Joe Biden Joins Line Up For Social Good Summit

first_imgThe annual Social Good Summit, a unique convening of world leaders, new media and technology experts, grassroots activists and voices from around the world, today announced a slate of new speakers headlined by a talk from Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden.Vice President Biden will deliver remarks on the importance of global collaboration in the fight against cancer, in conjunction with his efforts leading the White House Cancer Moonshot, which was established earlier this year at the President’s State of the Union address.The Vice President joins the Social Good Summit this year alongside a unique mix of speakers who will share their visions for the future including Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives and Ambassador Samantha Power.The Summit is an annual event that takes place as world leaders come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss global issues and ways in which to tackle them. Recognizing that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme partner to host the Social Good Summit to expand the UN conversations to include innovators, activists and entrepreneurs around the world.This year’s theme – #2030NOW: Connecting Today, Creating Tomorrow – challenges speakers, participants and a growing worldwide community to explore how technology, digital media and collaboration across borders can be leveraged to address the world’s most important and longstanding issues, benefiting people everywhere and helping to build a better future for all.Last year, the Social Good Summit in New York connected people throughout the world with live streams in seven different languages, and in-person or online meetings organized by people in their own communities in over 100 countries. Connected through video and social media, Summit events used the common hashtag #2030Now to share innovative ideas for the future of our world, generating 1.6 billion impressions.The goal of the Social Good Summit is to empower people everywhere to have their voices heard, both during and after UN Week.For more information on the Social Good Summit go to read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Born in New York, McNeil most recently spent 10 years as host of The J Show on Chicago’s B96 FM. Previously, he hosted daily shows on several of America’s biggest Top 40 radio stations, including Hot995 DC, 965 Kiss Cleveland, Y100 Miami, where he established deep connections with each local community.As a board member for Chicago’s Respiratory Health Association, McNeil has participated in fundraising events for young people affected by asthma and has advocated for clean air initiatives. McNeil is also a founding member and secretary for Midwest Jamaica Corp (MIJAC), a group serving as a resource for Jamaicans in both Chicago and Jamaica.In conjunction with the addition of Jamar McNeil to the station’s morning show, CHUM 104.5 also unveiled its new multi-platform “Make Toronto Pop”advertising campaign across the GTA today. Created by Leo Burnett in partnership with the Bell Media Agency, the campaign offers listeners and viewers a burst of excitement through extensive television, radio, digital, and out-of-home activations. Login/Register With: TORONTO (July 16, 2018) – The popification of Toronto is now in full swing as CHUM 104.5 welcomes new co-host Jamar McNeil to the Roger and Marilyn morning team, following a successful 10-year run with Chicago’s B96 FM. Additionally, the station rolls out its multi-faceted “Make Toronto Pop”campaign across the GTA today, following last month’s live on-air station transformation from 104.5 CHUM FM to CHUM 104.5. The station’s new morning show trio and bold visual identity will take over Toronto block-by-block, energizing listeners through the broadcast, digital, and out-of-home campaign.“Toronto is both a hotbed for music and one of my favourite cities in the world, so I’m thrilled to head north of the border to join the great team at CHUM 104.5,” said McNeil. “I’m particularly excited to spend each morning alongside two radio legends, Roger and Marilyn. Together we’ll wake up the 6ix with the summer’s hottest hits every day.”“Jamar brings years of broadcasting experience, a fun brand of enthusiasm, and a genuinely informed and unique perspective to Toronto morning radio as we enter a new era for CHUM 104.5,” said Sarah Cummings, Program Director, CHUM 104.5. “We couldn’t be more excited to launch Toronto’s newest morning show, ROGER & MARILYN WITH JAMAR!” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The vibrant look and feel of this campaign is built around bold colours and eye-popping designs that capture CHUM 104.5’s energetic new brand identity,” said Jon Arklay, Senior Vice-President, Bell Media Agency: Brand, Creative, and Marketing. “We were very excited to partner with the talented team at Leo Burnett to create an engaging campaign sure to grab the attention of listeners across the city.”“We’re ecstatic to roll out a dynamic new campaign that perfectly matches the upbeat, chart-topping music played every day on CHUM 104.5,” said Rob Farina, Head of Radio Content, Strategy, and iHeartRadio at Bell Media. “These kinetic designs are grounded in the city to connect Toronto listeners with the exciting evolution of this iconic radio station and make CHUM 104.5stand out in a very competitive market.”CHUM 104.5 is available across Canada via live stream on the iHeartRadio Canada app.Social Media linkscenter_img Jamar McNeil Twitter @CHUM1045 on TwitterCHUM 104.5 on Facebook@chum1045 on InstagramAbout Bell Media RadioBell Media Radio is Canada’s top-ranked radio broadcaster, with 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across Canada, including Virgin Radio, Canada’s #1 ranked contemporary hit radio network, along with top brands TSN, ÉNERGIE, CHUM 104.5, Rouge fm, and QMFM. Bell Media Radio stations are all part of iHeartRadio Canada, the company’s best-in-class customizable digital listening experience and live events brand. Recognizing the diversity of each market it serves, Bell Media Radio has a strong reputation for providing exemplary service to these communities and is a leader in innovative programming. In addition to music, news, weather, and sports, listeners also tune in for information on local politics, events, entertainment, and other community issues. Across Canada, Bell Media Radio is the largest radio provider and is ranked first in people reached and hours tuned. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Big news.Ruby Rose is Batwoman.Welcome to DCTV @RubyRose !— Candice Patton (@candicekp) August 7, 2018 Welcome to DCTV @RubyRose !— Candice Patton (@candicekp) August 7, 2018 Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment For the three-night CW crossover event in December from Supergirl on Sunday, Arrow on Monday and The Flash on Tuesday. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Europes rise in temporary work contracts puts lives on hold

