Museums Welcome Visitors During Canada Games

first_imgThe Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Museum of Natural History, in Halifax, are ready to welcome visitors as the 2011 Canada Games take centre stage in Halifax from Feb. 12 to 27. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will feature Passport to Adventure, a family program that allows visitors to try their hand at seafaring skills and traditions. Visitors will learn how to caulk the hull of a boat, stow a hammock, and cross the line, as they visit exotic ports of call at stations around the museum. Other activities include sailors games, crafts, facepainting and a storytellers circle. A T. rex Named Sue, an exhibit featuring the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, has thrilled 22,000 visitors and continues to make its mark at the Museum of Natural History. Interactive displays and a dig pit help young paleontologists learn what life was like for Sue. Normally closed on Mondays for the winter season, both museums will open Mondays with regular hours during the games. For more information on Maritime Museum of the Atlantic activities go to http://maritime.museum.gov.ns.ca or call 902-424-7490. For more information on Museum of Natural History activities go to http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca or call 902-424-7353.last_img read more

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Closing Bell TSX declines amid strong US housing consumer confidence data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Tuesday despite strong U.S. housing and consumer confidence figures. The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 143.26 points to 14,962.37. The Canadian dollar was down 0.15 of a cent to 93.08 cents US.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,962.37-143.26 -0.95%S&P 500 —  1,949.98-12.63 -0.64%Dow — 16,818.13-119.13 -0.70%Nasdaq — 4,350.36 -18.32 -0.42%U.S. indexes also backed off with the Dow Jones industrials down 119.13 points at 16,818.13, while the Nasdaq was 18.32 points lower at 4,350.36 and the S&P 500 index declined 12.63 points to 1,949.98.Traders digested data showing that U.S. home prices rose in April from a year ago at the slowest pace in 13 months, reflecting a recent drop-off in sales. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 10.8% in April from 12 months earlier, down from 12.4% the previous month and the smallest increase since March 2013.But the U.S. Commerce Department reported that new home sales surged 18.6% in May to an annual rate of 504,000, the fastest pace in six years. That was much higher than the 440,000 reading that economists had expected.Also, the New York-based Conference Board’s June reading on consumer confidence ran ahead to 85.2, much higher than the expected reading of 83.However, indexes in Toronto and New York are close to record highs and investors wonder where the next catalyst is coming from. Also, inflationary pressures are building, raising concerns about when the U.S. Federal Reserve might boost interest rates.Most TSX sectors were negative with the gold sector falling 2.75% after rising about 6% over the last half dozen sessions. Gold prices and stocks have steadily advanced this month because of geopolitical worries centred on Iraq and tensions between Ukraine and Russia. The August bullion contract in New York rose $2.90 to US$1,321.30 an ounce.The energy sector was 2.44% lower as oil prices edged lower with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 14 cents to US$106.03 a barrel.Oil prices had risen steadily over the past couple of weeks amid a rising insurgency in Iraq. But prices fell on Monday as fears receded that the insurgency would greatly affect the country’s oil production and exports.Still the energy sector is the strongest TSX performer, up about 5% over the last month alone as investors focus on the greater certainty offered by the Canadian oilpatch.“It’s shining a light on that issue,” said Ben Jang, portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver.“Obviously, war is a terrible thing but, like the song, ’War: What Is It Good For?’ — it is good for the Canadian equity market really.”The base metals sector was down 1.68% while copper was unchanged at US$3.15 a pound following a three-cent rise Monday sparked by strong Chinese data.On the corporate front, Bell Media, the radio and television division of BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE), is laying off as many as 120 employees, or about 5% of its Toronto workforce, due to “financial pressure” in its advertising and subscription TV services. BCE shares dipped 20 cents to $48.33.AGF Management Ltd. (TSX:AGF.B) shares were down 50 cents to $12.28 as the mutual fund operator and wealth management company reported it had $14.5 million or 17 cents per share of net income in its fiscal second quarter, contrasting with a year-earlier loss of $10.4 million or 12 cents per share. Revenue from continuing operations was down from a year earlier, dropping to $119.1 million from $126.9 million.TOP STORIESWhy Canadians are hanging up on their landline phonesRRSPs, RESPs and TFSAs safe from U.S. crackdown on evasion, but tax status still murkyU.S. to face multi-billion-dollar bill from climate change, new report warnsMark Carney accused of acting like ‘unreliable boyfriend’ by mixing messages on ratesWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Real GDP (Q1): Economists expect a decline of 1.8% from the same time last year Durable Goods Orders (May): Economists expect 0% increase CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESGeneral Mills, Inc.  Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 72¢ a share Monsanto Company Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.56 a share read more

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Canadian designers get boost from Meghan Markles love of their clothing

