Bell launching discount prepaid wireless company Lucky Mobile in most major Canadian

first_imgBell is owned by BCE Inc. Bell says Lucky Mobile will also introduce an app that enables talk and text over Wi-Fi next year. (RYAN REMIORZ / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter MONTREAL—Bell is launching a new discount prepaid wireless brand, Lucky Mobile.The service will initially be available in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia starting Dec. 4.Lucky Mobile will offer service in 17 zones covering most major cities including Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and surrounding areas as well as province-wide and Canada-wide options. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Plans will include voice calling and texting as well as other services, while mobile data options will also be available at 3G-equivalent access speeds.The company says Lucky Mobile will also introduce an app that enables talk and text over Wi-Fi next year.last_img read more

KEANU REEVES BREAKS SILENCE ON TOY STORY 4 ROLE

first_img Twitter Advertisement Keanu Reeves has finally spoken about his mysterious role in Toy Story 4.Tim Allen, who voices Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise, divulged during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month that The Matrix actor has a “great part” in the upcoming movie. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement While Keanu has yet to confirm exactly which character he will voice, in a recent interview with reporters at Collider.com, he opened up about how the producers approached him.“I got a call – which was really cool – out the blue from the lovely people at Pixar and the creators of this number, this edition, or continuation of the story,” he told the film publication. “They pitched the character to me and then we spoke and they allowed me to kind of riff on it.”Keanu went on to explain that he has done four recording sessions for Toy Story 4 to date. And even though details about the project remain under wraps, in his late-night TV chat, Tim indicated that the 54-year-old star’s character would be rather intense.“New guys are in it. Keanu Reeves has got a great part in it. Little inside story, even the fun, gentle guy that he is, even he said, ‘This sounds too much like Buzz Lightyear.’ And his character does have an edge to that,” the Last Man Standing actor commented.A sequel to the third instalment, which was released in 2010, Toy Story 4 will follow Buzz and cowboy Woody, as voiced by Tom Hanks, as they meet a new toy called “Forky” and embark on a road trip.Josh Cooley is directing from a script penned by Stephany Folsom, with other members of the voice cast including Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Joan Cusack.Keanu was most recently seen onscreen in sci-fi movie Replicas and is currently in the pre-production phases of drama The Starling and sci-fi comedy Bill & Ted Face the Music, in which he will reprise his role as Theodore “Ted” Logan from the 1989 flick Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.Toy Story 4 is set to hit cinemas in June 2019. Facebooklast_img read more

