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  • Rajbhar predicts doom for BJP in U.P. LS poll

    first_imgOm Prakash Rajbhar, the BJP’s disgruntled ally in Uttar Pradesh, has predicted that the party would fare poorly in the State, 13 constituencies of which voted in the last phase of the Lok Sabha election on Sunday.Mr. Rajbhar, chief of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, said the Gathbandhan of the SP and the BSP would win a “large number of seats” in the State. “The BJP is suffering heavy losses,” he told the media after casting his vote in Ballia, adding that the alliance would be dominant in Purvanchal.Mr. Rajbhar, who has been on a warpath with the BJP after it denied him a ticket on his own symbol, said the party was “responsible” for its own losses as it did not take its ally along. Mr. Rajbhar is a Cabinet Minister in the Yogi Adityanath government. He ssaid the BJP would lose primarily due to his rebellion. “By not giving us one seat the BJP has damaged itself on 50,” said Mr. Rajbhar, who had been demanding the Ghosi seat for himself. The BJP, however, wanted him to contest on its symbol. His party fielded over 40 candidates in the election, most of them from the OBC community, including his own caste Rajbhars, and even supported the Congress on some seats. Going soloMr. Rajbhar had decided to go solo after months of acrimony with the BJP over his demand for sub-categorisation of the OBC quota.He said he would continue to build his party with “full force” for the 2022 Assembly elections in the State.last_img read more

  • Kaveree Bamzai on after Team India’s exit from World Cup, 2007

    first_imgKaveree BamzaiAt the INDIA TODAY Conclave, at the height of the cricket fever, Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani said something heretical. He declared he never watches cricket or movies. Smart man. That’s probably why he gets so much work done. It may also be why he probably has been sleeping well,Kaveree BamzaiAt the INDIA TODAY Conclave, at the height of the cricket fever, Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani said something heretical. He declared he never watches cricket or movies. Smart man. That’s probably why he gets so much work done. It may also be why he probably has been sleeping well these days unlike most of the country. The National Mourning following Team India’s exit has acquired a shrill tone, with all manner of radical solutions being offered-from new jobs for the boys to new nationalities. To add to India’s woes, Bangladesh, our supposedly poor cousins, seem to be enjoying themselves thoroughly in the West Indies, flinging themselves about on screens where we-and Mandira Bedi in some of the worst clothes in the history of fashion-had hoped Sachin and Sourav would have been resplendent.Team India knocked out from World Cup, 2007Which is where I would like to quote, again, other people wiser than I. This time, it’s my 10-year-old son (a recent cricket convert) and his buddies. Their enthusiasm for the World Cup remains undiminished. They are rooting for Australia, and even, of late, Bangladesh. Why? Because they know how to win.Clearly, the new generation Indian does not let patriotism get in the way of admiring the ability to triumph. The whole world is their playing field. The way our cricketers-clearly in need of both fitness and fighting spirit-have been playing is so dismal that their worst punishment has already been meted out to them. No, it’s not the cap on advertisements, the threat of sacking, or even payment only when they perform. It is this- they will lose the untrammelled sway they have had on the affections of young India. With new sporting icons, from Jeev Milkha Singh to Viswanathan Anand, they will not only discover, as they have already, other arenas but also learn the true meaning of being sports fans. Bollywood, for once, is helping in a public service cause. Coming up is a series of films featuring wildly different sports-car racing in Tara Rum Pum, hockey in Chak De India (with Shah Rukh Khan playing coach), soccer in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (Abhishek Bachchan is a Chelsea fan, like many young Indians), and soccer again with John Abraham in Goal! If Team India doesn’t watch these, they can always catch a re-run of Jerry Maguire, where Cuba Gooding Jr’s character goes from being the show-me-the-money loser to the playfrom-the-heart winner. The moral of the story? Get the runs. The respect and sabse-bada-rupaiyah will follow.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Victoria Azarenka stuns Serena Williams in Indian Wells final

    first_imgFormer world number one Victoria Azarenka took advantage of an error-prone display by Serena Williams to win her second BNP Paribas Open title with a 6-4 6-4 victory in Sunday’s final at Indian Wells in California.The 26-year-old Belarusian broke the top-seeded American once in the opening set and twice in the second before wrapping up the win in just under 90 minutes in front of a stunned crowd at the sun-baked Indian Wells Tennis Garden. (Also read: Novak Djokovic crushes Milos Raonic, wins fifth Indian Wells title) World number one Williams, seeking a third title at Indian Wells after winning her second a distant 15 years ago, was badly let down by her forehand, though she did mount a late fightback and broke Azarenka in the eighth game of the second set for 3-5.The American came close to levelling with Azarenka, serving for the match, wobbling at 15-40 but the Belarusian fired an ace, got to deuce when Williams hit a backhand long and clinched victory when her opponent hit a forehand service return long.A visibly emotional Azarenka, the 13th seed who claimed her first Indian Wells crown in 2012, was able to celebrate her fourth victory over Williams in a WTA final, and a 19th career title.”I had no doubt in my mind that I will give everything I can,” Azarenka told ESPN in a courtside interview about the see-sawing final game of the match.”I couldn’t control how she was going to play and she was throwing some bombs there.advertisement”But I stayed tough because it’s the only way to win, to stay strong, to keep doing what’s been working. I just wanted to work hard, give it my all, and it worked.”Williams was also emotional, having won at Indian Wells in 1999 and 2001 before taking a self-imposed 14-year exile from the event amidst allegations of racial abuse from fans after her sister Venus withdrew minutes before their semi-final showdown.”It was really hard, the last moment I had here wasn’t the greatest moment, so thank you so much,” the 34-year-old told the crowd. “Thank you so much for the cheers, I can’t tell you how much it means to me.”Williams, a 21-time grand slam singles champion, made a poor start, trailing 0-40 on her usually powerful serve in the first game of the match before double faulting to be broken.Azarenka clinched the opening set in 41 minutes and then continued her dominance, breaking Williams twice to take control of the second set.last_img read more

