When peace comes wrapped in chocolate

first_imgGuns once ruled Manipur’s Ukhrul town. Now, chocolates with unique local flavours are taking over.In February 1982, a year before Zeinorin Stephen Angkang was born, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) ambushed and killed 20 soldiers of the 21 Sikh Regiment on the road to Ukhrul, 84 km north-east of capital Imphal. A chain of violent reactions and counter-reactions ensured years of bitterness for the dominant Tangkhul community, which was caught in the crossfire.But a small wave of enterprise riding the success of Hill Wild, a range of chocolates filled with pumpkin seeds and exotic local nuts, is helping to erase those nightmares.“I learnt how to make chocolate from a chef friend,” Angkang, 25, told The Hindu. But a chocolate made in Ukhrul had to be exotic, so I thought of adding pumpkin seeds and local nuts.”In November last year, she and Leiyolan Vashum, 35, launched Hill Wild. It took them less than a fortnight to create a buzz. Their handmade chocolates in four varieties – pumpkin seeds, hodgsonia, fruit wine and chilli – were a hit with the delegates at the North East Development Summit in Imphal.“It is the kind of high quality product that Manipur needed for a change of image, from that of a militancy-mauled State to an investment destination,” Nongthombam Biren, Manipur’s Chief Minister had said.Connectivity-challengedAt 1,662 m above sea level, Ukhrul offers ideal conditions for a chocolatier. But it takes at least 15 days for a cocoa consignment (₹1,60,000 a tonne) to arrive from Pune.It is no less difficult to offload the finished products, currently sold in Manipur and Nagaland. “Connectivity is a big challenge, as unreliable courier services prevent us from taking online orders. There is also a scarcity of skilled people, resources, and ingredients,” Ms. Angkang says. Such obstacles notwithstanding, Hill Wild produces 3,000 packets of chocolates per month. It has added a unit to make artisanal sausages.Hill Wild, Angkang says, isn’t only about products. It has encouraged women to take up commercial cultivation of organic pumpkin and other ingredients for the chocolates, and fostered seed-funding, micro-loans, and incubation support.Apart from teaching chocolate-making and employing 13 women, Angkang and Vashum have set about 90 individuals from Ukhrul district on the path to entrepreneurship. They have also created 15 farmers’ groups, and are helping them get their farms certified as organic.Starting off as a two-person initiative, Hill Wild has become a community-based movement. Last year, it organised a mini-trade fair called #madeinukhrul, with the objective promoting sustainable enterprises in Ukhrul district.The duo has organised the 2nd edition of a mini trade fair, #madeinukhrul, on a larger scale. Themed ‘Sustainable Ukhrul 2030’, is scheduled for April 5-6 at an indoor stadium in Ukhrul.“Many here possess the skills to set up successful businesses that market products such as traditional herbal tea, black pottery, indigenous textiles with a fusion approach, fermented soybean, and rice. But people need to be pushed into entrepreneurship,” Angkang says.“The passion, commitment and courage of young Angkang made us sponsor the Ukhrul conclave. She has been an inspiration for many aspiring entrepreneurs, and we believe we are investing in the right direction,” says Ram Muivah, Secretary of the North Eastern Council.last_img read more

