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The Gupta family: Saharanpur’s Rani Bazaar still in awe of their meteoric rise

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first_img Ajay Gupta (50), Atul Gupta (47) and Rajesh Gupta (44) grew up in the bylanes of Rani Bazaar. They studied at the local JV Jain college from where Ajay completed his B.Com and then finished his Chartered Accountancy course. Atul finished B.Sc. and did a course in computer hardware and assembling. Rajesh did B.Sc.“Shiv Kumar Gupta was a visionary. So even when his sons after their education, established a company in Delhi which imported spices from Madagascar and Zanzibar, he kept on telling them to dream big and go to uncharted territories with immense business possibilities. So in 1993 the brothers moved to Johannesburg,” said Sabri.While the South African politics was in turmoil Ajay and Atul, were attending a Mahashivratri procession in Rani Bazaar, he said.“Both Ajay And Atul were here on Tuesday and they left the same day. But there was no worry on their faces. Because they have done no wrong. They have a base in Dehradun where they live but they keep coming here and are in touch with their family and friends,” he added.The local residents, some of whom are related to the Gupta brothers, defended them and gave “testimonies to their hard work.”“The allegations against Ajay, Atul and Rajesh are completely false. It was only a pressure tactic to make Zuma resign,” said Asutosh Agarwal, a relative who lives next to the ancestral house of the Guptas. Life in Rani Bazaar area of Saharanpur went on as usual on Thursday but the centre of attention was a decrepit two-floor house, with its plaster coming off and gate almost falling away.It is the house where the Gupta brothers, Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, grew up and lived till they left the country to become the industrial tycoons of South Africa and close allies of Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa.South Africa may have turned hostile to the brothers but the residents of Rani Bazaar continue to tell “inspiring stories” of the meteoric rise of the sons of the soil.“The Gupta brothers are the best thing to have happened to Saharanpur,” declared Javed Sabri, a family friend of the South African industrialists, while standing in front of their ancestral house. The three brothers were inspired by their father Shiv Kumar Gupta, a small time trader who ran a company which distributed soapstone powder in the city, said Sabri, a man in the early forties who is an influential resident of the town, also because of his proximity to the Guptas.Also Read L’affaire Jacob Zuma: How the Guptas became Zuptas in South Africalast_img read more

No arms in Muharram processions: Trinamool

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first_imgThe Trinamool Congress has reached out to members of the Muslim community, urging them not to display weapons and lathis during Muharram processions.Party MP Idris Ali made an appeal appeal to the community to this effect. “We cannot fully stop this [arms procession] in one year. But the appeal will have a positive response this year,” Mr. Ali told The Hindu. Shared beliefsHe said that carrying arms during Muharram procession was anti-Islamic and that many imams had also made similar appeals.Before this development, the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights directed all the District Magistrates in the State to ensure that children participating in Muharram processions did not carry any arms. The Bengal Imams’ Association also endorsed their directive. Muharram will be observed on Friday. After a Cabinet meeting at the State Secretariat on Thursday, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee urged people to maintain peace during the occasion.last_img read more

WWE: Daniel Bryan on why he was able to win over Big Cass; Seth…

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first_imgAdvertisementDaniel Bryan on why he was able to win over Big CassWWE has uploaded the following video online of Daniel Bryan reacting to his win over Big Cass last night at WWE Money in the Bank. In the video, Daniel Bryan praised Big Cass for training hard at the WWE Performance Center for their match at the pay per view. But he said that one person tires out when it is a bout between “tall” and “small.” And that it was Big Cass’ downfall in their match up.Daniel Bryan found Big Cass to be a tough opponent at WWE Money in the Bank 2018, but he still found a way to outlast his foe in the battle of “tall vs. small”.Seth Rollins on his IC matchWWE has uploaded a clip of Seth Rollins talking about his victory defending his WWE Intercontinental Championship at the WWE Money in the Bank pay per view. You can check out the video below:EXCLUSIVE: @WWERollins is filled with thanks after successfully retaining his #ICTitle at #MITB! #FightingChampion #AllHeart pic.twitter.com/8FQa29mdjH— WWE (@WWE) June 18, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Veterans Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh in MS Dhoni-led Ricky Ponting’s all-time IPL XI

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first_imgFormer Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting on Saturday named ex-India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the captain of his all-time Indian Premier League (IPL) XI which also includes the likes of veterans Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh.Ponting, who guided Mumbai Indians to the title in the 2015 season as coach, has Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner as the lone Australian in the team.The opening slot in Ponting’s team is occupied by West Indian Chris Gayle, who has over the years produced several destructive knocks in the cash rich league. Giving him company is Warner, who finished the 2016 season as the second highest run-getter in the league and also captained Hyderabad to their maiden title.”I’ve gone for two extremely dynamic opening batsmen and I wouldn’t like to be an opening bowler bowling to these two together. Chris Gayle’s record speaks for itself; he averages about 42, strikes at over 150 and his longevity in the game is unbelievable,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.co.au.”Dave Warner’s (IPL) average is about 40 so his consistency is really good, and he’s striking at 141. (He and Gayle are) both left -handers, so it’d be interesting trying to bowl to those two up front whether you’re a spinner or a quick,” he added.The number three slot is occupied by RCB captain Virat Kohli, who emerged the highest run-getter in 2016, scoring more than 900 runs in that campaign and is currently the second highest run-getter in the history of the league. At No.4 is Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma.advertisement”I had the luxury of coaching Rohit at Mumbai for a couple of seasons. Whether it be fast bowling or spin, he plays them all well. And he’s a deceptively big hitter as well for someone who’s not of huge stature, and that’s what you want in the middle order in your T20 team,” he said.At number five Ponting has placed IPL’s highest run-getter ever, Suresh Raina followed by his wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni at No.6.”M.S. Dhoni is at No.6 and he’ll also be the captain of my side. He brings huge experience and whenever he’s at the crease… you’re always a chance of winning the game,” Ponting said.At number seven, Ponting has chosen the West Indian all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo, who with his change of pace and lower order hitting, made it a habit to win matches for now-suspended Chennai Super Kings.The two spinners in Ponting’s team are Amit Mishra and Harbhajan Singh while Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga and Nehra are his frontline pace bowling options.Ricky Ponting’s all-time IPL XI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain, WK), David Warner, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Lasith Malinga, Ashish Nehra.last_img read more

