Mamata congratulates PM Modi will skip swearingin ceremony

first_imgKolkata: Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day before the swearing-in ceremony which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has requested the former to excuse her for not attending the function.Earlier, Banerjee had decided to attend the function in Delhi and was scheduled to leave for the national Capital on Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Bengal BJP has decided to take the members of 54 people whom they termed as “martyrs” to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaReacting sharply, Banerjee said the BJP’s claim that 54 people died in political violence is “completely untrue.” There have been no political murders in Bengal and the persons might have died due to family feud or personal enmity or other disputes. She remarked that the swearing-in ceremony is “an august occasion to celebrate democracy” and should not be devalued by any political party that wants to use it as an opportunity “to score political points.” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersShortly after cancelling the trip to Delhi, she tweeted: “Congratulations, new Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. It was my plan to accept the “Constitutional Invitation” and attend the oath-taking ceremony. However, in the last one hour, I am seeing media reports that the BJP are claiming 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal. This is completely untrue. There have been no political murders in Bengal. These deaths may have occurred due to personal enmity, family quarrels and other disputes, nothing related to politics. There is no such record with us. So I am sorry Narendra Modi ji, this has compelled me not to attend the ceremony.” She further mentioned: “The ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party which uses it as an opportunity to score political points. Please excuse me.” Political experts felt that as the administrative head of the state, Banerjee has taken the right decision. It is an insult to her to share the same dais with the family members of the deceased as to accept it will mean a stamp on BJP’s tall claims. The saffron party claims that 46 party workers had died during the Panchayats election held in 2018 and five during the recently-concluded Lok Sabha election.last_img read more

Treatment at mental health facility was torture Ontario judge finds

first_imgAn Ontario court has ruled that a provincial mental health facility ran therapeutic programs for years that amounted to torture for the patients involved.Justice Paul Perell’s ruling came in the midst of a lengthy lawsuit filed by past and present residents of the Oak Ridge division of the Penetang Psychiatric Hospital in Penetanguishene, Ont., that alleges patients were gravely mistreated.Perell says three programs at the hospital that involved the forced administration of drugs, physical restraint and sleep deprivation, amounted to both physical and mental torture.Two doctors and the province of Ontario, who are defendants in the suit, argued that the programs at the heart of the lawsuit fell outside the statute of limitations and could not be the subject of a court proceeding.Perell dismissed that claim in his June 1 ruling, but said the plaintiffs now need to establish whether or not they were harmed by programs run at Oak Ridge between 1966 and 1983.Lawyers representing the plaintiffs say they will proceed with the case. Lawyers representing the defendants did not immediately respond to request for comment.In his ruling, Perell outlined the various premises of the three programs used to treat many patients who had been accused of serious crimes such as rape and murder.They were developed at Oak Ridge and administered in part by Dr. Elliott Thompson Barker and Dr. Gary Maier, the two psychiatrists named as plaintiffs in the suit, the ruling said.Defence Disruptive Therapy (DDT) involved forcibly giving patients hallucinogenic and delirium-producing drugs in order to break down the patients’ defence mechanisms and force them to confront their abnormal behaviour, Perell wrote.The Motivation, Attitude, Participation Program (MAPP) involved forcing patients to complete 14 days of perfect behaviour, including adhering to rules about “unauthorized talking or movement,” he wrote.One component of that program involved forcing patients to sit on a bare floor with hands cuffed and only allowing them to move four times within four hours in a confined space of three square feet. Failure to comply could result in forced sedation or being placed in solitary confinement, Perell noted.The third initiative, called the Capsule Program, involved chaining up to seven people together in a room, stripping them naked, and keeping them in that state for days at a time, Perell said.The room was continuously lit and featured holes in the walls through which occupants were fed only liquid foods through straws. Patients were kept under constant surveillance and often given hallucinogenic drugs against their will, Perell said.“The three programs designed by Dr. Barker and implemented by the doctors and other employees of Oak Ridge — even if designed and implemented in good faith and even if the programs could be proven to be in some way therapeutic — were torture and a degradation of human dignity,” Perell wrote in his decision.“It is an inexcusable breach of fiduciary duty for a physician to torture a patient.”Plaintiffs alleged a breach of fiduciary duty when they first launched the suit in 2000, and Perell said that particular claim was not beyond the statute of limitations at that time.As a result, Perell dismissed the defence’s position that the plaintiff’s claims fell outside of the statute of limitations.He did, however, order a trial or other motions to “prove victimization, harm, causation of harm and to quantify the individual plaintiffs’ damages, if any” for the 31 plaintiffs in the lawsuit.No date has yet been set for this next step, and it is not known whether the defendants plan to appeal Perell’s ruling.Perell conceded that the doctors were likely running programs based on accepted medical practices of the day, but said that argument still could not excuse what was done to Oak Ridge patients.“I appreciate that apart from professional renown and advancement, there was no self-serving gratification for the defendant physicians at the expense of the plaintiffs,” he wrote.“But, in my opinion, that does not negate the circumstance that it is a breach of a physician’s ethical duty to physically and mentally torture his patients even if the physician’s decisions are based on what the medical profession at the time counts for treatment for the mentally ill.”last_img read more

