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first_imgIndia has registered its first golden success in Asian Games 2010 with Pankaj Advani topping in the English Billiards singles event of the Asian Games on Sunday.Advani won his first world championship title in 2003 IBSF World Snooker Championship in China. Advani, who is the only player to have achieved a ‘grand double’ of winning both the points and timed formats at the IBSF World Billiards Championships 2005, repeated the same feat at the 2008 Championships held in Bangalore.The ace cueist, however, failed to defend his title in the Point format, going down to nine-time world champion England’s Mike Russell in a one-sided final in August this year.With PTI inputslast_img read more


first_img2010 might be the Chinese Year of the Tiger but in Bangalore the cubs ruled the roost. Be it sports, acting or cooking, youngsters from all walks of life are creating waves. Simply Bangalore does a lowdown on youngsters who rocked Bangalore in 2010. Actress Aindrita RaySexy sirenAindrita Ray, 20,,2010 might be the Chinese Year of the Tiger but in Bangalore the cubs ruled the roost. Be it sports, acting or cooking, youngsters from all walks of life are creating waves. Simply Bangalore does a lowdown on youngsters who rocked Bangalore in 2010.Actress Aindrita RaySexy sirenAindrita Ray, 20, ActorThis Bengali-origin Kannada film actor was known as a bombshell much before she managed to woo the critics and the discerning audiences with a powerful performance in Manasaare last year, the role which won her three popular awards. She’s one of the hottest actors in the Kannada film industry. Single and ready to mingle? Probably not considering that she’s still new in the industry and wants to make a mark professionally before getting involved with anyone.Having lived in Bangalore for 19 years, her Bengali roots are almost rusty and she claims not to know ‘anything about Bengali cinema’. It was the little girl in the scooty commercial that caught the eye of Director Mahesh who had cast her in Meravanige and there’s been no looking back professionally. Manasaare won her the best actress award from AKKA, Suvarna as well as the Scope South award. With anasina Mathu and Januma Janumadallu in Kannada, Flat in Hindi and Sari nee ishtam in Telugu, the celebrations start on a multilingual note for Ray in 2011.Chef Manu ChandraDinner dateManu Chandra, 30, ChefIt’s not uncommon to see customers gushing at both the chef and the food at Olive Beach in Bangalore. Long before Saif Ali Khan made the profession popular or an older Amitabh Bachchan decided to don the cool chef’s hat, Bangaloreans have found the chef with the coolest glamour quotient-Manu Chandra.Trade and travel magazines on food have rated Chandra among the best talents in the food business in India and he was most recently rated the most talented young chef in the country. His college days saw Cafe Turtle in Delhi feature Manu’s specials during weekends. And it wasn’t long before he entered The Culinary Institute of America, New York. He graduated with top honours and went on to work at top kitchens around the world before returning to India to take over as Executive Chef of A D Singh’s new Olive Beach in Bangalore.Snooker and Billiards champion Pankaj AdvaniThe champPankaj Advani, 25, Snooker and Billiards championThe year didn’t start off on a great note for one of Bangalore’s best known sporting champs but it certainly ends gloriously with nothing less than a podium finish, a gold medal for Pankaj Advani, in fact the first for India, at the Asian Games in Guanghou. It wasn’t always the case of course when this 18-year-old made his debut, “No body would have bet even a paisa on me,” he says rather modestly. Advani is not one to discuss his personal life, leave alone girlfriends, and thankfully snooker and billiards players are not hounded like cricketers. Stylish without being over the top Advani’s comfortable style of a tee teamed with jeans and simple ways have made him quite the boy next door in his hometown.Actress RamyaBelle of the ballRamya, 27, ActorThe city’s best known actress, her volatile temper and her vulnerable looks have won Ramya an army of admirers. Besides Kannada cinema, she’s also done some award winning work in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Ramya is quite the dream girl, a sports person and an animal lover with a vivacious personality her dream is to open an animal shelter and a veterinary hospital in the near future. With over 37 films in her kitty, she’s established herself as one of South India’s best known actresses. This year like most others opened on a positive note, for Ramya with her experimental film Just Math Mathalli, directed by Sudeep, received the thumbs up from all the critics, something that has been considered a bold and innovative step for the otherwise mainstream actress who has restricted herself to commercial hit films.Businessman Siddharth Mallya with Bollywood bombshell Deepika PadukoneSuper scionSiddharth Mallya, 23, BusinessmanIf there’s one youngster who has acquired rock star status in Bangalore this year, that’s 23-year-old Siddharth Mallya. After all, this lad belongs to the Billionaire’s