2011 Predictions: Audrey Watters

first_imgEditor’s note: Every December the ReadWriteWeb team looks into the murky depths of the coming year and tries to predict the future. How did we do last year? Well, Facebook didn’t go public, Google Wave didn’t make a comeback, and Spotify didn’t make it to the U.S. But our forecasts for Google Chrome, cloud computing, Facebook and something we called the “iTablet” were spot on. What’s in store for 2011? All this week we’ll be posting our predictions. Let us know your prognostications in the comments.1: There will be major opportunities and innovations around big data – storage, processing, analytics. “Data-driven” will be the new buzzword. “Data scientist” will be the new hot job. So in the spirit of the film The Graduate, I want to say one word to you. Just one word. “Statistics.”2: Governments and corporations will continue their crackdown on “inappropriate” and “illegal” content online, using WikiLeaks and file sharing as the excuse. People will debate what’s protected under the First Amendment versus Terms of Service agreements.ReadWriteWeb’s 2011 Predictions:2011 Staff Predictions2011 Predictions: Klint Finley2011 Predictions: Curt Hopkins2011 Predictions: Sarah Perez2011 Predictions: Mike Melanson3: Peer-to-peer services will expand, in part as a response to #2. P2P technologies and networks will improve, and new services will spring up that privilege trusted relationships.4: “Not dead yet,” squeaks the Web. Thank you, HTML5.5: Investor dollars will flow into the education technology sector, and there will be lots of acquisition activity in ed-tech as many large media, publishing, and tech companies stake their claim in the space. But there will also be several ed-tech scandals (test-score related) and failures (yes, Kno).6: Openly-licensed content – open education resources, open source, open data – will thrive, as more people question outmoded intellectual property laws. Nonetheless, there’ll still be patent and copyright infringement lawsuits aplenty. 7: Mobile payments will explode, and our phones will increasingly become our wallets. The growth will not lie solely with apps and in-app purchases on smartphones, but will come from carrier billing arrangements on all types of mobile phones.8: Tablets will be the hot device of 2011 – a lot of new buyers, a lot of new manufacturers. Most of the latter will suck, and the iPad will continue to dominate sales (and app sales) until late in the year when a decent Android tablet is released. Despite over a year to prepare, it will fail to have a better name than “iPad.”9: Maker Fairs will flourish. Hobbyists will build mind-blowingly cool projects. And inspired by the likes of Kinect, Scratch, and LegoMindstorms, legions of kids will be inspired to become builders and hackers.10: My mom will join Facebook. audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#predictions#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Baker’s cyst

first_imgDefinitionBakers cyst is a buildup of joint fluid (synovial fluid) that forms a cyst behind the knee.Alternative NamesPopliteal cyst; Bulge-kneeCauses, incidence, and risk factorsA Bakers cyst is caused by swelling in the knee. The swelling is due to an increase in synovial fluid – the fluid that lubricates the knee joint. When pressure builds up, fluid bulges into the back of the knee.Bakers cyst commonly occurs with:A tear in the meniscal cartilage of the kneeKnee arthritis (in older adults)Rheumatoid arthritisOther knee problemsSymptomsA large cyst may cause some discomfort or stiffness, but there are often no symptoms. There may be a painless or painful swelling behind the knee.The cyst may feel like a water-filled balloon. Sometimes, the cyst may break open (rupture), causing pain, swelling, and bruising on the back of the knee and calf.It is important to know whether pain or swelling is caused by a Bakers cyst or a blood clot. A blood clot (deep venous thrombosis) can also cause pain, swelling, and bruising on the back of the knee and calf. A blood clot may be dangerous and requires immediate medical attention.Signs and testsDuring a physical exam, thehealth care providerwill look for a softlump in the back of the knee.If the cyst is small, comparing the affected knee to the normal knee can be helpful.There may bea decreasein range of motion caused by pain or by the size of the cyst.In some cases there will be catching, locking, pain, or other signs and symptoms of a meniscal tear.Shining a light through the cyst (transillumination) can show that the growth is fluid filled.advertisementIf thelump grows quickly, or you have night pain, severe pain, or fever, you will need more tests to make sure you do not have other types of tumors.X-rays will not show the cyst or a meniscal tear, but they will show other problems that may be present, including arthritis.MRIs can help the health care provider see the cyst and look for any meniscal injury.TreatmentOften no treatment is needed. The health care provider can watch the cyst over time.If the cyst is painful, the goal of treatment is to correct the problem that is causing the cyst, such as arthritis or a meniscus tear.Sometimes, a cyst can be drained (aspirated) or, in rare cases, removed with surgery if it becomes very large or causes symptoms.The cyst has a high chance of returning if the cause is not addressed.The surgery may also damage nearby blood vessels and nerves.Expectations (prognosis)A Bakers cyst will not cause any long-term harm, but it can be annoying and painful. The symptoms of Bakers cysts usually come and go.Long-term disability is rare. Most people improve with time or arthroscopic surgery.Calling your health care providerCall for an appointment with your health care provider if you have swelling behind the knee that becomes large or painful. Pain could be a sign of infection.ReferencesFoley BA, Christopher TA. Injection therapy of bursitis and tendinitis. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Proceedings in Emergency Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2009:chap 52.Huddleston JI, Goodman SB. Hip and knee pain. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Harris ED Jr., et al., eds. Kelleys Textbook of Rheumatology. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:chap 42.Biundo JJ. Bursitis, tendinitis, and other periarticular disorders and sports medicine. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 271.Review Date:6/29/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