THE MAC UNVEILS ITS FALL 2019 PROGRAM CONTEMPORARY ART ON DISPLAY IN

first_img“True to its reputation, the MAC steps off the beaten path!” noted John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator of the MAC. “This fall is particularly multidisciplinary, and visitors can expect a program that highlights the most current, relevant, and varied avenues of contemporary art. Only at the MAC can you see, in a single visit, such a wide diversity of practices, ranging, for example, from a major video installation to the deliciously stylized work of a contemporary painter, to an extraordinary audiovisual experience, to performance art.”As the start date of the MAC’s Transformation Project has been postponed, the MAC will continue to hold its activities in its current location, on Sainte-Catherine Street. Updates about the Transformation Project will be shared as they become available.THE FULL PROGRAMMOMENTA X MACFrancis Alÿs: Children’s GamesSeptember 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020World-renowned for his body of work at the crossroads of the political and poetic, disrupting our perceptions of the world, Belgian artist Francis Alÿs is interested in everyday gestures and the political and symbolic potential that they contain. Ongoing since 1999 and now comprising nearly twenty videos, this project shows how children turn simple, ordinary things—coins, stones, plastic bottles and so on—into the raw material for unlikely and fantastical universes. Through the sparkling imagination of children, Alÿs presents an intimate yet political view of the universal and unifying nature of games.Francis Alÿs: Children’s Games is an exhibition produced in collaboration with MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image.Janet WernerOctober 31, 2019 – January 5, 2020Painting takes centre stage at the MAC this fall with a major survey of the last decade of work by Montréal painter Janet Werner. Visitors will have an opportunity to gauge the scope of Werner’s practice; since the 1990s she has developed a unique genre of fictional portraits featuring invented subjects. References to pop culture, humour, and the carnivalesque mingle with an aura of strangeness in Werner’s works as she explores different portrait styles, some executed in cadavre exquis manner, from collages of found, cut-out, and rearranged fashion photographs. She is also interested in the context in which paintings are produced, and she shifts away from portrait mode to explore the artist’s environment and the studio.A major figure in Canadian painting who has played a prominent role in updating the portrait genre, Werner blurs the lines between abstraction and realism, between real and imaginary, to the spectator’s delight.MUTEK: ISM HexadomeAugust 13 – September 2, 2019The MAC hosts ISM Hexadome, an immersive 360-degree installation combining the arts and high tech, for its only Canadian stop on its North American tour. This amazing experience involves nine projections on six giant screens by various artist duos, both rising stars and well-known music and image artists, such as Thom Yorke and Ben Frost. Two world premières complete this unprecedented offering: upon invitation by MUTEK, artist Herman Kolgen will create a tenth work in situ to be added to the installation on August 20 and the New York collective Little Cinema will present an adaptation of Darren Aronofsky’s film Mother! Part of the official program for the 20th edition of the MUTEK festival, ISM Hexadome is a collaboration between MUTEK and the Institute for Sound & Music (ISM) in Berlin.Gisele AmanteaOctober 9, 2019 – January 15, 2020Revisiting the MAC Rotunda in an original and disruptive way in a new series of ink-jet prints, Gisele Amantea combines photographic documentation of this iconic space of the Museum with drawings inspired by Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s mid-eighteenth-century etchings. Her stated intent is “a personal critique of the museum and a musing both on its power dynamics and on the position I have in relation to it as an artist.” Exhibiting these prints in the Rotunda, the MAC playfully participates in a critique of its own institution at a moment of anticipation before the transformation project begins, in which the Rotunda is slated to disappear.Je vois ce que tu regardes: Luis Jacob and Serge TousignantOctober 31, 2019 – January 5, 2020Works by artists Luis Jacob (Toronto) and Serge Tousignant (Montréal) are brought together in an unprecedented pairing that shows how a field of artistic research – in this case, the spectator’s experience – can be conveyed in different ways. Jacob offers visitors a series of images, his Album X, in which the heterogeneity of subjects and absence of descriptive legends creates a context in which spectators are free to reconstruct linkages and unusual relationships. The effect of Tousignant’s polychrome sculptures formed of colourful shapes is to engage in a more direct relationship with spectators by acting directly on their experience of the space.Alain Paiement : Bleu de bleuOctober 31, 2019 – January 5, 2020The result of research developed over a four-year period, Bleu de bleu frames a small concrete-and-asphalt stretch of the world along Highway 20 between Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and downtown Montréal. In this exhibition, the MAC presents the work as it has been integrated into the Musée collection: an installation made up of thirty-two videographic, photographic and sculptural elements, whose conceptual nature is intrinsically linked to its monumental, eponymous in situ placement. The work at the museum remains an experience of time and space, but one revealed through layers of data: it comprises a near-inextricable, labyrinthine series of documents and images, of plans, drawings, surveys and projections.EMERGENovember 19 – November 24, 2019Organized by guest curator Mehdi Brit and MAC curator Mark Lanctôt, EMERGE is an event dedicated to contemporary performance that brings together ten of the most important Canadian and European artists in the discipline. The most complete gathering of performance art ever mounted at the MAC, EMERGE will offer a stimulating encounter among theatre, visual arts, and body art, highlighting the pluridisciplinary nature of the most tantalizing current practices. A series of panels and lectures will accompany the event to complement the program of works presented.Artists: Daina Ashbee (Canada), Uriel Barthélémi & Entissar Al Hamdany (France), Marie-Caroline Hominal (Switzerland), Dana Michel (Canada), Didier Morelli (Canada), Bridget Moser (Canada), Marthe Ramm Fortun (Norway), Maria Salgado(Spain), PPKK (Sarah Ancelle Schoenfeld and Louis-Philippe Scoufaras) (Germany), Marinella Senatore (Italy)Rebecca Belmore: Facing the MonumentalUntil October 6, 2019The most comprehensive exhibition ever presented of the work of Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore, Facing the Monumental, presents a group of strikingly visceral images—in sculptures, videos, and photographs—that address the urgent question of our times. With boundless beauty, sensitivity and resilience, her work explores our problematic relationships with territory, women’s lives, historic events and ongoing violence against Indigenous peoples.CULTURAL ACTIVITIESInclusion in action ProgramUnderway since September 2018 and lasting until March 2020, the Inclusion in Action program offers a group of educational activities, free of charge, for Indigenous people, people living with a handicap, and immigrants in a situation of vulnerability. Participants are invited to visit the exhibitions differently, to participate in creative workshops adapted to their situation, and to discuss their perception of art.The physical and social inclusion that results from this mixing of audiences certainly spark thought on respect for differences, as well as intercultural dialogue and promote discussions and closer connections on the human, artistic and emotional levels.The program is made possible with support from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, as part of the Plan d’action de la nouvelle Politique culturelle du Québec.For groups, by reservation only Information: 514 847-625313th Max and Iris Stern International SymposiumOctober 4, 5, 6, 2019Developed alongside presentation of Rebecca Belmore’s exhibition, the 13th Stern Symposium looks at the situation of Indigenous women and the recent reports published in Canada and Québec regarding how they have been treated. The program includes performative readings, theoretical reflections, and a presentation by Belmore. The symposium will offer an opportunity to hear several Indigenous women leaders discuss the questions that concern them.AcknowledgementsThe Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is a provincially owned corporation funded by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.The MAC would also like to thank its media partners: La Presse and The Gazette. As part of Francis Alÿs: Children’s Games, the MAC extends its thanks to Cinéma Beaubien and Cinéma du Parc, as well as the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) (November 14 – 24, 2019).The ISM Hexadome North America Tour is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) under the “Year of German-American Friendship” program called “Wunderbar Together”. In Montréal, the project is a collaboration with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal with the additional financial support of the Government of Québec.EMERGE is a co-production of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Goethe-Institut Montréal and the Consulat Général de France à Québec as members of the Montréal cluster of cultural institutes of member countries in the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), along with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Montreal and the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa. The project received generous support from the Franco-German Fund, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental is organized by the AGO and curated by Wanda Nanibush, Curator, Indigenous Art. The MAC presentation is organized by Lesley Johnstone, Curator and Head of Exhibitions and Education.Visuals : http://presse.macm.org/en/ Username : presse Password : gtrcmedias See under tab: Exhibitions Advertisement Login/Register With: MONTRÉAL, Aug. 13, 2019 – The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is proud to unveil its exciting fall program, offering visitors a chance to explore a highly diversified group of art practices by celebrated contemporary artists. Two high points will punctuate the season: first, the MAC is once again partnering with MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image to present to the public, for the first time in North America, Francis Alÿs: Children’s Games. Second, in October, painting will make a grand return to the museum with one of the great Canadian masters of the medium: Janet Werner. Alain Paiement, Cadres intervalles, 2018, Ink-jet digital print on paper, 41 × 56 cm, In the process of acquisition, Photo: Courtesy the artist and Galerie Hugues Charbonneau (CNW Group/Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal) ISM Hexadome (CNW Group/Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal) Francis Alÿs, Children’s Game 10 / Papalote, 2011, Video, colour, sound, 4 min 13 s, © Francis Alÿs (CNW Group/Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal) Janet Werner, Folding Woman, 2009, Oil on canvas, 167.5 × 134.5 cm, Private collection, Photo: Paul Litherland (CNW Group/Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal) Gisele Amantea, Faux Site, Museum (after Piranesi), 2017, Archival pigmented ink-jet print, 109 × 144 cm, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Courtesy the artist (CNW Group/Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal) Serge Tousignant, Gémination, 1967, Painted steel and stainless steel, 53.3 × 110.8 × 61 cm, Collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay (CNW Group/Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal) Marinella Senatore, Palermo Procession 6 (production still), 2018, Public performance, Photo: Courtesy the artist (CNW Group/Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal) Québec and Canadian artists also take centre stage with exhibitions by Luis Jacob and Serge Tousignant, Gisele Amantea, and Alain Paiement. In November, the MAC presents EMERGE, the largest gathering of performance art ever organized at the museum. Finally, the fall season begins today at the MAC, which is hosting a major immersive installation as part of the MUTEK festival, ISM Hexadome, until September 2nd. Facebook Advertisement And then there are the cultural activities, with the Inclusion in Action program and the 13th Max and Iris Stern International Symposium (October 4–6). Workshops for families and adults, interactive visits, encounters with artists and curators, and the SéminArts program continue throughout the fall season. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Marinella Senatore, Palermo Procession 6 (production still), 2018, Public performance, Photo: Courtesy the artist (CNW Group/Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal) Advertisementlast_img read more

