Alimentation CoucheTard secondquarter earnings up on boost from acquisitions

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)The Canadian Press LAVAL, Que. — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. beat expectations as its net earnings rose nine per cent in its most recent quarter thanks in part to acquisitions and lower taxes.The Quebec-based retailer, which reports in U.S. dollars, says its net earnings attributable to shareholders were US$473.1 or 84 cents per diluted share for its second quarter of its 2019 financial year.That’s up from $432.5 million or 76 cents per share from the same period the previous year.Adjusted profits that exclude one-time items in both periods increased to 84 cents a share for the quarter, up five per cent from 80 cents in the second quarter of 2018.Revenues rose 21 per cent to $14.7 billion, up from $12.1 billion as same-store merchandise revenues — a key retail metric —rose by 5.1 per cent in Canada, 4.4 per cent in the U.S. and 4.6 per cent in Europe. The company was expected to earn 82 cents per share in adjusted profits on $13.9 billion of revenues, according to analysts polled by Refinitiv.last_img read more

Repentance at last?

first_imgOne hundred years on since the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on that Visakhy day and British Empire’s legacy lives on largely unrepentant, albeit sometimes concerned and showing some remorse, but officially retaining diplomatic stiff upper lip. From Winston Churchill, when he was Secretary of State for War, to Stanley Baldwin, who was soon to become Prime Minister, there were expressions of excessive use of force, even un-British display of tackling an explosive law and order situation, but never an outright admission of moral lapse amounting to willful defence of imperial power. (Nobel poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling, cousin of Baldwin, however, maintained a discreet silence on the issue for a long time). Also Read – A special kind of bondEven in more recent times British monarch, Queen Elizabeth during her 1997 visit to India to celebrate the 50th year of the country’s independence skirted the issue by simply laying the wreath and making a bow at the massacre memorial and describing the event as a tragic episode. David Cameron during his visit as Prime Minister in 2013 just expressed profound regret at the 1919 event and wrote: “This was a deeply shameful event in British history, one that Winston Churchill rightly described at the time as ‘monstrous’. We must never forget what happened here.” But he stopped short of making an apology. Also Read – Insider threat managementSunil Kapoor, whose great-grandfather was killed in the massacre said: “I am not satisfied because he (Cameron) did not meet the descendants. If you feel shameful, why not make an apology? For 94 years, we are waiting for justice,” he had said. This year in 2019 itself the issue has been raised by Indian origin community leaders at private group meetings in the UK but the issue remains unresolved as the nation at large is immersed in grappling with Brexit. An apology may appear unpalatable to some but the idea is not so fanciful. Willy Brandt as Chancellor of (West) Germany apologised to Israel over the Nazi Holocaust. The Vatican too apologised to the Jews in 1998 and repented for the Roman Catholic Church’s silence during the Holocaust years. Almost in a similar vein, President Bill Clinton apologised to Africa for historic wrongs such as slavery. Back in 1919, the imposition of Martial Law in Punjab in the immediate aftermath of Jallianwala massacre was accompanied by press gag under which publication of Lahore’s daily Tribune was suspended and its Editor Kalinath Ray was jailed for two years. Bombay Chronicle Editor BG Horniman was ‘deported’ from the city while its reporter Gobardhan Das was jailed for two years. A year later, Churchill’s response to the event was cool and considered, admitting frankly that an ‘unarmed’ crowd was fired upon killing 397 people and wounding over 1,200. “The crowd was unarmed, except with bludgeons. It was not attacking anybody or anything. It was holding a seditious meeting. When the fire had been opened upon it to disperse it, it tried to run away. Pinned up in a narrow place considerably smaller than Trafalgar Square, with hardly any exits, and packed together so that one bullet would drive through three or four bodies, the people ran madly this way and the other. When the fire was directed upon the centre, they ran to the sides. The fire was then directed upon the sides. Many threw themselves down on the ground, and the fire was then directed on the ground. This continued for 8 or 10 minutes, and it stopped only when the ammunition had reached the point of exhaustion,” Churchill stated according to parliament’s Hansard record. Churchill described the ‘slaughter’ of nearly 400 persons a ‘monstrous’ event which was ‘not the British way of doing business.’ But the idea of an apology was unthinkable then. During all the parliamentary debates in that turbulent era, Kipling though lionised by the press and the public maintained a curious silence on the issue, perhaps avoiding any open clash with cousin Stanley Baldwin. But in later years Kipling made his sympathies known with tributes to the massacre man General Dyer. Kipling’s final tribute with definitive words of edification simply said: “He did his duty as he saw it.” The tribute was inscribed on the card accompanying Kipling’s wreath at the funeral service for General Dyer at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. The man in the eye of the storm or indeed the man who created the storm – Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer who carried out the massacre of the innocents on that harvest festival Vaisakhi day April 13 – though idolised by vast sections of British press and public, was retired without any promotion. Hailed as the man who “Saved India”, a large benefit fund amounting to over 26,000 pounds sterling was raised for the ailing veteran. But he remained officially as mere Colonel till the end of his life in 1927, thanks to the Commons vote which overruled the Lords support. Kipling must have darkly watched the downhill slide of General Dyer and the failure of the efforts of his friend, Sir Michael O’Dwyer, Lieutenant- Governor of Punjab in 1919 under whose jurisdiction General Dyer carried out the operation. There is precious little doubt where Kipling’s sympathies lay. Praising Kipling for his ‘political foresight’, O’Dwyer quoted his idol: “Asia is not going to be civilised after the method of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old … She will never attend Sunday School or learn to vote unless she uses swords for voting tickets.” In his obituary tribute to Kipling, O’Dwyer wrote: “As might be expected from the poet of our empire he lamented the steady surrender of our position and responsibilities in India, having little faith in ‘Pagett, MP’ and still less in the capacity of the Indian intelligentsia to govern with the pen and the tongue martial peoples who regarded those weapons with distrust or disdain. “More than once in recent years I urged him to come forward and expose the dangers of the policy of surrender, arguing that his name and authority would compel people to think. His reply was to this effect: ‘I have been forty years before my time in uttering the warning. For over thirty years I have been trying to hammer into the heads of certain British public men the elementary facts about India. I have had no success.’ Clearly, Kipling and O’Dwyer were on the same wavelength – and so utterly on the wrong side of ‘political foresight.’ Neither of them could imagine India becoming the world’s largest, thriving, and resilient voting democracy. O’Dwyer, though, came to a bloody end at a meeting of the East India Association and the Central Asian Society at Caxton Hall in London on 13 March 1940. He was shot dead, just a month short of the 21st anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, by Udham Singh who had taken the name of Ram Muhammad Singh Azad, symbolising the unity the Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities, to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh atrocity and the execution of earlier martyrs Bhagat Singh and his comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev in 1932. O’Dwyer’s assassin, Shaheed (martyr) Udham Singh was hanged in London’s Pentonville Prison on July 31, 1940, and was buried in prison grounds. His remains were exhumed in 1974 and repatriated to his native village Sunam in Punjab. After cremation, his ashes were scattered in the River Sutlej. (Subhash Chopra is the author of ‘Kipling Sahib – the Raj Patriot’ and ‘India and Britannia’ among other writings. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Salwa Idrissi Akhanouch to Launch Beauty Product Brand, ‘YAN & ONE,’…

By Sana ElouaziRabat – After three years of work, YAN & ONE, a new brand by Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, president of Aksal group, will be launched on October 28 in the Morocco Mall.The brand suggests a new approach to beauty and will release a multitude of products of different kinds, said a press released issued by the group. Make-up, care, beauty, fragrances, hygiene, accessories, and teas will be offered to both women and men, whatever their skin color, shape, and style. The company said that the project required a “significant investment and allowed to be a real job creator with already 200 young new recruits” who each received a six-month training to “acquire expertise in several areas.”YAN & ONE said it has ensured that all of its products are predominantly free from Paraben, Phenoxyethanol, and PEG (polyethylene glycols). The products were designed by ranking beauty professionals in France and will be offered to the consumer in an interactive and digital way.The group added that the perfumes were created by “greatmasters perfumers of Grasse, theworld capital of perfume.”The brand has also drawn its inspiration from the nature of Morocco, with a new range of “Moroccan Rituals” using natural ingredients such as argan oil and prickly pear oil certified tobe 100 percent natural for both women and men, according to the release.The beauty store will open its doors on October 28 in Morocco Mall in Casablanca, whose director is YAN & ONE’s creator, Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, the spouse of Aziz Akkhanouch, the Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries. read more