TORONTO — John Muscat was asleep on Nov. 27 last year when he became intertwined with a historical moment that will be remembered for decades, if not centuries.Having hosted his annual Christmas bash the night before and planned to go into work late the next day, the Toronto-based fashion designer woke up to find dozens of calls alerting him that Britain’s Prince Harry had announced his engagement that morning to “Suits” star Meghan Markle, clad in a white wrap coat from the knitwear brand Line The Label, which Muscat co-founded.The $799 coat solidified his place in an elite but growing club of Canadian fashion brands, including Sentaler, Mackage, Smythe and even Aritzia’s Babaton brand, that have been catapulted into the international spotlight since the actress’s engagement to Prince Harry. The designers boast that any time Markle appears in one of their items, it draws a flurry of new fans to their brands, setting fashion trends and often inspiring knock-offs.In the hours after Markle appeared in the coat, Muscat said Line’s Instagram traffic tripled, the company website was “overrun” and he was seeing thousands of requests for the coat, which already was difficult to nab because it was the end of the season.“I ended up making 500 (more) just because I didn’t want the entire world to be a white coat. It would take away the specialness,” said Muscat. “It was about the moment and what it did for the brand, not about selling a ton of white coats.”Though Line had been working with Markle for years, Muscat has never met her and didn’t get a heads up about the outfit when he was putting together a selection of items for her to take with her to London. He chalks it up to luck that the couple chose to make their engagement appearance outside, on a day with good weather — the kind of backdrop that would necessitate a coat like Line’s.“There is a million different scenarios that could have happened. We are very lucky,” he said. “This will not happen again until (Duke of Cambridge) William’s children get engaged or married. In this century it has happened, what six or seven times, and we are part of that exclusive club now.”It wasn’t the first time Markle stepped out in his designs. In her “Suits” days, she was seen around Toronto in some of his sweaters and the engagement coat in two other colours. She was previously spotted in London wearing one of his leather jackets, and at the closing ceremony for Prince Harry’s Invictus Games in Toronto in September, she was in the stands in a silk coat from Line.Within seconds of her making such appearances, fashionistas turned into super sleuths, tracking down who’s behind every garment and accessory she’s clad in and documenting them on fan sites with monikers like What Meghan Wore, Meghan’s Mirror and Mad About Meghan.Amongst Burberry tartan coats, Alexander McQueen suits and Strathberry handbags, they’ve noticed a few Canadian touches: the 18-karat yellow gold and opal earrings from Montreal-based fine jewellery brand Birks she wore while announcing her impending nuptials; the burgundy jacket from Mackage, also of Montreal fame, she donned while at the Invictus Games’ closing ceremony in Toronto last year; and even the twill trench coat from Vancouver’s Babaton she sported at the Invictus Games trials earlier this year.She’s also proven to be a big fan of Toronto-based womenswear designer Bojana Sentaler, whose $1,695 camel-coloured baby alpaca wrap coat she wore at church with the Queen and other members of the British monarchy on Christmas Day last year, and whose $395 classic wrap scarf in sand grey she’s been seen shopping in.Sentaler said she’s lucky that Markle’s minimalist style is sprinkled with many of the same hallmarks of her designs: clean silhouettes and elegant yet feminine looks.“Whatever Meghan ends up wearing, it ends up selling out right away and then it goes on back order,” said Sentaler.“Women get very excited to own a piece that one of the royals wore.”Ben Barry, Ryerson University’s School of Fashion chair, expects those in their twenties and thirties or people who are interested in fashion, royal-watching and celebrity culture to be most attracted to keeping up with Markle’s style cues, which could be valuable for brands.“She represents a specific lifestyle that will appeal to a certain customer, but to other customers she is totally inaccessible (with) that kind of wealth, that kind of privilege,” he said. “People that might have a certain privilege, a certain lifestyle might say… ‘I see myself in her, so I do want to follow her fashion choices,”‘ he said.Many of the Canadian brands Markle has championed have a European presence, but still have room for expansion across the continent, said Barry.“The U.K. is a major market in fashion so she presents an entry for Canadian brands into this really competitive but lucrative market,” he said. “That’s a huge opportunity.”Whether she continues to put Canadian companies in the spotlight, remains to be seen, but Barry is optimistic.“Hopefully what she has done is develop a relationship with these brands because she likes their brand, their story and their values and will continue to wear them,” he said. “If she sees her influence is putting Canadian fashion on the global map, particularly for emerging brands, maybe she will want to continue.” read more

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Sierra Leone UN mission urges all sides to cooperate in disarmament effort

Visiting the districts of Kailahun and Kenema on Monday, Deputy Force Commander Maj. Gen. Martin Luther Agwai held meetings with representatives from the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the Civil Defence Forces (CDF) to discuss the process that will start on 15 November to disarm both armed groups. At his meeting in Tongo, Kenema District, the Deputy Force Commander appealed to both RUF and CDF combatants to exercise flexibility and a sense of commitment to the disarmament exercise so that it could move smoothly, according to a statement issued today in Freetown by the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). In Kailahun, Maj. Gen. Agwai received a briefing on the general security situation in the area from Pakistani peacekeepers deployed there. Addressing a gathering at the Kailahun District Town Hall, the Deputy Force Commander called on the local community to cooperate with UNAMSIL so as to ensure a successful completion of the disarmament exercise. In other news, the UN Mission announced that the seventh tripartite meeting between the Government of Sierra Leone, the RUF and UNAMSIL would take place in Freetown on Thursday. UNAMSIL chief Oluyemi Adeniji will chair the session, which will discuss the progress of disarmament activities throughout the country, a review of the peace process and issues related to national recovery and stabilization. read more

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Security Council splits prosecutors job of two UN war crimes tribunals

