Exclusive Interview Jeri Ryan Talks Charity

first_imgThe enigmatic Jeri Ryan recently visited Australia for the first time to attend the “First Contact Convention” in Melbourne. Look To The Stars’ Shane Tyler Greaves sat down with Jeri during her Oz trek to discuss her life, her charitable contributions and of course the role that solidified her as part of Sci- fi royalty.With a coffee in hand and smile to boot, Jeri was ready for her first Australian interview and looked genuinely thrilled to be in Australia and happy to discuss her many charity passions.It became clear very early on in the interview that Jeri is a woman who is clearly confident, intelligent and has a strong opinion she is not afraid to express. Jeri, who is ever-present in the forefront of many charitable causes, is always careful to align herself with organizations and causes that resonate on a personal level.“Charity work and giving has always been important to me, my mum was a social worker so I grew up amongst it and it’s always been apart of my life. I definitely try to stick to causes that are close to my heart and that I have a personal connection to – I think that’s really important.”Supporting the high profile NOH8 campaign came naturally to Jeri. NOH8 was formed as a silent protest again Proposition 8 in California which amending the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage across the board. The photographs in the campaign feature people from all walks of life photographed with duct tape over the mouths and NOH8 painted on one check as a symbol of the countless voices being silenced by the proposed amendment.Besides a killer photo, I asked why she was attracted to NOH8 and Jeri speaks of her innate soft spot for all GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) organizations.“I’ve always had so many gay friends and the fact that Prop 8 was started in California to prevent gay marriages is heartbreaking.” Clearly moved by the discussion and topic, Jeri is clear to define her reasons for supporting the cause as well as various other GLBT organizations.“To begin with, when the divorce rates are so high in heterosexual marriages, to be talking about the sanctity of marriage and excluding an entire group of our population is ludicrous, it’s just ludicrous! These are people who love each other and are in committed relations and have every right to get married”Growing up in the south Jeri understands the traditional attitudes toward general GLTB issues and marriage equality itself, however, despite her strong love for the south and while being a Christian herself, she is clear and unfaltering in her views.“To put it simply, being gay is not a choice that anyone would make! No-one would choose to make their life more difficult knowing what the obstacles are. I am not going to buy into the notion that this is a personal choice or wrong in any way… This is the way that God made people and it’s time for total equality.”When asked what she thinks it is that has made the GLBT audience connect with her on such a massive scale she says with a laugh “it was probably the outfit! Let’s face it, ‘Seven’ was just a little bit fabulous!”Another charity that Jeri is proud to support is GLSEN. GLSEN is the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network which plays a vital role in providing education and support for kids at school who may be affected by bullying. Primarily targeted at GLTB adolescents, the core mission of the organization is about educating and nurturing an understanding for school children whilst facilitating and cultivating the concept of equality and respect, regardless of your sexual preference. A key mission for the organization is to develop safer environments for today’s youth and provide them with support to grow their own identify without fear of repression.“This again goes back to kids. GLSEN is such a great organization, they work closely with schools to create gay and straight student alliances to make the GLTB kids feel safe and let them know that there is a place they can go where they won’t be judged and have people they can talk to. Everyone gets teased on some level, people go through bullying in many different ways and GLSEN help to combat it at it’s core. They provide ‘Safe Space’ kits directly to the children and schools making all those in the school level of our society aware of resources and support”In today’s world where young adults have so many pressures, worrying about being bullied as a result of your sexuality or personal identity is not a concept that Jeri is prepared to stand for: “Kids today are going through so much already, the whole idea of having extra pressure and fear based on their sexuality is devastating, this shouldn’t be happening in a civilized society and that’s why this particular cause is so important to me… as a mother I’m strongly apposed to any kind of bullying – in all forms. Bullying should not be tolerated at all, whether it is at school, work or at home. Developing educational programs for the younger generation is such an important mission and I’m proud to be able support them.”When moving onto Jeri’s impressive professional body of work, we discuss the ever-changing entertainment industry. To have enjoyed a constant career whilst remaining relevant in a notoriously fickle industry is no short order. As a working mum, juggling a career with the role of both wife and mother is also an ongoing challenge but Jeri has found a way to make it work. “I’m now fortunate enough to be able to select roles that suit my lifestyle but it’s definitely something I’m very aware of. Coming off the back of Star Trek which was a really, really tough schedule, I worked all the time. My son is now 17 and my daughter is 4, back then I was working 16 hour days and now its really important for me to take more time out with my family and take roles where I am apart of an ensemble cast and wont have to be in every scene – its definitely a luxury that I’m very thankful for!”There has been one re-occurring theme within many of the roles that Jeri has accepted over the years. They are all positive, powerful role models for young people. As the star of TV’s current hit show ‘Body Of Proof,’ Jeri plays chief medical examiner Dr. Kate Murphy and stars alongside an ensemble cast consisting of 2 female leads. Again, Jeri plays another intelligent, strong and self-assured woman.Accepting these styles of roles are certainly a conscience decision for Jeri, “I’m always conscience of what young people are watching, I want there to be positive role models for girls and boys growing up. Everybody needs to see the whole spectrum of what humanity is and what people are and know that not all people are homogenous and they shouldn’t all be homogenous and they need to know that. They need to know you can’t judge people by the way they look, or the way they dress or the way they talk. Yes, I want to play a strong positive intelligent character, I want my children to see characters with substance and be something that they can look up to.”After working on some of TV’s most popular shows including ‘Body Of Proof,’ ‘Law and order SVU,’ ‘Two and A Half Men,’ and ‘Boston Public’ to name a few Jeri is nostalgic when looking back at the role that immortalized her in Sci Fi history. As ‘Seven of Nine’ in Star Trek Voyager, Jeri played the much-loved Borg who classically re-discovered her humanity throughout the show. “I really enjoyed the dichotomy of Seven, how she looks a certain way and acts completely different. She looks overtly sexual but her personality is nothing like that. It was such a rich character as an actor to play, there was so much growth….she didn’t even start off human!”As for what’s next – Jeri says that for now she is simply enjoying balancing her family, her career and her life. “I feel like I’m in a really great place, I have an amazing family that I adore, I love my work and I feel like I’ve achieved many of my professional goals… for now, I’m having fun. I’m just along for the ride.”For such a caring and genuine person who supports so many charitable organizations with such conviction and pride, the phrase ‘Resistance is futile,’ rings true.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Yellow fever vaccination drive to cover almost 12 million West Africans –

