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Those living in Bengal must speak Bengali: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that people from other States will have to speak in Bengali in West Bengal.While the message evoked mixed response in the social media, with many Bengalis opposing the idea, it appeared to be a clear attempt message to create space for linguistic and regional nationalism to counter religious nationalism. The idea has been advocated by various language pressure groups in the State for some time.“We have to take Bangla forward. When we go to Delhi we speak in Hindi, when we go to Punjab we have to speak in Punjabi. I do it. When I go to Tamil Nadu, I don’t know the Tamil language, but I know a few words. So in the same way if you are coming to Bengal you have to speak in Bengali,” Ms Banerjee said.She further added that “people from outside cannot come to beat up Bengalis.” Ms Banerjee was addressing a rally in Kanchrapara in North 24 Parganas district. Two key leaders of the area, Mukul Roy and Arjun Singh, moved to the BJP from the TMC.“In Naihati, Kakinara, Barrackpore, houses of Bengalis have been ransacked. We will not tolerate this. Our party cadres didn’t ransack houses of non-Bengalis here. We are against this sort of violence,” she said.“Just because they have won a few seats by programming EVMs doesn’t mean that you can beat up Bengalis and minorities in the state. We will not tolerate this. The police will take action against the hooligans. If someone is living in Bengal he or she has to speak in Bengali,” Ms Banerjee said. A Trinamool Congress advisor told The Hindu that the Chief Minister wais “concerned” about the “growing political clout of the people who do not speak Bengali and are from other States.”“So long these communities only pushed their economic interest in the State but being affluent now they are also pushing their political interests, contesting elections and influencing agendas, as every party has substantial number of people who have come to the State over last few years. This has bothered the Chief Minister,” the advisor said. Ms. Banerjee, however, said that she had “nothing against non-Bengalis living in Bengal.” “But the BJP is trying to create a Bengali and non-Bengali divide. I would urge them not to test our patience. We will never allow Bengalis to become homeless in Bengal,” she said. Alleging that the BJP was trying to turn West Bengal into another Gujarat, she alleged that just like the BJP engineered riots in the western state to retain power, it was trying to use the same technique in Bengal.“We have nothing against Gujarat or residents from that state. We are against the politics of riots that the BJP had followed in that state and is trying to replicate here. As long as I am there I would never allow them to turn Bengal into another Gujarat,” she said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Mavericks stop 4-game slide with win against Bucks

first_imgKidd said his team should have been ready for the 3-point barrage.“Coming into the game we had talked about how they are second in the league in attempts,” Kidd said. “They just haven’t made them. But tonight they made up for all those misses.”Milwaukee went 6 of 25 from 3-point range.TERRY RETURNSJason Terry played the final couple minutes for Milwaukee and got a standing ovation from the crowd. The 40-year-old Terry played for Dallas from 2004 to 2012 and helped the Mavs win the NBA title in 2011.Terry scored on his only field-goal attempt, leading to a large roar from the crowd.“I knew he was gonna score,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “I was gonna clap, I wasn’t sure how appropriate that was. You know how I feel about him, that’s one of the reasons we’re all wearing rings here.”TIP-INSBucks: C John Henson went 3 for 10 at the free-throw line. … Kidd had two stints in Dallas as a player and averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 8.4 assists in 500 career games with the Mavericks. … The Bucks host the Mavericks on Dec. 8.Mavericks: C Nerlens Noel only played three minutes. Noel played six minutes in Friday night’s 111-87 loss to Minnesota and has been replaced in the rotation by Salah Mejri. … Dallas still leads the NBA with 14 losses this season. View comments Milwaukee had won four in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks (8-7), and Khris Middleton added 23 points.It was Milwaukee’s first loss since it acquired Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 7.“I think the ball was just stuck,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “The ball got sticky and we were afraid to let go of it to a teammate.”The Mavericks never trailed after Matthews’ 3-pointer made it 22-20 with 3:07 left in the first quarter. Dallas went 19 for 38 from beyond the arc, including a shot clock-beating 3 from near midcourt by Barea that made it 88-64 in the fourth quarter.“I had to shoot that one,” Barea said. “You don’t see a lot of those.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 UP NEXTBucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Monday.Mavericks: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, shouts at an official calling for a foul after attempting a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks’ first win in a couple weeks was quite a relief for Wesley Matthews and company.Matthews scored a season-high 22 points, and the Mavericks stopped a four-game slide with a 111-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’center_img MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “It rejuvenates you,” Matthews said. “Everybody feels good. Aches don’t hurt as much, you just feel better about everything you’ve done. You don’t need moral victories, you’ve got the real one and you can actually see everything we’re trying to bring together.”Matthews also had eight assists while helping Dallas (3-14) to its first win since Nov. 7 at Washington. He had six of the Mavericks’ franchise record-tying 19 3-pointers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were playing basketball, and one of the hardest things to guard is random movement,” he said. “That’s when I’m at my best, when we’re just playing and stay in a rhythm.”J.J. Barea had 20 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes finished with 18. Yogi Ferrell had 16 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 13 rebounds. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Grizzlies Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

