Our grand finale Alberta couple celebrates third set of fraternal twins

first_imgThe Canadian Press RED DEER, Alta. — After three sets of fraternal twins, Pam and Taylor Armstrong are closing in on reality-TV territory but trying for a fourth set isn’t in the cards for the couple from central Alberta.“We are done. I said this is our grand finale. We’ll call it quits here,” laughed Pam Armstrong from the couple’s new five-bedroom home in Red Deer on Monday.The couple welcomed their first son Parker and daughter Emery nine years ago, girls Brynlee and Adileigh five years ago and the newest additions boy Maverick and girl Blakely three weeks ago.It was a special Mother’s Day for Pam Armstrong who said her four older children are thrilled.“They all made me special cards and told me all the things they loved about me, which was great. Then we spent some time with my family — my grandma and grandpa, my mum and dad, and some of my siblings,” she said.“I didn’t have to cook or do dishes or laundry, which was lovely. We avoided all of those things for one day anyway.”There had only been twins once in her family before when her grandmother gave birth to a set.“I say it runs in our family now.”Armstrong believes her work as a labour and delivery nurse before having children of her own helped her cope. And after two sets of twins, news about a third wasn’t a total shock.“We were very aware that this could happen but you don’t think that it actually would happen a third time,” said Armstrong, who turned 34 two days before the latest births.“It was kind of, OK, this is our reality. We’re going to do this again. I have had much opportunity to perfect my ways in parenting and mothering two babies.”Her husband took a month’s paternity leave from his teaching job in nearby Blackfalds, Alta. He said it’s definitely easier to cope the third time around.“I don’t know if I’d call us a well-oiled machine, but we know what we need to achieve. We don’t always achieve it in that well-oiled way. We run a few minutes late,” he said.“We’ll keep doing just the same old thing. Just keep on trucking. We’ve got a few more critters in the bunch now.”Tyler Armstrong said he realizes that the pressure will be on to produce something more than just a card from the kids when the next Mother’s Day rolls around.“I might need to produce something of merit for a few years here yet. That’s for sure.”— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Smirnoff Sound Collective

first_imgThe makers of SMIRNOFF™ Vodka announced today that Smirnoff Sound Collective™, the brand’s international music platform committed to becoming the biggest contributor to the inclusive electronic music culture, have partnered with Toronto Artists – Zeds Dead on a new documentary titled, “LEAP” which will be released on October 3rd, 2016.Dylan Mamid (aka DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (aka Hooks) formed Zeds Dead in 2009. LEAP chronicles the ambitious rise of Zeds Dead from their early Toronto beginnings in the electronic music scene, to becoming a respected staple of the international touring circuit. “When you talk about a group like Zeds Dead, you hear the bass lines, you hear the drum and bass and the breakbeats that exploded here in the 90’s, the huge ragga influence, UK funky and the whole UK bounce stuff, you hear… Toronto” explains author and nightlife historian Denise Benson in LEAP. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement The latest musical contributors who are bringing Toronto’s legacy to the global stage, Zeds Dead are also celebrating their recent launch of their newest entrepreneurial platform – their own music label, Deadbeats – and the upcoming release of their new album Northern Lights on October 14, 2016. Featuring collaborations with Diplo, Rivers Cuomo, Twin Shadow, Pusha T and fellow Canadian singer Martina Sorbara (Dragonette), the new album shows off the depth of their success.“Toronto’s music scene is no longer our best kept secret. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™ has been committed to collaborating and supporting the inspiring work of Zeds Dead since early 2014. We’re thrilled that we can continue to support Dylan and Zack on this exciting next phase of their growing career.” said Amber Zwolak, Brand Manager, SMIRNOFF Canada.“Supporting the long-term goals and passions of unparalleled talents like Zeds Dead, is the vision behind the Smirnoff Sound Collective™. The release of the film – LEAP – is a continuation of our global goal to become the biggest contributor to electronic music culture. We believe this type of collaborative brand support is an important step in our continued commitment toward telling the diverse stories of artists like Zeds Dead.” said Justin Medcraft, SMIRNOFF Global Senior Brand Manager.Launched in 2014, Smirnoff Sound Collective™ brought their initiative to North America in March 2016 in Miami by transforming a South Beach Hotel and filling it with world famous line-up of exceptional electronic DJ’s including Zeds Dead, Gorgon City, What So Not, MK, Claptone, Tokimonsta and many others. Smirnoff Sound Collective™ celebrated International Womens’ Day by launching a documentary called “Tribes: Discwoman” which highlighted female DJ’s worldwide.  In June, they live-streamed and hosted a same-sex couple’s wedding during Insomniac’s EDC Las Vegas weekend, further promoting the inclusiveness of the electronic music genre.For more information, check out our Smirnoff Sound Collective™ social media channels including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.Smirnoff Sound Collective™ wants to remind music fans that whether you’re mixing music or cocktails, to be sure and do so responsibly.About Smirnoff Sound Collective™ The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  is SMIRNOFF™ brand’s international music platform that aims to become the biggest contributor to the inclusive electronic music culture. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  will achieve this through the development of short-form and long-form content pieces that share inclusive stories told through music, artist collaborations and by hosting unique experiences that bring artists and fans together. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  is also a sponsor of Mixmag Labs across the world in cities including New York, Los Angeles and Sydney.About SMIRNOFFThe SMIRNOFF brand that boasts the world’s number-one selling premium spirit and the top-selling flavored vodka in North America, traces its heritage back to 19th century Russia. As the most awarded vodka brand in the world, SMIRNOFF has always been known for quality and is enjoyed responsibly in 130 countries around the world. For more information, log on to www.smirnoff.com.About DiageoDiageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Canadas Best Dressed 2016 See who made the list

