Fletcher Lake Water Quality

first_imgENVIRONMENT—Fletcher Lake Water Quality A domestic fuel oil spill may affect the quality of water in Lake Fletcher in Fall River. People who draw water from the lake are advised to watch for an oily sheen and distinct odour. If present, they should avoid using the water. Boiling the water will not make it safe to drink. Surface water should never be consumed unless properly filtered, disinfected and monitored for water quality. People with properties on municipal water supply can continue to drink their water. -30-last_img read more

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Whoever Messes With Us Mamata Banerjees Message In Tweets On Eid

first_imgNEW DELHI: Mamata Banerjee’s tweets on Eid celebrations on Wednesday carried a sharp political message days after the national election in which the Bengal Chief Minister’s Trinamool Congress suffered a huge drop in its tally against a rising BJP in the state. “Hindus stand for renunciation (tyaag), Muslims for integrity (imaan), Christians for love (pyaar) and Sikhs for sacrifice (balidan). This is our beloved Hindustan and we will protect it,” posted Mamata Banerjee in tweets that were part English and part Hindi. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga “Jo humse takraega wo choor choor ho jaega. (Whoever messes with us will be destroyed). That is our slogan,” she added. The tweet reflected Mamata Banerjee’s pushback, pummelled by the BJP’s “Jai Shri Ram” chant campaign that picked up during the acrimonious national election campaign. The Chief Minister is seen lashing out at groups shouting “Jai Shri Ram” in videos that have gone viral. The Trinamool’s counter was rival slogans like “Jai Hind” and “Jai Ma Kali”. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers “There is nothing to be scared. Muddai Lakh bura chahe to kya hota hai, wahi hota hai jo manzoor-e-khuda hota hai. Sometimes when the sun rises, its rays are very harsh but later it fades away. Don’t be scared, the faster they captured EVMs, the quicker they will go away,” tweeted Mamata Banerjee. Ms Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress accuse the BJP of unleashing terror and violence during the polls and rigging EVMs or voting machines. The BJP, demonstrating its growing base in Bengal, won 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats – up from two in 2014 – and the Trinamool won only a few more, 22. Ms Banerjee has repeatedly questioned the verdict, attributing it to massive manipulation by the BJP. The BJP has made it clear its campaign in Bengal will not stop until it has won 2021, when the state votes for a new assembly.BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has said that Mamata Banerjee’s government will not survive full term and elections may take before that.(With inputs from NDTV)last_img read more

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New trial ordered for woman without lawyer over lack of disclosure

first_imgCrown prosecutors and a judge failed in their duties to an Ontario woman who represented herself at her arson trial, an appeal court said in overturning her conviction.In a decision released Tuesday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ordered a new trial for Jeannette Tossounian, saying her ability to defend herself had been compromised by the Crown’s failure to properly share its evidence with her.Tossounian was arrested in February 2012 after witnesses said they saw her walking away from a fire at a building, where she ran an unsuccessful art gallery, with a gas can in hand, court documents show. She refused to hire a lawyer, deciding instead to represent herself, the documents say.The Crown had three packages of evidence to disclose, and the first two were given to Tossounian in person approximately three months apart, they say.The third — a package of more than 500 pages that included photographs of the scene and transcripts of witness statements — was delivered to the Vanier Institute, where Tossounian was being held in pretrial custody, the documents say.It was later discovered that the facility had not alerted Tossounian to the delivery, meaning she was not able to see the materials before trial, they say.The Crown argued that it had warned Tossounian early on that more material would be delivered and that it was up to her to check that it had been sent and received, the documents say.Tossounian, meanwhile, said she thought she had received all the promised disclosure when the second package arrived — an assumption the appeal court deemed reasonable.“I would conclude the Crown failed to make full disclosure,” Justice Russell Juriansz wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel.“I appreciate the complications in making disclosure to an unrepresented accused person who is in custody. The Crown must resolve these complications in order to fulfil its responsibility to ensure the relevant materials make it into the hands of an in-custody accused,” he wrote.“The only issue at trial was her identification as the woman seen walking away from the fire. The failure of disclosure detrimentally affected her ability to cross-examine and to diminish the reliability of the witnesses who identified her.”What’s more, the trial judge failed to give Tossounian the assistance she needed, particularly on the issue of disclosure, the appeal court said.“As soon as it seemed there was a problem with disclosure, it was the duty of the trial judge to make the necessary inquiries and to take the necessary steps to ensure that the unrepresented accused received full disclosure, and that she fully understood her rights to disclosure and the available remedies for infringement of those rights,” Juriansz said.Tossounian had raised three other issues in her appeal but the court found it unnecessary to address them since a new trial has been ordered.last_img read more

