Assam forms ‘State Capital Region’ around Guwahati

first_imgIn line with the National Capital Region, Assam will have a ‘State Capital Region’ encompassing Guwahati and its peripheral areas with the passing of a bill in the State Assembly on Friday.The Assembly passed Assam State Capital Region Development Authority (ASCRDA) Bill 2017 by voice vote to set up the regional authority for preparation of a plan for rapid development of the SCR.Introducing the Bill in the House, minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the SCR shall comprise the districts of Kamrup Metropolitan, Kamrup, Nalbari, Darrang and Morrigaon, fully or partly. Capital Guwahati is in Kamrup Metropolitan district.The authority and guidelines of existing Guwahati Municipal Corporation Development Authority (GMDA), Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and other urban authorities were not sufficient for desired development and growth of SCR, Sarma said ASCRDA will be the overall authority to direct, implement and monitor the development of SCR, said the state’s health, finance and education minister.last_img read more

Russia’s doping ban from Paralympics ends, with conditions

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy However, 30 athletes from the country were allowed to enter as Neutral Paralympic Athletes for last year’s Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.The IPC ruled in January that Russia had reformed enough to lift the ban, but only after dropping its demand for Russian authorities to admit earlier doping-related wrongdoing.At the time, Parsons said there was a stalemate because Russia would “most probably never accept” a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren. He found in 2016 there was widespread doping involving a cover-up by Sports Ministry officials.Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country never encouraged or covered up doping.Documents from Moscow’s anti-doping lab revealed in McLaren’s 2016 investigation showed that failed doping tests were covered up for athletes across numerous sports, including some with disabilities.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Conditions include extra drug testing before competitions — with Russia footing the bill — and a ban on government officials serving on the Russian Paralympic Committee.“We are looking forward to welcoming the RPC back as an IPC member,” IPC president Andrew Parsons said. “The organization should be under no illusions, however, that should it at any stage not meet the post-reinstatement criteria, the IPC governing board can reconsider its membership status. This could include the IPC revoking the conditional reinstatement.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRussia faces a total bill of more than $1 million, including $125,000 a year for extra drug testing in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Athletes in all but one of 27 Paralympic sports will need to show they’ve been drug-tested in the six months before entering key IPC events, including Paralympic qualifiers. Powerlifting is rated the highest-risk sport, with three prior tests required.Russia was barred from the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro after the IPC found a “medals over morals mentality” led to widespread cheating. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img LATEST STORIES Russian President Vladimir Putin (2ndL) speaks with medalists of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympic Games after an awarding ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 20, 2018. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / POOL / AFP)MOSCOW — Russia returned to the Paralympics on Friday, though athletes face extra drug tests ahead of next year’s games in Tokyo.The International Paralympic Committee formally lifted Russia’s suspension on Friday after 2 1/2 years, but set a probation period through 2022.ADVERTISEMENT Ronaldo returns to Portugal for European qualifiers Athletics is the only sport still with a doping ban on Russia’s team, though it allows dozens of certified Russians to compete as neutral athletes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Top ten trends for Spring/Summer 2016

