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first_imgDr. Caroline TuckJoin us Thursday, March 29 at 11:00 am ET for this much-requested webinar,  “The low FODMAP diet for irritable bowel syndrome: From evidence to practice”.  Register here.Dietitians earn 1.0 CPEU.Biography – Dr Caroline TuckCaroline is an Accredited Practising Dietitian from Melbourne, Australia, with experience in clinical practice and research. In 2017 Caroline moved to Kingston, Canada as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of action of diet on gastrointestinal conditions.In 2016 Caroline completed her Ph.D. with the Translational Nutrition Science Research team, Department of Gastroenterology Monash University, Australia. Her Ph.D. thesis investigated adjunct therapy to the low FODMAP diet for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.Caroline has published a number of scientific journal articles and received numerous awards including the award of excellence in nutrition and dietary fibre research at the Nutrition Society of Australia conference in 2016. In addition, Caroline has been working as a Dietitian since 2009 in acute clinical and private practice specializing in gastrointestinal disease and food intolerance.This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

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How to Maximize Your Time and Productivity as a Filmmaker

first_imgStart with Where You AreImage by Mikael Damkier.It’s hard to increase your productivity if you don’t know how productive (or unproductive) you currently are. So, for a week, just keep track of what you get done and how long it takes you, without changing your behavior. This will not only give you a baseline to start improving from, in accordance with Pearson’s Law, it will probably help you get more done straight away. Things to track include hours worked; tasks completed; and time spent planning, cleaning, or traveling.If you’re a high-functioning person who just can’t help but do something, estimate the time you think tasks will take against time they actually take.‌ If nothing else, you’ll gain some self-awareness.Knowing how long things take can be a procrastination buster, all on its own. I used to hate setting up my YouTube recording lights and would put it off until last minute. Then, one day, I measured it. It took, on average, seven and a half minutes. After that, it didn’t seem like such a chore.Find Your Golden Hour and Make It Shine.Image by noPPonPat.Everyone has times of the day when they’re most productive. For me, it’s between 10:00 AM and noon, right after I’ve had my coffee. This time is gold to me, and I want to spend it doing my most creative, most challenging tasks. Don’t let your peak time of productivity get hijacked by other people’s needs or demands. Don’t major in the minors. Spend those hours as you would your most precious resource, because they are.Leave the Shallows — Work DeepImage by pathdoc.This brings us to the next productivity tip that pretty much everyone agrees on. You can’t get anything of substance done while you’re multitasking, checking your phone every thirty seconds, or having to deal with everyone else’s requests.Cal Newport wrote a book titled Deep Work.‌ In it, he talks about how uninterrupted, focused work is necessary to achieve great things — and how turning off the internet and diving headlong into a task can unstick the most difficult creative blocks.Tomato TimeImage by AlessandroZocc.The Pomodoro Technique, named after the ubiquitous kitchen timers that existed before cell phones, is the easiest, most consistent way I’ve found to achieve focused work. You set a defined period, say fifteen minutes, and dive into the task at-hand until the timer goes off. You then take a five minute break where you take a quick walk, or do something to reset yourself, then go back into work for another fifteen minutes. At the end of the day, you record how many sessions you were able to do. As your brain gets better at this discipline, you can increase the focused time.I love this because, even if the work doesn’t turn out as well as you had hoped, you get a sense of achievement because you were able to do some focused work, training your brain away from constant distraction. You build the distraction into your work so it doesn’t become a liability. I personally like to use the breaks to tidy up and clean my work space. I find that if I start another work task, it distracts from the distraction.GTDImage by CapturePB.Once you’ve made improvements to how you work, it’s natural to look for a better way to decide what you should be doing.David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” is a great system for organizing your tasks and outcomes (though Allen himself says it’s nothing new). His main point is that the root cause of procrastination is a lack of clarity on the next task necessary to complete a goal. And, if we spend some time disengaged from our work to look at the big picture, we can work backwards from our desired outcome toward the individual steps that need to happen.This kind of thinking is critical on any complex, multilevel undertaking — like a film project. Unless you can get outside of the rush and see the big picture, it’s easy to spend days chasing your tail.Things don’t change overnight, but I’ve found that working in a more focused, sensible way has helped me immensely as a filmmaker.Cover image via De Repente.Looking for more ways to improve your filmmaking? Check out these articles.A Guide to Shooting With or Against the SunFrom Favreau to Scott – Filmmakers Who Changed Direction in PostThe Dana Dolly: A Quintessential Cinematic Tool for FilmmakersHow DPs Make the Shift from Commercials to Features and Back AgainHow to Hire a Film Crew for Your Next Passion Project These tools can help you dramatically increase your filmmaking productivity and achieve more than you ever thought possible.Much has been written about utilizing your time to the best of your ability, and I’ve tried most of it.‌ So, I thought it’d be helpful to go over the things that have stuck with me, allowing me to run a production company and make over 200 YouTube videos — over the last two years.last_img read more

