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first_img(Missourinet) Missouri’s governor says a proposed state government reorganization plan is scheduled to take effect on August 28th. Governor Mike Parson (R) updated the Capitol Press Corps on the restructuring plan during a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Jefferson City.Missouri Governor Mike Parson (at podium) briefs Capitol reporters about his state government reorganization plan on March 19, 2019 in Jefferson City (photo courtesy of the governor’s office)The restructuring involves four state agencies, primarily the state Department of Economic Development (DED). Monday was the end of the 60-day period in which Missouri lawmakers could vote to oppose the proposal, and that didn’t happen.Governor Parson is praising the Legislature.“And I want to thank the Legislature for their support of our efforts to improve state government and make Missouri the best in the Midwest,” Parson tells Capitol reporters.The proposal involves moving DED’s Division of Workforce Development to the Department of Higher Education and several other moves, which Parson says will allow DED to focus entirely on economic development.The restructuring plan also involves returning the Division of Energy from DED to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and making the Missouri Arts Council part of the Lieutenant Governor’s office. It would also move the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Office of Public Counsel to the newly-named Department of Commerce and Insurance.Governor Parson says Missouri is not competitive with neighboring states, adding that Missouri’s DED houses more functions than any of its Midwest peers.Parson says the Show-Me State ranks 14th among its Midwest peer states in gross domestic product (GDP) and eighth for wage growth. He says it ranks ninth for job growth.The governor says the plan will focus DED.“We must do a better job clearly identifying expectations and priorities, and ensure our agencies are structured in the best way to meet those goals,” says Parson.Parson says DED has 865 full-time employees, more than any of its Midwest peers.Missouri DED Director Rob Dixon joined Governor Parson at Tuesday’s press conference. Dixon says other Midwest states are outperforming his agency in nearly every measure, including workforce development.Dixon backs the governor’s state government restructuring plan, saying that when everything is a priority, “nothing is a priority.”“In economic development, Missouri is not competitive in economic development with other states and we had to take action or we’re going to continue that negative trend line,” Dixon tells reporters.Governor Parson says DED has had seven directors in the past decade.State Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, and State Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, also spoke at the press conference. Riddle and Fitzwater both praise the reorganization plan.last_img read more

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first_img Drones reveal earthquake hazards hidden in the abyss By Paul VoosenNov. 14, 2019 , 2:05 PM LIQUID ROBOTICS There is no force on Earth quite like a subduction zone. Slips along these faults, found where plates of dense ocean crust dive beneath continents, cause the world’s most destructive earthquakes and tsunamis: 1964 in Alaska; 2004 in Indonesia; 2011 in Japan. But much remains unknown about how those faults slip and stick between catastrophes.The radio signals of GPS, so powerful for tracking crustal movements on land, can’t penetrate the abyss. To gauge motions underwater, scientists rely on a daisy chain in which a ship tracks acoustic beacons on the sea floor—and the ship, in turn, fixes its position with GPS. Now, a team led by David Chadwell, a geophysicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, has found a way to cut costs by replacing the expensive ships with ocean-going drones.”It’s going to make a huge difference,” says Laura Wallace, a geodetic scientist at GNS Science in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Last month, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) endorsed the approach by announcing a $5.5 million grant to Chadwell’s team to buy beacons for 16 seafloor sites and three drones to monitor them—more than doubling the ability of U.S. scientists to track movements of the ocean floor.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Earth scientists use GPS to measure the strain that builds up quietly between quakes. At the Cascadia subduction zone off the Pacific Northwest, for example, GPS stations on land suggest that enough strain has accumulated to drive a magnitude-9 earthquake when the fault finally ruptures. But the land-based measurements also hint that strain along the fault’s midsection, off the coast of Oregon, is being relieved by a type of harmless slip called creep. That suggests the fault could rupture in pieces, in a series of independent, smaller quakes. But without offshore measurements, scientists only see half the picture, says Harold Tobin, a geophysicist at the University of Washington in Seattle.Acoustic GPS—tracking seafloor beacons by ship—is a pricey way to get these data. Japan has spent more than $3 billion on acoustic GPS over the past 10 years