first_imgOnce upon a time, not long ago, stars dazzled bright only in the skies and our B-town stars only on the silver screen. They were our gods and goddesses, luminous deities who mesmerized, transfixed and transported us to a never-never land of happy-ever-after! In the troubled, busy and confusing times we live in, these stars, with their spectacular and larger-than-life glamor and feel-good quotient, showed us the light, inspired hope and, in their own filmy way, demonstrated virtue’s victory over evil and generally distracted, entertained and gifted us an alternative reality that engaged, enchanted and even empowered. In India, entertainment is Bollywood and Bollywood is stars; creatures who are elusive, whom you see but can’t touch or connect with; dudes and dolls you read about, gossip about, fantasize about .… Their charm lay in the fact that they were out-of-bounds, inaccessible, off-limits to the howling mobs. Suddenly this concept has taken a U-turn! The big, sexy, glamorous, unattainable movie-star defined by magic and mystique now come to entertain you, every night, free of charge, on … the idiot box! From Big B, SRK, Salman Khan to Akshay, Ajay Devgun & Kajol, Preiti Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Urmila Mataonkar, Raveena Tandon, Shushmita Sen, Sonali Bendre, Malaika Arora, Rakhi Sawant, they are all hitting TV screens in droves! Why? In Hollywood (a place the complex-ridden Bollywood is constantly yakking about), neither TV endorsements, TV anchoring or “special” insanely lucrative appearances at product launches, event openings, concerts or big-ticket weddings happen. So what’s going on? Why this desperate sell-out? Aren’t they scared that this insane and all-pervasive exposure will hurt their brand equity as stars?Long time film-tracker, Ashish Paul scoffs at these concerns. “Film stars of yesteryears — 50’s, 60’s, even 70’s — resided in a different world. Commercialism, consumerism and media-driven activities didn’t exist. It was a sweet, cozy, protected space with very high comfort levels. The advent of TV, but more critically the opening up of markets post-91, changed all that. This coincided with Bollywood getting bigger and more powerful as an undisputable pan-India — even global — brand. Very soon, along with cricket, it became the new religion, the great leveler, a seductive common factor that despite caste, creed, language, color, religion, region, culture, even country, bound all. It’s natural, hence, that today’s star-kids, (smart n’ savvy that they are), will participate, even drive this new revenue-generation stream. As for compromising on their ‘exclusive’ tag, I don’t think they give a damn! The amount of money they earn in these shows against the time spent, makes it a delectable fast-buck option.”Victor (Passage to India) Banerjee partially disagrees. He believes that, traditionally, there has always been a distinct divide between TV stars and movie stars, each ruling their own defined space. “Hollywood still maintains it and apart from the odd exception, doesn’t dream of indulging in any of the crazy trade-offs that blitz the scene, here. For a very long time I resisted TV work. It’s only when nothing worthwhile was coming my way in the movies, that I started doing TV serials. Ads, anchoring or special appearances remain, mostly a no-no. There’s a limit to commodification! Everything in my life is not up for sale.” Big Brands like the Amitabh Bachchan (reportedly $300,000 per episode for anchoring Big Boss 3) or Shah Rukh Khan (alleged to have taken home a whopping $8 million for anchoring Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hai?) are likely to brush away Banerjee’s diffidence. So are stars like Salman Khan, who is reported to receive $18 million for Season 1 of Dus Ka Dum or Ajay-Kajol, who are said to receive $2 million combined for judging Rocky&Roll Family. Even forgotten actress Urmila Matondkar scooped up a cool $1.5 million for judging Waar Parivar. On the anvil are out-of-work star Preity Zinta, reportedly offered a cool $2 million for a show entitled The Preity Zinta Show, where she will interview/chat with her celeb, B-town friends. Also, the red-hot Bipasha Basu was allegedly signed by SRK’s Red Chillies to anchor a show on the lines of America’s Next Top Model. Payout? $130,000 per episode. Wait, there is more! In these insanely glamour-driven times where everything Bollywood-specific is hugely in demand, stars drive everything. It’s only natural, hence, that stars leverage their marketability across every conceivable revenue-generating avenue. So, enter concerts, weddings and special appearances! King Khan, demanding — and getting — anything between $300,000 to $600,000 depending on what you want him to do. Whether it’s high-ticket affairs like Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter’s