. Ashton won the riding by more than 5,000 votes in the last election.As of Sept. 28, no Conservative candidate had been identified. Click on Conservative for any updates.Liberal candidate Rebecca Chartrand is from the Pine Creek First Nation but has lived most of her life in Winnipeg. Chartrand is an educator in the city and has been advocating for more Aboriginal culture and teaching aids into the curriculum in inner-city schools.The Green’s August Hastmann is also an educator. Hastmann has worked across Manitoba’s north.Churchill-Keewatin Aski makes up almost half of Manitoba.Nunavut is the riding’s northern border.last_img read more

French fuel fight Prime minister offers to meet protesters

first_imgPARIS — France’s prime minister is offering to meet with members of a motorists movement who have blocked roads over rising fuel taxes and held protests that caused damage to central Paris.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on BFM television Wednesday that the protesters are expressing “a lot of legitimate things that should be heard.”The drivers may ignore the outreach. Some are calling for a new action Saturday on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where a protest last Saturday degenerated into violence.The drivers denounce perceived elitism by President Emmanuel Macron, who failed to defuse the anger with a speech Tuesday explaining the environmental need for the tax hikes.Protesters shouted at the minister for overseas territories, Annick Girardin, as she sought to calm tensions Wednesday on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, where demonstrations have been particularly violent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 10.59 points to 15,201.28, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 63.78 points to 22,011.88. The S&P 500 index was up 6.25 points to 2,477.90 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 5.96 points to 6,434.62.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.75 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 79.77 cents US.The October crude contract was down nine cents to US$47.14 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up four cents to US$3.08 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 70 cents to US$1,316.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up one cent to US$3.11 a pound. read more

SriLankan Airlines washes its hands off A350900 deal

SriLankan Airlines today insisted that the present management of SriLankan Airlines was not involved in the decisions with regard to the ordering of the A350-900 aircraft, which took place in 2013; or the cancellation of the order in 2016; or of the acquisition of the A330-200 aircraft 4R ALS which is unsuitable for the airline’s present business model.The management said that it is attempting to optimize the usage and return on investment on this aircraft, as with any other asset of the airline. SriLankan Airlines said this in a clarification over its position with regard to the utilization of one of its Airbus A330-200 aircraft bearing the serial number MSN-1008 and CAASL registration number 4R ALS. SriLankan has removed one of the engines from this aircraft and fitted it to another aircraft as one of its engines is undergoing some maintenance work.“These parts would be replaced prior to the aircraft being leased to another airline, once such a lease agreement is signed for the use of this aircraft,” SriLankan airlines said.The present management of SriLankan Airlines said that it was not involved in the decisions with regard to the ordering of the A350-900 aircraft, which took place in 2013; or the cancellation of the order in 2016; or of the acquisition of the A330-200 aircraft 4R ALS which is unsuitable for the airline’s present business model. This aircraft was acquired in 2017 as part of the conditions agreed to between the previous management of the airline and aircraft lessor Aercap, as a settlement against the cancellation of the order of four new Airbus A350-900 aircraft.However, the cabin configuration of this aircraft, which was manufactured in 2009, is not suitable for SriLankan Airlines’ operations, having many seats and minimumspace between seats in its Business Class cabin. All other aircraft in the SriLankan Airlines fleet operate a two-class configuration of Business and Economy classes, with a particular standard of comfort in seating. It is a standard practice in most airlines that various interchangeable parts or components such as the engines that are urgently required for an operational aircraft are taken out of aircraft that are not in immediate use, if such parts are not at the time in stock in the airline’s spare parts stores. The previous management therefore took a decision to lease this aircraft to a European airline.However, after some time, this European airline violated the lease agreement by defaulting on the lease payments. The lessee also did not fulfill its obligations under the lease contract to prepare the aircraft for the handover.The engineering team at SriLankan performed the required maintenance checks to make the aircraft ready to fly.The management is also exploring the possibility of sub-leasing this aircraft to a charter operator or to another airline. Until such time, the aircraft remains at BIA as part of the SriLankan fleet, although it is not in use due to the above-mentioned reasons. The management is also taking the necessary steps to recover the losses to the airline from the relevant parties. The management says it is attempting to optimize the usage and return on investment on this aircraft, as with any other asset of the airline. (Colombo Gazette) read more

