For the first time in its 84-year-old history, the BCCI has added an in-house television production unit and it will make debut with the home Test series against New Zealand next month.BCCI president N Srinivasan.The BCCI Broadcasting Services will not only do the production for international home series, but also the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions League T20.”Yes, a decision has been taken and the BCCI will do the production now, starting with the New Zealand series. We decided at a working committee meeting to go ahead with it,” BCCI president N Srinivasan told Mail Today. The two-Test series against New Zealand begins on August 23 in Uppal, Hyderabad. The Kiwis will also play two Twenty20 Internationals in a packed season in which England and Australia – and possibly Pakistan – too will visit India.Till now, the company that held the BCCI media rights also used to do the production work, too, in return for a fee. Nimbus Communications held the previous contract.But after terminating its contract on December 12 last year, for regularly defaulting on payments, the BCCI did not hire anyone to do the production for international matches as well as domestic tournaments.Srinivasan declined to give reasons for breaking the traditional practice. “Instead of tendering it, we decided to do production ourselves. What were the reasons behind this decision, I do not want to disclose,” he said.However, a top BCCI official said that the world’s richest cricket board decided against floating tender as it was confronting “a lot of problems”, and they resulted from extremely limited options in the market.advertisement”It is a fact that the Indian market for this kind of production work is very limited. There are only a handful of companies that have the expertise. And the BCCI has been finding it difficult to deal with them,” the official told Mail Today.When the BCCI terminated Nimbus’ contract, more than two years were left in the 2010-2014 deal. The BCCI then floated tenders, inviting companies to bid for a total of six years – two years left in the Nimbus contract plus a separate four-year (2014-18) block.The Rupert Murdoch-owned STAR India Ltd., which was one of the only two bidders, quoted Rs 3,851.52 crore ($ 757.6 million) to bag the six-year deal that includes the television, mobile and internet rights. It, however, did not hire STAR India Ltd. for production.The BCCI assured STAR India Ltd. of 96 international matches in addition to select domestic tournament matches. Multi Screen Media (Singapore) bid Rs 3,700.032, only to lose by a huge difference of Rs 151.488 crore.In 2005, Lalit Modi, then a Board vice-president, and IS Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association, had announced that the BCCI would launch its own cricket channel. But it never materialised.The BCCI official said that Srinivasan himself raised the issue of inhouse production at a recent working committee meeting.”He told the gathering that only a handful of production houses were available and emphasised that the BCCI was finding it difficult to deal with its production partners,” he disclosed. “Srinivasan invited members’ opinion on the proposal that was on the table. The proposal was prepared by BCCI’s Broadcasting Services director James Rego.” The official revealed that Srinivasan then requested IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman, who was a special invitee at the working committee meeting, to explain the proposal in detail.”He said that if the BCCI has an in-house production unit, the quality of telecast could be maintained,” he said. “BCCI will also produce IPL and Champions League T20. The house approved the proposal unanimously.” Sources say that the BCCI has no plans to purchase expensive equipment straightaway, but will instead hire cameras and other gadgets for production, to be overseen by Rego, who joined the BCCI in 2009 from Nimbus. A few more old Nimbus hands have also joined the BCCI Broadcast Services.”After the working committee approved the proposal, the top guns of the BCCI Broadcast Services have been calling a variety of professionals to hire them for the New Zealand series and the domestic season that begins on September 21 with the Irani Cup.” In all probability, the same freelance professionals who did duty for Nimbus will turn out for the BCCI too.
(REOPENS DEL 21) (REOPENS DEL 21) “I can assure you that the BCCI and PCB are communicating, as is the ICC with both parties. We will make sure we do everything were can to make sure the event takes place at a safe and secure environment,” Richardson said. When asked whether the ICC would impose any fine or sanction on Pakistan if they pull out due to security concerns, Richardson quipped: “They are not going to pull out. Such a scenario will not arise and I am not a person who will speculate on things.” Besides Dharamsala, the matches at Delhis Ferozeshah Kotla were thrown into crisis after the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) failed to get various clearances from the local bodies. Asked about both issues, the ICC CEO said: “The speculation and uncertainty around venues are created by factors beyond our control. Because they have a reason in recent times, we find ourselves having to deal with it very close to the event which is not ideal but unfortunately we cant ignore them and were dealing with it as best as we can. BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur also sounded optimistic about the two venues holding the World Twenty20 games. He informed that the Himachal Pradesh government on Friday assured the state High Court that it would provide security for the March 19 India-Pakistan World T20 match in Dharamsala “Both venues were allotted matches a year ago. The ICC or BCCI played no role. The state government in Hiamchal told the High Court that they would provide security,” the BJP MP from Hamirpur said. “In the court the state government representative clearly said the state govt will provide security to all the teams. We have committed to give foolproof security to all the teams and India is capable of providing that. We want to make it a memorable tournament. “At DDCA, all formalities would be over by tomorrow and all problems would be sorted out,” he said. PTI SSC PM PMadvertisement
India clinched four medals on Day 11 of the Asian Games including 2 gold medals to take its overall tally to 54 – 11 gold, 20 silver, 23 bronze.The first medal of the day came from table tennis as Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal settled for the bronze medal after losing their mixed doubles semi-final against China.Ace sprinter Dutee Chand then bagged the silver medal after finishing second in the women’s 200m final with a time of 23.20 seconds. Dutee ended a 16-year wait for India with a medal in the women’s 200m.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGESaraswati Saha was the last athlete to win a medal (gold) for India in the event back in 2002. Overall, Dutee is the fifth female athlete to win a medal in the event after Mary D’Souza (bronze in 1951), Stephie D’Souza (silver in 1958) and PT Usha (silver in 1982, gold in 1986).Asian Games 2018 Day 11 HighlightsArpinder Singh then clinched the first gold medal of the day for India as he won the men’s triple jump event with a best jump of 16.77 metres. Arpinder became the second Indian after Mohinder Singh Gill’s win in the 1970 Asiad. India clinched 4 medals on Day 11 including 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze (India Today Photo)Swapna Barman then added the second athletics gold and fifth overall, after winning the women’s heptathlon event with a total of 6026 points. It was India’s first ever gold medal in the event at the Asian Games.Asian Games 2018: Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal get bronze in mixed doubles table tennisIndia ended the day on a high as the women’s hockey team beat China 1-0 to enter the final where they will face Japan in the gold medal match on August 31. Gurjit Kaur scored the lone goal of the match in the 52nd minute with a superb drag-flick from a penalty corner.advertisementAsian Games 2018: Dutee Chand ends 16-year wait for India with silver in 200mIndia now have 54 medals in total and occupy the ninth spot on the medals tally behind China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Iran, Taiwan, Uzbekistan and North Korea.DAY 10: WRAPIndia’s push for more medals on Tuesday ended with an impressive show of 9 medals which includes one gold, six silver medals and two bronze medals.India clinched a gold in the Men’s 800m Final with Manjit Singh winning the race ahead of compatriot Jinson Johnson, who bagged the silver. The sprinters ended the day with a silver medal in the first ever Mixed 4x400m Relay event held at the Asian Games. India clinched a gold in the Men’s 800m Final with Manjit Singh winning the race ahead of compatriot Jinson Johnson (left), who bagged the silver (AP Photo)India’s Kurash stars Pincky Balhara and Malaprabha Jadhav clinched the silver and bronze medals respectively.Earlier in the day, the Indian men’s table tennis team of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Amalraj Anthony Arputharaj