to monitor its dangerous offshore faults. By 2020, Japan’s acoustic GPS network will include 27 stations, each consisting of multiple beacons.The few sites that were operating at the time of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake found that the fault slipped more than 30 meters in its shallow sections, driving the devastating tsunami. Frequent monitoring since, with ship visits now every 2 months, has shown how strain accumulates irregularly across the fault. “They can tell exactly where the patches are that would rupture in the next earthquake,” says Noel Bartlow, a geophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, who is part of the new NSF grant.Even more tantalizing is evidence, seen prior to the 2011 earthquake in Tohoku and elsewhere, of fault ruptures that occurred over the course of weeks rather than minutes. Perhaps such “slow slip” regularly precedes earthquakes along subduction zones and could be used as a warning, says Paul Segall, a geophysicist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. That, he says, “would have enormous societal implications.”But tracking the acoustic beacons requires research ships with GPS-guided thrusters that cost up to $50,000 a day to operate. And the measurements are by nature intermittent, depending on ships’ visits.In 2012, Chadwell began to explore whether the Wave Glider, a drone developed by Liquid Robotics in Sunnyvale, California, could replace ships. The drone is a 3-meter-long surface craft tethered to a tube, 8 meters down, lined with oscillating fins, which harvest energy from ocean waves. Costing just $500 a day to run, the drone could carry a GPS unit and linger for weeks in a tight circle above the seafloor beacons. In a 2016 test at Cascadia, a glider lasted 40 days and traveled nearly 500 kilometers; its near silence interfered far less with the acoustic signal than a ship’s engine. Since then, Chadwell’s team has used the drones each summer at six acoustic GPS sites at Cascadia, along with others in Alaska and New Zealand.NSF hasn’t decided where to deploy the new instruments it is funding, but the equipment is enough to cover one subduction zone in detail—and perhaps several. Modeling studies indicate each new seafloor site will add as much knowledge as up to 30 GPS stations on land. And their use isn’t limited to subduction zones, Chadwell says. They could be placed at the seams where tectonic plates spread apart, which are almost all found underwater. Or they could be installed on the flanks of undersea volcanoes, which inflate before eruption.Many hope the NSF grant will be a down payment for a much larger project, formerly known as the Subduction Zone Observatory and now called SZ4D, that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and would intensively monitor subduction zones—perhaps even catching a magnitude-9 earthquake in action. Tobin, who leads planning for SZ4D, says, “Virtually everyone sees this as the first building block for that infrastructure.” A submerged “glider” captures wave energy to tow a craft that can collect data from seafloor beacons.last_img read more

first_imgActor Madhuri Dixit is back to sizzle TV screens again with the fifth season of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Ja. To make sure that all eyes are on her, she is donning three looks of the actors of three decades, including her once competitor Sridevi.The timeless diva has been paying a tribute to Bollywood’s different dance eras sporting sultry looks from the 1960s, 70s and the 80s in the promo for the reality show as Madhuri promises the musical extravaganza to get bigger and better.Inspired by Meena Kumari’s courtesan look from the sixties in Pakeezah, Madhuri gracefully pays homage to the yesteryear’s superstar.Donning a bright orange salwar kameez with a bouffant, Madhuri revisits the seventies as she does Cha Cha Cha to thank Mumtaaz, her inspiration for a retro avatar.Madhuri also pays a tribute to her Bollywood contemporary in the eighties, Sridevi. Clad in a sheer yellow nine-yard wonder, Madhuri draws inspiration from Sridevi’s uber sexy number in Mr India.If the promos’ glimpses are anything to go by, the fifth season of Jhalak Dikhla Ja would certainly be TV’s big offering.last_img read more

first_imgA lot of people in India enjoy sports but if you live, breathe, eat and sleep sports, maybe you should consider earning money out of it!Sports analystIf you truly are an expert in the sports you enjoy, you could share your expertise with the world as a sports analyst.Sports managerWouldn’t it be really enjoyable to manage players and how they play? Well then, this job is for you.Sports commentatorIf you really do know a lot about the sport you enjoy, you could give live commentary during sporting events. If you have the knack for speaking and making sense, this job is definitely for you.ScoutDo you have an eye for players and you can predict if they will go a long way in the game or not? Well maybe being a scout and finding out ‘the next big thing’ in sports could be your next job!SportspersonLast but not the least, if you do have the athletic ability and the skill required to play the game of your choice, you could follow your dreams and become a sportsperson yourself. No one became a sports star just playing it safe.