Taroudant, Morocco- Iskander Amien De Vrie, son of prominent Dutch politician Arnoud Van Doorn, who was behind the 2008 anti-Islam film Fitna (sedition), converted to Islam during the Dubai International Peace Convention, held there from April 17-19, 2014, according to Khaleej times.Arnoud Van Doorn, a former Islamophobe, confirmed the news on his official twitter account. My eldest son just reverted to Islam at the Dubai Peace Concention. Great news pic.twitter.com/gu421BJ7Hn— Arnoud van Doorn (@ArnoudvDoorn) April 18, 2014“I saw my father become more peaceful after converting to Islam. That’s when I realised there is something good in this religion and it made me change my perception of Muslims. I started studying the Holy Quran and going through lectures of important scholars,” said Iskander in an interview with Khaleej Times. “I bear witness that there is no God to be worshipped but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his worshipper and last messenger,” Iskander recited “A-Shahadah” before his father and other Muslim scholars in a video posted on YouTube on April 18.The Shahada is the basic statement of the Islamic faith that any person has to recite wholeheartedly in order to become a Muslim.The same source said that Iskander Amien De Vrie was one of “the 37 people who converted to Islam during the convention.”The formerly anti-Islamic film-distributer Arnoud Van Doorn converted to Islam in 2013 and performed the Hajj, the fifth and final pillar of Islam.The same source added that “Arnoud is now calling on people to support his Islamic Foundation, the European Dawah Foundation, which is fighting Islamophobia in Europe.”Roughly 17 minutes in length, the short film, produced in 2008, in which Quran verses are shown alongside images from terrorist attacks in an attempt to demonstrate that the Muslims’ holy book motivates its followers to hate none Muslims, caused uproar.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
The new power provider that will serve nearly one million customers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will be known as ‘Alectra’.Horizon Utilities, Enersource, and PowerStream will merge their respective utilities and buy Hydro One Brampton at the end of February.“We are excited to launch Alectra and move forward to deliver best-in-class customer service and optimal returns for shareholders,” said incoming Alectra President and CEO, Brian Bentz.Alectra will operate within a 1,800 square kilometre area that includes Alliston, Aurora, Barrie, Beeton, Brampton, Bradford, Hamilton, Markham, Mississauga, Penetanguishene, Richmond Hill, St. Catharines, Thornton, Tottenham and Vaughan. The company says the merger will save residents money, improve reliability and provide better choices for customers as technology advances.“The launch of Alectra is a win-win for both electricity ratepayers and for municipalities in communities across the region,” said Glenn Thibeault, Ontario Minister of Energy. “It will result in an improved company that is better positioned to serve customers who will also benefit from savings on electricity rates. I am pleased that each of the municipalities involved recognized these benefits, and I hope more municipal leaders across Ontario will follow their lead.”
Related Stories Raptors win first NBA championship, beat Warriors 114–110Raptors parade taking place Monday in TorontoFans delirious as Raptors best Warriors to win NBA championship July 1: News breaks that James will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, taking him out of the Eastern Conference.July 6: Point guard Fred VanVleet is re-signed to a two-year, US$18.1-million deal.July 18: Raptors president Masai Ujiri pulls of a blockbuster deal, sending star DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Leonard, the key to the deal, had only one year left on his contract and played just nine games last season because of injury.Sept. 24: The day before training camp, Leonard talks to the Toronto media for the first time. His most notable quote is four words: “I’m a fun guy.” Sept. 25: Leonard has his first 5-on-5 session since January at training camp in Burnaby, B.C. “It felt great,” he said.Oct. 17: Leonard has 24 points and 12 rebounds in the Raptors’ season-opening 116-104 win over the visiting Cavaliers.Oct. 19: In a game between two teams considered top contenders in the East, Leonard scores 31 in a 113-101 win over the Boston Celtics.Oct. 20: Leonard sits out the first of 21 games during the season as the team attempts to keep him as healthy as possible for a playoff run. Later in the season, the term “load management” is introduced as the reason for whenever Leonard doesn’t play. A few months later, he refers to the 82-game regular season as “just practice.”Oct. 29: After a 6-0 start, the Raptors drop their first game of the season in Milwaukee in what turns out to be an Eastern Conference final preview. Leonard is not in the lineup.Nov. 14: Casey returns to Toronto for the first time since his firing as head coach of the Detroit Pistons. He gets a standing ovation during a video tribute during the first quarter. Detroit stages a huge comeback and wins it 106-104 on a buzzer-beater.Nov. 25: Leonard fires back at Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after the latter says the former San Antonio star “wasn’t a leader.” Said Leonard: “It’s just funny to me because I don’t know if he’s talking about last year or not but I guess when you stop playing they forget how you lead.”Nov. 29: Leonard scores 37 points as the Raptors win a 131-128 double-overtime thriller against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. It marks Toronto’s seventh win in a row.Dec. 12: Toronto, missing Leonard, sweeps the season series against Golden State with a 113-93 win in Oakland, Calif.Jan. 1, 2019: Leonard scores 45 points in a 122-116 win over the Utah Jazz.Jan. 3: DeRozan has a triple-double (21 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) as the Spurs clobber the visiting Raptors 125-107 in the first meeting between the teams since the big trade.Jan. 6: Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry returns after missing 10 of the past 11 games with injury. He has 12 points and eight assists as Toronto beats the Philadelphia 76ers 121-105.Feb. 7: Ujiri swings another huge deal, acquiring Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright and C.J. Miles.Feb. 13: Pascal Siakam, the surprise breakout star of the year, scores a career-high 44 points in a win over the visiting Washington Wizards.Feb. 22: Leonard has the go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and scores 25 points as the Raptors beat the visiting Spurs 120-117 in a thriller. DeRozan commits a turnover on the key possession. “It was (like) a playoff win for us,” Leonard said after the team’s seventh win in a row.March 1: Leonard hits the winning jumper with three seconds left as Toronto beats the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 119-117 in another thriller.March 24: Jeremy Lamb’s buzzer-beater from 48 feet gives the Charlotte Hornets a stunning 115-114 road win over the Raptors.April 9: The Raptors win in Minnesota to finish the season 58-24, good for second in the East. They draw the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs.April 13: The heavily-favoured Raptors lose 113-109 against the visiting Magic in Game 1, bringing back memories of past playoff failures.April 16: Toronto crushes visiting Orlando 111-82 in Game 2, getting 37 points from Leonard.April 23: The Raptors take a big lead early and beat the Magic 115-96, finishing off Orlando in Game 5 with their fourth straight win. Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) smiles as he celebrates a dunk against the Orlando Magic during second half NBA basketball playoff action in Toronto on April 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn May 2: For the second time in the playoffs, the Raptors face a series deficit after losing 116-95 in Philadelphia against the 76ers, who take a 2-1 lead.May 5: Leonard hits a huge three in the final minute and scores 39 points as the Raptors beat Sixers 101-96 in Philly to tie the series.May 12: Leonard’s buzzer-beater bounces off the rim four times before finding the net, giving Toronto a 92-90 win over visiting Philly in Game 7. Leonard finishes with 41 points. “That’s something I’ve never experienced before, Game 7, game-winning shot,” Leonard said. “It was a blessing to be able to get to that point and make that shot and feel that moment. It’s something I can look back on in my career.” Toronto advances to the Eastern Conference final against the Bucks. The Toronto Raptors captured their first NBA championship in franchise history on Thursday, finishing off the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Finals.Here is a look at the team’s road to the title, starting after last year’s playoff exit:May 11, 2018: Coach Dwane Casey is fired after the team’s third consecutive playoff elimination at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.June 14: Former assistant Nick Nurse is named the new head coach. Nick Nurse, the new head coach of the Toronto Raptors, and team president Masai Ujiri. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin May 19: After two losses in Milwaukee, the Raptors beat the Bucks 118-112 in double overtime in Game 3. Leonard scores eight points in the second overtime period.May 23: The Raptors take a 3-2 lead in the series with a 105-99 win in Milwaukee, stealing home-court advantage. Leonard scores 35 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter as the Raptors rallied after a horrid start. “I’m not afraid of the moment. I enjoy it,” Leonard said.May 25: The Raptors rally from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat visiting Milwaukee 100-94 and win the series 4-2, sending them to the NBA Finals against the two-time defending champion Warriors. Leonard has 27 points and 17 rebounds. Lowry, playing through the relentless pain of a sprained thumb, had 17 points and eight assists, and grabbed the game ball after the final buzzer sounded on a spectacular comeback. “Beating this (Bucks) team four times in a row is almost mind boggling,” Nurse said. May 30: Toronto beats visiting Golden State 118-109 in Game 1 of the Finals. Siakam leads the way with 32 points.June 2: The Warriors go on an 18-0 run to open the third quarter and hold on to beat Toronto 109-104, evening the series at 1-1.June 5: Green breaks out of his slump with six three-pointers as the Raptors beat the Warriors 123-109 in Oakland. Lowry is shoved by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens after flying out of bounds. Stevens is later banned for a year by the NBA.June 7: The Raptors take a 3-1 series lead with another road win, prevailing 105-92. Leonard scores 17 of 36 points in a massive third quarter. “Kawhi Leonard came out and hit two big eff-you shots to start the half,” said VanVleet, who lost part of a tooth and had seven stitches under his eye after taking a hard elbow in the fourth quarter. “There’s no defence for that. There are no schemes for that.”June 10: Toronto falls just short of winning its first NBA title. The Raptors can’t hold a late six-point lead and lose 106-105 at home after Lowry’s buzzer-beater is way off. The game is marred by some Toronto fans cheering when Warriors star Kevin Durant, making his return from a calf injury, suffers a season-ending Achilles injury. After Raptors players urged fans to stop, the crowd started chanting “K-D, K-D.” The Warriors weren’t impressed. “That’s crazy. That’s crazy,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. “Come on ? that’s classless. For me, I’ve always witnessed Canadians being the nicest people that I’ve ever encountered. That was classless.”June 12: A video emerges a day earlier showing Toronto fans swearing at Warriors star Stephen Curry’s parents. “I think it’s kind of stupid, to be honest, in terms of people camping outside our hotel just to yell expletives at either us or our family members or whatever the case is,” he said.June 13: The visiting Raptors win the NBA title, beating Golden State 114-110 in Game 6. Leonard is named Finals MVP. Lowry catches the game ball at the end of a terrific game for the point guard. “Toronto, Canada, we brought it home baby!” Lowry said as the Raptors received the trophy. BROWSE toronto raptors
Members of the OSU womens volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern PhotographerWith a 12-8 record and a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten, arguably the nation’s best conference, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team believes it is prepared for the do-or-die nature of the NCAA tournament.As the No. 12 overall seed in the tournament, OSU (23-9) is set to take on Robert Morris (19-12) in the first round on Friday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.“It really is the third season,” coach Geoff Carlston said. “This is the fun part. There’s 64 teams now that have a chance … We beat Nebraska and went five (sets) with Minnesota, so I think our team believes we can make a run.”By earning the right to host for the first time since 2009, the Buckeyes accomplished one of the goals they set at the beginning of the season.“Getting to host is a huge opportunity, we’re so excited about that,” senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said. “It’s something no one on our team has ever experienced. It’s been a long time since St. John (Arena) has hosted.”Unlike Robert Morris, which has won seven consecutive matches to end the season, OSU isn’t coming into the tournament on a winning streak, having gone 5-7 since Oct. 21. But after taking eventual No. 2 overall seed Minnesota to five sets and sweeping Rutgers in their final two regular-season games, the Buckeyes are going into the weekend with renewed confidence.“Battling with Minnesota is something I think we’re all going to remember and know that it could be a potential (big) match for us in the long run of the tournament,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said.Nearly every player on OSU’s roster has previously played in the tournament, as the program advanced to the Sweet 16 last year and has qualified in three of the last four seasons.Carlston believes having that experience will be huge for his team, especially in helping the two freshman starters — outside hitter Audra Appold and setter Taylor Hughes — who haven’t been there before.“Our freshmen have played great under pressure all year long and the rest of our team’s done a great job of laying the dynamic and supporting the rest of us so we can play fearless,” Carlston said. “The team that’s going to win the national championship is going to be the one that wants those moments and plays fearless in those moments.”Most of the team has tournament experience, but the grueling conference schedule has prepared OSU more than anything, said senior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits.“It’s one of those conferences that every single match is a big match,” she said. “You never have a team that will let down or anything … and because we’ve had that kind of training over the last three years, I would say that the tournament becomes a little bit — I don’t want to say easier — but it becomes a little bit more in step with what we’ve been doing the rest of the season.”Scouting Robert MorrisAfter winning the Northeast Conference tournament, the Colonels earned an automatic bid and will be making their sixth tournament appearance and their first since 2003.Carlston noted Robert Morris for being an evenly distributed team, as it has five players averaging 16 or more attack attempts per game.“You can’t key, necessarily, on any one individual and they run a system (where) they can mix it up,” he said.Four Colonels have registered more than 200 kills this season, led by junior outside hitter Arden Fisher’s 353 (3.12 per set).Robert Morris has also proven itself to be a scrappy defensive team, sitting ninth in the nation in digs per set (17.62). Three different players are averaging more than three digs per set: Fisher (4.53), freshman outside hitter Taylor Lord (3.67) and freshman libero Allie Yurkovich (3.46).To compare, OSU has one such player in junior libero Valeria León, who has picked up 4.34 digs per set.“The thing that they do well is they really keep the ball in play,” Carlston said. “You can tell they’re a well-coached team and a high-IQ team … They’re going to force you to be patient.”The Buckeyes and Colonels have met three times before, twice in the first round of the tournament. OSU has swept all three matches, with the last coming in 2006.4 Buckeyes win conference awardsThe results of the postseason awards for the Big Ten conference were released on Tuesday, and four OSU players were recipients.Junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe was unanimously selected to the all-Big Ten team by conference coaches. It’s the third straight year she has taken home a postseason award, having been named to the all-freshman squad in 2013 and an all-Big Ten honorable mention last season.Sandbothe led OSU in hitting percentage (.364) and blocks per set (1.22), while ranking fourth and seventh in those two categories, respectively, in the conference.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell was named an all-Big Ten honorable mention, while Appold and Hughes were selected for the all-freshman team.Campbell was one of the Buckeyes’ top offensive threats, leading the team and finishing fourth in the conference in kills per set (3.65). She also added 2.21 digs per set, second on the team, and had a team-high 11 double-doubles on the year.Appold had the highest single-game kill total of any Buckeye this season with 29 against Iowa on Nov. 18 and was named Big Ten Player of the Week once and Freshman of the Week twice. She ended the regular season third on the team in kills (312) and digs (234).Hughes still established herself as the starting setter, leading the team in assists (867) despite battling an elbow injury since late October. She was named the Big Ten’s Setter of the Week once.What’s next?If the Buckeyes are able to top Robert Morris, they’ll move on to face either American or Kentucky in the second round. OSU has met Kentucky in the Round of 32 the last two times it has made the tournament, falling to the Wildcats in 2012 before defeating them last year.First serve for the second-round match is scheduled to be at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in St. John Arena.