or real estate hot-shot Kanti Govani’s weddings, SRK is a must. If he is required to grace his presence right through, covering all the functions, the payout is said to be a gigantic $2.4 million. Next in line are Salman Khan ($200,000) Katrina Kaif ($160,000), Govinda ($140,000) and Lara Dutta ($60,000). Saif, Ranbir, Deepika, Imraan and Asin are also said to be in the $100,000 bracket for special appearances. And now small-timers too are leaping onto this bandwagon. Malaika Arora, Celina Jaitley, Dia Mirza, Rakhi Sawant and Isha Koppikar also stand to pick up a cool $20,000 for an item jig. Can’t afford that? Not to worry. The likes of Koena Mitra, Priti Jhangiani, Sanobar Kabir, Payal Rohatgi and gang come between $10,000 to $14,000. The moolah is there, all the way. The gorgeous Kat Kaif was offered $200,000 to perform in a Mumbai 5-star hotel last year. This year, reportedly due to her No.1 status, she’s been offered double the amount for a 10-minute jig! She was also said to have been paid a cool $160,000 — you’re not gonna believe it, guys — wave at the crowd at a recent concert in Dubai! A $140,000 paycheck also came her way for a 30-minute performance at a farmhouse in Delhi. The other sizzler, Bips Basu, was said to have been offered a sexy $200,000 to greet last year’s New Year at a Mumbai 5-star hotel, but she refused because of 26/11. This year she is supposed to have been offered and even larger fee, to which she has agreed. Neha Dhupia, Udita Goswami, Tanusree Dutta all pick up anything between $10,000 to $40,000 to do a routine number. Oh, how can one forget the deadly Mallika Sherawat? She reportedly took home the big one — $600,000 to $1 million for a jig.TV appearances, ad endorsements, weddings, concerts, special appearances. 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first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ateneo earned back-to-back wins in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament after sneaking past University of the Philippines, 52-51, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Cara Buendia had 10 points and eight boards to lead the Lady Eagles, who are undefeated at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img Lakers’ Ingram alters shooting stroke, has grown 2 more inches—report BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games University of the East, meanwhile, hung on and tamed Far Eastern University, 59-56, for its first win in the season.Eunice Chan finished with a near double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds as the Lady Warriors improved to 1-1, the same record as the Lady Tamaraws’.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLove Sto. Domingo aided Chan with 12 points and nine rebounds while Ruthlaine Tacula filled the stat sheets with eight points, seven boards, six assists, and three steals.last_img read more

first_imgIndian rower Dushiant Dushyant on Wednesday settled for the bronze medal in the men’s lightweight single sculls final of the 17th Asian Games.Dushyant faltered in the final 500 metres and had to settle for the bronze at the Chungju Tangeum Lake Rowing Center in Incheon.Dushyant completed the 2,000 metre race in seven minutes and 26.57 seconds to finish third behind gold medal winner Hoi Kwan Lok of Hong Kong and South Korea’s Hakbeom Lee, who took silver.The Indian rower, who had scaled down his weight to 72 kg from 78 to compete in the lightweight event, was in second place 1.57 seconds behind Kwan Lok after the first 500 metres.The 22-year-old then rowed into the lead and opened up 1.21 seconds lead by the 1,000m mark.The Hong Kong rower ate into the Indian’s lead to reduce the difference to 0.64 seconds in the next 500m but Dushyant was still 2.21 seconds ahead of Lee in third place.The Indian, however, lost steam on the home stretch as both Kwan Lok and Lee caught up and then overtook him to deny Dushyant a top-two finish.India, who had 11 medals at the end of day four, now have added another bronze.last_img read more

first_imgFirst-time finalists Pakistan hammered arch-rivals India by 180 runs to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy title at The Oval on Sunday. Put into bat Pakistan posted a mammoth 338/4 with Man of the Match Fakhar Zaman scoring his maiden hundred and top-scored in the match with 114 while Azhar Ali 59 and Mohammad Hafeez (57*) also made significant contributions.In reply India’s chase was derailed by Mohammad Amir, who removed the top-three batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan – inside the first 10 overs. Hassan Ali also took three wickets in the middle overs, including the final one off Jasprit Bumrah to ensure an emphatic win for Pakistan.Hassan took the Golden Ball award for finishing as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 13 scalps