bagged the first ever Asian Games medal for the country in the sport with a bronze.The archery teams also managed to clinch a medal as the Indian men’s and women’s compound team settled for silver after losing their respective finals.But the biggest heartbreak for India in the day came early when PV Sindhu lost her women’s singles badminton final against world number one Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan to settle for the silver medal.9 medals including a gold, helped India clinch the 8th spot on the medals tally. The day ended with 50 medals in total of India – 9 gold, 19 silver and 22 bronze.DAY 9: WRAPNeeraj Chopra was undoubtedly the star of the day for India, after he became the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal when he shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m.3 silver medals for Indian athletes on Day 9Chopra’s gold is India’s only second medal in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.Dharun Ayyasamy bagged silver in men’s 400 metre hurdles at the 2018 Asian Games while Sudha Singh won silver in women’s 3000 metre steeplechase on Monday in Jakarta. Neena Varakil also won silver in women’s long jump with a jump of 6.51.Saina Nehwal settles for bronze after losing semi-finalSaina’s bronze is the first individual badminton medal at the Asiad for India in 36 years. This is Saina’s first medal at the Asian Games as she was ousted in the quarter-final of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Hima Das won silver in the 400m finals with a time of 50.79 (AP Photo)Day 8: WRAPadvertisementSprinters Muhammed Anas, Hima Das and Dutee Chand claimed silver medals after India earned two bronze medals in Bridge and another two silver in Equestrian.Hima Das wins silver in 400m with National RecordHima Das clinched the silver medal in the final of the 400m race and with a time of 50.79 in the final, broke the National Record again. Bahrain’s Salwa Naser produced a Games record timing of 50.09 seconds to finish ahead of 18-year-old Hima.Muhammed Anas wins men’s 400m silverMuhammed Anas bagged silver in men’s 400m after he clocked in at 45.69 seconds. Qatar’s Abdalelah Hassan, who completed the race in 44.89 seconds as he fended off Anas, who has a personal best of 45.31 seconds. Dutee Chand clocked 11.32 seconds to win women’s 100m silver at Asian Games 2018. (AP Photo)Dutee Chand clinched the silver medal in the women’s 100m final. Dutee clocked 11.32 seconds to earn the silver. The gold medal went to Edidiong Odiong of Bahrain, who clocked 11.30s while China’s Yongli Wei took the bronze, clocking 11.33s.Dutee Chand wins silver in women’s 100m raceIndia earned two bronze medals after the men and mixed teams lost their semi-final matches.India settle for two bronze medals in bridgeThe men’s team lost to Singapore while the mixed team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand.Fouaad Mirza, Team India win silver medals in EquestrianIndia’s Fouaad Mirza won a silver medal at the Equestrian Jumping Final and his valiant effort also helped the Indian team bag silver in the same event. Tajinderpal Singh broke the games record to win men’s shot put gold at Asian Games 2018. (AP Photo)Day 7: WRAPTajinderpal Singh Toor won India’s first medal in athletics as he broke the Games Record and the National Record after all three squash players returned with bronze after losing in the respective semi-finals.Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with Games RecordThe 23-year-old Toor sent the iron ball to a national record distance of 20.75m to win his maiden Asian Games medal on the opening day of the athletics competition.India won three bronze medals in squash, which is the best ever performance in the singles squash event.Saurav Ghosal settles for bronzeTop seed Saurav Ghosal lost to Chung Ming Au of Hong Kong China 12-10 13-11 6-11 6-11 6-11 in the men’s singles semifinals.Joshna Chinappa goes down fightingAs for the the Indian women, Dipika Pallikal Karthik lost 0-3 (7-11, 9-11, 6-11) to defending champion and former World No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia.Dipika Pallikal settles for bronzeJoshana Chinappa went down 1-3 (5-11, 10-12, 11-5, 10-12) to another Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam.Day 6: WRAPIndia won medals in tennis, women’s kabaddi, shooting, rowing on Friday to end the day as the most productive one so far in this year’s Asian Games.Dushyant bags maiden Games medal for India in rowingIndian rowers started the day with a bang as they got three medals for their country early on in the day. Dushyant Chauhan bagged bronze in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls.advertisementRowing team wins fifth gold medal for IndiaIt was followed by another bronze by Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in men’s Lightweight Double Sculls event. After two bronze medals in rowing, the Indian team finally struck in men’s Quadruple Sculls event.Rowers Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh get bronze in Double Sculls Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won gold in men’s doubles tennis (Reuters Photo)Later in the day, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinch won gold in men’s doubles tennis. Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win gold in men’s doubles tennisThe next medal came when the women’s kabaddi team, much like the men’s team, failed to overcome the mighty Iranians and surrendered a lead to go down in the final and therefore, settele for silver.India women settle for silver in Kabaddi Heena Sidhu bagged bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event (AP Photo)Heena Sidhu continued her medal-winning run at the Asian Games well as she settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event.Bronze for Heena SidhuThe last medal of the day came from Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who settled for bronze after losing his men’s singles tennis semi-final.Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisDay 5: WRAP Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final (AP Photo)India returned with three medals on Thursday in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 18.Ankita Raina earned bronze to kick start India’s day despite her loss 4-6, 6-7 to Shuai Zhang of China in a match which lasted for over two hours.15-year-old shooter Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final. Shardul shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold scoring 74.The last medal of the day was a bit of a shock as the Indian men’s kabaddi team lost to Iran 18-27 and were knocked out in the semi-final, therefore, settling for bronze.This was the first time the Indian men’s kabaddi team had to settle for anything less than gold in the Asian Games.Day 4: WRAP Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games (AP Photo)Rahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.India also bagged four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition at the 18th Asian Games on Wednesday. This is the best ever medal haul by India in wushu at the Asian Games.Three medals came from the men’s competition as Santosh Kumar (56 kiloram), Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh (60kg) and Narender Grewal (65kg) lost in their respective semi-finals. Each losing semi-finalist is assured of a bronze medal.Day 3: WRAP Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event (AP Photo)Saurabh, 16, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event with a score of 219.3.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreSaurabh and Abhishek’s success was followed up by shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who bagged silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions to take India’s tally to eight.Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaIndia also clinched a medal in a game that many would have been unfamiliar of. The Indian team settled for bronze medal in Sepak takraw men’s team regu.India win first medal in sepak takrawIn the last medal of the day came from wrestler Divya Kakran, who bagged bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category.Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingWrestler Divya Kakran won her first Asian Games medal when she beat Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the bronze medal match in Jakarta.Day 2: WRAP Wrestler Vinesh Phogat won gold in 50kg category final (AP Photo)Vinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category final to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalEarlier in the day, Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.India bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverThe 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, after managing to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapLakshay is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Day 1: WRAP Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event (AP Photo)The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaWrestler Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games, as he won the 65kg category.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.