Whitecap First Nation on road to selfsufficiency and pulling out of Indian

first_imgLarissa BurnoufAPTN National NewsThe economic boom for the Whitecap Dakota First Nation in Central Saskatchewan is continuing.The community has penned an agreement with the federal government that will take it one step closer to self-sufficiency.lburnouf@aptn.calast_img

BC finance minister says doubleA credit rating sign of continued stability

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s Finance Minister Carole James says Dominion Bond Rating Service has confirmed the province’s double-A high credit rating, maintaining the rate the province has held since May 2007.The Ministry of Finance says in a news release that the rating recognizes B.C.’s growing economy, balanced fiscal policy and affordable debt.It calls the double-A high rating “a strong affirmation of the province’s direction and fiscal position.”Dominion’s report forecasts the provincial economy will grow by 2.9 per cent this year before slowing to a “more sustainable pace” of around 2 per cent.The report comes in the wake of the new government’s budget update in September.The Finance Ministry says British Columbia remains the only province rated triple-A with all three international credit rating agencies, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch.“The AA high rating recognizes that choices to invest in British Columbians will help chart a path to continued economic stability,” James says in the release.She says the investments being made by the New Democrat government lay the foundation for a better B.C.last_img read more

Trail BC sees third sulphuric acid spill on area roads this year

first_imgTRAIL, B.C. – The movement of sulphuric acid by truck through a southeastern British Columbia city has been halted while officials try to determine why there has been a third leak of the corrosive liquid in less than six months.International Raw Materials says in a news release that it purchased the load of sulphuric acid from the Teck Resources Ltd. lead and zinc smelter in Trail and was moving the acid to a nearby reload facility on Sept. 22.A spill that the company describes as “less than one cup,” was found at the reload site and three “dime-sized drips” were spotted on a road, but the company statement says no acid was found on highways through Trail.International Raw Materials says trucking contractor Trimac will launch a full investigation and take corrective action but all acid shipments by road have been suspended while the probe is underway.The Insurance Corporation of B.C., is still trying to determine how many vehicles were damaged by sulphuric acid leaks on routes through Trail on April 10 and May 23.Claims related to the spills had topped 3,000 by early September and some of the vehicles damaged or written off include a new fire truck worth an estimated $800,000 and several school buses.Teck said in a release posted earlier this month that just under 300 litres of sulphuric acid leaked onto the busy route through Trail in the first two spills.Vehicles were damaged when they drove through puddles of the acid before the spills were identified.Sulphuric acid has the potential to corrode vehicle undercarriages, aluminum parts and especially brake lines and brake systems, an ICBC adviser said.Teck produces the acid at its Trail smelter but the product had been purchased by International Raw Materials and was being moved by that company’s contrators when the spills occurred.No one was hurt, the acid was neutralized and is not believed to have seeped into area waterways.last_img read more

