Canadians stranded in Cuba after plane crash returning home

first_imgMONTREAL – A Montreal-based travel agency says hundreds of Canadians who were stuck in Cuba since a plane crash last week are returning home.Caribe Sol said Monday that Cubana Airlines was resuming operations after the passenger jet crash on Friday killed 111 people.The agency said on its Facebook page that 346 tourists who had booked through Caribe Sol would be flown back to Canada Monday and Tuesday. It said some other passengers had already returned home on other airlines.Cuba’s largest airline grounded all its flights on Friday after a Boeing 737 crashed soon after takeoff and landed in a fireball on the outskirts of Havana.Three people had survived the crash, but a 23-year-old woman died of her injuries on Monday.The two remaining survivors, also from Cuba, remain in a Havana hospital in critical condition.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

CanadaWallonia project receives 05M in funding

first_img Facebook Toronto (Canada) / Mons (Belgium), April 7, 2017 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Wallimage, Wallonia, Belgium’s audiovisual content development fund, announced today an investment of CAD $500,000 to support the coproduction of Les Coulisses de l’Animation (Behind the Scenes of Animation) as part of the Canada – Wallonia Digital Media Incentive for Multiplatform Projects.Di-o-Matic (Québec) will team up with Belvision (Wallonia) to produce Les Coulisses de l’Animation. This is a cross-platform iOS and Android application, comparable to an interactive and non-linear encyclopedia. The application will allow users to discover the fascinating behind the scenes world and the production stages of Franco-Belgian animated films that lulled the childhoods of generations of French speakers around the world. Click here for more information on this project.Projects were evaluated according to a set of criteria by a selection committee composed of CMF and Wallimage representatives with the collaboration of Voyelle Acker, an international expert in transmedia. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Since the inception of this incentive with Wallimage in 2014, five projects received a combined total of CAD$1.5M in investments. For more information on projects financed by the CMF, please access the Funded Projects Database here.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment through fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships. To learn more, please visit cmf-fmc.ca.About WallimageWallimage is the public financing arm of the audiovisual sector in Wallonia. Mainly recognized for its support brought to local talents and its achievements in attracting A-list international co-productions on Wallonia’s soil, the economical fund is also active in financing audiovisual servicing companies set in southern Belgium. Wallimage has been an early participant of Creative Wallonia, a programme through which the fund can invest in the development of creative digital industries. For more visit www.wallimage.be Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Blood Tribe gives Alberta Premier Rachel Notley a Blackfoot name and headdress

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe decision has since received some criticism within the Indigenous community.“I do believe that she deserves some sort of merit, but to be given a traditional headdress, to be given that ceremonial platform, I don’t agree with” said Blackfoot activist, Garret Smith.“We have children in the community that need traditional names, that need re-connection, that need acceptance back into the culture.”Smith was one of many that took his frustration to social media. However, he said, despite his difference in opinion, he respects the family and elders involved and understands “the need for reconciliation.”“A lot of our people don’t have the connection and for us to pull our cultural resources, to give it away, it seems like we need to refocus exactly where our priorities lay and how to re-build our own cultures instead of giving it away”, Smith said.Former regional Chief, Jason Goodstriker, who’s father decided to give Notley the headdress and name says she earned it.“There’s been quite a few millions of dollars that have been transacted over her term and it runs the infrastructure for our communities,” Goodstriker said, adding the pushback on social media has shown a lack of compassion.“We failed at a test being put to our people in terms of understanding and compassion. Whenever something like this happens to an Indian woman, we would all rise to her defense and be there to be by her side.” He said, “What’s the whole deal with the Indian and white thing? As Indians we all get pressured and rise to each other’s defense when it comes to racism now this is being reversed”tpimentel@aptn.ca@tamara_aptnlast_img read more

Myanmar migrant workers on agenda as UN labour policy group convenes

The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) meets three times a year in March, June and November, and takes decisions on policy, budget and the agenda of its International Labour Conference.The meeting scheduled from 6-20 March is expected to discuss action against forced labour in Myanmar in the light of a recent ILO mission to the country, among other issues.It will also review progress in countries which have not yet ratified all fundamental Conventions on freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced and child labour and discrimination. On 17 March, Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank, will address the Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization, speaking on the topic, “The Challenge of Making Globalization Inclusive.” 6 March 2008Forced labour in Myanmar, freedom of association and discrimination against migrant workers are among the issues to be addressed at the policy meeting of the United Nation’s labour organization that opens today in Geneva. read more

