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Delhi International Airport Gets More Immigration, E-visa Counters

first_imgThe Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is getting new additions to facilitate faster services for customers. As many as 46 new e-visa counters and 14 immigration counters have been added at the airport, the Hindustan Times reported, citing officials from the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL). Passengers earlier had to wait for a longer time for the immigration process, since only six immigration counters and 18 e-visa counters were operational.  “We now have 64 e-visa on arrival counters. These will contribute in reducing queue time for passengers,” a DIAL spokesperson told the publication. “The expansion work started in March this year.”   The “domestic to international” transfer area at the airport has also been expanded to save the passengers’ time. It will be ready for public use by the end of this month, the report said. The airport will also have improved facilities for senior citizens and differently-abled passengers, including lifts in the transfer area that would take passengers directly to the departure level from where they can proceed to the boarding area.  Passengers availing the e-visa on arrival scheme will also get dedicated routes from Sept. 30.  “The e-visa on arrival passengers will be given an exclusive route. They will not be mixed up with the other immigration passengers. Flap gates have also been installed,” the report quoted the DIAL spokesperson as saying.  Plans to introduce e-clearance immigration gates at the IGI Airport, which will shorten the immigration queue to 15 seconds, were announced earlier this year. The technology has been adopted at several airports abroad and will first be introduced on a trial basis at the Delhi airport, the Economic Times had previously reported.  The state-of-the-art technology can scan and read passport details while a camera detects the passenger’s face at the e-gate, according to the official. The gate will swing open after the details are scanned. The machine needs to be fed with a database containing information that has been gathered beforehand. “Low-risk travelers who have been approved and verified by agencies can be allowed to go through by the machine. A database will be made for travelers who go abroad often,” the report had quoted an official as saying.  The Indira Gandhi International Airport was placed among the world’s top 20 busy airports, according to Airports Council International rankings released earlier this year. The airport took the 16th spot, pushing out the John F Kennedy Airport, which had occupied the position since 2003. The Delhi airport handled 63.5 million passengers in 2017, according to ACI, which also named it as the best airport for passenger service in 2017.   Related ItemsAviationIndira Gandhi international airportNew Delhilast_img read more

Six died in Bengal due to NRC fear: Mamata Banerjee

first_imgRaking up the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a section of media for creating tension and claimed that six persons had died in the State due to fear of NRC.“I am extremely sad that in Bengal six persons have died due to fear of NRC,” Ms. Banerjee said, addressing a gathering of members of the trade union wing of Trinamool Congress.The Chief Minister said that what the BJP leaders were saying was part of their political agenda but the media “keeps doing shows after shows on that one thing to heighten tensions among the masses”.“And this has caused six people to die. I have already requested the media that we should not indulge in any provocation,” she said.The Chief Minister asked the people to have faith in her and categorically ruled out any exercise of NRC in Bengal. “NRC will take place neither in Bengal nor in any other part of the country,” she said, urging people to update their names in the voters’ list. Earlier this month, a resolution was passed in the State Assembly against the NRC and the Chief Minister had taken to the streets on the issue. Ms. Banerjee had also raised the issue of NRC during her meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.During the day, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee visited the family members of a person who has allegedly committed suicide over fears surrounding NRC. Mr. Banerjee met the family of Kalachand Midya, who died on Sunday. BJP’s State president Dilip Ghosh said that no Hindu will be forced to leave the country and that the TMC was creating fear among the people on the issue.“No Hindu will have to leave the country. We are bringing Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will give Hindus citizenship rights. They are trying to scare Hindus who have come to Bengal as refugees,” Mr. Ghosh said in Kharagpur.last_img read more

Day of redemption as India seal semi-final spot

first_imgAt the 1982 Delhi Asian Games, a capacity crowd watched in horror as Pakistan slammed seven goals past India on way to the gold medal.On Sunday, there was redemption of sorts at the same venue as the hosts exorcised the ghosts with a 7-4 defeat of their traditional rivals as they sealed a spot in the men’s hockey competition at the Commonwealth Games.It was one of those occasions which does justice to the sport’s stature as the national game as the supporters and players displayed a passion rarely seen.India’s Sarvanjit Singh (L) celebrates after scoring a goal against Pakistan in men’s hockey preliminaries of the Commonwealth games at the Major Dhyanchand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTISandeep Singh, who has a habit of shining against the neighbours, was one of the stars, scoring two goals and setting up another. Shivendra Singh contributed two of his own while Danish Mujtaba, Sarvanjit Singh and Dharamvir Singh too chipped in to seal a memorable evening.India now take on England in the semi-finals on Monday in their quest of a first medal in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games.The noise made by the capacity crowd at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium made one’s own voice difficult to hear. The music played out by the public address system at every opportunity gave the occasion a rock concert feel.It brought back memories of the clash between the two sub-continent rivals at the World Cup at the same venue earlier this year.advertisementAs on that occasion, Sandeep rose to the occasion with two penalty corner conversions in quick succession.last_img read more