We are sticking up for local residents, many of whom have found the explosion of basement development in recent years hellishCllr Robert Davis, Westminster City Council Celebrities, including Joan Collins and Brian May, have previously complained about similar building work.Writing on an online blog in 2014, May said: “Kensington used to be a nice quiet decent place to live… now it’s becoming a hellhole.”Documents show the owners of the hotel have already consulted residents, local business and councillors.They state: “A programme of consultation with the wider community began in May 2016 with the sending of approximately 700 letters to households and businesses in the area surrounding the site, introducing the scheme and publicising a public consultation exhibition.“The exhibition provided an opportunity for residents, local workers and businesses to view the proposals and discuss key local issues with leading members of the development and design team.” The Maybourne Hotel Group has argued that the extended basement would provide facilities that are a “must have” for a modern five-star hotel.The group maintains that they would reduce the number of delivery vans required by the hotel every day.A spokesman for Claridge’s said: “Claridge’s is excited about our future development plans to put in to place state of the art, sustainable technology and systems which will further enhance services for our guests, staff and neighbours, taking this iconic Mayfair hotel’s vision into the next century.” 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. It comes after Westminster City Council, which The Maybourne Hotel Group submitted plans with, announced a new “sub squad” to try to prevent basement developments impacting on noise and traffic in the area.Cllr Robert Davis, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for the built environment, said: “We are sticking up for local residents, many of whom have found the explosion of basement development in recent years hellish.“It is right that those who want to build basements should contribute to this new service, which will work to help mitigate the negative impacts.” Claridge’s, the luxury hotel, has submitted plans for a five-storey “iceberg” basement including a swimming pool, gym and wine store.The application for the basement by representatives for the Mayfair hotel, which was validated on August 22, includes drawings for several additional subterranean rooms including a pool, changing facilities, sauna and treatment rooms.Staff facilities – including a dining room, kitchen and laundry store – are also planned.A gym and wine cellar are expected to complete the extension, while The Times reported they also include a chocolatier. Joanna Lumley and Brian May are among the celebrities who have previously campagined against iceberg basementsCredit:Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph/Rex Featues Cllr Robert Davis added that the council supports “the right kind of growth”.He added: “[The council] is not against all basement development, but they must be carried out in a way that is considerate to local residents and the environment.”
WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Ambitious space plan of the weekNASA is aiming to produce oxygen on Mars with its 2020 rover experiment. Researchers will look at whether the air on the planet can be converted, bringing us one step closer to having life on Mars…Doctor, doctor app of the weekWe’re all guilty of Googling symptoms we’re having and trying to diagnose ourselves but are consequently well aware of how terrifying the results can be. This app gives you some of the immediacy of searching it on the internet but, in this instance, you get a response from a real doctor. If you fall down the stairs and break your leg though, we’d still advise you to go straight to the hospital… Source: iTunesSmart carpark of the weekFor many people, parking is the worst part of driving. This system would see your car park itself and then come and pick you up at the door of the hotel or office you’ve parked at. Very Bond-esque. Source: BoschAutomotive/YouTubeWorld Cup withdrawal cure of the weekBuzzfeed found this great (and very addictive) little browser game that’s basically like playing foosball on your computer. Enjoy… Source: Soccer PhysicsSexting scandal of the weekScammers are now using sexts to extort thousands of dollar from users of an online dating site in the US, Business Insider reports. They first pose as daters, coax users into sending sexually explicit pictures of themselves and then identify themselves as a sheriff’s deputy looking for child predators. To avoid prosecution, they are told they can can pay a fine.Read previous Weird Wide Webs>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The hall of the Hilton Hotel in Austin, Texas, was jam-packed. Comedian James Adomian, best known to the 30-something generation for his imitations of former US President George W. Bush, was hosting the South by Southwest (SXSW) awards for creative innovation as part of the world’s biggest festival of music, film and new technologies, bringing together some 72,000 participants in March.Dr George Koutitas, aged 34, was in attendance for the second time. The former academic and research assistant at the International Hellenic University emigrated from Thessaloniki to Austin less than a year ago, starting a company, Gridmates, which was among the 25 finalists in the New Economy category. The idea for Gridmates came to Koutitas (photo) two years ago while he was watching a show on Greek TV about families living without electricity in the crisis. Thinking of ways he could help, and with the assistance of his engineer father, he built an innovative device that combines photovoltaic energy with used car batteries. He soon realized that this would not generate enough power to run an air-conditioning unit or an oven, so he came up with the idea for the company. “As I looked at the battery I had the idea of creating online energy packages that people can donate,” said Koutitas.Initial research showed that there was nothing similar around and that, given the lost revenues of energy companies from unpaid bills, a platform where consumers can swap energy could solve a lot of problems.“It’s a simple way of reducing energy poverty as well as the costs of suppliers,” explained Koutitas.A large part of the company is back in Greece, together with his co-founder and four programmers. For Koutitas, though, there is no going back.“Something like this could not work in Greece. There is only one energy provider holding the lion’s share of the market. Here there are around 3,000. If one doesn’t want it, you knock on another’s door,” said Koutitas.In fact, Austin is being promoted as one of the premiere destinations in the United States for start-ups like Gridmates, as at least $500 million dollars are invested every year in local businesses, and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the US right now.Angelos Angelou is also from Thessaloniki and is involved with Gridmates. He was sitting beside Koutitas at the awards ceremony. He went to the US 40 years ago at the age of 17, without knowing any English. After learning the language, he got a job with the biggest bank in Texas and for more than a decade served as vice president of economic development with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. “At that age you don’t have fear of failure,” he said of when he first went to the US. “You are excited by the opportunities America gives you to succeed and the way that people welcome you into their homes and help you in any way they can,” he said.Angelou (photo) is as good as his word: He took in Koutitas when the young man first arrived and helped him develop his idea. Helping other companies interested in getting a foothold in Austin is also what he does through International Accelerator, an incubator for new businesses. Through his firm AngelouEconomics, he also advises cities in different parts of the US, as well as countries such as Portugal and Austria, on how they can attract foreign investment.What about Greece?