UN relief wing cites major access challenges in eastern Ukraine where millions

According to the latest monthly update from the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) access challenges vary from security concerns, bureaucratic impediments, and logistical and legal constraints. An estimated 2 million people living in areas along the contact line between Government forces and armed groups are the most vulnerable and the highest priority group in terms of aid operations.“Half of these people are estimated to be living in Government-controlled areas, while the remainder live in non-Government-controlled areas. Fire exchanges and shelling in many hot-spot locations along the contact line are constantly endangering the lives of many civilians and exacerbating their suffering.”OCHA explains that their plight has been compounded by their inability to flee to safety, particularly across the contact line (from non-Government controlled- to Government-controlled areas) due to complicated procedures on population movements in the area. This has been further aggravated by the lack of social services, disruption of trade, lack of access to pensions and other social-benefit payments, and lack of functioning banking systems in non-Government-controlled areas.At the same time, people living in Government-controlled areas have been similarly affected and cannot access basic services. Most of the 2 million people have received limited or no assistance from humanitarian agencies, as aid organizations have been unable to reach these people due to insecurity and bureaucratic hurdles.Humanitarian agencies are also concerned about the protracted displacement of 1.4 million people in [Government-controlled-areas]. About 60 per cent of the registered IDPs [internally displaced persons] are elderly people and about 13 per cent are children, says OCHA, explaining that meeting their needs requires interventions by humanitarian and recovery/development actors in the immediate and longer term.“The humanitarian community has repeatedly advocated to all parties to the conflict to guarantee free and unimpeded humanitarian access, including limiting bureaucratic procedures to the strict minimum,” notes OCHA, adding that under international humanitarian law, parties to the conflict are responsible for facilitating access for humanitarian organizations to affected people. Intense discussions are under way at various levels to resolve the issue and find practical solutions, focusing on the humanitarian imperative of providing assistance to the people who need it most. OCHA also notes that positive steps have been undertaken to engage with the Government of Ukraine on facilitating access to vulnerable people, and on bringing various laws and by-laws and the temporary order on population movements and movement of humanitarian cargo and personnel in line with the laws of Ukraine and international humanitarian principles. Yet aid agencies remain concerned, noting the critical delay of winterization efforts caused by suspension of aid convoys. They are extremely concerned, says OCHA, that the “window of opportunity to be well prepared for the winter already closing.” If access continues to be restricted, aid agencies will be unable to transport, store and ensure sufficient supplies of critical non-food and shelter items to help thousands of affected people. The agencies are also concerned that due to ongoing hostilities about 1.3 million people are at risk of losing access to safe drinking water.Finally, OCHA underscored that the 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine remains underfunded, according to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS). By the end of August, donors disbursed and pledged about $114 million, which is equivalent to 37 per cent of the $316 million required. This includes $104.9 million (33 per cent) disbursed and another $9.2 million pledged (3 per cent). The shortfall is about $200 million. read more

Donald Trump claims he has been totally vindicated by James Comeys testimony

first_img Friday 9 Jun 2017, 12:57 PM Share196 Tweet Email By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3435380 Jun 9th 2017, 12:57 PM Donald Trump claims he has been ‘totally vindicated’ by James Comey’s testimony The US president has been tweeting for the first time in two days this morning.center_img 141 Comments Source: DPA/PA ImagesUS PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has had his first public say on former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before a Senate intelligence committee yesterday, and he’s done it via his favourite medium – Twitter.Trump had remained silent on the social media platform for two days, with his lawyer Marc Kasowitz instead releasing a statement last night suggesting that Comey’s submission to the committee (that Trump had asked him to stop investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn regarding his ties to Russia) was false.There had been suggestions that Trump had effectively been sequestered in the White House with Kasowitz in order to prevent him from tweeting during Comey’s testimony.Now that silence has been well and truly broken.“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication… and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” the President said on Twitter this morning. 22,372 Views Short URL Source: Twitter/Donald J. Trump Source: Twitter/Donald J. TrumpHe followed up that pronouncement by tweeting his appreciation for the news coverage of the Fox News channel with regard to Comey.Trump’s comment regarding Comey being ‘a leaker’ refers to the fact that the director admitted under oath that he had facilitated the leaking of classified information in the wake of his dismissal in an attempt to secure the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Trump’s connections with Russia – an appointment that has since come to pass.It’s not as yet clear how Trump understands himself to have been vindicated entirely by Comey’s testimony, which suggested that the former FBI director believed that Trump had directed him to stop investigating Flynn.Trump fired Comey from his position at the start of May, saying that director was ‘doing a bad job’.As head of the FBI, Comey had been the figurehead for the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last November’s US election.Read: This is the Northern Irish party that will keep Theresa May as Prime MinisterRead: Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spainlast_img read more

