Facebook users in India were noticed getting connected more during the time of festivals, events like Kerala flood and cricket in 2018, according to the social media giant.The company’s 2018 review report said that India set Facebook buzzing on festivals in 2018 with Janmashtami, Eid-al-adha, Pongal, and Navratri driving the most conversations on the platform.Topics in India that were talked the most on Facebook in 2018 Indian community gathered in large numbers on the social media platform when the disastrous flood hit Kerala, lending support and help to the victims.Facebook was used as a medium to connect the victims to their relatives for help and informing about their safety through features like safety check tool, live, creating a page and raising funds.Cricket continued to rule the hearts of Indian sports fans on Facebook as it became one of the most popular topics on the platform.Millions of football fans from India came together during the FIFA football World Cup 2018 to support their favourite teams.After Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s demise, several users were seen coming together to express their sadness on the platform.Global topics that were talked the most on Facebook in 2018Topics such as International Women’s Day, March for our lives, and The Royal Wedding became the most discussed topic internationally in 2018.The International Women’s Day was the most talked about moment of the year in a row.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19 connected about 42 million people from around the world, posting about the wedding and the newly wedded.advertisementJuly 18 marked 100 years since Nelson Mandela was born and millions of people took to the platform to celebrate his life which was dedicated to human rights and social justice.Also read: Future of surgery: Robots performing C-sections will soon become a realityInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mason Rudolph talked (ok, was prompted by questions from the athletic department) about why he chose OSU coming out of high school in South Carolina.“I knew a lot about Oklahoma State because of big names like Brandon Weeden and Blackmon,” said Rudolph. “The big things they did in college. And people like Coach Gundy once I actually started communication with the coaches and knew about the school … the uniforms. It was just kind of a collective deal where I felt like it was right.”The uniforms!“A little bit,” Rudolph responded when asked if he felt like he’d matured. “I feel like I’ve matured for sure in a year of being here. Just all the new choices that come with college. And having to be on your own and be independent. I feel like I’ve matured a lot.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Spectacular Failures Tells the Story of Businesses That Went Very, Very Wrong Think Outside the Box on Memorial Day and Try This Chili-Lime Grasshopper Recipe The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Pairing chicken wings, pretzels, and chocolate cake. Yes, we’re trying to drink whiskey at every meal.Whiskey Sommelier Chris Straka has spent 20 years working in the restaurant industry as a beverage manager, and is now the moonshine master at Denver’s new Hearth & Dram whiskey-focused bar (opening January 28)— a dark and wood-fired restaurant with 350+ whiskeys on the menu.We sat down with Straka in an attempt to add some manly posh to our sometimes not-so-classy meals. Thanks to his whiskey know-how, we’re happy to report there’s a craft bourbon or rye for every dish you’ll eat this month. Yes, chips and guacamole too.Pair it with…Seared SteakFor simple grilled steak, I would look for a really good Bourbon Manhattan. When you grill, you get a nice char, which is a caramelization of the meat, but also gives the steak a little bitterness. Made with a little sweet vermouth, the Bourbon Manhattan will give more sweetness to the dish and contrast nicely with the bitter grill marks.Soft Pretzel + Grey Poupon Mustard I’d go with one of my favorites, and a very important Colorado whiskey, Leopold Bros. Distillery. They make an American-style, lighter, softer, more approachable whiskey that is typically a little lighter than rich bourbons. Typically, the whiskey is not aged quite as long and doesn’t contain heavy caramel and fruit flavors. With that pretzel, Leopold’s will cut through the Dijon mustard and work nicely with the saltiness of the pretzel. A soft pretzel doesn’t have big, forward flavors, so a whiskey too heavy will overpower.Chips and GuacamoleCourtesy Compass Box WhiskeyScotch. Something not too crazy. There’s a producer called Compass Box. The one I recommend is the Hedonism. It’s really well balanced, smokey, with the hints of iodine you want to see in scotch. Normally with this dish you’d drink mescal which has smokeyness. Scotch would be similar. is so delicate it can be overpowered very easily. I’ll revert back to a cocktail. Something very simple like a Whiskey Collins; made with Whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water. This cocktail has a little more acidity to tone down the alcohol. This would pair very nice with something that would be delicate on the pallet.Pepperoni and Italian Sausage PizzaCourtesy Distillery 291A really nice Rye whiskey. There’s a really good Colorado one out of Colorado Springs, 291 Distillery. They call it their Colorado Whiskey because it’s heavy in Rye but not as heavy as most. Typically, a rye can be 80-95-percent rye, but they only use about 65 percent. You’re going to get more of a spice characteristic that way (pairing with the spice in the pepperoni and Italian sausage), but still a good amount of bourbon flavor, which brings a caramel and fruit flavor that compliments the tomato sauce. Definitely Rye with a pizza.Chocolate Cake One of the single greatest pairings with whiskey is a dark chocolate in the 70-72-percent coco range with an Islay Scotch. The reason is, that slightly sweet/slightly bitter richness pairs with the iodine of the scotch. Specifically, Islay scotch has more richness, more maltiness. I recommend Lagavulin— their 16-year is absolutely phenomenal.Spicy Chicken WingsI would want to go with a wheat whiskey. Wheat whiskey’s (produced with a higher amount of wheat) typically have a sweeter characteristic. One of my favorites will come from Dry Fly Distilling out of Spokane, Washington. It’s got great complexity and