Why I Just Can’t Quit Facebook

first_imgRelated Posts selena larson Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Since I deleted Facebook, I’ve felt somewhat alone. I suppose that could mean that I’m a terrible friend who has trouble maintaining long distance-relationships because of my selfish nature, or it means that Facebook does indeed strengthen our friendships, whether we want to admit it or not. I’ll concede that a little bit of both are true, and both factors contributed to my loneliness.Robin Dunbar, British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist, says, “I suspect that Facebook’s one great contribution has been to slow down that rate of relationship decay by allowing us to keep in touch with friends over long distances.”So many of the relationships I valued in the past were reduced to Facebook friends after years of liking and commenting on statuses. And I really missed them. I made it my mission to strengthen those friendships by focusing more on the real interaction—calling someone or sending more personal photos in a text message instead of an Instagram post—and building up those relationships that had been reduced to a Like button.In a way, leaving Facebook made me realize who my real friends are. So now, rather than quitting Facebook, I’m going to cull my friends list from 418 to around 100 or so. It’s time to clean up Facebook. I’m no longer real friends with most of the people on my friends list, and I’m not getting pertinent news and information from the social network. By eliminating the noise and deleting some personal information, such as Likes and my location, I can go back to using Facebook for what it began as—a place for friends. Until there’s another service that all the people I care about use, I’m stuck under Facebook’s big, blue thumb. I can’t click Like on this situation. Lead image courtesy of Donna Larson; Dolores Park image by Selena Larson Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A few months ago, I began an experiment to see if I could abandon the social network that consumed so much of my precious free time online. I’ve since discovered that I rely on Facebook to help maintain friendships more than I want to admit. Abandoning Facebook meant abandoning those friends, which proved harder than I thought.On February 3, I posted:In honor of the 10th anniversary of Facebook, I am deactivating my account. There is too much to manage, and [to be honest] there is just too much noise. If you want to contact me, text is good, otherwise I’m on Twitter and Skype @selenalarson, or via email.My resolve didn’t last.After I said I was leaving Facebook, I received a handful of texts and Facebook messages saying, “No, don’t go!” But I wanted to stick with this experiment, so I just told my friends to text or tweet me if they wanted to stay in touch.I didn’t fully deactivate my account, because as the social reporter for ReadWrite, it’s impossible to cover Facebook without actually having an account. I still received occasional notifications that I had been tagged in a photo or invited to an event. But no one commented on my old photos, started conversations with me, or reached out to say hello. Give Up Friendships, Or Give Up Our Personal Data?My frustration with Facebook wasn’t that my friends posted too many Upworthy links—although they do, and I plan to remove them from my friends list. The problem was that Facebook knows more about me than many of those friends do. In order to use Facebook to stay in touch with people, I am giving it access to my own personal life on the Internet. Facebook knows what movies I like, where I live, who my best friends are, and what apps I use, because I have spent the last seven years giving it that information. Now that I’ve decided I prize my privacy more than my posts, it’s too late to back out. See Also: How To Remove Yourself From The InternetFacebook’s recent efforts to put more emphasis on personal privacy is a step in the right direction. But even the “anonymous login” feature Facebook introduced last week isn’t really anonymous. Third-party apps won’t know who you are, but Facebook will.Facebook is no longer just a place for friends, but a pervasive and invasive identity manager. The social network wants to be privy to what we do online, and control who gets that information. Facebook may be where my friends hang out, but it isn’t my friend. As real threats of invasive surveillance and data privacy violations continue to make citizens uncomfortable, tech companies are increasingly cognizant of maintaining the trust of their users. But it’s hard to take Facebook’s complaints about government surveillance seriously when it’s a far more efficient spy on our lives.Facebook: A Post Office For Virtual Pen PalsI moved to San Francisco just over a year ago after spending the previous two decades in Arizona. When I moved, I relied on social networks to keep me updated about what all my friends and family were doing. It made me a little sad that this was how we remained in touch, but I didn’t do much to change it. In the year since I’ve left Arizona, relationships have deteriorated. The friends I used to see every weekend while we basked in the sunshine have been replaced with digital incarnations of themselves, and most of them live on Facebook. Instead of getting face-to-face updates about who they’re dating, how their kids are growing up, or how challenging work is, I see it on Facebook.During the two months I spent away from the social network, I found myself missing those friends more than I had in the last year, and craved conversation and attention from them. I texted a few to say hello and that I missed them, and even called one (gasp!) and had an hour-long conversation. I’m embarrassed to admit that it was harder to remember to text my friends than Like their status on Facebook. Fear Of Missing Out Is A Real Thing Tags:#Facebook#facebook alternatives#privacy#Quit Facebook#social network last_img read more

