Tag Archives: 贵族宝贝

Kinder Morgan CEO appreciates feds offer to backstop higher pipeline cost

first_imgLast month, the company said it would stop all non-essential spending on the expansion project to triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to the West Coast, which Alberta says is critical to reducing discounts on its product due mainly to pipeline bottlenecks.Kean reiterated that construction won’t be restarted unless there are sufficient assurances by the end of this month that it can proceed.Outside the meeting in downtown Calgary, about 50 vocal pipeline supporters armed with signs and slogans assembled on the sidewalk, chanting as passing cars honked their horns.Picketers Mike Owens and Derek B. Cooper say they were unimpressed with Morneau’s announcement, adding it offers further proof that the Liberal government has done too little to make sure the pipeline wins approval.Picket organizer James Robson of the Canada Action Coalition says the government shouldn’t have to offer money to make sure an approved pipeline will be built.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. –  The CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. says he “appreciates” an announcement by Finance Minister Bill Morneau that the government will compensate investors in the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if “unnecessary delays” cause costs to rise.Morneau says the government is willing to “provide indemnity” to any investors, be they the project’s original architects or otherwise, to ensure the controversial Alberta-B.C. project is able to proceed.Kinder Morgan chief executive Steven Kean offered no further comment during his remarks and declined to talk to reporters after his company’s first annual general meeting since being spun off by U.S.-based Kinder Morgan Inc. to hold most of its Canadian assets a year ago.last_img read more

Premier Rachel Notley unveils carbon tax break for drilling companies

first_imgNotley later criticized Wednesday’s federal fiscal report for underplaying Western Canada’s oil price crisis, blamed on insufficient pipeline capacity to take away a glut of crude trapped in Alberta.She told reporters that if Canada’s manufacturing sector was suffering as much, it would have been mentioned in the first paragraph of the update speech.The CAODC, meanwhile, says it expects little improvement in drilling activity next year, calling in its 2019 forecast for an increase of 51 wells to about 7,000. That’s down from about 13,000 wells in 2014 before global oil prices crashed.“Other industries in the same situation would be holding their hands out for a government bailout. Yet instead our industry has only asked for government permission and support to get our products to market,” said association president Mark Scholz.“The lack of action and attention by the federal government to this pressing issue is deafening.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is handing out tax breaks for oil and gas drillers along with criticism of Ottawa’s lack of appreciation for how damaging are current price discounts on western Canadian oil.In a speech at a Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors event in Calgary, she announced her government would add oil and gas drilling to a list of trade-exposed industries exempt from the province’s carbon tax.The exemption, made retroactive to when the tax was introduced at the start of 2017, is expected to provide $750,000 to $1.5 million per year in relief for the drilling industry.last_img read more

