For the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) candidate and All India Congress Committee secretary Ranjeet Ranjan, retaining the Supaul Lok Sabha seat this time appears to be a tough challenge as discontentment among leaders of alliance partner Rashtriya Janata Dal and resentment among local people are running high against her.Though the State’s Grand Alliance leaders are trying to dispel the “confusion and chaos” against Ms. Ranjan, her fight against NDA candidate Dileshwar Kamait, contesting on a Janata Dal (United) ticket, seems evenly poised. Supaul goes to poll in the third phase on April 23. In the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, Ms. Ranjan had defeated Mr. Kamait by over 55,000 votes and the then BJP candidate, Kameshwar Chaupal, had finished third. “In this election, the JD(U) and BJP votes have got combined against the Congress candidate and she will have to struggle hard to retain the seat,” said Maheshwar Yadav, a businessman from Pipra. Besides, he added, “The issue of Balakot air strike and nationalism too runs high among the young voters.”RJD vote bank In the last election, Ms. Ranjan had won with the support of the RJD vote bank. However, this time the local RJD leaders are not keen to support Ms. Ranjan as her husband Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, the sitting MP from the neighbouring constituency of Madhepura, is contesting from there as an Independent candidate.The RJD leaders of Supaul want him to withdraw his nomination in favour of the Mahagathbandhan candidate from the seat, Sharad Yadav. “How can we support Ranjeet Ranjan here in Supaul when her husband is contesting against our candidate in Madhepura? As a reciprocal gesture, Pappu Yadav should withdraw his nomination from Madhepura, otherwise we will remain silent and neutral,” said a local RJD leader.Earlier, an RJD MLA from Pipra and party’s district president Yaduvansh Yadav had threatened to file his nomination as an Independent candidate against Ms. Ranjan but later, after the intervention of RJD and Congress leaders, he agreed to drop the plan.Message to Pappu YadavSources in the local RJD told The Hindu that the RJD MLA was acting at the behest of the party’s top leadership to send a message to Mr. Pappu Yadav to “remain in his limits”. The Madhepura MP has relentlessly attacked RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and party chief Lalu Prasad. “Though the local RJD leaders and supporters are not opposing Ranjeet Ranjan, they have become silent and neutral,” said Ramadhin Yadav of Supaul bazaar area.Supaul Lok Sabha constituency has a sizeable number of Yadav and Extremely Backward Class voters.The Congress nominee is also grappling with the resentment of the local people who complain about her absence from the constituency. “After winning the poll last time she settled down in Delhi. She hardly visited here to know about our problems,” rued voters of Triveniganj, Chhatapur and Pipra areas. But they also admitted that Ms. Ranjan has been working hard to retain the seat. “Let’s see what happens,” they said.“Initially there was an attempt to create confusion among the Grand Alliance rank and file after Pappu Yadav refused to reconsider his nomination [from Madhepura], but things became smooth after the intervention of senior leaders from the RJD and the Congress,” State Congress president Madan Mohan Jha told journalists recently.Ms. Ranjan too exuded confidence that she was getting “full cooperation” from the local RJD leaders and said they too have been given key poll responsibilities.
