George Harrison’s Estate Launches Label Featuring Works of Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan

first_imgThe estate of The Beatles member George Harrison has launched a new record label, called HariSongs, featuring Indian classical and world music. The label will use archives from the Harrison family, including the musician’s performances with some famous Indian maestros like Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan.The first two projects of HariSongs will be reissues of two recently out-of-print records: Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan’s In Concert 1972, and Shankar’s collaboration with Harrison, Chants of India. Both albums were released on April 27.Harrison and Shankar’s collaboration Chants of India was originally released in 1997 via Angel Records. Harrison produced the album, which was recorded by Shankar in Chennai and Henley-on-Thames in the United Kingdom. Shankar had drawn inspiration from sacred Sanskrit texts, including the Vedas and Upanishads. The audio for this reissue was sourced and remastered from the original digital master tapes.The new record label also released a short documentary about the making of the album, which features archival interviews with Shankar and Harrison. Shankar can be seen discussing the deeply personal and spiritual nature of the mantras that comprise the album, and what it took to adapt them into songs for the public.“I was in a terrific dilemma not knowing whether I’m doing the right thing,” Shankar said. “You’re not supposed to utter these mantras for everyone. They’re you’re personal thing… I worked very hard and that’s why it took me the longest ever to do [this] record, but in this I had to do a lot of self-evaluating,” he adds.In Concert 1972 was recorded on Oct. 8, 1972 by Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan at New York City’s Philharmonic Hall. The duo performed three ragas in the jugalbandi style, a duet of two solo musicians. Shankar played sitar and Khan played sarod, while Alla Rakha provided tabla accompaniment. The concert was also a tribute to Khan’s father, Allauddin Khan, who had died a month earlier. He was a musical mentor to both his son and Shankar.In Concert 1972 was first released in 1973 by The Beatles’ Apple Records. Harrison produced the record alongside Zakir Hussain and Phil McDonald. The new digital version of the record was sourced and remastered from the original analogue master tapes. It can be streamed and downloaded at https://harisongs.lnk.to/In-Concert-72.Harrison, who visited India in the 1960s, fell in love with the the sitar and Indian classical music. He met sitar maestro Ravi Shankar in the mid-1960s and was taught by him to play the instrument.“It is strange to see pop musicians with sitars. I was confused at first. It had so little to do with our classical music. When George Harrison came to me, I didn’t know what to think,” recalled Shankar. “But I found he really wanted to learn. I never thought our meeting would cause such an explosion, that Indian music would suddenly appear on the pop scene,” Shankar said, according to a Wall Street Journal article. Related ItemsMusicRavi Shankarthe beatleslast_img read more

New Zealand recall Corey Anderson for ODI series vs India

first_imgAllrounder Corey Anderson has been recalled to the New Zealand cricket team for its one-day matches against India next month. (Also Read: New Zealand will have to play better to beat India, says Luke Ronchi)Anderson hasn’t played for New Zealand since February because of a back injury, but demonstrated his fitness in three matches for a New Zealand XI against an Emerging XI at Christchurch last week.Batsman Anton Devcich, allrounder Jimmy Neesham and wicketkeeper B.J. Watling have also been recalled to the 15-man squad for the five-match series that begins at Dharamsala on October 16.Chief selector Gavin Larsen said Anderson’s “superb professionalism throughout his rehab process has led to this point and it’s a credit to him and the hard work he’s put in.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma chill with AB de Villiers and family ahead of DC clash

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli was on Sunday spotted hanging out with his wife Anushka Sharma and teammate AB de Villiers in Bengaluru with the South African cricketer’s wife and kids also joining them.Kohli was seen playing with de Villiers’s kids as they enjoyed a lazy Sunday afternoon before gearing up for the must-win match against Delhi Capitals at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.Time is running out very quickly for Virat Kohli’s team with RCB yet to taste success in the Indian Premier League 2019 season so far.In charge of a house in complete disorder, Kohli will hope that Royal Challengers Bangalore play in the manner that defines his cricket, when they meet Delhi Capitals in the IPL Sunday.RCB have suffered five straight losses in this edition, while the visitors are coming into the game with two wins and three reverses. After losing the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders Friday, RCB’s position has become precarious, and they have to win almost all their remaining games to keep their chances alive.Despite AB de Villiers and Kohli striking form by scoring 63 and 84 respectively, RCB bowlers failed to restrict KKR, who was powered by Andre Russell’s explosive knock.The defeat left Kohli frustrated, and the batting mainstay called it “unacceptable”. The Jamaican walloped 29 runs in the penultimate over, which helped the visitors pull off a sensational victory. Apart from Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi, all other RCB bowlers have not been among the wickets and conceded far too many runs, which Kohli admitted in the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementAgainst KKR, they leaked 66 runs in the last four overs. RCB’s batting has also been dismal. In their first match against Chennai Super Kings, RCB were bowled out for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs after their top-order crumbled against Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir.Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the RCB bowlers allowed SRH to post a mammoth 232 with centuries from Jonny Bairstow and David Warner.RCB then collapsed to an embarrassing 35 for six by the eighth over, with Kohli and de Villiers contributing just four runs between them. In the end, they were skittled out for 113 to lose the match by a massive 118 runs.Against Rajasthan Royals too, the RCB top-order failed. The RCB think-tank would now be hoping that their top-order batsmen come out good against DC. Delhi have their fair share of worries, having lost three games.Also Read | Virat Kohli becomes all-time leading IPL scorer during 49-ball 84 Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli 2nd Indian batsman to score 8000 runs in T20 cricketAlso Read | IPL 2019: RCB arguably the biggest franchise in world cricket, says Marcus Stoinislast_img read more

