SEE PICS: Kareena-Saif make for a picture-perfect couple at Babita’s birthday bash

first_imgKapoor khandaan knows how to party, and the entire family came together for Babita’s 69th birthday bash. From Rishi Kapoor to Randhir Kapoor to Karisma Kapoor, every one made their way to Babita’s house to celebrate her special day.But it was Bollywood’s royal couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan who stole the show at Babita’s birthday bash. Clad in a grey see-through gown, Kareena looked stunning, and her Nawab looked dapper in a half-jacket and denims. The couple made a royal entry sans their son Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. Sporting her popular pout, Kareena posed for the shutterbugs along with husband Saif.Karisma, too, waved at the paprazzi as she made her way to the bash. She teamed up a black skirt with a black top. However, her beau Sandeep Toshniwal was nowhere to be seen. However, Ranbir Kapoor could not make it to the bash as he is currently busy shooting for Dutt biopic.(Photos: Viral Bhayani) ALSO READ: Kareena says Saif and she are like Ki and Ka, he changes Taimur’s diapers ALSO READ: Kareena Kapoor Khan opens up on Taimur, motherhood ALSO WATCH: Saif and Kareena become proud parents to a baby boy, Taimur Ali Khan Pataudilast_img read more

Taapsee Pannu is a miracle in pink, and this is not about the movie

first_imgIf you’re having a bad day, you need to look at this spell-casting combination of Taapsee Pannu and pink–no, we’re not talking about the movie Pink here, although it is no less a wonder.The beautiful Naam Shabana actor donned a lustrous, cotton dress, which she styled with a chic white shirt, and redefined the term fusion dressing for us.Taapsee looked absolutely gorgeous in the hot pink, one-shoulder dress, and we’ve learnt a thing or two about mix-matching clothes like a genius!Picture courtesy: Instagram/urvashisoneja The cotton textile attire was absolutely bewitching owing to that magnificent shimmer, while the white, circular pattern added an edge to the Urvashi Soneja number.Also Read: Ranveer Singh is back in black, so let’s just breathe nowThe sensuality of the hot pink dress, and the class that came with the white shirt, blend so well that we’d never be able to look at a white shirt without wanting to style it like Taapsee.The flared sleeves of the dress contrasted enigmatically with the buttoned sleeves of the shirt, and created a fusion of drama and poise in the ensemble. And, that’s how you get the best of both worlds.Picture courtesy: Instagram/urvashisoneja Taapsee, who was every bit of a stunner in this enthralling attire kept her hair tied in a low bun, keeping it classy and chic.Also Read: Let Twinkle Khanna teach you how to dress sexy for the summerThe lovely actor teamed up her super-stylish outfit with a pair of open-toe black stilettos, and sported minimal makeup.advertisementTaapsee totally rocked this fusion look, and it’s time we give her an award already.last_img read more

Life sentences for Three Musketeer terrorists in UK

first_imgBy Aditi KhannaLondon, Aug 3 (PTI) Four British Muslims believed to be of Pakistani origin, including a trio who called themselves the “Three Musketeers”, were today jailed for life by a UK court for plotting a terrorist attack on a military or police target.Mohibur Rahman, Khobaib Hussain and Naweed Ali were part of a terror cell which was busted after British spies bugged Alis car and found a pipe bomb and meat cleaver hidden in a sports bag in Englands West Midlands region in August 2016.The fourth member of the gang was 38-year-old Tahir Aziz.The four, aged between 25 and 38, were convicted after a 23-week trial at the Old Bailey court in London yesterday.Sentencing the four men, Justice Globe said the men had been gripped by a “long-standing, radical, violent ideology”.He agreed with prosecution lawyer that the defendants may have planned to use their cars as weapons after being influenced by Islamic States Nice attack last year that left 86 victims dead.”These attacks demonstrate in stark form the carnage that can be created by different types of terrorist attack that can be carried out with a vehicle, explosives and loaded weapons.”The gang were poised to strike police and military targets in the UK using a pipe bomb and meat cleaver inscribed with an Arabic word meaning “disbeliever”.Hussain and Ali had been convicted of terrorist offences after they pleaded guilty to going to terror training camps in Pakistan in 2012. They had met Rahman in jail in 2013, where they were all serving time for offences linked to supporting al-Qaeda.advertisementThe trio refused to leave the high-security Belmarsh Prison in London to attend the sentencing hearing today.The judge handed down the trio a minimum term of 20 years for their “significant role” in the planned attack.Aziz, who became involved in the plot at a later stage, was ordered to serve a minimum term of 15 years.The men were arrested in August 2016 following an intensive undercover operation by West Midlands Police and Britains MI5 security service.The suspects had claimed in court that the evidence was planted by an undercover officer, but they were unanimously found guilty by a jury yesterday. PTI AK ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

