first_imgFlood situation in Arunachal Pradesh continued to remain grim as surface communication has been disrupted in various parts of the State.Majority portion of Anjaw, East Siang and Namsai districts were affected by flood while Papum Pare, East Kameng and West Siang were partly hit.Remote Anjaw district has been cut off from the rest of the State for seven days as the main road to the district from Lohit remained blocked at several places following landslides triggered by incessant rains, an official report said here.Intra-district road communications were also badly hit. Hawai, Hayuliang and Chaglongam Circle in the district were cut off from the rest of the district for the past three or four days, the report said. Though efforts were on clear the roads, recurring landslides were hampering restoration work.Meanwhile, food crisis looms large in the district bordering China and Deputy Commissioner Mamata Riba requested the State government for facilitating air dropping of food packets if the road remains blocked for another two days.The district administration has directed the PWD and other departments to pull in resources for quick restoration of roads. An East Siang district report said that a sudden change in course of Silluk river has cause inundation in Silluk village damaging paddy fields and roads.At least nine houses were damaged due to erosion of Noa-Dehing river in Namsai district in the second wave of monsoon flood, though officials said the situation is improving.last_img read more


first_imgOn 27 December 2014, a camera looking deep into space serendipitously caught an image of something much closer to home: comet Lovejoy, a mere 82 million kilometers away in the constellation Columba, which is best visible from the Southern Hemisphere. (For comparison, during Mars’s most recent close approach the Red Planet was about 57 million kilometers away from Earth.) Officially dubbed C/2014 Q2 when it was discovered last August, and named Lovejoy after the Australian astronomer who discovered it, the icy orb takes several millennia to orbit the sun. The collage above, part of a 570-million-pixel image taken by 62 separate sensors on a 4-meter telescope high in the Chilean Andes, shows the comet about 1 month before making its closest approach to the sun and is one of the best images yet taken of this newly discovered iceball. (Each rectangular panel in the collage depicts an area of the sky between one-fourth and one-fifth the size of the full moon.) The nucleus of the comet is only about 5 kilometers across—which, at the time the image was taken, covered the same amount of sky that a dime would at a distance of 300 kilometers. The head of the comet, a cloud of dust and gas spewing off the comet’s icy core, is about 650,000 km across, the researchers noted in a press release this week. The comet isn’t so vividly chartreuse in real life, scientists note; the patchwork shown is actually a false-color composite of images taken at two particular wavelengths of visible and infrared light. The camera that snapped the cometary collage typically collects data scientists are analyzing in an attempt to ascertain the nature of dark energy, the mysterious force that scientists say is speeding up the expansion of the universe.last_img read more


first_imgThe BJP-IPFT coalition government in Tripura has proposed renaming of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC). It has also proposed changes in the administrative structure of the council founded under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.Radha Charan Debbarma, TTAADC Chief Executive Member, said the State government had sent a suggestion to rename the council as Tipraland Autonomous Territorial Council (TATC). Other important proposals included one third reservation for women in the 28-member council.He said they had agreed to the proposals and requested the State government to work for the empowerment of the council as per 74th amendment to the Constitution.Renaming of the TTAADC was a long-standing demand of many tribal groups. The BJP’s coalition partner IPFT was in favour of putting the word ‘Tipraland’ as it was striving for a separate tribal State by that name.The proposals of the State government, which got the support of the present TTAADC authority, were sent to the Union government for implementation. The ruling BJP in its Assembly election pledge had assured augmentation of the powers of the council and other reforms.The TTAADC has limited jurisdiction over three-fourth land of the State which covers one-third population.last_img read more


