Flights diverted to Agartala

first_imgSeveral passenger aircraft landed at the Agartala airport on Monday as flights for Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport were diverted to different destinations due to bad weather. Eight flights made a halt at the airport which could not even operate routine flights for Kolkata.“There was an emergency situation due to incessant rains and heavy winds in Kolkata. Nearly 30 midair flights were diverted to different sectors as a safety measure,” an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) told The Hindu.He said flights were told to land in the Agartala, Bhubaneswar, Bagdogra and Ranchi airports. The diversion started in the morning, he added. The situation also disrupted normal flight operations from Agartala.last_img read more

Traders celebrate GI tag to Odisha rasagolas

first_imgOdisha’s sweetmeat traders’ association distributed 50,000 rasagolas free of cost to celebrate conferment of the geographical indication tag on the popular dessert here on Monday.“This is a matter of great pride for us that rasagola has been awarded the GI tag. The whole world has recognised that Odisha is the place of origin of the rasagola which is in circulation since the beginning of the famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath,” said Pramod Prusty, vice-president of the Utkal Mistanna Byabasayee Samiti.As per the application submitted to the Registrar of Geographical Indication, the Odisha rasagolas are white in colour and round in shape but off-white rasagolas in various shades are also prepared. The UMBS, which was an applicant for the GI tag, demanded that the State government raise awareness about the tag’s benefits. “We want the government to start filing applications for GI tag for other famous sweets,” said Mr. Prusty.last_img read more

PCB to oppose end to ICC president rotation policy

first_imgPakistan has rejected reforms which could see the country lose the right to have one of its nationals at the head of cricket’s governing body, an official said on Tuesday.ICC chief Sharad Pawar with PCB chairman Ijaz Butt.A plan to scrap the rotation policy for appointing presidents and vice- presidents of the International Cricket Council is likely to be tabled at its board meeting in Hong Kong later this month.”Under the current rotational system, Pakistan and Bangladesh have to put up the next candidates for president and vice-president and we don’t agree with the proposal of change and we have shown our reservations to the ICC,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told reporters.Ahmed said Pakistan and Bangladesh had the right to nominate their candidates.”We are in touch with the ICC over the matter and will decide the future course of action soon,” said Ahmed.The post of ICC president was first created in 1997 when India’s Jagmohan Dalmiya took the top job. He was followed by Australian representative Malcolm Gray, followed by Ehsan Mani of Pakistan and Percy Sonn from South Africa.India’s Sharad Pawar is the current president and will be succeeded by Australia-New Zealand nominee Alan Isaac next year.Pakistan and Bangladesh will nominate their candidates after Isaac completes his term in 2014.It was unclear what new system for picking ICC presidents would replace rotational appointment.Pakistan has also opposed another suggested amendment in the ICC’s constitution allowing the council to suspend members in cases of government interference in the running of national cricket boards.advertisementThe role of PCB chairman is widely criticised for being a political appointment by the ruling administration.”But we challenged them on this issue and sent a legal notice in April. Now we are in talks with them to explain our position,” Ahmed said.Ahmed pointed out that the PCB had taken the stance that every member country had its own particular environment and set-up that it functioned under.- With Agency inputslast_img read more

BHU PMT results: Banaras Hindu University Pre Medical Test results likely to be declared today

first_imgBHU PMT results are likely to be announced todayThe results of BHU PMT 2011 (Banaras Hindu University Pre-Medical Test) are expected to be declared on Tuesday, June 14.The PMT results will be available on the websites www.bhuresults.nic.in, http://upresults.nic.in/ and http://bhuresults.nic.in/.More than 3,000 candidates appeared in the BHU-PMT (mains) 2011 held on June 12 across seven examination centres.A total of 3,669 candidates had qualified for main examinations after clearing the BHU-PMT screening held on May 8.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Perceptions about corruption in India hampering its image