Germany beat Turkey for right to host Euro 2024 By Ben Simon

first_imgNyon (Switzerland), Sep 27 (AFP) Germany on Thursday won the race to host the 2024 European Championship as UEFA backed a bid seen as safer than a rival proposal from Turkey.Politics, national unity and respect for human rights in Turkey emerged as key themes in the campaign to host Europe’s premier international football event.In the end the result was not close, with Germany winning the vote among UEFA’s executive committee members by a margin of 12-4 with one abstention.UEFA considered that the German bid already had everything in place to host a successful event — from stadiums to infrastructure and hotels.”We will do our utmost to live up to our expectations,” German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel said after the winner was announced at UEFA’s lakeside Swiss headquarters.- ‘Football can unify’ -========================Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006, but has never staged the Euro as a unified country: West Germany hosted the competition in 1988.Thursday’s win also offers a boost to German football after a disastrous 2018 World Cup, when the country failed to qualify for the last 16 — after winning the tournament in 2014.European football’s governing body has also said it wants to make as much money as possible from the 2024 tournament and Germany was considered the better financial bet.But Germany did not just pitch itself as a steady hand that can host a lucrative tournament without a hitch — it has also voiced hope that a tournament on its soil could build societal unity.After the World Cup debacle, German football was engulfed in an ugly ordeal by Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s retirement from international football.advertisementOzil, born in Germany to Turkish parents, accused the DFB of racism after he was targeted with xenophobic comments for being photographed with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup.German foreign minister Heiko Maas said the 2024 tournament “will be an opportunity to show what we stand for in Germany: openness to the world and tolerance, freedom and respect.”Together, we have to make the European Championship a tournament for all Europeans,” he added in a statement.Germany’s head coach Joachim Loew called the win “exceptional.” “You could feel the tension,” he added. “We will do everything now to deliver an awesome European championship.” – Erdogan’s shadow -====================The polarising Turkish president had desperately wanted to deliver a first major sporting event to his football-mad nation.His government has spent heavily on football infrastructure including gleaming new stadiums and pitched itself as “a land bridging continents.” Ultimately, it proved to be not enough and Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian reputation likely did not help his cause.Rights groups have decried the unprecedented crackdown and thousands of arrests that followed a failed 2016 coup.UEFA’s evaluation report noted that “the lack of action plan in the area of human rights is a matter of concern.” By extraordinary coincidence, the Turkish leader arrived in Germany on Thursday for a three-day state visit, including talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.The Euro 2024 result — aside from likely making interesting banter between the two leaders — may well be a bitter personal defeat for Erdogan, who has sought to build a reputation as a man who can deliver.Turkish Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoglu called the UEFA vote “saddening” in comments carried live on state television.”It would have been a winning situation to be able to hold this event in this geography, on these lands (in Turkey),” he added. “But our country has lost nothing.” AFP BSBSlast_img read more

Top 2019 4-Star Wide Receiver Announces Commitment

first_imgAn interior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)One of the top wide receivers in the 2019 recruiting class has announced his college decision. He’s off to the Big 12.Jake Smith, a four-star wideout out of Scottsdale, Arizona, announced on Twitter this evening that he’s committed to Texas.The top wide receiver chose the Longhorns over Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Michigan and USC, among other programs.“I am 110% Committed to The University of Texas,” he wrote on Twitter.His full announcement can be seen below:I am 110% Committed to The University of Texas?? #HookEm pic.twitter.com/NqYgJdXtdf— Jake Smith (@jakesmith27) June 4, 2018Smith is ranked the No. 17 wide receiver in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The wide receiver is the ninth commitment in Texas’ 2019 class. The Longhorns’ class is ranked the No. 17 class in the country by 247Sports.You can view the full class here.last_img read more

Sports Illustrated Releases New College Football Top 25

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Week 5 of the college football season is almost here. This is when some separation starts to occur.Before we get to that though, there is still time for another top 25 poll. We’ve already seen the AP and Coaches’ polls, as well as one from CBS Sports.Sports Illustrated has dropped its new top 25 heading into a pivotal week.Here’s a look at the top 10 from SI.AlabamaGeorgiaClemsonOhio StatePenn StateNotre DameLSUOklahomaStanfordAuburnYou can expect these rankings to change a bunch next week. Ohio State and Penn State play each other, as does Notre Dame and Stanford.When this weekend is over, we should get more clarity in several conference title races and the chase for the College Football Playoff.You can view all of SI’s Top 25 and analysis here.last_img read more