BMW X5 launched in India, fourth-gen car price starts at Rs 72.90 lakh

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first_imgThe fourth-generation BMW X5 was launched in India today at an ex-showroom price of Rs 72.90 lakh. To be produced locally, the all-new X5 will be available in three variants — Sport, xLine and M Sport. BMW X5 will have Mineral White, Phytonic Blue and Black Sapphire paintworks.BMW X5 will have both petrol and diesel engine options. The 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder diesel engine of BMW X5 xDrive30d produces 265 hp and 620 Nm of maximum torque. The car can accelerate from 0 -100 kmph in 6.5 seconds. The 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder, BS-VI (BS6) compliant petrol engine of BMW X5 xDrive40i churns out 340 hp and 450 Nm of peak torque. It takes only 5.5 seconds to make 0-100 kmph. Both the engines get the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and are mated to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. BMW Group India President (act) Dr Hans-Christian Baertels and Sachin Tendulkar with the all-new BMW X5.Out of the three variants of the new BMW X5, two are in diesel — BMW X5 xDrive30d Sport and BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine. The petrol variant will be the BMW X5 xDrive40i M Sport. While the two diesel options will be immediately available at the company dealerships, the petrol trim will be available from a later date this year. Below are the ex-showroom prices of the three BMW X5 variants.– BMW X5 xDrive30d Sport – Rs 72.90 lakh– BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine – Rs 82.40 lakh– BMW X5 xDrive40i M Sport – Rs 82.40 lakhService packages like BMW Service Inclusive and BMW Service Inclusive Plus are available with the fourth-gen BMW X5. The car also gets the BMW Repair Inclusive offer.advertisement The new X5 comes with BMW Laser Light technology with blue X-shaped elements and 3D wrap-around LED taillights.The front fascia of the new X5 gets an enlarged one-piece hexagonal kidney grille. It comes with BMW Laser Light technology with blue X-shaped elements and 3D wrap-around LED taillights. The interiors are spacious with an elevated seat position. There is a new feature in the form of ‘Crafted Clarity’ that combines several operational features crafted in exquisite glass that embellish the insert of the gear selector. The car gets ‘Vernasca’ fine upholstery leather as standard with combinations like ivory white and black, coffee and black, cognac and black and black and black.BMW X5 gets a host of features like BMW gesture control, BMW display key, wireless charging, BMW head-up display and wireless Apple CarPlay. There is a high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a 12.3-inch screen and an equally large control display.Safety features like six airbags, attentiveness assistance, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Cornering Brake Control (CBC), electric parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor, ISOFIX child seat mounting and integrated emergency spare wheel, are available with the 2019 BMW X5.Last month, BMW had launched 620d Gran Turismo and Z4 Roadster in India. While BMW 620d Gran Turismo was introduced at a starting price of Rs 63.90 lakh (ex-showroom), BMW Z4 Roadster was launched at Rs 64.90 lakh (ex-showroom).ALSO READ | MG Hector vs Tata Harrier: How both SUVs fare against each other, check detailsALSO READ | Not wearing a helmet? You won’t get petrol at Noida pumps from June 1ALSO READ | MG Hector bookings to start in early June, SUV to reach outlets in next few weekslast_img read more

10 months agoFA CUP DRAW: Arsenal host Man Utd; Everton go to Millwall

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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say FA CUP DRAW: Arsenal host Man Utd; Everton go to Millwallby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal and Manchester United have been drawn at Emirates stadum in the FA Cup fourth round.The Gunners have won the competition a record 13 times, while United are 12-time winners.Non-league Barnet – the lowest-ranked club left in the competition – are at home to Championship side Brentford.League One Gillingham, who knocked out Premier League Cardiff in the third round, will face another Welsh side when they travel to Swansea City.Premier League champions Manchester City are at home to relegation-battling Burnley, while another top-flight match-up sees Crystal Palace host Tottenham.FA Cup holders Chelsea will take on Sheffield Wednesday or Luton Town at Stamford Bridge.Fourth-round drawSwansea v GillinghamWimbledon v West HamShrewsbury or Stoke v WolvesMillwall v EvertonBrighton v West BromBristol City v BoltonAccrington v Derby or SouthamptonDoncaster v OldhamChelsea v Sheffield Wednesday or LutonNewcastle or Blackburn v WatfordMiddlesbrough v NewportManchester City v BurnleyBarnet v BrentfordPortsmouth v QPRArsenal v Manchester UnitedCrystal Palace v Tottenham read more

Sorry, Body: It’s National Donut Day!

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first_imgMost people find donuts hard to resist. Indeed, science has proven that a box of these sugary, circular miracles can make any situation better. If you come in late to the office one morning, for example, just bring in a dozen donuts. All will be forgiven.How can we honor these magical, albeit somewhat unhealthy treats? With National Donut Day, of course! The big day falls on the first Friday of June, which means, wait — *checks calendar* — today’s the day! Donut eaters of the world, rejoice!No one’s sure exactly how the donut came to be such a big part of American culture. One theory is that the Salvation Army introduced the donut to American soldiers during World War I, when the charity offered complimentary donuts and coffee.Related: A Chicago Café Has Created WONUTS (Waffles + Donuts!)National Donut Day was formally celebrated for the first time in 1938, as a nod to all the folks — mostly women — who served donuts to soldiers. Little did they know that the donut servers would be needed again when World War II broke out the following year.As you can imagine, the big donut chains are celebrating the day in grand fashion. However, we recommend that you pass over the donut juggernauts and instead support your local donut shops. Thanks to a small local chain called Blue Star Donuts, Portland, OR is an especially excellent place to be on National Donut Day.The big day happens to coincide with the Rose Festival, Portland’s epic annual celebration of itself. In honor of National Donut Day and the Rose Festival, Portland’s own Blue Star Donuts is selling the Rose Donut — a tart and citrusy delight with a rosé wine glaze.That’s not all. The delicious donutterie is donating 10% of all June 5th proceeds to The Dougy Center, which is dedicated to helping children and families cope with loss. Though donuts may not be great for your body, you can at least ensure that the money you spend on donuts goes to a wholesome cause.Blue Star Donuts has four locations in the Portland area and one in Tokyo (because why not?).Visit The Dougy Center’s website to find out how to support grieving children and families.(Photos courtesy of Blue Star Donuts and Carly Diaz) The Best American Liqueur Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Editors’ Recommendations The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather last_img read more