club. Born in the United States and raised in London and the Middle East, Mallya Jr got his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from London and is currently the life and soul of Mallya’s parties. Surrounded by a bevy of babes, the scion himself seems to favour Deepika Padukone, after all they share a common team, The Royal Challengers. As to what makes Mallya Jr rock, besides his cool looks, he’s already a director at UB working on making Royal Challengers a force to reckon with in the Indian Premier League. Something that he does with great panache and the team that was down and out till last year, turned out to be the dark horse going all the way to the finals. And it goes without saying that the best after-parties were those hosted by Royal Challengers.Cricketer Robin UthappaWillow whispersRobin Uthappa, 25, CricketerIf he had listened to his mother, he would have ended up a doctor. Today, his romance is with the willow and it’s no wonder that he’s earned the nickname “The Walking Assasin” thanks to his exploits on the field. “I always wanted to be a part of the Indian cricket team ever since I can remember, and today I’m lucky to live that dream,” says he. The Indian Premier League in 2010 changed all that as he smashed 51 off 21 balls, in fact the second fastest 50 in the IPL against King XI Punjab and was the match winner for his team-Royal Challengers.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgSalman Khan has posted a new still on Twitter from his much-anticipated film, Sultan.ALSO READ: Sultan – Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma begin shooting in Uttar PradeshSEE PIC: Anushka Sharma’s wrestler avatar for Sultan will leave you stunned The 50-year-old actor is sporting a moustache in this upcoming film.In the new still, Salman can be seen walking out of the wrestling arena (akhada) after knocking out his opponent on the ground. pic.twitter.com/Z7SvePIwbg Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) April 16, 2016 Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Sultan’s teaser became an immediate hit on the internet moments after its release.Till now, Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma-starrer Sultan’s teaser has got more than 9 million views.Salman fans, who often wish to see ‘bhai’ go shirtless, are in for a treat as the Bajrangi Bhaijaan star has once again flaunted his ripped muscles on screen.Sutan is based on the life of a professional wrestler, who faces various ups and downs in his life. Produced by Yash Raj Films, the film will hit the screens on Eid, this year.last_img read more


first_imgHONG KONG — LeBron James was honored by the appearance of hundreds of fans who clutched his jersey or held up life-size cutouts of his face at a store in Hong Kong on July 23d.The mob chanted “LBJ” as he entered the store to meet with a small group of shoe-collecting “sneakerheads.”He said it was “very humbling” to know he was an inspiration for fans in the former British colony.“I’m miles and miles and miles, thousands of miles away from home, and to know that you can inspire someone in a whole other country, it means a lot me,” he said.Later, he ran a clinic before 1,500 fans packed around a court in Kowloon, then showed off some moves.James kicked off his Nike-sponsored five-day trip on July 21st in Beijing. He is traveling to Taiwan on July 24-25.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgTraditionally, computer vision applications have relied on highly specialized algorithms painstakingly designed for each specific application and use case. This meant that designing for computer vision was hard, and this significantly slowed the adoption of vision-based applications. Additionally, this made new applications very expensive and time consuming.However, there has been a democratization of computer vision. By that we mean it’s becoming much easier to develop computer vision-based algorithms, systems and applications, as well as to deploy these solutions at scale – enabling many more developers and organizations to incorporate vision into their systems.Deep learning is one of the drivers of this trend. Because of the generality of deep learning algorithms, there’s less of a need to develop specialized algorithms. Instead, developer focus can shift to selecting among available algorithms, and then to obtaining the necessary quantities of training data.Deep neural networks (DNNs) have transformed computer vision, delivering superior results on tasks such as recognizing objects, localizing objects within a frame and determining which pixels belong to which object. Even problems previously considered solved with conventional techniques are now finding better solutions using deep learning techniques.As a result, computer vision developers are increasingly adopting deep learning techniques. In the Alliance’s most recent survey, 59% of vision system developers are already using DNNs (an increase from 34% two years ago). Another 28% are planning to use DNNs for visual intelligence in the near future.Another critical factor in simplifying computer vision development and deployment is the rise of cloud computing and much better development tools. For example, rather than