Coffee Day to sell its tech park to Blackstone for up to

first_imgNew Delhi: Cafe chain operator Coffee Day Enterprises on Wednesday announced sale of its Global Village Tech Park in Bengaluru to Blackstone for up to Rs 3,000 crore to cut its debt. The announcement comes weeks after Coffee Day Enterprises founder V G Siddhartha allegedly committed suicide. In a letter purportedly written by him, Siddhartha mentioned severe financial stress being faced by his group firms, among other issues. “The Board of Directors of the company…discussed methods of deleveraging the group. Towards the objective of deleveraging the board discussed and approved the disinvestment of Global Village Tech Park in its subsidiary, Tanglin Developments Ltd, in favour of Blackstone,” Coffee Day Enterprises said in a BSE filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The transaction valuation is about Rs 2600-3000 crore and the company has entered into a non-binding letter of intent. The transaction closure is subject to completion of Blackstone’s due diligence, documentation and receipt of requisite regulatory approvals, which is expected in the next 30- 45 days,” the company added. The board also provided in-principal approval for disinvestment in its stepdown subsidiary AlphaGrep Securities Pvt Ltd in favour of Illuminati Software Pvt Ltd for an approximate amount of Rs 28 crore. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The above mentioned transactions will significantly help in deleveraging the Coffee Day Group, and ensure smooth operations while safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders, including investors, lenders, employees and customers,” Coffee Day Enterprises said. Coffee tycoon V G Siddhartha seemed to be under severe financial stress before his death, with his flagship cafe chain Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd’s liabilities doubling to over Rs 5,200 crore and his unlisted ventures in the realty and hospitality sectors having similar levels of debt. Siddhartha, whose body was recovered from a river near Mangaluru last month after he went missing, had mentioned “serious liquidity crunch” and “tremendous pressure” from lenders and an unnamed private equity investor. Coffee Day Enterprises on July 31, 2019, named independent director S V Ranganath as the interim chairman of the company to replace its founder Siddhartha. The company board, wherein Siddhartha’s wife Malavika Hegde is also a director, put in place a working structure of the company. It also constituted an executive committee comprising Ranganath, COO Nitin Bagmane and CFO R Ram Mohan. The executive committee will explore opportunities to deleverage the Coffee Day Group, it had said.last_img read more

Hoop dreams Carr McLamb and Henry Neese

first_imgCarr McLamb, left, and Henry Neese coach youth basketball at Halifax Community Centerby Settle Monroephotographs by Robert WillettAround these parts, basketball is serious business. As November arrives, a charged wave of excitement runs through our state that lasts through March Madness. Tides shift as alliances are formed and enemy lines are drawn. Weeknights are spent glued to the television, and mornings are spent perusing the sports page to learn late game results. It is no secret that North Carolinians, particularly Raleighites, feel great pride for their hoops.    But basketball pride is not limited to highly publicized teams or games. Walk into any of one of Raleigh’s public gymnasiums during the season and take a quick look at the boisterous fans, the demonstrative referees, and the enthusiastic players diving for loose balls: It is immediately clear that passion for the sport starts young.  Each year the City of Raleigh, through its Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources department, registers hundreds of boys and girls eager to play on one of the league’s numerous basketball teams. Each team is led by a pair of volunteer coaches. This season, two of these coaches, Carr McLamb and Henry Neese, will embark on their 10th year coaching boys’ basketball (ages 13-15) for the league.  The longtime friends met in 2001 when Neese played for McLamb, then a student at N.C. State in his first year of coaching. Years later, in 2007, they ran into each other at a N.C. State football game and agreed to return to the court, this time to coach together. McLamb took the helm as the head coach, and Neese served as the assistant. It was the beginning of what has become a City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources coaching establishment. For McLamb and Neese, coaching middle school boys is about more than teaching basketball skills. Both men well understand their positions as positive role models for their players. At the first practice of the season, McLamb and Neese explain their three guiding principles: One, have fun; two, improve as an individual; three, improve as a team. They also work tirelessly to instill in their players a sense of accountability and responsibility, insisting that each player show up on time prepared for practices and games. If a player has to miss a practice or game, he must call in advance to let them know. Coach McLamb is unwavering: “We want to hear from the players, not their parents, if they have to miss. They all have cell phones. So they have no excuses. We expect for each player to come to practice ready to give it all he’s got. Our team depends on it.” While basketball is serious business, for McLamb and Neese, having fun is the main priority. McLamb says, “We’ve had teams that have won championships, and we’ve had teams that really struggled. But we have never had a team that didn’t have fun.” Kirkland Caison, now a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, knows this well. Caison played for McLamb and Neese for two years in middle school and still keeps in touch with them today. “The real impact they have had is off the court,” Caison says. “Whether it be college applications or job inquiries, I have come to them many times seeking advice. They are great older brother figures, able to share honestly about their life experiences and offer suggestions to different problems I have dealt with.”  At the same time, McLamb and Neese make no bones about it – they want to win basketball games, and they are strategic in their efforts. They spend nights in the gym watching other teams play to develop scouting reports. They have mastered the art of the pre-season draft. And they can recite statistics and figures from every team they’ve coached. With two practices and a game each week, coaching is a major commitment for these two Raleigh lawyers. When asked how many hours a week they spend on coaching, Neese laughs, “That depends. If you count all of the conversations we have during the week about the team, it really adds up.” McLamb and Neese both point to George Deloache, their former coach at the Jaycee Center, as their coaching inspiration. McLamb explains, “Most of what we do, we learned from George. We run the same sets he taught us as young players. He was such an important figure for us during our youth. We hope to be the same for our players.” Deloache, a longtime City of Raleigh coach and a legend in his own right, understands the deep impact that coaches can have on their players. “Middle-school-aged guys in particular are still trying to figure everything out,” he says. “For example, where does being competitive cross the line into bad sportsmanship? So, they are looking for role models.”  So far, McLamb and Neese have won one city league championship, been the regular season champions twice, and made four semifinal appearances. And this coaching duo has no plans of hanging up its whistles anytime soon. “We’re not married. We don’t have kids. We have time to do it. And we love it. For the foreseeable future, we’ll be coaching.”last_img read more