The largest-ever mass vaccination campaign protecting populations from the dangerously infectious yellow fever disease will begin next week across three West African countries, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.The week-long UN-supported initiative is slated to target nearly 12 million people across Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone, all countries at high risk of yellow fever outbreaks.Local health teams will administer the vaccinations, as well as offer a package of pre-emptive measures, including vitamin A, deworming tablets and, in Sierra Leone, measles vaccine.“High vaccination coverage will prevent outbreaks of yellow fever, a disease that is very difficult to diagnose in the early stages of infection,’’ said WHO Epidemic Readiness and Intervention Unit Coordinator William Perea.“A single dose of the vaccine offers full protection,” noted Dr. Perea, adding that he hoped the vaccination campaigns would be carried out throughout all high risk African countries by 2015.With help from a $103 million donation from the GAVI Alliance – a vaccine-financing partnership that includes WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – a total of 29 million people have been protected through mass vaccinations programmes since 2007 conducted in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal and Togo, as well as a first phase completed in Sierra Leone.“Thirty-seven countries in Africa and the Americas have introduced yellow fever vaccine in their routine childhood immunization schedule up from 12 countries a decade ago,” said the Director of WHO’s Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele.However, 160 million people could still be at risk in Africa if further funding is not secured for the emergency stockpile and preventive vaccination in remaining high-risk countries, added Dr. Okwo-Bele. “Yellow fever is reappearing in countries that have not reported cases in many years,” said Fenella Avokey, WHO African Regional Office Medical Officer for Yellow Fever Control.“We must finish the job we started to sustain the gains achieved so far,” said UNICEF Senior Health Specialist Edward Hoekstra. “Children and adults in West and Central Africa are unnecessarily affected by yellow fever, when one dose of vaccine would prevent them getting the disease at all.”The 13 highest-risk countries in Africa are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. 17 November 2009The largest-ever mass vaccination campaign protecting populations from the dangerously infectious yellow fever disease will begin next week across three West African countries, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. read more