J. Wray and Nephew Honourees Retirees for 800 Years of Service

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first_imgStory Highlights Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, headed the guests attending the luncheon. Twenty-six retirees of spirit distillers, J. Wray and Nephew Limited, who have collectively given over 800 years of service to that entity. Some 26 retirees of spirit distillers, J. Wray and Nephew Limited, who have collectively given over 800 years of service to that entity, were recently honoured during a special luncheon hosted by the firm in Mandeville, Manchester.The retirees, all men, were recognized for service, ranging up to 50 years, which they gave at various levels and in several capacities at J. Wray and Nephew’s agriculture division. These included positions on the farms, and in the factories, distilleries, and administrative departments at the Appleton and New Yarmouth sugar estates in St. Elizabeth and Clarendon respectively.Their inputs over the years were deemed to have contributed significantly to J. Wray and nephew’s development into one of Jamaica’s leading spirit distillers. In this regard, they were presented with special commemorative plaques.Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, headed the guests attending the luncheon, held at Neil’s Auditorium, Ward Avenue, Mandeville. Others joining J. Wray and Nephew’s company directors, managers, and line staff included: union delegates; and family members.In a glowing tribute, Senior Director of the Agriculture Division, Ian Maxwell, noted that the honourees were instrumental in modernizing the firm’s operations by assisting in various inputs which transitioned the entity into the 21st century.“You would have witnessed and participated in the numerous changes and challenges that faced this company over the years. I am quite sure you are proud to have been…members of the team that has transformed our operations from a third world… to…first world (standard),” he said.Citing examples, Mr. Maxwell said the field workers assisted in transitioning the reaping process from manual to mechanical methods, and significantly modernizing the irrigation procedure through the introduction of drip irrigation systems. The latter, he informed, helped to significantly increase sugar cane yield, pointing out that one of the estates recorded outputs totaling approximately 170,000 tonnes per hectare.The Senior Director also pointed to significant developments occurring in the factories and distilleries at both estates. These, he outlined, included: re-tooling and modernizing of factory operations through the implementation of an automated process to facilitate the milling of 150 tonnes of cane per hour, up from 65 tonnes; construction of state of the art bagasse operated boilers to replace three older outdated versions; installation of five new 5000 gallon stills at Appleton’s distillery; and replacement of old fermenters at New Yarmouth’s distillery with modern versions.Mr. Maxwell also pointed to significant developments recorded by J. Wray and Nephew in environmental preservation.“You (retirees) have helped us in the transformation  from the (less than ideal) way in which we used to dispose our waste from the distillery…(and) we have moved in a more environmentally friendly (manner) whereby the waste is now applied to the cane fields to take advantage of its nutrient value,” he outlined.While noting that “we are still not there yet”, Mr. Maxwell said the firm will be moving to advance the treating process to the stage where “we can recycle the end product in our production process.” He informed that J. Wray and Nephew hopes to commission a treatment facility into service by the 2015 sugar cane crop season.The senior director also highlighted the work of persons attached to the administration department, whom he said were instrumental in the upgrading of the firm’s management information system (MIS). This undertaking, he pointed out, “has greatly enhanced (efforts) in managing our business in a very efficient way.”He said retired members of the administration department also played a part in developing J. Wray and Nephew’s recreational programme and activities.“You have helped in the development of our playfield, inclusive of the cricket pitch, the fencing, the lighting, and the (general) upkeep of the recreational areas. As a result, we have one of the top football teams in the (Jamaica Football Federation’s) South-Central Confederation area, comprising St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth, (the team) having made it to the semi-finals of that (that region’s major) competition last (2012/13) season,” the director stated.He also had high praises for retirees who represented Jamaica in various sporting disciplines. Among those singled out were footballer, Altamont McKenzie, former safety manager and distillery manager at Appleton; and cricketer, William Haye, who was attached to New Yarmouth.Mr. Maxwell noted that J. Wray and Nephew has experienced “changes of ownership” of its parent company, particularly over the last decade, with the latest being Gruppo  Campari out of Italy.“We are proud to be a part of…Gruppo Campari, which ranks sixth in the world (as a spirit distiller)…and that was before the takeover of J. Wray and Nephew Limited. I can safely say that with the inclusion of J. Wray and Nephew Limited in the Campari Group, this ranking will improve considerably in a short space of time,’ he stated.The director also thanked the families of the retirees for their support in enabling the honourees to contribute extensively to J. Wray and Nephew’s development.“To the wives and spouses and members of the retirees’ families, you have loaned us these gentlemen for many years and many of them have spent more time with us than with you. Many times they had to leave their beds to attend to emergencies at the workplace. We thank you wholeheartedly for bearing with us because we would not have made it without them,’ he said.In expressing gratitude to the retirees on behalf of the management, Mr. Maxwell said “I would like you to know that your years of service and, sometimes, personal sacrifice have been well appreciated and, in this small way, we show our appreciation through this gathering when we celebrate with you and your spouses, the end of another era in your lives. I wish for you, good health, plenty of rest and long life.”In his remarks, Minister Clarke, who also worked at Appleton as farm manager, described J. Wray and Nephew’s recognition of the retirees as a “fine gesture” and a happy occasion for them.“Congratulations to Appleton for putting on this (function). It is the least that you can do to the people who have given their lives to the service of the company, and they did it, not for any great gain; your (retirees) loyalty to the company is unquestioned,’ he said.In lauding the honourees for their sterling service, the Minister noted that: “the contributions that you (retirees) have made in the growth and development of the industry is something that you must be commended for. Wray and Nephew is what it is because of your… hard work and your dedication.”Mr. Clarke pointed out that many, if not all of the retirees, “will leave with a heavy heart”, having grown attached to their jobs and the entity.“There are some (persons who) get so attached to the job that…some of you might even want (to) go back to work. Those are some of the tings which will give you some (nostalgic memories) for a (long) time, the attachment that you have (had) for your jobs,’ he noted.The Minister, however, encouraged them to enjoy their deservedly earned retirement, emphasizing that “this is the time, now, when you must put up your feet and feel at ease.”“I hail you; I congratulate you. You have been a wonderful set of people. You have done (great) service to your company, you have done (great) service to your country…you have done yourselves…your country and your company well…and for that you are fully and truly (deserving of being) recognized. (For this) Wray and Nephew will always grow from strength to strength,” Mr. Clarke said.Replying on behalf of the honourees, Altamont McKenzie, expressed appreciation for J. Wray and Nephew’s gesture, noting that “it’s good to get the recognition while you are around and still going strong.”Human Resource Manager, Venton Brown, advised that a workshop to assist the honourees to transition into post retirement is being planned for later in the year. The retirees, all men, were recognized for service, ranging up to 50 years.last_img read more