Spotlight Raleigh Fine Arts North Carolina Artists Exhibition

first_imgParis Alexander, Second Sight; courtesy Raleigh Fine Arts Societyby Jesma ReynoldsNumbers and art may make an unlikely pairing. But in this case, the numbers bear repeating. Beginning March 12, the largest juried art exhibition in the state featuring 72 pieces from 61 North Carolina artists will be exhibited at the Duke Center for Performing Arts.Sponsored by the Raleigh Fine Arts Society, the show is in its 38th consecutive year. It’s part of the nonprofit group’s effort to promote the visual, literary, and performing arts, as it has for the past 51 years. This year’s juror, Michael Rooks, the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum in Atlanta, reviewed 607 pieces by 353 artists from 105 cities and towns across the state before making his final selections.The large number of submissions reinforces the depth of talent in the region, says Rooks, who also also says that skill is the common denominator in the works. Rooks writes in the accompanying exhibition catalog, “being highly skilled is an essential artistic attribute and is critically important in facilitating an exchange with audience.”Following a lecture at 4 p.m. on March 12, Rooks will present five awards: a grand prize, three juror’s choice awards, and a student artist award. A reception will follow in the center’s Betty Ray McCain Gallery. The exhibition runs until April read more

2 murals you dont want to miss

first_imgjoshua steadmanflower powerDetroit-based artist Louise Jones is NCMA’s newest artist in residence. She goes by Ouizi as an artist, and her murals are popping up throughout Raleigh. You can find her larger-than-life florals on NCMA’s campus, or downtown on the corner of Davie and S. Dawson Streets. Indian Summer, pictured above, is inspired by botanical prints, in tandem with the Raleigh Murals Project. Ouizi’s work Summer’s Where You’ll Find Me is also displayed on the exterior of NCMA’s East Building, as you enter the recently opened exhibition, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art. The Beyond runs through January 20, and you can hear Jones discuss her work January 11 at the museum. —Catherine Currinjoshua steadmanjoshua steadmanjoshua steadmanlast_img read more

Lucy and Tiffany Watson Reveal the Scary Side of Gelatine Sweets this

first_imgThis Halloween, cruelty-free champions Lucy and Tiffany Watson have teamed up with Humane Society International (HSI) UK to expose the spooky truth about what’s really inside some trick or treat sweets.Lucy and Tiffany Watson Dress Up to Reveal the Scary Side of Gelatine Sweets this HalloweenIn a campaign video launched today, the sisters dress in Halloween costumes to raise awareness that many jelly sweets contain gelatine, a substance made of boiled up bones, skin, ligaments and tendons of pigs and cows, many of whom will have suffered horrific lives on factory farms.On factory farms, animals are crammed together, often kept in cages and crates where they are unable to see sunlight, breathe fresh air or even fully extend their limbs. In the UK, around 2.6 million cattle and 10 million pigs, are killed each year. A large amount of gelatine in sweets sold in the UK also comes from animals bred and slaughtered overseas, including in countries that have little or no animal protection laws, such as China.Lucy and Tiffany donned their black cat and Harley Quinn costumes, and took to a spooky set to explain how gelatine is produced and why it should be avoided. Gelatine is found in many big brands of sweets, it can also be found in cosmetics, candles, cakes, sports drinks, ice cream, and yogurts where it acts as a gelling agent.Lucy Watson said “No one looks at jelly sweets in their colourful packaging and thinks that they might contain parts of animals who have spent their entire lives suffering on factory farms. It’s especially weird when you’re buying sweets that look like cute animals but they actually contain animal parts such as bones, skin and tissue!”Tiffany Watson said “I hope this video helps people make more informed decisions about the sweets they are giving out to trick or treaters this Halloween. The thought of children unwittingly eating bits of pig and cow disguised in gummy sweets is super scary.”Humane Society International UK Executive Director Claire Bass said “Halloween sweets in the shape of teeth, eyeballs and skulls are alarmingly close to the reality of their ingredients in some cases. Gelatine production is like something from a horror film, huge vats of gloopy grey sludge bubbling with bits of skin, bones and other animal body parts, so it’s not surprising that more and more shoppers are opting for the many gelatine-free sweets now available. Gelatine production is often part of the factory farming industry that is driving demand for, and profiting from, animals being bred and killed in cruel conditions, so opting for gelatine-free sweets and products is the best way to ensure you’re not buying into that suffering.”The good news is that you don’t need to use gruesome ingredients to make sweets. There are many vegan alternatives that are just as delicious, but instead of the body parts of animals, use animal friendly ingredients like agar-agar and carrageen, both derived from seaweed.last_img read more