US crude futures fall 2 per cent to below US92 a barrel

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Signs that the global economy isn’t strong enough to quickly burn through the world’s ample supplies of oil and gasoline sank crude oil prices for a second straight day.Weak U.S. economic reports Friday followed on the heels of reduced forecasts for oil demand. Oil dropped two per cent.U.S. crude futures fell $2.22, or 2.4 per cent, to $91.29 barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price oil used by many U.S. refiners to make gasoline, fell $1.34 to $103.04, the lowest level since mid-July, in London.Supplies of both oil and gasoline are plentiful, and demand appears to be weak.“It’s the usual culprits,” said Judith Dwarkin, Chief Economist at ITG Investment Research. “Supply growth is outpacing demand growth.”The falling crude prices will help extend a long, slow slide in retail gasoline prices, forecasters say. The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. fell a penny overnight to $3.56 per gallon (3.8 litres). That’s 23 cents lower than the high for the year, set on Feb. 27. And gas is now 36 cents a gallon cheaper than a year ago at this time.In each of the last two years the global oil market faced falling supplies because of production disruptions in the North Sea, East Africa, and Iran, which was facing tighter sanctions. This year, production has proceeded mostly as expected. U.S. output is booming, but Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations have cut back somewhat in response.In the U.S., refining capacity is at an all-time high and refiners have gotten a head start on making gasoline for the summer driving season. With supplies above normal for this time of year, refineries might pull back on oil purchases in the coming months. That will slow the drawing down of oil supplies, and keep prices lower.At the same time, the global economy still shows signs of weakness, suggesting that oil consumption will grow less than expected. When economic growth slows, drivers, shippers and travellers use less gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that sales at U.S. retailers fell 0.4 per cent last month, indicating that higher taxes and weak hiring likely made some consumers more cautious about spending. The Commerce Department also reported that companies restocked their shelves at a much slower pace in February than in the month before, a sign that companies expect consumers and businesses to pull back on spending.OPEC, the U.S. Energy Department and the International Energy Agency, which represents a group of oil-consuming nations, all lowered their outlook for global oil demand this week. The IEA on Thursday dropped its forecast for demand this year by 45,000 barrels to 90.6 million barrels a day.In other energy futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange:— Gasoline fell three cents to $2.80 per gallon.— Natural gas rose eight cents to $4.22 per 1,000 cubic feet.— Heating oil fell three cents to $2.87 per gallon.__Follow Jonathan Fahey on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey .___(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2013 5:24 pm MDT US crude futures fall 2 per cent to below US$92 a barrel on weak economic data read more

Backpacker Esquire New Yorker Wired Lead Subdued Ellies

first_imgFour of the magazine industry’s iconic editors—Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner, Tina Brown, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter (left to right, above)—presented photographer Annie Leibovitz (center) with a general excellence Ellie—the first ever to be awarded to an individual, not a magazine.Wenner accepted Rolling Stone’s award for a profile of the late writer and novelist David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide last fall. “David won a National Magazine Award for a piece he did for us years ago,” Wenner said. “He was one of the true talents.”‘Chainsaw-Wielding’Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith delivered the best acceptance speech of the night, thanking everyone from George W. Bush and Karl Rove to “chainsaw-wielding murderers” and Willie Nelson, for making the job of covering the state of Texas an “easy” one. (Texas Monthly won for general excellence, 250,000 to 500,000 circulation.)Despite its elder demographic, AARP the Magazine won an Ellie for best interactive feature online, taking out National Geographic, Salon and Wired.com.After Bicycling won an Ellie, its editor, Loren Mooney, said: “Bicycling? Seriously?!?”There were few other surprises, albeit big ones: Field & Stream won a general excellence award (1,000,000 to 2,000,000 circulation), beating the New Yorker, Vogue and Popular Science.Reader’s Digest, nominated for the first time in 20 years, won a general excellence award  (over 2,000,000 circulation), beating Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, National Geographic—which won three Ellies last year—and Time.Said editor Peggy Northrop: “This is for all of my friends who said I was crazy for taking this job.” SEE ALSO: FOLIO: Q+A with Northrop [PHOTOS: Steve Friedman] But unlike other years, given the seemingly endless waves of layoffs, magazine closings and reports of hemorrhaging ad pages that have rocked the industry in the last 12 months, this didn’t feel like a celebration.Backpacker, Esquire, Wired and the New Yorker led the awards field, winning three Ellies each.Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s Late Night, presented the evening’s first two awards, for excellence online. Backpacker editor Jonathan Dorn, in accepting the Ellie for Backpacker.com, said he hoped it would allow him to keep his job for a year, “maybe two.”“This gives us air cover,” he said.Chris Anderson, accepting Wired’s third Ellie, apologized for his sudden ubiquity: “This is usually the part where [New York magazine editor] Adam Moss or [New Yorker editor] David Remnick start apologizing.”Anderson also thanked his boss at Condé Nast, Si Newhouse, for approving a cover he told Newhouse would “tank.” “Si said, ‘Oh, it doesn’t matter.’” RELATED: FOLIO:’s Ellies Twitter Stream NEW YORK—The 44th annual National Magazine Awards—a normally boozy, raucous affair—were held during a gala ceremony at Jazz @ Lincoln Center here Thursday.last_img read more

