Nestled in Besant Nagar locality of Chennai is a shop that claims to go gaga over the city. The effect is on its visitors as well. Because by the time, they have finished looking at the merchandise on display, they are going gaga over Chennai as well.The shop that started in November 21, 2012 is coming into its own as Madras celebrates its 375th birthday. No, it isn’t just the ‘Sale’ posters pasted everywhere but the range of tee-shirts that are on offer, presenting a 360 degree view of Chennai. In short, a week during which Madras celebrates Chennai.So if you are in a mood to soak in some Madras, then Chennai Gaga should be on your to-go list. And wear Chennai on your sleeve, literally. Sujata Tarakesan, the proprietor of the shop says, “It is a Chennai celebration that Chennai Gaga is all about. This Madras Week, we take it one step higher. This is the time to wear Chennai. Even locals come and buy a lot.”Expectedly, Rajinikanth tee shirts are a huge attraction. So are tees that sport the filter Kaapi motifs. Anita, who grew up in Chennai and is now settled in Canada, has come to ensure she does not feel homesick when she has left the shores of the Marina.”My husband, my child, my in-laws and I all end up wearing something that is so personal to us. For my husband, it is the Marina beach, me the Madras Central, my child listens to Usha Uthup’s song ‘Kaapi Kaapi Chai Chai’ so there is a kaapi kaapi chai tee shirt for him. I find it personal and creative at the same time,” says Anita.advertisementThat Chennai has the ability to laugh at itself is obvious from tees that talk about the four seasons in the city: Summer, Summer, Summer and Summer. And since the Madrasi is also culturally inclined and spends an entire month celebrating music and dance during the Margazhi season, tees and mugs that are an ode to the ragas find ready buyers.
R. S. Sodhi (right), Managing Director, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Amul), with Rajeev Mehta, Secretary-General, Indian Olympic Association, at a press conference to anounce Amul’s association with the Indian contingent to the Rio Olympics in New Delhi on Wednesday. — Ramesh Sharma SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 29, 2016 India’s leading food products company Amul has signed up as the official sponsor for the Indian contingent to the Rio Olympics 2016. The company will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and other dairy products to promote this association. In addition, the company’s products will also sport special branding to promote this association.Amul will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and various dairy products to promote this association in the coming months. Amul has embarked upon an ‘Eat Milk with Every Meal’ campaign.R S Sodhi, MD, GCMMF said, “Amul is committed to strengthening the Olympic movement in India and encourage the young generation from all over the country to take up Olympic sports.”He said that milk is nature’s original energy drink and plays a pivotal role in building the physical and mental strength of the athletes. “This association will help in engaging the kids and youth so that they can enjoy a healthy life,” he added. COMMENTS Published on × FROM THE WHOVaccinate before the Games RELATED COMMENT marketing SHARE sport R. S. Sodhi (right), Managing Director, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Amul), with Rajeev Mehta, Secretary-General, Indian Olympic Association, at a press conference to anounce Amul’s association with the Indian contingent to the Rio Olympics in New Delhi on Wednesday. — Ramesh Sharma
congatec will be exhibiting at Japan IoT/M2M Expo (booth 10-42 West Hall 2, 1F), showcasing its brand new demo platforms for the next generation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) based embedded vision systems. Designed in cooperation with and verified by leading ecosystem partners including NXP Semiconductors, Intel, Basler and Real-Time Systems, the platforms offer a new level of solution readiness for various AI based embedded vision applications. The goal is to minimize design effort for OEM customers and to ensure that new applications make it to market more quickly. Target industries range from industrial, infrastructure and smart city to logistics, vehicle and retail vision applications.Embedded vision computing for real-time robotics: The demo system congatec designed in cooperation with Intel and Real-Time Systems targets the next generation of vision