Dubai Test: Devendra Bishoo shines with 8/49 but West Indies struggle in chase of 346

first_imgLeg-spinner Devendra Bishoo bamboozled Pakistan with 8/49 on Sunday in a dramatic second-innings collapse as West Indies came back hard in the first day-night Test. (Scorecard)Bishoo spun out Pakistan for 123 to curtail the West Indies target to 346.West Indies lost both openers to Mohammad Amir and finished the fourth day on 95/2, needing 251 more runs on the last day.Darren Bravo, who top-scored with 87 in West Indies’ first innings of 357, was unbeaten on 26 and Marlon Samuels not out on 4. Leon Johnson hit 47 before he was out leg before wicket off Amir’s inswinger just before close.Pakistan had a 222-run lead from its massive first innings of 579/3 but captain Misbah-ul-Haq chose to look for quick runs and didn’t enforce the follow-on.BISHOO TORMENTS PAKISTANThat looked a mistake as Bishoo tormented batsmen while pitching the pink ball into the rough and Pakistan lost the last seven wickets for just 30 runs in its 400th Test match.Opener Sami Aslam top scored with 44 before Bishoo ignited the collapse by having the left-hander caught in the slips.Earlier, leg-spinner Yasir Shah bagged 5/121 and became the joint second-fastest bowler to reach 100 wickets in 17 Test matches. George Lohmann of England reached 100 Test wickets in 16 matches.Shah claimed three of the last four wickets to fall Sunday after West Indies resumed on 315/6.Pakistan lost their first-innings triple century-maker Azhar Ali in the third over when Shannon Gabriel had him leg before wicket.Bishoo then dismissed Asad Shafiq lbw off a fuller delivery in his first over as Pakistan stuttered at 20/2 by tea.advertisementBabar Azam, who scored three successive centuries in the preceding ODI series, had two escapes – after Gabriel failed to judge a mistimed top edge at fine leg and Miguel Cummins had the batsman caught behind off a no-ball – before he played on to Bishoo’s delivery on 21.Misbah also chopped Bishoo onto his stumps off a slog-sweep before Aslam was neatly caught by Jermaine Blackwood in the slips and Pakistan’s tail couldn’t last long.Bishoo recorded the second best figures in a Test innings by a West Indian spinner – after Lance Gibbs’ 8/38 against India at Barbados in 1962 – when he had Amir clean bowled right at the end.POOR STARTIn their pursuit, West Indies’ Johnson and Bravo put on 60 runs for the second wicket after Kraigg Brathwaite was clean bowled by Amir with the total on 27.Both batsmen batted confidently against the spin of Shah and the short-pitched deliveries of Pakistan’s seamers before Amir returned and denied Johnson a half-century.last_img read more