first_imgFrom Natasha ChakuMelbourne, Jun 23 (PTI) Lingeringperceptions about corruption, bureaucracy and poor infrastructure in India are hampering the countrys image as a lucrativeinvestment destination for Australians, the newly-elected chair of a trade body here has said.”Negotiations often concluded are revisited over and over again…Perceptions exist that they will face corruption, bureaucracy and may not be able to implement on timelines due to poor infrastructure,” Australia IndiaBusiness Council (AIBC) National Chair Sheba Nandkoelyar said.Sheba said that there was acultural barrier and Australian investors were finding Indian partners as not forthcoming and speaking straight to the point.However, she said the mood to do business with India especially after Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit in 2014 has “visiblyimproved” and Australian leadership, both in the government and opposition, is fully committed to promote bilateral ties.”India has traditionally never looked at Australia seriously enough to do business,” she said adding that despite the two countries shared several common areas of interest likecricket, there is still along way to go when it cameto the businessrelationship.”Indias focus has traditionally been on US, Europe, UK, Canada and other countries for furthering the business relationship, while Australia has focussed on US and China among other nations.”2014 was a watershed year as it marked the fact that both Prime Ministers visited each other. To me the turning point was the signing of the civil nuclear deal between the two countries in 2014. Since then there has been a fair bit of interest between the two countries,” she said.advertisementShe described the business climate between India and Australia good and improved.Highlighting the importance of concluding free trade agreement, Sheba said AIBC was keen tofacilitate the bilateral trade relationship.Sheba said that Skill India programmehadanenormous opportunities for Australia whileMake In India project couldprovide options to Australian businesses who were looking at China.”The new FDI amendments announced will be of great interest to Australia,” she said adding, “This will certainly help in fast tracking the investment relationship.”Australia has opportunities in skilling andsetting up Sports facilities and institutes.Research & Innovation happening in Australia can find partnering in terms of scalability opportunities in India.AIBC yesterday elected Sheba as its new national Chair and Jim Varghese as its new vice chair who would lead the premierbusiness organisationfor next two terms. PTI NC NSAlast_img read more

NBA tightens traveling violations with new language

first_imgPlayers can take two steps in coming to a stop, shooting or passing the ball. If he has not dribbled he gets one step before releasing the ball to start his dribble.A player who gathers the ball from his dribble can take two steps in coming to a stop, shooting or passing, with the first step taking place when one or both feet touch the floor after the “gather”.NBA players, coaches and referees will be able to consult a training video on the change starting next week ahead of next month’s start of the 2019-20 season.Teams will be able to amend their starting lineup for exceptional circumstances, including but not limited to players injuring themselves in pre-game warmups.ADVERTISEMENT “One of the most misunderstood rules in our game is how traveling is interpreted and appropriately called,” said Byron Spruell, NBA president of league operations.“Revising the language of certain areas of the rule is part of our three-pronged approach to address the uncertainty around traveling. This approach also includes an enforcement plan to make traveling a point of emphasis for our officiating staff, along with an aggressive education plan to increase understanding of the rule by players, coaches, media and fans.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The text of the rule will indicate how many steps a player may take after he “gathers” the ball, a concept used by NBA officials for many years but one that has not, until now, been spelled out in league rules.Gathering the ball happens when a player receives a pass or recovers a loose ball with enough control to hold it, change hands, shoot, pass or hold the ball against his body. View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – Head coach Scott Brooks of the Washington Wizards looks for a traveling call against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPNBA club owners on Friday announced they have approved new language in the league rule book clarifying traveling violations so officials can better apply the regulations in games.The NBA board of governors also approved a new rule requiring starting lineups be submitted 30 minutes before tipoff rather than 10 minutes in advance, that and the traveling rule change both being recommended unanimously by the league’s competition committee.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Jaydee Tungcab makes impact on both ends of floor in UP’s latest win Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Becoming his own manlast_img read more

