Two suspected terrorists were arrested on Wednesday from a cyber café in civil lines area of Gaya in Bihar. The district police have been interrogating them while alerting the other investigating agencies of the country.Police officials said Taushif Ahmad Khan and Sana Khan were arrested from a cyber café near Rajendra Ashram in civil lines area of the Gaya town. Both are said to be resident of Karmauni village under Dhobhi police station of the district.One of them Taushif Ahmad Khan is suspected to be prime accused in the Ahmedabad bomb blast case in July 2008 in which several people were killed. A team of Gujarat police and NIA (National Investigation Agency) too are likely to reach Gaya by Thursday evening.“On a tip off that Taushif Ahmad Khan and Sana Khan have been visiting a cyber café for sometime in civil lines area we laid a trap and arrested them”, a senior police official of Gaya, Alok Singh said.Though, police have not been sharing more information on the arrests of the two but sources in the department told The Hindu that some documents and the computer from the cyber café too have been seized by the police.It is also suspected that Taushif Ahmad Khan was living in Bangladesh for a long time but has been visiting India through Malda district at regular intervals.Informed sources said the two suspected terrorists might have been planning to attack Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya in protest against atrocities on Rohingya Muslim refugees in Myanmar by Buddhist followers.Earlier in July 2013 a series of bomb blasts had happened at Bodh Gaya when the Rohingya refugee problem was going in Myanmar.Meanwhile, the district police have beefed-up security around the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya and in Gaya town too where famous Pitrpaksha mela (a ritual ceremony for ancestors) are going on.
Alan Trounson, the Australian researcher who has headed California’s $3 billion stem cell institute for nearly 6 years, is stepping down to be closer to his family.Trounson, 67, a leading in vitro fertilization researcher with biotech industry experience, was considered a huge catch when he agreed to leave Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, to become president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in late 2007. He oversaw the agency’s shift from training, basic research, and new buildings to translational projects aimed at moving discoveries to the clinic. Overall, the agency has disbursed $1.9 billion in grants. During his tenure, CIRM also went through various controversies, including concerns about conflicts of interest and the abrupt departure of two of its leaders.“I have loved working at CIRM and being part of something truly pioneering – a revolution in stem cell science and medicine – but ultimately it came down to a choice between CIRM and a life including my family,” Trounson stated in a press release yesterday. 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We are truly grateful for his vision, his expertise and his leadership,” Thomas stated.Trounson leaves at a challenging time for the agency, which will run out of its funding from state bonds in 2017 and will need to find new sources of support. According to the press release, Trounson has agreed to stay on for an unspecified period of time while the CIRM board searches for his successor.
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Belo, however, committed a backcourt violation in the ensuing which gave Magnolia another chance to seal the game.Blackwater still got another shot after Mike DiGregorio secured a huge stop in the final 20 seconds, but Nard Pinto could not convert on his potential game-tying layup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJio Jalalon and Justin Melton iced the game at the free throw stripe in the waning seconds.“It was a very tough game,” said Chito Victolero as his side improved to 6-1. “I was worried about us being complacent so I tried to motivate my players to go hard and match the intensity of Blackwater. Although we had some lapses in the end, because of our experience and chemistry, we’re happy to pull this win off.” AFP official booed out of forum MAGNOLIA 78 — Barroca 14, Ramos 14, Melton 8, Sangalang 8, Pascual 7, Dela Rosa 6, Jalalon 6, Simon 6, Pingris 4, Herndon 3, Reavis 2, Brondial 0, Gamalinda 0.BLACKWATER 72 — Belo 25, Maliksi 17, Cortez 8, Erram 6, Jose 4, Pinto 3, DiGregorio 2, Marcelo 2, Sena 2, Sumang 2, Palma 1, Cruz 0, Javier 0.Quarters: 23-13, 42-29, 61-54, 78-72. Read Next Ancajas adds weight but camp not worried: ‘It’s normal’ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mark Barroca paced the league-leading Hotshots with 14 points, three rebounds, and three assists off the bench, while Aldrech Ramos also got 14 markers on a 2-of-5 shooting from three, to go with five boards.Sangalang and Melton both finished with eight points in the game for Magnolia.Belo had a career-high-tying 25 points, six rebounds, and six steals in the loss, while Allein Maliksi got 17 markers and four boards in his first game against his former team.Blackwater remained winless for the year 2018, dropping its fourth straight loss to fall to 2-5.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City PBA IMAGESMagnolia made it five in a row after escaping a late Blackwater rally, 78-72, Friday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Ian Sangalang drilled the go-ahead 15-footer with 55.1 seconds left give the Hotshots a 74-72 lead and stopping the bleeding for his side after Mac Belo commandeered a 14-2 run to knot the score at 72.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic have made no secret that the future of their franchise will depend on how well they can develop their young players.Rookie Victor Oladipo is a key cog in that group and provided a glimpse of what team officials hope that future will look like.Arron Afflalo scored 32 points and Oladipo had 30 points, a career-high 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Magic rallied to beat the New York Knicks 129-121 in double overtime on Feb. 21.The Magic trailed by as many as 14 points, but got 25 points and 10 assists from Oladipo after halftime to stave off the Knicks. Tobias Harris added 22 points.