Hima Das: Love for speed helps Assam teenager defy the odds on the tracks

first_imgHima Das, the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships, has become an overnight sensation in the country. The 18-year-old finished first in the women’s 400m final race on the third day of competitions in Tampere and became the top trend on Twitter on a day the Indian cricket team crushed England, the world’s number one team.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and leading lights from cricket and Bollywood wished Hima. A nation rejoiced. A country which reserves its adulation for cricket stars showered its love on the teenager from Assam.In Tampere, Hima, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold. This gold medal is unprecedented. She is the first Indian track athlete to win a medal IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014) were the only other Indian athletes to win medals in this competition.RISE TO STARDOMHima had qualified for the Commonwealth Games after bagging gold in the 400m race of the Federation Cup. The Athletics Federation of India had set a 52-second cutoff to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. Hima was determined to make the cut. She strived hard, trained hard and made full use of her raw speed: in the finals at the Federation Cup, she clocked 51.97 seconds.Virender Sehwag, Amitabh Bachchan doff their hats to Hima Das: So proud of youAccording to a report in ESPN, when Hima called her mother Jonali Das to give her the good news, the latter had no idea what her daughter was talking about. “Commonwealth Games? What’s that? Will you be on TV? Then it’s probably a good thing..”advertisementAt Gold Coast, Hima finished sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final after qualifying with a personal best of 51.53 seconds. She had finished third in her semifinal, shaving off 0.44 off her previous best, but eventually made the cut as seventh fastest among eight finalists.World U20 Championships: Hima Das wins India’s first ever gold in track eventHima had gone to Australia as one of India’s brightest medal prospects. She did not win a medal but did India proud with her spirited performance.EARLY LIFEHima was born to Jomali and Ronjit Das, a rice farmer in Kandhulimari village, about five kilometers from Dhing town in central Assam. Her parents, who had four other children to feed, did not have enough money to spend on her sports training. Hima, however, was not to be deterred. According to those in the know, she played football with the boys in her locality till a coach by the name of Shymasul spotted her and advised her to focus on athletics.RAW SPEEDHima’s coaches were impressed with her dedication but more importantly, they were awestruck by her raw speed. Unlike most other sprinters and runners across the world, the Assam girl had little formal training. At the Junior National Championships, she competed with girls who had trained under specialised coaches to qualify for the finals of the 100m.Hima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, IndiaOne of her early coaches said he had given Hima only some basic training and she picked up the rest as she went along. Raw speed was her ally as she challenged stronger girls in her age group. Nothing could hold her back even when many around her had little expectations.SCENES OF DELIGHTIn Finland, soon after clinching gold, Hima wrapped the tri-colour and thanked India for the support and good wishes. Her interview was delightful for its innocence and her sheer, unadulterated joy. Hima was a proud young girl, happy to put Indian athletics on the world map.last_img read more

Chelsea thrashed by El Shaarawy-inspired Roma

first_imgRoma 3 Chelsea 0: El Shaarawy at the double as Conte’s men crumble Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 05:38 11/1/17 StephanElShaarawy - cropped Getty Images Chelsea fell to second in Champions League Group C behind Roma as Stephan El Shaarawy inspired a memorable triumph in the Italian capital. Stephan El Shaarawy’s first-half brace set Roma on the way to a resounding 3-0 win over Chelsea that displaced their visitors at the top of Champions League Group C.Antonio Conte’s reigning Premier League champions would have secured a last-16 spot with a win but that appeared a tall order from the moment El Shaarawy opened the scoring after 39 seconds.The former AC Milan forward scored spectacularly to sink Bologna 1-0 in Serie A last time out and his rasping opener was another goal to remember. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player For his second, El Shaarawy owed much to the charity of Antonio Rudiger, the Chelsea defender who endured a forgettable return to his former club, before Diego Perotti brought the house down with another stunning long ranger after the hour.Roma were the side to come back from a hefty deficit when the sides drew 3-3 at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago but Chelsea were not such willing dance partners and must now dust themselves down for a crunch clash with Manchester United this weekend.Eusebio Di Francesco’s hosts coughed up a chance from kick-off but found themselves a goal to the good inside a pulsating first minute.Chelsea forward Pedro latched on to Tiemoue Bakayoko’s pass to shoot tamely at Alisson before Aleksandar Kolarov carried the ball forward in response and launched a searching pass from the left towards Edin Dzeko.The striker misjudged the flight of the ball but it struck the back of his head and fell invitingly for El Shaarawy to lash home an unstoppable shot from 25 yards, with Thibaut Courtois rooted to the spot. | What a start!#ASRoma #RomaChelsea #UCL pic.twitter.com/TiuZqqLqGP— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) October 31, 2017Chelsea responded well to the setback, with Eden Hazard to the fore.The Belgium playmaker, so impressive in their win at Atletico Madrid last month, was forced a fraction wide before calling Alisson into action and the Brazil goalkeeper thwarted him once more in the 20th minute after some sparkling footwork left Alessandro Florenzi and Federico Fazio perplexed.An ill-judged backpass across goal by Kolarov presented Alvaro Morata with a chance to level – the Spain striker blazing over – before Roma sprung forward to double their advantage nine minutes before the break.Radja Nainggolan’s chipped pass forward was horribly misjudged by Rudiger, who let the ball run past him and El Shaarawy stole in to finish tidily.Marcos Alonso cut in from the left and forced Alisson to push a rasping shot behind, while Bakayoko compounded Chelsea’s woes by powering a header wastefully wide from the resulting corner.Roma resumed with a determination to put the result beyond doubt, as Kolarov burst into the area to have a shot deflected behind.Dzeko, Chelsea’s chief tormentor at Stamford Bridge, was unable to turn home Perotti’s subsequent set-piece and the former Manchester City striker collected El Shaarawy’s pass to let fly only to narrowly beat the crossbar in the 53rd minute.At the other end, Morata was a forward grasping more unconvincingly for form as he dragged tamely wide en route to concluding a sixth scoreless outing.Di Francesco’s side sealed the points with another majestic strike, albeit one assisted by Cesc Fabregas carelessly coughing up 63rd-minute possession to Kolarov. | Take a bow, Diego!#ASRoma #RomaChelsea #UCL pic.twitter.com/YLBRUwmyap— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) October 31, 2017The experienced left-back fed Perotti, who cut inside an apologetic challenge from Pedro and arrowed a superb low drive past Courtois at his near post.Perotti passed up a more straightforward opportunity, blazing over from 12 yards after Dzeko led Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz a merry dance, and Courtois’ point-blank save from substitute Kostas Manolas spared further damage.Atletico’s surprise 1-1 draw at home to Qarabag means Chelsea’s qualification hopes are not too badly compromised but, given Conte’s recent agitation regarding questions over his future in west London, this was an ill-timed and punishing reverse. Key Opta stats:- This was Roma’s biggest win against an English side in the CL, the joint-biggest in all European competitions along with a 3-0 win vs Ipswich Town in 1982.- Roma have picked up eight points so far (W2 D2): this is their best point tally after the first four games in the Champions League group stage.- Stephan El Shaarawy’s goal, scored after 39 seconds, was the fastest for Roma in their Champions League history, and the fastest conceded by Chelsea in the competition.- Cesc Fabregas became the fifth youngest player to make 100 Champions League appearances (30y 180d old). read morelast_img read more