first_imgNishat Fatima/ Fashion WriterSUIT UPLadies, it’s time to get a suit. You can decide whether you want a skirt suit or a pantsuit, or both. Pant suits range from Gucci’s acid green one reminiscent of the 70s and Studio 54 to tailored tuxedos at Givenchy and pajama influenced ones at,Nishat Fatima/ Fashion WriterSUIT UPLadies, it’s time to get a suit. You can decide whether you want a skirt suit or a pantsuit, or both. Pant suits range from Gucci’s acid green one reminiscent of the 70s and Studio 54 to tailored tuxedos at Givenchy and pajama influenced ones at Dolce & Gabbana. For skirt suits turn to Chanel, which showed prim pretty period looks or to Prada which was all about boxy jackets with skirts.VINTAGE MAXIMALISMThe trend to love, because come on, where else will you find kaleidoscopic colour, ornate details and a dash of eccentricity. It’s typified by a dress in pink and purple edged with black lace, with dashes of sequins and an flaming orange embroidered parrot that frames the neck and waist (Gucci). Valentino, Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Erdem all did it too. They gave us lame and brocade, beaded, bejewelled, fringed, heavy metals like gold and silver, and print on print to make this one of the biggest trends this season.BOLD STRIPESSpring summer is usually all about the flowers but not this year. This year, the print to own is a big, bold, colourful all-over stripe. Think juicy hues of red, green or yellow. Its avatars range from the nautical at Ralph Lauren Collection to the girly at Chloe or the Eighties print at Ferragamo or Stella McCartney.THE SHAPES TO COMEThe three to remember for summer are rounded, sculptural shoulders, oversized trousers, and architectural heels. Sleeves are big and poufy, whether at the shoulder with Victorian leg of mutton sleeves (J.W. Anderson) or at the wrist (Erdem) and cap sleeves have swollen up to thrice their size (Simone Rocha). Pants are wide legged and slouchy, either tailored with pleats and a paperbag waist or low slung and pajama-like (Celine, Michael Kors, Chanel). As for footwear, the action lies in the heel, whether it’s a curved block heel (Rodarte), stalagmite-like lucite heels at Diane Von Furstenberg or circle of wood (Chalayan).advertisementSLIP DRESSESWhat’s little, silky, and hasn’t been seen since the 90s? You’re right it’s the slip dress. And good god, there’s no getting away from it now. The roll call of brands who have shown it include Calvin Klein collection, Burberry Prorsum, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Haider Ackermann. It’s the dress of the season and it looks right when you’re asked whether you’ve just rolled out of bed.FLAMENCOIt’s red, black and white, and comes full of ruffles and frills and smocking. The trend is latina and includes all manner of flamenco skirts, tiers of chiffon, and off the shoulder tops. Proenza Schouler, Roberto Cavalli, Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen, MiuMiu, Fendi, Balmain, all had them, and you know you want it too.Menswear trendsBOTANICAL SUITSOf course, there were sober three-piece flannel suits but what designers seemed to enjoy doing the most were opulently printed suits covered in vines and fruit on a canvas of bright jewel tones. Gucci was the leader of the pack, but Dolce & Gabbana and Saint Laurent were close contenders. Hermes and Dior Homme showed more muted versions. Ranveer Singh will no doubt wear one. Will you?LACESilk next to your skin? Forget it, it’s passe. What you need this season is lace. When the most British of designers, Burberry sends over 40 shirts and T-shirts in lace you know you have to give it a go. Either flaunt it with a swoonworthy chest, or more practically, let a hint of it peep out from under your jacket.BOWLING SHIRTThis is as retro as you can get. You last saw it on Cary Grant and Dilip Kumar, but this season you could sport it as well. Think 50s silhouette with elbow length sleeves, rolled up to show the forearm, paired with tapered trousers. Look to Lanvin, Raf Simons, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton for inspiration.BAGGY TROUSERSThe 90s that were such a huge influence for the womenswear shows are flexing their muscle in menswear as well. One of the key pieces to make an appearance are slouchy, baggy trousers. They were everywhere from Ermenegildo Zegna, to Giorgio Armani, Fendi and Lanvin. If you’re buying a suit now, make sure the trousers are cut loose and wide.SOCKS AND SANDALSNo, these are not the floaters and sandals of your (misguided) youth, but the socks and sandals of, well, old age. All over the Milan shows, the combination of socks and sandals looked like it was set to be the new street style essential. It was paired with everything from formal trousers to anoraks and jogging pants.advertisementGO GREENIt’s wild, but brands like Canali, Emporio Armani, and Kenzo will have you inject some colour into your wardrobe. No, not your usual neutral green but emerald green, moss green, powdery green, and oh well, yes, some olive and even a camouflage green. Try it head to toe; it’s a call to go wild.last_img read more

Malaysian gamers set for SEA Games

first_imgMOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The team includes Firdaus Hashim as team manager, Ahmad Syazwan as head coach and six other coaches.According to Firdaus, the e-sport participants were selected in August, and have been attending training sessions at the Orange Arena in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, since September.They were selected from various states, including Sabah and Sarawak, he added.Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation CEO Surina Shukri hoped the Malaysian e-sports competitors would be able to create history at the SEA Games.“The government is behind you. We’ve got your back, ” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES PETALING JAYA–Malaysian e-sports participants will have a chance to outgun their competitors at the first-ever e-sport event to be held at the 30th SEA Games at the end of the month.Malaysia will be sending 24 gamers to the regional event in Manila, the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?center_img The SEA Games will take place from Nov 30 to Dec 11, with the e-sports medal events scheduled to take place from Dec 5 to 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The gamers, aged 15 to 26, will be taking part in six e-sports medal events for the titles Tekken 7, Starcraft II, Hearthstone, Arena Of Valor, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Dota 2.Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said this would be a new beginning for e-sports in Malaysia at the flag-handing event in Kuala Lumpur Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We are here for our athletes, ” he said, adding that it was about time for all Malaysians to take e-sports seriously and treat gamers as athletes like in any other sporting events.“Now those who play e-sports as kids will aspire to something bigger, ” he said in his speech to rally support for the national e-sports team. Still game on for Team Singapore despite SEA Games woes Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Rahane slams third century at home, Rosberg wins Japanese GP and more