5 Sagarika Ghatge outfits people like us can never pull off

first_imgChak De! India was released almost a decade ago, and we’ve not forgotten the golden girls who paved their way into our hearts with the movie. Sagarika Ghatge’s beauty stayed with us along with the others’, but what we didn’t know was that her striking performance in the movie–as a cricketer’s fiance–would actually turn into a reality some day.Sagarika Ghatge, who played Preeti Sabarwal (the girl who was engaged to a famous cricketer) in the blockbuster film, is now engaged to Indian skipper Zaheer Khan. And we just can’t contain our happiness for the happy couple!The couple had been dating for some time now, and the world was anxiously waiting for them to take the big step.Apart from being a stellar actor, Sagarika Ghatge is also at the top of her fashion game. These spiffy outfits sported by her prove that she likes to dress well, and does it right. Sagarika wore an elegant, ruffled cold-shoulder dress by Kashmiraa, and teamed it with a delicate pair of golden open-toe stilettos. The beauty that she is, she wore minimal makeup, and tied her hair in a low pony. If this isn’t elegant dressing, what is?Pictures courtesy: Instagram/sagarikaghatgeAlso Read: Ranveer Singh couldn’t decide which colour to wear, so he wore them allIf you think sophisticated and smart cannot be described in one attire, Sagarika Ghatge’s navy-blue, peplum jumpsuit is the answer. Decollete-plunging neckline with absolutely no accessories, and a basic hairdo, Sagarika looked a little too perfect in this attire.advertisementPictures courtesy: Instagram/sagarikaghatge Sagarika paired an ivory white self-embroidered top with a pair of black palazzo pants, in what looked like the most easy-going-yet-chic outfit ever. The surplice neckline was extremely graceful; we’ve never really loved someone’s choice of clothes this much.Pictures courtesy: Instagram/sagarikaghatge Dresses, palazzos, and gowns, there’s no attire Sagarika cannot not look ravishing in. While most of us can’t get over conventional colours, Sagarika had the right style sense to opt for a disparate cedar-coloured gown by Ritika Bharwani. Sagarika’s cedar coloured one-shoulder gown with floral print at the bottom was extremely high-toned, which she brilliantly adorned without any accessories.Sagarika sure knows how to keep it classy.Pictures courtesy: Instagram/sagarikaghatge Also Read:5 bizarre trends that would’ve been a reality had Poo been a fashion designer todayThe actress looked ethereal in a gorgeous Rohit Bal gown; and we know why Zaheer Khan is in love with this charming woman.Sagarika’s white empire-waist gown had golden thread work all over the pleats, which she complemented with a pair of chunky gold earrings. In her iconic no-makeup look, Sagarika looked nothing short of alluring.Pictures courtesy: Instagram/sagarikaghatge Evidently, you’ve got quite a catch there, Zaheer Khan!last_img read more


first_imgLegalise prostitution, says retired SC Judge Santosh HegdeHyderabad, Jul 6 (PTI) Supporting the Law Commission’srecommendation on allowing gambling and betting in sports,retired Supreme Court Judge N Santosh Hegde today evenfavoured legalising prostitution, saying vices cannot beabolished by the state.”A person who thinks vices can be abolished by law isliving in a fool’s paradise,” said the former SolicitorGeneral of India.The Law Commission yesterday recommended that gamblingand betting in sports be allowed as regulated activitiestaxable under the direct and indirect tax regimes and used asa source for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI).”It’s a very good recommendation”, Hegde told PTI. “Thereare certain vices which cannot be controlled by law and anyattempt to control such vices will lead to illegal systemsdeveloping”.”We have experienced it earlier when there wasprohibition. There is illicit liquor production there (whereprohibition was in place). Government loses excise duty, thevice will continue, you can’t control it. These are certainthings which can’t be controlled by law”, he said.Similarly, illegal gambling is going on in the country.Making it legitimate and by controlling it, 70-75 per cent ofillegal activities will stop, the former Karnataka Lokayuktasaid.”But certain amount of control is absolutely necessary”.Asked if he thought prostitution should also belegalised, Hegde said: “It has to be legalised. It’s going oneverywhere. What’s the big idea of..(keeping it illegal). Itshould be legalised”.”It (prostitution) has become a regular profession now.It should be legalised and people (engaged in prostitution)should be licensed. Then alone there will be control over thesystem”, Hegde said.advertisementThese are certain vices which cannot be abolished by thestate, he said. Otherwise, it would then go on in an illegalmanner. Better than that was to have control over the system.”Which is the city or the state where there is noprostitution? We are just closing our eyes and saying it’s notthere.And in places like Mumbai, there are certain areasrecognised by the Government where prostitution continues.Therefore, morality can’t be controlled by law. It can only becontrolled by religion and religious leaders”, he said. PTI RSAPRAPRAPRAPRlast_img read more

French Open 2019: Federer, Nadal storm into quarter-finals

first_imgRoger Federer’s return to French Open clay is going so smoothly he still has not dropped a set in reaching the quarterfinals.The 20-time Grand Slam winner eased through with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win Sunday against unseeded Argentine Leonardo Mayer and is one match away from a potential semifinal and a 39th career match against defending champion and longtime rival Rafael Nadal.Nadal won by the same score as Federer on Sunday, but he was at least given a little bit more of a test by another unseeded Argentine, Juan Ignacio Londero.While Federer did not face a single break point in beating Mayer for the fourth time in four meetings, Nadal dropped his serve once late in the third set and saved four other break-point chances in his first-ever match against the quick-hitting Londero.Serving at 40-30 in the eighth game of the third set, Nadal was given a time violation warning, which he felt was the correct call made in the wrong circumstances because of persistent talking from the crowd as he prepared to serve in that game, and during his previous service game.”Ok, I agree with you but (they are) still talking,” Nadal told the chair umpire, referring to the crowd.Nadal held with an ace for 5-3 and then broke Londero for the sixth time to clinch victory.Federer won his only French Open in 2009, the year Nadal lost to big-serving Swede Robin Soderling in the fourth round.The 37-year-old Federer is now into a record-extending 54th Grand Slam quarterfinal overall, compared to 38 for Nadal, which is fourth all-time. Federer also became the third oldest man to reach the last eight at Roland Garros.advertisement”Of course the hope was to go deep and I’m in the quarters now, so I’m very, very happy at this point,” Federer said. “I served super well and Leonardo had trouble returning. I was able to put pressure on him and I’m very happy with my performance.”After dropping his serve to lose the second set, Mayer angrily swiped the ball away and was given a code violation warning for ball abuse.Federer was looking so clinical and assured that the crowd at a sun-baked Philippe Chatrier groaned in disbelief when he missed an easy-looking forehand volley at the net, early in the third set.It was the second time Federer has beaten Mayer at a Grand Slam the other also coming in straight sets, in the first round of the U.S. Open in 2015. That was also the last year Federer had played at Roland Garros, before skipping clay entirely until returning to the surface this year.Four years ago, Federer lost in the quarterfinals to Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.He next faces either Wawrinka or rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Federer in the fourth round at this year’s Australian Open.They were playing their fourth-round match Sunday on neighbouring Court Suzanne Lenglen.Earlier Sunday, Petra Martic followed up her win over second-seeded Karolina Pliskova by rallying past Kaia Kanepi 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 on centre court to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.The 31st-seeded Croat next faces Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova, who reached her first quarterfinal at a major without dropping a set. The 19-year-old Vondrousova beat 12th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-2, 6-0 in just 59 minutes.Also advancing to the last eight was 26th-seeded Briton Johanna Konta, who beat 23rd-seeded Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-4. Konta’s quarterfinal opponent will be either 2016 champion Garbiñe Muguruza or 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.ALSO READ | When Sachin Tendulkar’s friend almost lost his World Cup man-of-the-match awardALSO READ | Virat Kohli is blessed with a confidence like no one else: Viv RichardsALSO WATCH | Salaam Cricket 2019: Gavaskar clarifies 1983 US tour plan, Warne picks his favourites, and morelast_img read more

Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez stuck in no man’s land in Manchester City defeat

first_img Read more The chant went up almost as soon as the game kicked off: “Alexis Sánchez, he wants to be blue.” This much seems to be true, though here was an awkward situation for the Chilean forward. Not quite in the shop window, as some would have it, because Manchester City are already known to be admirers. They would have signed him up by now, had Arsenal allowed it, and to say the player was frustrated by the non-events of the summer would be understating the case by quite a distance.Sánchez has made his point on several occasions, yet this was not a time for the strop or the pained expression. Playing at the home of potential employers, Sánchez was content to let Mesut Özil do most of the grimacing, though he was clearly not enjoying watching City’s passing exhibition while barely an Arsenal pass of note was being aimed in his direction. What Sánchez had to do was look professional, and if possible lethal, just in case Pep Guardiola was beginning to think he no longer needs him. Alexis Sánchez Reuse this content Topics Share on Pinterest Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Arsenal It is even more debatable after this convincing win whether City do still need Sánchez in January, and just as difficult to see where he will fit into a forward line beginning to look menacing on a regular basis, because this victory, like the midweek one in Naples, was mostly achieved with Gabriel Jesus watching from the bench. Yet the same questions were applicable in the summer and Guardiola definitely wanted him then. He stands to be accused of over-egging the pudding, if not actual gluttony, yet it should probably be remembered that Jesus missed most of the second half of last season through injury, and it is also true that Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho were moved on in the summer without being directly replaced. Sánchez can at the very least be viewed as an upgrade on either of those two, possibly both of them rolled into one.Then there is the consideration that for all their confident first-time passing, their exemplary pressing and their lightning transitions from defence into attack, City are still not quite as clinical in front of goal as their manager would like them to be. Guardiola spent a lot of last season complaining that his side did not always score the goals their superiority in games deserved, and though to an extent the problem seems to have been addressed now that City top the scoring charts, they created enough chances here to be out of sight by the interval yet still ended up with a contest on their hands when Arsenal briefly threatened a second‑half fightback.To use a favourite expression of Guardiola’s, City arrived many times in the first half but led only through Kevin De Bruyne’s dead-eyed opportunism. Certainly Sánchez would have fancied getting on the end of some of City’s sumptuous moves or exploiting some of the space the home side were creating. Sánchez would almost certainly have freed Leroy Sané to score, for instance, when Raheem Sterling’s woefully wayward pass put reports of his improvement this season into perspective. Sánchez might have had the nous to anticipate one of the David Silva crosses that rolled across the face of an unguarded goal, although in fairness Sergio Agüero was still on the pitch at the time, and he didn’t.Sánchez stood up John Stones on one occasion, to set up a shot for Aaron Ramsey that Ederson saved, but it was a rare moment of effectiveness on an afternoon spent mostly in isolation. His patience was gradually worn down to the point where his temper got the better of him in picking up a 77th‑minute booking for a foul on Silva, possibly his way of registering annoyance at the fact that the City player had looked fractionally offside in supplying Jesus for the decisive third goal.It cannot have been the easiest afternoon to endure, even for a player who has a habit of making most match‑day afternoons look only just about bearable, yet it could easily have been worse for the Chilean. Sánchez managed to give the ball away from a second-minute Arsenal corner, not normally a crime but these days an invitation for City to race the length of the pitch and set up a goal chance with just a couple of quick passes. Sterling and De Bruyne did just that, and Sánchez must have been relieved Agüero put his shot wide with a clear sight of goal, because going behind so early in such a fashion would have rivalled West Ham’s well-documented naivety in leaving themselves exposed at corners.At the final whistle Sánchez appeared conflicted. His first, understandably diplomatic instinct was to get off the pitch as quickly as possible, then he realised his team‑mates were staying out to shake hands and swap shirts with their City counterparts. So Sánchez stopped and turned and stood apart, reluctant to join in but not wanting to appear aloof either. Caught in no man’s land, in other words, which is where he has spent most of the season.center_img Share on Facebook Share via Email Manchester City Share on Messenger Gabriel Jesus strikes from the bench as rampant Manchester City see off Arsenal Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn featureslast_img read more