Salman Khan and Disha Patani in Bharat song Slow Motion teaser is just Sultan’s 440 Volt

first_imgSalman Khan has shared a 20-second teaser for Slow Motion, a song from his upcoming film Bharat, which is scheduled to be released on Thursday. The first look of the song is similar to Lag Gaye 440 Volt from Salman’s 2016 film Sultan. Interestingly, the film was also directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.In the teaser, Salman Khan is seen dancing with Disha Patani, who is playing a trapeze artist in Bharat. Salman Khan took to his social media handles to release the teaser. He wrote, “Life slow-motion mein jaane wali hai (Life is about to go into slow motion).”Watch Sultan’s 440 Volt here: Salman Khan will be seen donning five looks in the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial. Going by Salman Khan’s looks in the song, it seems it is set in 1960s. In a yellow sari, Disha Patani is looking like a sultry diva. The song is composed by Vishal-Shekhar and lyrics have been penned by Irshad Kamil.Bharat is an adaptation of the Korean film An Ode To My Father. Apart from Salman and Disha, it stars Katrina Kaif, Tabu and Sunil Grover as well. In the film, Salman sports five different looks.Bharat will release on Eid, June 5.Watch the trailer here:Over the past few days, Salman Khan has released all five of his looks in separate posters.advertisementALSO READ | Bharat director Ali Abbas Zafar: Salman Khan is a deep, mature and beautiful actorAlso Read | Bharat new poster: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif take you 30 years back in timeALSO READ | Bharat first poster: Salman Khan rocks salt-and-pepper look in Ali Abbas Zafar’s filmALSO READ | Katrina Kaif looks as fresh as ever in the latest still from Salman Khan’s BharatALSO WATCH | Katrina Kaif talks about her experience being a superstarlast_img read more

Spurs condemn Chelsea to Europa League hell

first_imgChelsea Tottenham all but condemn Chelsea to the hell of the Europa League Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 01:11 4/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Antonio Conte Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Opinion As Arsenal and Manchester United have discovered in recent seasons, the plight of a top team appears complete when the Champions League disappears This is the kind of match they have in mind when they speak about six-pointers. Win and get within two points. Lose and fall back to eight. Chelsea were effectively playing for their Champions League lives at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Make no mistake this has been an abject season for them from the very start up to now. To lose to Tottenham Hotspur at home for the first time in the Premier League era just about caps it off.Chelsea fans took such relish two seasons ago when ending Spurs’s title hopes here at Stamford Bridge. Well this, then, was payback. And to have done it from a goal down demonstrated a resoluteness many thought was absent in Mauricio Pochettino’s team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Before today they had won only one of 11 matches in the top flight this term when falling behind. It says plenty about their guts but also Chelsea’s deficiencies that they were able to get it done again here to record their first ever Premier League win at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea may have led 1-0 but it would take a very myopic supporter to claim they were the better team at any stage of proceedings. Antonio Conte was content to have his men sit in and defend with as many as 10 behind the ball. Spurs were therefore unable to find any gaps to exploit.Having gone one-up courtesy of Alvaro Morata, Chelsea’s task was clear. There was discipline in the defending, both individually and as a team. The only thing they would have to worry about were shots from distance when Spurs ran out of ideas.Christian Eriksen had hit a couple of sighters before unloading another just before half-time. And just like that, his dipper found the vulnerability in the Chelsea armour.Willy Caballero got into the Argentina team via an injury to the first-choice goalkeeper last week and conceded five times against Spain. Here he was deputising for Thibaut Courtois and looked startled when he caught sight of Eriksen’s shot coming his way.The game turned and Spurs seized on Chelsea’s hesitancy.Eric Dier Tottenham Eden Hazard Chelsea 01042018Maybe N’Golo Kante could have closed the playmaker down quicker to avoid the shot at goal. The French midfielder could be forgiven for that misjudgement given Erik Lamela was loitering nearby, but for the crucial second goal Morata simply did not get close enough to stop Eric Dier from finding his great friend Dele Alli with a long, raking through ball.Don’t let that detail detract from what was a world class goal. Dier’s pass was on the money and Alli’s speed of execution and accuracy of finish were both stupendous. It was a glorious moment for a young player dealing with scorn from the stands and with the disappointment of losing his place in the England team; a reminder if needed that while he may be enduring a difficult season the talent still remains.Eriksen was similarly brilliant in finding Son Heung-min, who ran to set up Alli’s second in three minutes and quench the game as a contest. Where Spurs could find no space on the outside in the first half, they found it crucially for the third goal when Marcos Alonso was found wanting. Chelsea made a mess of defending the ball in the box with Andreas Christensen and Caballero again fluffing and failing to clear.Christian Eriksen TottenhamBy that stage though Chelsea’s plan had unravelled. It’s been that kind of season. Mis-steps in the summer transfer market – and in January for that matter – have left the champions with a lack of depth. That was summed up when youth product Callum Hudson-Odoi was summoned from the bench to replace Morata with three minutes to go. Chelsea neglected to improve in quality with only Antonio Rudiger among the new faces this season coming close to acquitting himself.So back Chelsea go to the Europa League. It is Hades for top teams. Arsenal and Manchester United both discovered that in recent seasons. With Liverpool and Tottenham having improved so much in recent seasons there is simply no way for contending teams in the top six to be allowed to stumble and stutter into the Champions League like in seasons gone by.The stakes are too high and the price of failure spelt in a season of Thursday – Sunday fixtures. Chelsea will find out all about that next season, whether Conte is here or not. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Chinese Court Orders Liquidation of STX Dalian