What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey Hillrock Estate Distillery Is Making Some of the Best Whiskey in America The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations Did you know that people have been drinking in the South for 400 years? Or that there are more drinks in the South then bourbon and mint juleps? Like rye whiskey, Madeira wine, cognac, peach brand and lager? Now there’s a new book by Robert F. Moss that’s all about imbibing in the South titled, Southern Spirits: Four Hundred Years of Drinking in the American South, with recipes, history and more.Here’s the rundown: “Southern Spirits is the first book to tell the full story of liquor, beer, and wine in the American South. This story is deeply intertwined with the region, from the period when British colonists found themselves stranded in a new world without their native beer, to the 21st century, when classic spirits and cocktails of the pre-Prohibition South have come back into vogue. Along the way, the book challenges the stereotypes of Southern drinking culture, including the ubiquity of bourbon and the geographic definition of the South itself, and reveals how that culture has shaped the South and America as a whole.”The book goes as far back as the British colonists, who loved their beer and wine. Then it goes into the rise of rum, rye whiskey and corn liquor, illegal whiskey distilling during Prohibition, and how people still needed their drink, even though it came with severe consequences. It even has recipes like the Apple Cider Sidecar. In the book we see the complex relationship between the region and alcohol, along with the characters who make up the deeply layered narrative that goes with it.Southern Spirits: Four Hundred Years of Drinking in the American South, $14.88 at amazon.com.
14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know As the Portland-based clothing company Bridge & Burn continues to make a name for itself in the Pacific Northwest, brand founder and lead designer Erik Prowell has consistently found new ways to keep his company fresh and inventive. Be it a collaboration with John Blasioli or working with companies like Adidas and Need Supply, Bridge & Burn has developed a quality strategy for keeping the store creative.Related: Just in time for Opening Day, Levi’s introduces its first MLB CollectionAfter launching its playful Spring/Summer ’16 collection in March, Prowell dipped into his artistic well and teamed up with fellow tee shirt designer Cole Gerst to develop the Portland-loving Bridge & Burn + Option-G graphic tee collaboration. Not just for residents of the Pacific Northwest, the tees born from this unique collaboration are perfect for anyone.Born from Prowell and Gerst’s longtime affinity for producing graphic tee shirts, the Bridge & Burn + Option-G release perfectly showcases Gerst’s geometric art style. While also capturing each designer’s love of Portland (which is where they’re both located), the collection is gleaned from four separate pieces of art from Gerst’s own collection. Reflecting iconic Pacific Northwest symbols such as bears, foxes, and hummingbirds, the duo also released a classic totem pole and Forest Park-inspired tee.“The tee shirt designs are inspired by living in the Pacific Northwest,” said Gerst. “I wanted to celebrate our culture and the arrival of Spring when we all get on our bikes, get out and explore and enjoy all the nature around us.”As mentioned above, Gerst makes use of geometric shapes to compile the final images of each graphic — something which helps achieve a sort of retro-modernist character. Printed on a soft blend of cotton, rayon, and polyester, each shirt is incredibly soft and is easily wearable “over and over again,” as the press release states. The collection is available now via Bridge & Burn’s website for a limited time and is offered in a full size run in men’s and women’s sizes. A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season The Best Graphic Tee Companies to Liven Up Your Wardrobe How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur
Story Highlights He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) inaugural Economic Growth Forum, which was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 14). “We have attained macroeconomic stability, while incrementally improving the levels of growth and gradually reducing debt. Additionally, our investment climate is increasingly improved. Our leading investment promotion agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, can attest to the fact that investors are calling,” the Minister said. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica is proving its capability to overcome impediments to growth, based on economic out-turns recorded over the last several years. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica is proving its capability to overcome impediments to growth, based on economic out-turns recorded over the last several years.“We have attained macroeconomic stability, while incrementally improving the levels of growth and gradually reducing debt. Additionally, our investment climate is increasingly improved. Our leading investment promotion agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, can attest to the fact that investors are calling,” the Minister said.He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) inaugural Economic Growth Forum, which was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 14).Mr. Shaw noted that successive Governments have worked to attain economic stability “under the watchful eyes of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)”.“But it will now require our collective and sustained focus to ensure that we not only continue to grow but to accelerate the growth,” he emphasised.Mr. Shaw acknowledged that the current Administration is still grappling with issues such as crime, high energy costs, and bureaucracy in the business environment, “which slow the pace at which we should be moving”.“We are dealing with the crime rate… and we are working on energy [by] rapidly diversifying into liquefied natural gas, and solar and wind energy. So, despite the [challenges], there is light at the end of the tunnel, and we will get there together,” he said.The Minister emphasised, however, that doing so will require sustained focus on human development.“Our greatest opportunity for advancement in Jamaica is to develop our people, [who] are our greatest natural resource,” Mr. Shaw said.The forum featured research paper presentations and a panel discussion on the theme ‘From Elusive to Inclusive Growth’.The occasion was also used to launch the PIOJ’s 2019 Growth Inducement Programme Research Report, a collection of eight research papers encompassing economic growth-related areas.These include financial inclusion, tertiary education, labour market developments, and social interventions.
