10 months agoAldridge convinced current Liverpool team best seen in 30 years

first_imgAldridge convinced current Liverpool team best seen in 30 yearsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohn Aldridge says the current Liverpool team is the best seen in 30 years.Aldridge wrote for the Liverpool Echo: “This is the best Liverpool team since the title-winning side I played in back in 1987/88.”Over the past 30 years we’ve had some great teams but none of them have played consistently at the level we’re seeing from Jurgen Klopp ‘s side this season.”We famously went 29 games unbeaten from the start of the season en route to winning the title in 1988. I would absolutely love to see the current crop beat that record.”Can they do it? I don’t see any reason why not. They are 20 games unbeaten already and confidence is sky high after that 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal.”Going into 2019 seven points ahead of City is a great position to be in. Klopp and the players are saying all the right things about keeping their focus and not getting carried away.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Releases Game Times For 10 Opening Weekend Games

first_imgESPN College Football Playoff logo.ESPN ESPN AnnouncersESPNThe opening weekend for this year’s college football season, simply put, is going to be epic. Monday, ESPN/ABC released game times for 10 of the best matchups we’re going to see.South Carolina and Vanderbilt will kick things off on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET, oddly enough in an SEC regular season tilt. Georgia Tech and Boston College will play in Dublin Ireland, at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday morning.Here are the rest of the games – including Oklahoma vs. Houston, LSU vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. Alabama, Clemson vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. Texas and Ole Miss vs. Florida State.9/1/2016: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on ESPN (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College on ESPN2 (7:30 AM ET) 9/3/2016: Oklahoma vs. Houston on ABC (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: Hawaii at Michigan on ESPN (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ABC (3:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia vs. North Carolina on ESPN (5:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: USC vs. Alabama on ABC (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Clemson at Auburn on ESPN (9:00 PM ET) 9/4/2016: Notre Dame vs. Texas on ABC (7:30 PM ET) 9/5/2016: Ole Miss vs. Florida State on ESPN (8:00 PM ET)Which will you be watching?last_img read more

Labour Ministry Officials to Tour Businesses During Workers Week

first_imgAs part of National Workers Week activities this year, representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security will tour several businesses that have benefited from the interventions of the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC).The interventions have focused on issues such as waste reduction, energy conservation, productivity-linked wage systems, and non-monetary compensation systems.Speaking at the launch of National Labour Day 2013 and National Workers Week on Monday, May 13, at Jamaica House, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said that the Ministry’s main focus this year is on achieving “a productivity revolution”.“Hence, we intend to get into the workplace to see exactly what is happening and see what the interventions of the Jamaica Productivity Centre have been achieving,” he stated.He informed that on May 16, there will be a tour of the Jamaica Bedding Company, as well as a facility on Slipe Road in Kingston, where several small businesses operate. The tours will begin three days before the official start of Workers Week, which will be observed from May 19 to May 23.The JPC is the national organisation responsible for promoting and facilitating productivity enhancement at the national, sectoral, industry and enterprise levels.It is a tripartite organisation comprising the Ministry, Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions and the Jamaica Employers’ Federation.The Minister, in the meantime, is urging the society to use the occasion of Workers Week 2013 to reflect on ways in which persons can exercise greater support and voluntary action towards the vulnerable.He also encouraged that Labour Day 2013 be used “as a public manifestation of our care and concern for the less fortunate by lending a hand to build our land.”“Let us exercise maximum volunteerism this Labour Day. Let us touch the areas of deepest impact in the lives of our vulnerable brothers, sisters and children. Let us highlight their strengths over their weaknesses, let us fortify their faith in humanity, especially our humanity,” he encouraged.The Ministry will also be using the electronic and print media to get its message of volunteerism and workers rights to the public.President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), Oneil Grant, who brought greetings, noted that although the workers have come a far way, the struggle continues.“We need to come to a point where we have dialogue; where we consider the people, who work for us not as cold machines that just churn out productivity, but as persons who have needs, persons who are impacted by what is in their environment and this will impact the work that they do,” Mr. Grant said.Labour Day and Workers Week 2013 are being celebrated under the theme: ‘Lend a Hand…Build Our Land’.Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, informed that the national project will be the St. Mary Infirmary in Port Maria.She also pointed out that the launch of Labour Day and Workers’ Week 2013 is being celebrated against two significant milestones – the 40th anniversary of the declaration of Labour Day by late former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Michael Manley, and the 75th anniversary of the birth of the modern trade union movement, following the labour riots of 1938.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Linda Hunt Narrates Video For Leukemia Lymphoma Society