based collaborative robotics, automation controls and autonomous vehicles that have to tackle multiple tasks in parallel, including situational awareness utilizing deep learning based AI algorithms. The solution ready platform is based on a COM Express Type 6 module equipped with Intel Xeon E2 processor and integrates three preconfigured virtual machines. One operates a Basler vision camera, where the vision based object recognition runs on Linux via the Intel OpenVino software, and the AI algorithms are executed on an Intel Arria 10 FPGA card from Refexces. Another partition hosts a gateway for secure IoT connectivity. The independent real-time partition runs real-time Linux to control the balance of an inverted pendulum in real-time. Visitors can try to disturb the balance of the pendulums – the system will react instantly and with real-time behavior to keep the pendulums in balance. You can find more information about this kit here.Embedded vision computing for automated retail checkouts: The congatec, Basler and NXP retail demo platform is a proof-of-concept utilizing AI to fully automate the retail checkout process. Booth visitors can select what to put in their baskets, the trained neural network then detects the products on the basis of a video stream – similar to how face recognition works – and displays the total pricing. Systems like this open a new perspective for retail applications: They make it easy to expand the sales portfolio as new products can be added to a trained neural network without a problem. Retail stores benefit from less labor costs as well as significantly improved customer experience through instant checkouts, minimized queues and 100% checkout capacity at all times, even when the shop is opened 24/7. The deep learning retail platform is based on a Basler Embedded Vision Kit consisting of an NXP i.MX 8QuadMax SoC based SMARC 2.0 Computer-on-Module from congatec, a SMARC 2.0 carrier board and Basler’s dart BCON for MIPI 13 MP camera module. The Embedded Vision Kit will be available starting this summer from Basler. You can find more information about this kit here.Embedded vision computing for face recognition: The congatec face recognition demo system is based on cutting-edge biometric technology and designed for applications that require real-time connectivity to a central database of images to identify people. Target applications range from high-level public infrastructure surveillance to billing, ticketing and entrance control systems. The demo focuses on face recognition and is based on Basler’s dart camera series with USB 3.0 and a conga-PA5 Pico-ITX board with 5th generation Intel Atom, Celeron or Pentium processors. Further kits based on congatec boards and modules with LVDS, MIPI-CSI, GigE vision and other relevant interfaces will follow. The pylon camera software suite from Basler will also be integrated by congatec as standard software into appropriate kits.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous AI brings needed autonomy to unmanned spacecraftNext VadaTech: AMC with 72 core Tilera GX72 Processor
zoom Swedish tanker owner and operator Concordia Maritime has taken delivery of the second 50,000 dwt IMOIIMAX tanker, Stena Important, from the Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.The chemical and product tanker Stena Important is part of a series of ten vessels ordered by Stena Bulk in 2012, two of which are owned by Concordia Maritime. Her sister vessel, the Stena Image, was delivered to Concordia Maritime in April 2015.The Stena Important will arrive at an unnamed port in Europe for discharge at the beginning of December.“Our first vessel in this series, the Stena Image, has been deployed in Stena Weco’s global logistics systems since April, this year, and is already performing beyond our expectations,” said Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime. ”The IMOIIMAX tankers are a positive continuation of our investment for the future and are setting a new standard for both cargo efficiency and bunkers consumption. We regard the vessels as an important step in the long-term expansion and development of our fleet.”The first tanker in the series, the Stena Impression, was named at the beginning of February in Singapore. The Stena Imperial has also been delivered this year.The last of the remaining six tankers will be delivered in 2017. All ten IMOIIMAX tankers will sail in Stena Weco’s global logistics systems, which now will employ more than 60 vessels.