Govt defers bid deadline for 14block OALPII to April 10

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has deferred by one month the last date for bidding for the 14 oil and gas exploration blocks offered in the second round of Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP). Bids for the 14 blocks offered in OALP-II bid round, covering an area of 29,333 square kilometres, were to close Tuesday. “Bid submission closing date for OALP Bid Round-II stands extended up to April 10, 2019,” the Directorate General of Hydrocarbon (DGH) said in a brief notice. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt did not give reasons for extending the deadline. The last date of bidding coincides with the bid deadline for the 23 oil and gas and coal-bed methane (CBM) blocks offered in the third round of OALP, which was launched on February 10. OALP-II bid round was delayed at six months and its launch came barely a month before the third round. Officials said OALP-II and OALP-III will run concurrently. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had at the time of launch of OALP-II bid round on January 7 stated that an investment of about Rs 40,000 crore is expected in the prospecting of oil and gas in blocks offered. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIn the first round of OALP last year, as much as Rs 60,000 crore was committed in the exploration of oil and gas in 55 blocks or areas. In the third round, the government is expecting up to USD 700 million (about Rs 49,000 crore) of investment that it hopes will help raise domestic output and cut imports. India had in July 2017 allowed companies to carve out blocks of their choice with a view to bringing about 2.8 million sq km of unexplored area in the country under exploration. Under this policy, called open acreage licensing policy or OALP, companies are allowed to put in an expression of interest (EoI) for prospecting of oil and gas in any area that is presently not under any production or exploration licence. The EoIs can be put in at any time of the year but they are accumulated twice annually. The blocks or areas that receive EoIs at the end of a cycle are put up for auction with the originator or the firm that originally selected the area getting a 5-mark advantage. The two window of accumulating EoIs end on May 15 and November 15 every year. EoIs accumulated till May 15 are supposed to be put on auction by June 30 and those in the second window by December 31. The first OALP round was launched in 2017 and bids came in by May 2018. EoIs for second round closed on May 15, 2018, and the blocks were supposed to be put for auction by June but the round was for reasons unknown delayed. OALP-II was finally launched on January 7. In the meanwhile, EoIs in the third window also closed on November 15, 2018 with as many as 18 blocks and five CBM blocks, measuring 31,722 sq km, being sought for. OALP-III bid round was launched on February 10 with April 10 as the last date for bidding. Officials said the 14 blocks in OALP-II are estimated to hold in-place resource of 12,609 million tonne oil and oil equivalent gas. In OALP-1, mining mogul Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd walked away with 41 out of 55 blocks bid out. State-owned Oil India Ltd won nine blocks while Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) managed to win just two. State gas utility GAIL, upstream arm of Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Oil Exploration Co (HOEC) won one block each. The 55 blocks have a total area of 59,282 sq km. This compares to about 1,02,000 sq km being under exploration prior to OALP. Blocks are awarded to the company which offers the highest share of oil and gas to the government as well as commits to doing maximum exploration work by way of shooting 2D and 3D seismic survey and drilling exploration wells. Increased exploration will lead to more oil and gas production, helping the world’s third largest oil importer to cut import dependence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of cutting oil import bill by 10 per cent to 67 per cent by 2022 and to half by 2030. Import dependence has increased since 2015 when Modi had set the target. India currently imports 83 per cent of its oil needs. The new policy replaced the old system of government carving out areas and bidding them out. It guarantees marketing and pricing freedom and moves away from production sharing model of previous rounds to a revenue-sharing model, where companies offering the maximum share of oil and gas to the government are awarded the block. The government prior to this had been selecting and demarcating areas it feels can be offered for bidding in an exploration licensing round. Under this, 256 blocks had been offered for exploration and production since 2000. The last bid round happened in 2010. Of these, 254 blocks were awarded. But as many as 156 have already been relinquished due to poor prospect.last_img read more

UK diplomatic protection of jailed woman wont ease things Iran

first_imgTehran: Iran’s foreign ministry warned the UK on Tuesday that giving diplomatic protection to a British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran would not make the situation “easier”, state news agency IRNA reported. Britain on Friday extended the status to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in Tehran in 2016. “What is certain is that the British government’s move lacks goodwill and is in no way constructive or positive,” said ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on Tuesday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”If it does not make the situation more complicated, it will surely not make things easier.” Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who worked for the Thomson Reuters Foundation — the media organisation’s philanthropic arm — is serving a five-year jail sentence for sedition. She has denied all the charges against her. Diplomatic protection is a rarely-used mechanism allowing governments to seek protection for their citizens on the grounds that they have been wronged by another state. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangBritain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Friday that London would take the “extremely unusual” step of extending diplomatic protection to the jailed mother. This would signify the “formal recognition by the British government that her treatment fails to meet Iran’s obligations under international law”, he said. But Ghasemi denied this, saying Zaghari-Ratcliffe is “enjoying all legal and citizenship rights — both throughout her trial proceedings and during the conviction period”, including medical care. Tehran was informed of the UK’s decision via official channels, and is currently studying the legal and political implications, the spokesman said. Ghasemi dismissed the move as “merely reflecting a political decision by the UK” and said that it would not “in itself bring about a new legal status internally or internationally.” Iran’s envoy to London said last week that the UK’s decision “contravenes international law”, as governments can only exercise such protection for their own nationals. Writing on Twitter, Hamid Baeidinejad said Iran does not recognise dual nationality. “Irrespective of UK residency, MS Zaghari thus remains Iranian,” he wrote.last_img read more

48yearold man beaten up forcefed pork in Assam for selling beef

first_imgTezpur (Assam): A Muslim man was allegedly beaten up and forced to eat pork by a group of people who were angry over his selling beef in Assam, police said Tuesday. Consumption of pork is a taboo among most Muslims.The victim, Shaukat Ali (48), was assaulted by a group of locals at Madhupur weekly market in Biswanath district on Sunday and required hospitalisation, Superintendent of Police Rakesh Raushan said. A video of the incident that has gone viral showed a dazed Ali surrounded by some people who angrily demanded to know from him where he came from and whether his name figured in the contentious National Register of Citizens that intends to weed out illegal migrants. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAli, according to Raushan, was beaten up by locals not aligned to any fundamentalist organisation. Ali, who owns a food stall, claimed he was force-fed pork by the assailants, but police did not confirm it. “We have also heard about that. It is a matter of investigation. It is only after that has been done that I will be able to tell,” the SP said. A man was arrested in connection with the incident and questioned. Ali claimed he had been selling beef at the market for over three decades and never faced such a situation. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe group also beat up 42-year-old Kamal Thapa, the contractor of the market, for allowing Ali to sell beef dishes. Cow slaughter and consumption of beef is not banned in the state but the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950, permits the slaughter of only cattle above 14 years of age after due certification by a veterinary officer. The Sunday’s incident came to light when a video shot by one among the group of assailants went viral on social media. A case was registered with the Biswanath Chariali police station on the complaint of the victim’s brother Sahabuddin Ali on Monday evening.last_img read more