first_imgThis year’s E3 2016 kicked off on Monday and with it comes all the madness and big games that you associate with the event. EA and Bethesda have officially wrapped up their presentations from the show floor. So, here is a recap of all the big announcements from the EA and Bethesda camp.EAEA had a lot of big announcements lined up. They held a simultaneous event in London and Los Angeles called EA Play and kicked off the presentation with Titanfall 2, the sequel to popular mech action multiplayer game which came out in 2014. With better graphics, new weapons, more traversal options, new Titans and a brand new single player campaign, Titanfall 2 is shaping up to be as frantic and action-packed as the original. Mass Effect: Andromeda also got a semi-reveal with Bioware showing off more footage from the game in the form of a behind the scenes feature that revealed some of the gameplay and new characters from the upcoming sci-fi adventure. A more thorough reveal of the title was promised this fall.EA’s sports line-up also made an appearance with Madden 17 boasting new gameplay features like “Play the Moments”. Fifa 17 was also present with new updated graphics, new gameplay enhancements and an all new single player cinematic story mode.The Star Wars universe also got a shout out with new content promised for Battlefront, along with the announcement of Battlefront 2 which is due out next year. Visceral Games (Dead Space Trilogy) also showed a brief snippet of an action adventure game they are working on while Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall) announced it will also be dabbling in the popular sci-fi universe as well.advertisementThe big reveal of the show, however, was gameplay from the highly-anticipated Battlefield 1. EA showcased an hour’s worth of the hectic 64 player multiplayer battle with big name guest stars such as Jaime Fox and Snoop Dog.EA also debuted a new initiative known as EA Originals, designed to help smaller studios realize their game making aspirations. The first title showcased as an EA original was Fe.BethesdaFresh off the success of DOOM, Bethesda’s event had many people hyped. There were a slew of rumoured and anticipated titles that people wanted to see on the show-floor and Bethesda didn’t disappoint. They rolled out the red carpet for Dishonored 2, the highly anticipated sequel to Dishonored, being developed by Arkane studios.Dishonored 2 expands upon the original with a new playable character, more weapons and more rune powers to unlock. The game also got a release date. It is expected to ship on November 11.Meanwhile, ID Software made an announcement for new Doom DLC, Unto the Evil which features a new weapon, equipment and a new demon power up along with new maps. There will also be new modes which will be added to Doom’s multiplayer for free along with new updates to SnapMap, Doom’s level creation suite. ID also revealed the next Quake title, called Quake champions, an arena shooter similar to Quake 3. More information on Quake will be revealed on Quakecon in August.Fallout 4 also got some new DLC and Elder Scrolls Skyrim is getting a re-master which will be released on the PC, Xbox One and PS4 on October 28th and will be completely free for PC players who own the original. Also it is going to be DLC.Perhaps the most interesting reveal at the event was Prey, the long rumored sequel to the original except it’s now known simply as Prey and bears little resemblance to the original, opting for a more sci-fi, mystery and horrorvVibe.  Bethesda also announced VR versions of Fallout 4 and Doom, both coming to the HTC Vive in 2017.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai, Jun 21 (PTI) Multi-sports championship event for schools – Sports For All – has announced opening of registrations for its third edition.The third season of SFA will be held at three places in the city, including the D Y Patil Stadium in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, from December 1 to 23.SFA 2017 will see many new additions in several aspects of the off-ground activities with the sole aim of further enhancing the athlete experience, a media release said.This would include the new version of the SFA data and analytics-driven portal. SFA is also going to offer video analysis services to the participating athletes, which will help them improve their performance, it said.According to the release, SFA is also announcing various awards and recognition along with scholarships in each sport for the most promising athletes, strongest school contingents, best coaches amongst others.SFA founder Rishikesh Joshi said, “We incepted SFA keeping in mind a single purpose ? that is to unearth talent from the roots across the country.”SFA has seen participation of over 35,000 children in 25 Olympic disciplines.It said the annual fee for schools is Rs 12,000 and athletes (from registered schools) is Rs 200 for participating in all the proposed 25-plus sporting disciplines.Licenced referees and officials will be overseeing the matches. PTI NRB NPlast_img read more