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Strength of a Woman | The Sports Stars

first_imgUnlike the Phogat sisters of Dangal, Pooja Dhanda didn’t need a stern father to push her to train. She was more than willing, for she wanted to emulate her childhood idol from hometown Hisar-the Commonwealth and Asian Games medallist Geetika Jhakar. Initially, she too wrestled with boys. “Training with boys,Unlike the Phogat sisters of Dangal, Pooja Dhanda didn’t need a stern father to push her to train. She was more than willing, for she wanted to emulate her childhood idol from hometown Hisar-the Commonwealth and Asian Games medallist Geetika Jhakar. Initially, she too wrestled with boys. “Training with boys is good because they have more strength, stamina and speed, which helps us,” she says.Till she was 16, Pooja divided her time between judo and wrestling. It was Asian Championship winner Kripa Shankar Bishnoi who recommended she focus on wrestling. And in her father, Ajmer Singh, a Haryana Animal Husbandry Centre employee, she found her biggest supporter. “He still comes with me for early morning training and then heads to work at 8.30 am,” says Pooja. “I don’t think there’s been a single competition where he has not accompanied me.”But it nearly came undone in November 2015. An injury laid her low and two knee surgeries and a protracted rehabilitation process kept her away from the sport for over a year. On her comeback, she first grabbed eyeballs at the Pro Wrestling League (PWL). In its third edition early this year, she recorded two wins over two-time world champion and Olympic champion Helen Maroulis and played a pivotal role in taking Punjab Royals to their second consecutive title.After a strong showing at international competitions in 2018-she won silver at the Commonwealth Games and is only the fourth Indian woman to win a medal (bronze) at the World Championships-Pooja became one of the only three wrestlers (Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat are the others)to get a Grade A contract from the Wrestling Federation of India.advertisementIt comes with a much-needed annual pay cheque of Rs 30 lakh for training. “There is a lot of hard work, but there’s no popularity or money in wrestling,” says Pooja, “because of which many good wrestlers have been injured and didn’t make much progress. The support of Tata Motors and WFI made it possible to get access to a physiotherapist, masseuse and foreign coaching.”last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Usman Khawaja marvels MS Dhoni’s ability to stay calm in run chases

first_imgAustralia batsman Usman Khawaja has heaped praise on MS Dhoni for the way the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman goes about his job in tense run chases. Lauding his ability to stay calm under pressure, Khawaja said Dhoni is able to successfully execute run chases “majority of times”.Khawaja’s comments come after MS Dhoni along with his middle-order counterpart, Kedar Jadhav pulled India out of trouble and helped them win the first ODI against Australia by six wickets in Hyderabad on Saturday.Dhoni and Jadhav joined hands when India were in a spot of bother, reeling at 99 for 4 in a tricky chase of 237 runs on a sluggish wicket at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. India had lost Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu in quick succession and it seemed the momentum had swung back in Australia’s favour.However, Dhoni was at it again as he remained calm under pressure and played the anchor’s role to perfection in his unbeaten 141-run stand with Jadhav. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 59 — his fourth straight half-century against Australia in ODIs while Jadhav smashed an 87-ball 81 as India crossed the finish line with 10 balls to spare.”He [Dhoni] just executes well. He has the last three games, just stayed calm and backed himself to take it deep. Then when he needs to he hits a boundary. You can tell he sort of changes gears, he’ll hit single, single, two then try to hit a boundary,” Khawaja was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”It doesn’t always come off but the majority of times it does. He does that really well, that’s experience.”advertisementDhoni, who averages more than 100 in successful run chases for India in ODIs, has begun the World Cup year on a high. The veteran batsman had hit three back-to-back ODI half-centuries, including an unbeaten 87 in Melbourne, in India’s historic 2-1 win over the Australians in Australia.Speaking after India’s win in Hyderabad, Kedar Jadhav had said batting with MS Dhoni gives him a lot of confidence.”I would have tried to play more shots early had Dhoni bhai not been there. That’s what he does, he tells you exactly. He reads your mind,” Jadhav said.”Plenty of times when you feel this ball can be hit for boundaries, he’ll tell you ‘I can see that but the team needs more solidity and you have to bat till the end’. Every time you think of the team, most of the times, you’ll cross the line and end up on the winning side,” he added.Earlier this year in Australia, Jadhav and Dhoni had won India the third ODI in Melbourne by stitching a 121-run stand. Jadhav said that run chase was on his mind and he knew he just had to listen to Dhoni in order to take the match.”Recently in Australia, we pulled off a similar kind of a chase. I had that in the back of my mind. When you have Mahi bhai at the other end, you just have to listen to him. I just did that again today. I tried to learn a lot from him (MS).”Also Read | I don’t fear anything when MS Dhoni is around: Kedar JadhavAlso Read | MS Dhoni 4th Indian batsman to score 13000 runs in List A cricketAlso See:last_img read more

