EDMONTON — The Alberta government says it’s investing $3.7 billion to move the province’s land-locked oil to market by rail.It says 4,400 leased railway cars will move up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day by 2020.Shipments are expected to begin as early as July.The province estimates the plan will lead to a $5.9-billion increase in royalties, tax revenues and profits over three years, meaning a net gain of $2.2 billion.It expects the discount for Western Canadian heavy oil versus U.S. light crude will shrink by US$4 a barrel. The rail investment is meant to be a medium-term measure as new pipelines to coastal ports, such as the Trans Mountain expansion to the West Coast, remain in limbo. The Canadian Press
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are snapping higher in early trading on Wall Street on the last day of a volatile year as hopes grew for progress in resolving trade frictions between the U.S. and China.Big-name technology companies and retailers, which have been badly bruised in the barrage of selling this month, clawed higher early Monday. Apple rose 1.9 per cent and Amazon added 2.8 per cent.Traders were encouraged by news that U.S. President Donald Trump said he expected to resolve trade friction with China after speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping.The S&P 500 rose 22 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 2,508.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 255 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 23,317. The Nasdaq rose 74 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 6,658.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 17, 2014 6:33 am MDT WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America’s longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.The growing gap between the rich and everyone else narrowed slightly during the Great Recession but has since accelerated, Yellen said in a speech at a conference in Boston on economic opportunity. And robust stock market returns during the recovery helped the wealthy outpace middle-class America in wages, employment and home prices.“The extent and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concerns me,” Yellen said. “By some estimates, income and wealth inequality are near their highest levels in the past hundred years.”Yellen’s extensive comments on economic inequality marked an unusual public departure for a Fed chair. Her predecessors as head of the U.S. central bank tended to focus exclusively on the core Fed issues of interest rates, inflation and unemployment. Indeed, the Fed’s mandate doesn’t explicitly include issues like income or wealth disparities.But since taking over from Ben Bernanke in February, Yellen has made clear she is deeply concerned about the financial challenges that ordinary workers and families face.Throughout this year, she has stressed the need for the Fed to keep rates low to boost economic expansion and hiring. She has said that the unemployment rate, now at 5.9 per cent, doesn’t fully reflect the health of the job market: Yellen has expressed concern, for example, about stagnant incomes, the number of part-time workers who want full-time jobs and the many people who have given up their job searches and are no longer counted as unemployed.In her first speech as Fed chair, she highlighted the hurdles faced by three unemployed workers. And in congressional testimony in February, Yellen called income inequality “one of the most disturbing trends facing the nation.”Her remarks Friday, accompanied by extensive data compiled by her staff, expanded on her concerns. Between 1989 and 2013, Yellen noted, the average income of the top 5 per cent of households rose 38 per cent. For the remaining 95 per cent of households, it grew less than 10 per cent.The widening gap in overall wealth is even more pronounced. The average net worth of the bottom 50 per cent of families — a group of about 62 million households — was $11,000 in 2013, Yellen said. Adjusted for inflation, that figure is 50 per cent lower than in 1989.By contrast, the average real net worth of families in the country’s top 5 per cent has jumped from $3.6 million in 1989 to $6.8 million in 2013, according to the Fed’s data — an 89 per cent surge.“I think it is appropriate to ask whether this trend is compatible with values rooted in our nation’s history, among them the high value Americans have traditionally placed on equality of opportunity,” said Yellen, a labour economist.Many analysts argue that widening income inequality is hurting economic growth itself. The wealthy are receiving higher pay and rising investment earnings. Yet those households tend to spend less of their money than do low- and middle-income consumers who are dealing with sluggish wage growth. Because consumer spending accounts for roughly 70 per cent of U.S. economic activity, less spending tends to slow growth.Yellen did not discuss the state of the economy, interest-rate policy or how her views might affect the Fed’s actions. Nor did she address criticism that the Fed’s super-low rates have helped sustain the wealth gap by fueling stock gains and facilitating mortgage refinancings. The affluent benefit disproportionately from stock-price increases and home refinancings.Instead, Yellen outlined four areas she described as “building blocks of opportunity” — early childhood education, affordable higher education, business ownership and inheritances.