Come From Away Opens on Broadway

first_img View Comments from $49.00 About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. The whole gang from Broadway’s newest musical, Come From Away, is celebrating their unique mark on the Great White Way! With a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away follows a group of travelers stranded on 9/11. Directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Kelly Devine, the show opens tonight at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.The musical with recognizable Broadway stars like Jenn Colella and Chad Kimball represents the height of a dark time, on September 11, 2001, in Gander, Newfoundland, where 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land, doubling the population of one small town on the edge of the world. On September 12, their stories moved us all.To commemorate the musical’s opening night, Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched the cast in a portrait that shows the camaraderie of both the cast and the roles they wishes the cast a joyous opening night. © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Related Shows Come From Awaylast_img read more

NBA finale: What’s at stake for winners, losers

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’NBA finale: What’s at stake for winners, losers’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Thursday, April 13, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’’ attachment=’103149′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=” appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (left) goes to the hoop in front of Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple during their game in Los Angeles. AP[/av_image] NEW YORK – For some teams, it’s win and they’re in.For others, winning is the worst thing they can do Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).The last night of the NBA regular season isn’t just about playoff spots. It’s also about lottery seeds, the final chance to lock up the best odds possible for landing a high pick in what’s considered a deep draft.The Boston Celtics, with a victory over Milwaukee, will clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they’ve already got the top spot for next month’s lottery. The Brooklyn Nets will finish with the league’s worst record, and their 25 percent chance of winning the lottery goes to Boston as part of the ongoing payment of the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett trade three years ago.But other teams have been doing their best — or worst, rather — to fall down the standings with curious lineups and questionable strategies. Commissioner Adam Silver has noticed the tanking going on and said last week it’s a serious issue for the league.“Sometimes there are opportunities to give other players on the roster additional minutes,” he said. “But there’s no question there’s also a certain amount of jockeying that’s going on there as teams look to go into the draft.”One of them is Phoenix (24-58), which wrapped up the second-worst record in the league Tuesday having already shut down starters Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler a while ago. Charlotte is also finished, but the other 28 teams will be in action one more time.And with respect to the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls, who would clinch the final two playoff spots with victories, in some other games there might be more at stake for the team that loses.A look at some games that matter:ATLANTA AT INDIANA, BROOKLYN AT CHICAGOThe Pacers and Bulls are playoff-bound with victories and they should get some help from their opponents. The Hawks have nothing to play for after being locked into the No. 5 seed when they beat Charlotte on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), and the Nets have already announced they’ll rest Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin along with some injured players.Miami is still alive and needs a victory over Washington along with help.TORONTO AT CLEVELANDThe Raptors are locked into the third seed, while the Cavaliers can still be No. 1 with a victory and a Boston loss.If that happened, Toronto could avoid the champs until the conference finals. Beat them Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), and the Raptors are guaranteed to see them one round sooner.PHILADELPHIA AT NEW YORKOne of the only things Phil Jackson has gotten right while running the Knicks is drafting Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 two years ago. New York has its first-round pick for the first time since then and currently has the sixth-worst record, but a victory and the Knicks risk drafting around No. 10 if they were to fall backward the maximum three spots in the lottery.The 76ers are tied with Orlando for the fourth-worst record.DETROIT AT ORLANDONobody celebrates their lottery luck like the Magic, who have pingpong balls in their trophy case in recognition of wins in 1992, ’93 and 2004. But it’s easier to be lucky from No. 4 than No. 5, so another loss couldn’t hurt. Orlando looks capable of one after losing by a franchise-record 47 points to Chicago on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).SAN ANTONIO AT UTAH, SACRAMENTO AT THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERSA Clippers win or a Jazz loss and their first-round series starts in Los Angeles. Utah needs to win and have the Clippers lose to seize the No. 4 seed. (AP)center_img [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Brett Favre scandal exposed by auditors, NFL star got paid $1.1m for undelivered speeches