in five matches at 15.69, while Dhawan got the Golden Bat for scoring 338 runs in five games at 67.60 with one hundred and two fifties.Most of the Pakistani players were at a loss for words after the victory but they all thanked and dedicated the trophy to the people back home.Imad Wasim – “It’s unbelievable (feeling). Nothing gets bigger than this. Seems like we are playing in Pakistan and thanks to all those who supported. I am sure the roads are full in Pakistan, people will be celebrating and I can’t wait to get back. We sat down together after the first game. We were down and out, but we discussed that we need to do something to turn things around. People wrote us off, but this is an incredible win.”advertisementShoaib Malik – “In words, it’s very hard to describe (the feeling). I guess the roads will be full (in Pakistan) and they’ll be celebrating even though it is Ramadan. I want to congratulate the Pakistani people. Things like this bring us united. I’d like to thank the Indian cricket team the way they played in this tournament, and also the Indian fans who came out to support. We were okay (when asked if he was under pressure before the start of the match). Being a senior cricketer, the other players look up you. Credit to all the players. This performance was exceptional.”Hassan Ali – “I wasn’t in the side last year but I relied on hard work and self belief. I have learnt from the beginning that fitness is important. The tournament was good for me. I hope I continue like this. The final wicket vwas a very special moment; I don’t have words.”Mohammad Amir – “That’s the start we needed. At the start, Kohli. Rohit and Shikhar.. they were in great form but I did it. To be honest, it is a teamwork. After the South Africa game, the way we played. That game gave us the momentum.”Mickey Arthur – “It has been an up and down ride. After the India game, we came back superbly. We knew we were better than that. The whole group came together and kept believing and that was a superb thing. We wanted to be a lot more consistent. It has been a remarkable achievement. We have got a group of young players. We are on the right track, everything is going right at the moment. I am happy with the brand of cricket we have been playing and want to continue the momentum. We have got two years until 2019. We have got enough points and now we do not have to go through qualifyings, we want to work hard from here. We have to identify the players we want to take forward.”Azhar Mahmood – “He (Hasan Ali) is a young guy and bowls with a big of heart. Every time he runs in, he wants to get a wicket. The attitude is brilliant. He is a match winner for us. Young guy coming into the side (Fakhar Zaman). It is more self belief than physical and technical thing. Fakhar Zaman is a brilliant guy up the order. He puts pressure on the opposition. If there is a guy like him who can go up there get some runs for us, that is just brilliant.”Pakistan were the lowest-ranked team in the tournament but they surprised everyone and made a stunning comeback after losing their opening match against India by 124 runs. They then went on to beat South Africa, Sri Lanka and tournament favourites England to reach the final where an all-round performance saw them overwhelm Virat Kohli’s Team India.last_img read more

first_img Next Reuters MasonAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 07:52 IST Andy Murray will return to singles next week in Cincinnati. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray will return to singles at the Cincinnati OpenMurray accepted a wildcard to make his singles return next weekHe has not played a singles since his Australian Open first round defeatAndy Murray will return to singles action at the Cincinnati Open starting on Saturday after accepting a wildcard, Britain’s former world number one said on Friday.The 32-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion has not played singles since losing in the Australian Open first round in January to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, after which he had hip resurfacing surgery in a bid to salvage his career.”That feeling when you accept a wildcard for the singles in Cinci… #LetsDoThis #HereWeGo,” Murray said in a brief post on Facebook that had a picture of him celebrating a point.Murray returned to doubles action at Queen’s Club this year, winning the title with Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, and also played mixed doubles with Serena Williams and men’s doubles with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon.Also Read | What a team: Serena Williams, Andy Murray to play Wimbledon mixed doublesAlso Read | Andy Murray’s mother shares throwback picture of Wimbledon 2019 champion Novak DjokovicAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Andy MurrayFollow Andy Murray singlesFollow Serena Williams Andy Murray to make singles return in CincinnatiAndy Murray, three-time Grand Slam champion, has not played singles since losing in the Australian Open first round in January to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, after which he had hip resurfacing surgery in a bid to salvage his career.