A cricket fever is sweeping the metroplis, with the craze for Saturday’s India-Pakistan World Twenty 20 match tickets reaching a crescendo.”Several Eden Gardens can be filled up, such is the demand,” said a Cricket Association of Bengal official on Wednesday.The historic venue which is set to host the high-voltage clash, has a capacity of 65,000 presently which is around 35,000 less than what used to be six years back. But the crowd strength is still enough to bring the roof down with their incessant screaming.Outside the nearby Mohammedan tent from where the tickets for international matches are usually sold, a giant yellow banner has been fixed which says: “No tickets will be sold from the counter.”The display also says that only through bookmyshow.com can one book a ticket to the Eden this Saturday. Still there were fans queuing up in front of the counters in search of the prized paper possession.”Dada, duto ticket hobe? (Brother, can I have two tickets for the game)” is the common question that is doing the rounds in the maidan area. And more often than not the person questioning is leaving with a glum face.The tickets are priced at Rs 1,500, Rs 1,000 and Rs 500.Besides the online distribution, tickets were given to each of the 121 CAB affiliate units. There were also an undisclosed number of complimentary tickets.”The demand for the tickets is huge according to the information I have received. It is going to be filled to the capacity this Saturday. We don’t think there’s enough place in the stadium to accommodate everyone who wants to book a ticket here. We can fill several Eden Gardens,” a senior Cricket Association of Bengal official told IANS.advertisementThe online process to register for the lottery system for the contest on March 19, started at 12 noon last Saturday for a 48-hour window.The fans, in India and abroad, registered by completing an online registration form available on the website. The registered fans were to be automatically enrolled into the random draw and then through an automated process, the winners were chosen.The winners from the random draw were then given an opportunity to buy tickets for the match.
TORONTO – YouTube is putting a bigger bet on its most successful Canadian creators with a channel dedicated to promoting local talent.The video streaming platform unveiled “Spotlight Canada” on Monday, a curated page that highlights some of the nation’s standout videos. It’s the first time a country has been singled out with its own curated content section.The debut of the page features a selection of past viral hits, including astronaut Chris Hadfield’s collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies from space, the Tragically Hip performing “Bobcaygeon” in Kingston, Ont., last summer, and a selection of trending music videos from Canadian artists. There’s also a section highlighting indigenous musicians and one for “Canada’s favourite YouTube creators.”Another feature called “Creator on the Rise,” which debuts Wednesday, unearths the hottest Canadian clips on YouTube each week. The selection is chosen by algorithms that factor in view count and subscriber growth.YouTube says the entire page will be refreshed each month with a new slate of videos.It’s a pilot project, but Marie Josee Lamothe, a managing director at YouTube’s owner Google, says it makes sense to select Canada as the testing ground for championing homegrown content.Some of the world’s biggest YouTube stars, including breakout creators Lilly Singh, AsapScience and Gigi Gorgeous, transcended the country’s borders and racked up millions of views on their viral clips.“The objective is to showcase Canada’s top stars, but also to help discover emerging Canadian talent,” said Lamothe.“What we want to do is bring a focus to the diverse Canadian voices that create this content.”YouTube says recent data has shown a notable increase in viewership for Canada.In the first half of this year, the amount of time Canadians spent watching YouTube videos jumped by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.Within that same window, watch time for Canadian channels soared 230 per cent in India, 70 per cent in the U.S. and 60 per cent in Australia.Lamothe says for those reasons alone it makes sense for YouTube to invest more in content from Canada.Google has already opened a 3,500 square-foot facility at the downtown Toronto campus of George Brown College aimed at giving creators the tools they need to make their videos better, like green screens and other high-end technology.“It’s important to promote our own local talent,” added Lamothe. “(This is) a big, fast-growing fan base that is worth supporting.”—Follow @dfriend on Twitter
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The list of Canada’s Greenest Employers has been released and a Calgary school has made the cut.The University of Calgary has joined a prestigious group of Canadian employers recognized for their environmental awareness through various sustainability initiatives.The competition evaluates companies on a variety of criteria including the environmental initiatives they have developed; successes in reducing the organization’s environmental footprint and whether sustainability initiatives link to the employer’s public identity.Congratulations to the 2019 winners of Canada’s Greenest Employers! As national leaders in #sustainability, this year’s #GreenEmployers are setting new standards for mitigating environmental impacts of their operations. Learn more by visiting https://t.co/ZEiVjdsX8n #environment pic.twitter.com/mHy6SIA2pR— CT100 Project (@top_employers) April 15, 2019Some of those initiatives from the University include its Bike Root along with the UBike on-campus rental service, bicycle repair and maintenance clinics.The school also offers a 61-plot pesticide free community garden which is available for staff, students, and members of the community.“We strive to implement programs and initiatives that support a sustainability culture on campus and in the community,” says Associate Vice-President of Sustainability, Joanne Perdue. “This includes our commitment to advancing sustainability education and research, engagement for sustainability, and modelling the way through sustainability practices in administration and operations.”Several other post-secondary schools were named among the Greenest Employers in the country including the University of Alberta, Wilfred Laurier and McGill.Major companies such as the Home Depot, IKEA and Ivanhoe Cambridge which manages CrossIron Mills also made the list.