Print Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 zoom Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas) has for the first time delivered LNG on-board a Q-Max Vessel to the Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP) LNG Terminal located at the Jebel Ali Port. The Q-Max LNG Vessel “Lijmiliya” has a capacity of 263,000 cubic meters, a length of 345 meters and is one of the largest LNG vessel class in the world. The “Lijmiliya” under charter to Qatargas is owned by Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (Nakilat) and operated by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd. (STASCo).The “Lijmiliya” was partially loaded with 150,000 cubic meters of LNG in the Port of Ras Laffan and arrived on the morning October 27 alongside DUSUP’s 125,000 cubic meter Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), ”Golar Freeze,” which is moored at a jetty in the Jebel Ali Port for unloading its cargo. This being the first occasion for Q-Max vessel to call at Jebel Ali, the “Lijmiliya” was berthed in daylight hours and will take approximately 2 days to unload her cargo.The delivery is part of an agreement signed in 2008 between Qatargas 4 and Shell International LNG Supply for the supply of LNG to DUSUP in Dubai. The first Q-Flex cargo from Qatargas was delivered to DUSUP in November 2010.Qatargas currently utilizes a fleet of 19 Q-Flex and 13 Q-Max vessels in addition to 12 conventional LNG vessels. My location Press Release
Emergency repairs at the water filtration plant in Port Dover are now complete.Residents and businesses are encouraged to return to their normal water usage routine, bearing in mind that Norfolk has summer seasonal restrictions on outdoor watering in urban areas.“Norfolk County staff thank residents for their patience while they dealt with this unscheduled repair,” public works said this week in a news release.Several weeks ago, Port Dover residents were asked to refrain from unnecessary water use while the county addressed the problem.Before the deficiency was identified, there were already concerns in Port Dover that water use and allocation has outstripped the plant’s capacity to replenish the water tower while maintaining adequate hydrant pressure for fire protection.Earlier this year, Norfolk County imposed a moratorium on new water and sewer allocation until Port Dover’s water capacity concerns are put to rest.With the plant repairs complete, residents and businesses are reminded that – during the summer months – even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days of the month are allowed to water outdoors from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.The same limitations apply to odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days of the month.Bulk water sales have also resumed at the water tower east of the Highway 6 lift bridge.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
People walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan’s Nikkei stock index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Asian shares were mixed Thursday following President-elect Donald Trump’s press conference. Trump offered scant details on policies, disappointing investors hoping for a clearer sense of his plans for trade and economic stimulus. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama) Global stocks lower after Trump offers scant policy details KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Global stocks mostly fell Thursday after President-elect Donald Trump offered scant details on policies during his news conference. Investors had been hoping for a clearer sense of his plans for trade and economic stimulus.KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX was down 0.6 per cent at 11,582 while France’s CAC 40 shed 0.1 per cent to 4,882 despite official figures showing eurozone industrial production jumped 1.5 per cent in November. Britain’s FTSE 100 was flat at to 7,292. U.S. shares were also set to drift lower, with Dow and S&P futures both down 0.2 per cent.TRUMP NEWS: Trump’s first news conference in nearly six months provided few details on his plans for infrastructure spending and tax reforms. Trump attacked U.S. intelligence services and big pharmaceutical companies, instead of outlining his platform.THE QUOTE: “It is what he didn’t mention – fiscal stimulus — that worries market participants. The U.S. dollar rally was based on the assumption that Trump’s administration will push through a massive infrastructure building and fiscal stimulus package, which will lead to higher inflation in the future,” said Margaret Yang Yan, a market analyst with CMC Markets in Singapore. “The slump in the U.S. dollar index last night indicated that assumption is now unwinding because the president-elect never even mentioned that key word ‘stimulus’.”DRUG MAKERS: Health care stocks fell after Trump said new bidding procedures are needed to stem rises in drug costs. Takeda Pharmaceutical fell 2.6 per cent, Eisai Co. fell 3.3 per cent and Chugai Pharmaceutical dropped 3.4 per cent.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 1.2 per cent to 19,134.70 as the U.S. dollar fell back against the yen, potentially hurting exporters’ earnings. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dipped 0.5 per cent to 22,829.02, and the Shanghai Composite edged down 0.6 per cent to 3,119.29. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.1 per cent to 5,766.90. South Korea’s Kospi bucked the trend to rise 0.6 per cent at 2,087.14. Shares in Southeast Asia were mostly lower.ENERGY: Benchmark crude oil rebounded from early losses to rise 86 cents to $53.11 a barrel. It rose $1.43 in New York on Wednesday. Brent crude, which is used to price oil sold internationally, rose $1.02 to $56.13.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 114.31 yen from 115.43 yen on Wednesday. The euro rose to $1.0656 from $1.0576. by Eileen Ng, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2017 8:18 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
HBO programming stolen in cyberattack by The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2017 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – HBO has had some of its programming stolen in what is being described as a cyber incident.The company says that it is working with law enforcement and cybersecurity firms.HBO CEO Richard Pepler says in an email to the network’s employees that “proprietary information” was stolen in the hack. Spokesman Jeff Cusson would not comment on which specific TV episodes, movies or other video the hackers made off with.Hacking Hollywood can have significant repercussions. Sony struggled in the aftermath of its huge hack in 2014, which leaked employee emails as well as films.In April, a hacker claimed to have released episodes of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” before their release by the streaming site.
The end of a semester is the busiest time of the year for the Department of Music. With the 2018 winter semester coming to an end, Brock University’s music department is preparing for three highly anticipated concerts: The Russian Connection, Songs of Inspiration and Fire on Water.The University Wind Ensemble Series conducted by Brock’s Woodwind instructor Zoltan Kalman presents The Russian Connection Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Partridge Hall of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (FOPAC). The repertoire for this concert includes musical fireworks such as Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Shostakovich’s Festive Overture. The Wind Ensemble brings together university and high school students, as well as members of the Niagara musical community.The second concert, Songs of Inspiration, presented by the University String Orchestra, takes place in the Cairns Recital Hall of the FOPAC on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. This concert, conducted by Brock’s violin instructor George Cleland, will feature well-known masterworks such as Henry Purcell’s Suite for Abdelazar, Samuel Barber’s Adagio and Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite. The Walker String Quartet will join the String Orchestra for a special performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for four violins in B Minor. The orchestra combines university students of the music program, along with Brock University community members and musicians from across Niagara.Tickets for The Russian Connection and Songs of Inspiration are $12 for adults, $5 for children 14 and under and $5 under the eyeGo program. Admission is free to current Brock students with a valid ID card.The third concert held in the Cairns Recital Hall on Sunday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m. is presented by the Department of Music as part of the Viva Voce! Choral Series. The Brock University Choirs, conducted by Brock’s Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music Education Rachel Rensink-Hoff, present their second choral concert of the academic year, Fire on Water. It features performances from the Brock men’s, women’s and co-ed student choral ensembles. The choirs will perform timeless classics and innovative new choral works inspired by the elements. Tickets for Fire on Water are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $5 under the eyeGo program.Tickets for all three concerts are being sold at the FOPAC box office at 905-688-0722 or online. For more information on these and other events, visit Brock’s Department of Music website.