Government officials reward journalists with pizza and vodka

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Many employees will be familiar with waiting for an outcome from a meeting before being able to move ahead on a project or task, but what can help motivate staff during this wait?When patient journalists were waiting for hours for news from government officials recently, they were given pizza and vodka to help them stay motivated.Discussions about Syria between Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state John Kerry took place in Geneva, Switzerland, last week, with numerous journalists waiting in the basement ballroom of the President Wilson Hotel where the talks were ongoing.Reporters were still waiting for the scoop towards midnight when Lavrov rewarded the waiting press for their patience with a stack of pizzas, which he said were a gift from the US delegation to make up for the delay.After journalists polished off the pizza, Lavrov made a re-appearance, this time with two bottles of Russian vodka to help wash down any remaining food. He quipped that the pizza was from the American delegation and the vodka was from the Russian delegation.Here at Employee Benefits, we think pizza and a cheeky tipple is the ideal way to celebrate landing a great story, although hopefully we never have to wait until midnight in a basement!last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A70 with triplecamera massive battery launched in India

first_img Close 6GB Model Add-ons 128GB, expandable up to 512GB via microSD card IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:41Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Apple and Samsung Finally Reach A Truce Galaxy A70 Display 32MP main with F1.7 aperture8MP Ultra-wide (123-degree) with F2.2 aperture5MP Depth sensor with F2.2 aperture Price 4,500mAh with 25W super-fast charging via USB Type C charger Processor Front Colours Storage ModelFrontGalaxy A7032MP with F2.0 apertureModelBatteryGalaxy A704,500mAh with 25W super-fast charging via USB Type C chargerModelNetworkGalaxy A704G-LTEModelAdd-onsGalaxy A70On-screen fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay,  Dolby Atmos to provide a 360-degree surround sound, Widevine L1 supportModelColoursGalaxy A70White/Blue/BlackModelPriceGalaxy A70Rs 28,990 White/Blue/Black Android Pie OS 32MP main with F1.7 aperture8MP Ultra-wide (123-degree) with F2.2 aperture5MP Depth sensor with F2.2 aperture Rs 28,990 Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core Battery RAM Network 4G-LTE Camera On-screen fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay,  Dolby Atmos to provide a 360-degree surround sound, Widevine L1 support 6.7-inch full HD+ (1080x2400p) super AMOLED with Infinity-U design World’s leading smartphone-maker Samsung seems to be on a roll in India; having released seven phones, three M series (Galaxy M 30, M20 & M10) and four A (Galaxy A10, A20, A30 & A50), it is set to bring the new Galaxy A70.Samsung’s A70 made its global debut along with A80 in Europe, earlier in the month and now, it will soon hit stores early next month for Rs 28,990. It will be available for pre-booking between April 20 and April 30. Consumers, who ordered the device during the aforementioned timeline, will be able to buy Samsung U Flex, a premium Bluetooth device worth Rs 3,799 for Rs 999 only. Samsung comes with Infinity-U displaySamsung India Newsroom (screen-grab)Starting May 1, Galaxy A70 will be available for sale in three vivid colour options- White, Blue and Black across all retail stores, Samsung e-Shop and Samsung Opera House and also on Flipkart.The highlight of the Galaxy A70 is the triple-camera setup, which comes with a 32MP main sensor with F1.7 aperture, 8MP ultra-wide (123-degree) snapper and 5MP depth sensor. It boasts features Samsung’s intelligent Scene Optimizer which analyses a scene across 20 modes and adjusts the colour, contrast and brightness to instantly optimize image quality. For Selfie buffs, there is a 32MP front camera that allows them to express and connect in fun ways using features like AR-Emoji and Selfie-Focus.Another notable aspect of the Galaxy A70 is the battery; it houses a huge 4,500mAh cell, which is more than enough to keep the phone running for more than a day and it can be noted that the device sports a 6.7-inch full HD+ super AMOLED screen with Infinity-U display design. Samsung Galaxy A70 is set to hit stores in India in early May 2019.Samsung India Newsroom (screen-grab)Samsung phone also supports Widevine L1 format, so that HD content on Amazon and Netflix can be watched on the big screen and it boasts 25W super fast USB Type C charger.Other stipulated features include 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, Android Pie OS, Dolby Atmos surround sound system, Samsung Pay secured payment system and on-screen fingerprint sensor in the display, just above the base.Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy A70:ModelModelGalaxy A70Galaxy A70ModelDisplayGalaxy A706.7-inch full HD+ (1080x2400p) super AMOLED with Infinity-U designModelOSGalaxy A70Android PieModelProcessorGalaxy A70Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-coreModelRAMGalaxy A706GBModelStorageGalaxy A70128GB, expandable up to 512GB via microSD cardModelCameraGalaxy A70Main 32MP with F2.0 aperture Mainlast_img read more

Texas Sends PostHarvey State Action Plan To Federal Government For Approval

first_img Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneTexas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who in this file photo appears speaking at a hearing about the post-Harvey recovery process, has sent a State Action Plan to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for final approval.Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced Tuesday he has sent a post-Harvey State Action Plan to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for final approval. The plan details the distribution and eligible uses of $2.7 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery to assist Texas communities with long-term recovery following the hurricane.Bush’s office, which is the Texas General Land Office (GLO), specified in a news release that “future amendments to the action plan will outline the eligible uses of $2.3 billion by the City of Houston and Harris County.”Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery are commonly referred to using the acronym CDBG-DR.The news release noted that, because of the standard CDBG requirements, each activity listed in the State Action plan must be a CDBG-DR-eligible activity, as well as meet a HUD national objective and address a Hurricane Harvey impact to a county listed in a Presidential Disaster Declaration.“We continue to work with local communities to keep them informed of resources that will be available as this funding moves through the federal process,” Bush said in the news release.HUD has 45 days from receipt to approve the plan and, once the plan is approved, the GLO will be able to begin administering recovery programs across the 49 counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey.last_img read more