The rise and rise of Kidambi Srikanth, India’s new-age badminton star

first_imgIndian badminton’s newest poster-boy, Kidambi Srikanth, is enjoying the time of his life.With three titles this year, Srikanth is the most successful men’s shuttler in the Super Series circuit till now with World Champion Viktor Axelsen trailing him with two Super Series titles in India and Japan.Before 2017, Srikanth had won two Super Series titles — China Open 2014 and India Open 2015. Cut to 2017, the 24-year-old has won the Indonesia Super Series Premier, Australia Open Super Series and most recently Denmark Open Super Series Premier.Going from strength to strength! ??Srikanth Kidambi continues his red-hot form in 2017.This baddie is on ??! PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 22, 2017After the success Srikanth saw in 2014-15, he struggled with injuries and form and two years later, it looks like he’s finally reaching his potential.What has changed for him in these two years? From the quarter-final exit in Rio Olympics last year to three Super Series titles in the next, what is the secret to his rise in form?ATTACKING STYLE OF PLAYThe 24-year-old from Guntur has always had an attacking style of play; his jump-smashes are a treat to watch and that’s exactly what makes his game so attractive. Yet, what has enhanced and improved his natural flair is his ability to create angles.Earlier, Srikanth was all about power but today, he creates attacking opportunities.The Denmark Open winner doesn’t constantly attack, rather he plays his opponent around, opens angles and JUMP AND SMASH!PATIENCEadvertisementPhoto Credit: BAI Since the time Srikanth rose to prominence, nobody in the circuit has ever doubted his talent. What everyone has always pointed fingers at is his ability to hold his aggression and use it rightly.This year, Srikanth has shown exactly that!No more does Srikanth look like he’s rushing with his shots and just wants to kill the game, he now wants to make his victory.DECEPTIVE SHOTSSince the arrival of Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo, Srikanth has been working particularly on his fitness, longevity and skills. Earlier this year, Srikanth told India Today, “We are playing for a longer period of time in the training (after Mulyo Handoyo has joined the setup) and so when we go into a match, we know we can last long.”The hours of practice and the incessant hunger to get better shows in him now.Photo Credit: Kidambi Srikanth Twitter He might have not perfected the art of deceptive playing and there are players who have that weapon in their armoury but Srikanth has started showing a flair for it.During the Australian Open in June and Japan Open in September, where Srikanth lost to Axelsen in quarter-final, Srikanth was seen using quite many deceptive shots and most of them paid off.Even though chief national coach Pullela Gopichand keeps insisting that Srikanth and PV Sindhu and all the other young shuttlers are still in the making and they haven’t reached their potential, the spark has been quite bright this year. And with each day, that spark keeps turning into a stable light.last_img read more


first_imgAn Iowa judge has struck down large portions of a 2017 voting reform law, declaring much of it unconstitutional.The law requires voters to show certain forms of identification when voting, requires voters to provide an identification number on absentee ballot applications and allows county auditors to reject ballots if they believe signatures don’t match a voter signature on record.Judge Joseph Seidlin’s ruling says the state may require a voter ID but election officials must issue a voter ID card to any voter who requests one.The law prohibited election officials from issuing cards to voters with a driver’s license or state identification card.He also struck the signature match provisions, saying they violate the Iowa Constitution.The judge also reverses his earlier order that says Iowa Secretary of Paul Pate cannot require a voter ID number on absentee ballot applications, allowing this provision to stand.The ruling follows a lawsuit filed last year by the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa.Pate’s office didn’t immediately respond to a message.APlast_img read more

ESPN’s 2nd Half Prediction For Penn State-Kentucky

first_imgTrace McSorley looks on during a play.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)On Tuesday afternoon, the college football bowl season rolled on with the new Year’s Day games. Five games are on the docket today, including a matchup between several SEC and Big Ten programs.Among those in action today are Penn State and Kentucky. The Nittany Lions and Wildcats kicked off from Orlando in the Citrus Bowl earlier this afternoon.After 30 minutes of action, the Wildcats hold a 10-7 lead thanks to two missed field goals – one in the final second of the first half – by Penn State.It’s been a hard-fought defensive struggle thus far. With a three point lead, ESPN’s FPI likes the Wildcats to hold on for the win.The Worldwide Leader gives Kentucky a 54-percent chance to win the game.Can the Wildcats hold on a get a huge win over Penn State? Or will Trace McSorley lead the Nittany Lions back from the halftime deficit?Stay tuned.last_img read more

US Open: Venus Williams orders mid-match coffee during 2nd round loss to Elina Svitolina