Chess: teenage stars come out to shine in Moscow Aeroflot Open

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Reuse this content Moscow Aeroflot, one of the world’s great opens, reaches its critical rounds this weekend (noon GMT start, free and live online viewing) at the Cosmos Hotel. Aeroflot vies with Tradewise Gibraltar for premier status and the differences between them are interesting.Gibraltar boasts GMs from the world top 10, almost all the best women players, a wide mix of nationalities and a fine offboard social programme. Aeroflot targets the GMs from the top 50-200 with ambitions to reach the elite and has an impressive array of junior talent, though its geographical mix is narrower. news Since you’re here… Topics Aeroflot’s players come from the old Soviet Union and from the new powers India and China, with only a sprinkling of entrants from the West. There are no British players in any of the three sections and just a handful of Americans led by Gata Kamsky, who emigrated as a child from the old USSR. Gibraltar’s first prize is £25,000 (€28,400), Aeroflot’s is €18,000 plus a place in the next Dortmund elite event.Andrey Episenko, 15, has qualified as one of the youngest GMs, shone at the world rapid/blitz and drew his first two games at Aeroflot against top seeds. The blitz specialist Vladislav Artemiev, 19, began with two wins.There was less favourable news for Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, who became the youngest ever IM at 10 and has since had his eyes on Sergey Karjakin’s record as the youngest ever GM at 12 years 7 months.The Indian prodigy still has only one of the three required GM results, time will run out for him on 10 March, and he lost in round two to Russia’s Igor Lysyj.North-East England is enjoying a sudden chess boom. Its team in the UK 4NCL tops its section of Division Two after six rounds and will qualify for the promotion pool where it will have good chances to qualify for the top division in 2018-19 along with the powerful Manx Liberty squad.Last week Heaton, Newcastle, staged the Northumbrian Masters, the first international tournament in the region for many years. Backing from Capital Bridging Finance Solutions meant a prize fund of over £3,000 which attracted 18 GMs and IMs. There was almost a dramatic English success as Ravi Haria, 18, reached a won ending in the final round which could have earned the Elstree teenager outright second place. He only drew, so shared third with the winner of this week’s game and two others.Danny Gormally’s victory looks smooth, but it was aided by Black’s passive strategy. White’s gambit 5 Nc3 (Bd2 is normal) could have been dubious if Black had countered actively by 7…Bd7! or c5 at moves 8-9. As played, White regained the pawn with a big space advantage, and concluded forcefully with the star move 23 Nd7!Danny Gormally v Iain Gourlay, Northumbrian Masters 20181 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 c4 e6 4 g3 Bb4+ 5 Nc3?! dxc 4 6 a3 Bxc3+ 7 bxc3 O-O 8 Bg2 Nd5 9 Qc2 f6 10 Nd2 Nb6 11 O-O Nc6 12 a4 a5 13 e4 Bd7 14 Ba3 Ne7 15 Bc5 Bc6 16 Rfb1 Rc8 17 Bxb6 cxb6 18 Nxc4 Be8 19 Nxb6 Rc6 20 Qb3 Bf7 21 d5 exd5 22 exd5 Nc8 23 Nd7! Qxd7 24 dxc6 bxc6 25 Qb7 1-03555 1 f7+ wins. If Kf8 2 Rh8+ Ke7 3 Re8+ Kd6 4 f8Q+ and Black will soon be mated. If Kg7 2 Rh7+! Kxg6 (if Kf6 3 f8Q+) 3 f8N+! Kf6 4 Rxd7 ends it. Share on Twitter Chess Share on Messenger Read more Leonard Barden on chess Chess: Magnus Carlsen beats Hikaru Nakamura in Fischer Random match Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Emaillast_img read more

Thorco Navigia Feederlines Join Forces in Ship Management

first_imgzoom Copenhagen-based firm Thorco Shipping Holland has reached an agreement with two Dutch shipping companies Navigia and Feederlines to join forces in respect of technical ship management.The new company will have a total of 65 vessels in ship management and will represent four brands including Thorco Projects, Navigia, Feederlines and Peak.“We believe that with this new joint venture we have created the right setup to attack the current and coming challenges in the market for the upcoming period,” Otto Torenbosch, MD Thorco Shipping Holland BV, said.Earlier this year, Feederlines was separated from the former shareholder, Reederei Hartmann, and is now 100% owned by Jan van der Laan, while Navigia is controlled by Jan van Breden and Eric Bos. Both companies merged their management activities earlier in 2016.Navigia/Feederlines received confirmation at the beginning of December 2016 that the technical management of six Abis B-type 3,800 dwt open top vessels has been awarded to them by new owners, Peak Norway.last_img read more

Air Transat Thomas Cook sign sevenyear seasonal aircraftsharing deal

first_imgTourism firm Transat A.T. Inc (TSX:TRZ) and Thomas Cook Group Airlines say they have signed a deal to share aircraft on a seasonal basis.The companies say the seven-year partnership will allow both to utilize their fleet of planes more efficiently as their flight destinations shift with the seasons.Air Transat uses smaller aircraft in the winter to fly to the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida and larger aircraft in the summer for transatlantic flights.Meanwhile, Thomas Cook uses smaller aircraft in the summer for Mediterranean travel and larger aircraft in the winter for destinations such as Cuba.Under the agreement announced Monday, every winter Thomas Cook will make available some narrow-body Airbus planes for Air Transat and receive at least one wide-body Airbus plane in return.last_img read more