first_imgLISBON, Portugal – Europe’s economic recovery is in full swing, and in countries like Portugal the unemployment rate is falling steeply from record highs reached during the recent financial crisis. Just don’t tell people like Nuno Mendes that the good times are back.The 40-year-old Portuguese government worker lives from six-month contract to six-month contract, doing the same job every day but never sure of his future, and takes home just 1,200 euros ($1,500) a month. He would like to marry his girlfriend and have children, but he can’t afford it. Unlike co-workers on permanent contracts, banks won’t give him a mortgage.“Everything in my life is on hold — starting a family, making long-term plans,” Mendes says. “It’s all very limiting and debilitating.”Many workers across southern Europe are in the same boat as Mendes, trapped in poorly-paid, insecure jobs that are locking them out of a life they once felt entitled to. It’s one of the legacies of the eurozone debt crisis, and it’s the new normal.Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone was at its lowest level in nearly nine years in December, at 8.7 per cent, official figures showed Wednesday. The improvement from 9.7 per cent a year earlier comes amid a strong economic growth rate of 2.5 per cent last year.The brightening figures conceal, however, a darker reality.Temporary, or fixed-term, contracts that give workers a short horizon of income security have increasingly become the norm since the Great Recession. The European Commission acknowledged last year that “the overall trend since 2006 indicates growing use of involuntary fixed-term contracts.”European leaders have in recent times urged governments in southern Europe, where the end of 20th-century dictatorships heralded new democratic powers and powerful trade unions demanding job protection, to make their workforces more flexible. That meant making it cheaper and easier to hire and fire employees.Recent legislation has watered down some safeguards. Even so, many businesses remain reluctant to risk open-ended contracts that further down the line could be an unwelcome burden due to severance pay and other legal considerations.Such concerns have given rise to what is termed a dual labour market, seen by analysts as a European scourge. It means that some workers get a healthy pay packet, generous benefits and employment security. Others endure low wages, job insecurity and bleak prospects of promotion.The Spanish government said this month that 2017 was a record year for job creation, with 21.5 million employment contracts signed. The downside: 19.6 million of them were temporary.Italy’s largest trade union says the number of people with temporary or part-time jobs who are seeking permanent, full-time work grew to a record 4.5 million in the first half of 2017. That compares with nearly 3.1 million in 2007. On top of that, the number of Italians who cannot find full-time work more than doubled from 756,000 in 2007 to 1.8 million in the first half of last year.European businesses have partly explained that by a mismatch between the skills workers possess and the skills companies need. A survey published this month by the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, based on responses from more than 50,000 businesses in 23 countries, found that the mismatch “is becoming a significant obstacle to growth.”Portugal’s jobless rate stood at 7.8 per cent in December, the lowest in eight years. It peaked at a record 16.2 per cent in 2013, which was a third straight year of recession after the country’s 78-billion euro ($97 billion) bailout amid the eurozone’s financial crisis. A recovery began the following year.But only 34 per cent of employment contracts signed between 2013 and last year were open-ended, according to the Observatory of Crises and Alternatives at Portugal’s Coimbra University.“The creation of jobs in Portugal has been spectacular … but most of them are temporary jobs,” said Nuno Teles, one of the observatory’s researchers.He points to a high turnover of fixed-term contracts. From 2013 to the end of 2017, about 3 million employment contracts were signed, but only about 1 million of them still exist. Some workers, Teles says, have two work contracts in the space of a month.Part of the reason is the nature of Portugal’s economic recovery. It is largely being powered by the tourism sector, where seasonal work is common, and the construction industry, which is frequently offering contracts valid only for the duration of specific building projects.Another driver of change has been new technology. Working patterns are changing, with an increasing number of people freelancing, working part-time from home and holding jobs for short periods. It suits some.In the case of employees like government worker Mendes, there’s an added twist: he isn’t a temporary worker, he’s a fake temporary worker, and the government is behind the sham.Mendes, who holds a Masters degree, belongs to a loose national association of such workers called “precarios do estado” —literally, “precarious government workers.” They are employed by the state on temporary contracts that are renewed every six months or annually. The association is pressing the government to make good on its 2015 promise to formally classify them as the permanent workers they effectively are.The association’s website includes numerous stories from those in similar circumstances to Mendes. “Why can’t I set out the course of my and my family’s life for the next 3, 4, 5 or 10 years?” complains one of them, 37-year-old school teacher Antonio Fachada.The issue has become a key battleground for trade unions, but Mendes says he doesn’t feel resentful. He sees the government as a victim of the financial crisis, too, because the bailout lenders wouldn’t let it hire permanent staff.With the economy surging, Mendes is hopeful his limbo will come to an end soon, though he’s learned to roll with the punches.“I’ve stopped worrying about my future,” he says with a laugh. “I can’t, because I’d end up having no life.”____Colleen Barry in Milan and Ciaran Giles in Madrid contributed to this story.last_img read more