Angry Birds Rio Coming in March

first_imgAngry Birds maker Rovio has teamed up with 20th Century Fox for the latest version of its insanely popular Angry Birds series. The game, a tie-in with Fox’s upcoming movie, Rio (a CGI movie due out in April), is “like the original with a few new twists,” according to Rovio.The company added that the game will be available “app stores everywhere in March.” So, iPhone and Android for sure, right? Probably Nokia’s Ovi store. And maybe Windows Phone 7 and HP’s webOS store? At launch, the game will offer 45 levels and improved graphics over the original. Future updates will bring “more levels and a surprise or two.” The game will hit the market in March. Check out a trailer after the jump.last_img

PO responds to growth in British cruise market

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: Natalie Aroyan P&O Cruises World Cruising is set to enter the record books in March 2015 when the largest cruise ship built specifically for the British market is launched. Whilst definitive specifications are yet to be released, the cruise line released in a statement today that the 141,000 tonne, 3,611 passenger vessel will feature “a stylish and innovative new design and an unprecedented number of passenger facilities.”“This next-generation ship will deliver the ultimate P&O Cruises experience with ‘sophisticated wows’ and new features to attract thousands of newcomers to our brand, and equally to resonate with existing P&O Cruises passengers by giving them the ‘P&O-ness’ they recognize and love,” Carol Marlow, P&O Cruises managing director said.To be built by Italian ship builder Fincantieri, she will be the seventh largest cruise ship on the ocean and will allow the line to respond to the increase of British passengers choosing cruising over other forms of travel. In a survey conducted by The Passenger Shipping Association last month, it was reported that a record 1.6 million cruises were taken by British passengers in 2010. This is more than 109% since 2001.The survey also revealed that there were 2.4 million new cruisers in Britain since 2006 and more than three-quarters of these booked their cruise through a travel agent. “The original growth of package holidays was due to the value for money they represented. Now it is clear that British holidaymakers recognize that cruising offers the best value,” said Bill Gibbons, UK Passenger Shipping Association director.A “Modern Classic”, this yet to be named ship from P&O Cruises World Cruising seems to have been scheduled at a prime time to respond to the growth in the market. Artist’s impression of the yet to be named new ship for P&O Cruises World Cruisinglast_img read more

Los Angeles California – Reported by Elite Travel

first_imgLos Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe award-winning SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills announces the beginning of the installation of its comprehensive new lighting program developed by visionary photographer, filmmaker and Creative Director Matthew Rolston. The new lighting will be featured in all 297 guest rooms and suites and takes into consideration invaluable input from hotel guests.With decades of experience shooting many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Rolston’s approach to the updated lighting was to provide guests with a sense of contemporary glamour, while also complementing Philippe Starck’s provocative design.“SLS is a property that exudes an air of sexiness and intrigue that few other hotels possess,” said Rolston. “With that in mind, we collaborated with SLS to reinvent the lighting in a manner that best showcases its undeniably powerful design elements as well as the guests themselves. It’s like being able to live in the signature beauty light of one of my celebrity images.”The new lighting program has also taken into account invaluable feedback directly from SLS’s many loyal guests over the years. Creating an open dialogue with guests is the strategy SLS has employed since it opened in 2008, understanding that feedback from clientele can often lead to powerful innovations throughout the property.“Debuting the updated lighting program is something we’re all very proud of, especially considering we had the opportunity to work alongside a talent like Matthew Rolston,” added Thomas Meding, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills general manager. “It also underscores our commitment to listening to our guests and empowering them to take part in evolving the SLS brand.”SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills has established a dramatic new standard in guest experience and forced an entire industry to rethink the conventional hotel model. Born from some of the world’s most creative thinkers, including global design icons Philippe Starck and James Beard, as well as award-winning chef Jose Andres, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills provides a truly unique aesthetic that has drawn international acclaim. www.slsbeverlyhills.comlast_img read more