The Exorcist scares the Hell out of NYCC

first_img 7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies Stay on target The Exorcist is a show with a ton of potential. The characters are interesting and complex; the actors are all fantastic, and the premise can be absolutely terrifying, as evidenced by the movie the show is based on. In the first two episodes, though, aside from one or two moments in each, it hasn’t managed to be all that scary.That didn’t stop fans from gathering at New York Comic Con to see if they could find out exactly where this show is going. It probably helped that last week ended with an ominous organ harvesting scene. Gena Davis and Brianne Howey joined executive producer Jeremy Slater to talk about what we can expect from the first season.The first thing we learned is that the Rance family’s story will be wrapped up by the end of season one. Everyone involved is well aware that they can’t drag the show out for too long before giving us an actual exorcism. The October 21 episode will be the first time Fathers Marcus and Tomas attempt to exorcise the demon from Casey Rance.Hannah Kasulka as Casey Rance in The Exorcist. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/FOX)This season will also go into the Rance family’s past a little bit, starting with tonight’s episode. You’ll find out more about Kat’s car accident, and as the season goes on, we’ll learn more about Henry’s injury. Slater said that it’s possible these accidents aren’t really accidents, implying that demons have been targeting this family for a long time.We also caught a special screening of the third episode, which airs tonight. After episode two, I wrote about how the show desperately needs to get scary soon. Well, the writers apparently felt the same way. “Let ‘Em In” turns up the horror in a big way. Slater mentioned that for the first two episodes, the demon in Casey has been dormant and we would see it manifest in “Let ‘Em In.”He was right. The creepy old man who’s been following Casey around figures heavily into this episode. He’s with her nearly everywhere she goes, encouraging her to do evil things, touching her, guiding her. It’s creepy. We also find out he has a name: The Salesman.Robert Emmet Lunney in The Exorcist. (Photo: Screenshot via Youtube/FOX)The demon in Casey is likewise no longer hiding. Starting tonight, we’ll see more and more of it. There’s a particularly disturbing scene involving a curling iron that calls to mind the infamous crucifix scene from the movie. All this culminates in a bloody, terrifying scene on a Chicago subway train. Which, as Slater told us all before the screening began, is the writers’ idea of the scariest place to be trapped with a demon. After seeing that, I believe it.last_img read more

Child killed when tree falls on vehicle in Washington state

first_imgLAKE CRESCENT — A 5-year-old boy died and four others sustained injuries when a tree fell on a sport utility vehicle traveling on U.S. Highway 101 in Olympic National Park in northwest Washington state.Officials say a large evergreen fell at about 2:15 p.m. Sunday and struck the eastbound vehicle near Lake Crescent.Clallam Fire District No. 2 Chief Sam Phillips tells the Peninsula Daily News ( that the vehicle also contained two other children under 10 and two adults believed to be the grandparents.Officials say two children and one adult got out on their own and were transported to Olympic Medical Center.The other adult had to be extricated and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.The 5-year-old died at the scene.Names haven’t been released.last_img read more

Pereyra spoke about his complicated move

first_imgRoberto Pereyra came to Watford back in 2016 from Juventus and it was a surprising move for a lot of people as he had a good position in his former team – but he wanted to play in the Premier League.Gino Pozzo, the current Watford owner, brought Pereyra to Udinese a couple of years ago and he played a crucial role also in his move to England as the player insisted that he persuaded him to join the Hornets.The former Juventus midfielder spoke about this transfer as he said, according to“Gino was the determining factor.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I obviously knew him from the past at Udinese and knowing how he works. I know he believed in me and that I could trust him. Having Gino was one of my main factors.”“It was a very hard choice because Juventus were winning many things. We are talking about one of the greatest clubs in the world.”“Yes, this is the Premier League but Juventus, well, are Juventus. At the beginning, it was complicated – it was another country, there was this whole settling in. It was quite overwhelming.”last_img read more