US oil prices top 70 a barrel for the first time since

first_imgAnalysts are citing concern that Iranian oil exports will fall if the U.S. withdraws from a 2015 deal that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. And U.S. stockpiles of crude are down.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) DALLAS, TX –  U.S. oil prices crashed through the $70-a-barrel mark for the first time since late 2014, foreshadowing costlier gasoline and consumer goods.It’s not clear that pricey crude will slow down the economy, however. The stock market moved higher in midday trading Monday, as investors bet that companies and consumers can cope with the increase.Benchmark U.S. crude is up 74 cents, more than 1 percent, to $70.46 a barrel on the futures market in New York. The international standard, Brent crude, is up again, to nearly $76.last_img read more

UN agency calls for more support for its school feeding programmes

School feeding programmes, which provide meals so that millions of children in poor countries can attend classes, can be broadened to reach even more pupils with the help of donors and partnerships, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today as it called for increased international support.Nancy Walters, the chief of school feeding policy at WFP, told a New York forum on hunger that the programmes have many benefits beyond the immediate goal of ensuring children do not go hungry. They help children stay in class, reduce levels of diseases and other health problems, empower girls, lift education standards and free many youngsters from having to work.Some 66 million schoolchildren in dozens of countries currently receive meals through the programmes, and Ms. Walters said WFP would continue to fund and implement them with the help of its current partners.“But we will deliberately seek and work with [other] partners” in a bid to reach every child in need, she stressed.“WFP remains ready to support national governments through its partnerships to establish national programmes that seek to grow and be scaled up to reach all the needy,” Ms. Walters said, urging participants at the forum to “think out of the box” on school feeding.The forum, Feed Minds, Change Lives: School Feeding, the Millennium Development Goals and Girls’ Empowerment, was co-organized by WFP, the World Bank, Brazil and Russia, and is being held on the sidelines of the annual high-level segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).Predictable and secure funding is critical to sustainable programmes, Ms. Walters noted in her comments to the forum, praising countries that have protected their programmes from budget cuts in the wake of the global economic slowdown.Ms. Walters said the benefits of school feeding programmes can already be seen in many nations.“We have seen the impact of fortified biscuits on anaemia levels in Bangladesh, for example. We know about the impacts in terms of gender, social protection, stability, income transfer, freed parental labour, combating child labour impacts and how school feeding can be a platform to local production, nutrition, hygiene and HIV information.”She also emphasized their value to efforts to reach the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have a target date of 2015. 29 June 2010School feeding programmes, which provide meals so that millions of children in poor countries can attend classes, can be broadened to reach even more pupils with the help of donors and partnerships, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today as it called for increased international support. read more

Posters in Jaffna to be removed

The Jaffna media reported that posters and cut-outs can be seen in several areas targeting the provincial council elections. (Colombo Gazette) The Department of Elections has ordered the removal of posters and billboards in Jaffna put up in support of candidates contesting the September elections.All police stations in the Jaffna district have been given instructions in this regard, the Jaffna media quoted elections officials in the area as saying.