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has reached an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of four new cruise ships, with an option for two additional vessels, for its Norwegian Cruise Line brand.The company’s four next generation ships are scheduled for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025. If NCL exercises the contract option, the two additional cruise ships would be handed over to their owner in 2026 and 2027.Ordered at a price of EUR 800 million (USD 850.1 million) a piece, each of the four 140,000 gross ton ships will accommodate around 3,300 guests.Norwegian Cruise Line said that it obtained export credit financing with favorable terms to fund 80 percent of the contract price of each ship delivered through 2025, subject to certain conditions.“This new class of ships will continue Norwegian Cruise Line brand’s legacy of introducing meaningful innovation to the cruise industry,” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said.The new class of ships will build upon the brand’s most recent Breakaway-Plus Class ships. A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment, according to the cruise company.last_img read more

first_imgzoomSource: Pexels The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing Carnival Victory crewmember on July 7.The 37-year-old man fell overboard on July 4 some 30 miles northwest of Cuba while the vessel was sailing back to Miami from Cozumel.After searching around 2,600 square nautical miles for over 45 hours, officials were unable to locate the crewmember.Involved with the search were the Coast Guard Cutters Charles Sexton (WPC-1108) and William Trump (WPC-1111) with Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane aircrews. The Cuban Border Guard also conducted searches.“We’ve been in contact with the crewmember’s family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult time for them,” said Michael Mullen, search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard 7th District.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Actor Ayushmann Khurrana says the intent to bring about “social change by starting a conversation” is what compelled him to back a movie like Article 15, which is centred around caste discrimination in the society. He says it was important for him to show India a very significant social film. “As an artiste, you sometimes get a film that demands you to back it wholeheartedly because it is trying to make a strong statement, because it is trying to affect social change by starting a conversation.” Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography”A film like ‘Article 15’ compelled me to put my voice behind it because it is cinema that needs to be made and seen. It is cinema for the entire country, for the youth to notice,” Ayushmann said in a statement. This is also why he is not bothered about the box office prospect of the film. “When you get material this strong and important, you don’t think of how big the opening will be, how much the film will eventually make. You do it because it is your responsibility.”last_img read more

NEW YORK — Shares of connected exercise machine company Peloton are drifting lower in their first day of public trading.The New York company’s stock opened at $27. It offered 40 million shares at an initial public offering price of $29 per share, the high end of an expected range of $26 to $29 apiece.Peloton is known for its stationary bikes that allow users to stream workouts live or on-demand. Users pay thousands of dollars for Peloton machines and about $40 per month for a subscription. The company also makes high-end treadmills that cost more than $4,000.Peloton Interactive Inc., founded in 2012, is listed on the Nasdaq under the “PTON” ticker symbol.The Associated Press