is extremely well balanced. Any time it’s a spicy dish you want to have a little bit of sweetness to your whiskey pairing. Otherwise the heat can make the alcohol heavier on your pallet and bring out more of the burn.Mac & CheeseCourtesy Maker’s MarkStay with a really well balanced whiskey; I would go with a Maker’s Mark. If you wanted to up the ante, Maker’s Mark Reserve. And I would want it on the rocks. This is a really good sipping whiskey. It’s very smooth and won’t overpower the mac & cheese— which is not a complex dish. Stay away from your ryes. Cheese can be interesting because it’s fattiness sticks on your pallet. Maker’s Mark is a good drinking bourbon, and since they have a higher wheat, but they aren’t a wheat whiskey, it’s a little richer.Apple PieCourtesy A.D. LawsDefinitely young Rye whiskey because of the spices used in apple pie. For that I’m going back to a Colorado craft whiskey, the A.D. Laws, produced in Denver. Their Secale Rye is one of my favorite ryes being produced in the nation right now. It’s got a beautiful spice to match the apple pie. It will be a knockout.Lead photos courtesy Hearth & Dram Editors’ Recommendations 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook As you walk into Minority Media’s office in the trendy Mile-End neighbourhood of Montréal, you can’t help but feel you’ve landed in a special place, mixing cultures, both corporate and human. The close to 40-employee shop is one of the city’s first indie game studios of its size and a Virtual Reality pioneer, thanks to Time Machine VR, a leader among fully native VR games.“Virtual Reality allows for visceral experiences and to impart presence”, says Patrick Harris, Minority Media’s lead game designer. Minority Media gave him his first taste of VR and he was blown away by the full sensory experience of being “somewhere” rather than just watching.Time Machine VR aims to leverage that into an adventure interacting with dinosaurs in a way not possible before. Set in the future, it turns its player into “a time-travelling cadet tasked with exploring the Jurassic era and the ancient creatures that once ruled its prehistoric oceans.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Vander Caballero, originally from Colombia, co-founded Minority Media in 2012 with CTO Julien Barnoin. Caballero was at Electronic Arts Montréal for 8 years where he worked on their big sellers, including Army of Two, FIFA and Need for Speed. But he wanted to get away from typical first-person shooter offerings and create more meaningful experiences. That pushed him to develop Papo & Yo a game rooted in his family background.Backed by the Canada Media Fund, Papo & Yo was the studio’s first project, an example of “empathy” gaming that won awards when released in August 2012. Papo & Yo is about Caballero’s father. When interviewed by Kotaku, he described his father as “a good man but also an evil one. Like many, he used alcohol and drugs to cope with a challenging life, and I was caught in the middle of it.” Empathy games tend to have staying power, so Papo & Yo continues to gain new fans.Time Machine VR sales are double what was expected in a market that is still small for now. As Sony prepares to launch PlayStation VR, Minority Media is putting a lot of work into adapting the game for that platform. In order to reach a new player base important for the game’s continued success and profit, Time Machine VR will be launched on it later this year.A quarter of Minority Media employees are female, including Time Machine’s lead artist and VR game producer. For his part, Julien Barnoin telecommutes daily from Northern Québec via a Beam tele-robot and drops by in person once a month.Frédéric Guarino’s interview with Julien Barnoin, via his Beam presence.—–We spoke with Vander Caballero (VC) and Julien Barnoin (JB) to learn more about Minority Media’s start and hear their views on Virtual Reality’s future.Q: How did you two get together to start Minority Media?VC: Julien and I worked together in AAA game development for a long time. And we saw that it was almost impossible to innovate in that environment. Any idea, any project, had to be vetted by the marketing department to assess its potential for future revenues. Innovation is unpredictable by nature, and in that environment, 97% of innovative ideas get shelved and are never heard of again. It’s understandable, because the real value of these companies is based on their stock price. So, having a product that doesn’t hit sales forecasts can hurt the stock price and millions of dollars can vanish overnight.Seeing this, we realized that we had no other choice but to start our own company in order to bring our ideas to the market. And that’s exactly what we did. I sat down with Julien and showed him a little prototype of a game I had in mind. I asked him: “Can you help me make a game about my alcoholic father?” And Julien said: “That’s totally nuts. I’m in!”JB: We met at EA, where we both sometimes got into trouble for not following the plan when we saw a chance to do something cool. That kind of spontaneity is frowned upon in corporate settings, as it throws off previous planning. But I really enjoyed working this way with Vander and I wanted to have a place where we could explore our crazy ideas to our heart’s content. So, Minority became our way to make that happen. Twitter Advertisement
YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 308 Route 308, Argyle, from Chemin de la Pointe to Indian Sluice Bridge, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, Exit 18 eastbound ramp and westbound ramp, will have weekday lane closures daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Saturday, Aug. 31 while extended ramp lanes are built. Traffic control is in place. Motorists should expect delays. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Maders Cove Road Maders Cove Road, Maders Cove, from Trunk 3 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. NEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Deep Hollow Overpass, Greenwich Overpass Bridge rehabilitation is now taking place on the Deep Hollow Overpass and the Greenwich Overpass on Highway 101, between Exits 10 and 11A, from sunrise to sunset. A traffic light will be in place on the bridge during the day. However, the highway will be closed for night work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Thursday, Oct. 10. A detour on Trunk 1 will be provided. CONTINUING WORK QUEENS COUNTY: Middlefield Road Middlefield Road, Pleasantfield, from Route 210 to Trunk 8, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Barss Corner Road Barss Corner Road, Brass Corner, from Ramey Road to Sarty Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 west of Exit 17, Bible Hill, and Exit 15 at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mill Cove Shore Road, Mill Cove Mill Cove Shore Road, Mill Cove, Route 329, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sweetland Road, Lower Northfield Sweetland Road, Lower Northfield, from Northfield Road to Back Street 2 Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Harbour Road New Harbour Road, New Harbour, from Route 329 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Halls Road, Aylesford Beginning Monday, Aug. 5, Halls Road, Aylesford, from Route 201 to Victoria Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lower Onslow Highway 102, Exit 14A to Belmont, has a one lane closure for roadwork until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Middle River Road, Union Centre Middle River Road, Union Centre, from Route 289, southerly for about six kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place for 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge, Tusket Falls Hurlburt Falls Bridge, Tusket Falls, on Lake Vaughan Road is closed until the bridge is replaced later this year. Detour is in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: East River Bridge, Trunk 3 East River Bridge, Trunk 3, East River, about 150 metres west of Route 329, has alternating lane closures for bridge work until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound between Exit 13, Debert and Exit 15, at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Dartmouth, Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road Bridge rehabilitation work is being done to the Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road, until Saturday, Aug. 31. The majority of work will take place after 6 p.m., from Monday to Friday and on weekends. Weekday work will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. QUEENS COUNTY: Middlewood Diversion Road Middlewood Diversion Road, Pleasantfield, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Station Road, Lower Northfield Station Road, Lower Northfield, from Northfield Road to Back Street 2 Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Eastern Shore Road, Brooklyn Beginning Monday, Aug. 5, Eastern Shore Road, Brooklyn, from Brooklyn Shore Road to East Berlin Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Westbound Lanes) Highway 104, westbound lanes near Westville, from Exit 21 to Exit 20, are reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. QUEENS COUNTY: Molega Road, Molega Molega Road, Molega, from Route 208 southerly for about three kilometres, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bolivar Road, Upper LaHave Bolivar Road, Upper LaHave, from Leary Fraser Road to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Seal Island Bridge Beginning Monday, Aug. 5, the Seal Island Bridge will undergo a detailed inspection that will require 30 minute closures. Motorists should expect delays between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., until Friday, Aug. 9. This is night work only. Message board in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 east of Exit 17, Bible Hill, for about four kilometres, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound, three kilometres east of the Cobequid Pass toll booth to Exit 12, Masstown, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Eastbound Lanes) Highway 104, eastbound lanes near Salt Springs, Exit 19, for about six kilometres is reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: ROUTE 325 Route 325, Auburndale, from 600 metres west of Auburndale Road westerly to Monk Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.
approximately 202,000 Nova Scotia Power customers are without power. Crews are working across the province to restore power Bell is working closely with Nova Scotia Power to restore its operations all Nova Scotia public schools are closed today provincial government offices with power are open today. Some locations may not have power and members of the public are asked to call in advance to confirm if a particular office is open as power outages approach 48 hours, food safety will start to become a concern. Information about food and water safety is available at http://novascotia.ca/emergency. generators, bbqs and charcoal grills should never be used indoors or in a garage, even with windows or doors open. Doing so risks carbon monoxide poisoning or death. use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns instead of candles or hurricane lamps. If using candles, place them in a secure holder and cover them with a glass chimney, away from children and pets allow the generator to cool before refueling. Refuel the generator outside, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Store fuel for the generator in approved containers, outside the home make sure electric stove elements and small appliances are off or unplugged to prevent fires from occurring when the electricity is restored people continue to be encouraged to take public transit, when possible, to minimize the number of vehicles on the roads during cleanup residents are asked to call 211 to find the nearest comfort centre and 311 for comfort centres in Halifax Regional Municipality or visit http://novascotia.ca/emergency decisions regarding court operations are made on a case-by-case basis. Members of the public with matters before the court should check with their lawyer or call the courthouse to confirm whether the specific court is open provincial parks will remain closed until at least Wednesday, Sept. 11. Updates will be provided on when individual parks will reopen as information becomes available. Visitors with reservations will be contacted and provided a full refund. Check https://parks.novascotia.ca for the latest update prior to heading out to a park. trails and protected areas across the province may have wash-outs and debris. Check conditions with organizations that manage trails before heading out -30- The following is a provincial update for Monday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m.