Microscopists have been able to peer deep into cells, thanks to fluorescent molecules that stick to cellular structures. But the powerful light sources—often lasers—required to activate the fluorescent molecules also burn them out and spark toxic chemical reactions inside cells. A team led by engineering physicist Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, Virginia, has now devised a gentler method, called lattice light-sheet microscopy, that can capture high-resolution 3D images. The approach is less destructive because it illuminates with a lattice, or grid, of light, spreading the energy hitting the specimen. And it’s typically faster than spinning disk confocal microscopy, one of the leading fluorescence microscopy methods. Thus, researchers can observe microscopic action, such as cell and molecular movements, for longer periods of time. Betzig, who shared this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing a different technique that greatly increased microscope resolution, and his colleagues show off the capabilities of lattice light-sheet microscopy online today in Science. They follow individual proteins in clusters of stem cells, trace cellular migration in a developing fruit fly larva, and observe muscle contractions in a nematode embryo (see video, above), among other tasks. Betzig says he’s prouder of lattice light-sheet microscopy than he is of the work that earned him the Nobel Prize. “It’s like having a new baby.”*Correction, 24 October, 1:52 p.m.: This item has been corrected. The original item stated that the video was of a protozoan. It is in fact a video of a nematode embryo.(Video credit: Betzig Lab, HHMI)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
Still awaiting an apology from Pakistan over its players’ behaviour in last year’s Champions Trophy hockey tournament, Hockey India president Narendra Batra today said he would love to have players from the neighbouring country in the HIL but not with the kind of conduct they displayed.Two players were handed a one-game ban and reprimanded by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) after the Pakistan team went on a rampage post their semi-final win against India in Bhubaneswar in December last year. Showing obscene gestures to the crowd, some players also took off their shirts in celebration. Batra insists that India have received no act of regret from Pakistan for the unfortunate incident.”I would love to have Pakistan players but not with the kind of behaviour they displayed in the Champions Trophy. And they have shown no regret of that incident in writing or otherwise. I don’t want to politicise the issue but that kind of behaviour was unacceptable. Least we need an apology from them,” Batra said.Also read: This team can perform under pressure: India women’s hockey coach Nine Pakistani players were part of the first edition of Hockey India League (HIL) in 2013 but had to leave the country before the start of the tournament following protests from a few political organisations. Since then no Pakistan player has been included in the three HIL editions so far.India though have benefited from the mega-event with quite a few international players rubbing shoulders with the national youngsters. And Batra is boastful of the HIL having a positive impact on Indian hockey.advertisement”Our aim at HIL is to form a pool of players for the future. We already have eight players from HIL in the national side. HIL has created heroes and a space for itself in the big world of cricket.”We have won the Asian Games gold after 16 years and were able to get the better of Pakistan in an Asian Games final after 48 years since 1966. So the national sport has certainly improved in the last four or five years and HIL is one of the reasons behind it,” said the HI president.
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The Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan shared her nude photograph with her 7.1 million followers on Instagram, but got slammed by some of them.In the photograph, Lohan ditches her clothes to pose on a sofa in a crawling position. Wearing nothing but high heels, the 32-year-old sports a platinum blonde wig as she looked down seductively, reports dailystar.co.uk.Lohan, who has been exploring the Muslim faith since 2016, was criticised by followers for disrespecting religion.She was photographed last year walking around New York holding a Quran and attended London Fashion Week wearing a hijab, but has never confirmed that she has converted to Islam. Lindsay Lohan wearing hijab in a fashion weekThe star, who has Salam Aleikum written in her Instagram bio, which means Peace be unto you, an Arabic greeting deployed whenever Muslims gather, often shares Islamic phrases online.One follower commented, “If you are Muslim you can’t post naked pics.”Another wrote, “You have read Quran… Quran doesn’t teach this.”A third said, “Sorry I can’t look at that as I respect you Lindsay Lohan, but this post is really unacceptable, for a while I thought you would change because you respect Islam.”Other fans rushed to the star’s defence, with one hitting back, “How the f*** is this s****y? Others do it and it’s fine, yet when Lindsay does it it’s disrespectful?”advertisementAnother wrote, “I’m here for the Lohan comeback.”On the work front, she is due to make a comeback on her own show Lohan Beach Club soon.ALSO SEE: When Lindsay Lohan ran naked in a storeALSO WATCH | Lindsay Lohan arrested for violating probation
New Delhi: The government plans to give debt waiver for “small distressed borrowers” under the insolvency law framework, according to a senior official.The proposed waiver would be offered as part of ‘Fresh Start’ provisions under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).Corporate Affairs Secretary Injeti Srinivas said discussions have been held with the microfinance industry regarding criteria for the proposed waiver for small distressed borrowers from the economically weaker section (EWS). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe emphasised that the waiver — as part of individual insolvency — would be for the most distressed within the EWS.”If you have once availed the fresh start, then you cannot avail it again for five years. We have worked out all safeguards to the satisfaction of the microfinance industry.”It will like taking haircuts. At a national level, over a three to four years period, it will be not more than Rs 10,000 crore,” Srinivas told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs per the IBC, there are various thresholds for ‘Fresh Start’, including that the gross annual income of the debtor does not exceed Rs 60,000.The aggregate value of the debtor’s assets should not be more than Rs 20,000 and that the aggregate value of the qualifying debts does not exceed Rs 35,000. Among others, such a person should not be having an own dwelling unit, irrespective of whether it is encumbered or not, according to the IBC.”We had discussions with microfinance industry and their concerns are being duly factored in. The idea is not to destroy the microfinance industry. “The idea is to give waiver for small distressed borrowers from debt obligations based on a criteria. The criteria has been discussed at length with the microfinance industry,” the secretary said.Further, he said that the IBC provisions pertaining to personal guarantor to corporate debtor would be coming into effect immediately, followed by those related to partnership and proprietorship.”Then we will look to bring fresh start provision,” he added.The IBC provides the framework to deal with distressed assets through a market-driven and time-bound process.