first_imgThe All India Football Federation (AIFF) has invited fresh bids from new clubs for the 2017-18 season of the I-League from across the nation.The cities from which the bids have been invited are Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ranchi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bhopal, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Malappuram and Trivandrum, among others.According to the bidding invitation, the winners will get to form and operate a new club, which will compete in the I-League from the 2017-17 season.”We are looking forward to welcoming vibrant outfits in Hero I-League. The new entrants will surely bring newer challenges and fresh football dynamics which would provide more competitiveness and thrill to the league,” said Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League.Subject to availability and qualification, the teams will have the opportunity to compete in the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) club competitions.With the expansion of the Indian Super League (ISL), Bengaluru FC won the bid there and moved out of the I-League. The Goan clubs — Salgaocar FC, Dempo FC and Sporting Clube de Goa — had pulled out of the league last year itself due to the uncertain roadmap of Indian football.The ISL draft is set to take place on Sunday in Mumbai and the season will commence soon after the FIFA U-17 World Cup in November.last_img read more


first_imgPlantation (Florida): A powerful explosion from a suspected gas leak ripped through a shopping mall in Florida on Saturday, injuring 21 people, the fire department said.The explosion sent debris flying across the parking lot of the Fountain Plaza shopping center, damaging an LA Fitness gym, numerous cars and blowing holes in neighbouring buildings in the city of Plantation, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Miami.”We got our workout in, picked up the kids, walked out, got in the car, drove away and as we drove away everything exploded. It was a pretty crazy scene,” said Jessi Walasheck, who witnessed the explosion. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingDeputy fire chief Joel Gordon told reporters two of the injured were in serious condition after the blast, one of whom had potentially life-threatening injuries.”We found patients scattered all around the debris area,” he said, but added the injuries generally “are not as severe as what we thought they would be.” His department initially called it a gas explosion and Gordon said ruptured gas lines were found in the debris, but the cause of the blast has not been confirmed.No one has been reported missing. “As bad it was, it could have been a lot worse,” he said.A major avenue running past the mall was shut down as a rescuer aided by a dog combed through the wreckage.last_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook “Proven to be destination viewing in Season 1, and with anticipation building for the launch of Season 2 of FRONTIER, Discovery is extremely pleased to confirm today our commitment to Season 3,” said Ken MacDonald, Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery Networks Canada. “We’re proud to work with our production partners at Take The Shot Productions along with our international streaming partner to bring another season of the franchise to Discovery in Canada, and around the world on Netflix.”Exploring stories that seem worlds apart, the frontier expands during Season 2 with spectacular new views of the Northern wilderness, and new players entering the ruthless game in the quest for power and wealth – pushing everyone to either embrace unknown alliances or arm themselves against them. Following each television premiere, episodes of the groundbreaking series are available for streaming on the Discovery GO app.Produced in association with Discovery by Take The Shot Productions, together with their partners at ASAP Entertainment, filming of FRONTIER‘s six-episode third season will take place in St. John’s, N.L., Cape Breton, N.S., Cornwall, U.K., and Ottawa. Season 3 of the premium, beautifully vivid 4K UHD-produced drama is set to premiere in 2018 in Canada on Discovery. All seasons will be streamed around the world via partner Netflix.More on FRONTIER Season 2:Fort James is left in chaos after Michael Smyth (Liboiron), Sokanon (Matten), and Grace Emberly (Boyle) detonated the munitions magazine, and Declan Harp (Momoa) slips through the hangman’s noose. With Harp gone, the Black Wolf Company is fractured and scattered to the wind. No one knows if Harp survived, but Lord Benton (Armstrong) isn’t taking chances, offering a dead-or-alive bounty for Harp that also threatens his allies, as killers come to the frontier in search of the reward.With Lord Benton making reckless decisions in the wake of being bested by Harp, Captain Chesterfield (Evan Jonigkeit) angles for an opportunity to make his mark. Laying a dangerous proposal on the table, Emberly puts everything she has worked for at risk, including the safety of the women who work for her at the ale house, Mary (Breanne Hill) and Imogen (Diana Bentley). Lord Benton gets to work righting the deceitful trespasses against him, and promises to unleash pain upon his enemies tenfold in response – all while the Black Wolf Company attempts its