Community participation can help in curbing noise pollution

first_imgNew Delhi: The importance of community participation in curbing noise pollution was one of the important points discussed during a meeting of the Joint Pollution Control Review Committee.Sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was held in the first week of September under the chairmanship of an officer of the rank of Additional Commissioner of Police at Delhi Police headquarters. Officials from Delhi Police, MCD, DPCC, NGO and paralegal volunteers were present. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources added that various points were discussed in the meeting between the officials and at the end, it was observed that no initiative can be successful without the participation of the community. The people have to be sensitized about the ethics of the environment, ill defects and disadvantages of noise pollution. “Though prosecution is essential for enforcing environment but without the support of the community, the menace can’t be controlled. The volunteers should come forward and contact local authorities for cooperation in organizing programmes,” was one of the observations made at the meeting. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources further added that talks were held regarding the exclusive website of noise pollution. “Directions were issued that district DCsP should dispose of pending grievances at the earliest,” sources said. Noise pollution helpline number was another important topic of the discussion. During the deliberations of the meeting, proposals of mass awareness programmes were put forward by the members of the committee. One of the members proposed that community meetings may be organised in collaboration with the RWAs of the area. The programmes may be organised on the pattern of Mohalla Panchayat, Nukkad Dramas and Sabhas. The volunteers may be involved in this programme. Another member pointed out that if there is any violation during any functions, effective check and control may be imposed on such social conglomerations. Another official stated that social media is one of the significant platforms of mass mobilisation, thus it may be used to spread awareness. “Exhibitions, song, dramas, poster competition may be organised in educational institutions to sensitize children,” a member said.last_img read more