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter The Great White North is known for many things, but this year was definitely one that put Canucks on the style map. From Celine Dion‘s show-stopping wardrobe overhaul and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau‘s parade of homegrown designs to The Weeknd‘s collaboration with Puma and Xavier Dolan‘s Louis Vuitton campaign, our sartorial stars were the talk of the town. So we bring you our list of Canada’s Best Dressed – the 50 who regularly inspire us to step up our game! Login/Register With:last_img read more

Corus Studios Announces Start of Production on Fierce Fashion Competition Series STITCHED

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, March, 22, 2018 – Fast fashion and flying hemlines have a whole new meaning as Corus Studios, a division of Corus Entertainment, starts production and international sales on STITCHED (12×60), a fierce original fashion competition series that fuses jaw-dropping creations and big personalities from the world of North American fashion. Hosted by Canadian fashion model Kim Cloutier, the series boasts an esteemed panel of resident judges including style expert Joe Zee and ELLE Canada’s Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Craft. Produced by FORTÉ Entertainment in association with Corus Studios for Slice™, STITCHED is shooting in Toronto, Ont. and slated to premiere in fall 2018.“From talented designers across North America and wicked critiques from our incomparable panel of judges to stunning high fashion creations, STITCHED is fashion-forward competition at its best,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “STITCHED marks an exciting new endeavor for Corus Studios as it continues to develop show-stopping original unscripted content for domestic audiences and international distribution.”Introducing a new wave of talented fashion designers, the series matches wits and stitches in an epic fashion throw-down in three rounds. In every high-style-meets-high-stakes episode, four competitors face off in dramatically themed challenges with one designer eliminated each round. Facing the oh-so-sharp resident judges and a new guest judge per episode, designers create ambitious outfits inspired by unique materials and concepts under tight timelines. In the end, the top designer from each episode rises to the top with a couture-level creation that earns them the $10,000 prize. “STITCHED marks a fabulous new chapter in the world of fashion reality competition and we know that this exciting, original format is going to make waves in Canada and beyond,” said Executive Producer Andrea Gabourie, FORTÉ Entertainment.  “We are delighted to partner with Corus on this great series and show that strong, successful domestic formats can stand equal to blockbusters from around the world.”Meet the endlessly chic host and panel of STITCHED:Kim Cloutier (Host): Montreal-born and internationally known fashion model Kim Cloutier takes the reigns as host.  Having worked on campaigns spanning from Victoria Secret to Redken, Kim brings her insider knowledge of the fashion industry to the STITCHED runway.Joe Zee (Resident Judge): World-renowned fashion power player with over two decades of experience, Joe has occupied top positions at several prestigious publications (Vanity Fair, Allure, Elle US), as well as conquering the worlds of broadcast, digital and publishing.  Formerly, Joe served as the executive creative director at Yahoo Style and is a frequent fashion and pop culture expert with regular appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s TODAY show, CNN, Extra! and Access Hollywood.Vanessa Craft (Resident Judge): ELLE Canada’s Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Craft rounds out the solid resident judging panel. A jet-setting authority on fashion who is a fixture at international runway shows, this style expert is eloquent and playful and always looking for the deeper story behind a designer’s vision.Additional details on STITCHED will be announced at later date. The series is available for international sales at MIPTV. Visit Rita Carbone Fleury, Corus Studios Worldwide Sales at Stand R7.N3 (Riviera 7).For Corus, Krista Look is the Director of Original Lifestyle Content and Andrea Griffith is Executive in Charge of Production. On behalf of FORTÉ Entertainment, Andrea Gabourie and Mitchell Gabourie serve as Executive Producers and Natalie Schenk is Series Producer.Corus Studios is a division of Corus Entertainment.About Corus StudiosEstablished in 2015, Corus Studios, a division of Corus Entertainment, is a premium content studio that develops, produces and distributes a wide array of original lifestyle, unscripted and factual content globally. Offering dynamic programming that entertains, informs and drives audiences across platforms, Corus Studios content is featured across Corus’ suite of channels, including HGTV Canada, HISTORY®, Food Network Canada, and SLICE™. To date, Corus Studios content has been sold in over 100 territories worldwide.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About FORTÉ EntertainmentFORTÉ Entertainment is a multi-disciplinary production company helmed by internationally award-winning creators and producers, Andrea and Mitchell Gabourie. FORTÉ creates and produces a wide range of high-quality, audience-winning content in the factual, lifestyle, scripted and kids’ spaces for clients and broadcasters worldwide.  FORTÉ’s recent credits include the award-winning Canadian production of the international smash hit format, Hello Goodbye (CBC), for which they also won the 2017 Lifestyle Rocky Award; the original, Emmy-nominated, multi-award winning kids’ reality program Snapshots (CBC Kids); original factual series Life Story Project (OWN); Let’s Get Hitched (CBC), the HGTV Canada digital series Great Canadian Homes, and the upcoming fashion competition series, STITCHED, for Slice.  Andrea and Mitchell are veterans of the television and film industry and have been the creative forces behind series such as Project Runway All-Star Challenge (Lifetime), Project Runway Canada (Global/Slice), Star Racer (Discovery), The Worst Thing I Ever Did (Discovery ID), The Buck Calder Experience (CHUM), Zoink’d (YTV) and Great Performances (PBS).  FORTÉ produces commercials and branded content through its commercial division, HEADTRIP FILMS.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Slice on Twitter @Slice_tv | Facebook (Facebook.com/Slice). #STITCHED Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Cast from left to right: Joe Zee, Kim Cloutier and Vanessa Craft. Photo courtesy of Corus Entertainment. (CNW Group/Corus Entertainment Inc.) Twitterlast_img read more

