United Nations Hosts Project Runway Finale

first_imgThe United Nations is in fashion this winter. Fashionistas descended on the world body’s iconic New York Headquarters recently for the filming of the season finale of “Project Runway All Stars,” – which aired this week on Lifetime – where three finalists showcase original clothing lines inspired by their family heritages.“To be in a place with such history [and] so dynamic, made the show even more spectacular,” said co- host and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) National Ambassador, Alyssa Milano. She called the 39-floor Secretariat building, which recently underwent a more than $1 billion renovation, “an absolutely beautiful aesthetic backdrop for the runway.”“I don’t think there are any designers who can say that they actually showed a collection in the UN,” she added.‘Project Runway All Stars’ is a weekly United States-based reality TV show pitting contestants against each other to design and create fashions within restricted parameters of time, materials and theme. Their designs are judged, and each week, at least one designer is eliminated.The three finalists of the current third season – Seth Aaron Henderson, Korto Momolu, and Elena Slivnyak – had five days to create a six-piece collection based on their national backgrounds of Spain, Liberia and Ukraine, respectively.Judging alongside designers Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, Ms. Milano said the outfits needed to be flattering and wearable, but also to capture the essence of the country. “It should give you a certain feeling as you watch it go down the runway.”The judges researched the regions, and also considered the personal stories each designer told. Each of the finalists also had tête-à-têtes with UN delegates from their countries.“I just drew a natural collection. It just flowed. It was so inspiring coming here,” Mr. Henderson, whose line was influenced by Spanish qualities, told UNTV producer Alexandra King during the finale filming in July 2013. “It was not difficult for me to conceptualize what I was going to do.”Ms. Momolu, originally from Liberia where her father worked in politics, said being at the UN was like coming home: “Being able to come here with different countries, we’re all so different, but this one thing brings us together, unites us.”The third finalist, Ms. Slivnyak, grew up in Kiev, Ukraine, and has said her future targets for designing are in Europe, as well as China and Japan.The finalists showed their lines in the Economic and Social Council Chamber, which is typically crowded with politicians and bureaucrats in traditionally neutral-coloured, straight-cut suits, and where discussions steer towards finding collective solutions to socio-economic and environmental challenges.Back in July, on the day of the final shoot, the full house still included delegates and UN staff, but the ratio of national costumes, stilettos and pocket squares rose dramatically, as did conversations about mixing patterns, sustainable accessories and runway eyeliner.Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Public Information which oversees the Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), the office responsible for bringing the Project Runway All-Stars to the UN, sat in on the runway show with guest judges Gayle King and Zac Posen. The VIP access did not give him any insights into the winner, though.“I’m certainly not a fashionista!”, he joked. “I have no idea who won so I look forward to seeing the final episode.”He welcomed the opportunity for the UN to host the show, he said, and noted that the designers’ works showcased the traditions and heritage of their different backgrounds.“Fashion – like music – is a universal language. The joy we take from it helps us to transcend our barriers and overcome our differences. These, of course, are themes that the UN is working with every day,” added Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal.The UN has an ongoing partnership with the fashion industry through the Fashion for Development (F4D) initiative. A global platform to advance the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), F4D was founded in 1996 with the support of the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to assist women in the developing world create new businesses and entrepreneurial opportunities in the fashion industry.F4D also works to reduce tariffs on threads and fabric, and to raise capital for new factories, train local people and enlist established designers to get involved.The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) are among the UN agencies who have been vocal about some of the challenges in the fashion industry.The deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory complex in Bangladesh last April led to a greater push on international fashion brands and retailers, and trade unions to prevent workplace disasters in textile production.Meanwhile, ongoing protests in Cambodia over minimum wages have virtually shut down the garment industry that supports 400,000 jobs and accounts for some $5 billion per year in exports.“Designers have an obligation not only to select materials but also to know where the materials are coming from, what factories throughout the world they are being constructed in and what the labour is like,” Ms. Milano, who has her own clothing line, said in the telephone interview from Los Angeles.“There are very few opportunities for young people to really get a good understanding of where their clothing comes from,” she said. “I think we just assume that everything gets put together by some robot, and the fact is that there is a beautiful art form in fashion designing that I think this show exposes to a generation that perhaps might take for granted where their clothing comes from.”Ms. Milano, who over the past decade travelled on behalf of UNICEF to Angola, India and Kosovo, got involved with the UN after filming in South Africa, when the political and social changes she was witnessing inspired her to start volunteering in a children’s hospital.“When I came back to the [United] States, I had a very hard time assimilating the humanitarian that I was able to be [overseas] with the person that I had become here, which was the actress that lived in Beverly Hills and drove a BMW, that very stereotypical self-centred person that I didn’t feel I wanted to be anymore,” she said.Ms. Milano said the humanitarian work she has done since then gave special meaning to the filming of the ‘Project Runway All-Stars’ season finale.“Sometimes when I think about the work that needs to be done, it’s completely and utterly overwhelming. I think we have so far to come,” she noted. “The work that the UN does, the work that UNICEF does, to me, it represents a great amount of hope for a better tomorrow.”The season finale aired on 9 January on the Lifetime Network.Source:UN.orglast_img read more