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Opening of New Jewel Hotel Testament to Country’s High Status – Minister

first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the opening of the new Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa in Rose Hall, St. James, is another testament to Jamaica’s status as the top Caribbean destination for high-end travel. Mr. Bartlett said Jamaica is also benefiting from the “celebrity pull factor” where visitors are now coming to the island “because of the stars who have been here”. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the opening of the new Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa in Rose Hall, St. James, is another testament to Jamaica’s status as the top Caribbean destination for high-end travel.Addressing the opening ceremony on September 24, the Minister said he is “extremely happy” to see the commitment being made by insurance giant and owner Sagicor.“Jamaica has been making steady inroads where I believe we can now safely say we are in control of the high-end market in the region,” he said.“I am also very encouraged that we are not just sitting on our laurels but have been creating an investor-friendly climate to be attracting some of the top luxury brands in the world, where, inevitably, we will be seeing revenues that were once unthinkable,” the Minister added.Mr. Bartlett said Jamaica is also benefiting from the “celebrity pull factor” where visitors are now coming to the island “because of the stars who have been here”.“Once it is announced that they have been here or they are coming here, we tend to get a bounce from that as it relates to arrivals. We saw that following the not-so-long-ago well-advertised visits from celebrities such as power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Jude Law, Sir Richard Bronson, Sean Kingston, Nicky Minaj, Rihanna, and Ewan McGregor,” he noted.For his part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sagicor Real Estate X Fund Limited, Rohan Miller, said he is projecting earnings of US$200 million for all the properties that fall under the Jewel chain over the next calendar year.“We now have five properties under the Jewel chain, all of which we are expecting to do very well,” Mr. Miller explained.He added that the new property was conceptualised and driven by Jamaica’s “deeply rooted tradition of hospitality and cultural vibrancy”.President and Chief Executive Officer, Dave Johnson, said “it is an honour to launch one of the most exciting luxury all-inclusive resort openings in the Caribbean”.“This beachfront location provides the ideal backdrop for our distinctive and curated experiences that are personalised for all our guests. Unparalleled hospitality is our inspiration with the new Jewel Grande,” he added.Chief Operating Officer of Aimbridge Hospitality, the entity in charge of managing all the Jewel properties, Richard Burg, said of the 85,000 hotel rooms that fall under his company’s portfolio in both the Caribbean and the United States, the Jewel Grande is the “most iconic”.last_img read more

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Hyde Marine Launches New Webinar Series

first_imgzoom Hyde Marine is launching a multi-part Webinar Series for ship owners and operators that will focus on compliance with IMO Convention and USCG Regulations.The webinar series will provide education for technical directors/managers, ship owners, operators, naval architects and port/harbor authorities from Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Americas about proper compliance with International Maritime Organization (IMO) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) ballast water treatment regulations.The first one-hour webinar entitled, “Understanding Misconceptions About the IMO & USCG Ballast Water Regulations,” will be conducted April 15, 2014, 9 a.m. (GMT) and 2 p.m. (EST), and led by Mark Riggio, Product Manager, Hyde Marine.Webinar content will focus on critical areas, including:IMO Convention modifications and revised implementation timelineClarification of USCG Ballast Water Management requirementsUSCG and Environmental Protection Agency EnforcementAdvantages to installing an AMS approved system nowRoad to USCG Type ApprovalValidity of Ultraviolet (UV) Systems in the U.S.In addition to the April 15 webinar, Hyde Marine’s 2014 webinar series will also include, “Guide to Ballast Water Retrofits,” and “Lessons Learned: Ballast Water Installations.”Background:In 2004, the IMO adopted the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWMC), which requires ships to conduct a ballast water exchange or to meet concentration-based ballast water discharge standards at ports with ballast tanks 99.99% free of living organisms and pathogens.The enforcement of the USCG’s final ballast water regulation, which began in December 2013, along with the pending ratification of the IMO BWM Convention, places ship owners on a strict timeline to install proven BWT technology to bring their vessels into compliance.Registration Source:, March 20, 2014last_img read more