4 of the World’s Strangest Cocktails

first_imgModern Nomad is a weekly column dedicated to mobile gear, must-see world destinations, tips for life on the road, and traveling better through technology.Thanks to Andrew Zimmern and countless YouTube videos, most so-called “bizarre foods” don’t have the gag factor and genuine novelty they once did. But there are plenty of cocktails around the world that even locals will tell you are downright strange. Here’s a handful of our favorites.The Sourtoe Cocktail (Canada)Dawson City’s Sourtoe Cocktail has become a tradition for travelers passing through northern Canada’s Yukon Territory. Just head to the Sourdough Saloon and ask for Captain River Rat. Order any shot you like and pledge the “Sourtoe Oath”. The bartender will add an actual dehydrated human toe to your drink. Down the shot as slowly as you like, so long as your lips kiss the toe. It’s a simple recipe, but most would argue that actually downing one isn’t so easy.Related: Bucket List Booze: 4 Over-the-top Cocktails to Try Before You DieSnake Wine (Southeast Asia)Found throughout China, Vietnam, and Southeast Asia, snake wine is as simple and disgusting as it sounds. Steeped snake wine consists of dropping a large snake, and often a handful of smaller ones, into a glass jug filled with rice wine. The potion is fermented for months and typically consumed as a shot. The mixed variety of the wine involves slicing open a snake to-order and draining the raw (and often still-warm) fluids into a shot glass that’s immediately downed. Like many natural remedies and elixirs in ancient Asian medicine, the wine is said to have restorative and reinvigorating powers.Gunpowder Plot (Australia)While the other booze on this list is steeped in history, the Gunpowder Plot from Australia’s Zeta Bar is a distinctly modern beverage. Sydney bartender Grant Collins devised this concoction that’s equal parts cocktail and chemistry experiment. It consists of gunpowder-infused gin, spiced gunpowder syrup, and herbal bitters, all served on a bed of twigs and smoke under a cloche. Collins gets points for originality and possibly being the first person ever to consider gunpowder has a beverage ingredient.Three-penius Liquor (China)Another gem from China, the aptly named Tezhi Sanbian Jiu (literally “three-penis liquor”) is exactly what it sounds like. With rice wine as a base, a penis each from a seal, a deer, and a Cantonese dog are added then the entire concoction allowed to ferment for at least a month. Naturally, it’s said to not only reinvigorate the imbiber but increase a man’s vitality as well. While it may be bizarre to Westerners, it’s readily available in markets throughout Shanghai and China. (Note: we clearly don’t condone the manufacturing process on this one. We’re just reporting the facts.) 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The Best American Liqueur last_img read more

In 74 days 1177 cases of missing children registered

first_imgNew Delhi: Children from different parts of the national capital continue to go missing as in just 74 days, around 1,177 cases of missing children registered in the city. However, the law enforcement agency has traced more than 500 kids so far.As per the analysis, in most of the cases, children go missing due to reasons like parents not being at home, academic pressure, losing their way, elopement. Police sources told Millennium Post that up to March 15, as many as 585 kids were traced whereas 592 still missing. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs many as 1,080 kidnapping cases reported in which 315 were solved and 60 persons involved in the crime arrested. According to Delhi Police, Crime Branch made sustained effort to identify whether organised gangs were behind the kidnapping of children; however, no such gang was found to be active in the city. “Crime Branch has also conducted a survey of children begging at various traffic intersections to find whether they had been forced into begging by some organised gang. However, the survey did not reveal the involvement of any organised gang behind child begging,” claimed Delhi Police annual report of 2018. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsLast year, under the schemes like Operation Smile-II and Operation Muskan-II, police teams visited various shelter homes and spoke with children to find out their residential addresses so that they could be reunited with their families. This resulted in tracing and reuniting a total of 4,636 children. The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has identified 50 areas in the city from where cases of missing children are regularly reported. Samrah Mirza, member of DCPCR told Millennium Post that the reason behind the missing is many which include human trafficking, child labour, illegal adoption. “The human traffickers regularly keeps tab on the children who are economically poor. Once their parents went for their petty jobs like construction labourers, the traffickers flee with the kids,” said DCPCR member. In the year 2017, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to State Child Protection Society of Delhi and other states in which they have told them to search the children, who are from different states, living in children home and handover to the concerned state of the minor, so that there can be an effort to reunite them.last_img read more