By Kimberly J. AvalosRabat – French gaming giant Ubisoft announced it will close its Casablanca studio after 18 years of activity, leaving 48 developers looking for jobs, as reported by Wamda. The official shutdown took place on June 13. In a statement on June 9, Ubisoft said employees were told about the shutdown sometime last week. Additionally Ubisoft will provide “transfer opportunities” to other Ubisoft studios, or “assistance” for the employees who are being let go, as reported by Gamespot.However, Wamda reports some in the Moroccan indie gaming scene don’t think the shutdown is a bad thing, saying it could serve as a new beginning for the gaming sector. According to Wamda sources, the Casablanca-based studio suffered from poor management and a lack of dynamism.“I left the studio in 2015 because there was no vision for the future by the top management of the Moroccan studio, and we were starting to feel things weren’t going in the right direction,” Moroccan Game Developers CEO Yassine Arif told Wamda after the closure was announced.Ubisoft Mobile executive director Jean-Michael Detoc said in a statement that the studio is closing down as a result of the evolution of the video game market.“We didn’t find a sustainable formula for the studio within our broader network,” he explained, according to Gamespot. “The decision to close Ubisoft Casablanca was taken as part of Ubisoft’s constant efforts to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its cross-collaboration studio model.”Ubisoft Casablanca opened its doors in 1998 and contributed to more than 26 games, including movile and portable versions of games such as Valiant Hearts, Child of Light, and Rayman Legends.A number of former Ubisoft employees have already left with their experience to start their own studios, according to Wamda.Former employee Arif created the Wall Games, a studio that launched their first game ‘z7am’ in May, upon his departure from Ubisoft.When Imad Kharijah and Othman El Bahraoui left Ubisoft, they created Rym Games and raised 2.8 million dirhams (US $ 290,000) from Moroccan VC fund Maroc Numeric Fund to develop their first game ‘The conjuring house.’Wamda points to another example, Palm Grove Software, a studio launched by former Ubisoft employee Khalil Arafan in 2011.However, Lorem founder Filali, said former Ubisoft employees are looking for nothing more than a ‘quiet job,’ according to Wamda.“This closure won’t change anything on the local side of things. This will put on the market a number of human resourcs with [high quality skills] but they will mostly be attracted by communication agencies that will distort their competencies,” he said.Still, Arif remains positive.“It’s good news because this will push the developer community to move and start putting Morocco on the map themselves,” Arif told Wamda.
Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled a three-member ISIS cell on Tuesday in Nador and Driouch, two cities in eastern Morocco.The suspects, between the ages of 18 to 31, were active in eastern Morocco’s Rif region, according to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior.During the operation, BCIJ seized knives, hunting rifles, military suits, firearms, texts glorifying extremism, batteries, and electric wires. The ISIS cell was plotting terror attacks to undermine the security and stability of Morocco.Read Also; Morocco’s BCIJ Arrests Tangier Mechanic on Charges of Making ExplosivesAccording to the ministry, the operation confirms “the continuity of terror threats” and the existence of people “fed by extremist ideology to serve” ISIS’s agenda.BCIJ is continuing to investigate the three to find any additional terror suspects connected to the cell.In his recent interviews, BCIJ chief Abdelhak Khiame echoed the ministry’s statement, emphasizing that war against ISIS will take a long time.Read Also: Khiame: Morocco Has Arrested 167 Suspects for Organized Crimes Since 2015Morocco’s security services dismantled nine cells in 2018 and eight in 2017.Khiame added that 918 people were arrested for terror-related crimes, including 14 women and 29 minors. He noted that 98 percent of the people arrested in terror-related cases are Moroccans. Since its creation, BCIJ has thwarted 59 cells, 51 of which had ties to ISIS.Although the number of terrorist cells in Morocco has decreased, Morocco still faces a terror threat.