spending days or weeks installing and configuring development tools, today engineers can get instant access to pre-configured development environments in the cloud. Likewise, when large amounts of compute power are required to train or validate a neural network algorithm, this compute power can be quickly and economically obtained in the cloud.Cloud computing offers an easy path for initial deployment of many vision-based systems, even in cases where ultimately developers will switch to edge-based computing to reduce costs. Our most recent survey found that 75% of respondents using deep neural networks for visual understanding in their products deploy those neural networks at the edge, while 42% use the cloud. These figures total to more than 100% because some survey respondents use both approaches.The world of practical computer vision is changing very fast – opening up many exciting technical and business opportunities. You can learn about the latest developments in computer vision at the Embedded Vision Summit, May 20-23, 2019, in Santa Clara, California. The event attracts a global audience of more than one thousand people who are developing and using computer vision technology. — Jeff Bier is the founder if the Embedded Vision Alliance. >> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “Tools, Algorithms Drive Embedded Vision.” For more articles related to embedded vision, see: – Embedded vision builds on specialized co-processors – Open-source software meets broad needs of robot-vision developers – Computer vision for the masses: bringing computer vision to the open web platform Can be deployed at low cost and with low power consumption Is usable by non-specialists Since we started the Embedded Vision Alliance in 2011, there has been an unprecedented growth in investment, innovation, and use of practical vision technology across a broad range of markets. To help understand technology choices and trends, the Embedded Vision Alliance conducts an annual survey of product developers.In the most recent iteration of this survey, completed in November 2018, 93% of respondents reported that they expect an increase in their organization’s vision-related activity over the coming year (61% expect a large increase). This increase would not be possible without extensive work on new algorithms and development tools to speed adoption of vision-based systems.Three fundamental factors are driving the proliferation of visual perception. It increasingly Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Syslogic: rugged computers and HMI systems for construction machineryNext How smart sensors enhance ADAS designs Works well enough for diverse, real-world applicationslast_img read more


first_imgAmerican Indian tribes who are still fighting the Dakota Access pipeline in court have dropped an appeal of a federal judge’s decision that allowed final construction to proceed.U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in early March refused to stop completion of the pipeline based on the claims of Sioux tribes that it threatens water they consider sacred.The Cheyenne River Sioux appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.That court refused an emergency order stopping oil from flowing.The pipeline is now filled with oil and ready to begin commercial operations in two weeks.With oil already in the line, Cheyenne River attorneys in late April submitted a motion to voluntarily dismiss their claim in the appeals court, and the motion was granted Monday.last_img read more


first_imgLionel Messi Batistuta annoyed ‘extraterrestrial’ Messi broke his record Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 14:09 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) LionelMessi - Cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Argentina Friendlies World Cup WC Qualification South America The Argentine legend admitted to being slightly perturbed by the Barcelona star surpassing his goalscoring record Argentina great Gabriel Batistuta admitted he was annoyed Lionel Messi broke his goalscoring record, but was glad it was surpassed by an “extraterrestrial”.Messi broke Batistuta’s record of 54 goals for Argentina at the Copa America Centenario last year, and has since moved seven clear.Argentina 8/1 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The duo are well ahead of Sergio Aguero and Hernan Crespo, with the Manchester City star netting his 35th in Argentina’s 1-0 friendly win over Russia on Saturday.Batistuta said he was frustrated to have Messi break his mark, but he paid tribute to the Barcelona superstar.”Did it annoy me that Messi took the record? A little, yes,” he told Telefe.”It was a title that I held. It’s not just any old thing. You go around the world and people say, ‘He’s the top scorer for the Argentina national team’.”I think I got to 54 or something like that. Lionel has more and will get almost double what I did.”But the advantage I have is that I’m second to an extraterrestrial.”Batistuta won two Copa America titles and a Confederations Cup with Argentina, while Messi remains without a trophy on the international level.last_img read more


