LSU QB Joe Burrow Explains Why He Waved At Texas Fans In Final Seconds Of Saturday’s Game

first_imgTexas fans haven’t been thrilled with how Burrow has acted in the wake of his team’s victory. This likely won’t help matters. Tuesday night, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt asked Burrow about his decision. Burrow said that Texas fans were “talking some trash” behind his team’s bench.Burrow’s wave came with just under two minutes left and the Tigers holding a 14-point lead. They went on to win 45-38.“Yeah, that was just a little wave. They had been talking some trash behind us all night and I had enough of it for a little bit.” Here’s the clip:Joe Burrow talks about his 👋to Texas fans.(via @notthefakeSVP) pic.twitter.com/bmjRhWR8p2— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 11, 2019 Regardless, LSU scored a huge win and put the rest of the country on notice that it may now have an offense to go with its always-loaded defense. The real test, per usual, will come against Alabama later in the season.Texas, meanwhile, likely now has to win out (and beat Oklahoma twice) to clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff. BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – AUGUST 31: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers warms up prior to the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Tiger Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)This past Saturday night, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, in the midst of the game of his life, had a message for Texas fans who doubted him earlier in the week. Burrow was shown on television mockingly waving at Longhorns supporters as they left the stadium.last_img read more

SSA Marine to Operate Anaklia Deep Sea Port

first_imgzoom Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC) has appointed the US-based SSA Marine as the terminal operator for the Anaklia Deep Sea Port in the Black Sea Region. “We are pleased to have concluded the selection process and to have found a … partner for the project. SSA Marine has extensive international experience and is one of the world’s leading port operators, making it the ideal choice for the Anaklia Deep Sea Port. The company joins Conti Group and Van Oord as international partners working on this … project,” Levan Akhvlediani, CEO of the Anaklia Development Consortium, commented.“We are proud to be a partner in a promising and an ambitious project like the Anaklia Deep Sea Port. A modern deep-sea, all-weather port is exactly what the Republic of Georgia requires to become a true logistics hub. The prospects for cargo growth in Georgia and Central Asia along the Southern Corridor are very exciting,” Bob Watters, Senior Vice-President at SSA Marine, added.In October 2016, the Government of Georgia and the Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC) inked an investment agreement for the construction and operation of the port.Under the agreement, the country’s government grants the ADC, comprised of TBC Holding from Georgia and Conti International from the USA, the exclusive right to construct, develop and operate the Anaklia Deep Sea Port. The port is expected to help establish a new maritime corridor from China to Europe, restoring the historic Silk Road.The ADC said it has completed all feasibility works and is continuing to work on the EIA report, which has been distributed for public review and discussion. The preliminary design for the first phase is set to be submitted to the Georgian government as scheduled on June 30, 2017.The consortium plans to start the construction by the end of this year, with the operational launch of the first phase scheduled for 2020.Anaklia Deep Sea Port will be constructed on about 400 hectares of land as the country’s government granted the ADC rights to use the land for a period of 52 years. After completion of all phases, the port would have the capacity to serve 100 million tons of freight turnover.last_img read more

Province Increases Investment in Athletes for 2011 Canada Games

first_imgNova Scotia is investing an additional $400,000 in winter sports to help the province’s athletes increase their medal count and personal bests at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax. The funding is over four years through the new 2011 Canada Games Results Program. “With the nation’s attention fixed squarely on Nova Scotia as the host province, we want to be sure our athletes have the best training and equipment available to succeed in 2011,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “We’d like to see Nova Scotia shine at these Games, not only through our role as host, but also because our athletes are among the best in the country.” The first round of grants has been distributed to 13 provincial sport organizations. For example, Judo Nova Scotia received funding to hire a full-time coach. He will help judo athletes improve on their silver-medal standing at the 2007 Canada Games in Whitehorse. “There’s no question this program is going to benefit our athletes,” says Tim Lohnes, president of Judo Nova Scotia. “Just having a full-time coach position, words can’t even describe how it’s going to benefit Judo Nova Scotia. I expect nothing but good things for the next few years and good results for 2011.” Until March 2009, the program will provide grants of up to $10,000 for coaching, training officials and equipment. The next two years leading to the 2011 Games will focus on training athletes. Information on the program and funding applications forms are on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/physicalactivity/grants.asp .last_img read more