Young Ohio State mens basketball team looks to continue winning start

OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) defends against Marquette redshirt-senior guard Matt Carlino (13) in a Nov. 18 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 74-63.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerTwo games into the season, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team has seen 10 players take the court.Of those 10 players, exactly half didn’t play a minute of basketball in a Buckeye uniform last season.With its new roster settling in, OSU (2-0) is set to take on Sacred Heart (1-1) on Sunday as the Buckeyes continue to work on a new style of play.Coach Thad Matta’s team has employed a two-three zone defense through the first two games of the year, and early results have been positive as OSU has allowed just 59 points per game. Senior forward Sam Thompson said the new-look defense helps keep players fresh, but less running doesn’t equate to less thinking.“It definitely saves legs (but) I don’t want to say you don’t have to pay attention as much on the defensive end,” Thompson said Friday. “For example, when I’m on the wing … I have to cover an area form the block to the 3-point line basically.”But even though the Buckeyes have been strong on defense overall, Matta said they have to be careful when it comes to staying on task.“If one guy lets down, it really weakens the entire defense,” he said Friday.So far the new-look defense has worked to the tune of opponents shooting just .443 from the field. In comparison the Buckeyes have shot .633 percent from the field, helping them average 83 points per game.Thompson said some credit for OSU’s up-tempo offense can go to the new style of defensive play.“It’s really easy to run out of that zone because we get so many deflections, we force so many bad shots,” Thompson said. “We’re already in good running lanes (too).”Matta attributed the high shooting percentage to preparation in practice and good decisions when on the court.“I think guys are taking shots in a game that they’ve shot a high amount of repetitions of that shot,” he said. “I think we — as crazy as it sounds — we break down every single shot.”As the Buckeyes have had success on the offensive end, their next opponent is coming off a 54-point outing in a 57-54 loss to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell on Thursday. That same UMass-Lowell team is the squad that OSU beat in its season opener, and the Buckeyes scored 92 points in the process.While Sacred Heart is coming off a loss, OSU is fresh off a 74-63 win against Marquette. The Buckeyes shot better than 70 percent in the second half, and Thompson said that offensive success stems from ball movement and a specific plan.“We’re moving the ball a lot better, we’re playing a lot faster,” he said. “I think we’re playing more to people’s strengths, as opposed to playing to weaknesses.”But despite the early-season success, Matta said there is still room for improvement coming off the win against the Golden Eagles.“It’s more positioning, it’s more thinking, it’s more scouting,” Matta said. “We made some pretty decent adjustments at halftime (against Marquette) and guys did a better job, but we got up 20 … and they scored 12 points in the last four minutes.”Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell agreed that OSU could have performed at a higher level last Tuesday, but added the Buckeyes have turned their focus to a new opponent and put that game in the rearview mirror.“Honestly, I feel like as a team we could’ve played better, (we) kind of let our guard down a little bit,” Russell said. “But we take every game one at a time.”OSU and Sacred Heart are set to tip-off at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Dont go in darling Charles warns Camilla against dip on the Gold