CJ McCollum40.7–– Even in the area where the duos are most similar — long-range sniping — they are still markedly different because of the disparate ways the players come by their threes. Lillard and McCollum have almost exact inverse splits between the percentage of their 3-point makes that have been pull-ups vs. catch-and-shoots over the past four years, per Second Spectrum, while Curry and Thompson’s splits have not lined up quite as cleanly. Despite the fact that these guard pairings have carried similar usage rates them over these past four years (30.7 percent and 26.7 percent for Lillard and McCollum; 31.1 percent and 25.4 percent for Curry and Thompson), the above figures show that they have come by that usage in vastly different ways. This is further driven home by the fact that Curry and Thompson have been assisted on their baskets far more often (52 percent and 82 percent) than have Lillard and McCollum (29.6 percent and 38.5 percent).These differences naturally stem from the high-end talent disparity between the two teams. Curry and Thompson have had the benefit of playing alongside Green and Andre Iguodala for the entirety of their run, and they’ve had Kevin Durant as an additional wingman for the past three years. Lillard and McCollum, meanwhile, have spent the majority of their time playing alongside Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu, as well as one of big men Mason Plumlee, Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter. Those three are all nice players, and they have each proven incredibly valuable for Portland at different times, but none of them brings anywhere close to the brilliance of Durant or Green, none has the versatility of Iguodala, and none is the caliber of playmaker any of the aforementioned Golden State players are.The Warriors thinned out their bench in their series against Houston, but not to the point that Curry and Thompson had less help on their side than Lillard and McCollum do — and anyway, Portland is not Houston. The Blazers don’t have the ability to go small as often or as dangerously as the Rockets did when they put P.J. Tucker at center, which means that Andrew Bogut, Kevon Looney and even Jordan Bell can be on the floor more often. As good as Lillard is, the Blazers don’t have a singular player who has broken the game quite in the same way James Harden. And they don’t have the deep wellspring of wing shooters Houston has, either.What they do have is a star guard tandem and a deep group of players who have supported Dame and CJ on this run to the conference finals. That construction has generally not been enough for teams to beat the Warriors in the past. It may not be now, either. But the Splash Brothers Lite will try to make it work.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Stephen Curry46.7–– This, of course, is the natural result of the contrasting job descriptions of these players, which flow from the differing roster constructions in Portland and Golden State.Thompson is a classic shooting guard like you might have seen in the early 2000s. He works almost exclusively off the ball, flying off pin-downs and flare screens, spotting up when Curry runs pick and rolls or making split-cuts when Draymond Green has the ball in the post. Curry, meanwhile, may be Golden State’s point guard, but he is more of a co-lead ball-handler, along with Green and Durant, because that structure allows the Warriors to better weaponize his shooting abilities.By contrast, Lillard is essentially the prototype of the modern-day attack guard who is at the controls of the offense at all times, while McCollum splits his time: working off the ball alongside Lillard, on the ball as a de facto backup point guard in certain lineups and off the ball again in bench-heavy units alongside Evan Turner or Curry’s brother Seth. By wading into the tracking data on NBA.com, we can see that in each of the past four seasons, the ball has been in Lillard’s hands for a greater share of his time on the floor than Curry and Thompson’s shares combined, and McCollum has had the ball in his hands nearly as often as Curry and usually more than twice as often as Thompson. * Calculated by dividing the number of minutes the ball was in a player’s hands by that player’s total minutes played during a given season.Source: Second Spectrum ––51.3 2017-1821.512.316.04.9 Average22.612.915.84.9 Source: Second Spectrum Damian Lillard60.5%–– The NBA’s splashiest backcourt outside Oakland resides in Portland. Trail Blazers stars Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have combined to make 1,645 threes over the past four seasons, more than any duo in the league besides Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.1The four-year period starts when McCollum was elevated to the starting lineup — after the offseason departures of LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nic Batum — and became the Robin to Lillard’s Batman. Steph and Klay are also the only backcourt in the league to average more collective points per game over that span of time than Dame and CJ.The Splash Brothers are still (somewhat obviously) the superior pairing. Curry and Thompson are widely considered two of the greatest shooters of all time, and they completely warp opposing defenses. Thompson is also far and away the best defender of the four players. But when the quartet squares off in the Western Conference finals, which begin Tuesday night, the Blazers won’t just be bringing an inferior version of the Splash Brothers to the table. The Splash Brothers Lite are mostly just different — and there are even a few things Dame and CJ do a bit better than Steph and Klay.For starters, Portland’s guards attack off the bounce far more often than their Northern California counterparts. Lillard averaged 13.3 drives per game this season, per Second Spectrum tracking data on NBA.com, and his 7.7 points per game on drives ranked 17th among the 353 NBA players who appeared in at least 40 games. McCollum, meanwhile, averaged 9.4 drives that created 6.3 points per game, a figure that tied for 28th among the same group of players. Each of the Blazers’ guards averaged more drive-points per game than the Warriors’ backcourt duo combined.2Curry’s 7.7 drives per game created 3.9 points per game, (73rd) while Thompson’s 4.4 drives created 2.1 points per game (132nd), which means they combined for only 6.0 points per game off the drive.This isn’t a new phenomenon, either. The Blazers’ guard duo has consistently been more aggressive in attacking the paint than the Warriors have been — both before and after Golden State acquired Kevin Durant prior to the 2016-17 season. ––84.8 2015-1624.5%15.2%16.9%5.1% Portland’s guards handle the ball moreThe time of possession rates* for each pair of players, 2015-16 to 2018-19 ––36.1% 2018-1921.710.014.14.6 Klay Thompson14.0–– YearLillardMcCollumCurryThompson The Splash Brother pairs shoot their threes in different waysShare of made 3-pointers in the regular season that were pull-up vs. catch-and-shoot, 2015-16 to 2018-19 ––58.7 Pull-upCatch-and-shoot 2016-1722.513.615.94.9