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President assures protection of human rights

The Maha Sangha in New York, including the venerable Kurunegoda Piyatissa, the Chief Incumbent of the New York Buddhist Temple attending the event blessed   the President with the chanting of Seth Pirith.The President also engaged in a cordial discussion with the Sri Lankan community in New York. (Colombo Gazette) He also said that he will use the power given to him by the people of the country  for the betterment of the country and its people. Speaking to the Sri Lankan community at the temple, the President said that the new government has received a significant assistance from the international   community to strengthen the economy of Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena said that his Government will take steps to strengthen freedom, democracy and human rights in the country by introducing a new Constitution.The President, who was in New York to attend the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA),   made these observations after engaging religious observances at the New York  Buddhist Temple. read more

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Western Sahara refugees face looming food shortages UN agencies report

Some 155,000 Western Saharan refugees almost entirely dependent on humanitarian aid provided through the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are living in the four remote camps, and fresh contributions are urgently needed for their survival, according to WFP and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Without a new infusion of funds, by October the refugees will get only 11 per cent of their daily food aid requirements – about 231 kilocalories for each person – compared to the standard UN ration of flour, lentils, beans, vegetable oil and other items totalling 2,100 kilocalories daily.In order to meet the refugees’ nutritional needs through this year, WFP needs 8,336 metric tons of food valued at $3.7 million.But securing the funds could be problematic, UN officials said, because the condition of the refugees is not well-known. “With the lack of international attention to their plight, obtaining regular contributions of food aid for the Western Saharan refugees is extremely difficult,” said the WFP’s Daly Belgasmi. He warned that without new contributions, “the drastic reduction in October’s food package will have severe consequences on the health of the refugees, particularly for children under five, pregnant women and lactating mothers.”UNHCR’s budget to care for the Western Saharan refugees in Algeria is also experiencing a cash crunch, with only $1.5 million pledged so far out of the $4.6 million required. While the agency can pool funds to cover part of the gap, its overall annual budget also faces a shortfall.Officials with the refugee agency say the plight of those in Western Sahara is severe. “Thirty-five per cent of the children suffer chronic malnutrition, and 13 per cent of the children are acutely malnourished, leading to a high level of stunting among young children,” said UNHCR’s Radhouane Nouicer, who oversees operations in North Africa and the Middle East.In September, UNHCR and WFP will conduct a comprehensive nutritional survey of Algeria’s refugee population, many of whom first fled Western Sahara in 1975. read more

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UN chief welcomes first anniversary of landmark treaty banning nuclear weapons

“The Treaty’s adoption on 7 July 2017 by 122 States demonstrated the strong and legitimate international support that exists for a permanent end to the threat posed by nuclear arms,” said a statement issued on behalf of the UN chief by his Deputy Spokesperson.The Treaty is the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to be negotiated in two decades. It prohibits a range of nuclear weapon-related activity, such as developing, testing, manufacturing, acquiring or possessing and stockpiling nuclear weapons, as well as any threat to use them.It opened for signature at UN Headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017, and will enter into force 90 days after 50 Member States have ratified it, “becoming an important element of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime,” said the statement released on Saturday.“The United Nations remains committed to the total elimination of nuclear weapons as its highest disarmament priority,” concluded the Secretary-General.Nuclear-armed States and most of their allies stayed out of the negotiations leading up to the adoption of the Treaty.Last October, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of the leading role it played in the discussions leading up to the adoption of the TPNW. read more

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Former Ohio State tennis player loses to Andy Murray at Wimbledon

