first_imgPeace River Zone Theatre Festival Flyer. Photo by the Stage North Theatre Society Facebook Page.Friday’s show is Blackbird, which is a heavy drama about two people who had a very unconventional affair when they were young. The Stage North Theatre Society presented this show back on May 10th, which means residents who didn’t get the chance to see this two weeks ago will have a second chance to witness the drama.Saturday’s show is Mary’s Wedding, which takes place the night before Mary’s Wedding in 1920. The play journeys through Mary’s dream, her past, and the moment she meets her first love Charlie before he volunteers for World War One. Charlie’s side of the story takes place in the trenches along side his mentor and sergeant. The play is as much about history as it is about romance.Tickets for the event cost $25 to see all three shows, or $10 for individual shows.Residents can purchased tickets at the North Peace Cultural Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Zone Theatre Festival starts today at the North Peace Cultural Centre.The festival runs until Saturday and will feature a different play each day. Shows starts at 7:30 p.m. and run until 9:30 p.m.Tonights show is “Stop Saying Nothing”, which is a collection about bullying presented by North Peace Secondary School.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team is hosting a series of sessions looking at Northern Farmer Connections.The Northern Farmer Connections session is an informal evening to learn about what NEAT is planning in order to learn about and support local producers throughout the Peace. It will also allow farmers to ask questions and network with other local producers.Bess Legault, Northern Co-hort Coordinator with NEAT, says there is a growing interest in agriculture within the Peace Region. “In the last couple of years, there’s been an interest in the potential for a horticultural/agricultural industry or industry support in the Peace Region.”Legault hopes these sessions will create a local food system collectively and collaboratively with local producers in order to bring food to the local purchaser.“So we’re going to learn from one another what’s working and what’s not working. Is there an opportunity for farmers to work together to be able to supply a grocery store instead of just a farmers’ market?”.There are no production guidelines as both large and small producers are welcome to attend the sessions.The first session is taking place in Fort St. John on November 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the NEAT Office.For more information and a list of sessions happening near you, you can visit https://neat.ca/event/last_img read more

first_imgWashington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the recent arrest of a woman who allegedly breached security at President Donald Trump’s private Florida club while carrying Chinese passports and a flash drive containing malware, is an example of the threat Beijing poses to Washington. In a TV interview on Friday, Pompeo declined to provide additional details related to his claim but said: “I think this tells the American people the threat that China poses, the efforts they’re making inside the US, not only against government officials but more broadly.” CNN reported on Wednesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had begun investigating the possibility that the incident at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property was an espionage effort. The US official who confirmed the espionage probe said the FBI is doing what it has to do in these circumstances, when there is a foreign national involved and a possibility of counterintelligence or cyber-security issues. Earlier this week, Trump dismissed concerns about the incident when asked about potential Chinese espionage. Hedescribed it a “fluke situation,” praising both the Secret Service and the receptionist who stopped the accused, Yujing Zhang. Zhang was charged with making false statements to a federal officer and entering a restricted area on Monday. A detention hearing is scheduled for April 8 and arraignment for April 15. While investigators have not yet revealed conclusive evidence suggesting a link to Chinese espionage, the breach has highlighted long-brewing concerns about security at Mar-a-Lago. The club allows members, their guests and people attending events to enter and move around, even as Trump makes frequent visits to the property.last_img read more

20 February 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the world body to draw upon its own resources and experience in reforming the security sector, as the Security Council underscored the crucial role that security plays in successful peacebuilding and development efforts in countries emerging from conflict. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the world body to draw upon its own resources and experience in reforming the security sector, as the Security Council underscored the crucial role that security plays in successful peacebuilding and development efforts in countries emerging from conflict. “Security sector reform embraces values and principles that lie at the core of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban told an open Security Council debate. “The practical involvement of the UN in security sector reform has been shaped by decades of peacekeeping in post-conflict environments.” In particular, he pointed to four key lessons gleaned from decades of UN peacekeeping missions: the vital nature of security in the immediate aftermath of a conflict; the need for post-conflict countries to take ownership of sustainable security programmes; the importance of strengthening institutions themselves for a durable peace; and the necessity of cooperation among the UN and its various agencies, as well as regional organizations, financial institutions and others. Speaking at the end of today’s debate, Ambassador Peter Burian of Slovakia, which this month holds the Council’s revolving presidency, said in a statement that the 15-member body “stresses that reforming the security sector in post-conflict environments is critical to the consolidation of peace and stability, promoting poverty reduction, rule of law and good governance, extending legitimate state authority and preventing countries from relapsing into conflict.” Responding to concerns from some of the more than 30 speakers who spoke during the meeting, the Council statement emphasized that any reforms made in the sector will not impinge on the sovereignty of any State. Mr. Burian said that the Council recognizes that it is the “primary responsibility of the country concerned to determine the national approach and priorities of security sector reform. It should be a nationally-owned process that is rooted in the particular needs and conditions of the country in question.” The role of the UN will be to promote “comprehensive, coherent and coordinated international support to nationally-owned security sector reform programmes implemented with the consent of the country concerned,” he added. In addition to speakers representing individual countries, the Council also heard from the heads of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Organizational Committee of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC). “We should recognize that the United Nations has a comparative advantage over others in this area,” said General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, referring to security sector reform and calling for better coordination of efforts. “It is uniquely positioned, due to its universal legitimacy, to play a leading role in policy formulation and capacity building.” The recent struggles of post-conflict countries, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Guinea-Bissau and Côte d’Ivoire, to avoid sliding back into war has highlighted the need for implementation of security sector reforms. read more

A three-judge panel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which sits in Arusha in neighbouring Tanzania, sentenced François Karera today after finding him guilty of three counts of genocide and crimes against humanity. He was acquitted of complicity to commit genocide, which had been an alternative count to genocide.The ICTR found that Mr. Karera, who served as the prefect, or chief administrator, of Kigali-Rural Prefecture between April and July 1994, ordered, instigated and encouraged attacks by Hutu militiamen and soldiers against Tutsis in his prefecture.In mid-April of that year, militiamen and soldiers arrived in Ntarama sector and attacked Tutsis who had sought shelter at a church because of the killings and violence engulfing the country. Mr. Karera was present and encouraged the attackers as they killed hundreds of people at the church.Later that month and also in May, many Tutsis were also killed – mainly at makeshift roadblocks – at two other communes in Mr. Karera’s prefecture, following orders he gave.The judges said that in determining the appropriate sentence for Mr. Karera, they “took into account in particular his position of authority and the number of victims who were killed at Ntarama Church.”About 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered, mainly by machete, in less than 100 days starting in April 1994. The Security Council set up the ICTR later that year to deal with the worst crimes. 7 December 2007A former Rwandan provincial leader has been sentenced to life in prison by the United Nations tribunal dealing with the country’s 1994 genocide after it convicted him for his role in the killings, including the massacre of hundreds of Tutsis who had sought refuge in a church. read more

“According to official reports received by UNICEF, these children from the Yazidi minority died as a direct consequence of violence, displacement and dehydration over the past two days,” Marzio Babille, a representative from UNICEF said in a statement today.Sinjar, a district of Ninewa in northwest Iraq with a population of at least 150,000 children – including many who are internally displaced – was taken over by the ISIL on Sunday.“Families who fled the area are in immediate need of urgent assistance, including up to 25,000 children who are now stranded in mountains surrounding Sinjar and are in dire need of humanitarian aid including drinking water and sanitation services,” said Mr. Babille.Children are particularly vulnerable and are most affected by the continuing violence, displacement and fighting in Iraq. UNICEF repeated its urgent call for all children to be protected and immediately provided with life-saving assistance to prevent further loss of life.“UNICEF calls all those who have influence to immediately grant children and women free and safe access to areas of refuge and respect the special protection afforded to children under international humanitarian and human rights law,” Mr. Babille urged.But those areas of refuge are few and far between, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which reports that displaced families are desperately in need of food, water, shelter and health care services. UN agencies along with their partners have distributed food rations, water, tents and hygiene kits to displaced families and are working with local authorities to provide further assistance.In a statement later in the day, the UN Security Council condemned the attacks on Sinjar and Tal Afar, voicing particular concern about the vulnerable minority, Yezidis. Thousands of Iraqis from that community have been displaced in recent attacks. The Council strongly condemned “the systematic persecution of individuals from minority populations, including Christians, and those who refuse the extremist ideology of ISIL and associated armed groups,” the 15-members said. They underscored that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable. read more

