Madame Tussauds Set to Open to Public on Dec. 1 in New Delhi

first_imgThe Madame Tussauds experience will soon be available in India as the wax museum will open its doors to visitors in New Delhi on Dec.1. The museum, which is present in 22 countries, will feature a plethora of icons from films, music, sports, politics and history at its India branch.The museum is located at the heart of the national capital at the Regal Cinema complex in Connaught Place. “We decided to set it up in New Delhi after looking at the positive response that the wax statues of Indian stars kept at Madame Tussauds in London and Singapore receive. What was important for us was the right location,” Marcel Kloos, director, new openings Europe and emerging markets, Merlin Entertainments, the owner of the Madame Tussauds brand, said, Gulf News reported.The 11 Indian personalities displayed at Madame Tussauds in London have garnered a lot of attention from the country’s tourists over the years — especially since the unveiling of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan’s wax statue in 2000. The museum was also featured in Shah Rukh Khan’s film Fan.“Considering the heritage of India, the largest financial and commercial business center, Connaught Place, in the heart of the city, is the perfect location for us,” Anshul Jain, the general manager and director of Merlin Entertainment, said, according to the report. He added: “Every single attraction of Madame Tussauds is a special edition and differs in displays and planning. Just as London, Hollywood and Shanghai museums are different from one another, similarly, Delhi will provide as unique and holistic experience like no other.”The museum has already unveiled wax statues of Amitabh Bachchan, Lady Gaga, Madame Tussauds’ founder Marie Tussaud, Kapil Dev, Milkha Singh, Madhubala, Asha Bhosle, and other national international stars that will be housed in Delhi. The museum will have 50 statues, 30 of which will be of Indian personalities from various fields.#Tussauds’ artists have brought ‘Anarkali’ to life, by detailing the wax figure of #MadhubalaAtTussaudsDelhi with traditional jewellery. pic.twitter.com/NIvU7ZvuOs— Madame Tussauds (@tussaudsdelhi) August 8, 2017All the wax models are made in London and shipped to the branches in different countries. Each statue takes around four months to be completed and costs about £1.5 million .50 personalities. 4 sections. 1 attraction.@tussaudsdelhi will be bringing four fascinating worlds under one roof, with its sections of Cinema, Sports, History & World Leaders and Music. Are you excited to walk through them all at #TussaudsDelhi? pic.twitter.com/ZRcFLTnHsh— Madame Tussauds (@tussaudsdelhi) November 16, 2017The museum in New Delhi will allow visitors to touch the statues and click pictures. However, Kloos says that there will be a well trained team to ensure that the quality of statues does not get compromised.Steve Mansfield, the principal sculptor at Madame Tussauds, spoke to the publication about his experience of working to create Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wax model: “ I am honored to have worked with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was extremely concerted in his efforts and gave us a total of 250 measurements in one sitting. He even sat through the entire process while we noted his posture, continuously encouraging us and showing enthusiasm about the exercise.” Related ItemsMadame TussaudsMuseumNew Delhilast_img read more

Juan Gomez de Liaño impresses in first Mighty Sports practice

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ “This kid can play and he’s good,” said Odom who won two titles with the Lakers back in 2009 and 2010.“Juan looked very good, I was also impressed with his decision-making,” said Tiu. “His overall game, including his shooting was great. He can do things pretty well on the court.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTiu added there was already a loose atmosphere with the players exchanging laughs during breaks.“First practice was okay, I like that. Guys were excited, lots of laughs,” said Tiu. “They were practicing well. I hope we will do better next time.” Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:24Alleged Manila drug queen to face murder, drug raps — NCRPO02:12Enrile wants De Lima, Roxas barred from seeking public office for GCTA mess02:42PH 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PCCL: Undermanned Ateneo overcomes San Beda, forces semis tiebreaker Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Tiu’s only concern so far is Harris and Odom’s conditioning with both still struggling to find their respective rhythms.Team owner Alex Congchuking, though, is confident that Tiu and his coaching staff can remedy the problem.“We hope we can address that and I believe the coaches have plans for them,” said Wongchuking.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines guard Juan Gomez de Liaño put his teammates in Mighty Sports on notice after the team held its first practice in preparation for the Dubai International Basketball Championship at Urdaneta Village gym Thursday.Former Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom and head coach Charles Tiu were impressed with Gomez de Liaño, who joins a team that also has Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and Chinese Basketball Association veteran Randolf Morris.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