Penalty for cancelling Saudi arms contract in the billions Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – The price for registering Canada’s outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi went up exponentially Thursday, as Justin Trudeau revealed the penalty for cancelling a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be “in the billions of dollars.”The prime minister blamed Stephen Harper’s previous Conservative government — which signed the contract to sell light armoured vehicles to the desert kingdom — for making it so costly to cancel and for making it impossible for him to publicly reveal the exact figure.But he was accused by the NDP of inventing numbers to justify not cancelling the contract.Earlier this week, Trudeau signalled his reluctance to cancel the deal, saying he didn’t want “to leave Canadians holding a billion-dollar bill because we are trying to move forward on doing the right thing.”During a news conference Thursday with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Trudeau was pressed to say if that was a precise figure. He said the “extremely difficult contract” signed by the Harper government included a requirement for “total confidentiality” which prevents him from disclosing details.But he added: “Suffice it to say possible penalties would be in the billions of dollars but that is something we are looking at right now.”Trudeau also said that the government is “actively reviewing existing export permits” for arms to Saudi Arabia.While that review is underway, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said no new export permits will be approved.Canada temporarily suspended approvals of new export permits to the Gulf kingdom in 2017, while the government investigated allegations that Saudi Arabia had used Canadian-made armoured vehicles against its minority Shia Muslim population. The suspension was lifted a few months later after the investigation found no conclusive evidence of the allegation.While suspending export permits falls short of outright cancellation of the contract, Trudeau said Thursday it would provide a lever for Canada to increase pressure on Saudi Arabia to come clean on what happened to Khashoggi.“One of the things that we are working on as an international community is ways to put leverage and put pressure on Saudi Arabia to give better answers as to what actually happened to Jamal Khashoggi and to understand that protection of a free press is fundamental to protecting human rights and upholding the stability and prosperity of countries around the world,” he said.Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia initially insisted he’d left the consulate, then said he’d been killed in a fist fight inside the consulate and, on Thursday, finally admitted his murder had been premeditated.Turkish officials say a 15-man Saudi hit squad — including at least one member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage — tortured, murdered and dismembered Khashoggi, whose remains have yet to be found.Rutte said the Netherlands has had “a very restrictive arms sales regime” with Saudi Arabia for years and he pleaded at last week’s European Council meeting for other European countries to do the same.Lawmakers at the European Union passed a non-binding resolution Thursday calling on member countries to impose an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia. The resolution also called on member countries to halt exports of “surveillance systems and other dual-use items that may be used in Saudi Arabia for the purposes of repression.”In the House of Commons, New Democrats urged the Trudeau government to follow suit.“Everyone knows the kingdom is one of the worst human rights offender in the world. This alone should be enough (to cancel arms contracts),” said NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere.“What are the Liberals waiting for?”Transport Minister Marc Garneau, standing in for the prime minister, said the government strongly expects that “Canadian exports are used in a way that’s consistent with Canada’s foreign policy objectives and that fully respects human rights.”“We have frozen our export permits before when we’ve had concerns about their potential misuse and we will not hesitate to do so again.”Meanwhile, the London, Ont.-based company that won the contract to supply Saudi Arabia with light armoured vehicles announced Thursday that it is laying off more three dozen employees.In a written statement, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada said it reviewed its current business environment and work forecast and “concluded that a workforce reduction of 37 salaried positions was necessary.”The company insisted the layoffs are “part of a normal cycle of work” and have “no connection to recent events that the government of Canada is addressing.”___ with files from The Associated Press and Kelly Malone in Winnipeg.last_img read more

Australian leader says cybersecurity laws urgently needed

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s prime minister says new Australian cybersecurity laws that force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by extremists and other criminals were urgently needed to safeguard the nation.The legislation was passed by the Senate late Thursday, the last day the Parliament sat in 2018.The opposition Labor Party agreed to support the legislation as an emergency measure because extremists are expected to target Christmas-New Year crowds. But Labor Party lawmakers have said they want amendments passed when Parliament resumes.Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Labor’s decision to support the laws as a concession.Morrison told Nine Network television on Friday: “This was very important legislation to give police and security agencies the ability to get into encrypted communications.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Loonie up after Bank of Canada rate decision Toronto stocks higher

first_imgThe Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Gains in the key financial, industrial and material sectors helped Canada’s main stock index push higher, while the loonie gained ground following the Bank of Canada’s latest rate announcement.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 85.59 points at 14,690.74.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 97.87 points at 23,885.32. The S&P 500 index was up 6.09 points at 2,580.50, while the Nasdaq composite was up 33.83 points at 6,930.83.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.58 cents US compared with an average of 75.23 cents US on Tuesday after the Bank of Canada kept its key rate on hold at 1.75 per cent, but said higher rates will be necessary over time.The February crude contract was up US$1.09 at US$50.87 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 2.5 cents at US$2.94 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$5.30 at US$1,291.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 0.25 of a cent at US$2.65 a pound.last_img read more

Northern Lights Festival

first_imgSix teams of internationally acclaimed Ice Carvers will be entering their sculptures, into this competition. A secondary ice carving event, with smaller entries, consisting of 12 competitors over the 1-day event.The World’s Largest SnowmanThe Guinness Book of World Records will be in attendance of the world’s largest snowman, estimated 130 ft tall, 45 ft wide at the base, complete with a scarf that’s over 100ft long!The Fort Nelson Trappers Rendezvous FORT NELSON, B.C. – Is hosting the Northern Lights Festival March 9th – 23rd, 2019, encouraging visitors to celebrate and experience the area with music to events that showcase the beauty and nature of Fort Nelson.The Festival brings the entire community together and will offer a variety of experiences to share the beauty of the north such as snowmobiling, building snowmen and a visit to Liard Hot Springs.The headliners for the festival are; The annual event, in collaboration with the Northern Lights Festival, promises to be like no other ever seen in the small northern community. The community event started in 1961 by the Lions Club.Northern Lights Canadian Open Sled Dog ChampionshipDowntown Fort Nelson, the race will take place on 50th Street, starting at the east end of town, racing along the road, out onto the Alaska Hwy, and back again.First Nations Handgames TournamentHandgames, a traditional Dene game of sport and skill, provides an opportunity for men and boys to practice and sharpen their abilities of detection, focus, and intuition, which benefits their traditional responsibilities to provide and protect.For more information on the Northern Lights Festival; CLICK HEREcenter_img Bringing Canada’s Best Artists under the Northern LightsThe diverse selection of Canadian musical talent that will be featured at different venues around town will be a highlight of this event.For a list of attending artists; CLICK HERESeed to Seal Harvest ExperienceThis Seed to Seal harvest experience is something that people come from all over the world to see. In the past, it has only been open to 16 people a week, for 6 weeks out of the year. This is a hands-on emersion into the making of Essential Oils, see how we use every part of the plant to create the only Northern Lights Oil on the planet.Ice Sculptinglast_img read more