first_imgCANSO CAUSEWAY Drivers going to and from Cape Breton are advised that the Canso Causeway will be closed at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, for about one hour for celebration of the causeway’s 50th anniversary. Delays can also be expected before and after the ceremony due to traffic volumes. Drivers should adjust their travel schedules and use extra caution near the causeway during this time. -30-last_img


first_imgPersons with disabilities and seniors now have a guide to help them prepare for possible disasters. The guide, titled Are you Ready? Nova Scotia’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness: Tips for Persons with Disabilities, Tips for Frail or Older Seniors, provides education on disaster preparedness tailored to meet the needs of persons with various disabilities and frail and older seniors. “First responders do everything they can to reach those most in need during an emergency,” said David Morse, acting Minister of Emergency Management. “However, everyone should be personally prepared in case disaster strikes, particularly persons with disabilities, seniors, or others who may have specific dietary requirements or medical needs.” “Often there is more complex planning and preparation that needs to take place to ensure the basic needs of seniors and persons with disabilities are met and they are safe for up to 72 hours after an emergency,” said Judy Streatch, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission. “The booklet gets them thinking about what their special needs may be in the event of an emergency or disaster and acts as a resource guide.” The booklet is the creation of The Persons with Disabilities and Seniors Emergency Preparedness Committee of Nova Scotia, a group of agencies from government and the private sector that aims to prepare Nova Scotians for all types of large scale emergencies or disasters. The publication provides tips on how to prepare, respond and recover from disasters and includes disaster kit lists designed specifically for people with certain vulnerabilities. Twenty-five-thousand copies are being distributed through the Disabled Persons Commission and the Department of Seniors. “This guide speaks to the needs of older seniors and provides clear information on how they should prepare for an emergency,” said Len Goucher, acting Minister of Seniors. “It’s another positive step to integrating seniors in emergency preparedness planning and in creating safer communities.” The booklet is available in French, English, audio and braille. A DVD has also been prepared in American Sign Language. Anyone interested in getting a copy of the booklet can contact The Disabled Persons Commission at 1-800-565-8280 or 902-424-2667. They can also contact the Department of Seniors at 1-800-670-0065.last_img read more


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Walt Disney World has revamped its annual and season pass system, raising their prices and making changes.Multiple news outlets report that Disney has increased prices, with the passes including new benefits, such as free parking for annual pass holders. Disney now sells two passes with blackout dates, with the pricier one allowing people to visit more days.The $329 seasonal pass is now gone. Instead there are gold and silver passes, costing $549 and $389, respectively for Florida residents. The platinum plus pass, which has no blackout dates, is now $729 for state residents, and includes admission to four Walt Disney World theme parks, two water parks and other attractions.Disney says the new system was designed to offer pass holders more options.Current passes remain valid through their expiration dates. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 5, 2015 7:59 am MDT Last Updated Oct 5, 2015 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Disney raises prices on its annual passes to Walt Disney World, makes other changes read more


For a majority of the Ohio State football team, one thought comes to mind when they think of Saturday’s upcoming game against Nebraska: “We owe them one.” Some OSU players threw that phrase around after the team’s Wednesday practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer wasn’t part of the Buckeyes’ 34-27 loss in Lincoln, Neb., last season, but he understands his players want revenge. “I have heard them talk about this,” Meyer said Wednesday. “I’ve actually heard, I haven’t brought it up – maybe this weekend or Friday, I’ve got to evaluate where we’re at – but I hear them saying ‘We owe this team.’” Under the lights OSU will have quite the stage for revenge Saturday, with the game being a nationally televised broadcast on ABC, under the lights, with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. That should help the No. 12-ranked Buckeyes’ chances against the No. 21-ranked Cornhuskers, as Ohio Stadium should be closer to being the “inferno” Meyer has said many times he hopes The Horseshoe can be. Preparing for a night game can pose challenges, though. Players have much more time than usual waiting for kickoff, and what OSU will do Saturday morning and afternoon is something Meyer is still considering. “We’re still finalizing our plans for it. The good thing is, we have a lot of experience with night games, (OSU strength coach