IPL spot-fixing: Delhi Police to challenge players’ acquittal decision

first_imgDelhi Police, on Friday, decided to challenge the judgement of lower court and will file an appeal in IPL spot-fixing case against discharge of the players involved, SN Shrivatsava, Special CP said.The Special CP added that the Delhi Police had already sought concurrence of law department(Government of Delhi) and approval of Police commissioner for the appeal.A trial court in Delhi dropped charges against the allegedly accused players Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila in July. The Rajasthan Royals trio were chargesheeeted by the Delhi Police for the IPL 2013 scandal.Also read: IPL spot-fixing, BCCI report by December, says Justice LodhaHowever BCCI stuck to the bans imposed on the three accused players saying that the evidence needed by the board was different from that needed by the court for punishment.Kerala State Association backed Sreesanth’s comeback and had written to BCCI asking the board to lift ban on their player.last_img

5 reasons why Melbourne needs to top your bucket list!

first_imgThe annual Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index has named Melbourne, Australia, as the world’s most liveable city for the 5th consecutive year. Melbourne is the first city to have been given the accolade for five consecutive years. Here are five lists of top five facts that make Melbourne the best city in the world to live.Art and cultureMelbourne offers one of the highest densities of commercial art galleries in the world.The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Ian Potter Centre houses the nation’s largest permanent collection of Australian art.Museum Victoria is the southern hemisphere’s largest museum.Melbourne is appointed a UNESCO City of Literature and home to Australia’s publishing industry.Melbourne hosts more than 3,000 live music performances every week.Eating and drinkingMelbourne’s inner-city bistros and cafes alone can seat a combined 178,320 hungry citizens at any one point in time.There are more than 2000 cafes and a further 3000 restaurants in Melbourne.Every day, on average, the Port of Melbourne handles 30 tonnes of coffee beans, enough of producing three  million cups of coffee each day. Victoria is home to over 850 wineries, including 650 cellar door experiences and 21 distinct wine regions.The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival sees more than 200 events take place in just over two weeks, including the World’s Longest Lunch – one table with 1600 diners.WildlifeAlthough the state comprises just three per cent of Australia’s total landmass, Victoria is home to 30 per cent of Australia’s native animals. There are 139 mammal species in Victoria including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, possums, wombats, platypus and echidnas. advertisementVictoria’s parks are home to more than 4300 native plants and 948 native animal species.In Victoria there are: Eighty-seven species of lizard, fifty-two skinks, twelve dragons, eleven legless lizards, nine geckos, three monitors (goannas), twenty-seven species of snake.Victorian natural ecosystems support at least: 111 mammals, 447 birds, 46 freshwater and 600 marine fish, 133 reptiles, 33 amphibians.SportMelbourne is the only city in the world that has five international standard sporting facilities (including four with retractable roofs) on the fringe of its central business district. Melbourne plays host to the Australian Open Tennis Championships, the Australian Grand Prix, the Australian 500CC Motorcycle Grand Prix, Spring Racing Carnival, the Australian Football League Grand Final and many other special events.Melbourne is the only city in the world to host both the F1 Grand Prix and a tennis Grand Slam tournament.The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was established in 1853, less than 20 years after the founding of Melbourne. It was the birthplace of Australian football in 1859, Test cricket in 1877 and one-day international cricket in 1971. Melbourne is the home of the ‘race that stops the nation’ with the Melbourne Cup Carnival attracting over 343,000 visitors from 42 countries in 2014. This year will be the Carnival’s 155th year.Festival cityMelbourne’s International Comedy Festival – first launched in 1987 at a conference hosted by Barry Humphries (as Sir Les Patterson) and Peter Cook. Among the world’s top three comedy festivals (with Edinburgh and Montreal), Melbourne’s 2014 comedy festival hosted 6,488 performances by 2,228 artists.Melbourne’s International Jazz Festival typically sees more than 40,000 people attend over 100 public events, with over 500 international and Australian artists performing.2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Melbourne Festival, during which time, 11 Artistic Directors have turned it into one of the finest on the international stage. In 2014, 1000 artists from 23 different countries participated in 15 world premieres and 21 Australian premieres at 30+ venues across the city.White Night Melbourne will be back in 2016! The popular dusk to dawn outdoor arts festival runs from 7 pm to 7 am attracting 1.3 million visitors in its first three years.last_img read more