Jamaicas PM hails Land Information Council for advancing GIS in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 12, 2017 – Kingston – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) for pioneering the development and maintenance of a national Geographic Information System (GIS) network over the past 25 years.   He said that more than 50 State entities have implemented GIS in their operations, resulting in greater efficiency in the execution of their mandates.These include the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Works Agency (NWA), National Water Commission (NWC), and Social Development Commission (SDC).“Through the innovative use of GIS applications, we are becoming more effective and efficient in harnessing the power of our limited resources. We, however, acknowledge that there is still much more that can be done.  We must think spatially to improve overall planning, monitoring, evaluation, information-sharing and communication,” Mr. Holness said.He was delivering the keynote address at Tuesday’s (October 10) opening of the inaugural two-day Jamaica GIS User Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.   The Prime Minister said geospatial technology is applicable in assisting the Government’s strategic objectives, noting that its use in providing data to inform policy and action is invaluable.“If we know how things are happening and why they are happening, then we can predict where they will happen, who will cause things to happen or who (they) will happen to…what will happen and when (they) will happen.    In other words, geospatial information creates a predictive cycle,” he pointed out.The Prime Minster praised former LICJ Chairperson, Jacqueline daCosta, for her indelible contribution to advancing GIS in Jamaica and modernising and reforming the planning, land policy and land management sectors.  He further commended the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) for staging the conference in tandem with the LICJ, and urged the participants to explore how best GIS technology can be utilised to expand economic growth and job creation.For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who has responsibility for the NSDMD, said he is encouraged by the number of public-sector agencies that have been utilising GIS technology.   He noted that these entities have used GIS to create data sets and applications in health, land administration, national security, and natural resources management, which have assisted in strengthening their core business processes and functions.Mr. Vaz noted that the conference, under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’, is relevant and “synergises this Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of our people”.“I affirm that GIS in Jamaica is poised for great things. As we move forward, I wish to encourage us to continue the work that has begun. I am confident that at the end of these two days, we will have a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of GIS and its contribution to nation building and community development,” he added.The conference, which concludes on Wednesday (October 11) forms part of activities marking the LICJ’s 25th anniversary.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Pogba hints on change to penalty approach

first_imgPaul Pogba has admitted he was lucky to have scored after missing from 12 yards and suggested he may have to change his approach to penalties.The Frenchman saw his spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford, only to calmly slot in from the rebound to give United the lead.Pogba also saw his effort saved earlier this season after Joe Hart thwarted him at Turf Moor earlier in the campaign.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…And despite United’s 2-1 win over the Toffees, Pogba admits he will need to think about a change in his technique.“I was lucky,” he told the Mirror. “The important thing is it went in and I scored the goal, good for us and me. After we carried on and had other chances, most important thing was the win.“I always try and destabilize the keeper, maybe they know how I take penalties, maybe I should practice to change it, if the keepers know my step.”last_img read more