A separate prosecutor’s post was created today for the United Nations war crimes tribunal for Rwanda after the Security Council decided to split the prosecutorial duties of the two UN courts trying cases stemming from the 1994 Rwanda genocide and the Balkan wars of the 1990s, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan nominating a Gambian jurist to the new position.The 15-nation Council unanimously adopted a resolution that divided the prosecutor’s job – which is currently held by one person, Carla Del Ponte, who has occupied the post since 1999 – saying that it was convinced the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) could both operate “most efficiently and expeditiously” if each had its own lead attorney.The move was shortly followed by two letters from the Secretary-General to the Council submitting the names of nominees to the new posts. In the first, he asks that Ms. Del Ponte be reappointed to a four-year term beginning on 15 September as Prosecutor of the Yugoslav Tribunal. The second proposes a four-year term for Gambian Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow as the top lawyer of the Rwanda court.In a letter dated 28 July to the Council, the Secretary General indicated that as the two tribunals move towards implementing their respective completion strategies, it was “essential, in the interests of efficiency and effectiveness” that each have its own prosecutor, able to devote his or her entire attention to the conduct of the outstanding investigations and prosecutions.He had also informed the Council earlier of his intention to nominate, and thus maintain, Ms. Del Ponte as Prosecutor of the Yugoslav Tribunal. In the interim, the Deputy Prosecutor would assume the duties of the Rwanda court.The new resolution today outlines the timetable for the completion of the courts’ work, and the Council calls on the Tribunals to take all possible measures to complete investigations by the end of 2004, to complete all trial activities by the end of 2008 and to complete all work in 2010.The Council also called on all countries, especially Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and on the Republika Srpska within Bosnia and Herzegovina, to intensify cooperation with and render all necessary assistance to the Yugoslav Tribunal. It called on all at-large indictees to that Court to surrender to it.The Council issued a similar call regarding the Rwanda court to all States, especially Rwanda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo. read more

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UN agencys report finds a lack of data perpetuates the worlds digital

A lack of data on the amount of access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in poorer countries is maintaining the digital divide between rich and poor, according to a report unveiled today by the United Nations telecommunication agency.The report from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), released in Geneva, found that 60 per cent of all Internet user surveys are conducted in the wealthiest countries, while not a single survey has been carried out in the 59 poorest economies.In a statement issued by the ITU, the report’s author, Michael Minges, head of the ITU’s Market, Economic and Finance Unit, said “a close link exists between the digital and statistical divide.”The report, “ITU World Telecommunication Development Report 2003,” noted that countries that best understand their population’s access to ICTs have been able to tailor their policies to match, citing the Republic of Korea as an example.A toolkit has been developed by the ITU to help governments in poorer countries measure their public’s access to ICTs, showing how 23 indicators – such as the percentage of households with a personal computer, or the number of main telephone lines per 100 inhabitants – can provide a detailed picture of the situation.The ITU said its report also demonstrates how ICTs can help countries work towards the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, targets against poverty, disease and other social problems set by the world’s heads of state in 2000.The report has been released just ahead of the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which is being held in Geneva, and aims to improve access to ICTs in poorer countries. read more

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The Best Famous Pets Funko Pops

first_img Our pets are our best friends, and it’s no different with Funko Pops. If you collect the rest of the series religiously, you should also grab all the special pets that have made our favorite movies, TV shows, books, video games, and other forms of media so memorable. Here’s a selection of some of the best and most famous pets out there in Funko Pop form. Here, boy! Here!View as: One Page Slides1. K-9 (Duck Dodgers)Even Duck Dodgers need their own pets. In this case, K-9’s got all the brains. Currently $8.78 at Amazon. Purchase Here.2. Snowball (Rick and Morty)Snowball’s got his own society to take care of now, but he’s still absolutely adorable. Currently $9.79 at Amazon. Purchase Here.3. Toothless (How To Train Your Dragon)Look into Toothless’ eyes and see yourself, just as Hiccup did. This smart and friendly dragon is the perfect companion for any Viking. Just don’t let him outsmart you. Currently $34.00 at Amazon. Purchase Here.4. Dogmeat (Fallout 4)Dogmeat is one of your only companions in the Wasteland. Keep him close. He’s a tough and good doggo. Plus in exclusive fashion, he’s actually felted and fuzzy!Currently $31.79 at Amazon. Purchase Here.5. Zero (The Nightmare Before Christmas)This ghostly little pup is sure to bring a smile to your face. Currently $14.36 at Amazon. Purchase Here.6. Gizmo (Gremlins)Mogwais might not make great pets but Gizmo is loving, adorable, and oh so fluffy. Obviously, handle with care when bringing one into your home. But if you follow the rules (water and food specifically) there’s no reason you and a Mogwai can’t live peacefully. Currently $11.99 at Amazon. Purchase Here.7. Lil Sebastian (Parks & Rec)Lil SebastianThe tiniest and most famous resident of Pawnee. Lil Sebastian is a pet to all residents of the small Indian town and is absolutely worth 5000 candles in the wind.Currently $8.80 at Amazon. Purchase Here.8. Lion (Steven Universe)Lion is cute, and you can hide stuff in his fuzzy mane! Weird! This exclusive also comes as a fuzzy King of the Jungle. Hours of petting will ensue.Currently $21.50 at Amazon. Purchase Here.9. Meeko (Pocahontas)Every Disney Princess needs a familiar and the gal of Jamestown is no different. Meeko has a heart as big as his appetite. He’d bring joy to anyone, no just royalty. Currently $10.99 at Amazon. Purchase Here.10. Snowball (Funko Secret Life of Pets Insane)The angriest and cutest bunny on the planet. Snowball is just looking to be loved again. He might be the evil mastermind behind the ‘Flushed Pets’ organization but the right human will make him trust again. Currently $28.75 at Amazon. Purchase Here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Toy Tuesday: The Most Fatal ‘Mortal Kombat’ ToysToy Tuesday: The Best Funko Pops last_img read more