Moroccan Authorities Expel 2 Japanese Professors from Laayoun for SeparatismRelated

Rabat – Moroccan authorities expelled on December 29 two university professors from the southern Moroccan city of Laayoun after they were involved in separatism-related actions in the city.Arrived in Laayoun’s Hassan I airport on December 28, the Japanese university professors  told the authorities that they are in the city for “tourism purposes.”Their function as university professors and their marital statues have facilitated their access to the Moroccan city.  After spending their first night in Laayoun, the couple  were spotted at the headquarters of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), according to Moroccan news outlet Le360. The academics’ visit was suspicious as it coincided with the visit of  Colin Stewart, MINURSO’s new chief, who has reportedly been in a visit in Layoun to conduct an evaluation of the mission’s performance in the region.The two japanese were also planning to conduct several meetings with separatist activists in Laayoun as they were both guests of the so-called Sahrawi Association of Victims of Human Rights Violations by the Moroccan State (ASVDH), known for its pro-separatist agenda. read more

UN relief officials say they need better access in wartorn areas in

“I have been shocked by the lack of access for relief agencies to civilian communities in many conflict areas,” Jan Egeland, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator said in a statement. “The parties should be reminded that they are under international legal obligations to enable unimpeded access to civilians in need of assistance irrespective of where they are or the circumstances under which they live.”Aid is beginning to get through. Over the last few days, officials have cleared some 7,500 litres of diesel fuel for transportation by the International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent (ICRC), along with medical supplies and UN relief items, including sleeping mats, jerry cans, soap, emergency health kits, and bed sheets. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has also managed to send a second convoy of 14 trucks carrying 230 tons of wheat flour to the north, after conducting a food security assessment in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts (Vanni) earlier this month – the first since the resumption of hostilities earlier this year. “The United Nations and indeed the whole international community are watching the dramatic increase in violence in Sri Lanka with deep concern,” Mr. Egeland said. “All Sri Lankans benefited immensely from the cease-fire and the parties must now return to a cessation of hostilities and to resolving their differences at the negotiating table.” A nutritional survey, which is being carried out by health ministry and supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), started today in Kilinochchi district. “All Sri Lankans should remember how we in the international community came to their relief after the tsunami. It will not be understood if the Tamil Tigers and the government now plunge their country into a man-made tsunami that can still be prevented,” added Mr. Egeland. “The United Nations stands ready to help Sri Lanka in any way that the government and the parties to the conflict deem necessary to prevent violence and promote reconciliation.” In addition, almost 16,000 Sri Lankans have entered India as refugees. read more