Emiliano Salas eerie Whatsapp message before the crash

first_imgAfter more than a day of searching for Emiliano Sala’s plane on the sea between France and the United Kingdom, a Whatsapp message has emerged.The hopes of finding Emiliano Sala alive are slimmer by the minute, the Argentine player who had just made his transfer from Nantes to Cardiff City left an ominous Whatsapp voice message that was recovered by Diario Ole from Argentina.The player is heard relatively relaxed about an hour and a half before the plane was reported missing, in the voice message Sala mentions that he is scared for how difficult the flight is for him as the plane feels like is “falling to pieces”.The missing player was about to start a new chapter of his career in English football, but it was put on hold for this horrible accident.Every single search party that has been set to look for the player and the rest of the crew in the single-engined Piper Malibu aircraft has been detained by the bad weather, plus the fight against time as the daylight in that area of the globe tends to last for only a few hours.The player’s family is already expecting the worse, but everybody refuses to give up hope still as they wish they can find him still alive.⚠ El audio que les mandó Sala a sus amigos ya subido al avión pic.twitter.com/743JK9POpr— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 22, 2019The Whatsapp voice message was shared by Argentine Diario Ole this Wednesday, it was recovered from one of his friends in a group they both share and the news outlet was slick enough to get a hold of the document.Out of respect for the family, the audio was not revealed but the transcript was shared with the media and reproduced in its entirety.Emiliano Sala is 28 years old at the moment, we are all still wishing for him to be found unharmed but there comes a time in these types of situations when one has to be realistic.“Hello my brothers, how are you? Boy I’m tired,” he says in his message.“I was here in Nantes taking care of things, things, things, things, things. And it never stops, it never stops. Anyway guys I’m up in this plane and it feels like its falling to pieces. and I’m going to Cardiff, crazy, and we start tomorrow.”AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“Training in the afternoon guys, with my new club. Let’s see what happens. So how’s it all going with you boys, all good? If in an hour and a half you haven’t heard from me, I don’t know if they are going to send someone to look for me because they won’t find me, but you will know. Man, I’m scared!” said the ominous message.Argentine outlet Olé has leaked the alleged final WhatsApp audio message sent by Emiliano Sala to what appears to be a group chat with friends from Argentina: “How are you doing you crazy people? – you can hear the plane’s propeller in the background https://t.co/k7G2ulW4mR— Get French Football News (@GFFN) January 22, 2019Emiliano Rail Sala Taffarel was born in Cululu, Santa Fe, Argentina on October 31, 1990. He grew up in Club Atletico San Martin’s youth academy before moving to France where he made a career in the second and first divisions of the country, he is a centre-forward with a natural skill to score goals from inside the box.During his time in France, Sala played his better years at Nantes where he developed more like a football player and eventually got the attention of Cardiff City during the last winter transfer window.The hope that Emiliano had with this new step on his career was to possibly reach the National Team through hard work and dedication, something that has apparently been left on hold for the moment.Several public demonstrations from the world of football have been shared in support of Sala and his family, the player was transferred from Nantes for a reported €17 million and was expected to start training earlier this Wednesday.We all pray for Emiliano Sala, where ever he is, and we also pray so his family can find peace during this difficult time.En la fría noche de Nantes, los hinchas cantan y hacen fuerza por Emiliano Sala con un solo deseo: que aparezca con vida. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/yHrb2vcRaD— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 22, 2019What do you think about the message that Emiliano Sala left just moments before his plane was reported missing? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

People on the Move 11311

first_imgCurtCo Media tapped Jamie Rhind as vice president, associate publisher for Robb Report. Rhind was most recently senior vice president/group director at ZenithOptimedia. Former Thomson Reuters vice president of product development and strategy Mark Goodrich joins PCWorld | MacWorld as senior vice president of digital media. Legal publisher ALM named Scott Pierce vice president/group publisher for the ALM magazines division. He previously served as vice president of digital product development. Dave Freygang was promoted to senior vice president of Bonnier’s newly formed Special Interest Division, which includes nearly 40 brands such as Transworld SKATEboarding, Islands, Scuba Diving and Boating. Previously, Freygang was vice president, publishing for the TransWold and Water Sports titles. Prevention Magazine announced four new hires: Lori Powell (former food director at Real Simple and deputy editor, food and entertaining at Martha Stewart Living) as food director; Cass Spencer (former deputy art director at People) as design director, Marybeth Dulany (most recently photography director for Health) as photography director and Mia Song (who has worked with Glamour, Men’s Health and Businessweek) as deputy art director. UBM TechWeb named Ed Grossman as executive vice president of InformationWeek Business Technology Network. In doing so, UBM is eliminating the traditional “publisher” role. Grossman comes to TechWeb from sister company UBM Medica, where he oversaw all digital media efforts as executive vice president.last_img read more