Split with coach Sascha Bajin not over money, clarifies Naomi Osaka

first_img Reuters New DelhiFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 10:02 IST Naomi Osaka parted ways with coach Sascha Bajin two weeks after winning the Australian Open (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka said her career would not be about putting “success over happiness”Sascha Bajin had guided Naomi Osaka to back-to-back Grand Slam titlesBajin was named as the WTA’s coach of the year in 2018 after his success with OsakaWorld number one Naomi Osaka was adamant that her shock split with coach Sascha Bajin had nothing to do with money but it was because she was determined that her career would not be about putting “success over happiness”.The German had guided the Japanese player to back-to-back Grand Slam titles as well as to the summit of the WTA rankings. But just two weeks after her triumph at Melbourne Park, Osaka abruptly severed ties with Bajin. That led to suggestions the two had fallen out over money.”Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t,” the U.S. and Australian Open champion told the WTA in Dubai. “That’s one of the most hurtful things I’ve ever heard.”I travel with everyone on my team, I see them more than my family. I would never do that to them.”My reason is I wouldn’t put success over my happiness – that’s my main thing. I’m not going to sacrifice that just to keep a person around.”Bajin, a former hitting partner of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki, was named as the WTA’s coach of the year in 2018 after his success with Osaka.During their time together, Osaka rocketed from 72 in the world at the start of 2018 to number one last month.Osaka said it was clear things were not right between them during the season’s opening major.”It was kind of brewing in Australia. I think some people could see that if they saw how we interacted,” the 21-year-old added.advertisement”I would not want to split on really bad terms. I’m not going to say anything bad about him because, of course, I’m really grateful for all the things he’s done.”During the Australian Open, I was just trying to tell myself to get through it. I’m not sure, but I think you guys noticed.”Osaka said she hopes to have a new coach in place by March at Indian Wells.”It’s not really ideal to go to Indian Wells without a coach. I don’t want someone that’s in the box saying negative stuff. That would be the worst,” she said.”(I want) someone that’s kind of direct, not afraid to say things to my face. I’d rather someone say it directly to me than go around my back. That’s one of the biggest things.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow Sascha Bajin Next Split with coach Sascha Bajin not over money, clarifies Naomi OsakaSascha Bajin had guided Naomi Osaka to back-to-back Grand Slam titles as well as to the summit of the WTA rankings. But just two weeks after her triumph at Melbourne Park, Osaka abruptly severed ties with Bajin. That led to suggestions the two had fallen out over money.advertisementlast_img read more