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Migiro calls on African leaders to close gender gap warning of dangers

24 November 2008Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has warned that glaring gender disparities experienced by African countries will undermine efforts to achieve sustainable development across the continent, adding that climate change and economic turmoil impact women’s lives disproportionately. Speaking at the close of the Sixth African Development Forum, Ms. Migiro called on government leaders to “act decisively and urgently” to include women in all levels of decision-making, and to develop policies and legislation that promote women’s land and property rights.The conference, which wrapped up on Friday, was aimed at identifying practical and concrete action for members to take on gender equality, women’s empowerment and ending violence against women.The Deputy-Secretary General noted that clear gender gaps exist in health, higher education, employment and empowerment, and that these inequalities were likely to threaten recent gains evidenced in some African economies.She also warned that the combined crises of climate change, the global financial meltdown, and high food and fuel prices affect women in ways that are different to men and have the potential to deepen and widen existing gender inequalities, underscoring remarks she had made earlier that day to the Africa Commission.“Women in Africa, and throughout the developing world, are largely responsible for household water supply and energy for cooking and heating. They are also largely responsible for food security,” Ms. Migiro told the three-day meeting in Addis Ababa.“[But] they suffer unequal access to resources, land, technologies and other assets,” she added. “Food protests in some African countries and elsewhere in the world show the potential of this crisis to generate instability. Indeed, food protests have been precursors to civil conflict and unrest.”To achieve fair and sustainable rural development, it is necessary to go beyond short-term solutions, such as emergency food aid, and address the underlying causes of food insecurity by providing women and girls with access to secure land rights, irrigation water, clean energy sources and agricultural technology, according to Ms. Migiro. “Women’s empowerment is central to raising levels of nutrition, improving production and distribution of food and agricultural products and enhancing the living conditions of rural populations in countries where income and livelihood are derived from these resources.”She added that if women are involved in the decision-making process, the solutions will be more responsive to their concerns and to the concerns and needs of communities, and that women’s perspectives are a prerequisite for sustainable development. “We cannot afford to exclude women and girls from mainstream development. I call on government leaders to act decisively and urgently. When it comes to women’s empowerment, there can be no more business as usual.”The three-day conference was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). read more

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Ban dispatches special envoy to Iraq in aftermath of deadly blasts in

28 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced he will dispatch an envoy to Iraq to consult with the Government on security and sovereignty issues in the country just days after a double bombing killed around 150 people in Baghdad. “In response to a request from the Government of Iraq, I will send Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco to Iraq,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York.“As elsewhere, these acts of violence target the innocent and aim to disrupt the country’s fragile democracy,” said Mr. Ban.Sunday’s car bombings near the Iraqi Ministry of Justice and the Baghdad Provincial Governorate Building in central Baghdad followed the explosions on 19 August that killed an estimated 100 people in the capital.During last month’s high-level debate in the General Assembly, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani called on the UN to set up an independent international commission to investigate deadly bombings and attacks that have struck the country since 2008, including the 19 August blasts. Mr. Talabani said that the scope and nature of the attacks meant they could only have been carried out with external help and warranted an outside investigation, as well as a special international court to try those accused of committing the crimes.Responding to questions from journalists today, Mr. Ban said that any probe into these attacks requires a mandate from the UN’s 15-member Security Council.Iraqi lawmakers are also considering amendments to key electoral laws over voter records in the oil-rich, ethnically mixed region of Kirkuk in the north and the publication of candidate lists, which threaten to delay national elections scheduled for January 2010. read more

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Wimal against northern polls

Speaking at an event in Welioya, the President said that the people of the north had suffered immensely as a result of the 30 year war.He said that those people will now have a chance to have provincial council elections and he hopes to have those elections in September. (Colombo Gazatte) Minister Wimal Weerawansa has voiced his strong opposition to holding northern provincial council elections in September.Addressing the media today Weerawanse said that holding elections in the north will give the Tamil National Alliance an upper hand. The Minister feels the TNA may win the election and then look at diving the country by demanding land and police powers to the province. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had recently assured that provincial council elections will be held in the north in September. read more

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New UN envoy for Western Sahara begins first visit to region tomorrow