Marty Stuart Talks To MusiCares About Late Night Jam

first_imgMarty Stuart, a five-time GRAMMY-winning country music singer/songwriter, has hosted his Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium for MusiCares in Nashville, Tenn., since 2001.MusiCares recently sat down and talked to the legendary country star to talk about the event.You’ve been a longtime supporter of MusiCares; can you describe why you feel so strongly about MusiCares?Well, the stories come from our time working together with MusiCares. One experience is when the flood hit Nashville in 2010. I cannot think of a greater example of a natural disaster, wiping so many people out — whether it’s no rent due to lost gigs, losing instruments, jobs, buildings, or homes. I know for a fact that MusiCares was at the forefront of providing vital and immediate help to people in our industry who needed assistance. You can’t ask for a greater example than that.How have you seen MusiCares help those in need?Everybody thinks that since we sing, have records and are on TV, that everybody has a lot of money. There was an old country music hero of mine [who] gave and gave during the good years of his life. He came off the road, got old and diabetes set in. He lost a leg and that was unthinkable, but he weathered through. He began receiving rehab and then the unimaginable happened: he lost the other leg. After another round of hell, he finally got home and the first round of prescriptions was $4,500. I remember calling you and, in less than a week, he had his medicine.Another thing that happens from time to time is drugs and alcohol take over and that’s a hell that I understand. It was a part of my life for a long time. Sometimes we get too close to the fire and we don’t know how to get out and we have to go to the side and ask for help. I know so many instances when MusiCares has been that entity that stepped up and confidentially took care of people and their situations. The bottom line [is], MusiCares saves lives.What inspired you to create the Late Night Jam?The great truth of the matter is, CMA Week, which used to be fan fair, the first one I was ever a part of was in 1973. When the show moved, things changed. At the time when I started my band, the Fabulous Superlatives, we didn’t have a record deal for a brief period of time, which meant we couldn’t play the big stage. I thought, “Well, I’ve been a part of this since 1973 and I don’t want to be relegated to a lesser stage because I don’t have a hit at the moment,” so I thought, “We have to go beyond this.” So, Tony Conway helped me approach the Ryman Auditorium and we set up the first Late Night Jam 13 years ago.To date, through the Late Night Jam, you’ve raised more than $200,000 for MusiCares to support our emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery programs. How does that make you feel?It makes me feel like I’m doing the right thing. As entertainers and creative people, we are so blessed and we have so many gifts at our disposal and to be able to give a little part of that back is the bottom line.I was pumping gas recently and some guy came up and shook my hand — he knew I hosted the Late Night Jam annually. He said to me, “MusiCares saved my life and I thank you for all you do for them.” I replied, “That’s what we do and it’s what we are supposed to do.” So, doesn’t that say it all right there? It’s like the old mission — if you’ve helped one soul, it’s been worth the whole journey.To read the full interview, visit read more

District of Taylor to deal with unsightly property

first_imgCouncil has now given Staff the approval to hire a contractor to start cleaning up the property, providing that one final notice is given to the owner and that a notice sign is placed outside of the property.Since the property owner can not be located, it is up to the District to hire a contractor to clear the site with an estimated cost of $10,000. According to the District, since 2017, this property has been known to Police as there have been 17 occurrences involving the RCMP to attend, ranging from Breach of Probation, break & enter, theft and the assaulting of a Peace Officer.As spring has now arrived, Staff say that the property is a breeding ground for rodents to populate and if unchecked they will likely spread to neighbouring properties.To date, Protective Services have been unable to obtain compliance with regards to theNuisances and Unsightly Property By-law No. 465, 1993 from the owner of the property.The District has made a number of attempts to get in contact with the property owner but with no success.It is believed that the property owner may be out of the Province or even the Country.Staff asked Council that Protective Services staff be authorized to initiate remediation of the property. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a Committee of the Whole meeting, on Monday, District of Taylor Council discussed the state of an unsightly property that is located within the District.The property in question, 10471 -102nd Street, had a complaint filed against it in February regarding the unsightly nature of the property.Not only is this property seen as unsightly but it also poses safety risks to the community.last_img read more