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2015 9:02 am MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ottawa posts $1.1 billion surplus for June compared with $1.6 billion a year ago OTTAWA – The federal government posted a surplus of nearly $1.1 billion for June — half a billion less than in the same month last year when the surplus was $1.6 billion.The surplus came as the federal government’s revenue increased by $600 million to $24.3 billion for the month.Excise taxes and duties were the source of most of the revenue growth.Federal program spending increased by $1.6 billion from a year ago to $21.3 billion in June.The universal child care benefit was responsible for most of the spending increase, which was partly offset by a $500-million decline in public debt charges, which fell to $1.9 billion.For the April to June period, the government recorded a surplus of $5 billion compared with a surplus of $400 million in the same three-month period a year earlier.The Finance Department said the results for the first three months of the fiscal year provide limited information with respect to the outlook for the year as a whole.“That being said, the financial results through the April to June 2015 period are consistent with the fiscal projection for 2015–16 presented in the budget,” the department said in a statement Friday.The government forecast in April a surplus of $1.4 billion for its 2015-16 fiscal year, however the parliamentary budget office suggested in July that Ottawa was on track to run a deficit based on a downgraded economic projection by the Bank of Canada.The budget office projected the government producing a $1-billion shortfall in 2015-16. read more

MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin is looking to turn yet another page on its troubled past by replacing its chief executive with someone the company’s board of directors believes can deliver stronger results from its core engineering and construction business.The company announced Monday that Robert Card, 62, is stepping down after three years on the job.He will be replaced effective Oct. 5 by Neil Bruce, 55, who joined the firm a few months after Card and became chief operating officer earlier this year.Board chairman Lawrence Stevenson said Card transformed the company by enhancing its ethics and compliance system, but both sides “mutually agreed” over the past nine months that it was time for a change at the top.“We feel that Neil is the right person to focus on that operational execution and deliver the kind of projects that our clients want — on time, on budget with the right financial performance,” Stevenson said in an interview.Stevenson said the company’s strategy, developed by both executives, won’t change. SNC has repositioned its operations through the sale of AltaLink electric transmission company in Alberta and the acquisition of U.K.-based Kentz, which has expertise in oil and gas.The company expects to start the process to sell its stake in Highway 407 toll road in Toronto this year, but won’t complete a transaction until the performance of its core business is more stable, Stevenson added.Card will remain an adviser to the board and his successor through 2016. Details about his compensation and departure package will be disclosed next year ahead of the company’s annual meeting. Card received $4.96 million in total compensation last year.Bruce had initially led SNC’s mining, metallurgy and oil and gas business. He has more than 30 years experience in the engineering and construction industry and was in London before moving to the SNC’s headquarters in Montreal.Analysts said the change in leadership won’t alter SNC-Lavalin’s (TSX:SNC) direction.“Turning a large ship such as SNC is no easy task,” said Maxim Sytchev of Dundee Securities. He said instituting culture change enabled the company to win massive government contracts, including the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal and large transit projects in Toronto and Paris.“We view the company’s current turnaround stage is that of stabilization. The next leg of progress pertains to financial performance, which has still been uneven,” he wrote in a report.Yuri Lynk of Canaccord Genuity said Bruce’s involvement in some contract challenges could “mute investor enthusiasm” over his appointment as CEO.The leadership change comes as the company and two of its subsidiaries face one count of fraud and one of corruption over its dealings in Libya, to which it plans to plead not guilty.SNC-Lavalin has filed several civil lawsuits seeking $167 million from former SNC executive Riadh Ben Aissa and other individuals, alleging they embezzled millions of dollars in funds belonging to the company that were improperly diverted for personal use and harmed the firm’s reputation.It claims the actions were a “flagrant violation” of the company’s internal code of conduct along with Canadian and foreign laws.Ben Aissa has formally responded to the civil suits by asserting that higher-ranked executives in the company knew that payments made to secure contracts in the North African country were in reality bribes.“SNC is only trying to use Ben Aissa as a scapegoat by presenting him as solely responsible for acts that SNC was fully aware of, accepted and encouraged,” according to a statement of defence filed for Ben Aissa.Stevenson said SNC-Lavalin disagrees with Ben Aissa’s claims, which have not been tested in court.