Berlin is unveiling a new app that will let people use public transport, rental bikes, car-sharing and taxis seamlessly to travel through the German capital.The app presented Monday is the work of Lithuanian start-up Trafi and is already in use, under different names, in Vilnius, Rio de Janeiro and Jakarta.Berlin will be the first major European capital to get access this summer to what Trafi describes as a “level 3” app that requires only a single signup to use all services, with billing handled centrally.Berlin’s aging transport system — a maze of underground lines, trams, buses and light rail — is straining under the weight of the city’s growth.The capital’s left-wing government has struggled to integrate new services into the existing infrastructure in recent years.The Associated Press
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was lower as traders played it cautious going into the long Labour Day weekend amid fears of a wider Russian invasion into Ukraine and a big letdown in U.S. consumer spending data.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 31.83 points to 15,526.34. The Canadian dollar gained 0.03 of a cent to 92.22 cents US amid data that also showed stronger than expected Canadian economic growth.Statistics Canada reported gross domestic product ran up at an annual rate of 3.1% in the second quarter, higher than the 2.7% read that economists had expected. First-quarter growth, which was affected by a severe winter, was revised down to a gain of 0.9% compared with an earlier reading of 1.2%.On a monthly basis, GDP climbed 0.3% in June versus the 0.2% rise that was forecast.U.S. indexes were also in the red as other data showed consumer spending remained lacklustre in July, as auto sales slipped from eight-year highs and retail sales stalled. Spending dropped 0.1%, against the gain of 0.3% that was generally expected. The Dow Jones industrials declined 35.48 points to 17,044.15, the Nasdaq slipped 1.79 points to 4,555.9 and the S&P 500 index was down 1.44 points to 1,995.3.Other data showed a sharp uptick in manufacturing activity in the American Midwest. The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index surged to 64.3 in August from 56.5 in July.Investors also watched the Ukraine conflict for signs of further escalation after the country’s president reported that Russian forces had entered the southeastern part of the country, which had largely escaped earlier fighting between Ukraine forces and pro-Russian militias.NATO said at least 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the accusations of an invasion, saying that Moscow “has not been presented with any facts” proving that it had happened.European Union foreign ministers were meeting on Friday to weigh adopting a tougher stance on the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia.North American markets appeared set for small gains for this past week with advances led by consumer staples, industrials and telecoms. But the market was held back by the financial sector, down 1.15% this week despite a steady parade of earnings news from the big Canadian banks that largely beat expectations.But stock prices for the big banks were at or near record or 52-week highs as the results started to come out a week ago and the financial sector is still up 11% year to date.The financial sector led TSX decliners Friday, down 0.55%. Resource sectors provided lift with the gold sector ahead 0.35% while December gold backed off $2.70 to US$1,287.70 an ounce. December copper gained two cents to US$3.17 a pound and the base metals component climbed 0.2%.The energy sector rose 0.3% as October crude in New York gained 71 cents to US$95.26 a barrel.