HINI Human Swine Influenza Update Nov 9

first_imgThe province reported today, Nov. 9, its second H1N1-related death since the outbreak began in April. The female patient was hospitalized in the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority. She was in her 50s with underlying health conditions. “We are sorry to have to convey this news today,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer. “Unfortunately, this is not unexpected. H1N1 and other flu-like viruses are very serious illnesses.” The province expanded the groups eligible for the H1N1 vaccine on Friday. This is part of the province’s plan to manage the current national vaccine shortage. High-risk groups eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccine at community clinics at this time are: Children 19 or younger with chronic medical conditions for which they receive regular medical attention, including morbid obesity Women who have just given birth, and their partners Pregnant women, and women up to four weeks postpartum and their partners Children aged six months to younger than five years old People living on First Nations communities “If you’re in one of these priority groups, I urge you to get vaccinated against H1N1 as soon as possible,” said Dr. Strang. “If you’re not, I ask for your patience and your understanding.” The province will offer vaccine to more groups, based on risk, as soon as supply allows. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit www.gov.ns.ca/h1n1 .last_img read more

Approval Issued for Former Maritime Steel Plant

first_imgThe Department of Environment issued today, Aug. 2, approval to operate the former Maritime Steel and Foundries Ltd. plant in New Glasgow for one year. The approval, to Abbas Jafarnia, has strict environmental conditions that requires environmental impact studies on air quality, soil and ground and surface water. “We’ve heard the concerns of the community and ensured they were reflected in this approval,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We have asked for more information so we can be confident the facility is operating in a way that protects public health and the environment.” Over the next year, the approval also requires a facility relocation study and a ventilation assessment and emissions reduction plan. The department will review the results of the studies before issuing any future environmental approvals.last_img read more

Ukrainian presidential candidate meets Russian PM in Moscow

MOSCOW — A Ukrainian presidential candidate has travelled to Moscow to meet with the Russian prime minister to discuss gas supplies.Yuri Boyko, a rare openly pro-Russian candidate, trails far behind a comedian, a former premier and the incumbent president in opinion polls ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election on March 31.Boyko spoke with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday in the meeting that was televised live on Ukrainian television. Boyko said he would like Ukraine to resume gas purchases from Russia, which should lower the skyrocketing utility bills for Ukrainians.The very visit is rare for Ukrainian politicians these days, since any connections to Russia are largely regarded as toxic because of Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and its ongoing support for separatists in the deadly conflict in Ukraine’s east.The Associated Press read more

Merkel to face angry tenants as Germany debates rent caps

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing tenants angry over rising rents in a country where home ownership is traditionally low.Merkel is speaking Friday at a meeting in Cologne of the German Tenants Association. Its head, Franz-Georg Rips, recently called for urgent measures to make housing more affordable and warned that tenants are losing faith in the government’s ability to tackle rent rises.Thorsten Schaefer-Guembel, acting co-leader of the centre-left Social Democrats, has said his party will discuss nationwide rent controls with Merkel’s Union bloc in the coming days.The state of Berlin has already proposed freezing rents for five years. Activists in the capital have also launched a campaign to get the state government to take over nearly 250,000 apartments worth billions from corporate owners.The Associated Press read more

Hamilton woman airlifted to hospital after serious crash

A 68-year-old Hamilton woman was seriously injured after her vehicle rolled in a ditch in County of Brant. It happened around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 54. Police say the woman was driving a silver Honda vehicle when she failed to navigate the curve in the roadway. Her car entered the ditch and rolled over.She was transported to a local Hagersville hospital by paramedics with serious life-threatening injuries. She was then taken via Air Ornge to a Hamilton hospital for treatment. Investigators say speed is being considered as a contributing factor. read more