DolphinsBills Is The Game To Watch In Week 16

AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF DEN WINSIF KC WINSSWING Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Baltimore28%67%14%53– 1. Miami (9-5) vs. Buffalo (7-7) — 129 total ‘swing’ points Washington25163215– Denver1772417– Pittsburgh9388968– Miami55%92%29%64– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Houston5855605– Tennessee4542474– Tampa Bay42%74%15%60– Denver17%42%7%35– 4. Tennessee (8-6) vs. Jacksonville (2-12) — 83 total ‘swing’ points Tennessee45%59%19%40– Kansas City>99_981002– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF TEN WINSIF JAX WINSSWING That’s right, Carolina’s path to the playoffs requires a tie. It could happen in either Week 16 or 17, but a final record of 7-7-2 for Washington is the same as 8-8 for standings purposes, and a five-way tie between Carolina, Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Washington would break to the Panthers due to their 7-5 NFC record.3It goes without saying that this probably isn’t going to happen. We currently give Washington a 1 in 1,000 chance of finishing with a loss and a tie, and that’s just part of what Carolina needs. A four-way tie where Washington finishes 7-8-1 would eliminate Carolina, as would a six-way tie where the Saints also go 8-8 or a five-way tie that included the New Orleans but not Washington.So there’s a chance! The Colts, Vikings, Bills and Saints are also near elimination but still have less-outlandish paths to the playoffs — go explore them for yourself on our NFL predictions page. The five biggest games of Week 16 are below. Baltimore28203111– Pittsburgh9396924– 2. Tampa Bay (8-6) vs. New Orleans (6-8) — 121 total ‘swing’ points Atlanta9694973– The NFC playoff picture basically splits into four groups. The Cowboys and Seahawks have clinched. The Giants and Falcons have all but clinched. The Vikings, Saints and Panthers, while not mathematically eliminated, are done. That leaves four pretty good teams — Detroit, Green Bay, Washington and Tampa Bay — competing for two playoff spots. The playoff chances of all four will swing dramatically based on the results of this game. Houston5857592– Kansas City>99_971003– Denver1716192– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Miami55416019– Week 16 is a multicultural NFL blowout, with 12 games scheduled for the 24th — the first night of Hanukkah1Hanukkah starts at sundown, which varies by location. The 4 p.m. slot of games will overlap with the start of the holiday for most U.S. viewers (save the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii), while the Bengals-Texans game will take place at least partially at night for all U.S. viewers. — two games scheduled for Christmas Day, and Monday Night Football scheduled for the first night of Kwanzaa. But which of these festive games actually matter?For the last month, we’ve been using the model behind our 2016 NFL predictions to calculate how much each team’s playoff chances “swing” depending on the outcome of each game. For example, we currently give Washington a 25 percent chance of making the playoffs. If they beat Chicago this week, we project those chances will increase to 40 percent (independent of other games). If they lose, their chances drop to 1 percent.2Our NFL predictions are based on 100,000 simulations of the rest of the season and are updated after every game ends. In the simulations in which Washington beats Chicago, they make the playoffs 40 percent of the time. In simulations where they lose, they make the playoffs 1 percent of the time. But it’s unlikely that Washington’s playoff probabilities will be exactly 40 percent or exactly 1 percent at the end of Week 16, because the team’s chances depend on the outcome of several games, not just their own. That’s a 39 percentage point swing! By doing this same math for every matchup and factoring in how each team’s resulting record will affect others’ playoff odds, we can find out which games are the most impactful.But before we get to this week’s key matchups, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the Carolina Panthers’ preposterous playoff path. At 6-8, the defending NFC champions are still technically alive. Using the game-selection feature in our NFL predictions, we figured out what they need to have happen to snag a wild-card slot: Pittsburgh937410026– Baltimore28143824– Minnesota3066– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Tennessee4543462– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF TB WINSIF NO WINSSWING Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown 5. Denver (8-6) vs. Kansas City (10-4) — 80 total ‘swing’ points Indianapolis3176– What’s up with Miami? The Dolphins have an average offense and an average defense, and they’ve outscored their opponents this year by a single point (315 to 314). And yet, at 9-5, they’re just a few game outcomes away from the playoffs. If they win in Buffalo, their chances rise to 92 percent; add a Denver loss in Kansas City and they clinch a wild-card spot. If the Dolphins lose this game — and they’re currently 4-point underdogs — their playoff probabilities plummet to 29 percent. No team has a larger potential swing this week. Denver1782113– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF MIA WINSIF BUF WINSSWING Detroit77658722– Tennessee4542465– Playoff longshots going into Week 14, the Titans have pulled off huge back-to-back wins over the Chiefs and Broncos. But the Texans have kept pace — eking out narrow victories against the mediocre Colts and Jaguars — and still would win the AFC South if the season ended today. This isn’t a must-win game for Tennessee, but if they lose to the Jaguars and the Texans beat the Bengals, a division title will be out of reach, and their playoff chances would drop to just 3 percent. Buffalo1022– 3. Baltimore (8-6) vs. Pittsburgh (9-5) — 108 total ‘swing’ points AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF BAL WINSIF PIT WINSSWING Green Bay57506313– Pittsburgh has won five straight, which makes this AFC North matchup not quite the “win or go home” Christmas blockbuster it was shaping up to be a few weeks ago. A loss is very survivable for the Steelers, who face the currently winless Browns at home in Week 17 and would likely improve to 10-6. The Ravens are much more in need of a win, and this will become an elimination game for them if Miami beats Buffalo on Saturday. Buffalo1022– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Houston5856593– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS The Broncos are close to blowing it. The defending Super Bowl champions started the season 4-0 but have fallen victim to an underperforming offense and a hard schedule, losing every tough matchup (Raiders, Chiefs, Titans and Patriots) they’ve had since Week 9. They get a rematch with the Chiefs in Kansas City on Christmas Day. If either the Dolphins or Ravens win, this becomes an elimination game for Denver.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Houston58487729– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS read more