Ohio State womens basketball to begin season with major test at No

OSU then-freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Indiana on Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn a much-anticipated matchup of highly ranked opponents, the No. 6 Ohio State women’s basketball team is primed to open its season on Friday against No. 2 South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, at 7 p.m.The Buckeyes, looking to build on a 24-11 record from last season which ended with a loss to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament, return all five starters, including last season’s co-Big Ten Player of the Year, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell.South Carolina boasts three returning starters, including senior guard Tiffany Mitchell, a two-time SEC Player of the Year. The Gamecocks also add a preseason All-American honorable mention in sophomore forward A’ja Wilson to the lineup. Last year, South Carolina’s season ended after a run to the Final Four, losing to Notre Dame 66-65.However, rather than hyping up the game, Kelsey Mitchell stressed how she has been preparing for the 2015-16 season without certain opponents in mind.“You’ve got to be prepared for everything,” she said. “I had no clue, honestly, that we were going to play (South Carolina and No. 1 Connecticut), but you’ve got to prepare before that.”Since South Carolina returns three starters, including its top three scorers and rebounders, the Buckeyes understand they will need to step up on defense and in the post. Last season, OSU’s shallow depth, decimated by injuries, forced it to rely on its offense. Coach Kevin McGuff and his players said they understand their defense must improve.“We weren’t as good as we needed to be last year,” McGuff said. “Part of it was our depth and our youth, but those can’t be excuses this year because we have enough depth and our kids are a year older.”Beyond Kelsey Mitchell and the returning starters, OSU returns four players who missed most, or all of, last season, including redshirt freshman guard Kianna Holland, who was voted team captain. Holland, a transfer from Duke, will debut in a scarlet and gray uniform in her home state of South Carolina.“It’s really exciting. I’ve got a lot of friends and family coming to watch me, so it’s going to be a really neat, supportive environment,” Holland said. Holland might feel at home in the Colonial Life Arena, but the rest of OSU might not find the venue as supportive of the Buckeyes. South Carolina packs its home arena, leading the NCAA in women’s basketball attendance for the first time in program history with an average of 12,293 fans.Preseason All-Americans collideOSU and South Carolina each are led by prolific All-American guards named Mitchell with similar styles. Both were also named their respective conference’s preseason player of the year and led their teams in scoring and assists a season ago.OSU’s Kelsey Mitchell averaged 24.9 points and 4.1 assists per game last season. The 2014-15 co-Big Ten Player of the Year set a Big Ten and OSU record, scoring 873 points while also breaking the NCAA record for most threes made with 127.South Carolina’s Tiffany Mitchell, a 5-foot-9 senior, averaged 14.4 points with impressive efficiency, as she hit 50 percent of her shots and drained 41.6 percent of three-pointers. The Mitchells have not met despite the similar position, role and name, but OSU’s Kelsey Mitchell said she respects the other’s game.“I’ve never seen her play. But if they say she’s amazing, she’s amazing,” Kelsey Mitchell said.Nonconference gauntlet beginsLast season, OSU played just two ranked teams in nonconference play, beating No. 21 West Virginia and losing to No. 24 Georgia. An easier early slate of opponents benefited the young, inexperienced team dealing with several injuries to key players.But this year, high expectations will be tested early. Friday’s game against No. 2 South Carolina begins a three-week period in which the Buckeyes are scheduled to face the top three teams in the nation.In OSU’s home opener on Monday, the Scarlet and Gray hosted the defending national champions, No. 1 Connecticut. On Nov. 28, the Buckeyes head to Las Vegas to take on No. 13 Texas A&M in the South Point Shootout before traveling to South Bend, Indiana, to battle No. 3 Notre Dame on Dec. 2.South Carolina, Connecticut and Notre Dame reached the Final Four last season, as did No. 9 Maryland, which OSU is scheduled to face twice in conference play.“As a coach, the players we were trying to recruit want to play against the best teams in the country,” McGuff said. “And secondly, I just like to figure out where we need to get better. If you’re winning every game by 20, 25, 30 points, you’re not going to know where you can get better.” read more