Asian shares edge higher as ChinaUS trade talks planned

BANGKOK — Shares edged higher in Asia on Tuesday after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed that China-U.S. trade talks were due to resume in two weeks’ time.The Shanghai Composite index rose 0.3% to 2,985.34 while Japan’s Nikkei 225 added 0.1% to 22,098.84.Markets in China were steady after China’s central bank governor said policy will stay “stable and healthy,” suggesting Beijing has no plans to join the United States and Europe in cutting interest rates to stimulate economic growth.Yi Gang said Tuesday the People’s Bank of China will avoid a “massive stimulus.”Beijing is trying to shore up cooling economic growth amid a tariff war with Washington but is wary of any steps that might add to debt levels that are so high that rating agencies have cut China’s credit rating.In Hong Kong the Hang Seng index gained 0.3% to 26,304.05 after Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam told reporters she hoped a “town hall” dialogue this week might be a step forward in the “long journey” to reconciliation after weeks of sometimes violent protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.In the latest of a slew of discouraging indicators, a preliminary manufacturers survey showed factory activity slowing in Japan last month.The HIS Markit purchasing managers index fell to 48.9 in September from 49.3 in August, on a gauge where 50 marks the break between expansion and contraction.It cited “strong external headwinds” for manufacturers, including the prolonged tariffs war between Beijing and Washington that has disrupted trade across the region.Elsewhere in Asia, the Kospi in South Korea climbed 0.5% to 2,101.04 and Australia’s S&P ASX 200 ended flat at 6,127.66. Shares fell in Taiwan and Indonesia but were higher in Singapore and Thailand. India’s Sensex edged 0.1% lower to 39,066.25.Overnight, the S&P 500 index slipped less than 0.1% to 2,991.78 and the Dow Jones Industrial average picked up 0.1%, to 26,949.99. The Nasdaq fell 0.1% to 8,112.46 and the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies lost 0.1%, to 1,558.25.Losses in the health care, communication services and industrial sectors outweighed gains in technology stocks, consumer-centric companies and banks. Indicating investors are seeking to avoid some risk, bond prices rose and yields declined, with the yield on 10-year Treasury notes slipping to 1.71% from 1.75% late Friday.The major share indexes are each up modestly for the month and the quarter. The benchmark S&P 500 index remains close to its all-time high set in late July.Mnuchin said Monday that he expected talks on the U.S. dispute with China over trade and technology to resume the week of Oct. 7.Meanwhile, oil prices and the energy sector could experience more volatility this week as Trump takes seeks a coalition to confront Iran, which the U.S. blames for last week’s strike on a Saudi Arabian oil facility.Benchmark crude oil lost 51 cents to settle at $58.14 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 55 cents on Monday to $58.64 per barrel. Brent crude oil, the international standard, declined 64 cents to $63.09 a barrel.The dollar rose to 107.58 Japanese yen from 107.54 yen on Monday. The euro weakened to $1.0989 from $1.0994.Major stock indexes in Europe closed broadly lower as a gauge of Germany’s private sector activity contracted for the first time in nearly seven years, according to IHS Markit.Germany is Europe’s largest economy and often acts as an indicator for the continent’s overall economic health. The latest data adds to worries that Europe is facing a slowdown. The European Central Bank is urging governments to spend more on stimulus as economic growth stalls.___AP Business writers Alex Veiga and Damian J. Troise contributed.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press read more

Facing severe shortfall Tajikistan needs food assistance UN agency says

Tajikistan, still struggling with the aftermath of a gruelling five-year civil war and facing severe economic hardships, is suffering from a crippling regional drought that has also afflicted neighbouring Afghanistan, the UN agency said. But donor support for WFP operations in Tajikistan has been much less.WFP said it urgently needed some 67,000 metric tonnes of food, worth $36 million, to cover the needs of the most drought-affected people from January to June 2002.Tajikistan’s cereal output in 2001, estimated at only 303,000 metric tonnes, was down by 36 per cent compared to the average of the last five years, according to WFP. Tajikistan needed more than 1 million tonnes of cereals a year for domestic consumption. With commercial imports not expected to exceed 400,000 metric tonnes, Tajikistan will have to grapple with an uncovered gap of 341,000 metric tonnes until mid 2002.”A gap of this magnitude, if unmet, will have a dramatic impact on one million Tajiks who live in remote and mountainous areas” said Ardag Meghdessian, WFP Tajikistan Country Director.”The spectre of famine looms for many of these people, who have already depleted their meagre savings and have virtually no employment opportunities” Mr. Meghdessian warned. “We have to help them survive the harsh winter.”WFP has been active in Tajikistan for the last eight years, providing some 168,000 tonnes of food assistance to the most affected by civil war and crop failures.”We are hoping that the generosity of the donor community towards the drought victims in Afghanistan will extend further north and help the hungry poor in Tajikistan, who are suffering from the same drought,” said Mr. Meghdessian. read more