US Open: Rafael Nadal through to Round 2, Stan Wawrinka upsets Grigor Dimitrov

first_imgDefending champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the US Open on Monday after fellow Spanish David Ferrer retired midway due to a calf injury midway through the second set.Nadal was leading by a set when Ferrer retired with the scoreline reading 6-3, 3-4.Nadal looked dominant even in the first set and without facing a single break point took it 6-3. The 36-year-old Ferrer fought back in the second set though and broke Nadal twice and led 4-3 when he was forced to retire.Ferrer, whose decision to retire brings the curtain down on his final appearance at a Grand Slam, said he had taken an injection before the match but was in obvious discomfort and need treatment courtside before he decided to quit.”I feel bad,” he said in a courtside interview. “I had one shot in my calf and there was pain. I tried to play. I tried.”I’m so sorry because I can’t finish the match, but anyway, thanks a lot.” David Ferrer retired from US Open with a calf injury. (AP Photo)Nadal, who like his opponent was sweating profusely in the oppressively humid conditions, paid tribute to Ferrer, whom he beat in the 2013 French Open final.”I’m very sorry for him. He’s one of my closest friends on the tour and we faced many amazing moments together,” Nadal said. “It’s sad for him to finish like this.”STAN WAWRINKA RETURNS TO US OPEN WITH UPSET WINSwiss wildcard Stan Wawrinka conjured up some of his old US Open magic on Monday, sweeping past eighth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to kick off action at Arthur Ashe Stadium with an upset.advertisementStan(d) and Deliver:@stanwawrinka defeats Dimitrov 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in the opening match on Arthur Ashe Stadium!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/hGyLIwTFDvUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 27, 2018After winning the US Open in 2016 Wawrinka was unable to defend his title last year following two surgeries on his left knee. But the Swiss, 101st in the world rankings, looked right at home on a steamy Monday as he opened his account with a ruthless performance against one of the title contenders.”The first time I came here last week, one week ago for practice, seeing, looking around a little bit,” said Wawrinka.”Two years ago was something very special, of course, amazing memories after the final.”So it was great to come back, that’s for sure.”It marked the second consecutive Grand Slam that Wawrinka had drawn Dimitrov, the 33-year-old Swiss rallying from a set down in an opening round meeting at Wimbledon to snap a four-match losing run to the Bulgarian.The last time Wawrinka had appeared on Arthur Ashe he battled his way to a four-set victory over then world number one Novak Djokovic to capture his third career Grand Slam title.There was no such drama against Dimitrov as Wawrinka was in control from the start, his opponent managing only a single break from eight chances.”I’m improving day by day,” Wawrinka said. “I’m improving tournament after tournament, match after match.”And I can see that the last tournaments, it went really high, from struggling in the match, to competing at really high level. So I’m really happy with that.”So I’m also aware that I can have some trouble, still some up-and-downs and things like that.”I don’t put too much pressure on myself.”MURRAY BATTLES PAST DUCKWORTH ON GRAND SLAM RETURNBriton Andy Murray beat Australia’s James Duckworth 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the US Open first round on Monday in a fiery match marked by long rallies in sweltering heat.Nice opening round win for our 2012 champion @andy_murray as he gets past Duckworth 6-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3…https://t.co/fiCVzzfGhb#USOpen pic.twitter.com/x0we0PlzJcUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 27, 2018It was Murray’s first appearance in a Grand Slam since last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals, nearly a year since he underwent hip surgery.Duckworth, who has also struggled with injuries, clawed his way back in the first set against a visibly frustrated Murray who dug deep to take the next three sets.The 31-year-old told reporters that despite feeling like he “could have moved better”, the match was a welcome return to major competition.”I was pumped to be back playing in a slam again,” Murray said.”I think tactically, I did well and made some adjustments on the return from the first set, which is a really positive thing.”Murray, a former US Open champion who said on Friday he didn’t expect to win the tournament this year, reiterated that he didn’t consider himself a contender for the top prize.advertisement”I would have been able to train and practise a lot more than what I have done,” Murray said. “I don’t think anything changes after today.”OTHER RESULTS OF THE SEEDS:Juan Martin Del Potro beat Donald Young 6-0, 6-3, 6-4Dominic Thiem beat Mirza Basic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Tommy Rebredo 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-4Kevin Anderson beat Ryan Harrison 7-6(4), 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4Denis Shapovalov beat Felix Auger Aliassime (retired) 7-5, 5-7, 4-1Borna Coric beat Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4last_img read more