Parris Campbell among young players to catch Urban Meyers eye at Ohio

Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) caught the eye of coach Urban Meyer during OSU’s annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern PhotographerIn a scrimmage that featured 75 passing attempts and just 12 rushing attempts by running backs, a 17-14 final score might seem underwhelming.But Ohio State’s Spring Game on Saturday at Ohio Stadium wasn’t about showing how much the team has improved. In fact, after the quasi-game, coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes were worse than they were in January when they won the College Football Playoff National Championship.Regardless of that regression, Meyer said he was looking for certain young players to stand out. Some didn’t make the grade, but others — like redshirt-freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell — put on displays that could earn them playing time going forward.Meyer said he called on Campbell to score from four yards out with Campbell’s Scarlet team trailing Gray, 10-7.“He looked at me, like, ‘Heck with this, man.’ He took the ball, put his left foot in the ground and drove in, made a great cut and scored,” Meyer said of the play. “And I saw his celebration in the end zone. That’s one I remember from the Spring Game. That’s going to help him get into the rotation.”Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) caught 5 passes for 38 yards and a touchdown during OSU’s Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern PhotographerBut the fourth-year OSU coach added that not every player he called on to step up succeeded in the same fashion as Campbell.“I asked a couple guys to make a play and they didn’t do it,” Meyer said. “Now I have to find out why when I meet with them next week and just get into the psychological impact of playing in the stadium has on a player.”While players like Campbell used the Spring Game to make their final strides toward the rotation, others simply cemented their spot after a strong spring overall.Redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Sam Hubbard had the coaching staff raving throughout the 15-practice slate, and built on that with two sacks and a fumble recovery in the scrimmage. Meyer said Hubbard has locked up a spot in the rotation, but the former safety and tight end said he still has more room to improve.“I have a long way to go before I’m one of the guys that’s routinely in the rotation,” Hubbard said after the Spring Game. “It’s only been a few months at defensive end and to be in the position I am, I’m very thankful.”Regardless of how far he feels he has to go, Meyer confirmed that Hubbard will rotate along with redshirt-sophomore defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis, as the duo helped replace Steve Miller opposite junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa.As for Campbell, receiver might be the position where OSU took the biggest hit, with Devin Smith and Evan Spencer turning their focus to an NFL future. Like Hubbard, Campbell has a chance to find his way on to the field next season after catching his coach’s eye on Saturday.But for now, the Buckeyes have some time off before returning to fall camp, and ultimately opening the 2015 regular season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va. read more

Aulas Fekir has until January 1 to decide Lyon future

first_imgLyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed reports that Nabil Fekir has until the New Year to decide whether or not he wishes to continue at the clubThe French forward was close to sealing a summer move to Liverpool before his medical results caused the deal to collapse.Fekir remained at Lyon after winning the World Cup with France, but that has not stopped him from being linked with moves to the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich.Reports in the French media this week stated that Lyon would be holding a meeting with Fekir to discuss his future with just 18 months left on his contract.Now Aulas has confirmed the rumours and stated he wants a clear answer as to whether Fekir will commit his future to Lyon.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“For the moment, we haven’t really got into a real discussion, even though we met three weeks ago,” said Aulas, according to Sports Mole.“The sorting out of certain things regarding the question of his agent is underway.“The aim is to have a clear and precise position from him between now and the end of the year. Jean-Pierre Bernes is still his agent, but he might not be between now and the end of his contract.”Fekir has managed four goals and four assists in 14 appearances this season for Lyon, who lost 2-0 at home to Rennes on Wednesday.last_img read more

Omar Archer caught by Police

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Police are said to have taken in Omar Archer, who was wanted for questioning without incident around 3am this morning.  Archer is an extremely vocal and highly accusatory political activist who is often sharing messages where he claims to be exposing underhanded dealings, allegedly by the PLP Government.A person of interest notice was posted for Archer last weekend after he appeared on social media, holding an illegal gun and threatening the government.  Archer said he was hiding out in Freeport, and reports are he was caught at his home, peacefully, by Police.  Omar Archer also claims that the photo was doctored and posted by the PLP.#MagneticMediaNews#OmarArchercaught Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #OmarArchercaught Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest Issue 1 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between December 6, 2018 and December 12, 2018:Thursday, December 6NoneFriday, December 7NoneSaturday, December 8NoneSunday, December 9NoneMonday, December 10NoneTuesday, December 11Robert Jude Coppola (55, Billerica) was arrested for OUI Liquor (3rd Offense), Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle, Leaving Scene Of Property Damage (x2), Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Number Plate Violation, and Resisting Arrest. (11:21am)Michael Joseph Domenici (28, Malden) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Registration Revoked and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (1:02pm)Wednesday, December 12None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Solar power tariff at all time low Power Minister