MONTREAL — More than a thousand passengers were affected after Air Canada partially suspended service to India due to the closure of Pakistani airspace as tensions mount between the two nuclear powers.A flight en route to Delhi Tuesday night turned back over the Atlantic Ocean and returned to Toronto Wednesday, the airline said.A second Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Delhi slated for takeoff Tuesday night was also cancelled, said spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur.Wednesday night flights on the same two same routes were cancelled “as there currently are no suitable alternate routings,” she said in an email.On both routes, Air Canada flies Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets that contain more than 280 seats, meaning up to 1,100 people are likely impacted by the cancellations so far.“We continue to monitor this situation closely and flights to Delhi will operate as soon as operationally feasible,” Arthur said.On Wednesday, Pakistan’s military said it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured a pilot, responding to an airstrike a day earlier by Indian aircraft inside Pakistan and raising tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals to a level unseen in the last two decades.The downing of the Indian aircraft came on a chaotic day that also saw mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier dividing the two sectors of Kashmir kill six civilians and wound several others.The closure of Pakistani airspace interrupted flights around the globe, as airlines scrambled to arrange refuelling stops.Emergencies — military, political and natural — ground flights periodically, said Kamran Bokhari, director for strategy and programs at the Centre for Global Policy in Washington D.C.“Recall the Malaysian flight shot down by Ukrainian rebels,” he said, referring to a deadly incident near the Russian border in July 2014. “They used one of those anti-aircraft systems and they locked onto it and the entire aircraft perished,” he said.Days later, the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority imposed a ban on American flights to Israel amidst Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. Air Canada resumed flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv after two days.While flight bans are typical in times of escalating conflict — in Syria in 2015, and across the U.S. after the 9/11 terror attacks, for example — “this is a game-changer to the historical policy of restraint by India,” Bokhari said. “Both sides are in undiscovered country.”In 2017, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain banned Qatari aircraft from flying through their airspace amid a diplomatic crisis precipitated by a blockade by five Middle Eastern states against the Qatar, choking Qatar Airways.In 2010, plumes of volcanic ash prompted the cancellation of thousands of flights when officials closed European airspace for five days, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded in one of the largest flight disruptions since the Sept. 11 attacks.Air Canada has implemented a “goodwill policy” for affected customers and is monitoring the situation in order to resume service once it “normalizes,” Arthur said.Canada’s largest airline operates daily service from Toronto and Vancouver to Delhi and four times weekly between Toronto and Mumbai. It has no aircraft on the ground in India and all flights from India to Canada have returned as scheduled, she said.A flight from Toronto to Mumbai was on track for takeoff Wednesday night, as the route avoids Pakistani airspace.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)— With files from The Associated Press.
In a statement issued in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said hunger stunted people’s capacity for productivity and growth. “We must end this cycle of misery,” he said. “We must combine concerted political will and innovative policies with investment in agriculture and rural development, as well as social safety nets.” Mr. Annan urged Member States to mobilize renewed political and financial commitment to meeting the goal of halving world hunger by 2015. Around the world, activities for the Day, traditionally observed on 16 October, included a global teach in, a concert and a news conference in Rome detailing the extent of global hunger. At a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), speakers included Germany’s President Johannes Rau and Italy’s Minister of Agriculture Gianni Alemanno. A message was also delivered from the Vatican relaying the Pope’s concerns. Belgium’s Queen Fabiola was awarded the Ceres Medal in recognition of her work to promote the rights of rural women in developing countries. FAO Director-General, Jacques Diouf, pointed out that this year’s theme had been selected because of the intricate connection between hunger and poverty. “Fighting hunger is a moral obligation,” he said. “Without biological integrity of the human being which requires his daily bread, there can be no real and lasting progress in the struggle for more justice and equity in the world.” Germany’s President Johannes Rau said tackling hunger was “not a hopeless task.” Just twenty years ago, 29 per cent of people in the so-called developing countries were malnourished. Today the figure is 18 percent, although the world’s population has increased dramatically, he said. “In the rich countries of the North no one can seriously believe that he can live permanently on an island of prosperity surrounded by a sea of sorrow and suffering,” Mr. Rau said. “That is why it is in the rich countries’ very own interests to fight hunger. Barbed wire and walls are no response to refugee flows, to poverty and suffering.”