Lanka to bank on Chinese support at UNHRC

The draft resolution has noted with concern that the National Action Plan does not adequately address all of the findings and constructive recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) of Sri Lanka.Titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka,’ the first draft of the resolution to be submitted by the U. S. reaffirmed that it is the responsibility of the Sri Lankan government to ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of its entire population. In January, the U.S. announced that a second resolution on Sri Lanka would be presented at the UN Human Rights Council sessions saying the government had failed to implement key reconciliation and human rights measures since the end of the war in 2009. Sri Lanka is to bank on the support of China against a U.S. sponsored resolution which is to be submitted before the UN Human Rights Council next month, the Xinhua Chinese news agency reported.The Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry said that the government will first want to see the resolution which is to be submitted before the Council, after that, the respective governments will be approached in order to discuss the kind of support that Sri Lanka will require. “It is obvious that we will want all countries to support us including China who have maintained strong ties with us. However we will first await and see what the resolution states,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Rodney Perera told Xinhua. read more

Annan names Nafis Sadik of Pakistan as his envoy for HIVAIDS in

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today appointed Nafis Sadik, the former Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), as his Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia.In her new capacity, Dr. Sadik will be responsible for promoting throughout Asia the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, which was adopted by the General Assembly in July 2001 at its special session on the pandemic. She will meet with high-level government officials to promote key issues, while encouraging celebrities and other influential persons to get involved in the fight against AIDS. In carrying out those functions, she will work closely with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).Dr. Sadik was the first woman to lead a major UN voluntary-funded programme, heading UNFPA from 1987 to 2000. Before joining the UN, she had been Director-General of Pakistan’s Central Family Planning Council. Dr. Sadik, who holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, is married and has five children. read more

Central African Republic UN warns that more than six in 10 people

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Najat Rochdi urged the international community to help CAR, explaining that 2.9 million people in need of assistance and protection out of a total population of some 4.6 million “is a big deal”.Next year, she said, 63 per cent of people there are likely to require urgent humanitarian assistance, up from 46 per cent in May.In the past three weeks alone, more than 50,000 people have been affected in Batafango town in Ouham prefecture, and in Alindao town in Basse Kotto prefecture, where assailants burned down two main sites for displaced people – a tactic never before seen in CAR.“The world cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening in the CAR. We are back to square one!” she said. “Everything was burned and (there is) a level of despair which is really heartbreaking,” Ms. Rochdi said. “I went there, and I met with them and there is one thing they told me, all of them, is that they will never go back to the site. And therefore, it is really a lot of challenges for us when it comes to protection, but also when it comes to making sure they have a minimum living standard where they are.”Fighting between the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia and the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition plunged CAR into civil conflict in 2012.A peace agreement was reached in January 2013, but rebels seized the capital, Bangui, two months later, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.Concerned with the security, humanitarian, human rights and political crisis in the CAR and its regional implications, the Security Council authorized the deployment of a UN stabilization mission, known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, in 2014, with the protection of civilians as its utmost priority.While Ms. Rochdi acknowledged that the UN had taken on many functions of Government because of the crisis, she noted that in 2019, humanitarian priorities were likely to focus more on providing lifesaving help quickly via regional hubs and seeking to engage more with affected communities.“It is a conversation that has started,” she said, adding that the fact that this year’s $516 million CAR appeal was only 50 per cent funded meant that “realistic” decisions had to be taken about which communities to help.And highlighting the scattered nature of the violence in CAR – a country of huge natural wealth in the form of diamonds, gold and uranium – the UN official noted that there was good news in some areas, not least the spontaneous return of displaced people in the south-west. read more