Jalin Marshall ready to let it fly if called on to play

OSU redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 66-0, thanks in part to Marsahll scoring his first touchdown as a member of the Buckeyes.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Jalin Marshall sat down for questions after Ohio State’s 55-14 win against Illinois, he was calm and collected. But when more reporters trickled toward him, stuck microphones in his face and asked him about his performance in the game, he got antsy.Once the swarm dissolved and just a few recorders were left lying in front of him, Marshall started to crack jokes. He was more at ease, more comfortable.It’s the same nervousness under pressure Marshall needs to overcome for him to be called on to take more snaps.The redshirt-freshman H-back — who played quarterback at Middletown High School  — lined up at quarterback on two different drives Saturday in OSU’s wildcat package. The first instance, about halfway through the third quarter, he burst through the Fighting Illini defense for a 30-yard touchdown.His next stint — which ended after five yards rushing and an incomplete pass to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas — was less successful.But Marshall — who redshirted last season to mature on and off the field, coach Urban Meyer said —  had reason to be pleased postgame. After turning down opportunities to play quarterback in college, he finally got his chance to throw the ball.“I just tried to throw it up there, let my receiver make a play, I just wished for him to catch it but he didn’t,” Marshall said. “It was definitely a big step for me throwing a pass in the game, not having thrown a pass in two years.”He also had a newfound level of comfort in playing quarterback at the collegiate level. “I’m getting more confidence,” he said.But when asked if he knew what was next for him — whether he’d be called upon to take a snap again — Marshall said he doesn’t know, but he’ll do whatever the coaches ask him.So a reporter — by that time, one of only about four surrounding him — pushed and asked whether he didn’t know or wouldn’t say. Then, the reporter asked if there was anything people hadn’t seen yet from Marshall that he was hoping they might get a chance to witness.“For the sake of accuracy, I can’t tell you that,” he laughed.This season, Marshall has played in every game. He has 14 rushing attempts for 88 yards, an average of 6.3 per carry. Saturday was a night of career highs: 42 yards on five carries.While he’s been used in the wildcat and was allowed to throw the ball, Marshall isn’t officially considered a quarterback option. But Meyer said he wants Marshall ready as a backup plan.“We’ve been working on Jalin playing quarterback, first, because he’s very talented. Second of all, whenever you start getting, you hear these stories, I’ve never been down to our third- and fourth-string quarterback, but you always try to be ready in case something happens,” Meyer said.“And he’s a gifted guy. So we’re going to expand his package each week.”Marshall said he knew ahead of time he’d be asked to be a signal caller against Illinois.“I knew it was coming, we worked on it during the week,” he said. “He (Meyer) said he was gonna need me to do that and I told him, ‘I got you, coach, I’ll do whatever you need me to.’”He also hopes there’s more coming for him, but for now, he seems to be staying calm out of the limelight and stepping up as needed.“If they call my number,” Marshall said, “I let it fly.” read more

Dame Julia PeytonJones former director of Serpentine becomes a mother aged 64

first_imgDame Julia has previously shared details of her busy day-to-day life, which saw her regularly working between 6am and midnight as well as walking her dog near home in South Kensington.In a 2006 interview, she said she enjoyed escaping by reading, and “the great relief of being with precious people who have nothing to do with the art world”.“In truth, when I’m out in the world, I don’t escape very much from the job,” she said then.The Evening Standard reported Dame Julia had recently told those close to her she had been considering starting a family for some time.Her friend, the financier Robin Saunders, told the newspaper: “This is the most exciting news! Julia will be a wonderful mother and role model for her daughter. I wish her happiness with Pia.” The redeveloped Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park in 2013 The redeveloped Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park in 2013 Dame Julia with Hannah Rothschild, chair of the National Gallery's board of trustees Julia Peyton-Jones with actress Kate Hudson at a Serpentine party After retiring from one of Britain’s most successful galleries at the top of her game, Dame Julia Peyton-Jones could have been forgiven for putting her feet up.But the former head of the Serpentine Gallery is unlikely to be getting much rest in the near future, after it emerged she has welcomed a new baby.Dame Julia, 64, has had a baby girl named Pia, her first child.The news was welcomed by friends of the director, who suggested it may have surprised an art world wondering what she was going to do next.Dame Julia left the Serpentine in the summer, saying at the time that she planned to pursue her own artistic interests and go travelling.She has now welcomed a daughter, with friends saying she will be a “wonderful” mother.A spokesman for Dame Julia, who is currently in America, confirmed she had welcomed a baby, but said she did not wish to share further details about the new arrival. It is understood she plans to return to London, where she is a popular and prominent member of the arts scene.Dame Julia has not named the baby’s father, or confirmed a relationship.One friend said: “Everybody had been wondering what she was going to do next, and this is absolutely lovely.“Everybody is thrilled for Julia and she will be a wonderful mother.”Dame Julia had spent 25 years building the Serpentine into one of the world’s most successful galleries, admitting last year that there was “never a good time to leave”.“I wanted to go when the Serpentine was firing on all cylinders and our major capital projects had been completed,” she said. “I felt after 25 years this was a good time to hand over the reins to someone new.”Her motto, along with her co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist, had been “to think the unthinkable”. Julia Peyton-Jones with actress Kate Hudson at a Serpentine party Dame Julia with Hannah Rothschild, chair of the National Gallery’s board of trustees Speaking at her leaving party in June, she told friends she would be pursuing her own art again, after choosing to put her successful creative career aside to take on lecturing, curating and directing roles.Then, she told the Telegraph she planned to take a holiday in Australia to view Aboriginal cave paintings for a “fresh” adventure which would “give me a lot to think about”.In June 2016, she was awarded a damehood for services to the arts in the Birthday Honours list.At one time, Dame Julia had been tipped to take on the role of director of Tate after Sir Nicholas Serota announced he was stepping down, but friends said last year that she was enjoying her time away from running an institution.Maria Balshaw, the director of Whitworth Art Gallery and credited with transforming the Manchester arts scene, has now been confirmed in the Tate role. 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.last_img read more