Former Ohio State tennis player Blaz Rola hits the ball in a match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar June 23 at Wimbledon in Wimbledon, England. Rola won, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsA midweek clash of tennis titleholders saw a former Buckeye get international exposure playing in all-white instead of scarlet and gray.The gentlemen’s singles draw of the Wimbledon Championships produced a second-round matchup between Ohio State product Blaz Rola and the Grand Slam tournament’s defending champion, Great Britain’s Andy Murray.Murray won the match, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0, Wednesday morning.Rola, who became OSU’s first-ever NCAA singles champion in 2013, has since moved on to the professional circuit and faced the third-seeded Murray at the All England Club in London.Rola, representing his native Slovenia, is currently ranked No. 92 worldwide in the ATP Rankings and competing in his first Wimbledon tournament. He took on the fifth-ranked player in Murray, who looks to continue the defense of his 2013 Wimbledon title. He was the first British champion since Fred Perry won it all in 1936.No. 80 Pablo Andujar of Spain fell to Rola in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, in the first round Monday, while Murray dispatched No. 105 David Goffin of Belgium, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5, the same day.Rola said in an OSU press release Monday that his “motivation was off the charts” upon seeing the draw that gave him a chance to play against Murray.“It feels great to have this opportunity. I don’t think an up-and-coming tennis player could have asked for a better matchup. I’m facing probably the greatest sportsman in Britain in one of the greatest venues,” Rola said.OSU men’s tennis coach Ty Tucker had good things to say about his former star player.“It’s great he has been able to accomplish his goals this year, reaching the Top 100 and play in Grand Slams,” Tucker said in the press release. “Sooner or later, Blaz Rola will be a guy that makes the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam tournament.”Rola had 35 winners in his match against Andujar and managed to snag six break points en route to victory. Rola also won 80 percent of his first-serve points and 92 percent of points in which he came to the net.Murray, no stranger to the big stage, is a disciplined player who commits very few unforced errors — he had only 10 against Goffin. The Belgian outplayed Murray at the net as he won 22 of 34 net points while Murray won nine of 15.To succeed Wednesday, Rola may have needed to focus on making Murray move in so that he can work on beating him from the baseline with strong groundstrokes and placement.Continuing to create break opportunities also figured to be key for Rola in gaining a foothold in this tournament. But defense could have presented chances for him, too, as Murray has only won 41 percent and 31 percent of return points in his two previous matches, respectively.In addition to his collegiate singles accolades, Rola also enjoyed a successful doubles career at OSU.Rola and his partner, Chase Buchanan, accomplished an unprecedented sweep of the three major college tennis tournaments during the 2011 to 2012 season when they won an NCAA title to go alongside their wins at both the ITA All-American Championships and the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.However, despite having risen to an ATP ranking of No. 222 as a pro doubles player, Rola entered only the men’s singles event at Wimbledon. read more

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Football Ohio State hires Taver Johnson to become next cornerbacks coach

Taver Johnson is returning to Ohio State.Ohio State officially announced the hiring of Johnson to take over as the team’s new cornerbacks coach and the 10th assistant on the team, according to an Ohio State spokesperson. He will be replacing Kerry Coombs, who left Ohio State to coach cornerbacks for the Tennessee Titans. Johnson had spent the previous season as the defensive coordinator for Temple.“I am really pleased to have Taver Johnson join our coaching staff,” head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. “I’ve known Taver for a long time, going back to our days at Notre Dame, and I think he is a terrific coach and person. He’ll do an excellent job coaching our cornerbacks and mentoring the young men in our program.”Johnson is no stranger to Columbus, having served on former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel’s staff as the cornerbacks coach from 2007 to 2011. He and Meyer were also on the same staff back in 1999 when Johnson was a graduate assistant and Meyer was the wide receivers coach at Notre Dame.The Cincinnati, Ohio, native had been around the midwest before landing back in his home state of Ohio. He was a defensive line coach at his alma mater Wittenberg from 1994 to 1995 and served several roles at Millikin for three seasons. He later became linebackers coach at Miami (Ohio) from 2000 to 2003. He held a job in the NFL as the special teams coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2004 before returning back to Miami as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for a pair of seasons. Then after leaving Ohio State following the 2011 season, Johnson was the cornerbacks coach at Arkansas for two seasons and the same role at Purdue for three more, before going to Temple. Johnson joins Alex Grinch as the only two new coaching additions made by Ohio State over the offseason. Grinch’s role has yet to be publicly announced. read more

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First openly lesbian bishop in US Methodist Church may lose her job