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Over 250 goats slaughtered for ritual

It was also reported that around 72 chickens were slaughtered as part of the ceremony at the Temple. File picOver 250 goats were slaughtered during a Hindu ritual in Pandatharippu, Jaffna over the weekend, reports from the area said.The goats were slaughtered as part of a ceremony held at a Hindu Temple in the area which was attended by hundreds of devotees. Last year a similar ritual was halted following a court order at the Sri Bhadra Kali Amman Munneswaram Kovil in Chilaw. Public Affairs Minister Mervyn Silva had also arrived at the temple premises and seized the animals that had been brought to be slaughtered.Animal rights groups in Sri Lanka have long voiced anger towards the ritual involving animal slaughter. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Airbnb cofounder welcomes Quebec regulations but hopes rules wont be onerous

TORONTO – One of the co-founders of Airbnb says he welcomes Quebec’s move to consider regulations governing the online home-rental industry, adding that such oversight would boost his website’s credibility.“To be regulated is to be recognized, so we definitely look forward to new policy,” Nathan Blecharczyk said in an interview Monday at Airbnb’s Toronto office.But he cautioned that the rules should not be so onerous that they prevent regular people from renting out their homes and cripple the company’s business model.“The owners, the hosts — these are average folks,” Blecharczyk said. “They’re not particularly sophisticated when it comes to the processes of running a business. If there are too many steps required, you might have lower participation and non-compliance, and non-compliance is not good for cities, is not good for hosts, it creates confusion and ultimately results in less home-share.”The Quebec government has said it wants to require people who rent out their rooms or homes to pay taxes and be subject to the same regulations as registered hoteliers.Many jurisdictions around the world have already introduced regulations targeting websites such as Airbnb, including France, Amsterdam, London and a number of U.S. cities.In some municipalities — including San Francisco, where Airbnb is headquartered — the company is even collecting a hotel tax from hosts on behalf of the city.“That’s something we’re doing now in a number of American cities, and certainly something that’s on the table in Quebec,” said Blecharczyk, who is also the company’s chief technology officer.If Quebec goes ahead with the planned legislation, that would make it the first Canadian province to tackle the issue, although Blecharczyk says the company is also in talks with the Ontario government.Airbnb allows users to rent rooms or entire homes from hosts in more than 34,000 cities, often at rates lower than those offered by hotels.The site has attracted publicity due to a number of high-profile incidents around the world where hosts have suffered extensive damage to their homes. In April, a Calgary couple who rented out their home returned to find the place trashed following what police said was a “drug-induced orgy.”But Blecharczyk says the site benefits hosts, many of whom are renting out the homes they live in to generate some extra cash or help make ends meet. Only a small portion of hosts are property owners who make a business out of renting space to tourists for short-term stays, he added.He said it’s important for any rules that are introduced to differentiate between the two. Those who are renting out their primary residences should be able to do so without having to register, Blecharczyk said.Quebec’s hospitality industry, which is in discussions with the provincial government, has said for the past few years that the popularity of home-rental services has been cutting into hotels’ profits.Natasha Desbiens, the director of Quebec City’s hotel association, says she’s fairly certain that Airbnb is taking business away.“We can’t prove it but we’re pretty sure about it,” said Desbiens. “The occupancy rate has stayed pretty much the same in the last few years, and the government says we’re getting more tourists. So where are they going?”But Blecharczyk doubts that position.“I haven’t seen any hotel go out of business yet because of Airbnb,” Blecharczyk said. “In fact, I think most hotels are having record occupancy rates and charging record prices.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder of the home renatl website Airbnb, is pictured in Toronto on Monday, June 29, 2015. Blecharczyk says he welcomes regulations being mulled by Quebec, adding that government oversight would boost the site’s credibility. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 9:31 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2015 at 4:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Airbnb co-founder welcomes Quebec regulations but hopes rules won’t be onerous read more