“I can tell you having been on the board of directors at that time in 2012, the board of directors was not aware of any of the things that Mr. Ben Aissa is alleged to have done,” he said.Ben Aissa was extradited to Canada a year ago after being convicted in Switzerland of bribery and embezzlement in connection with illicit payments for Libyan contracts. In Canada, authorities laid several charges against him and other former officials related to $22.5 million of alleged fraud involving a $1.3 billion hospital contract in Montreal.His statement of defence claims SNC bought former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s son Saadi a yacht, put his wife on the company payroll in the midst of the Libyan conflict, and paid about $2 million in expenses including for the services of prostitutes during a 2008 trip to Canada by the former leader’s son.Ben Aissa denied that he was “materially involved” in attempts to organize Saadi Gadhafi’s escape from Libya.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter SNC-Lavalin chief operating officer Neil Bruce taking over as CEO next month by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2015 7:51 am MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

People fleeing Boko Haram construct make-shift shelters in Monguno, Borno State, Nigeria. They need food, water and health services. Photo: UN OCHA Nigeria Despite some very generous contributions from mechanisms such as the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and donations from the wider donor community, the Nigerian Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016, which requires $484 million for life-saving interventions, has only received one third of the needed funding. “Without the means to respond, innocent boys, girls, women and men will die. The highest priority requirement for this response remains food security which is just 25 per cent funded,” warned Mr. Lundberg. He went on to note that the attacks on the humanitarian convoy on 28 July and recent suicide bombing in Maiduguri on 12 October serve as stark reminders “that we must not let down our guard in such a high risk environment.” Indeed, the security of humanitarian actors remains a top priority for the humanitarian community, he added. At the end of his statement, Mr. Lundberg affirmed OCHA’s commitment to support and assist international organizations with the structures and mechanisms they require to safely carry out their work. He also noted the recent improvements in displaced populations’ assessment, calling this development a “springboard’ that will improve access to affected populations. In a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), wrapping up his first few weeks in the position, Mr. Lundberg assured the Nigerian Government of the international community’s commitment to working closely with federal and state mechanisms to accelerate a collective response to the situation. He also welcomed the recent announcement of the of the Inter-Ministerial Task Force and High Level Humanitarian Coordination Group, and the Borno state Humanitarian Response Committee and looked forward to seeing “tangible impact in the coming weeks and months.” According to Mr. Lundberg, humanitarian assistance by the Government and the aid community is being provided to the millions of people in desperate need despite insecurity and access constraints. However, relief agencies should continue to maintain neutrality, impartiality and independence and continue to work where security permits. “Needs are currently higher than the response capacity and we must ensure that we have both access and resources to scale up our humanitarian support in the months to come.” read more

Husain and Hamza Abdullah.NFL free agents Hamza and Husain Abdullah, brothers who are practicing Muslims, plan to sit out the 2012 season to speak at mosques this summer, then make a pilgrimage to Mecca, reported Thursday.It’s unclear whether they are leaving the NFL permanently.“It has been a blessing to play in the NFL for both Husain and I,” Hamza said in a press release, “but we would be remiss if we didn’t give thanks to the One who made it all possible.”“I visited Makkah, Saudi Arabia in March and a strong sense of urgency overcame me to attend ‘Hajj’ in October,” Husain said. ” I love the game of football but, it would directly coincide with my pilgrimage. So, I’m taking some time off.”Husain, 26, a defensive back who started 15 games for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010 and nine more for the Vikings in 2011, has turned down contract offers from the Vikings and other teams, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.Husain’s career may have been in jeopardy before this decision. He sustained four concussions over the past two seasons, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and had visited a concussion specialist to determine whether his long-term health was in dangerHamza, 28, played sparingly for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, but he appeared in 16 games. read more