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall dipped her toes in the sea - but her husband told her not to go in any further The Duchess of Cornwall was “smashing it” as she played table tennisCredit: REUTERS/ PHIL NOBLE The Duchess of Cornwall was "smashing it" as she played table tennis Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall walks barefoot on the beach during a visit to Broadbeach, Australia Credit: REUTERS/PHIL NOBLE Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall walks barefoot on the beach during a visit to Broadbeach, Australia  Ms Stridsman, 30, added: “It was a pretty special moment. I feel ready for my match now I’ve played royalty.”The Duchess is so far enjoying a very active tour of Australia, and after she tried table tennis she picked up a pool cue during a tour of the village’s games room.She looked confused as to how to use it, but Australian shot put para-athlete Marty Jackson was on hand to help her out and show her how to use it.Prince Charles also tried his hand at sport, testing out his own table tennis skills against a Bangladeshi athlete.He threw up his hands and smiled after the ping pong ball dropped off the table. Prince Charles appeared to enjoy having a go at table tennisCredit:REUTERS/ PHIL NOBLE Earlier that day, the couple tried their hands at table tennis as they toured the athletes’ village at the Commonwealth Games – with the Duchess joking that she would “leave it to the professionals”.She was wearing two koala broaches on her scarf to accessorise her loose, pale pink dress as she was joined by was joined by Lucy Turnbull, the wife of Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. “Don’t go in, darling,” warned Prince Charles as The Duchess of Cornwall dipped her toes in to the gently lapping waves of Australia’s Gold Coast.She and the Prince of Wales were strolling on the beach as the Duchess took off her shoes, showing off her rose pink painted toe nails, and walked towards the sea front at Broadbeach.The Duchess instructed her assistant to hold her wedge shoes as she enjoyed her time in the waves.center_img The Prince of Wales and his wife were blessed with sunshine on their beach visit after there were downpours earlier in the day.The couple, on a tour of Australia after the Prince opened the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday evening, were then given a demonstration of a rescue drill by the Nippers young lifesavers.They rewarded it with a smile and a clap, before going on to meet with members of Surf Life Saving Queensland. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duchess gamely picked up a bat to test her skills against Australian boxers Anja Stridsman and Caitlin Parker, but said she would leave the game to the professionals.However, Ms Parker, 21, seemingly thought the Royal was being too modest, proclaiming: “She smashed it!” Prince Charles appeared to enjoy having a go at table tennis The Royal pair spoke to members of the England women’s hockey team, including gold medallists Susannah Townsend and Sophie Bray.Ms Townsend said: “She (Camilla) asked us what sport we played, how we expected to do, who our biggest threats were and then she wished us luck.” England netball captain Ama Agbeze, 35, also managed to capture a selfie with the duchess.”She said how it must be quite strange to be divided as home nations at the Commonwealth Games,” said the athlete.”It was great to have the royals here – especially as they’re British as well.” The Duchess of Cornwall dipped her toes in the sea – but her husband told her not to go in any furtherlast_img read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex in plane drama as pilot aborts landing

The plane, flying from Tonga, had been seconds from landing, almost on the ground when the pilot realised there was not enough space to land. The captain of the Qantas plane, Ann Cole, steered the plane to safety from what was termed a “missed approach” at the Australian airport. Speaking on the aircraft’s public announcement system moments later, a crew member at Qantas told the Duke, Duchess, the Royal household and members of the media there had been… The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s charter plane underwent an aborted landing in Sydney today, after the aircraft in front of it failed to clear the runway. As passengers were left wondering what had happened, she righted the aircraft just in time. read more