Voter information cards are in the mail

first_imgElectors should contact the Elections Canada office in their electoral district if:the name on their card contains an errorthey receive a voter information card for a deceased person or someone who does not live at their addressIf there are unforeseen circumstances, like a fire or a flood, the location of a poll changes after the voter information cards are mailed, the electors assigned to that poll will receive another voter information card with the words “Replacement Card” printed on the bottom right corner shared Elections Canada.To vote, electors must show proof of identity and address. The voter information card may be used as a proof of address at the polls. Electors must use it with another piece of accepted ID to prove their identity. To view the list of accepted ID; CLICK HERE.Electors do not need to bring their voter information card to the polls in order to vote, but we encourage them to bring it with them for faster service at the polls.Elections Canada is an independent non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.For election updates, subscribe to the news service at elections.ca GATINEAU, QC – Elections Canada has shared that voter information cards have been mailed out and registered electors should receive their card by October 4.According to Elections Canada, personalized voter information card has been mailed out to each registered elector. The card tells electors when and where to vote and has information about the accessibility of their polling station.Electors who do not receive a card by Friday, October 4, or whose card shows the wrong information, can register or update their address online or by contacting their Elections Canada office.last_img read more

Deepika Vikrants kissing scene gets leaked

first_imgNew Delhi: A lip locking scene of actors Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey from their upcoming film “Chhapaak” has been leaked online. In the videos that have been doing the rounds on the Internet, the actors can be seen romancing each other at a terrace here while shooting for the scene. Also, the residents of the area are spotted watching the shoot and cheering for the actors as they kiss each other. In one of the videos, one of the residents can be heard saying, “Bache ko mat dikha (don’t show it to kids).” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Chhapaak” is based on the real life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal and Deepika is portraying Laxmi in it. The film is being directed by Meghna Gulzar. It is scheduled to release on January 10, 2020. On her role, Deepika had said: “A character that will stay with me forever. It’s a very important story and it’s a true life incident, so hopefully good things will come out of it.”last_img read more

Disaster management groups on toes at New Town Salt Lake

first_imgKolkata: Civic bodies in New Town, Sector V and Salt Lake along with Bidhannagar Police have geared up to combat any emergency situation, which may occur due to the cyclone Fani. Special Disaster Management Groups (DMG) have been formed and control rooms have been set up to act immediately in case of any disaster caused by the cyclone.In Salt lake, about eight trees have felled at various locations due to the impact of Fani. According to Debashis Sen, chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), a special control room has been set up for emergency situation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAlso, Kolkata Gate has been closed for spectators and all rides have been suspended at the Eco Park. Monitoring teams have been set up to keep a check on the rise of the water-level in canals. Special DMG teams are all set to combat any emergency situation and the staff of New Town Kolkata Development Authority are on high alert. Apart from New Town, special arrangements have been made by the Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) also. A special control room has been opened to receive distress calls during the cyclone. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBuilding authorities have been asked to close all the windows and keep safe distance from glass panes. A control room has been opened there as well. Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made elaborate arrangements in view of the cyclone Fani. Control rooms have been set up in each borough offices. Ten ambulances have been kept ready for medical emergencies. Adequate drinking water tankers, dry foods, and tarpaulins have been arranged as precautionary steps. Some school buildings and clubs have been being taken over by the BMC to provide shelter to people in case if emergency evacuation needed. According to a circular by the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation authorities, staff of all the department have been instructed to be ready to tackle any emergency situation. A control room has been opened at the Poura Bhavan, which has adequate staff all through the day to address any problem caused by cyclone Fani. Senior officials and MMiCs (Member, Mayor-in-Council) have been given the charge of supervision of work at their respective departments. Mayor, Municipal Commissioner and other officials are going to stay at the Poura Bhavan throughout the night. Bidhannagar Police arranged for two special DMG teams from Barrackpore, which have been deployed in Salt Lake and New Town. This apart, gas cutters and other necessary equipments have been kept ready for any emergency situation. Apart from these measures, additional police forces have been deployed round the clock both on the field and control room. “We are ready to combat the cyclone. Necessary traffic diversions will be made if needed,” said Amit P Javalgi, Deputy Commissioner (headquarters) of Bidhannagar Police. South Dum Dum and Dum Dum municipalities have also geared up to combat Fani. According to sources, proper relief measures have been taken and DMG teams are ready.last_img read more

Groupe Machs offer for 69 million Transat AT shares blocked by tribunal

Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ, TSX:AC) The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc. says a Quebec securities tribunal has cease traded an offer made by Groupe Mach Acquisition Inc. for 6.9 million class B voting shares of the travel company.The decision means the Montreal developer is not allowed to acquire any shares under its scheme and is expected to return promptly to shareholders any shares already deposited.The company is also forbidden from using any proxies associated with shares deposited under the scheme.Group Mach had offered $14 per share in an effort to derail a pending acquisition of the company by Air Canada. It had hoped to secure the shares and then vote against Air Canada’s offer, which requires at least two-thirds support from shareholders.However, Air Canada raised its friendly takeover offer for Transat on the weekend to $18 per share from $13 to win the support of Transat’s largest shareholder, investment firm Letko Brosseau.Transat shares were up $4.91 at $16.70 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday. read more