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Magazine Hill Magazine Hill and the Dartmouth Road ramp is undergoing repaving and guardrail repairs until Oct. 31. Work takes place overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Drivers can expect lane reductions. -30-
Hyderabad: Two trainee pilots were killed when a trainer aircraft crashed in Vikarabad district near Hyderabad on Sunday, police said. The accident occurred in the afternoon when aircraft crashed during a training sortie in the cotton fields at Sultanpur village, about 100 km from Hyderabad. Both trainee pilots including a woman were killed. One of them was identified as Prakash Vishal. Both were students of Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy. The aircraft had taken off from Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad and was on a training sortie. The pilot lost control of the aircraft as it toppled in the air several times before crashing into the fields.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday restrained authorities from cutting anymore trees in Mumbai’s Aarey to set up a Metro car shed. A special bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Ashok Bhushan said it will have to examine the entire thing and posted the matter for hearing on October 21 before its forest bench. “Don’t cut anything now,” the bench said. The felling of trees is being opposed by green activists and local residents. The apex court directed that if anybody is still under arrest for protesting the cutting of trees, they should be released forthwith on furnishing of personal bonds. During the hearing the Maharashtra Government told the bench that all those arrested for protesting against cutting of trees in Aarey have been released. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Maharashtra Government, submitted that he was not aware of all records and assured the bench that nothing will be cut in Aarey till the case is decided. The PIL petitioners told the bench that Aarey forest was deemed as an “unclassified forest” by the state government and felling of of trees was illegal. However, after perusing the notification issued by the Maharashtra government, the bench said, Aarey area is a no development zone and not a eco-sensitive zone as claimed by the petitioner. The apex court decided on Sunday to register as PIL a letter addressed to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by law student Rishav Ranjan seeking a stay on cutting of trees. A notice was posted on the Supreme Court website about holding the urgent hearing by constituting a special bench. The Bombay High Court had on October 4 refused to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declined to quash the Mumbai municipal corporation’s decision to allow felling of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro car shed. The letter states,”As we write this letter to you Mumbai authorities continue to kill the lungs of Mumbai i.e Aarey forest by clearing of trees near Mithi river bank and according to news reports 1,500 trees have already been cleared by authorities. “Not only this but our friends are put in jail who were peacefully organising a vigil against acts of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) with Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) at the site.” The student requested the Supreme Court “to exercise its epistolary jurisdiction to protect Aarey without getting into technicalities as there was no time for preparation of a proper appeal petition and cover the scars of these young activists who are responsible citizens standing for serious environmental concerns”. It also said that students have moved the apex court as the Bombay High Court rejected the bail plea of 29 activists who had participated in the “peaceful vigil” against the tree-felling and have been detained by Mumbai Police. The letter has alleged that the student-activists were abused and manhandled by the Mumbai Police which has booked them for offences of ‘assault on a public servant to deter him from discharging his duty’ and ‘unlawful assembly’ under the IPC. According to the letter, Aarey forest is located adjacent to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and has five lakh trees. The trees were proposed to be cut for Mumbai metro-3 project and specifically for construction of a car shed, it said and added the high court refused to recognise Aarey as a forest or declare it as an ecological sensitive issue because of jurisdictional limits. The police on Saturday imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in Aarey, restricting movement and gathering of groups, and cordoned off the area.
Kolkata: A family in West Bengal has worshipped a four-year-old Muslim girl during the Kumari Puja ritual of the ongoing Durga Pujab festival. The Dutta family of Arjunpur in North 24 Parganas district worshipped Fatima, who hails from Agra in Uttar Pradesh, on the occasion of ‘Maha Ashtami’ on Sunday. Pre-puberty girls are worshipped as Goddess Durga in the ritual which is an intricate part of ‘Maha Ashtami’. According to the tradition, only Brahmin girls can be worshipped as Kumari. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The Dutta family have been holding Durga Puja in their residence since 2013, but this year they decided to move away from tradition to send a message of “inclusiveness and communal harmony”. “Earlier we used to worship only Brahmin girls as Kumari. But Maa Durga is the mother of every human being on the earth. So we broke away from the tradition,” said Tamal Dutta, a family member who is an engineer at the local municipality. “We had earlier worshipped a non-Brahmin girl and this time we worshipped a Muslim girl,” he said. Also Read – B’desh, China, UK tourists throng Kolkata during Durga Puja Once it was decided to worship a Muslim girl, the Duttas faced an uphill task of finding one. He had asked his colleague Mohammed Ibrahim for help. Ibrahim suggested his niece Fatima, who lives in Agra with her parents, and convinced his sister and brother-in-law for their permission. Fatima, who is yet to start her schooling, and her mother have been staying with the Duttas for the ceremony. Worshipping of a Muslim girl during Kumari puja is, however, not new. Swami Vivekananda had worshipped a four- year-old Kashmiri Muslim girl as Goddess Durga on August 18, 1898 during Kumari Puja ritual at the Kheer Bhawani temple. In 1901 he introduced Kumari Puja at Belur Math, the global headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission established by him, to underline the importance of women in society.