“Every game I control one thing — my energy that I bring to both ends of the floor,” Oladipo said. “I’m just trying to do that every game, whether it’s a good game or a bad game.”Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak in its first game following the departure of Glen Davis, who had the remainder of his contract bought out earlier in the day.Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said he thought Oladipo played a complete game. The rookie logged a team-high 49 minutes.“He got what he wanted to on both ends of the floor,” Vaughn said. “On the offensive end, in a lot of different places we kind of let him go and it was his decision to make.”Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 44 points, but only 14 came after the third quarter.The Knicks’ loss ended their eight-game win streak over the Magic. It was also the latest head-scratching loss for a New York team that has last four of its last five and is yet to post back-to-back wins this month.“Every game right now is important,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “They made the run at the start of the fourth and we couldn’t get it back. It’s a tough loss.”Afflalo found Oladipo for a layup to put the Magic in front 117-113 in the second overtime. But Afflalo injured his right ankle in the process by stepping on Raymond Felton’s foot and didn’t return. He will be evaluated before the team’s upcoming four-game road trip.Orlando was dealt another blow on the Knicks’ next possession when center Nik Vucevic was whistled for his sixth foul. Anthony then hit a pair of free-throws to get New York back within a basket.Oladipo answered, getting fouled when he fought past Tim Hardaway Jr. for a layup. He completed the three-point play to push the lead back to 120-115.The Knicks got it back to a point before another three-point play by Oladipo made it 125-121 with 30.7 seconds left.Felton had a 3-pointer rattle out on the other end, forcing the Knicks to foul and Orlando sealed the win at the free throw line.“It is just another game that I feel that we gave away,” Anthony said. “We were up and had a comfortable lead. They fought back and never quit.”Felton hit back-to-back jumpers to put New York up 113-111 with less than three minutes to play in the first overtime.Oladipo quickly countered on the other end with a driving layup before Felton sprinted ahead and found Tyson Chandler for a reverse slam. But the ball bounced off Chandler’s head and popped up and out of the basket. Chandler was called for offensive interference and the basket was waved off.The Magic got the ball, but Afflalo’s pass was knocked away by Chandler and prompting a Knicks’ timeout with 41.6 remaining.Anthony briefly got open in the lane, but could only get off a leaning 16-footer that hit the rim and was rebounded by the Magic, who called their own timeout with 8 seconds left.Orlando got up several shots at the rim, but Vucevic’s final tip attempt fell short.The Knicks led by as many as 14 in the third quarter before the Magic trimmed it to 86-83 in the opening minutes of the fourth. Afflalo sent it to overtime when he hit a step-back jumper with 42.9 seconds left to tie it 106-all.As solid as his performance was, Oladipo said he’s not satisfied. “There’s so much room for improvement. I can get so much better,” he said. “I really feel like I haven’t scratched the surface of how good I’m going to be. I honestly believe that.”(Kyle Hightower)TweetPinShare0 Shares
MLS MLS Talking Points: Conference semifinals preview Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 21:21 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Anne-Marie Sorvin MLS Toronto New York City New York RB Columbus Crew Portland Timbers Seattle Sounders Houston Dynamo Vancouver Whitecaps Toronto FC’s clash against the New York Red Bulls and the Cascadia clash between Seattle and Vancouver headline the MLS playoff conference semifinals One record-setting squad, two recent champions, and five teams hoping to be a part of a late-season surprise in the race to the 2017 MLS Cup title. That is your remaining playoff field, and as the conference semifinals prepare to kick off, the menu is stacked with four intriguing match-ups.Toronto FC enters as the biggest favorite, taking on a feisty New York Red Bulls side riding high off its 4-0 thrashing of the Chicago Fire. The Supporters’ Shield winners will be hard to stop, but Jesse Marsch will do everything he can to trip up the Canadian powerhouse.The Columbus Crew enter the conference semis on an 11-match unbeaten run, but may feel the fatigue from a grueling knockout round elimination of Atlanta United when they begin their series with New York City FC on Tuesday. Columbus fans are sure to come out in force to protest owner Anthony Precourt, while NYCFC looks to take advantage of being the rested team. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Out West, Portland looks like the team to beat, but must first put away a surging Houston Dynamo side that is unbeaten in seven matches. Diego Valeri will look to build on his MVP-caliber season, while the Dynamo try to keep riding an improving defense that has allowed just two goals in its past five matches.The defending champion Seattle Sounders aren’t generating much consideration as a serious threat to repeat, but Brian Schmetzer’s squad is definitely capable of making another run. It is contingent on Osvaldo Alonso and Jordan Morris getting healthy though, and even then they will find a tough road ahead against a much-improved Vancouver Whitecaps side.Here is a closer look at all four conference semifinal series, which begin on Sunday with Seattle’s visit to Vancouver:TORONTO FC vs. NEW YORK RED BULLSSCHEDULE: Toronto FC at Red Bulls, Monday, 7 p.m.; Red Bulls at Toronto FC, Nov. 5, 3 p.m.SEASON SERIES: 1-1 draw at BMO Field on May 19; 4-2 Toronto FC win at Red Bull Arena on Sept. 30.OUTLOOK: This series is a bit of a tricky one to project because it’s tough to take much away from the regular season meetings. The draw in Toronto in May was a long time ago, and the big TFC win in September isn’t very meaningful because the Red Bulls were missing several key starters.It should also be noted that Sebastian