first_img WATCH US LIVE Also Read | Packers GM Hopes Unique Draft Doesn’t Limit Trade TalkAccording to the Associated Press, Brett Favre, who currently lives in Mississippi, does not face any criminal charges. Favre is yet to make a public statement in response to the allegations. Apart from the Brett Favre scandal, the DHS has been accused of mishandling much of funds which were supposed to be used for public welfare in Mississippi. The investigation reportedly began last year after a tip from a whistleblower.Also Read | Brett Favre Scandal, Brett Favre welfare: Packers Don’t Take Any Receivers In Surprise Draft MoveBrett Favre net worth and Brett Favre championshipsFavre was drafted by the Atalanta Falcons in the 1991 NFL draft. After an unsuccessful one-year stint, the quarterback enjoyed success with the Packers. He spent 15 years at Green Bay and even led his side to a Super Bowl win in 1997. An 11-time Pro Bowler and a three-time NFL MVP, Favre also played for the Jets and the Vikings. Although unverified, according to Celebrity Net Worth, the Brett Favre net worth stands at $100 million in 2020. Disclaimer: The above net worth information is sourced from various websites and media reports. This website does not guarantee a 100% accuracy of the figures.Also Read | Brett Favre Scandal, Brett Favre Net Worth: Rodgers ‘surprised’ By Packers’ Decision To Take Love Last Updated: 6th May, 2020 10:49 IST Brett Favre Scandal Exposed By Auditors, NFL Star Got Paid $1.1m For Undelivered Speeches The Brett Favre scandal has been exposed by a state audit report. The report claims Mississippi DHS made up to $1.1m unverified payment to the former NFL star. NFL Hall of Famer and Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre has been accused of being involved in an embezzlement scheme in the state of Mississippi. An audit report of the Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS) shows the DHS has over $94 million in spending that appeared questionable or unverified. Among several payments made in the name of state welfare, the Brett Favre scandal has garnered the most attention as reports indicate the former NFL star received up to $1.1 million in payments for making public appearances and speeches which he never made.Also Read | Packers’ First Black Captain Dies On Jackie Robinson DayBrett Favre welfare scandal: Brett Favre speeches never made, yet payment receivedThe details of the audit report by the state Auditor Shad White has been disclosed by several publications in the United States. The Mississippi Community Education Center reportedly sent the payments to the NFL star for Brett Favre speeches that were never made nor did Favre attend any of the scheduled events. According to the report, Brett Favre was paid $500,000 in December 2017 and $600,000 in June 2018. The payment to Favre was made in exchange for three speaking engagements, one radio promotion and one keynote speech. Furthermore, the former Packers star was also contracted to appear at several events, record promotions and provide autographs for marketing materials between July 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018. However, auditors failed to verify if any of the events took place and hence questioned the $1.1 million payment made to the quarterback in the Brett Favre scandal. SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Written Bycenter_img LIVE TV Sujay Chakraborty A nug you may have missed from the @MS_DHS audit released today: Mississippi paid $1.1 million in welfare money to quarterback Brett Favre to appear at events. And then he didn’t go.— Anna Wolfe (@ayewolfe) May 4, 2020 First Published: 6th May, 2020 10:49 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

US to bar Americans from traveling to North Korea

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Americans will soon be barred from traveling to North Korea, according to two tour groups who have operated in the country and one U.S. administration official.Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours — the group that organized Otto Warmbier’s trip — both said that they were contacted and told the U.S. government will invalidate the passport of any U.S. citizen traveling starting 30 days after July 27.Koryo Tours general manager Simon Cockerell told ABC News that the Swedish embassy in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the U.S.’s diplomatic liaison in the country, informed his company of the decision.A Trump administration official later confirmed the change.It’s unclear what this will mean for the handful of U.S. citizens living in North Korea, including the 40 or so Americans teaching at North Korea’s only private university, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Two Americans still held by North Korea were teaching there.In past years, somewhere between 800 and 1,250 Americans visit North Korea each year, although that number has declined sharply this year following the recent death of Warmbier.Warmbier was a 21-year-old University of Virginia student who was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 while visiting the country as part of a tour group, held captive by the regime for a year and a half and at some point fell into a coma. He was evacuated and died on June 19 of this year, days after returning home.The circumstances of how he fell into a coma are shrouded in darkness, but his case has provoked outrage and concern about other Americans’ safety.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Green Scorpions in sting operation