first_imgAjinkya Rahane shows class with 8th Test centuryAjinkya Rahane reached his eighth Test century off 210 balls, this was also his third hundred on home soil.Rosberg wins Japanese Grand Prix to widen lead over HamiltonMercedes driver Nico Rosberg capitalised on a slow start by team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the Japanese Grand Prix and widen his lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship.Murray continues Djokovic chase by reaching China Open finalAndy Murray beat Spain’s David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the China Open.India bounce back to beat Australia in Kabaddi World CupIndia got their campaign back on track by beating Australia by 54-20 after losing to Korea in their opening match in Kabaddi World Cup. Pakistan capable to take back No. 1 Test spot from India: Inzaman-ul-HaqInzaman-ul-Haq, national chief selector, believes that Pakistan can get back their number one Test ranking by playing other countries.last_img read more

Discrete Clothing: The Apres Ski Life

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Car Camping Gear for Any Season 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 1. Discrete Clothing 2. Discrete Clothing 3. Discret Clothing 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather center_img For many of us, the end of winter is in sight. For the growing crowd of diehard skiers and boarders, however, the never-ending winter party is just getting started. With every big dump of snow that hits resorts, more party goers are slowly learning the best kept secret of ski-bum society: When the lifts stop for the night, the real bars open (and the truly great ones never really close). We tagged along with some of the team from Discrete Clothing at the Outdoor Retailer Show and Sundance this year, and can testify that the PBR drinking, sunglasses-at-night crowd is stronger than ever. The best part? After they’ve closed every bar in town they’ll step right back on their skis to crush powder better than anyone you’ve ever met.Discrete got their start back in 2003 when professional skier and founder Julian Carr was sitting in a computer science class at the University of Utah. Intrigued by the concept of discrete variables that couldn’t entirely be explained through mathematical continuity, Carr decided that the idea of the unexplainable leant itself nicely to his growing business. Lucky for us, he stayed in the ski industry and didn’t choose to be a computer programmer.Each piece that Discrete designs is built for casual mountain town wear. That’s not to say that you couldn’t rock some of their more technical jackets on the slopes, but they’re more at home cruising to the Mangy Moose in Teton Village than working a technical climb in Colorado’s San Juan Range. For those of us who are tired of looking like we just walked out of an extreme skiing video from the early 1990’s, this combination of comfort and style is the perfect prescription for a few drinks in between lift lines.Our go-to favorite this season has been the Linux Jacket. Featuring a soft taffeta lining, Heavy denim face fabric, and a waterproof-breathable coating, this jacket is the perfect piece in which to stash a few beers for the snowy walk from your hotel to the bar. Just don’t be surprised when that snow bunny you’ve been buying drinks for sneaks away with it.For a little more casual comfort, look no further than the Bernie Stripes hoody. Unlike the too-tall and overly baggy hoodies of many brands, the Bernie simply fits perfectly. Maybe you’re staying in for the night with a good hot toddy and your favorite four-legged ski buddy, or just want to have an extra stash pocket for a beer during a 3am pool game. Paired with one of Discrete’s popular beanies, you’ll be looking like a local in no time (PBR and undying love of powder days not included).Regardless of your after-hours plans, if you’ll be spending the last few weekends of winter in the mountains – or are lucky enough to score a spring break in Jackson or Aspen – Discrete Clothing is the brand that will help fuel your apre ski parties well into the next morning. Just don’t blame us when the first lift chair of the next morning sneaks up on you.Photos Courtesy of Discrete/Adam Clark The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weatherlast_img read more