“I do not mean to suggest that they account for all economic opportunity, but I do believe they are all significant sources opportunity for individuals and their families to improve their economic circumstances,” Yellen said.On Thursday, she visited a career centre in Chelsea, Massachusetts to meet with people looking for work.At the Chelsea centre, Yellen listened to participants’ stories about the job search difficulties they faced.The Fed will next meet Oct. 28-29. It is expected to end the monthly bond purchases it has been pursuing to put downward pressure on long-term rates. But it’s also expected to retain language that it plans to keep a key short-term rate at a record low for a “considerable time.”Most economists don’t think the Fed will start raising short-term rates before mid-2015. Fed chair expresses deep worries about growing US wealth gap
“The authorities of Azerbaijan must put an end immediately to all forms of persecution against human rights activists in the country,” said the human rights experts in a news release from The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), stressing that “criminalization of those working for the promotion and protection of human rights in the country is deeply disconcerting.”Leyla and Arif Yunus, like other activists such as Anar Mammadli, Rasul Jafarov and Intigam Aliyev, have been targeted because of their legitimate human rights work in Azerbaijan, say the UN experts. The two rights defenders were sentenced to eight and a half and seven years’ imprisonment respectively on charges of fraud, tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, as well as treason.“Silencing these prominent voices is having a devastating impact on the Azerbaijani civil society as a whole,” warned the experts, reiterating their call on the authorities to reverse the trend of repression, criminalization and prosecution of human rights work in the country.They were not only concerned about the serious health deterioration of the two human rights activists, but also about their trial failing to meet the international norms.“We are troubled at the lack of examination of the evidence provided and the refusal to allow international independent observers into the courtroom during the trial proceedings,” noted the experts, while reminding the Government of its legal obligations under international human rights law that ensure every Azerbaijani the rights to freedom of speech, a fair trial and the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. “The State has the primary responsibility to protect human rights defenders from any form of harassment, intimidation and retaliation arising as a result of their legitimate and peaceful human rights activities,” they stressed.The experts include Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression; Mónica Pinto, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers; Dainius Pûras, Special Rapporteur on the right to health; and Seong-Phil Hong, Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
“We have embarked on a monumental and historic journey,” the Secretary-General told the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which opened on 11 July and ends on 20 July, at the UN Headquarters in New York. “We must all learn, in national governments, in local authorities, in business and civil society, and also at the United Nations, to think differently,” he said, also underscoring the need to break down silos, not only between the economic, social and environmental aspects of development, but also between government institutions, between different levels of government and between the public and private sectors. The Forum is the UN’s central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted last September by 193 Member States. With his speech, Mr. Ban launched the first SDG report, which will serve as a benchmark for the 15-year implementation period of the 2030 Agenda. “It provides an accurate evaluation of where the world stands on the 17 Goals, using data currently available to highlight the most significant gaps and challenges,” he said. “We are off to a good start,” he added, calling on the international community to “pledge never to rest until we have achieved a world of peace, dignity and opportunity for all.” The latest data shows that about one in eight people still lives in extreme