first_imgGreen Scorpions are out to ensure major construction projects comply with environmental regulations. Rejoice Mabudafhasi is the deputy ministerof Environmental Affairs.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS • Moses RanditsheniSpokespersonEMI+27 82 448 2450 RELATED ARTICLES • SA marks Year of Biodiversity• Going green for 2010• Greening it up in Cape Town• Clean-up drive along SA bordersBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s Green Scorpions, also called the Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI), are out in full force to ensure major construction projects comply with environmental regulations.After taking their campaign to the Eastern Cape, they hit Limpopo province on 6 December 2010 for a week-long inspection of Eskom projects. They are examining compliance at Medupi power station and the Spitskop substation.Medupi power station is one of the biggest construction projects currently on the go in the country. Power utility Eskom is building a coal-fired power plant there that must be operational by 2012 to boost much-needed national electricity supply.The inspections are part of the National Environmental Law Compliance Campaign of the Department of Environmental Affairs. The Green Scorpions have already inspected sites in Free State and KwaZulu-Natal as part of the drive.KwaZulu-Natal’s operation took place in October and included an inspection of Transnet’s 555km-long multi-product pipeline that runs from Durban to Jameson Park in Gauteng. The Green Scorpions found the construction to be progressing well in terms of environmental compliance.“The main objectives of the campaign are to monitor adherence to conditions stipulated in environmental authorisations, environmental management plans and waste management licences, as well as to improve the general status of compliance within the regulated community …” said spokesperson Moses Randitsheni in a statement.The Department of Environmental Affairs will take “appropriate enforcement actions in the event of non-compliance”, he said.The installation of Neotel’s fibre-optic cable that runs from Germiston in Gauteng to Cato Ridge in KwaZulu-Natal will also be examined during the week of 6 December. The cable, which runs via Mpumalanga and the Free State provinces, is one of the initiatives to improve broadband coverage in South Africa.Non-compliance bustedThe Eastern Cape leg of the campaign in October and November uncovered environment violations in some projects, although most were found to be compliant.Waste management company EnviroServ was found to have constructed and subsequently operated a storm water dam and a leachate treatment plant at a landfill site without obtaining a required environmental permit. It has also failed to implement recommendations made in an external audit report, according to the department.“All non-compliances detected during the inspections are currently being reviewed and will be met with appropriate enforcement action where necessary,” said Randitsheni.Overall compliance is satisfactory at the deepening of the car terminal berth at Transnet’s East London Port – a project that was completed in November.The Green Scorpions noted, however, that the required water-quality comparison data for the estuary was still outstanding and the management of the dredged materials stockpile on site was inadequate, the department said.No major non-compliances were uncovered at Transnet’s projects at the 11 000ha Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth. The projects include the construction of a port control building, two additional berths at the container terminals and an administrative craft basin.Likewise, there were no major violations at the South African National Biodiversity Institute Working for Wetlands projects in the Eastern Cape, which involve the rehabilitation of degraded wetlands in the Hogsback and Tsitsikamma regions. The projects began recently.“Inspections at other sites found that construction had been completed or is proceeding at generally acceptable standards which are in compliance with the environmental legislations,” Randitsheni said.last_img read more

SA, Africa ‘must position for growth’

first_img2 July 2012 Africa, and South Africa as a key gateway to the continent, will have a bright future as the next growth frontier in the global economy if they can position themselves correctly, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Speaking during the New Age/SABC breakfast briefing in Sandton, Johannesburg on Friday, Davies highlighted the need for economic integration on the continent, noting that promoting regional economic integration was an important element of South Africa’s trade strategy. He noted that there were around 20 emerging economies that were becoming the main drivers of economic growth and economic dynamism in the world.Emerging economies to drive global growth “It is estimated that the 20-odd emerging economies will be responsible for something like 61% of global growth over the next few decades and that these countries were already responsible for something like one-third of world trade,” he said. The hope of recovery from the economic crisis still resided in the emerging economies. “Good news for us is that Africa is very much part of the growth story,” Davies said. “There is growing recognition across the world that Africa is the next growth frontier after Asia ahead of some other parts of the emerging world.” This was exemplified by the fact that the IMF estimates that this year the average growth on the African continent will be about 5.5%. In addition, six of the 10 fastest growing economies were located on the African continent. “If one attends international forums and engages investors across the world, we will see that many of them are now taking seriously the African continent as the growth frontier.” The factors Davies identified as having driven growth in Africa included a mineral products boom; a consumer-driven boom in Africa; the fact that the continent had been spared either a systemic financial crisis or a sovereign debt crisis; and infrastructure development that had taken place and which has supported economic growth across the continent.Africa ‘must now industrialise’ What was now required was to change this economic spurt into a sustained development effort, and that required the continent to industrialise, Davies said. South Africa had an important role, an important set of opportunities and important responsibilities in this regard, as it was the most industrialised country on the African continent. Three main areas that have been identified for the focus of industrial development, Davies said, were the need to add value to mineral products, to agricultural products and to develop a pharmaceutical industry. Also important was the need to consolidate and build new, mutually beneficial trade and investment relations with dynamic economics and dynamic sectors across the world. South Africa’s membership of BRICS was a huge advantage in consolidating and building a relationship with the fastest growing economies and most important leading economies in the emerging world, Davies added. Source: read more