riskiest gamble yet trying to destroy the stranglehold the Hudson’s Bay Company has on the fur trade.In the burgeoning city of Montréal, the power dynamic of the trade is in flux, as serious battle lines are drawn between Elizabeth Carruthers (McGrath) and Samuel Grant (Shawn Doyle). No one is safe in the crossfire of their escalating personal war, and no one is above their manipulations – something the Brown Brothers (Hawco, Michael Patric) and Clenna Dolan (Lyla Porter Follows) will come to know all too well, as the unpredictable Cobbs Pond (Greg Bryk) interferes in their business.Viewers can catch up on Season 1 of FRONTIER ahead of the Oct. 18 Season 2 premiere. Season 1 Episodes 1-3 will encore back to back on Friday, Oct. 13 beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, and Episodes 4-6 will encore on Saturday, Oct. 14 beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, all on Discovery.FRONTIER is co-created by Rob and Peter Blackie, and produced by Take The Shot Productions and ASAP Entertainment, in association with Discovery, the exclusive Canadian broadcaster. Netflix is the international broadcast partner. Edwina Follows is Executive Producer for Discovery, and Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. For Take The Shot Productions, Alex Patrick, John Vatcher, Rob Blackie, Peter Blackie, Allan Hawco, and Michael Levineare Executive Producers. For ASAP Entertainment, Brad Peyton and Jeff Fierson are Executive Producers.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Discovery Canada on Facebook: Facebook.com/DiscoveryCanadaDiscovery Canada on Twitter: Twitter.com/DiscoveryCanadaDiscovery Canada on Instagram: Instagram.com/DiscoveryCanadaAbout Bell Media Original Productions:Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS, WYNONNA EARP, and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and A IS FOR APPLE. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About Discovery:With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery ranks as the #1 Canadian entertainment specialty network for reaching total viewers and all the adult demos. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canadaand around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Starring Jason Momoa, Season 2 of FRONTIER, Discovery Canada’s hit original scripted drama series premieres Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. (CNW Group/Discovery) TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2017– FRONTIER, Discovery Canada’s riveting dramatic adventure series, makes its worldwide, six-part, Season 2 premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Ambitiously cinematic in scope, the new season picks up immediately following the climactic Season 1 cliffhanger, with new alliances threatening to topple the established power dynamic, shifting loyalties, and old wounds festering. The gritty series’ star-studded international cast is led by Hollywood star Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES, Justice League), Landon Liboiron(HEMLOCK GROVE, DEGRASSI), Alun Armstrong (NEW TRICKS, Braveheart), Zoe Boyle (DOWNTON ABBEY, SONS OF ANARCHY), Jessica Matten (A Red Girl’s Reasoning), Allan Hawco (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE), and Katie McGrath (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword).Discovery Canada, in association with its world streaming partner Netflix, also announced today the renewal of the series for a third, six-part season. Produced by Take The Shot Productions with producing partners ASAP Entertainment, Season 3 of FRONTIER begins shooting this winter, and will once again star Momoa alongside featured ensemble cast members including Liboiron, Armstrong, Boyle, Hawco, Matten, and others.“Discovery is thrilled to unveil Season 2 of FRONTIER – bigger, bolder, and even more beautiful,” said Edwina Follows, Director, Commissioning and Production, Discovery Networks Canada. “We are particularly delighted by our ongoing partnership with superstar Jason Momoa as both lead actor and executive producer.” Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAshley BernardAPTN NewsThe weekend long Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival kicks off tonight.The festival celebrates the best Indigenous cinema from Canada and around the world.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img