first_img Next US Open: Venus Williams orders mid-match coffee during 2nd round loss to Elina SvitolinaUS Open 2019: Venus Williams fought hard but lost to Elina Svitolina in straight sets in her 2nd-round match in New York on Wednesday.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New YorkAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 12:32 IST Venus Williams lost her 2nd-round match at US Open 2019 on Wednesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVenus Williams lost 4-6, 4-6 to Elina Svitolina on WednesdayVenus ordered a cup of coffee during changeover in her 2nd round matchThis was not the 1st time Venus ordered coffee during a tennis matchMost of us crave for coffee whenever we feel anxious or nervous. That’s what happened during the women’s singles clash between Venus Williams and Elina Svitolina on Wednesday evening which the American lost.During the first set of the second-round match which Venus lost 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 51 minutes to Elina to bow out of the competition, the former grand slam champion ordered a cup from her entourage in the stands.To Venus’ dismay, the coffee delivery from the stands remained unsuccessful at first, as the ball boy tasked with handing over the cup briefly stole the show.As Venus’ entourage handed the ball-boy the cup, the 39-year-old was already making her way off the court. By the time he caught up, the former US Open winner had already made her way towards the locker room.The boy, who could not catch Venus, then paused in front of the restricted area, embarrassed and red-faced.However, the crowd came to the aid of the bespectacled helper as the spectators signalled for him to leave the cup on the player’s bench on the court.Coffee delivery for Ms. Williams…………..Ms. Williams?@Venuseswilliams | #USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) August 28, 2019US Open posted the moment and captioned it: “Coffee delivery for Ms. WilliamsMs. Williams?”The mid-match espresso did seem to work wonders for the American as she raced away to a 3-0 lead before her No. 5 seed opponent came back strongly and won the set 6-4.advertisementThe Ukrainian went on to win the second set with a same scoreline and ousted Venus from the US Open.It was not the first time Venus had ordered a coffee mid-match. During a changeover in a match against Donna Vekic at the Cincinnati Masters, she had told her coach that all she wanted was a cup of coffee.Also Read | US Open 2019: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic battle into 3rd roundAlso Read | US Open 2019: Serena Williams fights off Caty McNally challenge to reach 3rd roundAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Venus WilliamsFollow US Open 2019Follow Elina Svitolinalast_img read more

David Furnish Leave No One Behind In The Fight Against AIDS

first_imgDavid Furnish has written an article in the Independent, urging the world to leave no one behind in the fight against AIDS.People who Inject Drugs are one of the key populations that have the highest prevalence of HIV and whose access to HIV services is severely limited. Below is an extract from the article and information about one of our projects funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation.“For the last few decades, those of us in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS have rallied around two powerful words: Ending AIDS.“And while we are closer to that goal than we have ever been, another set of words threaten to undermine so much of our progress: Left Behind.“In most communities, People who Inject Drugs still don’t have access to clean syringes, opioid substitution treatment, or naloxone to prevent overdose and the spread of infections. Moreover, many People who Inject Drugs are still denied access to basic health services, non-judgmental primary care, mental health and drug treatment services, and the support they need to maintain stable and healthy lives.“How can it be that over the past 15 years science has delivered approximately 14m antiretrovirals to people living with HIV, but still managed to exclude 96 percent of People who Inject Drugs?”To read the full article, click here.Source:Elton John AIDS Foundationlast_img read more

Cost on families from feds carbon tax plan will be known in

first_imgOTTAWA – The Opposition Conservatives are pressuring the Trudeau government to divulge how much the federal carbon tax will cost Canadian households — but Finance Minister Bill Morneau says they’ll have to wait until September to find out.The Liberals’ controversial carbon pricing policy has been under regular attack by the Tories, who are hoping it will become a key campaign issue ahead of next year’s federal election.During a parliamentary committee hearing Thursday, Morneau was repeatedly pressed by Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre to disclose how much the carbon tax would cost Canadian families.In response, Morneau said the plan will be revenue neutral overall and that there will be no net increase in taxes.However, he added that details on how much people will pay will only be determined in September after each province reveals their individual approaches to applying the policy.Poilievre then suggested Morneau was asking MPs to pass budget legislation that would allow the government to impose the carbon tax before explaining how much it would cost their constituents.The Tories have attacked the Liberals’ carbon tax policy and have argued it will raise prices on almost everything — from gasoline and groceries — without actually cutting emissions.The carbon price is set to rise from $10 per tonne per year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.The Liberal government has argued that putting a price on carbon has a low cost and a big impact.The government has said carbon pricing encourages the pursuit of innovative ways for reducing emissions and will help Canada meet its international commitment to reduce climate-changing emissions.last_img read more

Minor in Fez Drives Commercial Vehicle Injures 10 Chinese Tourists

Rabat – Fourteen people, including ten Chinese tourists and four Moroccan nationals, sustained injuries after a 15-year-old minor drove a commercial vehicle without its owner’s permission in Fez.Preliminary investigations carried out by the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) showed that the 15-year-old did not have permission to use the vehicle.The owner of the commercial vehicle had given his keys to the minor so that he could bring bread in from the car. However, the 15-year-old took to the wheel.   The Chinese tourists were taking pictures in Bab Boujloud in Fez before the accident.Police opened a judicial investigation under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office. The minor and the owner of the vehicle will both be questioned as part of the investigation to determine the circumstances of the case.The legal minimum age for driving in Morocco is 18. read more