2018 Marrakech du Rire Unveils Colorful Program

Rabat – Moroccan festival Marrakech du Rire (Laughing Marrakech) has promised the maximum of good humor.The 8th Annual International Humor Festival will kick off June 20 and run until June 24. With several well-known comedians participating in the event, laughter is guaranteed to fill the ochre city throughout the weekend.The best of French and Arabic-speaking comedians will be reunited during these five days. On Wednesday, June 20, Eko and his friends will host the opening Grand Gala, with an Arabic-speaking evening that will bring together a host of comedians, singers, dancers, and actors on the stage of the Badii Palace, in the great secular tradition of the “halqa.” On the same evening, D’jal will present his first new show after five years of selling out his previous show at the Royal Theater. With a brand new energetic show, D’jal’s return to the stage is highly anticipated.On Thursday, the public will attend the second Gala Afrika  at the Palais Badii, which will feature French-speaking artists celebrating Cameroonian, Congolese, Senegalese, Gabonese and Ivorian humor, led by the sensational Mamane.At the same time, festival-goers will see Abdelkader Sector at the Royal Theater in a new show at the crossroads of storytelling and a one-man-show.Friday will be the high point of the festival, as the Gala “Jamel and his friends” will gather prestigious guests of the artistic world at the Palais Badii for a show that promises to be exceptional, broadcast worldwide and featuring Ahmed Sylla, Jeff Panacloc, Camille Lellouche or Malik Bentalha, alongside the festival’s creator Jamel Debbouze.Festival-goers will also see the best-of by returning comedic illusionist Eric Antoine at the Royal Theatre.Staying on the Jamaa El-Fna square, the public will live or relive in the Orange stage  the new hopes of Moroccan stand-up comedy with the sessions of Jamel Comedy Club Morocco 2018.The comedy festival was founded by Jamel Debbouze in 2011. Each year, several French and Arabic-speaking comedians perform before large audiences in the city of Marrakech, attracting approximately 90,000 festival-goers annually and reaching 70 million viewers worldwide.“Marrakech du Rire 2018” is headed for record-breaking success. According to the festival’s press release, the box office for “Marrakech du Rire 2018,” which opened March 13, has already sold more than 7,000 tickets last month.Tickets for Marrakech du Rire 2018 are still available in various online outlets, such as,, and For the latecomers, a point of sale will be especially opened during the festival within the Royal Theater of Marrakech. read more

UN humanitarian adviser begins threeweek tour in Central African Republic

Ramiro Lopes da Silva, Special Humanitarian Adviser for CAR in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), will hold talks in the capital, Bangui, with national authorities and staff from humanitarian agencies.UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said today that Mr. da Silva’s visit is the first high-level UN humanitarian mission since March 2003, when CAR leader Francois Bozizé seized power after a six-month rebellion.Mr. da Silva will also inspect the areas most affected by the rebellion. Based on his mission, he is expected to make recommendations about what can be done immediately to help the people of CAR.OCHA has estimated that 20,000 people are internally displaced because of the political-military dispute, and another 42,000 refugees fled to neighbouring Chad to the north, although many have returned.Mr. Eckhard said only $700,000 has been collected so far for CAR in the most recent UN Consolidated Appeal – a small fraction of the target amount of $17 million. read more