LALIGA LANDS ON FACEBOOK IN INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

first_imgAdvertisementAll 380 LaLiga Santander Matches Will Appear Live On Facebook, Bringing LaLiga Even Closer To Millions Of Fans In The RegionIn a first-of-a-kind agreement, LaLiga and Facebooktoday announced that the platform will become the official home for all LaLigaSantander matches in the Indian subcontinent.The three-season deal commences with the 2018/19 campaign kicking off on Aug. 17. All 380 first division matches of Spain’s topflight football league will be availablefor free to people on Facebook in eight countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan,India, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.The move marks a new dawn in sports broadcasting, bringing LaLiga and its clubscloser to fans than ever before. The Facebook community in the eight countries willbe able to watch LaLiga Santander coverage on a live and on- demand basis viamultiple devices. Every match will be available on the official LaLiga Facebook Pageas well as individual club Pages.Fans will be closer to the action than ever before, with the opportunity to watchmatches on the go and engage directly with the broadcast. For major matches,viewers in the region will be treated to interactive studio coverage hosted by one of the subcontinent’s faces of football, Joe Morrison.Analysis will be provided by a pool of experts including former Real Madrid defenderand four time LaLiga champion Michel Salgado, as well as former Barcelona andAtletico Madrid midfielder Luis Garcia.In addition to the live matches, shoulder programming, including a full range ofweekly preview shows and highlights, will be offered.LaLiga features the world’s best players and the world’s best clubs. The leagueprides itself in being at the forefront of broadcast innovation, delivering many hoursof sporting spectacle to millions of viewers every matchday. Now with Facebook,LaLiga has broken new ground, signing its first broadcast agreement ever with asocial media platform.LaLiga President Javier Tebas hailed the agreement: “We are thrilled to team upwith Facebook to bring the millions of LaLiga fans in the Indian subcontinent evencloser to the action. LaLiga sets the standard for football in the world and we aredelighted that more people than ever before will have the opportunity to watch ourmatches live and for free through Facebook in the region.”Peter Hutton, Facebook Head of Global Live Sports Programming added “As hometo the two most-followed sports clubs on Facebook and some of the world’s mosticonic footballers, LaLiga has a huge global presence on our platform. Its popularityis notably visible in the Indian subcontinent, so we’re delighted to be able to servethe community of fans there with free, live LaLiga matches for the next threeseasons. We see this as a great opportunity to not only bring people togetheraround world-class football, but also help LaLiga reach new audiences and grow itsvisibility in a key development market.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Durant’s 37 Lead Warriors over Rockets 119-106

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant continues to deliver in the postseason for the Golden State Warriors.He scored 37 points on Monday night to lead the Warriors to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.But if it were up to him, he would have done even more.Durant wasn’t happy with coach Steve Kerr when he took him out in late in the third quarter and loudly asked his coach why he was putting him on the bench. Durant, who played just more than 40 minutes, was asked if he’d prefer to play the entire 48 minutes.“Probably so,” Durant said.Kerr acknowledged that he should have left him in at that point and raved about his performance after his fourth 30-point game this postseason.“This is why anybody would want him on their team … I don’t know what you do to guard him,” Kerr said. “He can get any shot he wants.”Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors trailed by as many as 9 early, but had evened it up by halftime and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away.“We’re in the Western Conference finals they are going to come out with a lot of energy,” Durant said. “We’re going to take that first punch and keep punching.”Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) in the first half during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Eric Gordon opened the final period with a 3-pointer to get the top-seeded Rockets within 4, but Thompson scored the first eight points of a 13-4 run to make it 100-87 with about eight minutes left.Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go. But Thompson struck again, hitting a wide open 3 to leave the Warriors ahead by 10 with four minutes left.Harden scored 41 to lead the Rockets, who lost at home for the second time this postseason.“You’re not going to come in and just knock them out,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “There were too many times where we had mental lapses. We didn’t switch properly, turned the ball over and missed too many layups. We need to do a better job of staying up mentally.”Now the Rockets are left to regroup after losing their leg up in the homecourt advantage they worked all season for.“It’s nice to have home court,” D’Antoni said. “(But) we don’t have it. Now we’ve got to go get it.”Steph Curry added 18 for the Warriors, who are in the conference finals for a franchise-record fourth straight time. It’s Houston’s first trip since 2015 when Golden State won the series in five games.“I think he’s going to get even better as the series goes on, which is good for us,” Kerr said of Curry.Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) is pressured by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Warriors, who are the second seed in the West, opened a playoff series away from Oracle Arena for the first time since 2014 when they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 4-3 in the opening round.Houston struggled to slow down Durant all night, and things got even worse when Trevor Ariza picked up his fifth foul with about 10 minutes left in the third with Golden State up by 3. Durant made two baskets for the Warriors around one by Chris Paul that left the Warriors up 73-68 a couple of minutes later.“He’s one of the best scorers ever,” D’Antoni said of Durant. “I thought he was extremely good. But we can withstand that. We can’t withstand turning the ball over and giving up so many wide open 3s.”Gordon added a layup for Houston after that, but Golden State scored the next six points, with a 3-pointer from Thompson, to make it 79-70 with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the third.Houston ended a scoring drought of more than two minutes with a dunk by Harden seconds later and the Warriors followed with another run, scoring six straight points to extend it to 85-72 with just more than two minutes left in the third.The Rockets rediscovered their offense after that, scoring the next eight points, powered by 3s from Gordon and Gerald Green, to get within 85-80 with about a minute left in the quarter.Durant added two free throws to close out the quarter and leave the Warriors up 87-80 entering the fourth.“Houston, they never stop,” Durant said. “They are always in the game with 3-point shots. We try to get good shots every time down and defend on the other end.”TIP-INSWarriors: Curry extended his NBA playoff record by making at least one 3-pointer in his 80th straight playoff game. … Draymond Green received a technical early in the first quarter when he pushed Harden after a shot. … Curry missed his first free throw of the playoffs in the third quarter after making all 19 attempts in the first two rounds.Rockets: Paul added 23 points and 11 rebounds. … Clint Capela had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks. … Gordon added 15 points off the bench.THEY SAID ITDraymond Green on getting the technical so early: “I was a bit overzealous, a bit amped up, but I’d rather that any day than coming out flat.”UP NEXTAfter Game 2 the series moves to Oracle Arena for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.—By KRISTIE RIEKEN ,  AP Sports Writerlast_img read more

