With a view to create awareness and to take timely action to protect the environment, the employees of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) came together to celebrate World Environment Day with a difference.An exhibition organised by the Centre was recently inaugurated at IGNCA premises by Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary of IGNCA. Special highlights of the show that will continue till June 14, 2019 are artworks made out of waste material in stock on the campus of IGNCA. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe project was conceptualised by Kaladarsana Division with an effort to work at an institutional level to bring a change amongst the employees working here. Visual imagery in the form of photographs, paintings, installations with the theme on the environment were invited from staff members. IGNCA also invited an installation artist Niraj Patel to create artworks out of waste. In four days, the artist has created huge installations using metal frames and woods that would have otherwise been auctioned as waste. Imagery signifies a vertical lifeless city and symbols that signify existence such as trees, birds, and fishes. The artist has tried to draw the attention of the people to how concrete development is continuing without understanding the importance of eco-system and our dependence on nature. Unconventional in its medium, the works are strong in their message given the raw material that has been used in their structure. The other sections of the exhibition are a commentary on the hazards of pollution, the damage to monuments, water bodies, habitat and the co-existence of nature with man-made structures. Old bamboo structures, pedestals from previous shows, etc. have been used in their display to draw attention to reuse and recycle.
Mumbai: Nearly 25 per cent of the Indian consumers prefer to watch content on the over the top (OTT) platforms for free, says a report. OTT refers to film and television content provided via internet connection rather than a cable or satellite provider. As many as 25 per cent of Indian respondents want to pay nothing and watch ads as a trade-off to consuming content while 25 per cent selected to pay a lower fee with limited ads, according to 2019 Asia OTT Research Report by Brightcove, a global provider of cloud services for video. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe report, conducted with online market research and data analytics firm YouGov. The report surveyed 9,000 participants from across Asia, including 1000 Indian consumers noted that 14 per cent of Indian respondents would like to pay a higher fee to be free from ads and 14 per cent would like an option where they can customise their price and ad packages. On the ads per break, 22 per cent Indians found two ads as an acceptable advertising load while 13 per cent were open to view three ads per break. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt observed that nearly 80 per cent of the Indian respondents are open to a hybrid model of reduced price subscription video on-demand (SVOD) services with some ad funding. “Thirty-five per cent of respondents said they might be open to a reduced monthly subscription package that serves adsdepending on the price, whereas 44 per cent said they would definitely sign up, representing a potential market size of 79 per cent of respondents polled favouring this hybrid option,” it said. In India, it found that 48 per cent are current users, while 19 per cent had their subscription lapsed. The report found that 60 per cent of lapsed consumers plan to sign-up for OTT services again in the future. It noted that 37 per cent of Indian respondents were willing to pay less than $1 per month, while 27 per cent said they would pay $1-4 per month, and 16 per cent would pay $5-9 per month. Content is the primary driver for subscribing to multiple OTT services in India, it found, with 42 per cent of respondents stating that they wanted more content options, content which satisfied the needs of an entire family and content not being available on any single OTT service. Offline downloads (42 per cent), access on mobile (42 per cent), and using less data on mobile while streaming (40 per cent) were the top three OTT service features most Indian consumers wanted.
New Delhi: Four years into NDA’s initiatives on infrastructure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the government has ushered a new paradigm in development and “no stone will be left unturned to fulfil the dream of housing for all”. Modi tweeted: “Four years ago today we started important initiatives PM Awas Yojana, AMRUT, Smart Cities with the aim of #TransformingUrbanLandscape in India.” The tweet elaborated that the infrastructure initiatives have not only helped the nation to usher in a new paradigm of urban development “but have also transformed crores of lives”. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Elaborating, he said: “These initiatives have seen record investment, speed, use of technology and public participation.” He emphasized that the government had an incremental view on further improving the urban infrastructure and no stone will be left unturned in this pursuit, “which will give wings to crores of aspirations”. The BJP said separately that a total investment of Rs 4.83 lakh crore was made for construction sector in projects under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana during 2015-19. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The Centre approved assistance accounted for Rs 1.26 lakh crore, it tweeted. Under the scheme, 26 lakh houses have been completed, 81 lakh have been approved for construction and 13 lakh houses were being built using new technologies. The BJP said that PM Awas Yojana had recorded a massive success over its predecessor, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Under the Smart Cities initiative, the BJP said, the government had promoted citizen friendly infrastructure – 897 projects in 72 cities. Another 1,896 projects were under implementation in 95 cities.
NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday challenged senior BJP leaders J P Nadda and Vijay Goel to compare the top 10 government schools in BJP-ruled states with the ones under the AAP government and then debate. The challenge by Deputy CM Sisodia comes in response to BJP working president J P Nadda’s claims, on Saturday, that the ruling AAP in Delhi had become “a laughing stock”, as he exuded confidence that his party will form the next government in Delhi as the city needs a leadership with “serious vision”. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsIn retort, Deputy CM Sisodia said the BJP’s working president was ridiculing the people of Delhi, by calling the AAP-led Delhi government a laughing stock. “I challenge @JPNadda & @VijayGoelBJP to choose top 10 govt schools of BJP education model from any BJP state. I’ll choose top 10 govt schools of Kejriwal education model. I’ll visit your schools, you can visit ours. Let’s then debate- what’s laughing stock and what makes one cry,” the Deputy CM tweeted. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAddressing BJP Delhi leaders on Saturday on the second day of the state working committee’s meeting, Nadda asked them to work together for the Delhi assembly elections due early next year. Referring to the 2015 Assembly election results, where the Aam Aadmi Party had won 67 of the 70 seats, Nadda claimed the people of Delhi were now realising what the leaders had actually done. “They (AAP) have become the laughing stock. Delhi, being the national capital, needs leadership which has a serious vision for the city,” he said. Reacting sharply to Nadda’s words, the Delhi deputy minister said, “By calling the choice made by the people of Delhi a subject of ridicule. I want to remind him about what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his maiden speech in the new Lok Sabha. He said that when some people make fun of the elected government, they are making fun of the people of the country. Perhaps Nadda-ji’s views differ from the prime minister’s.” Stating that the BJP has governments in a number of states and in a few for decades, Sisodia sought to compare the schools being run by the BJP and the AAP governments. “Delhi schools posted the best result in Delhi’s history this year with 94 per cent pass rate. What is the best result in your states? Delhi has the highest portion of the budget (for education), at 26 per cent, do any of your states have such a high allocation for education? Show us even one state run by the BJP where the school infrastructure has been developed, which can be compared with the CM Kejriwal model,” he said.
MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway Co. is beginning to recover from a turbulent end to 2017 and deep winter freeze that curtailed its service, the railroad’s interim CEO said Wednesday.Jean-Jacques Ruest told an investor conference Wednesday that February was among the worst months in the company’s history as volume decreased and costs rose.But train speeds have picked up and the railway is moving more freight which will help customer service and satisfaction, he said.“So all these things are saying that the month of March is slightly better,” he told the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Industrials Conference in New York.“It will not be enough to cover the month of January and February. But we’re heading in that direction.”The Montreal-based railway hasn’t changed its guidance for the year because Ruest says there is still time to catch up.The company has apologized for failing to keep grain shipments moving reliably by rail, and said it’s mobilizing more train cars and workers to clear the backlog.CN Rail announced Wednesday that it plans to manage congestion in Western Canada by temporarily restricting the flow of rail cars to gain fluidity and speed, particularly between Edmonton and Winnipeg.That includes controlling the flow of empty rail cars into Western Canada, managing flow for frac sand orders to avoid further congestion and returning empty propane cars from short-term staging locations.Ruest said extreme winter weather starting in December isn’t alone to blame.He said CN Rail entered the challenging winter season a spent force after experiencing 14 per cent revenue ton mile growth in the first nine months of 2017.“We entered the fourth quarter without really any gasoline left in the tank. So the last two months of the year we were sort of flat. And we’ve been flat since then.”Ruest said he expects the transportation sector, including trucking, will face capacity pressure from increased volume growth.CN Rail is spending an extra $500 million this year, half of which will be used to upgrade its network and increase transit times between Chicago and the Canadian west coast.The work to add more sidings and double tracks in spots will start in April and be completed by November.It has ordered new locomotives and will have an extra 130 leased units within weeks.It is also hiring 2,000 workers, including hundreds of conductors.Ruest said that by the fourth quarter, CN should be back to where it was 12 to 18 months ago.Ruest was appointed earlier this month to take over from Luc Jobin, who was dismissed after about two years as CEO.The 23-year veteran CN Rail executive said the company’s board plans to take its time conducting a global search from within the rail industry and manufacturing world to lead the country’s largest railway.“The search will be very wide and the board is not putting themselves on any clock,” he told analysts.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)
Manchester (United Kingdom): Manchester City hope Saturday’s meeting with Watford can offer them the same sort of impetus their opponents provided for Premier League title rivals Liverpool. City manager Pep Guardiola has seen his side hit a downturn in their attacking form in recent weeks despite overtaking Liverpool and returning to the top of the table. The last three City games have seen them score just two goals, including a goalless League Cup final appearance against a Chelsea team they had defeated 6-0 just two weeks prior. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together The run hardly represents a major concern, with City having won the cup final on penalties and their next two league games by 1-0 scorelines. But as a general indicator of form, City’s previously prolific goalscoring feats – which had produced 50 goals in the opening 13 games of 2019 – have dried up alarmingly. Watford, who were beaten 5-0 by a Liverpool team that had gone through a similarly barren spell immediately prior to their meeting, might be just the right opponents for City this weekend as they aim to maintain their one-point lead over Liverpool. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Yet Guardiola must also have been alarmed by a growing injury list which includes Kevin De Bruyne after last weekend’s victory at Bournemouth. The Belgian midfielder suffered a hamstring injury early in the second half and City were economical with the facts surrounding the problem immediately after the game, other than Guardiola confirming he will be sidelined for a period of time. De Bruyne’s absence will add to the mounting frustrations for the 27-year-old, who started 36 of City’s 38 league games last season. De Bruyne will have played in just seven of City’s 30 league games this term if, as expected, he misses out against Watford. Two knee injuries have taken their toll on De Bruyne this season although, even when he has enjoyed extended periods in the first team, he has appeared short of the form that made him one of the league’s most effective players last season. De Bruyne’s lack of cutting edge was hardly a problem for City over the opening weeks of the new year, but his side have found it more difficult to wear teams down in recent games. The fact the Belgian played so much over the summer, with his team reaching the latter stages of the World Cup, has been cited by both player and manager as a reason for his lack of fitness and form. And City’s gruelling schedule, as they continue to compete for four trophies, has clearly impacted upon, not only De Bruyne but a number of other players, with Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte also suffering recent injuries. Speaking earlier this month, before his latest setback, De Bruyne conceded that those absences have affected him. “Sometimes I feel good, sometimes I feel a little bit worse or I need a day more to recover,” he said. “But I try every day to be at the best level I can be, and sometimes people have to give me a little bit of slack after the amount of time I’ve been away. “I always want to be better. But sometimes my body just says ‘no’ and I have to take that in my stride.”