Ohio State loses to Dayton 6059 after Aaron Crafts lastsecond shot is

Junior center Trey McDonald (55) covers his face as he sits on the side of the court following the game. OSU lost to Dayton, 60-59, at First Niagara Center March 20. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorBUFFALO, N.Y. — The swan song has been sung for the Ohio State Buckeyes.As senior guard Aaron Craft’s desperation shot at the buzzer fell hopelessly to the floor, so did his career at OSU, as the No. 6-seed Buckeyes fell to No. 11-seed Dayton, 60-59, Thursday.Craft made a tough layup in the lane with less than 20 seconds to play to put his team ahead by one, but a running layup by Dayton redshirt-senior guard Vee Sanford proved to be the difference as the Flyers — and ex-Buckeye guard Jordan Sibert — pulled the upset.OSU started quickly, leading 7-3 after a layup by senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. at the 16:43 mark.But Dayton responded, scoring 10 of the game’s next 12 points after Flyer redshirt-senior center Matt Kavanaugh finished off a 3-point play.The Flyers held the lead until Craft made two free throws with 8:15 left in the first half to give the Buckeyes the lead, 22-21. Craft finished a perfect 3-3 from the field and 3-3 from the line in the first half, on his way to a team-high nine points in the game’s opening 20 minutes.The game remained close for the remainder of the first half, but Dayton took a 33-30 lead to the break behind nine points from Kavanaugh.OSU came out sluggish in the second half, allowing the Flyers to extend their lead to 41-34, with 15 minutes to play.But back-to-back dunks by junior forward Sam Thompson and a bucket by Ross tied the game at 41 with 10:58 remaining.Thompson tipped in a missed 3-pointer by Craft on the Buckeyes’ next possession for OSU’s first lead since the 8:15 mark of the first half.A rugged game ensued, and the Buckeyes led 50-49 before freshman forward Marc Loving picked up his fourth foul of the game. Sophomore forward Dyshawn Pierre then made two free throws to put the Flyers back in front by one.But after former Buckeye and now Flyer Sibert missed a 3-pointer, Craft drove the lane and scored to put OSU back up. He missed the free throw, but OSU still led, 52-51 with 3:32 left.Dayton senior forward Devin Oliver scored at the other end, and after a turnover by OSU, Craft committed a flagrant-1 foul on Sibert as he drove to the hoop. Sibert nailed both free throws, and Dayton led by three.But Craft responded with yet another and-one, this time making the free throw to tie the game at 55 and lead to the dramatic finish.Craft finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists in his final game as a Buckeye, and Thompson finished with a game-high 18. After his game-winning shot, Sanford tallied 10 points for the Flyers, who are set to face the winner of No. 3-seed Syracuse and No. 14-seed Western Michigan Saturday. read more

Two in three IVF patients feel ripped off by clinics watchdog warns

Around six in ten IVF treatments are now funded privately, amid widening cutbacks.Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says those with fertilty problems should be offered three cycles of IVF.But just 11 per cent of health authorities now achieve this, down from 16 per cent in a year.The growing restrictions have fuelled a boom in “fertility tourism”The new survey of more than 1,000 recent fertility patients found similar satisfaction levels at private and NHS clinics.Aileen Feeney, chief executive of patient charity Fertility Network, said the findings were “concerning.”She said: “We can see that a quarter of patients were not satisfied with their treatment experience; one in five patients say they did not receive any information about counselling; and over three-fifths of patients whose most recent treatment was at a private clinic say they paid more than they expected to. This shows more needs to be done to support and inform fertility patients who are often incredibly vulnerable when going through treatment.” Two thirds of patients undergoing fertility treatment feel ripped off by IVF clinics, the regulator has warned.The majority of treatment is now funded privately, amid deepening NHS rationing.A report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said that worryingly, 62 per cent of people who paid for IVF paid “more than expected” for their treatment.Their report also found rising numbers of couples with fertility are being sold “add-on” treatments despite no clear evidence that they boost the chance of a succesful pregnancy.It follows warnings that couples are being convinced to buy extras – costing up to £3,500 a time – such as “glue” or a painful “scratch” to help an embryo stick to the wall of the womb.The watchdog’s report found other treatments being used included the use of alternative medicines, with one in four opting for acupuncture.In the last two years, 74 per cent of patients paid for at least one add-on, a rise from 66 per cent two in the previous two years.Sally Cheshire, HFEA Chairman said: “We are concerned about the increased use of treatment add-ons in many fertility clinics.“Patients often feel pressure to opt for add-ons and many are understandably keen to explore every option to improve their chances of having a baby, but such treatments should only be offered where there is proof they work.”It follows warnings from fertilty doctors and obstetricians that there is “currently no conclusive evidence that any of the add-ons offered in fertility treatment increase the chance of a pregnancy or live birth.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. These decisions are about life and death. There isn’t enough funding going into IVFSally Cheshire, HFEA chairman read more