first_imgzoom Intermediate People’s Court in Dalian has ordered STX (Dalian) Shipyard to enter bankruptcy liquidation on March 13, South Korea’s STX Corporation, the parent company of the bankrupt shipbuilder, said in a stock announcement.Unable to pay off its debts within due dates, STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding, China’s biggest foreign-funded shipbuilder, filed for bankruptcy reorganisation across its six branches in June 2014, laying off 10,000 of its employees in the process.As the reorganisation was unsuccessful, the court ordered bankruptcy liquidation, which will lead to the lay-off of the remaining employees at STX Dalian.The analysts say that STX Dalian was a hard sale due to its CNY 20 billion (USD 3.2bn) in total liabilities.Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) had been rumoured to have acquired STX Dalian, but the purchase was denied by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, the parent company of DSIC.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Awakening your soul

first_imgIt’s almost impossible to avoid using all animal products; if you’re still causing animal suffering without realizing it, what’s the point? It is impossible to live your life without causing some harm; we’ve all accidentally stepped on ants or breathed in gnats, but that doesn’t mean we should intentionally cause unnecessary harm. Just because you might accidentally hit someone with your car is no reason to run someone over on purpose. Does milking a cow hurt the cow? Also Read – Feel what you fearMost cow owners do not wash their hands, do not have soft hands or do not milk gently. Nor do they put any cream or lotion on the udders afterwards. More than 50 per cent of cows’ udders become sore. They suffer from mastitis, an infection of the udders that cause swelling and makes milking very painful. Are guinea pigs suited to the hot temperatures such as in India? The ideal temperature range for a Guinea pig is between 18-25 degrees Celsius. Anything above or below this range can lead to your pet Guinea pig becoming stressed. In hot weathers such as in many parts of India, Guinea pigs can suffer from heat stress, lethargy, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and dehydration. Even though your Guinea pig might not display very obvious signs of being affected by the heat, hot climate can take a considerable toll on your pet’s health. So before adopting a Guinea pig, please ensure that the climate where you live is suitable for your pet as well. Also Read – HomecomingMy rabbit’s teeth are misaligned and he/she is constantly drooling. Should I be concerned? Misaligned teeth along with signs of drooling, frequent dropping of food, lack of appetite, wet fur around the mouth etc. can be a sign of something serious like Malocclusions. Teeth are a vital part of the rabbit’s digestive system so dental problems can lead to more serious conditions. If you see any of these symptoms, it is better to get your rabbit checked out by a pet so that you can catch any problem early and fix the problem before it gets worse. How can I test the water in my aquarium? There are several water test kits on the market that are available from most good pet shops. We recommend that you regularly test the pH, ammonia (NH4), nitrite (NO2), nitrate (NO3) and dissolved oxygen (DO) levels. It is important that the ammonia and nitrite are at a very low concentration, and that the pH is stable. The nitrate level is less critical because it is not dangerous to fish unless at very high levels. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to manekaanimallove@gmail.com)last_img read more