2 reportedly confessed to collecting 2M to kill Chinese businessman

Two men, who were arrested on Thursday last after a Chinese businessman was lashed in the face with a hammer in what was believed to be a robbery attempt at Skeldon, Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), have reportedly confessed to having been paid to murder the businessman.According to reports, on Thursday, the two bandits drove up in a heavily tinted Toyota Primo motorcar and entered the window-making factory.Guyana Times was told that the men walked up to the businessman and hit him with the hammer to the face.According to reports, the men were seen rushing out of the building, hurriedly entering the waiting car before it sped away. The businessman was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was admitted a patient.Meanwhile, based on the description and number plate given to Police by persons in the area, Police intercepted a car at a roadblock on the Corentyne.According to Police, only the driver was in the vehicle and his address was given as Lodge, Georgetown. The Police noted that the driver could not give a reasonable explanation as to why he was in Berbice. He was taken into custody.Meanwhile, at Number 50 Village, Police arrested another man who could not give a reasonable explanation for being in Berbice. He is from Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.This newspaper was told that both men confessed to being paid $1 million each by a city businessman to kill the Chinese man.The suspects claimed in their confession statement that the money was sent to them via a taxi driver.As Police continue their investigation, they are on the hunt for two other men from Georgetown in connection to the murder. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related3rd person arrested for failed execution attempt on Chinese NationalFebruary 18, 2019In “Crime”Officer acting on a hunch thwarts alleged execution plotMarch 11, 2017In “Crime”Berbice businessman on $1M bail for causing teen’s deathDecember 13, 2017In “Local News” read more

Global Wind Day Wind meeting 2 more electricty demand than last year

first_imgDOZENS OF WIND farms have been opened to the public to mark Global Wind Day.Several events, coordinated by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), allow all members of the public to access these sites at designated times.Figures obtained from EirGrid.ie show that power from wind energy has met an average of 21.5% of the electricity demands in Ireland in the first half of this year, up just over 2.1% from the same period in 2013.It met over half the total system demand, which varied from 1750MW to 4462MW, roughly 4% of the time.The majority of these periods were during the night when system demand is at its lowestFor example, a peak of 65.7% was achieved at just after 5am on one morning in February.An extra 350MW of capacity is expected to be added to the grid this year.“Clear focus and momentum”Kenneth Matthews, CEO of the IWEA, said good progress has been made with wind energy so far this year, “but we cannot take this for granted and must ensure that the clear focus and momentum remains on achieving our 2020 targets and planning towards 2030 and beyond”.“In over 20 years as an industry in Ireland we have always encouraged open and honest discussion and providing access to wind farms right around the country is an open invitation to those interested in learning more about the benefits of sustainable local energy to come along and see it for themselves,” Matthews added.Fuel importsEarlier this week, Wind Aware called into question figures published by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland which stated Ireland had saved €177 million in fuel imports due to wind energy.“Iin order to prop up this uneconomical and unsustainable form of power and peat the consumer is now to pay €328 million through subsidisation,” a statement from the group said.“It doesn’t take a maths genius to work out that this is a net loss to Irish society of €151 million,” they added.The total capacity of all wind farms in Ireland stood at 2011MW  at the start of this year.Read: These five graphs dig into the figures behind wind energy in Ireland >Gilmore: Not viable to export wind energy to Britain… right now >last_img read more

At best delusional May slammed for saying she ensured justice for Hillsborough

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3218262 Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Images UK PRIME MINISTER has been accused of being “at best, delusional” after claiming to have ensured justice for the families of the Hillsborough disaster.Speaking in the Commons yesterday, May responded to questions over Donald Trump’s travel ban by saying her government stood for British values.“This Government introduced the first modern slavery act in the country and I ensured that stop and search was reduced because I don’t believe anyone on the streets of this country should be stopped and searched because of the colour of their skin. And I ensured justice for the families of Hillsborough.”May was Home Secretary when fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans were ordered. A jury last April concluded that the fans were unlawfully killed. New inquests were ordered after three judges in the UK High Court quashed the verdict of the first Hillsborough inquest — heard between November 1990 and March 1991 — back in December 2012Professor Phil Scraton who was the principal author of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report in 2012, called May’s claim disingenuous.“After the report’s publication, it was the High Court that quashed the accidental death inquest verdicts, ordering new inquests. As Home Secretary at the time, Theresa May had no option but to initiate a new criminal investigation.Following a year of preliminary hearings, the longest-ever inquests ran for two full years, concluding in late April 2016. Their inception, process and outcome had nothing to do with Theresa May.“Establishing the truth of Hillsborough, both in the Panel’s work and via the inquests, was the result of years of painstaking research and investigation. It was conducted often against the odds, in a climate hostile to the truth, bringing threats and disdain to those of us involved. No people know that better than the bereaved families, the survivors and all who have worked throughout to reverse the injustices of Hillsborough.To witness a Prime Minister, her ego possibly inflated by extraordinary recent events in the United States, claiming that she ensured justice for families is, at best, delusional. At worst it is a culpable untruth, perhaps uttered in the heat of the moment, to gain traction at a time when her integrity already is under scrutiny.The response to Hillsborough dramatically changed the experience of attending top-flight football matches in England.Read: Trump reportedly tore into Australian PM over ‘dumb’ refugee deal 14,451 Views 55 Comments Feb 2nd 2017, 8:49 AM Share16 Tweet Email Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 8:49 AM Image: PA Archive/PA Images ‘At best, delusional’ – May slammed for saying she ensured justice for Hillsborough families May was Home Secretary when fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans were ordered. By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man shot dead at Paris airport after trying to take soldiers gun