The former meeting room of the provincial cabinet in Province House has been renamed in recognition of the role veterans have played in Nova Scotia. The room will now be known as the Veterans Room. “In renaming the room, we are honouring the significant role veterans have played in protecting our democracy,” Speaker of the House of Assembly, Murray Scott, said today, Nov. 9. “The former cabinet room is an important part of the democratic process. It’s where ideas and policies were put forward on behalf of Nova Scotians for years. Debates in the room have played a key role in how we have grown in Nova Scotia. “Through sacrifices and bravery, veterans have ensured we have the freedom to debate and live freely. Because of veterans, the room has remained open and the debate inside it has led to a better life for all of us.” The room was used for cabinet meetings until 2001when a newer, larger room was opened in One Government Place. Renovations have been made to reflect the heritage of Province House, including the acquisition and restoration of period furnishings. An exhibit honouring veterans is now on display until the end of the year. It includes medals, uniforms and paintings from three Nova Scotia museums: Army Museum, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site; Maritime Command Museum, CFB Stadacona; and Shearwater Aviation Museum, 12 Wing Shearwater. The room will be used for government and legislative events, meetings and ceremonies. “The Veterans Room is a fitting tribute to the valour and sacrifice of Nova Scotia’s veterans,” said Cecil Clarke, Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteran. “It is also a vibrant reminder to all Nova Scotians that we owe our freedom and way of life to our veterans.” “I invite all veterans to visit this room because it is yours. It is our ‘thank you’ to all veterans,” said Mr. Scott. “But I urge all Nova Scotians to stop in and reflect on what veterans did outside of this room to protect our freedom.” The renaming of the room marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and is a legacy for Year of the Veteran. When it is not in use, the room will be open Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Dec. 2, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) co-hosted a special event to commemorate Friends’ 10th anniversary as an advocate for U.S. investments in the fight against the three diseases, and as a voice for the Global Fund in Washington, D.C.Friends of the Global Fight President Deb Derrick, center, is joined by actor, author and PSI ambassador Ashley Judd, right, and Friends board member and CARE President/CEO Helene GayleCredit/Copyright: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images for Friends of the Global FightThe event honored the many individuals whose advocacy, legislative efforts, leadership, research and science have contributed to tremendous progress in the past decade, and helped bring the world closer to an AIDS-free generation.Among the event attendees: Actor, author and PSI ambassador Ashley Judd; Friends President Deborah Derrick; MPAA Chairman and CEO, former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT); Global Fund Executive Director, Dr. Mark Dybul; U.S. AIDS Global Ambassador, Dr. Deborah Birx; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci; How to Survive a Plague Producer and Director, David France; Getty Images Co-Founder and CEO Jonathan Klein; Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA); Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), David Cicilline, (D-RI), Jim Himes (D-CT), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Jim McDermott (D-WA); Del. Donna Christensen (D-USVI); former Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-IN); former Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA), David Evans (D-IN), Nancy Johnson (R-CT), Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) and Dave Weldon (R-FL).Find out more here.Source:PR Newswire
The most senior United Nations official in Libya today said he is deeply concerned by recent incursions by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) into Libya’s oil crescent region and by attacks carried on oil fields.“The attacks of the so called Islamic State and its intention to control vital strategic areas are a serious threat to Libya’s oil installations,” warned Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), in a press release.“It constitutes a grave assault not only on the lifeline of Libya’s national economy, but on the very livelihoods of millions of ordinary Libyans, many of whom are already enduring hardship as a consequence of the ongoing political and military conflict in Libya,” he added.Taking note of the statement by Libya’s Presidency Council of 24 April, Martin Kobler joined its calls to take all necessary measures to safeguard the oil fields and terminals.“I call on all security actors to respect the authority of the Presidency Council over Libya’s natural resources,” Mr. Kobler said.Furthermore, he reminded all parties in Libya of last month’s UN Security Council resolution 2278, which condemns attempts to illicitly export crude oil from Libya, including by parallel institutions which are not acting under the authority of the Government of National Accord. He also underlined the primary responsibility of the Government of National Accord in taking appropriate action to prevent the illicit export of crude oil from Libya.