North Korean purge like Cultural Revolution

first_imgBEIJING — One might call it North Korea’s version of the youth revolution.There is Kim Jong Un, who at 30 is believed to be the world’s youngest head of state. His brother, Kim Jong Chul, two years older, whose main claim to fame is as an avid Eric Clapton fan. And the youngest of the Swiss-educated trio, 26-year-old sister Kim Yo Jong, is seen frequently as an aide de camp to the new leader.With Thursday’s execution of their uncle, Jang Song Taek, and the purge of his cronies, the kids look to be in effect kicking out the adults.“He had to get rid of the grumpy old men,” suggests Andrei Lankov, a North Korea scholar based in Seoul. “He couldn’t be a boss with subordinates who are twice his age, who don’t understand him and don’t take him seriously.”Indeed, Kim’s tactics look much like China’s Cultural Revolution, launched by Mao Zedong in 1966 with youthful Red Guards terrorizing teachers and authority figures.The 67-year-old Jang, married to the youngest daughter of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il Sung, was for decades the trusted eminence grise, the interlocutor in an otherwise eccentric family.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Pina Prinzivalli Discusses What Shell Do To Support

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#15) What you will do at the State House to ensure that our local police and fire departments have what they need to adequately protect us? Do you support a fire substation in North Wilmington? Did you/do you support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year?First and foremost I #BackTheBlue and thank every man and woman in uniform who risk their lives each and every day to keep our communities safe. I’m committed to making sure they have the necessary tools and training and the resources to cope with the stresses of the job.It’s a tough political climate. We have Senator Elizabeth Warren wanting to abolish ICE and calling our criminal justice system “racist” from front to back. That’s incredibly inflammatory and puts a target on the backs of our law enforcement. We’ve had two Massachusetts officers murdered this year and two more recently shot in Falmouth.Let me tell you what I’m already doing. I’m the only candidate who has joined the fight to impeach activist judges like Judge Timothy Feeley. These judges are letting career criminals back onto our streets to endanger our communities and making it more difficult for our police. Last week, the House refused to take a vote on Judge Feeley’s impeachment. What does that say about their commitment to protect our streets? As your next State Representative, you can count on me to continue this fight to hold activist judges accountable.As a Tewksbury taxpayer, I believe public safety is a priority when it comes to spending. I support my having to pay $1.91 per week towards building the new center station.#16) The Vietnam War Moving Wall recently visited Wilmington. It was a sobering reminder of what the men and women in our armed forces are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. What will you do at the State House to support our local veterans and veterans statewide? What, if anything, have you done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? Do you personally have any family that serves/served?I’m endorsed by U.S. Air Force Veteran John MacDonald. John is with Veterans Assisting Veterans and a candidate for State Senate in the First Middlesex District. I look forward to joining him on Beacon Hill so we can make our military heroes a priority.We can’t do enough for veterans. They belong at the front of the line when it comes to benefits. If they’re not, I’ll speak up and make sure they are. Housing, healthcare, and job opportunities for veterans should be a priority for every elected official in Massachusetts. It will be for me.While visiting the Moving Wall I had a touching conversation with Mr. Ed Celli. Mr. Celli coached my cousin in soccer for many years (my family has been in Wilmington for nearly 30 years). Mr. Celli has given so much of himself. He’s an inspiration. Thank you for your service Mr. Celli, I hope I get the chance to work with you as State Representative.My grandfather served in the military in Italy. My fiancé has family members who served in World War II.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Billerica State Rep. Marc Lombardo Endorses PrinzivalliIn “Government”last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest Issue 3 Summonses

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between January 17, 2019 and January 23, 2019.Thursday, January 17NoneFriday, January 18Scott T. Nelson (54, Tewksbury) was arrested for OUI Liquor; Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle; and Marked Lanes Violation. Nelson flipped his pick-up truck over on Adams Street. (3:28pm)Saturday, January 19NoneSunday, January 20NoneMonday, January 21Amanda Leigh Fay (34, Billerica) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Revoked or Suspended Registration and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (7:10pm)Lisa Bevilacqua (49, Wilmington) was issued a summons for Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Registration. (8:18pm)Tuesday, January 22NoneWednesday, January 23Lenis Alexander Dejesus-Garcia (24, East Providence, RI) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation. (1:41am)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