Now, on the anniversary of the introduction of compulsory microchipping, owners are being reminded to make sure the details on the chips are up to date so they can be easily contacted if their pet is lost or stolen.Animal Welfare Minister Lord Gardiner said: “Thanks to microchipping, thousands of dogs have been reunited with their owners and the number of stray dogs is now at a record low.”It is excellent to see that so many owners have taken action to get their dogs chipped – a painless process for dogs which many charities will carry out for free. It is excellent to see that so many owners have taken action to get their dogs chippedAnimal Welfare Minister Lord Gardiner 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. “However, still too many are not being reunited where owners have not updated their details when they move home or get a new phone number – heart-breaking for the owner, and easily avoidable with a five-minute phone call. The number of stray dogs has fallen to the lowest level in 20 years after compulsory microchipping was introduced, data has suggested. Around 95 per cent of UK dogs are now fitted with a microchip with their owner’s details that mean pets can be reunited with their families if they are lost or stolen, data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show.They have enabled thousands of dogs to be reunited with their owners and the Dogs Trust’s annual survey found the number of strays fell last year by 21 per cent to the lowest levels since the survey began in 1997. “All dog owners have a responsibility to microchip their dog and it’s very encouraging to see such a strong take-up. Now owners must make sure this effort does not go to waste and check their dog’s chip is up to date.”Alex Jackson, Head of Campaigns at Dogs Trust added: “Whilst we will continue to work hard to make sure the remaining 5 per cent of dog owners get their dog chipped, we are pleased that the law is working well across the UK.”A good proportion of local councils are issuing notices to people who have not microchipped their dogs or updated their details, so we hope to see the total number of people complying with the law increase significantly over the next few years.” Owners can update their information easily online or over the phone, and advice on updating details can be found on the Government website here.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Coalitions…June 28, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Betrayal…March 27, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: What…January 15, 2019In “EYEWITNESS” …with coalition politicsYou may think, dear reader, your Eyewitness is a tad too taken up (obsessed?) with the trials and tribulations of the AFC and APNU marriage pact. But as he took pains to point out before, it’s not just a matter about the wankers in the two parties – it’s about coalition politics in Guyana, writ large. And coalition politics is, frankly, the only way forward for us in our God-forsaken country.And what the APNU/AFC coalition has shown us in the last three years is the PNC isn’t to be trusted. The PPP obviously knew what they were talking about when the question of “inclusive governance” with their then Opposition was first mooted. They insisted the PNC would have to prove it could be trusted. Well, we can all look at what happened to the AFC and absorb THAT object lesson!!But after screwing the AFC royally – meaning the latter had to be singing “do wha’ yuh want wit’ me!!” while the deed was being done – APNU just demonstrated that’s not enough. It only took a HINT from PNC leader Granger that the Pre-Nup Accord should continue “as is”, for the AFC leaders to drop their tails between their legs, nuzzle up to him and moan, “No mas!” Of course, they couldn’t just say that right out…they want to ‘save face”… but mumbled as to how Trotman will be writing Granger on the matter.But who do they think they’re fooling? Before Granger dropped his hint, hadn’t all the AFC leaders insisted they’d carry out their threat to “renegotiate” the Pre-Nup based on the recommendations of their high-level team they’d established a year ago? But they tried to distract observers of their coalition travails by announcing they MIGHT be going into the Local Government elections joined to the hip with APNU.Might?? Might? There ain’t no “might” about what’s going happen at the LGE – save the “might” of the PNC being demonstrated!! As sure as the sun’s gonna rise in the east tomorrow, the AFC is gonna plead with the PNC to accept them on the LGE slate! For the simple reason that Chairman Ramjattan predicted three years ago – they’re now “dead meat” to the electorate!! And their dilemma is if they go it alone, that will be exposed for everyone to smell!!And the PNC knows this…and it’s why Granger will have them swinging in the wind. A new Cummingsburg Accord WILL then be DICTATED as the pro quid quo for hiding the AFC under the PNC’s skirts.And forget any 40 per cent of post-2020 Ministries, Rafael “Nassau” Trotman will be the last AFC man standing!…on oil contractsYour (modest and humble) Eyewitness hates bringing this up…but wasn’t he the first one to compare the oil contract ‘renegotiated” by “Nassau” Trotman with those of several African countries – including Uganda where the Government flew up a high-level team, courtesy Chatam House?? And how we suffered by comparison? Well, the press is finally moving – glacially! – towards the second point then made by your Eyewitness.To wit – if those countries’ oil contracts were so much better than ours, but they’ve remained dirt poor – where did all the money go? It was literally SIPHONED off by the officials in the Governments…that’s what!! And we saw there were two ways the money-siphoning worked – either AFTER the oil was pumped or BEFORE.The correlation when the terms were not so good for the country on paper, the money would be siphoned into private bank accounts of the Government officials.So when will the local press begin to follow the money??…on the CounterforceThe PNC wants to focus on the “counterforce” during what PNC-leader calls “the troubles”. But like newton’s law of “action and reaction”, doesn’t there have to be a “force” before the “counterforce”?So who were the “political sophisticates” (according to Kwayana) who were behind this Buxton Force?