Meanwhile stretched police forces are left “baffled”… Dame Vera Baird QC warned that abuse such as revenge porn has a devastating impact and in some cases victims have even been forced to trawl the internet to find and remove explicit images themselves. A new internet policing force is needed tackle the crimes that “baffle” officers, the victims commissioner has said as she revealed that domestic abusers have been using Alexa to taunt their victims. The former Police and Crime Commissioner revealed that online abuse had extended to offenders taking over a victim’s social media or even their Alexa, including a case where the home control system was used to turn the heating on full blast at 4am. read more

first_imgHoneywell has today announced the global launch of Intuition Executive, the flagship product of its new Intuition software portfolio. Intuition Executive delivers enterprise-wide information management, decision support and collaboration tools “to help companies achieve operational excellence”, says the group. The launch comes some two years after Honeywell acquired Matrikon along with its Mobile Equipment Monitoring and Mine to Port offerings, and incorporates these solutions but as part of a much wider data analysis and integration package.The group states: “Companies in the process industries often use dozens of applications and hundreds of spreadsheets to manage complex production operations, monitor processes and make operating decisions. These systems are usually either completely isolated or are connected with complex, custom-designed interfaces that make it difficult to use the data effectively and maintain data integrity. With its sophisticated data processing and analytics capabilities, Intuition Executive solves this critical challenge. The software anticipates problems and identifies opportunities. Its collaboration tools highlight and capture expert knowledge, share information and help users to make more agile decisions and take action in order to drive intelligent operations and solve key challenges.” For the mining industry, Honeywell believes that this can result in increased efficiency and ability to manage and respond to volatile energy costs, complex regulatory changes, and real-world safety challenges.“Data integration and visualisation is a must have for our customers today,” said Ian Brown, Vice President & General Manager, Advanced Solutions, Honeywell Process Solutions. “The ability to see, understand and act on the relationships within critical data is key to creating competitive advantage, and this can only be achieved when all applications and underlying data are amalgamated. Once you do this, you can identify and take advantage of opportunities earlier, mitigate potentially damaging plant events and make confident business decisions.”Intuition Executive is developed on and extends the functionality of Microsoft Corp. technologies such as Microsoft SharePoint 2010, SQL Server and StreamInsight to meet the requirements of industrial operations. “Monitoring and analysing data in motion leads to earlier event detection and faster decision making. Combining business intelligence and analytics tools with existing workflows empowers organisations with the ability to take immediate action and stay ahead in today’s highly competitive industrial marketplace,” said Caglayan Arkan, general manager, Worldwide Manufacturing and Resources Sector, Microsoft. “Combined with Microsoft technologies, Intuition Executive is positioned to take advantage of computing power and complex event processing technology to analyse large data streams.” Intuition Executive is part of a growing family of Intuition solutions that solve key industry needs such as operations monitoring, alarm management, asset management, remote operation centres, and business process optimisation. Powered by Matrikon, Intuition Executive is vendor neutral and will connect to any control system or underlying data source.last_img read more

first_imgUpdated 21:57TWO PEOPLE REMAIN in custody in connection with the murder of 44-year-old Lithuanian man Audrius Butkus whose body was found on a beach in Meath earlier this week.A woman in her 30s who was arrested earlier today has been released without charge with a file to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.A man in his 50s and a female in her 60s are still being held at Drogheda Garda Station.The man’s body was found on Mornington Beach, near Drogheda, on Tuesday morning by a walker who immediately informed gardaí. The victim appeared to have sustained serious head injuries.All three were arrested by Gardaí today in the Drogheda area and can be held for up to 24-hours.A property in Drogheda was sealed off earlier this week as part of the muder probe with gardaí appealing for anyone who noticed an “altercation, row or unusual incident” in the area to contact them.- Additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRelated: Murder investigation underway as body of man found on Meath beach>last_img read more