ECB agrees extra emergency funding for Greek banks

first_img The European Central Bank (ECB) raised its emergency funding for Greek banks on 16 July, in a step to help them partially reopen after eurozone governments agreed to grant Athens a new three-year loan.ECB President Mario Draghi said the banks governing council had increased emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) by €900m (£629m, $982m) for one week at the request of the Bank of Greece.Several positive things have happened that could justify us to increase the ELA we approved today. Incidentally I didnt say how much. We substantially accommodated the request put forward by the bank of Greece recalibrated over one week. The increase would be €900m over one week, Draghi told reporters at a news conference.Things have changed. We had a series of news with the approval of the bridging financial package with the votes, the various votes in various parliaments – to begin with, in the Greek parliament – which have now restored the conditions a raise in the ELA, he added.A temporary €7bn EU loan has been agreed in principle but technical details will take until 17 July to iron out, eurozone officials said.Draghi said the ECB had always acted on the assumption that Greece would remain a member of the 19-nation currency area, but that depended entirely on the Greek authorities and other member states, not on the central bank.The ECB continues to act on the assumptions that Greece is and will remain a member of the eurozone, he said.Earlier, the ECB held interest rates steady and Draghi said the central bank would fully implement its quantitative easing government bond-buying program up to September 2016 to support a broadening economic recovery and help the eurozone return to its inflation target of just below 2%.Based on our regularly economic and monetary analysis in line with our full guidance we decided to keep the key ECB interest rates unchanged, he added, promising more action if needed. Closelast_img read more

Police Son Of Rep John Conyers Found Safe In Houston

first_img Share Courtesy of familyCarl ConyersHouston police say longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ youngest son, who was reported missing this week, has been found safe.Police spokesman Kese Smith says Carl Conyers, a 21-year-old student at the University of Houston, was found unharmed at his apartment complex in Houston early Friday by university police.Smith says Carl Conyers was interviewed by Houston police investigators and is with family. The circumstances of his disappearance are under investigation.He had been the subject of a search since Tuesday, when he was last seen by his roommate.His girlfriend, Daisha Lewis, told WWJ-AM in Detroit she was supposed to meet him on campus Wednesday, but he never showed.John Conyers is a Detroit Democrat who was elected to Congress in 1964 and is its longest-serving member.last_img read more

One Punch Man Illustrator Shows His Versions of Dragon Ball Characters

first_imgStay on target ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies One Punch Man Illustrator Yusuke Murata doesn’t attempt to hide his adoration of Dragon Ball. Taking a break from drawing the likes of Genos and Saitama, over the last few days Murata has shared some of his takes on Dragon Ball characters, including Goku, Krillin, and some of Dragon Ball Super’s Gods of Destruction.On Murata’s Twitter you can see Beerus, Vegeta, Goku, Android 18, Krillin, Gohan, Whis, Vados, and more. Murata has shown love for Dragon Ball in the past, creating anniversary sketches for the series. Ever humble, Murata doesn’t feel like his work matches that of Dragon Ball series creator Akira Toriyama.スーパーな悟空さ— 村田雄介 (@NEBU_KURO) June 26, 2017In a live stream, Murata had this to say.“If its drawn too detailed, it won’t match Toriyama-sensei’s style, I’ll have to stop at some point. My kids love Dragon Ball too. I’ll bring a copy back after I completed it, and tell him daddy drew Dragon Ball. It’s truly amazing that people from all generations watch Dragon Ball. I messed up on Goku’s face every time, feels like something’s wrong with it. I tried my best to replicate Toriyama-sensei’s style, and I’m still able to feel how awesome he is. Still feeling that I’m not drawing it good enough.” Take a look at Murata’s awesome takes on the classic Dragon Ball designs from Toriyama on Twitter.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Couple protests against loud fire crackers thrashed

first_imgKolkata: A couple was beaten up by some local youths after they protested against the bursting of loud fire crackers.The incident took place at Kalna in East Burdwan district on late Sunday night. It was learnt that some local youths were bursting fire crackers in the area when the victims —Baisakhi Mondal and Arun Mondal raised a protest against them. The victims told police that the accused youths had been bursting fire crackers for the past few days. They urged the youths not to indulge in this but they turned a deaf ear to their appeal. The victim woman told police that she was about to enter the house at around 11 pm on Sunday when one of the accused threw a chocolate bomb near her. As she protested against the accused, she was beaten up. Her husband, Arun, was also beaten up when he came to her rescue. After hearing the screams of the victims, locals rushed to the spot. The accused youths, however, fled the spot immediately after the incident. The victims were taken to Kalna Super-specialty Hospital on Sunday night. The family members of the victim lodged a complaint at the local police station on the basis of which the police started a probe.last_img read more