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 9 (PTI) In order to accommodate more cluster buses on the citys roads, Transport department of Delhi government has identified land to construct bus depots in the national capital. According to a senior government official, land has been identified in Dwarka, Rani Khera and Rohini Sector 32 for new depots to park cluster buses. As per the plan, government wants to add new 10,000 buses but due to land crunch the plan is getting delayed. Delhiites have been facing difficulties in commuting due to shortage of buses in the capital. The DTC and Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transit System (DIMTS) are presently operating around 4,500 buses and 1,500 cluster buses (orange) respectively. “Government has identified land in Rani Khera, Rohini Sector-32 each and two lands in Dwarka to construct bus depots so that more cluster buses could come to roads,” a government official said. The official said that as per court order, both Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and DIMTS have to run 5,500 buses each to cater to the increasing numbers of commuters. “There are several concessionaires who want to run their buses under cluster scheme, but to due land crunch, plan is not executing in a full swing. “In view of this, government has bought land from the DDA to construct new bus depots. Once new bus depots are constructed, there will be no major shortage of buses in the capital and we expect that the numbers of cluster buses, presently stands at 1,500, will soon increase to 2,436,” the official said. DIMTS, which is currently operating buses in nine clusters, has to run buses in 17 clusters as per the agreement. PTI BUN RGadvertisementlast_img read more

first_img(Eds: Correcting slug)Mumbai, Jan 15 (PTI) Homegrown auto major Tata Motors has launched an automatic (AMT) version of its hatchback Tiago in Bangladesh.Equipped with 1.2-l petrol engine, the Tiago AMT will be available at over 20 Tata Motors showrooms in Bangladesh at a starting price of 14.95 lakh taka, the company said in a statement today.The car comes with four gear positions– automatic, neutral, reverse and manual. In addition, it also comes with two drive modes — sports and city.”The car reflects our commitment to bring in exciting technology-driven latest cars into Bangladesh,” Abdul Matlub Ahmad, chairman of the Dhaka-based Nitol Niloy Group, distributor, said.With class leading features, outstanding fuel efficiency, the AMT version of Tiago is extremely suitable for Dhaka streets, he said.”The Tiago has been instrumental in the growth of Tata Motors brand across the passenger vehicle market and we are happy to launch the Tiago AMT. We are confident that it will further expand the market for us,” Tata Motors president for passenger vehicles business unit Mayank Pareek was quoted as saying.Launched in April 2016, the Tiago with its consistent sales has played a key role in the turnaround plan of the companys passenger vehicle business.Tata Motors reportedly shipped out almost 5,000 Tiagos on an average each month to dealerships across the country with 1.1 lakh units sold so far in the domestic market. PTI IAS BEN BEN BENlast_img read more

first_imgSamsung has announced that it will be holding its next Unpacked event on August 9, 2018. While the event will most likely see the launch of the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung could announce a few other products as well. One such product could be the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung’s next flagship tablet that has been in the news for a while now. After being spotted on Geekbench last month, the tablet has now been certified by the FCC, suggesting an imminent launch.Notably, the FCC certification come just a few days after the Galaxy Note 9 was certified so there is a very good chance we might see both the products on August 9. The FCC listing has the model number SM-T835 and some documents reveal that the tablet supports LTE. The listing further reveals support for LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 17, 66, and 41. The Galaxy Tab S4 will measure 249.3×164.3mm and will support Bluetooth 5.0, single rear camera and audio tuned by AKG.The FCC certification reveals only this much as of now, but a Geekbench benchmark listing last month told us more. While details around its design are still slim, it is expected that the tablet will bring a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED (1600X2560) display. The benchmark further revealed that the Galaxy Tab S4 will be powered by last year’s flagship Snapdragon 835 chipset along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.As for the cameras, the tablet will likely bear a 12-megapixel sensor on the back and a 7-megapixel sensor up front. This suggests the front camera is getting a bit of an upgrade over the Galaxy Tab S3. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S4 is also going to support LTE and a 6000mAh battery. It is expected to run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box and will likely sport a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button.advertisementSeparately, the highlight of the Unpacked event on August 9 will be the launch of the Galaxy Note 9. The flagship is widely expected to follow a similar design language as the Galaxy Note 8 and will mainly come with upgraded internals. We also expect a dual camera setup similar to the Galaxy S9+ with a Dual Aperture feature.Samsung could launch a third product as well, namely the Gear S4 smartwatch. The wearable was also certified by the ECC (Eurasian Economic Commission) recently, suggesting it could launch alongside the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 on August 9.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 set to launch on August 9last_img read more