Ocean Three Joins the Market

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first_imgzoom A new shipping alliance has been formed between three boxship giants, as confirmed by the CMA CGM Group, which has signed three major agreements with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), forming what will be known as the Ocean Three.The alliance is  formed on the basis of a combination of vessel sharing agreements, slot exchange agreements and slot charter agreements.According to CMA CGM, the agreements concern the following maritime trades: Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Transpacific and Asia-United States East Coast.The agreements  are said to complete the CMA CGM offering on the biggest global maritime markets:On the Asia-Europe trade: 4 weekly services, which complete the 2 existing services, thereby offering 6 departures per weekOn the Asia-Mediterranean trade: 4 weekly services, 2 to the Mediterranean, 1 to the Adriatic and 1 to the Black Sea the only one on this marketOn the Transpacific: 4 weekly services to California and 1 service to the Pacific Northwest (United States and Canada)On the Asia-US East Coast trade: 1 service via the Suez Canal and 1 service dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico.The agreements on the Transatlantic trade are being finalized and will soon be announced.CMA CGM said that rotations will be optimized with calls in all the biggest Asian, European and North American ports, using transshipment hubs common to the three partners.The demise of the P3 Network, proposed by Mærsk A/S (Maersk Line) together with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. and CMA CGM S.A has seen the three shipping giants opt for less ambitious plans in pursuit of a similar alliance.The decision on the Ocean Three tie-up comes in the wake of 2M formation between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co., which is pending approval from the U.S. and China.Neither CSCL nor UASC had previously committed to a major alliance, however having in mind their newbuild orderbook, five 19,000-TEU ships on order each, both shippers bring favourable assets to the table.  World Maritime News Staff, September 09, 2014last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Annapolis County

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first_imgANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Kennedy Bridge The Kennedy Bridge on Waldec Line Road is closed until Friday, Sept. 8, for repairs. Detour routes are available on Trunk 1 via the Burns Hill Road and from Shaw Road to Clementsport Road and then to Trunk 1. Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 902-532-7092 -30-last_img

National parks struggle to stay open safe during shutdown

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first_imgNonprofits, businesses and state governments nationwide are putting up money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers.But such makeshift arrangements haven’t prevented some parks from closing and others from being inundated with trash. Support groups say donations of money and time could run short if the budget impasse between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats lasts much longer. Some are calling for parks to close for the duration of the standoff, which Trump said Friday could last “months or even years.”“Our national parks deserve better than an improvised patchwork of emergency care,” Diane Regas, CEO of the Trust for Public Lands, said in a letter to Trump that noted reports of theft, poaching and accumulating piles of garbage and human waste. “They need robust funding and full-time protection, or they should be closed.”Ryan Zinke, who recently stepped down under fire as Interior Department secretary, had ordered many national parks to stay open, saying visitors should not be penalized for the political feud over a border wall with Mexico. During an interview with The Associated Press, Zinke said visitors should take action to keep parks clean.“Grab a trash bag and take some trash out with you,” he said. “In order to keep them open, everybody has to pitch in.”The park service has reached deals with more than 60 partner groups, concessionaires and states to handle trash removal, restroom cleanup and other basic tasks at more than 40 parks — and, in a few cases, to keep park staffers on the job, spokesman Jeremy Barnum said Friday.The state of New York was footing the bill to operate the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island National Monument, while a private company donated portable toilets at several locations on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The National Park Foundation took charge of repairing and operating the National Christmas Tree.Another non-profit donated more than $50,000 to keep 15 rangers temporarily on the job at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina.At Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, volunteers have hauled away garbage, cleaned restrooms and restocked them with toilet paper, said John Lauretig, executive director of Friends of Joshua Tree.“We’ve been dubbed the ‘Toilet Paper Angels,’” he said.Yosemite National Park in California reported Friday that a man died after falling into a river on Christmas Day, and a spokesman said a statement was not issued more promptly and the investigation is taking longer than usual because of the shutdown.People living near Yosemite have organized work crews, while businesses in neighbouring towns are offering incentives for visitors to remove their rubbish.The Rush Creek Lodge in Groveland gave a complimentary coffee, cocktail or dessert to all bringing a full trash bag from the park. Spokeswoman Teri Marshall said the lodge was trying to devise a slogan for the promotion.“‘Turning garbage into goodies’ is where I think I might be hanging our hat,” Marshall said.People visiting Yosemite on Saturday will be receiving garbage bags and tips on how best to use the park during the shutdown, courtesy of the Tuolumne County Visitors’ Bureau. One recommendation: “Go before you go,” a reference to the limited number of open bathrooms, executive director Lisa Mayo said.Grand Canyon National Park is open with help from Arizona, which was paying about $64,000 a week to cover restroom cleaning, trash removal and snow plowing. Anyone with permits to hike in the backcountry or raft on the Colorado River could go, but the park wasn’t issuing new permits, spokeswoman Emily Davis said.Utah chipped in about $7,500 a day from Dec. 22 to 31 to keep Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches national parks running. Since then, the non-profit Zion Forever Project has committed $16,000 to keep a skeleton crew on hand and the bathrooms and visitor centre open at Zion, which was drawing several thousand people a day, executive director Lyman Hafen said.“It’s extremely demoralizing for the park service folks who want to be doing their job and caring for the park the way they do,” Hafen said.Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park raised $114,000 to keep the park for open for nine days with limited service, executive director Elizabeth Fien said. The money was used to pay law enforcement staff and rangers, including one who monitors endangered nene, or Hawaiian goose.The Death Valley Natural History Association said it would pay to keep the visitor centre at Death Valley National Park open until at least Thursday. Winter is a busy time at the park straddling the California-Nevada line, drawing visitors to its salt flats, dunes and canyons when the usual scorching temperatures are at bay.A support group for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan was cleaning toilets and grooming a popular trail for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. But snow-covered parking lots weren’t plowed, and the visitors centre near Lake Michigan was closed, leaving the volunteer group to consider putting up an information tent.“A lot of people who go to the park are looking for advice about where to go — what areas are good for snowshoeing and which might be dangerous, and there’s no one here to tell them,” said Kerry Kelly, the group’s chairman. “It’s extremely frustrating.”Another non-profit was paying a private company to clean portable toilets near two popular trailheads at Shenandoah National Park, which includes a 101-mile (163-kilometre) section of the Appalachian Trail.Some parks have closed, including Arches and Canyonlands in Utah, where a snowstorm made roads impassable. Park officials posted on Twitter that the shutdown left no money for snowplowing. In California, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park has closed and Muir Woods National Monument will shut down Monday because of overflowing trash and human waste.At the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida’s Everglades, no rangers were available to empty a metal tube where visitors deposit $5 entry fees on the honour system. After a canoe rental company notified authorities, officers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service emptied the cash box and were monitoring it as part of their limited operations.Conservation groups warned that volunteers could provide only a minimum level of service. Without full-time, professional staffing, natural resources and cultural artifacts could be damaged and people could be injured, they said.“The political pressure to keep the parks open needs to come off so managers can evaluate what they’re capable of protecting and whether they can keep visitors safe,” said Kristen Brengel, vice-president of government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association.___McCombs reported from Salt Lake City and Flesher from Traverse City, Michigan. Associated Press writers Matthew Brown in Billings, Montana; Felicia Fonseca in Flagstaff, Arizona; Krysta Fauria in Los Angeles; Jocelyn Gecker in San Francisco; Audrey McAvoy in Honolulu; Jonathan Matisse in Nashville, Tennessee; Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia; and Jennifer Kay in Miami contributed.Brady McCombs And John Flesher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