No stopping Rockets as they roll to 17th straight victory

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico And yet the Rockets still led by 10 for most of the fourth quarter until a late surge by the Bucks sliced the lead to 104-99 with 1:06 left on rookie Sterling Brown’s layup.Chris Paul answered with a short floater in the lane with 45 seconds left after driving on Jason Terry to silence Bucks fans who were pleading “Defense! Defense!”Houston obliged after forcing the Bucks to waste 15 seconds on the ensuing inbounds pass and settle for an off-balance 3 that missed. The Rockets led comfortably from there.“There were a few 50-50 balls or offensive rebounds that we needed to secure that if we do, it gives us an opportunity to run,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. “If we run, then maybe we can put them on their heels … but the ball needs to move.”Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points. Khris Middleton finished with 18 points for Milwaukee, while Brown had a career-high 15.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bucks went stretches with the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo playing center to try to put a quicker lineup on the floor to counter the Rockets. Houston still ended up hitting 47 percent from the floor and 35 percent (14 of 40) from 3-point range, and held a 22-14 edge in fast-break points.QUOTABLE“It’s a little carelessness. We played two teams that create a lot of turnovers. A little bit of them and a little bit of us.” — D’Antoni on his team’s seven first-quarter turnovers.UP NEXTRockets: Makes third stop on four-game trip with a visit to the Toronto Raptors on Friday.Bucks: Try to improve to 3-0 this season over New York when the Knicks visit Friday. Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img Paul had 16 points and 11 assists for the Rockets, who answered every Bucks charge.Milwaukee used an 11-0 run to get to within 73-69 with 3:25 left on Brown’s corner 3. The Bucks did most of their damage during the spurt around the bucket, with Antetokounmpo leading the way in the post.The NBA’s most prolific 3-point shooting team countered with another display of clutch perimeter shooting.The Rockets would beat the Bucks down the floor to set up open shots on the wing. Gordon knocked down two 3s, and P.J. Tucker added another 3 to help Houston close the third with a 14-7 run for an 87-76 lead.“With a win streak like this you are doing a lot of things the right way,” Gordon said. “We still play for each other. We knew this was going to be a tough road trip.”Houston got off to a sloppy start at the Bradley Center with a seven-turnover first quarter, a night after tying its season high with 22 turnovers in the 10-point win at Oklahoma City.The end of the first half offered a glimpse of what was still to come. Harden hit a deep 3 just before the halftime buzzer from well beyond the arc with a defender in his face for a 58-46 lead.“We’ve just got to stick with the game plan, close out, run them off the (3-point) line,” Brown said.TIP INSRockets: Swingman Joe Johnson missed a second straight game due to illness, while coach Mike D’Antoni rested Nene a day after the center played 17 minutes.Bucks: C Tyler Zeller (back) missed a second straight game. … It does not appear as if Matthew Dellavedova (right ankle) will return soon. The team initially estimated that the guard might miss a month when he got hurt on Feb. 4 at Brooklyn. The Bucks are also still without G Malcolm Brogdon (left quad).GIANNIS IN THE MIDDLE View comments MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Houston Rockets’ James Harden reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — The Houston Rockets had trouble at times holding on to the ball and keeping up with the young Milwaukee Bucks.But as long as the Rockets keep hitting their 3-pointers, they’re pretty hard to beat.ADVERTISEMENT James Harden scored 26 points, Eric Gordon had 18 points and two momentum-swinging 3s in the third quarter, and Houston beat Milwaukee 110-99 on Wednesday night for its 17th straight win.The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Houston hasn’t lost since Jan. 26 at New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We find ways to win,” Harden said. “It’s not going to be the same way every game.”The latest victory came on the second of a tough back-to-back stretch of road games that started with a 10-point victory at Oklahoma City. No wonder the Rockets looked sluggish at times against the Bucks. Lopez, LA Lakers hold off Magic in bizarre ending John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more

Video: Shannon Spake’s Mic Picks Up Arkansas Player Saying “God We Suck” Before Kliff Kingsbury Interview

first_imgA general view of Arkansas' football field.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)2015 is not going the way that Arkansas envisioned. After ending last season with all kinds of momentum, the Razorbacks have lost two straight games to Toledo and now a struggling Texas Tech team. As ESPN’s Shannon Spake was getting ready to interview the winning coach, Kliff Kingsbury, her mic caught an unidentified Arkansas player saying “god we suck.” It’s not too loud, but with headphones in, it is very clear.“God we suck.” pic.twitter.com/wtx7WdOt4P— Jack Lyall (@jackllyall) September 20, 2015We’re sure plenty of Arkansas fans share the same sentiment after the last few weeks.last_img read more

Federal government offers provinces 5050 split on abandoned busroute service

first_imgVANCOUVER — The federal transport minister says the government will split funding for bus service on rural routes abandoned by Greyhound in northern Ontario and the Western provinces but so far only British Columbia has taken him up on the offer.Marc Garneau has met with B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Travena for a fourth time on a 50/50 cost-sharing plan to service routes that were dropped when Greyhound shut down operations last fall.Garneau says he’s waiting for Travena’s ministry to provide a list of routes as well as costs and there won’t be a cap on how much Ottawa will pay for the arrangement that would last two years.He says all 10 provinces have also formed a group, led by B.C., to consider long-term solutions for inter-city bus travel.Travena says B.C. has paid $2 million on a bus service for the northern part of the province, which will be included in the cost-sharing plan.She says the aim is to provide safe and affordable transportation for underserved areas, including those that are home to Indigenous communities that were dependent on Greyhound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Edmonton theatre troupe cuts ties with former artistic director over rape culture