Casablanca Ranks First Emerging Global Financial Hub report

Rabat- Casablanca was ranked first among the places being tipped by experts and finance professionals as the emerging global financial hubs likely to become significant in the future.In a recent Global Financial Center Index (GFCI) report published earlier this year, Casablanca’s ranking was still relatively low overall (62 out of 83). Yet, asked about the cities they believed will likely become more significant in the next few years, most finance professionals ranked the Moroccan metropolitan in the first position.“They’re putting a lot of work into it there,” said Mark Yeandle, associate director of Z/Yen Group, the company who published the GFCI report. “They have a sensible budget and a good team.” Casablanca aims to reach the objective of becoming the next big thing in global financial centers through its Casablanca Finance City Authority), which according to Hicham Zegrary, director of operations and institutional affairs at the CFCA, operates as “the gateway between Europe and Africa, and aims to take advantage of its geographical position and also act as a hub for North, West and Central Africa.”“The CFCA is working hard to position Casablanca as an international financial center by building its technology infrastructure and improving the legal environment in which business is done,” Zegrary added according to CNN.CFCA says it has managed to attract business heavyweights and over 100 companies, including BNP Paribas, American International Group (AIG), Clifford Chance, Silk Invest and Boston Consulting Group to name a few.Casablanca ranked first ahead of Busan (South Korea), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Shanghai (China), Kuala Lumpur (Singapore), Dalian (China), Dubai (UAE), Qatar and Luxembourg.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

DR Congo UN envoy welcomes progress on Kivus while urging more action

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Alan Doss, speaking in Goma on Saturday, hailed the creation of a temporary ceasefire monitoring mechanism, which has as its focal point the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC).He also welcomed a recent Government order creating official follow-up bodies on the agreements, the reinforcement of MONUC blue helmets on the ground, and the transfer of the mission’s general headquarters from Kisangani to Goma. Mr. Doss called on all armed groups to respect the agreements, warning that signing alone would not automatically restore order in the Kivus. He emphasized the need to make good on all aspects of the agreement and reaffirmed MONUC’s readiness to monitor the ceasefire on the ground.The UN-backed Conference on Peace, Security and Development, held in Goma, North Kivu, ended with the signing on 22 January of ‘Actes d’engagement’ committing the Government and armed groups to end their hostilities.The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has estimated that over there are 800,000 displaced people in the North Kivu who have been uprooted either by last year’s fighting or previous conflicts. 11 February 2008The senior United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed progress in the follow-up to last month’s agreements on restoring order in the troubled Kivus, where fighting has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee in recent months. read more

Visiting UN Force in southern Lebanon Annan urges all sides to respect

Mr. Annan travelled to the south after meeting yesterday with Lebanese leaders in Beirut and on arriving at the base of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) at Naqoura, he was briefed on the latest situation by Force Commander Major-General Alain Pellegrini and other senior staff.“Both parties have to respect the ceasefire…Parties with complaints on the ground, they should come to General Pellegrini, not take matters into their own hands…It’s a bit like having a football match where one of the teams also attempts to play the referee. You cannot be a team in a football match and the referee at the same time,” he told reporters.The Secretary-General also took part in a wreath laying ceremony to honour almost 300 UNIFIL staff who have been killed since the mission was set up in 1978, after which he visited several UN positions on the so-called Blue Line that separates Lebanon and Israel.“This has been a great opportunity for me to come to Naqoura to thank the women and men of UNIFIL under the leadership of Major-General Alain Pellegrini for the wonderful work they have done,” Mr. Annan said.“Since the UN came here, we have lost almost 300 people in the service of peace. During this recent crisis, General Pellegrini and his men were remarkable. They could all have asked us to be redeployed and to get them out of harms way but they knew that the time will come when they will be needed to help the civilian population.”Mr. Annan headed next to Israel for the next stage of his shuttle diplomacy to bolster the Security Council resolution that ended the 34 days of fighting between Hizbollah and Israel on 14 August.After meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora yesterday, Mr Annan urged Israel to immediately lift the blockade of Lebanon and also renewed his call for Hizbollah to free two Israeli soldiers, whose capture on 12 July triggered the fighting. read more

Big Ten play brings new challenge for Buckeyes

The Ohio State football team’s season changes Saturday as it enters Big Ten play against Illinois. “It’s going to be a battle every week,” defensive lineman Cameron Heyward said. “The Big Ten is very physical, very smash-mouth, and we have a lot we have to improve on if we want to be Big Ten champions.” If the team accomplishes that goal, it will win a record sixth-straight Big Ten crown. The significance is not lost on the players. “It’s the Big Ten,” wide receiver DeVier Posey said. “It means a lot and we take that very seriously in the locker room and very seriously around the Woody (Hayes Athletic Center).” With the start of Big Ten play also comes the first road game for OSU. “It’s exciting to go on the road,” Coach Jim Tressel said. “We lose many of the advantages we’ve had for the last four games … but our guys like challenges and I think they’re anxious to get on the road.” Some players emphasized the importance of focus in games away from the Horseshoe. “It’s just a matter of going in, knowing that things might be a little different in preparation, but when we get on the field it’s going to be the same,” kicker Devin Barclay said. Others pointed to the importance of experience and leadership. “We have a veteran group, so you know we have guys that have traveled before,” Posey said. “I feel like Coach Tressel and the coaching staff have done a great job preparing us for all types of elements.” Lack of preparation might have been a factor in the Buckeyes’ only Big Ten loss last season against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. OSU entered that game ranked No. 7 in the country and lost 26-18 to the unranked Boilermakers. “We won’t talk about Purdue,” Tressel said. “You would hope those (players) … would still have the understanding very deep in their soul that you better be prepared when you’re on the road.” Whether at home or on the road, the team knows every game in the Big Ten is important. “With the Big Ten coming, you can’t take nothing for granted,” running back Jordan Hall said. “One slip and our dreams are gone.” Coaches and players are looking forward to the challenge. “Now we’re just getting ready to start the rough period, and that will really determine if we can maintain,” Tressel said. “I feel confident we can, but we’ll have to see.” Quarterback Terrelle Pryor is excited about tackling the difficult task ahead. “The fun starts this week,” he said. read more