19 December 2008The Security Council today called on the United Nations war crimes tribunals dealing with the 1994 Rwanda genocide and the Balkans conflicts of the 1990s to conduct their trials as quickly and efficiently as possible, and pledged to support their efforts to complete their work. The Security Council today called on the United Nations war crimes tribunals dealing with the 1994 Rwanda genocide and the Balkans conflicts of the 1990s to conduct their trials as quickly and efficiently as possible, and pledged to support their efforts to complete their work.The 15-member body noted with concern “that the deadline for completion of trial activities at first instance has not been met and that the Tribunals have indicated that their work is not likely to end in 2010,” in a statement read out by Ambassador Neven Juric of Croatia, which holds the Council Presidency for the month of December.Last week officials from both Tribunals reported to the Council on the progress made in the trials of those accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, as well as the implementation of the Tribunals’ completion strategy.The completion strategy of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague, requires it to finish trials of first instance by 2009. However, its President, Patrick Robinson, told the Council that while the Tribunal was still on track to complete most of its trials during 2009, a number would continue into the first part of 2010, which would also affect the dates for appeals, a small number of which would then spill over into 2012.Likewise, Dennis Byron of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said that instead of the decreased workload that might have been expected with the Tribunal moving towards the completion of its mandate, the court was now confronted with as many as 10 new cases. At the same time, the Tribunal is faced with the resignation of judges and 13 fugitives remained at large, added the President of the ICTR, which is based in Arusha, Tanzania. To assist in expediting the ICTR’s work, the Council today unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the Secretary-General to appoint up to three additional ad litem, or short-term, judges to the court, as requested by its President.The Council took a similar decision regarding the ICTY last week.
Several districts, including Yakawlang, Panjab, Waras and Kahmard, are cut off by poor weather, which hampers health service delivery and puts the lives of hundreds of thousands of Afghans at risk, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “There is a real need to turn the spotlight on the good quality humanitarian work that is able to take place in Bamiyan given its relatively secure situation in a country that is otherwise conflict-affected,” said Peter Graaff, WHO Representative in Afghanistan. “We would like to reach every man, woman and child in Afghanistan with health services and we have to invest more where we can,” he added.WHO has stepped up its efforts in the province, including to reach women and children with life-saving vaccinations in difficult-to-access areas; to pre-position emergency medical supplies in district hospitals to cover basic health needs of at least 50,000 people; and to revive local income-generating activities that will empower the local population and in turn enable them to lead a healthy life.The agency and its partners are also aiming to raise awareness and address stigma surrounding leprosy and tuberculosis, as well as introduce a major de-worming initiative targeting all children between the ages of 2 and 5 years as part of the nationwide polio campaign. Afghanistan is one of four countries, along with Pakistan, India and Nigeria, where polio remains endemic. 5 October 2010The United Nations health agency is partnering with authorities in Bamiyan to increase services for people living in remote areas of the northern Afghan province, which is often inaccessible for months at a time due to harsh winter conditions.