World Champion Figure Skater Gabriella Papadakis: Going for Gold in the Next Olympics

first_imgFollowing an Olympic silver and top wins in three World and four European Championships in couples categories, French figure skater Gabriella Papadakis has reached the top pretty fast for a 23-year-old with a whole future ahead of her.But the champion figure skater of Greek descent is aiming higher: gold in the next Olympics.“We want to remain world and European champions for the next four years,” she tells Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) in her first in-depth interview for the Greek press. “We know it sounds crazy,” she says of herself and her skating partner Guillaume Cizeron, “but the world belongs to dreamers! We have just completed a fairly long vacation, which we needed because we were exhausted and had a lot of things to do in France. We are going back to Canada to prepare in new choreographies and train intensively before the new round of events.”Papadakis was almost literally “born on the ice,” as her mother, coach Catherine Papadakis, kept training ice skaters at the rink of Clermont-Ferrand in France up to a few hours before giving birth to Gabriella in 1995. “You could say I was born on the ice. The very first gift they brought me at the maternity hospital was a tiny pair of ice skates,” the younger Papadakis says.Her mother was responsible for bringing her together as a figure skating pair with French partner Guillaume Cizeron, and trained both until Gabrielle turned 17. “She is responsible for our success,” the younger Papadakis says of her mother, adding her appreciation for her mother, her partner and all her coaches, “without whom I could not make it on my own.”Talking to ANA about her Greek heritage, she says “I love Greece in general and try to visit at least once every one or two years. But I adore Crete! My relatives live in Chania, after all, and I am very fond of ‘staka’,” a local dairy specialty.Four years ago, Papadakis and Cizeron decided to leave Lyon and move to Montreal, to be near their trainer Romain Hagueanauer, a former competitive skater who coaches and choreographs figure skating. He had moved to Canada to work at the training center of Canadian former world champion couple Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon.Was it hard to make such a life-changing decision at 19? “We knew that in order to get to the next level, we had to put a priority on figure skating over everything else, therefore the decision was not so hard, we made it in full awareness,” Papadakis says. “Montreal is a pretty area to live in and we enjoy it, along with the rest of the team.” She said that she and Cizeron “want to continue to reach and exceed our limits and break our own records. We know it’s very difficult, but it’s a challenge we are ready for.”Is there a particular secret to reaching the top at such a young age? “I don’t think there is a secret, it’s just hard and endless work. It’s not enough to train and exercise constantly, you need to do it in a smart way. And, of course, you also need to suppress your ego and always remember the goals you’ve set,” she explains.Asked to comment what it means to be performing with the same partner for many years, she laughs, “We have been in figure skating for more than half our life. We can’t imagine a career without one another. We are like a couple of old-timers.”Although figure skating is not widely practiced in Greece, a child that picks up “this beautiful sport” would feel “the freedom to express himself or herself through art, which is very important – and the feeling of speed on ice is addictive,” Papadakis observes.What is her message to children today? “Keep pushing yourselves with anything you are working on. Find something you love and work on it, even if it sounds crazy, even if it’s very hard. Because one day, what you fought for will become the best thing that ever happened in your life,” she concludes.TweetPinShare66 Shareslast_img read more

Rules Expert Says Oklahoma’s Clinching TD Shouldn’t Have Counted

first_imgKyler Murray playing against Texas.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners is tackled by Jerrod Heard #13 of the Texas Longhorns in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)A college football rules expert says that Oklahoma’s game-clinching touchdown score against Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game should not have counted.ESPN college football host Chris Fowler says he spoke to a rules expert who claims Oklahoma’s game-clinching score against Texas came off of an illegal formation.Oklahoma was already winning at this point, and Texas turned the ball over on its ensuing possession, so maybe the penalty call wouldn’t have changed anything.Still, a flag likely should’ve came.“Was pointed out to me and then verified by @CFBRulesExpert that OU’s TD (amazing catch) to go up 12 late was on an illegal formation. Only 6 men on the line. Top WR a yard off the ball. Oops,” he tweeted.Was pointed out to me and then verified by ⁦@CFBRulesExpert⁩ that OU’s TD (amazing catch) to go up 12 late was on an illegal formation. Only 6 men on the line. Top WR a yard off the ball. Oops. pic.twitter.com/vhRiMRq1mv— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) December 1, 2018There were complaints about the officiating during Oklahoma-Texas for most of the contest. This is just another addition to the list.Oklahoma ended up winning today’s game, 39-27, to inch closer toward the College Football Playoff.Stay tuned for the release of the College Football Playoff foursome on Sunday.last_img read more