Mbappés injury is nothing serious

first_imgKylian Mbappé scored the only goal of his team in France’s last 1-1 draw against the USA and he picked up a knock from this game as well – but he revealed that it was nothing serious.The young French striker wasn’t happy with the latest result but he insisted that his team have a week to work on a couple of things before the World Cup will start and this match can serve as a good example.The PSG player spoke about this game and his injury as he said, according to Sports NDTV:Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…“Ice packs? No, it is just a knock. I hit the ball poorly and I fell — it is nothing serious. It will be treated, and it will go away,”This draw on Saturday will serve us well — it is encouraging. We wanted to win, of course, but we saw what we were missing from a match similar to a group stage encounter.”“My goal? It was decent. I think that I have moved up through the gears during these friendlies — I have more and more pace. I was decisive and did what was asked of me.”last_img read more

To Plan Ports Future City Looks to Current Users

first_imgA diagram of the proposed upgrades includes wider crane rails (black dotted line), new piling and reshaping (blue shaded area) and larger vessels that might use the facility (outlined in water). (Courtesy: City of Unalaska)Unalaska is preparing to spend tens of millions of dollars to upgrade the aging Port of Dutch Harbor. The hope is to serve bigger ships and more of them — but the companies that use the dock right now aren’t so sure that big changes are needed.Download AudioOn Wednesday night, Unalaska’s city council chambers were full of the dock workers, fuelers and cargo companies that have worked in Dutch Harbor for 25 years, exporting seafood and importing freight.They were there to weigh in as the city gets ready to remodel the port for the future. The $44 million plan involves replacing rotten pilings under the dock that serves container ships, barges and catcher-processors — and adding anything new that those companies want to see.That might include a setup for a bigger cargo crane — one to reach further across wider ships. The current crane is on 50-gauge rails, meaning spaced 50 feet apart. Some ports, including Anchorage, have upped that to 100 feet.Marion Davis is a vice president for Horizon Lines, the main domestic shipper in Dutch Harbor. They own the current crane, and Davis called into Wednesday’s meeting to say the 50-foot spacing works just fine.“A lot of ports are huge ports. So they might have six, eight, ten lanes of trucks underneath the crane. Therefore, you need the room underneath the crane. Dutch will never have that,” he said. “So a 50-gage crane should be sufficient no matter what you do.”He did suggest bringing in a new 50-gage crane built for a wider reach. But that’s not part of the city’s project — any new cranes would have to come from the users, like Horizon.They were the city’s official shipping partner when the dock was first built. But that contract fell apart a few years ago. In March, the city council voted not to seek a new one — from Horizon, or anyone else.Horizon still gets a guaranteed spot for their weekly mail and grocery delivery, according to a recent letter from the city. But otherwise, the dock space is up for grabs.That means power is an open question, too. Right now, the port runs mostly on diesel — but Doug Leggett, the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in Unalaska, asked if the city’s electrical grid could handle more ships or cranes plugging in.“I’ve spent plenty of time watching and breathing that exhaust, and I think most of us don’t realize how much pollution they pump into town when they’re sitting there,” he said. “The wind’s blowing, and you don’t see it, but it’s a lot.”Other dock workers brought up cosmetic issues — like bad drainage, bumpy concrete and safety issues that need repairing. And they talked about the best spot for a new warehouse that barges and seafood companies could share.All that helps the companies at the dock right now — but much of the plan still centers on the idea that more, bigger traffic is on the way. Longshoremen like Jeff Hancock were skeptical.“I mean, you’ve got an outline of a gigantic, large, 1,200-foot vessel there at the dock,” he said, indicating a concept drawing showing different sizes of ships. “In what realistic thinking would we ever have a vessel of that size here, that we needed … to work the number of containers that that would be? … In what reality would we ever need that much capacity at this port?”“No ice in the Arctic,” answered Dennis Robinson, a longshoreman and former city councilor.Robinson is talking about the biggest unknown in upgrading Dutch Harbor: Will melting Arctic ice — and more Arctic infrastructure — really create that much demand from new shipping companies?If it will, they didn’t show up on Wednesday to say so. But city ports director Peggy McLaughlin says she heard enough to move the designs forward — and to keep working on a funding plan. She needs to break ground by 2017 for permitting reasons.“We’re building and replacing a deteriorating facility for the current users,” she said after Wednesday’s meeting. “And there certainly are users that are being turned away because of timing issues and dock schedules that will be able to utilize this proposed design.”For now, the port’s oldest tenants will drive that design — and McLaughlin hopes it’ll leave room for those waiting in the wings.The city and PND Engineers are taking public comment on the preliminary designs through May 29, and will hold a follow-up public meeting later this summer. You can catch a rebroadcast of Wednesday’s planning meeting on Channel 8 this Sunday, May 3 at 5 p.m.last_img read more