Apple hit by cyber attack says no data was stolen

first_imgAPPLE ON TUESDAY said it suffered a cyber attack similar to the one recently carried out against Facebook, but that it repelled the invaders before its data was plundered.The maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macintosh computers said it is working with law enforcement officials to hunt down the hackers, who appeared tied to a series of recent cyber attacks on US technology firms.“The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers,” Apple said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.The malicious software, or malware, took advantage of a vulnerability in a Java program used as a “plug-in” for Web-browsing programs.A “small number” of computer systems at Apple were infected but they were isolated from the main network, according the Silicon Valley-based company.“There is no evidence that any data left Apple,” Apple said.Apple released a Macintosh computer operating system update that disables Java software that hasn’t been used for 35 days or longer, as well as a tool for finding and removing the malware.Facebook attackWord of hackers hitting Apple came just days after leading social network Facebook said it was “targeted in a sophisticated attack” last month, but that it found no evidence any user data was compromised.Facebook said Friday that the malware came from an infected website of a mobile developer. “We remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day,” it said.It was unclear whether it was the same website blamed for the attack on Apple.Using a previously unseen tactic, the attackers took advantage of a flaw in Java software made by Oracle, which was alerted to the situation and released a patch on February 1, according to Facebook.The hackers appeared to be targeting developers and technology firms based on the website they chose to booby-trap with malicious code.“Facebook was not alone in this attack,” the Northern California-based company said.“It is clear that others were attacked and infiltrated recently as well.”Early this month Twitter said it was hammered by a cyber attack similar to those that recently hit major Western news outlets, and that the passwords of about 250,000 users were stolen.- © AFP, 2013Read: Facebook network hit by ‘sophisticated’ cyber attackMore: Twitter attacked by ‘sophisticated’ hackerslast_img read more

Borough Assembly Questions Mayors Online Poll Amid Budget Negotiations

first_imgDespite the backlash among the assembly, Mayor Pierce believes “this is a his poll is excellent and has been very well received.” Mayor Pierce took to Facebook to post an online poll for members of the Borough to weigh in on the proposed budget, but some members of the assembly have voiced their apprehension to how accurate the poll might be. KPB Mayor Pierce and his administration presented the FY2019 budget to the borough assembly at their meeting on May 15. According to a post on social media, Mayor Pierce feels like his “plan was initially shot down, and  feels it is critical to listen to the people that he was elected to serve.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Budget talks are looming all over the Kenai Peninsula, and Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has taken to social media in an attempt to hear from the local residents regarding his recent FY2019 budget proposal. Assemblyman Willy Dunne: “It is difficult to fully understand all of the fiscal and economic implications of the choices presented in this simplistic and biased poll.”center_img Of the nearly 400 borough residents that have taken the time to fill out the poll,  the results are pretty evenly split, with the property tax option getting the least support. Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper commented: “This poll isn’t very clear so results will be skewed. This is messaging & not fair to our constituents. They’re savvy & will understand it. As presented, it’s simply a poll weighted to get the results you want.” A vote on the finalized budget for the FY2019 will go before the assembly on June 5.last_img read more