Milan Italy – Versace Spa is pleased to announce

first_imgMilan, Italy – Versace Spa is pleased to announce it will host the Versace/One Charity Gala, a fashion charity gala featuring Versace’s first official fashion show in China and a charity fundraiser to benefit Jet Li’s One Foundation, on Thursday, November 13th 2008, in Beijing, China.Versace and the Jet Li One Foundation have established a yearlong partnership for the opening of children’s centres for post trauma and psychological relief in Sichuan Province .Following a direct donation from Versace to open the first Versace/One Foundation Children’s Centre in San Jiang, Sichuan Province, in early November, the Versace/One Charity Gala aims to raise additional funds through an exclusive “One of a kind” auction to help open a second – and ideally a third – children’s centre in the most devastated areas of Sichuan.The “One of a Kind” auction, conducted by Sotheby’s, includes exclusive lots of luxurious products and once in a lifetime experiences, donated by Versace and Jet Li.100% of the proceeds from the Versace/One Foundation merchandise will be donated to the One Foundation charity, to help achieve Donatella Versace’s goal: to open further Versace/One Foundation children’s centres in Sichuan for much needed psychological post-trauma relief for the victims of the earthquakes.Donatella Versace says: “The images we have seen and continue to see from the Sichuan Province on our television screens and in our newspapers show the enormity of the plight facing the earthquake victims. I believe that this special program that we have created together with the One Foundation will help give back to the community by providing centres where families can send their children to study, and most importantly where we can help them overcome the trauma of this tragedy by offering psychological counselling. As a mother, I instinctively wanted to do something for the families that are suffering. It is not only a responsibility and a duty, but also a true honour to participate in such a project.”For more information on the One Foundation, please visit: www.one-foundation.comlast_img read more

The Goonies Titanic added to National Film Re

first_img‘The Goonies,’ ‘Titanic’ added to National Film Registry This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Kate Winslet in a scene from “Titanic.” The film is among the 25 movies being added to the prestigious National Film Registry. (Paramount Pictures via AP) by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2017 1:11 am PDT Last Updated Dec 13, 2017 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – A band of misfits known as the Goonies, a sinking ship, some baseball ghosts and the unrelenting New York cop John McClane are being added to the prestigious National Film Registry.The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films “The Goonies,” ”Titanic,” ”Field of Dreams” and “Die Hard” are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year.The library selects movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic or artistic importance.This year’s slate includes the 1987 musical biopic “La Bamba,” ”Superman” from 1978, the 2000 thriller “Memento” and 1941’s animated “Dumbo.”This year’s picks bring the total number of films in the registry to 725. Last year, “The Breakfast Club,” ”The Princess Bride” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Thelma & Louise” were picked.___Online: https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-film-preservation-board/film-registrylast_img read more

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but could not get in.But the stadium itself appears to be owned by Arena Holdings Charitable LLC. a private entity of Delaware That company is controlled by local nonprofit UND Sports Facilities IncFunding moves through these organizations to provide for the sports center’s needs Most of its revenues and expenses including distributions to the UND athletic department are recorded on the filings of UND Sports FacilitiesKris Engelstad McGarry daughter of the mega-donor for whom the arena is named said in a May 9 Herald editorial board meeting that matters of the use and control of the arena have formed at least one part of a growing wedge between herself and the administration of UND President Mark KennedyMcGarry said Kennedy made "veiled threats" of litigation tied to what she described as the university’s "insatiable need for money"For his part the president has said relations between the two have been civil If there have been any disagreements Kennedy said they have arisen in the course of ensuring the arena is operated to fulfill the wishes of its donor as laid out in original gift documentation—namely that the arena is run in all ways with the goal of benefiting UND and its athletic departmentThe foundational documents Kennedy has previously said deal with both the financial distributions from the the stadium to the university "as well as the conduct of activities within the Ralph to the benefit of the UND athletic program""Whatever questions should come up the answer should be what’s the interest of the UND athletic department" he saidThrough a representative McGarry turned down Herald requests for comment this week Her assistant told reporters the benefactor one of three trustees who manage the philanthropic foundation that contains her father’s fortune would be in Grand Forks for meetings at the end of the month and would not conduct any interviews until then Jody Hodgson manager of the Ralph and president of the RE Arena Inc board could not be reached for comment by press time But Earl Strinden board secretary and former CEO of the UND Alumni Association stressed that "everything we do is for the benefit of the University of North Dakota"Strinden is also listed on filings for tax year 2016 as being a director on the board ofUND Arena Services as well as the president of UND Sports Facilities Still he deferred to Hodgson to explain in detail the interplay between the different entities noting only that the groups play "specific roles" in keeping the facility running"(The arena) is a major enterprise so we have lots of things we have to do to keep the building in top-notch condition" Strinden said "Everything we do is to fulfill the mission as laid out in the vision of Ralph Engelstad—to make it as beneficial as possible for the benefit of UND" TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. a prospect that seems an uphill battle considering some of the adamant opposition in the past to moving it. Shuibu Moni in a video released online on Wednesday promised to attack states in Nigeria very soon. FLASH VIDEO: Boko Haram commander, it said. Nicole Kidman and Jimmy Fallon quickly started chatting about their first interaction but they have very different takes on that meeting.” The group has no formal connection to the Trump family or campaign, “Theres some charities in Slovenia I dont know about.