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BSO deputy hospitalized after crash on I595

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy has been hospitalized after a crash on Interstate 595.According to officials, the deputy was driving in the eastbound lanes of I-595 in Davie when crashed, Thursday morning.The officer was taken to Broward Health Medical Center in unknown condition.The cause of the crash is currently unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Teesta deal sees no light as Mamata matters

first_imgIt brought cheers for a moment when smiling West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee entered the room at Hyderabad House on Saturday afternoon where over 100 journalists were waiting to listen to the prime ministers of Bangladesh and India after their bilateral talks.Mamata who is blamed for delaying the Teesta Water-sharing Deal between Bangladesh and India was seen exchanging pleasantries with the officials in the room.Minutes later, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi stepped into the room.Modi, in his speech, tried to draw Mamata’s attention and make her understand that it is important for his government to get her green signal to the Teesta to show that India can deliver its commitments, even though late.The Indian prime minister, keeping Hasina by his side, made it clear that he is serious about resolving the Teesta issue.”I firmly believe that it is only my government and Excellency Sheikh Hasina, your government, that can and will find an early solution to Teesta Water Sharing,” Modi said while addressing the joint press meet in front of Mamata.It seems that Modi wanted to convey a strong message to Mamata so that she should come on the board on the Teesta issue without further delay.Modi acknowledged that the Teesta is one of the issues that has attracted the greatest attention.“This is important for India, for Bangladesh and for India-Bangladesh relationship. I’m very happy the chief minister of West Bengal is my honoured guest today,” he said.Apparently to convince Mamata, Modi also said, “I know that her (Mamata) feelings for Bangladesh are as warm as my own. I assure you and the people of Bangladesh of our commitment and continuing efforts.”Bangladesh and India share one of the longest land boundaries and during Modi’s visit to Dhaka in June 2015, two countries had concluded the Land Boundary Agreement.Modi said, “Its implementation is now underway. Along with our shared land boundaries are our shared rivers. They sustain our peoples and their livelihoods.”The crucial water-sharing agreement, negotiated over nearly 20 years, still remained unsettled as West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is opposed to it.The Teesta is one of cross-boundary rivers between Bangladesh and India.The latest draft of the agreement was prepared by Dr Manmohan Singh’s government. It divides the waters of the Teesta equally between Bangladesh and India. Teesta originates in Sikkim and flows through West Bengal into Bangladesh.In 2011, Dr Singh was preparing to sign the treaty during a trip to Dhaka, but at the last minute, Mamata stepped back stating that the terms were damaging for her state.The Indian side made it clear before the visit that the Teesta deal is not going to be signed this time though, according to diplomatic sources, discussion is on to sign the deal well ahead of the next national election in Bangladesh.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, in her speech, said she discussed the issues of water resource management, including the sharing of water of common rivers like Teesta, the Padma-Ganges Barrage Project and basin-wide management of common rivers during her meeting with Modi.“I sincerely believe we shall be able to get India’s support in resolving these issues expeditiously,” she said.Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Bangladesh high commissioner in New Delhi and Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla were also seen exchanging views with Mamata who entered the room five minutes ahead of the two prime ministers’ arrival.Indian president Pranab Mukherjee invited West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to the dinner he is hosting for Hasina which is seen as an effort to break the ice on the Teesta.Hasina and Mamata are likely to have one-to-one brief meeting tonight (Saturday night) or Sunday to discuss the Teesta issue.When an India’s Foreign Ministry official’s attention was drawn on Teesta expectation, he said, “India-Bangladesh relation is not just about Teesta.”Officials at the Ministry of External Affairs said they are still working on overcoming “internal difficulties” to resolve the Teesta water sharing issue. “You all know in our system we need to take the state government into confidence”.Officials in Dhaka said there are many positive aspects of the visit and discussion on Teesta is on.On Saturday, two countries signed a number of other bilateral documents – 22 instruments – covering diverse areas of cooperation.These include economic cooperation, defense cooperation, peaceful use of nuclear energy, outer space, information technology, mass media, and so on.last_img read more

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If hes guilty he wont admit it

first_imgMy younger sister is mixing with the wrong kind of friends. She’s 19 and we are terribly worried. Please advise.Rajeev Shaw, NagpurJust sit down and have a discussion with her. Explain and express your concern and worry. This explanation should be more like a friend and not like a guardian. Help her understand life and help her fix her dreams. Remember, Always treat her like an adult and be a friend to her.I feel my husband is into a relationship. I asked him many times, but he has pointedly refused. I’m not convinced but don’t know how to find the truth. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Name withheld, New DelhiIt’s quite natural that if your husband is guilty he will not own up. You have two options. One, don’t stop asking questions till he tells the truth. Second, hire a private investigation company who would charge you a sum and would hand over the complete day-to-day schedule of your partner along with relevant photographs and evidence. I suggest, don’t linger in this shadow of suspicion for too long. Decide and delve into the situation tofind the solution. Once you have enough proof, face him and sort it out soon. All the best! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI’m suffering from depression after I lost my mother last year. I’m unable to cope up. Please help.Arjun, NoidaI completely understand what you are going through. Losing a parent/near one is a very difficult situation. But, life goes on and the show must go on too. I suggest, divert your mind on things that you like to do. Enroll in some hobby, explore an interest, meet friends, plan a vacation. Always remember, your mother is watching you and she gets very upset seeing you unhappy! Your smile is not for you but for her. You will have to control your depression and move on with a positive approach. All the best! My daughter has developed the ugly habit of smoking. I’m very upset. What can I do to help her come out of it?Diya Kapoor, New DelhiYou can directly tell her how you feel towards her habit. Make her conscious about your feelings. We all know the dark truth about smoking but kicking the butt is one’s own decision. This could be just a phase but you as a parent should insist so that she quits soon. Be firm but do not nag. Leave reading materials on quitting techniques on her desk/room. Emotional blackmails works wonders on kids and I’m sure she will soon realize and make you a happy parent!My wife and my mother are always breaking into fights. I feel helpless. What should I do?Dalip, PunjabDalip, you are in a sandwich situation. Both these relationships are very important and hence you have to be very careful in handling the emotions of the two. Firstly, try not to take ‘sides’ and always be neutral. Judge the situations and then handle it. If nothing is working, start your family set up independently (if you live with parents) or else change the city. And, please be sensitive about your wife’s expectations.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