LCBO picks Shopify to run online cannabis sales

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TORONTO — The Ontario government has inked a deal to use Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province’s sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana.The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, will use the Ottawa-based company’s online store software for its online and mobile sales portal.“Our top priority is fulfilling the province’s framework for the safe and sensible retailing of recreational cannabis for when it is legalized by the federal government,” said George Soleas, president and CEO of the LCBO.“We look forward to combining our expertise as a socially responsible retailer with Shopify’s world-class commerce solutions to deliver the safe, informed and reliable shopping experience that our new customers will expect.”Shopify’s technology will also be used inside brick-and-mortar stores to process transactions on iPads and for digital screens displaying product and health information.The OCRC said Ontarians will have access to the same product information, use guidelines and social responsibility information — that adhere to federal marketing provisions — both in-store and online.The public consultation for Health Canada’s proposed guidelines for cannabis regulation — which include limits on branding elements on packaging, as well as restrictions on marketing similar to tobacco — finished on Jan. 20, with a finalized version yet to be delivered.The agency selected the tech darling to provide point-of-sale systems for in-store and online sales in late 2017.“Bringing this differentiator to the LCBO on this historic project to consumers of legal age across Ontario, is a great example of a made-in-Canada innovation, which we are proud to be a part of,” said Loren Padelford, vice-president of Shopify Plus, the division that focuses on big clients.The OCRC is in the process of determining the design for the user experience, with the aim of having operations installed in time for the proposed federal marijuana legalization launch in July 2018, the agency said.In addition to online sales, Ontario will roll out an initial wave of 40 stores which are expected to grow in number to 150 by the end of 2020.The government agency will also use Shopify’s platform to manage inventory, accounting and human resources operations.Sales of the drug in Ontario will only be available through government-run online or in standalone stores, while some other provinces such as Alberta and British Columbia are allowing for some private sales of cannabis. read more

Taxpayers face huge burden of maintaining prisoners

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…over $300,000 spent on 1 prisoner each year – MinisterPublic Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan recently announced that costs associated with maintaining one prisoner per year exceeds $300,000, which places a burden on the Ministry.The Minister was at the time addressing the state of the local prisons, which he stated are overcrowded.Ramjattan alluded to a report compiled back in 2017, when the Camp Street Prison was burnt to the ground, which concluded that the overpopulation of the prisons creates its own disasters, costing the Government even more money.Minister of Public Security Khemraj RamjattanAccording to him, the cost of maintaining prisoners is a huge burden which can be eased should treatment be available to offenders rather than having them incarcerated.“At the last budget debate I did ask the question because it was asked of me what is the cost of feeding, housing and in a sense, clothing the prisoner for the period that they’re in there and the average cost comes up to something over $380,000,” he stated.He later said that he feels he was being very conservative in the figures he called as the monies may very well exceed this amount.As Government explores its options to reduce the high costs associated with maintaining prisoners, it was revealed that a Drug Treatment Court is one measure that may very well aid in helping the Government achieve its goals.The new system will provide rehabilitative services to offenders rather than have them incarcerated for long periods. Ramjattan recently said that this initiative is likely to come on stream soon, especially since training for stakeholders has begun.Lusignan holding facilityOn Wednesday, a two-day workshop kicked off for Magistrates and even psychologists among others who will be handling these matters.The Public Security Minister had noted, “We do not want necessarily to jail our juveniles and to make this a jailhouse nation, we want to have alternatives, we want to have diversionary measures and I see this Drug Treatment Court as an aspect of that”.In addition, President David Granger had assured that Government will soon present the legislation for non-custodial sentences.“We have taken a decision in principle that custodial sentences for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use would be legally abolished. After the National Assembly comes off of recess, we could look forward to that legislation being passed,” the Head of State told reporters back in September last year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRamjattan promises Camp Street prisoners early trialsOctober 7, 2015In “Crime”High profile prisoners to be transferred to newly built block soonSeptember 20, 2016In “Local News”Prison fallout: Govt to request over $500M for temporary structures, cleanup – RamjattanJuly 21, 2017In “Crime” read more