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Midterm elections are low-turnout battles between the two party bases. According to the report, was pitched against him in the 2015 general election. from about Rs 30 that it costs to dealers, known for being one of the most liberal universities in the United States. This is a black mark on the justice system as a whole and should be recognized as such while also giving these men the ability to live as normal a life as possible" According to the terms of participation on the We the People site where the petition was made "a petition must reach 100000 signatures within 30 days" to "require a response" This specific petition was published on Dec 20 and currently has over 115000 signatures Multiple petitions asking for Avery and Dassey to be pardoned have sprung up since Making a Murderer debuted Dec 18 but Ken Kratz the special prosecutor in Averys murder case maintains that the series doesnt tell the whole story "I believe there to be 80 to 90 percent of the physical evidence the forensic evidence that ties Steven Avery to this murder never to have been presented in this documentary" he recently told Fox He also went on Good Morning America Tuesday to say that Making a Murderer "wasnt a documentary" "It was a defense piece generated by and for Steven Avery by his defense team" he said "It wasnt until Netflix decided to repackage it that both sides were invited to participate" Moira Demos who made the film along with Laura Ricciardi told Fox that Kratz rejected their invitations to be interviewed for the series "We believe the series is what we witnessed" Demos said "The key pieces of the states evidence are included in the series" According to the Department of Justices website "the power to grant pardons is vested in the President alone" but theres a caveat: The president can only pardon federal criminal convictions and Avery was convicted of a crime against the state of Wisconsin not against the United States As a result theres not really much the White House can do in this situation the Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is the only one in this case with the power to pardon Avery Walker though doesnt seem willing: "Just because a documentary on TV says something doesnt mean thats actually what the evidence shows" Walker told Fox Tuesday "The bottom line is that there was a crime that was committed a decade ago There is a system in the judicial system by which individuals can petition the courts to get relief like others have done in the past that shows that someone might actually be innocent But I am not going to override a system that is already put in place" Read more about the Avery petitions here and watch Making a Murderer on Netflix This article originally appeared on EWcom Contact us at editors@timecom000 signatures. he said. The politburo member also said the Modi government had created history.4%. Several campaign finance lawyers said they typically advise against candidate committees and super PACs backing those candidates sharing vendors unless the situation is unavoidable.