Two men die after single car crash in Louth in the early

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Eamonn Farrell/ 30,442 Views Mar 18th 2019, 7:40 AM 8 Comments By Sean Murray Share59 Tweet Email center_img Monday 18 Mar 2019, 7:40 AM File photo. Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to the crash to come forward. Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Two men die after single car crash in Louth in the early hours this morning The R173 road has been closed while garda forensic teams examine the scene. GARDAÍ IN LOUTH are investigating a fatal road crash that happened on the R173 near Carlingford just after 12.30am this morning.Two men – whose ages have not yet been confirmed – were pronounced dead at the scene following the single car crash.There were no other injuries reported.Both men were taken to Louth County Hospital in Dundalk for post-mortem examinations. That stretch of road has been closed while garda forensic teams examine the scene. Diversions are in place.Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to contact them at Carlingford Garda Station on 042 937 3102, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.  Short URL File photo. Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to the crash to come forward.last_img read more

HIV screening for migrant workers still in effect

first_img Related Items:hiv testing, migrant workers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Dec 2015 – If you are among the resident population which believes the government should not touch the current legal requirement for migrant workers to have a clean bill of health to start work in the TCI, then you may find relief in a statement issued by the Ministry today. Health said it wants to clarify that there is no change in the policy, I quote, “HIV testing along with several other health tests and checks remain a part of the overall examination process where the results contribute to the decision as to classify an applicant as being fit or unfit to engage in employment in the Turks & Caicos Islands.” The Ministry said that if anything, they are working to strengthen the policy, which they say, “will assist in streamlining the process and provide much needed clarity for all persons seeking health certification.”last_img read more

Jared Sandberg Named Editor of Bloombergcom

first_imgBefore joining, Sandberg was at The Wall Street Journal (aside from an interlude as a senior technology writer with Newsweek) since 1991. There, he became WSJ’s first Web beat reporter, focusing on the entrance and evolution of the new platform.In March 2011, Bloomberg launched the Bloomberg Media Group, a media stable that pulls together all of Bloomberg’s consumer properties. Included in this group with are Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets magazine, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio and Bloomberg Mobile. The Media Group was created in order to allow “integrated solutions for advertisers” and easier access for Bloomberg readers. Bloomberg has announced that Jared Sandberg will join as editor. Sandberg will report to Josh Tyrangiel, the editorial director of Bloomberg Digital and editor of Bloomberg Businessweek.last_img read more