Soon Naya Pingla to host 9th Pot Maya

first_imgKolkata: The 9th edition of Pot Maya, a fair of patachitras will be held at Naya Pingla in West Midnapore from November 16 to 18.Naya Pingla has become a major tourist attraction because of the patachitra painters. The state Micro Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles (MSME&T) department, along with UNESCO and district administration, have set up a rural craft hub in the village. There are 10 such craft hubs all over the state that provide support to the families of 3,000 artists. West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board gives active support to organise the fair. Steps have already been taken to sell the produce of the artisans there. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that after coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave stress on the revival of folk culture in Bengal. The folk and cultural hubs have come up in 15 districts. The holding of regular fairs has helped the artists to build direct contact with the buyers. Two hundred and seventy patachitra artists will take part in the fair. At least one person from each family in Naya Pingla has visited USA or Europe and taken part in the exhibitions. The most interesting part of the patachitra artists is that they are Muslims, while the paintings they make are of Hindu gods and goddesses. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWith government support, the patachitra artists are now making designs on kurtas, kurtis and even saris. They also regularly take part in the national level fairs. Many of the artists visit the government art colleges all over the country to take classes on patachitras. During the three-day festival, there will be folk performances including Chhau dance and Putul Nach in the evening. Milli Janatkova from Czech Republic will present a collaborative programme with the patachitra artists. It may be mentioned that Dokra of Bikna and Dariyapur, Terracotta of Panchmura, Chhau masks of Charida, wooden masks of Kushmandi, patachitras and madurs of West and East Midnapore have received GI (Geographical Indication) status. Hundreds of visitors from across the country and globe visit Naya Pingla to see the patachitras. Folk artists from Italy and Germany also come to Naya Pingla every year to learn patachitra paintings.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals have many options with the fifth overall selection: they could choose the potential shutdown corner Patrick Peterson, the possible future sack-master Von Miller or address the QB depth chart hole with one of the signal callers that may fall to them.Or they could take advantage of another team being enamored with one of these aforementioned prospects, trade down and accumulate more draft picks.And when Cardinals General Manger Rod Graves joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Wednesday morning, he touched on that very subject. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “I think at this point that we’re prepared for anything,” Graves said. “Many times, teams will call us asking ‘are you willing to listen’ and we say ‘yes we are.’”It’s a simple idea: if the Cardinals aren’t in love with any of the draftees available at their slot, put the pick up for sale and see what you can get for one of the teams that are rumored to be looking to move up like the Cowboys (#9), Washington (#10), Houston (#11) or Atlanta (#27).But is the value of the number five pick in the draft to the Cardinals?“We have some idea what that compensation needs to be based on [what players are available] at the time that we get ready to pick and based on the historical evidence of past drafts,” Graves said. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Rep Hughes bill calling for better reporting on veterans care gets Senate

first_img09Nov Rep. Hughes bill calling for better reporting on veterans’ care gets Senate approval Categories: Hughes News,News The state Senate today unanimously approved legislation which would require veterans agencies to report to the state House and Senate on key topics relating to veterans health care in the state facilities.“The oversight and improved care of our state’s heroes is a priority to everyone in the state House and Senate, as was proven by today’s vote,” said Rep. Hughes, who sponsored House Bill 5639. “We must have consistent updates from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to make sure the long-term problems at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans are addressed quickly. We must do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our veterans who sacrificed so much for our country.”Specifically, HB 5639 requires the state veterans agencies to detail information on staffing levels, number of patient complaints and staff responses, distribution of pharmaceutical drugs, how patient funds are allocated and number of resident deaths to House and Senate committees no later than Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1 of each year.The state has two veterans’ care facilities, in Grand Rapids and at the D.J. Jacobetti Home in Marquette, but HB 5639 allows for reporting at any future buildings.“We’ve been told that the awful conditions at the Home for Veterans, which were shared in the legislative Auditor General’s report last February, are being addressed,” said Rep. Hughes, vice-chair of the House Committee on Military and Veterans’ Affairs. “This bill will make certain we know about key details of veterans’ care and can address any related issues in the Legislature.”Today’s Senate vote today follows a unanimous vote in the state House in early June. Rep. Hughes’ legislation advances to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.last_img read more