Rabat – Othman Benjelloun, the chairman of Morocco’s BMCE Bank, has criticized the $1.1 billion deal between the Moroccan company Saham Finances and the South African insurance company Sanlam. Benjelloun, an influential voice in Morocco’s financial services industry, cited the political position of Pretoria on Western Sahara as the reason for his dissatisfaction with the deal.According to Bloomberg, Benjelloun told reporters in Casablanca Tuesday, “We end up with a South African investor, owning a company that was Moroccan, on our own territory.” The 88-year old businessman continued, “We aren’t going to hide that we have not appreciated this gesture.”Benjelloun’s anger stems from Pretoria’s support of the Polisario Front. The Moroccan billionaire stated the deal will garner his support if South Africa changes its stance on the conflict in Western Sahara. “We will applaud the fact that Saham stays South African” when Pretoria changes track regarding Western Sahara, he said. “Until they do, they are not getting our support.”Sanlam is South Africa’s biggest insurance country. Sanlam acquired Saham Finances in its largest acquisition on October 11, 2018. We’re pleased to announce the conclusion of SAHAM Finances acquisition, our biggest acquisition to date, transforming us into a leading financial services player in Africa. The next 100 years start today. https://t.co/xnPvuEshLH pic.twitter.com/0BYrEj3pcP— Sanlam (@sanlam) October 11, 2018In 2016, Sanlam acquired a 30 percent stake in Saham Finances and increased its stake to 46.6 percent in 2017.The $1.1 billion deal turned over the remaining 53 percent stake in Saham Finances to South African Sanlam.Sanlam is now present in 33 African countries. The company’s most recent acquisition establishes its presence in North Africa. Sanlam will take over Saham Finance’s 65 subsidiaries, 700 branches, and more than 3,000 employees.Saham Finances recorded a turnover of $1.2 billion in 2017. At the end of 2017, Saham Finances consolidated net assets worth $850 million and earnings of $77.4 million.The South African company Sanlam responded to Othman Benjelloun’s most recent criticism of the deal. “Sanlam is confident about the strength and sustainability of its partnership with Saham Finances, which commenced in early 2016. The Saham Finances’ board, Sanam (Sanlam’s partner in Morocco), the executive team and staff are fully supportive of the partnership and our efforts to build a Pan African insurance group,” the group said in a statement.Morocco and South Africa have long had tense diplomatic relations. In 2004, Pretoria recognized the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as the legitimate government of an independent Western Sahara. Morocco’s ambassador to Pretoria hurriedly left his post in protest against South Africa’s decision.In early March of 2019, Pretoria and Rabat made advances in restoring diplomatic relations. South Africa accredited Morocco’s months-long-appointed ambassador, Youssef Amrani, to Pretoria, breaking nearly 15 years of diplomatic stalemate. read more


“I frame myself within the human rights standards set for the whole world by all the governments of the world including the government of Sri Lanka. So I’m not writing my statute. I’m looking at the framework that was also developed by Sri Lanka. So if I raise criticism its whether they are complying to those standards,” she said. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she is not visiting Sri Lanka to criticise the country but to look into human rights concerns.Responding to a question raised by the BBC’s Colombo correspondent Azzam Ameen during a brief media interaction at the Cinnamon Lakeside hotel this evening, Pillay said that she wants to see if the government is complying with the human rights standards set to the whole world and accepted by the Sri Lankan government. The UN Human Rights Chief, who is on a seven day visit to Sri Lanka, said that following her visit she will be reporting on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.Pillay will visit the North and East and will also have several meetings both in Colombo and in the North in an attempt to get an independent view of the ground situation. Some Sinhalese groups have said they will stage protests outside the UN office in Colombo tomorrow against Pillay’s visit to Sri Lanka.Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya said the Government will be giving her three separate briefings, including one by the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga on the action plan on implementing the LLRC recommendations and one by the Ministry of Defence headed by the Defence Secretary.Pillay is scheduled to call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and meet Government ministers and officials during her visit. She will also hold talks with senior judicial figures, members of the National Human Rights Commission and representatives of civil society. The High Commissioner is due to hold a news conference in Colombo at the end of her visit on Saturday 31 August, her office said in a statement last week. (Colombo Gazette) Pillay said that while the government had invited her to visit Sri Lanka much earlier, she had decided to wait till the report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was released. read more