poverty and nearly 800 million people suffer from hunger, the top UN official said. The births of nearly a quarter of children under 5 have not been recorded, and 1.1 billion people are living without electricity, and water scarcity affects more than 2 billion. The data also underscore the imperative of targeted action in support of the furthest behind, he said, stressing the importance of data and indicators on all groups, especially those that are often unaccounted for. “The SDGs address the critical challenges of our time,” he said, including immediate action on climate change. The UN chief said he will convene an event on 21 September for countries to deposit their instruments of ratification on the Paris Agreement on climate change, an accord that was adopted in December last year and will enter into force when 55 countries ratify, and 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are accounted for. In April, 178 countries signed the Paris Agreement at the UN Headquarters, and 19 countries have so far ratified. But these 19 countries accounted for less than 1 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Mr. Ban encouraged at least 40 countries who committed that they will ratify this Paris Agreement before the end of this year, including the United States, China, Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, and Argentina. He noted that a key feature of this year’s Forum is the voluntary national reviews, a mechanism that allows Governments to voluntarily present what they and their societies are doing to implement the 2030 Agenda. This year, 22 countries will share their experiences. “Ensuring progress in achieving the SDGs will be greatly enhanced by making sure that lessons are shared and best practices are replicated,” he explained, calling on Member States to intensify efforts at follow-up and review through a participatory process, with the full engagement of the business sector and civil society. Thomas Gass, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs and Francesca Perucci, Chief of the Statistical Services Branch in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs will brief reporters on the report tomorrow morning in New York. Also today, Mr. Ban met with Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway. They discussed issues related to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, as well as climate change, and movements of refugees and migrants. On the sidelines of the High-level Political Forum, Mr. Ban also met with Lubomir Zaoralek, Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, to whom he stressed the importance of national ownership of the 2030 Agenda. The two leaders also discussed the situation of refugees and migrants, the Syria conflict, preventing violent extremism and climate change.
“This move takes me back to Ontario and my family,” Stuart Reid says of his new post at Rodman Hall.An internationally recognized art curator and writer with extensive experience in arts administration is the new director/curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre.After two and a half years as executive director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Sask., Stuart Reid will assume his new position in January 2012.“We are pleased to have someone of Stuart’s calibre join our team at Rodman Hall,” said Douglas Kneale, Dean of Humanities. “His experience and leadership will help to foster our region’s vibrant arts scene, and his expertise will be an asset in the development of opportunities for Brock to engage our communities.”“The post of director/curator at Rodman Hall Art Centre holds a lot of interest for me,” Reid said in a press released issued by the MacKenzie Art Gallery. “I’m eager to continue my curatorial work and writing. I’ll also have teaching opportunities at Brock University. This move also takes me back to Ontario and my family.”Reid is a past president of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries board of directors. He has served as director and curator of the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Ont. He is an alumnus of the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Museum Leadership Institute at the University of California at Berkeley, and is also an elected member of the International Curators of Contemporary Art Network based in Luxembourg.Born in Dundee, Scotland, Reid immigrated to Canada in 1967. He studied art and art history at York University (BFA ’86) in Toronto. From 1990 to 1992, Reid was an associate curator at The Craft Gallery of the Ontario Crafts Council in Toronto. From 1992 to 2001, he was curator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. In 1997, he was a guest of the British Council on a study tour of contemporary art in Northern Ireland.Brock assumed ownership of Rodman Hall, the Walker Botanical Gardens and the centre’s permanent art collection in 2003.