TALENT SPOTLIGHT TONY NAPPO

first_img Facebook Every week, eBOSS Canada will shine the spotlight on an aspiring industry mover & shaker (Actor, Model, Producer, Director, Writer, etc.).    TODAY WE TURN THE TALENT SPOTLIGHT ONTONY NAPPOActorTony has been nominated for Outstanding Performance – Male in the 2018 ACTRA Awardsas Quinn Diaz in Split Seconds (Toronto 48 Hour Film Project)Tony Nappo was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. He went on to study acting in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is a theatrical staple in Toronto and has worked in many high profile Hollywood films including Disney’s Zombies, Born to be Blue, Four Brothers, Saw2, Land of the Dead, and Murder at 1600. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement He has appeared in endless independent films including The Go-Getters, This Beautiful City, Beat Down, Stag, You Might As Well Live and The Rainbow Kid. He voices the lead character, Jimmy Falcone, in the hit animated series Fugget About It and has appeared in over a hundred episodes of television including Bad Blood, Baroness Von Sketch, Kim’s Convenience, Murdoch Mysteries, Shoot The Messenger, Remedy, Flashpoint, Killjoys, Rookie Blue, Conviction, Breakout Kings, Saving Hope and Davinci’s Inquest. He has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, two Actra Awards, a Broadway World Award and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards1. What was your journey to becoming an actor? Where did it begin?I think it began as a boy. We were fairly poor and my dad was not in good health so I spent a lot of time escaping through movies and television and, most especially, my imagination. I remember lying in bed and acting out all of these epic stories and just building forts from sofa cushions and cardboard boxes and living out all these fantasies that had nothingo to do with my actual life.2. What project are you most proud of and why?I’m pretty proud of most of what I am doing recently. I just feel like I have come to that point in my life and career where I am challenged more often in terms of content and variety on stage and on film and am able to rise to the challenge. I am always paying attention and learning from my peers and learning new things about myself constantly to bring to my work. I am especially proud of Split Seconds right now because it just became public and because it is a perfect short film,In my mind. It is just crazy to me that this insanely talented group of people could conceive of and execute it within 48 hours.3. What advice do you have for aspiring actors?Do something every single day that will make you a better actor. Read scripts, plays, biographies of actors you admire. See plays and films and get familiar with any shows or projects you’re likely to audition for. Take classes. Write. Anything. Go to the gym if that’s a part of your thing. Just do something. Nobody is waiting around for you to arrive. So when your chances do come, be ready for them.4. What advice can you give aspiring actors for preparing for an audition? (e.g. Do you study with a private coach?)I don’t prepare a lot for auditions, personally. I like to barely even know the lines. That just works for me. It wouldn’t work for everyone. As long as I know what I want to DO with the words, I’m golden. The biggest thing I’d say to newer actors is don’t prepare HOW you want to do it. Because you’ll get stuck in that. Prepare what you are going to do and be ready to do it a hundred different ways. There is no right way or wrong way to do any audition. There is just true and false, as Mamet says. They either believe you or they don’t. And don’t get hung up on the words. They want to see you execute the scene, not memorize the text- it’s not a history test.5. Which acting teacher/coach/school played the biggest role in your career?)A professor named Kathy Smith at the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus, when I was a student there in the late 80s. In my second year, she pulled me into her office one day and asked what I was going to do with my life and I said I wanted to be an English teacher. She told me if I truly committed to studying acting that I would likely be able to make a living at it for the rest of my life. She suggested a school in New York and I auditioned for it, got in, dropped out of University and never looked back. I am always amazed, when I look back, that Kathy changed my entire life’s trajectory with that one single conversation.6. Do you feel it is necessary for performers to promote themselves in order to advance their careers? (e.g. using social media)Unfortunately it is necessary, especially when you’re starting out, as dumb as it is because it has ZERO to do with the work. Though, I admit that I play the game now, too, even though I resisted for years. I joined twitter and Instagram last year and I don’t think it has made any difference at all. I mean, I’ve already been around for almost thirty years now. If industry people don’t know me by now, I’m in big trouble.7. What is the hardest role/character you’ve ever played?Gio in Bad Blood was hard in a way because he mostly observed and didn’t say much. I mean, the director told Gio’s story by covering me a lot and using that coverage which was necessary for those big plot points I was a part of to pay off, in the end. But I couldn’t rely on my usual tricks of add libbing or sneaking in stuff that I knew would make the audience like the guy. There was no room for cheating.8. If you could turn back time and appear in any film made in the past 20 years, which film and character would you choose … and why?I never think that way. There were auditions I blew that I’d like to have over.Or maybe a performance I thought that someone els gave and sucked that i could have done a better job. Buy any film that I have loved in the last 20 years, I wouldn’t touch them. They just inspire me to do better work and hopefully be able to be a part of some film that someone else may be inspired by twenty years from now.9. What would you like to see the Canadian Film/TV industry can do differently in order to grow?I think it needs to promote their actors more and build stars. I think the producer’s fear has always been if you make stars here you have to pay them as stars but if you build them up, I think producers would find that they could generate more revenue than they would cost.10. We all have mentors. These are the people who give us the hope, inspiration, and the drive to keep going. In the industry, who are the people who have been your mentors and why?My mentors have always been the journeymen. The guys like David Fox, who are still doing fringe shows and indie films at 75 years old. The guys who aren’t a quick flash but who are true craftsmen and who you always believe when you see them on stage or screen. The one guy outside of that category -because he is and has been a star since the day I met him – is Nicholas Campbell who took me under his wing when I was about 24 years old and spent a lot of time with me and taught me a lot about the importance of the work and being able to execute it on my own terms. I don’t think I would be the actor I am today or that I would have been able to attack it all with the confidence I did if I hadn’t had the opportunity to drink in all of his experiences and know that an actor of his calibre believed in me. Bad Blood as Marko Brunswick on Rookie Blue Shoot The Messenger Tony Nappo Bad Blood Murdoch Mysteries Kim’s Convenience With Chiwetel Ejiofor in Four Brothers. From the set of Bad Blood with Paul Sorvino and Enrico Colantoni. the set of Bad Blood with Kim Coates and Anthony LaPaglia Killjoys Born to be Blue- with Ethan Hawke and Kate Brown With Lyriq Bent in Shoot The Messenger with Enrico Colantoni in The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship as Cory Lucesse with Wesley Snipes in Murder at 1600 with George Romero on Land of the Dead set. Tony Nappo TONY’S LINKSIMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0621176/Instagram: @nappo.tonyTwitter: @realtonynappoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/tony.nappo.39Tony also writes a column called NAPPOHOLICS ANONYMOUSWhich has run weekly in Intermission Magazine for almost two full years.https://www.intermissionmagazine.ca/category/nappoholics-anonymous/REPRESENTED BYRich Caplan – Noble Caplan Abrams – TorontoCoolwaters Productions – CaliforniaIf you would like to be showcased – log-in to eBOSS Canada, post your links, pics, demo and a bio in the News/Talent Showcase section.  The next shout-out could be yours. center_img Advertisement Tony Nappo Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Himachal Congress arch rivals progeny campaign together