Mickey Marotti) and I,” Meyer said. “We want them rested. We have an idea but it hasn’t been completed yet.” Injury update OSU will be without at least one of their playmakers Saturday. Senior running back Jordan Hall will not play in Saturday’s contest as he is still recovering from an injury to his right knee. Buckeye redshirt junior safety C.J Barnett is a “maybe.” “Is there a maybe category? He’s got to get a lot better. He’s still limping around,” Meyer said. Sophomore defensive end Michael Bennett will play after suffering a groin injury before the Buckeyes’ game against Miami. Deep threat Twice this season, and once last year, OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith have hooked up for a long, game-winning touchdown through the air. Throwing deep is something Meyer said he would like to do more often. He now trusts both Miller and Smith to make connections on long passes, but he wasn’t able to say that in the spring. “If you were to say that before Spring Game – April 21 or something – if you said that April 14 I would have looked at you like you had seven heads. (Smith) has earned that right,” Meyer said of Smith running deep patterns. Defending Nebraska The Huskers don’t have a big, bruising running back like the Buckeyes had to defend last week in Michigan State junior tailback Le’Veon Bell. Many of Nebraska’s players, both offensive and defensive, are of the quicker and leaner build. Don’t say Nebraska isn’t physical, though. “No, no, no. This is a tough outfit. It’s a very physical defense. They fly around. A much different scheme, they try to push you east-west,” Meyer said. Against MSU, the Buckeyes had to focus on mainly just one player – Bell. Nebraska has three capable runners: redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Martinez, senior running back Rex Burkhead and sophomore tailback Ameer Abdullah. Meaning the OSU defense doesn’t have much room for error. “You miss (Martinez) and it’s a home run. That Burkhead just keeps coming at you, coming at you. Their offensive line, I think their offensive line is very good. They block several players as well as anyone I’ve seen,” Meyer said. read more


first_imgAS Roma forward Edin Dzeko was at loss to explain how they went from losing on Saturday to producing a convincing 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow in just three daysThe Bosnian stole the show in Tuesday night’s Champions League showdown in the Italian capital with a match-winning double as Roma moved level on points with Real Madrid at the top of Group G.It marked a welcome return to form following Saturday’s disappointing 2-0 home loss to SPAL in the Serie A.But Dzeko, who has now scored five goals in just three Champions League games this season, could only guess what prompted the drastic turnaround in form.“It’s difficult to say why [we perform so well], when three days ago we need to do more to win against SPAL,” Dzeko told the club website.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“Today we gave everything – clearly we need to find more consistency, both personally and as a team.”He added: “Today’s result doesn’t change our job. We need to keep winning and we know it will be another tough game in Moscow that we need to go out and win all over again.”On the other hand, Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco lamented that Dzeko couldn’t have the net last weekend after his superb display on Tuesday.The Giallorossi will next face CSKA again in the Champions League on November 7 at Moscow.last_img read more


first_imgLegislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to help small businesses compete for federal government contracts passed out of the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday.It’s the first-term Camas Republican’s first bill to pass through a congressional committee. The proposal, named the “Small Business Opportunity Act of 2012,” would make changes within the Small Business Administration and allow small business advocates to get involved earlier in the federal contracting process.“This bill represents one more way that Congress can maximize the opportunities for America’s small businesses,” Herrera Beutler said in a news release. “I’m grateful to see the bipartisan support for this jobs bill continue to grow.”Herrera Beutler and Oregon Democrat Kurt Schrader are the bill’s original sponsors; they introduced the legislation on Feb. 8.Currently, small business advocates are not included in the bidding process for federal contracts until just before the federal government releases a proposalrequest for the contract or a request for a price quote. Herrera Beutler’s bill would have small business advocates involved at the beginning of the planning process for a federal government contract.“The bill was written after studies showed that (procurement center representatives with the SBA) often get federal contracts at the last minute, and don’t have enough time making sure they’re written in a way that allows small businesses to compete for them,” Herrera Beutler’s spokesman, Casey Bowman, said Wednesday.last_img read more