“I don’t look for work in Greece,” he said. “You hear so many unbelievable stories. I have tried before to deal with government officials, not of one party but of all parties, and I have not seen results. And I honestly believe that there are not a lot of people in Greece who are thinking about Greece. They are thinking about themselves and feel that if they’re OK, then Greece will be OK. That’s not how it works. You need to take care of the country first. The private sector does not have time to waste. Every minute counts. I decided that all my efforts would be to help Greek entrepreneurs.”Back in AthensThe graffiti-tagged entrance to the building that is temporarily housing the Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin) of the Athens University of Economic and Business is in a dark alley behind Victoria Square, in a rather squalid part of the capital’s center.On the top floor, however, everything functions like clockwork. One of the coordinators of the program, Stavros Lounis, explains the itinerary of the SXSW trip to the heads of the groups he has selected to participate in the festival. The groups were carefully picked with the help of Angelou and the Hellenic Initiative of diaspora Greeks, who also funded a large part of the mission for 20 Greek business groups, among them those from ACEin.“Part of what SXSW is doing is bringing Greek entrepreneurs so they can meet capital. It’s not just about investing money. It’s also about inspiring people, creating a culture, a ‘fronima,’ of entrepreneurship in Greece and giving them the kind of encouragement and inspiration that the entrepreneurs in the diaspora can bring because of their tremendous success,” says Mark Arey, executive director of the Hellenic Initiative.“We try to spend money in Greece constructively and to inspire other disapora Greeks and philhellenes to invest in Greece. There are a lot of people overseas who love Greece; a lot more than you think.”Four more Greek start-ups were funded by the American Embassy in Athens to make the trip to Texas.“This initiative is part of a series of programs run in cooperation with Greek agencies to help Greece’s professionals and foundations establish contacts with others in America and lead to an exchange of know-how and possibly cooperation in the future,” explained Eleni Alexaki, cultural and educational program adviser at the US Embassy in Athens.“Our aim is to help young people with new business proposals to stay in Greece, to work there, to develop what they’re doing and possibly to give other young people the opportunity to work.”One such person is Alexandros Nikolaidis, founder of the platform Tapely, which allows users to create and share online “mixed tapes” around the world. He came up with the idea while working for a well-known consultancy firm because he wanted to avoid sharing music with his friends on platforms that he found garish or too visually cluttered with irrelevant information. This simple idea compelled him to spend his nights teaching himself computer programming. He eventually quit his job – in the middle of the crisis – and dedicated himself entirely to his project. “I had to bet on my idea,” he said.And it worked. Today Tapely has 30,000 playlists compiled by users from 150 countries, 50 percent of whom are Americans. It is also looking for new associates to help the three already working at the company’s new offices in central Athens.DeterminationQueues for movie premieres at SXSW often stretch around the Austin convention center and Greek producer Giorgos Karnavas (“Wasted Youth,” “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food” etc) from Heretic was at risk of not finding a seat. The delay, however, was worth it because as he was leaving a lecture earlier he ran into an important industry player, who happened to be on the panel, and who gave the Greek producer the time to introduce the English-language project he’s currently working on.“I don’t even know if this guy goes to Cannes, but here it was very direct, very easy to meet him,” said Karnavas.The set-up and overall vibe at SXSW helps people meet and exchange ideas, and not just in the convention center but all over the city as well.“When you’re sitting on your couch getting stoned, talking about the movie you’re going to make, the TV show you’re going to have, or the radio show you’re going to do, or the book you’re going to write, or the play you’re going to put up, get the hell up and go do it. There’s no reason not to do it. The world is yours,” SXSW co-founder Louis Black (photo) told Kathimerini.A lot of the Greek participants at the event did just that.Anastasios Diolatzis of Reworks, an annual international music festival in Greece which draws music fans from outside the country’s borders, managed to book an artist to perform at this year’s event in Thessaloniki and is in talks for another act thanks to the contacts he made in Austin.Anna Kassimati was the only member of the Greek mission who managed to get the contact details of tech guru Guy Kawasaki, after he made a reference in his lecture to her home island Chios, giving her a pretext to approach him. The acquaintance may prove especially profitable for the 28-year-old Greek as she, together with her two partners at the company isMOOD, developed an algorithm that can be used to conduct research into social media.Zoe Gavri is an electrical engineer who has developed a method for improving the quality of certain MRI tests. She hasn’t managed to get any official support in Greece but following her trip to Texas two American hospitals are already evaluating the software developed by her company, TomoTECH.Angelou also invited the company to join International Accelerator and one of the three founders to move to Texas.“The point is to give young people hope,” said Angelou at a mixer at his home for the members of the Greek mission and potential investors.“As soon as we came in we met business consultants who want to branch out into different fields,” said Lida Mantzourani of Culturplay, a company developing a strategic video game based in ancient Athens.Although she knows how difficult it is to get funding, she’s optimistic because even before she made it into the living room she got talking with the head of Microsoft’s gaming department, who just happened to have been invited as well.Source: Kathimerini