Teachers gather in Sitka for Alaska Math and Science conference

first_imgTeachers examine artificial moon and mars soil at the Alaska Math and Science Conference, held at Sitka High School. (Brielle Schaeffer/KCAW photo)Hundreds of teachers from across the state convened in Sitka last weekend for the Alaska Math and Science conference.This was the first time the biennial professional development summit was held in Southeast.Several sessions addressed how teachers can keep curriculum culturally relevant and fun while still helping students meet new educational standards.In the past, Blatchley Middle School teacher Bridgette Whitcomb had to order all of the meteorites for her earth science classes from the internet.“On Ebay you can buy lots of meteorites and so the kids get to see the meteorites I buy online,” Whitcomb said. But, “you can’t buy moon rocks online.”After the Alaska Math and Science Conference, she’ll be able to borrow tiny pieces of the moon from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Whitcomb and dozens of other Alaska teachers became certified to check out the materials from NASA.Part of that process involved playing games they could use in their own classrooms. In one, they identified pictures of moon fissures and lunar soil or regolith. They also tested an artificial mars soil.“It feels like sand”And they talked about how these space rocks could fit into their lesson plans – and potential new educational standards.“These are just some the next generation science standards that it covers: Physical science, history of our planet, physics if you teach high school,” NASA educator Maria Chambers, who taught the seminar, said.So far, 14 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the controversial standards – Alaska is not among them.The new state standards for math and teacher accountability were big topics during the sessions. The conference’s theme after all was “Navigating the Tides of Change.”Organizer Rebecca Himschoot, who teaches science at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, says there are so many variables in education right now. That’s why conferences like this one are so important.“Standards are one part of the conversation,” Himschoot said. “A much bigger part of the conversation at a conference like this is teachers teaching other teachers how best to get to those standards.”Himschoot says there are going to be a couple rough years ahead as educators learn how to teach to the higher standards.“We want to get from A to B as fast as possible and it’s not going to be a straight line,” Himschoot said. “We need opportunities like we had this weekend to help teachers to find the best ways to make greatest gains we can as fast as we can—without taking fun out of it and without forcing kids to do things that they don’t find valuable.”Educators are also being evaluated on their students’ learning –and eventually how they make subjects culturally relevant. To that end, the conference had sessions on how to incorporate math and science into Iditarod lesson plans and or use moose population case studies in science classes.All in all, teachers seem pleased with the new state standards. Matt Hunter, who teaches math and science at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, says the new expectations have not changed how he teaches.“I see the standards as a resource but I don’t see them as a threat at all,” Hunter said. “I still do what I judge to be best for my students.”“It’s just another way to make sure that students in the United States are getting a good education no matter where they are.”No matter where they are – from Barrow to Ketchikan.While Sitka teacher Whitcomb is looking forward to getting actual moon rocks in her classrooms, the conference provided more than just that. She says it gave her an invaluable opportunity to compare notes with other educators.“To be able to be exposed to science teachers who are teaching the exact same thing I am and how they do is really awesome because here I am the only one who does it on the island,” Whitcomb said.That’s Baranof Island.The next Alaska Math and Science Conference will be in 2017 in Fairbanks.last_img read more