first_imgA sharp increase over the next three years in the number of personnel and aircraft based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California has prompted Navy officials to begin discussions with local leaders about the possibility of expanding the 19,000-acre base.At a luncheon Monday at the Rotary Club of Fresno, Capt. Monty Ashliman Jr., the base’s commander, praised the station’s surrounding communities for their willingness to consider a possible expansion. Ashliman emphasized the need for the base and its neighbors to avoid conflicts that could interfere with Lemoore’s mission.“Without our military installations and surrounding communities working in coordination with one another, we run the risk of minimizing training opportunities available,” he told the audience, reported the Fresno Bee.A 25 percent jump in personnel at the base, home of the Pacific Strike Fighter Wing, is expected as DOD diverts 60 percent of its spending to the Pacific theater, the commander said.Lemoore, which already is the largest naval installation in the country for carrier-based aircraft, will gain more than 3,000 people, including family members, before 2019. The Navy will add two F-18 fighter jet squadrons by the end of 2018 to the 15 F-18 squadrons — plus one auxiliary squadron — now stationed there. In a year, F-35 crews will start arriving at the installation.An expanded mission can be expected to bolster the central San Joaquin Valley economy, according to the story.In addition to expanding its boundaries to accommodate its expanded mission, Lemoore also will need to obtain more water to farm vacant land on the installation. Growing crops on the land helps control the rodent population, which in turn limits the number of birds at the installation — a serious threat to aircraft operations. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


first_imgPrime minister and ruling Awami League president Sheikh Hasina addresses a programme organised to mark the 27th founding anniversary of the party’s voluntary wing, Awami Swechchhasebak League, at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Friday. Photo: BSSBangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday alleged her arch rivals Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami would “just destroy the country with their unbridled looting and corruption if they return to power as they did in the past”, reports UNB.”… they’ll just eat up the country through their looting if they get back to power…there’ll be no change in people’s fate,” she said.The prime minister said this when leaders and activists of AL’s voluntary wing Awami Swechchhasebak League met her on the occasion of the founding anniversary of their affiliated body at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban in the capital.She claimed that Khaleda Zia could not restrain herself from embezzling even orphans’ money. “How they’ll give anything to people returning to power…they won’t be able to give anything to people, they’ll just engage themselves in looting and corruption.”Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, mentioned that the BNP chief is now in jail for embezzlement of orphans’ money. “We didn’t put her in jail for political reason. Had we wanted to do that we could have done that in 2013, 2014 and 2013.”She said the people of the country have no trust and faith in the BNP-Jamaat clique. “This has been proved,” she said.Talking about the unabated corruption and money laundering during the BNP-Jamaat regime, the prime minister said these have been proved in the USA, too.She also said Awami League brought back the confidence of people in government after its return to power through the 2008 election.”If anyone does politics for personal gains that politics cannot give anything to the country, and that person takes everything for himself or herself…history never pardons such person,” Hasina said.The prime minister also said if the politics is just in the interest and welfare of people, then the politicians can give something to the country. “And we’re doing that.”She said the main aim of the Awami League is to build the fate of people, not its own. “I’m not there in politics to make own fortune… I just want one thing-to change the fate of people.”Hasina said the government has already ensured food security in the country and want to make it a poverty-free one. “We’re implementing programmes to that end.”last_img read more


first_img Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Fans will have to wait until Dec. 20 to watch Star Wars: Episode IX, but director J.J. Abrams just shared a new heartwarming photo from the movie’s last photography day.On Friday afternoon, Abrams tweeted a picture of actors John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Daisy Ridley dressed up in costumes and embracing each other.It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019“It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX,” Abrams wrote on Twitter. “There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all.”Abrams’ emotional Tweet follows other actors, including Boyega and C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels, who also posted touching statements on Star Wars: Episode IX’s final filming days. We don’t know what’s in store for their