Ice Cream Party Roll

first_imgIngredients Eggs 4 Sugar 3/4 cup Cake Flour 1/2 cup Baking Cocoa 1/3 cup Baking Powder 1 tsp Salt 1/4 tsp Strawberry/Raspberry Jam 1/2 cup Vanilla Ice cream (softened) 2 cups Confectioners’ Sugar Hot Fudge & Whipped ToppingPreparation Place egg whites in large bowl; let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line a greased baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks and add 1/2 cup sugar on high speed for 5 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together twice; gradually add to yolk mixture and mix well (batter will be very thick). In a large bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Stir a third of the whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSABake at 375°F for 10-12 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Invert cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off paper. Roll up cake in towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool on a wire rack. Unroll cake; spread jam to within 1/2 inch of edges. Top with ice cream. Roll up without towel. Place seam side down on a platter. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours before slicing. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar; serve with hot fudge topping and whipped topping. (Courtesy: Chef Sujeet Singh, Radisson Blu, Noida, Sec 55)last_img read more

AAP responds to EC directive for removing CM’s image from hoardings

first_imgNEW DELHI: Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pictures are widely in use under various pretexts, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday in its response to the Election Commission’s order said that a “level playing field” should be ensured for free and fair elections. In its order, the EC had directed removal or covering of pictures especially of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the words ‘aam aadmi’, citing deference to the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsReplying to the order, AAP national spokesperson and Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha has argued that Modi’s pictures are plastered all over the city under various governmental/non-governmental pretexts and must be subject to the same standards and regulations as are being imposed on the Delhi Chief Minister. In his written reply to EC, Chadha said: “It is essential that if a level playing field is ensured, the directions ought to be issued across the board, to all parties. It is pertinent to point out that directions ought to be issued only in such a manner, to ensure free and fair elections.” Earlier on March 12, hoardings and banners containing Modi’s photographs were removed from petrol pumps in the national capital following the enforcement of MCC.last_img read more

North Korea convenes top-level meeting over ‘tense situation’

first_imgSeoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called a full meeting Wednesday of a top committee of the ruling Workers’ Party to address what he described as the “prevailing tense situation”, state media reported. The gathering of the Central Committee comes after Kim’s Hanoi summit with US President Donald Trump broke up without agreement in February, and as South Korean President Moon Jae-in flies to Washington for talks with the US leader. But the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) appeared to indicate that Kim may be focussing on Pyongyang’s continued push to develop its economy. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn a meeting with senior officials Tuesday, Kim ordered them to display “an attitude befitting the masters of the revolution and construction under the prevailing tense situation and thus follow through on the new strategic line of the Party”, KCNA reported. Last April Kim declared that the ruling party’s “new strategic line” would be “socialist economic construction” and its quest for nuclear development was complete. Kim made “a deep analysis of the matters pending urgent solution in the party and state”, KCNA said, adding that at Wednesday’s meeting the central committee will “decide the new orientation and ways of struggle in line with the need of the prevailing revolutionary situation”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIt comes ahead of the opening of the country’s rubber stamp legislature on Thursday. Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst at the Sejong Institute, said it would be difficult for Kim to lay out a new policy direction while Trump continues to express a willingness to maintain dialogue. Instead Wednesday’s meeting could involve a reshuffle of party officials including Kim Yong Chol, the North’s top envoy for talks with the US, who has been “blamed the most for the failure of the Hanoi summit”, he said. “It would signal a green light if he is replaced with a more flexible and practical figure, but if he stays, denuclearisation talks won’t be easy,” Cheong said. Trump and Kim held their first landmark summit in Singapore last June, where the North Korean leader signed a vaguely-worded deal on the “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.last_img read more

Cong hand in glove with anti-nationals, alleges Adityanath

first_imgAmbikapur (C’garh): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accused the Congress of being hand in glove with anti-nationals, and said its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election promotes terrorism and Naxalism. Addressing an election rally in Ambikapur town under the Surguja Lok Sabha constituency in Chhattisgarh, he also alleged that the Congress government in the state was not serious about tackling Naxalism and the killing of BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi in an IED blast in Dantewada earlier this week was its example. “Congress’ manifesto is an encouragement to terrorism and Naxalism. Congress ka hath deshdrohiyo ke sath (Congress is hand in glove with anti-nationals),” Adityanath said. “Lord Ram is associated with the memories of Ayodhya and Chhattisgarh but some people are now denying the existence of Ram. Congress is raising questions over the existence of Ram. It was the Congress that raised questions over the Ram Setu and tried then to destroy it,” he said. Time has come to teach a lesson to those who raise questions over the existence of Ram, he said, adding, “We will avenge the insult of lord Ram.” Highlighting various schemes launched by the BJP-led central government, he said, “Modi ji has been working to fulfil the dream of ‘ek bharat, shrestha (superior) bharat’.” The Congress government is not serious in tackling terrorism and Naxalism and the recent killing of BJP MLA is its example. “If you want to see law and order then come to Uttar Pradesh,” he said. Mandavi and four police personnel were killed on April 9 in a Naxal attack in Dantewada district of the state. “Had the BJP been in power now, this (Naxal attack on BJP MLA) could have been avoided,” he said. Adityanath also accused the Congress of denying benefits of the welfare schemes to the people in the state, he said, “Mafia raj of the Congress in the state is trying to end various schemes like Ayushman Bharat Yojana, meant to benefit the people, and were operational in the previous Raman Singh government.” In Chhattisgarh, mining and land mafias have become influential (after Congress came to power), he alleged. He also appealed to people to vote for Modi to make him the prime minister again. BJP has fielded its former MLA Renuka Singh in Surguja (ST) Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to polls in the third phase of election in the state on April 23. Congress has fielded its senior tribal leader and sitting MLA Khelsai Singh from the seat.last_img read more