Human cost of Iraq crisis is devastating UN deputy relief chief warns

“The human cost of the crisis is devastating. We are extremely worried that all indicators point to a dramatically worsening situation in the months ahead,” said the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang in a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). According to the news release, Ms. Kang visited Baghdad and Erbil to discuss the humanitarian crisis, where she spoke with women “who had lost virtually everything.” She is currently on a visit to the region, which will include stops in Jordan and Turkey before wrapping up on Sunday, 6 December.Ms. Kang stressed that responding to the basic needs of these people will require increased capacity, as well as improved access and security is of utmost importance, adding that insecurity “puts the whole aid operation in Iraq at risk.”Voicing concerns at the impact of economic crisis in the Kurdistan region and in Iraq, she urged the international community to step forward and provide urgent funding for lifesaving assistance, stating that “if this doesn’t happen, the impact will be terribly damaging.”“Funding is needed to keep programmes open and to help rebuild areas retaken from ISIL so that people can return voluntarily and safely to their homes,” Ms. Kang explained at the end of her two-day mission in Iraq. According to the UN, nearly 10 million people in Iraq are now in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and close to 3.2 million people are internally displaced since January 2014.Further, OCHA estimates indicate that the aid response efforts in the country are critically underfunded, forcing humanitarian partners to close scores of lifesaving programmes.Lastly, OCHA said that of the highly prioritized $498 million plan launched in June to respond to the most acute needs in the second half of 2015, less than 50 percent has been received. read more

Golden eagles back from the brink as numbers soar to highest level

first_imgScotland is the only place the golden eagles now live in the UK Scotland is the only place the golden eagles now live in the UK An eagle swoops down to take prey at the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland  An eagle swoops down to take prey at the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland Credit:Nature Picture Library / Rex Fea Andrew Bachell, Scottish National Heritage Director of Policy & Advice, said: “It’s wonderful to see golden eagles reaching favourable conservation status nationally.“These beautiful birds are such an important part of Scotland’s nature, a species which people love to see when they visit our wilder landscapes. It’s particularly encouraging to see greater recovery in some areas where persecution had been thought to be a major constraint in the past.“That picture is uneven though, and we would still expect eagles to be doing better in parts of the eastern Highlands. We will continue to look at all the factors which may be limiting numbers, in the hope that we will see further spread of the range and increase in numbers of eagles in the future.”Landowners groups said they were working hard to protect golden eagles.Tim Baynes, Director of the Scottish Moorland Group, part of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Our members are passionate about the golden eagles on their land and it is in large part a tribute to their management and collaboration that the population has increased.“We are pleased that golden eagles are now in ‘favourable conservation status’ for the first time since national surveys started.”center_img 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. Golden eagles  are out of danger for the first time since national surveys began, after a count found there are now more than 500 breeding pairs in Scotland.The bird’s status has been changed to ‘favourable’ from ‘unfavourable’ after a rise of 15 per cent from 442 pairs in the last survey in 2003 to 508 today.The most recent recovery takes the population to numbers which have not been seen since pesticides wiped out hundreds of birds in the 1960s.Golden eagles are regarded by many people as Scotland’s national bird and it is likely that Scotland is now home to the entire UK population, following reports earlier this year that England’s only resident golden eagle had died. The recovery is the result of increased monitoring and satellite tagging of eagles and stronger sanctions against wildlife crime.“The sight of a golden eagle soaring in the sky above is an awe-inspiring part of our natural heritage, and this increase in numbers of golden eagle pairs is great news,” said Duncan Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management at RSPB Scotland.“Across many parts of Scotland there’s been a very welcome turnaround in how people respect these magnificent birds, part of a more enlightened public attitude towards birds of prey.“However, the continued absence of golden eagles in some areas of eastern Scotland remains a real cause for concern and suggests that much more work needs to be done.” The first golden eagle survey was carried out in 1982, and the most recent was conducted during the first six months of 2015.Golden eagles tend to live in remote areas, but can often be seen performing spectacular undulating flight displays in spring.The northern Highlands and the central spine of the country, between the Great Glen and Stirlingshire, saw the greatest increase in eagle numbers between 2003 and 2015. There were also modest increases in the west Highlands and islands.However in parts of the Highlands west of Inverness has remained stable between 2003 and 2015, after showing a significant drop in occupied territories between the 1982 and 1992 surveys. It is thought that the poor spring last year may have harmed breeding.Golden eagles also continue to be absent in many parts of the eastern Highlands. Less than one third of the traditional ‘home ranges’ in this area were occupied by a pair of eagles. Many of the vacant territories in this area are on ground managed intensively for driven grouse shooting and in recent years, four eagles fitted with satellite tags have been found illegally killed in the central and eastern Highlands.last_img read more

Lost boy tells incredible story of using Google Earth to find home

first_imgYOU MAY HAVE heard the story last year of the man who used Google Earth to find his way home, 25 years after disappearing.  Now, his story has been made into an ad for the product.If you’re not familiar, his name is Saroo Brierley.  When he was five he fell asleep beside his brother on a train after a day of begging in Ganesh Talai, India.  When he woke up, it was morning, he was alone, and the train was in an unfamiliar place.He had some tough times after that, reportedly almost drowning in the Ganges and surviving an abduction attempt, but eventually he was adopted by a couple in Australia where he still lives.Saroo never stopped looking for his family though, and eventually figured out where he came from, and found them again using Google Earth.  See how he did it in this new ad. Source: Google MapsWho’s the Irish woman in the new series of The Walking Dead?>Love/Hate’s real-life garda is also in a rock band>last_img read more