UN agency strikes environment agreement with Central Asian economic group

The agreement, signed by UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer and the Secretary-General of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Askhat Orazbay, at a meeting in Tehran, commits the two bodies to joint activities to strengthen protections across a range of environmental issues. Apart from encouraging cleaner energy sources, stronger laws and healthier tourism, the agreement identifies how UNEP and ECO can boost environmental education and training and improve monitoring of the environment. Mr. Toepfer said the agreement gives the region “a tremendous opportunity” to achieve the goals set out at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. That meeting committed governments around the world to expand access to safe water, decent sanitation and clean energy sources. The ECO, set up by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey in 1985 to encourage social and economic development, also includes Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Earlier this week, Mr. Toepfer told the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development meeting in Tehran that sustainable consumption is becoming more important than ever as Asia’s middle classes continue to expand and place pressure on resources. “Once new infrastructure is built it is going to last for 100 years,” the UNEP chief noted. “The newly affluent in Asia must have access to zero-emission housing, to hybrid or fuel cell cars and/or clean public transport systems, and to eco-friendly residential and commercial suburbs.” read more

US sanctions on Iran spark new concern of Persian Gulf violence oil

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US sanctions on Iran spark new concern of Persian Gulf violence; oil prices rise by News Staff Posted Jul 12, 2012 5:20 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fears of violence in the Persian Gulf escalated Thursday, pushing the price of oil higher.The Obama administration slapped Iran with more sanctions aimed at stifling its nuclear program. Traders, who worry that the sanctions will eventually lead to a military conflict in the Gulf, responded by buying oil.“This just puts the risk back out there,” said Phil Flynn, an oil analyst with Price Futures Group.Oil prices, which had been down all day, jumped after the sanctions were announced. Benchmark U.S. crude added 27 cents to end at US$86.08 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which sets the price for imported oil, added 84 cents to finish at $101.07 per barrel in London.The U.S. and other Western countries believe Iran is building a weapon and have heaped financial and diplomatic pressure on the country since November to force it to negotiate. Iran denies the claim. Its leaders have threatened to block a key shipping channel out of the Gulf if the sanctions continue.Such a move, or a conflict in the area, could slow down or even halt shipments out of one of the world’s most prolific sources of oil. About 20 per cent of the oil traded around the world comes from the Persian Gulf. Sanctions helped cut Iran’s oil production by 188,500 barrels per day from May to June as buyers looked for other sources of crude, according to OPEC. Iran fell to No. 3 in OPEC production last month. Iraq moved to No. 2, behind Saudi Arabia.Thursday’s sanctions were aimed at companies and people affiliated with Iran’s defence ministry. Previous sanctions were meant to curtail its ability to export oil. Earlier this year, European refineries stopped buying Iranian oil, and Iran’s banks were blocked from doing business with much of the world.For most of July, oil prices have been on a bumpy ride, changing direction almost every day as the global economy putters along.Investors and analysts say it’s hard to figure where prices are headed. China and other emerging economies appear to be using more oil. Yet those increases are offset by weaker demand in the U.S. — the world’s biggest oil consumer — where the job market has stagnated, and in Europe, which continues to wrestle with massive government debts.“The market seems kind of directionless,” Gene McGillian, a broker and oil analyst at Tradition Energy, said. “Are we going to see the emergence of a global economic recession, or are things going to stabilize?”The latest batch of data continued to deliver mixed views of the global economy.Reports out of Europe Thursday said borrowing costs rose in Spain and unemployment rose in Greece, stoking concerns about the region’s financial crisis. Meanwhile the U.S. Labor Department said the number of people filing for unemployment benefits plunged last week. Economists said they thought the drop will be temporary.The International Energy Agency said global oil demand should rise this year, but the increase will be less than what it predicted a month ago.Natural gas futures rose after the U.S. said the nation’s natural gas surplus is falling more in line with historic levels. The government said the nation’s supply is 20 per cent larger than the five-year average, much lower than what it was earlier in the year.The price of natural gas added 2.1 cents to finish at $2.874 per 1,000 cubic feet in New York.In other futures trading, heating oil lost 1.15 cents to finish at $2.7733 per gallon, while wholesale gasoline added 3.73 cents to finish at $2.8062 per gallon.___Follow Chris Kahn on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ChrisKahnAP(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) read more