first_img Share Tweet Email1 Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 10:00 AM Bishop Karen Oliveto 14 Comments 13,887 Views Apr 29th 2017, 10:00 AM THE FIRST OPENLY lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church in the US can keep her job for now, but is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court has ruled.Bishop Karen Oliveto’s civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals,” the Judicial Council said yesterday.However, a decision over whether she can remain in the position must come from a separate disciplinary process, the court ruled.Oliveto was elected last year to lead a Denver-area church region that is part of the Methodist Western Jurisdiction, which has rejected the denomination’s position that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching”.Within minutes of her election, a challenge was filed by the Oklahoma-based South Central Jurisdiction, leading to yesterday’s ruling.The case is the latest chapter in an intensifying fight over LGBT recognition that is fracturing the 12.8 million-member denomination — the third-largest faith group in the US.Earlier this week, bishops announced a special 2019 meeting of its top legislative body, or General Conference, expressly to address church law on sexuality and find ways the denomination can avoid schism.Differing viewsLGBT advocates in the church have stepped up pressure to lift prohibitions on gay clergy. Bishops have conducted same-sex weddings in defiance of church policy and dozens of LGBT clergy have come out, risking being defrocked.Evangelical Methodists, who have gained strength in the denomination in part through growth of Methodist churches overseas, have responded by pushing to enforce church policies. The court said yesterday that bishops who consecrate an openly gay bishop were considered in violation of Methodist law and also subject to church discipline.The Methodist policy making body has upheld the church’s stand on same-sex relationships since 1972, even as other mainline Protestant groups, including the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church, have approved same-sex marriage.Yesteryda’s ruling was made on a 6-3 vote. Oliveto said she felt “grateful” for the chance to remain as bishop as she and other church leaders study what the decision means for her future.Bruce Ough, president of the Methodist Council of Bishops, said the decision would not ease “the disagreements, impatience and anxiety” in the church, but he appealed to church members to stay unified.Read: North Korea fires another missile, Trump tweets his angerRead: 25 years ago: More than 50 died and LA was ripped apart in the Rodney King riots Short URLcenter_img By Associated Press First openly lesbian bishop in US Methodist Church may lose her job Bishop Karen Oliveto’s civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals”. Image: David Zalubowski/AP http://jrnl.ie/3365647 Bishop Karen Oliveto Image: David Zalubowski/AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Autoroute A65 limpact environnemental pris en compte

first_imgAutoroute A65 : l’impact environnemental pris en compteL’autoroute A65 est entrée en service hier. Afin de compenser l’impact environnemental, la société A’Lienor qui l’exploite a investi 150 millions d’euros pour prendre en charge les divers problèmes engendrés par cette nouvelle infrastructure.L’autoroute A65 vient d’être inaugurée. Reliant Pau à Langon (40 kilomètres au sud de Bordeaux) sur 150 kilomètres, cette autoroute de Gascogne avait été fortement critiquée pour son impact environnemental. C’est pour le limiter que la société A’Lienor a dû investir 150 millions d’euros, rapporte Le Monde.À lire aussiForêt amazonienne : le poumon vert de la planète est en train de prendre feuCet argent servira d’une part à limiter le retentissement de cette construction sur les zones humides qu’elle traverse. D’autre part, il servira à recréer des habitats pour le vison d’Europe, un mammifère protégé et en voie de disparition. Il en va de même de la cistude, une tortue des marais ou le papillon fadet des laîches, par exemple.Concrètement, les sociétés propriétaires d’A’Lienor (Eiffage et Sanef) ont eu pour obligation de trouver 1.372 hectares d’espaces naturels afin que les mesures envisagées soient mises en œuvre pour compenser les 1.600 hectares qu’occupe l’A65.”Les exigences introduites par la loi sur le Grenelle ont modifié radicalement le projet”, indique le président d’A’Lienor. “La création de valeur économique d’un projet d’infrastructure ne suffit plus à compenser les impacts sur l’environnement. Il doit être neutre sur le plan environnemental, ou il ne se fera pas”, explique-t-il. “L’Etat a demandé un véritable remplacement espace pour espace, espèce pour espèce”.Il s’agit là du premier chantier d’une telle ampleur en France. L’impact environnemental a ainsi été pris en compte depuis la mise en place du projet jusqu’à sa réalisation sur le terrain.Le 17 décembre 2010 à 14:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Running Start hitting its stride at Clark College

first_imgThis story was written by a staff reporter for The Independent, Clark College’s campus newspaper, as part of a collaboration with The Columbian called “Voices from Clark College.” It is also being published today in The Independent at http://clarkcollegeindependent.com.Liana Gandarillas is halfway to earning a college degree and on track to begin a career in the Air Force — and she’s still in high school.Gandarillas, 17, is one of 1,820 Running Start students taking advantage of two years of tuition-free college education at Clark College. Enrollment in the program is up 9 percent from last year, and Running State now accounts for about 13 percent of Clark’s student body of almost 14,000 students.The program’s growth continues a trend that began in 2000 of more students and families taking advantage of the program as higher education costs rise and household incomes stagnate or decline. Running Start, now in its 20th year, allows Washington high school students who qualify for college-level reading, writing and math work to take courses at community and technical colleges, where they earn both high school and college credit.The program isn’t without drawbacks. Some students and instructors complain that the high school students aren’t ready for the college classroom. School districts are required to reimburse the colleges for their costs, reducing funds for high schools already strained by years of budget cuts.last_img read more