first_imgIn what has emerged as an all-time low tariff for solar energy, US-based Sun Edison has won a bid to sell power at the rate of Rs.4.63 per kilowatt-hour (kW.h).The renewable energy made the bid for its 500 megawatt plant in Andhra Pradesh under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.”Delighted that an all time low solar tariff of Rs 4.63 (a kW.hr) has been achieved during reverse e-auction conducted by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC),” Power Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted on Wednesday.”Delighted that solar tariff in India has broken Rs 5/kW.h level. NTPC has received bids of Rs 4.8/ kW.h through ongoing reverse e-bidding,” he added.Goyal made the announcement on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in New Delhi on Tuesday, following the bidding earlier in the day.The previous lowest solar tariff was about Rs.5.05 per unit offered by Canadian company SkyPower’s for a 150 MW project in Madhya Pradesh.Of the 28 companies that qualified for the second round of bidding, nine including Italy’s Enel Green Power SpA, Reliance Power Ltd, ReNew Power Ventures Pvt Ltd, Solar Arise, Acme Solar and Orange Renewable Power offered bids under Rs.5 per unit.Other bidders included Welspun Renewables, Trina Solar and First Solar.last_img read more

Ajith birthday special movies on TV Its Thalas Viswasam vs Vijays Mersal

first_imgAjith vs Vijay.PR HandoutTamil actor Ajith Kumar is celebrating his 48th birthday on Wednesday, 1 May. Like every year, it will be a low-key day for him, but it is not going to stop his fans from celebrating the occasion in a big way.What makes the fans special is the Tamil TV channels trying hard to attract the viewers’ attention by screening his movies. The leading channels have lined up some of his hit movies to be aired from the morning till the midnight on 1 May.Jaya TV is going to telecast some of his recent hit films that include Vedhalam. Among all the movies, Sun TV has planned for the world premiere of this year’s superhit movie Viswasam.The interesting part of the story is that rival Zee Tamil has decided to telecast Vijay’s blockbuster movie Mersal around the same time. By scheduling it, the channel is apparently trying to draw the attention of the loyal Thalapathy’s fans even though it is not the world premiere of the Tamil flick.TRP Battle Ajith’s Viswasam will be aired at 6.30 pm on Sun TV. Whereas Mersal will be aired at 5 pm on Zee Tamil.Viswasam: The Siruthai Siva-directorial movie has turned out to be the biggest hit of 2019 in Tamil Nadu. The movie won the hearts of the rural and family audience. It is about a father trying to reunite with his wife and daughter.The movie was packed with mass elements peppered with romance, comedy and emotions. Nayanthara played Ajith’s wife in the flick, which has reportedly earned over Rs 130 crore in Tamil Nadu.Mersal: Thalapathy Vijay’s Mersal was directed by Atlee Kumar. The film raised serious questions about our healthcare industry and how the loopholes in the industry exploit the people in the country. Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha and Nithya Menen played female leads in the flick.last_img read more

Hotness alert Meet Bidaai actor Angad Hasija the first TV celeb to

first_imgFurther, Angad agrees that going nude is a very personal choice and not everyone is comfortable with the idea of posing naked for photoshoot or scenes. “I have many friends in female also who are not comfortable wearing shorts also and many male friends who cannot go shirtless for a photo or a show. I was offered to go nude in a web series but I wasn’t comfortable but you never know I might get comfortable in the future. It’s an individual choice. We are living in 2019 and people pretend to be holier than a cow. Who doesn’t like to have a look at sexy actors and actresses bodies?” he said.Spilling some beans on his inspiration, Angad said that he takes inspiration from Hrithik Roshan, who has worked hard to develop and maintain his physique. Angad HasijaInstagramOf late, posing nude for the cameras have become fairly common among television celebrities. After a few male actors like Abhinav Shukla, Karan Tacker, Sangram Singh, Ashmit Patel who went bold for photoshoots, recently actresses Abigail Pande and Aashka Goradia went topless to promote nude yoga.However, the first TV actor who dared to bare it all a few years ago was Angad Hasija.Talking about what promoted him to pose nude, Angad, who rose to popularity with Sapna Babul Ka…Bidaai, told SpotboyE: “I was the first actor to get a nude photoshoot done, my image was very shy and innocent and a sanskari boy courtesy my TV show Sapna Babul Ka Bidaai. I wanted to do something different and it wasn’t cheap at all. I did it for an international gallery. I got to do a lot of fashion shows because of that,”But, back then, the actor was heavily criticised for posing nude although many admired him for the same. “When I did it few years ago, people were looking down on me. And now it has been a trend. When you start something new, you have to be prepared to take criticism and people didn’t take it well and today everyone is doing it. People told me that since I was doing something so traditional as TV, how can I go nude, even for a photoshoot?” he said, adding that, “I think my fan following increased more and people started considering me gutsy and sexy after seeing the pictures,” he said.When asked if he would go bold for a show or movie, the Bidaai actor quipped, “Yes, if needed and if the presentation is done in a good way, then why not! I am comfortable with my body. I don’t know why people make so much fuss about going nude. As an actor one should have the guts that if the script demands, you can do anything.”last_img read more