Incentives for exporters

first_imgSee the DTI website for the latest information on CPFP, including guidelines and to download application forms Customs and Excise duty refunds Provision is made in the Customs and Excise Act for general refunds, as well as a large number of specific drawbacks and refunds of customs and excise duties, to exporters. These concessions are available to manufacturers as well as to merchants who import goods for re-export. The Export Credit Insurance Corporation The ECIC provides export credit and foreign investment insurance cover on behalf of the government. The ECIC, an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, aims to facilitate and encourage South African export trade by underwriting export credit loans and investments outside the country to enable South African contractors to win capital goods and services’ contracts in other countries. reporter Reviewed: 5 August 2012 The government provides various incentives to South African firms to export their products internationally. Export Marketing and Investment Assistance The Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme compensates exporters for the costs involved in developing export markets for South African products and services. Set up by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), EMIA aims to develop an export market in South Africa and to assist South African exporters gain access to this market. By encouraging individual manufacturers and exporters, the DTI hopes to recruit new foreign direct investment. The scheme is administered by Trade and Investment South Africa’s (TISA) export promotion unit. Under this scheme, the DIT offers exporters incentives and financial assistance with market research, trade missions, showcasing products and services at international exhibitions, among other things. Costs covered can include exhibition fees, stand construction, travel and daily allowances. Who qualifies for EMIA assistance?South African manufactures and exporters;South African export trading houses representing at least three SMMEs or businesses owned by Historical Disadvantaged Individuals (HDIs);South African commission agents representing at least three SMMEs or HDI- owned businesses; andSouth African exports councils, industry associations and joint action groups (JAGs) representing at least five South African entities. Capital Projects Feasibility Programme The Capital Projects Feasibility Programme (CPFP) is a cost-sharing programme that contributes to the cost of feasibility studies likely to lead to projects outside South Africa that will increase local exports and stimulate the market for South African capital goods and services. All South African enterprises are eligible, as long as the study is undertaken by local companies. Website: The Industrial Development Corporation The IDC makes financing available at reduced rates for selected expansion schemes that are expected to result in increased foreign exchange earnings. Financing of credit for exporters of capital goods is also available through the IDC or private sector merchant banks at reduced rates. Website: the official portal for South African government incentive schemes: VAT Export Incentive Scheme Exporters may zero-rate VAT on exports regarded as a direct export. Applicable to exporters registered as VAT vendors in South Africa. You must be registered with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to export commercial goods from South Africa.center_img Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Assistance is divided between individual and group offerings; and each scheme has its own defined criteria. Website: See the DTI website for the latest information on sector specific funding, including Project Funding For Emerging Exporters guidelines See the DTI website for the latest information on EMIA Download the DTI’s Guide to Incentive Schemes 2011/12, [PDF]Contact the EMIA administrators:General enquiries: (012) 394 1014DTI Customer Contact Centre: 0861 843 384 Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation Offers exporters insurance covering domestic or international debtors, which means exporters are protected against non-payment. IDC is a shareholder of the company.Website: Website: Sector Specific Assistance Scheme The Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS) is a reimbursable 80:20 cost-sharing grant offering financial support to export councils, joint action groups and industry associations. The scheme has a subprogramme specially designed to assist emerging exporters. Eligible enterprises are non-profit business organisations in sectors and sub- sectors of the industry prioritised by the DTI.last_img read more