I-League: Real Kashmir beat Minerva Punjab on debut, Gokulam hold NEROCA to draw

first_imgDebutants Real Kashmir FC had a dream start to their I-League season as they registered a 1-0 victory over defending champions Minerva Punjab FC at the Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula on Wednesday.Ivory Coast striker Gnohere Krizo scored for Real Kashmir late in the second half to stun the champions, who failed to even grab an equaliser and salvage a points.On the other hand, Gokulam Kerala FC held last season’s runners up NEROCA FC to a 1-1 draw in Imphal and registered their first ever points against the North Eastern side since their debut in the league.It was Gokulam who scored first through Baoringdao Bodo but NEROCA’s Eduardo Ferriera found the equaliser in the second half for a point off the match.After the day’s results, Real Kashmir are 4th in the I-League points table with three points in one match, Gokulam occupy the 5th position with two points from two games, Minerva have one point from two games and are placed 7th and NEROCA are languishing at the 9th spot with one point from two games..@realkashmirfc, in their very first match of @ILeagueOfficial history, grab all three points against reigning champions @minervapunjabfc. #MPFCRKFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/4vOzB6U3IIHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) October 31, 2018Minerva Punjab vs Real Kashmir heralded Game Week 2 of the 12th I-League and understandably, Real Kashmir began defensively while Minerva looked to take on the attack after ending up with a 0-0 draw against Churchill Brothers in their opener.advertisementMinerva began the game with Irish coach Paul Munster effecting a couple of changes from the opener against Churchill Brothers. Youngster Makan Winkle Chothe got a start in place of Nongdamba Naorem and so did Ivorian striker Alexandre.Also read – I-League: Mahesh brace gives Shillong Lajong win over Aizawl, Minerva held by ChurchillScotsman David Robertson, the Real Kashmir gaffer opted to go in with a five-man backline consisting of captain Loveday Enniyana and the experienced Dharamraj Ravanan, who played for Chennai City last year.He also had his son Mason Robertson, Goan Brian Mascarenhas and local boy Muhammad Hammad to bolster his defence at the start of the game. Other Local Kashmiris who made the starting line-up were midfielders Farhan Ganie and Danish Farooq. The 6 ft 7 inches Ivorian Gnohere Krizo was the lone striker upfront with Bilal manning the Kashmir woodwork.Bilal Husain proved a decisive factor in preventing them from drawing level.#MPFCRKFC#HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/kVHiHEbqmTHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) October 31, 2018Minerva’s Ghanaian forward William Opoku had the first good chance of the game just before the quarter of an hour mark, when an excellent ball from Amandeep, from inside the Minerva half, found Opoku in the clear in the Kashmir box with a defender on his shoulder. Opoku trapped and fired only for Bilal to bring about the first of his many good saves on the day to deny Minerva the lead.Opoku combined well with youngster Makan Chothe on a couple of occasions but the youngster was once caught offside and on the other occasion took too much time with the ball.Minverva’s sense of urgency was evident at the beginning of the second half as in the first three minutes they had two excellent chances to score. In the first, Ivorian Alexandre’s powerful shot from inside the box was tipped over by Bilal and hit the bar and then Opoku’s powerful drive from outside the box brought about another save by Bilal.Minerva coach rang in the changes quick and fast, bringing in youngsters Nongdamba Naorem, Dilliram Sanyasi and Hitova Ayemi to inject more pace and flair into the game, but the Kashmir defence held solid.Then, in a subtle change of tactics, David Robertson brought in midfielder Vicky Meitei in place of Hammad, bolstering his midfield for a defender. The move paid dividends as in the 74th minute, quite against the run of play, off a free kick inside the Minerva half, Krozi got hold of the ball inside the Minerva box and turned and unleashed a powerful drive which beat Minerva goalie Bhaskar Roy at the near post to go in.The team from Jammu and Kashmir held on until the final whistle to get a winning start in the top-flight.GOLKULAM-KERALA PLAY OUT A DRAW Gokulam got their first-ever point against NEROCA since their debut in the I-League. (AIFF Photo)Gokulam Kerala FC broke their jinx against NEROCA FC on Wednesday as the Kerala-based side had been at the receiving ends twice in the last edition.advertisementNewly-appointed NEROCA FC boss Manuel Fraile induced two changes from the last match as Varney Kallon, who was injured, made a comeback in his usual position as well as Ronald made his first start of the season.On the other side of the pitch, Bino George made as many as four changes in the starting line-up too. He brought in Rashid K, Pritam Singh, Monotosh and Rajesh S who had a spectacular game against Mohun Bagan last day.The hosts came to the pitch at the back of a loss against East Bengal whereas the visitors travelled all the way to Imphal having gathered much-needed gusto against the Mariners.In the 13th minute, Subash Singh rushed into the box with a clear intention to find the back of the net but Ortiz came to his team’s rescue. Five minutes later, the NEROCA FC attacker got another opportunity to open the goalmouth but following a melee in the box, the chance got wasted for them.At the stroke of the half-hour mark, Malem Meitei put in a long ball for Aryn Williams who wasted what might have been the best opportunity for the hosts in the first half. The long ball by Meitei landed perfectly on the head of the Aussie but he failed to connect it on time which resulted in nothing more than a goal kick for the visitors.Bino George, in the 35th minute, introduced Bodo which played to be the perfect master-stroke by Gokulam Kerala FC manager. The Manipuri lad ripped the NEROCA FC defence apart within 10 minutes of coming on the pitch to shut the noisy crowd.Hero of the Match Ronald thanks the team for the hard-earned point against @GokulamKeralaFC.#NFCGKFC #HeroIleague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/xMdAHaWOOlHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) October 31, 2018The move started from the back when skipper Musa rolled it to another local lad Pritam Singh, who flummoxed the NEROCA defenders to put in a nippy ball for an onrushing Bodo. Bodo made no mistake to rattle the back of the net leaving the goalkeeper Boerchio stranded.After the changeover, the hosts shifted the gear to push the Keralites on the backfoot. The Manipuri side tweaked in their strategies and started putting in more pressure on the Gokulam Kerala FC defenders.Their Nigerian striker Felix Chidi had a spectacular run down the left flank before bombarding a shot from inside the box which got thwarted by Daniel Addo. On the rebound, Aryn Williams tried to sneak in but his effort went abegging.Three minutes later, Pritam had a rusty challenge on Ronald Singh which eventually helped the hosts earn the hard-fought equaliser. Subash Singh glided a long free-kick to the far end of the penalty box and Tondomba headed it down to Malem whose side-footed volley was steered in beautifully by Brazilian defender Eduardo Ferreira to provide the NEROCA FC dugout with much-needed respite.Bino George, in Gokulam’s pursuit of the winning goal, brought in Suhair VP seven minutes to the final whistle but to no avail.advertisementNEROCA goalie Boerchio made some pivotal saves in the dying minutes of the match to secure their first point of the I-League 2018-19 season. Suhair, in the 89th minute, took a 360-degree turn and unleashed a shot from close but the goalie never let it go out of his reach.In the next minute, Pritam took his own time to slot in from outside the 6-yard box but Boerchio, thanks to his immaculate positioning, made it look a routine save to cut the scorer’s job short.Gokulam Kerala FC will host Chennai City FC in their next fixture on November 4 whereas NEROCA FC will fly to their neighbouring state for a clash against former champions Aizawl FC on November 7.last_img read more