American Hurler a new documentary on an allAmerican club and their love

first_imgA NEW DOCUMENTARY follows the fortunes of an all-American hurling club as they fight to spread the small ball in the US.American Hurler meets players from the states of South Carolina and Georgia and explores their passion for one of Ireland’s oldest traditions.“I fell in love with hurling here on a June Sunday in Croke Park, an American simultaneously confused and transfixed by this beautiful secret of the Emerald Isle,” the narrator explains.“I walked back onto the streets of Dublin that day knowing my life had taken a different direction because of what I had just witnessed.”Watch the trailer here: O’Neill’s got plenty to do before Euro 2016 draw comes aroundlast_img read more

Alisson trains with Liverpool

first_imgNew Liverpool signing Alisson Becker trains with his teammates for the first time.The shot-stopper was seen training at Melwood, the club’s training base for the first time since signing from AS Roma. Alisson joined Liverpool for £67million this summer, a deal which has made him the most expensive goalkeeper in the planet.Liverpool made signing a new player between the goal posts a priority this summer and are hoping the Brazil international will provide much-needed improvement in that department after they saw off competition from Chelsea and Real Madrid.The reds posted videos of training on social media today and fans quickly revealed their happiness in seeing the new goalkeeper in training.With one fan posting, according to Mirror Football: “for the first time in years, a Liverpool goalkeeper catches the ball at first attempt.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Alisson has revealed his joy about playing for the reds and can’t wait to get started.“It’s a dream come true for me, to be able to put on the shirt of such a prestigious team that’s used to winning,” Alisson told the club’s official website.Liverpool manager also revealed his excitement about having the player join his team.“When I heard about the opportunity to sign of the best young goalkeepers in the game, I know we had to make it happen,” Klopp said.“I spoke to the owners and they were also excited about bringing him here.”last_img read more

BOOK REDISCOVERS BAHAMAS HERITAGE TO REVEAL NATIONAL IDENTITY AND PURPOSE

first_img Related Items:bahamas, Captain Bethel, lucayans, tellis bethel, turks and caicos islands Recommended for you Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas DEC 21, 2014 – Tellis Bethel has just released his latest book, ‘The Lucayan Sea: Birthplace of the Modern Americas.’ A naval officer by profession, Captain Bethel uncovers fresh insights concerning the rich heritage of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands to unveil a hidden identity, purpose and destiny for the people of these islands at a critical juncture in their history. His timely research explores the plight of the indigenous Lucayans and the impact of world-changing events that originated from the shores of the Bahama chain of islands at the dawning of the modern Americas.The peaceful Lucayans were an offshoot of an ancient migration that trekked eastward across Asia into North America. They were the first to settle the Bahama Islands, the first to welcome Italian explorer Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492, and the first to suffer total genocide at the beginning of a new era. Through this tragic episode and the historic events that followed, Captain Bethel reveals an ‘inherent responsibility’ for the inhabitants of these islands that, if fulfilled, would foster peace, security and prosperity for generations to come.Like a maritime explorer of old, Captain Bethel takes readers on a voyage to ‘rediscover’ the New World of the Americas through the extraordinary heritage of the Bahama Islands and the peoples who inhabited them. As readers journey through the pages of this eye-opening book, they will discover:• An ancient quest that culminated in the Bahama chain.• The birthplace of the modern Americas.• A leadership role that modern-day Bahamians and Turks and Caicos Islanders were meant to play within the Americas and the wider world.• An inherent responsibility bestowed upon today’s inhabitants of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands, and the many visitors to their shores as a result of the Lucayan genocide.• A life-enriching identity for the people of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands in light of their history, geography and culture.• A proposed name for the waters surrounding the Bahama chain as a lasting tribute to the Lucayan legacy, and a reminder for all to help make the world a more peaceful place.Now available online at Amazon.com (hard copy and kindle) and Barnes and Noble (hard copy), The Lucayan Sea: Birthplace of the Modern Americas will soon be available at bookstores in The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.ABOUT The Author:Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Captain Tellis Bethel is a British-trained naval officer, currently serving in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as Deputy Commander Defence Force. His unique insights about the rich heritage of the Bahama Island chain speak to an identity, purpose and destiny for the people of these islands that are fundamental to their peace, security and prosperity. A graduate of the Britannia Naval College in Devon, England, Captain Bethel has a Master of Arts degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University, York, England. Captain Bethel lives in Nassau, Bahamas with his wife, Teri, and their two sons. Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Lukaku reveals Solskjaers impact in scoring form