first_imgManchester UnitedDavid de Gea: 7 Only routine saves to make as Liverpool, for all their possession, created little all afternoon.Ashley Young: 7 A poor back-passin the first minute could have been costly but proved his only error. Kept Mané quiet.Chris Smalling: 7 Could have been the match-winning hero had he thrown himself at Lukaku’s late cross. Effective in his natural position, however. Share on LinkedIn Manchester United Share on WhatsApp Fabinho: 8 Ticked all the boxes in a central role – broke up play, passed well and was strong in the tackle and in the air.Georginio Wijnaldum: 6 Efficient and industrious as always, although unable to have his usual influence in the final third.Mohamed Salah: 5 Subdued by Shaw and on the receiving end of several ear-bashings by Klopp before being withdrawn. Twitter Read more Pinterest Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Share on Messenger Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Thank you for your feedback. Share on Pinterest Twitter Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Was this helpful? Topicscenter_img Premier League Scott McTominay: 6 Deputised well for the injured Nemanja Matic. Risky to wrestle Wijnaldum and Matip in the box but otherwise mature. Paul Pogba: 6 Given little time or space by Henderson and passing not up to usual standards when he did break free.Juan Mata: 5 The second to depart injured after making a key tackle on Salah inside the area. Had started brightly.Romelu Lukaku: 4 Roused himself too infrequently for the crowd’s liking. Had the tools to trouble Liverpool but reluctant to use them. Struggling.Marcus Rashford: 6 Provided his team’s best outlet despite suffering from an early knock when fouled by Henderson. Understandably faded.Subs Andreas Pereira (for Herera, 20) 6; Jesse Lingard (for Mata, 25) 4; Alexis Sánchez (for Lingard, 42) 4. Reuse this content Liverpool Read more Alisson: 8 Reacted superbly to smother Lingard’s excellent chance having been previously unemployed. The mark of a top keeper.James Milner: 6 Chosen instead of Alexander-Arnold at right-back and prospered in the space outside Pogba.Joël Matip: 7 Spared a costly own-goal by an offside call against Smalling. Important presence at both ends of the pitch, however.Virgil van Dijk: 8 Returned from suspension to illustrate his value to Liverpool once again with a commanding display. Key headers denied Lukaku and Pogba.Andy Robertson: 6 A threat on the overlap only in the closing stages as United’s formation, and Young, kept him in check.Jordan Henderson: 6 Shifted right to nullify Pogba and achieved that aim before being withdrawn to his obvious displeasure. features Manchester United v Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened Liverpool Show Pinterest Hide Roberto Firmino: 4 Had made an influential start when his ankle buckled playing a routine pass. Always a significant absentee.Sadio Mané: 5 Very quiet by his recent standards. Struggled to get the better of Young throughout and had little impact.Subs Daniel Sturridge (for Firmino, 31) 5; Xherdan Shaqiri (for Henderson, 71) 6; Divock Origi (for Salah, 79) 6. Liverpool fail to fire in stalemate with injury-hit Manchester United Share via Email Alisson prevents a shot from Jesse Lingard. Photograph: Matt West/BPI/REX/Shutterstock Victor Lindelöf: 8 Continues to improve as a United defender. Perfectly placed to deal with every flicker of danger. Dominant.Luke Shaw: 8 Strong, calm and intelligent in his handling of Salah. Also dealt well with the overlapping runs of Milner.Ander Herrera: 4 Started the episode of “Casualty” when injuring himself while fouling Matip. More midfield bite left with him. Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Ander Herrera and Juan Mata were both injured. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPAlast_img read more

first_imgVanderbilt's offensive line lines up against Kentucky's defense.NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 11: The Kentucky Wildcats line up against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)Defensive tackle Isaiah Gibson committed to Kentucky football back in September. Obviously, this season’s results have probably helped solidify his choice.Kentucky is 9-3 on the year, finishing second in the SEC East behind only Georgia. The Wildcats got their first win over Florida in decades as well.Interestingly, just 62-percent of the 247Sports crystal ball voters believe he will wind up signing with Mark Stoops’ club, with Wisconsin and Purdue eating into those numbers.The other 38-percent can probably go ahead and switch their predictions now.Isaiah Gibson’s new wildcat tattoo should make his Kentucky football commit about as solid as it gets.He tweeted out the new ink on Wednesday.Some New Ink ??? pic.twitter.com/6YLKqZgIL5— Isaiah Gibson (@IsaiahGibson75) December 5, 2018Gibson also says he is planning to head to Orlando for Kentucky’s Citrus Bowl match-up against Penn State.Kentucky finished the regular season ranked No. 14 in the final Top 25 put out by the College Football Playoff selection committee. Penn State is No. 12, so this should be a pretty intriguing match-up at Camping World Stadium.Gibson, an Ohio native, is the No. 598 player in the country per 247Sports‘ composite rankings. He’s the No. 40 defensive tackle and No. 23 player from Ohio in the 2019 class.