‘People have to realise that homosexuality is not perversion’

first_imgThe Rani And The SanyasinDouble Trouble “Inspired by the adage that the biggest enemy of a woman is another woman, the BJP is fielding two to contain the growth of a single Sonia Gandhi.”- A.U.S. Lal Berhampur, Orissa Twin Towers Hats off to Vasundhara Raje and Uma Bharati, the BJP’s,The Rani And The SanyasinDouble Trouble”Inspired by the adage that the biggest enemy of a woman is another woman, the BJP is fielding two to contain the growth of a single Sonia Gandhi.”- A.U.S. Lal Berhampur, OrissaTwin TowersHats off to Vasundhara Raje and Uma Bharati, the BJP’s women of grit and gumption (“Storming the Citadels”, August 11). By shouldering the responsibility of the BJP’s rise and the fall of the Congress in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the two have proved that the socalled “weaker sex” is dominating India’s patriarchal politics. Their strategic endeavour to win has given a new meaning to the status of women in general and their capabilities in particular. The Rani, with her mass appeal, and the Sanyasin, with her natural oratorial skill, are bound to bloom.- Priyanka H. Virani, on e-mailYour cover story focused on the persona of Raje and Bharati in the runup to the elections. But more than their personalities, it is the BJP’s policy at the Centre and its poll agenda which will determine their fate.- Siddhartha Raj guha, JabalpurCould the rani emulate some of the pragmatism and pluckiness of the Sanyasin, and the latter the poise and the mellowness of the former?- Wing-commander (Retd) S.C. Kapoor, NoidaYour cover line, “The Rani and the Sanyasin”, was apt and significant. In Indian culture, as also in many others, royalty and the clergy have always colluded to jointly rule over the masses by claiming that divinity has bestowed the right upon them and that they are doing their duty by serving the people. The poor people think it is true. – Group-Captain S.N. Sharma, on e-mailI accept that there IS no harm in pushing either the cause of the BJP or of the two ladies you have chosen to put on the cover but it was unfortunately a messy job with a fictional tone of narration. Do you expect readers to believe that the “Hanuman and cake” story was the handiwork of the Congress and that Bharati has no egg on her face? Or that Digvijay Singh should be blamed if Bharati’s brother deserts her? If she cannot keep her family behind her, there is nothing wrong in Digvijay “exploiting” the situation. At least it is better than playing politics in the name of Lord Ram. No one expects journalists to upset the cosy equations that prevail in the political elite but at least ask the obvious questions.- Anil Sharma, on e-mailHomosexuality Is Not Perversion”People have to realise that homosexuality is not perversion but merely a variant of sexuality that is mostly decided genetically.”- Dr S. Kapoor, PuneNew GoalWe always rue the fact that Indian sports ails from lack of expertise, coaching facilities, spirited sportspersons and good stadia, but Rajiv Mishra’s sad tale reveals that perhaps the single biggest factor is our lackadaisical attitude (“Hit and Run”, August 11). The onus now lies on the Sports Authority of India, the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and other affiliated bodies to help Mishra stage a comeback. Let us not lose another star.- Poonam Guha, KalyanMishra’s story shows, yet again, the apathy of bureaucrats towards our players, cricketers excluded. As president of IHF, K.P.S. Gill has done more damage than good. His attitude towards hockey players is akin to that of a civil servant’s towards the common man – disregard and disdain. Isn’t it a paradox that one player commands a fee of over Rs 100 crore by way of endorsements alone and is still granted customs exemption for his super luxury car, while another is reduced to a life of desolation and despair?- A. Kumar, on e-mail”Until we learn to respect the undying spirit of our Rajiv Mishras, we will not be able to produce more Sachin Tendulkars.”- Praveen Singh Rathore, AhmedabadPenny PinchThough inflation is down, the value of money continues to be low (“Flying High”, August 11). Considering the price hike, it would be right to say that where earlier people used to carry money in pockets and bring bags of products, now they carry money in bags and get pocketfuls of products.- Mahesh Kumar, on e-mailClass ActBesides originality, Johny Walker’s comedy had a touch of class, something sorely missing in contemporary cinema (“Obituary”, August 11). May his soul rest in peace.- Navneet Dhawan, DelhiClean and ClearAt a time when honesty in politics is a rarity, Naveen Patnaik’s efforts come as a breath of fresh air (“Cleaning the Stables”, August 11). It is heartening to note that the Orissa chief minister is learning to strike a balance between his pampered past and his pragmatic present.- S. Srinivasan, on e-mailIrrespective of what Patnaik may like everyone to believe about the performance of his Government, the truth is that he has failed to deliver. A clean image is certainly an asset but it needs to be matched with solid performance. Despite his rhetoric of striking at the corrupt, the high and mighty in his Government have not been touched even though some have been charged with corruption. It is time Patnaik cleaned up his stables and not just spoke about it.- B.P. Mohanty, Balasore, OrissaFlesh and BloodAre you against liberalisation (“Unhealthy Teens”, August 4)? At least that is what your story on Indian teenagers suggested. Agreed, junk food might lead to obesity but teens in other countries too partake of them. The difference is that unlike foreigners, Indians do not encourage outdoor sports and daily fitness regimens. The stress is solely on academics. Instead of blaming the system, parents should first change their attitude.- Vinod V., MumbaiOur body is the baggage we carry on the journey of life. The heavier the baggage, the shorter and less comfortable the trip.- K. Sree Ganesh, CoimbatoreIf the health of the future citizens of India is of any concern to the Government, it should immediately ban the sale of soft drinks and fast foods in schools across the country.- Amita Collins, on e-mailIf parents regulate their child’s work schedule, involve them in religious and cultural activities and feed them sensibly, most of the health problems will not arise at all.- M. Nagesh Babu, Chittoor, Andhra PradeshMore or LessIt appears as though the definition of fashion has changed (“Romp on the Ramp”, August 4). The pictures of the Lakme India Fashion Week in your story reveal more of the models’ anatomy than the clothes they wear. If the vital statistics of the model are more important, it hardly matters what she wears in the name of fashion since that becomes secondary anyway.- Dr Rajiv Chopra, DehradunAll for OneThe implementation of a uniform civil code will be the most secular act to carry out in our country (“Law of the Land”, August 4). The debate on whether or not it should be implemented at all can be taken as the litmus to differentiate between the real seculars and the pseudo-secularists who indulge in vote-bank politics. If they are not ready to accept the uniform civil code but still want to be projected as secularists, they should also have the courage to give up the Criminal Procedure Code and accept the Almighty’s law of crime, punishment and retribution.- Aditya Deekonda, HyderabadLife’s LessonsIn spite of the commercialisation of education today, the effort of college students to fund, teach and inspire underprivileged youngsters deserves to be appreciated (“Class Apart”, July 28). The students have proved that one needs to possess two things in today’s world: an open mind that understands the harsh realities of our less fortunate brethren, and a generous heart to commit ourselves to the uplift of our society.- Arun D’Souza, ChennaiMagical PresenceI was shocked to see the picture of Meena Om in a story on the occult (“Charmed Circle”, July 28). She practises alternate healing which deals with healing through the chakras. She has neither practised nor preached any form of black magic. Her belief is in the abundance of nature based on principles of love and selfintrospection. Om has repeatedly warned against tampering with the laws of nature, black magic being one of them.- Simmi D. Sakhuja, MumbaiReading Between The Lines”Those returning home seem to have realised that East or West, India is the best.”- Preeti Rajdeep Singh Chandigarh”The motive of doing good for the country sounds false; they are driven back only by self-interest.”- Ambika Bakshi on e-mail India TodayOn The WebTalk BackDo fashion shows get more media attention than they deserve?Absolutely. In any case, each designer has his or her own interpretation of what is hot and what is not. Surely any of us can do that as well.- Atul KumaNo. Fashion is an industry and if other sectors like telecom and ITES can hog attention, why not fashion shows?- Rohini ChaturvediNot at all. The media coverage (pun unintended) gives lesser mortals who cannot attend the shows vicarious pleasure.- ApoorvaYes. The way the Lakme India Fashion Week was splashed all over, fashion is anathema to me.- Chithra Ramadoraiadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Costa Rica