Photos: Animals Rescued From Illegal Trafficking in ColombiaEagle Steals Rabbit From Fox in Mid-Air Battle Stay on target It’s been a year of headlines dominated by extreme weather and natural disasters, sporting events that brought the world together, and space advances that renewed our Mars obsession. From Facebook testifying to Paradise, California burning, these are some of the most incredible (and sometimes, viral) moments captured on film this year.View as: One Page Slides1/451. Banksy’s Shredding Art StuntPhoto Credit: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty ImagesIt was the stunt that stunned the art world. The Banksy painting ‘Girl with Balloon’ was passed through a shredder hidden in the frame just after it went under the hammer for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million, 1.2 million euros) at Sotheby’s auction house in London, England, October 12, 2018.2. Hurricane Michael Hits FloridaPhoto Credit: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty ImagesA woman is in tears as she surveys the damage to her home caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida on October 12, 2018. 3. Bird and DeerPhoto Credit: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty ImagesA bird rests on the head of a white-tailed deer roaming free in San Jose Villanueva, El Salvador, on May 21, 2018.4. France at the World CupPhoto Credit: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty ImagesFrench President Emmanuel Macron reacts during the 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia on July 15, 2018. 5. Mark Zuckerberg TestifiesPhoto Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. 6. Neymar Rolling at World CupPhoto Credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty ImagesBrazil’s forward Neymar reacts after being tackled by Switzerland’s midfielder Valon Behrami during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Switzerland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don, Russia on June 17, 2018. 7. Frozen Niagara FallsPhoto Credit: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty ImagesAn observation point at the base of Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada is seen covered with ice on January 9, 2018, after a giant winter “bomb cyclone” walloped the US East Coast on January 5, 2018.8. North Korean Cheerleaders at Winter Olympics(Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)North Korean cheerleaders attend the pairs free figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, South Korea on February 15, 2018. 9. Rhino Notching in KenyaPhoto Credit: Yasuyoshi CHIBA/AFP/Getty ImagesA ranger from Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) tries to cover the eyes of female Southern white rhino, Elia, to calm her down after being shot a tranquilizer from a helicopter during a rhino ear notching exercise for identification at Meru National Park,Nairobi, Kenya, on April 5, 2018. 10. Mendocino Complex FirePhoto Credit: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty ImagesFifteen year-old Alex Schenck carries a water bucket while fighting to save his home as the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, tears down New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 4, 2018. 11. Hurricane Florence Slams Into CarolinasPhoto Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesVolunteer Amber Hersel from the Civilian Crisis Response Team helps rescue 7-year-old Keiyana Cromartie and her family from their flooded home September 14, 2018 in James City, North Carolina. 12. Camp Fire Burns in CaliforniaPhoto Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesFlames from the Camp Fire burn near a home atop a ridge near Big Bend, California, on November 10, 2018. It’s the most destructive fire to hit California. 13. Paradise No MorePhoto Credit: Mason Trinca for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesA home destroyed in the Camp Fire in Paradise, California is seen on November 11, 2018. 14. ‘Black Panther’ Screens in KenyaPhoto Credit: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty ImagesCosplayers watch the film ‘Black Panther’ in 3D during a screening in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 14, 2018. 15. Migrant Boat CapsizesPhoto Credit: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty ImagesMembers of the Spanish organization Proactiva Open Arms rescue a Cameroonian migrant in the Mediterranean open sea about 85 miles off the Libyan coast on July 17, 2018. 16. Murmuration of StarlingsPhoto Credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty ImagesAn image taken on January 22, 2018 shows a murmuration of starlings performing their traditional dance before landing to sleep near the southern Israeli city of Rahat, in the Negev desert. 17. Beached Whale in MexicoPhoto Credit: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty ImagesMen stand on a beached whale found dead in Rosarito, Baja California State, Mexico, on May 21, 2018.18. March for Lives Rally in Washington, DCPhoto Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesMarjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez (center) with other students during the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018. Galvanized by a massacre at a Florida high school, hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets in cities across the U.S. in the biggest protest for gun control in a generation. 