A major health issue that affects thousands of people each year is suicide, according to experts on the medical condition.In 2011, almost 40,000 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). “It is the third leading cause of death among African Americans ages 15-24. Even though we are killing ourselves fewer times at a lower rate, it’s a big concern as to why is it happening at younger ages,” he said.Donna Holland Barnes, PhD, project director for the Suicide Prevention Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University, told the AFRO, African American men ages 15-24 are committing suicide more often.According to the U.S. Census, 45 percent of the D.C. African American population is men, with ages 15-24 representing a significant portion of its population.The African American community, overall, demonstrates risky behavior that could lead to suicide, she said.“We have very high rates of suicidal behavior, which can lead to death,” Barnes said. “So we need to be very cognizant of that.”Mental disorders, such as depression, are major risk factors for suicide. Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million Americans each year, according to Mental Health America, community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives located in Alexandria, Va.Although, African Americans statistically have more experiences that increase their risks of depression – including oppression and racism – it is often under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed in the African-American community, Donald Grant, a socio-cultural analyst told the AFRO.However, even though there are very high rates of suicidal behavior in the African American community, African-American suicide rates in 2011 were much lower in comparison to other groups at 5.3 percent compared to 14.5 percent of Whites but there are still significant concerns, Grant said.A stigma, however, exists about mental illness that prevents African Americans from seeking help, Kevin Chapman, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist at the OCD Institute of Louisville, told the AFRO.“[M]ental health in the African-American community is often equated with being viewed as ‘crazy,’” Chapman said.“From a Christian perspective, my own experience would suggest that mental health providers who are well versed in Biblical principles, are well received when one’s faith is an important component of mental health treatment,” he said. “Furthermore, the church has historically been a source of support and strength for the African-American community.”Chapman also said it is important that mental health professionals remain culturally sensitive when treating patients.“Mental health treatment is extremely effective when implemented by a culturally proficient, competent mental health provider who is willing to ‘roll up his or her sleeves’ and ‘get real.’”Afiya M. Mbilishaka, PhD, president of the D.C. Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, told the AFRO there is a mistrust of medical workers in the African American community.Medical and mental health professionals described how African-American people have been “chronically mistreated and even killed by physicians” through medical experimentations, she said.“To address the stigma, community gatekeepers such as pastors, teachers, barbers, and hair stylists can be trained in mental health screening and evidence-based counseling techniques,” Mbilishaka said.She also said mental illness may appear differently in African Americans than in Whites – through somatic complaints and hypersensitivity. African Americans may display initial lack of self-disclosure.According to the mental health network, clinical depression is very treatable. More than 80 percent of those who seek treatment show improvement. Depression cannot be self-treated. It has to be treated by a physician or qualified mental health professional through anti-depressants, psychotherapy, or both.Howard University offers a course every second Wednesday of the month on recognizing these signs. The next one is October 8. They also provide a support group called “Survivors Circle” for families who have lost someone to suicide.The National Suicide Hotline, 1-800-273-8255, transfers D.C. residents to the Department of Health and Human Services, where they can receive a list of local resources. To get listings of Black psychologists in Washington, D.C., contact the Association of Black Psychologists, located in Fort Washington, Md., at 301-449-3082 or visit their website at http://www.abpsi.org/.
Upgraded to an international crafts fair, the Surajkund Crafts Mela will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday in Haryana’s Faridabad district in the National Capital Region. Surajkund has, since its inception, been quite a favourite with Delhiites. Assam will be the flavour of the fair this year. Nearly 20 countries, including SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) members, have confirmed their participation in the 27th edition of the fair, a state government spokesman said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As many as 300 crafts persons, weavers, artisans, folk musicians and dancers would participate from the theme state of Karnataka, he pointed out. ‘Keeping in view the record participation of 12 countries in the last year’s mela, it has now been upgraded as International Crafts Mela. This year also, the countries that have confirmed their participation are Rwanda, Guinea, Tunisia, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Congo and Egypt from the African continent. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Eurasian countries namely Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and SAARC nations Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan would participate. Thailand and Peru would also participate,’ he added.Surajkund Mela Authority will provide 50 per cent rebate in the entry tickets to the disabled, senior citizens, serving soldiers and ex-servicemen. Freedom fighters will have free entry to the fair.The fortnight-long fair showcases traditional crafts from all over India and leading artisans.Surajkund derives its name from the ancient amphitheatre sun pool constructed here in the 10th century AD by Raja Suraj Pal, one of the Tomar chieftains, in the Aravalli mountain range.DETAILAt: Surajkund Mela Grounds, Faridabad When: 1-15 FebruaryTimings: 9.30 am to 7.30 pm
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Friday refused to stay the election for the Mayoral post in Kolkata Municipal Corporation, which will be held on Monday, December 3. KMC chairperson Mala Roy held a meeting with the councillors and urged them to be present for the voting and use their democratic rights. 114 out of 122 elected councillors of Trinamool Congress attended the meeting.It may be mentioned that Firhad Hakim, who holds the post of state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, has been chosen as the Mayor designate by the councillors of Trinamool Congress, following former Mayor Sovan Chatterjee’s resignation from the post. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeCPI(M) councillor Bilquis Begum had moved the High Court, challenging Hakim’s election on the ground that he was not an elected councillor from any of the wards of the civic body. Justice Debangshu Basak on Friday directed the state and KMC to file affidavits in opposition to the petition of the CPI(M) councillor and said that the matter will be further heard on December 17. The petitioner has challenged the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, which was passed by the state Assembly recently. It has also received the assent of the Governor, which allows a person who is not an elected councillor, to be made a Mayor of KMC. The person, however, would have to be elected within six months, in order to continue in the post. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Some of the councillors could not turn up today (Friday) because of ill health and two of them are presently abroad. But all of them are expected to attend the elections on Monday, which will be held from 1 to 2.30 pm,” said Roy. When asked whether Sovan Chatterjee, who is a councillor of ward 131, will turn up for voting, Roy said: “The message regarding the elections has been passed to all the councillors.” There will be four booths where councillors will be voting. The oath-taking ceremony of the Mayor is also expected to take place on Monday after the announcement of the results. Mina Debi Purohit from BJP will contest against Hakim for the Mayoral post, while Left Front and Congress have announced that they will boycott the voting.