Funding Available for Innovative Seniors Projects

first_imgCommunities are again being invited to apply for Age-friendly Communities Program funding to make community features and services more accessible for seniors. “These grants are part of the commitment we made to support communities who are working toward becoming more age-friendly,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Seniors. “They are also part of government’s commitment to make life better for families in every region.” The Age-Friendly Communities Program helps municipalities and their community partners create or adapt structures or services to be accessible and inclusive of seniors so they are able to lead healthy, active lives. Participating municipalities match these provincial grants, which can be up to $5,000 per project. “Nova Scotians are embracing the age-friendly concept because they see that what is good for seniors is good for people of all ages,” added Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. The grants are part of senior-focused funding initiatives that include the Positive Aging Fund and Senior Safety Grants. They advance the province’s Strategy for Positive Aging, a long-term guide for planning for the aging population. The deadline for applications is July 30. More information on the grants and application forms and a list of grant recipients are available at or by calling toll-free 1-800-670-0065.last_img read more

Newfoundland fan foiled for third time in increasingly costly bid to see

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Newfoundland woman was banking on the third time being the charm in her seemingly cursed bid to see Adele.Lori Shortall and two girlfriends jetted off to London, England, last Friday, thrilled by the prospect of finally getting to see Adele in concert as the British songstress wrapped up a tour that had been plagued by health issues.But, when Shortall checked her email hours after settling into their hotel and just days before the scheduled concert, she was stunned to see one from the concert promoter announcing that the performance at Wembley Stadium had been cancelled.For Shortall — a 48-year-old music teacher from St. John’s — the news was a frustrating three-peat coming after she had bought tickets to Adele concerts in 2011 and in 2016 only to have them cancelled at the last minute.“I could not believe it when I saw that email — it didn’t even enter my head that it would be cancelled!” she said from a shop in London, where she and her pals were wrapping up their vacation. “I was so disappointed I couldn’t even tell the girls — I couldn’t even deal with it — it was almost like it was a dream. So yeah, that’s bad juju, bad karma!”Soon after she heard that the London concert was being cancelled because of the singer’s recurring vocal cord issues, Shortall took to social media to appeal to her for a private audience.On her Facebook page, Shortall posted a photoshopped picture of her and Adele arm-in-arm, along with a direct appeal to the singer.“I still haven’t seen you in concert and I estimate I have forked out almost $10,000 now. Help a girl out!!!! All I want is five minutes of your time and a cup of tea!!!,” Shortall said in her post.Some people commenting on the site used lines from one of the singer’s biggest hits, saying, “Hello, it’s me. I’ve been travelling around the world in hopes that I could see. You performing, for all your fans. But still no sight of you and now I’m down about 10 grand.”Shortall also reached out to TV talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and James Corden in a bid to have them arrange a tea date with Adele, but has so far not heard back from either.Shortall’s history with the singer, known for her devastating ballads and overpowering vocals, goes back to 2011 when she bought tickets to see her in Houston, where her sister was living at the time. She took a few days off work at her school and flew down. As she was heading to the concert, a friend told her it had been cancelled because the singer had a vocal hemorrhage.Five years later, she and her husband decided to go to Phoenix, Arizona, for a vacation so he could mountain bike and she could take in an Adele concert.“So, he got to do lots of biking and I didn’t get to see my show!” she said with a chuckle.Her tale of woe has captured the attention of British media, with the Sun newspaper interviewing her by phone on a bus to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge. She says everyone on the bus could hear her story, and that at least two couples had travelled from the United States and Israel to see the concert.“So the whole bus heard my interview and were looking at me like, ‘Oh my God woman, nobody has that kind of luck,’” she said through laughter.Still, Shortall, who sings herself, says she and her friends are not upset with the singer and if given the opportunity would wish her a good recovery.“The first thing I would do is to absolutely wish her well and then I’d say, ‘Hey girl, you need to cut a girl a break. Let’s hang out!’” she said. “I’m sure we would enjoy each other’s company.”– By Alison Auld in Halifaxlast_img read more