In a world dominated by both high-tech video games and white people, we cherish the opportunity to highlight analog card games… and Black people. Fortunately, The Ultimate Clap Back combines both of those things, and is fun enough to be worth highlighting in its own right. We said this before after playing it at the Game Devs of Color Expo but it bears repeating. The Ultimate Clap Back is Cards Against Humanity meets Black Twitter.Like any social card game, the best way to learn and experience The Ultimate Clap Back is live with good atmosphere and great friends. If you want to watch other people have that ideal play session, head over to Geek’s Facebook page where you can watch us play the game with the creators.But we should try to explain the game here, too. Like Cards Against Humanity, the goal in The Ultimate Clap Back is to turn individual funny cards into even funnier combinations. The Black Twitter part comes from both the writing of the cards (entertaining enough for anyone to enjoy but dripping with Black culture extra delicious if you appreciate it) as well as the combative nature of the gameplay itself.Each round has one player calling out another with the hilariously hostile question or statement on a pink card. Is that a new hair color? Adults shouldn’t wet the bed. You ain’t up on these new kicks.The target then has to respond, or clap back, against this insult with one of their yellow cards. Sit down somewhere. I wouldn’t throw water on you if you were on fire. You got a ratchet ass tumble weave. You can also just shut everything down with a rare and ultimate Yo Mama card.The crowd determines who had the best showing. A funny (and grammatically correct) response helps. But like any improv game a confident delivery and performance can really seal the deal.If you haven’t picked up The Ultimate Clap Back, we highly recommend it. And if you, like us, have been enjoying it for months, you can soon check out a Kickstarter campaign for an expansion to the game. “Sometimes You Gotta Cuss” adds 98 new cards, including ones with serious cursing, to make the shade throwing party even more cutting.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls
Best of luck to Dean Ambrose in whatever his next move is, whether it be in wrestling or some other venture. Thanks for the moments. #ShieldsFinalChapter— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) April 22, 2019 Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) That was a nice, feel good #WWE moment here. Most people that leave the company don’t get a nice send-off like this. You’re usually beaten (though, Ambrose was on TV) and then never seen again. You certainly don’t get a #WWENetwork special. Great moment. #ShieldsFinalChapter— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) April 22, 2019 WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Basic tag team match with Bayley and Ember Moon beating The Riott Squad. Moon looked good in this one. Sad to see this version of The Riott Squad coming to an end with the departure of Liv Morgan to #SDLive.— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) April 22, 2019The Shield are shown on their trademark handheld camera promo. Ambrose says they will go out and do it their way on their own terms. Reigns says, “Believe that.” Ambrose says, “Believe in The Shield.”Earlier tonight before the WWE Network special started, Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre, and Baron Corbin attacked The Lucha House Party during their match against Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers. Corbin said that was a preview of what they’ll do to The Shield later tonight.Before The Shield makes their entrance, Baron Corbin makes the ring announcer go over all his accomplishments. Corbin says tonight will not be a happy ending. It wasn’t that way for Kurt Angle, as he beat Angle in his final match. Tonight, The Shield will get the exact same privilege. Bobby Lashley says The Shield won’t be riding off into the sunset with their hands held high. Lashley tells the crowd to look at this team. The Shield will be lucky if they’re allowed to limp out of here after this brutal beatdown they’re about to deliver. McIntyre tells the crowd to get on their feet and show respect. McIntyre says The Shield thinks their legacy is safe, but history is written by the victors. You’re only as good as your last match. After they maul and beat The Shield, they’ll be the new dominant force in WWE. McIntyre demands The Shield come out.The Shield makes their entrance for the final time. Dean Ambrose’s contract is expiring, and he will not be re-signing with the company. Renee Young says as long as her husband is happy, she’s happy.Sierra.Hotel.Indigo.Echo.LimaDelta.#ShieldsFinalChapter @WWERomanReigns @TheDeanAmbrose @WWERollins pic.twitter.com/0OSSu0oYNv— WWE (@WWE) April 22, 2019The Shield’s Final ChapterDrew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin vs. The ShieldBefore the match begins a “Shield” chant fires up before turning into a “Burn it down” chant. The two teams stand across the ring from each other.The bell rings, and it’ll be WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins starting the match for his team again Baron Corbin. A “Thank you, Shield” chant picks up. Corbin applies a side headlock, but Rollins whips him off. Corbin shoulder blocks him and taunts the crowd. Rollins gets to his feet and looks annoyed. They lock up, and Corbin applies another side headlock. Rollins whips him off, drops down, and connects with a dropkick. Rollins wrenches the arm, and Dean Ambrose tags into his final WWE match. Ambrose gets a nice round of applause. Ambrose takes Corbin down and splashes him. Rollins drops a knee on Corbin, and Ambrose drops an elbow. Corbin quickly gets away and tags in Bobby Lashley. Ambrose clotheslines Lashley and tags Rollins in. Roman Reigns immediately tags in. Rollins hits a running forearm before Reigns connects with a big boot. Corbin quickly tags in Drew McIntyre. Reigns punches him a few times before McIntyre stuns him with a big boot. Reigns quickly comes back with a Samoan Drop. Ambrose tags back in, jumps over McIntyre, and sends him over the top rope. Ambrose then connects with a suicide dive.AIR AMBROSE! @TheDeanAmbrose #ShieldsFinalChapter pic.twitter.com/gz11GkZyZc— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 22, 2019Ambrose puts him in the ring, and Corbin distracts him. McIntyre knocks Ambrose off the apron, and Corbin and Lashley double-team him. McIntyre drops him ribs-first onto the barricade and gets him in the ring. McIntyre tags Lashley in and punches the ribs. Lashley puts him in the corner and punches away at him before digging his foot into the throat. Lashley gives him a suplex for a two count. Lashley quickly throws Ambrose out of the ring and distracts the referee for Corbin and McIntyre to double-team Ambrose. Lashley punches Ambrose down and puts him back in the ring. Corbin tags in and punches Ambrose. Ambrose makes a come back, but Corbin takes him down. Corbin knocks Rollins and Reigns off the apron. Ambrose quickly takes him down and applies a Figure Four Leglock. Lashley quickly distracts the referee, and McIntyre breaks up the hold. McIntyre tags in, but Ambrose counters a suplex into one of his own. Lashley quickly tags in and prevents Ambrose from making a tag. Lashley hits a dangerous looking belly-to-belly overhead suplex, nearly spiking Ambrose on his head for a near fall. Lashley throws Ambrose out of the ring for McIntyre and Corbin to double-team him. Reigns grabs a steel chair and scares them away. McIntyre tags in, but Ambrose takes him down with a neckbreaker.Rollins and Corbin are tagged in. Rollins hits a springboard clothesline, a big boot, and a Sling Blade. Rollins then hits McIntyre with a plancha, landing on his feet. Rollins counters a Corbin chokeslam/backbreaker combo before superkicking him. Rollins stomps the mat, but McIntyre gets in the ring. Rollins clotheslines McIntyre out of the ring, and Corbin attacks him from behind. Lashley tags in while Corbin puts Rollins on the top rope. They go for a double-team superplex, but Rollins fights them off. Rollins then hits a cross-body block before tagging in Reigns. Reigns hits Lashley with a corner clothesline before clotheslining Corbin over the top rope. Reigns hits Lashley with an inverted atomic drop before taking him down. Lashley counters a Superman Punch into a Flatliner attempt, but he gets out. Reigns hits a Superman Punch to Corbin before giving one to