ACC hotline recieves 75000 calls in first week

first_imgBangladesh’s new anti-graft hotline has been overwhelmed with tens of thousands of calls about acts of corruption in its first week, an official said Thursday.Hotline number 106 was launched last Thursday by state authorities in an effort to crack down on graft in Bangladesh, which has been listed by a global watchdog as one of the world’s most corrupt nations.“Since 27 July around 75,000 people called our hotline,” Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told AFP.The hotline is manned by just five government employees, with a substantial number of calls being forwarded to a voicemail messaging system.Bhattacharya said most callers who got through had complaints that were beyond the agency’s jurisdiction, including personal family disputes and dowry demands.The commission is empowered to investigate bribes in government offices and agencies, misappropriation of state assets or money, embezzlement of state funds, amassing of wealth through illegal means, money laundering and bank fraud.More than 200 relevant complaints were forwarded to the ACC to investigate. “Most complaints are related to land,” Rajib Ahsan, an official at the ACC’s hotline cell, told AFP.Some women had complained of dowry demands from their husbands, he said.Last year Bangladesh was ranked as the 13th most corrupt nation in the world, according to the graft perception index prepared annually by Berlin-based Transparency International.Last week Bangladesh’s finance minister AMA Muhith, while inaugurating the hotline, acknowledged the depth of the problem and said in the past corruption was an act of shame but it had now taken root in the country of 160 million people.“We are all overwhelmed by corruption. Those in power spread corruption,” he said. “It could not continue if everyone were not involved. We are all indirectly involved.”last_img read more

Kamal calls for allout polls campaign at every house locality

first_imgDr Kamal HossainJatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain on Monday said no one will be able to deprive people of their ownership of the country if they get organised and cast their votes, reports UNB.”We all will cast our votes as per the constitution. Let’s conduct an all-out election campaign at every house and every locality. Seeking votes is not an offence,” he said.Speaking at a discussion programme, Kamal further said, “We must enjoy our ownership of the country, but we don’t have any quarrel with anyone. If we can get organised no one can deprive us of it (ownership of the country.”Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Council arranged the programme at the National Press Club, marking the International Human Rights Day.Kamal warned that the country’s independence will be hampered if people cannot cast their votes. “We must restore people’s ownership of the country to bring back democracy.”He urged the government to ensure the best use of the last 20 days of its tenure so that people can appreciate it after the election.”Your tenure has almost come to an end. Only 20 days are left. So, use the time properly. We’ll help you if you want to do that. For Allah’s sake do something good so that we can thank you on 31 December,” he said.Kamal also reminded the government that people did not accept the ‘lopsided’ election held in 2014.Referring to media reports on the growing incidents of extrajudicial killing, he demanded the government form a strong probe body to investigate the incidents.”Extrajudicial killing has turned epidemic …there’s no guarantee of normal death in the country for lack of democracy. People can’t die without any trial. Extrajudicial killing must be stopped,” the jurist observed.last_img read more

Ambulances Treat Asthma Attacks In Houston School Zones Costing Millions

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X HISD elementary schools without a full time nurse have higher rates of asthma attacks, according to a new study from Rice University.Almost every other day, an emergency ambulance rushes to a Houston school zone to treat a child suffering an asthma attack that’s gone out of control.That’s according to a new study from Rice University. The lead researcher spotted another trend from 10 years’ worth of data.“One difference that comes out is a higher percentage of those schools do not have a nurse,” said Loren Raun, an assistant research professor at Rice and the chief environmental science officer for the city of Houston.Not all elementary schools in HISD have a full-time nurse. IN 2013, nursing students from Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing taught pre-K students about nutrition and digestion at Whidby Elementary School.Raun said that those ambulances go to certain school zones more than others: more areas on the east side of town, more elementary schools and more places with poverty. Black children made up the largest percentage of ambulance-treated asthma cases, followed by Hispanic students.Raud added that using ambulances to treat asthma adds up to millions of dollars, with each trip to the hospital costing about $10,000.“And that doesn’t include the cost for a lost day of work for the caregiver who has to be home to take care of the child. And it doesn’t take into account lost school days and so that’s an underestimated cost,” she said.Those lost school days cost students with asthma, who can fall behind in school. 00:00 /01:06 Share Listenlast_img read more