I Love Ugly Has Your Headwear Covered

first_img The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best Hats for Men to Fit Every Occasion The Football 5-panels from New Zealand clothing brand I Love Ugly celebrate the 2014 World Cup with a collection of hats inspired by flags of teams competing this year, as well as a custom team colorway for I Love Ugly. Outfitted with leather patches on the front and pig suede underneath the brim, these are definitely a notch above your average headwear.These lids match bold design with World Cup and classic clothing inspiration, produced in limited quantities with higher-quality materials and a focus on details and unique style. Their hats all share the same original, but understated, colors, contrasted with dark, bold lines in straight verticals and diagonals.If you’re looking for something a little simpler, the 5-panels from the 2014 Essential collection put quality and simplicity over all else, crafted with polyester and pigskin under-brims. The colors are refreshing takes on classic hat design, in dark olive, light brick, and greyish-blue hues, with bucket hats offered in similar style.You can pick up the 2014 Essential Hat collection and find retailers who are receiving the Football collection on the I Love Ugly website. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. last_img read more

I would consider Pant at number 4 if I was part of

first_imgManchester: Keeping in mind Rishabh Pant’s familiarity with English conditions, former Indian captain Krish Srikkanth has advocated playing the young wicketkeeper-batsman at the number four position. The 21-year-old Pant has been brought in as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in India’s World Cup squad but is yet to figure in any of the matches. “If I was involved with the team management, I think I would consider putting a guy like Rishabh Pant in at No.4,” Srikkanth wrote in his column for the ICC. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev “They have brought him over here now, he is ready to go and, most importantly, he has played in England before so understands the conditions.” India will look to continue their winning run when they meet hosts England in their next outing on Sunday, and the 1983 World Cup winner said the situation is ideal for Pant’s inclusion. “We saw him impress in the Test series here last summer when he came into the side and with England up next, maybe now is a good time to get him in there against a familiar opponent. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships “In the middle order Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav have yet to really convince. I think it’s fair to say that their approach needs some fine-tuning.” Srikkanth felt K L Rahul, entrusted with opening the innings after Dhawan’s ouster from the tournament, felt he must convert his starts. “At the top of the order, Rohit Sharma has not fired the last couple of times, and that means K L Rahul needs to do more. “He has made some fantastic starts but then got himself out – he will know better than anyone that he must convert those starts into big scores. “Everyone knows he is capable of doing it, he has done it before and will need to correct his course.” The former opener said it is imperative that India don’t lose the momentum against England. “India against England, on Sunday, in Birmingham, I think it’s the biggest game of the tournament so far. Momentum is everything in a World Cup, and right now India have it. “India can afford to lose, but they won’t want to – carrying that positive mindset into the semi-finals is absolutely crucial. “Look at Australia, they have wrestled back momentum, Pakistan are peaking at just the right time, it is now or never for England.” Srikkanth was all praise for skipper Virat Kohli and pacer Mohammed Shami. “He (Kohli) continues to break new ground. To reach 20,000 runs quicker than any man before him is a fantastic achievement but his true greatness lies in his adaptability. “He can drop anchor and let his partner shine if that is what the team needs, then he can shift through the gears if the situation demands and keep pushing the run rate.”last_img read more

All eyes on Dildo NL as Jimmy Kimmel broadcasts tongueincheek mayoral race

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The picturesque Newfoundland town of Dildo is attracting unprecedented international attention over its name, as late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel continues his televised quest to become its mayor.Andrew Pretty, a committee member for the local service district, said jokes about Dildo’s name are nothing new, but attention has exploded since Kimmel’s first segments on the community aired this month.Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball got in on the joke today with a tweet officially inviting Kimmel to visit the province, promising the comedian that he would fall in love with the place.Jimmy Kimmel Live has featured several segments on Dildo, including an interview with residents, one of whom performed an original song about the town.Crews from Jimmy Kimmel Live are in Dildo this week posting “Kimmel for mayor” signs and producing segments for at least two more episodes, Pretty said.Pretty said some residents are concerned the jokes about their home might become too vulgar, but he said dirty jokes are not what the show’s producers seem to have in mind.As a local service district, Dildo does not have a mayor and would require significant restructuring to allow for one, but Pretty said most residents are still having fun with the comedian’s campaign and the attention on Dildo.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jessie J Makes A Wish Come True For Teenager