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Craddock served as Rapid Fire’s artistic director from 2004 to 2008 but had continued to work alongside the troupe as an actor, director, producer and playwright, largely during the annual Edmonton Fringe Festival. Craddock is a mainstay of Edmonton’s theatre and film industry, with more than 30 years of credits to his name.In the statement, Rapid Fire management indicated that Craddock had “publicly admitted to unacceptable behaviour” in violation of the company’s own zero-tolerance harassment policy.The ongoing scandal surrounding sexual violence and abuse of power in the entertainment industry — triggered by reports about film producer Harvey Weinstein — provoked the theatre company to cut ties, the statement suggests.‘Enough is enough’“This week so many people around the world have engaged in a large conversation of sexual harassment and abuse; much of that conversation focusing on issues of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.“The improv industry has its fair share of predators and we know that at times in Rapid Fire Theatre’s 37-year history we have featured some of those individuals in our performing ensemble. Enough is enough.”The statement said Craddock “has publicly admitted to unacceptable behaviour in violation of our own harassment policy.”READ MORE An Edmonton theatre company is cutting ties with its former artistic director after the acclaimed actor and playwright said on Facebook he has contributed to “rape culture.”The Rapid Fire Theatre, a local improv troupe, issued a public statement on Wednesday announcing that Chris Craddock will no longer be affiliated with the company.Rapid Fire’s move comes after Craddock posted a confession on his personal Facebook page about the way he has treated women. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Alessia Cara Worried She Would Drown While Filming New Music Video Underwater

first_img Facebook “My ears were popping and I didn’t do the equalizing thing with your nose and then I couldn’t do it because they had to shoot me,” she explained. “I had to find a way to act normal and not look like I was dying down there. This is me being artistic, not drowning.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Alessia Cara worried she would slip unconscious while diving underwater in the music video for her new single, “Growing Pains”.The Canadian pop star recently spoke to the Herald Sun about the “very scary” experience she had filming a scene while suspended five metres underwater. The dramatic shot appears at the end of the new video. Twitterlast_img

Receiving duo provides help on offense

When coach Jim Tressel sat down quarterback Terrelle Pryor the week before the Rose Bowl Game and told him that the plan was to throw the ball, Pryor wasn’t the only one who was excited at the prospect of a game in the air.Junior Dane Sanzenbacher and sophomore DeVier Posey, Pryor’s leading receivers, were in for a big game as well.“I was very excited when Tressel said that we were coming to wing it,” Pryor said. “We knew what we could do.”The offensive MVP of the Rose Bowl, Pryor was complimentary of his teammates, especially his receivers.Pryor, who set a career high with 37 pass attempts, said he wouldn’t be able to do anything without “DeVier laying out for catches and catching the ball and Dane and the linemen just sweating, fighting,” he said.Sanzenbacher said that even though the team has focused on its running game in recent matches, “when you get the passing game started and when you get that chemistry going, it helps out,” he said.Sanzenbacher, whose previous record for receptions was against Toledo on Sept. 19 with five, led OSU in catches against Oregon while Posey led in yardage. Sanzenbacher had nine receptions for 64 yards and Posey had 101 yards on eight catches with one touchdown.Posey’s touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter sealed the Buckeye victory, putting OSU up 26 to 17.Pryor was “put it in a spot where all [the Oregon defender] could do was just hope I dropped it like before. He was all money all night,” Posey said.The touchdown pass was from 17 yards out and was a play the two had been working on for a while, Pryor said. Pryor threw to Posey in the back left corner of the end zone. Posey caught the ball just before stepping out of bounds. After the play was reviewed, it was confirmed that he had indeed made the catch.“I finally got it after watching all the tapes and film from Peyton Manning and stuff and trying to get the footwork and getting the ball out,” Pryor said. “DeVier made a great catch.”Sanzenbacher had several receptions in key drives to help the Buckeyes, who edged Oregon for possession with 42 minutes to 18 minutes. He snatched three first downs for OSU.Sanzenbacher’s game-long reception came just before the half and was an 18-yard advance. The second-down conversion set up Aaron Pettrey’s 45-yard field goal that put the Buckeyes up 16-10 heading into the half.He also caught an 11-yard pass late in the fourth quarter on a third-down conversion leading to Posey’s touchdown.Pryor was 23 for 37 with 266 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. read more