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Rail passenger satisfaction at lowest level for a decade as watchdog says

first_imgFor London and the southeast only 80 per cent of passengers were very, or fairly satisfied overall – a fall of two per cent since Autumn 2015.Only 77 per cent of passengers on Southeastern, which serves routes from Kent and Sussex into London, are satisfied with its services overall, and just 73 per cent are satisfied with services on Thameslink, which runs from Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, sussex and Kent into the capital.But the rail operator with the worst level of passenger satisfaction was Southern, with just 65 per cent.This follows a series of crippling strikes on the network by guards and drivers protesting against the planned introduction of driver only operated trains.The dispute has seen hundreds of trains cancelled and delayed in recent months, causing widespread inconvenience for passengers.Mr Smith added: “As passenger numbers rise, parts of the rail network will remain brittle until welcome improvements are in place and working.“Southern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Network Rail must continue to collaborate to produce a more robust timetable.  Passengers need a better balance between peak and off-peak services, reliability and capacity.”More than 29,000 passengers were polled for the Transport Focus Autumn 2016 report.It showed the only area where levels of satisfaction among passengers had risen was with facilities and services at stations, such as cafes, the availability of shelter and seating, along with toilets on trains. Passenger struggling with limited services during recent industrial action on Southern rail, January 2017 Passengers boarding the Gatwick Express at London’s Victoria Station, January 2017Credit:Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock Passengers boarding the Gatwick Express at London's Victoria Station, January 2017 Passenger struggling with limited services during recent industrial action on Southern rail, January 2017Credit:Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstockcenter_img The rail operators admitted their services were not as good as they should be and sais new investment would deliver improvements for passengers.Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators and Network Rail, said: “We know we must do better.”We’re sorry when customers don’t get the service they expect, including those affected by strikes. Everyone in the railway is working hard to make train journeys better from start to finish.”After decades of under-investment and with passenger numbers soaring to 4.5 million a day on thousands more trains, the railway is full in many places.”Rail companies are working together to deliver more than £50 billion of improvements, including more than 5,500 new train carriages, to tackle congestion and make journeys faster, more comfortable and more reliable. While we build the bigger, better railway the country needs there will be some disruption.” The timetable for rail services on the busiest commuter lines is “a work of fiction”, leading to the lowest levels of passenger satisfaction for a decade.The damning verdict came as new figures showed that passenger satisfaction with overall services nationally has fallen to 81 per cent from 83 per cent last year, the worst result since 2007 – when overall satisfaction was also at just 81 per cent.Satisfaction with the punctuality and reliability of services is even lower, falling by five per cent since Autumn 2015 to 73 per cent, according to the independent passenger watchdog.Passenger satisfaction is particularly low on the key commuter services in the southeast, where thousands of people depend on rail to get into London.Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus, which carried out the survey of passenger satisfaction, said: “The results around the country are disappointing. Scottish passengers and those travelling in peak hours in London and the South East are bearing the brunt of poor performance.“The timetable on parts of the London and South East’s railway can be a work of fiction which passengers cannot rely on.” 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.last_img read more

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Some Jerk Stole Neil Armstrongs Gold Lunar Module Replica

first_img Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Thieves stole a solid gold replica of NASA’s 1969 Lunar Excursion Module from an Ohio museum.Just before midnight on July 28, the Wapakoneta Police Department responded to a burglary alarm at the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum.The robbers somehow gained entry to the building, and managed to walk away with a priceless artifact.“This piece is very rare as it was presented to Neil Armstrong in Paris … shortly after the moon landing,” Chief of Police Russel Hunlock said in a statement.One facsimile module was made by French luxury designer Cartier for each of the three astronauts who completed the Apollo 11 mission: Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Armstrong—the first person to set foot on the moon.“A value of such an item cannot be determined,” Hunlock said.Don’t expect to see the poached module up for auction on eBay: Whoever snatched the 5-inch collectible likely intends to melt it down for gold, instead of attempting to sell it.According to Joseph Gutheinz Jr., a Texas attorney and retired federal agent with NASA, there is also an Apollo 11 moon rock in the museum that would be worth millions to a connoisseur. So why not snag the boulder?“Either they didn’t have easy access to the moon rock, or they weren’t into collectibles,” Gutheinz told the Associated Press. “They were into turning a quick buck.”Liquefying the gilded replica would certainly make the jobs of the Wapakoneta PD, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and FBI a lot harder. To quote Gutheinz, it would be a “damn shame” if the punks get away with this.“The Cartier Lunar Landing model has tremendous historic value; tells the story of humanity’s path to and return from the moon,” museum Executive Director Chris Burton told Geek in an email. “The exhibit showcased priceless artifacts that illustrated the international response to the Apollo 11 explorer’s mission. This wasn’t just an American accomplishment; it was an accomplishment for the entire world.“That was the message of this exhibit,” he continued. “The whole world celebrated with Neil, Michael, and Buzz. It is incredibly disappointing that someone would rob the world of this unique object.”An advisory broadcast Saturday on the Wapakoneta Police Department’s Facebook page garnered various reactions, from angry and sad to surprised. (One person crudely responded with the laughing emoji.)“That’s so wrong. Hope they find it and get the person or persons that did it,” user Cherri McNeal wrote in a comment.Many agreed, while others suggested this “had to be an inside job.”“Their alarm system has tear gas canisters involved,” according to Angela Fisher Horn. “And it’s not like there’s a bazillion ways in that place.”“That’s not something that would be easy to move,” Facebooker Matt Smith wrote of the theft. “It was either someone who planned on melting it down for the gold value or a job for a SERIOUS space enthusiast who is also some sort of evil super villain.”(I know it’s wrong, but I’m actually rooting for the latter.)Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Aug. 8 with comment from the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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System becomes Tropical Storm Danny