RR Donnelley Splitting into Three Public Companies

first_img Like most other printers over the last five years, RR Donnelley had been aggressively diversifying its services into other markets to bolster its more traditional print business.  The spinoffs are expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and existing RR Donnelley shareholders will end up owning shares in all three companies. Management teams and branding are still being developed, the company says. The custom marketing communications company will be the largest, which under RR Donnelley’s current structure accounted for 12-month net sales of $7 billion. The traditional printing services operation made $3.5 million in revenue and the financial communications business brought in $1 billion in the last year.  The theory goes that by separating the three units, they’ll be able to focus on their own unique strategies and independently execute on them.  RR Donnelley plans to separate into a financial communications services business, a custom marketing communications operation and a printing services company. RR Donnelley announced this week that it intends to split itself into three publicly traded companies—a process that has gained steam in the media market as companies that previously combined ancillary businesses with their core “traditional” media have started to spin off the components to try and unlock more value.  Not all of RR Donnelley’s acquisitions were from new markets—the company spent $620 million on Chicago-based printer Consolidated Graphics in late 2013 and beat out Quad/Graphics to acquire book manufacturer Courier Corp. earlier this year. Among RR Donnelley’s more recent acquisitions were digital replica producer LibreDigital and paywall provider Press+ in 2011. The company bought Bowne Financial in 2010 and EDGAR Online in 2012. Those two formed the foundation for the financial communications business.  “We see significant opportunity to unlock value by allowing these three businesses to pursue their own strategies and invest according to the unique dynamics of their respective industries,” says RR Donnelley president and CEO Thomas J. Quinlan III in a statement. “Each company will have the strategic focus, management resources and capital structure to enable it to strengthen its market position and pursue its growth opportunities, enhancing long-term value for stakeholders.” Crain’s Chicago Business reports that RR Donnelley may be separating the units for an easier path to divestment. Of particular interest would be the financial and marketing communication segments. Decoupling the higher growth businesses from the traditional printing operation makes them more convenient targets, says the report. Printers have already gone through significant consolidation and have been buying up or partnering with ancillary services, like digital magazine producers, e-commerce solutions and the like, to drive top-line growth.last_img read more

Kendall Jenner goes braless for Keeping Up With The Kardashians taping Photos

first_imgKendall Jenner was recently spotted with a giant hickey after partying with Anwar Hadid at Fashion Week in Paris.Sean Zanni/Getty ImagesKendall Jenner was spotted in a green tank top heading for a taping of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The reality star went bra free and looked casual in her ensemble.Kendall Jenner accessorized her look with oversized jeans, sneakers and a Louis Vuitton purse. She was joined by Scott Disick. The sighting comes on the heels of Kendall signing with oral care brand Moon. The model has been using her social media to promote the brand. She posted shots of herself in undress to promote Moon.The reality TV show shot the Kardashian family to fame and seems to be the flagship business of the family. It has been previously reported that Kendall can charge upwards of $500,000 per social post to her 108 million followers, her price is jacked up when promoting ‘pharmaceutical products or something that you’re going to drink, ingest, or put on your body,’ according to momager Kris Jenner.  Kendall JennerGetty ImagesThe reality star may be taking a page from her sister Kylie’s playbook branching into oral care. Kylie Jenner did make a huge chunk of her fortune thanks to the profits from her lip-kits. Starting with Kim Kardashian who has many business ventures including a highly profitable mobile game that earned her a pretty penny, to Kourtney and Khloe who apart from their television appearance, have quite a few social media businesses as well.Kendall Jenner is one of the most successful and highly paid models in the world, and she has to thank her Kardashian fame for at least a part of her success. You can check out the pics here:last_img read more