“All the signs indicate that the communities of large parts of northern Somalia are experiencing yet another season of inadequate rainfall,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Maxwell Gaylard, said in a statement released in Nairobi, Kenya. “This situation could develop into full-blown disaster in the next couple of months.”Four years of below-normal rainfall have decimated the herds of pastoralists living in parts of Somaliland, Puntland and some areas of Galgaduud, which is also torn by inter-clan conflict. Aid agencies estimate that only 20 per cent of the area has had enough rain to allow pasture to grow. This pasture will be exhausted within 10 to 15 days as a result of the high concentrations of livestock that desperate pastoralist have moved there to keep the remainder of their animals alive.The drought has already led to massive livestock deaths – in some areas up to 80 per cent of herds – further impoverishing an estimated 200,000 pastoralists, according to the UN. The loss of pack animals also means that women and children are forced to carry water for long distances.UN agencies and their partners have been conducting short-term relief operations in the area, providing food, water, health services, veterinary support for livestock, and cash grants. But Mr. Gaylord warned that these measures cannot keep pace with a worsening disaster.”The failure of another rainy season will require a much more concerted effort at providing relief if we are to avoid unnecessary suffering and deaths of the most vulnerable,” he said. read more


Haitian-born artist Jean-Salomon Andre has an exhibit of his paintings on display until Friday in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.At first glance, the colourful paintings hanging in the lobby of the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre appear to be the work of two very different artists.Bold, geometric abstract canvases hang amongst depictions of impressionist-like tropical landscapes. But both are the creations of Jean-Salomon André, aHaitian-born artist whose solo painting exhibit is visiting Brock this week as part of African Heritage Month celebrations.The son of a farmer, André grew up in Dessalines, a town about two hours north of Port-au-Prince, where he found a muse in his natural surroundings.“I paint many landscapes because I’m from a region where landscapes are beautiful,” said André, who now calls Brampton home.As for his more abstract work, that came out of necessity. André studied at the Beaux-Arts Academy in Port-au-Prince before eventually coming to Canada to earn his bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the Université du Quebec a Montreal. During that time, he studied modern art, photography and something more applied – graphic design – drawing out the more abstract artist within.Still, ask him how he prefers to paint and André isn’t about to pick favourites.“Your style is like your children. You don’t have a preference,” he said. “I use a style for each situation.”Take the abstract painting, filled with bright colours, right angles and perfect circles, that’s showing publicly for the first time with this exhibit. Called Shockwaves, the painting is a tribute to André’s homeland and the 2010 earthquake that reduced Port-au-Prince to rubble, killing more than 220,000 people and leaving one million homeless.Everything about Shockwaves is deliberate, from the work’s modern style right down to André’s choice of a coarse canvas on which it was painted.“I don’t have the lines or form to draw the disaster,” André said about choosing not do a more a realistic portrayal of the earthquake’s aftermath. “The suggestion is more important than the reality. Sometimes I paint for the eye, sometimes I paint for the brain.”His choice of colours, however, are made to reflect who he is, he explained.“I use bright colour because I have colour in my eyes and colour in my blood,” André said. “I am a coloured man and a man of colour.”The other painting he hopes visitors will pay close attention to when viewing the exhibit is a massive canvas showing an asotor, a large African drum André said is used for communication.The painting took two months, brush in hand eight hours a day, to complete.“Black history begins with the Asotor,” André said. “With the drum, you can communicate what you feel, what you want, what you need, everything.”André’s exhibit runs until Friday before opening at the Beaux-Arts Brampton gallery for an exhibit from Feb. 12 to 26. read more