  • Bigg Boss 12 Day 3 written update: Sreesanth apologises to Khan sisters; nominations spark uproar in house

    first_imgSreesanth goes near the main door and asks Bigg Boss to open it. Karanvir, Dipika and others try to calm him down. He tells even Saba said something about his upbringing so should he also start crying. Karanvir asks him to talk it out and he agrees but asks him to keep Saba out of it as he is not interested in talking to her.While Karanvir is taking to Saba and telling her that she is emotional, Somi comes there tells that Deepak called her jeher (poison) and Kriti supported him. Karanvir asks Deepak to shut while Saba gets into an argument with Kriti. Anup Jalota talks to Deepak and tells him that when everyone is trying to sort out the matter, his words have aggravated the situation. On the other hand Neha Pendse asks the Khan sisters to lie low for some time. Deepak tells Karanvir that he shouldn’t have used the word jeher ( poison). Karanvir asks him to apologise if he really is sorry. Deepak talks to Saba and Somi and apologises and tells that he shouldn’t have used that word.Will this be @sreesanth36 ‘s last night in the #BB12 house? Janne ke liye dekhiye #BiggBoss12 tonight at 9 PM!@iamappyfizz @oppomobileindia @TheGarnierMan @letsdroom pic.twitter.com/m9p3rHa8stCOLORS (@ColorsTV) September 19, 2018Post Deepak, Sreesanth goes and talks to Saba and tells that he shouldn’t have talked like that and used the word upbringing and soon Somi joins them. He also looks at the camera and apologises to their parents.advertisementNext morning, they wake up to Raita Phail Gaya. Deepak entertains Srishty, Anup and Jasleen with his antics and has a fun chase with Saba. While Romil and Shivashish discuss who is the smartest girl in the house. Romil takes Srishty’s name and tells that Dipika is pretending to be wise and after 2-3 weeks these the competition will be between these two.Bigg Boss asks the jodis to go to the activity area and asks singles to be in the living area for the nominations. He also tells them that because few of them didn’t perform their first task due to which it was cancelled, none of them are safe from nominations this week.The celebs are shown Romil-Nirmal and Kriti-Roshmi’s pictures and asked to choose between the two to nominate. They nominate Kriti and Roshmi as they feel they are strong competition and also choosy when it comes to work. Next they unanimously nominate Saba and Somi and save Anup and Jasleen. They are confused between Deepak-Urvashi and Saurabh-Shivashish but finally select the later as Shivashish never helps in household chores. Post this the celebs are asked to be near pool and the jodis are called inside.They are asked to choose between Karanvir and Dipika. They nominate Dipika as she is bossy and also a strong competition. Between Neha and Srishty, they nominate Srishty as her involvement in work is zero and doesn’t mingle with everyone. They unanimously decide to save Sreesanth, which was a little surprising.Everyone gathers in the living area and Bigg Boss announces the names of the nominated contestants – Shivashish-Saurabh, Kriti-Roshmi, Saba-Somi, Dipika and Srishty.Neha tells Kriti and Roshmi that they are nominated because they strong competition. While Saba tells Sree that they unanimously saved him. He thanks her. Kriti breaks down to tears in front of Roshmi and Shivashish and tells that nominating them because they are strong competitors is not a fair reason. As she is just a commoner who came here to be a known face. They were better than them as they saved Sreesanth and KV as they are actually strong contestants.Shivashish and Srishty talk while taking a walk in the garden area. Srishty tells that she used to go try to talk to people but now when they feel her involvement is not there, she won’t do it anymore. She suggests Shiv to help in chores but he outright refuses. She tells him that it’s just a suggestion and it’s his decision if he wants to follow it or not.Sreesanth and Anup talk to Kriti and tell her to show her strong points and also asks her tell Roshmi to get involved in the house. Sree tells that nothing should break her and talked about how he is not allowed in any of the cricket grounds and expresses his pain and how much he misses the sport.Shivashish gets hyper for being nominated and asks Saurabh not do some much of work but he tells him that he is used to it. He also tells Saurabh that he is working for the housemates like a servant yet they nominated their jodi. He is adamant on not helping in household chores as he feels it’s not his work. His work is to go to office, check audit reports etc. He is also bothered what will his employees think of him when they see him working in the house.advertisementLater, in the washroom area Kriti opens the washroom door and makes a face and asks Urvashi if she was inside. She breaks down into tears and tells Dipika and Nirmal, just because she is from small town doesn’t mean one has the right to ridicule her. Kriti apologises to her and resolves the issue. At night, Deepak also talks to Urvashi and they discuss how they are different than the other contestants in the house as they come from a different background.last_img read more

  • West Ham team news & likely line-up

    first_imgWest Ham United West Ham team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Huddersfield Last updated 2 years ago 14:55 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Slaven Bilic West Ham Getty West Ham United Premier League West Ham United v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at London Stadium on Monday evening With West Ham rooted to the foot of the Premier League table and Slaven Bilic facing some uncomfortable questions regarding his ongoing presence in the dugout, the hosts desperately need to kick-start their campaign on the back of the international break.Huddersfield may have been viewed as favourable opponents before a ball was kicked back in August, but their start to life in the big time (unbeaten and yet to concede a goal) suggests that they will travel to the capital in buoyant mood and ready to put another nail in Bilic’s coffin.WEST HAM INJURIES Andy Carroll West Ham Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The good news for Bilic is that injury-ravaged striker Andy Carroll should be ready to play some part in the crunch clash, with a decision needing to be made on whether he is used from the start or off the bench.Elsewhere, the Hammers have plenty of other fitness concerns to contend with.Manuel Lanzini was forced to pull out of Argentina’s squad for Monday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Venezuela with a recurrence of the knee problem which hindered his pre-season.Edimilson Fernandes suffered a sprained ankle during the international break while turning out for Switzerland’s U-21 side, while Andre Ayew picked up a thigh complaint with Ghana.Neither are expected to be involved on Monday, but Winston Reid should have fully recovered from a calf problem in time to feature and Diafra Sakho is still at the club despite his deadline-day shenanigans.WEST HAM SUSPENSIONS Marko Arnautovic will serve the final instalment of his three-match ban for the red card he picked up against Southampton for an elbow on Jack Stephens.The Austria international has now been forced to sit out more games for the Hammers than he has featured in following a £20 million summer switch from Stoke.West Ham Huddersfield first scorer odds Sept 17WEST HAM POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Having toiled their way to three successive defeats, West Ham are likely to shuffle their pack for a first home date of the season – having seen the World Athletics Championship force them to start the campaign out on the road.Reid is likely to slot straight back in at the heart of the defence, having been missing since the opening weekend, with Joe Hart eager to secure a first clean sheet of his loan spell in the capital.Carroll could come in to provide support alongside Javier Hernandez, offering Bilic more of an attacking threat and a physical presence to trouble the Huddersfield back line.West Ham Huddersfield predicted XI Sept 17HUDDERSFIELD TEAM NEWS The Terriers have no fresh fitness concerns to contend with, but they remain without the services of Jonathan Hogg who is nursing an ankle injury.Defender Martin Cranie is sidelined with a hip problem, while Jon Gorenc Stankovic is unlikely to figure until the end of the calendar year as he works his way back from cruciate ligament damage.New-boys Abdelhamid Sabiri, Florent Hadergjonaj and Rob Green could be involved in the matchday squad, while Laurent Depoitre and Abdelhamid Sabiri impressed during Sunday’s 3-0 friendly victory over Altona 93.David Wagner Huddersfield TownBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS • This will be the first league meeting between the teams since March 1972, a game West Ham won 3-0 at Upton Park.• This is only the second Premier League season that West Ham United have started with three defeats. In the other; 2010-11, they ended bottom of the league.• Three of the last four teams to have lost their opening four Premier League games of the season have ended that campaign bottom of the league.• Joe Hart has conceded as many goals in three Premier League games as a West Ham player than he did in his final 10 appearances for Manchester City in the competition (10).• West Ham United have allowed their opponents a league-high nine clear-cut chances in front of goal this season, from which they have conceded eight goals.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match will kick off at 20:00 BST on Monday and will be aired live in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. The game will also be available to stream on Sky Go. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