Hong Kong astrologers predict more trouble for Justin Bieber and Barack Obama

first_imgCONFLICTS, DISASTERS, RECORD high temperatures, an economic chill in Asia and more trouble for Justin Bieber – the upcoming Year of the Horse is set to be a dramatic one, say Hong Kong feng shui masters.With the Year of the Snake slithering into history, they say that the incoming Lunar New Year (which began yesterday) is going to be the kind of horse that you shouldn’t stand behind – because it incorporates the volatile element of fire.“With this being the Year of the Wood Horse, and with wood being very combustible, there will be a lot of scandals, conflicts, explosions and arguments,” celebrity feng-shui master Alion Yeo told AFP.Feng shui – meaning ‘wind-water’ – is influential in many parts of Asia, where people adjust their lives and even renovate offices and homes based on its edicts to maximise their luck and wealth.Yeo says that conflict in the new year could be defined by anything from diplomatic tension to armed engagement, particularly in the first, fourth and seventh lunar months – February, May and August.“The most likely thing that could lead to a physical war would be the Diaoyu Islands,” Yeo said, referring to acute tensions between Japan and China over the Japanese-controlled islets that Tokyo calls the Senkaku islands.The previous Year of the Wood Horse in 1954 was marked by nuclear bomb tests by the US and the former Soviet Union and the battle of Dien Bien Phu, which led to the defeat of French forces in Vietnam.West gallops aheadChinese fortune-telling such as feng shui is based on ancient philosophy and the belief that events are dictated by the varying balances in the five elements that make up the universe: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and through Chinese folklore ascribes 12 animals, one for each year in the rotating cycle. The horse is in the seventh position.Feng shui master Chow Hon-ming believes that while the United States and Europe will enjoy economic recovery, nations such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Pakistan will feel a negative impact. The Western economy will see obvious improvement but Eastern nations will face difficulties and their economies may even take backward steps.Obama gaffesChow believes it will be a tricky year for US President Barack Obama, who was born in the Year of the Ox in 1961.“He may make gaffes, he may face obstacles when it comes to cutting through political red tape,” Chow said.Record-high temperatures and natural disasters will be prominent due to the influence of the fire element, according to soothsayers.“There will be a higher chance of volcanic eruption and earthquakes because the earth element will be irritated by the abundance of fire,” fortune-teller Cheng Chi-hang told AFP, adding that Japan, Indonesia and China will be particularly prone.Bad year for Bieber?A person’s fortune is calculated by using the exact time and date of his birth, with the relationship of each of the elements.Troubled Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will be on a streak of negativity this year, Yeo said.There will be times where he will not be able to control himself.Bieber, 19, was charged with driving under the influence after police caught him drag-racing in Miami Beach last week – allegedly after drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.“His fire element, if he goes all the way, could lead to health risks,” Yeo said.Well-known personalities  born in the Year of the Horse include boxer Manny Pacquiao, actress Halle Berry, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the late former South African president Nelson Mandela – whose 1990 release from prison also occurred in a “horse” year.Tens of thousands of worshippers offered sticks of incense on the eve of the first day of the Lunar New Year to pray for good luck and fortune at Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin Temple.The former British colony is also a popular horse-racing destination, hosting the Chinese New Year Raceday tomorrow, with total payouts of up to HK$68 million ($8.76 million).The city will celebrate the new year with a 23-minute long fireworks display today, which organisers say will display the word “win” in capital letters twice.In mainland China tourism operators are also seeking to capitalise, particularly in Dan Xia Shan, a mountainous tourist attraction in the southern province of Guangdong which includes five hills known as “five horses return to the manger”.- © AFP, 2014last_img read more

Eight people due in court after operation involving 50 gardaí seize drugs

first_img Short URL Updated Jun 20th 2018, 3:48 PM EIGHT PEOPLE ARE due in court this afternoon after gardaí seized cannabis, cocaine, heroin and three cars in Longford this morning.An operation involving more than 50 gardai, including the Armed Support Unit, carried out a number of searches in the Longford area targetting the supply of controlled drugs.During the operation, seven men and two female suspects, aged between 18 and 55, were arrested.One woman has since been released without charge.Gardaí have now stated that seven men and one woman will appear before a special sitting of Longford District Court at 4:30pm today charged in relation to this incident.Officers seized cannabis, cocaine and heroin (subject to analysis), along with three cars during the operation.Superintendent James Delaney said, “The operation has caused significant disruption to those who are engaged in this type of activity,” he said.“It is strong evidence of the continued commitment of An Garda Síochána to enhancing the quality of life in our communities by removing and disrupting this kind of activity from our streets and towns.”Additional reporting by Cliódhna Russell Image: Mark Stedman via Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 3:48 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 22,641 Views Eight people due in court after operation involving 50 gardaí seize drugs and cars in Longford The arrests were made as part of an operation targetting the supply of controlled drugs. Share93 Tweet Email 3 Comments Jun 20th 2018, 8:53 AM Image: Mark Stedman via By Hayley Halpinlast_img read more