first_imgAs the leading global health organization dedicated to finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is launching a new public service announcement (PSA) celebrating the thousands of blood cancer patients who are now able to come home.Video: Thanks to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society thousands are coming home.Building on LLS’s Someday is Today brand platform, the segment features inspiring vignettes that capture the joy patients experience as they return home to their loved ones. The emotion is underscored by the distinctive voice of Academy award-winning, “NCIS: Los Angeles” actress Linda Hunt, whose narration lends dimension and credibility to the PSA.“Today, the impossible is happening. Someone is coming home,” begins the narration over the image of a young child chalk-drawing on a sidewalk, then looking up to see her father coming home. Linda Hunt’s familiar voice draws the viewer in with, “Thanks to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thousands with blood cancer are coming home to a normal life.” Just as cancer can strike anyone, the vignettes portray scenes of a mother, child, partner, grandfather and daughter being welcomed home by family and friends, even pets.“Coming home is emblematic of a moment patients think they might never see, and seeing it happen highlights the progress we are making in the fight against cancer,” explains Nancy Hallberg, LLS Chief Marketing Officer. “The call to action delivers the powerful message that supporting LLS has a direct impact on cures.”“When you support LLS you not only advance the most pioneering research of our time, you accelerate promising treatments that save lives. You make a difference,” continues Hunt’s moving narration.The campaign consists of :30 and :60 TV PSAs (in English); a :30 TV PSA (in Spanish); :30 and :60 Radio PSAs (English only), as well as two :15 segments for internet use. Distribution to 1000 TV stations and 1,400 radio stations across the US and Puerto Rico will be timed for the holiday giving season. In addition, compelling social media messaging will be used to build awareness and drive donations. The segments were produced by Interplanetary in New York City, the agency that helped conceive the Someday is Today brand which launched in 2012. BoomTV is handling the PSA distribution.last_img read more

Can William Buford fill Evan Turners shoes

As the final buzzer sounded, cementing a devastating loss to Tennessee in last year’s Sweet Sixteen, the No. 2-seeded Ohio State men’s basketball team somberly walked off the floor at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. The defeat left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Buckeyes. That low moment for the team might have been the motivation guard William Buford needed. The disappointment has driven Buford to fuel his desire to elevate himself to the next level as a basketball player.         Owning such titles as Ohio’s Mr. Basketball in 2008, 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 2010 Third Team All-Big Ten honoree, Buford’s ability on the court has rarely been questioned. He has always been able to shoot the ball with consistency, averaging double digits in scoring during his OSU career. “I have been scoring all my life, that’s just what I do, basically,” Buford said at media day on Oct. 14. The 2010-11 version of OSU will feature a new-and-improved Buford. Now in his third year, he is a veteran and has been thrust into uncharted waters as a young team looks to its top returning scorer for leadership. Though he was content to play second fiddle during his first two years, Buford has embraced his newfound role as a leader. “When I came back, I just had a different mindset,” Buford said. “Last year, we had a veteran team, so I really didn’t think too much. We had the best player in the country. I was just taking a backseat, basically. But this year, I am just trying to be more vocal and help the young guys.” Buford’s change has not gone unnoticed. It took little time for the 6-foot-5-inch guard’s development to catch his coach’s eye.  “I think with Will, I have seen a side of him in the month that we’ve been together that is very exciting,” coach Thad Matta said. “From a leadership standpoint, from a work ethic standpoint, he is about as focused as I have ever seen him over an extended period of time.” Aiding in Buford’s development was his selection to the USA Select Team this past summer. One of 20 college players picked for the team, Buford spent a week in Las Vegas in late July, honing his skills against some of America’s best. “I think the USA basketball deal that he did this summer was pretty beneficial for him,” Matta said. “He got to see what the best is really like. He’s been coaching the young guys, putting his arm around them, getting them where they need to go and I think that’s been exciting for him.” Along with furthering his own skills, Buford also hopes to share some of what he picked up from his U.S. teammates and NBA counterparts with his OSU teammates. Matta is not the only one to notice Buford’s transformation. The quiet, pull-up shooter from two years ago has evolved into a well-rounded basketball player and one of the Big Ten’s best. “He is more vocal, not just on the offensive end either,” Lighty said. “He is taking a leadership role on the defensive end.” Although he has his sights set on becoming a complete player, Buford has not forgotten what got him to this point. After long practices, the Toledo, Ohio, native stays in the gym perfecting his smooth jumper and continuing to sharpen his offensive prowess. Senior guard Diebler expects big things from his dedicated fellow guard.  “Will is a guy where he has always had the talent, and I think now, just focusing more on the mental aspect of the game is just going to make him unbelievable,” Diebler said. “The guy is so talented, and we have seen glimpses of it, especially last year and with him being Freshman of the Year his freshman year. Will is a guy who I think is going to have a great year.” Buford played down the individual aspect, saying the only number that matters is the number in the win column. “Personal goals: I just want to win,” he said. “Team goals: Do good during the regular season, be the Big Ten Tournament champions again and go farther in the NCAA” Tournament. And as questions of a possible jump to the NBA loom, Buford’s sights still go no further than winning. “I am still looking forward to two more years,” he said. “If I feel I am ready to go after this year, then I will go, but I’m more focused on this year and trying to win games.” read more