Virgin Galactic wants you to get up close with SpaceShipTwo rocket motor

first_imgFirst published Feb. 11, 2019, 8:51 a.m. PT.Update, 12:48 p.m. PT: Adds more background information. 15 things you need to qualify for NASA’s astronaut program (pictures) Tags Comment “The desire to explore space has been an inspiration since time began and, in recent decades, an incredible catalyst for innovation,” Branson said in a release. “I hope our donation will also play a small part in inspiring the thousands of visitors as they pass through the new gallery in years to come.”Virgin Galactic ultimately plans to take up space tourists, with Branson saying last summer he intends to be one of the first passengers. We also know that they’ll be wearing Under Armor gear.The test flight in December put Virgin Galactic a step ahead in the private space tourism race. SpaceX has ambitious plans to carry passengers around the moon and Blue Origin is conducting rocket tests, but both rival companies have yet to carry humans into space. 1:47 1 Sci-Tech Tech Industrycenter_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: The hybrid rocket motor from Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will be on display in Washington, DC, in 2024. Until then, it’ll remain in Chantilly, Virginia. Eric Long/Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s Virgin Galactic wants the world to see the rocket motor that brought SpaceShipTwo to space.Richard Branson’s commercial spaceflight company made history with the craft, named VSS Unity, when it skimmed the edge of space in December.The rocket motor was donated to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, the company announced on Monday, and it’ll be exhibited in its Future of Spaceflight gallery.Unfortunately, that gallery doesn’t open until 2024 so the motor will be displayed at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, for now. It’s likely the Smithsonian will gather items from other private spaceflight companies, like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, in the meantime. Virgin space plane skims the edge of space 15 Photos Blue Origin Space Richard Branson SpaceX Virgin Galacticlast_img read more

Caution is better part of valour Watch for specific stocks and buy

first_imgOffice workers walk past a digital broadcast at the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai showing the budget presentation in parliament on February 1, 2019. The market is expected to move sideways this week as the general elections begin. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesTraders are cautious as they expect the market to move sideways this week with the unveiling of the first phase of the general election 2019 in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to return to power. Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark Sensex closed last week with a net weekly gain at 38,862 points, up 0.46 per cent on Friday. National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty 50 also closed with a weekly net gain to top 11,665 points, marking a 0.59 per cent on the last day.The week ahead promises action as March quarter earnings season kicks off with IT majors TCS and Infosys amid election hype and release of the consumer price index (CPI), inflation and factory data. The general bullish bias supported by the market optimism of a Prime Minister Modi’s return to New Delhi with a decisive mandate gives traders scope to buy on dips, experts say. Last week’s volatility seems a curtain raiser to the next month and a half when the country winds its way through the tortuous election process the results of which are scheduled to be announced on May 23 to be followed by government making.Barring the continuing uncertainty over Brexit, most global cues are conducive to a bullish bias with the US-China trade war fears receding. Nifty 50 closed a volatile week with a net gain of 42 points or 0.36 per cent over the previous week’s close even with the elections and subsequent likely government-making chaos at the market’s doorsteps.Experts advise traders to stick to traditionally defensive sectors like IT and pharma unless the market makes a healthy correction in the first half of the week. Higher levels of the index could trigger bouts of profit taking as Nifty levels of 11,760 and 11,845 remain vital resistance points. Technical charts show support levels at 11,501 and 11,420, according to the experts Economic Times cites. The weekly relative strength index (RSI) at 67.7869 is at a fresh 14-period high, but the absence of a divergence from the price is tempering traders’ enthusiasm. However, the position of MACD above the signal line confirms the bullish bias and hence the advice to watch for dips to initiate fresh buys. But the Doji Star on the candle capping the upward move reveals bearish potential suggesting extra caution with tight stop loss setting. In the circumstances, experts suggest a highly stock-specific risk-averse approach to individual traders. “We expect Nifty to consolidate after the sharp surge while volatility will remain high on a stock specific front as participants would react to the earnings announcement of IT majors viz. Infosys and TCS,” Jayant Manglik of Religare Broking told Moneycontrol. He also advised trades to watch for scheduled release for macroeconomic data like the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and CPI apart from the choppiness from the warming up general election scene.On the heels of TCS and Infosys results on April 12, a host of other major players will be announcing their March quarter results and some even full year earnings data. Delta Corp, Tata Metaliks, Bajaj Consumer Care, Tinplate Company, and GTPL Hathway will also announce their earnings for the quarter this week. Brokerages expect double-digit earnings growth in Q4 of FY19 driven by banks and single-digit growth in revenue.last_img read more

Narail Zila Parishad chairman 7 others get 7 yrs jail

first_imgA court in Jessore on Tuesday sentenced eight public representatives, including Narail Zila Parisahd chairman and municipality mayor, to seven years imprisonment in a graft case.Jessore special judge Nitai Chandra Saha handed down the verdict.The convicts are-Narail Zila Parishad chairman advocate Sohrab Hossain Biswas (then municipality mayor), Narail municipality mayor Jahangir Biswas (then commissioner, then commissioners of the municipality Sharful Alam Litu, Mushfiqur Rahman, Ahmed Ali Khan, Rafiqul Islam, Telayet Hossain and acting secretary (then chief assistant) Matiar Rahman.The court also fined them Tk 1.96 lakh each, in default, to suffer, six months more rigorous imprisonment.According to the prosecution, Sohrab (then municipality mayor) with the help of six municipality commissioners embezzled Tk 1.96 lakh after showing a haat as khas land for three years.Jessore ACC deputy director Wazed Ali Biswas filed a case with Narail Sadar police station in this connection on 7 August 2008.last_img read more