Mars : la planète rouge aurait subi un important changement climatiqueL’étude de deux cratères de météorites sur la planète rouge a révélé que Mars pourrait avoir subi un changement climatique très grave au cours de son histoire. L’un d’entre eux, notamment, semble indiquer la présence d’un ancien réservoir d’eau souterraine. La planète rouge a semble-t-il connu un important changement climatique. De récentes images recueillies par la sonde spatiale de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) Mars Express tendent à prouver que Mars n’était pas autrefois cette planète sèche et morte que nous connaissons aujourd’hui. Les chercheurs pensent qu’elle fut une sphère humide, et peut-être capable d’abriter la vie, avant que son axe de rotation ne soit modifié, entraînant un radical changement climatique.À lire aussiAlligator, rando, ventilateur les 4 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 29 juinComme le rapporte le Dailymail, l’étude de deux cratères de météorites à la surface de Mars ont permis d’étayer cette hypothèse. L’un d’entre eux, baptisé Danielson en hommage à George E Danielson, qui a contribué à la conception de caméras pour les sondes martiennes, est rempli de couches de sédiments, comme beaucoup d’autres dans la région de la planète appelée Arabia Terra. Si certains estiment qu’elles pourraient avoir une origine volcanique, les récentes recherches tendent à prouver qu’elles ont en réalité été formées par d’importantes quantités d’eau ayant jailli d’un ancien réservoir d’eau sous-terrain, avant d’être érodées par le vent.Le long de ces couches de sédiments, s’élèvent des arêtes, nommées yardangs, des collines taillées dans le substratum rocheux ou autre matériau consolidé par des particules de poussière et de sable portés par le vent. De telles formations peuvent être observées sur la Terre, dans des régions désertiques en Afrique du Nord, en Asie centrale et dans l’Arizona aux États-Unis notamment. L’orientation de ces yardangs mène aujourd’hui les scientifiques à penser que les forts vents nord-nord-est seraient à la fois l’origine de la formation des couches de sédiments et la cause de leur érosion.Le 12 juin 2012 à 10:36 • Maxime Lambert
HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Doctor Who actor and writer Victor Pemberton has died at the age of 85.Born outside London in October 1931, Pemberton first met the Doctor in 1967’s “The Moonbase,” in which he played a non-speaking scientist opposite Patrick Troughton.“The only reason I did it was for the money,” Pemberton admitted on his personal website.“And I wasn’t even wearing makeup” (via Victor Pemberton website)“But those terrible pictures of my veins protruding out of my face and forehead have come to haunt me over the years,” he continued. “Especially when so many fans keep sending me photocopies of them.”The four-episode series—his only acting credit on IMDb—led to a gig as script editor during the production of the legendary story “The Tomb of the Cybermen.”Pemberton also wrote the 1968 story “Fury from the Deep,” which he subsequently novelised for British publishing imprint Target Books (not to be confused with the American discount retailer).The program, one of many missing from the BBC archives, was based on his earlier stand-alone radio serial “The Slide,” starring future Master actor Roger Delgado.While it marked the departure of the Second Doctor’s companion Victoria (Deborah Watling), “Fury from the Deep” also introduced one of Doctor Who‘s most famous gadgets: the sonic screwdriver.The multi-functional tool was first used by Troughton’s alien character (again in “The Dominators” and “The War Games”), and became popular with the Third (Jon Pertwee) and Fourth (Tom Baker) Doctors.via Victor Pemberton websiteDespite being written out of the show in 1982, the lock-picking, laser-pointing, sound-wave-amplifying, matter-scanning, glass-shattering flashlight/microphone/lighter was featured briefly in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, before making a triumphant return in the 2005 reboot.And, much like the TARDIS and Time Lord himself, the Doctor’s favorite utensil has been through various redesigns and refits. The Twelfth incarnation caused an uproar among fans (or was that just me?) when he replaced his lost screwdriver with a pair of sonic sunglasses.The out-of-this-universe tool even inspired a real-life attempt to mimic the Gallifreyan technology: Researchers at Dundee University in 2012 unveiled a machine that uses ultrasound waves to turn objects, rather than just push them.In 1976, Pemberton wrote the audio drama Doctor Who and the Pescatons for an experimental vinyl record and TV spin-off. Aimed at children, and heavily based on ideas used in “Fury from the Deep,” The Pescatons was later novelized.Other scriptwriting credits include Timeslip, Tightrope, Ace of Wands, The Adventures of Black Beauty, Tales from the Thousand and One Nights, and the UK adaptation of Fraggle Rock.