first_img Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 4:29 PM Travellers walk on the highway to the evacuated Orly airport, south of Paris, this morning Source: AP/Press Association ImagesUpdated 4.24 pmTROOPS AT PARIS’ Orly airport shot dead a man who tried to grab a female soldier’s weapon this morning.It triggered a major security alert that shut down the airport, leaving thousands stranded.The incident comes as France remains on high alert following a series of jihadist attacks that have claimed over 230 lives since January 2015.Prosecutors said they had opened an anti-terror investigation.Flights were halted at Orly for several hours, with incoming flights diverted and thousands of passengers stranded at Paris’ second-largest airport, but normal service resumed mid-afternoon. #Breakingnews…French soldiers have shot dead a man in Orly airport #Paris after he stole a soldiers gun.. pic.twitter.com/XrkzGgSNqN— Padraig O’Reilly Photographer (@padraig_reilly) March 18, 2017 https://jrnl.ie/3294267 France goes to the polls on April 23 in the first round of a two-stage presidential election in which security is one of the main issues on voters’ minds.Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said the man who was killed was “known to the police and intelligence services”.He said the suspect was also linked to an attack on police just north of Paris earlier on Saturday in which an officer was slightly wounded.At the airport, the 39-year-old man knocked the soldier to the ground and grabbed at her rifle, a senior military source said.The two other soldiers with her then opened fire, killing him, the source said.No-one else was injured in the incident.According to an eyewitness who spoke to AFP, the man had at one point held the female soldier hostage.“The man took a soldier hostage, he was holding her by the neck and he was threatening two other soldiers with the woman’s rifle,” said a man who catching a flight to the Dominican Republic who gave his name only as Dominique.“I heard cries and I saw the soldiers who were holding a person at gunpoint.”The incident took place at around 8:30 am (07:30 am Irish-time) in the Orly-Sud terminal. Around 3,000 people were evacuated from the building. Riot police officers patrol inside Orly airport. Source: KAMIL ZIHNIOGLU/PAInvestigated for radicalismAddressing reporters at the airport, Le Roux said the man had tried “but not succeeded” in his bid to grab the soldier’s rifle who was on patrol with two male colleagues.He said the same man was also suspected of opening fire on police during a routine traffic inspection in the northern Paris suburb of Garges-les-Gonesse at around 7:00 am (0600 GMT). One officer suffered minor head injuries.He was thought to have stolen a car and driven to Orly, Le Roux said.Sources close to the investigation said the man had committed several armed robberies and was investigated for radicalisation in 2015, although he did not feature on the list of those thought to pose a high risk.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘By any objective measure, Enda Kenny acquitted himself and the Irish people honourably’Read: Convicted pimp’s Irish escort business turned over €6 million in one year 66 Comments By AFP Source: Padraig O’Reilly/Twittercenter_img 38,099 Views Man shot dead at Paris airport after trying to take soldier’s gun was ‘investigated for radicalisation’ The incident happened at about 8.30am this morning. Mar 18th 2017, 4:29 PM Share Tweet Email3 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Soldotna City Council Negotiates Contract With New City Manager

first_imgAccording to the resolution, the City of Soldotna has negotiated an employment agreement with Queen to provide City Manager services for a term of three years, effective February 28, 2018 At the City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 27, the council will introduce a resolution approving the employment agreement between the City of Soldotna and Queen. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council unanimously approved a motion to offer the position of City Manager to Interim City Manager Stephanie Queen, on January 26. Queen has been serving as the Interim City Manager since October 2017, when previous City Manager Mark Dixson resigned from the position. Prior to accepting the role of Interim City Manager, Queen was the Director of Economic Development & Planning for Soldotna.last_img read more