Moto G5S Plus Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Lenovo’s new phone brings dual cameras into the duel

first_imgThe Moto G5S and the Moto G5S Plus — which are being billed as special edition Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus – launched in India on Tuesday offer upgrades primarily in the camera and battery departments. There are a few tweaks here and there, but overall, the Moto G5S and the Moto G5S Plus should technically entail in better photos and better battery life than the ‘not so special’ edition Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. The Moto G5S Plus is clearly the more interesting of the two, since it is the first Moto phone from Lenovo in India to ship with a dual camera system on the rear.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review: Raising the barThe Moto G5S Plus, much like the Moto G5 Plus, looks like a very capable phone, at least as far as first impressions are concerned. But it will have some tough competition to beat, primarily from Xiaomi’s best-selling Redmi Note 4. Here’s a quick low-down on all the upgrades the new Moto G5S Plus bring to the table and how it fairs against the original king in the North, the Redmi Note 4.Both the Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 4 boast of full-metal bodies. Both the phones have fingerprint scanners: while in the case of the Redmi Note 4 it is located on the back, in the case of the Moto G5S Plus it is located on the front. The Moto G5S Plus comes with on-screen navigation keys, while the Redmi Note 4 has physical capacitive keys which are also backlit.The Moto G5S Plus comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and splash-resistance coating for added protection. The Redmi Note 4 also has some kind of scratch-resistant protective coating on-board, but, no Gorilla Glass.Both the Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 4 are 5.5-inch phones. Both the phones boast of a full-HD 1080p IPS LCD display panel. Both the phones ship with an in-built reading mode that turns colours to the warmer end of the spectrum when enabled. The feature is particularly useful during night.Both the Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 4 have the same processor inside, which is, a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. While the Moto G5S Plus comes with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, the Redmi Note 4 sold in India is available in three versions: 2GB RAM and 32GB memory, 3GB RAM and 32GB memory, and another with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory. Both the phones support expandable storage.The Moto G5S Plus runs an almost unmodified version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Moto enhancements like Moto Display and Moto Actions alongside the Google’s AI assistant. The addition of the Google Assistant means that users can send messages, make calls, navigate, and manage their tasks, simply by holding the home button. The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 and will be upgradable to Android Nougat in the days to come.Both the phones support dual-SIM and 4G LTE (VoLTE) connectivity. Both the phones come with a micro-USB 2.0 port for charging and data syncing purposes. The Moto G5S Plus, in addition, also supports NFC to allow for secure mobile payments.The Moto G5S Plus is the first Moto phone from Lenovo to feature a dual camera system on the rear in India. “Dual 13MP rear cameras (one colour + one monochrome) in the Moto G5S Plus, combined with special photo enhancement software, makes it easy to do more with your photos. Selective focus mode makes it easy to take professional looking portraits on your phone, adding a beautiful blurred background effect. Or, have fun trying selective black and white coloring or replace background mode which give your photos a whole new look,” the company says describing the phone’s dual camera system. The dual camera system is further aided by a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, the Moto G5S Plus comes with an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. The Redmi Note 4, meanwhile, sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase-Detection Autofocus along with a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, it come with a 5-megapixel camera.While the Redmi Note 4 is backed by a 4,100mAh battery, the Moto G5S Plus has a much smaller 3,000mAh battery inside. Lenovo’s phone, however, supports Moto’s proprietary Turbo Charging technology and ships with a fast charger in the box. Xiaomi’s phone, on the other hand, supports only 5V/2A charging.The Redmi Note 4 (also) comes with an IR-blaster that can be used (in tandem with the Mi Remote app or even some third-party solutions) to control smart home appliances.The Redmi Note 4 starts at Rs 9,999 and goes all the way up to Rs 12,999. The Moto G5S Plus, on the other hand, has been launched in India at a price of Rs 15,999.Also Read: Moto G5S Plus vs Moto G5 Plus: What difference do 6 months makeadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Looks Like Tanaka for Yank Opener

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares TAMPA— Masahiro Tanaka is lined up to start the Yankees’ opener against Toronto on April 6, which would end CC Sabathia’s streak of six straight opening-day starts for New York.Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Sabathia’s next exhibition start is Saturday, which lines up the 34-year old left-hander to face the Blue Jays on April 8.Sabathia is coming back from season-ending knee surgery in July. He has 11 opening-days starts overall.Tanaka is starting his second season with New York.last_img read more