Ohio State terminates Jim Foster without cause

Former Ohio State women’s basketball coach Jim Foster was terminated from his post without cause. In a comment to The Lantern, OSU athletics director for legal affairs Julie Vannatta confirmed the nature of Foster’s departure from the university, which previously had not been made clear. The former Buckeyes coach of 11 years was fired and will now receive installment payments that could amount to as much as $350,000. “Coach Foster has been terminated without cause. Under his employment contract, he is entitled to receive $350,000 in installment payments beginning on June 30, 2013, and concluding by April 30, 2014,” Vannatta told The Lantern. “Under his employment contract, he is required to make reasonable and diligent efforts to find a comparable employment position. If he chooses to retire from OPERS, rather than obtaining a new job, any retirement benefits he receives will be used to off-set the University’s obligation to pay him $350,000.” A Tuesday morning meeting with OSU athletic director Gene Smith and executive associate athletic director Miechelle Willis resulted in a split between OSU and Foster, a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Award winner. During his time as coach at the Schottenstein Center, the Cheltenham, Pa., native amassed a 279-82 record and a .772 winning percentage. The postseason was not kind to Foster, however – he posted a 10-10 record in NCAA Tournament play while at OSU and his Buckeyes teams were eliminated in either the first of second rounds of the Tournament during seven of 10 postseason runs. A lack of sustained postseason success in the NCAA Tournament factored into the decision, Willis said. “We strive to be nationally competitive. We believe that we have everything in place here to be nationally competitive. We believe that means that we should be playing deep into (the) postseason,” Willis said. “We expect to be in the Final Four on occasion, and definitely the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight are expectations that we have.” OSU advanced as far as the Sweet 16-round three times (2004-05, 2008-09 and 2010-11), but no further. A second-round exit in the Big Ten Tournament marked the end of the Buckeyes’ 2012-13 season. After posting an 18-13 mark this year, OSU did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team then decided it would not accept a bid from the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Had OSU advanced to the NCAA Tournament this season and been eliminated in the early rounds of the competition, Willis said on Tuesday that the end of Foster’s career at OSU was still possible. Willis said on Tuesday that OSU will immediately begin a national search for its next coach. The search will include coaches that are currently coaching in the postseason. “Our search will unfold as the postseason unfolds,” said Willis, who added that OSU would not reach out to coaches at other universities until their respective team’s postseason run was over. read more

Womens gymnastics coach Carey Fagan named Ohio State Assistant Athletics Director

Carey Fagan was named the Assistant Athletics Director for Ohio State on May 8. Credit: Jay LaPrete | Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State women’s gymnastics coach Carey Fagan is moving on from coaching and will become OSU’s Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Administration and Student-Athlete Well-Being, the university announced on Monday.In her new role, Fagan will be assigned sports to oversee, act as a mentor for student-athletes and coaches and provide guidance and education while maintaining awareness of team cultures and dynamics, the press release said.“Although it was a difficult decision to leave coaching, this is truly an opportunity of a lifetime and I am extremely excited and grateful to be a part of (OSU Senior Vice President and Athletics Director) Gene (Smith)’s vision for our department,” Fagan said in a statement.Fagan spent 13 years coaching the women’s gymnastics team and was named Big Ten coach of the year twice in her tenure. In 2012, OSU reached the NCAA National Championships for the first time in 23 years and she was named NACGC/W National Coach of the Year. In Fagan’s final season as coach, OSU placed fifth at the NCAA Champaign Regional.She is replacing former assistant athletics director Martin Jarmond who was hired as Boston College’s Director of Athletics last month.“She has built this program into a constant contender in the Big Ten and the NCAA overall,” said OSU Associate Athletics Director for Sport Administration Shaun Richard in a statement. “She is leaving the program in great shape for the next leader.” read more

Eriksen admits Kane is under pressure to deliver

first_imgHarry Kane is under pressure to deliver in every game according to his Tottenham team-mate Christian Eriksen.Kane failed to deliver for Spurs in their last two Premier League games, despite breaking his deadlock in August.The striker has faced criticism this season for his poor scoring form and there have been calls from different pundits to rest the player after a hectic World Cup campaign.“Everyone expects him to score three goals every game,” Eriksen told the Independent.“As a team we know we have to feed him, but in a team that is losing it is very difficult to score goals, even one that keeps creating chances.“I know Harry wants to score more, and so do the rest of the team. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who is scoring and who is not scoring. It’s about winning games.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.But Eriksen has brushed aside fatigue claims as they resume their Champions League campaign away to Serie A giants Inter on Tuesday.“We are not tired after the World Cup. Everyone has had near enough the same break,” Eriksen added.“Of course we are unfortunate we had so many players going so far in the tournament, which meant they started their pre-season later.“But our performances have had nothing to do with tiredness. And personally, I haven’t felt tired.“There is no better place to put things right than at the San Siro. It’s the perfect stadium to play in.“And there will be no better way to start a Champions League campaign than with a win at the San Siro. It’s going to be an exciting game.”last_img read more