Aspires Interweave Acquires Craft Enthusiast Web Site

first_imgCraft and arts publisher Interweave—a unit of Loveland, Colorado-based Aspire Media—has acquired CrochetMe.com from its developer, Kim Werker, the former editor of Interweave Crochet magazine.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Unrelated to the sale, Werker, who made the reverse jump from online to print in 2007, has resigned as editor of the magazine. Werker will remain with Crochetme.com as a blogger and creative consultant, Interweave said.Werker launched Crochetme.com in 2004. The site will join Interweave’s portfolio of online properties in its fiber craft division. In June, Interweave acquired four arts-related magazines—including American Artist—from Nielsen Business Media.last_img

In Other News Airmen Coming Alone to Maxwell AFB due to Quality

first_imgPoor performance ratings for Montgomery, Ala., schools are harming the city and the ability of Air University located at Maxwell AFB to recruit faculty, reports the Montgomery Advertiser. Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, the school’s commander, said 56 percent of the airmen in last year’s Air War College came to Montgomery without their families, primarily due to the school system’s reputation. … President Trump on Friday signed legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration for five years, extending eligibility for the Military Airport Program to installations closed after Jan. 1, 1966. The program currently is limited to installations whose closure or realignment was announced after Sept. 30, 1977, which generally limits participants to bases closed or realigned since the BRAC era began. The provision was added to benefit the Roswell International Air Center in southeastern New Mexico, formerly Walker AFB, which closed in June 1967.Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric starts at 36450 tops out at 45000

first_img Share your voice Electric cars: Fill your mental battery with all our EV coverage.Hyundai Nexo: Looking for a more complicated EV? Throw some hydrogen in the mix. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Hyundai Chevrolet Hyundai Preview • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: A fun EV with competitive numbers More about 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric More From Roadshow Tagscenter_img It might not be available everywhere for a while, but locations that receive the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will find it’s not too expensive. It can get expensive, however, if you start packing on the features.Hyundai announced this week that the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will go on sale in select locations with a starting price of $36,450 before destination. Factoring in both destination and the $7,500 federal tax incentive, the price drops to $29,995. There are two other trims beyond base, but they get expensive in a hurry — the midlevel Limited trim will cost $41,150 before destination and incentives, and the top-floor Ultimate trim will cost $44,650.It’s important to note that the incentive is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of a person’s tax liability, not a point-of-sale discount, and not everyone will have paid $7,500 in federal tax in a given year, so not every buyer will realize the aforementioned effective price. Enlarge ImageThe Kona Electric makes a bunch of its safety systems standard, while its chief competitor hides them in options packages. Hyundai The Kona Electric comes with a 201-horsepower, 290-pound-foot electric motor that offers an EPA-estimated 258 miles of range with its 64-kWh battery. The base SE trim comes with a whole load of standard kit, including heated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and nearly every safety system under the sun. As for the higher trims, the Kona Electric Limited adds LED headlights, automatic high beams, a sunroof, leather seats, a power driver’s seat, wireless device charging and a 315-watt Infinity sound system. The top-top Ultimate trim includes all that good stuff, in addition to parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers and stop-and-go functionality for the adaptive cruise control. The Ultimate trim also packs an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation.Let’s quickly compare that with the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Its electric motor is a bit less powerful at 200 hp and 266 lb-ft, and its range is a smidge lower at 238 miles. The Bolt EV is also more expensive to start, at $37,495 before destination. All trims of Bolt EV have a 10.2-inch touchscreen, but you have to buy into the $41,780 Premier trim to get heated seats and basic safety systems — a proper safety suite is a paid option on top of that price.It may take some time for all 50 states to get the Kona Electric, though. To start, Hyundai will limit the car’s rollout to ZEV states (states with zero-emission-vehicle requirements), because high demand will keep its Korean-based supply on the low side. Over time, Hyundai hopes to expand the car’s availability to non-ZEV states, but there’s no estimate for how long that’ll take.Originally published on Dec. 14, 2018.Update, Jan. 28, 2019: Added new pricing info. Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is a fun EV with a solid driving range 51 Photos Electric Cars Crossovers Review • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review: Ease into electrificationlast_img read more