How SciFi Classic The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Got its Peculiar

first_imgThe Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is a British cult sci-fi classic and continues to thrill new generations of fans 40 years after it first appeared on British radio. The Guide originally aired as a radio series in 1978 on BBC Radio Four and went on to spawn a series of novels, TV shows, comic books, video games, and even a feature-length film.This tongue-in-cheek, irreverent sci-fi spoof mixed the themes of travel writing and space exploration to create a devastatingly sharp satire. The story follows the character of Arthur Dent, a British everyman who is lost in space after his home planet (Earth) is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass.Flyer for a 1979 stage production of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’Dent is saved by his friend and traveling companion Ford Prefect, an alien tasked with updating and writing the eponymous Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, a friendly electronic travel guide filled with helpful tips for intergalactic tourists. After teaming up with another surviving human, Trillian, and a paranoid android named Marvin, Dent traverses the galaxy armed with The Guide.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy was the brainchild of author and scriptwriter Douglas Adams. According to Adams himself, the idea behind the story and the title of the book came from an unexpected source.Douglas Adams as a keynote speaker at Internet Security Conference in San Francisco, March 15-17, 2000. Photo by John Johnson CC BY 2.0In 1971, Adams set off on a backpacking trip, hitchhiking across Europe to Turkey. Poor and on a very tight budget, he had stolen a copy of the recently published Hitch-hiker’s Guide To Europe and was using it to find cheap places to stay and eat. According to The Guardian, one night he found himself in Innsbruck, Austria, drunk and, in his own words “frantically depressed.”Related Video: Remembering the Great Stan LeeWhile watching the night sky, Adams was struck by a sudden revelation. According to The Guardian, he later wrote, “When the stars came out I thought that someone ought to write a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because it looked a lot more attractive out there than it did around me.”Artwork depicting the effect of the “Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster”, an alcoholic beverage invented by Zaphod Beeblebrox which, according to The Guide, is the “Best Drink in Existence”. Photo by Nsh2g2 CC BY 3.0Adams woke the next day in a better mood and continued his journey, hitchhiking all the way to Istanbul. However, the idea stuck, and seven years later he found himself pitching an idea for a radio pilot show under the name The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.Adams was given significant freedom in the early episodes of the show, and the storyline often took unexpected twists and turns depending on his daily whims and ideas. However, he consistently riffed on the formulaic style and themes found in popular travel guides.Arthur Dent finally found the planning application to demolish Earth – on display in a dark cellar “in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet, stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’”. Photo by Bogdan CC BY-SA 3.0In one long-running gag, Dent is advised to “bring his own towel,” which, according to The Guide, is the most important possession of any self-respecting traveler.The significance of the towel in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy was inspired by another trip taken by Adams as a young man. According to Pan Macmillan, on a holiday to Greece, Adams was the source of constant frustration for his friends and traveling companions because “every morning they’d have to sit around and wait for me because I couldn’t find my blessed towel. I came to feel that someone really together, one who was well organized, would always know where his towel was.”Towel Day 2005 in Innsbruck, Austria. Fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide around the world pay tribute to Adams’ much-loved creation on May 25th of each year. Photo by Bazillus. CC BY SA 3.0Indeed, fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide around the world pay tribute to Adams’ much-loved creation on May 25th of each year, in a celebration known as Towel Day. This festival, marked by people carrying towels with them wherever they go, is particularly celebrated in Innsbruck, the city where the inspiration for the story first struck.Read another story from us: The Writer of Jaws Regretted his Depiction of Sharks and Became an Ocean ActivistIn 1981, Adams recognized the debt he owned to the Hitch-hiker’s Guide To Europe’s Australian author, Ken Welsh. In a letter addressed to Welsh, he explained that he had read the guidebook and that it had inspired his own work, expressing his gratitude and telling him, “your book was really very useful to me.” While it may not have been exactly the outcome that Welsh intended, legions of Adams’ fans are very grateful too.last_img read more