TVS Ntorq 125 gets new Matte Silver colour option

first_imgTVS Motor Company has introduced an all-new Matte Silver paint option for its very popular Ntorq 125 scooter. The new colour is in addition to the already available Matte Yellow, Matte White, Matte Red, Metallic Blue, Metallic Grey and Metallic Red choices.TVS Ntorq 125 is powered by a single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 3-valve, air-cooled, OHC, 124.79 cc engine that delivers 9.4 PS and 10.5 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a CVTi transmission. The scooter is available in both disc and drum variants with only the former getting the new Matte Silver colour option.According to TVS Motor Company, the new colour is a celebration of Ntorq 125 becoming the most awarded scooter in India for Financial Year 2018-19. Besides, Ntorq 125 will see the debut of ‘Scooter of the Year’ emblem and all the future models will sport it. TVS Ntorq 125 will see the debut of ‘Scooter of the Year’ emblem and all the future models will sport it.In less than a year since the launch of TVS Ntorq 125 in February 2018, the company sold over two lakh units of the scooter.TVS Ntorq 125 has a ‘stealth aircraft’ inspired design. The scooter gets features like sporty front cluster, ‘T’ rear lamp, batwing styled DRLs, stubby muffler, 12-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, 220 mm roto petal front disc brake, split grab rail, afterburner style rear vents and gaming console inspired speedometer. It gets the TVS SmartXonnect application.Below are the variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) of TVS Ntorq 125.– Ntorq 125 drum – Rs 58,552– Ntorq 125 disc – Rs 59,995advertisementALSO READ | 2020 Royal Enfield Classic new details revealed in fresh spy shotsALSO READ | Jeep Compass Trailhawk AWD launched in India, price starts at Rs 26.80 lakhALSO READ | Fourth-generation Mahindra Scorpio spied testinglast_img read more

Health Ministry Making Progress in Containing Dengue

first_imgStory Highlights He made the remarks during a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 8) at Gordon House. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is giving the assurance that the team at the Ministry is making progress and will continue to take the appropriate actions necessary to contain the dengue virus. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is giving the assurance that the team at the Ministry is making progress and will continue to take the appropriate actions necessary to contain the dengue virus.He made the remarks during a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 8) at Gordon House.The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 123 dengue case reports were received for December, surpassing the outbreak threshold of 96 cases.It was the first month for 2018 in which the number of cases had exceeded the outbreak threshold.Up to January 3, some 830 cases were classified as suspected, presumed or confirmed. There have been 23 confirmed cases of dengue for the period.Dr. Tufton told the Lower House that the Ministry has enhanced its clinical management efforts.He noted that already, clinical staff have been resensitised regarding the management of dengue; emergency departments at hospital have been bolstered by increased clinical and administrative staff; and sensitisation of all doctors, private and public, has been conducted.“The Ministry is also increasing available hospital beds by providing the support to open unused wards at St. Joseph’s and National Chest hospitals, and we now have extended opening hours at various health centres in anticipation of increased demand on the system,” he noted.He said that the blood inventory at the National Blood Transfusion Services has improved as at January 3 and laboratory capacity enhanced to expedite testing for dengue, through support from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).Dr. Tufton told the House that the Ministry is finalising framework agreements with four private laboratories to enhance testing capacity.He said that an extended public education campaign – launched in May with the observation of Mosquito Awareness Week – has also commenced and will continue in the coming weeks.In addition, public service announcements regarding mosquito breeding sites, symptoms of dengue and personal protection tips, which have aired since August last year, continue to be shared and are being ramped up in the media, inclusive of social media.“Dengue information flyers and brochures continue to be procured, with close to 100,000 already distributed to homes, health centres and hospitals across the island. This all adds to the public education programme, and this has been enhanced since the start of this year,” Dr. Tufton said.He noted, further, that the Ministry is collaborating with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development in terms of the removal of domestic waste.“We had a meeting with the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, with representatives from the National Solid Waste Management Authority, as part of the coordinated approach to deal with breeding sites,” he said.Also, ‘Dear Doctor’ and ‘Dear Parent’ letters have been distributed to sensitise physicians and parents regarding dengue.Jamaicans are encouraged to visit their doctors if they experience symptoms and to follow the prescribed course of treatment. The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 123 dengue case reports were received for December, surpassing the outbreak threshold of 96 cases.last_img read more

David Beckham Supports UNICEFs Appeal For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