  • Agriculture Ministers Focus on Regional Issues

    first_imgProgress on the Atlantic memorandum of understanding and an update on the red meat sector were key issues discussed at Atlantic agriculture minister meetings in St. John’s, NL. Agriculture Minister John MacDonell and his regional colleagues gathered with federal officials June 3 and today, June 4, to prepare for the annual federal/provincial/territorial (FPT) agriculture ministers meeting. “We are providing genuine leadership to make the right decisions for Nova Scotia families and have made significant progress on our commitment to regional co-operation to promote and develop the agri-food industry,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Staff are preparing work plans to address a number of initiatives such as ways to address agricultural greenhouse-gas emissions, sharing extension knowledge and education approaches, and co-operation developing renewable energy opportunities for agriculture.” The meetings included discussion about progress on the Atlantic memorandum of understanding, industry engagement sessions and what the next national policy framework should include. “Farmers are significantly impacted by the policy and programs we create,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Government is determined to ensure that programs continue to respond to the sector’s needs so we can strengthen the agriculture industry and grow the province’s economy.” The Department of Agriculture continues to partner with the province’s red meat sector to develop an organization to help with planning to build a strong foundation and links across the Atlantic region. The federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers will meet in Saskatoon, July 6-8.last_img read more

  • The Instagramfriendly Toronto church tied to Justin Bieber

    first_imgAs she spoke, volunteers passed around collection buckets before Damian took the stage to deliver the sermon proper. It’s got its own record label and its most popular band, Hillsong United (fronted by the Houstons’ son Joel) has cranked out 16 albums since 1998, topping the Christian rock charts and selling millions of records translated into more than 100 languages. Vantage Church’s senior pastors — Damian Bassett and his wife, Julie Bassett — are a long way from the paparazzi and the wild speculation. Matt Morgan meets me at the the elevator of the Cineplex wearing an easy smile and a red flannel shirt with the collar cropped off. For the Bassetts and Vantage, the issue is a tricky one. One hundred per cent of the donations Vantage brings in are used by Canadian organizations. On this, Damian is very clear. “We don’t send money out of the country unless it’s for, say, the charity we support called Watoto, which works in Uganda but it’s run by Canadians and registered here.” The Vantage Church band plays to a packed house at the Cineplex theatre in Markham. – JESSE WINTER/ TORONTO STAR Advertisement He also helped his father pay the victim $10,000. The payment was agreed upon at a meeting in a McDonald’s, where the victim was given a dirty napkin to sign in exchange for the money, according to the findings of a 2004 royal commission. The commission found that Brian had been in a conflict of interest while attempting to deal with the controversy. But that closeness to the Houstons occasionally also means being close to controversy. Like any mega-church, Hillsong has faced storms, sometimes of its own making. In total, Bassett says Vantage has about 500 frequent worshippers across both campuses. It’s growing, though Vantage isn’t the only game in town. The Toronto branch of Christian City Church has a similar esthetic, and a congregation of around 800, also mostly millennials. “A lot of young people want something different than what they currently have in a church,” Bassett said. “We’re not seeking to be ‘cool,’ but we do want to be relevant.” “It’s no different than Scientology,” she said, “it just looks less kooky. It’s a very subtle form of brainwashing. The Bible, at this point, is kind of peripheral to the whole thing.” Advertisement Instead of the stereotypical Sunday best, you’re more likely to see Hillsong worshippers in thrift-shopped bohemian threads. Converse Chuck Taylors proliferate. Founded in 1983 by Brian and Bobbie Houston in Sydney, Australia, Hillsong has become a mega-church of global proportions. It’s active in 19 countries on five continents, and claims a global attendance approaching 100,000 worshippers weekly. When she showed up with a camera crew in 2015, she was arrested and charged with trespassing. “He never named it,” Levin said. “He never apologized for it. He never guaranteed anybody’s safety — none of that. It was: pray for us. My dad’s a pedophile, pray for us.” Advertisement Hillsong proper rakes in millions of dollars a year from its congregants around the world. Last year it brought in nearly $131 million (Canadian), 56 per cent of it from donations, according to its annual report. Twitter Once a week Bassett brings his high-charisma preaching to not one but two Vantage congregations — the first in Markham on Sunday mornings, and the second in a hotel basement near Yonge and Dundas in the evenings. “We’re just trying to reach people,” Damian said. Brian, who was president of the Assemblies of God in Australia at the time, confronted his father, who confessed to the abuse. Frank was removed from the ministry, and the church was told in private correspondence he’d committed a grave “moral failure,” but Brian never went to the police. Damian, originally from New Zealand, and Julie, from Toronto, fell in love with each other in Sydney, while attending Hillsong’s bible college. They both come from Pentecostal backgrounds, and spent 10 years in the Australian city, working with the church and raising the first two of their three daughters. With Hillsong providing a global template, Vantage Church is about to embark on a season of expansion. In September it will be moving the downtown campus from its current location in the basement of the Bond Place Hotel to a larger space in a former Anglican church nearby. Soon everyone files into the movie theatre as the rock band ramps to a crescendo. Sweeping vistas of clouds, rushing rivers and doves flash across the giant screen as dozens of outstretched arms and upraised voices praise Jesus in song. Services are more like rock concerts, with stage lights and charisma instead of solemnity and choral hymns. Worshipers raise their hands to praise Jesus while the Vantage Church band plays Christian rock music during a Sunday service in August. – JESSE WINTER/ TORONTO STA Earlier this year in New York, it was a row over whether gay marriage was OK with the church. Two openly gay members of Hillsong New York’s choir gave a media interview in which they said they were planning to marry, and claimed they had the church’s blessing. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Welcome (or “Welcome Home,” as the official slogan goes) to Vantage Church, Toronto’s up-and-coming extension of the Hillsong phenomenon. “You’ve got years and years of the church thinking a certain way, and some people being idiots about it and others being quiet about it,” Damian said. That drew backlash from the church’s more conservative members, and Brian Houston was pressured into writing a blog post titled “Do I Love Gay People?” The takeaway message was that gay people are welcome in the church; they just can’t hold a leadership role. For Tanya Levin, one of Hillsong’s long-standing and most vocal critics, Brian’s handling of the abuse allegations constituted a cover-up. It’s all very flash and hip and photogenic. Even the coffee station is adorned with a string of bare tungsten light bulbs. It’s big-tent revivalism for the Instagram age. In Australia, the church has faced far worse. But it isn’t exactly a Hillsong Church. Vantage is a member of the “Hillsong Family” — a collection of 30 autonomous churches around the world that take their spiritual inspiration and guidance from Hillsong, but are free to run their affairs as they see fit. She went on to say that for people who donate, they’ll be rewarded with the treasure God is saving for them in heaven. “We would much rather build a relationship with people and talk about it with them behind closed doors,” Julie said, “the way that we would deal with any other issue, if someone struggles with alcoholism or any other issue that they may be struggling with.” In 1999, revelations surfaced that Hillsong founder Brian Houston’s father, Frank, himself a pastor at the Sydney Christian Life Centre, had sexually assaulted at least one boy for years in the 1970s, beginning when the child was 7. “I think there’s got to be grace on both sides. At the end of the day, I think it’s something that’s going to change in our culture and it’s not something that I’m going to fight against.” Along the way it has attracted millennial celebrities like Justin Bieber, who recently cancelled part of his world tour and is often seen palling around with Hillsong New York’s tattooed pastor Carl Lentz. But with the sepia-toned appeal of Hillsong’s hipster cred as a road map, Vantage Church is setting out on a similar journey. “We have connections,” Julie said. “We go to conferences. We position ourselves close to Brian and Bobbie because they are our senior pastors. They were our pastors for 10 years in Sydney, and we still need pastors ourselves, people we can look to and call on.” Openly gay people are 100 per cent welcome at Vantage, Damian said, as is anybody. He doesn’t preach about it or anything else political from the stage, and won’t push his beliefs on anyone unless he’s asked directly for guidance. On a Sunday morning earlier this month, Laura Montgomery stood on stage in the Markham Cineplex, extolling the virtues of investing. Around us, skinny-jean-clad 20-somethings mingle, coffees in hand, while Tom Cruise gazes at us from a movie poster on the wall. Sugary Christian pop-rock echoes into the hallway. “The coffee’s not as good as Alchemy,” he said, with a grinning reference to a popular nearby brunch joint, but at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning in Markham, “at least it’s coffee.” Another NBA star, Kyrie Irving, has also been connected to Lentz and Hillsong in media reports. Some have speculated there was a connection to his trade this past week. Vantage Church senior pastors Julie (left) and Damian Bassett post for a photo in their office in Markham, Ontario. The non-denominational church is part of the Hillsong Family, a network of churches connected to the Australian mega-church that’s drawn in celebrities like Justin Bieber. – JESSE WINTER/ TORONTO STAR The Bassetts spent the first few years of Vantage’s eight-year history building towards a stronger church — refining the product, so to speak. Now, it’s time to take that product to the masses. Bieber has been open on social media about his faith and — more recently — his personal relationship with Jesus. In 2015 a GQ feature article described in detail the moment Lentz baptized the often-troubled pop singer in NBA veteran Tyson Chandler’s basketball star over-sized bathtub. She began by telling the assembled how earlier this summer, she took the scary first steps into the world of mutual funds and stock markets, GICs and TFSAs. The scandal has followed the Houstons ever since. “Marketing serves what we do, but we don’t serve marketing,” said Julie. “Marketing is a tool to bring people in the door but at the end of the day our purpose isn’t marketing. Our purpose is to love people and to glorify God.” “Your stock might go up, or it might go down. But investing in the Kingdom of God guarantees an amazing return on investment,” Montgomery said. “But I’m from here,” Julie said. “We just felt really strongly that we were called to come back and start a church similar to Hillsong in Canada.” For the uninitiated, Hillsong Church is the millennial generation’s answer to the “stuffy” Christianity of the past, as senior Vantage pastor Damian Bassett puts it. But you know what’s superior to investing in the world economy? she asked. “Investing in the Kingdom of God.” Facebook “We’ve never really marketed ourselves,” Damian said. “We’ve been flying under the radar for a long time.” Vantage services typically start with four or five rousing songs of praise, followed by a reading of prayer requests and a short message encouraging donation. It will also start honing its social media game, and church officials hope to issue a couple of musical EPs from the tiny recording studio at the church’s office in Markham. “Maybe the church has been stained in the past by trying to tell people what to do and how to live their lives. I think what the church is called to do is just to love people.” Levin has been a thorn in the church’s side for years. She grew up in Hillsong in Australia, but left as a teenager over what she said was rampant hypocrisy in its teachings. Decades later as the abuse revelations began to unfurl, she landed a book deal to write about the church. When she approached the Houstons for an interview in 2005, she got a letter from their lawyer asking her to refrain from attending any more Hillsong meetings. Compared to Hillsong’s income, Vantage Church is much more modest. It had about $353,000 in revenue last year, 84 per cent from donations, according to the Canada Revenue Agency. Login/Register With: Generally, Levin said Hillsong is less about the Bible and more about making money.last_img read more