first_imgSinger Jessie J and Make-A-Wish UK made a dream come true for a special teenager recently.Jessika and Jessie JCredit/Copyright: Make-A-Wish Foundation UKFrom Make-A-Wish.org.uk: “Jessika, aged 17 and living with the cancer Ewings Sarcoma, wished to meet singer and songwriter Jessie J. Jessie was happy to invite her to be a VIP guest at a very special promotional event she was doing at the Roundhouse in Camden for Vitamin Water. Originally, Jessika had wanted to see Jessie in concert but she was unable to due to her treatment plan – so this was a second chance, and Jessie didn’t disappoint!“We arranged for Jessika, who is from Norfolk, to visit London with her Aunt Tracey and best friend Georgie. They stayed in a top London hotel, and we provided them with some activity money to go off exploring. Jessika chose to take a shopping trip down Oxford Street, before being driven to the Roundhouse by limo.“Whilst Jessika was wandering around London, she happened to bump into Olly Murs as he grabbed a quick bite to eat, and this turned out to be the first of several celebrity meetings Jessika enjoyed during her wish.“At the event itself, Jessika was assigned VIP tickets, which enabled her to hang out with other VIP guests – including Louie Spence from TV’s Pineapple Dance Studios, Kimberly Wyatt from Pussycat Dolls and rapper Chipmunk. Jessika was invited backstage to have her photo taken with Jessie and to have her clothing signed with a very special message: ‘Just be true to who you are’. Who You Are is a favourite song of Jessika’s because she felt that the lyrics really spoke to her during her treatment.“Jessika had a great time and described the gig as “incredible!”. Her Mum said: ‘Thank you to all your hard-working staff; you are all amazing and kind. Jessika had such a fantastic time and is still on a high from it’.”Source:Make-A-Wish UKlast_img read more

PortsToronto Opens Voting for Seventh Annual SailIn Cinema™ as Film Shortlist is

first_img Facebook Advertisement TORONTO, May 23, 2017 – PortsToronto is thrilled to announce that Sail-In Cinema – Toronto’s only outdoor floating film event – is back, returning to Sugar Beach August 17-19. The free movie festival will once again showcase films chosen by public vote on one of the world’s first and largest two-sided floating movie screens for boaters and landlubbers alike to enjoy.From talking animals to action-adventure and animated classics, this year’s film shortlist offers something for everybody. Three movies in total will be selected by public vote from the following curated shortlist of movies:BabeBeauty and the Beast (2017)Beethoven (1992)BigEdward ScissorhandsFinding NemoHow to Train Your DragonIndiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Karate Kid (1984)LabyrinthThe Lego MovieMarley & MeMrs. DoubtfireNight at the MuseumSpace JamStorksWall-EThe WitchesWhere the Wild Things AreWilly Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryCelebrating its seventh year, PortsToronto’s Sail-In Cinema has grown to become a “not-to-be-missed” summer outing for the entire family. Last year the event attracted more than 11,000 people on land and 100 boats over the three-day period. This year’s event once again promises a truly memorable cinematic experience with custom configured audio and cinema-quality digital projectors. Audiences will have the opportunity to view their favourite films on a two-sided inflatable screen with a 40×20-foot viewing surface, which sits in a four-story frame and weighs more than 700 lbs — making it one of the largest outdoor movie screens in North America. “PortsToronto is pleased to once again invite the community to choose Sail-In Cinema’s final film line-up by voting for their favourite movies — and this year it’s not going to be easy with so many great options on the shortlist,” said Deborah Wilson, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. “Last year, Torontonians rose to the challenge with nearly 5,000 votes cast to determine the final movie lineup. This year, with so many amazing titles to choose from ranging from The Karate Kid to How to Train Your Dragon to Big and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the voting is sure to get interesting and we are guaranteed to end up with a stellar movie line-up for one of the best events of the summer.”Voting is open until July 11, 2017, and the three winning films will be announced shortly thereafter. Updates and early polling results will be released on Twitter and Facebook throughout the voting period. Movies will start at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) on each of the three nights of the festival.PortsToronto is delighted to have new and returning partners this year including Toyota, Redpath Sugar, CTV, the Toronto Star, Fresh Air Cinema, Porter Airlines, Starbucks and The Waterfront BIA.For more information on Sail-In Cinema and to vote for your favourite films, visit www.sailincinema.com. Information about the event will be shared using the #SailInCinema hashtag.About PortsToronto (http://www.portstoronto.com/)For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomed more than 2.7 million passengers in 2016; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada’s largest freshwater marinas; and, Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $9 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto’s waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Tourism industry has key role in tackling climate change – UN official