Giovinco didn’t play in either match against the Red Bulls this year, and he has a track record of terrorizing them. He could have a field day running at New York’s three central defenders, and is definitely capable of capitalizing if the Red Bulls give away silly free kicks, something we saw quite a bit in this series during the season. Giovinco’s presence makes it that much tougher to devote the much-needed attention necessary to deal with Jozy Altidore.Justin Morrow scored a hat-trick in the September meeting and was arguably TFC’s best player both times these teams met. It will be up to Tyler Adams to help ensure that doesn’t happen again as he looks to win one of the more important match-ups in a series full of good ones.The Michael Bradley-Sacha Kljestan battle will be the main event, with the former U.S. national team and Olympic teammates square off once again. Kljestan has flourished in the Red Bulls new 5-4-1 system, but Bradley has enjoyed his own MVP-caliber season.NEW YORK CITY FC vs. COLUMBUS CREWSCHEDULE: New York City FC at Crew, Tuesday, 8 p.m.; Crew at NYCFC, Sunday, TBD.SEASON SERIES: 3-2 NYCFC win in Columbus on April 29; 2-2 tie in New York on Oct. 22.OUTLOOK: These teams look destined to play a tightly-contested series, but NYCFC boasts the clear edge for a variety of reasons.The NYCFC attack has created a plethora of chances in both 2017 meetings, including the recent 2-2 draw, a match that saw NYCFC produce nine shots on goal to the Crew’s three. As much as the Crew’s defense had improved a good amount during its hot streak, NYCFC showed that it can still dominate Gregg Berhalter’s team.Another factor in NYCFC’s favor is the potential fatigue the Crew will face after being taken all the way to penalty kicks by Atlanta United. Five days might be enough time for the Crew to recover a fair amount, but the fatigue factor will play a role at some point, and NYCFC has the weapons to capitalize on that.Something else to consider is the status of Justin Meram, who hasn’t looked himself since returning from international duty earlier this month. Whether it is a foot injury or fatigue, Meram could be forced to sit in favor of Kekuta Manneh if Berhalter feels Meram is struggling.All that said, the Crew showed in the latest meeting between these teams that they can also find the cracks in NYCFC’s defense, and Federico Higuain has enjoyed a good amount of success against Patrick Vieira’s team. NYCFC also didn’t finish the season in the best of form, and its defense hasn’t looked as strong since Maxime Chanot was sidelined with an injury. That is good news for Ola Kamara, who has scored nine goals in the Crew’s past 13 matches, and also scored in each of the Crew’s matches against NYCFC in 2017.The Crew will be hoping Zack Steffen can build on his stellar outing against Atlanta United, and we shouldn’t forget the David Villa penalty kick he saved in the regular season finale. He will need more heroics like that if the Crew are going to get past NYCFC.PORTLAND TIMBERS vs. HOUSTON DYNAMOSCHEDULE: Timbers at Dynamo, Monday, 9:30 p.m.; Dynamo at Timbers, Sunday, TBD.SEASON SERIES: 4-2 Timbers win in Portland on March 18; 2-2 tie in Houston on July 29.OUTLOOK: The Timbers have been playing some of the best soccer in the league in recent months, and their matchup against the Dynamo should be made even more ideal due to some defensive injuries.The Dynamo defense posted its third straight shutout in the shutout round win against Sporting Kansas City, but losing Leonardo to injury is a big blow, and it will be even more costly of Fanendo Adi returns from injury for the Timbers.Porter’s squad has adapted well without Adi, thanks in part to Darren Mattocks. Will Porter sit Mattocks, or stick with the hot hand and bring Adi along slowly? With the Dynamo forced into starting Philippe Senderos, Houston’s defense could be more vulnerable to Mattock’s speed than Adi’s power.Houston will need Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis to be at their best, going after Portland’s fullbacks and generating chances if the Dynamo will have a chance. Portland’s midfield should control play in the series, but the Dynamo have the speed to trouble Portland, particularly on the counterattack.Which Erick Torres will show up for Houston? The one who was unstoppable early in the year, or the one who has been largely ineffective over the past three months? If he can’t get going, the Dynamo will have a tough time keeping up with Portland’s attack.SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPSSCHEDULE: Sounders at Whitecaps, Sunday, 8 p.m.; Whitecaps at Sounders, Thursday, 10:30 p.m.SEASON SERIES: 2-1 Whitecaps win in Vancouver on April 14; 1-1 tie in Vancouver on Aug. 23; 3-0 Sounders win in Seattle on Sept. 27.OUTLOOK: Injuries look to be the great equalizer in this battle of Cascadia rivals. A full-strength Seattle side would be the clear favorite, but with several Sounders hobbled, the Whitecaps have a very real chance of knocking off the reigning champions.The Sounders trounced Vancouver a month ago, but that was before Osvaldo Alonso, Victor Rodriguez and Gustav Svensson suffered injuries in the subsequent weeks. Alonso appears likely to return to action, but Rodriguez and Svensson look more likely to join injured Jordan Morris on the sidelines, at least for the start of the series. That, coupled with Clint Dempsey’s suspension, will give the Whitecaps a golden opportunity to earn a series-deciding win in the first leg.Nicolas Lodeiro ran wild on Vancouver the last time out, and will be needed even more without Dempsey and Morris to help carry the attacking burden. He and Will Bruin will need to be at their best to help ensure the Whitecaps don’t carry a big lead into the second leg in Seattle.The Whitecaps will be calling on Yordy Reyna to have a big series. With Alonso just returning from an injury absence, and Svensson injured, the options to try and slow down the Peruvian playmaker could be limited, which will make the Whitecaps attack that much more dangerous.Will Fredy Montero be the deciding factor in the series? The Whitecaps striker has burned his former team before, and will be pivotal to the Whitecap’s chances of eliminating the champions.