  • Wokeley sentenced to life in prison for seconddegree murder of Pamela Napoleon

    first_imgWokeley’s eligibility for parole starts at the beginning of his arrest, in October 2017.In addition to life in prison, Wokeley was given a lifetime ban for the possession of firearms and weapons and has been ordered to provide a DNA sample.The charges for two counts of arson and indignity to human remains were withdrawn.In October 2017, Wokeley was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, arson, and indignity to human remains for his role in the 2014 death of Napoleon. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Leon Wokeley appeared in Fort St. John B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 1, to hear his sentencing in relation to the 2014 murder of Pamela Napoleon.On June 3, Wokeley entered a voluntary guilty plea for the second-degree murder of Napoleon.B.C. Supreme Court Justice, Jennifer Duncan, sentenced Wokeley to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years for the murder of Napoleon.last_img read more

  • UN tourism agency sets up Internet platform for socially conscious travellers

    2 February 2007Socially conscious travellers will now be able to use a secure Internet network to exchange information on ethical tourism that seeks to promote sustainable development and help poor communities around the world under a new project of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). “The time is right to take advantage of new technologies to advance the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics,” the agency’s Assistant Secretary-General Geoffrey Lipman said of yesterday’s agreement by UNWTO and WISeKey to expand the use of traveller identification and authentication technologies to deliver YouTourist as a unique e-Tourism Social Network. “The explosion of social networks fits perfectly with the spirit of the responsible and sustainable tourism that we are seeking to encourage,” he added of the Code, a blueprint for safeguarding the resources upon which tourism depends and ensuring that its benefits are equitably shared in the spirit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs seek to slash a host of social ills, such as extreme hunger and poverty, infant and maternal mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015. The UNWTO sets out guiding principles for governments, destinations, tour operators, travel agents, tourism workers, developers, and travellers themselves. Based on WISeKey Digital Identification and Microsoft Cardspace technologies, the new platform allows tourist to connect with one another. YouTourist encourages exchanges of pictures, videos, and comments and gives special communication opportunities for local communities and travel companies involved in the whole chain of tourism development. Crosscutting areas in poverty alleviation can be greatly aided by introducing the type of technology available for travel industry Trusted Social Networks. Digital Identification for secure participation will be a key element. The Trusted Social Network for the Tourism Industry will inter connect to the global information infrastructure provided by agencies offering e-Tourism Services. It will federate participating agencies into a global e-Tourism Portal using Single Sign On technologies. The new project builds on the Public Private Partnership agreement signed last year by UNWTO and Microsoft to use information technology to improve the tourism industry’s competitiveness and quality in developing countries, especially in Africa which at present accounts for only 4 per cent of international tourism. read more

  • UN interagency assessment team to visit areas affected by Georgia conflict

    The objective of the 17 to 20 September mission “is to gain first-hand knowledge of the humanitarian and human rights situations and needs on the ground, including the position of those displaced by the conflict and other vulnerable groups,” according to a statement issued by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates some 192,000 people were forced to flee their homes during the conflict that began on 8 August and involved Georgia, South Ossetian and Russian forces. The upcoming mission, coordinated with the Russian and Georgian authorities, will visit Moscow, South Ossetia and Tbilisi. The results will feed into the revision of the nearly $59 million humanitarian flash appeal launched by the UN and its partners on 18 August to aid victims of the conflict.Led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the team comprises representatives from UNHCR, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), as well as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The mandate of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) is set to expire on 15 October, the same day as an international conference regarding the Caucasus nation is to be held in Geneva.Speaking to UN Radio today, the Secretary-General said that given the situation, “it would be absolutely necessary that we continue to discharge our mission there, observation, as well as providing humanitarian assistance.”Meanwhile, UNHCR reported today that its teams have now entered the so-called “buffer zone” north of the Georgian town of Gori, where thousands uprooted by last month’s fighting have taken shelter, after having been unable to access the Russian-controlled area for weeks due to insecurity. “These first UN missions are an important step in achieving full access,” UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler told a news conference in Geneva, adding that the agency now plans to conduct regular assessment missions to the buffer zone between Gori and the breakaway region of South Ossetia.Since entering the zone over the weekend, UNHCR teams have conducted two initial assessment missions to four villages north of Gori – Karaleti, Tkiavi, Kitsnisi and Dzevera – and found that most residents appear to have returned to their homes. In the Karaleti area, close to Gori and right on the boundary of the buffer zone, up to 80 per cent of the population has gone back, Mr. Spindler said. Deeper inside the buffer zone the rate of return is much lower, with less than ten per cent of villagers having come back to the village of Kitsnisi.“There is still a great deal of fear among the people currently residing in these villages,” noted Mr. Spindler. “Beatings, looting and arson by marauding militias have created an atmosphere of fear and insecurity.”UNHCR teams found that the destruction of buildings and houses is not as widespread as was initially feared and varies from village to village. However, villagers informed the agency that 70 to 80 per cent of this year’s harvest in the visited areas is gone. In addition, there are still a lot of mines and unexploded ordnance, preventing people from going into their fields. Villagers now rely on firewood for cooking and heating, since the local gas pipeline is no longer functioning. As a result, the price of firewood has risen by 50 per cent. There are also no health services inside the buffer zone, and the population there depends on medical aid and assistance from Gori.UNHCR reported that school buildings have remained almost intact, but added that the majority of people currently returning are adults and schools remain closed.“The first assessments show that returnees to the villages in the buffer zone need rehabilitation and reconstruction assistance and the provision of supplementary food items and firewood,” said Mr. Spindler. 16 September 2008A team comprising representatives of key United Nations agencies is heading to South Ossetia and other areas affected by the recent conflict in Georgia, the world body announced today, adding that a broader fact-finding mission to the region is also being planned. read more

  • Standards on medical education and clinical training to be gazetted

    According to this MoU, with the abolition of SAITM, SLIIT, a leading non-state, not-for-profit degree awarding institute, will establish the new sunset and sunrise institutions, under the guidance of the Government that will take over ownership and management of SAITM’s assets, liabilities, staff and students. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today announced that the minimum standards on medical education and clinical training will be gazetted on January 27.The gazette includes abolishing the Malabe SAITM institute and by transferring its assets, liabilities, students, and staff, to a new non-state, non-profit degree awarding institution. A new not-for-profit ‘sunset’ institution will absorb all students who were in the medical program of the SAITM campus in Malabe, as well its assets and liabilities, at which point SAITM will be abolished. On 30.12.2017, the Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SAITM and the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT). read more