Official says Dallas Seavey sleddog mistreatment claims are unfounded

first_imgAn animal welfare official said claims that musher Dallas Seavey mistreats his sled-dogs are unfounded.Listen nowOn Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough said an Animal Care officer visited Seavey’s Willow kennel last weekend to investigate. According to the Borough, Officer Nick Uphus closed his investigation after failing to find any evidence of neglect or cruelty. In the release, Borough Mayor Vern Halter, himself a musher, called the claims “absolutely false.”The allegations from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, surfaced last week after an Iditarod veteran wrote on her blog that she’d heard stories of mistreatment in Seavey’s kennel. The accusations came on the heels of news that four of Seavey’s dogs had tested positive for a banned painkiller after last year’s Iditarod. PETA quickly seized on both incidents as evidence of abusive practices in mushing, which the organization has long condemned. The group requested that the Alaska Department of Public Safety look into the abuse claims. DPS spokesperson Tim Despain said the State Troopers’ case into Seavey’s kennel practices is still open, but expected to be closed in the next couple days.Seavey did not return a message left seeking comment.In a statement, a PETA executive said the organization will submit a public records request to local officials to gather more information.last_img read more

Nonprofit brings veterans with disabilities to Skagway for weekend of excursions

first_imgMission Objective Outdoors Vice President Brian Leipold. (from Mission Objective Outdoors Facebook Page)A Skagway non-profit will host a group of wounded veterans from Fairbanks this September for a weekend of nature excursions. Mission Objective Outdoors was created earlier this year to provide support for veterans with disabilities and challenge them to be active in the great outdoors.Listen nowBack in February, David Moncibaiz was talking about plans for retirement with his friend Brian Leipold. During that conversation, they came up with a plan to create a non-profit to help veterans who were wounded during their service. Moncibaiz said they got to work on the project immediately.“By the end of the day, we had a name and we had already submitted paperwork to become a non-profit and put in the 501(c)(3) paperwork,” Moncibaiz said. “Next thing you know we’re taking steps to start raising funds and the City of Skagway started backing us 100 percent.”Both Moncibaiz and Leipold are veterans themselves and were wounded in the line of duty.Life after the military can be hard for any veteran, but Moncibaiz said it can be particularly difficult to adjust to civilian life when soldiers leave the military unexpectedly due to an injury.“When you get out of the military, especially when some guys weren’t ready to get out and they got out because of an injury, life hits you and it hits you hard,” Moncibaiz said. “But in the military, you are taken into a family, and then sometimes a lot of these guys that do get hurt are separated from that family rather quickly, and that can kind of be a shock to your system.”But Moncibaiz said that Skagway has been the perfect environment to transition out of the military and into everyday life.“There’s not a lot of stress here. There’s not a lot of stuff to worry about here,” Moncibaiz said. “You can be outdoors and kind of… You know, it makes you want to be able to get out and be your better self, be able to do the stuff that you used to do when you weren’t broken. This place has just changed my life, and it’s changed Brian’s life as well, and we wanted to put that out there to other disabled veterans and let them experience it as well. Hopefully, it will help them out like it’s helped us.”For their first project, Mission Objective Outdoors is hosting the Skagway Experience 2018. The event brings six veterans from Fairbanks to Skagway for a weekend of hikes, glacier tours, zip-lining and river floats.Moncibaiz says the Skagway Elks have been instrumental in making the trip possible. The trip is funded through a grant from the Alaska State Elks Association.“We covered lodging, cover flights, food, and putting these guys on excursions, and we’re going to hang out and just treat these guys to, I’m sure, a well-needed vacation and hopefully make some lifetime brothers,” Moncibaiz said. “Everything’s coming together really great.”Moncibaiz said they will do the Skagway Experience every year, but he wants to expand Mission Objective Outdoors with trips to other areas of Alaska and even the Lower 48. He hopes this will help foster a sense of belonging for injured veterans.“We want to make sure that they know that they’re not alone. That we’re still here for them and we’re still working through our disabilities,” Moncibaiz said. “Even though we can’t be in the military, we still have to challenge ourselves. We have to get out in the great outdoors, do some hiking, do some hunting, do some fishing, and have that camaraderie and still be able to challenge ourselves and challenge each other.”The six veterans from Fairbanks will be in Skagway from September 13th to the 16th. You can visit the Mission Objective Outdoors Facebook page to learn more about the organization.last_img read more