THIS WEEK, SCIENTISTS from six continents attended a meeting to discuss what needed to be doneto bridge the gap between researchers and clinicians so that a cure for AIDS could become a reality.The conference hosted by the journals Cell and The Lancet brought leading researchers and clinicians together to discuss recent findings that could bring hope to the estimated 35 million people world-wide who live with HIV.Living with AIDSTimothy Ray Brown, one of a small handful of people to have been successfully cured of HIV addressed the room full of doctors and scientists. Known as the “Berlin Patient, Timothy reflected on the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of his journey toward being cured of HIV.He said: Read: Study finds 42 children in Ireland diagnosed with HIV> I am the first person in the world to be cured of HIV, but I know in my heart I’m not the last.People around the world tell me my story is about hope… This hope can translate to a cure. Keynote speaker Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in the US, began the meeting by suggesting that, for a cure to work,it must be safe, simple and scalable.Preventative measuresHe said that preventive strategies such as the expansion of HIV testing, circumcision, treatment asprevention, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission was the best way forward to creating an AIDS-free world.The possibility of a cure and the hope of a vaccine was discussed at the event.Nobel Prize winner David Baltimore of the California Institute of Technology noted:We need a vaccine, but we still don’t have an open road in front of us.He added that scientists should not follow models of traditional vaccines but, rather, to “think about the extremely exciting observations that have been made about the kinds of antibodies that patients make in response to a long-term HIV infection”.VaccineSpeakers examined the various promising avenues toward developing an effective vaccine, including very recent work from Michel Nussenzweig and Dennis Burton on producing monoclonal broadlyneutralising antibodies in macaques.Speakers at the event discussed some of the challenges they faced and what can be done for HIV patients who have been living with the disease for many decades.Speakers said thatas patients age, they are faced with a new set of problems.Steven Deeks, of the University of California, San Francisco, explains that, for long-term HIV patients, “despite unquestioned success, the risk of developing many morbidities remains higher than expected.”Other diseasesHIV patients have an increased risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease and liver disease,compared to the general population. Members of the audience at the conference who are livingwith HIV noted that mental health concerns should also be prioritised for research and support in the community.Closing the conference, Nobel Laureate Françoise Barré-Sinoussi said:I’m here as a witness of 30 years of HIV science and translational research… We need to continue the effort of working together if we want to make progress toward a cure.Read: This HIV vaccine looks promising>
As a result of the dual citizenship scandal, which sparked two resignations within the Australian Greens Party, the whole issue of allegiance towards Australia is spreading like an epidemic among some Australian politicians. They appear totally ignorant, and to some extend irresponsible regarding their legal obligations around their citizenship status and understanding of Section 44 of the Australian Constitution which clearly states that: ‘any person who is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the right or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power […] shall be incapable of being chosen of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.’ “It is pretty amazing that you have had two out of nine Green senators that didn’t realise that they were citizens of another country and it shows incredible sloppiness on their part,” stated Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a recent interview with Australian media outlets.“When you nominate for parliament there is actually a question you have to address that section and you have to address the Section 44 question, you’ve got to tick the box and confirm that you are not a citizen of another country, so it is extraordinary negligence on their part,” Prime Minister Turnbull added. Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, was also very clear and reassuring about the Labor Party processes surrounding the dual citizenship obligations of its elected members.“We just don’t rely on someone ticking a box. I understand from speaking to the party administration that if you are born overseas you have to record that fact and tell the party. If you’ve got a parent that was born overseas, then you have to show what steps you’ve taken,” says Bill Shorten. Nick Xenophon, an Australian-born senator with Greek Cypriot heritage, and leader of NXTeam Party was one of the first politicians to state his position and current status on a matter that many have described as both divisive and somewhat unfair in a modern-day multicultural Australia. Xenophon took to the media last week reassuring his supporters that he is a proud Australian and he has never acquired either Greek or Cypriot citizenship. “I have never applied for a citizenship and I have never been interested to be citizen of another country,” said Xenophon in a recent interview with the ABC. “I am very proud that I was born in Australia and that I am an Australian citizen; I did go through a process when I ran for the Senate where I wrote to both the Cypriot High Commission and the Greek Embassy saying that while I never held citizenship, I wanted to make absolutely clear that I don’t want citizenship of your country and renounce any rights I have,” explained Xenophon whose mother is Greek and his father originates from the island of Cyprus. Senator Xenophon didn’t stop there and continued to reveal a conversation he had with the High Commissioner of Cyprus at the Adelaide Airport a few days prior, while visiting and attending a series of commemorative events, hosted by the Cypriot Community of South Australia (CCSA), marking 43 years since Turkey’s military invasion of Cyprus.“I ran into the Cypriot High Commissioner and I told her that I have never been a citizen of Cyprus, I don’t ever want to be a citizen of Cyprus and she graciously replied saying, ‘we don’t want you to be a citizen of Cyprus either’,” Senator Xenophon revealed, meanwhile his statements seem to have resonated within the Greek and Cypriot communities. “I am proud of my heritage but at the same time I respect Senator Xenophon’s view,” said former president of the CCSA, Christos Ioannou, in an interview with Neos Kosmos.“Everyone is free to voice their opinion, but I also feel that it was the High Commissioner’s right to express her opinion when she met Senator Xenophon and they had this brief discussion. That’s what she did,” says Ioannou, a founding and highly-respected member of the CCSA who has been working tirelessly towards the unification of Cyprus for decades.“Personally, I encourage all our patriots to start the process, apply and obtain their Cypriot citizenship and thus support our country that needs us,” added Ioannou, when asked to comment on Xenophon’s dual citizenship position.“Obviously Nick was born here and he has the right to choose which citizenship he wishes to keep, especially given that there are issues [about] politicians’ dual citizenship. I feel that Nick is still proud to be Cypriot but he is now forced to make a choice, Cyprus or Australia,” said current president of the CCSA, Professor Andreas Evdokiou, who was also asked to comment on Xenophon’s position. “Nick chose his Australian citizenship but just because he says he doesn’t want to be a citizen of Greece or Cyprus, this doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to have any links with Cyprus or Greece. “I don’t think people should take that out of context. Nick has been a good support of the Cypriot community and we are proud of him.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Marin magazine and its accompanying Web and e-commerce sites have been acquired by Open Sky Media, a portfolio company of private equity firm Hadley Capital. Open Sky has been on an acquisitive binge since forming in March. “Part of what attracted us to Marin is that the brand is well-developed digitally,” with an “early presence in mobile,” says Open Sky chairman Paul Wormley. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and Wormley declined to provide further details. Wormley says that, while it may be a bit of a contrarian view, he is optimistic about the city and regional magazine space. “We view it as a local market play. Other segments of local continue to be healthy. Magazines provide relevant content, and a level of coverage that isn’t available of the same quality [just] on the Internet.” He says he hopes that Open Sky’s brands will have a strong digital presence, providing a “gateway to the print product.”The company—which formed in March when it acquired titles Austin Monthly, Austin Monthly Home, and San Antonio magazine from Wisconsin-based Conley Publishing Group—is looking to have a portfolio of ten to twelve titles over time. In August, the company acquired Slice magazine, which serves the greater Oklahoma City area. “At the group level, our goal is to continue to add in good markets with strong demographics.”Co-founders Nikki and Jim Wood will stay on with Marin magazine, while co-founder and publisher Lisa Shanower plans to move on to pursuits in the digital arena.Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors, the firm that represented Marin in the deal, expresses a similar optimism for the city & regional magazine space, despite the unprecedented hit it took as a result of the housing market’s plummet. “2012 is going to be much more stable,” she says. “We’re starting to see the M & A market picking up. We’ve been very busy in 2011, and we’re seeing more transactions coming in 2012.”