Lashley. They’re both down. Ambrose is on the apron, and the crowd is buzzing for him.Ambrose is tagged in, and he goes to the top rope for a flying elbow drop. McIntyre quickly breaks up the pin and punches away at Ambrose. McIntyre officially tags in before tagging Corbin in immediately. They go for a double-team suplex, but Rollins saves him. Rollins and Ambrose then give Corbin and McIntyre stereo superkicks. Lashley goes for a slam on Ambrose, but Reigns gives him a Spear. Rollins hits McIntyre with a Stomp, and Ambrose drops Corbin with Dirty Deeds! Reigns is tagged in, immediately followed by Rollins. The Shield hits their trademark Triple Powerbomb for the win!Winners by Pinfall: The ShieldThe Shield stands in the ring while the crowd chants, “Thank you, Ambrose.” Ambrose is still down on the mat recovering, but he soon gets to his feet. A loud “Please don’t go” chant fires up. Ambrose smiles while listening to the crowd.”They love you, man.” https://t.co/E0MswUzX3G pic.twitter.com/q7trHvCIPw— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 22, 2019Rollins says to the crowd they tried that one already. Rollin doesn’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said. A few weeks back, he won the Universal Title at WrestleMania by beating Brock Lesnar. For him, a lot of people in this area know his story, that was a culmination of the last 15 years of his life he put into this business. Rollins has family here tonight and couldn’t have done it without them or the support of the area. What he wants to say is that this title would not be possible without this brotherhood. While the title is a culmination personally, for all of them in the last 7 years, he loves them and will always love The Shield. This reign is for them. The Shield embraces Rollins.Thanks, guys. https://t.co/E0MswUzX3G pic.twitter.com/CopGkh86KT— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 22, 2019A “Thank you, Shield” chant picks up. Ambrose takes the microphone and says he has something to say. For all the people that lives in Seth Rollins country, he wants them to look at Rollins as an example. They’re just like them. If you work hard, don’t take “no” for an answer, and bust your ass, you can do whatever you want in life. That Universal Championship reign by Rollins is proof of that. If you ever need strength to overcome things in life, look to Reigns who beat something huge. The Shield is about not taking “no” for an answer. If you want something, you stick your middle finger high in the air, kick the door down, and tell them The Shield said so. Ambrose throws the microphone down and embraces The Shield. Another “Thank you, Ambrose” chant picks up. The Shield then does their triple fist bump one final time while their music plays.pic.twitter.com/oXx5d58KX2— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 22, 2019 Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Shawn Michaels Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Quick Match Results* Finn Balor def. Elias to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship* Bayley and Ember Moon def. The Riott Squad* The Shield def. 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Roman Reigns Actually Happen? WWE’s Sasha Banks Confirms “No One KNew” About Roman Reigns’ Leukemia Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE The Shield’s Final ChapterApril 21, 2019Moline, IllinoisResults by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.We go live into the arena in Moline, Illinois. Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Renee Young are at ringside and run down the matches. Young is wearing a Dean Ambrose jacket.Video Package: The history of The Shield“Ladies and gentlemen… Elias.”Elias strums a chord and greets the crowd. Elias plays a riff to applause from the crowd. Elias says he’s happy it’s the final night for The Shield. No more fist bumps, Shield bombs, or Hounds of Justice. At least Dean Ambrose had the good sense to realize there is no future for The Shield in WWE. Elias wishes Rollins had the same sense, but he’ll continue to drive RAW into the ground. As for Roman Reigns, he’s met his match because he’ll pay for what he did to him and Mr. McMahon. As for now, he’ll play a song. Elias tells Corey Graves to listen up.Elias sings that it’s unfortunate The Shield’s final match is in the dumpiest town in the world. Elias sings that Moline is an armpit, so Finn Balor’s music interrupts. Balor says he wants to walk with Elias. Elias says he’ll let him sing with him. This song is so easy and simple that the people of Moline can pick up on it. Elias sings, “When I say, ‘I love Elias,’ you say, ‘Yes I do.’” Balor sings, “When I sing ‘Elias sucks,’ you say, ‘Yes he does.’” Elias immediately attacks him. The referee checks on Balor, and he agrees to start the match.WWE Intercontinental ChampionshipElias vs. Finn Balor (c)Elias tries to attack, but Balor comes back with a dropkick. Elias punches Balor down in the corner before stomping him. Elias rolls out of the ring and slams the shoulder off the apron. Elias gets him in the ring for a one count. Cole, Graves, and Young are at a ringside table up against the ring like they used to have it for taped house shows years ago. Elias applies an arm bar. Balor fights up, but Elias takes him down and works on the arm. Elias then taunts the crowd. Elias puts him in the corner and takes him down for a two count. Elias rips at the face and applies a hammerlock, but Balor gets out, applies a hammerlock, and sends him shoulder-first into the corner. Balor avoids a charge and chops the chest. Balor kicks him in the face and wrenches the arm. Elias goes for a scoop slam, but Balor gets out and rolls him up. Elias kicks out and applies an arm bar. Elias tries to pull him into the center of the ring, but Balor sweeps the feet and stomps the midsection. Balor connects with a Sling Blade and sets up for a corner dropkick, but Elias clotheslines him down for a near fall. Elias punches him on the apron near the commentary table, terrifying them. Balor comes back with a sunset flip, but the referee stops counting as Elias’ shoulder comes up. Balor immediately applies La Magistral for the win.Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Finn BalorSling Blade from @FinnBalor! https://t.co/E0MswUzX3G pic.twitter.com/SrVHTa2UNd— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 22, 2019Finn Balor celebrates and goes to the back. Elias has his guitar set back up. He’s huffing and puffing as he says anyone can get lucky, but the crowd is truly lucky because he’s going to finish up this song.The Riott Squad’s music hits, and they come out. They say they want to sing with him and be The Elias Squad. Elias starts to sing his song, and The Riott Squad sings, “Yes I do” terribly out of tune. Elias looks really disturbed. Bayley’s music interrupts.https://twitter.com/tde_wrestling/status/1120143630969331712A typical #WWELive house show type match with Balor and Elias. The fun is in the pre- and post-match interactions. Elias did the basics, but it was fun enough. I love the commentary table right against the ring, by the way. #ShieldsFinalChapter— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) April 22, 2019The Riott Squad vs. Bayley and Ember MoonRuby Riott and Sarah Logan will represent The Riott Squad, who are also having their final night together. Liv Morgan was drafted to Smackdown Live.Bayley starts against Sarah Logan and shoulder blocks her down. Bayley bounces her in the corner, but Logan comes back with a chop. Logan hits a waistlock takeover and screams. Logan then applies an arm bar. Ruby Riott tags in, but Ember Moon quickly tags in as