Mexico Osorio only the latest manager sweating Giovani dos Santos’ inconsistencies Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 02:26 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kelvin Kuo Mexico Mexico v Scotland Scotland LA Galaxy Friendlies Though the El Tri boss is working to figure out if the LA Galaxy attacker will make the cut, he’s hardly the first to face this question There is no more divisive player on the Mexico roster than Giovani dos Santos.Everyone will agree he has talent, but even his biggest fans will admit that talent isn’t always on display while his detractors have to concede that he has influenced matches in the past and will continue to do so in the future.Now it’s El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio’s job to figure out which is more likely to happen this summer – for Dos Santos to show his talent and be player who needs to be on the Mexico roster for Russia or someone who won’t be able to rediscover his form and is better off left at home. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Giovani is a unique case,” Osorio said Friday. “All Mexicans, and I’ll include myself, have always hoped, like I hope, that Giovani might be a player who not only is influential in the game but also on the scoreboard like he was against the Netherlands in the last World Cup.”Now, I think the expectations are very different from the current reality, and the only thing I can hope at this time is that he’s 100 percent and competes with a place on the final list like everyone else. We’ll look at him from now until the weekend.”That hardly was a ringing endorsement from the manager, who just months ago had lavished praise upon Dos Santos. Stranger still, there are reports (aren’t there always reports?) that Osorio was frustrated at Dos Santos for not following along with the fitness plan sent to him in the fall after Mexico clinched World Cup qualification. If that’s true, Osorio’s comments in January seem like hilarious subtweeting more than legit praise. At the time, though, they felt genuine.”Our three players Jonathan, Carlos and Giovani, they look really good. Giovani especially, I think you’ll see, like I said last week when I was in LA, that he’s been working and he may be in the best shape of his life,” Osorio said before a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Feb. 1.To me and other members of the press, Dos Santos failed to impress in the 1-0 victory. Osorio, however, felt it was another step in the right direction for the 29-year-old. “About Giovani, I totally disagree with you,” the manager said. “I think he keeps showing that he’s a player capable of being on the the ball, can go from the outside and to the interior and speaking with him these are two positions where he feels comfortable.”Today we decided to play him as a winger on his natural side behind a single forward. I think he looked good when he played inverted. I think he’s definitely a player who, from what we’ve seen, is going to keep preparing himself in the best way and he’s going to be in top condition to fight for a place against anybody.”Those preparations were derailed, though, by a hamstring injury suffered with the LA Galaxy against NYCFC that kept him out of the March friendly matches. After a brief return to the field, Dos Santos again had to miss time and entered last weekend unable to go a full 90 minutes with club or country. He did see the field against Wales and Osorio’s outlook after seeing Dos Santos for 20 minutes on Monday was far more positive than the comments about expectations differing from reality he’d made days earlier.”I think we all know his ability, his technique, and in a very tight space, he can be a very influential player,” he said. “He touched the ball I don’t know how many times within only 15 or 20 minutes. We hope against Scotland he’ll have more time. Hopefully he starts and he shows everything we expect from him.” Osorio is only the latest manager who has oscillated when discussing Dos Santos. Between inconsistency and injury, Dos Santos can drive a coach mad. One night, he’s the best player on the field by far, the next all the skill and incisiveness he showed has vanished. Previous national team managers and club managers have had to figure out where to put Dos Santos, a jack of many trades but perhaps not a master of one specific skill. Even Osorio, who loves to try players out in different roles and often notes a tendency in a player that convinces him to make a change, says he doesn’t have the answer.”It’s not where I see him, it’s where he sees himself,” Osorio said after the Wales game. “He sees himself and where we agree he can play, first off as an attacking midfielder, behind the 9 then on the interior and/or as a right winger with an inverted profile.”Many fans don’t see Gio playing any of those positions at the World Cup. Once the great hope of the team, and indeed a regular who played nearly 70 percent of Mexico’s matches in the 2014 cycle, he has fallen out of regular status playing in just more than two-thirds of matches, according to analysis by El Economista.That’s too many for some fans, with nearly a third of ESPN Mexico readers saying they’d cut him from the World Cup squad in a poll this week. After being named the most overrated player by his peers in an ESPN survey, Dos Santos likely has had enough of ESPN polls.We don’t know for sure, since the player himself has been quiet in the last few months. After playing against San Jose, his brother and Galaxy team-mate Jonathan did the talking, assuring everyone that both brothers would be 100 percent at the World Cup. There now can be a serious debate about whether Gio will go. His fitness obviously is a concern, and Osorio has other dangerous, versatile options he can call on. With more insecurity at the back, it may be Gio sacrificed in the place of a young defender who provides more options at a place where Mexico is thin.For months, the Colombian tactician implied Gio would be on the roster. Now, he doesn’t sound so sure. The player himself knew he wasn’t guaranteed a spot on the roster.”I don’t think anybody has their place safe in the national team in the world of football,” he said in January. “In the end, it’s very clear that the coach makes the decision and we as professionals have to do as well as possible on the field.”It’s on Osorio to decide whether Giovani dos Santos can meet the high expectations he has in him or if the actual reality is that those expectations are too lofty for him to reach.
The electric likembe is the centerpiece of the legendary Congolese band Konono N˚1’s sound. Migiedei Mawangu, the band’s late founder, electrified the traditional African thumb piano after he moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Bakongo region to its capital, Kinshasa. There he founded L’Orchestre Folklorique Tout Puissant Konono N°1 (The Almighty Folk Orchestra Konono N˚1).Featuring the sound of two electric likembes (one lead and one bass) along with traditional and makeshift percussion, Konono N˚1 saw the first release of the music outside of the DRC in 1980 on a French compilation album. Producer Vincent Kenis heard Konono N˚1’s track on the compilation and began searching for the band during his time in the Congo. His perseverance was rewarded in the early 2000s when he found the band and was able to help them record their first album, Congotronics.After Crammed Discs released Congotronics in 2004, the band became a sensation with indie and electronic musicians. They garnered praise from a multitude of artists (including Beck, Wilco, and Thom Yorke), and were invited by Björk to record and perform with her. Now, twelve years and two albums after Congotronics, Konono N˚1 return with a new collaborator and a new record.Their latest album, Konono N˚1 Meets Batida, as its title suggests, is a collaboration with the Portuguese-Angolan musician Batida. Playing danceable electronic music and influenced by a variety of styles of Angolan music, Batida looks on paper to be an ideal collaborator for Konono N˚1, and the results bear that out. Konono N˚1 Meets Batida is a brilliant, heady mixture of its creators’ differing but related styles.Beginning with Migiedei Mawangu’s creation of the electric likembe, Konono N˚1 has mixed folk traditions with modern techniques and technology. The band’s collaboration with Batida is the latest step in this journey, and the two artists’ complementary sounds elevate their collaboration to new heights.Konono N˚1 Meets Batida will be released in the US by Crammed Discs on April 29th. The record is available to preorder on Amazon, iTunes, and Crammed Discs’ online shop. 7 of the Best Drink References in Music 25 Vinyl Albums Every Man Should Own Meet the Spirits Network, the Real-Time Shoppable QVC of Booze Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Meet Phylloxera, One of Wine’s Most Dangerous Pests