Libertarian VP candidate Bill Weld in Anchorage this week

first_imgLibertarian vice-presidential candidate Bill Weld is in Anchorage this week, trying to shore up support for his running mate, Gary Johnson, and to increase the visibility of the Libertarian Party in Alaska.Listen Now Bill Weld, former governor of Massachusetts, is the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Vice President with running mate Gary Johnson. He stopped by Alaska Public Media to discuss his platform. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media -Anchorage)“We have two objectives now,” Weld said. “Not having gotten into the debates, I think the chances of running the table because of the superiority of our ticket are hugely diminished. But, in addition to trying to pick up states, we also want to make sure that we get over 5 percent nationally, which would give the Libertarian Party a permanent seat at the table going forward, which I think would be good for Washington. It would enable us to have matching funds and not have to worry about ballot access.”Weld said he is not an expert on many of the issues faced by Alaska Natives and people in the state’s rural areas, but he is familiar with resource development. He wants to open up more of Alaska to energy exploration and production.Weld said the US is too Euro-centric in its trade policy and noted that Alaska is in a great place, geographically-speaking, to take advantage of the growth of the pan-Pacific region. Weld supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a trade agreement signed by President Obama that’s derided by conservatives for being too good a deal for Asian nations.Weld says he believes the Libertarian Party platform is a good fit for Alaska but that the state’s Libertarian candidate for US Senate, Joe Miller, is not a good fit for the party.“Mr. Miller doesn’t really represent either my point of view or the national Libertarian Party’s point of view. Fine guy, but not in tune with Gary Johnson’s and my thinking.”Polls show the Johnson/Weld ticket has between 7 and 18 percent support in Alaska, more than double the national average.last_img read more

US House votes to curb Donald Trump powers to start Iran war

first_imgWashington: The US House of Representatives voted Friday to restrict President Donald Trump’s ability to attack Iran, voicing fear that his hawkish policies are pushing toward a needless war. The Democratic-led House approved an amendment on a broad defence bill that would prohibit funding for military operations against Iran unless they are in self-defence or explicitly approved by Congress. But a similar measure failed in the Senate, where Trump’s Republican Party holds the majority. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The two chambers will have to negotiate over the language as they finalise the defence bill. Representative Ro Khanna, the Democrat who led the amendment, said the measure showed that the United States was fed up with war. “Frankly, what it will prevent is what this president promised to the American people not to do — to get into another endless, costly war in the Middle East,” he said on the House floor. Trump, who walked out of a nuclear accord with Iran and instead slapped sweeping sanctions, last month authorized a strike on the Islamic republic after it shot down a US spy drone — but called it off at the last minute. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Trump has said he believes he has the legal right to attack Iran. US administrations have used an authorization of force passed by Congress after the September 11, 2001 attacks to justify a slew of operations around the world. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called the amendment “reckless,” saying that the military should not be held up by a potentially lengthy legislative process. Advertise With Us “This will tie our military’s hands at a perilous time. We need Iran and its terrorist proxies to think twice before they attack Americans, our friends or our interests,” he said. But 27 Republicans plus Republican-turned-independent Justin Amash joined the overwhelming majority of Democrats in backing the amendment. Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican who co-sponsored the amendment with Khanna, accused his colleagues of not leveling with US troops on why they could be sent to die. “My war-hungry colleagues — some of whom have already suggested that we invade Venezuela, North Korea and probably a few other countries before lunchtime tomorrow — if they’re so certain of their case against Iran, let them bring their authorization to use military force against Iran to this very floor,” he said.last_img read more

Four special trains for Velankanni Festival

first_imgSecunderabad: In order to clear extra rush of passengers during Velankani Festival, South Central Railway (SCR) is operating four special trains will be run between Secunderabad–Velankanni, and Velankanni–Kakinada Port. Train no. 07060 Secunderabad-Velankanni special train will depart Secunderabad at 08:30 am on September 5 (Thursday) and arrive in Velankanni at 09:30 hours on the next day. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us In the return direction, train no. 07059 Velankanni-Secunderabad special train will depart Velankanni at 6.30 pm on September 9 (Monday) and arrive Secunderabad at 19:30 hours on the next day. En route, these special trains will stop at Jangaon, Kazipet, Warangal, Khammam, Vijayawada, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, ongole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Renigunta, Tiruttani, Katpadi, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Tirupadrippuliyur, Chidambaram, Mayiladuturai Jn, Thiruvarur and Nagapattinam stations in both the directions. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Train no. 07413 Velankanni–Kakinada Port special train will depart Velankanni at 6.30 pm on September 6 (Friday) and arrive in Kakinada Port at 6.00 pm on the next day. In the return direction, train no. 07412 Kakinada Port-Velankanni special train will depart Kakinada Port at 12:35 hours on September 8 (Sunday) and arrive Velankanni at 09:45 hours on the next day Advertise With Us En route, these special trains will stop at Nagapattnam, Thiruvarur, Mayiladuturai Jn, Chidambaram, Tirupadrippuliyur, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore, Katpadi, Tiruttani, Renigunta, Gudur, Nellore, Kavali, ongole, Chirala, Bapatla, Nidubrolu, Tenali, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Nidadavolu, Rajahmundry, Samalkot and Kakinada town stations in both the directions.last_img read more