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has revealed the impact of new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on his scoring form.The United forward had managed just two goals in 17 games for Manchester United before Solskjaer replaced embattled manager Mourinho.Despite missing the Norwegian’s first two matches in charge, Lukaku has found the net in all three games he has played and hailed Solskajer’s impact.Lukaku told the Mirror via MUTV: “I take it one day at a time, work as hard as I can and help the team.“I am really happy and try to improve along the way.“He [Solskjaer] helps us a lot in the training when we’re doing finishing practice with things like how to strike the ball, how to move away from the ball.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 way he wants us to play really benefits me because he wants me to be in positions where I want to be.“He understands what type of striker you are and plays to your strength.”Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:Alexis Sanchez – 2 assists in 2 gamesRomelu Lukaku – 3 goals in 3 games.pic.twitter.com/DD7ER6hfna— Man Utd Channel (@ManUtdChannel) January 5, 2019last_img read more

2 shot outside Miami Gardens home

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men sustained injuries after, police said, shots were fired outside a home in Miami Gardens, Saturday night.According to Miami Gardens Police, the victims, who are both their 30s, were outside a residence located along the 2400 block of Northwest 59th Street when someone opened fire. One victim sustained a minor graze wound and the other was shot.Paramedics transported the latter victim to Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition.Police did not give details about a possible subject or what may have led to the shooting, as they continue to investigate.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Car backs into Miami Beach jewelry store hits front door

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A car went crashing in reverse into a Miami Beach jewelry store, causing damage to the front door, Monday.Cellphone video captured the aftermath of the crash at Sib-Bling Jewelry along West 41st Street and Prairie Avenue.Business owners in the area did not immediately know what happened.“We thought it was a bomb,” Betty Behar, the owner of a nearby business, said. “We thought it was a gunshot, and then we look around, and we see a car is inside the door.”The impact damaged the front door of the store, but no one was hurt.“We’re in the store working, and we hear a boom,” said an employee of a nearby store, “and the whole walls all shake, and we thought it was a bomb.”Employees cleared the shattered glass left behind. last_img read more