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government has launched a crackdown on bogus dealers registered under the GST and involved in issuing fake invoices, according to an official statement issued Wednesday. The move came after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia directed the trade and taxes department to take the strictest possible action against bogus dealers.In the statement, the department identified around 56,000 suspicious dealers on various risk parameters. The department, through Goods and Services Tax (GST) inspectors, has conducted field verifications and inspections of 16,141 suspicious dealers so far. “Out of it, 4,618 dealers have been found non-existing and bogus during inspections. These dealers are non-existing/bogus dealers who got registration in GST to defraud the government exchequer by issue and use of fake invoices,” the statement stated. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAfter their identification, Departmental Officers i.e. Assistant Commissioners and GST Officers have started taken stern action against these dealers in accordance with the provisions of GST Act & Rules. Registration of 1,282 dealers have been cancelled so far on this account and show cause notices for cancellation have been issued to 3,221 dealers, of which proceedings are still underway, it stated. The department has directed its tax officers to recover the entire amount of tax, interest and penalty from such dealers as well as to take other legal and criminal actions against such dealers, the statement stated. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Department has directed its Tax Officers to recover the entire amount of tax, interest & penalty from such dealers as well as to take other legal/criminal actions against such dealers. “The Delhi Government has decided to speed up the process of cracking down on all such bogus/non-existing dealers to eliminate issue and use of fake invoices from Delhi which is defrauding government revenue as well as spoiling healthy trade practices in Delhi,” Trade and Taxes officers said.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles: Naomi Watts says she had not seen “Game of Thrones” before she gave a nod to starring in its spin-off, but finished the HBO series in three months after she was “hooked” to it. The actor, who is set to headline the much-anticipated prequel of the epic fantasy show, said her brother, photographer Ben Watts egged her on to watch it. “I didn’t start watching until I was approached about this job. But my brother, who is heavily into it, told me, ‘Under no circumstances are you going to turn this down’,” Watts told Net-A-Porter’s PorterEdit magazine. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka She added that as soon as she started watching “GOT”, she “was in – hook, line and sinker”. The 50-year-old actor said she now has a better understanding of the show’s fandom and has an idea on how important her stint in the spin-off could have on her career. “I still have fears about that. I don’t really know what to prepare for,” she added. According to HBO, the new show will be set thousands of years before the events of “GOT”. It will chronicle the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, the official logline of the show read.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadians are eating out more and can expect to pay extra to do so in 2018, suggests a forward-looking report into food prices.Food inflation overall is expected to rise between one and three per cent next year, says Canada’s Food Price Report, which was crafted jointly for the first time by researchers at Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.For an average family of four, that represents an increase of $348 to about $11,948 for the year.About 59 per cent of the expected hike — $208 — will come from consumers eating out and opting for prepared food.“Most of (the increase) will come from food service which would make some consumers a bit vulnerable — particularly those who don’t cook or (who) eat out a lot,” lead researcher Sylvain Charlebois said in an interview from Halifax.