characters, however, this flick will be the last chapter in the Skywalker saga, so it could be a tough one for those involved.For more updates on Star Wars Episode IX, follow the movie’s social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.More on Geek.com:C-3PO Actor Anthony Daniels Shares Tweet After Filming ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ John Boyega Teases Shocking Photo From ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ SetLego Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Star Wars’ With Anniversary Sets Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgBack in September of last year, Night Dive Studios released an enhanced edition of the classic PC game, System Shock. The enhancements did a great job of cleaning up the original game, but now the studio wants to take things one step further by completely remaking it from the ground up.Up to this point, we’ve only gotten some screenshots of System Shock Remastered. Even though the images looked quite impressive, they only gave us a hint of what we could expect graphically. This newly released video gives us a clearer image of the work being done by Night Dive. Though this footage is from a pre-alpha build of the game, it looks great — even at this stage in development.According to its official site, System Shock Remastered will remain true to the original game and contain all of the elements fans expect, but with an updated HUD and, of course, new graphics courtesy of the Unity Engine. The developers have even brought on Robert Waters, the original concept artist on System Shock.Night Dive Studios obtained the full rights to the System Shock franchise in 2015. The studio is well-known for obtaining the rights to old games and updating them to be compatible with modern platforms, re-releasing them for digital distribution. The studio is currently collaborating with Otherside Entertainment to develop System Shock 3 with the help of original series creator Warren Spector.Night Dive Studios will soon launch a Kickstarter campaign for System Shock Remastered. The game is expected to be released sometime in 2017.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: After Mishti Hub, Muslin Hub and similar other clusters, the state government is likely to lay the foundation stone for the construction of the long-proposed ‘lighting hub’ in Chandannagar on February 22.Speaking to the Press on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday, the minister of Technical Education, Training and Skill Development Purnendu Basu said: “Chandannagar is famous for its lighting displays worldwide. But the workers who are involved in this segment have training of the traditional kind and they learn the craft by observing others. Unfortunately, the number of these workers is plummeting.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The foundation stone of the lighting hub is most likely to be laid on February 22, when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will visit the Hooghly district. The government has sanctioned Rs 12 crore for the project and the site of the project has also been decided,” he added. Last year, the Bengal government had announced funding for the proposed lighting hub, to give a structured boost to the industry by creating a special zone. Basu further said: “Apart from the lighting hub, the state government has also decided to open an institute in the area. This will be an industrial training institute (ITI) which will train people in electrical work, wiring and use of digital medium, helping the workers learn the craft better. Teachers who want to provide training in this institute are welcome to come and teach these workers.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSpeaking at a seminar on ‘Way forward to skill Bengal: Reforms, Challenges and Imperatives’, Basu also said that India faces a serious shortage of skilled workers and only about 2 percent of workers have received skill training. A large section of the workforce lack skills and are hence unemployable. There is a need to identify the skill gap and bridge the gap with help from experts. Apart from the West Bengal Skill Development Mission, the Bengal government had also launched the flagship scheme of ‘Utkarsh Bangla’ in 2016, to deliver skill development training and to create an industry-ready workforce. Capacity building is taking place through the programme, which aims to train at least 6 lakh youths annually. The portal has been a success and it has allowed convergence of different stakeholders. The government is providing training at ITIs, as well as other institutions including private-public partnerships, he maintained.last_img read more