first_imgGoogle and Motorola merged together a little while ago, and out popped the Moto X. Among the laundry list of cool things this Android phone is capable of, users will be able to go and customize their own Moto X through a service called Moto Maker. We took a stroll through the online service to give you an idea of what you can expect when you order your very own Moto X.The Moto X casing seems a little strange at first, with its high gloss front and matte rear. The noticeable seam in the middle of the phone struck us as awkward, especially with the all white version we used for the review of the Moto X. If you could build your own Moto X though, the glossy front and matte back could be customized, making for an end product you find much more desirable. Maybe you’d prefer a black front panel and, one day, a wood back. Or how about a black front with turquoise? This way the seam is part of the design, not two mismatched shades of white.Moto Maker allows you to create a completely custom Moto X by giving the user (an AT&T customer) control over the colors of the phone with matching accessories and an inscription on the back.What’s it like to build your own Moto X? In the video below, Sal Cangeloso and I went through the entire Moto Maker process…Moto Maker is user friendly and was smooth on each of the browsers we tried it on. The website walks you through customizing your Moto X, starting with the color of the back of the phone, the choice between black and white glass on the front, and then the accent color. You can make your Moto X with a bright blue back with a metallic green power button, volume rocker, and camera trim if that’s what floats your boat.Once you pick out the colors of the exterior, you have a little bit of control over the inside as well. Choosing between 16GB and 32GB leads right into creating a custom boot message that shows up every time you restart the phone and the ability to load your Google account on the phone before it hits your doorstep. You can also create a custom message on the back of the phone, as long as you don’t try to swear or use brand names like Android or Motorola.Our custom Moto X will be arriving in a few days, and we’ll be giving a full report on how the custom casing compares to the flat white version that will be available in stores. Motorola plans to launch Moto Maker to the world alongside the AT&T launch of the phone in a couple of weeks, with updated designs and patterns expected to be added over time. There is no set date just yet, so keep an eye out for news.last_img read more

first_imgMPs to vote on type of Brexit they want as pressure mounts on May to resign Even if the House of Commons decides a majority course of action, it won’t be legally binding. https://jrnl.ie/4562736 A SERIES OF indiviactive votes about Brexit is set to be held in the House of Commons today as pressure mounts on British Prime Minister Theresa May to resign. On Monday, a majority of MPs (329 to 302) voted to seize control of parliamentary business and vote on their preferences for how to break the Brexit deadlock.MPs will today have the chance to vote on various options such as revoking Article 50 and cancelling Brexit, holding another referendum, a deal including a customs union and single market membership or leaving the European Union without a deal.The Brexit ministry said it was “disappointed” by Monday’s vote, adding that it “upends the balance between our democratic institutions and sets a dangerous, unpredictable precedent”.Even if MPs decide a majority course of action today, it won’t be legally binding and could be ignored by the government.“The government will continue to call for realism — any options considered must be deliverable in negotiations with the EU,” the Brexit ministry said.May herself said she is “sceptical” about the process and that similar efforts in the past “produced contradictory outcomes or no outcomes at all”. Short URL Share39 Tweet Email Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 8:15 AM 9,368 Views By Órla Ryan Mar 27th 2019, 8:15 AM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments British Prime Minister Theresa May Explainer: Indicative votes ahead as MPs ‘take back control’ – but will it make a difference to Brexit?Debate about the votes could begin straight after prime minister’s questions at around 12.45pm.If any other business needs to be discussed at this time, Speaker of the House John Bercow is under instruction to interrupt this at 2pm and hand control over to parliament, as outlined by The Guardian.After a debate on the various proposals, MPs are expected to start voting at 7pm and the results are due to be announced between 8.30pm and 10pm.Calls for resignation As May continutes her attempts to get MPs to back her Brexit deal, backbench Tory MPs are expected to call on her to resign at a meeting of the 1922 Committee this evening.Nigel Evans, joint executive secretary of the 1922 Committee, told Sky News: “If the prime minister announces a timetable of departure, I think that’s going to swing a lot of people behind her deal, we could get it over the line.”Earlier this week May admitted that she didn’t have enough support to get the Withdrawal Agreement through the House of Commons on her third attempt.Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson yesterday advocated for a no-deal Brexit, while fellow Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said he would back May’s deal if the DUP gets behind it. Speaking on the Conservative Home podcast, Rees-Mogg said May’s deal is “better than not leaving at all”.On Monday, the House of Commons is set to debate an online petition that calls for the Brexit process to be reversed. It has gathered over 5.8 million signatures to date.No deal The European Council last week agreed to delay Brexit until 22 May if MPs back May’s deal this week.If the UK parliament doesn’t vote in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement, the new deadline would be 12 April and Britain will be expected to indicate a way forward before that date.The UK would then face the choice of participating in the European Parliament elections at the end of May or exiting the European Union without a deal.Britain was due to officially leave the EU this Friday, 29 March. The European Commission on Monday said it has completed preparations for a no-deal Brexit, noting “it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April”. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/Press Association Images British Prime Minister Theresa May Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/Press Association Imageslast_img read more

first_imgA new group of farmers took the lead at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) this week as fiscal year 2015 begins. ASA congratulates NCGA members who will lead on the action teams and committees this coming year.“We welcome our friends over at NCGA and are looking forward to working with you as we continue to advocate for farmers and the agriculture industry together,” said ASA President Ray Gaesser.Click here for the complete roster of team members.  The action teams and committees will have their first set of meetings in St. Louis in December.last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President and MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy accused both BJP and TRS of enacting the fake drama of political rivalry only to mislead people and damage Congress party. In a live interaction with Congress party workers on social media platform Facebook and teleconference on Monday, Uttam Kumar Reddy expressed wonder over the statement of BJP National Working President J.P. Nadda wherein the latter accused Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao of indulging in corruption. “Congress party has been exposing the corrupt practices and mass irregularities of TRS Govt for the last five years. However, Prime Minister Narender Modi or his government never took note of our allegations. Instead, PM Modi and many Union Ministers openly praised KCR Govt. Similarly, he said KCR has always behaved like a true ‘Modi Bhakt’ and never criticised the BJP Government,” he said while asking Nadda to explain the reasons behind the sudden change in BJP’s policy towards TRS. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Uttam Kumar Reddy said that BJP and TRS, which are true, but secret allies in Delhi, were enacting the rivalry drama in Telangana. He challenged BJP leader Nadda to make his party’s government at the Centre to order a CBI probe against KCR if BJP was serious against exposing the corruption in TRS Government. He pointed out that TRS supported the BJP Government since 2014 and KCR was such a great fan of PM Modi that when the latter visited Telangana for the launch of Mission Bhagiratha, KCR delivered a speech saying he just wanted a little space in Modi’s heart and nothing else. He said there were innumerable occasions when KCR supported Modi Government’s decisions, although they were irrational and anti-people. Likewise, Modi Govt provided the required shield to KCR facilitating him to indulge in huge corruption and irregularities. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The TPCC Chief said that the Congress party has continuously exposed the irregularities and corruption by KCR regime in Mission Bhagiratha, Mission Kakatiya and other irrigation projects. Unlike BJP and TRS, he said Congress party never cheats people with double-talk and dual-standard and it still stands on its allegations. Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the BJP leaders were ‘day-dreaming’ of coming to power in Telangana after the party won four Lok Sabha seats. He said BJP would never gain strength in Telangana as Modi Govt did nothing for the State in the last five years. He reminded that the promises made in the Telangana Act like a Railway Coach Factory in Qazipet, Steel Plant in Bayyaram or the establishment of Tribal University, remained unimplemented. He said people of Telangana were secular in nature and there was no space for communal parties like BJP who tries to win through polarization. He said that the Congress party was only alternate to TRS and it would bounce back to power in 2023 elections. Advertise With Us The TPCC Chief announced that a delegation of senior leaders of Congress party would visit Tummadi Hatti in Adilabad district on August 25 to review the status of availability of Godavari waters. He said KCR Govt has wasted thousands of crores of public money by constructing the barrage at Medigadda instead of Tummadi Hatti by re-designing the Kaleshwaram project. Uttam Kumar Reddy also warned against harassment to Congress workers by TRS leaders and a few police officials. Asking the party workers not to worry, he promised that the Congress party would defend them under all circumstances. He informed that one MPTC of Congress party in Devarkonda Assembly segment attempted suicide due to harassment by one police Sub-Inspector. He said representation was immediately made with Director General of Police and concerned Superintendent of Police. He said that SI has reportedly been transferred. The TPCC Chief also informed that 75th birth anniversary celebrations of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi would be organised at a grand scale across Telangana on August 20 (Tuesday). He said that the celebration, in different forms, would be held continuously for the next few months. He also informed that the AICC was organising a grand celebration of Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary on August 22 at Indra Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.last_img read more