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Pall of gloom over Madgul mandal on Japial Reddys demise

first_imgMahbubnagar: As the news of sudden demise of senior Congress leader Jaipal Reddy spread across Mahbubnagar a pall of grief descended among the people of Madgul mandal, the native place of the leader. The sudden demise of the senior leader has created a void in the Congress party unit of Mahbubnagar district. Jaipal Reddy’s close associate Mallareddy remembered his association with the senior Congress leader and said that Jaipal Reddy was a simple man with great personality. All through his life, he had strived for the welfare and development of the people of his region. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Even though Jaipal Reddy had climbed greater heights in politics he never forgot his roots in the village. He used to visit his native place Madgul and used to interact with the people and used to move closely with everyone in his village. “Today we have lost our great leader, the son of our soil. He had done a lot for the development of Madgul headquarters. Jaipal Reddy gave his own land for establishing a college for Madgul. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us He had also brought Krishna river water to quench the thirst of the people of Madgul mandal,” Mallareddy said. Not just Mallareddy, the other people in Madgul also remembered how Jaipal Reddy played an instrumental role in establishing a school for the students of Madgul mandal during his early stint as an MLA. Jaipal Reddy has also set up a TV station and an electrical substation and served the locals by resolving their problems in Madgul and tried to develop his native place in all aspects. Jaipal Reddy served as Kalwakurthy MLA for four terms; he had also won as Member of Parliament for four terms and served as Central Minister during Congress rule in the country. Advertise With Us Till recently Jaipal Reddy played crucial role in Congress party and served the party in various capacities. The people of Madgul are demanding his body be brought to Madgul, so that the local people can have a last glimpse of their beloved leader. Not just Madgul, the people across erstwhile Mahbubnagar and political leaders cutting across different parties, expressed shock and condoled the sudden death of Jaipal Reddy. Makthal former ZPTC, Srihari remembered his association with Jaipal Reddy and expressed his condolences. Former Congress leader from Gadwal and present BJP senior leader DK Aruna expressed her shock and grief over the demise of the senior Congress leader. Gadwal MLA also recollected his association with Jaipal Reddy and condoled his death and extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of the bereaved leader. Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy observed that Jaipal Reddy was not only a politician but also a philosopher. He said Jaipal Reddy was a straight-forward person and spoke without any fear and favour. “In today’s political environment where all top leaders are changing parties for their sustenance, Jaipal Reddy was not that kind of a politician, except during emergency he changed from Congress to Janata dal, however, later he again returned to Congress and till his death he served Congress party in different capacities. He is a great statesman and a great parliamentarian,” the Agriculture Minister said.last_img read more

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Man dies falling off building

first_imgA man died after falling off a five-storey building in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Monoranjan Biswas, 60, son of late Hiralal Biswas from Dhamrai upazila of Dhaka district.Victim’s neighbour Bidhan Biswas said Monoranjan slipped down from the rooftop of the building around 1:00pm when he went there to check the water tank, leaving him severely injured.He was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where duty doctors declared him dead around 1:45pm, said sub-inspector Bachchu Mia of the DMCH police camp.last_img read more

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Lawmaker Mocks Texas Abortion Law with Call for Male Masturbation Fines

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker is making a point about legislation that restricts women’s access to health care and abortions by proposing to fine men $100 when they masturbate.FILE – In this April 2, 2009, file photo, Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, speaks during a news conference in Austin, Texas. The Texas lawmaker is making a point about legislation that restricts women’s access to health care and abortions by proposing to fine men $100 when they masturbate. Alongside the penalty for wasting semen not resulting in a pregnancy, Farrar’s bill would require a “medically unnecessary digital rectal exam” before any man undergoes a vasectomy or can be prescribed Viagra. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, File)Alongside the penalty for wasting semen not resulting in a pregnancy, state Rep. Jessica Farrar’s bill would require a “medically unnecessary digital rectal exam” before any man undergoes a vasectomy or can be prescribed Viagra.The 11th term Democrat tells the Houston Chronicle that her bill mimics how a woman seeking an abortion is forced by Texas law to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, which “has nothing to do with her health care.”She says while some people think it’s funny, her bill highlights the obstacles women face “that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access health care.”last_img read more