RCom promoters’ shareholding dips to 22% in January-March

first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Communications promoters’ stake has come down to 22 per cent in January-March 2019 quarter, with family and group firms jointly losing more than half of the equities, the telecom firm said Thursday. In the October-December 2018 quarter, the promoters and promoter group of debt-ridden RCom had 53.08 per cent stake in the company. In the third quarter of 2018-19, Ambani family members jointly held 145.48 crore equity shares, which came down to 59.79 crore in last quarter of the same fiscal, according to shareholding pattern disclosure made by the firm. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalShares held by promoter group firm Reliance Communications Enterprises Private Limited dropped by almost half to 36.56 crore from 72.31 crore. The disclosure shows that equity holding of Reliance Ornatus Enterprise and Ventures and Reliance Wind Turbine Installators Industries came down to 9.2 crore and 85 lakh, respectively, from 30 crore shares held by each of them in the third quarter. According to records, most of the pledged shares were sold by lenders in January-March 2019 quarter. The company, which is reeling under debt burden of around Rs 45,000 crore, has approached the National Company Law Tribunal to invoke insolvency against it as the firm has been unable to sell assets and pay back to lenders.last_img read more

Youth must shoulder greater responsibility: Naidu

first_imgChandigarh: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the youth must shoulder greater social responsibility of exercising judgement while looking at social issues. “We will be able to fully realize the vast demographic dividend in the years to come only if we can empower our youth with the right skills and attitudes,” Naidu told the 68th Convocation of Panjab University, of which he is the Chancellor, here. Urging the youth to adhere to traditions of tolerance and respect and protect the country’s pluralistic culture, Naidu said that India of the future would be powered by the dreams, ambitions, character and competence of young people. Also Read – NRI marriage bill referred to Parl’s standing panel on External Affairs He also urged the youth to use means of communication that technology has provided, responsibly. He emphasized that these modern means of communication must be used to facilitate social harmony and to cultivate a culture of healthy and civilized discussion on many of the pressing problems such as class and gender inequalities and the needs of the less privileged in society. “We need to address these problems with empathy and sincerity,” he added. Also Read – Cong slams govt on economy, says move beyond ‘piecemeal approach’ Naidu said that Panjab University had a glorious past and was one of the oldest universities in India, set in a land which has witnessed centuries of civilization and dedication to spreading knowledge in ancient centres of learning like Takshila. He expressed happiness at the university’s relentless quest for academic excellence and the rapid progress it has made in providing quality education to over thousands of students. He congratulated Panjab University for having secured the 34th position among all academic institutions in the nation in the recent rankings under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). He applauded the University’s focused efforts towards cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship among students. “I am very happy that the university has been recognized by the UGC as the ‘University with potential for excellence in Biomedical Sciences’ with facilities for stem cell Research and Drug development,” he said. The Vice President proposed that there was a need to “rethink and re-orient our educational system in the context of the 21st century when the concerns of ecology, of human welfare and the welfare of the planet are equally imperative. “It is possible only if we turn our system around, including aspects of curriculum and evaluation, towards critical thinking,” he said. The Vice President also felicitated Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization who was honoured on the occasion with the Vigyan Ratna Award.last_img read more

On the favourable track?