The company was manufacturing beer locally which was subject to an excise duty of Rs 190 per litre for alcohol volume less than 5 percent and Rs 315 per litre for alcohol volume more than 5 percent. Their annual production exceeds 106 million litre and the amount of taxes paid to the Treasury in 2015 was Rs 25.7 billion.“Since their manufacturing plant was fully destroyed they were unable to manufacture beer locally and they could not afford to import and sell the goods at the current market price given the fact that the import duties alone exceed the market price. The company had made a request for a waiver on excise duty and other levies to import consignment required for a period of three months. As of now the all inclusive levies for import of Beer exceeds Rs 700 per litre in addition to CIF cost of Rs 100 per litre. Accordingly, the import cost will exceed the market price compelling the company to give up the production. This will also make revenue loss to the government to the tune of over Rs 5 billion within the period of three months if the company is unable to maintain its market share,” the Finance Ministry added.Therefore considering all these facets the Government in order to match the market price, permitted the company to import beer, required for a period of three months and impose taxes and other levies equal to that of locally manufactured beer at the point of importation instead of import taxes and other levies. (Colombo Gazette) The production tax on cigarettes had also been increased by Rs. 5 per cigarette since last week. “There is no truth in the reports that was spread that this manufacturing company has been given concession for imports which would making a revenue loss of Rs 6 billion to the state,” the Finance Ministry added.The manufacturing plant and machineries of the M/s Lion Brewery Company at Biyagama was completely damaged due to the recent flood in the area. This company which pays excise and other levies of over Rs 25 billion annually to the government had made a request to the treasury for a tax concession for up to a period of three months until the new plant and machineries are installed for it to commence its normal production. Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry said that a beer manufacturing company in the country which was fully affected by the recent flood has been provided the opportunity to import beer with taxes and other levies applicable to that of locally produced beer. The price of a cigarette is to go up by Rs. 7 from today, the Ministry of Finance announced.Last week the Government said Cabinet had approved imposing the 15% VAT increase on the price of cigarettes.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan who snatched cellphone because he was ‘hungry’ sentenced to 6 months community serviceNovember 1, 2017In “Court”19-Y-O fined $75,000 for stealing Samsung Galaxy, US$300 at wakeOctober 14, 2015In “Crime”Man gets six months jail for simple larcenyNovember 15, 2017In “Court” …told the Court he committed the act because “times hard”A former employee of the Royal Castle fast food establishment was on Thursday charged for relieving Zachariah Adams (complainant) of a cellular phone and sentenced to two months in prison after he admitted to the offence at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan read the allegation which detailed that on October 28, 2017, at Aubrey Barker Road in Georgetown, Kevin Sears (the accused) robbed the complainant of a smart phone valued at $19,000 and committed personal violence against the complainant during the robbery.Sears, 21, of Famers Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, readily admitted to the offence but claimed that he never used violence on the school boy. According to him, he merely put his arms around the complainant and requested that he hand over his phone because “times hard”.While the prosecutor Arvin Moore corroborated the defendant’s version of events there were some minor discrepancies. According to the police’s case, the complainant was waiting on public transportation in the vicinity of the fast food place after making a purchase when he was accosted by the accused who choked him and demanded that he hand over his cellular phone.In fear of further violence, the boy readily complied and the accused made his escape. The matter was reported to the police who launched an investigation and the defendant was positively identified by the victim during an identification parade.“I am very apologetic…,” said Sears while denying the prosecution’s claims that he is a known figure to the police for similar offences.Meanwhile, Michael Garraway, a 19-year-old security guard employed at the aforementioned fast food establishment was also charged in relation to the same matter; for receiving from Kevin Sears, one cellular phone, knowing same to be stolen or unlawfully obtained, property of Zachariah Adams.Defence counsel for Garraway based his application for bail on the grounds that Garraway had voluntarily handed over the phone to the police in the presence of his supervisor.According to the defense’s case, Garraway had borrowed the phone from Sears who was a former work colleague to make a phone call. However, by the time he sought to return the phone, Sears had disappeared.According to the lawyer, Garraway did the right thing by voluntarily taking himself to the police and handing over the stolen item upon becoming aware of the situation and had no intention to do otherwise.Bail was set to the sum of $30,000 and the case continues on November 9, 2017.
Tim Sullivan, CEO of Bucyrus International, clearly believes in the return of boom times for mining. His latest move has been to secure the trucks, hydraulic excavators and other ancillary equipment Bucyrus’ surface mining line lacks. The company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the mining equipment business of Terex Corp for $1.3 billion in cash. The transaction will create a very comprehensive supplier of mining equipment. The Bucyrus product portfolio now comprises walking draglines, electric rope shovels, hydraulic excavators, haul trucks, a full line of drills (surface and underground), highwall miners, underground longwall, room and pillar and transport machinery, and belt systems for all mining applications. Bucyrus says its “unmatched suite of surface and underground mining equipment will be paired with its superior parts, consumable products and after-market support throughout the world.”