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India Art Festival 2018 comes to end

first_imgIndia Art Festival in its fourth edition brought together 35 art galleries and 500 artists from 40 cities across the world under one roof at Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi. The event which was inaugurated on November 22 and was open for public till November 25, showcased all forms of artistic expressions including painting, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles and installations from rural India to metro cities. IAF, founded in 2011 by the publishers of Indian Contemporary Art Journal is the only art fair held annually in two cities – Mumbai and Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRajendra, the Festival Director says, “The art scene in Delhi has become event driven and bigger art events are drawing more crowds than solo or group exhibitions in the individual art galleries. Economical art fairs in terms of participation cost are easy for exhibitors to exhibit and recover basic participation cost hence they participate every year. Almost 90% of art galleries and 60% of artists are repeat participants in India Art Festival; this growth is phenomenal in such trying times.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnalysing the growth of art festivals in the sluggish art market, art experts say “The evolution of a strong secondary art market in India in the last decade has created opportunities for mid-level and smaller galleries to exhibit. The artwork of almost all master artists associated with major galleries floats in the secondary market and lands even in the smaller galleries for sale. These galleries look for opportunities to reach out to the larger buyer base in the metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai. As the figure of mid-level to smaller art gallery spaces outnumbered major art galleries in India, participating galleries increased rapidly in India Art Festival. This is also the main reason for the art scene turning more event based affair individual shows.” The participating art galleries in the fourth edition included AL – Yas Creationz, Eminent Art Gallery, F and P Art Gallery, Galerie Art Eterne, Gallerie Ruki, Gallery Pioneer, Grapes Art, Inside Me, Merakii Art House, Moon Beams – Arts Initiative, Shree Yash Art Gallery, Studio Endless Thoughts, Studio Paradise, among many others. IAF has a dual-module – the art galleries section and the artists’ pavilion. This year, besides showcasing the works of 400 established artists, the festival will offer an outstanding panorama of Indian art in the Artists’ Pavilion by 100 independent artists from cities like Chennai, Jammu, Tripura and Ahmedabad. The independent artists include mid-career, established as well as emerging artists. The India Art Festival has successfully expanded the periphery of art choice to city art buyers. The young talent teeming with the unbridled form of creativity will showcase new and radical visual art voices to the art festival.last_img read more

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Why Virtual Reality Is Vital

first_img Brands are already experimenting with VR. Among them, the NBA shows 360-degree game footage, Marriott Hotels loans headsets to guests so they can take “tours” of exotic destinations and Ford uses VR to help design its vehicles’ interiors. By the year 2020, Altberg believes, VR companies will be generating more than $150 billion a year in revenues — and you may want a part of that.Isn’t this a little speculative? I don’t even know anyone with a VR headset. That’ll change sooner than you think. VR has wide business potential — a company can connect with remote staff as if they were all in the same room, a carmaker can offer test drives, real estate brokers can provide buyers with walk-throughs of entire buildings and a dressmaker can even offer a virtual fitting for a wedding dress. Cool, but how do I know if VR is worth it for me? Are 3-D environments and spatial relationships important in your line of work — say, architecture, interior design or product design? Do your employees require expensive or potentially dangerous training in fields such as medical procedures, heavy equipment, product installations or hazardous materials? VR could be an effective tool for you. And if you have prospective customers, partners or others with whom you meet face-to-face frequently, VR might save you a bundle on travel.So where would I start? Check your budget. There aren’t many companies creating custom VR content today, and the ones that do are expensive — like Unity, which also makes blockbuster video games. You’ll also need to hire artists, videographers and software engineers. The price could easily top $1 million. Don’t have the cash? Don’t despair. In the early days of the internet, a website was expensive to build, too. Not anymore.How far away are we from a VR boom?For some industries, VR will become a critical component in the next few years. For others, it will probably be more like five to 10 years. And by that time, VR will be far more impressive — and cheaper.  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read This story appears in the March 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now » February 29, 2016last_img read more

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Elon Musk Reveals His Next Idea as The Boring Company