AK A show more real than reality tv comes to Sitka

first_imgThe filmmakers plan to use framing, wide shots, and shadows to evoke the feelings of living in a remote community. (Driven Equation image)A pair of producers is hoping to put together a show that reflects a more authentic Alaskan experience than what is prevalent in reality television nowadays.The Sitka TV Show is just entering development, and its creators want to combine Hollywood know-how with local talent to produce a six-part anthology series that redefines how viewers see Alaskans.By now most Sitkans have seen the movie The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.And if you haven’t, well it will always be there for a rainy day. As a work of fiction, The Proposal is entertaining — and as a work of fiction its connection to reality, especially in Sitka where the story unfolds, is minimal. This scene where Betty White performs a Tlingit song by Sitka composer Ed Littlefield is a close as it gets.Except for some b-roll, the entire film was shot on the East Coast.“The main theme will be healing,” Thomaseto explained. He and co-producer Helena Sardinha want to explore the stories of six characters whose lives intertwine in Sitka. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)“That’s why it’s so important for us to shoot it here,” said independent producer Helena Sardinha in remarks to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. “Not to shoot it in Massachusetts and pretend that it’s here.”Sardinha and her partner Rafael Thomaseto are originally from Brazil, but are now Los Angeles-based independent filmmakers. The Sitka TV Show will be a work of fiction, but it is one they want to feel very grounded in the community. Sardinha describes Sitka as a character in the story.“There is a sense of honesty on the screen that will come through when we have actual Alaskan people working with us,” Sardinha said. “The vision that I have from Sitka, being from another country, is completely different than some of you guys here that live and breathe this air every day.”The project is scaled as an indie: Low budget, but with high expectations. The filmmakers want to assemble a cast and crew of about 20 people — half of whom are industry professionals — and about 50 extras. Their budget for the pilot episode is $291,000.The format, says Thomaseto, is anthology. Character studies of six individuals in an intertwined storyline.“We’re aiming to shoot a pilot now,” Thomaseto said. “And in the pilot we’ll have those six characters, five-to-six minutes for each, where their stories are interconnected, and then throughout the other episodes in the season, every episode is about one character only. And then the last one — sometime in the fall — would be about Alaska Day, and everyone comes together and we make a conclusion for the season.”The producers have hired a screenwriter to develop the stories, which should touch on themes like global warming, discrimination, crime and punishment, and women’s empowerment. So whatever the Sitka TV Show turns out to be, it won’t be Ice Road Truckers. Sardinha and Thomaseto came to Sitka at the invitation of family friends — Patricia Buak and her husband, Tony, who bought a restaurant here in 2015 and are backing the development of the show. Patricia Buak is billed as the show’s executive producer.In their presentation to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce, Sarhinha and Thomeseto were candid about the benefits of local sponsorship.“If we get the money from Hollywood or other international investors that we might connect with,” Sardinha explained, “that honesty that I was talking about before, and that realness, is not going to be on the screen.”The pair say their goal is to have their pilot episode purchased by a cable television network or a streaming service, which would fund the production of five more episodes over the course of the year — and create an  altogether different kind of proposal for the real town of Sitka.last_img read more

Kejriwal calls for resolution to never allow repetition of

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday called for a resolution to never allow repetition of an Emergency-like situation in the country. “This very day 34 years ago India witnessed one of the biggest assault on its democracy with the imposition of emergency by the then prime minister. Let us resolve never to allow repetition of subversion of the Constitution of this great democracy,” Kejriwal tweeted. The emergency was imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on this day in 1975 which was in effect till March 21, 1977.last_img read more