“We are extremely excited about acquiring Terex Mining and we believe that this is a unique opportunity to build an even stronger company,” Sullivan said. “Customers will reap benefits from this transaction as Bucyrus will be able to offer a broad, complementary product line that is driven by technology, quality, and first class service. Through our extended product offering, we will continue to design and produce worldclass machines and provide the best after-market support throughout the life of the equipment. We will expand our geographic footprint and diversify our portfolio of products across a broader range of commodities. Like Bucyrus, the Terex mining assets have a proud history powered by hard-working, loyal employees who are passionate about mining.”The Terex mining equipment business produces the world’s largest hydraulic excavators (the former O&K products), rugged haul trucks, advanced drilling machines, and highwall mining systems. It has 38 facilities around the world with approximately 2,150 employees. As a result of the transaction, Bucyrus will double its addressable market from roughly $15 billion to over $30 billion and create a team of approximately 10,000 people in nearly 100 locations around the world.Under the terms of the agreement, Bucyrus will acquire those Terex subsidiaries and assets used to design, manufacture, and sell hydraulic excavators, surface mining trucks, drills (other than auger drills), highwall miners, and related components, parts, and after-sales service, commonly known as O&K, Unit Rig, Reedrill, Superior Highwall, Halco, and Hypac. The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2010.Bucyrus estimates “there are over $100 million in annual run-rate operating synergies, achievable by 2012. A substantial portion of the synergies will come from the integration of the company’s global manufacturing facilities and leveraging manufacturing centres of excellence as well as engineering and product development resources. Additional cost savings are expected to come through combining management functions and reducing purchasing expenses, similar to Bucyrus’ successful integration of DBT following its acquisition in May 2007.” Terex may be considered to be ‘throwing in the towel.’ Ronald M. DeFeo, Terex Chairman and CEO, clearly does not have the mining passion of Bucyrus’ Sullivan – passion that was never more in evidence than his chairmanship of the 2008 MINExpo in Las Vegas. “Mining is a highly capital intensive business. It would take us years to build the infrastructure to service and support new equipment sales in many of the key mining markets around the world where Bucyrus already has significant presence,” DeFeo said. “The journey to make this a great business will accelerate under the leadership of Bucyrus, which has a historically strong presence in surface mining with its rope shovel and dragline products. “This transaction accelerates the transformation of Terex as we move from a construction and mining equipment company to a machinery and industrial products business,” DeFeo said. “Going forward, we will focus on products and services where we can maintain and build superior customer propositions with high returns on capital for our owners. The current environment plus this transaction provide an excellent opportunity to create value. We plan to execute the changes needed to make this happen.”He emphasised “The sale of Mining to Bucyrus is good for customers, team members and shareholders. It is a classic proposition that strengthens the mining business for its customers and team members. For Terex, the attractive cash offer provides us excellent financial flexibility, as our cash balance will substantially equal our outstanding indebtedness.”Terex may request to receive $300 million of the purchase price in the form of Bucyrus shares (based on Bucyrus’ current trading price).
While browsing the Android Market the other day I came across Frogger. It’s funny to see this game on the “small screen” considering its history. I remember going to the arcade as a kid to play the game. Konami developed the game and introduced it in 1981 with simple premise. Get the frog to the other side of the road without getting smashed by a car or falling into the river.Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine that this premise would inspire people to play Frogger IRL, but that’s exactly what has happened… with disastrous results. A 23-year old man from from South Carolina decided to re-enact the game of Frogger Monday evening with friends. After a friend announced, “Go!”, the man proceeded to dodge through traffic until he was struck by a Lexus SUV. Lucky for the man it wasn’t, “Game Over.” As of Tuesday, he remained in stable condition.To be fair, the idea of a real-life game of Frogger is not an original idea. An episode of Seinfield in 1998 aptly named The Frogger ended with George Costanza dodging traffic to get the arcade cabinet of the game across a road. In the end, he wasn’t successful. The cabinet was struck and demolished by a truck. The ending of the famous Seinfield episode should have been an indication of how a real life version of the game would go.Ironically, there are nine ways to lose a life in Frogger including:Running into road vehiclesJumping into the river’s waterRunning into snakes, otters or into a crocodile’s jaws in the riverJumping into a home invaded by a crocodileStaying on top of a diving turtle too longDrifting off the screen by sitting on a log or turtle too longJumping into a home already occupied by a frogJumping into the side of a home or the bushesRunning out of time before getting a frog homeSeems like #1 will be the one that gets you every time.Read more at DailyTech.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram South Australia will have its very own Walk of Fame as part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s redevelopment project and Greek Australian actor, director, and playwright Elena Carapetis has been nominated to have a star cemented with her name.“Honestly, I had no idea and I am only just finding this out as we speak, but I am definitely pleasantly surprised and excited about the recognition and nomination,” said Carapetis in an interview with Neos Kosmos. “There are so many wonderful artists in South Australia. I feel very privileged to be among those named who contribute to the cultural life of our city. It is a joy every time I come to work at the Adelaide Festival Centre,” she said. The star-studded walkway will initially include more than 130 names of some of the artists that have performed at the Adelaide Festival Centre in its 44-year history. Carapetis has also received an AWGIE nomination from The Australian Writers’ Guild (the peak industry body representing writers for stage, screen and radio) for her play Gorgon. Constantly immersed in theatre and creative writing, the award-winning actor and playwright made her writing debut with her first play The Good Son at Adelaide’s Bakehouse Theatre in 2015. It took Carapetis six years to complete the play which was inspired by true events and explored the close bond that main character Frank shared with his migrant divorcee mother, Medea. It is a bond which gradually becomes claustrophobically blurred. “I wrote the play about a very specific world I know, but I didn’t see it as a Greek play as such. This was my version of an Australian tragedy. It’s the result of being told Greek myths and learning about Ray Lawler at school. It collides everyday people with Medea, if she lived in Australia in the early 21st century,” said Carapetis.The Good Son was supported by Arts SA through the Independent Makers and Presenters Program and featured some of Australia’s leading actors. The play received excellent critical reviews. “What gave me particular pleasure, is that I was able to showcase my first play in my hometown, a city that always embraces arts and theatre and encourages new talent,” she