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Elon Musk has spent his career building companies with flashy goals such as self-driving cars, human travel to Mars, environmental preservation and friendly artificial intelligence. Now, he’s ready to bore.Tunnels, not people.On Saturday, Musk took to Twitter to rant about traffic. But he didn’t just passive aggressively subtweet bad drivers. In his typical fashion, he offered a solution to the problem. Related: Elon Musk’s Dream Was Put to the Test TodayTraffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016It shall be called “The Boring Company”— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016Boring, it’s what we do— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016I am actually going to do this— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016The man just loves a good pun, it seems.Musk has long been a proponent of new technologies for moving people. Earlier this decade, he began drumming up momentum for the Hyperloop concept — a mode of mass transportation that would propel pods through above-ground pneumatic tubes. But as of this weekend, he’s pondering subterranean solutions.Related: 5 Things I Learned Obsessing Over Elon Musk During My InternshipThe timing is right. Last week, Musk was among 18 tech executives who met with President-elect Donald Trump as part of a Strategic and Policy Forum. Musk’s tunnel vision (pun intended) is in line with Trump’s emphasis on infrastructure. The president-elect has proposed $1 trillion of government infrastructure investment to boost the U.S. economy.While Musk tweeted “I am actually going to do this,” whether he will in fact launch a new venture called “The Boring Company” is yet to be seen. However, he’s since revised his Twitter bio, which now reads, “Tesla, SpaceX, Tunnels (yes, tunnels) & OpenAI.”center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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Anti samesex marriage leader attends gay sisters wedding

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Australian politicians voted to change the law in early December, ahead of the Christmas recess. Shortly afterwards, Forster announced she and partner Virginia Edwards planned marry.The women married today in Sydney in service overlooking the city’s famous harbor. Brother Tony Abbott sat in the front row.‘I am forever changed by who you are and what you mean to me,’ said Forster to Edwards during the exchange of vows.‘Without you, I can’t be me.’‘I’m looking forward to having a new sister-in-law,’ says AbbottArriving at the wedding, he told reporters, ‘It’s a great family occasion, very happy for Chris and Virginia and I’m looking forward to having a new sister-in-law.’Many of those attending were leading campaigners in the ‘vote yes’ campaign. Cabaret performer Bob Downe serenaded the pair with the song Love Is In The Air during their Bridal Waltz. It’s not known if brother Tony danced.See alsoSister of anti-equality PM Tony Abbott announces her same-sex marriage plans in Australia eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Virginia Edwards and Christine Forster with Tony Abbott and his mother, Fay (Photo: @inlightenphotography | Instagram)Abbott repeatedly voiced his opposition to gay marriage during his time as leader (2013-2015). He also became a figurehead in last year’s ‘no’ campaign – when the government canvassed Australians for their views about marriage.This put him in direct opposition to his own sister, Christine Forster, a Liberal councilor for the City of Sydney. Openly gay, Forster campaigned to introduce same-sex marriage.Australia postal voteThe Australian postal vote took place last autumn and the results announced in November. Approximately 60% voted in favor of a law change to allow same-sex marriage. The former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, has attended the same-sex marriage of his sister. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Yes’ vote in the lead as voting draws to a close in Australia’s same-sex marriage ballotMacklemore gay anthem Same Love tops Australian charts after homophobic censorship demandsAustralia ‘No’ camp claims boys will be forced to wear dresses to school after equal marriage voteRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/abbott-attends-wedding/last_img read more

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10 off select departures with European Waterways 2017 brochure

first_img NEW YORK — European Waterways has released its 2017 luxury hotel barge cruising brochure, bigger and more colourful than ever before.Highlighting additional departures and amenities, the brochure features a new double-page map showing the various cruise routes through Europe’s wine and whisky regions, vivid illustrations of regional cuisine, as well as introductions to the Gascony and Champagne regions of France.Also included is the cruise line’s new 2017 price list featuring 10% off select departures on a wide range of itineraries in the spring and summer.Enjoying its first full season will be the exceptionally spacious eight-passenger Finesse, a luxurious, double-decker hotel barge that cruises the scenic River Saône and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy. New departures have also been added to the popular ‘Champagne Cruises’ on the historic River Marne and the Canal Lateral à la Marne in France. Also featured are the longer waterway journeys available on some hotel barges as they reposition themselves to new cruising areas through Holland, Belgium and France.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterAmong the cruise highlights is the ‘Panache’ on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin. The cruise offers a mix of French and Germanic cultures, tours of Strasbourg and the Alsace Wine Route, plus a private wine tasting and a ride on the Arzviller boat elevator, which carries the barge 450 feet high up the hillside in just minutes.Panache is offering 10% off cabin bookings and full boat charters for select cruises in July and the entire month of August.“Whatever your interest, we have the perfect cruise for you,” said Derek Banks, director of European Waterways.  “The luxury hotel barging experience attracts a wide range of travelers who are looking for an immersive experience beyond the typical, often impersonal large-ship cruising itinerary. They can stop almost anywhere they wish along the cruise route to walk the gentle towpaths and explore on foot or bicycle the surrounding countryside. You can’t do that on a large river boat with 100 or 200 people!”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFor more information go to gobarging.com. Tags: Brochures, European Waterways, River Cruising 10% off select departures with European Waterways’ 2017 brochure Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Share Friday, September 16, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Governor wants Visit Florida head to quit over rapper kerfuffle