first_imgA 55-year-old woman was killed by a covered van which hit her while crossing the road in the capital’s Badda area in front of Fuji Tower on Saturday morning.The deceased, Rizia Begum, 55, is from Gangni of Kushtia. She came to Dhaka to visit her son Abdul Mannan.Leaving her son’s house, Rizia was crossing the road on the way to the bus stop. The van hit her then.The deceased was immediately rushed to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s (DMCH) emergency unit. The physicians there declared her dead.Sub-inspector Md Bacchu Miah of DMCH police camp said the body had been sent to the morgue for autopsy.Police seized the van and are looking for the driver to arrest him, added the SI.last_img read more

first_img The cat cafe is a Japanese phenomenon we could use more of Imagine relaxing in a coffee shop while adorable kitties lavish you with love and affection. Even though they seem like something that could easily be a fad, these businesses are booming.Now you can visit specialty cat cafes. Want a luxurious interior design? How about getting drunk with cats at the cat bar? Maybe you want to try your luck by surrounding yourself with just black cats. This is all possible in Japan. Even more excellent are the cat cafes populated with rescue cats that can be adopted by customers.However, all businesses must evolve to compete, and the Gifu cat cafe Sanctuary is taking their business to the next level. With their latest cafe, customers can ride the rails with their feline friends in Japan’s first train-based cat cafe.Sanctuary is partnering with Yoro Railway which runs trains between Gifu and Mie Prefectures. You can catch the Cat Cafe train between Ogaki and Ikeno stations in Gifu. They’ll be populated with cats that were originally to be put down before Sanctuary stepped in, and if they warm up to a particular furry critter, they can choose to start the adoption process.Unfortunately, the Cat Cafe Train is a one-day only event. It will depart Yoro Station at 10:30 a.m. September 10, and will arrive at Ikeno Station at 1 p.m. Passengers will get a bento box and a ticket for unlimited travel on Yoro Railway for the day. The ticket price of ¥3,000 will go towards funding Sanctuary’s rescue effort.Unfortunately, the Cat Cafe Train has been sold out already. In fact, it took less than a day for the 80 available seats to be booked. However, since this is obviously a popular initiative, keep an eye out, the Cat Cafe Train will likely be back soon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Firefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered ItCat Gets Stuck in Washing Machine for 35-Minute Cycle last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The 10th edition of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival will see the participation of writers, poets and dignitaries from China, Italy, France, Australia, Singapore, USA, UK and Pakistan, alongside noted names from Indian literary circles. Scheduled to take place from January 18 to 20 next year, it will feature Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer winner for Fiction 2018; Ira Mukhoty, known for her feminist writing; Devdutt Pattanaik, mythology expert and author; Ramchandra Guha, historian; Ravinder Singh, Young Adult author; Upamanyu Chatterjee, celebrated writer; Ravish Kumar, journalist, Poet and author; along with veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) has connected, empowered and mobilised new voices and ideas since its inception in 2010. In the last nine years, the festival has contributed greatly to restoring Kolkata’s literary edge, a distinct and valued identity, I felt, at the time, it was losing. “AKLF has developed as the fountainhead of the mission we pursue 365 days at Oxford Bookstores – of books, reading, literature, writers, publishers, building readership, creating awareness and attraction for the world of books and popularising the whole gamut that goes with books and publishing,” said Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Novelist of the much acclaimed “All The Lives We Never Lived” Anuradha Roy; former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah; and Sahitya Akademi winner Jerry Pinto will also be participating. They will be joined by Ashwin Sanghi, Rajmohan Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor, Shobhaa De, and Ratna Pathak Shah. AKLF 2019 will focus on health, current affairs, women’s issues, and children’s literature among other themes. The 10th edition of the festival will be held in Park Street’s iconic spaces giving everyone an opportunity to (re)visit, admire and enjoy their tangible and intangible heritage.