iTopper New Tablet to Help Medical Engineering Aspirants Launched for ₹10000

first_imgAppthoughtz, a Hyderabad-based IT startup, has launched iTopper tablet, a new tablet to assist students aspiring to fulfill their medical and engineering dreams by scoring well in competitive exams.Priced at ₹10,000, iTopper offers quality study materials and unlimited mock tests to succeed in highly competitive entrance examinations, according to Appthoughtz. The tablet chiefly meant for Class 11 and Class 12 students is expected to build in-depth insight on various subjects in an interesting way.”We are delighted to launch our first product iTopper in the market.” said Vijay Kallepalli, managing director of Appthoughtz. The true potential of the tablet still remains untapped, according to Kallepalli.Besides helping with a large database of study materials on subjects like chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics, Appthoughtz said the tablet will help students crack intermediate, JEE, EAMCET and NEET examinations. It assures to help them in learning, comprehending and analysing subjects in a simple, engaging and well-organized way. iTopper is equipped with applications which enable students to browse through quality content on varied subjects from publishers worldwide. It also allows users to read content, clarify queries and watch previously recorded videos, offline. Appthoughtz has also tied up with Cambridge University Press (CUP) to access quality contents on subjects.Available in four versions, the tablet sports a 195×18 mm screen, 24GB internal memory, 1GB RAM and upto 32GB expandable memory. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and features 3G connectivity.last_img read more

Thalapathy 64 Vijay yet to give final approval for Lokesh Kanagarajs film

first_imgThalapathy Vijay in Sarkar.PR HandoutVijay’s 64th movie is more or less confirmed although the actor has not given his final approval for the story. He is getting ready to team up with young filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj of Maanagaram fame.The latest buzz says that the actor is impressed by the subject and expected to take a call on it soon. The movie is expected to be announced before his birthday on June 22.Grapevine has it that it will be a quickie which will be shot in about 50 days. It looks like the actor wants the film, presently referred to as Thalapathy 64, to be a Pongal release. However, some reports claim that the flick might release for Tamil New Year 2020.Nonetheless, the news of Lokesh Kanagaraj directing a star of Vijay’s calibre has not come as a surprise as the actor has been open for good ideas from young filmmakers and Atlee too got the opportunity to work after his debut film Raja Rani.Meanwhile, Vijay is busy with his Atlee Kumar’s sports drama. The shooting of the movie is happening at a brisk pace in the specially-erected sets on the outskirts of Chennai.The untitled movie, which marks the third union of Vijay with Atlee after Theri and Mersal, is scheduled for release for Diwali 2019. The AGS Entertainment-funded movie has Nayanthara as the female lead and Jackie Shroff as the villain.last_img read more

LinkedIn to partner with Oracle to attract engage and retain employees

first_imglinkedinREUTERSCloud major Oracle on Wednesday said it entered into a partnership with professional networking platform LinkedIn to help HR teams attract, engage and retain employees.A series of new integrations between Oracle’s Human Capital Management Cloud (Oracle HCM Cloud) and Taleo Enterprise Edition, and LinkedIn, will help HR teams to grow their talent pool and increase career development opportunities, Oracle said.”The world of work is rapidly changing, and this is creating new opportunities and challenges for talent leaders,” Scott Roberts, Vice President of Business Development, LinkedIn, said in a statement.”We are excited to be working with Oracle to create better solutions to make hiring and developing talent as seamless and effective as possible,” Roberts added.The new integrations enable HR teams to take a holistic view of their talent’s experience, skills, and career aspirations in order to achieve a meaningful alignment between each employee’s job responsibilities and an organisation’s overall business objectives.They improve the candidate experience by enabling them to apply for a job via Oracle Recruiting Cloud or Taleo Enterprise Edition and identify and contact (via InMail) their LinkedIn connections who can best refer them for that job.”The rapidly changing global talent market is forcing organisations across industries to rethink how they attract, engage and retain employees,” said Nagaraj Nadendla, Group Vice President, Product Development, Oracle.last_img read more