Union Budget 201314 Latest Updates No Base Tax Exemption Slab

first_imgUNION BUDGET 2013 LATEST UPDATE [LIVE COVERAGE]Read Highlights of Union Budget 2013-1401:25 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praises Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013. “The Finance Minister has done a commendable job in containing the deficit while simultaneously addressing growth imperatives,” he said in a statement.”We need to create 10 million jobs a year for the duration of the 12th Plan which can be achieved only if we reach 8% GDP growth level. There is plenty for every ministry. It is now up to my colleagues in the Cabinet to turn challenges into opportunities.”01:00 pm: Sensex falls by about 50 points after Chidambaram tabled his Budget for the financial year 2013-14.Glimpse of Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013-14Feedback from analysts on Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s Union Budget is encouraging though some will be left disappointed especially automobile industry. Some say that it’s a balanced and good budget while a few are of the opinion that it is a complete on.Many were of the opinion before the the finance minister presented the budget that it would a political one keeping in mind the election next year but he proved everyone wrong. He deserved praises for concentrating on infrastructure, as it can stimulate investment in the country. This move could spark the engines of economic growth.Chidambaram’s announcement to set up a public sector bank exclusively for women has got him praises. He also spoke on providing security to women in the country.Finance Minister P. Chidambaram concluded his speech by quoting a saying by Swami Vivekananda.12: 47 pm: Duty-free limit for gold increased to ₹50,000 for men and ₹1 lakh for women.12:45 pm: 6 percent tax hike on mobile phones that costs more than ₹2000.12:42 pm:18 percent hike in excise duty on cigarettes.12:32 pm: No change in education cess, and customs and excise duty rates.12: 28 pm: Donations to National Children’s Fund will get 100% tax exemption.12: 26 pm: Excise duty on SUVs raised from 27 percent to 30 percent.12:25 pm: 2 percent duty on steam and bituminous coal12: 23 pm: Hike in import duty on set top boxes12:21 pm: People with an annual income of ₹1 crore to pay surcharge of 10% additional surcharges for one year.12:18 pm: No base tax exemption slab but tax payers in the range of ₹2 to 5 lakh will get tax credit of ₹2000.12:17 pm: Finance Minister presents tax proposals.12:05 pm: 2.03 trillion rupees allocated to defence sector in 2013-14.12:05 pm: SEBI Act to be amended; waste- to-energy projects will be financed by Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode; Public sector bank branches to have ATM.12:04 pm: ₹14,000 crore allocated for  public sector banks.12:02 pm: ₹1,840 crore for construction of power transmission system from Srinagar to Leh; ₹226 crore to be allocated this financial year.12:00 pm: First housing loan up to ₹25 lakh an additional deduction of interest of up to ₹1 lakh in 2014-15.11:58 am: ₹1,000 crore allocated for eastern states – green revolution.11:57 am: ₹5,387 crore integrated watershed programme for farmers.11:55 am: Indian Institute of Biotechnology to be set up at Ranchi.11:53 am: FM proposes exclusive bank, a public sector bank for women. ₹1000 crore to be allocated as initial capital.  11:52 am: ₹200 crore to stop harassment on women.11:50 am: ₹7 lakh crore target fixed for agriculture credit for 2013-1411:49 am: ₹1,000 crore for improving agricultural production in Eastern Indian states.11:47 am: ₹500 crore allocated for programme on crop diversification.11:45 am: ₹27,049 crore for agriculture ministry in 2013-1411:44 am: ₹15,260 crore for drinking water and sanitation ministry11:42 am: ₹17,700 crore for Integrated Child Development Scheme.11:40 am: 270.49 billion rupees allocated for agriculture in 2013/14.11:38 am: ₹10,000 crore for Food Security Bill.11:37 am: MNGREGA allocation increased to ₹33,000 crore11:35 am: ₹13,250 crore allocated for mid-day meal scheme11: 35 am: ₹65,867 crore allocated to ministry of HRD11: 30 am: ₹37,330 crore for ministry of health and family welfare. ₹4,727 crore for medical education and research and ₹1,069 crore allocated to Department of Ayush.11: 29 am: ₹80,000 crore allocated for for rural development ministry. ₹41,561 crore for SC sub-plan and ₹24,598 crore for tribal sub plan11:27 am: Scholarships for SC/ST students, girls11:26 am: Plan expenditure for 12th Five-Year-Plan revised to ₹14,30,825 crore11:25 am: Budget expenditure is ₹16,65,297 crore and plan expenditure ₹5,55, 322 crore, says FM.11:22 am: ₹65,000 crore allocation for education sector.11:15 am: Union Budget 2013 aims at youth. Women face discrimination everywhere including work place. 11:12 am: It has become a challenge for India to return to its potential growth rate of 8 percent, saya FM.11:10 am: Finance Minister said supply of food items should be boosted to beat inflation.11:09 am: Chidambaram emphasised on the need for foreign investment for economic growth. He said foreign investment is imperative.11:08 am: UPA government believes in inclusive and sustainable development11:07 am: Women, schedule tribes (ST), schedule castes (SC) have been lagging behind in economic growth in many states. 11:06 am: Current account deficit a worrying factor, says FM.11:05 am: India has been affected by global slowdown. China and Indonesia are growing faster than India but next year India will overtake Indonesia, says Chidambaram 11:00 am: Chidambaram tables Union Budget 2013 in Parliament.10:50 am: Finance Minister Chidambaram reaches Parliament to present Union Budget 2013. Finance Minister P. ChidambaramUnion Budget 2013-14 Latest Updates: Chidambaram Expected to Make Bold Move All eyes are on the Union Budget 2013-14 to be presented by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram at 11:00 pm on Thursday.Chidambaram’s Union Budget comes amid India’s economic growth rate falling to 5 percent, which is the lowest in a decade, ratings downgrade and the general elections coming up next year.People expect the Finance Minister to present a budget that will help to revive the slowing economy. The government might target a 4.8 percent fiscal deficit for the next financial year. Now, the onus lies on the government to improve the economy and thus boost employment and revenue from tax. Chidambaram is expected to use the Union Budget as a platform to attract investors and please rating agencies.last_img read more