Leonard, Siakam Each Score 30 Points, Raptors Beat Bucks

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had a simple explanation after the Toronto Raptors’ latest victory.“If you want to win, you got to play defense,” Leonard said. “That is every game in the NBA.”Leonard and Pascal Siakam each scored 30 points, with Siakam setting a career high, and the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 123-116 on Saturday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the NBA standings.Leonard also matched his season high with five steals.Serge Ibaka added 25 points and nine rebounds, Fred VanVleet had a season-high tying 21 points and Danny Green 12 points and nine rebounds for Toronto which snapped a three-game losing streak to Milwaukee.Toronto improved to 29-12, and Milwaukee dropped to 27-11.Milwaukee led in the first quarter, but saw the margin shrink to one at the half as Toronto started making shots and playing defense.“I thought that we kind of took some air out of them a little bit there,” VanVleet said. “That was a huge way to close the half. We closed it (the second) with a 7-0 run and came out in the third quarter with another run. I thought that we were in control for the rest of the way.”The Bucks clung to a 57-56 lead at the half, but the Raptors had already turned the game in their favor.“We kind of let up the second quarter going into the half,” the Bucks Eric Bledsoe said. “They cut it to one and we kind of let up then. We never could get our rhythm back.”Toronto opened the third with a 26-12 run, capped by Siakam’s turnaround bank hook for a 63-57 lead at the 10:05 mark.“What helped us was the beginning of that third quarter,” Leonard said. “We came out in the first two minutes playing well, getting stops, getting some open looks. We kept moving from there.”Antetokounmpo tried to rally the Bucks in the fourth when he scored eight points on a pair of 3s and a layup during a 14-4 run. His three-pointer gave Milwaukee a 96-95 lead with 8:12 to play, but the Raptors answered with a 15-2 surge capped by Siakam’s wide-open 3 from the corner for a 110-98 lead with 5:14 to play.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 43 points and 18 rebounds, each stat one shy of his career-high. Malcolm Brogdon added 15 points and Middleton and Bledsoe each had 14. The Bucks had won five straight.Milwaukee was coming off a 144-112 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.TIP-INSRaptors: C Jonas Valanciunas (left thumb dislocation) missed his 11th consecutive game. G Kyle Lowry (lower back pain) missed his sixth straight game. … The last time Lowry and Leonard played together was Dec. 9 against Milwaukee.Bucks: F Ersan Ilyasova scored three points in 13:23 minutes in his second game back from broken nose. … G Sterling Brown was back after missing one game with a right ankle injury.STATSLeanard has seven games of 30 or more points on 50.0 percent shooting or better.The Bucks lead the season series 2-1 with one more game remaining in Toronto on Jan. 31.NICE TURNAROUNDToronto had a day to rest following a 125-107 loss to the Spurs on Thursday night in Leonard’s return to San Antonio.“Tonight, executed everything in our game plan defensively and one game (Spurs) we didn’t execute any of it,” Toronto’s head coach Nick Nurse said. “Also, (we) played with some juice and some physicality. That is the way we need to play if you want to be a serious contender.”UP NEXT:Raptors: Host Indiana on Sunday night.Bucks: Host Utah on Monday night.By JOE TOTORAITIS , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool back in for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir?