  • Tolko announces mill closure in BC putting 127 off the job in

    VERNON, B.C. — Tolko Industries is cutting back its operations at a lumber mill in Kelowna, affecting 127 jobs as the company becomes the latest in the industry to announce a shutdown in British Columbia.  Tolko Industries says high log costs and poor North American market conditions are behind the curtailment of its Kelowna operation for an indeterminate period of time.Troy Connolly, a vice-president with the company, says in a news release the reasons behind the decision are beyond its control.There are 127 workers at the mill.The Teal-Jones Group announced on Tuesday it was shutting its coastal operations in the province, putting 800 out of work.Shutdowns or curtailments have been announced in more than two dozen mills in the province due to low lumber prices, declining supplies and high operating costs.The Canadian Press read more

  • Security must be guided by respect for civil liberties UN human rights

    “The security of States and the region flows from the security of the human being,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello said today in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he opened the Eleventh Workshop on Regional Cooperation for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region.”This security, in turn, is guaranteed by the rule of law and respect for human rights, both of which form a unifying force, a force that can serve to chart a path across difficult terrains,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said. “The rule of law is a constant, it applies at all times to all States and to all persons.” Among the ways in which the rule of law and respect for human rights can help make people – and in turn, nations – more secure, Mr. Vieira de Mello highlighted combating terrorism without violating human rights, integrating human rights into post-conflict peace-building, tackling racism and religious intolerance, and reinvigorating democratic governance. He also drew special attention to promoting and protecting the rights of women, recalling that human rights experts had stressed the responsibility of States for violence that takes place in the private sphere, including domestic violence and honour killings, “two issues that have darkened theses of this region for too long.””The Asia-Pacific Framework for Cooperation was inspired by a desire to build common human rights foundations in this region and to find ways to work together across borders and sub-regions,” said the High Commissioner. He encouraged the participants to use international human rights treaties and standards to provide a common road map to tackle the challenges that lie ahead, and to ensure the independence of national human rights institutions, which are the bridge between governments and civil society. read more

  • Optimizing your SAG mill operation

    first_imgSanjeev Latchireddi, Chief Process Engineer – Grinding Americas, Outokumpu Technology, looks at the shift from ball mills to SAG mills. Nowadays, the more successful plants are those that have adopted effective and efficient strategies to optimize their plant operation. As the ‘heart of the plant’ could be viewed as the milling/grinding area, one of the key steps in plant optimization is ensuring the mill is operating properly. In the past, when primary, secondary and tertiary crushers fed material directly to large ball mills, the energy efficiency of the concentrator was determined for the most part by the ball mill operation, whereas now the energy efficiency of a plant often rests largely on the SAG mill operation. As a result, mines have shifted their emphasis in optimization from ball mills to SAG mills.The rock load in the mill essentially depends on ore characteristics and the discharge rate of broken particles through the discharge end. The discharge rate depends on how efficiently the discharge pump (grate and pulp lifters) operates. Similar to the impeller design affecting pump capacity, the pulp lifter design affects the discharge capacity (or mill throughput) of AG and SAG grinding mills. Generally, the discharge from AG/SAG mills consists of one or both of the following components: slurry (water and finer particles) and pebbles (20-100 mm).Single stage AG/SAG mills have to handle large amounts of slurry as they are generally in closed circuit with classifiers whose circulating loads reach as high as 400-500%. The geometry of radial and curved pulp lifters is such that the slurry, once passed through the grate into the pulp lifter, will always be in contact with the grate until it is completely discharged, which makes the ‘flow-back’ process inevitable. Slurry ‘carry-over’ is another problem which generally occurs at relatively higher mill speeds and/or with increasing slurry viscosity. Though the impact of flow-back may be of lower magnitude in open circuit grinding, flow-back can make a significant impact when the mills are operated in closed circuit, especially with cyclones and fine screens. The field of breakage diminishes when excessive slurry is present in the mill. The inherent flow-back and carry-over problem associated with radial and curved pulp lifters leads to formation of a slurry pool, which absorbs a significant amount of impact energy instead of being used to cause impact breakage of particles. This inefficient usage of grinding energy reduces the grinding capacity.In multi-stage ABC/SABC circuits, the AG or SAG mills are in closed circuit with screens and pebble crushers. The mill discharge from these mills consists of slurry, which goes to the ball mills for further grinding, and coarse pebbles/rocks, which are crushed and sent back to the mill. To maximize the capacity of these circuits, the general practice is to use grates with pebble ports (reaching 100 mm) instead of normal grate openings to increase the pebble removal. In addition, operating mills at relatively higher speeds has become an option to increase mill capacity. The reasoning is because the higher the mill speed, the higher the number of impacts/collisions, which in turn is proportional to higher breakage of particles.With the advent of simulation techniques such as discrete element modelling (DEM), appropriate shell lifters can be designed to operate mills at higher speeds. Shell lifters, an integral part of all grinding mills, are located in the main grinding chamber. However, the inefficiency of pulp lifters increases with mill speed. As a result:Pebbles carry-overIn ABC and SABC circuits, once the slurry and pebbles pass through the grate into the pulp lifters, the motion or flow behaviour of solids will be different to the slurry. At the end of one revolution, all the pebbles are supposed to reach the discharge trunnion. However, a significant amount of pebbles are retained inside the pulp lifters.By the time a pulp lifter starts a new cycle from ‘6 o’clock’, all the pebbles reach the bottom of the pulp lifter and occupy significant volume. The presence of these pebbles blocks the outer rows of grate slots and reduces the flow gradient across the grate. In order to maintain the same flow gradient, the load inside the mill increases and the mill draws more power. In turn, this leads to a higher rock to ball ratio, resulting in insufficient grinding energy and a further increase in load inside the mill.Pebbles flow-backSimilar to slurry flow-back, the pebbles flowing back into the mill increase with larger pebble port or grate slot size. As the pebbles flow down and slide across the grate slots, they get an equal chance to go back into the mill.  Similar to slurry pool formation, pebbles flow-back would increase the quantity of critical size material in the mill. The amount of pebbles passing through the grate increases with the angle of the grate.It is imperative to ensure the efficient removal of both slurry and coarse pebbles (critical size) in order to ensure the efficient operation of AG/SAG mills. Elimination of the above mentioned material transport problems will allow the mill to respond truly in terms of power draw for changes in mill load which depends on feed ore characteristics.Although curved pulp lifters partially solve the ‘carry-over’ problem, they cannot eliminate the ‘flow-back’ problem. This is because once the slurry/pebbles flow into the pulp lifter, they are always in contact with the grate until they are completely discharged out of the mill. However, the curved design necessitates redrilling of the mill head and also requires curved grates, which can be quite complicated compared to a simple radial design. The best way to eliminate material problems is to use a grate, peripheral discharge trunnion supported mill or use a grate, open-ended discharge shell supported mill. Both of these do not require pulp lifters. The grate, peripheral discharge trunnion supported mill and the grate, open-ended discharge shell supported mill both have inherent structural limitations which makes their commercial application limited. The commercially viable and industry accepted alternate is a grate discharge trunnion supported mill or a grate discharge shell supported mill using pulp lifters. The only way to eliminate the problem of flow-back and carry-over of slurry and pebbles is by optimizing the design of the discharge arrangement.Outokumpu Technology’s patented new design – TPL™, Turbo Pulp Lifter (patent pending), is a result of these material transport problems. As the internal design of the TPL approximates a grate, peripheral discharge or a grate, open-ended discharge, it keeps the slurry/pebbles away from the grate once they enter the pulp lifter chamber, thus completely eliminating flow-back and carry-over problems.This efficient material transport ensures the best grinding conditions by allowing the particles to stay inside the mill long enough to be broken into sizes smaller than the grate. The TPL does not necessitate redrilling of the mill head for retrofitting. From the outside, the TPL appears exactly like the conventional radial pulp lifter. Elimination of material transport problems using TPL will bring the following process benefits:• Allow the mill to operate at maximum capacity• Ensure good grinding conditions with lower grinding energy per tonne• Efficient operation even at higher mill speeds• Operator-friendly smooth mill operation• Significantly improve wear life• Can be precisely designed to handle the given capacity• Can be easily retro-fitted to existing mills.The optimal performance of AG/SAG mills is the key to successful plant operation. All AG/SAG mills using radial or curved pulp lifters suffer from inherent material transport problems such as slurry and pebble pooling, which decrease throughput and increase energy consumption. The TPL completely eliminates slurry pooling and pebble pooling problems and ensures the best grinding conditions, thus allowing AG/SAG mills to operate at maximum possible capacity with lower energy consumption.last_img read more