Robust Conversations Sparked Across Generation Lines at Howard Gun Symposium

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterIt maybe wasn’t the sort of place you’d expect heated debate. But during “Triggered: The Power of Guns, Law & Politics” the third annual C. Clyde Ferguson Jr. Symposium at Howard University School of Law, audience and panelists alike argued firmly their beliefs and asked hard questions during the event.This conversation, formerly known as the Ferguson Lecture, was established in part ot honor the legacy of Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr., former Dean of Howard University School of Law and alum (LL.B cum Laude, 1951).Panelists at “Triggered: The Power of Guns, Law & Politics,” part of the third annual C. Clyde Ferguson Jr. Symposium at Howard University School of Law.  (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)It was presented by the Howard University School of Law, Human & Civil Rights Law Review. The topics were important. “This year, our Lecture addresses the critical issue of gun violence in America. From police brutality, suicide and mass shootings, gun violence impact the daily lives of people throughout the country. Gun laws and legislation play a pivotal role in both the perception and the impact of guns in our society,” wrote Elijah B. Porter II Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.The event was jam packed with two panels, one dealing with high school shootings, and the other on health and public safety issues that gun violence causes. The keynote address was delivered by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois. Noted hip-hop artist Rah Digga also moderated a panel.Definitions of the types of gun violence vary, but the impact is devastating no matter how you look at the issue.The Washington Post created a data that tracked about 1,148 deaths due to mass shootings from 1966 until January 2019. That’s 161 shootings in which four or more people are killed. Of those killed 189 were children and teenagers, the report stated.When you take in the larger issue of gun related deaths, the numbers skyrocket.  According to the GunViolenceArchieve.org there were 14,645 deaths related to gun violence in 2018 alone.Aalayah Eastmond, a teen student activist and panelist at the event, participated because she wanted to keep the conversations around gun violence going in all spaces. During the panel she held her own on many topics including mass shootings, racism, bullying and even about the idea of giving teachers guns.At one point Eastmond said, “I barely trust people with my grades, I’m not going to trust them with guns.”  She went on to urge policy makers to provide teachers with more resources and supplies rather than weapons.Eastmond is a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, the same school where a gunman killed 17 students and staff. She has continued her mission of speaking out against gun violence at several rallies, and sees the work that needs to be done with talking about these issues.“It’s important we have these conversation in our schools and communities anywhere possible because it’s not happening enough,” Eastmond said. “People are still talking about Parkland and Columbine but no one is talking about Chicago and Detroit.”Eastmond has toured extensively and knows firsthand how conversations about gun violence differ depending on location and demographics.“When you go into predominantly White areas to talk about gun violence they don’t really understand how prevalent it is in our communities,” Eastmond said. “They only see what they see on the news and that’s mass shooting.”“And when they do show shootings in urban communities its ‘he’s a monster.’ I always have to break it down to them, that in our communities it’s systematic.”Harold McDougall, a panelist during the event and author and professor, was excited by the enthusiasm of panelists and the audience alike.“I don’t think anybody was prepared for how powerful this conversation was,” MacDougall said. “But this is Howard’s brand. They are invested in social justice.”Amos Jackson, a senior at Howard University, studying Political Science and African-American Studies, was on the panel. He urged people to not just think of the individual when thinking about gun violence and how to address these issues.“If people have never experienced it’s one thing to say ‘oh it’s not that big of a deal,” Jackson said. “We have to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. How would you want this to be debated and legislated if we remove ourselves from the situation and look at the greater society as a whole.”last_img read more

MAKAUT comes up with its 3rd campus in Darjeeling

first_imgKolkata: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) is coming up with its third campus in Darjeeling with a focus on employable courses.The state Higher Education department has already written to the District Magistrate of Darjeeling for earmarking a 7 acre land in the Hills in which MAKAUT, formerly known as West Bengal University of Technology, plans to set up its new campus. “We have already made a detailed planning of what we actually want to do in the new campus and have submitted a proposal to the Higher Education department. We will be introducing courses based on the employability in the Hills so that students get jobs after completion of the courses,” Saikat Maitra, Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT, said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePresently, Makaut has two campuses — one at Salt Lake and another at Haringhata in Nadia district. The technology university presently has around 90 engineering colleges and 110 professional colleges across the state affiliated to it. A senior academic official of the university said courses on media science, hospitality management, travel and tourism with focus on the tea industry, food processing and its packaging are on the radar. “Landslides are quite common in the Hills and so courses on disaster management are also in our plan,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe proposed new campus will have facilities for small business clusters, training facilities and state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities. “The scenic beauty of the Hills has always encouraged filmmakers from both Hollywood and Tollywood. So, Darjeeling has enormous potential to be developed as a film hub. If we can churn in professionals of media science, the idea can well be a reality,” the official maintained. “We are constantly upgrading our existing curriculum according to the demands of the industry to ensure employability for the students. All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has urged all universities across the country to frame its curriculum in a manner so that it keeps pace with the changing times and we are leaving no stones unturned. More than 20 new courses have been introduced from this academic year,” Maitra said. The new professional courses have been designed in consultation with the Chambers of Commerce based nationally as well as at the state level.last_img read more