first_imgMeanwhile, Arsenal, like Liverpool, have also been browsing in a familiar place. Their recruitment overlord Sven Mislintat has been sniffing around his old stomping ground in Dortmund again and is considering inviting Julian Weigl to follow in the footsteps of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.Elsewhere, reports suggest that Marcus Rashford would respond favourably to an invitation to play for Real Madrid if he does not secure more starts at Manchester United. Perhaps the 21-year-old needs his manager to point out to him that he is not Dominic Solanke, not Dominic Calvert-Lewin, not Ruben Loftus-Cheek. José Mourinho has also mentioned, by the by, that UNITED NEED BETTER DEFENDERS. Never one to labour a point, he has not taken to wearing a t-shirt of Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic to every meeting he has with Ed Woodward, apparently.Juventus are considering making an offer to Wolves’s Rúben Neves to become Emre Can 2.0. Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez is hoping Newcastle overlord Mike Ashley will be so intoxicated by the Christmas spirit that he will agree to present his manager with one Miguel Almirón, an attacking midfielder currently with Atlanta United. The problem is, he’s also on the wish lists of Everton and West Ham, and they are not run by Ashley.Speaking of running, that’s one thing that Usain Bolt can do pretty well. But is doing that while kicking a ball pushing multitasking beyond his limits? Sivasspor, a Turkish club who want us to mention them more often, are preparing to give the Jamaican a chance to show his skills.Marcelo Bielsa, a betracksuited wizard, can magically improve many players. But sometimes it’s just easier to buy new ones, and Leeds may move to cure their goalkeeping worries by signing Tom Heaton from Burnley. Finally, Crystal Palace want to fight West Ham. Not just for the hell of it, but for the signature of Germany striker Sandro Wagner. Liverpool are said to be hoping that Nabil Fekir does not hold a grudge over his aborted transfer to Anfield last summer. Because not only is Jürgen Klopp rumoured to be keen on reviving that move, but the German has also developed a liking for Fekir’s 20-year-old Lyon teammate Houssem Aouar. A skilful and dynamic forward who is adept both at winning the ball and at sticking it in the net or on a plate for others, Aouar is right up Klopp’s street – but he’s also aroused the interest of Chelsea and Barcelona, so Liverpool could do with someone putting in a good word for them.Aouar, whose name sounds best when pronounced by Somerset farmers or a pirate, may even become a replacement for Mo Salah if, that is, the Egyptian heeds the advice of his national team manager, Javier Aguirre, who reckons he should consider leaving Liverpool if he doesn’t win a trophy in the next season or two. Read more Share via Email Reuse this content Premier League team news and Tottenham v Chelsea buildup – as it happened Rumour Mill Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn features Transfer window Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Football Topicslast_img read more

Alisson ready for injury return as Liverpool visit Manchester United

first_img Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott banned by FA over video mocking Harry Kane Reuse this content Read more Share on Pinterest The Premier League leaders have been without their influential keeper since the opening game of the season but, nine weeks after damaging a calf muscle against Norwich, the 27-year-old is expected to reclaim his place at Old Trafford.Alisson has undergone an intensive and individually tailored training programme over the past week without repercussions. The Brazil international, named Uefa’s goalkeeper of 2018-19 during this injury lay-off, is fit to replace Adrián, who has proven an impressive deputy for Jürgen Klopp’s side and boasts a 100% record in the Premier League as a Liverpool player.Mohamed Salah, who sustained an ankle injury against Leicester before the international break, is also expected to be fit for Sunday. Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Manchester United Share on Messenger Topics Premier League news Share on LinkedIn Liverpool will have Alisson available for the visit to Manchester United on Sunday after their first-choice goalkeeper stepped up his recovery from injury during the international break. Liverpool Share via Email Share on Facebooklast_img read more

a month agoArsenal keeper Martinez: The defence kept saying ‘clean sheet, clean sheet!’

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Martinez: The defence kept saying ‘clean sheet, clean sheet!’by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmiliano Martinez was delighted to keep a clean sheet in Arsenal’s win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.The Gunners kickstarted their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Martinez said after the game: “We said before the game that we had to stick together. We worked to make sure we kept the clean sheet. “The back four were talking all the time and saying, ‘Clean sheet, clean sheet’, even when we scored the first goal. We need to build on that, keep more clean sheets and we know that we can create loads of chances with Pepe, Auba, Bukayo and Martinelli. “They’re really good going forward so we have to stick together to keep more clean sheets.” last_img read more