“But if you are cooking and you rely mainly on grocery stores to get your food, you should be in good shape for 2018.”Restaurant and store owners recognize the demand for eating out and ready-to-eat products is a robust one. In the United States, the divide between grocery expenditures and those types of eating out reached a 50-50 split in 2016.Charlebois said a fast-food culture has been successfully cultivated over the past 50 years in the United States, but Canada could reach that split by 2035 at its current pace.Canadians now spend about 30 per cent of their food budget on eating out and consuming prepared meals.The report suggests different parts of the country will feel different impacts at the checkout line next year.Atlantic Canada is expected to see above average increases — with prices bouncing back after consumers in the region enjoyed lower prices in 2017.British Columbia too is expected see increases, due to inflation.But increased competition in Alberta and Ontario means consumers will see below average price hikes, while Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are expected to remain steady.The cost of dairy, baked goods, meats and seafood is expected to rise by up to two per cent, while fruits and nuts are forecast to rise by one to three per cent.The other category where consumers are expected to pay significantly more is vegetables — as much as four to six per cent extra because of climate woes like the La Nina weather phenomenon, bringing drought conditions to the United States.Health Canada expects to unveil a new Canada Food Guide in 2018, which the department hopes will change the way people eat over the longer term as a shift toward plant-based diets continues.A dramatic policy shift isn’t expected to have much impact in the short term, Charlebois said.Another issue is where people buy food — the so-called Amazon effect as food sales move online has grocers trying to change their pricing strategies and approach.Charlebois said that in an effort to compete, grocery chains are looking at online delivery, embracing more responsive business models and using data science.Researchers found that pricing discounts intensified around September 2016, which has made food prices more difficult to predict.“Grocers are trying to compete, they are discounting aggressively to keep consumers in their stores,” Charlebois said. “That will come to an end at some point, but we’re not sure if that’ll happen in 2018.”– Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Supporters of conservative host Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel show are responding to a decision by Keurig to stop advertising on the show by smashing Keurig coffee makers.The company announced Saturday it had pulled advertising from “Hannity” after several Twitter users questioned the company’s support for the host, citing Hannity’s coverage of sexual misconduct allegations against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama. Moore is accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl four decades ago when he was in his 30s.It’s unclear when Keurig stopped advertising on “Hannity.” The Waterbury, Vermont, company didn’t respond to a request for further comment Monday.The move prompted several people to destroy Keurig products in protest and post videos to social media. Blogger Angelo John Gage promoted what he called the “Keurig Smash Challenge” while posting a video of himself taking a hammer to his brewer.Another user posted a video of a Keurig brewer being tossed to the ground from the second story of a building. Hannity commented “love it” while retweeting one video of a man teeing off on a coffee maker with a golf club.Liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America has been putting public pressure on Hannity’s advertisers for months. The group’s president, Angelo Carusone, told The Associated Press it again called for companies to stop supporting Hannity’s program after the Moore allegations came to light Thursday in a Washington Post story.Carusone said that while he feels bad for Keurig, Hannity’s encouragement of the protest against the company “demonstrates to other advertisers to run for the hills.”Several other brands, including DNA testing company 23 and Me , women’s clothing label ELOQUII , food delivery service Hello Fresh and natural supplement maker Nature’s Bounty also said they don’t advertise on “Hannity.”Nature’s Bounty said it hasn’t advertised on the show since the summer but declined to give a reason. Hello Fresh said it last advertised on “Hannity” in August and added that it doesn’t advertise on certain shows “for a variety of reasons.” It’s unclear if 23 and Me and ELOQUII previously advertised on “Hannity,” and the companies didn’t immediately return requests for comment.Realtor.com posted on Twitter on Saturday that it doesn’t run ads on “Hannity” and wouldn’t do so in the future. That tweet was later deleted, and the company posted a statement on its website Sunday stating it would “continue to place ads across a broad range of networks, including Fox News and its top shows.”Realtor.com declined comment on the reason for the change.Realtor.com is owned by News Corp. Fox News is owned by 21st Century Fox. Rupert Murdoch is executive chairman of both companies.Fox News didn’t immediately return a request for comment Monday.___This story has been corrected to show that Realtor.com is owned by News Corp. Fox News is owned by 21st Century Fox. Rupert Murdoch is executive chairman of both companies.last_img read more