first_imgShimla: The road to political success that six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram, both Congress veterans, have followed throughout their lives has never been the same. Arch rivals — Virbhadra Singh, 83, and Sukh Ram, 91 — both three-time MPs from Mandi, prefer not to cross paths with each other. But their progeny are now trudging together on the roads cutting through the hill state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Virbhadra Singh’s legislator son Vikramaditya Singh is campaigning for Sukh Ram’s grandson Ashray Sharma, who is making his electoral debut as a Congress candidate from Mandi, once the Congress bastion. He is pitted against BJP’s sitting MP Ram Swaroop Sharma. “Vikramaditya Singh has been touring Mandi extensively, with Ashray Sharma, though Virbhadra Singh is yet to start campaigning,” state party President Kuldeep Singh Rathore told IANS. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMandi is one of the country’s largest constituencies comprising Kullu, Mandi and some areas of Chamba and Shimla districts, besides the tribal-dominated Assembly seats of Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti. Sukh Ram holds a mass base in Mandi and Kullu districts, but he needs Virbhadra Singh’s support in other areas where he holds sway, says a senior party leader. The seat is also seeing a battle of supremacy between Sukh Ram and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur as both belong to Mandi district. Vikramaditya Singh, 30, the young scion of the Bushahr family, like his father, does not hesitate to fold his hands and bow his head before the commoners to seek votes for the party. So does local hotelier Sharma, 32, who banks on his grandfather’s legacy and misses no opportunity to hit out at his father, Anil Sharma’ party, the BJP. Anil Sharma lost a Cabinet berth after he son was pitted against his own party. “It’s my grandfather’s dream to see me become an MP,” Ashray told IANS. Sukhram, popularly known as Panditji in Mandi, in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections refused to campaign for Virbhadra Singh from Mandi. During the 2013 Lok Sabha bypoll — caused by Virbhadra Singh’s resignation, he told the media that he was too old to take to the streets for Virbhadra Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh. In 2017, the grandfather-grandson joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But parted ways with it to rejoin the Congress on March 25. Ahead of launching their election campaign earlier this month, they met Virbhadra Singh in New Delhi to iron out their differences. Himachal Pradesh four Lok Sabha seats — Shimla (reserved), Kangra, Hamirpur and Mandi — will vote on May 19.last_img read more

Heavy thundery showers to hit several regions of Morocco

Rabat – Heavy thundery showers could hit, this weekend, several regions of the Kingdom mainly the middle, high and anti Atlas, as well as the southern provinces, the national weather service announced.The severe weather is forecast in the cities Ouarzazate, Taroudante, Boulemane, Azilal, Tinghir, Midelt, Chichaoua, Ifrane, Assa-Zag, Zagoura, Tata, Smara, Guelmime, Khénifra, Béni Mellal, Kalâa Sraghna, Tiznit, Chtouka, Ait Baha, Sidi Ifni, Berrechid, Taza, Guercif, Sefrou et Fquih Ben Saleh and the region of Al Haouz.Rain and showers sometimes thundery could also hit Essaouira, Safi, El Jadida, Sidi Bennour Rhamna , Settat , Marrakech , Khemisset and Taourirt, the same source added. read more

Sivajilingam leads commemoration for LTTE leaders birthday

Northern Provincial Council member M K Sivajilingam led a commemoration event for LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran’s birthday in Valvettithurai today.The commemoration event was held at where Prabakaran’s house was believed to have been located prior to the end of the war. The LTTE leader was killed during the military operations against the LTTE in 2009.Sivajilingam is a close relative of the LTTE leader. (Colombo Gazette) Prabakaran, who was killed in 2009, would have been 63 years today. Some members of the Northern Provincial Council and others attended the event by cutting a cake and feeding the participants. read more