MP on CanadaUS file says sharing NAFTA goals gives up negotiating advantage

first_imgOTTAWA – It would not make any sense for the Liberal government to divulge what they hope to get out of a new North American Free Trade Agreement, said Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary for Canada-U.S. relations.“It’s illogical to unmask and to lay down detailed objectives when we don’t have to,” Leslie said Friday.“What we’d rather do is analyze what they’ve laid down — no real surprises there — figure out where we can negotiate, what we can probably push ahead or hold the line on and take it from there,” he said.The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump released an 18-page summary of its objectives for the new NAFTA on Monday, as required by U.S. law.There are no such rules forcing the Canadian government to do the same, but Conservatives and New Democrats teamed up to ask that several cabinet ministers appear before an emergency summer meeting of the House of Commons trade committee to do just that.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has agreed to attend, alongside officials, on Aug. 14 — two days before the first round of negotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico begin in Washington, D.C.Leslie said Freeland can be expected to outline approaches, rather than share detailed objectives, to avoid “giving up a negotiating advantage.”When it comes to the overall approach Canada will take, Leslie said it is akin to what U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence said in a speech when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Rhode Island last week: a “win-win-win” for all three of the trading partners.The American NAFTA objectives do not always appear to take that approach.They say the U.S. government will insist on maintaining “Buy American” rules that limit opportunities to foreigners, while at the same time demanding more opportunities for American suppliers to bid on government procurement contracts in Canada and Mexico.“That’s one reason why we should not start negotiating in public,” Leslie said when asked about how this squares with the message from Pence.“That will have to be part of the give-and-take of the negotiating teams,” Leslie said.If the president wants “Buy American,” then what about access to projects like the billions the Liberals intend to spend on infrastructure?, Leslie said.“I think our friends and allies would do well to watch what we are about to build in Canada and they may want to take part in that,” he said.The Conservatives and New Democrats had asked for International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to attend the committee as well, but the Liberals said Freeland has the lead on the file and is best placed to answer questions.They had also wanted to hear from Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator, which remains a possibility if Freeland decides to bring him.The opposition said they are not asking the Liberals to share their strategy, but want greater transparency.“We want to make sure that they’ve dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s and lay out the list of priorities so Canadians can understand exactly what’s going to be in these negotiations,” said Conservative MP Randy Hoback.“We were promised by the Liberal government that they would have a progressive trade agenda,” said NDP MP Tracey Ramsey.“It’s time for them to show Canadians what they mean by that.”Ramsey had asked the committee to invite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to appear as a witness, but no one supported the motion.Trudeau said his government wants to work with all political parties on the issue, even though he will not come to committee.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Nanaimo byelection tests strength of NDPs minority government in BC

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. — Voters in Nanaimo cast ballots today in a byelection that could leave British Columbia’s legislature deadlocked and Premier John Horgan’s minority New Democrat government on shaky ground.A Liberal win would give the party 43 seats, tying it with the 43 seats held by the NDP and Green party, which signed an agreement after the 2017 provincial election allowing the New Democrats to form a minority government.Nanaimo traditionally votes NDP, but Liberal candidate Tony Harris has deep family roots in the Vancouver Island city and has been campaigning to bring economic development and infrastructure to the often neglected community.Former New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson resigned her federal seat last year to run in the provincial byelection, saying she wants to ensure the policies of the former B.C. Liberal government do not return because they increased homelessness and the cost of housing in the city.Green candidate Michelle Ney, the daughter of longtime Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney, says she wants to help the city become a clean economy powerhouse.The byelection was called when New Democrat Leonard Krog resigned last year after he was elected the city’s mayor. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Your New Favourite Thing Featurette

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement What’s the deal?So, this one time, at band camp . . . no . . . no. Let’s not go there. Let’s start again upon the high road.So, yeah, Lexie Jay and Jon Fedorsen met four summers ago while they were both moulding young musical minds at the same Toronto music camp and, after discovering some common creative ground in the pop-ish songs classically trained vocalist Jay had been quietly tucking away in her back pocket since high school, decided they had a future together as an acoustic folk duo. At least until they realized they’d actually make a pretty crappy acoustic folk duo and that the nascent merger of Jay’s operatically inclined pipes and former Crash Parallel drummer Fedorsen’s command of rhythm might be better collectively suited to the dramatic potentialities afforded by a more electronic musical environment. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Me and @justinbieber have got a new song out. It’s called I Don’t Care hope you like it,” Sheeran wrote on his Instagram page.Bieber offered a similar, but even shorter, Instagram post:: “Me and @teddysphotos. It’s out now. I don’t care.”In March, 25-year-old Bieber, a teenage heartthrob who shot to fame aged 15, told fans he was “focused on repairing some…deep rooted issues” and was putting new music on hold.A month later, he surprised revelers at the Coachella music festival by joining singer Ariana Grande onstage for an unplanned performance of his hit single Sorry, after which he said a new album would come “soon.”Bieber’s last album came out in 2015. Last year he collaborated with DJ Khaled and others on single No Brainer.Sheeran’s last album Divide, released in 2017 and featuring hit singles Shape of You and Perfect, topped charts around the world. Less than two months after telling fans he was stepping back from new music to deal with personal issues, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber gave them something to cheer about on Friday, releasing a new song with British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.Sheeran has co-written a song for Bieber before, but their new single I Don’t Care was the first the two chart-toppers have released as a duet.Both singers, who each made news in the past year by getting married at secret weddings, had teased fans on social media this week about the track, in which they sing about feeling out of place at a party but finding support in someone close. Advertisementcenter_img Ed Sheeran, left, and Justin Bieber have released a duet called I Don’t Care. (Getty Images) Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