first_imgUNICEF UK has launched an emergency appeal for funding to support its response to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.With an estimated 9.5 million people affected, approximately 4 million of them children, UNICEF is rushing urgent supplies to areas most ravaged by Haiyan – the strongest typhoon ever to have made landfall in the world.The severe impact of the storm has already caused substantial loss of life and damage to infrastructure. UNICEF is responding to children’s most urgent needs, chartering cargo planes to airlift essential health items such as penicillin and oral rehydration tablets, as well as water pumps and generators which are crucial to getting the local water supply working again. Providing clean water is one of the most important steps in preventing an outbreak of diseases, which can be deadly in the aftermath of natural disasters.UNICEF has already sent enough supplies to meet the needs of 13,000 families, including water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarpaulins, and micronutrient supplements. Getting these supplies to the worst affected areas is the biggest priority. UNICEF has roughly 70 people already working round the clock in the Philippines on this emergency response.UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham said: “My heart goes out to everyone affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. I was in Manila with UNICEF just two years ago and saw how vulnerable to natural disasters the country is. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, roads are impassable and children and their families need food, water, shelter and power right now. UNICEF estimates that 4 million children could be affected by the disaster and are stepping up their emergency response. Children need your help. Please support UNICEF’s work for children affected by this terrible disaster – visit unicef.org.uk”UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull said: “UNICEF UK responded immediately to the tragedy in the Philippines and has already transferred nearly £300,000 to help our teams on the ground to reach those children whose lives have been thrown into chaos by this super-storm. They need our help now and we are responding with an immediate airlift of water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarpaulins, and micronutrient supplements. A gift of £30 could help provide three families in the Philippines with basic water kits, which will help to keep them alive in the immediate aftermath of this horrific disaster.”Please support UNICEF’s work for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Visit www.unicef.org.uk/typhoon or text UNICEF to 70123 to donate £3last_img read more

CNN chief Jeff Zucker undergoing heart surgery

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – CNN’s top executive, Jeff Zucker, is undergoing heart surgery and will take a six-week leave of absence from running the news network.CNN said Zucker made the announcement to his staff Thursday following a morning editorial meeting. His top deputy, Michael Bass, will be in charge during his absence.The network said Zucker’s surgery is elective, to address a condition that he has had for a decade. He’s already a cancer survivor. Brian Stelter, CNN’s media reporter, tweeted that Zucker assured staff members that he is going to be fine.CNN, and Zucker in particular, have been frequent targets of President Donald Trump’s campaign against the media.last_img

Iran votes to join pact to combat terror financing

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to join a global convention to cut off terror financing, hoping to avoid further international sanctions as the 2015 nuclear accord unravels.Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said 143 out of 268 lawmakers voted to join the “Combating the Financing of Terrorism,” or CFT. The bill must be ratified by the Guardian Council, a constitutional authority, to become a law.Iran has long provided support to the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group as well as Palestinian armed groups, which Western countries view as terrorist organizations. Joining the CFT is unlikely to prevent Iran from continuing to support such groups.President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal with world powers in May and has vowed to ramp up sanctions unless Iran dramatically changes its policies, including halting its support for regional militant groups.By joining the CFT, Iran would be required to comply with some ideas offered by the Financial Action Task Force, an intergovernmental organization that targets money laundering around the world. After Sept. 11, the body increasingly offered ideas on how to combat terror funding.Hard-liners in Iran opposed the bill, saying it would erode the country’s sovereignty, and hundreds of hard-line students protested the bill outside parliament on Sunday. Others saw the bill as a positive gesture toward European countries as they try to salvage the nuclear accord.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Sunday’s vote a “historic decision” that would make it easier for Russia and China — which also signed the nuclear accord — to continue doing business with Iran as the U.S. restores sanctions.last_img read more

8 lions from Guj to be shifted to UP zoo

first_imgAhmedabad: Eight lions from Gujarat will soon be shifted to a zoo in Uttar Pradesh as part of an animal exchange programme, a forest official said on Tuesday.These lions are currently lodged at the Sakkarbaug zoo at Junagadh in Gujarat. “As part of the animal exchange programme, two lions and six lionesses from Sakkarbaug will be shifted to a zoo at Gorakhpur in UP. The Central Zoo Authority has allowed the transfer of eight big cats,” Junagadh wildlife circle’s chief conservator of forests Dushyant Vasavada said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHowever, it was not yet decided as to which animal will be transferred from Gorakhpur to Gujarat under the exchange pact, he said. “We are ready for the transfer. Now, it is for the Gorakhpur zoo to decide on the time,” Vasavada said. He said after governments of the two states agreed for the shifting of lions, a proposal was sent to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) which recently gave its nod for it. Sakkarbaug zoo said to be the second oldest in the country — is the nodal centre for providing Asiatic lions to other zoos and safaris in the state and the country. The CZA permits exchange between zoos after checking whether the host has proper health facilities and enclosures for the animals. The Gir wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat is the last abode of Asiatic lions in the world. As per the last census in 2015, there were around 523 lions in the state, mainly in the forest areas of Junagadh, Gir-Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts.last_img read more