19. Ski Resort in AfricaPhoto Credit: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty ImagesThis photo taken on July 11, 2018 shows Lesotho Kingdom ski resort Afriski, in the Maluti Mountains. It is Africa’s leading ski resort. 20. Cattle Camp in SudanPhoto Credit: Stefanie Glinksi/AFP/Getty ImagesA Sudanese man from Dinka tribe stands in the early morning at their cattle camp in Mingkaman, Lakes State, South Sudan, on March 3, 2018. During South Sudan’s dry season between December and May, pastoralists from the highlands move to the lowlands and close to the Nile, where they set up big cattle camps to make sure their animals are close to grazing land. 21. Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung Volcano EruptsPhoto Credit: Aanto Sembiring/AFP/Getty ImagesIndonesian schoolchildren walk together at Sipandak elementary school in Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra on February 19, 2018, as thick volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung volcano rises into the air following another eruption. 22. Aerial of Paradise, CaliforniaPhoto Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesIn this aerial photo, a burned neighborhood is seen in Paradise, California on November 15, 2018.23. Royal Wedding(Photo Credit: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty ImagesBritain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.24. Hurricane Florence from SpacePhoto Credit: NASA via Getty ImagesIn this NASA handout image taken by Astronaut Ricky Arnold from the ISS, Hurricane Florence is seen gaining strength in the Atlantic Ocean on September 10, 2018.25. The Holy FirePhoto Credit: Mark Rightmire/Orange County Register via Getty ImagesA plane drops fire retardant behind homes along McVicker Canyon Park Road in Lake Elsinore as the Holy Fire burned near homes on August 8, 2018. 26. Historic Korean Summit(Photo Credit: Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP/Getty ImagesNorth Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries ahead of their historic summit at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. 27. Yemen on the Brink of FaminePhoto Credit: Essa Ahmed/AFP/Getty ImagesBassem Mohamed Hassan, a two-year-old Yemeni boy suffering from malnutrition, has his weight measured at a hospital in the northern district of Abs in the northwestern Hajjah province on September 19, 2018. The three-year conflict between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and Huthi rebels linked to Iran, has pushed the already impoverished country to the brink of famine, leaving many unable to afford food and water, with a total of 5.2 million children at risk of starvation, according to the Britain-based NGO Save the Children. 28. An Inspiration from VenezuelaPhoto Credit: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty ImagesVenezuelan migrant and rap singer, Alfonso Mendoza aka “Alca,” performs in a bus in Barranquilla, Colombia on September 28, 2018. Alca, who was born without legs, swapped his wheelchair for a skateboard. An example for overcoming adversity, he practices extreme sports, raps, and gives motivational talks to young people in vulnerable situations.29. Selfie from MarsPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechNASA’s InSight Mars lander, a robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars, acquired this image using its robotic arm-mounted, Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) on November 28, 2018.30. Human Tower in SpainPhoto Credit: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty ImagesMembers of the ‘Colla Vella dels Xiquets de Valls’ human tower team form a ‘castell’ (human tower) winning the XXVII ‘castells’ competition in Tarragona, Spain on October 7, 2018. 31. Bridge Collapse in ItalyPhoto Credit: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty ImagesA truck stands on the edge of the collapsed Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa, Italy on August 14, 2018. About 30 people were killed when the giant motorway bridge collapsed in heavy rain in what the Italian government has called an “immense tragedy”. 32. Chili Pepper Eating ContestPhoto Credit: AFP/Getty ImagesThis photo taken on July 8, 2018 shows a contestant of a chili pepper eating competition in Ningxiang, Hunan province, China.The winner ate 50 chili peppers in one minute. 33. Celebrations as NASA’s InSight Lander Touches Down on MarsPhoto Credit: AL SEIB/AFP/Getty ImagesNASA engineers Kris Bruvold (L) and Sandy Krasner (R) react after the successful landing by the InSight spacecraft on the planet Mars from the Mission Support area in the Space Flight Operations facility at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California on November 26, 2018.34. New (Bigger!) iPhonesPhoto Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesTim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks during an Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, California on September 12, 2018. Apple announced new iPhones XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. 