ELC student helping to raise awareness about the importance of pollination

first_imgPimm also made a presentation to City Council on June 11th and got the City to proclaim the week of June 18th – 24th and Pollinator Awareness Week in Fort St. John. As part of the awareness week, she said that several local businesses including Baked Pastry and Bakeshop, Whole Wheat & Honey Café, and the Fort St. John Library will also be offering bee-related products and educating their clientele about the importance of the fuzzy winged creatures.As for which bee is her favourite, Pimm said it’s a tie between the honeybee and the bumblebee.“I like the honeybee because it’s most well-known for making honey, and I like the bumblebee because it’s so fluffy and big. It’s not supposed to fly, but its wings are just so strong that they can hold them up.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A student at the Energetic Learning Campus in Fort St. John is looking to do good for the community by helping to raise the public’s awareness about the importance of pollinators in our lives.Grade 10 student Meghan Pimm said she decided to do something that would involve bees for her ELC Community Project this year. ShePimm said that as part of her project, she went to Robert Ogilvie Elementary and spoke to some of the school’s students in Grades 1 and 3 about the important role that bees play in where our food comes from, before helping the students plant fruits and vegetables. She also approached local stores selling pesticides and got permission to put up signs informing customers of the detrimental effects pesticides have on bee colonies.last_img read more

Marrakech King Mohammed VI Launches LargeScale Railway Projects

first_imgMarrakech – The railway line linking Casablanca and Marrakech has been strengthened thanks to several projects launched by King Mohammed VI, and which aim to provide this major route with modern infrastructure to help it accommodate substantial traffic flow in safety and comfort.The Sovereign launched on Friday several projects aimed at upgrading the Settat -Marrakech route (2nd phase) and developing the railway station of Marrakech, as part of the (2010 -2015) contract program signed between the State and the National Railways Office (ONCF).The 5 billion-dirham projects illustrate, once more, the high interest of the King in developing the transport sector, considered key for local development, economic activity, and the well-being of the population. The second phase of the development project of the Settat-Marrakesh line includes track doubling of the entire existing railway (140 km), the construction of the platform and two 350-long viaducts, laying equipment (track and catenary), and enhancing electrical sub-stations.This project, which cost a sum of MAD 1.8 billion, will help meet the growing demand for passenger and freight transport, ensure better and regular railway traffic flow.Travel time is expected to decrease by 45 minutes between Marrakech and Casablanca, and daily offer will be gradually expanded to 60 trains in the medium term against 18 currently.The project will also serve the future logistics platforms of Sidi Ghanem and Sidi Bouathmane.This project whose first phase (600 million dirhams) was launched in November 2012 by the King, was completed in December 2013, and will contribute to the  creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs during the construction period, and hundreds of permanent jobs by 2017.As for the urban development project of the railway station of Marrakech, it is part of the stations revamping master plan implemented in various cities in the Kingdom.Spanning over 39 hectares, this project provides for the construction of a new multi-purpose urban center, including a residential area, commercial compounds, hotels, offices and parks.Worth some MAD 3 billion, this project will be carried out through the relocation of industrial activities (freight and maintenance) to the sites of Sidi Ghanem and Bouathmane. The project will be ready by 2022.last_img read more