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. — A grass fire erupted near the CN Rail yard in Chetwynd on Sunday.Chetwynd Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky said that the fire was reported at around 11:30 yesterday morning and grew to 15 hectares in size before crews managed to contain the blaze around four hours later. He said that a helicopter was dispatched by BC Wildfire Service and bucketed water to the site and a cat was used to build a fire guard.According to Sabulsky, the fire is now contained and the BC Wildfire Service’s Northern Fire Attack Teams will continue to monitor the scene over the next three days as a complete mop-up is necessary. The fire has caused the District of Chetwynd to close the Crown and Centurion Trails, and residents are asked to stay clear of the burn area.  Sabulsky added that the cause of the fire is suspicious and all residents are asked to be extra diligent and note any hikers or persons using the trails.last_img read more

The Toronto stock market headed higher after the U.S. Federal Reserve delivered on expectations for more stimulus to sustain a fragile economic recovery.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 46.12 points to 12,278.74 after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it will spend US$40-billion a month on a new round of bond purchases to boost the weak U.S. economy, and has not set an end date.The money will be spent on mortgage-backed securities to keep interest rates low, encourage lending and support the slow recovery of the housing sector.[np-related]The bank will also continue to buy bonds with long maturity horizons under the its so-called Twist program, leaving them buying a total of US$85-billion per month for the balance of the year under the two programs.The Fed also says it will keep buying more bonds until the job market shows substantial improvement.The TSX Venture Exchange climbed 10.33 points to 1,292.98.New York markets shot higher with the Dow Jones industrials up 113.44 points to 13,446.79.The Nasdaq composite index jumped 28.84 points to 3,143.15, and the S&P 500 index was 13.04 points higher to 1,449.6.The Canadian dollar gained 0.35 of a cent to 102.75 cents US in the wake of the Fed announcement.The stimulus program involves quantitative easing, which sees the central bank print more money to fund the bond purchases, which in turn weakens the U.S. currency.The Fed turned to quantitative easing as a way to stimulate the economy after it lowered short-term overnight interest rates to about as low as they can go. The Fed said Thursday it has extended a plan to keep short-term rates at record lows through mid-2015.The loonie has surged in value against the U.S. dollar since last week after European Central Bank president Mario Draghi announced the ECB would buy government bonds to hold borrowing costs down the most vulnerable eurozone members. And the greenback further weakened over the last week as speculation grew the Fed was prepared to launch a third round of stimulus, particularly after August job creation figures disappointed even modest expectations.In two previous bond-buying programs, the Fed bought more than US$2 trillion of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities after the 2008 financial crisis.The gold sector led TSX gainers, up 1.75% as December bullion gained $18.20 to US$1,751.90 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. was up 68 cents to $39.43.The base metals sector rose 0.5% with December copper ahead a penny at US$3.70 a pound. Teck Resources rose 64 cents to $31.26.The energy segment was up 0.35% while oil prices moved down from session highs with the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 13 cents to US$97.14. Prices had earlier moved above US$98 a barrel after attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions and the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya sparked new worries about unrest in the Middle East. Cenovus Energy gained 54 cents to $34.63.The TSX financial sector also provided lift to the market as Manulife Financial gained 17 cents to $11.75.The tech sector led decliners.The U.S. Department of Justice is asking satellite technology company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to shed some more light on its US$875-million takeover bid for California-based Space Systems/Loral Inc. The deal, which the company has called “a game changer” will boost MacDonald, Dettwiler’s role as a supplier of commercial communications satellites. MacDonald, Dettwiler shares lost $3.02 or 5.6% to $50.80 on top of a 7% slide on Wednesday.In other corporate news, shares in travel company Transat AT Inc. surged $1.04 or 26% to $5.03 as it reported quarterly profit of $9.4-million or 25 cents a share, compared to a year ago loss of $2.8-million. Revenue was down three per cent from a year earlier to $909.1-million.Empire Company Ltd. says its first-quarter profit rose to $108.9-million or $1.60 per share, up from $89.2-million or $1.31 per share a year earlier. The Nova Scotia-based company is best known for its Sobeys grocery stores but it also is involved in other retail operations, movie theatres and real estate. Revenue for the company was up 9.7% to $4.56-billion, thanks in part to the acquisition of 236 retail gas locations and convenience stores and its shares gained 87 cents to $58.45. read more