Bureau Veritas Revamps Stowage and Lashing

first_imgzoom International classification society Bureau Veritas has launched a voluntary notation for containerships which will allow more flexible container stowage depending on the ship’s loading condition.The notation, LASHING WW, is based on ships being fitted with an approved lashing computer, which will allow computation of container stack weights and required lashing using acceleration levels corresponding to the ship’s loading condition and worldwide area of operationJean-Francois Segretain, Marine Technical Director, Bureau Veritas, Marine and Offshore division, said: “Current lashing and stowage rules for deck containers rely on defined transverse accelerations which are not really accurate for large modern vessels along their whole length. Our research and data from real ships in service shows that accelerations in the midships section of container vessels are always closely correlated with the natural roll period of the ship and could often be much less than those set down in the present rules for lashing calculations.Using the right software fitted on board, and taking into account the ship’s area of operation (worldwide or mainly in North Atlantic or North Pacific area) and loading condition, the appropriate accelerations can be used to optimise the loading plan, lashing, or to allow heavier containers to be stowed higher in the tiers.”BV’s calculations show that stack weights midships for ULCs using BV lashing software can be increased by up to 22 tonnes per container stack.Without the requirements of this notation, container ship lashing plans must be checked against the most demanding loading conditions, so requiring a maximum one-size-fits-all transverse acceleration figure.LASHING WW offers a more precise evaluation by using actual transverse accelerations without losing the safety margin.“This approach is simple and quick, offering much greater cargo and lashing flexibility without compromising safety,” said Mr. Segretain.June 2, 2014last_img read more

Crowley Takes Delivery of Fourth Product Tanker

first_imgzoom Florida-based shipping company Crowley Maritime Corporation took delivery of MT West Virginia, the fourth new, Jones Act product tanker built by Philly Shipyard (PSI) in Philadelphia.The company is scheduled to christen the LNG-ready product tanker, designed by South Korean Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD), on August 16 at the shipyard.Featuring 50,000 dwt, the ship is capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of product.With its length of 600 feet, West Virginia has the capacity to transport crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes.West Virginia, which can be converted for propulsion by liquefied natural gas (LNG), joins its sister ships, Ohio and Texas, delivered in October and December 2015, respectively, and Louisiana, which was added to the fleet in mid-April 2016.They were the first tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval, allowing the conversion to LNG propulsion in the future.last_img read more