English Heritage launch scheme to nominate more black and Asian people for

first_imgChildhood home of pioneering footballer Laurie Cunningham in Stroud Green,Credit:PA Jimi Hendrix is one of the few BAME figures who already has a blue plaque Childhood home of pioneering footballer Laurie Cunningham in Stroud Green, 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. Jimi Hendrix is one of the few BAME figures who already has a blue plaque English Heritage is launching a new initiative to honour more black and minority ethnic public figures on their famous blue plaques.The organisation said just four per cent of the 900 plaques currently on buildings in London commemorate black or Asian figures from history.As of today, they are setting up a new working group tasked with nominating key people to join the prestigious list of names under the 150-year-old scheme.Those who are already remembered include Jamaican Crimea War nurse Mary Seacole, Chinese writer Lao She, Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and guitarist and songwriter Jimi Hendrix.The low numbers are partly down to a lack of public nominations for people who fulfil the blue plaque criteria and an absence or inaccessibility of historical records establishing a definitive link between the person and the building where they lived, English Heritage said. “And peoples from places that we have touched, have found their way here, to not just make London their home, but to make London and this country what it is.”We want to celebrate that rich complex, sometimes, difficult history, through the lives of those that truly made it.”English Heritage’s curatorial director, Anna Eavis, said: “Since 1866 when the blue plaques scheme was established, our idea of which figures from the past are significant has changed.”Today we are honouring an incredibly gifted footballer who paved the way for many other black players.”But there are many others of national importance within the black community who have not been nominated for plaques – we’ve established this group to help get their names and stories in front of our panel and ensure that their achievements are considered for recognition. Previous English Heritage drives have included efforts to nominate more women Previous English Heritage drives have included efforts to nominate more women “We want the blue plaques scheme to celebrate the contributions of those groups which traditionally have been under-represented in history including women and the working class, Black and Asian communities.”The initiative was launched as a plaque to honour pioneering footballer Laurie Cunningham, the first black player to play for England in a competitive international match and the first Englishman to play for Real Madrid, was unveiled.The plaque marks his childhood home in Stroud Green, north London, where he lived when he was first spotted by a Leyton Orient scout before making his professional debut with the team in 1974.He is only the second footballer to be recognised with a blue plaque after England World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore was honoured earlier this year. To qualify for a blue plaque, nominees must be regarded as eminent within their field and their achievements have made an exceptional impact or deserve national recognition.They must have been dead for 20 years and have lived in London for a significant period in time or importance, while the building where they lived must still survive without significant exterior alterations.The working group will be led by English Heritage blue plaque panel member and cultural historian Augustus Casely-Hayford, who said: “This great city has always been an ethnic melting pot.”We are linked through language, culture, political alliance and economic partnership to every part of the world.last_img read more

Freeport adds more Immersive simulators to improve operator skills

PT Freeport Indonesia’s underground operation has added an additional fleet of simulators from simulator provider Immersive Technologies to develop and improve operator skills and safety at site. Immersive stated: “As a longtime customer, Freeport has seen a range of production improvements through the continued use of Immersive Technologies’ simulators. In an industry where capital expenditure is subdued, Freeport has committed to invest in the safety and effectiveness of its operators as its underground mining operations expand.”PT Freeport Indonesia has invested in the largest operator training simulator deal of 2015. The company has added light vehicle, underground LHD, underground truck, jumbo drill, underground locomotive and Cat® Command for Underground simulators to their training program. The Grasberg minerals district contains one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits and focuses on local hiring and skills development. Their regional technical training programs prepare community members for careers in mining and have utilised simulators from Immersive Technologies for their surface operations since 2001.“PT Freeport has the opportunity to increase production and our simulator training solutions will help develop their workforce safely and effectively. We are proud our solutions have been proven to be effective, reliable and worthy of continued investment,” says Nicky Suwandy, Regional Vice President – Asia, Immersive Technologies.PT Freeport has also utilised underground operator training simulators from another supplier, however has now elected to adopt Immersive Technologies’ advanced solutions across both their surface and underground mining operations. They will add simulators for their light vehicles, underground LHD’s, underground trucks, jumbo drills, underground locomotives, Cat® Command for Underground system, as well as different custom mine sites so operators can train on a simulated version of their actual mine site. “Immersive Technologies professional services will be utilised to develop and integrate the training curriculum in line with their specific needs ensuring significant return on their investment.” read more

Coach Scott Harrington about work with China Learning experience for all of

China handballScott Harrington Chinese women’s national team gaining experience at Women’s World Championship 2017 with the new coaching staff led by Danish coach Jesper Holmriss. His first assistant, Scott Harrington, speaks for Handball-Planet.com about work with the team who has ambitious plans for the future linked with base in Denmark, where Chinese girls will work six months per year.Former Faroe Island coach speaks also about his experience of working with the team who qualified for EHF EURO 2018 qualification stage.China ended Preliminary Round with four defeats and draw against Cameroon 26:26. ← Previous Story (VIDEO): HAND&FOOTBALL girls Marija Colic and Angela Malestein Next Story → GERMANY 2017: Japanese girls are at eight-final! read more

Cypriot diaspora pledge commitment to reunification

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 18th International Conference of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK-PSEKA) and Executive Council of the Organisation of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) wrapped up in Nicosia last week.The main subject addressed during the conference was the ongoing Cyprus problem, with members united in welcoming the progress of negotiations between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.Satisfaction with the current climate was expressed across the board, with talks seemingly moving in a positive direction thanks to Mr Akinci’s recent election and the sentiment he has publicly expressed in moving forward on the issue. According to a statement issued after the conference, the various committees expressed their determination to work tirelessly “with firm commitment and in a result-oriented manner towards a solution to the Cyprus problem, which will reunite Cyprus and its people, secure the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots, as well as their common future within the EU”.During the deliberations, the Pancyprian Coordinating Committee (PSEKA) took the opportunity to elect its leadership, resulting in the re-election of Philip Christopher as president.last_img read more