Make that halftime show sing The best audio systems for the big

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET Vizio SB3621n-E sound bar for $150 See at Amazon Read CNET’s review Vizio SB362An-F6 sound bar for $100 Vizio’s SB362 solo sound bar is great value for money A cozy home theater for Batman, Peyton Manning and Scarface Sarah Tew/CNET Midrange: $400 to $550 28 Photos Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar See at Walmart Trading up to the SB3621n-E brings significant benefits — namely a separate, wireless subwoofer. It adds oomph to movies and sports alike. If you can spare the extra $50, get this one. Of course, sound systems are for life, not just the Super Bowl, and so you’ll need ones that can not only do sports, but also movies and music. The systems that follow sound good with everything, but they will also heighten your football experience in a way that no TV speaker ever could.Entry-level: $100 to $250 Comments You may have bought yourself a TV to watch the biggest game of the year, but as any sales-floor employee will tell you, the picture is only half of the story. It’s not just hyperbole: there’s no way a tiny TV speaker can communicate the roar of the crowd, the dialogue of those must-see Super Bowl ads, or the slam of the halftime show. And you don’t need to spend much at all.Great-sounding systems start at $100, and offer features like Bluetooth streaming audio and input selection. Trading up gives you better features like Dolby Atmos decoding and 4K video switching. No matter what your budget though, you can find something here. High-end: A true surround system for about $1,400Sound bars are great, but if you want to capture the full impact of the country’s biggest game only a full surround system will do. There’s no reason to spend silly amounts of money though — around $1,500 will get you an up-to-date surround system with a sub and the ability to upgrade later.   Now playing: Watch this: Read CNET’s review AV Receivers Speakers reading • Make that halftime show sing: The best audio systems for the big game and beyond Super Bowl 2019 Read CNET’s review May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer Super Bowl LIII is Feb. 3: These are the TVs we’d watch it on  Super Bowl 53: Watch it live here See at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Bluetooth Dell LG Sony Vizio The Onkyo TX-NR585 ($449) is the hub of this system and offers all of the latest standards — including HDR and Atmos/DTS:X — plus all of the streaming music options you could ask for. It has plenty of connectivity, and it happens to sound great, too. Feel free to substitute the Sony STR-DN1080 if it’s cheaper, or if the Onkyo isn’t available in your area (outside the US). center_img Once you get over the $500 barrier, the sound bar field starts to thin out, but there are some excellent options for this kind of money including the Sony HT-NT5. It offers HDMI switching and excellent simulated surround. Plus, it has a separate sub, which gives it more slam than the cheaper Zvox SB500.  More Super Bowl “Smart” sound bars are all the rage this year with offerings coming from the likes of Klipsch and LG, but Polk was one of the first. The Command Bar looks and operates like the Amazon Echo it was based on, but it sounds like a true home theater speaker. With the latest update it can also stream music to other Echo devices around your house — useful if you want to hear the game while you’re out of the room. Read CNET’s review Onkyo TX-NR585 AV receiver for $349 Sony HT-NT5 sound bar for $530 1:52 See at Amazon Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Harrison Ford, The Dude, the Backstreet Boys and more Avengers, Captain Marvel, Twilight Zone: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailers Super Bowl 2019: New Avengers: Endgame trailer shows heroes at their best Super Bowl 2019 commercials: Watch them all here Super Bowl 2019 memes: Game of Thrones, SpongeBob, Adam Levine’s nipples SpongeBob SquarePants barely shows up at Super Bowl 2019 halftime show See all of our Super Bowl coverage See at Walmart Read CNET’s review Polk Command Bar for $250 Tags Share your voice One hundred dollars. That’s all you really need to spend to make your music and TV sound better than it ever has. Bluetooth and an optical connection, and you’re set to enjoy the football, and a post-game party, too. Zvox SB500 sound bar for $400 Sarah Tew/CNET Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 Super Bowl 2019 • See All Sarah Tew/CNET 2 If you’re looking for a simple one-box system the Zvox SB500 offers great sound, rugged construction and ease of use. It’s one of the few all-in-one sound bars that truly doesn’t need a subwoofer. It may not be “smart,” but the addition of a Chromecast Audio (while you still can) or an Echo Dot should help close the gap. Sarah Tew/CNET Read CNET’s review The speakersThe Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 bookshelf speakers  Sarah Tew/CNET Pair the receiver with a great set of speakers. You can go with as few as two for straight stereo, but we’d recommend a full 5.1 system: That’s four “satellite” speakers, a center channel and a sub (that’s the “.1”). (Yes, you can eventually go to 7.1 and 9.2 systems, but that’s overkill for most folks — and you can always get more speakers later.)Suggested configurations: 2.1 system — stereo speakers plus subwoofer: A pair of Elac B6.2 bookshelves ($300 per pair) and DS10.2 200-watt sub ($200) and you have a kicking 2.1 system. 5.1 system: If you can stretch the budget a little further, add another pair of B6.2s or a pair of Pioneer SP-BS22A-LR ($179 per pair) speakers to use as rear surrounds. If you can stretch the budget a little further add a C5.2 center speaker ($150). See the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 at AmazonSee the Elac Debut DS10.2 subwoofer at AmazonSee the Elac Debut 2.0 C5.2 center speaker at AmazonSee the Pioneer SP-BS22A-LR at Amazon See at B&Hlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly July 7 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioBears Maul Hiker Near Bird RidgeEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA bear mauling in the Bird Creek area has sent one woman to an Anchorage hospital.  At about 10:20 Monday morning, Alaska State Troopers got a call for help from a hiker on the Penguin Ridge trail.First Marijuana Shops Open In WashingtonAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThe first marijuana retail shops are opening up in Washington this week. It’s the last big piece of a citizens’ initiative passed in 2012 that regulates the drug like alcohol. With Alaska voters considering a similar ballot measure this fall, APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez checks in with Seattle law enforcement to see how they’re dealing with the new policy.Juneau Police Arrest Suspect in Gold Street Racial Incident; May Also be Suspect in Celebration CaseRosemarie Alexander, KTOO – JuneauJuneau police believe they have a suspect in connection with a racial incident that marred the parade at the end of last month’s Celebration.The Michigan man also is being investigated by the Secret Service and is wanted in Hawaii for threatening people.Alaska Highway Projects Likely Safe Despite Federal ShortfallsEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageNews that the Federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money is worrying a lot of states, but not Alaska.   In a letter to transportation departments all over the country earlier this month, the federal Department of Transportation  announced that if Congress did not take immediate action, the trust fund would be depleted in a matter of weeks, forcing federal highway officials to institute cash management procedures in August.  At that time, federal officials will use a formula established by law to determine how much money each state will receive.Refugees Finding Employment Opportunities In AnchorageAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageBusinesses in Anchorage have a tough time finding entry level employees. For some employers, the solution is hiring refugees – individuals who fled violence or persecution in their home countries and are trying to enter into life in the United States. Catholic Social Services recently gave an award to P&M Gardens for their willingness to employ refugees.Nonprofit Touts Alaska Dental Therapists As Oral Health PioneersMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeDental health aide therapists have been providing midlevel dental care in the Norton Sound region for about a decade. Now a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts highlights Norton Sound Health Corporation’s dental therapist program as one of the leading efforts in the nation for increasing access to dental care.The Silver Screen Comes Back To BethelCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelThe new movie theater in Bethel lit up its screens last week on Independence Day.  It was the grand opening for Suurvik Cinema, the only theatre for hundreds of miles in a vast stretch of Alaska.Alaska Dispatch News Debuts Tuesday Monica Gokey, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage Daily News is slated to become the Alaska Dispatch News on Tuesday, according to a story published over the weekend on the organization’s website.last_img read more