35. InSight’s First SelfiePhoto Credit: NASAhis is NASA InSight’s first full selfie on Mars. It displays the lander’s solar panels and deck. On top of the deck are its science instruments, weather sensor booms and UHF antenna. The selfie was taken on Dec. 6, 201836. Eel Gets Nosey With Monk SealPhoto Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Brittany DolanResearchers in Hawaii spotted a monk seal with an eel stuck up in its nostril.37. Major Discovery in EgyptPhoto Credit: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty ImagesThis picture taken on December 15, 2018 shows a view of a newly-discovered tomb belonging to the high priest “Wahtye” who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare (between 2500-2300 BC), at the Saqqara necropolis, 30 kilometres south of the Egyptian capital Cairo.38. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Reaches Space for the First TimePhoto Credit: Virgin GalacticVirgin Galactic’s first spaceflight, December 13, 2018.39. Trump Holds Listening Session With Students And Teachers On Mass ShootingsPhoto by Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesDonald Trump holds his notes while hosting a listening session with student survivors of mass shootings, their parents and teachers. The visible points included prompts such as “1. What would you most want me to know about your experience?” “2. What can we do to help you feel safe?” and “5. I hear you.” 40. Panda Versus CrowPhoto Credit: Feature China / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesA crow plucks fur off a panda’s back for its nest in a zoo on April 9, 2018 at the Beijing Zoo in Beijing, China.41. Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano EruptsPhoto Credit: Mario Tama/Getty ImagesPeople play golf as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island on May 15, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. 42. Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey TestifyPhoto Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesFacebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which was holding a hearing about the foreign use of social media to influence US politics. Google had offered to send Kent Walker, its SVP of global affairs, but the committee declined, saying it wanted someone more senior. So Google did not offer anyone. Next to Sandberg and Dorsey was an empty chair, with a place card for Google. 43. Central Park’s Famous Mandarin DuckPhoto Credit: Gary Hershorn/Getty ImagesThe now-famous Mandarin duck, nicknamed “Mandarin Patinkin” floats on a pond in Central Park on November 30, 2018 in New York City.44. Arc De Triomphe Damaged During ProtestsPhoto Credit: Sathiri Kelpa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesA statue at the Arc De Triomphe is damaged during a ‘Yellow Vest’ protest in Paris. Without any political affiliation, the Yellow Vest movement rallies in various cities in France against taxes and rising fuel prices. 45. Geminid Meteor ShowerPhoto Credit: Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty ImagesA meteor streaks across the night sky during the Geminid Meteor Shower over Harishchandra Fort on December 15, 2018 in Ahmednagar, India. More on Geek.com:40 Incredible Images of the Surface of MarsDrake and Ariana Grande are Spotify’s Most Streamed Artists of 2018Apple Reveals Most Popular iPhone Apps and Games of 2018
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Barbados, January 17, 2018 – In December, Barbados had some really good news. A new flight, another linking the Caribbean country to the United Kingdom. Virgin Atlantic’s VS 131 from London Heathrow will continue until March with weekly commutes and proving said the Tourism Minister, Alvin Jemmott that Barbados is an attractive place for visitor from Britain.Photo credit: LOOP News Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Phase 1: India Votes for the 17th General Elections to choose the next Prime Minister Shatrughan Sinha’s wife Poonam Sinha joined the Samajwadi Party in presence of Dimple Yadav.Twitter/ANIPoonam Sinha, the wife of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, has joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the presence of party leader Dimple Yadav on Tuesday, April 16. Poonam Sinha is expected to contest the Lok Sabha elections 2019 against Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh from the Lucknow parliamentary constituency.This development comes almost a week after Shatrughan Sinha joined the Congress party after quitting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his party of almost three decades.This will definitely pave the way for a one-to-one face off between Rajnath Singh and Poonam Sinha. The decision to field Poonam Sinha as the joint (SP-BSP) opposition candidate against the Union Home Minister is seen as an attempt by the opposition parties to keep Rajnath Singh confined to his constituency. Poonam Sinha is yet to be given a ticket for the Lok Sabha polls.A leader of the SP had earlier said, “Poonam Sinha is a Sindhi while her husband Shatrughan Sinha is a Kayastha. This is going to give a major push to her candidature from Lucknow.”During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Rajnath Singh had won the Lucknow seat garnering 55.7 per cent of the total 10,06,483 votes polled. He had won in all the five assembly segments of the constituency. The first phase of polling in UP saw a voter turnout of 63.69 per cent for its eight constituencies that were held on April 11. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:47Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:45?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