Ducking the questions Stuffed bird gives Maine police department a lot of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ducking the questions? Stuffed bird gives Maine police department a lot of ‘likes’ by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press Posted Jul 8, 2014 11:49 pm MDT PORTLAND, Maine – Police here believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media.The 80-officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous pictures of a stuffed duck were added. The duck, dubbed “Duck of Justice” or “DOJ,” appears in pictures of police cars, department members and K-9 cops, often accompanied with some pithy text about law enforcement.“I happen to believe that police officers are a pretty humorous bunch,” said the man behind the duck, Sgt. Tim Cotton, a 17-year veteran Bangor officer with a fondness for the humour of George Carlin and Jim Gaffigan. “I want to read something that at least has some humorous undertones. I wouldn’t connect to a page that I didn’t want to read.”Bangor is just one of many police departments nationwide discovering that using comedy on social media can help them interact with the public. One department, in 10,000-resident Brimfield Township, Ohio, has earned more than 155,000 Facebook likes for its chief’s in-your-face humour about everything from methamphetamine busts to lost dogs.Nancy Marshall, a Maine-based social media strategist who runs a public relations firm in the Maine capital of Augusta, said Bangor’s site helps residents humanize the police.“It’s definitely a new way of engaging with the public,” Marshall said. “I admire the Bangor police department for being bold enough to expose their humanity.”Cotton took over in April as the department’s public information officer, a job that makes him responsible for the department’s Facebook page. Since he started, the page’s number of “likes” has shot up by more than 8,000.The wood duck — stuffed by a taxidermist and rescued by Cotton from a trash compactor at a district attorney’s office — is a light way for the department to get residents’ attention about sometimes serious matters in a crowded social media landscape, he said.The duck has made the rounds in Bangor, appearing in a photo at Bangor Raceway with a caption that said it was “whistling ‘More Than A Feeling’” because the band Boston was playing nearby. It also propped up a copy of the voluminous 2013-14 Maine criminal statutes book, reminding residents that it “will be in the office all weekend if you have any questions.”The duck also has a more serious side, appearing in profiles of new officers and a post about a lost dog.The page has its detractors, including commenters who contend that paying Cotton to use social media isn’t a wise use of public money.Other departments’ social media efforts have stumbled, such as the New York Police Department’s April request for followers to post pictures of themselves with NYPD officers on Twitter with the #myNYPD hashtag. Many users instead used the hashtag to post pictures of aggressive police behaviour.The duck originally was sneaked into in social media photos, hidden in plain view in a manner similar to the popular “Kilroy Was Here” graffiti of the World War II era. The duck became the focus of photos as it became more and more popular, Cotton said. The Facebook page has since received fans from as far away as Brazil and Iran, he said.As for the critics, Cotton says it’s just water off a, well, you know.“Policemen find their job funny no matter what people think of police,” he said. “There’s horrible things in police work and there’s wonderful things.”___Online:Bangor Police Department: http://on.fb.me/1lDnt6i read more

Serena Williams Captures Brisbane International Title

Serena Williams captured the Brisbane International title on Saturday as she defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1 in the final, which was over in less than an hour.Williams is continuing her resurgence that she began in the second half 2012 season. She has won 35 of her last 36 matches, which include titles at Wimbledon, the 2012 London Olympics, the U.S. Open and WTA championships. Her last defeat came against No. 5 Angelique Kerber in Cincinnati last August.The 21-year-old Pavlyuchenkova, who was semi-finalist in Brisbane 2011 before losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitova, seems to struggle against Williams every time they meet.“I always feel like I don’t know how to play tennis when I play against you,” she told Williams during the trophy presentation, who now leads the series 4-0.Williams, a 15-time major winner, dominated from the beginning of the match to the very end. She went on a run of seven straight games after being tied in the first set 2-2.The 31-year-old Williams elevated her play, allowing her to strike nine aces and hit 24 winners. She also won 91 percent of her first serves.“Everything just came together with the right timing with me wanting to do better, with me wanting to work hard, (Patrick Mauratoglou) being there and having everything to work hard, and having the same mind frame of playing matches for the way I like to play,” Williams said.Mauratoglou is Williams new coach, but also coaches Pavlyuchenkova.Williams managed to advance to finals after top-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew a half hour before their semifinal Friday night because of an infected toe on her right foot. The 23-year-old Azarenka was not the only top seed ousted by an injury, second-ranked Maria Sharapova withdrew due to an injured collarbone.Pavlyuchenkova beat Kvitova in the second round, and fourth-seeded Kerber in Friday’s quarterfinals to advance to the finals. Even with the momentum headed into the finals, she felt that there was nothing she could do to stop Williams.“When she’s on fire, well, I feel like there is not much I can do. I mean, she’s a great player and she deserves to win,” Pavlyuchenkova said.Williams credits her comeback since losing in the first-round at the French Open to her dedication to being more composed and serene, which has allowed her to get into her zone on the court.“I was looking at a lot of old matches on YouTube, and I feel like right now I’m playing some of my best tennis,” Williams said. “I feel like I want to do better and play better still.”She will have the opportunity to play even better as she attempts to win her sixth Australian Open title in Melbourne that begins Jan. 14. Williams is currently ranked No. 3 on the WTA tour, but if she wins the Australian Open she will regain the No.1 ranking.Williams would become the oldest woman to hold the top spot. Chris Evert currently claims the record from November 1985, when she was 30 years, 11 months and three days old. read more