3 Baltimore Neighborhoods to Share a 5 Million Award to Address Mental

first_imgAndy Masters, youth health and wellness coordinator for Baltimore City indicated that on Sept. 7 at an evening meeting at Douglas War Memorial Church in West Baltimore, The Baltimore City Health Department was awarded a $5 million grant by the The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) a federal government agency.The grant, to be used over the next five years, will target three Baltimore City neighborhoods: Sandtown-Winchester, Penn-North, and Upton Druid Heights. The health department plans to increase trauma-informed care and community development in alignment with the violence prevention program, ‘Safe Streets’.The multi-million dollar funding opportunity, Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST), was announced by SAMHSA in April. In May, the city health department formed ‘ReCAST West Baltimore’, a group of representatives from community organizations, to assist in applying for the federal ReCAST grant in June.“We gave a budget for one year, which is typical, but we will get $3 million dollars up front that will support three years of implementation,” said Masters at the meeting.Typically, federal programs require grant renewal every year. However, this grant will only have to be renewed on year four and five. This method ensures that regardless of who wins the Baltimore mayoral election in November, the money will stay in these communities.“This is an upfront investment that is going to withstand any administration,” said Masters.During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Maryland received $77.9 million to address mental health and substance abuse, according to SAMHSA’s website. The most recent funding awards Baltimore  received from SAMSHA were $1.6 million to address underage drinking and $2.7 million to increase permanent housing and treatment services for the homeless with mental health and substance abuse problems.The SAMHSA grant is not the only funding flowing into these neighborhoods. Recently, Renaissance Academy, a public high school in Sandtown, received over $350,000 from the U.S. Department of Education after the stabbing death of a student in a classroom last year, according to the Baltimore Sun.The Baltimore City Health Department will serve as a financial steward for the funds. However, to implement the grant, ‘ReCAST West Baltimore’ plans to align with community partners, hire a program manager with a base salary of $60,000, and organize a 15-person community board.“We decided that there should be a community board to make final decisions on the allocation of resources,” said Dayvon Love, ‘ReCAST West Baltimore’ member and director of public policy of the advocacy group Leaders of A Beautiful Struggle.‘ReCAST West Baltimore’ plans to complete a needs assessment by December and a community strategic plan and formal plan by March. According to the group’s operating principles: “Over the grant period, funding will be shifted to include smaller, community-led organizations.“We want to talk about aligning not just dollars, but community programs,” said Masters during the meeting, restating the sentiment.The next ‘ReCAST West Baltimore’ meeting to continue planning for the use of the grant will be  5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 21 at William Pinderhughes Elementary School on Gold Street.last_img read more

Bringing the best of classical music to Delhi

first_imgTeamwork Arts, a pioneering entertainment company, renowned for curating innovative and experiential events in association with ‘The Raag Mantra Music Foundation’ is organising ‘The Raag Mantra Festival’ – bringing the best of Indian classical music to iconic heritage venues across India.On December 9, under Delhi’s architectural landmark – the Qutb Minar, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Rashid Khan, and Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan will take the stage for a concert which has been twenty years in the making. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSet against the backdrop of the Qutb Minar, this unforgettable musical night is the first in series of concerts showcasing Indian classical music against scenic heritage venues across India. Commenting on this initiative, Sanjoy K Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, said, “Our musical legacy has survived due to patrons and speaking as a serious music enthusiast, I am eagerly looking forward to a magical night created by these three maestros. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the discerning audience of Delhi for giving us the strength and support to initiate new projects time and time again.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIndian classical music is timeless, ethereal and steeped in history and legend. It is the embodiment of India’s cultural legacy and takes one back to durbar evenings in Mughal courts when musicians would serenade royalty and the aristocracy. ‘The Raag Mantra Music Festival’ seeks to recreate the magic of those evenings by bringing stellar Indian classical musicians to venues synonymous with India’s heritage. Ustad Zakir Hussain, one of the performers for the evening, is a classical tabla virtuoso who plays with uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, rooted in formidable knowledge and study. He is a Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee. Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan on the other hand is a classical sitar player and member of the illustrious Etawah gharana. He also claims roots in the Imdadkhani gharana which is credited with the development of the surbahar as well as structural changes to the sitar itself. He is Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee. And lastly, Ustad Rashid Khan is a Hindustani classical vocalist who practices Rampur-Sahaswan gayaki, which is closely related to the Gwalior gharana. He has recorded film scores, performed on several albums and has worked with AR Rahman and Shankar Ehsan Loy. He is a Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee.last_img read more