No. 2 Dual-Threat QB Recruit Announces Commitment

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top dual-threat quarterback recruits in the country has made his college decision.Jayden Daniels, a four-star dual-threat quarterback recruit out of California, announced his commitment this afternoon.He’s committed to Arizona State.The four-star prospect chose the Sun Devils over UCLA, USC and Utah, among other programs.Daniels was the top uncommitted dual-threat quarterback recruit.ESPN 300 quarterback Jayden Daniels committed to Arizona State. The Sun Devils have four ESPN 300 commitments, three of them are quarterbacks. Daniels, ranked 109 overall, joins Joey Yellen and Ethan Long as the quarterbacks in this class for head coach Herm Edwards— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 13, 2018Daniels is ranked the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He’s ranked the No. 82 overall prospect in the class.last_img

Emotional Nita Ambani welcomes son Akash’s wife Shloka Mehta to the family. Watch video

first_img Next Emotional Nita Ambani welcomes son Akash’s wife Shloka Mehta to the family. Watch videoNita Ambani got emotional as she blessed Akash Ambani and Shloka Ambani at their wedding on March 9 at Jio World Centre.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 16:09 IST Nita Ambani could not hold back her emotions as she warmly welcomed Shloka Ambani into the family. (Photo: Yogen Shah)Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta finally exchanged marital vows in a dreamy ceremony on March 9, after a series of pre-wedding celebrations and a lot of buzz. The who’s who of entertainment, sports, politics, business and dignitaries from around the world made their presence felt at the wedding festivities.Pictures and videos of the celebrations are taking the internet by storm. In a video shared by a paparazzo, the groom’s mother Nita Ambani is seen blessing the couple. An emotional Nita warmly welcoming Shloka to the Ambani family has won over the hearts of netizens, who have flooded the comments section with compliments.Akash and Shloka exchanged garlands at Jio World Centre, and their wedding was nothing less than a fairytale. The venue was beautifully decked up with flowers, including a statue of Lord Krishna made of fresh flowers, and grand fixtures.The wedding was attended by the bigwigs of Bollywood, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Celebrities from the world of sports, including Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan were also a part of Akash and Shloka’s big day.Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and business baron Ratan Tata were also seen at the wedding.ALSO SEE | Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta dance to Maroon 5 live at wedding. Watch videosadvertisementALSO WATCH | Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding: Watch what happened at Jio World CentreGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ambani weddingFollow Akash AmbaniFollow Shloka MehtaFollow Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehtalast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over the Shubenacadie River until September. Traffic is moving in both directions, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 4 – Port Hastings Rotary Trunk 4 at the Port Hastings Rotary will have partial lane closures during the installation of an overhead sign. The work will last until the end of March.center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road, and Ward Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work is underway on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The bridge is open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year. PICTOU COUNTY: Bridge Work, Brookville Road Work is taking place on two bridges over McLellans Brook on Brookville Road in Pictou County so vehicles can carry oversized loads of wind turbine components to Irish Mountain. Work has begun on the bridge near the intersection of Brook Road. It will continue to have two-lane traffic, but delays are possible. Work on the bridge near the intersection of Willard Fraser Road has begun. Traffic will be limited to one-lane and controlled by traffic signals. Work on both bridges will be finished by Sunday, March 15. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-last_img read more

Yogi Adityanath takes lead role in Gorakhpur Ravi Kishan plays supporting cast

first_imgGorakhpur (UP): In the battle to redeem lost pride in the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, popular Bhojpuri actor and BJP candidate Ravi Kishan is playing second fiddle as Yogi Adityanath takes centre stage in the electoral fight. Sharing dais with the chief minister during poll rallies, the BJP candidate is often seen standing alongside the ‘maharaj’ with folded hands. Regarded as the fiefdom of the Gorakhnath peeth, the seat with 19.54 lakh voters has 10 candidates in the fray. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework However, a direct contest appears on the cards between BJP candidate Kishan and alliance nominee, Rambhuwal Nishad of the SP. Though Yogi Adityanath won the seat from 1998 to 2017, the shock defeat during the 2018 bypolls was a massive loss of face for the ruling party, coming months after its emphatic win in the 2017 Assembly elections. The election on the seat, this time round, is being treated by the party and loyalists as an opportunity to avenge the humiliation and restore faith in the leadership of Yogi Adityanath. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “The fight on the seat is to retain the pride of Maharaj…the Hindu Yuva Vahini and BJP are one in the contest this time round and are in the campaigning as one unit,” zonal vice president of BJP Satyendra Singh said. Leading the campaign from the front is the chief minister himself, who is camping here for the May 19 polling in the last phase and has addressed over two dozen rallies. This week, he will be holding a big road show in Gorakhpur city along with BJP president Amit Shah. Lending all out support is the Hindu Yuva Vahini, founded by Adityanath, which has been actively involved in the campaigning with the CM asking for presence of one worker each of the BJP and the HYV at all booths. Since the defeat in the bypoll had also been attributed to the low turn out, the major focus is on increasing polling percentage in Gorakhpur city. Local BJP leader Rahul Srivastav said instructions have been issued to bring voters out to cast votes on polling day. “Election is not being fought by Ravi Kishan. It is being fought by Yogi,” said Manish Prasad, a vegetable vendor. Initially it was the ‘outsider’ tag which Kishan had to face but he fought and overcame it following his visit to his native Maamkhor village from where his ancestors migrated two- three generations ago to neighbouring Jaunpur. Kishan is also banking on his popularity, getting his selfies clicked with youth and women. His approachability is giving the BJP a good head start and now it is “One Mission Ravi Kishan” slogan which has become common. “Yogiji has brought me here. We are hoping for a record win now,” Kishan stresses. The saffron party can also draw solace from the fact that the giant killer in the Gorakhpur bypoll Praveen Kumar Nishad has now switched over to the BJP and has been fielded from Sant Kabir Nagar parliamentary constituency in eastern UP. That the alliance candidate Ram Bhuwal Nishad belongs to the dominant fishermen caste — around 3.5 lakh here — is a fact that suits the BSP-SP who have worked on their arithmetic well. The joint meeting of BSP and SP at the Champa Devi Park on Monday witnessed a massive turnout even in sweltering heat. “We will go by what behenji asks us to do…,” said Shrawan Kumar, a BSP supporter, who attended the rally. “Ram Bhuwal Nishad is an experienced politician…he knows all about electoral battles and how they are won…We have a good support base among all castes,” Samajwadi Party leader Zafar Amin Dakku said. Besides other issues, the alliance is raising local issues including death of children in the BRD Medical College Hospital, charging it was due to government apathy, he said. “We are confident that history will repeat itself and the alliance will once again be pulling down the BJP fortress here. I have the support of the poor and the oppressed,” says alliance candidate Ram Bhuwal Nishad.last_img read more