José Bové à nouveau devant le tribunal pour fauchage volontaire dOGM

first_imgJosé Bové à nouveau devant le tribunal pour fauchage volontaire d’OGMFrance – Le député européen José Bové comparaît une nouvelle fois ce vendredipour fauchage volontaire de maïs OGM (organisme génétiquement modifié). Les faits remontent à 2007, quelques mois avant que le gouvernement suspende la culture de ce maïs au nom du principe de précaution.En août 2007, José Bové a participé au fauchage de plants de maïs OGM à Murviel-lès-Béziers dans l’Hérault. En tant que récidiviste, le député européen risque dix ans de prison. À lire aussiOGM : l’auteur de l’étude choc refuse la contre-expertise de l’EFSABien que bénéficiant d’une immunité parlementaire, José Bové a refusé d’y avoir recours et a accepté de comparaître devant la justice. Toutefois, s’il devait être condamné, sa peine serait suspendue pendant la durée de son mandat. Cette possible condamnation, le député européen ne l’envisage pas, comme l’a expliqué son avocat : “Nous demandons la relaxe car il s’agit d’un procès anachronique : depuis les faits, les politiques et les scientifiques lui ont donné raison” souligne MeNicolas Gallon.Depuis février 2008, la culture de maïs OGM MON 810 est en effet interdite au nom du principe de précaution, en France comme en Autriche, en Allemagne, en Hongrie, en Grèce et au Luxembourg. Mais cette interdiction n’avait pas été prise en compte en novembre dernier lorsque José Bové a été condamné par la cour d’appel de Bordeaux, à un an de prison avec sursis.Le 5 février 2010 à 18:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Evergreen Public Schools approves 20192020 calendar

first_imgThe Evergreen Public Schools Board of Directors on Tuesday approved the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.School will start Aug. 27 and end June 9, 2020.The district has two pre-planned snow makeup days in case of cancellations on March 16, 2020, and June 10, 2020. If there are no school cancellations, March 16 will be a day off for students. Any additional snow days are typically tacked on to the end of the year.For a full calendar, including a printable version, visit read more

Klopp on the evolution of Worldclass Salah

first_imgJürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s game has improved tremendously as he’s adapted to playing in a slightly different position for Liverpool this season.Salah has notched in 14 goals this season and remains the club’s top scorer with the latest coming against Wolves.The Egyptian forward played as a lone striker at Molineux where he scored and assisted Virgil van Dijk’s second-half goal.“It’s good,” Klopp told reporters at Melwood on Monday morning, when asked about the Egyptian’s development. “He had to adapt a bit to the slightly different positions; it’s not that much different, but it is different from time to time.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“We need him as a link-up player as well and that’s a very important part of our game, but he is still with the desire and with his speed. His speed in the first few yards is just impressive. He is a very important part of our finishing situation in general, how we prepare them, how we come into the situations.“Of course, he is young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It is not just speed, it is not just finishing, it is between the lines, there are a lot of things, there is keeping the ball, but you need your body for that. That was the only problem Mo had a little bit at the beginning of the season, a part of his body was not perfect.“If you work in an office and your shoulder is not 100 percent, if it is not your writing hand then it should be OK, but if you are a professional football player in this moment it just keeps 10 or 15 percent away.“He is a world-class player, but we all knew we had to wait for the moment when everything is fine – that is already a few weeks ago and so it’s all good.”last_img read more

PNPs Robinson slams PDM for not bringing Service Charge motion in HOA

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 24, 2017 – Grand Turk  – If the PNP Administration of the last government term had supported the two motions brought in the House of Assembly to reinstate the receipt of 100% of the Service Charge for hotel workers, by now, these employees would have been almost a year getting fatter pay checks.Yet, despite his party’s lack of support on this in April and October last year, Opposition Appointed Member, Royal Robinson says he has always supported the idea and is blasting the PDM Administration for not dealing with his motion in the last House of Assembly sitting.   “In a move that reeks of hypocrisy, the self proclaimed Best Man for the Job, Premier Cartwright Robinson refused to bring the Service Charge Amendment Bill 2017 for its first reading at the latest sitting of the House of Assembly by closing the proceedings sine die.”Hon Robinson points out in his media release that both parties campaigned on returning 100% service charge to hospitality staffers who currently get less than half of what guests are taxed.   The appointed member said the Premier missed an opportunity to see hospitality workers realizing a 66% increase on service charges.  Hon Royal Robinson warned, lest the Premier finds herself in the category of a ‘Blowhard’, she must take the Bill through all three readings at the next House meeting on March 27.We reached out to Premier Sharlene Robinson for explanation on whether she was flip flopping on the matter of service charge, she said, “It was not raised in the last House of Assembly.  We have not reached the item as yet.  The mover never raised it even when I reordered the Agenda.”Last night, Tourism Minister, Hon Ralph Higgs reportedly informed the Hotel and Tourism Association that they ought prepare because 100% of service charges will be going to hospitality employees; adding that the PDM does not intend to be one term government.#MagneticMediaNews#battleoverservicecharge#RoyalRobinsononservicecharge#sericechargebattleinHOA Hospitality workers eager for return of 100% service charge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#battleoverservicecharge, #magneticmedianews, #RoyalRobinsononservicecharge, #sericechargebattleinHOA Recommended for youlast_img read more