first_img TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday he wants the head of the state’s tourism marketing agency to step down after it refused to publicly disclose it paid rapper Pitbull $1 million to promote the state.Scott is also asking Visit Florida to begin publishing its spending, contracts, salaries, audits and other financial information.“The notion that Visit Florida spending would not be transparent to the taxpayers is just ridiculous. We must have major reforms at Visit Florida in the weeks ahead that require new leadership,” Scott said in a letter to William Talbert, who chairs the agencies board of directors.The letter comes one day after Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, used Twitter to make his contract with Visit Florida public. House Speaker Richard Corcoran had sued two days earlier to have the contract released. Visit Florida had refused to disclose it, citing trade secrets.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksScott told Talbert he wants Visit Florida President and CEO Will Seccombe to step down. Seccombe has led the agency since 2012 after serving as its chief marketing officer for nearly five years.Pitbull filmed a video for his song “Sexy Beaches” as part of the contract and agreed to promote the hashtag #LOVEFL on his social media sites and at concerts.The video features images of women frolicking in the surf and sand as well as pictures of iconic Florida hotels such as Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau and the pink Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach. It ends with an image of #LOVEFL written in the sand.Legislative leaders have criticized the agreement, but Scott’s concern was more over the transparency — not the video or hiring Pitbull.“I appreciate Pitbull and his devotion to our great state. His willingness to help promote tourism in Florida is a great example for other entertainers to follow,” Scott wrote.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalA spokeswoman for Visit Florida didn’t immediately return an email and phone call seeking comment. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Governor wants Visit Florida head to quit over rapper kerfuffle Tags: Florida By: Brendan Farrington Monday, December 19, 2016 last_img read more

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Air Transat stages an intervention aims to give away vacations to those

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Transat, Video Air Transat stages an intervention; aims to give away vacations to those who need them most Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img MONTREAL — According to a recent Ipsos poll, 33% of Canadians haven’t taken a vacation in the past two years. The situation has become so dire, in fact, that Air Transat is now stepping in to stage a “vacation intervention” for those who need it most.As part of its brand promise to “brighten the everyday with the joy of vacations”, the airline has released a new video starring one of its representatives who ‘infiltrated’ a select group of companies in a covert mission. Masquerading as a “performance optimization specialist”, Jacob Moore pretended to evaluate the performance of several hard-working employees, giving them high scores in all key areas except one: vacation performance.Noting how all of the employees had failed to take a vacation in years, Moore then surprised them with a free vacation at the end of each meeting. Cue the stunned faces and joyful tears!In that same spirit, Air Transat has launched a ‘Vacation Intervention’ contest in which Canadians are invited to nominate a deserving friend, family member or co-worker who hasn’t been on a holiday in a long time. Entries are being accepted until Feb. 4 via one of the participating radio stations or the Air Transat contests page. There are 19 all-inclusive Sun destinations packages to be won.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsFor more information go to airtransat.com/en-CA/contests/vacation-intervention. Share Tuesday, January 23, 2018 last_img read more

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Canadas next big move It may be legalizing pot