Scroll free September NHS endorses mental health campaign to get children to

The new initiative is also being backed by NHS Scotland, Public Health England’s Rise Above campaign and MPs including the all-party parliamentary group on social media and young people’s mental health which last month launched an inquiry into the impact of social media.Research by the royal society found one in five people lost sleep during the night to check messages. It also found heavier users of social media – particularly girls – were more likely to report poor mental health and seven in 10 young people had experienced cyberbullying.It wants social media firms to do more to identify people with mental health problems and provide advice to them, introduce pop-up heavy use warnings at, for example, two-hour intervals and for digitally-manipulated photographs to be tagged as such.It is also proposes children should have lessons in how to handle social media as part of compulsory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons.To find out more and sign up to take part in the campaign from July 20, you can go to www.scrollfreeseptember.org After the success of Movember the NHS has endorsed a mental health campaign to get children to give up social media for 30 days.Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s national director for mental health, said the campaign for people to sign up for a “Scroll-Free September” highlighted growing concerns that social media was contributing to a potential “epidemic” in mental ill health among young people.The campaign is the brainchild of Britain’s oldest public health body, The Royal Society for Public Health, whose poll to launch it showed two thirds of people would consider giving up social media for the 30 days of September. It is the first time it has been tried anywhere in the world.Ms Murdoch said the crisis fuelled by social media demonstrated why there needed to be “a major ramp up of services to deal with the mental health problems as part of the NHS 10-year plan”.She added: “We need to see concerted action, with everyone taking responsibility, including social media giants, so the NHS is not left to pick up the pieces of a mental health epidemic in the next generation.”In the royal society poll, a third of social media users and half of young users, aged 18 to 34, believed quitting social media for a month would help them sleep, better improve their real-world relationships and benefit their mental health and well being. In an exclusive article for The Daily Telegraph to launch the initiative, Shirley Cramer, the royal society’s chief executive, said its own research showed social media increased young people’s anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, body image concerns and fear of missing out through the addictive psychological techniques used by the firms to keep people online.Echoing the Telegraph’s Duty of Care campaign for greater legal protection of children against online harms, she said the social media firms needed to “redesign their products with human well being at their core – not as an afterthought.”She added: “Another part of that rebalancing is about examining and retaking control of our own relationships with social media. That is why, today, we are announcing the launch of the first ever Scroll Free September – a unique opportunity to break from all social media accounts for 30 days.”As evidence of the addictive quality of social media, half of 18 to 34 year olds admitted it would be hard or “impossible” to give up social media for 30 days. One in 10 18 to 24 year olds said it would be impossible.The royal society, the world’s oldest public health body, is therefore offering some “scroll-free-lite” options for people signing up to the campaign website which include giving up social media in the evening, at social events, in the bedroom, at work or at school.Scroll Free September mirrors similar campaigns including Movember (to promote men’s health), Stoptober (to encourage smokers to quit the habit) and Dry January (to refrain from alcohol after the potential excesses of the festive season). Research by the royal society found heavier users of social media – particularly girls – were more likely to report poor mental health Research by the royal society found heavier users of social media – particularly girls – were more likely to report poor mental healthCredit:Peter Byrne/ PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Online auction sites such as eBay boosting fake art sales warn Fiona

Mr Mould advised that if you’re planning on spending less than £50 online then it’s not too much of a concern, but warned against potential buyers purchasing art for large sums of money, especially when the origin is not known.He said: “If it’s big money then unless you really really know what you’re doing you’ve got to meet the person and look at the object – fakery is so well done these days that it’s important that you judge the context to which you’re buying a painting in.”A spokesperson from eBay said: “eBay has a thriving art category with an Owner’s Rights protection scheme in place to stop anyone without copyright selling art that isn’t theirs.”On tonight’s episode of Fake or Fortune the duo will examine a still life painting claiming to be by British artist William Nicholson.The painting was bought by is current owner in 2006 for £165,000, but after it was left out of the artist’s latest catalogue raisonné the painting may now only be worth a few hundred pounds. Online auction sites such as eBay are boosting fake art sales, according to Fiona Bruce and dealer Philip Mould.As the much loved art show Fake or Fortune returns to the BBC this evening the show’s hosts have revealed that the internet is increasingly allowing people to trade fake art.  Ahead of the seventh series, Ms Bruce said it was increasingly the case that forged artworks from China were being sold online, but that it was impossible to tell the difference between a fake and the real thing when you’re virtual shopping.“The internet has certainly changed things,” she said. “Legitimately you can bid in an auction through the internet. But the commercial sales of art of sites such as eBay has made the selling of fake art greater.“It can be very difficult to work out who sold or bought the art because you can hide your tracks on the internet. There are places in China that just churn out the art that looks like that of very famous artists but they’ve never been anywhere near the real artists.“You can buy an artwork online thinking it’s one thing, when you have no idea that it’s actually coming from China because you’re buying it online.” Painting Glass Jug with Plates and Pears, attributed to William Nicholson, is examined in the first episode of the seventh series of Fake or Fortune  Ms Bruce said she had often seen examples of Lowry’s work being advertised online, but sellers would be very careful in the naming of their works, referring to a piece as ‘Lowry’ rather than ‘By Lowry’ to avoid being called a forger.She added: “Someone though for instance we had buy a genuine work off eBay, so it’s becoming very difficult to know what is real and what is fake.“The world has changed and now it’s so much more sophisticated on how we can tell if something is real and fake, but also the techniques used to try and mislead us.”The five-part series will air at 9pm on BBC one. Since launching in 2011, the hit show has grown to become the most popular art show on TV and it regularly draws in an audience of five million viewers.Art dealer Mr Mould said that changing trends had become a growing concern for legitimate businesses, and that new techniques were constantly being designed to trick dealers into thinking a fake could be the real thing.“I think I have seen a rise in the quantity of fake art around,” he said. “With all the technical brilliance it’s almost like an arms race with the fakers to see who can get the most sophisticated the first, and that is worrying.“We have unquestionably seen a rise in fake art moving hands through the internet. As a pretty accurate statistic about 70 per cent of the art that you see online that is being sold, not necessarily by reputable dealers but by individuals, are misrepresented and it’s extremely worrying.” Painting Glass Jug with Plates and Pears, attributed to William Nicholson, is examined in the first episode of the seventh series of Fake or Fortune Credit:Prudence Cumings Ms Bruce and Mr Mould with the painting under the spotlight in the first episode of the new series of Fake of Fortune, which starts on Sunday 12 August Credit:Rolf Marriott Ms Bruce and Mr Mould with the painting under the spotlight in the first episode of the new series of Fake of Fortune, which starts on Sunday 12 August  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Barca confirm Vidal close