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Travelling or just green Diva all the way

first_imgShe loves her Italian, she’s loved it since she was a child and that is exactly what super-chef Ritu Dalmia makes her Diva restaurant in GK 2 all about. ‘I serve what I like to eat,’ she says simply and one of the first questions she throws at me when I sit down in – ‘Do you cook?”I don’t,’ I say with a little hesitation, wondering if I will be pulled up for not trying one of the recipes from her latest book Diva Green. Surprisingly, she is elated! ‘I have great respect for people who don’t cook,’ says Dalmia. ‘I am a restaurateur, people who don’t cook help me run my business,’ she explains.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ ‘I am going to take a break from television for now,’ she puts in as she moves on to talk about what made her love Italian food. Her show Travelling Diva is all set to air it’s last season. A school trip to Italy is what changed the world for her. The homemade pasta in fresh tomato sauces and the bruschettas is what made her fall in love hook, line and sinker. And a few years later, that passion took form of a restaurant in Hauz Khas. Further down the line, she sits happily in Diva and surveys her other restaurants in the city ( Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLatitude 28 and cafe at the Italian Embassy, clearly there’s no looking back. She chats happily about Bengali cuisine – ‘They don’t eat like we do,’ she says, ‘Bengalis know how to eat, they take their time with food,’ she adds giving a slow-eater like me an excellent excuse. Dalmia has big plans for 2013. From a book that will bring together different cuisines from households that have inter-cultural marriages to another that is about Asian food. Another restaurant is also on the list. ‘The research for the book has already begun and I am going to give it two years…all my books roughly took two years to get into shape, this one might take longer,’ she says adding that she has already singled out families who are going to be a part of her pet project.  Diva Green explores vegetarian food, Dalmia says that vegetarian food is very close to her heart. Born in a Marwari family, she took to cooking early, ‘My mother cannot cook,’ she says. ‘I learned more outside school, hands on, than I did from classrooms,’ she says and that in the trade of being an ace-restaurateur, is perhaps the best thing. From opening up the minds of Delhiites to the pleasures of Italian food to witnessing the culture of eating out changing over time, Dalmia has come a long way and she is in no mood to stop. And we shall gladly tuck in!last_img read more

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Mathematics tracks the hiphop revolution

first_imgThe researchers’ method could be used to measure the evolution of any form of cultural expression that can be digitised — texts, paintings or films — in order to analyse and understand trends.“Culture is not anymore about music critics and art critics telling us the way it was, its going to be about scientists telling us about what the actual patterns are,” said Leroi.“From here, we want to understand the forces that have actually shaped things. Now that we get a grip on patterns, we want to know … why.”And, of course, our fave recent vid, by The Palmer Squares ft. ProbCause (check out that Bon Iver sample!): Related posts:New York hip-hop legend AZ gets ‘back to himself’ in new video filmed in Costa Rica The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan to write pro wrestling story lines Swedish police briefly hold US rapper Snoop Dogg A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg dies at 45 Leroi and Matthias Mauch, an informatics researcher at the Queen Mary University of London, used algorithms and computer analysis to observe changing trends in pop music from 1960 to 2010.They used about 17,000 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100, analysing characteristics like the frequency of certain chords, instruments or voice types, whether a song was calm or energetic, and whether it used speech or singing vocals.Songs scored “average” from different years were compared to one another to see how much they differed.“Actually for the most part, unsurprisingly, the songs of one year are usually pretty much like the songs of the next year,” said Leroi.“But there are some times when that distance, that difference, becomes bigger and you have a bunch of years suddenly all sorts of things are changing and those are the years around which we identify the revolutions.”Three such “revolutions” were pinpointed — in 1964, 1983 and 1991 — and the last was by far the biggest.“We ask what’s happening there, and for ’91 it’s very clear: it’s hip-hop that’s happening,” Leroi said — with a spike in songs featuring “no chords” and “energetic speech”.The 1964 revolution was marked by the expansion of several styles at once, said the study — soul, rock and doo wop among them.And the 1983 spike was marked by new wave, disco and hard rock.For Mauch, the study provides rare scientific data on the evolution of pop.“It is a mainstay of pundits and some scientists that music has become more uniform,” he said. “On our particular dataset, we could not observe this.” Facebook Comments PARIS – Of all the music styles to emerge in the last 50 years, none took the world by storm quite like hip-hop, said researchers Wednesday who tracked pop’s evolution with cold, hard stats.More than disco, funk or heavy metal, hip-hop and its spinoff rap appear “to be the single most important event that has shaped the musical structure of the American charts in the period that we studied,” said their report.Born as a form of expression for disenfranchised youth in New York City’s borough the Bronx, the arrival of hip-hop creates a large spike on a series of graphics illustrating the research findings, carried by the journal Royal Society Open Science.It peaks in 1991, when artists like LL Cool J already had burst onto the scene.“Hip-hop just sort of blasts out of nowhere,” lead study author Armand Leroi, an evolutionary biologist with Imperial College London, told AFP.“In retrospect it was there all along, it was there since the ’80s bubbling underneath the chart down there wherever hip-hop came from in the streets of New York and Los Angeles. And then suddenly it goes mainstream and it’s all over the charts.”last_img read more