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Off the eaten path: Ban Mee Off the eaten path: Coconut Off the eaten path: Tamura Off the eaten path: Santa Ana Farmers Market If you’re constantly in search of heat, make your way to Avenida 2, between Calle 38 and 40 and you’ll find the perfect spicy space, literally. Espacio Picante, Spanish for spicy space, serves traditional Sichuan cuisine that’s world-famous for their namesake chili peppers that tingle your mouth with a numbing burn.Here, for the last five years, a family of immigrants from the Sichuan region of China hasbeen satisfying and burning the palates of adventurous diners while staying true to their roots.There is an a la carte menu, but the real reason to visit Espacio Picante is for their Sichuan hot pot. Each table in this restaurant has an electric hot plate where they place a large pot of broth (spicy/plain/or half-half) and bring it to a boil.Guests then cook their own food in this pot. Imagine a steaming cauldron spicy of deliciousness with a different morsel every time you go fishing in it. It’s sort of a choose your own culinary adventure. And by the way, definitely get the spicy broth, or at very least half and half. It’s what we came to the spicy space for, isn’t it? Half spicy, half not, full boil.This format is ideal for family-style eating or plate sharing. I would recommend this restaurant for groups of four and up. They could easily accommodate large groups, too.If you choose the hot pot, the waiter will bring a single page black-and-white menu. Each ingredient is listed in Spanish and Chinese, one of the many reminders that this place is legit. Then you mark down on the right side of each ingredient how many you want (ex. 1,2,3).The hotpot menu has about 60 different items to choose from: meats, seafood, starches, vegetables, and noodles. Tofu is available, for vegetarians, too, and while I suspect the broth to be a vegetable stock, I was not able to get a straight answer and so can’t confidently recommend to vegans.All of these items are brought to the table raw, and some are frozen, so it is important to beaware of the different cooking times, depending on temperature and size of the ingredient. If you have any doubts, the waiter will be happy to help specify.As a Canadian, I cannot guarantee that this is the correct way to eat this meal, but I have made the greatest effort to understand proper practices. I always put everything that I order into the pot and let it all cook before starting the meal, but that could very well be incorrect. Maybe the traditional way is to go one at a time, item by item.Regardless of how you cook your ingredients, everyone is served a plate of freshly grated ginger and green onions. It is customary to put a little of each into your small white porcelain bowl and top of with sesame oil and soy sauce. There is also a fermented fish paste that is supposed to be included in this mix. Be cautious with this since it has a powerful and extremely salty flavor that some might find offensive. Some of the ingredients at Espacio Picante.When you remove cooked proteins and vegetables from the hot pot, the idea is to dip them into this mix before eating.Then, as you finish each plate, you put them on the cart they place next to your table. This keeps the table free so you can keep ordering more and more. This meal should be a feast that goes on for as long as you can stomach it.My personal favorites here are the pork empanadas, thinly sliced beef, spicy beef, pork balls, and whole shrimp. Generally, the quality of ingredients strikes me as more than acceptable and I have always suspected them to be fresh. Quail eggs, lobster balls, tilapia heads, and bamboo were some of the more interesting items I noticed and will have to try next time.The ideal complements to this feast are the 1-liter bottles of Tsingtao beer. When poured over a glass of ice, it is the perfect relief of the spicy Sichuan peppers that will have your nose running, face sweating, and eyes crying – it hurts so good. For those who would prefer something nonalcoholic to drink, try a can of their milk tea with tapioca pearls. It’s equally refreshing under these circumstances.Prices per plate range from 2,400 colones up to 8,500 colones, which would get you a whole chicken. I would say the average hot pot ingredient comes in around 3,600 colones and then the broth, to begin with, has a charge of 3,000 colones. (Prices here do not include the 13% tax.)I am sure solo diners and couples are equally welcomed, but the portions here are never designed for less than four people, and the meal would come out more expensive per person, than with a group of eight people. Variety with every spoonful.Actually, it could make the difference between this being an affordable meal or an expensive one. Either way, the price always feel justifiable, as there is no way you will leave hungry. Things can also get messy, so maybe it’s not ideal for first dates. I recommend going here with people you are comfortable with to maximize the fun.As with most of these kinds of restaurants, it appears to double as the family residence. Don’t be surprised if you see an older woman walking around with her small white dog following at her feet. She’s the owner. For me, this adds to the charm, but if you’re the kind of person who gives out 1-star reviews on Facebook over these kinds of things, maybe stay away.She also does not seem too interested in conversation and so the service can also be hit or miss, especially due to the occasional language barrier. My point is to please know, you are going here for the food, not the ambiance, not the service. It is an experience, and as long as you bring a good group of friends, it