World Airline Awards 2019 Indigo voted 8th among worlds best lowcost airlines

first_imgGurugram-based Indigo has been voted eighth among the world’s best low-cost airlines by the World Airline Awards at the 2019 Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways has been named the world’s best carrier. This is the fifth time that Qatar Airways has surpassed carriers like Emirates and Lufthansa. In addition to the title, the airline won awards for the Best Business Class, the World’s Best Business Class Seat and the Best Airline in the Middle East.Akbar Al Baker, the Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, said, “We are thrilled to be globally recognised by our customers by winning these four prestigious awards. Becoming the first airline to be named as ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time is a landmark achievement.”Singapore Airlines was awarded for having the World’s Best Cabin Crew, World’s Best First Class, the Best Airline in Asia and the World’s Best First Class Seat. IANSQatar Airways was launched in 1997 and has a worldwide network of 160 destinations. It currently has a fleet size of 226 aircraft and 15 corporate jet subsidiaries. The airways have an employee strength of more than 45,000 staff worldwide.The World Airline Awards was introduced in 1990 with the aim of providing a global customer satisfaction study. The awards are otherwise known as “the Oscars of the aviation industry”. The survey attracted a footfall of about 100 nationalities with about 21.65 million eligible entries counted in the results. The survey results featured about 300 airlines in 2018-19.last_img read more

EC publishes gazette for new MPs

first_imgParliament Building. Photo: UNBThe election commission (EC) on Wednesday published the gazette listing the newly elected MPs of the 11th parliament, reports UNB.A letter was sent to the parliament secretary for taking necessary measures to organise the oath-taking ceremony, said EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed.The gazette was published with details of 298 MPs with the EC’s approval.Traditionally, the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected MPs takes place within three days after the publication of the gazette.According to the article 148 (2A) of the Constitution, the newly elected members of parliament are obliged to take oath within three days after the publication of election results through official gazette, or else their memberships will cease to exit.last_img read more

May reaches out to rivals after winning confidence vote

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May makes a statement following winning a confidence vote, after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal, outside 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, on 16 January 2019. Photo: ReutersBritish prime minister Theresa May has reached out to her opponents after narrowly surviving a confidence vote sparked by the crushing defeat in parliament of her Brexit deal.After a tumultuous 24 hours which she admitted voters might find “unsettling”, she conceded the divorce terms she struck with the EU had been roundly rejected, but vowed to work to find an alternative.”Now MPs have made clear what they don’t want, we must all work constructively together to set out what parliament does want,” May said in a televised evening address to the nation.On Tuesday, MPs dealt the prime minister the heaviest drubbing in modern British political history by rejecting the divorce agreement by a stunning 432 votes to 202.But May emerged victorious on Wednesday night in a confidence vote triggered by the opposition Labour party, the first for 26 years, winning 325 votes to 306.She set out a schedule of cross-party talks that began immediately with meetings with the Scottish nationalist, Welsh nationalist and the pro-EU Liberal Democrat leaders.”We must find solutions that are negotiable and command sufficient support in this House,” she had told earlier told parliament.Opposition leaders set out a list of demands for cooperating, including discussing delaying Brexit beyond March 29, and ruling out the possibility that Britain crashes out without any deal at all.Late-night talksThe prime minister is working to the tightest-possible deadline as Britain prepares to leave the bloc that for half a century defined its economic and political relations with the rest of the world.Her defeat sparked warnings from European leaders that the prospect of “no deal” had increased, with the potential for huge economic disruption on both sides of the Channel.May must return to parliament on Monday with a Plan B that she and her team intend to negotiate with various MPs through the weekend.But main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would only meet May if she could “remove clearly, once and for all the prospect of the catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit”.May said she was “disappointed” by Corbyn’s decision and stressed that “our door remains open”.On Wednesday evening her spokesman said the possibility of a “no deal” had not been ruled out.Ian Blackford of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said his party would only participate if she were prepared to consider delaying Brexit, ruling out “no deal” and the option of holding a second referendum.May has flatly rejected a second vote.Her offer to meet with the opposition “rings hollow without evidence of her readiness to compromise on the substance of Brexit”, the Guardian newspaper said, pushing for a “menu of options” to be presented to parliament.Meanwhile the Daily Telegraph warned that parliament “may be planning a betrayal”.”After two-and-a-half years, Plan B is to let parliament take over,” the Telegraph said. “At least it is a plan; but is parliament capable of delivering on the referendum result, or is this the start of a great betrayal of that vote?”Divorce delay? May survived Wednesday thanks to the support of members of her Conservative Party and its Northern Irish allies in the Democratic Union Party (DUP).But more than a third of the Conservatives and all 10 DUP members of parliament voted against her Brexit arrangements on Tuesday — each for their own reason.May will therefore tread carefully as she tries to win over opposition lawmakers — many of whom want to remain in the EU — while also attempting to appease more hardened Brexit-backing coalition partners.She stuck to two key principles on Wednesday: limiting EU migration and pursuing an independent trade policy.Both points rule out Labour hopes of membership of an EU customs union or its single market.Yet she also hinted at the possibility of delaying Brexit.May said the EU would allow this “if it was clear that there was a plan that was moving toward an agreed deal”.EU officials have said extending the negotiating period could be possible until the newly elected European Parliament meets in July.Blurred lines European leaders have repeatedly said they will not reopen the draft withdrawal agreement sealed at a special Brussels summit in December.French President Emmanuel Macron suggested the EU might be willing to tweak a few minor points — but only if they did not alter the bloc’s existing position on trade and borders.”We won’t, just to solve Britain’s domestic political issues, stop defending European interests,” he said.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was time for talks as long as London could present a clear and united position.”We’re now waiting on what the prime minister proposes,” she said.And Irish Prime Leo Varadkar added “that if the United Kingdom were to evolve from its red lines on the customs union and on the single market, that the European Union could evolve also”.last_img