Spurs loss our worse performance so far – Sarri insists

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists his team’s performance during their disappointing loss to Tottenham Hotspur has to be their worse so far this season.The Blues were defeated 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday at Wembley Stadium, ending their unbeaten start to the season.England midfielder Dele Alli gave Spurs an early lead with a header before Harry Kane doubled the home side’s advantage. Heung Min-Son completed the rout in the second half, before Olivier Giroud got Chelsea on the board with a header late in the game.Maurizio Sarri’s side have made a good start to the 2018-19 season but were outclassed by Tottenham in the London derby, and the former Napoli boss conceded it was ‘perhaps the worst Chelsea performance’ this term.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We played badly against a strong opponent,” Sarri said, according to Metro.“Perhaps it was the worst Chelsea performance of the season, but it was also in a stadium that I don’t like.”“There is an enormous distance from the crowd, so you don’t get the usual atmosphere of an English arena.”last_img read more

United Way Publix team up for school supply drive

first_imgThank you to The United Way, Publix & Suddath Relocation Systems at Tools for Schools for donating supplies to our teachers! pic.twitter.com/muh2ruPtTd— Hunt Elementary (@HuntElementary) January 21, 2017Broward Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said these events are important. “We have so many teachers that are doing so much fabulous work in our schools, that we try to work with as many organizations as we can to fill in the gaps we have in our system,” he said.The school supply drive was made possible by Publix, which raised more than $300,000 in donations. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A charitable effort involving local entities is providing tools for school to South Florida Students.The United Way of Broward County partnered with Publix Supermarkets and Suddath Relocation Systems for a supply drive in Deerfield Beach, Saturday afternoon.The event invited all Broward County teachers to pick up notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, glue sticks and more.last_img read more

UBM Consolidates North and South American Groups into One Division

first_imgTim Cobbold, fresh on the job as UBM plc’s CEO since May, made his first big announcement this week in the formation of an Americas division that consolidates the British company’s North and South American groups into one organization.The new division will combine UBM Tech, UBM Connect, UBM Canon and UBM Medica, and will be led by Sally Shankland, who was previously the CEO of UBM Connect, a marketing services group.UBM Brazil will be merged into the Americas group next year. UBM Live, the global live events operation, will remain as a standalone group, as will PR Newswire. More on this topic UBM Americas CEO Sally Shankland Stepping Down UBM Cuts 70-80 Staff People on the Move Inside UBM’s New Life Sciences Group Scott Schulman Lands at UBM Americas UBM Purchases Content Marketing Institute for $17.6MJust In This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered by Combined, the new division generates $335 million, says the company. Overall first-half revenues for UBM were down about 8 percent compared to same period 2013 to $590 million, according to company financials.last_img read more

Rama Reddys birth anniversary celebrated

first_imgKapra: Telangana Reddy JAC co-convener Pailla Harinadh Reddy organised Raja Bahadur Pasam Venkat Rama Reddy’s 151st birth anniversary celebrations at Radhika Junction in Kapra on Thursday.Speaking on the occasion, Harinadh said, “He is an inspiration for Police department. He is the person who built hostels and schools before 100 years. Present generation should take him as an inspiration and move forward.” Corporator Pavani, Madhukar Reddy, Sudugu Mahendar Reddy, Manipal Reddy, Mahipal Reddy, Ravindar Reddy, Mohan Reddy, Sher Manamma, Sudarshan Reddy, Dr Rama Krishna Reddy, Raghava Reddy, Anji Reddy and others participated in the programme.last_img read more

HDFC Bank ICICI Bank shares gain Axis Bank falls in one month

first_imgIBT Media/ RaghavendraShares of the top three private sector lenders — HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank — have witnessed a mixed trend in the past one month. While HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank have gained, Axis Bank shares have dropped marginally.HDFC Bank shares ended at Rs 1,667 on Friday (June 9), up 8.59 percent from Rs 1,535 on May 9 while ICICI Bank gained 6.64 percent from its May 9 closing of Rs 301 to end at Rs 322.Axis Bank lost during the one-month period to end at Rs 513 from Rs 517, reflecting its weak performance for the fourth quarter ended March 2017.ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company, which listed at a discount after its September initial public offering (IPO), has since gained and has delivered 33.9 percent since October 10 (Rs 324). The stock closed at Rs 434 on Friday. ICICI Bank is planning to offload partial stake in its general insurance subsidiary, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited. Recently, its joint venture partner, Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, decided to sell 12.18 percent of its holding to a clutch of investors — Red Bloom Investment Ltd (9 percent), a company wholly-owned by private equity funds managed by Warburg Pincus LLC; Tamarind Capital Pte. Ltd (1.59 percent), a company wholly-owned by the Clermont Group and IIFL ‎Special Opportunities Fund (1.59 percent), managed by IIFL Asset Management Limited.After the transaction, the two joint venture partners will hold  63.31 percent and 22.13 percent (Fairfax Financial Holdings), respectively.During the period, the BSE Sensex rose from 29,933 (May 9) to 31,262 (June 9). Passengers wait in front of an ICICI Prudential billboard at a bus stop in Mumbai, India, September 29, 2016.Reuters filelast_img read more