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Tesla, Inc. on Thursday surprised audiences with a new version of the Roadster, unveiled in a cloud of smoke from the back of its electric Semi truck.Billed as the “quickest car in the world,” the revamped Roadster can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds.“[It’s] the fastest production car ever made, period,” Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk said during the LA event.As demonstrated in front of a rabid crowd, the vehicle accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, from zero to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and can travel a quarter mile in 8.8 seconds.“These are all world records,” Musk boasted.And that’s just the base model.“This is what we’re achieving in the prototype,” the entrepreneur said, teasing a top speed of more than 250 mph, as well as a highway range of 620 miles on a single charge of the 200 kWh battery pack.“Those numbers sound nutty, but they’re real,” he added.The four-seater sports car comes with three motors, “tons” of storage, and a removable glass roof.“The point of doing this is to just give a hard-core smackdown to gasoline cars,” Musk said, riling up the audience again. “Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche” (whatever that means).Remove the glass roof for a summertime drive (via Tesla, Inc.)Tesla’s initial offering—the “foundation of the whole company”—the battery electric Roadster was produced from 2008 to 2012.Even then, the company was breaking records: The sports car was the first all-electric vehicle to use lithium-ion battery cells and travel more than 200 miles on a single charge.“People asked us for a long time, ‘When are you going to make a new Roadster?’” Musk said during the reveal. “We are making it now.”Available to pre-order now for cruising in 2020, the new Roadster starts at $200,000 (with $50,000 reservation fee).The electric truck accelerates from zero to 60 mph in five seconds (via Tesla, Inc.)The sleek sports car may have stolen the show, but Tesla’s event also introduced the long-awaited Semi truck—a BAMF lorry that can travel from zero to 60 mph in five seconds. That slows to 20 seconds when carrying 80,000 lbs, but still far outpaces any diesel truck on the market.Even hauling all that weight, Tesla’s Semi promises to deliver a 500-mile range on a single charge, and can reach speeds of 65 mph up a 5 percent grade climb (diesel motors can manage only 45 mph).“Because the vast majority of routes are under 250 miles, it means you can go to your destination and back … without recharging,” according to Musk.Racecar-like central seating, four independent motors (one on each rear wheel), an independent front suspension, and only one gear makes it feel like you’re driving a Tesla sedan—”only bigger.”The driver sits in the center, surrounded by high-tech displays (via Tesla, Inc.)“I can drive this thing, and I have no idea how to drive a semi,” he joked.The greatest truck takeaway—aside from fast charging, standard enhanced autopilot, jackknifing prevention, and nuclear explosion-proof glass—is that the Tesla Semi is built for more than truckers.It’s for everyone on the road who has ever been stuck behind a freighter on a two-lane road; for everyone who has ever feared for their life changing lanes next to an 18-wheeler.Production on the probably-very-expensive vehicle is scheduled to begin in 2019; order now to get your Semi in two years. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Honda More From Roadshow Honda 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Fuel Cell Cars Electric Cars 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T first drive: Brilliant, but bittersweet Share your voice Comments More about 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is one of a small number of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles available in the US, and the latest model year is soon to hit dealers in California.Honda on Wednesday announced that the 2019 Clarity Fuel Cell will land at dealers in California starting April 16. As with previous model years, the Clarity Fuel Cell is only available in California, likely owing in part to its position as one of the only states with a halfway-decent hydrogen infrastructure.Only 12 dealers will offer the Clarity Fuel cell: Six in Southern California, five in the San Francisco Bay Area and one in Sacramento. Available only as a lease, the 2019 Clarity Fuel Cell will set buyers back $379 per month for 36 months, with a require down payment of $2,878. Both the lease price and down payment are $10 higher than the 2018 model. Customers are eligible for a $5,000 state-level rebate, too.Enlarge ImageThe Clarity, which includes EV and PHEV variants as well, is one of the weirdest looking cars on the market. Partial