BarrettJackson just sold a 1997 Toyota Supra for 176000

first_img Toyota Share your voice 9:55 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy Audi Toyota Classic Cars Car Culture 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell Comment 1 47 Photos The 4th generation Toyota Supra becomes a performance icon 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags The new Toyota Supra feels suspiciously like a BMW Z4 Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageThis black beauty set its new owner back a staggering $176,000 at auction. Barrett-Jackson People are Supra crazy right now. Specifically, they’re mad for the Mark IV car that was built in the 1990s and early 2000s and immortalized in The Fast and the Furious. Auction prices for these cars have been going through the roof, commanding prices once demanded almost exclusively by muscle cars or European classics. Now though, Supra prices might be headed even higher if the recent sale of a 1997 Anniversary Edition car by Barrett-Jackson is any indicator.How much did this Supra sell for? Well, hold onto your butt because it sold for $176,000 in a no-reserve auction. Just for some context, that car cost approximately $39,900 when new, which with inflation works out to around $63,664 today.So what was it that makes this particular Supra so unique that it would command a price similar to a base-model Audi R8? Rarity, for one. The Anniversary edition was only made in 1997. Next, this car has a targa roof (like the orange car in The Fast and the Furious), of which there were only 376 made in this car’s particular color. Next and maybe most importantly, it’s got a manual transmission.It’s also got low-ish miles – just under 70,000 on the clock — and is also a two-owner, almost totally stock car. That last bit is especially important since many of these cars were modified to the gills when their values weren’t so high.Barrett-Jackson didn’t respond to Roadshow’s request for comment.last_img read more

Can you spot the Mars rover on this wild Red Planet landscape

first_img 0 Mars rovers NASA Space Enlarge ImageTry to spot the Mars rover in this view from orbit. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona NASA’s Curiosity rover loves to send selfies and close-up looks at fascinating rocks and even its own hole-y wheels. But sometimes it gets to pose for a portrait from far, far away. Conditions were just right at the end of May for NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft to capture a snapshot of Curiosity working away in an area called Woodland Bay, part of the intriguing “clay-bearing unit.” The enhanced-color image comes from the MRO’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, which is operated by the University of Arizona in Tucson. If you’re having trouble spotting the rover, check out NASA’s cropped version of the image that highlights its location.hirisecuriosity2Enlarge ImageThat bluish spec is the Curiosity rover. NASA/JPL-Caltech A close look at the rover shows a bright spot in the upper left-hand corner. This is likely the rover’s “head,” which includes a suite of instruments on the end of a mast. The sun was hitting the rover just right. “Mirror-like reflections off smooth surfaces show up as especially bright spots in HiRISE images,” said NASA in a release on Friday. The clay-rich area Curiosity is exploring now is one of the big reasons NASA chose Curiosity’s landing site in Gale Crater. The rover is studying the history of water on Mars and looking for signs of microbial life, past or present. 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Spotting NASA machines on Mars is a bit of hobby for the MRO HiRISE team, which showed us both the InSight lander and the now-defunct Opportunity rover last year. Curiosity is NASA’s only working rover on Mars at the moment, but that’s scheduled to change when the Mars 2020 rover gets its own crack at the Red Planet in 2021. The MRO should be there to keep an eye on Mars’ new visitor. Post a comment Share your voicecenter_img 43 Photos Tags NASA rover sees bewitching night-shining clouds on Mars NASA spots Mars surprise at Curiosity rover work site Sci-Tech Marvelous Marslast_img read more