Netflixs edgy gay teen sex comedy is delightful but unbalanced

first_imgJohnson also does something admirable, bold, and refreshing with Alex. He makes him a protagonist that is not always easy to root for.Alex makes some terrible decisions in the film, and says things that will make you clench your fists and gasps. Johnson never uses Alex’s struggle with his sexuality as an excuse for his mistakes. When he hurts people, it’s entirely on Alex being an imperfect person.The process of coming out and figuring out one’s identity is treated with empathy, but Johnson doesn’t fall into the trap of making Alex perfect because it might be viewed that coming out is enough of a struggle and journey for a character. Instead, Alex has multitudes and flaws and ambitions beyond his sexuality.Holding backBecause the movie is semi-autobiographical, it’s somewhat limited in what it can do with its story.Alex at first ponders the idea that he could be bisexual, but this is quickly dismissed, both by characters and the move itself. At one point I even wonderered whether Alex would determine he falls somewhere on the asexual spectrum, as an oft-overlooked identity in media.Daniel Doheny in Alex Strangelove | Photo: YouTube/NetflixGay white men are the most represented in movies and there was an opportunity here to broaden the visibility of other identities.It becomes clearer with a reveal in the third act. This reveal, though, comes seemingly out of nowhere and a little too late. It acts something like an anvil and brings a weight suddenly down on things that was never hinted at before.There are many real moments throughout Alex’s journey — coming out can absolutely be this confusing and scary, something you oppress and hide — but its constraining too, and not always accessible.As wildly manufactured as the movie gets at times (there’s a ridiculous bit with a hallucinogenic frog and sour gummy worms), it’s a fun reminder that there are so many different experiences out there, each one as real as the last. It may not have been my experience, but it will be other people’s, and it’s enjoyable to the end, even with its missteps.Alex’s story is a good one to tell and watch, and hopefully it helps kick open the door in Hollywood to more diverse and inclusive narratives.Alex Strangelove arrives on Netflix tomorrow, 8 June.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . First there was the safe, saccharine, and genuinely charming Love, Simon. Now comes Simon’s edgier cousin, Alex Strangelove. The new Netflix movie about a high school student questioning his sexuality is fun and raw, but all at once it holds back and tries too hard, and that’s to its detriment.Director Craig Johnson set out to make a semi-autobiographical story, reflecting on his own life and the messy, complicted relationships between people. Alex Strangelove is about a high school senior, Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny), who has it all. He’s class president, he has a wonderful girlfriend (Claire, played by Madeline Weinstein), and he’s ready to have sex. Or so he thinks.When he meets Elliott (Antonio Marizale), an out gay teen, Alex suddenly has to confront who he might be.A different high school experienceJust as the diluted nature of Love, Simon may have felt somewhat inauthentic through its Hollywood lens, so too does Alex Strangelove’s edge at times. Granted, this is also because of everyone’s wildly different experiences in high school.Sex is almost as big a character as our three leads in the film.The society Alex navigates consists of sexually active friends or those that judge him for his lack of it. This may feel relatable to some viewers, and entirely foreign to others. The obsessive nature may not be the most progressive way to approach sex — especially in a country that gives consensual sex a higher movie rating than explicit violence — but it does try its hand at showing the spectrum of mindsets.When Alex and Claire want to have sex for the first time, they run into a problem. Where to do it with total privacy? They get a friend’s older sister to book them a hotel room as neither are 18 yet.This totally made-up Hollywood scenario in my head is actually pulled straight out of Johnson’s real life. That’s half the fun of the movie — seeing just how chaotic, sloppy, and understandably self-centered teens can be, while still evoking empathy for them.Antonio Marizale in Alex Strangelove | Photo: YouTube/NetflixSweet, sweet chemistryThe sweet spot of the film is its cast, all delivering their performances with 110% charisma and talent.Its script borders on feeling authentic and a manufactured being spit out of Hollywood. The teens curse and speak caustically and without thinking and that is all very real. But its quippiness pushes the envelope of trying too hard and not every line delivers with the same genuine landing.All three leads’ performances, however, are a sight to behold. Each one is endlessly watchable and slip so easily into their characters and this story.Doheny and Marizale, specifically, have chemistry that is off the charts. Every time they share the screen, a palpable feeling of tension and desire and those butterflies in your stomach arrive. The movie is at its best when it explores Alex and Elliott’s relationship and it evokes the most outward emotions. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Netflix’s new raunchy, gay teen sex movie is refreshingly welcomeAlex Strangelove portrays bisexuality ‘simply as a stepping stone’Alex Strangelove ‘follows confused and confusing teenagers’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/netflix-alex-strangelove-review/last_img read more