Details about Ontarios plan to sell and distribute pot once its legalized

TORONTO — The federal government has told provinces to devise their own systems for the sale, distribution and usage of marijuana when it becomes legal next summer. On Friday, Ontario outlined its plan. Here are the details:— The approach is modelled on the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which regulates the sale of alcohol throughout the province— The proposed minimum age to use, purchase and possess recreational cannabis in Ontario will be 19, the same as the current minimum age for alcohol— The use of recreational marijuana will be prohibited in public places and workplaces— The LCBO will oversee the legal retail of cannabis in Ontario through new stand-alone cannabis stores and an online order service.— LCBO stores selling cannabis won’t be selling alcohol— Approximately 150 stand-alone stores will be opened by 2020, including 40 in July 2018, servicing all regions of the province.— Online distribution will be available across Ontario from July 2018 onward through a site run by the LCBO— Cannabis dispensaries currently operating are illegal and will be shut down with the help of police and municipalities— Police will confiscate small amounts of cannabis from people under the age of 19, but the focus will be on prevention and harm reduction, nor criminal prosecution.— Pricing and taxation decisions will come at a later date— Legislation regulating the control of marijuana will be introduced in the fall read more

Muslim Council deplores statement by Wijeyadasa on ISIS

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has raised serious concerns about the statement made in Parliament by Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe MP, Minister of Justice about the Muslim community.MCSL noted that the Minister has implied that 32 Muslims have joined the ISIS recently. MCSL said it strongly objects to the misplaced statement. “The Thableeq Jamath, Sunnath Jamath, Thowheed Jamath and Jamaithe Islam and several other organizations are all Muslim religious and social service organisations. They do not promote any form of violence as implied by Hon. Wijedasa Rajapaksa. Certain parts of his statement are verbatim of the hate speech spewed by the extremist priest Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero. The Muslims of Sri Lanka has a long history of peaceful co-existence and have stood with the Sri Lankans at good times and at times of adversity. The entire Muslim community has condemned the un-Islamic comments of the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath, Abdul Razick. Twenty-three Muslim Religious and Civil Society organizations headed by the All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulema issued a statement condemning the speech made by SLTJ’s,” MCSL said.MCSL also said that a little known fact that did not attract any media attention in July 2013 was that the All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulema and Muslim civil society intervened in court in support of Ven. Soranathota Chandrarathana Thero who filed action and pleaded with the magistrate to sentence Abdul Razick and six others with maximum punishment. MCSL also noted that as alleged by the Minister, no Muslim international school invites extremists to indoctrinate its children with fundamentalism.MCSL urged Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe to provide the evidence and take immediate action against anyone may have violated the laws of the land irrespective of ethnicity or religion. (Colombo Gazette) “The facts given by the Honourable Minister were reported in the media more than one year ago when a Sri Lankan combatant died fighting with ISIS. There have been no new reports of any others involved since this was reported last year. It is believed that one family had gone to Syria to provide humanitarian support to the war wounded and refugees. Some of the men are alleged to have joined or forced to join the fighting forces of ISIS. The Muslim community, including the Muslim Council, Jamiathul Ulema and other organizations cooperated with the government in identifying the families to provide the necessary support for the intelligence agencies to investigate. Those who have gone to Syria as quoted by Hon. Rajapaksa include women and children,” MCSL said. MCSL said Rajapakshe’s statement comes at a very opportune time to certain extremist elements bent on tarnishing the image of the Muslim community for reasons only best known to them. read more