Trade officials from across the Asia-Pacific region are gearing up for a United Nations seminar in Bangkok next week on facilitating accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which is hosting the four-day event, noted today that despite China’s recent accession to the WTO, more than 20 Asian and Pacific developing countries are not yet members. ESCAP called membership in the trade pact “an essential first step if the marginalization of the poorest countries is to be reversed.” The seminar, which opens on Monday, will review the WTO accession process while providing officials from different countries with the opportunity to discuss their experiences on the matter. The event will feature a keynote address by Ambassador Stuart Harbinson, the Permanent Representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China to the WTO and Chairman of the WTO General Council.
Continuing in an effort to provide new car buyers with clear information, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and ISBA (the voice of British advertisers) have launched the revised Best Practice Principles for environmental claims in marketing.The principles, outlined today during a webinar attended by industry representatives, provide a reference point for automotive companies and their marketing teams when developing environmental messages used in advertising and other promotional materials including news releases, reports and websites.The principles now provide more clarity on environmental and technology claims, offering examples of the best way to word consumer marketing materials to ensure clarity for customers. MPG figures should be clearly outlined when making efficiency claims so that there is no confusion when comparing vehicles.Commenting on today’s launch, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said, “The UK motor industry recognises its responsibility in ensuring consumers have a clear understanding of new technologies and the environmental benefits they offer when buying a new car. This is becoming increasingly important as we deliver a greater range of low, ultra-low and zero carbon emission technologies within our vehicles.“The enhanced Best Practice Principles sets out concise guidelines for companies promoting products while maintaining transparency and integrity across communication channels. By helping build a better understanding, we can inspire even greater confidence in low carbon vehicles and in our industry.”Andy Eastlake, Managing Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership said, “Low carbon is fast becoming an option that many consumers look at when they are purchasing a new car.“Ensuring that we create transparent and easy to understand messaging in marketing materials will help to aid consumers in their decision. As we communicate through an increasing number of media channels it has become vitally important that these principles adapt to remain relevant, giving car buyers confidence in the environmental benefits.”Ian Twinn, Director of Public Affairs for ISBA said, “Advice that sets out clear guidance for advertisers is welcome. The principles help consumers see the benefits of environmental advances and helps companies market vehicles in a sustainable and responsible way.“The updated Best Practice Principles comes with our strong recommendation and ISBA values working with SMMT and the LowCVP.”Follow the link to download the enhanced Best Practice Principles for environmental claims in automotive marketing to consumers.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
“Talking about retirement, I’ve never spoken about retirement, and if I do retire, I won’t make an announcement. I’ll just fade away.”I don’t think this big deal: ‘I’m going to retire’, it stinks of selling tickets.”When Cyndi Lauper, who is touring with Stewart this summer and also appeared on the show, joked that it “wasn’t a bad idea” and that they too could plug their tour in the same way, Stewart said: “It’s dishonest It’s not rock and roll.” Rod Stewart has criticised Elton John’s retirement tour and branded it a “dishonest” ploy to make money.The Maggie May singer said he didn’t believe in retirement tours, and that the 300 date ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ world tour “stinks of selling tickets”.Stewart, 73, said that he has never talked about retiring and that the decision by Elton, 70, was “not rock and roll”.Stewart was in a jocular mood during an appearance on a US chat show when asked about Elton, who has been friends with for 50 years. But his comments about retirement seemed rather more pointed.Stewart was appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen when a fan called in to ask him what he thought of The Rocket Man’s planned retirement.Stewart said: “I did email her [Elton] and said: ‘What, again dear?’ And I didn’t hear anything back. Sir Elton announced earlier this year that he was retiringCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA Stewart and Elton have enjoyed a good natured rivalry for years and have in the past texted each other to compare album sales.During their conversations they pretend to be a married couple and Stewart calls himself Phyllis while Elton is Sharon. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A police cordon outside the station on Tuesday eveningCredit:darrenyarlett/Twitter Mayor of London Sadiq Khan praised emergency services for “a swift and professional response” to the incident.British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed the incident was not believed to be terror-related. He said the flames were “six foot plus” and everyone “legged it”.Mr Ayton said: “It wasn’t a bang. It was like a very rapid whooshing sound.” There were reports on social media that residents living nearby were being asked to evacuate buildings as officers continue to assess the level of threat. Transport officials outside Southgate Tube stationCredit:Tolga Akmen/LNP He said the escalator was “packed”, adding: “The Tube had just unloaded. The escalator was full.”Mr Ayton said: “A few people got trampled on on the escalator. There was screaming. Emergency services at the scene at Southgate Tube on Tuesday night Credit:Victoria Jones /PA London Ambulance Service said two people had been taken to hospital and three others were treated at the scene in north London for minor injuries.A spokeswoman said: “We have treated three patients at the scene for minor injuries and have taken two people to hospital.”The Metropolitan Police said: “It appears at this stage that the cause of the explosion was a battery short circuit.”The Met Police and BTP (British Transport Police) are working together to establish the full facts.” Police at the scene after several people were injured in an explosion at Southgate Underground stationCredit:Henry Nicholls/Reuters “An old woman got trampled on. I had to carry a woman up the stairs. I think she was in shock to be honest. She couldn’t walk, shaking.”He said he saw a Tube worker pick something up that was on fire and extinguish it but he added: “I think that was secondary rather than the cause.” A spokesman said he has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.They added: “The incident, which left five people with minor injuries, is believed to have been caused by a faulty drill battery.”Tube passenger James Ayton, 34, from Southgate, was on the escalator when he saw a “quick burst” of flames at the top. A man has been arrested over an explosion at Southgate Underground station that left five people injured when passengers fled in mass panic.The 23-year-old was held by police on suspicion of “doing an act likely to cause an explosion to injure or damage property” on Tuesday night.British Transport Police said on Wednesday morning that the small blast at the Tube station in north London is believed to have been caused by a faulty drill battery.Officers were called to reports of people running at the station at shortly after 7pm. One man on a “packed” escalator said some people had been “trampled” in the commotion.Police said the arrested man, from Enfield, was detained “on suspicion of doing an act likely to cause an explosion to injure or damage property, and endangering safety on the railway.” Stuck in an Indian restaurant opposite #Southgate station because of a suspect bomb going off inside (the station) #PHEX @salamanderpumps #SaladAndAmanda pic.twitter.com/iGuazeEJr2— Salamander Sean (@Salamander_Sean) June 19, 2018 City worker Darren Yarlett, 36, said: “The police moved us on, but they said there was an explosion in the station.”There must be around 50 or 60 police, an ambulance, fire arms and dog units.” Emergency services at the scene outside Southgate Tube station Credit:Victoria Jones/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
News Tim McIlrath & Co. are set to bring some fire and fury to a concert venue near youTim McPhateGRAMMYs Mar 26, 2018 – 11:37 am The summer 2018 touring season just added a few decibels in the form of Rise Against’s full-scale assault of North America. With AFI and Anti-Flag in tow, the Chicago hardcore collective will hit arenas and ampitheaters beginning July 27 in Montreal. Dubbed the Mourning in Amerika tour, the run will crisscross cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and Seattle, before wrapping Sept. 30 in Irvine, Calif.Rise Against — vocalist/guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe. and drummer Brandon Barnes — will be promoting their recent politically minded release, 2017’s Wolves, which hit No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart. Rise Against Announce Raucous Summer 2018 Tour With AFI Rise Against Rise Up With Summer Tour rise-against-announce-raucous-summer-2018-tour-afi Twitter Email Facebook “We’re playing three new songs [live] — ‘Wolves,’ ‘Welcome To The Breakdown’ and ‘The Violence,'” McIlrath told GRAMMY.com contributor Steve Baltin last summer. “And they’re actually going over super well. The crowd has immediately taken to these songs more than they ever have in the past. I think it’s partly because I hope they’re good songs and partly because we just personally love them. And when a band is personally excited to play something that shows onstage.”AFI will be representing their self-titled 2017 album, which hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200, marking their highest charting position since 2016’s chart-topping Decemberunderground. Pittsburgh’s Anti-Flag also released an album in 2017, American Fall.Check out the tour’s full itinerary and get your tickets starting March 30.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