Week 13 NFL Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

A week before Thanksgiving, the NFL’s top teams had plenty to be grateful for. Eleven of the top 13 teams in Week 12’s edition of our Elo ratings won their games, with the lone exceptions either losing to another good team on the road (the Arizona Cardinals, then ranked No. 2, fell to the third-ranked Seattle Seahawks) or suffering a stunning upset (the Kansas City Chiefs’ ill-fated trip to Oakland). And eight of the bottom 10 teams lost, generating the widest spread this season between the league’s haves and have-nots (as measured by the standard deviation of every team’s Elo ratings).There’s been a lot of talk about 2014 being a season of parity in the NFL (especially after the aforementioned Raiders victory completed this year’s “circle of parity,” the phenomenon by which any team could claim superiority over another via the transitive property). In one sense, that’s accurate. There’s no dominant Super Bowl favorite: The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos have gone through hot and cold periods over the past 12 weeks, and the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have not even consistently been favored to make the playoffs. Nobody knows what to make of the upstart Cardinals (now less so than ever). By that standard, this season is as wide open as any.But this year has also seen a stark disparity between the NFL’s good and bad teams. The 2014 season features the 10th-largest standard deviation of Elo ratings through 12 weeks of any season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger and the second-largest since 1986 (trailing only the 2009 season).Nearly all of the most imbalanced seasons took place before the NFL instituted true free agency and a salary cap in the early 1990s, which evened out payroll spending across the league and prevented dominant teams from hoarding talent. These measures had the effect of increased parity, both within seasons and between them.Pockets of inequality still emerge from time to time, even in today’s equipoised NFL. But most of the teams at the bottom of our rankings were above average (some significantly so) at some point in the past few seasons. Late in 2012, the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons — now ranked No. 23 and No. 25, respectively — had Elo ratings that would rank second in the NFL right now. And among the bottom third of teams in this week’s rankings, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Washington and the New York Giants also had above-average Elo ratings as recently as two seasons ago.The league’s bad teams look particularly bad right now, and the poor got even poorer this past weekend. But even at an imbalanced moment, you can see the handiwork of the NFL’s parity machine.Last week, we wrote about how the Denver Broncos were a team in disarray, losing more points of Elo rating over the previous three weeks than any team in the NFL. In this past Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, it looked like disaster was imminent again — Denver’s win probability was down to 10.2 percent late in the third quarter — before Peyton Manning sparked a comeback victory for the Broncos.The game wasn’t especially crucial to the Broncos’ postseason odds (they gained just 8 percentage points of playoff probability last week), but in concert with the Chiefs’ stunning loss at Oakland, it had a big effect on the AFC West race. By the end of the weekend, the Broncos had gained 24 percentage points of division-win probability, bringing their chances to 79 percent. The Chiefs lost 25 percentage points — by far the week’s biggest change in division-win probability. What had been surprisingly close to a toss-up race for the AFC West is back under Denver’s control.Week 12 was pretty damaging to Kansas City’s playoff chances. A week ago, the team was looking at a 41 percent probability of chasing down the Broncos for the division, and it had the conference’s best chance of securing a wild card slot (42 percent). But with their AFC West odds dwindling, the Chiefs probably need the wild card to make the playoffs. It might seem as though the Chiefs are still well positioned in that department — the Dolphins had been their primary threat going into the weekend — but after the AFC North rivals Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens both won, the AFC’s wild card picture is as crowded as ever.The NFC playoff picture didn’t change all that much, although the Seahawks are once again favorites to make the postseason after beating the Cardinals. Although the game could be seen as the proverbial “statement win” with regard to NFC West supremacy, the loss didn’t really affect Arizona’s playoff chances; the Cardinals are still 94 percent likely to be in.Elo’s had a few solid weeks against the point spread. Don’t let it fool you: You shouldn’t take these ratings to Vegas and bet with them. But it is always fun to compare the gambling lines to those which would be predicted by each team’s pregame Elo ratings.One of biggest differences this week between Elo and Vegas involves a marquee matchup, in which the Patriots travel to Green Bay to face the Packers. The Packers have been on a roll of late, gaining the most Elo rating points of any NFL team over the previous three weeks, but still they rank just sixth in Elo. At least some of that is because Green Bay entered the season ranked 17th in the league with a below-average 1495 Elo rating, owing to a relatively down 2013 season that saw quarterback Aaron Rodgers miss seven games.With Rodgers back and playing at an incredibly high level as of late, Vegas has reacted quickly. The oddsmakers clearly consider the Packers one of the two or three best teams in the NFL. For their part, the Patriots have been on fire as well, so the fact that they are three-point road underdogs implies that the market considers them about even with Green Bay. Elo thinks the Patriots are roughly four points better per game than the Packers at a neutral site, so it will be interesting to get some measure of a referendum on Vegas and Elo’s different opinions of the two teams.CORRECTION (3:53 p.m., Nov. 26, 2014): A previous version of the Week 13 NFL matchups table listed incorrect numbers for the Elo win percentages and point spreads. They and the language in the piece have been updated. read more

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first_imgBoater safety class scheduled Jan. 25 in VancouverRegistration is open for a boater safety class beginning at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St.Offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class costs $10 and continues until 4:45 p.m.The course is designed to meet the needs of both the Washington and Oregon boat card requirements. Topics will include safety skills, navigation rules, equipment requirements and more.Completion of the course can reduce the cost of boat insurance.Also offered on Jan. 25 will be a course on marine band radio communications beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the same location. The marine radio class will cost $10 per person. To register for either course, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.Winter steelhead fishing clinic scheduled Jan. 30 in VancouverA free clinic on winter steelhead fishing will being at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at Pacific Northwest Sporting Goods, 212 N.E. 164th Ave, Suite 4. Pro Escodedo of Team VIP Outdoors will be the guest speaker.Mount Hood Skibowl to operate Multorpor for holiday weekendGOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. — Multorpor chairlift at Mount Hood Skibowl will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday.last_img read more

Pole crashes onto car in Lauderhill

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A pole crashed onto a car in Lauderhill.Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene located near Oakland Park Boulevard and Northwest 56th Street on Wednesday morning.Lauderhill Fire Rescue Capt. Jerry Gonzalez tweeted the photo at 5 a.m. saying the cement light pole crashed onto the car after a single car accident. This driver is lucky to be alive after this cement light pole came crashing down on his car early this morning following a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Oakland Park Blvd and NW 56th Avenue. #Lauderhill pic.twitter.com/lNHWXDPxpb— Lauderhill Fire PIO (@LauderhillFDPIO) March 13, 2019It remains unclear what injuries the driver sustained from the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Euromoney Institutional Investor Acquires Real Estate Investment Site

first_imgAccording to Nick Ferris—publisher of Euromoney’s Institutional Investor and the Real Estate Finance & Investment subscription newsletter—the acquisition is consistent with Euromoney’s strategy and “will enhance Real Estate Finance & Investment’s existing coverage of REITs and provide a platform to continue to build both products under the same expert editorial team.”Ferris told FOLIO: Euromoney Institutional Investor will increase REIT’s workforce as par of its investment. “It’s a profitable business and we expect to grow it substantially over the next few years,” he said.Euromoney Institutional Investor publishes more than 100 magazines, newsletters and journals, including the leading financial market titles Euromoney and Institutional Investor. London-based Euromoney Institutional Investor—publisher of several trade publications primarily in the international finance sector—has acquired REITcafe.com, a provider of news, data and podcasts for Real Estate Investment Trust investors.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2005 by Anatole Pevnev, REITcafe.com is the primary Web site for global REIT information and analysis, with 6,000 registered users and an archive featuring more than 200 podcasts. The site also provides access to more than 60 quarterly earnings calls, an industry-specific news feed and a weekly newsletter.last_img read more