first_imgTraditionally, the power sector has been seized by a plethora of problems. Low per capita power consumption at a third of China, substantial T&D losses, Discoms bleeding due to tariff subsidisation disabling purchase of power from gencos, low PLF of thermal plants affecting the capacity to service bank debts and shortage of fossil fuel affecting power generation, were the major pain points. Concerted efforts initiated at policy formulation and implementation to tackle these issues in recent times seem to be yielding an encouraging outcome. Also Read – A special kind of bondRegarding fossil fuel, the power plants are largely coal-based except for around 14 GW gas-based capacity mainly built on the indicated potential of the KGD6 basin. These became stranded as the gas production from the basin fell off dramatically to a tenth of its peak level seen in 2010. Reportedly, the deep sea gas in High-Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) conditions were unviable to at the general price of domestic gas. Besides, technological challenges were substantial. Efforts at reviving these gas fields through an infusion of appropriate technology and allowing special price commensurate with complexities have been initiated. However, the power generated from such high-cost gas may find a challenge of distribution under the Merit Order system. Hence, even if availability improves, the possibility of the stranded gas-based capacity coming into operation may remain a question mark. Also Read – Insider threat managementFor the coal-based power plants, the problem initially was an acute shortage of coal. Over 200 coal blocks allocated earlier to end users for mining were cancelled by orders of the apex court in 2014, effective 1st April 2015. Collectively the production from this segment was around 45 Mtpa in 2014-15 – the last year before cancellation. This production dropped to NIL from April 1, 2015. A transparent auction-based process for allocation of these blocks was promptly brought in place. However, the new allottees had to face quite a few hurdles before coal production could recommence. Inexperience was also a hurdle in some cases. Finally, in 2018-19, the aggregate coal production from this segment regained the pre-cancellation level of 2014-15. This segment is expected to be on a medium growth trajectory now, particularly with companies like NTPC commencing mining operations with plans to grow fast. The dominant coal supplier, namely Coal India Ltd (CIL), stopped growing from 2010-11, largely due to the imposition of a blanket ban by MOEF on all projects in critically polluted industrial zones. The zones were identified based on an evaluation of the Comprehensive Environment Pollution Index (CEPI) developed by IIT Delhi. This was based on measures of air, sound and water pollution. Industrial clusters with CEPI higher than 70 were classified as critically polluted. Most coal projects were located in such clusters and hence suffered the ban. Incidentally, coal mining does not release toxic waste into water. A quick measurement of CEPI in coal mines yielded scores of less than 50. In other words, coal mining per se was not found responsible for the clusters being critically polluted. Demand for sub-cluster analysis to identify industries responsible for critical pollution were made. The outcome in terms of lifting the ban was painfully slow. As a result, after a phase of 6 per cent plus CAGR during 2007-2010, when coal production increased from 361 to 431 Mtpa, the CAGR in the next 3 years, 2011-2014, plummeted to 2.33 per cent – production rising from 431 to 462 Mtpa during this period. Ironically, the capacity addition in the coal-based power generation picked up substantially onwards 2007. This coupled with muted growth in coal supply resulted in thermal coal imports rising exponentially. The higher cost of imported coal led to a higher tariff on one hand and, at times compelled the power plants to operate at reduced PLF. The situation became acute by 2014. The reversal of the situation demanded a warlike multi-pronged approach. The Ministry of Coal and CIL acted in unison to debottleneck each constraint. Intense interactions with concerned Ministries in the government, namely MOEF, Railways and Power were carried out to build a high degree of collaborative approach and maintain coordination at the highest level. The approach was extended to the coal-producing state governments for support in securing faster environment and forest clearance of various projects as well as the acquisition of land. Previous records of the quantum of land acquired were beaten convincingly. The outcome was indeed encouraging! The growth in coal production moved up to around 7 per cent in 2014-15, increasing from 462 to 494 Mtpa. In 2015-16, the growth reached a record level of 8.5 per cent rising to 536 Mtpa. Ironically, contrary to expectations, the growth in coal consumption during 2015-16 was muted and a significant portion of the increased coal production landed up in coal stocks at pithead as well as power stations. Beginning from April 2016, the coal offtake became even more sluggish. Chasing the targetted growth in coal production became a nightmare for CIL as it led to unmanageable addition to coal stocks with the associated risk of coal catching fire. Paradoxically, the average PLF of power plants witnessed a falling trend despite coal being available – a phenomenon not witnessed earlier. It turned out that the problem essentially is with the Discoms facing financial stress due to tariff subsidisation for supply to the agricultural sector. Besides, the evacuation of upcoming renewable power was assigned a higher priority. Compelling the Discoms to bear the subsidy burden disabled them financially to buy all the power that gencos could generate. Without the issue being addressed, the prospects of evacuating the power that could be generated appeared dim. The Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) was conceived at this time to address the issue. The scheme required, on one hand, the states to progressively take over an increasing share of losses of the Discoms and, on the other hand, focus on reduction of cost as well as T&D losses. It is a time-bound program with constant monitoring and a hard stop for linking Discom losses to state budgets in a gradual manner. Some of the other measures to work in tandem were savings in interest cost, reduction of imported coal by increasing supply of domestic coal, freight rationalisation through a swap of supply sources, reduction of T&D losses and most importantly, demand-side management by emphasising the use of LED bulbs and low power consuming efficient appliances. While the projected savings accruing from a full-scale implementation of UDAY across all states was estimated at a staggering Rs 2052 billion, the savings required for the Discoms to break even was assessed at Rs 639 billion till 2020-21 (as per CLSA Report of Jan 2019). In other words, even 32 per cent of the projected benefits were sufficient to make the Discoms turnaround. This was expected to trigger sustainable demand recovery, improve capacity utilisation and eventually drive capex recovery. The unfolding of events subsequently goes to establish the fructification of the plan to some extent 2018 onwards. The sluggish coal demand witnessed in 2016-17, continued partially during 2017-18 leading to muted growth in coal production by CIL from 536 to 567 Mtpa over the two year period, translating into a low CAGR of 2.78 per cent. However, the position witnessed a reversal from early 2018. The rise in purchasing power of Discoms led to faster growth in demand for coal. The pithead stocks of coal depleted and the stock at powerhouse end became alarmingly low. CIL initiated efforts to gear up and got its act together November 2018 onwards. Stock depletion at pithead was arrested and despatches to powerhouse stepped up. Once again the collaborative style of functioning prevailed across all concerned agencies. By March 2019, CIL registered an impressive growth from 567 to 607 Mtpa in coal production (7 per cent) with coal offtake reaching a level of 608 Mtpa. The coal stock at powerhouse end reached a comfortable level of 18 days. The stocks at the pithead in CIL has also risen to a comfortable level of 54 Million tonnes. Going forward as the benefits of UDAY seep in, the Discoms are expected to further enhance purchasing power. This will lead to a rise in the PLF of existing power plants. The scope for such rise is substantial as currently, the PLF is at a low of 60 per cent. The best seen PLF in 2007-08 was 79 per cent. Since then, the new capacities built have embraced better technologies. Also, some inefficient capacities have been phased out. As such the highest PLF attainable is expected to be higher than the best seen so far. Even considering a peak PLF of 80 per cent, the additional coal demand works out to around 200 Mtpa. Besides, there are 40 GW stranded inoperative coal-based power capacity. With IBC brought into play, most of these capacities may become operational in course of time through NCLT proceedings or otherwise. This will further add 200 Mtpa to the coal demand. The current import of coal is over 200 Mtpa, of which over 100 Mtpa is metallurgical coal for steel-making and thermal coal for select coastal power plants. These cannot be substituted by domestic coal in the near term. However, the residual import for non-coastal power plants and other consumers are replaceable by increasing domestic coal production by another 100 Mtpa. The resultant demand growth on the above accounts aggregating to 500 Mtpa may materialise over the next five years, if not earlier. CIL may grow consistently at the 2018-19 rate of 7 per cent, taking its production five years from now to 850 Mtpa. This leaves a gap of 257 (607+500-850) Mtpa to be met from other sources. This does not take into account any coal demand for use as feedstock for the production of Ammonia or Urea or chemicals on which the country is currently import-dependent. Considering that China is successfully using at least 500 Mtpa of coal as feedstock to produce fertilisers and chemicals economically, India can also move in this direction. This may add to coal demand further. The coal production from captive blocks assigned to end users is expected to grow to the extent of meeting the end-use requirement primarily. Therefore, induction of commercial miners, for which the legal enablers are in place since 2015, needs to happen at the earliest to ensure that the painstaking reforms carried out in securing sufficiency of the power supply is not derailed due to paucity of coal. (The author is former Chairman, Coal India Ltd. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Opposition Leader Calls on Benkirane to Submit His Resignation to the…