UN urges antidrug measures for both Afghanistan and consumer countries

29 July 2011The head of the United Nations anti-drugs agency has called for strengthening border controls around Afghanistan – still the world’s leading producer of opium and heroin – boosting security in that country, and lowering demand in so-called “consumer countries.” Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in an introduction to a new study, Global Afghan Opium Trade – A Threat Assessment, that curtailing the Afghan illegal drug trade would “benefit the Afghan people, the wider region and the international community as a whole.” “Trafficking in Afghan opiates is… very lucrative, generating some $61 billion in illicit funds in 2009 out of $68 billion for the global illicit opiate trade,” according to the report. “Most of this money went into the pockets of traffickers all along the transnational heroin distribution routes, and some went to insurgents.” Afghan farmers earn relatively little from the trade, the report noted. Spanning a decade, the report states that some 16.5 million people annually abuse opiates worldwide. Heroin takes the bulk of the market, with 12 million to 13 million people consuming 375 tons of heroin per year; of that, 150 tons are consumed in Europe. “Strengthening border controls at the most vulnerable points, such as along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, could help stem the largest flows of heroin, opium and precursor chemicals,” Mr. Fedotov said. “Increasing the capacity to monitor and search shipping containers in airports, seaports and dry ports at key transit points and in destination countries could improve interdiction rates.” He also suggested a need for building capacity and fostering intelligence sharing between ports and law enforcement authorities in key countries and regions, adding: “Addressing Afghan opium and insecurity will help the entire region, with ripple effects that spread much farther.”“But addressing the supply side and trafficking is not enough,” he said. “We need a balanced approach that gives equal weight to counteracting demand for opiates. This is also part of the international community’s shared responsibility for the global drug problem: heroin-consuming countries need to do more to provide treatment, care and support for drug users to help them kick the habit, and also to prevent drug use.” The study’s other findings include: Opiate consumption in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries has risen sharply in the past decade – 35,000 out of the current 123,000 hectares under poppy cultivation in Afghanistan are needed to produce opiates for this region alone. But the problem extends far beyond, with Afghan heroin spreading to consumer markets in East Asia traditionally supplied by Myanmar. Increased heroin flows to Africa, which could re-emerge as a trafficking route to Europe, or lead to more drug consumption on that continent. Seaports in Pakistan and Iran have been seizing greater amounts of both exported heroin and imported chemicals needed by Afghan drug manufacturers to produce heroin. read more

Aimia and Porter Airlines form new Aeroplan points partnership

TORONTO — Aimia Inc. says it has a new deal for Toronto-based Porter Airlines to become a preferred Canadian airline for the Aeroplan loyalty points program as of July 2020, when the current arrangement with Air Canada ends.The announcement follows Aimia’s rejection of a bid for Aeroplan from an Air Canada-led group that includes the key Aeroplan credit card partners Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Visa Canada.Porter’s fleet of aircraft is only a fraction the size of Air Canada’s but Aimia has also been in discussions with the Oneworld airline alliance, whose members include British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific.Aimia chief executive Jeremy Rabe says that his plan is to strengthen its air offering after July 2020.“We’ve committed to our five million members that they will be able to choose any seat on any airline, anywhere, any time with the new Aeroplan program,” Rabe said.He said Porter will be able to serve Aeroplan members on many popular routes.The privately owned airline, which has its main hub on the Billy Bishop airport on one of the lakeshore islands near Toronto’s downtown, currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and other Canadian cities from St. John’s, NL to Thunder Bay, Ont. as well as U.S. destinations including the New York City area, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C..“This is a unique opportunity for Porter to join a well-established travel loyalty program and, in the future, reach its vast member base to aggressively promote our airline,” said Michael Deluce, Porter’s chief commercial officer.Porter’s existing VIPorter loyalty points will be converted into Aeroplan miles but it’s not yet clear what will become of currently accumulated Aeroplan points after July 2020, when Air Canada will switch to its own loyalty program.Aimia announced Thursday that it had formally rejected an offer for Air Canada and its partners to buy the Aeroplan program and assume the responsibility for honouring about $2 billion worth of points that consumers have accumulated.However, Aeroplan and Air Canada have each assured their customers that the Aeroplan points will be honoured as usual until their long-term contract expires.Shortly before announcing the Porter agreement, Aimia reported that spending on Aeroplan credit cards remained strong in the second quarter and the company is “making solid progress” on streamlining its business.The Montreal-based company also announced that its continuing operations had a net profit of $11.1 million or four cents per share in the second quarter, with revenue up 3.9 per cent to $375.4 million.That contrasted with a year-earlier net loss of $25.1 million or 22 cents per share from continuing operations, or 18 cents per share if discontinued operations were included, with $361.3 million in the second quarter of 2017. read more