The 14-year-old UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been monitoring a ceasefire and seeking to organize a vote following fighting between Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO, which sought independence, after Spain’s withdrawal in 1976. Mr. van Walsum, a Dutch career diplomat who succeeded former envoy James A. Baker III, will visit Rabat, the Moroccan capital, Tindouf in the Algerian Sahara and Algiers, the Algerian capital, as well as Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania, which renounced all claims to Western Sahara in 1979.He will consult with the various governments and the Frente Polisario leadership how best to overcome the present impasse and report back to Mr. Annan. In his latest report to the Security Council in August Mr. Annan said there had been no agreement on what could be done to overcome the deadlock over the peace plan proposed in 2003 by Mr. Baker, which envisaged a period of transition during which there would be a division of responsibilities between Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO before holding a referendum.In April, he had reported that the stalemate had left tens of thousands of Saharan refugees living in deplorable conditions, relying for their survival on the generosity of the international community. read more

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PAC puts Region threes procurement practices under the microscope

Regional Executive Officer (REO) for Region Three, Denis Jaikarran, appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday where he had to defend the region’s procurement practices.The Auditor General’s 2016 report had flagged instances where contracts were not being awarded to the lowest bidder, a fact that the PAC pointed out resulted in missed opportunities to save money.REO Denis Jaikarran Moreover, the fact that the Region held on to some 19 cheques totalling $8.8 million without returning them to the Consolidated Fund within the stipulated time frame was put under the microscope by the PAC.PAC member Juan Edghill questioned Jaikarran on this, asking if the REO could “indicate to us why these 19 cheques totalling $8.8 million were still on hand as of September 2017? And could he indicate to us when were they refunded, if they were?”In response, Jaikarran posited that “yes, the cheques were on hand…But all would have been refunded to the Consolidated Fund … I’m advised that those cheques were kept on hand despite the fact that they should not have been there, because persons were not coming forward to uplift them.”He was asked by the PAC Chairman Irfaan Ali whether he knew the rules.According to Section 43 of the Fiscal Management and Accountability FMA Act 2003, at the end of each fiscal year, any unexpended balance of public monies issued out of the Consolidated Fund shall be returned and surrendered to the Consolidated Fund.The Audit Office had recommended that the Regional Administration institute measures to ensure full repayment to the Consolidated Fund of all amounts remaining unpaid at the end of each financial year in compliance with the FMA Act. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDrug purchases in Region 7 placed under PAC’s microscopeApril 16, 2018In “latest news”PAC grills REO’s as major discrepancies found in several RegionsApril 11, 2017In “latest news”Region 2 REO occupying State House, abusing power – living luxurious lifestyle with three maids, security at his convenienceJanuary 16, 2016In “Internet” read more

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South Africa to host two international events in April

first_imgThe Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, will play host to two international events in April this year. Sustainability through Resource Conservation and Recycling 2009, sponsored by CSense, will commence on 4 April, with event organisers anticipating a strong international program (www.min-eng.com/scr09) for the two day event. This will then be followed immediately on the 6 April by Bio and Hydrometallurgy 2009, organised by Minerals Engineering International which is also a two day program (www.min-eng.com/biohydromet09). According to event organisers it will feature speakers from Finland, Iran, South Africa, India, Korea, Japan, Canada, Algeria, Brazil, Spain, Australia, Sweden, France, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Serbia.last_img

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Adam Sandlers Chris Farley tribute Most moving SNL sketch ever

first_img TV and Movies Haven’t even watched it yet and I’m tearing up. So yah. I’m a big sissy. So what. I still miss Farley.— Zainey💎 (@ZaineyDog) May 5, 2019 This wasn’t the first time Sandler has performed the tribute — it’s part of his recent Netflix special, Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh. But viewers and Sandler himself seemed to really feel the loss as the comic performed it on the same stage where he and Farley worked together in the 1990s.Sandler’s song recalled some of Farley’s most memorable SNL sketches while photos and video clips played in the background.”He loved the Bears and Ditka, danced at Chippendales with Swayze, when they replaced his coffee with Folger’s he went full-on crazy,” Sandler sang. “The sexiest Gap girl and Meat Loaf in the band, without him there’d be no Lunch Lady in Lunch Lady Land.”The song traveled through Sandler and Farley’s friendship, from their first days on set to Sandler attending Farley’s funeral after he died in 1997 of a drug overdose.”We’d tell him, ‘Slow down, you’ll end up like (John) Belushi and (John) Candy,”’ Sandler sang, at times choking up. “He said, ‘Those guys are my heroes, that’s all fine and dandy.”’Fans appreciated the emotional tribute.”Most moving thing I’ve ever seen on SNL,” wrote one Twitter user. 0 Tags We miss him too. Had to get the tissues for this song. Sandler made you feel the love and missed friendship of his passing. Chris is singing along to his song in heaven. This is a great song to keep his memory alive and spotlight on Chris Farley’s amazing gift of Comedy to us— JeanVincent (@Jean__Vincent) May 5, 2019 Share your voice Post a comment The cast of Saturday Night Live and host Adam Sandler produced some funny skits Saturday night, but perhaps the best event of the night was more tearful than joke-filled. Sandler closed the night by performing a poignant tribute to his friend and former fellow SNL cast member, the late Chris Farley. Emma Thompson will host SNL on May 11, with The Jonas Brothers as musical guests. Most moving thing I’ve ever seen on SNL.— Richie B (@RichieB13) May 5, 2019last_img read more