will be an enjoyable one. I guarantee it. The food here is good enough and unique enough to happily put up with whatever little hiccup.Espacio Picante is open 7 days a week, from 12 p.m. until 1 a.m., with late night being their busiest hours. Of course they are. This kind of meal is best when shared with friends over loud conversation and the inebriating effects of ice-cold Chinese beers.They accept all major credit cards. To arrive, look up “Restaurante Espacio Picante” in Waze or Uber.William Ayre is a Canadian born chef and restaurateur who has spent the last half of his life doing business in Costa Rica, where he now considers to be home. Inspired by Anthony Bourdain, Ayre’s passion of experiencing different cultures through food has taken him to 35 different countries over five continents. Whether it’s a 20-course meal at a fine dining restaurant in Toronto, or cantina hopping in search for the best chifrijo here in San José, he fits in just fine. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe Minister of Environment and Tourism Bavo Nsamputu refused to comment on the news.The permission to explore for oil in Virunga is in contrast to the environment minister’s decision in March 2011 to suspend oil exploration in Block 5 of the Albertine Graben area of Virunga park that is home to more than 200 gorillas.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   KINSHASA, Congo (AP) – The Congo government authorizes the British firm SOCO to explore for oil in Virunga National Park in North Kivu province.Minister of Hydrocarbons Crispin Atama Tabe told The Associated Press that national economic interests take precedence over environmental considerations in Virunga, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.Atama Tabe said that the exploration could take one to two years. He asserted that oil production could improve peace and security on volatile northeastern Congo. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

first_imgCentara Bids Farewell to Chris BaileyCentara Bids Farewell to Chris BaileyThe Centara family is sad to announce the departure of Mr. Chris Bailey, Chief Operating Officer.  Early last week, staff, industry partners and friends gathered to celebrate the amazing 12.5 years that Chris spent with the company.  It was a well-attended and fun-filled industry party that gave people an opportunity to express their good wishes and to thank Chris for his significant contributions to Centara and the tourism industry. When Chris joined Centara the company was much smaller, with just eight properties in the portfolio. Now the group boasts over 65 properties – a significant expansion in which Chris played an instrumental role. Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts noted “Chris has been a key figure in the growth and success of Centara Hotels & Resorts over the past 12.5 years. His commercial acumen and enterprise, coupled with his passion, dedication and leadership have driven the business forward year after year. Today we say a fond farewell not only to a colleague but to a friend as well. We wish Chris all the very best in his next chapter”Centara will make an announcement on Chris’ successor in due course and expects to enter the coming year in as strong a position as ever, amid an ongoing strategy of growth and with several new hotel openings on the horizon.Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading hotel group, with 45 deluxe and first-class properties across Thailand, as well as 22 hotels and resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Laos, Oman, Turkey and China. Centara also operates 24 branches of Spa Cenvaree, an award-winning spa brand, together with 8 branches of the value brand ‘Cense by Spa Cenvaree’. The company’s Kids’ Clubs are available at all their family-friendly resorts. Centara also operates three state-of-the-art convention centres in Bangkok, as well as two in north-eastern Thailand.  Centara Hotels & ResortsSource = Centara Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

first_img Argentine blueberries: Country will be “niche” pla … German-owned, Spain-based fresh produce company SanLucar has opened an office in Dubai, which it says reinforces its commitment in the Arab Gulf States and the Middle East. “We are closer to our customers and can therefore respond to their needs even faster and more directly,” says the head of the new office Bilal Issa.Dubai is both an interesting market for SanLucar and an important commercial hub for trade in the region, the company said.“We want to help, getting the fruit and vegetable sector in this region to a new level of quality,” says Michael Brinkmann, CEO of the SanLucar Group. U.S.: Tomato prices could nearly double in case of … You might also be interested in June 26 , 2018 center_img The Biocontrol Brief: How to control two-spotted s … “The demand for premium products is growing; with our know-how we help retailers and wholesalers to offer high-quality fruit in an attractive form at the right time.”SanLucar products are available in the United Arab Emirates, in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan. Bananas, tomatoes and table grapes are particularly popular in the Middle East, it said.“The SanLucar brand is becoming more and more well-known. The number of our customers and our sales are constantly increasing.” says Bilal Issa.“With the new office in the Jumeirah Lake Towers of Dubai, SanLucar intends to accelerate this development even further.”www.freshfruitportal.com U.S.: Arizona raises concerns over termination of …last_img read more