first_imgPlum Energy will construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on property adjacent to Alpha Coal West’s (an Alpha Natural Resources subsidiary) Eagle Butte mine, near Gillette, Wyoming. The facility will supply LNG to Alpha Coal West’s mine haul vehicles, producing cost efficiencies and fuel savings for its mining operations. Natural gas becomes LNG when the gas is cooled to more than 260o below zero and the volume becomes 1/600th of the gaseous form, turning the gas into a liquid fuel.  LNG is a clean, efficient fuel and is extremely attractive from a price point when compared to the cost of conventional diesel fuel. Alpha Coal West began testing LNG technologies developed by GFS Corp in trucks at the Belle Ayr mine in 2012, beginning a pilot program of the world’s first LNG-powered mine haul trucks. After 18 months of daily operation, Alpha Coal West decided to proceed with the conversion to LNG of its 16 Caterpillar 793 haul trucks at the nearby Eagle Butte mine.  Alpha Coal West expects the alterations to the trucks, each of which is capable of hauling 240-t of coal to be completed by the end of 2014.Plum Energy’s LNG plant at Eagle Butte, scheduled to come online in March 2015, will be able to produce 28,500 gallons of LNG a day. In addition, Plum Energy has designed an LNG refuelling station that will be constructed on-site at Eagle Butte, which will be capable of refuelling eight trucks simultaneously.“We are delighted to assist in bringing cleaner burning, lower cost LNG to Alpha Coal West and to Wyoming,” said Kirt Montague, chief executive officer of Plum Energy. “This project not only will reduce fuel costs for Alpha Coal West, but will also help solidify supply lines for other LNG users in the Powder River Basin.”Alpha Natural Resources President Paul Vining says, “The construction of the LNG plant fits with ongoing efforts to control costs. Switching the Alpha Coal West fleet to the combined use of LNG and diesel will also lead to more efficient operation and longer engine life for the trucks.”“We are excited by this development,” said Jason Green, President and CTO of GFS Corp. “Alpha Natural Resources continues to demonstrate their vision of a more sustainable and efficient future for mining operations. They have been a terrific partner and we are committed to continuing to provide them with state of the art natural gas + diesel solutions for their fleet.”Alpha Coal West’s demand for LNG is expected to be about 6,400 gallons/d to fuel its trucks. As the plant grows, excess product can be sold to other companies in the area as they convert their haul trucks and other equipment to the lower emission and cost-efficient LNG.Alpha Natural Resources is one of the largest and most regionally diversified coal suppliers in the US. With affiliate mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, Alpha supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power to customers on five continents. Alpha is committed to being a leader in mine safety with its Running Right safety process, and an environmental steward in the communities where its affiliates operate.Plum Energy is focused on the development of small-scale LNG value chains to service the industrial and transportation markets. In addition to developing its own projects, the company provides services to other companies seeking to develop small-scale LNG projects involving various aspects of the value chain.GFS Corp designs, manufactures and sells proprietary solutions that enable high horsepower, heavy duty diesel engines to operate on natural gas.  The company’s primary focus is providing fully integrated alternative fuel solutions for the mining, construction, stationary power and rail markets.last_img read more

first_imgFlexco has recently unveiled a new product in its conveyor belt maintenance line, Flexco TUG™ HD® Belt Clamps.Designed to secure the belt for safe repair, the new belt clamps are available in 6 ton (5.4 t) and 8 ton (7.3 t) versions to meet the most stringent safety test standards, the company said.