first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The state of Quintana Roo has surpassed 100,000 hotel rooms, making it the state with the largest tourist infrastructure with Cancun and Riviera Maya leading the way.Darío Flota Ocampo, director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo, says the state officially has 101,000 hotel rooms, and that by next year, another 3,000 will be added.The Tourism Promotion Council says they have recorded an occupancy decrease of 0.7 percent compared to the same period last year, however, he says the decrease is due to the increase in hotel rooms adding that they have to increase marketing efforts to fill the additional rooms.Since September 2017, 749 new rooms were generated by the construction of Riu Costa Mujeres hotel with another 1,600 rooms from the Atelier Playa Mujeres complex.By the end of 2018, another 1,000 rooms will be opened, including the Marriott Renaissance in Puerto Cancún and the expansion of the Iberostar Cancún hotel.A the end of 2017, Xcaret Mexico Hotel opened in Riviera Maya with 900 rooms. In mid-2018, 744 more rooms will become available in hotels The Reef, Saint Regis, Kanai and Nickelodeon.According to the firm Marketing Consultants, it is expected that during 2018, Cancun will have a tourism increase of 3 percent.“Although other sectors of the Mexican economy may suffer in the event of an eventual failure in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, no expert warns of any impact on tourism activity,” says the company.The Secretaría de Turismo de Quintana Roo announced from the beginning of 2018 and over the next 10 years, more than 30,000 hotel rooms will be built in the northern areas of Quintana Roo adding that at least 3,000 are already authorized and under construction in Cancun.The agency adds that over the last six years, the National Bank of Foreign Trade has granted more than 36 billion peso of investment support for the construction of more than 13,000 rooms in Mexico of which over 6,000 are located in the state of Quintana Roo.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img Friday, June 23, 2017 TORONTO — Sandals Resorts’ cross-Canada series of educational workshops continues in August and September and with limited space agents are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.“Sandals Resorts is challenging agents to get a real understanding of their difference – through real up-to-the minute product information, real sales and marketing tips, real commission strategies to boost productivity and profits, and ultimately offering real value to clients,” says the company.The majority of workshops take place in the morning (7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) however there are two afternoon sessions in Laval and Quebec City (1 – 5:30 p.m.) and one evening workshop in Toronto (5 – 9:30 p.m.).The concise and fast-paced workshops fulfill the educational requirement towards becoming a Certified Sandals Specialist, as well as the maintenance requirement for agents already holding CSS status. The Sandals workshops are also ACTA-approved. Each travel agent or manager who completes a workshop receives 10 credits towards their Certified Travel Counsellor or Certified Travel Manager designation.A non-refundable fee of $40 is required at time of registration. All participants receive a workbook, a supply of the newest collateral materials, a certificate upon completion of the workshop and an exclusive booking incentive.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAgents can register online at uvisandals.ca.The Sandals 2017 Canadian workshop schedule is below:. August 2 – Oshawa/Ajax, ON: Hilton Garden Inn Ajax, 500 Beck Crescent. August 10 – Toronto, ON (evening workshop): Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale, 3450 Dufferin Street. August 29 – Laval, QC (afternoon workshop, in French): Le St-Martin Hotel & Suites, 1400 Rue Maurice-Gauvin. August 30 – Laval, QC (French): Le St-Martin Hotel & Suites, 1400 Rue Maurice-Gauvin. September 6 – Mississauga, ON: Hilton Garden Inn, 1870 Matheson Blvd.. September 6 – Quebec City, QC (afternoon workshop, in French): Hotel Quartier, 2955 Boulevard Laurier. September 7 – Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Conference & Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road. September 7 – Kitchener, ON: Holiday Inn Kitchener Waterloo Hotel & Conference Centre, 30 Fairway Road South. September 12 – Boucherville, QC (French): Hotel Mortagne, 1228 Rue Nobel. September 12 – Edmonton, AB: Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton West, 10011 184th Street NW. September 13 – Calgary, AB: Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, 1316 33rd Street NE. September 13 – Drummondville, QC (French): Grand Times Hotel, 530 Rue Saint-Amant. September 14 – Toronto, ON: Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites, 175 Wynford Drive. September 15 – St. John’s, NL: Fairfield Inn & Suites, 199 Kenmount Street. September 19 – Terrebonne, QC (French): Imperia Hotel & Suites, 2935 Boulevard de la Piniere. September 19 – Windsor, ON: Holiday Inn & Suites Ambassador Bridge, 1855 Huron Church Road. September 20 – Trois-Rivieres, QC (French): Hotel Governeur Trois-Rivieres, 975 Rue Hart. September 20 – London, ON: Best Western Plus Inn & Conference Centre, 591 Wellington Road South. September 26 – Dartmouth, NS: Best Western Plus, 15 Spectacle Lake Drive. September 27 – Moncton, NB: Royal Oaks Estates & Golf Club, 1746 Elmwood Drive. September 28 – Saint John, NB: Riverside Country Club, 2524 Rothesay Road Sandals Resorts wants agents to “get real” at cross-Canada workshops Tags: Sandals Resorts << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more