wheel spats in 2019? Yeah, it’s a little wacky. Honda The lease terms are actually pretty solid. In addition to getting 20,000 miles per year, lessees will also get up to $15,000 in hydrogen fuel, 24/7 roadside assistance and up to 21 days of luxury-vehicle rental access through Avis. Those of you in a hurry will be happy to learn that the Clarity Fuel Cell remains eligible for single-occupant access to the carpool lane.Prior model years were given an EPA-estimated range of 366 miles, but for whatever reason, that figure has dropped to 360 miles for 2019. Yet, the EPA’s MPGe ratings of 69 city and 67 highway from previous model years remain the same for 2019. Roadshow did not immediately receive a response from Honda when asked to clarify the range adjustment.The Clarity Fuel Cell gets its motive force from a single electric motor that sends 174 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. On the tech front, the Clarity Fuel Cell sports Honda’s Display Audio infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also rocks Honda Sensing, the automaker’s suite of active and passive driver aids that includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control. Nothing has changed between model years, by the looks of it. 3 Preview • 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell: Driving so clean you could drink from it
State Senate President Pete Kelly held a razor-thin lead over Democratic challenger Scott Kawasaki late Tuesday night in what’s proven to be the hottest legislative race this year. But Kawasaki says it’s not over yet.Listen now“There’s still hundreds of ballots that are out there that are yet to be counted. Those are ballots that are questioned ballots – that’s folks who may have shown up at the wrongprecinct,” he said. “There’s also ballots that are absentee ballots, that have come in since last week. And there are absentee ballots that might be postmarked with today’s date that just haven’t gone through the mail process.”Unofficial vote totals posted just before midnight by the Alaska Division of Elections showed Kelly leading Kawasaki by 11 votes, with all precincts in Fairbanks’ Senate District A reporting. The incumbent and challenger took turns leading the race throughout the evening, but the gap between the two never exceeded a couple of percentage points. Kawasaki says it shows the district’s 13 precincts are nearly equally divided between Republicans and Democrats.“We worked really hard in the district,” Kawasaki said. “We talked to the people and I think we made inroads with people on both sides of the aisle, to get us as close as we have.”Kelly reportedly was sick Tuesday night and unavailable for comment. Kawasaki says regardless of the outcome, he hopes the candidate who eventually is declared winner will work to heal divisions created by the often-contentious campaign.“When it comes down to it, we all have to come together as Alaskans,” he said. “We all have to come together for whoever gets elected in the end to try and make this a better community. And I hope to be the person who does that, but we shall see in the next week or so.”Kawasaki raised more than $207,000 for his campaign, about $20,000 more than Kelly’s contributions, making it by far the most expensive legislative race of 2018. If declaredthe winner, Kelly will begin his sixth term as a senator when he returns when the next Legislature convenes in January.
Nurul Islam NahidEducation minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Sunday directed the principals of government and private colleges of Dhaka to convince their students to return to their classes at any cost, reports UNB.The minister came up with the direction during a meeting with the principals of colleges around 3:00pm at International Mother Language Institute.”The chiefs of educational institutes will be accountable for the movement of students. They have to take steps from their own positions and figure out how to convince and take the students back from the streets to the class room”, he said.”Otherwise they (teachers) have to take the responsibility of everything. The government will monitor their efforts to bring back the protesting students to their class rooms”, he said.Referring to the protesting students, Nahid said “The government has accepted their nine-point demand, they have achieved victory and now to sustain their victory they should return to their classes. The current situation can’t be tolerated at any cost.””If the movement runs for long many vested groups may instigate it to other directions. Rumours may be spread and anarchy may occur”, he said.The minister also sat with the head masters of different schools in this regard.Students of different schools and colleges have been staging demonstrations for the last eight days demanding punishment of those responsible for 29 July road accident that killed their two fellows in the city.