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Debt Crises Inspire 69 PickUp in Loan Volume MBA

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Debt Crisis Euro European Union Fixed-Rate Mortgage HARP Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2012-04-18 Ryan Schuette Share Debt crises in Europe spurred a wave of refinance applications last week, leading mortgage loan applications to tick up by 6.9 percent, according to the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA).[IMAGE]The trade group found that mortgage loan application volume went up 6.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the week before.””Renewed concerns about sovereign debt in Europe led to a drop in rates last week, with the 30-year rate tying our survey low, reached in early February,”” “”Jay Brinkmann””:http://www.mbaa.org/AboutMBA/GovernanceandManagement/Management/JayBrinkmann.htm, MBA’s chief economist, said in a statement. He said that refinance activity climbed by 13.5 percent accordingly, with 32 percent of survey respondents indicating that their refi volume came from Home[COLUMN_BREAK]Affordable Refinance Program loans.The Refinance Index edged up 13.5 percent from the week before, with the refinance share of mortgage activity increasing to 75.2 percent of the share of total activity.As a share of activity, adjustable-rate mortgages fell to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent of total volume from the week before.Purchases waned from the week earlier. The index by the same name dropped 11.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis and 10.4 percent on an unadjusted basis.The four-week moving average edged down by 0.52 percent for the Purchase Index, just as it went up by 2.36 percent for the Refinance Index and 1.60 percent for the Market Index.Brinkmann said that a 23 percent decline in “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory (FHA) purchase loan applications helped engineer a corresponding drop in overall purchase activity. He noted in the statement that decreases for FHA loans signaled “”the largest weekly drop”” in government purchase indices since the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit last year.Mortgage rates zigzagged alongside increases in mortgage application volume, continuing trends that began with debt crises brought on by growth squeezes in euro zone countries.center_img April 18, 2012 410 Views Debt Crises Inspire 6.9% Pick-Up in Loan Volume: MBAlast_img read more

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Fannie Mae Encourages New Mortgage Borrowers to Shop Around

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination April 13, 2015 494 Views Share Fannie Mae Encourages New Mortgage Borrowers to Shop Aroundcenter_img When it comes to shopping around for a new home, buyers should also shop around for the right mortgage lender, say Fannie Mae economists Qiang Cai and Sarah Shahdad.In the latest Fannie Mae National Housing Survey, studying the mortgage shopping experience homebuyers navigate these days, the authors found that two-thirds of buyers‒‒particularly the young and those who’ve already bought homes‒‒obtain multiple mortgage quotes, though newbies to the process typically rely on friendly advice to find a suitable lender and terms.“Higher-income, younger-aged, and minority borrowers are more likely to obtain multiple quotes when shopping for a mortgage,” the report stated. “First-time homebuyers and lower-income borrowers are more likely to say that referrals from friends, family, or co-workers had a major influence on their choice of lender.”According to the report, about 16 percent of buyers under age 30 shop around for quotes, compared to 5 percent of those above 50. Nearly a third of buyers earning at least $75,000 per year shop around, compared to just 1 percent of those who make less. About 20 percent of minority buyers seek multiple quotes.Experienced homebuyers are unlikely to say that a referral from a real estate agent or a mortgage specialist influenced their choice of lender, unless they earn less than $75,000 a year. The authors found that about 31 percent of first-time buyers took such advice, regardless of income, while more than half of those who earn less than $75,000 a year sought referral advice. About 7 percent above that income line sought advice.The authors also found that first-time and minority homebuyers are more likely to report unexpected changes at the closing table. A third of first-time buyers and a third of minority buyers say that they had some type of surprise at the closing table. Half of all buyers making less than $50,000 a year reported surprises.The authors wrote that consumers may benefit from better tools and advice from knowledgeable, objective third parties when looking for good mortgage terms, saying this would allow buyers to balance any tradeoffs.“As large and infrequent as the mortgage transaction is in most people’s financial lives, borrowers may be leaving money on the table by not shopping around and negotiating for the best terms they can get,” Cai and Shahdad wrote. “Encouraging homebuyers to seek multiple sources of information, determine the key criteria that are important to them, and ask detailed questions about the basis for a lender recommendation when shopping for a mortgage may help them find a lender that best meets their individual needs.” Fannie Mae Homebuying National Housing Survey 2015-04-13 Scott_Morganlast_img read more