NEW YORK — Mark Scheifele started Winnipeg’s third-period comeback and then got the deciding goal in the shootout as the Jets rallied to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 Sunday night.Jack Roslovic and Bryan Little also scored in the third as the Jets erased a 3-0 deficit and won their third straight. Jacob Trouba had two assists and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 16 shots.Marc Staal had a goal and an assist, and Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast also scored for New York. Henrik Lundvist made 39 saves through overtime as the Rangers lost for the fourth time in five games. New York also lost in a shootout for the first time this season after starting 4-0 in tiebreakers.Mika Zibanejad, who had two assists, scored in the second round of the shootout for the Rangers, and Laine then tied it. After Hellebuyck forced Jimmy Vesey wide, Scheifele — who got the game-winner in overtime at New Jersey on Saturday — beat Lundqvist for the win.Winnipeg trailed 3-0 after two periods before Scheifele and Roslovic each scored in the first 4:36 of the third period to pull the Jets within one. Scheifele extended his point streak to five games and has registered five goals and four assists during that stretch.Little tied it with 2:30 left in regulation when he buried a long-rebound opportunity. Nikolaj Ehlers fired a hard slap shot that caromed off the pads of Lundqvist right to Little’s stick.Fast opened the scoring late in the first period after executing a give-and-go to perfection with Zibanejad with 2:28 left. Zibanejad exited the penalty box after the Rangers successfully killed off three opening-period penalties and led an odd man rush opportunity. Neal Pionk skated hard toward the net which opened up a passing lane for Zibanejad to find Fast cutting to the back post.Winnipeg outshot New York 11-4 but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes.Staal doubled the Rangers’ lead when his sharp-angle wrist shot beat Hellebuyck with 7:49 left in the middle period. Kreider made it 3-0 when he redirected Zibanejad’s shot with 1:06 left.NOTES: The Rangers held a pregame ceremony to retire Vic Hadfield’s No. 11. The physical winger was the first skater in franchise history to become a 50-goal-scorer in the 1971-72 season. He was also a part of the famed GAG Line for goal a game, playing alongside Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle. Hadfield played 841 games, registering 262 goals and 310 assists for 572 points for the Rangers throughout 13 seasons. … F Matt Beleskey made his season debut after being recalled from Hartford of the AHL on Saturday. F Tim Gettinger was semt down to the Wolf Pack before the game. The 20-year-old forward played in the team’s previous four games. … Staal skated in his 798th career NHL game with the Rangers, passing Dan Girardi for sole possession of ninth place on the franchise list. … Rangers scratched D Brady Skjei. … Winnipeg scratched forwards Brendan Lemieux and Nic Petan, and defenceman Nelson Nogier.UP NEXTRangers: At Florida on Saturday.Jets: At the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsScott Charles, The Associated Press read more


← Previous Story Nikolaj Jacobsen with an indirect “Yes” to RNL Next Story → RACE FOR QATAR 2015 BEGINS: Europe pre-qualification clashes from Finland to Portugal Another former Chekhovski Medvedi player is on the verge of joining Vardar, writes one of the most popular newspaper in Macedonia, Dnevnik. Sergei Gorbok, who has joined Rhein-Neckar Loewen after Chekhovski Medvedi’s financial problems and the mass sell-out in the summer, is linked to joining the club where many of his former co-mates play. Should he join Vardar, he will be the 4th to join – after Dibirov, Rastvortsev and Chipurin who are already playing for Vardar and the team has had some excellent results in the Champions League this season. Gorbok has trouble securing his place in Mannheim, as Kim Ekdahl du Rietz is given priority so far. gorboklowenrhein-neckar loewenrn lowenSEHASergei GorbokVardar read more


first_imgNorth Korean women are encouraged by the state to choose from one of the 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles, as shown in this display on the wall of a salon in the capitalIt was then picked up by Reddit with the caption ‘North Korea’s 18 state sanctioned female hairstyles’:The original photograph on the Press Association site has a different caption:Photos showing example hair styles hang inside a hair salon in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.This piqued our interest at TheJournal.ie. Why did the photo appear with such a different caption, one that led to it being re-tweeted on a rapid basis since Friday?Hair in KoreaWe weren’t the only ones wondering. One Reddit/Imgur commenter got to the heart of the issue, linking to this KoreaBang.com essay about North Korean hairstyles for women.However, their link, posted three days ago, wasn’t picked up at the same rate as the Imgur photo was tweeted.It turns out that in North Korea, there are some very distinct hairstyles, ones which are chosen for very specific reasons. Whether a woman is in traditional or Western dress, is a student or is unmarried, for example, dictate what sort of style she goes for.Interestingly, in the third photo on the KoreaBang essay, we see that there are more than 18 example haircuts shown in one salon – but some of the photos are the same as in the Press Association photo.There is no doubt that there are strict social rules around haircuts in North Korea (and that some of the hairstyles would have been popular decades ago here), and that the approach to them in turn reflects the rigidness of the country’s political