first_img Tropical Watch with three systems being monitored Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Aug 2015 – It is Tropical Storm Danny now; that system is doing just as had been forecast by the National Hurricane Center. It has shifted somewhat and is now moving west at 12mph and is located 10.9°N and 37.5° west for those tracking the system. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:National Hurricane Center, tropical depression Weekend Weather Watch – storms and general TCI weather for weekend Tropical Storm Don headed for the Caribbeanlast_img read more

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Final seat goes to new opposition party PNP

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcigeneralelections, #TCIResults2016 Change for Turks and Caicos, PDM is New Government Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 16, 2016 – Porsha Smith holds onto the Bight after a tie with PDM Challenger, George Pratt.  The tie breaker was ‘casting of lots’ or names in a bag where Smith was the name drawn to give the PNP five seats.Dudley Lewis, Elections Supervisor gave the update to MagneticMedia moments ago. #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections#TCIResults2016center_img Rufus Resigns PNP & Quits Politics Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Election Observer Mission reports to Presslast_img read more

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End of an era OB Hardware closes after 100 years

first_imgEnd of an era: O.B. Hardware closes after 100 years Posted: October 29, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOCEAN BEACH (KUSI) – When they opened their doors in 1919, World War One had just begun, Einstein had just developed his Theory of Relativity, and only the wealthy could afford a car.Fast forward 100 years, and O.B. Hardware remains that reminder of yesteryear.“This was the place to go when I was a kid. I went to Point Loma High School and we would always go to the hardware store and hang out”, says Ocean Beach native Judy Perry.After a century of selling nuts and bolts, another mom and pop hardware store is headed to the history books.“Well, this place is Legacy. This place is part of the fabric of this community.  When you go inside, it reminds me of how things were 100-years ago”, says Ocean Beach Local Bob Gavin.The current owner has worked there since 1969 and bought the place in the early 80’s.“Well, when we close this place in 2019, it will be 100-years old and I will have worked here for 50,” says O.B. Hardware owner Carl Weidetz.“Let me be clear, this is not because Target is moving in or the landlord raising the rent, those two things are not true”, says Weidetz.“We actually wanted to retire 5-years ago, but decided to sign another lease to make it an even 100-years.  Maybe we should have done it then”But they didn’t, and you still have time to shop and remember the good old days.O.B. Hardware will not close until March of 2019. After that, you can tell your kids how it used to be. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:44 PMcenter_img Dan Plante, October 29, 2018 Dan Plante last_img read more