Bangladesh politician trampled dead by elephant in India

first_imgSyed Saimun Kanak. Photo: UNBA central leader of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSad) was trampled to death by a wild elephant in Darjeeling of India on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased is Syed Saimun Kanak, media affairs secretary of JaSad and son of former executive president of the party’s central committee late Nur Alam Ziku. He used to live at Sadarghat-Wise Ghat area in Old Dhaka.Kushtia district unit Jasad president Golam Mohsin confirmed the incident.Quoting Kanak’s wife Mala Saimun, he said that Kanak was killed in the attack of a wild elephant at Dooars in Darjeeling in the afternoon.The body will be brought home today after conducting an autopsy and he will be buried in Dhaka, he said.Kanak went to India with his wife on 20 January to visit Dooars.last_img read more

Letter shows a fearful Einstein long before Nazis rise

first_imgThis undated photo released by the Kedem Auction House, shows a copy of a 1922 letter Albert Einstein wrote to his beloved younger sister, Maja. Photo: APMore than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country’s future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter.His long-time friend and fellow Jew, German foreign minister Walther Rathenau, had just been assassinated by right-wing extremists and police had warned the noted physicist that his life could be in danger too.So Einstein fled Berlin and went into hiding in northern Germany. It was during this hiatus that he penned a handwritten letter to his beloved younger sister, Maja, warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before the Nazis ultimately rose to power, forcing Einstein to flee his native Germany for good.“Out here, nobody knows where I am, and I’m believed to be missing,” he wrote in August 1922. “Here are brewing economically and politically dark times, so I’m happy to be able to get away from everything.”The previously unknown letter, brought forward by an anonymous collector, is set to go on auction next week in Jerusalem with an opening asking price of $12,000.As the most influential scientist of the 20th century, Einstein’s life and writings have been thoroughly researched. The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, of which Einstein was a founder, houses the world’s largest collection of Einstein material. Together with the California Institute of Technology it runs the Einstein Papers Project. Individual auctions of his personal letters have brought in substantial sums in recent years.The 1922 letter shows he was concerned about Germany’s future a full year before the Nazis even attempted their first coup — the failed Munich Beer Hall Putsch to seize power in Bavaria.“This letter reveals to us the thoughts that were running through Einstein’s mind and heart at a very preliminary stage of Nazi terror,” said Meron Eren, co-owner of the Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem, which obtained the letter and offered The Associated Press a glimpse before the public sale. “The relationship between Albert and Maja was very special and close, which adds another dimension to Einstein the man and greater authenticity to his writings.”The letter, which bears no return address, is presumed to have been written while he was staying in the port city of Kiel before embarking on a lengthy speaking tour across Asia.“I’m doing pretty well, despite all the anti-Semites among the German colleagues. I’m very reclusive here, without noise and without unpleasant feelings, and am earning my money mainly independent of the state, so that I’m really a free man,” he wrote. “You see, I am about to become some kind of itinerant preacher. That is, firstly, pleasant and, secondly, necessary.”Addressing his sister’s concerns, Einstein writes: “Don’t worry about me, I myself don’t worry either, even if it’s not quite kosher, people are very upset. In Italy, it seems to be at least as bad.”Later in 1922, Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.Ze’ev Rosenkrantz, the assistant director of the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech, said the letter wasn’t the first time Einstein warned about German anti-Semitism, but it captured his state of mind at this important junction after Rathenau’s killing and the “internal exile” he imposed on himself shortly after it.“Einstein’s initial reaction was one of panic and a desire to leave Germany for good. Within a week, he had changed his mind,” he said. “The letter reveals a mindset rather typical of Einstein in which he claims to be impervious to external pressures. One reason may be to assuage his sister’s concerns. Another is that he didn’t like to admit that he was stressed about external factors.”When the Nazis came to power and began enacting legislation against Jews, they also aimed to purge Jewish scientists. The Nazis dismissed Einstein’s groundbreaking work, including his Law of Relativity, as “Jewish Physics.”Einstein renounced his German citizenship in 1933 after Hitler became chancellor. The physicist settled in the United States, where he would remain until his death in 1955.Einstein declined an invitation to serve as the first president of the newly established state of Israel but left behind his literary estate and personal papers to the Hebrew University.last_img read more