THE HANDMAIDS TALE GAVE US THE AUNT LYDIA BACKSTORY WE DESERVE

first_imgAdvertisement THE HANDMAID’S TALE PULLS BACK THE CURTAIN ON AUNT LYDIA’S PASTAfter three seasons, fans of The Handmaid’s Tale are finally getting what they’ve waited for: a flashback-heavy dive into Aunt Lydia’s life, revealing how a former family-court lawyer turned school teacher became a Gilead-abiding taskmaster. But ahead of this week’s episode, “Unfit,” no one was more excited and anxious to learn the backstory of the show’s evil stepmother than Ann Dowd, who won an Emmy playing Aunt Lydia in the first season and has waited 31 episodes to get the character out of her sadistic auntie uniform.In “Unfit,” viewers see a seemingly softer Lydia wearing makeup and blown-out hair, getting close with a student and his young single mother, flirting with her boss, and even showing off some of her karaoke moves. It’s a stark contrast to the Aunt Lydia behind several of the show’s most disturbing moments, including a mass hanging in the second season. Until it isn’t. READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter THE HANDMAID’S TALE: INSIDE AUNT LYDIA’S ILLUMINATING FLASHBACK EPISODEDid The Handmaid’s Tale really need to fill out Aunt Lydia’s backstory? That’s debatable. Capsule episodes like Wednesday’s—which looked back on a time when Gilead’s dictatorial den mother worked as an elementary school teacher—can add depth to a character, providing context for the way they behave in the future. On the other hand, this series has a history of treating its villains with kid gloves—and when someone has done as much damage as Aunt Lydia, it’s hard to drum up much empathy for them, even after learning how they got to be the way they are.But even now, Ann Dowd feels for her character. “I love her deeply,” she said in an interview about this week’s Handmaid’s Tale. “I hope for the best for her, and I think there’s reasons why she is the way she is.” This episode, Dowd believes, is key to understanding the character—as well as how she’s come to align herself with a monstrous regime like Gilead. READ MORE‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’: ANN DOWD ON AUNT LYDIA’S PRE-GILEAD PAST AND VULNERABLE PRESENTIn season two, The Handmaid’s Tale came to a shocking close when Emily unexpectedly stabbed Lydia in the back before pushing her down the stairs of Commander Lawrence’s (Bradley Whitford) house. It appeared that she had been killed off, much to the shock of audiences, who’d grown to love and hate the unflinching den mother. Only two seasons in, Lydia had quickly become a fan favorite thanks to Dowd’s layered performance, showing her character’s torment over only wanting the best for her handmaids while maintaining an unflinching dedication to the rules “under his eye.”Luckily for fans and Dowd alike, the producers quickly made it clear that Lydia wasn’t going anywhere. “I’m not a dummy. I know what happens when someone opens a script and sees they get stabbed in the back by Rory Gilmore,” jokes creator Bruce Miller, who wrote Dowd an email before she read the script to let her know that her character doesn’t die and would be returning for season three. “Which was very kind,” Dowd says.  READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ GAVE US THE AUNT LYDIA BACKSTORY WE DESERVEBlessed be the fruit loops. We can’t help but repeat that little handmaids mantra after the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale (Sundays, 9 p.m. ET, Crave) and everything that it rolled out. Between the fallout at Loaves and Fishes and the oh-so-anticipated Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) backstory, things are not looking good for June (Elisabeth Moss), her future in Gilead, or her overall sanity right now.The episode, “Unfit” was basically what Mean Girls would look like if it were set in Gilead. June and the other handmaids completely ostracized Ofmatthew (Ashleigh LaThrop) after she ratted out June’s plot to see her daughter, and it derailed her. Pregnancy does strange things to a person, but to be pregnant in Gilead, to have a large group of women hate on you (for doing what’s expected of you), to witness the birth of a stillborn, and then to sit in the centre of Aunt Lydia’s hate circle is… well, a lot. For anyone.That overall storyline also speaks to the power June has accumulated in Gilead, and how she’s become an unofficial leader among the handmaids. If you ask us, she’s not using that power very well. We’d even go so far as to call her unhinged at this particular point in the series, a fact that she herself acknowledged when she spoke about understanding Emily (Alexis Bledel) and why she ran over a guard and pushed Aunt Lydia down the stairs. Think about it: what would June do if she actually got a hold of her daughter at this point? READ MORE Ann Dowd ~ The Handmaid’s Tale (Photos courtesy of Hulu)last_img read more

ISIS-Linked Cells ‘Buy Supporters’ in Morocco’s Northern Cities

Rabat- The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly established many cells in Tangier and Laarache that are buying Moroccan supporters in order to recruit them and send them to fight with the ISIS military groups.The World Tribune quoted a security source as saying that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has plenty of money, and it is using it to buy supporters in northern Morocco.“The ISIS presence stemmed from nearly two years of recruitment of Moroccans for the wars in Iraq and Syria,” the security source said.He said that ISIS has mobilized more than two thousand Moroccans for these campaigns. The source explained that some of those Moroccans have returned to Morocco and established ISIS-linked cells, mainly in Tangier and Laarach, to buy other Moroccan fighters.Moroccan authorities have dismantled many formed ISIS-linked tourist cells, mainly in Northern Morocco. The most recent cell was arrested on August 14, when Moroccan authorities dismantled a nine-person cell, based in Tetouan and Fnideq, recruiting volunteers to fight with ISIS.However, the World Tribune says that the Moroccan government has not acknowledged the ISIS presence, adding that the country has become a hotbed of radical organizations supporters.According to the same source, ISIS has also attracted criminals involved in smuggling and drug trafficking.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Morocco Rejects Algerian Accusations on Sectarian Clashes in Ghardaia