A capital plan that makes government investment in provincial infrastructure projects more open and accountable has been tabled in advance of the budget for the first time. Finance Minister Graham Steele tabled the 2011-12 Capital Plan today, Dec. 9. It lists major projects that will be started or continue next year, subject to the approval of the legislature in the spring. These include road projects, schools, hospitals, community housing, jails, information system and many other public buildings and infrastructure projects. “Today, we become the first government to table a capital plan in advance of the spring budget. This new practice makes government operations more open and accountable,” said Mr. Steele. Traditionally, there is no place in the budget documents where all the proposed capital projects are listed. The capital budget for 2011-12 is estimated at $560 million. The annual plan responds to a recommendation accepted by government in the Deloitte Report to table a capital plan each fall. “This plan makes it clear to industry what they can expect in terms of government construction projects that will start in the coming year, making it easier for them to prepare for their involvement, should they want to bid on jobs,” said Mr. Steele. “It should also make it easier for companies that do certain types of construction, like road building, to plan for what is, in Nova Scotia, a relatively short construction season.” The plan is preliminary and will adapt as government makes changes and improvements to its capital budget, which is part of the 2011-12 provincial budget. “We’re pleased that government listened to industry and tabled a capital plan this fall, well before the construction season begins,” said Construction Association of Nova Scotia president Carol MacCulloch. “Capital investments are critical, but the detail is often buried or not available in the annual budget. Now it is all in one place and that will help us to plan. It will also allow us to have a more informed discussion with government about the level of capital investment needed to sustain our public infrastructure.” The capital plan is available at www.gov.ns.ca/finance . FOR BROADCAST ONLY Government released a capital plan today (December 9th) that lists 560-million-dollars in building projects for next year, including schools, roads, and information technology projects. Finance Minister Graham Steele says this is the first government to table a capital plan in advance of the spring budget, and this new practice makes government operations more open and accountable. -30-
New Delhi: As the trends showed BJP leading across the country as well as in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday congratulated the saffron party for its victory and said it hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would do good work in his future tenure. Welcoming the people’s mandate, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharwaj said: “Nothing in the democracy is as pure, sacred and powerful as the public mandate. We respect the public mandate given to the BJP and congratulate the party for its victory. We also extend our best wishes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being re-elected. We hope he would do good work.” The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had bagged all the seven seats in Delhi in 2014.
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said Thursday it will come out with guidelines for issuance of licences to small finance banks ‘on tap’ basis in August 2019 for promoting banking facility for small borrowers and encourage competition. The RBI had given in-principle approval to 10 entities for entering the small finance banking space in September 2015. On tap licensing will enable entities to approach the central bank for obtaining licences for small finance banks on meeting laid-down criteria. Eligible entities would not have to wait for licences as it would be available on-demand basis. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents The RBI in its statement on developmental and regulatory policies said it was notified in the Guidelines for Licensing of “Payments Banks” and “Small Finance Banks” in the private sector on November 27, 2014. After gaining experience in dealing with these banks, the Reserve Bank will consider on tap’ licensing of these banks, it said. “In the case of Small Finance Banks, licence was issued to 10 such banks. Further, eight of the ten Small Finance Banks have also been included in the second schedule of the RBI Act, 1934. A review of the performance of Small Finance Banks reveals that they have achieved their priority sector targets and thus attained their mandate for furthering financial inclusion,” it said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd, Janalakshmi Financial Services Pvt. Ltd, ESAF Microfinance and Investments Pvt. Ltd, and Equitas Holdings Ltd are among the 10 entities. The others are Au Financiers (India) Ltd, Capital Local Area Bank Ltd, Disha Microfin Pvt. Ltd, RGVN (North East) Microfinance Ltd, Suryoday Micro Finance Pvt. Ltd, and Utkarsh Micro Finance Pvt. Ltd. Therefore, there is a case for more players to be included to enhance access to banking facilities to small borrowers and to encourage competition, it said. “It is, therefore, proposed to issue the Draft Guidelines for on tap’ Licensing of Small Finance Banks by the end of August 2019. It has also been decided that more time is needed to review the performance of Payments Banks before considering the licensing of this category of banks to be put on tap’,” it said. Small Finance Banks offer basic banking services, accepting deposits and lending to unserved and underserved sections including small business units, small and marginal farmers, micro and small industries, and entities in the unorganized sector. The RBI further noted that over the years corporate group structures have become more complex involving multiple layering and leveraging, which has led to greater inter-connectedness to the financial system through their access to public funds. In light of recent developments, there is a need to strengthen the corporate governance framework of Core Investment Companies (CICs). Accordingly, it has been decided to set up a Working Group to review the regulatory guidelines and supervisory framework applicable to CICs. In August 2010, the Reserve Bank introduced a separate framework for the regulation of systemically important CICs recognising the difference in the business model of a holding company relative to other non-banking financial companies. In order to mitigate risks of excessive leverage, it said, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) designed the Basel III Leverage Ratio (LR) as a simple, transparent, and non-risk-based measure to supplement existing risk-based capital adequacy requirements. In terms of the framework on LR put in place by the Reserve Bank, banks have been monitored against an indicative LR of 4.5 per cent. These guidelines have served the purpose of disclosures and also as the basis for parallel run by banks, it said, adding, the final minimum LR requirement was to be stipulated taking into consideration the final rules prescribed by the Basel Committee by end 2017. “BCBS has since finalized that banks must meet a minimum 3% LR requirement at all times (Basel III: Finalising post-crisis reforms, December 2017). Both the capital measure and the exposure measure are to be calculated on a quarter-end basis. However, banks may, subject to supervisory approval, use more frequent calculations (e.g., daily or monthly average) as long as they do so consistently,” it said. Keeping in mind financial stability and with a view to moving further towards harmonisation with Basel III standards, it has been decided that the minimum LR should be 4 per cent for Domestic Systemically Important Banks (DSIBs) and 3.5 per cent for other banks, it said. The instructions in this regard shall be issued before end of June 2019, it said.