White House To Withdraw Controversial Nominee For Top Environmental Post

first_img Share Anthony Behar/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesUpdated 8:38 a.m. ET A White House official confirms with NPR that Kathleen Hartnett White’s controversial nomination to head the Council on Environmental Quality is being withdrawn.The Washington Post first reported the decision to drop Hartnett White’s nomination. Citing anonymous administration officials, the Post says Harnett’s nomination couldn’t win enough favorable support, “with some Senate Republicans raising questions about her expertise.”Hartnett White has drawn criticism for her comments on climate change. The former Texas regulator has a history of questioning established science that man-made greenhouse gases are a major contributor to climate change.As the Post noted, when Hartnett White testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, “she said that while humans probably contribute to current warming, ‘the extent to which, I think, is very uncertain.’ “Hartnett White suggested in 2014 that fossil fuels helped lead to the end of slavery because they “dissolved the economic justification” for it. The next year she wrote that carbon dioxide is “the gas of life on this planet.”“Hartnett White suggested that climate regulation is a conspiracy pushed by communists,” Mose Buchele of member station KUT reported in November. He said that she has “called renewable energy unreliable and parasitic.”While promoting a book she co-wrote in 2016, Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy, Hartnett White praised fossil fuel energy for doing “work that we otherwise would have to do [ourselves].”Though she worked as a top regulator heading the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund told Buchele that Hartnett White stands out for an “unusual” opposition to regulations.But Buchele says Hartnett White told him years before that “she supported regulations, just not at the expense of growth and that industry is actually essential to a healthy environment.”The CEQ post is responsible for coordinating across agencies to develop environmental policy. Hartnett White’s nomination expired last year after Democratic opposition stalled her confirmation. Before reports on Saturday that Hartnett White would no longer be considered for the role, Trump re-nominated her last month to restart the process for Senate confirmation.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