A musical extravaganza to celebrate the melodious journey of Hindustani Classical music will be held at Kamani Auditorium. Titled ‘Thumri festival’, the event is being organised by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi.To be held from September 14-16, the festival will see participation of some veteran Thumri singers of the country along with outstanding young vocalists, who will light up the evening with their renditions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRajendra Pal Gautam, Minister for Social Welfare, Government of NCT of Delhi will be marking his presence as the chief guest.The beautiful blend of Hindustani classical music with traits of folk literature, Thumri is among the most eloquent traditions of Indian art. Thumri holds a history of over 500 years in Hindustani classical music.It used to be sung in the royal kingdoms and palaces and its background originates from Varanasi, Gwalior and Awadh were the Thumri vocalists used to perform in the royal courts. They also used to sing in Dadra and Chaiti, which were equally popular during that period. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn day one, artists like Padmaja Chakraborty – a critically acclaimed Indian classical singer in different forms of vocal music including pure Hindustani Classical, Semi-classical like Pooravang forms like Thumri, Tappa, Chaitee, Jhoola, Hori, Jayateerth Mevundi – Hindustani classical music vocalist from the Kirana Gharana, Shubha Mudgal – Hindustani classical music singer whose collection includes genres of Khayal, Thumri and Dadra and others will be enthralling the audience with their performance. On day two, one can witness fantabulous acts by Nila Sinha Roy – a Delhi based classical vocalist and Ghazal maestro, Kumud Diwan – a semi-classical vocalist and an established and acclaimed exponent of Thumri along with Rajan Sajan Misra – duo who has won many awards like Padma Bhushan in 2007, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, jointly in 1998, Gandharwa National Award for 1994–1995 and National Tansen Samman 2011–2012.On day three, Rahul / Rohit Mishra, Hindustani classical vocalist duo of Benaras gharana, Indira Naik – a Sufi and ghazal singer from Mumbai, and Savita Devi, daughter of the late Padmashri Siddheshwari Devi who has been trained under her mother and specialisedin Thumri, Dadra, Chaiti, Kajri and Tappa of the Banaras Gharana (Purabang) will present some beautiful performances.
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Game show host Anne Hegerty. | Photo: The Chase / YouTube Game show star Anne Hegerty had the best response to a homophobic troll complaining on Twitter. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Chase star made transphobic jibe at Paris Lees on TV: ‘You used to be a boy’Celebrity Big Brother: Courtney Act becomes the first star nominated for eviction this weekBlind Date hosts first ever drag queen episode and some viewers aren’t happyRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/game-show-star-best-response-homophobic-troll/ A drag queen appeared on The Chase yesterday and this poor fella thought it was ‘irresponsible’. Thankfully, chaser @anne_hegerty was on hand to bring him down a peg or two.Well played, Governess. pic.twitter.com/WCzhSxMuRL— Vauxhall_Tavern (@thervt) 10 April 2018Anne Hegerty in hot waterJust last month, Anne Hegerty came under fire for a bizarre transphobic comment live on television.Appearing on The Wright Stuff on Thursday 15 March, she was debating trans activist Paris Lees on the gender pay gap.Hegerty said she was ‘not terribly bothered’ about the gender pay gap, insisting that leadership roles and high power positions do exist for women.Paris responded that she felt that ‘the top’ was an ‘old boys club’ – but Anne said she felt convinced that it didn’t exist.Then Hegerty randomly quipped: ‘‘Okie doke. Well, you used to be a boy, you’d know that.’Host Matthew Wright was forced to quickly change the subject after a stunned silence fell on the studio.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Hegerty, also known as the Governess, is a quiz show regular on ITV’s The Chase. It’s a game show where contestants face off against quiz masters to answer multiple choice questions.In a recent episode, a drag queen named Daniel appeared as a contestant on the show.Drag queen contestant Daniel. | Photo: ITVBut after the show, one viewer wasn’t too happy about having such a fabulous contestant onscreen.He tweeted: ‘I really think it’s mischievous and highly irresponsible for ITV to allow people of this sort to appear on a family show.He furthermore added: ‘I feel quite disgusted.’But the Governess wasn’t in the mood for any negativity.She snapped back on Twitter: ‘Oh don’t be such a sad fucker.’The clap backs didn’t stop there though: GAYSTARNEWS-
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