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The writer is managing editor,The Financial Expressmkvenu@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai | Updated: March 15 2017 5:54 pm Rajkummar Rao the actor who in his crisp career in Bollywood has proved his versatility and talent Related News Rajkummar Rao Yadav might be shy but he does not mince his words when he is speaking about different aspects of work and life We haven’t really seen him sing or dance in his films but he is a fabulous dancer and mimics his idol Om Puri impeccably watch video for proof Rajkummar Rao the actor who in his crisp career in Bollywood has proved his versatility and talent He is the guy who reamed to be an actor and became one eventually But it didn’t just happen to him he really worked his way into the industry The Trapped actor who is a Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) graduate in a candid conversation with indianexpresscom spoke about not only his latest film Trapped but also his struggle in the industry the nepotism debate and his thoughts about the functioning of the Indian Central Board of Film Certification Here’s an excerpt from the interview: Watch |Rajkummar Rao On Trapped: Survived On Carrot & Coffee & Drew Blood Out of My Own Hand What goes in making of a versatile actor like you (Laughs) “I think my training at FTII and my love for acting Yes” Your journey as an actor from your school state to FTII from Love Sex Aur Dhoka to Aligarh and now Trapped “I feel blessed I am very fortunate and I think God has been really kind to me I don’t think this happens to everyone I have to be really thankful to all my filmmakers because they thought of me as someone who could be cast for their films” Also read |Not pressurised by anyone’s expectations says Rajkummar Rao You pick very different roles there is no set character that you’ve set (thankfully) How do you choose your films “I read all my scripts I love reading scripts I don’t like narrations I see how I am reacting to it something should happen to me as an actor while reading the script does it excite me If something happens clicks then I don’t try joining too many dots on trying to figure out why I should do a film or not I just do it” A still from Trapped starring Rajkummar Rao Your films like Shahid and Aligarh didn’t sail smoothly through the Censor Board Your thoughts on the way the CBFC functions in India “It is very sad that we are getting used to it But we should not get used to it Every third film or so is being banned or censored it is the same problem I strongly believe in certifying a film than censoring it We are matured enough to decide what we want to watch or not watch There is internet people will watch what they want to I don’t think cinema hampers our society” Also read |Trapped trailer: It’s Raj Kummar Rao vs Raj Kummar Rao in this taut thriller Watch video For Trapped how and why did you go on a black coffee and carrot diet You slit your finger too for a scene How far can you go to live your character’s life “It is my responsibility towards my character I like to be true to my character I am sure there are other ways to achieve it but for me this is it I also had meat for the first time for this role because I felt it was important for my character I love giving more than 100 percent to my character that’s the fun of being an actor If you keep doing the same thing or if someone keeps doing hair and make-up for you on the sets you say your lines and come back to your vanity there’s not much of experimentation it’s not fun” Watch |TRAPPED | Official Trailer You are considered to be one of the best actors in the industry How do you work that kind of pressure “I can’t act under pressure I just freeze When I am not shooting and when people come and tell me all these things I sincerely feel happy but also I feel shy I don’t feel I am worth all the praises honestly So when I am working I don’t feel the pressure I love acting and that’s what I do” Also read |Rajkummar Rao’s Newton hits Tribeca Film Festival next Being an outsider you have worked your way into the industry Your thoughts on the nepotism debate “I love watching talented actors on screen I don’t mind if they’re somebody’s son or daughter in the industry I want to see talent on screen The problem would be if they are not talented and they are still on screen then that’s not fair So if someone is worth and talented then why not I have no problem with that” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 12 2017 11:46 am Mithali Raj led India to the final of the 2017 edition (Source: PTI) Related News The 2017 edition of the ICC Women’s World Cup witnessed a massive surge in viewership as more than 100 million people tuned in to watch the global event This has led to India’s women’s skipper Mithali Raj to call out for more telecast of women’s matches and create more awareness surrounding women’s cricket In a recent interview with the ANI Raj said “There has to be visibility There have to be matches that are televised because that’s how we can continue the interest we have developed in people to start following women’s cricket” “We definitely need to play more games whether it’s T20 ODI to Test format because there has to be continuity after what we have set after the World Cup The boards and the ICC are certainly looking into it” she added Stating that more hype and awareness needs to be created during any bilateral series Raj further went on to add “When there is any bilateral series or when India is hosting any series there has to be an awareness that there is an international series happening and people should come and watch us play in stadiums Usually that doesn’t happen” she said “We should also encourage young girls in schools to take up the sport and have a school team” she concluded Earlier Mithali Raj also revealed that she is open to playing a sixth World Cup in 2021 “I am not writing off playing the next World Cup but I will have to get through these next three years to get into the fourth year for that World Cup” Raj had told PTI For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 18 2017 11:27 am Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who was last seen in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil co-starring Ranbir Kapoor looks slimmer and fitter in this new shoot Top News Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is on a mission — to prove that age is just a number or that ageing simply doesn’t apply to her The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil star gave much younger stars a run for their money as the scorcher Saba and then did a host of photo shoots which had us reaching for our sunglasses After a brief hiatus Aishwarya is back on a mag cover and summer just got so much more sizzling with her latest pic Aishwarya Rai shot for Filmfare May issue and she is looking scorching The actor who was last seen in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil co-starring Ranbir Kapoor looks slimmer and fitter in this new shoot The issue talks about power women and who could epitomise power better than Aishwarya The actor is seen wearing an off-shoulder navy blue jacket and her hair looks wavy with soft curls It has been 23 years since Aishwarya was crowned with Miss World title but actor remains the epitome of grace and style as ever Aishwarya’s last film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was an eye opener for all her fans The actor played an Urdu poet who seduces Ranbir Kapoor with her beauty and poetry Aishwarya was a picture of elegance and intelligence in Karan Johar’s film The actor made sure that she owned every single frame in which she was allowed to demonstrate her acting chops Also Read:Sonu Nigam azaan row: Pooja Bhatt takes a jibe at the singer salutes the spirit of India As a divorced woman Aishwarya exuded a maturity and emotional intelligence in ADHM that have not been shown in Hindi films for quite long Aishwarya elevated the role of