President Hamid returns home

first_imgPresident Abdul HamidPresident Abdul Hamid returned home on Friday after attending Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi.A special flight of Biman, carrying the president, took off from Palam Airport at 2:10pm (IST) and landed atHazrat Shahajal International Airport around 5:00pm.High commissioner of Bangladesh to India Syed Muazzem Ali, senior civil and military officials came to see off the president at the airport.Road, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, home minister Asaduzzaman Kamal, chiefs of the three services, the dean of the diplomatic corps and senior civil and military officials welcomed the president at the Dhaka airport.During his stay, the president met Modi on the final day of his tour at Hydrabad House of New Delhi and discussed various issues. Teesta water sharing and Rohingya issues also came up during the discussion.President Hamid went to Delhi on Wednesday, a day before prime minister Narendra Modi took oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan.last_img read more

Kalapini Komkali mesmerises audience at IHCs Morning Ragas

first_imgMusical notes resonated at the India Habitat Centre when the IHC ‘Morning Ragas’ concert was held on Sunday. The soulful morning was a lovely musical journey towards Uttarayan which is to be held in January. The artist for the morning concert was Kalapini Komkali, daughter and disciple of legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharva.She opened her recital with Raga Bilaskhani Todi in which she presented three compositions, the last being Pt Kumar Gandharva’s composition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Next she presented the rarely heard Shukla Bilawal in which she sang two compositions before moving on to the more popular Alhaiya Bilawal. Kalapini’s next presentation was a Meera bhajan in her inimitable style. She ended the morning recital with a Kabir doha in Raga Bhairavi with the trademark Kumar Gandharva genre of singing. She was accompanied on the tabla by the young Ramendra Singh Solanki and on the Harmonium by Vinay Mishra.last_img read more

Richard Jefferson explicitly recalling the end of Game 7 of the 2016

first_imgGame 7 of the 2016 Finals will go down as one of the best, if not the best, game in NBA Finals history, and Richard Jefferson had a front row seat to the incredible ending, from LeBron’s legendary chase down block, to Kyrie’s dagger, title-winning three.In a recent interview with The Player’s Tribune, RJ recalled what was going through his head during the final possessions of the game – with aid of plenty of explicit language – and it’s a must watch.He was on the bench when he LeBron got the chasedown, and was subbed in before their final offensive possession when Kyrie hit the game-winner. His description of both are more entertaining than any other analysis of the plays that you’ve ever heard. The game was heart stopping for fans, but living it is a whole other experience.Watch it here. Also, earmuffs.“@KingJames clears me out and I was like ‘Good! Because I want no part of this shit.”- Richard Jefferson on the final possession of the 2016 NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/ba42vF1P1e— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) January 14, 2019last_img read more

More People Want to Get Shocked Than Sit in Total Stillness for

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. July 7, 2014 2 min readcenter_img Does the idea of sitting alone in a room for 15 minutes doing absolutely nothing sound like pure bliss or unimaginable torture?Many participants in a new study out of the University of Virginia agreed on the latter, as researchers concluded that today’s society has become increasingly averse to the notion of stillness.While this may come as no surprise, the experiment also uncovered a rather jarring fact: Some participants, when given the choice, preferred to self-administer a mild electrical shock — of the same intensity as static electricity — as opposed to sitting in silence for no more than 15 minutes.”I think they just wanted to shock themselves out of boredom,” University of Virginia psychology professor Timothy Wilson told Reuters. “Sometimes negative stimulation is preferable to no stimulation.”Related: Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Police Can’t Search Smartphones Without a WarrantOf all participants, men were particularly antsy. Two-thirds administered at least one shock, while only a quarter of women did. One male participant even shocked himself 190 times.All told, nearly 800 people — including adults from a variety of backgrounds, up to age 77 — took part in 11 total experiments.The majority found it “difficult to use their own minds to entertain themselves, at least when asked to do it on the spot,” Wilson said. “In this modern age, with all the gadgets we have, people seem to fill up every moment with some external activity.”For instance, when asked to sit alone in their homes without a cellphone, music player, reading material or writing implements, a third of all volunteers cheated, Reuters reports, by instinctively reaching for a nearby device.Related: Oh, the Irony: Coke Slams Social Media Addicts in New Viral Video Listen Nowlast_img read more