Samsung Antennagate Galaxy Tablet Has Big WiFi Issue

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoForbes.comSerena Williams Definitely Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisement Another day, another Samsung design flaw.Credit: SamsungSeveral people have taken to social media sites to complain that their Galaxy Tab S5e devices are suffering from a design flaw that kills their Wi-Fi connectivity. The problem appears to happen when they hold their hands over the bottom-left  corner of the tablet when they’re holding it horizontally. It would appear that the hand is covering the corner and a Wi-Fi antenna sitting inside. Before long, Wi-Fi is disconnected.According to those people, whose accounts SamMobile earlier reported on, Wi-Fi is restored when they move their hands off the corner. Indeed, the best solution to the problem is to not cover that one corner.If all this sounds familiar, it’s because Apple dealt with a similar problem several years ago in its iPhone 4. In that case, users were holding the iPhone in ways that covered a small gap in the device’s spine that allowed for cellular connectivity. When they did so, they lost all cellular connectivity.Apple acknowledged the problem and ultimately released a bumper case that created a small gap between the user’s hand and the spine, allowing cellular connectivity to go on uninterrupted.SamMobile tested the flaw in the Galaxy Tab S5e and said that it doesn’t always cause a complete drop in signal. Instead, there are times when the signal strength will drop, but connectivity is still available. But even with a signal drop, you could still have a far less appealing Netflix experience when using the tablet.So, what can actually be done to sidestep the problem? Unfortunately, not much.If there is indeed a design flaw in the Galaxy Tab S5e, software won’t fix the problem. At this point, the only fix users have come up with is to move their hands. It’s not necessarily a big deal, of course, but it’s an annoyance that Samsung will hopefully respond to at some point in the future.Samsung did not immediately respond to a LAPTOP request for comment.Our Favorite Tablets for Work and Playlast_img read more

Voyager Travel buys Lets Go Australia to boost Japanese business

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> In a bid to boost West Australian and Japanese travel markets, Australian-based TMC, Voyager Travel Corporation today announced the acquisition of corporate and luxury leisure company, Lets Go Australia.Lets GO Australia, focussing on West Australian and Japanese speaking markets, will now provide its entire corporate client base to Voyager Travel, which will further enhance services with its in-house online booking engine, Serko and business intelligence reporting tool, Zuno. “The acquisition of Lets Go Australia helps cement Voyager Travel Corporation as one of the top corporate agencies in Western Australia and the resources sector overall,” Voyager Travel, CEO, Richard Savva said.“Acquiring Lets Go Australia allows Voyager to provide specialised Japan travel services such as fluent Japanese speaking consultants and direct booking and ticketing capabilities for the Japan Rail Network to organisations with Japanese senior executives based in Australia and companies who conduct business in Japan.”Lets Go Australia already employs dedicated Japanese speaking staff, which Voyager Travel expect will leverage across its offices to ensure service standards remain high, according to the company. “One thing that will not change is Voyager Travel Corporation’s commitment to personal service to our clients.  Voyager provides complete accountability with our 100 percent service guarantee backed up by a team of professional travel consultants, each with an average of over 16 years of travel experience. We look forward to welcoming Lets Go Australia’s customers into the Voyager fold,” Mr Savva said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Tia Fuller, fierce woman in jazz, takes shot at 1st Grammy by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2019 12:40 pm PDT NEW YORK — Saxophonist Tia Fuller is nominated for her first-ever Grammy Award — but it’s not just any nomination: Her inclusion in the best jazz instrumental album category is a historic moment for women because they have rarely been nominated for the coveted award throughout the Grammys’ 61-year history.And if Fuller wins, she becomes just the second women to take home the prize.When she found out about the nomination for “Diamond Gold,” she cried in her bed while praising God.It’s yet another career highlight for skilled performer, who once played with Ray Charles as a college student and toured with Beyonce.___Online:Homelast_img read more

Rep Wentworth holds first Military and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting

first_img28Feb Rep. Wentworth holds first Military and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today held the first meeting of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.The committee heard testimony on a bill to require veteran employment preference at state veteran homes.“Today’s meeting was incredibly valuable in educating committee members about the importance of veterans caring for veterans,” said Rep. Wentworth, a U.S. Army veteran and former regional coordinator for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. “I look forward to taking on many more veteran issues with my colleagues on this committee as the year progresses. “One of my main priorities for this committee is to help improve the way we deliver benefits and services to our states veterans”The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee meets weekly on Thursdays at noon in room 327 of the House Office Building. The purpose of the committee is to deliberate on various policy issues that relate to the state’s veterans and military members.### Categories: Wentworth Newslast_img read more