Tagsastroturfing disinformation homepage featured Kelly Monroe Kullberg,You may also like By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A prominent far-right evangelical activist and author is behind a coordinated network of Facebook pages that is spreading extreme anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant messages and conspiracy theories to its combined 1.4 million followers, according to a Snopes investigation.Fact-checking website Snopes linked the network to Kelly Monroe Kullberg, the founder and president of The America Conservancy, whose aims, as Kullberg has described online, are “advancing Biblical wisdom as the highest love for people and for culture.” All 24 Facebook pages had financial ties to Kullberg directly or organizations she helps lead.Posts on the network decry “Islamist Privilege and Sharia Supremacy” and claim that Islam is “not a religion”; that Islam promotes rape, murder and deception; that Muslims hate Christians and Jews; that Muslims have an agenda to “spread Sharia law and Islam through migration and reproduction”; and that resettling Muslim refugees is “cultural destruction and subjugation.”The tactics seem to mirror the playbook of Russian troll farms, with page titles purporting to originate with diverse demographic groups like “Blacks for Trump,” “Catholics for Trump,” “Teachers for Trump” and “Seniors for America.”Snopes found that Kullberg and her associates’ agenda appeared, at least in part, to be working to re-elect President Donald Trump in 2020. The “astroturfing” campaign — referring to efforts made to look as if they come from legitimate grassroots supporters — was at least in part funded by right-wing political donors, including a prominent GOP donor who served as a fundraiser and campaign board member for 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson.“If you would have told me about this investigation 20 years ago I would have been very surprised,” said John Fea, a professor of American history at Messiah College and author of the book “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.” But given Kullberg’s more recent politics, he said, it’s hardly shocking.Kelly Monroe Kullberg. Photo via Veritas.orgOnce a mainstream evangelical Christian figure, Kullberg is the founder of the The Veritas Forum, a prominent non-profit organization that partners with Christian college students to host discussions on campus about faith. The discussions attract non-evangelical, non-Christian and secular speakers as well as leading mainstream evangelical voices.Her 1996 book “Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians” topped bestseller lists. Now based in Columbus, Ohio, she has served as a chaplain to the Harvard Graduate School Christian Fellowship and spent time as a missionary in Russia and several Latin American countries.Most recently, Kullberg appears to have shifted further right politically, taking what Fea described as a “pro-Trump, Christian Right, culture war posture” laced with anti-social justice rhetoric. The American Association of Evangelicals, for which Kullberg is the founder and spokeswoman, is “essentially a Christian Right organization whose supporters read like a list of evangelical leaders who have thrown their support behind Donald Trump as a savior of the country and the church,” he said.“She seems obsessed with the influence of George Soros on progressive evangelicals and believes that social justice warriors have hijacked the Gospel,” Fea noted.On Thursday, Kullberg published an article on the conservative Christian blog The Stream suggesting that Jesus would be against opening doors to Latin American migrants. Jesus, she wrote, “does not cower to drug lords, Marxist and Sharia supremacists seeking to ‘fundamentally transform’ nations wherever ‘progressive’ money flows,” and he “wouldn’t play the game of Progressive social engineers, who use the poor as pawns.”Kevin Singer, co-director of Neighborly Faith, an organization working to improve evangelicals’ relationships with other faith groups, said Kullberg and her associates “have created a digital mirage that their far-right fringe views enjoy a wide base of support in the evangelical community.” In reality, he said, their network is a “pipeline of intellectual and spiritual poison into the evangelical community.” Their agenda to convince evangelicals “that faithful Christianity requires unwavering support for the far-right conservative agenda” will only resonate with those Christians “whose ‘church’ is Fox News or their local Trump rally,” he said.The Kullberg network, as Snopes dubbed the 24 Facebook pages, appeared to be interested in “shifting public opinion against Islam and Muslims” in line with a far-right evangelical worldview, said Samantha North, an analyst with the Global Disinformation Index whose research focuses on anti-Muslim disinformation campaigns.Since 9/11, Muslims have been a major target of disinformation campaigns, North explained. Many far-right astroturfing campaigns also promote anti-vaccination, anti-immigrant, anti-black, misogynistic and anti-feminist, anti-LGBT and, most commonly, anti-Semitic messaging. The current fixation of conspiracy theorists on liberal philanthropist Soros, which the Kullberg network frequently promoted, seems to be anti-Semitic at its core, she said.Posts made on the Kullberg network’s pages also alleged that survivors of the Parkland High School shooting are on a “Leftist-Islamist payroll” funded by philanthropist George Soros; that Muslims promote female genital mutilation; that Soros is allied “with Islam to oppose Christianity and take down sovereign nations”; and that Muslims likely played a role in the destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral last month.After Texas-based Imam Omar Suleiman delivered an opening prayer in the House of Representatives this month, at least two pages in Kullberg’s network posted identical messages claiming that “Sharia supremacy is very aggressive and it allies for power with anti-Christian, anti-American politicians.”“What was most surprising to me was that the pages all revolved around one individual,” North said.Digital “astroturfing” campaigns typically involve producers who push out content in line with specific content playbooks on different platforms. Automated bots and sock puppet accounts, where one person manages several different user profiles, amplify these messages across social media — often using the same copy-and-pasted language — to fake widespread grassroots support for various issues online.“But the more dangerous goal is that things that get seeded online like this will make their way into the mainstream,” North said. And they often do, she said, pointing to viral social media personas and debates manufactured as part of an extensive astroturfing campaign by the Internet Research Agency. The state-funded Russian troll farm aimed to disrupt the U.S.’ 2016 elections, Brexit and other major political moments throughout the world in favor of the Kremlin’s foreign policy goals.Though Facebook has taken down hundreds of fake pages and accounts associated with the Russian IRA, the Philippines and Israel for “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” all 24 pages identified by Snopes remain active. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.“This campaign actually appears to breach a number of Facebook’s own policies,” North said. “It mystifies me that Facebook wouldn’t respond to that. I can’t think of a good reason to let this continue.”A separate report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations this month found that evangelical Christian organizations are the top funders of anti-Muslim hate groups. The organization traced the flow of money from philanthropic organizations, including several faith-based charities, to dozens of identified anti-Muslim special interest groups through anonymous donations. ‘A Dog’s Journey’ brings Bruce Cameron’s Bailey back to life � … Share This! Share This! Aysha Khan ayshabkhan News Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Share This! 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