Survey underway to help improve health social services

A survey has been created for members of the public to voice their needs to the Haldimand-Norfolk Health and Social Services board about its programs and services.The anonymous community needs assessment survey was designed to take the pulse of the population when it comes to all things public health, social services, housing and more. It was created by a group in the QPAP (Quality, Planning, Accountability, and Performance) department.Questions cover a wide range of topics, including respondents’ ability to access social services and healthcare, eating and exercise habits, family make-up, housing situation and more.Some questions are basic:  “What was your total household income, after income taxes, in 2018?” and “What services do you think are needed to improve the social health of yourself, your family, and/or your community?”Other topics covered include mental health, addictions, homelessness, childcare and employment among others.Respondents are also asked their views on Haldimand and Norfolk such as their level of agreement to statements such as  “Haldimand-Norfolk is a good place to raise a family” or “Haldimand-Norfolk is a safe place to be my true self”.The data will go a long way in helping staff refine and improve the services they deliver to the more than 100,000 residents of Haldimand and Norfolk.“Resident feedback is one of the best ways for us to understand what people need and where, so this survey is incredibly important,” Chimere Okoronkwo, Director of Health and Social Services’ Quality, Planning, Accountability and Performance department, said in a press release.“The more people who take part in the Community Needs Assessment, the more data we have – and the more data we have, the better we can plan for the future.”There is no set goal for a number of respondents, but the more people that fill it out the better.The survey can be done online or over the phone, and is available in English, French and Spanish. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and will be open until Sept. 30. It can be completed by phone by calling 519-426-6170 ext. 3274.Respondents will be entered into a draw for one of three $25 gift cards to a local grocery store.Haldimand-Norfolk Health and Social Services deliver a variety of services that build and sustain the community, in the areas of public health employment, children’s services, housing and more.The survey can be found at https://surveys.norfolkcounty.ca/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=94MJ872 read more

Credible 2014 elections vital to progress on Afghan transition – deputy UN

Next year will see Afghanistan hold a presidential election, as well as the withdrawal of the majority of allied international military forces, with national forces assuming full responsibility for security throughout the country. “It is extremely important for the people of Afghanistan, but also for the United Nations and the many nations that have contributed to this transition, that the country does not fall back into the nightmares of war, the extreme poverty and violations of human rights that we saw earlier,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a news conference at UN Headquarters. Briefing reporters on his five-day visit to Afghanistan, from which he returned earlier today, Mr. Eliasson said he conveyed to those that he met that the intention of the UN is to continue its partnership with Afghanistan, provided that this is the wish of the Government and the Afghan people. “We will provide our support, where and when needed, following modalities that respect Afghan leadership and sovereignty,” he stated. Mr. Eliasson said that next year’s presidential election, slated for 5 April, will be a ‘make or break’ event, stressing the need for the polls to be free and fair, and enjoy wide participation. In that regard, he noted that it is vital that the Afghan parliament pass two pieces of legislation related to the future elections before the body concludes its current session in mid-July. The first of the two laws defines the structure and responsibilities of the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), while the second concerns the main electoral law governing all future Afghan elections. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, also emphasized the importance of the manner in which next year’s presidential elections, as well as subsequent provincial council and parliamentary polls, are held. “These elections – the only legitimate way of democratic transfer of authority as prescribed by the Constitution – will be the surest basis of internal legitimacy and future stability and are the necessary foundation for continued extraordinary international support to Afghanistan’s transition and transformation,” he said in remarks today to a meeting of senior officials from Governments and international organizations in the Afghan capital, Kabul. “The international community, including the UN, is resolved to continue supporting credible, inclusive and transparent elections held under Afghan leadership. We must remember, however, that the ultimate test for the elections is that the Afghan people and political forces accept their result as credible,” said Mr. Kubiš, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). He added that the polls should be based on mutually agreed rules of the game based on law, on sound technical preparations, credible institutions and credible election processes before and after the elections under the close scrutiny of domestic and international observers. “There are expectations from both sides,” noted Mr. Eliasson, who met with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental representatives during his visit, which also included a stop in the southern province of Kandahar. There are expectations from the Government that its international partners live up to their pledges of support and assistance, he said. “But also, there are great expectations on the side of the international community that in fact Afghanistan lives up to its own obligations, primarily to have the election take place as planned in April next year, and to pass the electoral laws,” he added. read more