first_imgPSV Eindhoven forward Bryan Ruiz is the biggest name in the Costa Rica squad headed to BrazilThree of the teams in Group D are loaded with famous players, like Italy striker Mario Balotelli, England forward Wayne Rooney and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez. The odd one out is Jorge Luis Pinto’s Costa Rica.Perhaps PSV Eindhoven forward Bryan Ruiz is the biggest name in the Costa Rica squad headed to Brazil. That will make it difficult for Costa Rica to advance from a difficult group.On its side is the fact that half of the Central American country’s squad is made up of players who are based in Europe.Here are five players to watch:KEYLOR NAVASCosta Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is likely to have a lot to do, but he has had his best season for Levante and is considered one of the top ‘keepers in the Spanish league.There are reports in Spanish media that Navas could move to a higher-profile club, something a good performance at the World Cup might secure.”You always want to play in the big teams, but at the moment I am a Levante player,” Navas said.Navas left Costa Rica for Spain in 2010, but only made his first-division debut in May 2012.BRYAN RUIZBryan Ruiz is the most established Costa Rican player in Europe and its best known after his stint in the Premier League with Fulham.Ruiz, Costa Rica’s most creative player, is allowed to stray inside from his right midfield position.advertisementRuiz joined PSV from Fulham in January. He moved to Europe in 2006 to join Belgian side Gent before moving to FC Twente in the Netherlands and then Fulham in 2011.BRYAN OVIEDOEverton left back Bryan Oviedo has been in a race to be fit for Brazil after breaking his leg in January, although the Premier League club stated in March that he is on course to be back playing in time for the World Cup.Oviedo had enjoyed a positive first half of the season for Everton, standing in for England international Leighton Baines.Oviedo remains an important part of Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto’s plans, especially due to his attacking bursts from the left wing and his ability to cross the ball.JOEL CAMPBELLJoel Campbell made a good impression in the Champions League for Greek club Olympiakos this season and has been loaned out by parent club Arsenal to French team Lorient and Spanish club Real Betis over the last three years.Campbell is fast, tricky and can play on the wing or inside and is the bright young starlet of Costa Rican football. Much is expected of him.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested in February that Campbell does have a future at the London club. A good World Cup may just make it sooner rather than later.CELSO BORGESA central midfielder, Celso Borges is the pivot of Costa Rica’s team and already has made more than 50 appearances for his country.Borges plays for Swedish club AIK and is known for his ability to score goals from his midfield position.The son of Brazilian coach Alexandre Guimaraes, who was in charge of Costa Rica at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, Borges has played for his country from the under-17 level all the way up to the first team.last_img read more