Beauty and the Beast stars meet their minimes

first_img(WSVN) – Sometimes, doing hours and hours of interviews and promoting a movie can be a beastly chore. But Emma Watson got to share a beautiful moment with some young fans.Dan Stevens: “Oh my goodness, look at this!Emma Watson: “Oh my goodness, you look amazing!”“Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens got to meet their mini-me’s.A pair of kids dressed up like Belle and the Beast, but they weren’t there just as fans.They got down to business and did some real entertainment journalism!Olivia: “What were you more nervous about, singing or acting?” Emma Watson and Dan Stevens: “Singing.”Emma Watson: “It was the first time Dan and I had ever done that in a film before.”Ted: “If you were any other character in the movie, who would you be?”Dan Stevens: “Belle.”Emma Watson: “Beast.”Dan Stevens: “Ay, look at that!”Emma Watson: “Whoaaa!” After the interview, the kids hopped on Dan and Emma’s laps and took a few photos.Now, how cute is that?Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Roku goes mobile to take on Amazon Prime Videos paid channels

first_imgPremium channel subscriptions are Roku’s latest way to broaden itself. Roku Roku, the set-top streaming box maker, is breaking out of the living room for the first time with a service that offers paid premium channels like Showtime and Starz that you can also watch on your phone.  On Wednesday, Roku unveiled Premium Subscriptions, which will launch late this month in a phased rollout. The idea is similar to Amazon Prime Video Channels — a place where you can buy add-on video subscriptions that let you cobble together a sort of personal bundle of internet-delivered TV with one-click purchases. Downsides to Roku’s version? It has fewer channels to choose from at a launch. (HBO is notably absent.) And subscribing via Roku won’t unlock your channels’ dedicated apps. So don’t expect to watch shows and movies in the Starz app via Roku even if you pay for Starz through Roku. The Roku Channel is the only place you can watch them.  Mentioned Above Roku SD Player $239 3:20 Now playing: Watch this: Preview • Roku Player – First Take Share your voice Which Roku player should you buy? See it Commentcenter_img Mobile Digital Media TV and Movies CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Still, this marks Roku’s addition of mobile viewing for the first time, after its lifetime locked in the living room. Roku’s iOS and Android apps will be able to stream shows and movies for the first time. Until now, the Roku app served mostly as a second remote when paired to a powered-on Roku streaming device. But soon the Roku Channel, including any of your subscriptions, will be available on its mobile app in the US. Users will also be able to start a video on a Roku player or Roku TV and pick up from where they left off while on the go. 04-roku-premiere-plusRoku’s Premiere Plus is one of seven streaming devices in the company’s lineup.  Sarah Tew/CNET It’s Roku’s latest expansion beyond set-top boxes. Though the company’s bread-and-butter business is its popular streaming devices, Roku has been reaching into other businesses. It’s booking more advertising revenue through services like the Roku Channel with its ad-supported movies, news and sports, for example. The Amazon video channels model is a ripe target. Amazon is quiet about how the program is faring because Amazon is quiet about everything, but one analyst estimates Amazon is one of the main ways that cordcutters are signing up for paid video subscriptions. Nearly half of Starz’s direct-to-consumer subscribers may be coming from Amazon, according to BMO analyst Daniel Salmon, and HBO and Showtime may be sourcing about a third of their digital subscribers there. (Editors’ note: Showtime is owned by CBS, the parent company of CNET.)Roku versus AmazonThere are significant differences between Roku’s new offering and Amazon’s video channels. For one, you won’t be able to unlock the dedicated apps of services that you subscribe to via Roku, a function known as authentication. Amazon added the ability to authenticate into some of those dedicated apps last year. roku-express-plus-06.jpgUntil this year, Roku’s mobile app mostly functioned as a second remote for its streaming devices.  Sarah Tew/CNET The selection of channels is also slimmer. At launch, Roku is offering more than 25 subscriptions, while Amazon has accumulated more than 100. And Roku didn’t list some high-profile options, like HBO or PBS Kids, among the options it will have at launch. (Neither Amazon nor Roku offer Netflix, the most popular streaming network in the world.)It’s also unclear just how “one click” Roku signups will be. Amazon Prime Video Channels is based on the premise that you’re already a paying Amazon Prime member, so the company has your credit card details all set up. Roku has credit cards details for the majority of its accounts but not all, Rob Holmes, Roku’s vice president of programming and engagement, said in an interview last month. (Roku declined to further clarify the proportion of its monthly active accounts that have credit cards on file.) That leaves a portion of Roku users facing the hassle of tapping in new payment information in order to sign up for subscriptions they can get elsewhere. But like Amazon Prime Video Channels, Roku’s new Premium Subscriptions give you a one-stop hub for your subscriptions paid for with a single monthly bill. People can sign up for seven-day free trials (or longer) using their existing Roku account information. With Premium subscriptions, Roku users will be able to browse their channel’s entire catalogs. Search within the Roku Channel will be expanded, allowing people to search for keywords within the channel. Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Netflix’s 137M subscribers evaporate fears: Blowout quarter? It’s the kind of formulaic plot Netflix loves. 1 Review • Roku Player Roku Player Amazon Prime Showtime Amazon Rokulast_img read more