Work on Metro Rail begins

first_imgWork on Metro Rail beginsWork on the much-hyped 12-km Metro Rail from Uttara to Agargaon and its nine stations began on Wednesday.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the work of packages-3 and 4 at Agargaon point in the afternoon.The first-phase work from Uttara to Agargaon will be completed within 2019 while the second-phase one from Agargaon to Motijheel within 2020.Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Tk 16,600 crore as soft loan of the total estimated approximate cost of Tk 22,000 crore, while the Bangladesh government will bear the rest, the minister said.The project will be completed in eight packages. Of them, the 12-km elevated expressway and nine stations would be under two packages, he said.In the first phase, elevated expressway and stations at North Uttara, Uttara Centre, South Uttara, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Sewrapara and Agargaon will be constructed.The metro rail will stop in every four minutes at 16 stations from Uttara to Motijheel via Mirpur and Farmgate and it will have the capacity to carry 60,000 passengers every hour.Earlier on 4 May last, three agreements were signed with Italian-Thai Development Company and Sinohydro Corporation in this regard.The ambitious project is expected to provide an improved, safe, faster, and affordable but modern means of urban public transport service significantly reducing the perennial traffic congestion in the capital.last_img read more

Hasina asks army to uphold constitutional continuation

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a parade of the 6th Reunion of the Bangladesh Army Engineer Corps at the Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering (ECSME) at Qadirabad Cantonment, Natore on Thursday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the officers and soldiers of Bangladesh Army to stay ready always to address any external and internal threat to the country’s constitution and sovereignty.”You’ll have to keep a constant vigil to face any internal and external threat to safeguard the country’s constitution and sovereignty,” she said while addressing a parade of the 6th Reunion of the Bangladesh Army Engineer Corps at the Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering (ECSME) at Qadirabad Cantonment.The prime minister said the army will have to play an important role in building a modern, developed, happy and prosperous Bangladesh alongside upholding country’s democratic and constitutional continuation.”You’ll have to keep the trend of democracy and constitution and make more important contributions to establishing a modern, developed and prosperous Bangladesh,” said Hasina, also president of ruling Awami League.She also put emphasis on maintaining peace and discipline in the country, saying her government does not want anyone to get involved in terrorism, militancy and drug addiction. “You must remain alert so that the country’s law and order is maintained.”Praising the role of army in the country’s development, Sheikh Hasina said members of this force earned trust and confidence of all through their integrity, efficiency and various welfare-oriented activities.She said their glorious role in the UN peacekeeping missions has brightened Bangladesh’s image across the world while the armed forces has set a unique example in facing natural disasters as well as providing help and assistance for the affected people during any accident. “Bangladesh is now a ‘brand name’ in maintaining peace in the UN peacekeeping missions which is a matter of pride for the country.”Appreciating the army for their works for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals who fled to Bangladesh, the prime minister said their activities have further brightened the country’s abroad.She said her government continues its efforts for further development and modernisation of the force through formulating forces goal-2030 following the defence policy of Bangabandhu.The prime minister described the corp of engineers as a very important and a traditional organisation of the army.To further strengthen the corp of engineers, she said, the government has already constituted Engineer Construction Brigade and Engineer Battalion. Besides, the formation of RE Battalion, Engineer Construction Battalion and DIV engineer Battalion is under process, she said.Hasina urged all to work together to establish Bangladesh before the world as a dignified country, saying various development projects are being implemented with country’s own resources and none can now neglect Bangladesh.She said her government has established Bangladesh as a digital country and it has now entered into the era of 4G network from the 3G.Bangladesh is now marching ahead keeping pace with the world as Bangladesh Army has also been playing very important role in its overall development, she said.The prime minister said the government has taken various measures for turning the professional armed forces into world-standard modern forces imbued with the Liberation War spirit.Elaborating the government’s tremendous achievements in different fields, she said the aim of her government is to ensure development and people’s welfare.Hasina said Bangladesh is going to be elevated to a developing country from the least developed one as it has already fulfilled all criteria in this regard. “We’ll turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one before 2041 Insha Allah,” she said.The prime minister expressed her optimism that huge experience, guidelines and advices of the seniors at the reunion will inspire members of the army of the new era to work with honesty, patriotism and dedication. Hasina was given a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of the army. She took salute at the parade, and inspected the parade riding an open jeep.Earlier on her arrival at the ECSME Parade Ground, Hasina was received by chief of army staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq and the colonel commandant and the commandant of the ECSME.Later, the prime minister attended the annual commanders’ conference of the Army Engineer Corps.last_img read more