El-Miskin, where Hauwa and her family are sheltering, sits at the edge of the capital of Borno State, Maiduguri. It is one of several camps for internally displaced people (IDP) in the region, victims of the fighting between armed groups and Nigerian forces that has persisted for almost a decade. Newcomers to El-Miskin camp live in makeshift shelters made of straw, and energy is hard to come by. This means that safety is an issue, particularly for women and girls: without proper lighting, they often have to walk in the dark to use the latrines and other water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. For Hauwa, even the cost of batteries to power a small lamp is beyond her means, so when she was given a solar-powered lamp – purchased with financial support from GOGLA, the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry – in early April, as part of the IOM initiative, her daily routine improved drastically. However, since last year, the camp’s supplies come from a solar-powered pump, providing some 29,000 residents, and around 300 humanitarian workers, with around 20 litres of water every day. The environmental footprint of the camp is now much smaller, as fuel consumption has dropped drastically. This also means that the pump will have paid for itself by the end of 2019, thanks to savings on transportation and diesel fuel.With the costs of renewable energy installations continuing to fall, more and more humanitarian centres will be powered by clean power sources, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. To speed up the process, a group of UN-related bodies, along with other partners, co-led by IOM, have made the switch to clean energy a priority, and joined together to bring about a global sustainable energy plan of action, part of the aim to achieve Goal 7 of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: safe access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy services for all displaced people. This is causing tensions with local people, who want to protect their natural resources and livelihoods, and increases the risk of assaults on refugees. As for the health risks, the smoke created by around 191,000 families in such a densely populated area is having a negative effect on the whole population, especially those directly involved in tending fires and cooking.Cases such as Bangladesh explain why UNHCR, IOM, and other humanitarian organizations, have a strong motivation to find ways to power refugee camps with cheap, clean energy. For example, at UNHCR’s two largest refugee camps, in Jordan, a solar plant has been providing clean, reliable electricity to over 100,000 Syrian refugees since 2017. Whilst it cost US$17.5 million, it is now saving the agency an estimated US$12.5 million per year in energy costs, and cutting carbon emissions by around 20,000 tons a year.In South Sudan, where thousands of displaced people fled to a UN-protected base in Malakal, in the Upper Nile region, following attacks on communities in 2013, clean water was a priority. IOM initially trucked in water, and then began using diesel-run generators to pump in water from the Nile. Hauwa recalls that during the distribution of the lamps, IOM staff assisted her and taught her how to use it. “I think it is very easy to use,” she says as she proudly shows IOM staff how to fix the lamp on her roof to charge it. With the lamp, Hauwa feels safe when she uses the latrines at night. “The lamp helps me see the path when it’s dark, but I still need to be careful not to step on a lizard!” she jokes.“Our member companies have already provided 245 million people with access to electricity with clean and affordable off-grid solar solutions. We know they can reach many more. However, some of the most vulnerable communities, such as displaced persons, are often out of reach for the market. That’s why we are glad we could support IOM in bringing the power of off-grid solar to more than 2,100 displaced persons in north-east Nigeria,” said Koen Peters, GOGLA Executive Director. Smart tech to keep refugees, and forests, aliveBut safety is not the only advantage that renewable energy has brought to humanitarian camps, as Djamila Fatime Harine, a Nigeria-based IOM Programme Manager explains. “With solar lights, children can continue to learn without the health and safety risks of smoky firewood or kerosene lamps, which also pose health hazards such as burns and respiratory problems”.Where there is a large-scale concentration of refugees, anything that can reduce the need to burn wood, would have a huge impact. In Bangladesh, near the border with Myanmar, for example, some 700,000 Rohingya refugees have few options other than firewood for their household energy needs. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, estimates that a staggering 820 tonnes of trees – equivalent to 4 hectares – are being cut down for firewood by Rohingya refugees every day.
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. We’ve seen it with T-Mobile and AT&T recently, and now we’re seeing rival companies coming together with two of the world’s largest makers of analog chips combining forces. National Semiconductor will be acquired by its largest competitor, Texas Instruments, for $6.5 billion in an all-cash transaction.TI CEO Rich Templeton said the companies’ combined sales teams will be ten times bigger than National’s current team after the merger. The marriage of the two companies would combine TI’s market-leading 14 percent share of the analog semiconductor industry with National’s 3 percent. The market for analog components was estimated at $42 billion in 2010. TI has agreed to pay $25 per share.AdChoices广告Analog chips are commonly used in electronics to transform signals into a digital form that computers can understand. Templeton said National has a great development team, and combining TI’s products with National’s will offer customers “an analog portfolio of unmatched depth and breadth.”According to TI, the acquisition will offer customers 42,000 products, and “analog solutions for any electronic system.” TI’s Gregg Lowe said in a blog post that the marriage of the two leading analog suppliers will mean more product options, a more extensive sales and applications network, and manufacturing capacity to support customer growth.For those worried that your National products will be long gone after the deal goes through, you’ll be glad to know that isn’t happening. TI will continue to use Nationals’ fabs so no requalification is required.The two companies expect the deal to close within six to nine months, and TI said the analog business will rise to about 50 percent of the company’s overall revenue when it does.Read more at the TI E2E Community blog and The Washington Post