Rabat- Secretary General of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), Driss Lachgar, has called on Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane to submit his resignation to king Mohammed VI.In a meeting of the party’s administrative committee on Saturday, Lachgar also called for early general elections in order to put an end to what he described as the state of tampering that has engulfed the Moroccan political landscape.Lachgar said the current government led by the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) “has failed miserably in everything”, adding that “the irresponsible behavior of its ministers has tarnished the country’s reputation abroad.” He was referring to news suggesting that Habib Choubani, Minister in charge of Relations with Parliament and Civil Society, has asked for the hand of Soumia Benkhaldoun, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Executive Training.USFP leader has also criticized the Benkirane government for its “inability” to make a government reshuffle and its lack of action to fill in a vacant ministerial post as vital as the Sports and Youth portfolio. read more

France’s Supreme Court Suspends Burkini Ban

Rabat – The Council of State, France’s highest court, suspended the burkini ban today, saying that local mayors have no legal basis for which to justify the ban on full-body swimwear.The ruling was issued after several human rights organizations, such as the La Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (The Human Rights League) and Le Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France (The Coalition Against Islamophobia in France) called on the Council of State to suspend the decision of the mayor of the Mediterranean resort of Villeneuve-Loubet, in southwestern France, to ban the full-body swimwear ban.“The restrictions that [the mayor] has placed on freedoms must be justified by proven risks of breaches of public order,” declared the Council of State. “The impugned judgment constitutes an illegal and conspicuous breach against fundamental freedom, such as the freedom to come and go, the freedom of conscience and personal freedom,” the Council added. The ban “constituted a serious and manifestly illegal infringement of fundamental liberties,” the State Council said in its judgement reported in The Telegraph.The Council of State’s ruling relates specifically to the south-eastern town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the decision is expected to set a legal precedent for the approximately 30 seaside towns that have issued similar bans.The controversy over the burkini hit its peak when pictures of four armed police officers forcing a Muslim women to take off her hijab and outer garments on the beach were posted in news outlets and on social media.The photos created an unprecedented uproar worldwide angering Muslims, as well as human rights activists.The burkini ban in many of these French towns were enforced a month after the deadly terror attack in nearby Nice.  A Muslim, said to have ties to ISIS, drove a massive truck through a Bastille Day celebration killing 84 people.A week later, Jacques Hamel, 86-year-old Catholic priest, was stabbed to death in another terror attack on a church in the northern France.French politicians yesterday debated the burkini ban in television and radio interviews.Former President Nicholas Sarkozy and other right-wing politicos expressed support for the burkini ban and the need for greater security after the terror attacks in France.Prime Minister Manuel Valls said yesterday he condemned any “stigmatization” of Muslims, but maintained that the burkini was “a political sign of religious proselytizing.”Moroccan-born French Minister of Education of Higher Education and Research Najat Vallaud-Belkacem stated that the ban of the burkini represented “a dangerous political drift,” in an interview with Europe 1. She said the “proliferation” of burkini bans “was not a welcome development.”While the debate among French politicians continues, one American terrorism expert questioned the reasoning and purpose of the burkini and burka ban as a means to combat terrorism in France.“It is the opposite of effective,” says Will McCants, author of The Isis Apocalypse and director of the Brookings Institutions’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.“At least in the short term,” said McCants. read more

Morocco Praises Measures Taken by Saudi Arabia to Ensure Safety, Comfort…

Rabat – Morocco praises, once again, the measures taken by Saudi Arabia, on instructions from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Ibn Abdelaziz, to ensure the safety and comfort of pilgrims in order to perform the ritual of Hajj in the best conditions, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.As part of preparations by Saudi Arabia for the organization of the annual Hajj season (2016), and while recognizing the constant efforts of the Saudi authorities to develop and improve the services relating to the fulfillment of this religious duty by Muslims around the world, the Kingdom of Morocco praises the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to ensure the safety and comfort of pilgrims in order to perform the rituals of Hajj in the best conditions, said the Ministry in a statement on Thursday.While emphasizing the need to comply with the rules established by the Saudi authorities in this regard, the Kingdom of Morocco calls for ensuring that this pillar of Islam stays away from any attempt of politicization and from anything that is likely to affect the atmosphere of meditation that should prevail on such occasions, the statement concluded. With MAP read more