EastWest Metro to be made operational by Marchend

first_imgKolkata: The first phase of the East-West Metro that will connect Salt Lake Sector V with Salt Lake stadium will be operational by the end of March 2019 or the beginning of April 2019, said Union Minister of State for Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo on Monday.The minister was in the city to witness the progress of work for the E-W Metro.The first trial run of two rakes side-by-side on two tracks was held for the first time in his presence. Supriyo also tried his hands at driving a rake that travelled from Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeCity Centre station to Salt Lake Sector V.”Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL), the executing agency wants to ensure that safety and security measures are in place before starting the services. So we have decided not to hurry with the commencement of services,” Supriyo said.”We are installing a modernised signaling system, the software for which is to be imported from Japan. There are several sharp bends and curves in the alignment from Sector V to Salt Lake stadium. The software is expected by the end of December following which the system will be put in place,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe minister has already held talks with the Union Defence ministry including Nirmala Sitharaman for speeding up the process of procurement of the software. According to sources in KMRCL, there will be five rakes in stock before starting the first phase. “We will begin with two or three and will increase the frequency depending upon the passenger demand,” a senior KMRCL official said. The phase from Salt Lake stadium till Sector V will have six stations and cover a distance of 5.5 km. “The way the work is progressing, I am hopeful that Esplanade to Sealdah phase will be operational by June 2019 that we had announced earlier,” he maintained. The minister also shared that some technical problems have delayed work from Sealdah to Esplanade as there are technical glitches in Esplanade where the East-West Metro will intersect the existing North-South Metro that runs from Noapara to Kavi Subhas. “We are working on overcoming the technical hurdles,” a KMRCL official added. The target for the second phase from Howrah Maidan to Sector V is June 2021.last_img read more

BHARAT RANG MAHOTSAV COMMENCES

first_imgThe 19th edition of National School of Drama’s (NSD) International Drama Festival ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ commenced on February 1. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, National School of Drama Society and addressed by Waman Kendre, Director, NSD in the august presence of Chief guest, Dr Sonal Man Singh – renowned Bharatnatyam and Odissi Dancer; Guest of Honour, Mr Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India; and Special Guests, Mr Feroz Abbas Khan – eminent film and theatre director and Ms Vera Berzak Schneider – famous theatre director from Israel, whose play in English ‘A Stranger Guest’ will also be performed during the current ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfProf Kendre said, “Today, on the occasion of Basant Panchami, the spring season of theatre has also started.” ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ – an International Drama Festival is Asia’s biggest and also among the largest in the world. Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s this years’ schedule features 94 theatre performances by renowned theater groups from different parts of India and world. This year, in this 21 day festival, theatre lovers of 6 Indian cities including New Delhi, Kurukshetra, Pune, Agartala, Hyderabad and Patna would be treated to scintillating theatre performances. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMr Feroz Abbas Khan said,”I feel that artists should not speak, it is their work that should speak. I appreciate the two doyens of theatre are on the dais – namely Prof Waman Kendre and Ratan Thiyam, who are institutions in their own right. I think festivals means and expresses civilizational values which we cherish. It is during such festivals that the civilizational values like the following comes to the fore: diversity, with their differences and choices are accommodated and welcomed in such festivals.” Chief guest Dr Sonal Mansingh said, “Every day is an auspicious day but today being Basant Panchami, it is considered as one of the most auspicious days according to Hindu calendar. Since ’19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ started today, which is an auspicious day to begin work as it is a day dedicated to Goddess Saraswati – the deity of knowledge. I feel that knowledge will kill all the ignorance and I am still a student and seeker of knowledge. National School of Drama is growing each day and it is leaping ahead, my warm wishes and blessings are with this organization. ’19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ has also invited me and I feel honored to showcase my maiden performance here.” The inaugural play ‘Uttara Rama Charitham’ (in Hindi) was staged before the discerning audience as a tribute to the legendary theatre director, Kavalam Narayana Panikkar. The play was performed by Sopanam Theatre Group of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, which lasted for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. This year 3 plays as a tribute to Indian Theatre Masters – Kavalam Narayan Pannikar, Heisnam Kanhailal and Prem Matiyani who recently left for heavenly abode are being staged. Sopanam Theatre’s maiden Hindi production, ‘Uttara Rama Charitam’ is adapted from Bhavabhuti’s Sanskrit play. The play directed and designed by Kavalam Narayana Panikkar has its text rendition done by Hindi poet Dr Udayan Vajpeyi. The play depicts the dual state of Rama, who is torn between ‘Rama-the family man’ and ‘Rama-the ruler’.last_img read more