first_imgNews report coming in from Barca suggests the club could be on the verge of securing the services of Arturo Vidal.Barcelona director Ariedo Braida has admitted that the club are close to securing the services of Arturo Vidal from Inter.Earlier it looked like Inter were closing in on a deal for Vidal, however, it suddenly emerged on Thursday that the Bayern Munich midfielder had agreed terms on a €30m switch to Barca.The 2019/2020 betting odds for La Liga Stuart Heath – August 12, 2019 Going into La Liga kick-off, we take a look at what the bookmakers think.La Liga season is less than a week away and we’re…“It seems negotiations are at the final stage,” the former Milan executive told RMC Sport via Football Italia.“However, contracts can be null and void if there are no signatures, plus this is the transfer market. We hope there will be no surprises.”After starting his career with Colo-Colo, Chile’s most successful club, Vidal joined Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, where he played for four seasons. He then moved to Juventus in 2011, where he won Scudetti in all four of his seasons.last_img read more

Caribou Lake Fire Remains Mostly Smoldering At 57 Containment

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On Wednesday, crews made significant progress and completed large sections of containment line on the east, south, and west portions of the Caribou Lake Fire. Fire activity on the fire is mostly smoldering and creeping with some isolated single tree torching. The fire grew four acres, for a total of 904 acres; and is now at 57 percent contained.The current estimated containment date for the fire is September 4. Sarah Saarloos with the Division of Forestry: “I’ve never been so happy to be at 57% containment on a fire and with all of the work this keeps us on track on that projected containment date of September 4.” A TFR is in place for air space over the Caribou Lake Fire (9/7506 NOTAM). The TFR includes unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, as well. Flying drones near wildfires could cause injury or death to firefighters as a result of a mid-air collision with tactical firefighting aircraft. Saarloos: “Were that containment is remains at the edge of where those cabins are. We are feeling very confident that those cabins in and around the lake are not threatened.”  Cooler temperatures and cloud cover will limit fire growth. Minimal fire growth is expected over the next several days. Firefighting aircraft continues to be available to assist firefighters on the ground as needed. Although there are cabins and other structures in the area, no structures are threatened at this time. On Thursday, firefighters will continue with the full containment strategy. Crews will secure existing control lines and mop up to reduce potential for flare-ups and spotting, while working to secure the northern edge of the fire in the Boxcar Hills.last_img read more

With No Agreement Imminent New CR Likely Needed to Keep Government Open

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiators trying to strike a deal on a year-end omnibus appeared no closer to a deal following a weekend of talks, with House leaders raising the possibility of a rare weekend session to give Congress more time to finish up work on a $1.1 trillion spending package for fiscal 2016.On Monday, senators from both parties showed little optimism that a deal could be reached shortly, reported CQ Roll Call. If Republicans and Democrats fail to reach an agreement in time for both chambers to pass an omnibus by Dec. 11, lawmakers would need to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open after Friday.House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday told a radio station in Janesville, Wis., that Congress might need “more than just this week to get these issues put together correctly.”Appropriators had aimed to release the text of an omnibus agreement by Monday night, but disputes over whether to include policy riders dealing with Syrian refugees, environmental and financial regulations, campaign finance and a variety of other contentious issues mean lawmakers will miss that deadline.Negotiations “seem to be stuck,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member on Senate Appropriations, said on Monday.Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.), a Republican appropriator, agreed that negotiations are not going smoothly. “I’d say there’s a good chance we will work it out, but we haven’t worked it out yet,” Shelby said.Negotiators from both parties have declined to identify specific sticking points, but one major question remains how Congress will address the Paris terrorist attacks. President Obama and Democrats have opposed including language tightening the vetting process for refugees from Syria and Iraq. Language restricting the visa waiver program could be included instead.At this point a government shutdown seems unlikely, as leaders of both parties have said they’re open to a short-term stopgap to provide more time to finish negotiations.last_img read more

Wittman to Pursue Virginia Governors Race in 2017

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Rep. Rob Wittman (R), who has opposed a new BRAC round since taking over the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee in 2013, will run for governor of Virginia in 2017, he announced over the weekend.He first plans to run to retain his congressional seat next year, though. “Obviously our focus is on winning in 2016, but I am preparing for 2017,” Wittman said.The decision does not reflect any threat to his congressional seat, reported CQ. Wittman, though, will face stiff competition in the gubernatorial race. Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, also has entered the race and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is considering a run.At a hearing earlier this year, Wittman raised numerous concerns about the rationale for conducting a new round of base closures, including uncertainty about future budget cuts and rising threats around the globe, along with the costs associated with carrying out a BRAC round. He also cited the irreversibility of base closure decisions.His district cuts a swath from northern Virginia to Hampton Roads and is home to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Fort A.P. Hill and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. The district borders Joint Base Langley-Eustis.The boundaries of Wittman’s district could change, though, due to an ongoing lawsuit over the state’s current configuration, reported the Daily Press. He was first elected to Congress in December 2007.last_img read more