Changing tastes brew bitter times for Japans beer makers

by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Aug 16, 2017 12:18 am MDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – From beer gardens on the rooftops of department stores to fireworks extravaganzas to quiet, wood-paneled craft breweries, Japanese seem to quaff an awful lot of beer in the summer.But beer consumption has been tanking for five years straight in Japan, as the younger generation shies away from the obligatory after-work drinking that was a trademark of the dark-suited heroes of Japan Inc.Japan’s annual per capita beer consumption fell about 7 per cent between 2010 to 2015, according to a study by major beer maker Kirin.The future outlook is for more of the same. It’s such an obvious trend that there’s a Japanese phrase to describe it, “beerooh banareh,” or “leaving beer,” a gradual decline that hit after beer drinking peaked in about the mid-1990s.Younger Japanese tend to be more independent-minded than their baby boom generation parents or their grandparents, who saw going out for beers with their office bosses and co-workers as a call of duty.Brews also are losing out in Japan to a wide variety of other liquors, from wines to “kanchuhai” fruity cocktails, whiskies and cheaper beer-like drinks, and of course, sake.Naturally, all this worries Haruhiko Matsuba, marketing manager for Asahi Breweries, the industry leader in Japan.“The custom is getting lost,” said Matsuba, who says he enjoys a beer or two a day. “Beer can offer joy, happiness and smiles, and so everyone should try beer again.”Asahi, founded in the late 1800’s, is an institution in Tokyo, where its huge golden suds sign shines on the banks of the Sumida River. The annual Sumida River summer fireworks it sponsors each July work like one big huge ad for its beer — this year the city’s governor, Yuriko Koike, donned a summer kimono for televised “kanpais” —traditional toasts — by the river.In its effort to grab attention and help reverse the decline in beer consumption, especially among the younger generation, the iconic Japanese brand has turned to Hollywood. It tapped actor Johnny Depp to help sell a limited-edition version of its 30-year-old hit Super Dry — the brew that helped catapult it to No. 1 in the Japanese beer industry in 1998. The company’s latest ad campaign features Depp riffing on an electric guitar on a rooftop before popping a cold one.“He is an extraordinary character,” Matsuba told The Associated Press. “It’s about the unexpected factor of Hollywood.”To expand its already formidable global reach, Asahi has signed agreements with overseas beer brands, such as Italy’s Peroni, the Dutch Grolsch and Pilsner Urquell of Czechoslovakia.Other Japanese breweries also are expanding. Asahi’s rival, Sapporo Holdings, which has been the No. 1 Japanese beer maker in the U.S. for three decades, announced this month it was acquiring Anchor Brewing Company.It likely would take way more than a cameo by Depp, though, to reverse the trend away from beer.Data compiled by Kirin Brewery Co., a rival Japanese brewery, found the annual global consumption of beer, at nearly 184 million kilolitres, fell in 2015 from the year before, for the first time in 30 years, as consumption in China peaked.By region, Asia still tops the world in beer consumption, making up 34 per cent of global beer guzzling, followed by Europe at 27 per cent. North America accounts for 14 per cent and Africa just 7 per cent, according to the Kirin study.By nationality, Czechs were No. 1 in per capita consumption of beer. Americans ranked No. 20, while Japanese were 55th, down from 38th in 2010.“The days of the daily ‘kanpai’ and chugging beer are over,” says Kirin spokeswoman Naomi Sasaki.At least, though, Japanese are starting to appreciate more nuanced craft beers, she says, reflecting their more individual-oriented lifestyles.Japan now has about 200 small craft breweries, giving consumers more choice about the beers they drink, said Hiroyuki Fujiwara, president of the Japan Beer Journalists Association.Fujiwara believes changing tastes in part reflect a change of perspective after the tsunami and nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan in 2011. These days, many Japanese are less concerned about keeping up with their neighbours, he said.“The biggest contrast to that kind of thinking is the bubble era when people simply wanted what was considered cool by society, be it their home or their car,” he said, referring to the go-go economy of the late 1980s, which collapsed in the early 1990s.Last year, Kirin signed a deal with Brooklyn Breweries, founded by former AP war correspondent Steve Hindy, to replicate its flavours at its plants in Japan.Kirin also opened a craft brewery — still relatively uncommon in Japan — in Tokyo’s fashionable Daikanyama district two years ago: Spring Valley Brewery. Asahi opened one near its head office recently.Kirin’s brewery has a western menu, spacious terrace and beers with names like DayDream and Jazzberry that are brewed behind transparent walls.Shizuka Nagasawa, 29, was enjoying a recent weekday afternoon off at Spring Valley Brewery with her husband Keita Nagasawa and their 3-year-old son. They’re such fans they joined the brewery’s club and have craft beer delivered to their home each month.“There is such a wide range, like bitter-tasting ones and fruity flavours. Checking them out is fun,” said the clerical worker at a tea-maker.Later that day, in Nihonbashi, an older part of downtown Tokyo, about a dozen “salarymen,” jackets and ties off, each armed with a glass of cold beer, were downing their after-work beers the old-fashioned way.At Mitsukoshi department store’s rooftop beer garden, it was all-you-can-eat-and-drink for three hours at 4,801 yen ($44) for men and 4,301 yen ($40) for women. The food: classics like fried noodles, curry and wieners. The star beer: Asahi Super Dry.Eiji Itou, 50, a technology company employee who was sitting beside his company’s president, shrugged at the notion that drinking with co-workers in a beer garden is no longer trendy.“Kanpai,” the group shouted in unison, raising their beers together and gulping them down.“We, the old guys, are upholding tradition,” he said with a smile.___On the net Johnny Depp beer ad: Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at work can be found at In this July 31, 2017 photo, Shizuka Nagasawa, right, drinks beer with her husband Keita Nagasawa and son at Spring Valley Brewery in Tokyo. Major beer maker Kirin opened a craft brewery – still relatively uncommon in Japan – in Tokyo’s fashionable Daikanyama district two years ago: Spring Valley Brewery. Kirin’s brewery has a western menu, spacious terrace and beers with names like DayDream and Jazzberry that are brewed behind transparent walls.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) Changing tastes brew bitter times for Japan’s beer makers read more

Potential threat of violence in Ohio State cafeteria moves past the window

An investigation by the Ohio State University Police Division into a potential shooting threat on campus is pending. Police believe the initial threat to be over with, but have not yet identified the perpetrator of the crime. “Ohio State University Police have been investigating postings to fantasy, role-player game sites which referenced a potential public safety threat of a shooting at OSU,” said OSU Police Chief Paul Denton. “We continue to investigate and are taking this seriously.” University Police released a public safety notice via email and text message to faculty, staff and students between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Wednesday, warning the university community of the threat, which Denton said was “specific to a cafeteria at the Ohio State University and today.” “We felt it important to notify the university community to heighten awareness and to stress the importance of ‘if you see something, say something,’ and report suspicious activities or individuals to the appropriate authorities,” Denton said. The public safety notice stated that anyone with information concerning the threat should contact University Police or Columbus Police. “I want to encourage anyone who knows anything about this situation to notify University Police immediately for further information,” said Jay Kasey, OSU senior vice president for Administration and Planning. Denton said police will continue to monitor the situation until they are certain the threat is over. “We have expert police and security presence on or around campus dining facilities,” Denton said. “Although we have moved past the window of concern, we will continue to have additional resources and presence for as long as necessary. The safety of our campus is our top priority.” Kasey said the person responsible for the threat has not yet been determined. “The matter will not be considered complete or closed until we’ve identified the individual or individuals who are responsible for this incident,” Kasey said. Denton said police will continue to have a presence at campus dining facilities throughout the evening. When asked whether the security presence will continue into tomorrow, OSU Director of Public Safety Vernon Baisden said they are handling the situation “one day at a time.” University Police sent another notice at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday to inform the university community that it has moved past the window of concern but will maintain “security presence and heightened awareness for as long as necessary.” The increased police and security presence applies to areas on or around campus dining facilities, including at the Wexner Medical Center. Officers at OSU’s regional campuses were also informed of the threat and took necessary precautions, according to the afternoon notice. read more