says. She has been appointed resident artist of the State Theatre Company’s (STC) Ensemble, together with six actors, a resident designer and a resident director all are committing to extended working periods together working on productions presented back-to-back in both 2017 and 2018. The season features Carapetis in new Australian work Vale, a dark-as-pitch comedy with a sting in its tail described as ‘a collision between the wit of Edward Albee and a modern Greek tragedy.’Carapetis has crafted a purpose-commissioned piece Sista Girl which offers a powerful look at family, grief, and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, via the story of two women who share a father, as part of the 2018 season. She has also recently adapted Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House which will be performed on stage for the first time in the STC’s history. “Ibsen’s greatest play has bewitched and divided audiences for more than 100 years bringing energy, schism, and heartbreak to the issue of gender inequality. The STC’s production of this gripping piece will be brought to life in a new adaptation by Elena Carapetis and will be the inaugural project of the State Theatre Company Ensemble,” explains Lindsay Ferris, Media and Communications Manager at the company. “I love this city and I am grateful for all the work and the talented people I have had the opportunity to work with while being close to my family and friends and getting recognised for the quality work we all produce,” Carapetis says. It now remains to be seen whether the talented artist will get to have her own name cemented into this star-studded promenade.The Walk of Fame is an initiative of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust.A selection of names of artists who have performed at the centre, each year from 1973, will be displayed in a newly created promenade.The Trust is currently accepting votes for a representative of performers from 2016.The public is invited to select a contender from a list of artists – international and local – who have performed at the Adelaide Festival Centre in 2016. Elena Carapetis is one of those artists. To view the full list of artists and to vote, go to adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/about-us/walk-of-fame Voting will remain open until midnight Sunday 9 July.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia reached a historic agreement to put an end to the long-standing dispute on the latter country’s name.On Tuesday, the two countries’ respective Prime Ministers, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev finalised the deal in a telephone conversation which came after months of negotiations.Shortly after, Alexis Tsipras gave a televised addressed to the Greek people, explaining that FYROM agreed to change its constitutional name ‘erga omnes’, to ‘Republic of North Macedonia’ (Severna Makedonija), erga omnes – i.e. the name will be used both internationally and bilaterally, something that has been a long-standing demand of Greece, and has been opposed so far by FYROM.In effect, this means that all 140 countries that have recognised the country as ‘Macedonia’ (among them China, Russia and the US) will have to recognise the new name, Mr Tsipras said, claiming that this deal is a “diplomatic victory” and a “historic opportunity” for Greece.Greece and FYROM had agreed on a composite name that would include the term Macedonia with a geographic determination, in an interim deal that has been in effect for more than two decades. The current agreement is in line with this, as well as with the diplomatic position that all Greek governments have held on the issue during all these years.In particular, the deal sees that FYROM will concede to a series of Greece’s demands, most importantly to proceed to constitutional amendments, clearing out any irredentist claims and more particularly any reference to ‘Macedonian Minorities’ that fall under the country’s protection.Greece’s concessions include a recognition of ‘Macedonian language’, as it has been officially recorded by the United Nations in 1977, with the clarification that this it belongs in the family of ‘south-slavic’ languages.The citizens of the country will be officially acknowledged as ‘Macedonian- Citizens of North Macedonia’ in their passports and all official documents. This comes as a recogition of Macedonian nationality, but not of a Macedonian ethnicity, with Greece acknowledging that citizens of North Macedonia have the right of self-determination.This recognition of a ‘Macedonian’ nation also comes with the clarification that it is a new nation, that has no claim on the history of ancient Macedonia. The Greek government argues that this deal allows Greece to “reclaim the history of Ancient Macedonia”, which has been continuously been expropriated by FYROM in the past, officially clarifying for the first time and without any doubt that the ancient kingdom of Macedonia is part of the Hellenic history and cultural heritage. This is stated in articles of the deal that specify that the terms “Macedonia” and “Macedonian” refer to different meanings for the respectful countries, in terms of history and cultural heritage.During their telephone conversation the two PMs set a clear timeframe for the implementation and ratification of the deal. The first step is for the agreement to be signed by the two countries’ Foreign Ministers, then it needs to be ratified by the FYROM Parliament. Greece will then send letters to the European Union and to NATO withdrawing its objections to accession talks for both organisations. Both invitations have as a prerequisite the full acceptance of the terms of the deal by Greece’s neighbour.The text is expected to be signed on Saturday on the shores of Lake Prespa, which spans the countries’ borders, but despite optimism by both Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras, the process of its actual ratification is bound to be difficult. The first goal is to get the FYROM parliament to back the agreement before EU leaders meet for a summit on 28 June, but the actual constitutional changes will demand a referendum to be held, in which FYROM citizens will be asked to agree to the country’s new constitutional name. According to some analysts, debate around the referendum question will be focused on the country becoming a member of the EU and NATO.What might be even trickier would be for the Hellenic Parliament to ratify the agreement. Leader of the opposition, Kyriakos Mitsotakis called for PM Tsipras to not sign this agreement, claiming that any agreement that recognises a “Macedonian” nation and a “Macedonian” language is a bad deal. “We will not divide Greeks to unite Skopjans,” said the leader of Nea Dimokratia.It remains unclear at this stage whether the SYRIZA government will seek support in other parties, or whether it can guarantee the vote of the majority of MPs, on this issue. Panos Kammenos, Greece’s Minister of Defence and leader of the minor coalition partner, the far-right Independent Greeks party, has insisted on not condoning any deal that would allow for the term ‘Macedonia’ to be used by the neighbouring country, but few believe that he would jeopardise the government.