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake says he is compiling a report on the UNP May Day rally held in Jaffna yesterday which will include the names of UNP members who boycotted the event.He said that the report will be submitted to the UNP working committee to decide on the course of action to be taken on those members. The report by the UNP General Secretary will also cover the outcome of the May Day rally in Jaffan which was headed by party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, Karu Jayasuriya, Dayasiri Jayasekera and Budhika Pathirana were among those who were in Colombo at the R. Premadasa commemorative ceremony.  (Colombo Gazette) Attanayake says the UNP had given permission to a select few to attend the R. Premadasa commemorative ceremony in Colombo instead of being present in Jaffna. However he says some UNP members who had not been given permission were in Colombo instead of in Jaffna. read more

A 28-year-old man has been charged with criminal harassment after allegedly trying to get a student to enter his vehicle.Police say a man followed a student to a St. Catharines area school earlier this month and repeatedly tried to get the student to enter his vehicle. The student did not know the man and ignored his demands.The student safely made their way to school and police were contacted. Mohammad Sharif, of St. Catharines, was arrested and charged. He was scheduled to appear in a Hamilton courtroom on Sunday. read more

With less than a week to go before the big man in red arrives, it’s crunch time.Calgarians are making lists and checking them twice, making sure all the gifts are purchased and wrapped, and stockings are stuffed.A survey from Retail Me Not says holiday shoppers across the country expect to spend over $1000 this month, on top of their potentially maxed-out budget.Not all of that cash is going to what’s under the tree either; about two-thirds of that is going towards gifts, but some other costs not planned for are weighing on our wallets.“Food was an incredibly high area, you know people are spending on average $300 plus to host people, and that is in addition to already surmounting grocery bills,” explained Katie Dunsworth with Smart Cookies.She says that $300, doesn’t account for booze, which is (on average) an additional $300.And how about that cab ride to and from those Christmas parties?“Transportation is another big one — getting to the places you need to get to, travel and those sorts of things.”That’s an additional $165 bill.Dunsworth says having a free and frivolous holiday spirit can really mangle your budget and leave you starting the new year in the red.She says ask yourself, “is it worth being overly nice this year?”As far as a big cost cutter goes, Dunsworth says in place of gifts for coworkers and teachers — bake, don’t buy.Dunsworth bets spending money for Boxing Day wasn’t part of your budget either.“If you’re doing Boxing Day shopping, plan ahead and figure out flyers will be released early next week on Boxing Day sales. Sometimes even on Christmas Eve you can go in and see if you can get Boxing Day sales in advance.”On the whole, Dunsworth says Christmas isn’t about spending money but about spending time. by Kayla Butler Posted Dec 19, 2015 8:19 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email What’s breaking your holiday budget? STOCK PHOTO/PEXELS.COM read more

Unanimously adopting a new resolution, the Council decided that, after over 13 years operating in its current form, the UN Stabilization Mission, known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH, would gradually draw down its military component during the next six months, finally withdrawing from Haiti by 15 October 2017. Acting on the recommendations of the Secretary-General, the Council also decided to establish a successor operation, the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), which would be mandated to assist the Haitian Government to strengthen rule of law institutions; further support and develop the National Police; and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting, and analysis.Further to the resolution, MINUJUSTH would be composed of up to seven Formed Police Units – or 980 FPU personnel – and 295 Individual Police Officers for an initial period of six months from 16 October 2017 until 15 April 2018, and emphasized the importance of reaching those levels. The current Mission has just over 1,000 individual police and 11 police units.The new Mission was also authorized to “protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence, within its capabilities and areas of deployment, as needed.” Briefing the Security Council early last week, MINUSTAH chief Sandra Honoré said Haiti had made significant progress in consolidating democracy and maintaining security and stability with the inauguration of Jovenel Moïse as President on 7 February, marking the restoration of constitutional order. Yet, in spite of these gains, pockets of fragility persisted and political challenges remained. It is time, she said, to reshape the partnership among the international community, the United Nations and Haiti, with a view to monitoring concerns such as human rights issues and ensuring that progress made since MINUSTAH’s 2004 establishment endure. With the Council’s support, said Ms. Honoré, the joint transition plan would guide the handover, underpinning the gradual transfer of tasks to the Government, the international presence and the United Nations Country Team, thereby allowing Haiti to seize the opportunity to “begin a new chapter in [its] history as the Mission transitions.” read more