Inondations en Chine : 170 morts ou disparus, 1,6 million de personnes évacuéesSelon un bilan donné lundi par les autorités chinoises, les inondations de printemps qui frappent le centre et le sud du pays ont entraîné l’évacuation de plus d’un million et demi de personnes. Un bilan provisoire des victimes établi la semaine dernière faisait état de près de 170 décès ou disparitions. Phénomène récurrent en Chine, les diluviennes averses printanières observées depuis plusieurs semaines ont provoqué d’importantes crues, aggravées cette année par un ruissellement et des risques de glissements de terrains accrus dus à la sécheresse qui a précédé les pluies. Le bilan est d’ores et déjà très lourd : les autorités ont annoncé que près de 170 personnes avaient péri ou disparu, et que plus d’1,6 million d’habitants avaient dû être évacués depuis le 3 juin.À lire aussiLes inondations en Australie, une nouvelle menace pour la Grande Barrière de corailDix cours d’eau importants, au moins, sont en crue. Les rues de Wuhan, capitale de la province du Hubei, dans le centre, sont complètement submergées. La rivière Lan, dans la province du Zhejiang, a atteint un niveau jamais atteint depuis 1966 et menace de faire céder des digues. Dans cette même région, 292.000 personnes ont dû quitter, par précaution, les rives de la Qiantang, qui risque de déborder à son tour.”De graves inondations causées par d’importantes précipitations vont continuer à menacer le sud de la Chine”, a déclaré Chen Lei, ministre chargé des ressources en eau. En 2010, plus de 4.300 personnes avaient été tuées ou portées disparues à cause des précipitations. Le 21 juin 2011 à 12:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
Detectives said the first crook they are searching for is between the ages of 18 to 25 and was last seen wearing a light-colored hoodie.The second burglar officials are asking for the public’s help in finding is described to be between the ages of 18 to 25, has bushy hair and was last seen wearing a dark-colored jacket.If you have any information on this vehicle burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The duo fled from the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and a handgun from the vehicle’s glove compartment. Miami Police Burglary detectives are investigating a car break-in that occurred on 07/23/19, at approx. 2:00 a.m., in front of the victim’s home located at 822 N.W. 32 Court. If you have additional info, please contact us at 305-603-6030 or @CrimeStopper305 . pic.twitter.com/7Sgbb8B4qy— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) August 7, 2019 MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who were caught on camera breaking into an unlocked car in Miami, taking off with cash and a handgun.The City of Miami Police Department released surveillance footage on Wednesday showing two men on bicycles outside of a home in the area of Northwest 32nd Court and Ninth Street on July 23.At approximately 2 a.m., one of the crooks could be seen checking the doors of vehicles parked in the driveway before opening the driver’s side door of an unlocked gray Dodge Charger.Seconds later, his partner in crime could be seen making his way over to the passenger side door of the vehicle and the two rummage through the car before retreating back to their bikes.
Share your voice Comment Tags Facebook said Wednesday it’s simplifying privacy settings for Groups. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook Groups, a place where people with common interests gather to chat, has three privacy settings, and that can be confusing for some users. Now the social media giant, which has been under fire for privacy mishaps, is trying to make it easier for users to figure out how these settings work.Currently, Facebook Groups are called public, closed or secret. If a group is public, Facebook users can find it, view what users are posting and request to join. In closed groups, only current members can see who is in the group and what users are saying. Secret groups are even more exclusive. Only current members can find the group, and you need an invite to join. Facebook Groups will no longer be called “secret” or “closed.” Facebook Now Facebook Groups will have only two privacy settings: public or private. A group that was called secret will be labeled private and hidden, which means only members can find the group. A closed group will be called private but visible, meaning anyone can find the group. In private groups, only members can see who is in the group and what’s posted. The move highlights how Facebook continues to double down on Groups as more users share in the social network’s private spaces.”We’re making this change because we’ve heard from people that they want more clarity about the privacy settings for their groups,” said Jordan Davis, a product manager for Facebook Groups in a blog post on Wednesday. “Having two privacy settings – public and private – will help make it clearer about who can find the group and see the members and posts that are part of it.”Facebook’s focus on the social network’s private spaces, including messaging and a feature called Stories in which users post photos and videos that vanish in 24 hours, has raised concerns that it will make it tougher for the social network to moderate posts that violates its rules against hate speech, misinformation and other offensive content. People who oppose vaccines, for example, have used the social network to spread misinformation in closed groups where members have to be approved, according to The Guardian.Davis said in the blog post that Facebook has more than 30,000 people on its safety and security teams and there are employees specifically tasked with helping to protect Facebook Group users from harm. Facebook also uses a mix of content moderators and artificial intelligence to detect offensive content. The company’s rules apply to both public and private groups. Facebook looks at various factors to decide whether a group should stay up or get pulled down. That includes the focus of a group and whether the name or description of the group includes hate speech. If an administrator of a group approves a post that violates Facebook’s rules the overall group will receive a strike.Facebook said last year that more than 1.4 billion people on Facebook use Groups every month. Originally published August 14, 9 a.m. PTUpdate, 10:57 a.m. PT: Includes more information about how Facebook moderates groups. 1 Mobile Tech Industry Facebook
Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur in Pashmina songYouTube ScreenshotKatrina Kaif is one actress who is considered to be one of the best in the industry in dancing. She recently took a jibe at Aditya Roy Kapur for not taking her advice during the shooting of a dance sequence for Fitoor.Katrina on a candid chat show was asked to name a co-star who she thinks cannot match to her dancing skills. The actress first said, “I want to say all of them”, and then went on to narrate how Aditya struggled while shooting for Pashmina song with her but he would not take advice from her.”I love Adi, but I feel that he struggled a lot in the song. It was a difficult song and he wouldn’t listen to me. If you are trying to pick me up, lift me up, swing me around and do some jumps too, then I am going to be able to give you some help. But if you don’t want to listen on how to carry me, then what can be done,” Katrina said on the show. Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur in Pashmina songYouTube ScreenshotThe Bharat actress was at her candid best on the show as when she was asked to name an actor who she cannot trust with a big secret, the diva instantly took the name of her ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor.On the work front, Katrina is extremely excited about her forthcoming film Bharat that features Salman Khan opposite her. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the movie is set on the backdrop of India’s independence.Katrina will be seen playing the character of a dominating lady, who falls in love with Salman’s character. It also features Disha Patani and Sunil Grover in key roles. Bharat is slated to be released on June 5.