New survey of global mining stakeholders by BCG WEF shows regional differences

first_imgA report was undertaken by the Boston Consulting Group and the World Economic Forum in response to the increasing number of resource related disputes in 2012. The study was based on a global survey of 300 mining stakeholders in 37 countries with the aim to develop a new tool to mitigate the misunderstanding and conflict of mining disputes around the globe.The report, Mineral Value Management – A Multidimensional View of Value Creation from Mining provides insights gained from the World Economic Forum’s Responsible Mineral Development Initiative (RMDI). The study introduces a new tool named mineral value management (MVM) which has been designed to enhance understanding among diverse stakeholders of how value is created in mining.The RMDI initiative found that governments, local communities and mining companies approach mineral development with widely divergent perceptions and aspirations about its benefits and costs. Creating a better understanding of these differences is the key to establishing trust and constructive collaboration, according to the report. Such an approach can be an effective way for companies to engage with and create increased value for stakeholders.Roland Hasleher, a BCG partner and member of the RMDI Advisory Group said “Many mining companies invest significant resources in areas such as community infrastructure, environmental management and economic development. Establishing an understanding of needs and expectations across a range of dimensions can help more effectively direct these resources.”The RMDI survey also found that expectations and drivers of value varied widely depending on the stakeholders’ country of origin and level of economic development. In Africa and Asia, for example, governments were generally less positive than other stakeholders about the current value creation of mining but significantly more positive about the future.MVM is an analytical tool developed to facilitate stakeholder dialogue. It will be used in multistakeholder platforms being piloted by the World Economic Forum as part of the RMDI project in 2013. The platforms are designed to provide a neutral setting for dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders with the aim of actively advancing responsible mineral development at both national and regional levels.MVM measures and compares perceptions and expectations across seven dimensions of value. It accounts for the full range of effects—cultural, psychological and environmental—as well as more familiar and readily measurable economic and financial effects. MVM also takes into account that value created from mining can take the form of both benefits and costs.“Financial value is important, but it is not the only measure,” said Stephen D’Esposito, an advisor on the project and president of RESOLVE, a nonprofit organization that promotes collaborative resolution of public issues. “Anything that matters to stakeholders and affects their view of mining—be it a new road development that benefits local businesses or impacts on traditional cultures—needs to be included.”last_img read more

La ruée vers lor noir dans lHexagone

first_imgLa ruée vers l’or noir dans l’HexagoneLa France n’échappe pas à la ruée vers l’or noir des compagnies pétrolières, trop contentes de profiter de l’augmentation indécente du prix du baril de pétrole. Ainsi, les multinationales prospectent à proximité des côtes marseillaises, dans le Val-de-Marne ou encore en Camargue.Il ne serait pas impossible de voir prochainement apparaître des plateformes pétrolières en Camargue ou à Marseille. Et pourquoi pas même, un oléoduc traversant le Val-de-Marne. Avec la ruée vers l’or noir, les compagnies pétrolières n’ont plus peur de rien. Sous prétextes de participer à la recherche scientifique, les géants du pétrole poursuivent leurs explorations.Par exemple, l’étude scientifique « Gold » (pour « Gulf of Lion’s Drilling », forage du golfe du Lion), lancée par l’Ifremer prévoit de réaliser un forage de plus de 11 km sous la surface de la mer, à 200 km au sud de la Camargue. Comme ce forage est extrêmement coûteux, des compagnies pétrolières proposent leur aide financière. En contrepartie, ce forage permettra d’identifier d’éventuelles « ressources énergétiques » et le « potentiel en hydrocarbures sous le sel ». Cinq compagnies sont engagées dans le projet : Total (France), Petrobras (Brésil), Statoil (Norvège), Sonatrach (Algérie), Melrose (Grande-Bretagne).À lire aussiDes géologues ont retrouvé la preuve d’un “pont” entre la Grande-Bretagne et la FranceUne autre échéance approche : le renouvellement du permis d’exploration « Rhône maritime », indique S’étendant sur 9.375 km² (plus que la Corse), cette zone de prospection pétrolière située à environ 30 km des côtes varoises et à moins de 30 km du périmètre du futur parc national des Calanques intéresse les pétroliers texans. À l’invitation des collectifs contre les gaz et huiles de schiste et de nombreuses associations, une double manifestation, sur terre et sur mer, se déroule à la Seyne-sur-Mer et à Brégançon, pour demander le non-renouvellement du permis Rhône maritime.Par ailleurs, quatorze permis de forage en attente sont « arrivés au terme de leur instruction » et sont « envisagés pour octroi », dont douze en Île-de-France. Dans le lot, on compte les permis de Chevry et d’Ozoir, qui couvrent une zone de 395 km² en Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne et Essonne. En effet, largement explorée dans le passé, la région parisienne intéresse les pétroliers pour ses possibles réserves d’huiles de schiste, que seule la fracturation hydraulique permettrait d’exploiter. Le 24 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Top Deals of 2007