Kétlyne and Karen Ghebbari FrenchMoroccan Figure Skating Champions

Rabat – Since their early childhood, Kétlyne and Karen Ghebbari, two French-Moroccan sisters, have been amazed by figure skating, the magnificent ice sport.At seven and four years old, respectively, Kétlyne and Karen spent their time figure skating, performing moves and tricks; toe jumps, edge jumps, rotations in the air, loops, and axels.Originally from Morocco, the two champion sisters have already performed across their home country (Morocco), where they won the Moroccan Novice Championship of Figure Skating, organized last May by the Moroccan Association for Ice Sports. In 2011, Kétlyne won the World Figure Skating Champions League and the 2011 International Competition of Figure Skating “Rooster Cup.” Every day after school, Kétlyne and Karen go to their club to practice. The two sisters exercise fifteen hours a week, except for the weekend, which is devoted to their homework. The two sisters say that they do not have time to do other things; they devote all their time to figure skating.Further, the two champions said that for the sake of enhancing their skills, they moved from Valence (France) to Colmar, constantly seeking better coaches.Proud of their Moroccan origins, the two sisters are now aiming to participate in the 2016 Figure Skating World Championship in Austria and win the title for Morocco. Kétlyne and Karen also hope to participate in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea.“I want develop this sport in Morocco, and I would like one day to participate in the Olympic Games and in the World’s Champions under the colors of my country of origin,” Karen told France 3 Channel.“I am very proud to be Moroccan, and to be French also,” she added. read more

Major Drilling Q3 loss triples as revenue falls 42 per cent from

The logo for Major Drilling is shown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Major Drilling Q3 loss triples as revenue falls 42 per cent from year before by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 3, 2014 5:28 am MDT MONCTON, N.B. – Major Drilling Group International Inc. (TSX:MDI) says its third-quarter revenue dropped 42 per cent and its loss tripled as major customers delayed decisions on their 2014 exploration programs.The Moncton, N.B.,-based company reported a net loss of $12.8 million or 16 cents per share, up from $4.2 million or five cents per share a year earlier.Revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31 fell to $71.8 million, down from $123.2 million a year earlier.Despite the weak quarter, Major Drilling says it’s in good financial position, with $33.6 million of cash after debt expenses.Its semi-annual dividend remains 10 cents per share, payable May 1.Major Drilling provides contract services to mining and minerals companies around the world.Demand for many commodities has been reduced by slowing growth in Asia, a weak European economy and slow growth in the United States — pushing down prices and increasing uncertainty.Major Drilling president and CEO Francis McGuire said the company had anticipated that its customers would be slow in deciding on their 2014 calendar year drilling plans.“This has led to reduced activity levels as compared to the third quarter last year, and produced a seasonal loss as anticipated,” McGuire said in a statement.He added that the devaluation of the Argentine peso also created a foreign exchange loss of $3.3 million as Major Drilling converted some of its pesos to American dollars.McGuire said the uncertainty continued into Major Drilling’s fourth quarter and pricing for its services is under pressure.“On the other hand, in many regions we are seeing encouraging signs of increased inquiries, especially from gold customers, which if they result in successful bids, would generate higher activity levels in the second half of this calendar year,” McGuire said.“We feel we are in a strong position to react quickly when the industry begins to recover as the company’s financial strength has allowed it to invest in safety, to maintain its equipment in excellent condition and to retain many of its skilled employees.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly identified Major Drilling president and chief executive Francis McGuire. read more

Rastko Stojkovic to play as domestic player in Israel

← Previous Story Tim Hornke to replace Robert Weber at SC Magdeburg Next Story → INJURIES, 1,2,3 – Atman, Abutovic and Vujin are out! Former line-player of Meshkov Brest and PGE Vive Kielce, Rastko Stojkovic, will play as domestic player in Israeli Championship, announced his new team Maccabi Rishon Le Zion.The 37-years old Serbian line player got a citizenship of Israel.Stojkovic won silver medal with his national team at Men’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. He also played at German Fullingen, HSG Nordhorn, RK Crvena Zvezda and URK Studentski Grad.  Israeli handballMaccabi Rishon Le ZionRastko Stojkovic