3 African Americans Among Veteran City Employees Killed in Va Beach Shooting

first_imgBy Ben Finley, The Associated PressThe 12 people who were fatally shot in a Virginia Beach government building were remembered June 1 during a somber news conference and prayer vigil as officials sought to put the focus on those who died and not the gunman.Police Chief James Cervera identified the assailant as DeWayne Craddock, who was employed for 15 years as an engineer with the city’s utilities department. He declined to comment on a motive for the previous day’s rampage, which ended with Craddock’s death in a gun battle with police. City officials uttered his name just once and said they would not mention it again.City Manager Dave Hansen said he had worked for years with many of the dead, 11 of whom were city employees. The 12th was a contractor trying to get a permit.This combination of photos provided by the City of Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 1, 2019 shows victims of Friday’s shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va. Top row from left are Laquita C. Brown, Ryan Keith Cox, Tara Welch Gallagher and Mary Louise Gayle. Middle row from left are Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Joshua A. Hardy, Michelle “Missy” Langer and Richard H. Nettleton. Bottom row from left are Katherine A. Nixon, Christopher Kelly Rapp, Herbert “Bert” Snelling and Robert “Bobby” Williams. (Courtesy City of Virginia Beach via AP)Their names and photos were projected on a screen as Hansen read aloud biographical information that included their hometowns and years of service.“They leave a void that we will never be able to fill,” he said.Chaplains and family assistance workers worked through the night to notify relatives — a job that Hansen described as “the most difficult task anyone will ever have to do.”One of the dead employees had worked for the city for 41 years. Six worked in the same department as Craddock, though authorities have declined to say if anyone was specifically targeted or if the suspect had issued threats before. The victims were found throughout the building, on three floors, police said.Authorities have said Craddock opened fire indiscriminately. Four other people were wounded, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life.The suspect was armed with a .45-caliber handgun with a noise suppressor, police said. Cervera said June 1 that more weapons were found at the scene and at his home.Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the gunman made multiple legal firearm purchases recently, and the guns recovered at the scene were purchased legally. The officials were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.The building was open to the public, but security passes were required to enter inner offices, conference rooms and other work areas. As a current employee, Craddock would have had the pass to enter the inner offices, Hansen said.Asked how secure the building was, the police chief said that government buildings must balance access with security.“It’s an open government building. Citizens have the right to access open government buildings. Employees have a right to access their work site,” he said.Craddock, 40, was a professional engineer who had graduated from Denbigh High School in nearby Newport News in 1996 and joined the Army National Guard, according to a newspaper clip from the time. He received basic military training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Okla. He later graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.A photo produced by Heavy.com shows Craddock to be a Black man.The 11 city employees who were killed were identified as Tara Welch Gallagher, Mary Louise Gayle, Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Katherine A. Nixon, Ryan Keith Cox, Joshua A. Hardy and Michelle “Missy” Langer, all of Virginia Beach; Laquita C. Brown and Robert “Bobby” Williams, both of Chesapeake; and Richard H. Nettleton of Norfolk and Christopher Kelly Rapp of Powhatan. The 12th victim, Herbert “Bert” Snelling of Virginia Beach, was a contractor filling a permit.Craddock appeared to have had no felony record, which would have made him eligible to purchase guns.Joseph Scott, an engineering technician with the department of public works, said he had worked with Craddock before and had a brief interaction with him May 31. Scott said he saw him in the men’s restroom about five minutes before the shooting.“He was in there brushing his teeth, which he always did after he ate,” Scott said. “I said ‘Hey, how you doing? What are you doing this weekend?’ It was just a brief conversation.”Scott said he left for the day right after and learned of the shooting when a co-worker and then his son called him asking if he was OK.“I couldn’t believe that it happened,” he said.Scott said he worked in a different division from Craddock, whom he described as quiet, polite and a “nice guy.” Scott said he thought Craddock was in good standing at work and had never heard negative reports about him.Scott was among about 200 people who attended a Saturday prayer vigil for those killed. The crowd included city workers, community leaders and residents who just wanted to offer hugs and condolences. Many people openly sobbed or dabbed their eyes with tissues. Gov. Ralph Northam also attended.“We grieve with you,” Northam said. “We are all in this together.”Scott said he, his wife and several other people prayed for the shooter.“He was a human too, and his family is hurting too,” Scott said. “He’s not evil … he was just another guy who had problems.”Craddock’s neighbors said police swarmed the neighborhood of modest townhomes May 31 in Virginia Beach. Some said he had lived there for at least 10 years.Several neighbors said Craddock was a clean-cut member of the neighborhood association board whose wife had left him some years ago.___Associated Press writers Regina Garcia Cano, Michael Biesecker, Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker in Washington, D.C.; Denise Lavoie and Michael Kunzelman in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Jonathan Drew in Durham, North Carolina, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Announcing the early release of Travis CI on Windows

first_imgYesterday, Travis CI announced that its service will now be available on Windows. Travis CI is a distributed Continuous Integration service used to test and deploy projects hosted on GitHub. This is an early release and they plan to release a stable version in Q2 next year. With this update, teams can run their tests on Linux, Mac, and Windows–all in the same build. At present, users can use Windows with open source and private projects on either travis-ci.org or travis-ci.com. Travis CI plans to bring this to enterprise soon. The company says, “this is our very first full approach to Windows-support, so the tooling is light.” Laurie Voss, Chief Operating Officer, npm, Inc says, “Adding Windows support to Travis CI will provide a more stable development experience for a huge segment of the JavaScript community—32% of projects in the npm Registry use Travis CI. We look forward to continuing to work with Travis CI to reduce developer friction and empower over 10 million developers worldwide to build amazing things.” Travis Windows CI environment Windows Build Environment for Travis CI launches with support for Node.js, Rust, and Bash languages. Travis Windows CI will run a git bash shell, to maintain consistency with our other bash-based environments. This will also allow users to shell out to PowerShell as needed. In addition to this, Docker is also made available for Windows builds. Travis CI uses Chocolatey as a package manager and also has a pre-installed Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools. The Windows build environment is currently based on Windows Server 1803 for containers running Windows Server 2016 as the OS version. Travis CI in their blog post mention that they are hosting their Windows virtual machines in Google Compute Engine. Following which, they have seen some variations in their boot times. However, they plan to improve this alongside their other infrastructure-related work. The company expects to release Windows Build Environments for Enterprise before the release of the stable version. To know more about Travis CI on Windows in detail, visit their official Travis CI blog. Read Next Creating a Continuous Integration commit pipeline using Docker [Tutorial] How to master Continuous Integration: Tools and Strategies Why Agile, DevOps and Continuous Integration are here to stay: Interview with Nikhil Pathania, DevOps practitionerlast_img read more