  • Over 20 Irish films screening and selling at Cannes Film Festival

    first_imgMORE THAN 150 Irish filmmakers and industry professionals have travelled to Cannes this year with an aim to marketing and selling Irish film.The Cannes Film Festival is one of the world’s largest film markets and is a key destination for anyone in the industry who is looking for funding for independent movies.It’s also a great place for Irish people in the industry to make connections with international film financiers, sales agents and film distributors. The festival began yesterday and runs until May 26.Showcasing Irish filmIrish sci-fi movie, The Last Day on Mars, directed by Irish Academy Award nominee Ruairí Robinson, will have its world premiere in the prestigious Director’s Fortnight category.Other Irish movies that will be selling at the festival include Run and Jump, Life’s a Breeze, starring Pat Short and The Stag, starring Amy Hubberman, Hugh O’Connor and Andrew Scott.Lenny Abrahamson will not only be marketing his film, What Richard Did at the festival, but also his latest movie, Frank, which stars Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal.Recently, newly-appointed chairman of The Irish Film Board, Bill O’Herlihy said he wanted to see the number of jobs in the Irish film industry sector rise from 5,000 to 10,000 by 2016 and to double turnover from €500 million to €1 billionInterview: Why I set out to explore the dark side of South Dublin cliquey teens>That’s Michael Fassbender under that head…>Column: Ireland’s film industry is booming – and it’s about more than money>last_img read more

  • Sailor Moon fanorchestra SeraSymphony brings musical girl magic to life

    first_imgWhat Sailor Moon fan doesn’t remember the iconic music from the original series? Fans probably know more about the background music than they know if you mention the overuse of horns in background music in season one, or the gregarious use of violins in everything once Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus showed up. These sounds are part of our musical memory of Sailor Moon and go hand in hand with our nostalgic love for the series.The Sailor Moon tribute orchestra called SeraSymphony aims to bring back the nostalgia of our youth by announcing a Kickstarter campaign to fundraise a new album. The orchestra features Sailor Moon‘s image songs and background music from both the English and Japanese versions of the anime series.The fan-made group has previously performed their Sailor Moon orchestral music in both New York and Los Angeles in 2014 and 2015 respectively. At the Los Angeles performance, the original English voice actress for Sailor Moon herself, Jennifer Cihi, joined SeraSymphony to sing along to the music they performed from the dub version of the series. Bobbie Lee Crow III: Conductor/Arranger for SeraSymphony<><> The album they hope to produce will be 12 tracks featuring new orchestral arrangements from the Sailor Moon franchise across all seasons and iterations. Some tracks planned are Sailor Star Song and Moonlight Densetsu from the original anime, La Soldier from the Sailor Moon musicals, and Kirari Sailor Dream from the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon live action TV series. Half of the album will also feature music from the English-language dub of the original anime series released by DiC, such as My Only Love and The Power of Love.The Kickstarter campaign began on September 6 and runs until October 6 with a goal of $11,000. Some perks include digital downloads of select tracks, copies of the album, access to a live-stream of the recording session, and tickets to a TBA 2017 album release performance in Los Angeles.The album is slated for digital and physical release on March 7, 2017, if the Kickstarter is successful.We wish them luck in their campaign, and look forward to hearing more of their beautiful renditions of the Sailor Moon music in the future!last_img read more