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MMRDA invites bids for 2 more metro lines project in Mumbai

first_imgThe Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) is soon going to start the preparatory work on the DN Nagar to Mankhurd Metro-2B and Wadala to Kasarvadali Metro-4 routes. The company has floated tenders to design and construct the bridges and stations. According to a report in the Indian Express, the Metro-2B corridor, which is 23.5 km long, is expected to cost roughly about Rs 10,986 crore. The metro project has been divided into five packages: ESIC Nagar- Khira Nagar, Saraswat Nagar- ILFS in BKC, MTNL Metro-Chembur, Diamond Garden- Mandale (Depot).Also read: 3 firms bid for global financial hub project in Mumbai Similarly, the 32 km long Metro-4 project is estimated to cost Rs 14,549 crore. It will be spread across five packages: Wadala-Amar Mahal Junction, Garodia Nagar- Surya Nagar, Gandhi Nagar-Sonapur, Mulund Fire Station-Majiwada and Kapurbawdi-Kasarvadali. The contracts will be awarded for these packages and for the construction of bridge structures, railway crossing and metro stations near Kurla and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. When both the metro lines are ready, it is expected to cater to eight million people a day, more than the suburban railway, Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra chief minister said in a statement quoted by Hindustan Times. Once the contract is awarded, the work is expected to begin around May-June 2017. The plan was approved by the Maharashtra government last year and the work on the two new metro lines is expected to be completed by 2021. In July last year, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) had won a contract, valued at Rs. 2,500 crore from Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. The project entailed construction of underground rail line and stations.last_img read more

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The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game Celebrates Launch With New Trailer

first_img Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever Lego fans, rejoice! Today marks the launch of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. This launch coincides with The LEGO Ninjago Movie which also releases in theaters today.“With new, powerful combat moves, players can jump into the action with adrenaline pumping fighting sequences that let them jump higher, kick harder, swing further and defy gravity to conquer their enemies,” reads today’s press release. “Players can master the art of Ninja-gility by running on walls, high-jumping and battling foes of NINJAGO to rank up and upgrade the ninja’s combat skills, and traverse across NINJAGO Island fluidly with parkour-like moves. The new combat moves include Rushing Boar, a dash attack to bridge the gap between characters, Floating Butterfly, a jump lunge attack that allows the ninja to leap and attack from above, Swooping Hawk, a jump slam attack, and Stinging Bee, a flurry of very fast strikes.”As players progress, they unlock new combat skills and abilities. These allow for the mastery of “Spinjitzu” which will helps with dispatching the game’s various hordes of enemies. Each ninja can unlock new combat techniques, moves, and elemental powers along with upgradeable weapons. All of these can be combined throughout the game.The game features eight open-world(ish) levels. Not only are they based on locations from the movie, but also from the LEGO NINJAGO TV series. Places like NINJAGO City and NINJAGO Island contain many hidden items to collect. They also have unique Challenge Dojos where players can test their combat skills by battling against waves of increasingly challenging foes. On top of that, the game’s Battle Maps allow players to face off against one another in three different game modes. These modes feature competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players.You can buy The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game over on Amazon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Barrackpore Police cracks down on tobacco sellers near schools

first_imgKolkata: Barrackpore Police Commissionerate on Friday has cracked down on the stalls that sell tobacco products within 100 yards of any school premises.Senior police officers in Barrackpore started raids at various stalls and actions were taken against those violating the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA).Police started this on World Head and Neck Cancer Day, spreading a strong message about the ill-effects of consuming tobacco. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeCOTPA prohibits smoking in public places, direct/indirect advertising & promotion, sale to/by minors and also sale within 100 yards of schools. Police have slapped fine on smokers in public places and tobacco sellers within 100 yards of school premises and across all police stations under Barrackpore police commissionerate were also fined.According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey – 2017, 1.5 lakh people die untimely deaths every year due to tobacco related diseases and as many as 438 children start consumption of tobacco daily. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCOTPA special training was given to Barrackpore Police on 26 July where police officers from 13 police stations took part. Rajesh Kumar Singh, Commissioner of Police, Barrackpore, and DCP Amitabh Barma and Samir Basak, ACP (Head Quarters) arranged the training programme.Mr Rajesh Kumar Singh, Commissioner of Police said: “Barrackpore Police is committed to save the youth and will ensure COTPA implementation through conducting enforcement drives on regular basis throughout all police stations covering public places and areas adjacent to educational institutions. The implementation of COTPA was started with a focus on the protection of youth from getting into addiction.” According to doctors, tobacco usage causes 90% of oral cancers which lead to fatalities, major loss of quality of life, trauma and financial ruin for the family.Many of the doctors, who have participated in the anti-tobacco drive, appreciated Barrackpore Police for its action on COTPA, which will bring down miseries caused due to tobacco consumption.It may be mentioned that Barrackpore Police Commissionerate announced the drive on July 18 and promised to take stringent actions against those who will be found smoking in public places. With an aim to transform Barrackpore into a tobacco-free zone, the Barrackpore Police Commissionerate also organised a walkathon to spread awareness among people and the students of various schools and colleges.last_img read more