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7 Seater Car and MPV Hire in Dublin

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Indeed, large minivans are essentially commercial vans you’d typically see being driven by tradesmen or being used to transport goods, but in this case outfitted with multiple rows of seats to accommodate up to 9 passengers and all their luggage and usually much more luxuriously equipped. Often used as executive shuttle busses by hotels, these can also be hired from rental companies for personal use if you are travelling with a large group or just have a lot of luggage and equipment to transport. Examples of vehicles in this class include: Volvo XC90Peugeot 5008Nissan X-TrailKia SorentoLand Rover Discovery How to search for 7+ seater cars to hire in Dublin on Skyscanner Volkswagon Transporter ShuttleMercedes Vito TravelinerFord Transit 9 SeaterPeugeot Traveller Types of 7+ Seater Vehicles to Hire in Dublin These are probably the most common type of 7+ seater family car available today. Essentially a van shaped car with three rows of seats and typically with sliding rear doors providing easy access to the two back rows of seats. Examples of cars in this class include: SUVs are a common site on roads all over the world now – large vehicles usually with ample ground clearance giving them an off-road look (although they are not always 4wd and not always suitable for offroading!) providing practical space, high driving position and plenty of seating. The larger vehicles in this category can comfortably seat 7 with reasonable luggage space left over. 7 seaters in this category include: Large estate cars with 7+ seats are less common to find these days, having mostly been replaced by MPVs and SUVs, but some are still around and may be available depending on where you are renting your car from. Estate cars are often extended versions of hatchbacks or saloons, creating additional boot space and, in some cases also allowing an extra row of seats, whilst still being a low to the ground car. These are often known as 5+2 seat cars as they usually don’t have a proper back row of seats and instead just have 2 extra seats which fold out from the floor of the boot. This of course may mean sacrificing luggage space if you want to use one of these to carry 7 people. Examples of cars in the class include:center_img MPV (aka Minivan, Multi-purpose vehicle, people carrier) There are several different types of 7+ seater cars and, depending on where you are hiring from, one or more of the following types may be available: Popular Car Hire Locations Near Dublin 7+ Seater Car Hire from Dublin Airport Related7+ Seater Car and MPV HireWhy hire a 7, 8 or 9 seater car? Large MPVs and 7+ seater cars are a great option for family or group holidays if you’re planning to do a lot of traveling. The additional seating and spacious cabins ensure that all your passengers have plenty of space with room…7+ Seater Car and MPV Hire in MalagaPopular Car Hire Locations Near Malaga 7+ Seater Car Hire from Malaga Airport 7+ Seater Car Hire from Gibraltar Airport How to search for 7+ seater cars to hire in Malaga on Skyscanner Using the search box above, or on our Malaga car hire page, select your pick-up location as…7+ Seater Car and MPV Hire in OrlandoPopular Car Hire Locations Near Orlando 7+ Seater Car Hire from Orlando International Airport 7+ Seater Car Hire from Orlando Sanford Airport How to search for 7+ seater cars to hire in Orlando on Skyscanner Using the search box above, or on our Orlando car hire page, select your pick-up… Large Minivan Mercedes E-Class EstatePeugeot 308 SWAudi A6 Avant SUVs (aka 4x4s, Sports Utility Vehicles) Using the search box above, or on our Dublin car hire page, select your pick-up location as well as the pick-up and drop-off dates and times then hit Search ->When the results have loaded, select 7+ from the Passengers filters in the Filter menu.Choose a preferred pickup location from the map or the list to see the selection of 7+ seater cars available to hire from that location.When you find one that suits your needs, click on the Select button to be shown price options from different suppliers and see more detail about the rental options.When you find one you would like to book, click on Select next to that option to be taken to the site where you can reserve the vehicle.last_img read more

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