It seems like this console generation has lasted forever, and that’s partly because it has. The Xbox 360 is now almost six years old, while the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii are almost five. We know that Sony built the PS3 to have a ten year lifespan, and it looks like the Xbox 360 will have something similar, with recent rumors tipping the next Xbox sometime in 2015. Similarly, it is expected that Nintendo might announce a new version of its Wii console later this year to keep pace with peripherals like the Kinect and PlayStation Move.Five years from now, though? It’s reasonable to expect that we’ll all be playing brand new consoles… and new consoles require launch games. That’s why Square Enix is already planning on opening a huge studio in Canada next year, specifically to work on developing games for next-gen consoles.It’s unknown if Square-Enix has an inside tip on the next generation of consoles, although given how popular games like the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series are, we wouldn’t be surprised. Even if they don’t have a tip on the hardware being used, though, it’s pretty clear that Square-Enix will need to get a head start on the next gen if they want to have titles available for the Xbox 720 or PlayStation 4 for launch.After all, considering how much time and money needs to go into making modern consoles games, game development budgets and time tables are only going to rise by the time future consoles roll out. For example, Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been in development for five years now, and it’s still not out. Even if they build a studio next year, Square-Enix may very well not be able to put together a truly next-gen game for 2015.Read more at Metro (via Ubergizmo)
The 1967 black and white classic Jaatiswar had mega star Uttam Kumar and Tanuja in the lead. The same characters are now reprised by Prosenjit Chatterjee and Jisshu Sengupta, but with a brand new storyline.Jaatiswar is the story of Rohit, a Gujarati brought up in Bengal, who falls in love with a woman who is Bengali with a vengeance – Mahamaya Banerjee. She is obsessed with the Bengali language, hates using English words, loves Bengali poetry, songs and believes in the intellectual superiority of the race. Naturally, she rejects his proposal as he can’t even pronounce her name properly. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When further pushed, she sets a condition and challenges him to write, compose and sing a perfect Bengali song for her, upon which she would consider his proposal. After this, their paths diverge. Mahamaya becomes a RJ who works for a radio station which eventually is entrusted the responsibility of organising a rock concert involving bands from India and Bangladesh. Rohit meanwhile goes to Portugal to study colonial history, and decides to do it on Heynesman Antony, a Portuguese who was born in 19th Century Bengal, who learnt the Bengali language and went on to become of the leading minstrels of that time. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn his fieldwork, he meets a mysterious man, Kushawl Hajra in Chandannagore, Antony’s birthplace. He claims to be Antony’s reincarnation whose memory from the last birth is overpowering his present life memory at a fast rate leading to identity replacement. Rohit starts recording his narrative of his past life as Antony for his dissertation. From here we see a journey of two men separated by one and a half century – both learning an alien language and going on to write songs overcoming all odds, Rohit and Antony. How Rohit woos Mahamaya with the perfect Bengali song, and how Kushawl deals with his psychological disorder forms the rest of this musical-reincarnation drama-biopic -love story. Talking about the film Chatterjee said, ‘I’m really looking forward to the release of this film. Antony Firingee is an iconic character and I’m glad that I got an opportunity to play this character. The storyline however is entirely different from the earlier film. All I can say is that this film has a whole new surprise track weaved in the storyline. The soul of the film is same- it is a musical. The music of this film is divine and I have experimented a lot with my look. In fact, it is a very well researched look.’The film is slated to release in more than 20 cities in India – Bombay, Pune, Thane, Vashi, Delhi, Bangalore, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Indore, Raipur, Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar and Chennai. Outside Bengal, the film will be released with English subtitles.When: Premiering 17 January, pan India
Malaysia Airlines today launched official presence on WhatsAppMalaysia Airlines today launched official presence on WhatsAppMalaysia Airlines (MH) today launched ourofficial presence on WhatsApp, enabling customers to receive their flight booking confirmation and flight status directly through the popular messaging app. Malaysia Airlinesis the first airline in Malaysia and the fifth in the world to integrate with the WhatsApp Business solution.This follows the launch of three otherdigital solutions, MHguardian, MHfeedback and MHchat back in April 2018 and in line with our digitalization strategy.Malaysia Airlines will continue to look at products and services that enhance the customer experience byallowing our guests to receive important updates such as gate, check-in,boarding or schedule notifications via the messaging app. This new platform is offered in addition to the airline’s traditional methods of communication of email and SMS.Malaysia Airlines’ Group Chief Executive Officer Izham Ismail said, “We are extremely excited to be the first in Malaysia and one of the first in the world to offer this new service on WhatsApp. The WhatsApp Business solution will enable us to reach out to more passengers as WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging applications with more than 1.5 billion users worldwide. The new service will further enhancethe customer experience for todays always connected customers.”He added, “Malaysian Hospitality is not just about the service. It is about making the journey stress-free andconvenient for our passengers.”Malaysia Airlines’ customers can opt in to this service by sending any WhatsApp message to the number +603 8777 4570Source = Malaysia Airlines