Teva layoffs Workers threaten to blow up pharmaceutical firms plant as they

first_imgWorker of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries block a road during a demonstration near the facility in Neot Hovav, southern Israel December 17, 2017.ReutersIsraeli multinational pharmaceutical company Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited has been under constant scrutiny for the last few weeks over its decision to lay off about 14,000 employees worldwide. Out of these, about 1,700 jobs are from its home country. In tune, the firm has seen massive protests and now, a union has asked the company’s workers to go on a strike on Tuesday, December 19.Hundreds of employees of Teva also blocked the roads leading up to the Finance Ministry office in Jerusalem on Monday when representatives of the firm met ministry officials. After the meeting, Avi Nissenkorn, head of an organisation representing workers ordered that all operations at Teva sites in Israel be suspended on Tuesday.He also asked the employees to hold protest rallies in front of PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, reported Reuters. Teva is said to be making this move after a series of failed investments in other countries and employees believe they should not bear the brunt of these failures.Nissenkorn said “job cuts were a last resort” and asked the government to make sure that workers were not affected and Teva’s plants remained in Israel.The country has been witnessing these protests for a while now, also leading to the closure of the Ben-Gurion airport, banks, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and various ministries. Government officials, as well as the PM, have taken the employees’ side and Netanyahu has assured the Teva workers that he would meet Teva CEO Kare Schultz and discuss the matter. Israeli employees of Teva, the world’s biggest manufacturer of generic drugs, block a main road in Jerusalem on December 17, 2017,MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty ImagesSpeaking of the meeting, a government source told Globes that at the meeting, “the Teva CEO’s statement about the company’s commitment to the State of Israel will be put to the test.” He also added that Teva has several plants all over the world including India, Ireland, Germany and more. And if the firm has, in the past, declared its commitment to Israel, it should live up to it.In the meeting, Netanyahu plans to ask Teva to cut back production in Ireland and shift its focus to Israel. “In Ireland, Teva is not a symbol, but in Israel, it is a symbol, as shown by the fact that the whole country has been up in arms for days and the prime minister is dealing with the matter personally,” the source added. Israeli employees of Teva, the world’s biggest manufacturer of generic drugs, hold placard during a protest in the centre of Jerusalem on December 17, 2017MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe protests have gained momentum in the last few days and Teva workers have even threatened to blow up the pharmaceutical company’s plant in Jerusalem if the organisation sticks to its layoff decision. “Our factory is a ticking bomb, we have a stockpile of explosive and poisonous materials — the whole country should be on alert,” Itzik Ben Simon, chairman of the workers union at the Teva tablets factory in Jerusalem, told Hadashot news.”If the decision is eventually made by [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and by the finance minister [to close the factory] we will cross red lines. If they try to save NIS 20 million, the blowing up of the Teva factory will cost around $220 million,” he added.last_img read more