regime.In 2005 it was reported that North Korea encouraged men to only wear short hair to a certain length in accordance with the socialist lifestyle, and in 2009 that the late Kim Jong-Il was said to have launched a campaign against untidy and foreign hairstyles. Hair clearly is a political issue in North Korea.Photos showing example hair styles hang inside a barber shop in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)People in North Korea do commit to haircuts within a specific range of styles, but whether they are ‘State-sanctioned’ is not exactly clear.We can assume, however, that North Korea being the country it is, there isn’t much divergence from the norm, even when it comes to hair.Read: North Korea loosens mobile phone restrictions for visitors> WHEN IT COMES to North Korea, sometimes it feels as though the truth is stranger than fiction.From its nuclear tests to its intriguing leaders, its lack of internet to its mobile phone restrictions for visitors, it is a country rich in strange and often discomfiting stories.The latest unusual tale to go around is that there are state-sanctioned haircuts for women – and 18 of them, no less.This photograph, taken by David Guttenfelder of Press Association Images, has been doing the rounds on Twitter for the last few days, having appeared on The Guardian website with the caption:last_img read more


first_imgWith Melbourne City Council thwarted in its attempts to restrict architect Nonda Katsalidis’ Australia 108 tower to the drawing board, the Council has invited Planning Minister Matthew Guy to add 64 conditions to its permit.This week the City’s Future Planning Committee declined to support an amendment to the already approved permit for the 388-metre tower. The amendment paves the way for a luxury hotel, restaurants and a skydeck to be added. The City’s latest objection is unlikely to affect the Minister Matthew Guy’s ruling on the matter. Mr Guy has been a staunch supporter of the project since its conception and has the ultimate say in all state planning approvals.At a meeting of the committee on Tuesday night, Mayor Robert Doyle told a packed council chamber that his major concern over Australia 108 was not in relation to its height, and though such issues should be taken into account he was not “exercised by the minutiae of this particular proposal.” “To me it’s become much more about the confidence in the public of our planning schemes,” said the Mayor.The arm-wrestle between the council and the state government’s Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) has dogged the project since Katsalidis’ plan was first unveiled more than four years ago.In 2010 the City’s objections to the building were found to be without merit by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.Subsequently the Council invested heavily in drawing up a Southbank Structure Plan which seeks to limit the height of all new buildings in the area to less than 130 metres. The Council continues to maintain that Australia 108 does not meet set criteria for a building of state-wide or landmark significance. Neos Kosmos understands that the Minister is likely to disagree with that judgment. Architects Fender Katsalidis embarked on a consultative process with over 3000 local traders and residents in the Southbank area which resulted in few significant objections. The Minister is likely to sign-off the final Australia 108 permit amendment within weeks.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mayor Robert Doyle said that whilst the Council did not agree with the building going ahead, if it was given a permit, the City was asking for 64 conditions to be met. Those conditions include a request for the developer to provide $3500 per apartment for a City Road enhancement fund – targeted at capital improvement projects that fitted the council’s Southbank plan. With some 600 apartments scheduled for Australia 108, the levy, if put into effect, will realise over $2m.Mr Doyle added that whilst “a healthy tension” existed between the City and DPCD, he would rather have all developments come before the council, regardless of size, “The planning minister is the ultimate authority…the question is, is that a good relationship?” said Mr Doyle.Nonda Katsalidis, who attended the council meeting to make a presentation, told reporters after: “We’re keen to put forward the argument for what is going to be a very good building. “It’s in the right place and I think councillors can see that now.”Katsalidis described the Council’s Southbank scheme as “defunct”. “It’s regularly contravened. They need to look again at prescriptive approaches to height and gross floor areas,” said the architect.“You need to be flexible, you have to look at the context and judge sites by their own merits. For planners to sit down and do a master plan for a whole area, ten years later – it looks ridiculous.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


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