I can still be manager at 75 – Pellegrini

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini hopes to still be in management when he is 75.The West Ham boss, 65, will be playing against 71-year-old Roy Hodgson when Crystal Palace visit the London Stadium on Saturday in a Premier League fixture.Pellegrini, Hodgson, 70-year-old Cardiff manager Neil Warnock and new Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri, 67, continue to fly the flag for the Premier League’s senior gaffers – and the former Manchester City boss wants to be at the helm for at least a decade more.“I have been working away from my country for 20 years, and another 10 in my country before that, and I hope I will carry on for many more years,” he told newsmen via Breaking NewsReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“Of course I hope to be working in my 70s – at 75-plus! If I am in good shape I will do it.”“In this profession the more experience you have the easier it is to analyse the game.”“If you ask me, I would prefer to be 10 years younger, but you can continue working in the same way if you keep yourself in good shape – and remain hungry to continue in work.”Pellegrini, had his first managerial job in his home country with Universidad de Chile in 1988,last_img read more

Lincolns agent wants a swap deal with Barbosa

first_imgThe Internazionale Milan forward is expected to live the Italian Lega Serie A club after he comes back from a one-year loan at Santos in January22-year-old Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa was acquired by Internazionale Milan in 2016 from Santos.But after only playing nine matches, he was loaned to Portugal’s Benfica and then to Brazil’s Santos.And when he comes back from Brazil he’s expected to leave Inter.Now Brazillian footballer Lincoln’s agent claims the best thing his client can do it be swapped for Barbosa.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“I think Lincoln’s ready to play in Europe,” he was quoted by Football Italia.“For top players, it’s always better to move as soon as possible so they can adapt quickly to elite football culture quickly. His clause? €50m.”“Swap with Gabigol? It would be a great deal for everyone. Gabigol is a great forward and for Flamengo, who want to be the best team in South America, he would be an excellent player, precisely because of his maturity,” he added.“However, it’d also be excellent for Inter because his investment would turn into an element with the same great qualities.”last_img read more

Fireworks Allowed In Kenai For New Years Eve

first_imgOn the days of December 31st and January 1st only, a 48-hour period, a person over the age of eighteen may use salable fireworks within the City of Kenai. Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker is asking revelers to be careful and considerate: “General safety is the biggest concern. With the snow on the ground we’re not concerned about wildland fires, but anytime you use fireworks safety precautions need to be taken seriously. Have an extinguisher nearby, and don’t let children use them without parent supervision. If people take the right precautions fireworks can be used safely, and we just encourage people to do that.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For the fourth year in a row, fireworks will be allowed within Kenai city limits this New Year’s Eve. Fireworks are not allowed on public spaces like the beach, ballparks, etc. Fireworks are forbidden in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, except for planned, professional, permitted displays. Chief Tucker: “Outside of the City of Kenai fireworks are not allowed to be used, but within the city limits of Kenai you are allowed to use fireworks.”  Fireworks are to be used only for personal and private use on real property owned by the person, or other private property with the consent of the property owner. For more information contact the Kenai Fire Department at (907) 283-7666.last_img read more

Anurag Kashyap goes gaga over Revolver Rani

first_imgAnurag Kashyap goes gaga over ‘Revolver Rani’171 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Anurag Kashyap goes gaga over ‘Revolver Rani’171 viewsEntertainmentMumbai, April 25 (ANI): Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap who recently attended the special screening of Kangna Ranaut’s ‘Revolver Rani’ went gaga about the film and said that its needs great courage to make such a film. While Kangna who plays a criminal politician in the film looked quite confident and happy with the reviews. Directed by Sai Kabir the film also stars Vir Das, Piyush Mishra and Zakir Hussain and is out on theaters near you to watch it.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Mumbai, April 25 (ANI): Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap who recently attended the special screening of Kangna Ranaut’s ‘Revolver Rani’ went gaga about the film and said that its needs great courage to make such a film. While Kangna who plays a criminal politician in the film looked quite confident and happy with the reviews. Directed by Sai Kabir the film also stars Vir Das, Piyush Mishra and Zakir Hussain and is out on theaters near you to watch it.last_img read more