AlJazeera slams unjustified closure of Saudi office

first_imgQatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera said Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s decision to shut its office in the kingdom as part of the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf was “unjustified”.In a statement, the global news channel condemned Riyadh’s move and called on Saudi Arabia to allow its journalists to continue to work “free of intimidation and threats”.“We firmly believe these are unjustified measure(s) by the authorities in the kingdom against the network and its operations,” the statement said.“In spite of restriction(s) imposed on the network, Al-Jazeera will continue to cover the news and current affairs from the region and beyond (in a) balanced objective manner”.As well as closing the office, Saudi Arabia withdrew the channel’s licence needed to broadcast.It also accused Al-Jazeera of promoting “terrorist groups” and supporting rebels in Yemen.The move came as Saudi Arabia, along with other Gulf states and Egypt, severed ties with Qatar.Separately, beIn Sports, a subsidiary satellite network of Al-Jazeera, went offline in the United Arab Emirates, which was also among those to cut relations with Qatar.Al-Jazeera, one of the largest news organisations in the world, has long been a source of conflict between Qatar and its neighbours, who accuse the broadcaster of bias and fomenting trouble in the region.Egypt has accused Al-Jazeera of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which it blames for violence after Egypt’s military ousted the movement from power in 2013.Three Al-Jazeera journalists, including a Canadian and an Australian, were detained in Egypt between 2013 and 2015, triggering international protests.last_img read more

Represent Change TV One Honors Black Women

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterTV One commemorates Black History Month with a full line up of programming and pays homage to inspirational Black women.“REPRESENT CHANGE” is this years theme, and the network built a short form video campaign showcasing Black women leaders, entrepreneurs, activist and change agents from across the globe.Silver Spring, MD based company TV ONE is bringing programming to honor Black women during Black History Month under the theme “REPRESENT CHANGE”. (Courtesy Photo)“This is a pivotal time for women of color in our nation and we’re proud to amplify the voices of women who are influencing change in our society as part of our Black History Month programming,” said TV ONE General Manager Michelle Rice, who oversees the Silver Spring, MD based company. “TV One will also feature programs highlighting the rich stories of women behind the Civil Rights Movement and other heroes who changed the course of American history.”Featured campaign participants include Rice as well as: Kimberly Bryant, founder & CEO, Black Girls Code; Monique Nelson, chair & CEO, UniWorld Group; Mahisha Dellinger, CEO & Founder, CURLS Beauty Brands;Tamika Mallory, co-president, Women’s March; Luvvie Ajayi, Author/Cultural Critic; Elaine Welteroth, beauty/ fashion expert; Patrisse Cullors, co-founder, Black Lives Matter; Bilphena Yahwon, author/ activist; Monique Brown, Baltimore Police commander; Adrienne Lofton, sportswear marketing expert; Yo-Yo, Hip Hop artist/ activist; Cleve Mesidor, activist/ technology Innovator and Arielle Johnson, founder, Fierce Empowerment.The campaign will feature 30-second on-air ads that highlight the women speaking on the impact of action and change. Across its digital and social platforms, TV One will feature in-depth profiles documenting their start, their struggle and ultimately, how they became champions of change. Both elements of the campaign will run throughout February.During her clip, Mallory said of the Women’s March, “We have the opportunity to reimagine what fighting for women, what feminism looks like and the face of it.”TV ONE General Manager Michelle Rice. (Courtesy Photo)“The common goal of love, justice and equity, if we are guided by that, we have the power to break down every barrier and that’s what the Women’s March represents.”In addition to the campaign, TV One also offers a plethora of classic and new programming throughout the month from the 2008 retelling of Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic play “A Raisin In the Sun” this time starring Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan, to “UnSung” episodes featuring Eartha Kitt and Sheryl Lee Ralph.TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. TV One is solely owned by Urban One formerly known as Radio One [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK,], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.Cathy Hughes and Urban One Inc, have been a staple of Black media power in the D.M.V. area based and around the world for 40 years. Hughes first moved to D.C. in the early ‘70s and became the first Black female general manager of a radio station in the District. In 1979, the company we think of as Radio One was born.For more information on other Black History programming and events please click on the website www.tvone.tvlast_img read more