first_imgMONTREAL – For police forces across Canada, the month of August is harvest time.Officers slip on their coveralls, grab thick gardening gloves, shoulder machetes and begin the annual ritual of chopping down marijuana plants hidden in cornfields, remote mountain valleys and forest clearings.If the grower is unlucky enough to be caught red-handed, he is cuffed and taken off to court. Each police unit hits two or three of these hidden marijuana plantations, with the confiscated pot taken to incinerators. The destruction of marijuana plants goes on for about two weeks, and then it’s back to normal police work.Has this war on marijuana worked?“No, it hasn’t,” said Clive Weighill, chief of the Saskatoon police force, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and a veteran of the August raids.Times, however, are beginning to change in Canada.The new Liberal government has promised to act quickly to legalize marijuana for general use, which would make Canada the first G-20 country to end cannabis prohibition on a national level.Weighill is among those in favor. “We are looking to the United States and the Colorado experience, the Washington experience, and we hope to learn from that.”The opposition Conservative Party strongly opposes legalization, claiming it will make cannabis “more easily available to youth.” During the recent election campaign, former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper said marijuana is “infinitely worse” than tobacco and “is something we do not want to encourage.”But faced with a large Liberal majority supported by the socialist New Democratic Party, the Conservatives are powerless to stop legalization. An employee makes cuttings from a mother plant to grow new medical marijuana plants at the Tweed Inc. facility in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada, on Nov. 11, 2015. The new Liberal government has promised to act quickly to legalize marijuana for general use. Photo for The Washington Post by James MacDonaldAlthough the war on drugs in Canada has been nowhere near as dramatic as the ones waged in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and the United States, it has nonetheless involved violence and consumed considerable financial and human resources. In the late 1990s in Montreal, an outlaw biker gang war claimed 165 lives and ended only after a crime reporter was shot seven times (he lived) and the Hells Angels threatened to assassinate politicians. The violence was all about the control of illegal drug sales, including marijuana.The Liberals point out that more than 600,000 Canadians have criminal records for simple possession of marijuana, and the number continues to grow. They say it is a needless destruction of lives.Each year the federal government spends as much as 500 million Canadian dollars (roughly $374 million U.S.) on drug enforcement and prosecution, according to the auditor general. About 50 million Canadian dollars go to raiding marijuana plantations. These figures do not include the money spent by provincial and municipal authorities.Yet a large number of people still use cannabis. For about a decade, studies have shown that past-year use among Canadians age 15 to 24 is the highest in the developed world, with a recent study putting the rate at 24.6 percent. For adults 25 and over, the figure drops to 8 percent.“Our system is badly, badly flawed,” said Eugene Oscapella, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and longtime advocate for legalization. “I keep asking myself a question that I have been asking for 30 years: Could we have done a worse job if we tried? Could we have found a way to create more dysfunction than we managed to create?”The Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, a federally funded research organization, has already cautioned against rushing into legalization.After a fact-finding mission to the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington, their experts’ answer was to “go slow.”“We have to be clear on what our goal is, why are we doing this,” Rebecca Jesseman, a specialist in performance mechanisms at the center, said. “Are we looking to promote public health? Are we looking to reduce youth access? Are we looking to cut out the black market? What is the primary goal, because that will also help us shape regulations, monitor our progress towards that goal and monitor our success.”She added that the center believes the dominant concern should be public health.See: Marijuana use in the US more than doubles in just 12 years Haze settles over downtown Vancouver as marijuana users and activists light up at 4:20 p.m. local time April 20, 2012 during a massive pot extravaganza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in this western Canadian city. The event, a party to some and a political rally to decriminalize or legalize marijuana to others, is held on the 20th day of the fourth month each year in cities throughout the world. Deborah Jones/AFPOne of the more important lessons from Colorado was that the state appears to have lacked a sense of clear purpose and finds itself unable to control a growing industry that is clearly targeting young people, she said.“They are selling cannabis as candy,” she said, referring to products laced with THC (the main psychoactive element in cannabis) sold under brand names such as Cherry Kush Lollipops, Ganja Joy, Keef Kat and Bubble Gum.She noted that in the absence of regulations, companies will push the envelope to make a profit.“You have established new corporate and consumer interests, and it’s very hard then to roll that back,” she said.The center’s director of research, Amy Porath-Waller, said the health effects of marijuana on adolescents have to be considered. Studies show that daily or weekly cannabis use can slow brain development, impair cognitive functioning, memory and decision-making.She said, however, that after a month of non-use these impairments disappear.“It’s not clear yet if these deficits last beyond a month, if they are permanent, irreversible,” she said. “These are areas of active research.”Nor is it clear, she added, whether occasional users are similarly affected.Canada legalized medical marijuana about 15 years ago. Health Canada has so far issued 26 production and distribution licenses to about 20 companies.Recent mergers and acquisitions indicate an industry consolidation as companies compete for a bigger share of a still-developing business, which Health Canada claims has a potential of about 450,000 daily customers. At current prices, that represents an industry worth 1.2 billion Canadian dollars – about $900 million U.S.Canopy Growth, which operates out of a former Hershey’s chocolate factory in the small town of Smiths Falls, Ontario, recently bought two additional medical pot producers and is eager to expand into the recreational market.So too are investors. When Trudeau’s Liberals won the October election, Canopy’s stock price jumped to $3.65, from $1.50, before falling back to the $2.30-to-$2.50 range, which puts the company’s value at about 220 million Canadian dollars.Canopy, now the largest medical marijuana company in Canada, has 7,300 registered medical customers and is “very well positioned” to jump into the recreational market, company founder and chief executive Bruce Linton said.“We already have been ramping up to be ready for that,” he said.He said the medical marijuana production model should be transferred to general use. Production has to be completely natural, using no chemicals. Packaging is restrained. Sales could be made through the same type of government-owned outlets that sell alcohol in most of Canada.Law professor Oscapella, however, looks at the growth of companies like Canopy as a potential nightmare. He fears the concentration of corporate power into a “Big Pot,” with the kind of vested interests associated with global alcohol and tobacco companies.“My goal is to have what is inevitable in our society be as safe as possible and to try to discourage harmful use,” he said. “That is very different from what big industry would want with cannabis.”Read more marijuana legalization stories here© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana works Cost of drug war in Costa Rica too high, says former police officer Global drug policy isn’t working. These 100-plus organizations want that to change. Medical marijuana in Costa Rica? 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Europe needs stronger foundations IATA

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general Tony Tyler has urged European regulators and policymakers to strengthen aviation foundations, to build the region’s industry.Addressing people at the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Triennial Session meeting in Strasbourg, Mr Tyler said civil aviation in Europe contributes some $750 billion to the European economy, supporting some 8.7 million jobs.The meeting addressed several key issues including delivering the Single European Sky, ensuring sufficient infrastructure capacity to accommodate growth in connectivity, supporting the Africa Strategy Improvement Action Plan for safety and support for the Checkpoint of the Future to improve airport security.Mr Tyler also addressed the need to defuse international tension over Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme and support a global agreement on market-based measures under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).last_img read more

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Optimal Blue Provides Pricing Info to Media CRM Users

first_img CRM Media Center CRM Optimal Blue Real-time home pricing 2017-05-15 Krista Franks Brock in Headlines, News, Technology May 15, 2017 558 Views Optimal Blue, a provider of a secondary mortgage market eCommerce platform, announced a partnership with Media Center CRM, which provides customer relationship management solutions to the mortgage industry. Mortgage and real estate professionals using Media Center CRM will have access to real-time prices from Optimal Blue.“Though we generally build our own system enhancements, there are instances where the smartest thing to do is partner with a firm that has the experience and is the technology leader in their space, so that our customers can enjoy the benefits of our individual strengths,” said Dan Harrington, CEO of Media Center CRM.Optimal Blue called the integration “logical and timely,” adding that Media Center CRM provides a vehicle for Optimal Blue to deliver pricing information to mortgage professionals and their customers.“Borrowers are demanding a more streamlined and simplified experience in every aspect of their lives, and dynamics of the mortgage process is no exception,” said Bob Brandt, VP of Marketing and Alliances at Optimal Blue.“Well-designed integrations between leading technology partners is the fastest and most efficient way to bring the best-of-the-best directly to the consumer,” Brandt said.center_img Optimal Blue Provides Pricing Info to Media CRM Users Sharelast_img read more

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