British MPs seek new path for Brexit

first_imgThis handout photograph taken and released by the UK Parliament on 29 March 2019 shows Britain`s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox stand and speak during a debate in the House of Commons on the Government`s EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. Photo: AFPBritish MPs will attempt to chart a new Brexit path on Monday after rejecting prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time, leaving her strategy in tatters and the country in limbo.With less than two weeks to go until the day Britain risks crashing out of the European Union, MPs will hold a series of votes to try and find a majority-backed plan to end the current crisis.Britain voted by 52 per cent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum but the process has been mired in divisions between Brexit supporters over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek.The government struck a deal with the EU in November but parliament has refused to ratify it, forcing the government to seek a delay to the originally planned departure date of 29 March.The EU’s offer of an extension until 22 May was conditional on MPs approving the deal last week.Despite May’s promise to step down if they voted for the deal — an attempt to get Brexit hardliners to vote for it — they failed to do so.No more delayThe government must now make a new request to the European Union at an extraordinary summit on 10 April or leave the bloc without a deal on 12 April with potentially chaotic economic consequences.A longer delay beyond 22 May would have the bizarre consequence of Britain having to hold European Parliament elections like other member states.Parliament seized the initiative for one day last week but failed to unite around a single option that could replace May’s deal.But there appears to be momentum behind a plan to seek a deal that would see Britain stay in some kind of customs union with the European Union.While this may satisfy the pro-EU members of May’s cabinet, it threatens mass rebellion among the rest of her ministers, posing a serious threat to the government’s survival.Brexit-supporting minister Andrea Leadsom has organised a letter signed by 10 cabinet members demanding that there be no further extension beyond 22 May, the Sunday Telegraph reported.The letter also spells out that May must stand by her party’s manifesto pledge to leave the customs union in order to be able to strike post-Brexit trade deals with other countries.General election threatAgreeing to seek a customs union, if demanded by MPs, could therefore trigger a mass ministerial walkout.But so could ignoring MPs’ instructions, with pro-EU ministers having already quit to vote against the government.All of which leaves a general election looking ever more likely, with May herself last week warning after the third rejection of her deal that “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House.”But Conservative MPs across the board said they would block such a move, which requires two-thirds support in parliament.Polling on Sunday signalled why.The party has slipped 7 per cent, according to the Sunday Mail, putting Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour on course to be the largest party if an election were held.Conservative Party deputy chairman James Cleverly said on Sunday that the party was not preparing for a snap election.”I don’t think an election would solve anything. Time is of the essence, we have got Brexit to deliver. We don’t want to add any more unnecessary delay,” he told Sophy Ridge on Sky News.The slip in support coincides with the party’s failure to deliver Brexit on 29 March, upsetting its supporters, who voted heavily in favour of leaving the EU.The poll also found narrow support for a second referendum.May is also facing mass calls from her own MPs to quit immediately as leader of the party — and country — rather than wait until the divorce phase of Brexit has been resolved, as promised.She has yet to give up on her deal despite it being rejected three times by parliament, and is reportedly considering whether to bring it back for a fourth vote, potentially this week.last_img