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Communications Mustapha El-Khalfi has said that the statement made by the Algerian Prime Minister implicating Morocco in the bloody events of Ghardaia this month is “unacceptable.”Mustapha El-Khalfi made this statement during a press conference on Thursday, following  the weekly government meeting held in Rabat.He went on to add that the insinuations made by the Algerian Prime Minster, Abdelmalek Sellal, are “unfounded and hence, null and void.” The insinuations are about the alleged ‘involvement’ of Morocco in funding the Amazigh minority Mozabite in its fight against the Arab majority Chaambi in Ghardaia, “For over twelve centuries, Morocco has developed its history according to the principle that it will not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries,” El-Khalfi added.Last week, the Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal accused Morocco of encouraging sectarian clashes between the Arabs and the Amazigh in Ghardaia that left at least 22 people dead.The Algerian PM indirectly accused Morocco of “financing his country’s enemies in an attempt to foment sectarian conflict in Algeria between the Arab and Amazigh communities.”Sellal was quoted by the news website Algérie 1 as saying that: “We know the source of funding for these plans came from one brotherly country and other countries which are not.”“We have in our possession the names of the authors of ‘Fitna’ (sedition) and the youths they are trying to manipulate,” he concluded. read more

World No Tobacco Day: Princess Lalla Salma Inaugurates Reproductive Health Center

Tiznit – Princess Lalla Salma, Chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancers, chaired, Tuesday in Tiznit, the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, and inaugurated a reproductive health reference center for early detection of breast and cervical cancers.Princess Lalla Salma chaired, in the “Al Massira Al Khadra” high school, the celebration of World No Tobacco Day 2016, organized in partnership with the Health Ministry and the National Education and Vocational Training Ministry.On this occasion Princess Lalla Salma followed a presentation on the main achievements of “Secondary and High Schools without Tobacco” program at the Souss Massa region, said a statement of the Lalla Salma Foundation for the prevention and treatment of cancers. Afterwards, Princess Lalla Salma visited several stands where students of the province’s anti-tobacco health clubs presented their achievements in terms of fighting tobacco addiction, before visiting the anti-tobacco health club of the “Al Massira Al Khadra”.Princess Lalla Salma handed over computers and teaching materials to six anti-smoking health clubs of several secondary schools. Her Royal Highness also handed over 280 bicycles to students from 24 junior and secondary high schools in the province of Tiznit.The reproductive health reference center of the province of Tiznit, inaugurated Tuesday by HRH Princess Lalla Salma, will help provide 5,000 consultations per year to detect and diagnose early breast and cervical cancers.The new centre includes consulting rooms for the screening of breast and cervical cancers, and mammography, ultrasound, colposcopy and observation rooms. It also has an administrative unit, a pharmacy and a meeting room.Built on an area of 514 square meters, the center’s construction and equipment is worth 3.5 million dirhams, according to a statement of the Lalla Salma Foundation.The early detection program for breast and cervical cancers in the province of Tiznit, targets a population of 21,516 women aged between 45 and 69 years for breast cancer screening, and 29,034 women aged between 30 and 49 for cervical cancer screening. read more

BASL resolution wants impeachment reconsidered

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) today adopted an eight point resolution which included a call to the government to reconsider the impeachment motion on Chief Justice (CJ) Shirani Bandaranayake.Following a heated exchange of views among the BASL members during a special meeting, the eight point resolution was adopted after which a press conference was convened. Past President’s of the BASL are also expected to support this call, Rajapakshe said. Speaking at the media briefing BASL President Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the BASL had reiterated the need to safeguard the independence of the judiciary. He said the BASL will urge President Mahinda Rajapaksa and parliament Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa not to proceed with the impeachment of the Chief Justice. read more

Caterpillar Inc announces corporate headquarters will remain in Peoria after 2year study

Caterpillar Inc. announces corporate headquarters will remain in Peoria after 2-year study AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PEORIA, Ill. – Caterpillar Inc. has announced it’s keeping its headquarters in downtown Peoria and expanding its corporate campus in what it calls a re-commitment to the central Illinois city.Chief Executive Doug Oberhelman told a crowd of about 200 people Friday that after two years of study, the $55 billion global construction equipment maker will modernize its riverfront complex to include a three-tower building.The company said it will expand the site to 31 acres and add amenities and innovative workspaces to “retain and attract the finest talent.”Oberhelman reassured the crowd that “Caterpillar will stay in Peoria.”Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner was among those in attendance. Oberhelman had complained about the state’s business climate under Illinois’ previous governor, Democrat Pat Quinn. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2015 11:25 am MDT read more