Avengers Endgames Brie Larson would direct an MCU movie

first_imgIf there’s one character I’m excited to see in Avengers: Endgame, it’s Captain Marvel. She’s the only character we haven’t really seen interact with the rest of the Avengers, and based on the teasers, it looks like she’s ready to get brought up to speed. Recently, Audi released an ad spot called “Debriefing” where the company attempts to show Carol Danvers what she’s missed since her exit from Earth in the 1990s. I got the chance to talk to Captain Marvel herself (Brie Larson) about electric vehicles and why they’re important to her — you can check that Q&A out over on Roadshow — but we also took a few minutes to chat about the MCU and what she hopes the future brings for Marvel’s superhero movie juggernaut. Check out “Debriefing,” and then meet me afterward for our Q&A. Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… I’m so ready to see Kamala Khan in the MCU.Me too, me too! I’m ready. I’m so ready.Big fists!Stretchy arms!So you’re not just an actress, you’re a director, too. Do you have any aspirations to direct an MCU movie?Totally. I mean, for me, whether it’s acting or directing, it’s about story. And I’ve always been incredibly impressed with Marvel’s ability to talk about very difficult subject matters; whether it’s internal human condition stuff or worldwide issues, through the metaphor of superheroes and aliens in space. I feel like they’ve become such a powerful tool of connection that of course it’s something I would love to tackle eventually, given the right story. Because, just on the acting side of Captain Marvel, I worked on it for two years. And I think it’s even longer when you’re writing and directing a Marvel movie. So it has to be a story that you really feel passionate in your gut that it’s undeniable and will carry you through for a couple years.Makes sense. OK, two more questions for you. If Carol were to show up in another MCU film like Thor: Ragnarock, which was kind of a buddy movie between Hulk and Thor, what character would you want to team up with?I’m still really into this idea of an all-female Avengers movie. Getting all the women together and getting them to work as a team … would be so powerful and iconic. Just because having just seen Avengers: Endgame, getting to see all of those characters on screen, you realize the beauty of these new superhero movies is that everybody has their own special skills they bring to the table. Their own, you know, superpower. And to see women work together, and in that way as a team, is not something we’ve seen enough of on screen. You had to go through two different workouts: Physically, we all know you got in insane shape for Captain Marvel. But you’ve also talked a lot about feeling more empowered and able to stand up for yourself and what you believe in throughout this process. What’s your advice for anybody looking to fight for a cause? How can they “flex their activism muscles,” so to speak, and make a bigger impact over time?The main thing is finding out the thing that only you can do. And you might be surprised to discover what that is. Telling stories, making movies that reflect my value system, that put people in the shoes of others, that are able to bridge empathy and show you what the world looks like, has been really profound for me, and in some ways, much more impactful than any words I could ever possibly say, or any street corner that I could shout on. But everybody has their own unique thing. 3:14 Comments 5 Show Us Yours: Marvel fandom pictures from our readers 26 Photos Share your voice Endgame is here TV and Moviescenter_img I was just at the Time 100 Gala. And it was really powerful to be in that room of people who are all working really diligently and in completely different ways, whether that’s in science or in politics, in any part of the globe, the arts, music … there are so many ways to get involved, and it starts with you. It starts with you figuring out what your thing is that you bring to the table, and then living your life by those value systems.Avengers: Endgame is in theaters worldwide, but if you haven’t caught it yet, you can get ready by watching every other Endgame trailer and teaser right here. Captain Marvel Marvel The Avengers How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order CNET: What kinds of technology would Carol be the most surprised by when she returned to Earth? If, of course, there wasn’t a Snapture to avenge?Brie Larson: Well, Carol’s sort of interesting in that she’s at the intersection of like, super-advanced technology and the ’90s at the same time, so I mean, she’s already — even in the ’90s — when she comes down to Earth, surprised by the lack of technology. Things like, carrying around a driver’s license or an ID card just seem totally insane to her. Tags Now playing: Watch this: Spoiler-free review: Love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed review: MCU clincher so close to perfect No postcredits scene, but there’s a tiny audio stinger The biggest spoiler-filled WTF questions It’s three hours long: The best times to pee Captain America will always be my favorite Avenger But at the same time, she’s she’s been able to retrofit the pager. So I think communication devices would be the thing she would be both surprised to see how far it’s come, and also wish that it had gone further; having come from, you know, outer space, where they have much more advanced communications equipment.During your time playing Carol, you’ve been really vocal about intersectional feminism. There are so many amazing female heroes in Marvel Comics. Which one you would like to see headline their own MCU movie? Anyone you’re just dying to see on screen?I would love to see a Valkyrie solo movie for sure. I’d love to see a Ms. Marvel movie for sure. I mean, they haven’t even begun to tap into her abilities. And I love her story so much. It would be my hope she comes in sooner rather than later as Carol’s sidekick, and then eventually kind of takes over. And then of course, the Wakanda ladies, I could watch a whole movie of those warrior women, there’s so much to be mined from that. So I think there’s a lot of material out there and a lot of new worlds to delve into. 49 Photoslast_img read more