The global tourism industry has a key role to play in confronting the challenges of climate change, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said as an international seminar on the subject wrapped up in the United Kingdom today. “Indeed, there is now a clear understanding that the industry can be part of the solution to climate change, by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions as well as by helping the communities where tourism represents a major economic source to prepare for and adapt to the changing climate,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. The number of international tourists continues to climb, with 898 million arrivals registered last year and further increases expected as traditionally poor countries emerge as more popular tourist destinations, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Oxford seminar brought together some 30 high-level tourism and environment officials to examine, among other things, practical ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change in the tourism sector. The effects of climate change have already been felt in the tourism sector, particularly in certain destinations such as mountain regions and coastal hotspots. At the same ?time, the tourism industry contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, especially through the transport of tourists.? ?“With its close connections to the environment and climate itself, tourism is considered to be a vulnerable and highly climate-sensitive economic sector, similar to agriculture, insurance, energy, and transportation,” said Dr. Murray Simpson, a Senior Research Associate at Oxford’s University Centre for the Environment and scientific coordinator of the seminar. At the same time, he noted that in 2005 tourism’s contribution to CO2 emissions – including from transport, accommodation and activities – was estimated to be approximately 5 per cent. “Measured as warming effect these emissions could represent up to 14 per cent of global warming effect,” he said. The seminar was organised and coordinated by UNEP and Oxford University’s Centre for the Environment jointly with the UNWTO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 11 April 2008The global tourism industry has a key role to play in confronting the challenges of climate change, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said as an international seminar on the subject wrapped up in the United Kingdom today. read more

Manmohan to decide on CHOGM

India’s Union Minister V Narayanasamy says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to decide on calls by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK President M Karunanidhi for India to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka this November, the Press Trust of India reported today.India was one of the 25 countries that voted in favour of US-sponsored resolution at UNHRC against Sri Lanka where New Delhi pushed for an independent and credible probe into human rights violation charges and loss of civilian lives in the war in Lanka as demanded by political parties in Tamil Nadu, he told reporters at the airport in Chennai. Terming as “ill-founded” and “motivated” charges against Congress and the UPA Government on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Narayanasamy alleged students were being instigated by some persons to stage agitations on the issue. To a question on the controversy over the reported remarks by Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam in the context of the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Narayansamy said that he has to “work within the parameters and guidelines given to an Ambassador or High Commissioner.”The government has got a feedback on the matter and “we will take a call at the appropriate time,” he added. To a question, he said the UPA Government was stable as it had the majority with the backing of SP and BSP and pointed out to Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remarks that his party had no plans as of now to withdraw its outside support to the UPA Government. “That resolution has been passed by the UNHRC. As for India, it is one of the 25 countries (that voted in favour). India cannot ask for any resolution on its own as it has to seek support of others,” the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office said. State political parties’ criticism of his party and the government led by it were “ill-founded, politically motivated and (done to) sidetrack the issue as they want to keep the issue alive,” he said alleging students were being instigated (into taking up various forms of protests).Students have been staging protests and demonstrations across Tamil Nadu on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. read more

Cervus Equipment increases stake in Australian farm equipment dealer

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2013 7:17 am MDT Cervus Equipment increases stake in Australian farm equipment dealer CALGARY – Cervus Equipment Corp. (TSX: CVL), which invests in dealerships that handle a variety of brands such as John Deer, Bobcat, Clark and Nissan, has raised its ownership stake in an Australian agriculture dealership to 53.3 per cent.The Calgary-based equipment dealer said Tuesday it paid about $500,000 to buy an additional 18.6 per cent of Windmill AG Pty Ltd., which has five John Deer locations in the state of Victoria in Australia.Cervus acquires and manages authorized agricultural, commercial, industrial and transportation equipment dealerships. It has interests in 55 dealership locations in Western Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.“Cervus established operations in Australia nearly a year ago as part of our strategy to pursue opportunities in new markets,” Graham Drake, Cervus president and chief executive said in a statement.“Cervus’ acquisition of an additional interest in Windmill follows our successful integration of the business and reflects our growth strategy of consolidating dealerships in Australia, where we see further opportunities for growth.” read more