ASTI chief Teachers have had enough

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first_imgTHE GENERAL SECRETARY of the ASTI  has said that his unions’ members have students at heart, as they prepare to plan a potential strike.Members of the union voted to reject the Haddington Road Agreement on Friday, but Pat King told RTÉ’s This Week programme that the union had to do something to fight against cuts in schools.“We haven’t backed ourselves into a corner. Teachers looked at the deal and said no.For the past four or five years, the fabric of schools has been disintegrating. The staffing cuts,  loss of language supports, loss of resource supports, larger classes. And now teachers are being asked to do extra hours and extra work and they’re saying no.Asked about the decision of teacher’s union the TUI to approve the deal, calling it a “pragmatic decision to accept the lesser of two evils”, King said that is their“Everyone is entitled to make their own decisions and I respect the TUI decision.”The ASTI is due to meet tomorrow to hash out details of any strike action, but King says that the issue is the quality of education that students receive.“I can guarantee parents that teachers have students needs at heart.“It is more than likely that the target will be those commitments we made in Croke Park. That was to last until 2014 and guaranteed no pay cuts. If the government have torn up that agreement, we will have to withdraw our commitment to do extra hours.“It will mostly disrupt administration hours. It will have some impact, but not directly on students.“Teachers haven’t time to deal with everything and are being asked to do more.I expect the government to seek a solution. We hope it won’t be a strike, but are prepared to go that far.Read:  TUI votes to accept Haddington Road after ASTI members say ‘no’Read: ASTI reject Haddington Road agreement, vote for industrial actionlast_img read more

Commonwealth Bank Director Clifford Culmer Retires after 25 Years Service

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first_img Related Items: Mr. Culmer, a chartered accountant, had served on the board for a total of 25 years. In his second term, 1998-2016, he was chairman of the audit committee.“As Chairman of the Audit Committee, he has served on the Board in a position with one of the greatest demands, which he has done with strength, wisdom and integrity,” said William B. Sands, Jr. Chairman of Commonwealth Bank. “There is no doubt that the Audit Committee, under his leadership, has sharpened Management’s skills over the years and made us a stronger bank.”Co-director and Chairman of the Board’s Nominating Committee Rupert Roberts Jr. described Culmer’s work as “an immeasurable contribution” and co-director Dr. Marcus Bethel said Culmer’s contributions during the 32-year history of the Bahamian bank were unparalleled. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppAmidst moving tributes and a standing ovation at the bank’s annual general meeting earlier this month, long-time Commonwealth Bank Director Clifford Culmer stepped down as a director after more than two decades of helping to steer the successful bank from infancy to a $1.5 billion financial powerhouse.“Cliff has left a legacy for the rest of us to follow,” Dr. Marcus Bethel said. The moving and emotional tributes from co-directors drew a spontaneous standing ovation for Culmer by the packed audience of shareholders at Breezes.last_img read more

Councilor blasts city manager for reinstating police officer

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first_imgUPDATE, Tuesday 3:30 p.m.: Councilor Pat Campbell met with City Manager Eric Holmes and Police Chief Cliff Cook Monday. He sent an email to Holmes and Cliff Cook at 8:21 p.m. Monday (after this story was filed) and said he now agrees with the city manager’s decision to reinstate Officer Brian Billingsley.Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes’ reinstatement of a fired police officer last week prompted a scathing email from City Councilor Pat Campbell, who called the action a “slap in the face.”Officer Brian Billingsley, who was fired by Police Chief Cliff Cook in March, was reinstated Friday by Holmes with a 28-day suspension and letter of reprimand. Cook fired Billingsley in the fallout of a Washington State Patrol and Vancouver Internal Affairs investigation of former VPD Officer Erik McGarrity, who allegedly had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a confidential informant, Tegan Rushworth.The reinstatement is the first case under a union agreement approved in 2010 that gives the city manager the final say in the termination of police employees, a call that had rested in the hands of the police chief alone. Under the new rules, an officer can appeal his or her termination to a four-person Discipline Review Board, which then gives a recommendation to the city manager.But Campbell said in an email sent at 4:47 a.m. Friday that the city council made a public decision to back Cook “in cleaning up VPD and ridding it of corruption and incompetence.”last_img read more

Rep Heck named to budget seat

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first_imgNewly elected U.S. Rep. Denny Heck doesn’t get sworn in to the U.S. House until Jan. 3, but he’s already been named to an influential committee. The Olympia Democrat announced his appointment to the House Budget Committee in a news release and said he’s the only one of 49 incoming freshman lawmakers to be named to that committee.A Vancouver native, Heck represents Washington’s brand new 10th Congressional District and campaigned on a jobs platform. He also was in favor of balancing federal budgets with a mixture of revenues raised by letting tax breaks lapse on high earners and by making reductions in spending.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 Surprising details you probably missed in episode