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By Kebba JeffangThe Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has commended Gambian authorities for making headway into the country’s reform agenda. Mr. Chambas who has concluded a three-day visit to Banjul, held talks with the Vice-President Madam Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, officials of the Independent Electoral Commission, representatives of the Inter-Party Committee, UN Chiefs in Banjul etc.In a statement from UNOWAS office summarizing his engagements in Banjul, it is indicated that Mr. Chambas commended Gambian authorities for the launch of the National Development Plan (NDP) on the 6th February 2018 and the articulation of the next step towards its implementation. “He welcomed the passing of the laws establishing a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, a National Human Rights Commission and a Constitutional Review Commission in December 2017,” he said in the statement.The statement added that Mr. Chambas commended Government for preparing the ground for the selection of the members of the various Commissions as well as to call on Gambians to fully participate in the transitional justice and constitutional reform processes.The statement said Mr. Chambas encouraged Gambians to work hand in hand in order to bring about peace and prosperity to the country.As per the statement, the objective of the visit was to renew the UN’s engagement to support the authorities of The Gambia in their efforts towards the implementation of new and vital reforms.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. File PhotoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday requested two factions of Tablig Jamaat not to make any provocative comment against each other while delivering sermons or speaking at the Ijtema ground, reports UNB.”Huge plain clothes police will remain deployed at the Ijtema ground. If anyone makes any such comment, they will take action,” said the minister while attending a meeting at the regional office of Tongi City Corporation at noon on overall preparations of 54th Biswa Ijtema.Presided over by Gazipur deputy commissioner Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir, the programme was attended by state minister for religious affairs lawyer Sheikh Abdullah, state minister for youth and sports Jahid Ahsan Rasel, Gazipur city mayor Jahangir Alam, IGP Javed Patwary, RAB DG Benazir Ahmed, and Gazipur Metropolitan Police commissioner YM Belalur Rahman .Representatives from two disputing groups Tablig Jamaat, one led by Maulana Wasekh and the other by Moulana Zubair and Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, attended the meeting.As part of the security, separate control rooms of RAB and police have been opened.Besides, 16,000 members of law enforcing agencies have been deployed and several layers security will be arranged on the occasion.Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest congregations of Muslims, will be held for four days in a single phase from 15 February this time.
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops have chosen a Texas cardinal as their new top leader.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was elected Tuesday as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Among his duties will be guiding the bishops’ relationship with President-elect Donald Trump.Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez was elected vice president. He is the first Latino to hold the post.The vote occurred Tuesday at the bishops’ annual Baltimore meeting. DiNardo succeeds Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who is completing his three-year term.The bishops’ president does not set conference policy. But the choice of leadership is seen as indicating the direction the bishops want for the American church and how far they’ve gone toward following the priorities set by Pope Francis. Share
Love always,Sid Melton, The Dirtiest Kid on the Diamond Thank you softball and thank you Card Nation. Most athletes only get four years to play the sport they love, but I was fortunate enough to get five. Despite having to sit out my junior year due to injury, I feel lucky to have been able to play for an extra year, and am thankful for a higher power knowing that I needed it. Story Links Looking back at my career as a Louisville Cardinal, I can honestly and genuinely say that I gave this sport everything that I had. I let my passion for the game show and I am happy that I did all that I could do to leave my heart on the field in my final regional appearance. Of course, it was not all easy all the time, but no true love story ever is. My time at UofL was about more than just playing the sport I love. I was given the opportunity to become an educated, young woman, who was able to toss the ball around with her best friends. My name and the word softball have been said in the same sentence for most of my life. Growing up, I played every sport that I could. I loved being known as the girl who was faster than all of the boys, the girl who could jump the highest, and the girl who could throw any type of ball well. However, being known as the girl in softball pants covered in dirt was by far my favorite compliment. No matter what team I was on I would always pride myself on being the dirtiest one out there. I always thought that the dirtier I was, the harder I played. My time as a Cardinal has ended after five beautiful years. Our parents always tell us how time moves far too fast, and oh, were they right. Soon, my scratches will heal, my scars will fade, and my locker will be occupied by the next eager freshman to go where I have gone. I feel an unmeasurable amount of gratitude for this sport. As much as I wish I could continue my journey as a collegiate athlete, I cannot. I will forever cherish my years as a Cardinal, and will continue to love my sport, but just as a spectator. I carried that idea with me throughout travel ball, high school ball, and ultimately college ball. There are very few photos of me in a clean Louisville jersey. To me, that means I played hard. Being able to play softball at Louisville and wear those ten letters across my chest has been my biggest accomplishment to date. During my five years I have made friends who quickly became more like family. I have shared in experiences that were both amazing and traumatic. Softball has led me to every corner of the country and given me more than I had ever expected. #L1C4 Print Friendly Version