  • 20 Images of Devastating Coral Bleaching and Coral Death

    first_img Coral reefs are some of the most colorful, richest marine habitats on Earth. But children born today may be the last generation to see coral reefs in all their glory, according to marine biologists.Global heating and ocean acidification have already severely bleached 16 to 33 percent of all warm-water reefs, said David Obura, chair of the Coral Specialist Group in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. And the remaining reefs are vulnerable to even a fraction of a degree more warming.Coral bleaching occurs when corals are stressed by changes in conditions such as temperature, light, or nutrients. They expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white. If the algae loss is prolonged and the stress continues, coral eventually dies. In 2005, the U.S. lost half of its coral reefs in the Caribbean in one year due to a massive bleaching event caused by warmer water temperatures, according to NOAA.View as: One Page Slides1/201. Okinawa, JapanPhoto Credit: The OceanAgency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral bleaching in Okinawa Japan, September 2016. 2. Great Barrier Reef, AustraliaPhoto Credit: The Ocean AgencyCoral bleaching in GreatBarrierReef, Australia, February 2017.3. Utila, HondurasPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral bleaching in Utila, Honduras, January 2018.4. Utila, HondurasPhoto Credit: The Ocean AgencyCoral bleaching in Utila, Honduras, January 2018.5. New CaledoniaPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral bleaching in New Caledonia, March 2016.6. Cairns, AustraliaPhoto Credit: The Ocean AgencyCoral bleaching in Cairns, Australia, March 20167. Okinawa, JapanPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral bleaching in Okinawa, Japan, September 2016.8. Great Barrier Reef, AustraliaPhoto Credit: The Ocean AgencyCoral bleaching in Great Barrier Reef.9. Heron Island, AustraliaPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral bleaching in Heron Island, Australia.10. Heron Island, AustraliaPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral bleaching in Heron Island, Australia, March 2016.11. New CaledoniaPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral bleaching in New Caledonia, March 2016. 12. The MaldivesPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral bleaching in Maldives, May 2016.13. The MaldivesPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral bleaching in Maldives, 2016.14. The MaldivesPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral bleaching in the Maldives, May 2016. 15. Lizard Island, AustraliaPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral bleaching in Lizard Island, Australia, March 2016.16. Kaheohe Bay, HawaiiPhoto Credit: The Ocean AgencyCoral bleaching in Kaheohe Bay, Hawaii.17. FijiPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCora bleaching in Fiji.18. Coral Death in Lizard IslandPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral death in Lizard Island, Australia, May 2016.19. Coral Death in Lizard IslandPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral death in Lizard Island, Australia, May 2016.20. Coral Death in Lizard IslandPhoto Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview SurveyCoral death in Lizard Island, Australia, May 2016.“Children born today may be the last generation to see coral reefs in all their glory,” Obura said, as reported by the Guardian. “Today’s reefs have a history going back 25 million to 50 million years and have survived tectonic collisions, such as that of Africa into Europe, and India into Asia. Yet in five decades we have undermined the global climate so fundamentally that in the next generation we will lose the globally connected reef system that has survived tens of millions of years.”A new coalition of organizations, including the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), was launched at the UN Biodiversity Conference, which is being held in Egypt through November 29, to sound the alarm about the urgent need to protect coral reefs from extinction within decades.“It’s clear to anyone who puts their head below the waves that the fate of the world’s coral reefs is hanging in the balance,” said UNEP chief Erik Solheim. “At the moment these undersea explosions of color and life face an extremely bleak future.”The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published in October 2018 warns that, even if we collectively manage to stabilize global surface temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, 70 to 90 per cent of coral reefs will be lost by the middle of this century. Continued failure to take action on climate change will result in even greater losses, the report warns.However, climate change is not the only major threat that reefs face. Over-fishing, pollution, and coastal development have all caused major coral loss over the last 30 years, according to the UN. Reducing those threats can help recover the most resilient reefs after impacts – such as bleaching events, caused by above-average sea water temperatures due to global warming.Click through the slideshow above to see images of coral bleaching and coral death around the world. Imagery here were captured by the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, which works with some of the world’s leading scientific institutions to monitor coral bleaching. The survey is creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision, helping monitor changes in coral reefs over time.More on Geek.com:Eerie Underwater Sculptures Are Helping Save the Ocean’s ReefsOcean Rover Uncovers Rare Shark NurseryUnderwater Photography Shines Light on Bizarre Sea Creatures Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Chelsea to offer Eden Hazard new £300000perweek deal

    first_imgAccording to reports, Chelsea will offer Eden Hazard a new contract worth £300,000-per-week deal to ward off Barcelona and Real Madrid interest.Daily Mail reports that Eden Hazard has already held talks over a contract extension but has not yet agreed on terms.Talks were paused over the summer as Eden Hazard concentrated on the World Cup with Belgium.He seems keen on a switch to one to Real Madrid or Barcelona, but Chelsea have told them that he is not for sale, despite the uncertainty over his future.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Hazard’s current deal has just under two years left, the extension of his contract has now become a matter of urgency for Chelsea.Whether he is willing to sign a new deal in the immediate future remains to be seen.The Belgian playmaker wants to play in the Champions League again after Chelsea failed to qualify for the competition this season.Should Chelsea miss out on a top-four place under Sarri again, then Hazard may try to angle for a switch.last_img read more

  • Leicester boss keen to use solidarity to push the club forward

    first_imgLeicester City boss Claude Puel has revealed he is keen to use the current feeling of solidarity at the club to propel the team forward for the rest of the season.The Leicester fans and players all said their goodbyes to late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who lost his life in a helicopter crash on October 27, during their 0-0 draw against Burnley on Saturday.Speaking after the game, Puel said, according to France24:“I think our desire in the club, with our fans, is to continue his way, of course, his dream, his work. He changed a lot the life of people in the city, in the club and all people want to continue to perform for him and for his family.”“After, it will be important every time, every game to play full games with this intensity, with this mentality but it will be hard work in training sessions because we can’t play for example until the end of the season just a game with emotion.”“We need to have his dream in our heads but also professional attitudes, every day hard work in the training sessions all the time and to give our best.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The former Southampton manager said that the international break, with Leicester’s next game not until November 24, would benefit the players and allow them to focus on training again after a difficult 14 days.He added: “For all the international players it will be a possibility to play with other teammates, I hope to think other things with their national team and I hope they will come back with… a good rest for their head.”Meanwhile, Puel also spoke about Title-winning manager who was also present to pay his respects to the late Foxes owner.“To see the former players, former managers come back to honour the chairman shows the man he was,” he said.“He was generous with his feeling,” he added.“He was always with a smile. Always he wanted people happy around him.”last_img read more

  • Salt Bae chef to open his first US steakhouse in Miami

    first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Get ready for some salty flourish, Miami: Salt Bae is coming to the Magic City.Chef Nusret Gökçe gained instant fame online after video showed him butchering a steak and flamboyantly sprinkling salt on it, earning him the nickname “Salt Bae.” Now he is set to open his first steakhouse in the United States in Brickell next month, the Miami Herald reports.The new Nusr-et Turkish Steakhouse will open at 999 Brickell Avenue, taking over the former Coya restaurant. While he was set to open a restaurant in New York first, the Miami location is now taking precedence.Gökçe is not just an overnight viral sensation. He has 10 steakhouse locations abroad, including in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Istanbul.The chef and butcher gained a loyal following on social media for his impressive knife skills, but it was his signature salt finish that made him the subject of viral videos and memes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more