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first_imgThis closes the Hound and Arya circle that opened in season 3. But it was also a callback to season 2, where The Hound’s “I’m actually not such a bad guy” arc began.Sandor, you’ll recall, bailed on King Joffrey as it seemed Stannis Baratheon’s forces were overcoming King’s Landing’s defenses during the Battle of Blackwater Bay. Before he left the city, he made a brief stop in Sansa’s room, where he offers to take Sansa to Winterfell. She passes it up, saying she’ll be safe and that Stannis won’t hurt her.”Look at me,” exhorts The Hound, in exactly the way he did in Sunday’s episode, “Stannis is a killer. The Lannisters are killers. Your father was a killer. Your brother is a killer. Your sons will be killers some day. The world is built by killers.”He was trying to shield her from the tragedies he knew would befall her in the years to come. Unlike his successful prevention of Arya’s suicide mission, this time it didn’t work. But as we saw in The Last of the Starks, Sansa says it was all worth it.Littlefinger and The DwarfLast episode Varys made it clear to Tyrion: Daenerys had to go. He wants to remove her from the equation and open the Iron Throne to Jon Snow, rightful heir. Tyrion, allegedly the smartest man in Westeros, decided it was best to stick with Daenerys. The Bells opens with Tyrion telling Daenerys of Varys’ treachery. Before long, Varys is extremely dead. Dragonfire will do that to a eunuch.But before he’s arrested by Grey Worm and the Unsullied, we see Varys writing letters revealing Jon’s true identity. Who he was writing to, and whether those letters were ever sent, we do not know. What we know, though, is that Varys’ proverbial circling of the drain was almost identical to Ned Stark’s.ned-starkEnlarge ImageOh, Ned. Sweet Ned. HBO Ned discovered the true identity of King Joffrey, that he was in fact a Lannister and not a Baratheon, and wrote a letter to Stannis, who as King Robert Baratheon’s brother was the true heir, telling him as much.Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish catches wind of this, and tries to council Ned against it. “[Stannis] cannot take the throne without your help, you would be wise to deny it to him and to make sure Joffrey succeeds,” Littlefinger says. Of course, Ned is disgusted. Littlefinger, just two episodes later, ends up betraying Ned, leading to Game of Thrones’ first shocking death. Seven seasons later, it’s Tyrion who warns Varys not to move against the queen, and it’s Tyrion who betrays Varys.And the wheel spins round and round.More you may have missedA eunuch’s weapon: One more note on Varys. At the very beginning of the episode, we see Varys talk to one of his little birds. She tells him the queen isn’t eating. Varys says to try again at supper, and also that “the greater the risk, the greater the reward.” At the time it may have sounded like he was concerned about an increasingly delirious Daenerys, but the theory now goes that he was attempting to poison the queen before she could turn mad.This would also be a Ned Stark-related throwback to season 1. Ned’s first order of business once getting to King’s Landing is to hunt down whoever murdered Jon Arryn. He asks then-Grandmaester Pycell about Arryn’s death, and the possibility of poisoning.”I’ve heard it said that poison is a woman’s weapon,” Ned says.”Yes, women, cravens, and eunuchs,” Pycelle responds. “Did you know that Lord Varys is a eunuch?” TV and Movies More Thrones Tags 187 Photos 15 ICYMI, Varys totally tried to poison Dany at the beginning of the episode. The callbacks to season 1 are amazing:Ned: Poison is a woman’s weapon.Pycelle: Yes. Women, cravens… and eunuchs.Grand Maester Pycelle then mentioned Lord Varys just seconds later! 🤯#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/TVbL2uVmdJ— iTREVOR (@iLEADFARMER) May 13, 2019 Second, and more poignantly, was his relationship with Arya Stark (and Sansa Stark). Before Cleganebowl, The Hound talked Arya out of ascending the Red Keep and killing Cersei. The structure was crumbling and the Mad Queen circling, making it a suicide mission. Arya says she wants revenge, but The Hound forcibly holds her back.”Look at me,” he grunts. He says he’s been after revenge all of his life, and Arya shouldn’t be like him. “You come with me, you die here.” The Hound is successful, Arya retreats. “Sandor,” she calls out as he approaches the stairway, “thank you.” (This was itself reminiscent of Bran thanking Theon Greyjoy during the Battle of Winterfell moments before the latter’s death.) Now playing: Watch this: See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts The Hound en route to Cleganebowl. HBO Warning: Spoilers aplenty below. Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode (ever!), The Bells, was controversial for sure. From a story perspective, it was arguably the series’ most important episode. It included the deaths of many key characters, most notably Cersei and Jaime Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen completing her transition into Mad Queen. Some fans hated the episode, others loved it.It was undeniably epic, though, spanning around 90 minutes and featuring some incredible cinematography. The visuals of King’s Landing being razed by Drogon and Daenerys were haunting but fantastic. Amid the madness, you may have missed some of these details and callbacks to previous seasons.Bad omensEven more than Cersei and Jaime’s twin deaths, the key takeaway from The Bells was Daenerys’ official turn from hero to villain. King’s Landing had surrendered, but she couldn’t help herself. She burned it down, along with thousands of innocent men, women and children, just because.As far as Targaryens go, she’s more Aerys than Rhaegar.This all kind of came out of nowhere. She was disgruntled after learning, in episode 2, that Jon Snow’s true identity is Aegon Targaryen, heir to the Iron Throne. But things escalated quickly from “hey, we need to talk about this” to “brb, going to murder every person in King’s Landing.” This, however, has been foreshadowed in the show at least twice.The first time came in season 2. Daenerys was in Qarth, a city in Essos, where her dragons were snatched by Pyat Pree, a local warlock. Pree chains the dragons up in a tower, which Daenerys enters alone. Before she reunites with her scaled children and incinerates the strange man, she sees a vision of herself in the Red Keep. The ol’ sword through the eye: Before Arya and The Hound were best buds, Arya had The Hound on her illustrious “to kill” list. “I’m going to put a sword through your eye and out the back of your skull,” she warns him in season 3. The Hound, on the verge of having his eyes popped out Oberyn Martell-style, saves himself by putting a dagger through Gregor’s eye and out the back of his skull.Opening easter egg: The Bells got a slightly tweaked intro. During the title sequence, the King’s Landing gates were adorned with scorpions, Qyburn’s anti-dragon artillery. As we saw in the episode, they made no difference whatsoever. Old stomping grounds: Jaime had a brief falling out with Cersei at the end of season 7 after she revealed to him that she lied about sending her forces to Winterfell, and that the good guys will have to fight the Night King themselves. She calls him “the stupidest Lannister” for believing she would actually help.Jaime says he made a promise and he’s going to keep it. After Cersei briefly threatens Jaime’s life via The Mountain, he exits and rides for King’s Landing.Their dialogue was referenced in The Bells, when Jaime says Cersei once called him the stupidest Lannister. And when Jaime reunites with Cersei, moments before their deaths, he does so in the Red Keep’s map room. That’s the room where their season 7 confrontation, the last time they saw each other, took place.game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-varys-alone-endEnlarge ImageBeing right never looked so wrong. HBO Pentos paradise: When Tyrion busts into Jaime’s makeshift prisoner’s cell, he tries to convince him to flee with Cersei and sail to Pentos. In season 4, Tyrion tries to send his endangered and ultimately treacherous lover Shae there, but she stays and dies. Jaime attempts to get Cersei out of King’s Landing through a dungeon, presumably so they can get to a boat and escape to Pentos. They find their escape route blocked, so that dungeon becomes their grave.Go long: Aaron Rogers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, made a brief cameo as an unnamed man in King’s Landing. Location, location, location: One of Game of Thrones’ most iconic scenes was in the beginning of season 6 episode 10, when Cersei watched from the Red Keep as her plan to blow up the Sept of Baelor went off without a hitch. Green wildfire engulfed the structure, and she sat back with a glass of red and looked on.In The Bells, she stands in the exact same spot, first confident and then despondent as she realizes the war is lost.”A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth and you will know the debt is paid,” Tyrion told her in season 2. Well, there sure was ash.Also, note that there were green conflagrations among Drogon’s fire. This could mean two things: Either Cersei had planted wildfire underneath King’s Landing and was going to use it to destroy soldiers approaching the Red Keep or it’s leftover wildfire from the Mad King, who ordered wildfire to be hidden throughout the city.Originally posted May 13.Update, May 15: Adds more details. center_img Look at him!The Bells’ greatest triumph has to be Cleganebowl. It may have been fan service, and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane conspicuously reignited his desire to kill his brother just a season ago, but it was still a satisfying showdown.Not only did it end the life of The Hound, one of the show’s best side characters, it also ended three of his story arcs. Most obviously, he killed his brother. There was some nice symbolism to this, as the fratricide was accomplished by Sandor plunging his brother and himself into a pit of Drogon flames. Of course, Gregor deformed Sandor’s face by holding his face to fire, leading to a life-long fear of flames.As my mother once told me: if you’re gonna go out, it may as well be in a pit of fire. Hound Preview • Hound vs. Siri vs. Google Now: Who is really the best personal assistant? 38 Photos Daenerys fan fury, explained by a clinical psychologist George R.R. Martin goes full mad Targaryen over rumors Episode 5 recap: Daenerys Targaryen sets everything on fire Cleganebowl finally happened and it was the best Share your voice Comments Game of Thrones 6:20 The Keep’s ceiling is ripped off, and snow covers the ground. At the time it seemed to signify winter and The Long Night, but the White Walker threat would ultimately be dealt with before Daenerys takes King’s Landing. Now fans speculate that it’s ash, not snow, in the vision. (It absolutely was snow, as if you look closely you can see icicles, but hey, visions can’t be perfect.)Two years later, in season 4, Bran Stark, still Bran and not yet the Three-Eyed Raven, touches a Weirwood tree and sees one of his first visions. It features the same shot of a war-torn Red Keep as Daenerys saw in Qarth and, more ominously, the shadow of a dragon flying over King’s Landing.Jaime’s death was also hinted at in a previous episode. In season 5 he and Bronn, while in Dorne, discuss the way they’d like to die. Jaime’s? “In the arms of the woman I love.” Happy Mother’s DayThis is just a tidbit, but it’s a fun one. Cersei Lannister dies in this episode, which aired in the US on Mother’s Day.Meanwhile, her dad, Tywin Lannister, was killed by Tyrion Lannister in episode 10 of season 4, which aired on June 15, 2014, aka Father’s Day. 36 of the best Game of Thrones fan theorieslast_img read more