What Do Tax Day Rallies Say about the Prospects for Trumps Tax

first_imgShare8TweetShareEmail8 Shares“1040-US Tax Return.” Credit: 401kcalculator.orgApril 15, 2017; CNBCAccording to, around 200 Tax Day rallies and marches took place on Saturday, April 15th. The rallies were a forum to draw attention to the fact that the nation has still not seen its president’s tax returns, despite the fact that he intends to take up tax reform as his next big challenge. The issue of the president’s no-show on his tax returns touches on a variety of accountability issues. Did he pay his fair share? How much business has he done—and is he doing—with foreign governments with which this country has delicate relationships, like Russia? What would his tax returns say about his belief in personal civic responsibility and a fair economy? Presidents and many presidential candidates have released their tax returns voluntarily since Richard Nixon initiated the practice in the 1970s.Trump refused to share his returns based on the presence of an ongoing audit, even though the IRS has said that should pose no problem. Ezra Levin, executive director of Indivisible, one of a number of high-profile progressive groups behind the marches, said, “It’s about whether or not the president of the United States is acting in the interest of the American people or whether he’s lining his own pockets or serving another master…Congress has the power to find out and they’ve used it before.”President Trump’s response to the rallies—delivered, as usual, by tweet—was to wonder who was bankrolling them. “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday.” He dismissed the concerns of the protesters as those of people still hung up on the presidential election. “I did what was an almost an [sic] impossible thing to do for a Republican—easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?”It shouldn’t be a surprise that the president’s tax returns are being brought up, as we are about to start a debate over taxes. In fact, the move seems to be on point.—Ruth McCambridgeShare8TweetShareEmail8 Shareslast_img read more

Discovery Networks has announced a raft of interna

first_imgDiscovery Networks has announced a raft of international appointments.Doug Baker, formerly chief financial officer at Discovery Networks International (DNI) has been promoted to the position of executive vice-president and CFO. He is responsible for leading all financial aspects of DNI, including oversight of regional CFOs in western Europe, CEEMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific. He also serves as a strategic partner to DNI president and CEO Mark Hollinger and the regional presidents and managing directors. He has most recently has been asked to lead the division’s efforts in growing cross-regional international ad sales.John Honeycutt has been named executive vice-president and chief operating officer at DNI. Honeycutt works with Hollinger and the four regional presidents and managing directors to formulate divisional strategies across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. He also leads the coordination of DNI’s corporate support services and is responsible for the management of research functions and overseeing DNI’s digital media business.In addition, Discovery Networks central and eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa has promoted Dorota Zurkowska-Bytner to vice-president, ad sales development, giving her responsibility for Discovery’s advertising business across 105 markets in the region. She will be replaced as country manager for Discovery Networks in central Europe by Olgierd Dobrzyñski who joins from Polish broadcaster TVN.last_img read more

UK pay broadcaster Sky is launching a new 3D proje

first_imgUK pay broadcaster Sky is launching a new 3D project with David Attenborough following the success of Flying Monsters 3D.The News Corp-backed network is launching Galapagos 3D, which is the first series to be produced by Colossus Productions, the joint venture company set up by Sky and Atlantic Productions to produce 3D content.This marks Attenborough’s fourth 3D project with Sky and follows 3D projects including Flying Monsters 3D, The Bachelor King 3D and Kingdom of Plants 3D, a series based in London’s Kew Gardens that will air next year.Galapagos 3D is a three-part series that tells the story of the remote islands and it will air in late 2012. 
John Cassy, director, Sky 3D, said:  “The Galapagos is one of Earth’s greatest treasures but it is unreachable for the vast majority of us. 3D will bring the islands to life for our customers in a way that has never been possible before. Sir David and Atlantic Productions are the natural partners to take on this ambitious project on – and ensure our natural history programming continues to break new ground.”last_img read more