first_imgThe Top Deals of 2007Gemstar-TV GuideALMTime4 MediaAdvanstarInteractive DealsZiff Davis EnterpriseClarity Partners/Modern LuxurySummit Business Media/Wicks Business InformationAscend’s DivestmentsPrimedia Enthusiast After consecutive years of record-breaking media deals (both in volume and value), there are finally signs that the industry is cooling slightly. The credit market, so favorable to many of the jawdropping multiples seen over the past two years has tightened up considerably. Private equity, which has dominated the media M&A landscape, may be pushing back from its buying binge, leaving strategic buyers to pick up the slack. And a magazine industry that already expected a continuing flat-todown trend in print revenue in 2008 braces for a recession. Still, in M&A terms, 2007 had several market-defining moments. A strong start in both volume and value yielded to a fourth-quarter stall and the strategics laid the groundwork for their likely 2008 comeback, according to a report by DeSilva & Phillips. However, one area in which 2007 remained strong throughout was a trend of traditional media companies buying new media and digital niche players. Publishers ranging from consumer heavyweights like Hachette Filipacchi, Hearst and Meredith to b-to-b publishers like CMP sought to expand not only their technical infrastructure but also buy skill-sets that could be integrated throughout their existing operations. In FOLIO:’s 2007 Top Deals Report, we identify 10 acquisitions we deem to have the most significant impact on the publishing industry. These are not necessarily the largest deals according to price, but transactions that will have a lasting effect, ranging from long-expected sales of several legacy publishers to the entry of aggressive European players into the U.S. to the shift in digital media acquisitions. This year FOLIO: has expanded its coverage to include not only summaries of the top deals, but an M&A report that examines the changes digital publishing is having on media M&A, as well as what that means for owners preparing for their own sale.last_img read more

Puri Jagannadh confirms the sequel of iSmart Shankar RGV all set to

first_imgiSmart ShankarTwitterIn the beginning this year, there was news that Puri Jagannadh and team have registered a title called Double iSmart at the Film Chamber of Commerce. But not many had believed in this because back then the shooting of iSmart Shankar was still going on.The Ram Pothineni, Nabha Natesh and Nidhhi Aggerwal starrer has released on July 18 and its pouring collections all over. All the shows on the first day have been full and the team is celebrating the success of the film. Ram Gopal Varma with Puri JagannadhTwitterImpressed with the way the film has been doing at the box office, director Ram Gopal Varma, the guru of Puri Jagannadh, took to twitter to appreciate and congratulate the team. He wrote, “Double Congrats on the Double Dhimaak..Earth Shaking Phenomenal Openings …” (sic)In the next tweet, he wrote to Ram Pothineni and Puri Jagannadh and asked them to start the sequel immediately.Hey @purijagan and @ramsayz Immidiatley please start ISSMART SHANKAR 2 …Instead of DOUBLE DHIMAAK it should be TRIPLE DHIMAAK ???— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 18, 2019TwitterTo this, Puri Jagannadh had replied and confirmed the news that he had registered the title already. So the title of the sequel is going to be Double iSmart. RGV also tweeted to Charmme Kaur and Puri Jagannadh that he is going to Hyderabad to party with the team and celebrate the success of the film.Hey @Charmmeofficial I am coming tmrw to PARTYYY with ur entire #iSmartShankar team of @purijagan @ramsayz @NabhaNatesh @AgerwalNidhhi #ManiSharma and #BhaskarBotla ???— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 18, 2019TwitterDetails about the sequel are yet to be revealed and this is definitely going to take some time is what we guess. Well, good to know that Ram has one more film in his kitty.iSmart Shankar is said to be inspired by iBoy, a British film which released in 2017. In a recent interview, director Puri Jagannadh agreed that the outline of the story is inspired by Hollywood movies.last_img read more

Youth hacked dead

first_imgA young man was hacked to death allegedly by his gambling rivals at Shamirpur village in Karnaphuli upazila of Chattogram on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Mamun Al-Rashid Sagor, 27, son of Abu Taher of the village.Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Karnaphuli police station, said two groups locked into an altercation over gambling and drugs.At one stage, opponent group hacked Mamun, leaving him dead on the spot. Police started drive to arrest the accused who were involved in this connection, the OC added.last_img