Dance Central VR Coming to Oculus Quest as Launch Title

first_img“Dance Central” doesn’t sound like something that should work in virtual reality, let alone work well. And while some concessions were necessary to make it work, “Dance Central VR” is an excellent adaptation of the seven-year-old franchise.A big piece of the success is the Oculus Quest hardware. The standalone headset is due in Spring 2019, and Harmonix will be there at launch with “Dance Central VR.” It’s also due for Oculus Rift with cross-buy, for those that aren’t quite ready to upgrade to the self-contained Quest.The original “Dance Central” titles used the Xbox 360 and Xbox One Kinect to track the full body. That’s just not possible in VR, so Harmonix commissioned choreography that is mindful of the limitations.“We can’t score you the same way we used to, because we can only track your hands and your head,” says “Dance Central” creative lead Arthur Inasi. “That seems to make the experience a little more accessible and less scary for new players. And the fact that you have the helmet on and you aren’t seeing the outside world makes it easier for you to lose yourself.” On the standard difficulty, there is a lot of move repetition, so players can get comfortable. Hand gestures are a big part of “Dance Central VR,” using the Touch controllers’ capacitive buttons to signify open hands, fists, and pointing. These are not scored as strictly until you get to Pro difficulty.The 32 songs “Dance Central VR” ships with will all be available at launch with no in-game gating. Players will be able to take on Pro mode with little barrier, also. Popular on Variety The Quest has an expansive tracking field (about 210 degrees), but Harmonix has figured out how to expand that using the new Touch controllers shipping with the Quest.“We can track acceleration and velocity once we’ve lost [visual] tracking,” Inasi explains. “We can track on the controllers themselves, even if they are outside the Quest’s view. It calculates how long it takes to move back into tracking.”Harmonix is also careful to ensure that aren’t dance moves that might threaten to fling an HMD from a player’s head. The choreography is designed to limit head and body gestures so your expensive Rift or Quest doesn’t go flying across the room.“We had to consider that when we hired choreographers that we used moves that were not too extravagant, didn’t have you spinning around, didn’t have you facing backward, or walking off in a certain direction,” Inasi says. “We tend to do a lot of movements that are in front of your body or out to the side. Simple left and right stuff. No jumping.”The in-game experience delivers on the immersion. It’s easier to feel comfortable dancing when the world around you is blocked out. The dancer players are asked to mirror are close enough that it feels like they are dancing with you instead of for you. The move “flash cards” also return to show you what moves are coming up. One of the challenges of any multiplayer space is the possibility of harassment. Harmonix has a solution ready. There are posters that adorn the lounge walls that let players know about a quick way to get rid of bad actors. “We wanted a quick way for people to mute someone,” says product manager Alicia Caillier. “If you double thumbs-down, that mutes their audio and freezes their avatar. It gives you some time to report or change rooms.”“Dance Central VR” hooks into Oculus’ system-level reporting and moderation tools. Harmonix has taken the next step to give players an immediate way to protect themselves.center_img In addition to live multiplayer, players can send challenges (complete with custom-recorded dance taunts) to their friends. Challenge, dance, and wait to see if your friend can top your performance.“Dance Central VR” feels great to play, even if it doesn’t directly challenge players to move their legs in specific ways. The necessary changes for virtual reality certainly change the experience, but they don’t detract from feeling like a dance floor superstar.The game’s songs will include chart-toppers from the ’70s through today. Harmonix said these will be the game’s first six songs:Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B “Finesse (Remix)”The Chainsmokers ft. Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”DJ Snake & Lil Jon “Turn Down for What”Haddaway “What is Love”Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer “Give Me Everything”Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock “It Takes Two” Harmonix incorporated learnings from previous VR projects over the two-year design period. The biggest is giving players a sense of comfort and belonging in the virtual environment.“The idea of presence in a space is important, and we learned a lot from ‘Rock Band VR’ about how to make you feel like you’re in a real space, particularly from an audio perspective… where speakers are in space, how the crowd reacts to you” Inasi explains. “I don’t think we could have done this without that.”“Dance Central VR” includes a campaign that allows players to unlock new dance partners and phone cases. Your cell phone is always by your side as a sleek menu, including for taking selfies in the extensive customization screen.Harmonix is offering a large number of face and hairstyle types, and none are segmented by gender. This ensures players can feel free to express themselves in an authentic way.“Dance Central VR” also innovates on the franchise with fully synchronized multiplayer across both HMDs. Players are dropped into a social lounge space. Moving across the space can be customized in three ways: traditional thumbstick movement, teleporting from point to point, or dancing. Shimmying your way across the dance floor is handled with simple arm gestures, and the game animates your avatar to look like you’re dancing, using motion capture data. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