Huawei could be included in USChina trade deal Trump

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. File photoPresident Donald Trump said on Thursday US complaints against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd might be resolved within the framework of a US-China trade deal, while at the same time calling the Chinese telecommunications giant “very dangerous.”Washington last week effectively banned US firms from doing business with Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms network gear maker, citing national security concerns.”You look at what they’ve done from a security standpoint, from a military standpoint, it’s very dangerous,” Trump said in remarks at the White House. “If we made a deal, I could imagine Huawei being possibly included in some form or some part of it.”Trump predicted a swift end to the trade war with China, although no high-level talks have been scheduled between the two countries since the last round of negotiations ended in Washington two weeks ago.Shares of S&P technology and industrial companies, bellwethers of trade sentiment, fell more than 2% on Thursday as the market slumped in a sign the conflict was being seen as a battle not just over trade but also about who controls global technology.Earlier on Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the chief executive of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, of lying about his company’s lack of ties to the Beijing government, which he said represented a security risk.”The company is deeply tied not only to China but to the Chinese Communist Party. And that connectivity, the existence of those connections puts American information that crosses those networks at risk,” he said.Huawei has repeatedly denied it is controlled by the Chinese government, military or intelligence services.Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is Ren’s daughter, was arrested in Canada in December and faces extradition to the United States on charges she conspired to defraud global banks about Huawei’s relationship with a company operating in Iran. She and the company deny the charges.Tech companies around the world have fallen in line with US curbs on the company. Japanese conglomerate Panasonic Corp said it had stopped shipments of some Huawei components, a day after British chip designer ARM did the same, potentially crippling the Chinese company’s ability to make new chips for smartphones.Asked if he believed more firms would stop working with Huawei, Pompeo told CNBC in an interview Thursday: “We do. We’ve been working at the State Department to make sure that everyone understands the risks.”US Help For Tech Firms, FarmersUS lawmakers moved on Wednesday to provide about $700 million in grants to help US telecoms providers with the cost of removing Huawei equipment from their networks, and to block the use of equipment or services from Huawei and Chinese telecoms firm ZTE in next-generation 5G networks.On Thursday, China’s Commerce Ministry hit back.”If the United States wants to continue trade talks, they should show sincerity and correct their wrong actions. Negotiations can only continue on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” spokesman Gao Feng told a weekly briefing.”We will closely monitor relevant developments and prepare necessary responses,” he said, without elaborating.Trump hiked tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on May 10 and threatened to slap tariffs of up to 25% on an additional list of Chinese imports worth about $300 billion, prompting China to respond with levies of its own.Sources have said the trade talks stalled after China tried to delete commitments from a draft agreement that its laws would be changed to enact new policies on issues from intellectual property protection to forced technology transfers.With no resolution in sight, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday announced a $16 billion aid program to help US farmers hurt by the conflict, with some funds to be used to open markets outside China to US products. Farmers have been among those hardest hit by the trade war.Retailers, including Best Buy Co Inc and Walmart Inc , are also warning that the tariffs will raise prices for consumers. The newest round will cost the typical American household $831 annually, according to research Thursday from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.Of a list of 20 companies compiled by Goldman Sachs that derive a substantial portion of their sales from China, the average stock price decline since Trump’s tweet on May 5 signaling that tariff increases were coming is nearly 15% compared with a 4.5% drop for the wider S&P 500 Index.FlashpointsIn Thursday’s interview, Pompeo confirmed a New York Times report on Wednesday that China was using high-tech surveillance to set up an intrusive policing effort that could be used to subdue its minorities, including ethnic Muslim Uighurs.The United States is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd over the issue, a person briefed on the matter said.Also feeding into tensions, the US military said it sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, prompting Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang to lodge “stern representations.”Taiwan is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.Trump has embraced protectionism as part of an “America First” agenda aimed at rebalancing global trade.He is expected to meet Chinese president Xi Jinping at a G20 summit in Japan on 28-29 June, around the time when the next levies could be ready, according to US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin’s calculations.last_img read more

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew White Calls For Ending Death Penalty

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys CoteraAndrew White, Democratic candidate for governor, speaks at a Texas Tribune event on Jan. 11, 2018.Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew White on Thursday called for the abolishment of the death penalty.“It’s not a deterrent. It’s a broken system because there are people who are innocent on death row, and we’re finding out about more and more every day,” the 45-year-old Houston entrepreneur told The Texas Tribune.White, a self-described “common-sense Democrat,” said he plans to use data to make decisions, even if the approach takes him outside party lines. In this case, he said, data has shown the death penalty does not create a lower murder rate. The candidate’s stance aligns with that of his late father, former Texas Gov. Mark White, who initially championed capital punishment before reversing his position, partly due to the number of people released from death row following evidence of their innocence.Under state law, the governor can grant a one-time, 30-day reprieve to people convicted of capital crimes and also appoints members to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, which can recommend clemency. White said he plans to appoint those who would favor commuting sentences in an attempt to shift the highest penalty from capital punishment to life without parole. Earlier Thursday at a Texas Tribune event, White pledged to veto any bills limiting a woman’s access to an abortion, despite describing himself as being “deeply, personally pro-life.” Since announcing his candidacy last month, White has expressed his respect for the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and denounced previous legislation restricting reproductive rights passed under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.“I trust women to make their own health care decisions,” White said Thursday. “Period. End of story.”Ed Espinoza, the executive director of the liberal group Progress Texas, said White’s promise to veto future anti-abortion bills as governor was crucial to hear for the reproductive rights community.“Obviously, we want all of our candidates to have a strong position of defending abortion rights in Texas,” he said. Regarding White’s candidacy in particular, Espinoza said: “I think it remains to be seen if there are still concerns.”At the event, White acknowledged he could do a better job explaining his position to the electorate. Wendy Davis, the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, and other progressives in the party have labeled him “anti-choice” in the past. White said he has taken steps to shake off the label, such as contacting Davis to talk more about his views. Going forward, Espinoza said, other voters and groups may want to have similar conversations with White. But the way the candidate handled Thursday’s questioning was “a good sign,” he added. White is one of nine candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for governor, with Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez being the most well known. Here’s what White said at the Thursday event on other issues: Education — White said the state’s public education system needs billions more dollars in funding. To pay for the increase, he proposed redirecting hundreds of millions of dollars state lawmakers currently put toward border security, which he argued should fall solely under the federal government’s jurisdiction. White said he would also close state corporate tax loopholes to fund education.Health care — White said the state needs to expand Medicaid, the federal-state insurance program for the poor and disabled. He also proposed finding alternative pathways for people without insurance to receive health care besides the emergency room, a plan the candidate argued is essential to improving the system’s cost structure.Minority outreach — At the event, Jen Ramos, the communications director for Texas Young Democrats, told White he has not done enough to champion minority communities and is unable to effectively reach young voters. White rejected the premise of the criticism, saying “their issues are important to me.” White added that the first thing he would do if elected is remove a plaque in the Capitol claiming the civil war was not about slavery.Disclosure: Progress Texas has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors is available here.last_img read more