Premam Opening Weekend BoxOffice Collection Nivin Pauly Starrer Collects ₹560 Crore in

first_img“Premam” posterFacebook/ PremamfilmNivin Pauly starrer “Premam” as expected has received a fabulous start at the box office. According to industry sources, the film has collected over ₹5 crore in its opening weekend.According to trade analyst Sreedhar Pillai, “Premam”, directed by Alphonse Putharen, has an approximate net collection of ₹5.60 crore with a distribution share of ₹3.50 crore in Kerala alone.#Premam – Opening weekend May 29 to 31 – Kerala only – Net (Approx) – Rs 5.60 Cr, Distributor Share – Rs 3.50 Cr (Approx). Excellent.— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) June 1, 2015[Read ‘Premam’ Movie Review: Alphonse Putharen, Nivin Pauly Deliver a Complete Entertainer]With this Malayalam industry is expecting yet another blockbuster film and the latest numbers shows that the Nivin Pauly starrer has capacity to rewrite the box-office history of Malayalam cinema.The kind of response that the film has garnered has adversely affected the collection of Tamil movie, “Masss”, starring Suriya. This is something new for Malayalam industry as in the past few years big starrer Tamil films used to do better business than Malayalam films in the state.”Premam” has, thereby, proved that a well executed film with a good script can always make a difference at the box officeAt the same time, the producers as well as others who are associated with “Premam”, are continuing with strong online promotions for the film. The great buzz that the film has received till now is expected to be carried on for the coming few weeks as well.The film experiences huge demand on weekends in theatres outside the state as well. In major cities like Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai, almost all shows in the weekend ran houseful.last_img read more