Pakistan to release Indian pilot in afternoon

first_imgIndian people hold placards and photographs of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, as they celebrate the announcement of his soon release, in Amritsar on 28 February 2019. Photo: AFPPakistan was set to free a captured Indian pilot Friday in a “peace gesture” aimed at lowering temperatures with its nuclear arch-rival, after rare aerial raids ignited fears of a dangerous conflict in South Asia.Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who has become the face of the crisis between Islamabad and New Delhi, will be handed back to Indian officials at the Wagah border crossing on Friday afternoon, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.In New Delhi the announcement of his release was seen as a diplomatic victory, with Indian leaders welcoming the pilot’s return but announcing they would remain on “heightened” military alert, showing little sign of de-escalating the rivalry.Abhinandan was shot down over Kashmir on Wednesday, after a dogfight in the skies over the disputed Himalayan region which sent tensions between India and Pakistan to their highest levels in years and alarmed world powers, who issued calls for restraint.”As the prime minister has said, as a peace gesture and to de-escalate matters, the Indian pilot will be released. So today, this afternoon, he will be released at Wagah,” Qureshi told a joint session of parliament Friday.A diplomatic source told AFP the handover was expected between 3:00-4:00pm Pakistani time (1000-1100 GMT).The Wagah crossing gate is famed for hosting an elaborate daily ceremony by Indian and Pakistani soldiers at sundown. Thousands of people had already gathered on the Indian side early Friday to welcome the pilot home, an AFP journalist said.The pilot’s parents travelled to Amritsar, near Wagah, via Delhi late last night and were applauded by all the passengers on the plane they travelled on, TV footage showed.Media on the Pakistani side were being stopped by authorities around 1.5 kilometres (a mile) from the border.The surging tensions had prompted Pakistan to close down its airspace, disrupting major routes between Europe and South Asia and grounding thousands of travellers worldwide.On Friday morning the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced a decision would be taken on re-opening airspace “shortly”. Earlier it had said flights would remain grounded until at least 1.00pm Friday local time (0800 GMT).#WelcomeBackAbhiPakistani students hold placards with the image of Abhinandan Varthaman, the Indian Air Force pilot captured by Pakistan authorities in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on 27 February and shout anti-India slogans during a protest in Lahore on 28 February 2019. Photo: AFPThe latest confrontation between the neighbours, who have fought three wars since independence in 1947, erupted after a suicide bombing in Indian-held Kashmir killed 40 Indian troops on February 14, with the attack claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group.Twelve days later Indian warplanes launched a strike inside undisputed Pakistani territory, claiming to have hit a militant camp.It was the first such aerial raid since their last war in 1971 — before either country had nuclear weapons.An infuriated Islamabad denied casualties or damage, but a day later launched its own incursion across the Line of Control, the de facto Kashmir border.That sparked the dogfight that ended in both countries claiming they had shot down each other’s warplanes, and Abhinandan’s capture.Residents on either side of the LoC also reported heavy shelling, which continued into the early hours Friday.Analysts said the pilot could prove to be Islamabad’s trump card, but prime minister Imran Khan unexpectedly announced Thursday that he would be released a day later in the first sign of a potential thaw.Khan alluded to the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war and called for talks, even as he warned India should not take the announcement as a sign of weakness.With the pilot attaining hero status and the hashtag #WelcomeBackAbhi swiftly trending on social media, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi called on his citizens to “stand as a wall” in the face of an enemy that “seeks to destabilise India”.The last time an Indian pilot was captured by Pakistan, in 1999, the handover was facilitated by the Red Cross (ICRC), who met flight lieutenant K Nachiketa at the Pakistani foreign office in Islamabad before escorting him to the Indian high commission overnight.He left for India that same day.On Friday a Red Cross spokesman told AFP the aid organisation is “ready to provide any assistance necessary”, but so far “is not involved” in Abhinandan’s return.Kashmir is ruled in part but claimed in full by both India and Pakistan. Two of their three wars have been fought over the territory.last_img read more

New Hampshire offers Limitless Possibilities for families

first_imgNew Hampshire offers ‘Limitless Possibilities’ for families Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Adventure Travel, Family Travel, New Hampshire Tuesday, May 30, 2017 center_img NEW HAMPSHIRE — When it comes to family travel, clients should look no further than the Granite State. New Hampshire has been touting ‘Limitless Possibilities” for families and leisure travellers alike, and when it comes to outdoor adventures, that definitely proves true.A small sampling of the activities that can be done in New Hampshire include:Ziplining: Parents and kids alike can enjoy the adrenaline rush of soaring through the Granite State. Take in the wonders of the various natural wonders including mountains, lakes, and endless forestry. Fun fact: New Hampshire is home to one of the longest zipline canopy tours in the U.S. Go to Attractions: In any weather, families can make a splash in one of the many outdoor water parks located across the state. On rainy days or off-season visits, family fun can still be had at a variety of indoor water parks perfect for year-round fun.Mountain Coasters: In the summer months, New Hampshire’s top ski resorts keep the family fun going with mountain coasters. Check out one of the thrilling, boundary-pushing attractions at some on New Hampshire’s best mountains.Hiking: For active, adventurous families, New Hampshire offers some of the best hiking trails in the U.S. with options for all levels. There are also many kid-friendly trails, with more information found on New Hampshire’s website.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalIf you have clients who are looking for an adventure for the whole family, make sure to share the video by NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development.For more information, go to Share Posted bylast_img read more