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Could you tell us more about your new movie which features Suresh Gopi and Lal in the lead role? This movie is set in the backdrop of a high-range area in Kerala. It is basically an action drama, and it will have elements of family emotions and suspense. I am hoping to make an entertainer which will cater to a majority of the audience.Suresh Gopi and Lal have delivered some memorable hits that include Thenkashipattanan and Kaliyattam. Can we expect the same to happen with your new movie? I am not sure if you can expect the same. But both of them have strong roles to play in the movie, and you will get to see their combination sequences. It is going to be very interesting. Could you unveil more details regarding the cast and crew of this upcoming movie?Casting is still on the go. It will have popular faces from the current bunch of actors. There is a prominent female lead, and it will be enacted by a young actress. The cinematography of this movie is handled by national award-winning cameraman Nikhil S Praveen. Art is by Dileep Nath. Mansoor Muthutty is in charge of the editing, and the costume department will be handled by Nizar. The music of this movie will be composed by Ranjin Raj of Joseph fame. A few months back, Suresh Gopi himself confirmed that he will be reprising the role of Aanakkattil Chackochi in a film titled ‘Lelam 2’. Later, a casting call post appeared in Renji Panicker’s Facebook page inviting new faces for this film. What is the status of this magnum opus project? Lelam 2 will hopefully take off next year..not sure..if it does it’s going to be a huge project. Fingers crossed. Your father Renji Panicker is a legendary Mollywood scriptwriter known for his firebrand dialogues. Could you tell us more about your father’s influence while you write scripts for your movies? I am very influenced by my father’s scripts and dialogues. The way in which he molds and shapes the characters in his movies also inspire me a lot. His scripts are very detailed and you get a clear picture about what to shoot, how to act and the total mood of the scenes at a single reading of each scene.I am very influenced by his scripts. Even though I can’t match it on any level, I am eagerly waiting for him to write something for me. Nithin Renji Panicker, the young filmmaker who made his memorable debut in Mollywood with Mammootty’s ‘Kasaba’ is all set to storm the theatres again with his upcoming untitled venture.The film will feature Suresh Gopi and Lal in lead roles. Son of legendary Mollywood scriptwriter-director Renji Panicker, Nithin aims to affirm his unique spot in the industry with his impeccable filmmaking skills and uncompromising cinematic language.In a recent interaction with International Business Times, India, Nithin Renji Panicker opened up about his upcoming movie, the influence of his dad while writing scripts, and the prerogative of a director to enjoy seamless creative freedom.After your debut venture ‘Kasaba’, it took almost three years to finalize your next project. What caused this hiatus?Three years is a long gap for anybody after their debut. I was supposed to do a sequel to Lelam titled ‘Lelam 2’in 2017. But unfortunately, the project did not take off due to various reasons.My father, who was supposed to write the script of the movie, also had acting commitments. In the meantime, I planned something else with Suresh Gopi but that project had to be shelved as well. Thus, I decided to write something of my own and finally landed this project. Apart from being a scriptwriter, Renji Panicker has proved his versatility in acting and your brother Nikhil is debuting as an actor with the movie ‘Kalamandalam Hyder Ali’. Do you have any plans to pursue a career in acting? I recently did a small role in Anoop Menon’s directorial debut KING FISH. I had four small sequences. It was a good experience. Maybe because I have known him from before and we have a friendly relationship. Let us see.After the release of Kasaba, many people, including a leading Mollywood actress, lashed out against you and lead actor Mammootty for an alleged anti-feministic sequence in the movie. Even though the controversy is more than three years old, you have not reacted to it publicly. Could you brief us how these controversies are affecting the creative freedom of a filmmaker? I haven’t responded to those alligations even then. They have their opinions. I am not all bothered because I don’t see anti-feministic elements in Kasaba. Controversies don’t affect my creative freedom. If I think I shouldn’t write something, I wont..if I feel I should write something, I will do that without any hesitations. RelatedEXCLUSIVE: Murali Gopy talks about Lucifer sequel, artistic freedom and Illuminati linkExclusive: Nikhil Renji Panicker talks about Kalamandalam Hyder Ali, influence of dad and futureOdiyan director Shrikumar Menon defends Mammootty, says actor is ‘cornered and deeply hurt’