UK trip awaits Tiny Dancer as her cancer treatment continues

first_imgLILY-MAE MORRISON – the four-year-old girl who suffers from the cancer Neuroblastoma – is to head to London tomorrow ahead of ground-breaking treatment next month as she continues her flight against the disease.Speaking to, her mother Judith Sibley said that Lily-Mae was looking forward to the trip.“She woke up this morning and she was really excited,” she said.Lily-Mae is set to undergo Intensely Moderated Arc Radiotherapy, a treatment that is available in only a few hospitals throughout the world.The three day trip – which kicks off tomorrow – will allow the family to meet the team, while also allowing for the creation of a body mould to fit the child before treatment begins on 1 April.Healthy tissue“It gives a higher dose to the affected area and less to the healthy tissue,” Sibley explained. “Crumlin [Hospital] has allowed this to happen because the primary tumour was so large.”Having already undergone nine doses of chemotherapy over just 45 days, the 14 sessions of radiotherapy at the UK hospital had to start before 5 April in order for Lily-Mae to be able to undergo further treatment.“I’m absolutely so delighted,” Sibley said, adding:Crumlin Hospital and St Luke’s Hospital have been amazing. I have nothing but good things to say about them. Everyone has been phenomenal in making this happen, including the HSE [who are funding the treatment].The April treatment will be followed by antibody treatment. “It’s only existed in Europe for the last 18 months, and its aim is to try to prevent Neuroblastoma from coming back,” said Lily-Mae’s mother.Describing the years ahead, Sibley is both hopeful and worried.Fundraising“I am crossing everything that the monster doesn’t return. If it does we’re in a lot of trouble,” she saidA return of the cancer will not only cause further heartbreak, but also financial stress.While upwards of €250,000 has been raised to date, the family will need in the region of €500,000 to cover their costs, should the cancer return.“Unless we have to use it for treatment, every single penny will go to The Neuroblastoma Society,” Sibley said.We hope against hope that we don’t need it.Read: Tiny Dancer: HMV to honour Lily-Mae funds >last_img read more

Deal on miracle cystic fibrosis drug expected in a matter of weeks

first_imgDeal on ‘miracle’ cystic fibrosis drug expected in a matter of weeks Health Minister Simon Harris said that he wants a good deal for the taxpayer and, most importantly, for patients. By Aoife Barry A DEAL TO make the expensive cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi available in Ireland is expected within a few weeks, according to Health Minister Simon Harris.“We are going to try to bring certainty to this issue within weeks,” Harris said today when speaking about the process of trying to get a good deal on the drug for taxpayers and patients.On the same show, Harris ruled himself out of the Fine Gael leadership race.With about 50 new cases of cystic fibrosis diagnosed in Ireland every year, campaigners are extremely eager for Orkambi – which has been heralded by them as a life-saving, ‘miracle’ drug – to be made available.Cystic fibrosis greatly impacts the lifespan of those with the debilitating condition.CF campaigner Jillian McNulty, who is on a trial of the drug, recently told that it has transformed her life.CostlyBut the huge cost of Orkambi – €158,000 per year per patient, at a cost to the State of €390 million over the course of five years – has led to protracted negotiations.The National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE), which is the country’s medicines watchdog, has said that Orkambi was not cost-effective, and advised against buying it.As Health Minister, Simon Harris has been heavily involved in the negotiations with Vertex, the maker of the drug, in an attempt to bring down the price of Orkambi. Vertex also makes the drug Kalydeco.Speaking to Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One today, Harris said that he believes a deal is imminent. He also pointed to the need to be careful around such negotiations, saying that he did ask people to call off a protest over Orkambi recently, and “thought long and hard about it”.“I didn’t do it out of any sort of disrespect for the people that I’ve gotten to know really well, like Gillian McNulty and CF Ireland, and people that I’ve really been working with,” he said.Harris said he has had a lot of private conversations with these people and he thinks they know his bona fides in relation to the issue.He said that he made clear to campaigners at a meeting “that we are very close to a deal about Orkambi”.“I have to get the best deal possible,” said Harris. Mar 6th 2017, 1:24 PM 9,805 Views Gillian McNulty, who is on a trial of Orkambi. Image: Sam Boal Image: Sam Boal Short URL 15 Comments center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 6 Mar 2017, 1:24 PM Share1918 Tweet Email Your crash course in… Ireland’s battle with Big Pharma for a ‘miracle’ cystic fibrosis drugHe said that, though he wasn’t specially referring to the protest, he didn’t want anything to happen that would in any way undermine the State’s position in the negotiations.He said that sometimes when people stand up in the Dáil to talk about a drug, sometimes that emboldens the drug company in their stance. But Harris went on to underline that he needs to get the best deal for taxpayers and most importantly, for CF patients.“I believe we are very close to doing that and I expect this process to conclude within a matter of weeks,” he said.“We are going to try to bring certainty to this issue within weeks.”Read: Taoiseach told ‘several children have died’ waiting for Orkambi drug decision> This will probably be the most expensive drug we’ve ever purchased. And what I don’t want to happen is whoever the next Minister for Health is in five, six, or whenever years’ time – I don’t want them to have to be back, sitting at a table with CF patients stressed and worried again having to negotiate for the next iteration. I want to provide a programme of drugs for cystic fibrosis patients out for the next decade. Gillian McNulty, who is on a trial of Orkambi. last_img read more