well. Moon sweeps the feet and rolls her up for a two count. Moon rolls her up again for a two count. Moon rolls her up a third time for another two count. Riott quickly forearms her and tags Logan in. Logan sends Moon into the ropes for an arm drag, but Moon lands on her feet and hits an arm drag. Moon connects with a head-scissor face-buster. Bayley tags in and hits Logan with a sliding dropkick in the corner. Bayley attacks her in the corner and goes to the top rope. Riott distracts the referee, so Liv Morgan pushes Bayley off the top rope. Logan attacks Bayley and picks up a two count. Riott tags in and applies a neck vice. Riott works her over for a few moments before tagging Logan back in. Logan applies an inverted cloverleaf, but Bayley manages to fight out. Logan sends Bayley to the corner, but Bayley comes back with a flapjack into the corner. Riott tags in and knocks Moon off the apron before Bayley can make the tag.Moon finally tags in, hits a dropkick, a step-up enzuigiri, and a kick to the face for a two count on Riott. Moon hits a springboard cross-body block for a near fall. Moon has a whip to the corner reversed, and Riott kicks her in the face. Riott covers and puts her feet on the ropes. Morgan holds the feet down as well, but the referee sees. The referee then ejects Morgan from ringside. Moon then hits an Eclipse on Riott for the win.Winners by Pinfall: Bayley and Ember MoonEclipse by @WWEEmberMoon! https://t.co/E0MswUzX3G pic.twitter.com/0cwQjvkZdO— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 22, 2019 Facebook Pinterest Twitter
Portland – Union High School won the Sweepstakes Award among all bands taking part in the 2017 Portland General Electric Starlight Parade in Portland on Saturday.Other award winners included Evergreen High School, which won first place in the Out of State Open Division, and Skyview High School, which won third place in the Out of State Open Division.Hockinson High School won first place in the Out of State Division A; Hudson’s Bay High School took second place in the Out of State Division A.
The Indian government’s order on Thursday, which limits trait fees or royalty charges on all prospective varieties of genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds, will see Monsanto India Ltd. at the receiving end, reported Reuters. The U.S. headquartered company is the lone supplier of GM cotton seeds in India.In March, the government cut the royalty fee by up to 73 percent and capped the GM cotton seed prices at Rs. 800 for a packet of 450 grams. Both the domestic licensees and farmers had complained against Monsanto for charging high royalty and pricing its GM cottonseeds exorbitantly.Though Monsanto’s name was not mentioned in any of the government notifications or order, the company was at the centre of it all. Thursday’s ruling explicitly targets Monsanto’s royalties on all the new and advanced varieties of GM cotton to be capped within 10 percent of the seed price (fixed at Rs. 800) for five years from the date of commercialisation. Following this, the royalties will gradually lessen by 10 percent every year.The order further noted that every new variety has a short shelf life and therefore once it loses its efficacy it simultaneously loses its royalty status. The effectiveness of any pest resistant GM/Bt seed is expected to be around 4-5 years on an average, as the pests they are meant to kill become resistant, Ashok Gulati an agricultural economist had noted earlier.The government also stated that any local seed company seeking licences for selling any new GM cotton variety shall get the licence within 30 days of request. Monsanto spokesman said the order needs evaluation, while Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises- Agriculture Focus Group (ABLE-AFG) called it a “huge blow” to innovation in agricultural biotechnology, Reuters reported. The agri-research advocacy group noted the order would slacken investment into agricultural research.Reuters reported that the new government order are tougher than the royalty cut announcement made in March.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser delivered her “State of the District” address March 15 on the District’s growth and prosperity while acknowledging that there are problems that needed to be fixed. In addition to the hundreds of residents that attended the event at the University of the District of Columbia, members of the D.C. Council were in the audience such as D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D).D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser acknowledged while the city has problems, she is still focused on the District’s growth and prosperity, in her recent State of the City Address. (Courtesy Photo-Office of D.C. Mayor)“I thought her speech was good,” Mendelson told the AFRO. “It seems that the audience received it well.”Bowser’s speech lasted roughly an hour and touched on many themes. Saying that “the state of the District is strong,” the mayor talked about funding Metro at the level of $178 million, blasted the Trump administration for an “unnecessary military parade” in the city and warned the U.S. Congress, particularly U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), about the city’s right to determine its own gun laws to “leave us alone and hands-off D.C.”Using the example of the parade, she talked about how the Trump administration wants to spend $30 million on a military parade and how the president should spend $40 million supporting the DC TAG program, a program that helps D.C. residents go to colleges in other states by subsidizing the cost to make up the difference for in-state tuition.Bowser said she wanted to travel to El Salvador in the summer to set up a Sister City relationship with its capital city, San Salvador, and wants more quality child care for parents by creating a child care tax credit. She pledged to build a wellness center for seniors and a new hospital on the campus of St. Elizabeths East, both in Ward 8.Both Bowser and her chief political nemesis, D.C. Council member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7), support the building of a state-of-the-art St. Elizabeths Hospital and Bowser said, “Council member Gray and I won’t accept anything else.”The mayor drew applause when she pledged to end chronic homelessness and promised to close the District’s controversial homeless shelter, D.C. General Hospital, forever. She said her administration is committed to a first-class public education system that would engage students and while she didn’t mention the recent incident where Antwan Wilson was fired as the District school’s chancellor, she did acknowledge the interim chancellor, Dr. Amanda Alexander.Bowser said District streets are “safer than ever” and “crime is at record lows, with violent crime down 26 percent since 2014.” She supports adding more police officers, preferably District natives, and setting up a partnership between the police department and the Department of Behavioral Health to assist those in trouble with the law with their mental health challenges. The mayor pledged $1 billion to create affordable housing in the District.In closing, she urged residents “to stay focused, let’s keep moving forward because if we all stick together, the best is yet to come.”Not everyone was impressed with Bowser’s address.“If you live in Wards 2 and 3 and parts of Ward 4 and Ward 1, it was a great speech,” Jauhar Abraham, an anti-gang violence activist in Ward 8, told the AFRO. “For anyone who lives where I live it was despicable. She really didn’t talk about the questionable state of the public schools, public safety in the city, and the homeless.”