Maersk Line to Postpone MSAR Emulsion Fuel Trial

first_imgzoom Danish shipping giant Maersk Line has decided to suspend the MSAR trial once the remaining fuel on its test vessel has been consumed, the supplier of MSAR emulsion technology and fuel Quadrise Fuels International informed.Although Maersk said that the trial has been successful to date, the decision was made on the back of the ship’s unscheduled dry dock visit in early March, however the drydocking and the decision to suspend “are not related.”“Following an operational redeployment of the vessel upon completion of the dry-docking the vessel will not be able to bunker at Algeciras,” Maersk said, adding that it is currently considering alternative test vessels within its fleet for a continuation of the trial programme, though it is unlikely that the trial will be resumed before the fourth quarter of 2017.“During the MSAR trial program Maersk has enjoyed a close and professional collaboration with both our technology partner QFI, and supply partner CEPSA, resulting in a smooth operation during which the fuel has performed well,” Niels H. Bruss, Head of Future Solutions, Maersk Line, said.The company added that Wärtsilä will carry out a detailed inspection of the test vessel’s engine during the next few months to verify and document the performance of the test vessel while operating on MSAR fuel, with a view to issuing an Interim letter of no objection (LONO) to confirm the fuel is safe and suitable for the Wärtsilä RT-Flex engine type.Maersk has confirmed that it wants to continue to work with Quadrise to explore the commercial options for Marine MSAR after the issuance of the Interim LONO.“We are clearly disappointed that Maersk will have to suspend the trial for operational reasons that are unrelated to the MSAR operational trial. However, we are pleased that Maersk has reconfirmed that the trial to date has been successful and that an interim inspection will be completed in the spring, as originally scheduled,” Mike Kirk, Executive Chairman of QFI plc, said.last_img read more