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RBI to cut rates again before vote BJP victory best for economy

first_imgReserve Bank of IndiaReuters file [Representational Image]The Reserve Bank of India will cut rates for a second consecutive time when its three-day policy meeting ends on Thursday, shortly before the first phase of the national election begins, a Reuters poll found.Those expectations for another rate cut have strengthened over the past month after Shaktikanta Das was appointed as the new RBI Governor in December. Lending rates were lowered and the policy stance shifted at his first meeting in February.While the central bank justified that move by highlighting a lower inflation outlook and a slowdown in growth, not everyone was convinced those were the only reasons behind the policy easing.”We already know that the central bank is under pressure from the government to ease policy. We have two meetings in Q2 – April and June – with this pressure if they cut rates they would rather do it in April than in June,” said Prakash Sakpal, Asia economist at ING.”No matter how effective this will be in time for the election – it is hard to imagine that just one week before the elections you cut the rate and that does magic and boosts growth. It will be a token from which the government takes credit.”Sakpal, like many other contributors in the poll, wasn’t convinced the economy needs more easing at a time when the outlook for core inflation remains elevated and the government’s latest populist measures ahead of the general election would weigh on prices.More than 85 per cent of nearly 70 economists polled over the past week forecast the RBI would cut its benchmark lending rate, the repo rate, to 6.00 per cent on April 4. The consensus showed the central bank would then keep rates on hold through to the middle of next year at least.Just under half of the economists expect the RBI to make at least one more cut after this month’s meeting, which would take the repo rate to its lowest since 2010.Inflation has remained below the RBI’s 4 per cent target for seven straight months and was expected to average 4.0 per cent this fiscal year.But core inflation, which excludes food and fuel, is running closer to 5.5 per cent.”My biggest worry is that the rate cut would be ineffective as banks are not ready to transfer that to borrowers,” said Vishnu Varathan, head of economics and strategy at Mizuho Bank. “And a rate cut under (the) wrong circumstances can cause a rupee depreciation and macro instability.”India’s growth outlook for the fiscal year ended in March and the current one was cut to 7.1 per cent and 7.2 per cent, respectively, from 7.3 per cent predicted for both three months ago.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has faced criticism from opposition parties and economists for having allegedly manipulated economic growth figures and suppressing the release of jobs data to show the economy has performed better under his leadership.Fifty-three per cent of economists who answered an additional question said they were confident about the accuracy of recent official Indian economic data releases, but the remaining 47 per cent said they were not.”There have been reports of the government forcing the statistical agency to sit on the report until after the elections. This is probably the fact with most big developing economies – China has the same issue, nobody trusts China’s data, but we still have to rely on that,” ING’s Sakpal added.Economists unanimously said the BJP winning a majority or a BJP-led NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government would be best for the economy.None said a Congress majority or the Congress-led UPA (United Progressive Alliance) or a coalition of regional parties – also known as the Third Front – would be best.That broadly aligns with a separate Reuters poll of equity strategists and brokers, which showed a majority win for the ruling party would be the most favourable outcome for Indian stocks.”In order to push reforms ahead, a BJP win is necessary, as the opposition mainly has been focusing on attacking the NDA, rather than presenting an alternative policy agenda,” said Hugo Erken, senior economist at Rabobank.last_img read more

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Of Course Red Dead Online Is Getting Another Battle Royale Mode