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Virgin seeking new staff

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J As Qantas’ five year plan sees the redundancy of up to 1,000 of its employees, Virgin Australia has announced it will be hiring new staff as part of its Game Changing Program.Speaking at the airline’s Annual General Meeting earlier this week, chief executive John Borghetti explained that after reviewing its operations the carrier had space for more than 500 new employees.100 of the new positions will be open to full-time and part time Guest Contact Centre positions by in-sourcing jobs from two off-shore, outsourced providers, 200 new ground operations jobs in Australia as well as 250 new cabin crew roles mainly based in NSW.   In total Virgin Australia expects to see its new cabin crew staff increase to up to 400 for this calendar year.Mr Borghetti added that with plans to build a new maintenance hangar at Sydney Airport they expect to see up to 300 new jobs open up in 2014.Hoping to also expand its pilot expertise, the airline announced it was also looking to launch a cadet pilot training program in Australia next year.“We employee over 7,000 people and it is their hard work and dedication that had got us where we are today,” Virgin’s head explained.“We are proud of being a strong Australian employer and we are committed to keeping as many jobs in Australia as possible.”Touching on the year’s success, Mr Borghetti said since launched the Game Changing Program 12 months ago, the airline has seen “strong benefits” particularly in its business class appeal.The carrier saw its first time business travellers spike for the year as well as its loyalty members.Click on e-Travel Blackboard tomorrow for more on Game Changing benefits. last_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) passes to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. The Cardinals won 34-31. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Palmer, however, wasn’t so quick to say the win was because of a certain comfort level in the stadium.“This was just one of those weeks where we felt like we were going to win,” Palmer said after the game.When looking at those six wins for the opposition in Seattle since 2013, one thing that’s clear is it’s not going to be a blowout.Of those six wins at CenturyLink Field for visiting teams, the average margin of victory is 5.6 points and the Seahawks have never lost by more than seven points.Arians sees the run game and Palmer’s play as two main factors.“We have been able to run the football good enough and Carson makes plays,” Arians said of the wins in Seattle.In all six losses, Seattle has lost the battle in rushing yards. Arizona, in particular, had over 100 rushing yards in two out of three of those games.“There’s something about this matchup, the games are really tight with these guys, and probably no surprise,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said after the game.The Cardinals have also been able to get a big play on offense in all three wins.In the 2013 17-10 win, Brittan Golden had a 63-yard catch, and in this year’s edition, J.J. Nelson went 80 yards for a touchdown. Top Stories The biggest play of the rivalry in Seattle, of course, came in the 2015 win when running back Andre Ellington went 48 yards with under two minutes left on 3rd-and-4 for a touchdown to effectively seal the win, leading to backup quarterback Drew Stanton’s memorable celebration on the sideline. – / 18 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img 24 Comments   Share   This season has not gone according to plan for the Arizona Cardinals, but the one thing they’ve still been able to do is beat the Seattle Seahawks in their own building.Since 2013, the Cardinals are now 3-1 in Seattle after their 34-31 win Saturday while the rest of the NFL is a combined 3-25.Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians believes the team plays with a certain confidence behind quarterback Carson Palmer.“There’s no doubt (the team has a certain confidence in Seattle), three times with Carson,” Arians said after the win Saturday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Sri Lankan family behind Dilmah Tea and the Resplendent Ceylon collection of hotels has revealed further details and visuals of its third property, Wild Coast Tented Lodge, to open in October 2017. Situated along a pristine beach on the fringes of the renowned Yala National Park, the lodge will combine the comforts of a luxury hotel with the back-to-nature excitement of a wilderness safari camp.The 28 tented cocoon suites will boast soaring vaulted ceilings, offering panoramic jungle views from the double-height glass facades. The interiors will fuse colonial expedition chic with contemporary design innovations, from freestanding handmade copper bathtubs to four-poster beds. Teak floors and canvas walls complement dark leather touches and re-purposed metallic hardware for an eclectic and design-led aesthetic.The four secluded beach-facing suites will offer private plunge pools, while a further 16 suites will cluster around water holes, attracting a variety of local wildlife which guests can view from the comfort of their private deck. The family cluster comprises eight cocoon suites with adjoining ‘urchins’ – small cocoons perfect for little twitchers-in-making, and offering privacy and space for parents and children alike.The open-air bamboo-clad bar and restaurant – designed to mirror the boulders scattered across the golden beach beyond – will wrap around the resort’s enormous free-form swimming pool. Guests can enjoy creative daily-changing menus of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine in the restaurant, as well as sundowner cocktails and picnics al fresco on the sand dunes, watching dusk settle over the Indian Ocean.A nature-lover’s paradise, Wild Coast Tented Lodge will offer exceptional wilderness experiences, allowing guests to immerse themselves in some of the richest biodiversity in Sri Lanka. Vehicles will whisk guests to the quietest corners of Yala National Park, while expert naturalist guides will be on hand to talk guests through the incredible diversity of flora and fauna, including wild elephants, sloth bears and illusive Sri Lankan leopards. A variety of lectures and workshops, with focuses ranging from wild elephant behaviour to bird watching and nature walks, will offer an insight into the fascinating natural surroundings.All Resplendent Ceylon properties are underpinned by an unwavering commitment to sustainability and ethical business practice and Wild Coast Tented Lodge will exemplify this ethos, with a wide variety of eco initiatives. Grey water will be recycled from guest rooms and public areas for use in landscaping, while a solar plant will meet 40 per cent of energy needs and garbage will be composted for use in the landscape. The hotel will also boast a conservation station dedicated to monitoring and protecting vulnerable wildlife within the surrounding area, including the Sri Lankan leopard.last_img read more