Bengal set to boost raw silk production following success of bivoltine farming

first_imgKolkata: With the state witnessing a nine-fold increase in the production of bivoltine silk in the past seven years, the state government is targeting to extend the cultivation of raw silk on a new area of 1,620 acres in the 2018-19 fiscal.In the 2017-18 financial year, the area of plantation for the same was increased by 1,733 acres and it resulted in an yield of 2,540 metric tonne (MT) mulberry, 34.50 MT tasar, 2.60 MT eri and 185 kg muga raw silk. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAsish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister, held a high level meeting with senior officials of the directorate of sericulture, that falls under his department. Pradip Mazumdar, advisor to the Chief Minister on agriculture, was also present in the meeting in which there was discussion on various issues of sericulture.The Agriculture minister said the production targets for raw silk in 2018-19 are 2,575 MT mulberry, 46 MT tasar, 6 MT eri and 400 kg muga. “We are taking all necessary steps to ensure the same,” he said, adding that infrastructure including 898 rearing houses, 147 vermi-compost sheds and 10 cocoon storage buildings were developed to extend support to silk farmers in 2017-18. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedGiving a breakup of the 1,620 acres of land that will be brought under sericulture in 2018-19, Banerjee said 1,000 acres will be for mulberry, 400 acres for tasar, 70 acres for muga and 150 acres for eri.Large areas of land in districts including West Midnapore, Jhargram, Purulia, Bankura and Birbhum in Jungalmahal have been brought under tasar cultivation in 2017-18, where 18,040 people were benefitted.It may be mentioned that the bivoltine silk production in 2012-13 was 7.16 MT and it has gone up to 36 MT in 2017-18. An issue related to the problems that silk farmers are facing also came up in the meeting and it includes the problems that silk farmers are facing in Murshidabad and some parts of Nadia, where pesticides spread on vegetables are adversely affecting the silk cultivation within 1.5 kilometres. The state Agriculture department will be organising a symposium, in which officials of agriculture, horticulture and sericulture sections will be present. Representative of silk-farmers will also be attending the symposium.last_img read more

Parttime working mothers getting raw deal

first_imgWorking mothers who think of doing part-time jobs with flexible schedules are likely to end up working an increased amount of unpaid overtime, new research has found. The study, led by researchers from the University of Kent, showed that women who gained schedule control over their work had an increase in the amount of unpaid overtime worked. This was found to be the case for both professional men (about one hour more a week on average) and women without children (about 40 minutes more a week on average). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut, for part-time working mothers the unpaid overtime was around 20 minutes more a week. The increase may be because part-time working mothers feel the need to work longer to compensate for the possible stigma, perceived or otherwise, attached to them by other workers, especially when their schedules do not match normal working hours, the researchers said. It may also be that part-time working mothers have a greater ability to work unpaid overtime compared to full-time working mothers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”More control over your work is supposed to make life easier for workers, particularly those with children. However, it is clear that for many, blurring the boundaries between work and home life expands work to be longer, even when it is unpaid,” said Heejung Chung, from Kent’s School of Social Policy. “Employers need to be aware of this and ensure staff is not over-stretching themselves and undoing the benefits of flexible working,” Chung added. For the study, published in the journal Social Indicators Research, the team examined three types of flexible working that people use and how it impacted their workloads. Flexitime – where workers have set weekly hours but can work them within a schedule that suits them; Teleworking – ability to work from home for personal reasons on a regular basis; and Schedule control – where workers are able to determine their own hours and schedules, so long as the job is done. While for the first two types of flexible working, there was little evidence of an increase in unpaid overtime hours, but for those who gained schedule control over their work there was an increase in the amount of unpaid overtime.last_img read more

June 5 1999 Arcosanti community synergy to instal

first_imgJune 5, 1999Arcosanti community synergy to install East Crescent electrical line. Will, George,Dario spool out electrical cabling into the EastCrescent heat duct tunnel, as David, Paul, and Herb lube and feed cablinginto pipe. At the other end of the tunnel (not pictured), Sparks, Mike, and Roboperate the winch that is pulling the cabling.last_img

Sky has agreed to sell a controlling stake in Sky

first_imgSky has agreed to sell a controlling stake in Sky Bet to CVC Capital Partners, in a deal that puts an £800 million (€1 billion) valuation on its online betting and gaming business. Sky said that the deal will let an enlarged Sky “focus on the significant opportunity for growth in pay TV across the five markets in which it now operates.”Under the terms of the deal, Sky will receive £600 million in cash on completion and a further deferred consideration of up to £120 million.Sky will retain an equity stake of approximately 20% in Sky Bet and will continue to be represented on the board. As part of the deal, Sky has also entered into a long-term brand licence agreement with Sky Bet.Sky said that the £800 million total valuation for Sky Bet is roughly fifteen times the business’ EBITDA for the 12 months ended 30 June 2014.“In the last ten years, we have successfully grown Sky Bet from a start-up to one of the leading online betting and gaming companies in the UK. This transaction will allow us to focus further on the substantial growth opportunities in our core international pay TV business while realising significant value for our shareholders,” said Sky Group CEO Jeremy Darroch.Sky Bet’s management team, under the leadership of managing director Richard Flint, will remain with the business under the new ownership structure. All Sky Bet’s employees will move across into the new entity, and the business will remain headquartered in Leeds, said Sky.The deal comes less than a month after BSkyB completed its takeover of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland, with the new combined company known simply as Sky.last_img read more