Spreading Gandhis message of peace

first_imgCommemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and highlighting his principles of non-violence and peace, the Lalit Kala Akademi(LKA) has been organising various theme-based art events since October 2018. And recently, it organised an art show titled ‘Mahatma Gandhi and World Peace’.The show will be on view for the public until February 12 at the Lalit Kala Akademi Art Galleries of Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi. Artists participating in the art show include Deepak Shinde, Anil Nayak, Chandrakant Change, Paul Koli and Srikant Jadhav, to name a few. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Mahesh Sharma, Cultural Minister, who was invited as the chief guest, inaugurated the show in the gracious presence of Uttam Pacharne, Lalit Kala Akademi Chairman; Nirupama Kotru, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture along with Rajan Shripad Fulari, Secretary, LKA. Dean Vishwanath Sabale, Professor Mariti Shelke; Professor Shashikant Gorakhe from Sir JJ School of Arts, art lovers and critics. In the program, Chairman Uttam Pacharne talked about Ram V Sutar’s statues of Gandhi and also, felicitated him with a shawl. The show has been organised in association with Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai. Over 75 artworks by the same number of artists have been put on display in this exhibition. The artists have shown their creative perspectives and thoughts about Gandhiji and World Peace. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInaugurating the exhibition, Dr Mahesh Sharma appreciated the initiatives of the Akademi in conveying the message of peace among new generation. “Gandhiji has contributed a lot in the upliftment of the people throughout the world and has influenced a lot in each and every perspective. We will keep on celebrating many such inspirational personalities. I congratulate Lalit Kala Akademi for organising such a beautiful exhibition on Gandhiji.” Addressing the audience at the event, Uttam Pacharne, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, reiterated the glorious journey of Mahatma Gandhi towards his strong principles of non-violence and his teachings of achieving world peace. He said, “We’ve all known the struggle of Independence of the great men who spent their whole lives conveying the message of peace. Let’s remember them and follow on with their ideologies.” Ram V Sutar, who was the Guest of Honour said that he has always been inspired by Gandhiji’s principles, in 1948 he got his first chance to sculpt his statue. After that, he made many statues of the national figure. Congratulating LKA for the initiative, he said: “I congratulate Lalit Kala Akademi for organising such an exhibition.” On this occasion, the catalogue of Winter Show which was organised by the Akademi was also launched. Many art lovers attended the event.”last_img read more

Legislation to remove roadside cash payments passed by House

first_img Categories: News,Steven Johnson News The Michigan House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Steve Johnson’s House Bill 6012, which was part of a legislative package to ensure Michigan drivers will no longer be required to pay cash on the roadside if stopped for a traffic citation when driving out-of-state.Currently, when a Michigan driver is issued a traffic citation in another state they must either provide cash on site, have their driver’s license confiscated or possibly go to jail until payment is made.Rep. Johnson’s bill ensures states work together so that bonds and citations are appropriately settled if a driver from another state is issued a traffic citation.“This change is a common-sense provision that protects Michigan law enforcement officers and travelers from having to engage in an uncomfortable roadside cash transaction,” said Johnson. “In addition, my bill ensures that out-of-state drivers are afforded the same privileges in Michigan if their home state is part of this agreement.”By entering into an agreement with other states, Michigan and out-of-state drivers will be protected from adverse traveling requirements and laws.House Bill 6012 advances to the Senate for consideration.##### 28Sep Legislation to remove roadside cash payments passed by Houselast_img read more