Microsoft Edge good Chrome bad for battery life

first_imgMicrosoft: Edge good, Chrome bad for battery life by Martin Brinkmann on June 20, 2016 in Internet Explorer – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 15 commentsMicrosoft Edge is the best performing, Google Chrome the worst performing web browser when it comes to battery life performance according to Microsoft.If you are using a laptop or tablet for some of your computer-related activities you are probably aware that browsers may have a big impact on battery life.While it depends on use of the browser when using the mobile device, it is clear that the choice of browser may impact battery life by hours rather than minutes.Opera introduced a new power saving mode in the web browser recently that promises to improve battery performance significantly when it is used.Microsoft too has been working on improving battery performance of the company’s Edge browser, and conducted a series of studies and tests to highlight that.To understand the impact, we compared today’s leading browsers across three independent dimensions.First, we measured their power consumption in a controlled lab environment. Second, we examined the real-world energy telemetry from millions of Windows 10 devices. Finally, we recorded time-lapse videos of each browser performing the same tasks until the battery dies.The four browsers Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera faced off against in each playing streaming video non-stop on Microsoft Surface Books using the same configuration.Microsoft Edge came first in the test with a battery time of 7:22 hours followed by Opera with 6:18 hours, Firefox with 5:09 hours and Google Chrome with 4:19 hours.The company notes that Opera’s battery saving mode was enabled for the test, and that the latest versions of each browser were used.We streamed the same high-definition video wirelessly on each device and set up a video camera to record the laptops until each one died, noting the time when each device stopped playing.Microsoft Edge latest three hours longer than Google Chrome, Opera two hours longer than Google Chrome, and Firefox 50 minutes longer.Microsoft did look at aggregated telemetry data from millions of Windows 10 devices to find out more about power consumption.According to the inforamtion, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox use on average 465 and 493 mW while Google Chrome a staggering 719 mW.Surface Books and all four major browsers were used in the final test again. Microsoft connected a Surface Book to specialized monitoring equipment and measured “typical browsing activities” by spending time on Facebook, Google, YouTube, Amazon or Wikipedia reading articles, opening websites, watching videos or opening new tabs.Edge did best again while Chrome came in second this time, Opera third and Firefox fourth.Closing WordsA test conducted by Microsoft that highlights that Microsoft Edge is more power optimized than other browsers needs independent verification. But that is only possible of the test setup is known. For instance, which versions were used, and did Microsoft keep all default preferences or modify some?Now You: What’s your experience in regards to power consumption and browsers?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft: Edge good, Chrome bad for battery lifeDescriptionMicrosoft Edge is the best performing, Google Chrome the worst performing web browser when it comes to battery life performance according to Microsoft.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Economy in check but still way to go Georgiades says

first_imgPublic finances are fully in check and within the targets set in the 2017 government budget, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Saturday.Speaking to reporters after a cabinet session at the Presidential Residence in Troodos, Georgiades said he “presented to the cabinet the half-year fiscal report, as the law stipulates”.“Public finances are fully within targets, [and] in check,” he said.“The targets set in the 2017 government budget, as well as to the European Commission, are being met in a way that allows us to continue promoting new policies and new projects without deviating from the clear goal of a balanced budget, and of course without the need to take measures.”This success, Georgiades added, is the result of the strong recovery Cyprus’ economy has managed, which reflects positively on the state’s revenues, with a “steady stream of revenues that safeguards that we can safely continue to implement our policy for economic recovery and growth”.Asked whether the various projects announced recently by President Nicos Anastasiades have been budgeted for, and commenting on opposition criticism, the minister said “this is the result of the prudent economic policy we have followed”.“This is the debunking of talk of austerity policies, precisely because through this policy, and without any deviation at all from our targets, we can implement such new policies and finance such new projects,” he argued.“This is our response to those protesting today, and this is the difference between today’s economic policy and that followed in the past, which was the policy of deficits, debt, taxes, and dead-end roads.”Asked whether the economy’s growth rate will reach 3.5 per cent, exceeding the ministry’s own estimate, Georgiades said “our forecast was more conservative, around 2.9 per cent”.“We have exceeded our goal this year, too,” he said.“The real economy is moving. It’s not figures, it’s not impersonal numbers. This is the economy’s true performance.”Tourism, services, and other productive sectors have “recovered strongly”, the minister added.“Yes, the growth rate will be higher than we forecast, around 3.5 per cent,” he said.“This seems to be the unfolding picture, and this is why we believe continuing this effort is very important. The effort is paying off and bringing results, we are in good shape. But there is some way to go, so we will continue the effort.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Cardiologist: Throw Out All Your Gluten Now (Not For The Reason You Think)Gundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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