During the durga Puja, the Capital got to witness more creative streaks from the City of Joy. Calcutta-based gallery Akar Prakar got together with a bank and Round Table India to showcase a series of artworks by artists from Calcutta that started from 13 October. The exhibition consists of paintings by major contemporary artists from Bengal and targets young, upwardly mobile audiences, who look at art also as investment. Some of the artists whose works are being displayed are Beena Pradhan, Shipra Bhattacharya, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Suvaprasanna and Sanat Kar. There are a total of 15 artists. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”The exhibition is mostly an introduction to art for clients of the bank’s Gurgaon branch. It has a mixed bag of artists — from young promising artists to masters,’ says Reena Lath, CEO, Akar Prakar. ‘The exhibition represents artists who would appeal to the new Indian art investor,’ adds Lath.The artworks include some of the very well known Bengal masters such as Paritosh sen, Sanat Kar, Suvaprasanna as well as some young artists such as Atin Basak, Mahajabin and Subir Dey. Lath maintains that the common theme for the exhibition is that all the artists are from Bengal. And no, none of the artworks were specially created for the exhibition. Rather, all of them have been taken from the gallery’s stocks. ‘There is no specific curation except for a broad theme,’ says Lath. So if you want more of Bengal, head to Gurgaon.
Tourism business owners on Wednesday voiced total opposition to a new Environment Ministry (MINAE) decree extending the collection of a 15 percent sales tax to several activities that were previously exempt.The decree was published in the official government newspaper La Gaceta on April 30 and will require all national parks and protected areas to increase entrance fees starting July 30.National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) President Pablo Abarca at a press conference said the situation originated from an interpretation by MINAE officials of a 2006 Finance Ministry guideline on how the Sales Tax Law – adopted in 1982 – should be applied to recreational activities.CANATUR representatives and the Costa Rican Association of Tour Operators (ACOT) oppose the new regulation, saying that MINAE’s interpretation will cause an increase in rates that would directly affect park visits because it also taxes all recreational activities that take place within them such as rafting, diving, surfing, ziplining, hiking and others.Calculations by those representatives claim that the increase would reduce the average stay of foreign tourists – currently 8-12 days – by at least one day.“One day less means losses of some $184 million a year in revenue for us,” Abarca said.“Business owners will face financial losses and now must assume the costs of the tax because they have signed contracts with wholesale clients of up to two years in advance, and they can’t update their rates,” ACOT President Kathia Valverde said.The decree also states that the taxes must be applied retroactively for 32 years, “and for many entrepreneurs, that would mean the closing of their businesses,” Valverde said.“Business owners don’t have the money to pay for retroactive taxes because they never received an official notification to start collecting them. Costa Rica is an expensive destination and it cannot afford to become more expensive. This increase in fees and tariffs virtually takes Costa Rica out of the competitive tourism market,” she added.Another consequence will be a drop in tourism options, as business owners likely will eliminate all destinations and outdoor activities that represent higher expenses, mostly visits to national parks and protected areas, the groups said.CANATUR officials said they already are organizing against the new rules, including taking legal action in Administrative Courts and calling meetings with Finance Minister Helio Fallas and Tourism Minister Wilhelm Von Breymann.On Wednesday, the National Liberation Party lawmaker Rolando González spoke out against the decree saying he believes MINAE’s move to interpret a law by issuing a decree is a procedural error as only the Legislative Assembly can do so.“They [MINAE] intend to establish, via this illegitimate procedure through a Finance Ministry decree, the obligation to collect the tax on activities that were not included in the original drafting of the law in 1982, and even worse, they decided to retroactively charge the tourism sector for the 384 months following the entering into effect of the law. Now they say [business owners] must pay these exorbitant sums of money,” González said before the full Assembly.Social Christian Unity Party lawmaker and President of the Assembly’s Tourism Commission Luis Vásquez agreed with González and said he supports the tourism sector against MINAE’s misinterpretation of the law. Vásquez, who also attended the CANATUR press conference, said lawmakers will further discuss the issue in coming days. Facebook Comments Related posts:Ziplining, bungee jumping in Costa Rica should not be taxed, court rules Solís blocks added sales tax on national park entrance fees, a decree passed days before he took office Tourism entrepreneurs urge President Solís to block retroactive sales tax Tortuguero business owners form new tourism chamber
Evergreen Tours’ sister company Emerald Waterways held a dual christening event on Friday, August 21, in the Hungarian capital city of Budapest as it officially launched its two newest ‘Star Ships’ – the Emerald Sunand the Emerald Dawn – with Godmothers from the UK and US travel industries, Julie Kendrick (Emerald Sun) and Kelly Bergin (Emerald Dawn).Evergreen’s award-winning Emerald ‘Star Ship’ fleet now totals four, with a fifth ship, Emerald Belle due in 2016.UK travel industry stalwart Julie Kendrick, carried out the godmother duties for the Emerald Sun and offered these words of praise: “The Emerald Sun, with her innovation and style, will bring immense enjoyment and everlasting memories for everyone who sails in her and to be not only part of that experience but to be Godmother means I am an Ambassador for her and a brand which I believe is leading the way in putting stylish and iconic vessels into the river cruise market…this privilege would take those ‘pinch me moments’ to another level!!”US travel industry veteran Kelly Bergin, the godmother of the Emerald Dawn, preceded her christening effort with her own words of excitement, “It is truly an exciting honour to be selected as the Godmother of the new Emerald Dawn and to be part of the Emerald Waterways brand, which represents the best of what our industry has to offer.”Julie Kendrick who, having starting her career as counter sales staff at Co-operative Travel over 25 years ago, has risen through the UK travel industry’s ranks to become Head of Commercial and Marketing at Midcounties Co-operative Travel, the UK largest independent Co-operative.Kelly Bergin has more than 25 years experience in the travel industry and was recently named President of OASIS, a national affiliation of independent travel consultants, and one of the largest Internet-based travel companies in the US.Both Godmothers share a true love and passion for cruising – and as strong advocates of the fastest growing segment known as river cruising, support and train countless other travel professionals. Book your cruise with Evergreen ToursSource = Evergreen Tours