Regulatory agency suspends decrease in fuel prices

first_imgThe board of the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) on Thursday night suspended a reduction in the per-liter prices of gasoline and diesel, pending the resolution of an appeal filed by a gas station owner.The decrease of ₡5 for super and plus gasoline, and of ₡6 for diesel, was approved Monday and would enter into force once published Friday in the official newspaper La Gaceta. Chamber of Fuel Businesses President Antonio Galva said they suspended a strike called for next week, which would have affected thousands of travelers expected to take advantage of the Easter Holy Week holiday.He added that “we are open to negotiate with ARESEP, and to provide all required information for making the calculations for setting the appropriate prices.”ARESEP had set the decrease after ruling the profit margin of gas station owners was too high. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Regional Restaurant of the Year plus 4 hats

first_imgCameron Matthews Source = Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges STR Restaurant Head Chef Daniel Jarrettcenter_img Luxury hotel group Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges has again been recognised for culinary excellence, walking away with four accolades in the Queensland Good Food Guide awards.The Long Apron restaurant at Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville was awarded Two Hats as well as the Regional Restaurant of the Year in the prestigious awards which were announced last night.The restaurants at Spicers Peak Lodge in the Scenic Rim and Spicers Tamarind Retreat in Maleny were also each awarded One Hat.Headed by acclaimed chef Cameron Matthews, The Long Apron was the only regional restaurant to be hatted twice – with a total of 42 Queensland restaurants wining one hat, four winning two hats and one winning three hats. “Despite the luxury country house feel, The Long Apron’s menu is totally contemporary,” the judges said. “Using both the prodigious local produce and his classical training, Cameron Matthews creates a whimsical degustation menu that will put a smile on the face of even the most jaded diner. Five star service and stunning views complete the picture.”The Long Apron specialises in personalised service with an innovative European-inspired degustation menu paired with a selective wine list. The restaurant’s award-winning menu includes innovative creations such as their signature Hervey Bay Scallops with local fresh scallops, Kenilworth yoghurt, Maleny cream, Mooloolaba squid and herbs from the restaurant’s kitchen garden. “At the Long Apron we love using fresh, local produce and unusual ingredients to deliver a deconstructed degustation menu,” Cameron Matthews said.“Our whole team is extremely passionate about creating a unique gourmet experience for our guests,” Matthews said. “As a result, we’re finding that The Long Apron restaurant and Spicers Clovelly Estate is becoming a gourmet destination for foodies from around Australia.”Awarded a star in Gourmet Traveller’s 2011 Restaurant Guide and votedBest Prestige Restaurant at the 2011 Queensland Hotels Association Awards and Best New Tourism Development at the 2010 Queensland Tourism Awards, Spicers Clovelly Estate in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is fast becoming a worst-kept secret amongst foodies. Budding chefs can also learn the restaurant’s award-winning culinary secrets with French, Italian and market food-themed cooking classes on offer each month.Spicers’ other award-winning restaurant, The Tamarind at Spicers Tamarind Retreat,  also in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, is headed by executive chef Daniel Jarrett and brings a taste of Thailand to the foothills of Maleny.Specialising in innovative Modern Asian cuisine, The Tamarind has cemented its reputation as an iconic south-east Queensland restaurant, with numerous accolades including Best New Restaurant on the Sunshine Coast in the 2011 HOSTPLUS Restaurant & Catering Awards.Spicers Peak Lodge Restaurant, at Spicers Peak Lodge two hours’ drive south west of Brisbane, also offers an award-winning degustation menu based on locally-sourced ingredients, grown in the rich Scenic Rim soil, as well as internationally-sourced delicacies. With head chef Ashley Martin at the helm, the restaurant team provides an unforgettable dining experience and, as the highest non-alpine lodge in Australia, the Peak Lodge dining room boasts spectacular views over Main Range National Park.The restaurant has received numerous awards including two stars in the Queensland Food and Wine Guide 2010 and Best Fine Dining Restaurant Brisbane region in the 2011 Restaurant & Catering Awards.Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges co-owner Jude Turner said the awards were an honour for all three properties and the Spicers group.“We’re so thrilled to receive these prestigious awards and so proud of our chefs and restaurant teams,” Ms Turner said. “Great food and wine is definitely at the heart of the Spicers experience and these achievements reinforce the high standards we set for ourselves.Spicers is also a strong supporter of regional and national culinary events. Cameron Matthews and Daniel Jarrett will showcase their talents at the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival later this month, and Spicers’ chefs will also appear at the Regional Flavours food festival at Brisbane’s South Bank in July.last_img read more