first_img ‘Red Dead Online’ Finally Fully LaunchesThe Actual Pinkertons Are Suing the Makers of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ It took an obscene budget and who knows how many hours of exploited labor but Red Dead Redemption 2 was a huge success, selling nearly 20 million copies in 2018 and surely more in the years to come. And if Rockstar’s past megahit, Grand Theft Auto V, is any indication, most of the money will come from the online mode, not the massive open-world single-player campaign we imagine most players are still chewing through like a cowboy chews tobacco.Red Dead Online is still in beta, and honestly our first impressions have been mixed because of those money-making microtransactions. But the whole point of a beta is to improve things. And Red Dead Online is about to get much better with the addition of everyone’s favorite new form of online multiplayer: a battle royale mode.The new “Gun Rush” mode, available now, drops 32 players onto the map to fight it out and become the last cowboy standing. Survive and kill others by finding the best old-timey guns and ammo while the map slowly closes in on you, we assume as a metaphor for the coming 20th century. You can play solo or in teams. Sure sounds like a battle royale mode all right.What’s even funnier is this isn’t even the first battle royale mode in Red Dead Online. The service launched with a mode called “Make it Count” where players also fight to be the last one standing in a shrinking map. The big difference though is that they only had a bow and arrow to rely on. By challenging players to find the best guns on the field, “Gun Rush” sounds much closer to PUBG/Fortnite/Call of Duty: Blackout. But yeah, now you can choose between multiple flavors of battle royale all in the same game. Will the next Red Dead Online update introduce some kind of horse-based battle royale?For more on Red Dead Redemption 2 read our review and check out this beautiful photo gallery.View as: One Page Slides1/241. A River Runs Through It — I couldn’t help but think of Norman McLean’s tale of coming and age and fly fishing, A River Runs Through It, as I spied this view from a perilous rope bridge.2. After the Bear Fight — I was ridging through a green field of beautiful flowers when my horse reared and a grizzly attacked me. I got a few shots off, but had my varmint rifle equipped. I survived the mauling and killed the beast, but was worse for wear.3. After the Hanging — I watched this poor soul lose his virtual life. Not a pretty sight.4. Altar Tight — A raven perches atop an altar of sacrificial bones. You’ll see some weird things if you wander off the beaten path.5. Amputation — I brought this fellow to the doctor, who had to take his arm. Nasty business.6. Arthur and Deer — I couldn’t resist posing for a selfie outside the taxidermist’s house.7. Arthur Twilight Mountain Selfie — The light was gorgeous in the game, trust me.8. Bear Hat Mouth Harp Selfie — I put on my bear hat, one of the first absurd hats you can get in the game, to snap a selfie in the Rhodes town square.9. Bird of Paradise — Arthur contemplates his decisions as he stands in front of a bird of paradise.10. Boat on River — I had a Georges Seurat painting in my mind when I framed this one.11. Dry Goods Vet — The general store in Rhodes is photogenic as hell.12. Dynamite Accident — This is what happens when you stand too close to a safe during the process of attempting to open it using dynamite.13. Gunfighter Lady —Gunfighting wasn’t just for the fellas.14. Hanging Guy In The Swamp — I had a legendary fish on my horse. But I saw this and stopped to take a picture anyway. Needless to say, I was immediately murdered by swamp people. I got the fish back, though.15. In Memory — Old gravestones are one of my favorite real-world photographic subjects, so I had to snap this shot of a wooden marker when I happened upon it.16. Law Office — An urban street scene at night—not sure what these dudes are up to, but the lighting grabbed my attention.17. Lighthouse — The lighthouse is one of the prettier spots in the game.18. Look On My Works — Serial killer? I don’t know. No spoilers. Unless you know where Gavin is.19. Mouth Harp — There’s a dude in Rhodes who just hangs out and plays a mouth harp all day. Who said they didn’t have hipsters in the 19th century?20. Notions — There’s just something about the townsfolk in Rhodes that makes me think of Deliverance.21. River and Mountains —Red Dead’s scenery is amazing, even if Arthur isn’t quite Ansel Adams.22. Snowy Cabin Body — One of Arthur’s victims lies dead in the snow.23. St. Denis Street At Night — As New Orleans is in the real world, St. Denis is one of my favorite places on the Red Dead map.24. Vesuvius Studio Shot — This isn’t from Arthur’s camera. I paid to have my portrait taken in St. Denis. The photographer had a backdrop with what is presumably Mount Vesuvius, so of course that’s the one I went with. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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A51 blocked by three vehicle accident accident on A52 30 minute delays