Houston School Board Reinstates Interim Superintendent Sets Timeline for Final Search

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first_img Share Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaThe Houston school board voted unanimously to officially reinstate the interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan, at a special meeting Thursday.If all goes as planned, the Houston Independent School District could have a new, permanent superintendent by the end of April.The board OK’d that timeline and other measures meant to move past a bitter week. They include:Reinstating interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan;Passing a resolution for “reconciliation” to repair a breakdown of trust and communication;Hiring an executive coach for the nine members of the board;Hiring an executive coach for the interim superintendent; andAsking the Texas Education Agency to replace the state conservator over struggling schools.Board members engaged in little discussion in the Thursday morning special meeting, a marked contrast to the tumultuous meeting a week ago that saw comments about racism and an abrupt dismissal of Lathan as interim leader.HISDTrustee Elizabeth Santos said that personal drama has gotten in the way of important work. “And what work is that? It is the work of finding a permanent superintendent. It is a process that’s been unexpectedly delayed for over 200 days,” she said.Houston schools have been without a permanent superintendent since Richard Carranza left in March to lead New York City Public Schools.For the executive coaching, the board didn’t give details on who would provide that training or how much it would cost. Trustee Sergio Lira issued another apology to the community.“We lost sight, we lost sight of why we’re here,” he said. “We lost sight that student achievement, our students is our focus and our priority.”last_img read more

NHRC issues notices to Centre Delhi govt on newborns death

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first_imgThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Centre and the Delhi government over the death of a newborn girl due to denial of treatment at three government hospitals, calling for a report on the matter within four weeks.Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports, the NHRC has sought a report from Union health secretary BP Sharma and Delhi health secretary Amar Nath, a NHRC statement issued on Tuesday said. According to media reports, a premature newborn girl at a private hospital, with under-developed lungs and weak organs, died after being denied treatment by three hospitals in Delhi on  Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreJuly 6.“She needed special care, including a ventilator for further treatment. Unable to bear the high cost of  further treatment at the private nursing home, her family members were constrained to take her from one government hospital to another by a CATS ambulance but could not get her admitted for treatment,” the NHRC said. Saying that the right to health was a “basic human right” and the state had a responsibility to fulfil this right, the commission said: “Any denial of this right and that too in the case of a newly born in a serious condition is abominable. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Secretary, Union ministry of health and secretary, department of health and the government of Delhi calling for a report within four weeks in the matter.”  Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe commission said that reportedly, on being refused admission first at Kalawati Saran Children hospital on the grounds of non-availability of bed and ventilator, the family members of the child took her to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where she was denied admission on the same grounds. “Hence, she was taken to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital. The situation was no different there either. In the process, they had travelled for more than three-and-a-half hours covering about 58 km. The delay in the treatment resulted in the death of the child in the ambulance itself,” the NHRC said.last_img read more