Darjeeling: Fire broke out in the engine of 15904 Up Chandigarh-Dibrugarh Express on Friday. Two persons died when they jumped out of the running train and seven passengers suffered injuries in the incident.The incident occurred around 11:15 am when the train was between Chaterhaat station and Nijbari station in the Phansidewa block of Siliguri. The engine of the running train suddenly caught fire. Soon, the fire spread to the luggage van and the guard’s compartment. A general compartment also caught fire. In a state of panic passengers started jumping out of the moving train. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseTwo died while jumping out of the moving train. The driver managed to stop the train and local residents and police arrived in some time. A fire engine was also called in. The DRM of the North East Frontier Railway also reached the spot. The injured passengers have been admitted to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri. A medical team also arrived with the relief train. Another engine drove the train back to the Chaterhaat station where the damaged bogies were separated. At 3:35 pm the train resumed journey for Dibrugarh. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”An inquiry by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Northeast Frontier Railway, Kolkata, Government of India, has been ordered into the incident,” said Pranabjyoti Sharma chief public relations officer. Owing to the incident trains, including the Dibrugarh- New Rajdhani Express, Kamakhya- Puri Express, Silchar- Trivandrum Express and Kamakhya- Rajendranagar Capital Express, were diverted to run via Siliguri Junction-Bagdogra- Alubari Section. All up trains coming towards New Jalpaiguri are also being diverted via this route. This apart, 13173 Up Kanchanjungha Express was detained at Malda Town station from 1:35 pm to 2 pm. Bengal Tourism minister Goutam Deb visited the spot and interacted with the passengers. “Maintenance of the long-distance trains should be emphasised by the Railways,” said Deb.
The CFPB’s Tough Month of April Much of the controversy surrounding the nearly 5-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) revolves around whether or not the Bureau was given too much power under the Dodd-Frank Act.Many attempts have been made by lawmakers in the last couple of years to reform the CFPB, notably by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) and Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) to remove the Bureau’s director and replace him with a bipartisan commission; and a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minnesota) which would establish an independent inspector general for the CFPB.None of these bills have gained any serious traction until last month, when the “Taking Account of Bureaucrats Spending Act” sponsored by Andy Barr (R-Kentucky) passed in the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 33 to 20. The legislation proposes to make the CFPB accountable to Congress and to Taxpayers by placing the Bureau on a budget.Adding to the CFPB’s tough month was the opening argument phase of the PHH Corp. trial challenging the CFPB’s constitutional authority. PHH claims the Bureau abused its power by increasing what was a $6 million penalty for allegedly taking mortgage insurance kickbacks up to $109 million. CFPB Director Richard Cordray faced some sharp questioning from a three-judge panel in the opening arguments in mid-April. PHH is the first company to challenge the CFPB’s authority in court.According to the blog on the Hill, the Bureau also took a defeat in court recently when its demands for documents from a for-profit college accreditor were rejected because the judge ruled that the matter fell outside the CFPB’s statutory authority to govern consumer finance.On the Hill’s blog, Brian Knight suggests that the courts may only marginally upset the status quo, and therefore Congress should take the lead if any CFPB reform is to take place. Knight said first, Congress should turn the Bureau into an independent bipartisan commission to provide for greater political balance, more diverse points of view, and a greater breadth of expertise in leadership; second, Congress should clarify the CFPB’s jurisdiction both in terms of scope and temporal reach—which includes defining clear statutes of limitations and enforcement actions; and third, Congress should take more control over the CFPB’s funding.As for the third item that Knight suggested, that may be on its way with the recent passing of Barr’s bill in mid-April. Since any CFPB reform bill would face a certain presidential veto if it reaches the White House while Obama is president, however, the bills would have more luck with a Republican in the oval office. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News May 3, 2016 455 Views CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Act 2016-05-03 Seth Welborn Share
The soft opening of the 16-storey, 162-room LinQ Hotel Melbourne in Southbank is scheduled for 1 September 2019 before undergoing a complete fit-out, ready by 1 November 2019.This is Next Story Group’s first hotel under its LinQ Hotels brand, which offers unconventional independent hospitality for the next generation of travellers. Representing the Group’s three core brands, the LinQ Hotel Melbourne Southbank, at 167 City Road, will complement the Next Hotel Melbourne at 80 Collins Street, which is slated to open in Q2 2020 and the Sage Hotel Melbourne, Ringwood, which has been in operation for over a year.Next Story Group’s acquisition further reinforces the importance of Australia as a key market where most of its hotel portfolio is located. It is also aligned with Next Story Group’s expansion plans, which focus on strategic growth in Australia, South East Asia and South Asia. Next Story Group is committed to creating differentiated experiences for travellers and aims to establish the right brand in the right location.“This latest addition to our hotel portfolio has a superb location, right in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank precinct. We are excited about the opening of the LinQ Hotel in Melbourne which is famous for its year-round calendar of social, sporting, arts and cultural events. Coupled with the unique value proposition of our LinQ Hotels brand, we are confident that our new property will be able to deliver strong trading performance,” said Darren Edmonstone, Chief Executive Officer of Next Hotels & Resorts. australiahotelsLinQLinQ Hotel MelbourneMelbourneSouthbank
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Launched in April 2008, Confrérie Horlogère, the haute horlogerie brand founded by Mathias Buttet, introduced a new collection of watches. Backed by BNB Concept, the company was conceived as a venue where young, talented watchmakers are given free reign to design the watch of their dreams and bring that dream to fruition—three of which have already been produced.The Clef du Temps Tourbillon, part of the “Mentors” collection, was designed by Buttet himself for the 2009 Only Watch auction, a biennial event sponsored by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to raise money for Duchene muscular dystrophy. Containing a unique mechanism that seems to slow the progression of time for those who want to make it last longer, the vertical tourbillon watch features a hand-wound mechanical movement and a three-position crown that allows the wearer, depending on the crown positioning, to slow time by half, double the pace of time or keep it in real time. The watch is limited to 24 pieces.The Bel Canto Tourbillon Minute Repeater, the very first timepiece created and signed by Ranieri Illicher, is a highlight of the brand’s “ Confrères” collection. Its classic round case frames an original dial through which to admire the beat of a hand-wound mechanical movement providing a five-day power reserve. Equipped with a full set of cathedral chimes, his minute repeater tourbillon features two complications much prized by connoisseurs of fine horology, interpreted here in a distinctly contemporary style. Ranieri Illicher’s creation will be produced in a series of ten watches.At the heart of its “Origines” Collection, the brand has placed the Pulsion Tourbillon Chronograph featuring a chronograph whose column wheel couples directly with the flying tourbillon carriage. This rare and precious timepiece comes with a hand-wound mechanical movement fitted with a flying tourbillon, i.e. with suspended carriage, at 6 o’clock. Its design is such that the carriage rotates without ball bearings and includes a Swiss lever escapement. The heart of the watch is housed in an ergonomically designed tonneau-shaped case in titanium. The design’s spherical sapphire crystal further underlines the designer’s intention to create a smoothly sensual and ergonomic timepiece.www.confreriehorlogere.ch
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