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We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsMan arrested after police uncover HUGE cannabis factory16:39A51 closed09:28Accident on A52 blocking road between Leek and Ashbourne08:42Three vehicle accident in Blackbrook08:37Serious delays on trains as railway line between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester Piccadilly blocked08:2519:05Accident cleared on M6Traffic returned to normal, accident cleared on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and Stafford Services. 18:36All lanes re-opened following M6 accident Slow traffic due to earlier accident, a lorry and a van involved on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and Stafford Services. All lanes have been re-opened. 17:42Firefighters rescue woman after she broke her ankle while walkingFirefighters from Cheshire and Fire and Rescue attendedFirefighters have rescued a woman after she fell and broke her ankle while out walking.Two crews, from Crewe and Chester, were called to the scene off Groby Road, Crewe, at around 11.55am.17:40Accident in Stone…Reports of slow traffic due to accident on A520 Radford Street in both directions near Bromfield Court.Accident has happened by The Royal Exchange. 17:25Update on Darlington Street incidentA Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said:Fire crews were called to a disused house on Darlington Street, Middlewich, after reports of a fire. On arrival crews found smoke issuing from the two storey property. Firefighters, two wearing breathing apparatus, a covering jet, a hose reel jet and a large fan to put out the fire. A fire investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.”17:16Accident on A50 near the D-RoadReports of slow traffic due to accident on A50 near A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 17:06Traffic at standstill on M6 after accident involving two cars, van and lorryHeavy traffic is building on the M6 after two lanes have been closed after an accident involving two cars, a van and a lorry.Emergency services were called to the scene on the northbound carriageway, between junction 14 and Stafford Services, shortly before 4.30pm.Traffic was held until 4.45pm while the vehicles were moved to the hard shoulder but a lot of debris is covering the carriageway.Read more here.16:45Accident on A50Slow traffic and exit slip road partially blocked due to accident, two cars involved on A50 Westbound near A50 / Upper Normacot Road. 16:40Accident on M6Stationary traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and accident, a lorry a van and two cars involved on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and Stafford Services.At just before 16:25 all traffic was held to assist. Originally lanes two and three (of three) were closed. Stafford Services is located between J14 and J15. 16:39KEY EVENTMan arrested after police uncover HUGE cannabis factoryThe cannabis plants discovered at an address in Dundee Road, Etruria (Image: Staffordshire Police)A 21-year-old man has been arrested after police uncovered a huge cannabis factory in a city house.Officers were called to an address in Dundee Road, Etruria, at around 1.10pm after receiving intelligence concerning a cannabis operation in the area.Read more here.15:59’Stolen’ car pursued by police crashes into hedge after colliding with vanA van tried to assist police and slow the car down (Image: Staffordshire Police)A suspected stolen car being pursued by police crashed into a hedge – after colliding with a van which intervened in the chase.A Staffordshire Police patrol became suspicious about the vehicle – a Renault Clio – at around 11.15am on the A34 near Brocton.Read more here.15:31Please avoid the Darlington Street area of MIDDLEWICH. Cheshire Fire and Police are in attendance at an incident and the road will be closed for the time being.— Crewe Police (@PoliceCrewe) January 25, 201814:23Heavy traffic on A50Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).13:54Gritters deployed this evening13:16Queuing traffic on the M6Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Traffic was briefly held while emergency repairs were made to a pothole. 12:43A51 reopens following earlier accidentA51 in both directions re-opened, traffic easing, accident cleared between A53 and Wharmadine Lane.Accident happened at around 08:30 outside The Swan With Two Necks right at the junction.12:41Man charged with attempted murder after schoolgirl stabbed in neck in Staffordshire churchyardThe 16-year-old girl suffered significant injuries. More here. 12:01Delays on key roadsTemporary traffic lights and abnormal load on A50 Liverpool Road West at A34 Congleton Road North.A traffic light pole must be removed and reinstalled for an abnormal load to pass safely. Until 25th January. 12:01Two in hospital after three vehicle accident on A51Paramedics and firefighters were called to the scene earlier this morning. More here.11:47Wide load approaching Trentham on A3411:27Menswear stolen after raiders target shopThe burglars smashed their way into the store using a crowbar. More here.10:55Accident cleared on A52Road cleared, accident cleared on A52 Eastbound between A523 and Stanton Lane. 10:49Wide load heading towards Stone10:49Man performs sex act at Staffordshire fishing poolPolice are investigating after a man performed a sex act on himself at a Staffordshire fishing pool. More here.10:47Latest on the accident on the A51A51 in both directions closed, queueing traffic due to accident, three vehicles involved between A53 and Wharmadine Lane.Recovery is now on scene so traffic has also currently been stopped on th A53. Accident happened at around 08:30 outside The Swan With Two Necks right at the junction.10:31Trains now running normallyTrains are now running normally following earlier delays between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester.09:52Wide load setting off shortlyPolice say the load is setting off from Stafford in around five minutes.09:42Wide load about to get underwayThe wide-load which is due to leave Stafford is running slightly behind schedule. More on the load here.09:28KEY EVENTA51 closedTraffic data company INRIX now reports the A51 is closed in both direction, queueing traffic due to debris on road and accident, three vehicles involved between A53 and Wharmadine Lane.Accident happened at around 08:30 outside The Swan With Two Necks right at the junction. The A53 is passable.09:26Firefighters called to chimney blazeFirefighters were called to the blaze just before 11pm last night. More here.Firefighters from Cheshire and Fire and Rescue attended the blazelast_img read more

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