© 2017 Phys.org In recent years, medical researchers have been focusing on developing carrier systems for delivery of chemicals to targets inside the body to treat ailments such as cancer, but thus far, it has been slow going due to a variety of issues such as the body responding in unhelpful ways or targets such as tumors putting up a tough front. In this new effort, the researchers looked into the idea of using a natural carrier to deliver helpful drugs to specified targets—sperm cells delivering drugs guided to tumors and other problem sites in the female reproductive tract.While it is known that sperm cells will swim around in the vagina searching for an egg to fertilize, and in some cases, have been known to swim up and fertilize eggs still in the fallopian tube, the randomness of their behavior was deemed too untenable for drug delivery—the team wanted to be able to steer individual sperm cells. To accomplish that feat, they coaxed sperm cells to swim into a very tiny helmet coated with iron that would adhere to its head. The sperm could then be steered using an external magnet. The helmet was designed with a quick-release mechanism that allowed it to dislodge from the sperm when it ran head first into something, such as a tumor cell, allowing the sperm cell to penetrate the tumor cell the same way it would an egg, delivering the drug. The researchers also found that they could cause a sperm cell to absorb a cancer drug simply by soaking it in a solution containing the drug.The researchers tested their idea using bull sperm on a tiny track in their lab. They report that they were able to successfully move the sperm cell to a desired location, HeLa cells and HeLa spheroids—stand-ins for tumor cells. They report also that the helmet caused the sperm to swim 43 percent more slowly than normal. Though the test results proved impressive, there are many hurdles to overcome before such a technique could actually be used in humans—first and foremost, preventing accidental pregnancies. There is also the issue of what happens to the abandoned helmets (thousands would be left behind) and whether a sperm cell could be steered around inside the human body. And then there is the problem of obtaining the sperm. Schematic depicting tumor targeted drug delivery by a sperm-hybrid micromotor under magnetic guidance with mechanical sperm release trigger. Credit: arXiv:1703.08510 [physics.med-ph] This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Sperm tested as possible candidate for delivering cancer medications in female patients (2017, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-sperm-candidate-cancer-medications-female.html (a) Schematic illustration of the sperm-hybrid micromotor and the sperm release process. Black arrows represent the reactive force on the arms upon hitting an obstacle. (b) Top view of the tetrapod microstructure with schematic sperm head (c) SEM images of an array of printed tetrapod microstructures. (d) Simulation results demonstrating the deformation of one single arm. Yellow arrows represent the applied forces. (i) Applied force is 128 pN from a motile, non-hyperactivated sperm. (ii) Applied force is 450pN from a hyperactivated sperm. Credit: arXiv:1703.08510 [physics.med-ph] More information: Sperm-hybrid micromotor for drug delivery in the female reproductive tract, arXiv:1703.08510 [physics.med-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1703.08510AbstractA sperm-driven micromotor is presented as cargo-delivery system for the treatment of gynecological cancers. This particular hybrid micromotor is appealing to treat diseases in the female reproductive tract, the physiological environment that sperm cells are naturally adapted to swim in. Here, the single sperm cell serves as an active drug carrier and as driving force, taking advantage of its swimming capability, while a laser-printed microstructure coated with a nanometric layer of iron is used to guide and release the sperm in the desired area by an external magnet and structurally imposed mechanical actuation, respectively. The printed tubular microstructure features four arms which release the drug-loaded sperm cell in situ when they bend upon pushing against a tumor spheroid, resulting in the drug delivery, which occurs when the sperm squeezes through the cancer cells and fuses with cell membrane. Sperms also offer higher drug encapsulation capability and carrying stability compared to other nano and microcarriers, minimizing toxic effects and unwanted drug accumulation. Moreover, sperms neither express pathogenic proteins nor proliferate to form undesirable colonies, unlike other cells or microorganisms do, making this bio-hybrid system a unique and biocompatible cargo delivery platform for various biomedical applications, especially in gynecological healthcare. Journal information: arXiv Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Germany has tested the possibility of using sperm cells to deliver drugs to cancerous tumors in female patients. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the group describes how such a technique might work, their initial test results and what they learned from their experiments. Sperm with specific ‘looks’ are selected to fertilise bird eggs, say scientists