New Delhi: Rating agency Icra on Monday said its outlook for the domestic commercial vehicle industry remains negative for the rest of the fiscal due to subdued sales amid slowing economic growth and tight financing environment. The rating agency believes that demand headwinds would continue in the near-term with likelihood of limited pre-buying ahead of the roll-out of BS-VI emission norms. “Given the high inventory levels at dealerships and subdued retail sales, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are focusing on rationalising the inventory in the system prior to the roll-out of new emission norms, which would render unsold inventory of existing BS-IV vehicles as obsolete,” Icra Ratings Vice President Shamsher Dewan said in a statement. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Hence, wholesales dispatches are not expected to increase materially over the latter half of the fiscal, he pointed out. Domestic commercial vehicle (CV) industry volumes are likely to contract by 10-12 per cent during the current fiscal which, coupled with elevated level of discounts offered by OEMs, will exert pressure on earnings and credit metrics of OEMs in the near-term, he added. The slowdown in the domestic commercial vehicle industry, which started in the second half of FY2019, has accentuated during the current fiscal with volumes contracting by a sharp 19 per cent during April-August 2019 on a year-on-year basis. Also Read – HSBC planning to cut 10,000 more posts: Financial Times The volume contraction has worsened as the year progressed with CV OEMs cutting down on their wholesale dispatches by 33 per cent during July-August period of this year to pare down inventory levels at dealerships in light of subdued footfalls and retail sales. As per early sales data released by key listed CV OEMs, the situation has further worsened in September 2019 with volumes halving over the year-ago period, Icra said. The slowdown has been sharp in the medium and heavy commercial vehicle (M&HCV truck) segment, wherein volumes contracted by 32 per cent during the current fiscal so far. “The M&HCV (truck) segment has been impacted by the double-whammy of excess capacity along with subdued freight availability, which has suppressed freight rates and kept profitability of fleet operators under pressure,” Dewan noted. Coupled with tight liquidity in the non-banking financial company (NBFC) space, and expectations of a GST rate cut, fleet operators had deferred their vehicle purchases in the current scenario, he added. The overall slowdown in automobile sales, in general, has led to sharp reduction in demand for car carriers, while delayed payments to contractors and the resultant slowdown in infrastructure project execution, has also put brakes on tipper sales, Icra said. Even the LCV (truck) segment, which was relatively insulated from the impact of revised axle load norms has been impacted over recent months with the weakness in consumption-oriented sectors and subdued rural demand sentiment, it added.
She seemed shocked when her name was called out.“This is crazy. Thank you so much to the CCMAs. I’m just so proud and grateful to be part of this country music family. Speaking of family I have a lot of family in the house tonight. I love you guys so much,” Townes said choking back tears.“I’m so proud to be a Grande Prairie, Alberta girl. This has been a year of dreams. I just have to say I grew up listening to Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Shania Twain singing along in the back seat of the car,” she added.“This is for all the little girls out there singing along. Please don’t give up on those dreams.”Smith, who co-hosted the show with Billy Ray Cyrus, won for male artist and entertainer of the year – which was reintroduced to the award show for the first time in 30 years.He credits his mother for getting this far and convincing his father to lend him money to make his earliest recordings.“My mom doesn’t come to these things very often. It’s been a while but my mom kicked the ‘you know what’ out of cancer this year,” he said.“If it wasn’t for my mom I would never be here period for many, many reasons.”He said the entertainer award shows what you can do if you apply yourself.“I would skip school because I would be so afraid to make that presentation in school and I’d fail a class. This is what happens when you get the right team behind you and you push yourself, you challenge yourself. You overcome those things.”Brett Kissel was the recipient of the fan’s choice award.“This is like the Stanley Cup right here for me in my business right here. We had the best times of our lives this year thanks to you guys, seriously. This is so amazing and something I don’t take for granted,” Kissel said.The first award of the night went to The Washboard Union, for group of the year. The album of the year, ‘Feels Like That’, went to The Reklaws, a brother and sister act from Cambridge, Ontario.“That was almost the most unexpected win. When they asked us in the beginning what are you most excited about as far as your nominations we were like album is pretty cool because everybody in that category we have looked up to for so long,” said Stuart Walker.“When they said our names we’re like what?”Jade Eagleson, from Millbrook, Ont., won the rising star award.“Oh man, I didn’t expect this. I know this is like every country singer in the world to say thank you Jesus,” Eagleson said.“I gotta thank my mom and my dad for supporting me all of these years, my nana used to print lyric sheets out for me and I used to listen to all that old country and practice. I’m trying not to cry really hard right now.”Billy Ray Cyrus and Terri Clark kicked off the show with a blast from the past.Cyrus reached to yesteryear with a rendition of 1992’s “Achy Breaky Heart” and was joined on stage by Clark, who was inducted into the hall of fame last year.Cyrus has enjoyed renewed popularity with his appearance on Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.”The remix, featuring Cyrus, helped launch the single to No. 1 on Billboard’s main chart for a record-breaking 18 weeks.He said Calgary holds fond memories for him.“Mine started in Calgary at a bowling alley, called the Silver Dollar Saloon,” he said. “It was right there at that bowling alley that I got my very first gold record.”Bill Graveland ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitter CALGARY — Tenille Townes of Grande Prairie, Alta. and Dallas Smith from Langley, B.C. were the big winners at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Calgary Sunday evening.Townes, who is only 25, was named female artist of the year and won for single of the year for her song ‘Somebody’s Daughter’. She also won previously announced awards Saturday for video and songwriter of the year bringing her total to four. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Tenille Townes poses on the red carpet at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Calgary, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Login/Register With:
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement It is never too early for another awards ceremony, especially just as Oscar season kicks in. Thus the Toronto Film Festival launched the very first TIFF Tribute Gala on Monday night.It makes sense for this massive fest, even if TIFF already has an award, the People’s Choice Award, that gets a lot of attention at the end of the 11-day event because it has become quite prescient in predicting eventual Oscar-winning Best Pictures and nominees over the years (Green Book was the surprise audience winner last year).It often is pointed to by pundits as perhaps the first real sign of an Oscar contender, and prognosticators even write pieces trying to predict who will win it. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Shutterstock Facebook
Advertisement LOS ANGELES — An Emmy Awards newcomer from Canada upset a category of comedy veterans while a trio of established stage and screen actors were honoured for guest TV performances at Sunday’s creative arts Emmys.Bradley Whitford and Cherry Jones received trophies for their roles on the Toronto-shot drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” at the ceremony, a precursor to the main bash airing Sept. 22 on CTV and Fox.Jane Lynch and Hamilton-born Luke Kirby won on the comedy side, both for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The Amazon Prime Video series was the top comedy series winner, with six awards. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Animated program: “The Simpsons: Mad About the Toy.”Character voice-over performance: Seth MacFarlane, “Family Guy: Con Heiress.”Host for a reality or competition program: RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”Unstructured reality program: “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.”Documentary or nonfiction series: “Our Planet.”Commercial: “Dream Crazy,” Nike.Music composition for a limited series, movie or special (original dramatic score): Hildur Gudnadottir, “Chornobyl: Please Remain Calm.”Music composition for a series (original dramatic score): Ramin Djawadi, “Game of Thrones: The Long Night.”–With files from The Canadian Press Advertisement “Game of Thrones” led with 10 Emmys in technical and other categories, including a trophy for Halifax’s Paula Fairfield in the sound editing category as part of the team on the HBO drama. It’s Fairfield’s second win after nabbing a trophy for the same series in 2015. She’s been nominated for “Game of Thrones” in four other years, and received three previous nominations for work on ABC/CTV’s “Lost.”Meanwhile, Montreal-based Elisabeth Williams was among the team of winners for best production design for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which airs on Crave. She also won last year for the series, and earned a nomination in 2016 for FX’s “Fargo.”Kirby won for his turn as Lenny Bruce on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” in which the late New York comedian is reimagined as a mentor to housewife-turned-emerging comic Midge Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan.Following his nomination earlier this summer, Bruce spoke about the first time he learned about the envelope-pushing standup.“I think it was a copy of his book in my grandparents’ attic in Ontario,” said Kirby, who grew up in Guelph, Ont., but now lives in New York.“They kept all of my Uncle Peter’s old stuff and there was a copy of ‘How to Talk Dirty and Influence People.’ I don’t think I read it at the time but I sort of flipped through it. It was intriguing. And then over the years I delved a little deeper in my research.”The first-time nominee upset some serious heavyweights in the category, including fellow “Maisel” actor Rufus Sewell, “Veep” actor Peter MacNicol, and “Saturday Night Live” performers Adam Sandler, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, and John Mulaney.Kirby’s win follows a diverse list of credits that include TV series “The Deuce,” “Rectify” and “Tell Me You Love Me,” as well as Canadian features “Take This Waltz” and “The Stone Angel.”Lynch, who added to her four previous Emmys for series including “Glee” and “Hollywood Game Night,” said she based her portrayal of a 1950s comic on the women she grew up watching.“I went right to the source: Phyllis Diller, Totie Fields, Moms Mabley,” Lynch said. “Back then, in order for a woman to be in comedy, she had to have a gimmick. Usually that meant cracking wise about her own looks, her bad body, how she can’t hold on to a man. But these women did it with such panache and style and such self-possession, and they inspire me.”Jones, who previously won for “24,” heaped praise backstage on fellow nominee Phylicia Rashad (“This Is Us”), calling it “absurd” that Rashad has yet to win an Emmy despite four nominations, and saluted Cicely Tyson, nominated for “How to Get Away with Murder.”“I got to tell Ms. Tyson tonight that watching the ‘Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’ is one of the things that made me want to be an actress, and I tell her that every time I see her and she always rolls her eyes,” Jones said.Whitford has an Emmy for “The West Wing” and one for “Transparent” — the latter for guest actor in a comedy, making him the first actor to win comedy and drama guest star Emmys.In his acceptance speech, Whitford struck a political note as he thanked Toronto author Margaret Atwood for the titular novel that is the basis of the dystopian “The Handmaid’s Tale.”Atwood is “giving us perspective in this disorienting moment as we are inundated and undermined by a misogynistic, radical, right-wing ideology,” he said. “She understands three things: Despair is not an option. Our children can’t afford it. Action is the antidote to despair.”The British marital comedy “State of the Union” won the Emmy for best short-form comedy or drama series, with short-form acting honours going to its stars, Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike.“Leaving Neverland,” which details two men’s allegations that pop star Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children, was honoured at Saturday’s ceremony as best documentary or nonfiction special. Before his 2009 death, Jackson denied repeated, similar allegations against him, and his estate has denounced the documentary.Among other awards presented: Login/Register With: Advertisement Luke Kirby poses in the press room with the award for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on night two of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Facebook Twitter