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first_img Go back to the e-newsletter This record-breaking year marks the beginning of impressive momentum for Hilton’s luxury category and stems from more than a decade of strategic investments and planning. Following this year’s openings, Hilton’s luxury pipeline includes more than 30 properties, approximately 25 of which are expected to open through 2025.“Over the next five years, starting with this year’s openings, we will start to see the positive impact of our efforts, and we are confident that our amazing portfolio of properties will reinvent luxury travel for Hilton – and for the entire industry,” said Martin Rinck, Executive VP and Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Group, Hilton.Last year, Hilton identified a gap among independent luxury hotels and launched LXR, its third luxury brand, to provide customers with a portfolio of distinctive, iconic hotels and resorts – full of character and individuality – that are backed by a world-class commercial engine. Hilton says it expects to open seven additional hotels across its luxury portfolio in 2019. Coupled with four new openings that have already debuted, this year is on track to be the busiest year in Hilton’s 100-year history for high-end launches across Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts.Hilton’s current and projected luxury openings in 2019, which join the 65 existing luxury properties, include:Waldorf Astoria: Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal and Waldorf Astoria Maldives IthaafushiLXR: The Biltmore, Mayfair in London and Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa in AnguillaConrad: Conrad Hangzhou, Conrad Hangzhou Tonglu, Conrad New York Midtown, Conrad Shenyang, Conrad Tianjin and Conrad Washington, DC Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry.center_img “Hilton was among the first to predict that luxury travel was poised to take off across generations and markets in the years to come – and we wanted to be at the forefront of its reinvention,” said Ian Carter, President, Global Development, Architecture, Design and Construction, Hilton.“Development in the luxury space requires time and resources to do it properly. Our thoughtful and targeted approach has enabled us to grow Hilton’s luxury presence globally – in many cases from the ground up – from new properties to spectacular conversions.”Waldorf Astoria is growing to include more resort destinations, such as Los Cabos, Mexico and the Maldives, and is building a presence in more key urban markets like London (expected to open in 2021), San Francisco (expected to open in 2022) and Miami (expected to open in 2024).The Conrad brand, which has been concentrated in the Asia Pacific region, is gaining traction in other parts of the world, including the US where it recently signed deals in Nashville (expected to open in 2021) and Orlando (expected to open in 2022) and opened a flagship property in Washington, D.C.LXR is gaining traction in a variety of markets with the additions of Anguilla’s world-class Zemi Beach resort and London’s sophisticated Biltmore Mayfair.Lead image: LXR Zemi Beach Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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