“TUG HD Belt Clamps provide even tensioning across the entire belt width, with an extruded non-slip grip pattern on the aluminium bars that provides ultimate holding power. The device clamps over the belt for greater strength, with the safety factors of the clamp ratings meeting or exceeding industry standards,” Flexco said.The 6-ton clamps are available for belts up to 72 in (1,800 mm) wide and up to 2 in (50 mm) thick, while the 8-ton clamps are available for belts up to 96 in (2,400 mm) wide and up to 2.25 in (55 mm) thick.TUG HD Belt Clamps are versatile, portable, and easy to use, Flexco said. A single pair of the heat-treated clamp bars can be used to block off the belt for maintenance, while the clamp ends feature increased capacity for easier clamp bar insertion, the company added.Aaron Rosso, Senior Product Manager at Flexco, said: “The acme thread on the clamp end screws offers superior grip strength and allows operators the chance to slowly release the belt after maintenance. It’s a safer, more predictable method than unclamping and releasing the tension on the belt in one movement.”The belt clamps are engineered for tough conditions, being designed with high-grade aluminium bars and structural steel clamp ends, according to the company. Shock-absorbing end caps are designed to protect the bars from hammer use and drops, while the TUG HD Belt Clamps can be used with a variety of materials and belt types, including PVC/PVG or rubber-covered plied belting on flat, sidewall, chevron, and other specialty profiles.“TUG HD Belt Clamps are Mineline®-endorsed, designed and engineered to work – day in and day out – in some of the toughest applications in the world,” Flexco concluded.The Flexco Mineline endorsement, Flexco says, means the product proven in heavy-tonnage applications that test the strength and durability of your conveyor system.last_img read more

first_imgUne mise à jour Windows Phone 8 pour les terminaux actuels?C’est la question que l’on pourrait se poser, après l’entretien du vice-président de la division Windows Phone chez Microsoft avec des analystes financiers, relaté par le site Myerson est resté dans le flou au Mobile World Congress. Difficile de dire si les Windows Phone 7.5 pourront recevoir la mise à jour de Windows Phone 8, mais le vice-président a fait allusion à Apple et sa MAJ d’iOS pour les anciens smartphones de la marque, qui avait tendance à réduire les performances des mobiles (poussant les clients à se procurer le dernier modèle de téléphone Apple). Concernant son autre principal concurrent, Android, Terry Myerson n’y va pas de main morte non plus. Pour lui, « aucun téléphone Android n’est mis à jour, jamais ».Reste à savoir comment Microsoft compte se positionner par rapport à ses adversaires et ce n’est pas vraiment l’entretien de Terry Myerson qui nous permettra d’en savoir davantage…Le 1 mars 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgWatford manager Javi Gracia is proud of his side’s “special” start to the new Premier League season as they have won all three games so far.Watford held on to claim a 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace to make it three wins from three matches for the Hornets. Javi Gracia after the match admitted the run of early results was “amazing”.“To get three wins in a row is something special, something amazing,” Gracia told Sky Sports.“We are enjoying the moment knowing it’s only the beginning, but we have done three important steps. But only three. We need to keep going.”Gracia paid tribute to first goalscorer Pereyra, saying: “He has scored many goals and is an important player for us.”Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.He was asked about Etienne Capoue’s fourth-minute challenge on Zaha. Capoue raked his studs down Zaha’s calf but the referee only gave him a yellow card.“I didn’t see the action,” the manager said.“It was a rainy day with many contacts.”last_img read more

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew York City, NY, February 13, 2017 – Miller-Uibo is now tied for the world’s fastest time for the year in the 300 metres worldwide and on Saturday she demolished her own record set in that event in New York City.  Our Golden girl held onto it, her title as champion in the Mellrose Games with a time of 35.71.  Shaunae Miller Uibo was in fine form as she powered to first in the 300m, beating sprint dynamos:  Ashley Spencer and Natasha Hastings. #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

first_imgWerder Bremen star Davy Klaassen reckons it’s “impossible” for him to be compared to fellow midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Toni KroosThe Netherlands international has a knack for being creative at the heart of the midfield which has won him plenty of admirers.In fact, Dutch legend Johan Cruyff even went as far as comparing Klaassen to Xavi and Kroos before his passing in 2016.But Klaassen insists comparisons with the Barcelona legend and Real Madrid star are wide off the mark.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“No, I think it’s impossible to compare players at all,” Klaassen told SportsMax.“But I think it’s even more impossible to compare anyone to Xavi and Kroos.“I think it’s impossible because they are some of the best midfielders in the world. So, yeah it’s nice that he said it. But yes, I think it’s impossible.”After joining Breman from Everton in the summer, Klaassen has managed three goals and assists in 13 appearances.last_img read more