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a 99-year old international women’s service organization, has awarded honorary membership to Nicki Micheaux, actress, producer and director. The induction ceremony took place on June 28, 2019 during the sorority’s 48th Pacific Regional Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, California.Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker and Zakkiyyah Nazeeh welcome Nicki MicheauxBest known for her role as Jennifer “Jenn” Sutton in the ABC Family drama series Lincoln Heights, Micheaux received two NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for the portrayal. “While most know Ms. Micheaux as a Hollywood actress, it is her advocacy work uplifting women and children that makes her a perfect match for Zeta,” said Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker, Zeta International President. “Her effort fighting against global poverty and shaping the perceptions and treatment of Black boys and men among law enforcement align with both our Z-HOPE (Zeta Helping Others Excel) and GET ENGAGED social action initiatives. We are proud to welcome her into our sisterhood.”Micheaux currently has a recurring role on the NBC drama series Chicago P.D., where she plays Alicia Price, the wife of Ray Price with guest star Wendell Pierce. She has appeared in numerous others roles in both film and television, including Animal Kingdom, Six Feet Under and Soul Food, and expanded her repertoire by writing and directing a short film, Veil, a sci-fi action thriller. Additionally, she serves as an ambassador for Oxfam, a non-profit confederation of independent charitable organizations focused on the alleviation of global poverty, and Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United, Inc., a national coalition of concerned moms of Black boys dedicated to positively influencing how Black boys and men are perceived and treated by law enforcement.Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, founded in 1920 on the campus of Howard University, will celebrate 100 years of service in 2020, commemorating the work of its five fearless founders who envisioned a sorority that would promote the highest standard of scholastic achievement and Finer Womanhood. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zeta has initiated a diverse membership of more than 120,000 college-educated women with over 800 chapters in North America, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. For more information about Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. visit www.zphib1920.org.
On Sunday, September 29, 2019, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Storme Warren, the daily host of SiriusXM’s The Highway (Ch. 56) will host the third annual Nashville “Dance Party to End Alz” to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.In what has quickly become a “can’t miss” evening, top country artists will come together to perform their favorite hits from the 1980’s to raise awareness and funds in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Ticket sales will be open to the general public starting Monday, July 22 at 11 a.m. CDT via www.alz.org/danceparty.“Our third year is going to be the best yet, and I can’t wait to bring together another great group of musicians to rock out to hits from the ’80s,” said Kimberly Williams-Paisley. “The event is raising awareness and much-needed funds that will help accelerate research and push us closer to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. It’s moving and motivating to see Music City’s continued support of the cause, which is so important to me and my family, and millions of other families across the country.”In past years, the event has offered a one-of-kind opportunity for fans to see top country artists including Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant, Chris Young, Lindsay Ell and Charles Esten share the stage to perform their favorite cover songs. This year’s line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.The evening will also include a silent auction with exclusive packages available for online bidding open to guests in attendance and remote bidders.Funds raised through the Dance Party will directly support the Alzheimer’s Association’s research program. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.alz.org/danceparty.
Just ahead of his much-anticipated star turn in Joker, Joaquin Phoenix appears on a new PETA billboard that’s just gone up in Times Square declaring, “We Are All Animals.”The ad urges people to “live vegan” and help “end speciesism,” which is the damaging belief that — despite their extraordinary talents, abilities, and intelligence — all other animal species are inferior to humans.“When we look at the world through another animal’s eyes, we have to realize that inside we’re all the same — and so we all deserve to live free from suffering,” says Phoenix.His vegan plea comes amid a national PETA campaign informing people that cattle ranchers are burning the Amazon rainforest to meet the global demand for meat. More than 90% of the rainforest that’s been cleared since 1970 is used for meat production, either for grazing or for growing food for cattle, including those in the U.S. market. The United Nations states that animal agriculture is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions — and warns that a global shift to vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.In addition to significantly reducing their contribution to the climate crisis, every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals each year and helps shut down speciesism. PETA — whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way” — asks people to combat this harmful worldview by not only choosing vegan foods but also staying away from animal circuses, avoiding personal-care products that were tested on animals, and rejecting all other forms of exploitation of animals.