Peace loving president clinging to power for 2 decades

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 10 April 2016 Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika meets with the French prime minister at his residence during an official visit on 10 April 2016 in Zeralda, a suburb of the capital Algiers. Photo: AFPAbdelaziz Bouteflika is Algeria’s longest-serving president and a veteran of its independence struggle, who has clung to power for two decades despite years of ill health.The 81-year-old head of state issued a decree on Friday setting 18 April as the date for the next presidential election.Rarely seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013 that impaired his speech and left him confined to a wheelchair, Bouteflika has not confirmed whether he will seek a new mandate.But many observers believe that he will seek a fifth term.Even before his stroke, a year before the last presidential poll, Bouteflika had repeatedly marked himself out as a wily political survivor.When he came to power, with the support of an army battling Islamist guerrillas, nobody expected him to stay in office for so long.But “Boutef”, as many Algerians nickname him, was instrumental in fostering peace after a decade-long civil war in the 1990s.”I am the whole of Algeria. I am the embodiment of the Algerian people,” he said in 1999, the year he became president.But he has had a long battle with illness and frequently flown to France for treatment.Known for wearing a three-piece suit even in the stifling heat, he gained respect from many for his role in ending the civil war, which official figures say killed nearly 200,000 people.But he has also faced criticism from rights groups and opponents who accuse him of being authoritarian.After his stroke, Bouteflika consolidated power in a country where the shadowy intelligence service has long been viewed as a “state within a state”.In early 2016, he dissolved the all-powerful DRS intelligence agency after dismissing its leader General Mohamed Mediene, known as “Toufik”, who had clung to the post for a quarter of a century.Architect of peaceBouteflika was born in Morocco on 2 March 1937 to a family from western Algeria.At the age of 19 he joined the National Liberation Front (FLN) in its struggle against the French colonial rulers.When independence came in 1962, he was appointed minister of sport and tourism at the age of just 25, under Algeria’s first post-independence president, Ahmed Ben Bella.The following year he became foreign minister, a post he held for more than a decade.But he was sidelined after the death of president Houari Boumediene in 1978 and went into self-imposed exile.While he was abroad, the military-backed government cancelled the 1991 elections, which an Islamist party had been poised to win.That sparked a decade of bloodletting.Bouteflika returned from Switzerland in 1999 to stand for president, with the backing of the army, which saw him as a potential figure of reconciliation.He proposed an amnesty for rebels who laid down their arms and twice secured public endorsement for “national reconciliation” through referendums.The first, in September 1999, was a major gamble — but it paid off, leading to a sharp decrease in violence that helped propel Bouteflika to a second term in 2004.A constitutional amendment was required to allow him to stand for a third term, which he won in 2009.When the Arab Spring erupted in January 2011, Bouteflika rode out the storm by lifting a 19-year state of emergency and using oil revenues to grant pay rises.His supporters argue that under his stewardship, public and private investment have created millions of jobs and dramatically lowered unemployment.But a lack of opportunities and high youth unemployment continues to drive many Algerians to seek a better life abroad.Uncertain futureIn April 2013, the president was rushed to hospital in France after his stroke, and spent three months recovering.He had already been hospitalised in Paris in 2005 because of intestinal problems, and in early 2006 spent a week undergoing post-operative medical tests at the same hospital.In 2016, he flew abroad twice, to France and to Switzerland, for medical checks.Bouteflika’s decision to seek a fourth mandate in 2014 after 15 years in power sparked both criticism and derision from opponents, who questioned his ability to rule.He did not even campaign, casting his vote from a wheelchair, but still officially won 81 per cent of the vote.There has been constant speculation over his health and his fourth mandate has been marred by falling oil prices, exposing the country’s heavy dependence on hydrocarbons.Critics argue that uncertainty over Bouteflika’s fitness for a fifth term — and speculation over possible successors — has paralysed the government.Political commentator Rashid Tlemcani argues that the president “should have left office at the end of his second term, after securing national reconciliation and conquering the hearts of a large part of the population”.last_img read more