How to overcome millennial stress

first_imgIndia, with a population of over a billion people, will have the worlds youngest population by 2020. While this sounds promising in terms of the composition of the workforce, the millennial generation is also proven to have higher stress levels in comparison to those of an older generation. Several studies suggest that there has been a marked increase in stress levels among millennials owing to various factors involving increased competition at the work place, unstable relationships and sedentary/unhealthy lifestyle, among others. The unmanaged stress further leads to depression. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExperts share a few tips for millennials who lead stressful lives: Plan your schedule: One minute of planning translates into at least 10 minutes saved. Planning is a great tool to enhance efficiency and also brings down stress. When tasks pile up, it is natural to get overwhelmed. This can be prevented by keeping a simple checklist or to-do list. Once you’ve been doing it for a few weeks, it becomes second nature. Ensure you have a plan for the day with a clear objective; this allows you to focus on your goals and keeps you motivated. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveListen to instrumental music to relax: From time immemorial, music has been known to play a positive effect in soothing a person’s senses. The tempo, lyrics and volume of the music you listen to have an enormous effect your mood. Slow-tempo, quiet music will help you relax – and soothe your frayed nerves. While you are working, you can listen to calm instrumental music. This clears the mind and helps you unwind. If you’re feeling low, play upbeat music. This will lighten up your mood and elate your senses. Sometimes, vocals and lyrics can inspire you and lift your spirits. Get enough sleep and rest: Staying up late in the night is common amongst millennials but can have dangerous effects on mental health. Some people have trouble sleeping early, while others find entertainment or social media preventing them from having an early night. One of the best ways that can help you sleep early is exercising for at least 45 minutes every day. This also helps you sleep better and you’ll wake up feeling more refreshed. Getting a minimum of six hours of sleep is necessary to stay fit throughout the day. However, if time constraints prevent a full eight hours of sleep, meditating for 15 minutes can have the same effect on your mind and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Incorporate Ashvagandha herb in your diet: Owing to hectic and sedentary lifestyles, we tend to “unfollow” healthy eating habits. We often skip eating wholesome meals. Most of us may be unaware that certain foods can help in relieving stress and anxiety. Fruits such banana and avocado in addition to carrots and yogurt, help you calm down. A herb like Ashvagandha, according to Ayurvedic texts and modern research, is an adaptogen, which helps relieve stress. The herb is easily available in the form of tablets. One can consume one or two tablets daily, or as directed by the doctor. These are some of the simplest ways to combat the stress faced by millennials. It’s always a good idea to start with simple, natural remedies, as they can be extremely effective.last_img read more

Agents seeking technological innovation Amadeus

first_imgAgents want continued investment in innovative products and technological advancements, according to a new study.Listing their top three technological demands at Amadeus’ Asia Pacific Customer ThinkTank held in Hong Kong last week, agents said a technology partner that offers outside-the-box thinking and niche content for the informed traveller of today would help them cope with an ever-changing business environment.Amadeus Asia Pacific president David Brett said the ThinkTank event raised key industry issues and aimed to create solutions for agents.“As the APAC region’s travel sector continues to surge, travel professionals are still recognising the importance of investing in technology to boost business performance and drive this growth forward, but they want more than just the technology alone; they want a technology partner who can offer them bespoke solutions and personalised service tailored to ensure the success of their business,” Mr Brett said. Amadeus Australia and New Zealand managing director Sari Vahakoski supported the initiative to fulfil agents’ technological requirements, in turn helping the everyday customer.“The transparent communication and customer feedback will enable us to deliver the latest and most suitable technology, knowledge and support for our clients in the region.”Mr Brett was also adamant regarding the benefits of such an event.“By taking on feedback directly from our customers, we support our ongoing investment in research and development to ensure that our solutions are being designed with our customer’s future needs in mind.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals held their annual RedWhite

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals held their annual Red-White scrimmage Saturday, an event seen by thousands of people, including Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf. The two made quite a few observations Saturday, but trimmed what they saw down to a list of the top five impressions.Number five was the amount of people who were there to watch.“The thing that blew me away…is the attendance,” Doug Franz said. “The attendance was unbelievable. “I thought it was around 15,000, official reports are saying 13,000. They were forced to sit people up the hill because they had no more room.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Four Savenio advisors have been recognised for their outstanding service to the industry with three nominated for awards from global luxury network Virtuoso, and one for Australia’s National Travel Industry Awards (NTIAs).Sonia Jones, SavenioSonia Jones has been nominated for Virtuoso Asia Pacific’s ‘Most Admired Advisor’ category while Harriet Talbert has been nominated for the Virtuoso Voyages ‘Top Producer’ award and Brent Hevey has been nominated for the Virtuoso Asia Pacific Rising Star award.Robin Sinfeld, SavenioAll these awards will be announced at Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas in August while award veteran, Robyn Sinfield has been nominated for Best Home-based Travel Advisor in the upcoming NTIA awards for the second year in a row.“We are very lucky to have such amazing talent at Savenio and it is not surprising we have four of our advisors being recognised at the highest levels within the industry,” Savenio Managing Director, David Brandon said.Harriet Talbert, Savenio“Savenio’s independent travel designers represent the very best advisors in the business and their clients value their knowledge and experience as well as the high level of service they offer.Brent Hevey, Savenio“From Robyn, who has been building travel dreams for over 30 years, to Sonia whose business has skyrocketed since joining Savenio, and Brent and Harriet whose rising success is just beginning to be noticed, our Savenio affiliates are doing great things and I congratulate the nominees and wish them all success.” 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 Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more