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen’s first-ever HFC County Fair.Lauren Miller Rogen and Seth Rogen attend Hilarity For Charity’s County FairCredit/Copyright: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for Hilarity for CharityThe event was attended by famous faces and fans alike, including notable attendees such as Adam Devine, Andrew Rannells, Ben Feldman, Busy Phillips, Casey Wilson, Danielle Schneider, Ilana Glazer, Ike Barinholtz, Jeff Garlin, Jeff Ross, Josh Gad, Kate Micucci, Lauren Elizabeth, Nick Kroll, Regina Hall, and Riki Lindhome, as well as a special performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Anderson .Paak.Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk enthralled fairgoers with a special half-pipe performance.The sold-out event was conceived as a classic carnival presented in the most unconventional way. The exclusively 21 and over HFC County Fair elevated the carnival experience with a premium open bar, delicious LA food trucks, and rides and fair games hosted by celebrity guests. The innovative event was a unique, fun and interactive opportunity to engage attendees in the organization’s efforts to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease alongside an abundance of your favorite comedians.Games hosted by celebrity guests included: Busy Philipps, Seth Rogen, Jeff Garlin, and Andrew Rannells ran the Skee Ball booth while Josh Gad, Ilana Glazer, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, and Adam Devine ran the Water Gun Fun booth. Regina Hall, Jeff Ross, Ben Feldman and Lauren Elizabeth hosted the Basketball Toss booth while Josh Gad, Ilana Glazer, Ike Barinholtz, and Nick Kroll hosted the Drag Race booth. Seth Rogen hopped in the Dunk Tank at the end of the night to raise additional funds for Hilarity For Charity.The County Fair boasted a selection of food and beverage stations such as Uncle Paulie’s Deli, Milkbar, Chipz Happen, Churro Station, Cocos, D’Amore’s Pizza, Duchess Cookies, Eaton Mess, Neurish, Pretzel Station, Shake Shack, Spitz Doner Kebab in Silver Lake, Vegan Rob, Better Booch, and La Croix.Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller took the stage near the end of the night to thank everyone in attendance for their contribution to HFC.
LOS ANGELES – When Ohio State arrived at the Staples Center Tuesday afternoon and was notified it would inhabit the Lakers’ clubhouse during its stay in Los Angeles, LaQuinton Ross called dibs on a particular maple-finished closet. “I called dibs on (Kobe Bryant)’s locker,” the sophomore forward said. Bryant is Ross’ favorite player. Getting the privilege to sit in the same seat, walk on the carpet and play in the same building as the future NBA Hall of Famer served as motivation for the 6-foot-8 sharpshooter. Thursday night against Arizona, Ross might as well have been wearing the No. 24 white, purple and gold uniform his hero routinely sports in his home arena. With two seconds left in the Sweet 16 contest between the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes and No. 6-seeded Wildcats, Ross hit a 3-pointer from the left arch, propelling OSU to a 73-70 victory and into the Elite 8. Ross received the ball from junior guard Aaron Craft, whose game-winning 3-pointer against Iowa State last weekend kept OSU’s tournament run alive. “I said, ‘Knock down,’ as I passed it, so he better have made it,” Craft said. It was a shot eerily similar to the buzzer-beaters the Staples Center crowd has grown accustomed to seeing from Bryant throughout the 34-year-old’s time in Los Angeles. The make from Ross is a highlight not previously topped by the 20-year-old, and it capped a career-game in OSU’s most important bash of the season. Ross finished with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, 14 of which came in the second half. Down the stretch, with the two heavyweight programs trading basket for basket, it was Ross – not junior forward Deshaun Thomas or Craft – that OSU went to in need of points. “This is what every player grows up looking at on TV and wants to hit that big shot, wants to win the game and hit the big shot in the NCAA Tournament or the NBA,” Ross said. “It just feels great to be here right now.” Just one possession prior to Ross getting the ball from Craft with the seconds ticking down, he had wanted to escape the Staples Center in a hurry. With OSU up, 70-67, Arizona senior guard Mark Lyons drove straight at Ross, got fouled and made the layup and ensuing free throw, tying the game. Ross put his hands on his head before covering up his face. Following the game, Ross’ teammates said he had tears in his eyes after the play. The sadness and frustration quickly turned to joy after the game-winning shot went through the net. Earlier in the season, that ability to let a previous play go and move on to the next one wasn’t there for Ross. “LaQuinton has really grown in a lot of areas,” said coach Thad Matta. “He’s really become prideful in the little things in his game and it’s really propelled him to be a better basketball player. I’m proud of him.” One area of his game that will likely go unnoticed following an offensive outburst is his defense – something that kept him off the floor for most of the first half. “I told him you’re either going to be a defender or I’m not putting you back in the basketball game, and to his credit, he did a really good job,” Matta said. Ross played like a super-sub in the second half, drawing comparisons to former NBA Sixth Man of the Year James Harden from his teammates. “To this point, I think he’s done a phenomenal job playing his role. I think he’s not really known for his defense, but he’s really been trying on that and putting the work in,” Craft said. It’s the 3-pointer with two seconds left, though, that Ross and his teammates will forever remember, though. “Q’s going to talk about that shot for the rest of his life. He’s never going to let us hear the end of it,” said sophomore forward Sam Thompson. Thanks to that shot, Thompson and his team get to keep playing. OSU will face No. 9 seed Wichita State Saturday at 7:05 p.m. with a spot in the Final Four on the line.