Study: Home Warranties Boost Sale Prices, Reduce Market Time in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News A study released Monday by the Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC) has found that homes covered by a protection plan sell faster and for more money than those without one.According to SCIC’s most recent look at home sale prices nationally, homes sold with a protection plan spend, on average, 11 fewer days on the market.SCIC’s findings also show that homes on average sold for about $2,300 more when covered by a plan. The ability to transfer a home warranty to new owners also helps create added incentives for buyers, according to Tim Meenan, the council’s executive director.”Because home warranties can be transferred to the new owner, buyers are finding that the extra protection of a service contract can ease this apprehension,” Meenan said. “Home buyers understand that when it’s time to sell in the future, the home will have an increased resale value.”With housing sales increasing amid the economic rebounds, home warranties make sense to help increase the home’s marketability, Meenan said.National housing markets are indeed showing signs of strength and stability. And while there’s been much talk of shrinking inventory in some markets (particularly in markets like coastal California or Houston, where competition for homes among rapid population growth is fueling a seller’s market), the most recent National Housing Trend Report released by Realtor.com has found that inventory and price continued to rise for the month of April. This suggests a more robust national housing market in which the “dramatic shortages” of 2013 are being replaced by moderate home price gains and increasing inventories.Whatever the case, warranties give sellers a competitive edge, Meenan said. They also give buyers the peace of mind that the everyday breakdowns on smaller electrical appliances, such as refrigerators or microwaves, that come from defects or everyday wear and tear will be covered. These contracts help homeowners avoid unexpected, potentially large repair and service bills to things like duct work, plumbing, or the HVAC system. Home Warranties SCIC 2014-06-09 Scott_Morgan June 9, 2014 453 Views Share
2019AustralisCLIA AustralasiaCLIA LIVE eventscruiseCruise Lines International Association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia is taking its popular CLIA LIVE events national with an expanded program in 2019. In addition to the East Coast and Auckland events that launched this year, CLIA Australasia & Asia Managing Director Joel Katz said CLIA LIVE will make its debut in Perth and Adelaide in the new year, while the New Zealand event has been extended to two days.CLIA LIVE is an exclusive training event for CLIA agents which sees dozens of cruise industry representatives gather under one roof to provide insights into their brand during an action-packed two-day program.“At CLIA LIVE, representatives from the world’s biggest ocean, river and expedition cruise lines gather together to share the latest on their brands including their unique selling points, target audiences and onboard guest experiences,” said Katz.“Because these events are exclusive to our members, we’re offering CLIA agents the chance to get in-the-know and get ahead when it comes to selling cruise. These are must-attend events for anyone, whether you are new-to-cruise or have been selling cruise for many years.“We had such a great response from our inaugural events that we’re thrilled to be taking CLIA LIVE to Adelaide and Perth for the first time. We’re also excited to offer our New Zealand members two full days of CLIA LIVE in Auckland.”CLIA LIVE events will take place between March and September 2019Perth – Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 MarchAdelaide – Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 AprilSydney – Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 AprilAuckland -Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 MayBrisbane -Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 MayMelbourne – Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 SeptemberCLIA members will earn 30 accreditation points for attending and can attend either or both days depending on their availability.All CLIA LIVE 2019 events are on sale now and cost $50 per person per day. Due to its popularity this year, CLIA LIVE events are expected to sell-out and therefore CLIA encourages agents to book their tickets fast to ensure they don’t miss out.Tickets are limited and are available on a strictly first come first served basis. For more information or to book CLICK HERE.
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