Marking SouthSouth cooperation UN officials call for more equitable opportunities

In a message marking the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, Mr. Ban celebrated South-South cooperation for having the potential to balance growth and equity on a global scale despite the economic strains of the global financial crisis. “The countries of the South are building new models of development cooperation that emphasize mutual benefit and solidarity as well as cost-effectiveness,” Mr. Ban said, adding that the rapid spread of information technology throughout the South, and the resulting increase in connectivity and networking, had allowed for greater sharing of experience and knowledge and the boosting of development.“This is helping to provide people with improved access to affordable medicines, technology and credit,” he added. In the past, the bulk of South-South cooperation involved the sharing of technical developments, including the improvement of livestock breeds, health, food processing and efficient water use. Today’s cooperation has added government policy coordination to the list in what is seen as crucial progress towards the achievement of the anti-poverty goals known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).In one recent instance of successful South-South cooperation in Madagascar, Chinese experts helped establish a hybrid rice development and demonstration centre where 34 strains of Chinese hybrid rice were grown. The average yield per hectare was two to three times higher than the average output of local rice.Nevertheless, the Secretary-General noted that although more children in countries of the South are in school, more mothers survive pregnancy and childbirth, and more infants and toddlers live to adulthood, swathes of poverty and underdevelopment were still prevalent. “Despite the strong performance of many developing countries, there remain large pockets of poverty in the global South, even in fast-growing emerging economies,” he said. “This is a stark reminder that even as countries reap higher economic gains, we must work to ensure that the opportunities for prosperity are distributed more equitably.” Pointing to the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June, at which the need for social, economic and environmental equity was underscored, Mr. Ban urged the international community to put the issue of fairness at the top of the global development agenda.“As we mark the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, I pledge to further strengthen support for this fruitful collaboration, which can improve conditions in the global South that reverberate around the world.” Addressing the General Assembly’s commemoration of the Day, the Assembly’s President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser similarly spotlighted the importance of international collaboration in the global South’s development. “The challenges of a globalized world are proving too daunting for any nation to tackle them alone. And they affect countries of the South disproportionately,” Mr. Al-Nasser told the gathered delegates. “They require collective and concerted efforts at all levels by all development partners.” Mr. Al-Nasser also announced the upgrade of the institutional structure within the UN that supports South-South cooperation. He noted that the new UN Office for South-South Cooperation would be the focal point of Organizational efforts to make South-South cooperation central to the international development agenda. “Today we have the opportunity to advance a paradigm of development partnership that promotes mutual learning and mutual benefit, national ownership and leadership and the transfer of appropriate technologies, skills and local knowledge,” he said. In December 2011, the General Assembly, decided that, beginning in 2012, the observance of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation would be changed from 19 December to 12 September, to mark the day in 1978 when the UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. read more

UNESCO marks Literacy Day with anniversary event on literacys power to realise

“Literacy is essential for the success of the new global agenda. It provides men and women with skills to shape the world according to their dreams and aspirations,” UNESCO’s Director-General Irena Bokova told the two-day anniversary event, titled Reading the Past, Writing the Future, which is also this year’s theme for the Day.“In a world under pressure, literacy is a source of dignity and rights. In a world changing quickly, literacy is the foundation for inclusive and resilient societies,” she said. “Literacy is a transformational force, to combat poverty, to advance gender equality, to improve family health, to protect the environment, to promote democratic participation.”Worldwide there are 758 million adults who cannot read or write a simple sentence, two thirds of them women and with the greatest bottlenecks to progress in Africa, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.The event will review achievements and lessons learned over the last half century and identify challenges and fresh solutions.She said that considerable efforts countries made with partners had raised the global adult literacy rate from 61 per cent in 1960 to 85 per cent in 2015 and that global youth literacy had reached an encouraging 90 per cent in 2014. But, she added, much work remained to be done.UNESCO proclaimed 8 September as International Literacy Day in 1966 in order to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies. read more