Sri Lanka attacks carried out by suicide bombers Investigator

first_imgSeven suicide bombers took part in the devastating attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, a senior investigator said on Monday, April 22. Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo’s seafront, said Ariyananda Welianga, a senior official at the government’s forensic division. The others targeted three churches and two other hotels.A fourth hotel and a house in a suburb of the capital Colombo were also targeted, but it was not immediately known how the attacks were carried out.”Still the investigations are going on,” Welianga said.There was no claim of responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks, which mainly took place during church services or at hotel breakfast buffets.”Guests who had come for breakfast were lying on the floor, blood all over,” an employee at Kingsbury Hotel, one of those targeted, told Reuters.”We just picked up everyone, dead or alive and evacuated them.”Four of the bombs went off at roughly the same time, at 8.45 am, with two others coming within 20 minutes. The explosions at the fourth hotel and the house were in the afternoon.Sri Lankans accounted for the bulk of the dead and wounded although government officials said 32 foreigners were killed, including British, US, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals.President Maithripala Sirisena, who was abroad when the attacks happened, had called a meeting of the National Security Council on Monday, a government source said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would attend the meeting, the source said.The US State Department said in a travel advisory “terrorist groups” were continuing to plot possible attacks in Sri Lanka and targets could include tourist spots, transport hubs, shopping malls, hotels, places of worship, airports and other public areas.The government announced a curfew in Colombo from 8 pm until 4 am. A Sunday night curfew was lifted in the morning.The Sri Lankan military, who were clearing the route from Colombo airport late on Sunday in preparation for Sirisena’s return, found a crude bomb near the departure gate, an air force spokesman said.They destroyed the device in a controlled explosion.There were fears the attacks could spark a renewal of communal violence, with police also reporting late on Sunday there had been a petrol bomb attack on a mosque in the northwest and arson attacks on two shops owned by Muslims in the west.Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka was at war for decades with ethnic minority Tamil separatists but violence had largely ended since the government victory in the civil war, 10 years ago.Sri Lanka’s 22 million people include Christian, Muslim and Hindu minority populations.The explosion at the house in the Colombo suburb occurred when security forces raided a house there on Sunday afternoon, several hours after the attack. Police reported an explosion at the house and said three officers were killed. Crime scene officials inspect the site of a bomb blast inside a church in Negombo, Sri Lanka.ReutersPolice said on Monday 24 people had been arrested, all of whom were Sri Lankan.SOCIAL MEDIA BLOCKEDTraffic was uncharacteristically thin in normally bustling Colombo after the island-wide curfew was lifted.Soldiers with automatic weapons stood guard outside major hotels and the World Trade Centre in the business district, where the four hotels were targeted, a Reuters witness said.Scores of people who were stranded overnight at the main airport began making their way home as restrictions were lifted.The government also blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp, making information hard to gather.A British mother and son eating breakfast at the luxury Shangri-La hotel were among those killed, British media reported.An Australian survivor, identified only as Sam, told Australia’s 3AW radio the hotel was a scene of “absolute carnage”.He said he and a travel partner were also having breakfast at the Shangri-La when two blasts went off. He said he had seen two men wearing backpacks seconds before the blasts.”There were people screaming and dead bodies all around,” he said. “Kids crying, kids on the ground, I don’t know if they were dead or not, just crazy.”There were similar scenes of carnage at two churches in or near Colombo, and a third church in the northeast town of Batticaloa, where worshippers had gathered for Easter Sunday services. Pictures from the scene showed bodies on the ground and blood-spattered pews and statues.Dozens were killed in one of the blasts at the Gothic-style St. Sebastian church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo. Police said they suspected that blast was a suicide attack.DOMESTIC FEUDWickremesinghe acknowledged on Sunday that the government had some prior information about possible attacks on churches involving a little-known Islamist group but said ministers had not been told.The apparent lapse could feed into a feud between the prime minister and the president.Sirisena fired the premier last year and installed opposition strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his stead. Weeks later, he was forced to re-instate Wickremesinghe because of pressure from the Supreme Court but their relationship is still fraught as a presidential election nears. 290 killed in serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:02Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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BIG4 Deniliquin Paringa Holiday Park wins Countrylink Tourism Award

first_imgNew South Wales holiday park, BIG4 Deniliquin Paringa has added yet another award to its cabinet, taking out the 2010 CountryLink Inland Tourism Awards under the Tourist and Caravan category.Coming out on top against 51 other entrants, owners Frank and Lynda White are thrilled to be recognised for the hard work that is involved in running a holiday park, paying tribute to the awards on behalf of the industry. “The best part of entering these awards is that it allows us to take a look back at how far we have come, areas that still need improvement, and it’s a reminder for us to stay focused on where we are heading in the future.  It’s a great inspiration for us to continue to move forward in all areas of our business,” Frank says. The premier event was held on Saturday for the Inland Tourism Industry, hosting over 200 people to mark the celebration of tourism growth. Frank puts the win down to keeping their fingers on the pulse and staying one step ahead of industry trends and endeavouring to be the best accommodation provider in the region.“We are in the process of doing numerous developments around a third of the whole park including 40 new sites, ten new cabins and a brand new ten kilowatt solar panel system which will save on energy. It will even have an interactive display where kids can come and see how the system works,” Frank says.Acting CEO of BIG4 Holiday Parks James Shearer says BIG4 is proud to have BIG4 Deniliquin Paringa Holiday Park on board demonstrating leadership and direction.“It is great that their hard work and innovation is being recognised within the whole industry. BIG4 Deniliquin Paringa Holiday Park is a very unique and beautiful place to visit for guests,” Shearer says.Located on the banks of the magnificent Edward River in the Riverine region, BIG4 Deniliquin Paringa Holiday Park boasts great facilities including a solar heated pool, basket ball court, BBQs, water sports and skiing facilities and a new conference/function centre.  Riverfront accommodation in a range of cabins or caravan sites makes this ideal for all demographics including families, skiers, fisherman and all travellers. Source = BIG4last_img read more

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