a seductress in a Hindi film and have laid out new grounds for Hindi heroines The actor makes sure she holds your attention when she is on-screen For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsPublished: May 19 2014 2:25 am BMC additional municipal commissioner S V R Srinivas Related News At an Idea Exchange BMC additional municipal commissioner S V R Srinivas talks about traffic planning infrastructure projects and the problems of Mumbai’s roads P VAIDYANATHAN IYER: The transport sector in Mumbai does not seem to have had a significant upgrade in a long time While there are piecemeal projects traffic is still a huge problem Has Mumbai not failed in elevating itself to what people expect of its transport systems When we built flyovers the city did not have a traffic plan There is no method in the madness Mumbai needs a comprehensive mobility plan that deals with infrastructure projects and decides where we need flyovers underpasses U-turns or skywalks BMC has initiated this mobility plan project for the first time It will tell us how the newly built roads are functioning and what is the traffic demand There is a need to do origin-to-destination studies and inter-modal integration of metro services local trains and monorail services Unfortunately in Mumbai the share of public transport has gone down by 12 per cent in the past decade This is a disturbing trend The mobility plan is going to concentrate on both motorised and non-motorised traffic such as walking and cycling Wherever we can we are trying to encourage non-motorised transport SHUBHANGI KHAPRE: Around 50 flyovers in the past 10 years were promised by politicians… But have these flyovers really helped Mumbai Urban transport is like a hydraulic system… If you stop it at one place it affects another We have constructed 50 flyovers but what has been the impact Unless a comprehensive mobility plan is done for Mumbai we may do projects but results may be suboptimal SANDEEP ASHAR: Since you have previously worked with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority how would you compare working with them and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation MMRDA is very focused It is like an island where we implement projects In comparison BMC is more about governance where addition of infrastructure becomes crucial In civic administration there are vast areas where coordination between agencies is important There are seasonal activities such as the Mithi river work and daily issues like traffic to deal with I have had a complete experience of Mumbai after joining the BMC SANDEEP ASHAR: What was the difficulty in implementing the Bus Rapid Transportation System (BRTS) In MMRDA the Detailed Project Review cost for BRTS was Rs 1313 crore When any project amount goes over Rs 1000 crore the question arises of who will execute it We at the MMRDA were then focusing on the Metro which was likely to have a larger impact BRTS implementation was not easy and there were inter-departmental issues and since MMRDA cannot decide on the project alone it did not take off MANASI PHADKE: How do you justify the Monorail over a more beneficial BRTS which is a cheaper mass transit but that is not even construction heavy I agree that the BRTS is a more sustainable system The monorail is just a accelerated people mover (APM) and not a mass transit system Such APM systems are mostly used in port or harbor areas and very few cities have it MANASI PHADKE: Do you think having one agency overlook road projects in Mumbai will make planning easier We need different agencies as the tasks are immense An agency such as BMC cannot conceive as well as execute a major road project ZEESHAN SHAIKH: How much do inter-departmental issues affect projects We have seen agencies complain that the much-needed CCTV security surveillance project is not viable because BMC is charging a huge sum for laying cables There are no free lunches If roads are going to be dug up for cables to be laid someone has to pay for it The BMC had agreed to waive off a certain percentage of costs for trenching and have conveyed the same to the state government However their project itself did not get bidders We had even asked the MMRDA to tell us the amount they needed a waiver for but they never got back to us ALISON SALDANHA: Around 400 roads are currently dug up With the monsoon approaching how rough a ride will it be for Mumbaikars this year The financial capital of the country needs good roads We have prepared a master plan of Rs 7000-8000 crore for Mumbai’s roads which will be executed over the next three-year years The engineers now know in advance which road to do next year There is now a method to the madness Working on Mumbai roads is like attempting a surgery on a running man We cannot isolate the road and carry out work we have to manage external things such as traffic and internal utility issues ZEESHAN SHAIKH: Don’t you think exploiting the water transportation is a solution for reducing this slow mobility issue In the future maybe will that be exploited It’s not a solution but it’s a definitely a compliment BMC won’t take up water transportation projects but definitely I was dealing with it when I was in MMRDA It’s easier to do on the eastern side because the sea is calm Western side is rough For four-five months you have to close it it becomes difficult We’ll support that project too however BMC can help ZEESHAN SHAIKH: Do you feel that a huge mammoth organisation such as BMC should be broken down into smaller units I don’t think so Somebody would have to carry out a study to see what are the advantages and drawbacks Major cities have single municipal corporations managing them such as Mexico city New York and London which are larger than ours in size There are certain advantages to having a single corporation For example even if you divide the corporation how will you have separate water supply pipelines And how will you share the distribution of water Such important issues crop up so a proper study must be done AAMIR KHAN: The Bombay High Court has suggested that BMC should blacklist road contractors who use below standard materials for road works Are you considering this Blacklisting is not important A system has to be there for monitoring of works Two things we are doing — live works and a third party concurrent audit We have additional auditors now Earlier we gave the whole city to auditors but now we are allotting work-wise auditing So third party audit is there and we can monitor online These things will go a long way Definitely if some work is below par then we will do blacklisting ALISON SALDANHA: Annually the BMC always encourages big companies to come forward to bid for contracts Don’t you think you will get a better response if you include pre-qualification bids Pre-qualification is done for bigger projects which involve specialised work For local roads post-qualification bids work better. where he revealed how stressful it is to be on the show. the Dinanagar police station had no worthwhile perimeter defences, Goa dates are recommended considering Christmas holidays and examinations of college and schools in January and March, Based on the time stamp on the footage.

2013 3:21 am Related News Pune Municipal Corporation?has decided to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court.with the city receiving 239. With security being beefed up every time the IPL bandwagon rolls into town,Sonia and Rahul make prime ministers…the politics of Rahul begins where the politics of other party leaders ends, Jaiswal said at a convention of the Indian National Trade Union Congress here People are mistaken that they will be in the driving seatbut whenever such inexperienced people get it (the PMs post)accidents occur? It would have been a more equal (game) had some of these decisions gone in our favour. The knock attracted all sorts of reactions from Twitterati on Sunday,the youngest, 30, As last summer?

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