Construction Company Recruits Houston Women To Address Worker Shortage

first_img 00:00 /03:30 Share Florian MartinRandee Herrin, VP of new construction at TDIndustries, approached the United Way to get more women into their workforce The construction industry has long suffered a shortage of skilled workers.One company with a presence in Houston, TDIndustries, decided one way to get more workers is to recruit women, which are largely underrepresented in the industry.Nationwide, just 9.1 percent of construction workers are women.Randee Herrin, VP of new construction at TDIndustries, initiated a partnership with the United Way’s Thrive initiative to find women and train them for a career in construction.On Thursday, the class of 10 graduated from the 12-week program.To listen to the interview with Herrin, click on the play button above. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X Listenlast_img read more

Baltimore Officer Accused of Planting Drugs Found Guilty

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comA Baltimore police officer charged with planting drugs at a crime scene has been found guilty, according to sources within the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. The guilty verdict for Officer Richard Pinheiro Jr. came this afternoon and he was given a six-month suspended sentence.Pinheiro had pled not guilty to charges of fabricating evidence, which is a misdemeanor that carries up to three years in prison and misconduct in office, which the court was free to choose any penalty.Screen capture of Axon Body Camera footage.During his testimony in Baltimore Circuit Court on Nov. 8, Pinheiro testified in his own defense that the body cam footage, which appeared to show him planting drugs actually depicted him attempting to recreate the crime scene.Pinheiro, 30, testified that he forgot to turn on his body-worn camera when he initially found the drugs in a Southwest Baltimore alley in January 2017. He testified that when he returned to the alley, he activated his camera and retraced his steps to document how he found the evidence.However, when he re-enacted the discovery of the drugs in a baggie inside of a soup can, he acted as if he had found the drugs for the first time.last_img read more

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Pay Package Rose 5 in 2017 to 244

first_img Popular on Variety Reed Hastings’ base salary as chairman and CEO of Netflix actually declined in 2017 — but his overall compensation increased 5%, to $24.4 million, the company disclosed in a proxy filing Monday.Hastings, 57, took home $850,000 in salary (down from $900,000 in 2016) and $23.5 million in stock-option awards reflecting the grant-date value during fiscal 2017 (versus $22.3 million a year prior). As of April 9, Hastings owned 10.76 million Netflix shares, which are currently worth about $3.5 billion.Per Netflix’s filing, Hastings owns two aircraft which are leased to Netflix by him under time-sharing agreements for business-related travel. In 2017, Netflix reimbursed him $759,164 under the time-sharing agreements.Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, had a compensation package worth $22.4 million last year, up 18.6% from 2016. His 2017 comp included a $9 million bonus, $12.4 million in stock option awards and a base salary of $1 million. Among other senior execs, chief product officer Greg Peters also got a pay hike of 15%, with a comp package worth $9.2 million last year. In 2017, that included a $2.76 million bonus, $3.73 million in stock options, and $1.75 million in living allowances and taxes related to Peters’ previous international role for which he was stationed in Japan. Peters assumed the chief product officer job in July 2017, taking over for longtime Netflix exec Neil Hunt.Meanwhile, CFO David Wells’ total pay package declined 15% in 2017, to $5.2 million, due to lower compensation for international living expenses and taxes. In 2017, Wells received a $2.5 million base salary, $2.1 million in options, and $545,541 in comp for expatriate assignments; in 2016, Netflix had paid Wells $1.5 million for intentional expenses and taxes.Separately Monday, Netflix announced plans to issue $1.5 billion in new debt financing, its fifth major round of debt funding in a little over three years.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more