MAN GUNNED DOWN IN HAITI after release last month from TCI prison

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHaiti, April 17, 2017 – Cap Haitien – Eddy Cerant who plead guilty to drug charges stemming from a search and discovery of 114 grams of cocaine stashed in a ‘transparent condom’ carried on him in September 2016 is dead now.The report to Magnetic Media is that Cerant was killed at his home in Haiti; his son and his son’t friend were both shot but not fatally.  The killer showed up at the door, asked for Eddy and reportedly shot the son in his hand, the friend in the head and Eddy in the head; Cerant was dead on the spot.Cerant was last month deported after serving his time at HMP and now he is murdered in his home country, last night we are told.  Cerant, who was not  a regular TCI resident, tried to get through the Provo International Airport with the cocaine; he was caught after disembarking a flight from Grand Turk.  The shooting happened in Cap Haitien.#MagneticMediaNews#EddyCerantkilledinHaiti Related Items:#EddyCerantkilledinHaiti, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

157 Caicos Pine Saplings Added to Diamond Jubilee Pineyard Pine Cay

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 24, 2017 – Pine Cay – Caicos pine, the National Tree of the Turks and Caicos Islands, received a well-needed population boost on Pine Cay last week through collaborative efforts of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), Department of Agriculture, Meridian Club at Pine Cay, and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew).The fourth planting of Caicos pine (also called Caribbean pine) saplings, grown in the Caicos Pine Recovery Project (CPRP)nursery on North Caicos, saw 157 young trees between 2 and 5 feet tall transported to Pine Cay and planted in the Diamond Jubilee Pineyard.    Established in May 2012 during the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II and coinciding with the International Day of Biological Diversity, the restoration habitat now boasts over 400 healthy young saplings – which should soon begin bearing their own seeds.   Caicos pine trees have been carefully tended in DECR’s CPRP nursery since 2009, following wild collection of seeds and a carefully-executed custom-made seed sowing protocol by Junel Blaise, Nursery and Maintenance Officer.Blaise, along with supervisor Bryan Naqqi Manco, DECR’s Terrestrial Ecologist/ Environmental Officer, together manage the nursery with over 500 pine trees and upwards of 50 species of native plants, and tend to the ten miles of firebreaks and trails on over 1000 acres of pineyard, a critical habitat in North and Middle Caicos and Pine Cay.Caicos pine’s population was reduced by 95% across TCI by the introduction of the invasive pine tortoise scale insect, but Pine Cay’s population has survived better than those on North and Middle Caicos.   The Diamond Jubilee Pineyard gives DECR and RBG Kew scientists a better understanding of successful methods towards the restoration of this globally imperiled ecosystem and a historically unique part of TCI’s natural and cultural heritage.Karen Preikschat, Assistant Resort Manager of the Meridian Club, stated,  “I spent a very informative 1 ½ hours touring the control site and planting site on Pine Cay with Bryan Naqqi Manco.    Bryan took his time explaining the procedure that would be completed this week here on Pine Cay.   One of the most interesting facts I learned that the 157 trees that were planted were germinated from seeds from the Pine Cay trees.   I also learned how important controlled burning is for the survival of the Caribbean Pine.   I believe we need to take a closer look at the trees, shrubs and flowers that we import from other countries which are carrying pests that are endangering our local flora.”CPRP staff members met with the Wildlife Management International team working on the Saving the Iguana Islands project, and agreed that it will be very interesting to see how recovering Turks and Caicos rock iguanas interacts with the recovering Caicos pine ecosystem.   In no other place does the endemic rock iguana naturally inhabit pineyard habitat, but with successful recovery techniques, Pine Cay’s historically natural ecosystem should become more intact.Originally supported by the TC I Government’s Conservation Fund, later grants from the Overseas Territories Environment Programme and Darwin Plus funds kept the Caicos Pine Recovery Project well-funded until 2016.   The project is now supported with staff and transportation from DECR, but currently has no regular recurrent funding.Following this outplanting event, the CPRP nursery has plenty of room to plant more seeds, which will grow into saplings that can be planted out in about three years.   The 200+ trees remaining in the nursery are from North and Middle Caicos populations, which are genetically different from Pine Cay’s trees.   They will be planted in the seed orchard at the Kew Agricultural Station (Government Farm) and hopefully on some protected sites on Middle Caicos soon.Photo: DECR Nursery and Field Officer Junel “Flash” Blaise plants a Caicos pine sapling in the Diamond Jubilee Pineyard on Pine Cay to facilitate habitat restoration.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

Tham Luang Cave survivors ordained into monkhood NNT

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) You can read full article here: https://www.tatnews.org/tham-luang-cave-survivors-ordained-into-monkhood-nnt/ SAWASDEE: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Let Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videoAfter shooting: Puerto Vallarta Tourism safe for LGBT travelers?LGBT tourists now welcome with open arms in Seychelles Chiang Rai, 26 July, 2018 – The National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) has reported that the 11 boys of Mu Pa Academy youth football team and their coach, who were rescued from Chiang Rai’s flooded Tham Luang Cave, were ordained into the monkhood in a mass ordination ceremony held yesterday at Wat Phra Tat Doi Wao in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai.Photo Credit: Facebook of National News Bureau of ThailandTheir ordination is to express gratitude to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and in dedication to Lt Cmdr. Saman Kunan, who lost his life during the rescue operation inlast_img