The Congress will fight the 2018 Assembly elections in Rajasthan next year under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, said Avinash Pande, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge for the State. Mr. Pande, who was here to attend his first meeting of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), also put an end to speculations about organisational changes being made to the party at the State level. Instead, he said the Congress would focus on strengthening membership campaigns at the booth level, besides improving coordination between the frontal wings and holding training camps for the cadres.The executive meeting reportedly saw senior leaders highlighting that there was no place for factionalism in the party. The Congress workers are seemingly divided into camps owing allegiance to PCC president SachinPilot, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, former Union Minister C.P. Joshi and Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi.Mr. Pande affirmed that all senior leaders had told him that they had “no personal agenda”, and that their priority was to defeat the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. He hinted that no single leader would be projected as Chief Ministerial candidate, adding that a decision would be taken after the party wins the election.The AICC general secretary also said that Mr. Gandhi had emerged as the biggest challenge before the BJP. “That is why they go about maligning his image, misleading people and spreading rumours,” he said, adding that the BJP had failed to deliver on its promises made to people in Rajasthan.Campaign against BJPMr. Pilot, meanwhile, said the Congress functionaries would travel to remote areas in the State to apprise the people of the BJP’s failures. “It is only because of continuous protests and demonstrations by the Congress in favour of people’s interests that some of the schemes launched by the [previous] Congress regime are still being run,” he said.
The ruling Congress on Wednesday won eight seats in the by-elections to 17 wards of 15 urban local bodies held in a total of 11 districts of Rajasthan on June 10. While independent candidates supported by the Congress won two seats, the BJP registered victory in five wards.By-elections were held to fill the vacant positions in certain wards of municipalities and municipal councils in Jaipur, Alwar, Bhilwara, Sri Ganganagar, Bharatpur, Churu, Karauli, Hanumangarh, Bundi, Dholpur and Sirohi districts. A total of 14 municipality and three municipal council wards were contested in these districts.The Congress candidates won in Behror, Khairthal, Jahazpur, Indragarh, Sujangarh, Nohar, Shahpura and Hindon local bodies, while candidates supported by the party won at Gajsinghpur and Rawatsar.Rajasthan Congress president and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said the bypoll results were an indication of people’s faith in the State government’s welfare policies launched after the December 2018 Assembly elections. However, the Congress lost all the 25 seats in the State to the BJP in the recent Lok Sabha election.We won more seats: BJPBJP spokesperson Satish Punia said the number of seats won by the party had increased as the BJP earlier held only three of the 17 wards where by-elections were held. He alleged that the Congress government had “misused the resources” to win the bypolls after its failure on the law and order, agricultural loan waiver and water and power supply fronts.
As one of the backups behind All Big-12 defensive back Kevin Peterson and veteran Ashton Lampkin last season, Richards saw his playing time diminish drastically from his true freshman season. Part of that, he admits, is complacency he battled in his second year in Stillwater.“Last year was a learning experience,” Richards told ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon. “I got comfortable, got complacent with being a backup.”However, heading into his junior year, Richards has shown a more urgent approach in his preparation, and it doesn’t seem to be going without notice. Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has seen a shift in his mindset in spring camp that is paying dividends.“He is hungry and he has a great attitude,” Spencer told Scout earlier this week … “He has had a terrific spring. I really believe that.”He was reportedly a high performer in last weeks first scrimmage, making a couple of big plays including an interception and an impressive sequence. And his improvement has caught the eye of Mike Gundy.“He’s fast, he’s had enough reps to get a feel,” Gundy told Scout. “He seems to realize the commitment it takes day in and day out.”Said Richards: “This year, I refuse to be a backup.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Users of the Hagley Park Health Centre in South West St. Andrew are hailing the reopening of the refurbished facility, which has been closed since 2015.The centre, which serves approximately 27,000 residents in 14 communities, was renovated at a cost of $42 million and now boasts new and improved features such as covered walkways and awnings, new sanitary facilities, air conditioning, fire-safety features, and access for disabled persons.Some of the communities served by the centre include Olympic Way, Waltham Park Road, Seivwright Gardens, York Avenue, White Wing, Majesty Gardens, Hagley Park Road, Delacree Park and Seaview Gardens.In an interview with JIS News following the official reopening ceremony on July 4, community member, Nicole Tallo, said the renovated facility is more comfortable for persons who need healthcare.“The facility wasn’t that nice, but the renovation is very nice right now. Before the renovation, the bathroom was not so nice. Now it’s very good,” she says.Ms. Tallo says that prior to the reopening, she had to travel much farther to access healthcare services.She expresses gratitude to the stakeholders who were integral in completing the project. “We thank them for doing this for the community,” she tells JIS News.For her part, Senior Public Health Nurse, Charmaine Vassell Shettlewood, who used the facility as a child, says she is pleased with the renovation work.Mrs. Vassell Shettlewood, who was also a member of staff at the facility in 2009, tells JIS News that the improvement will boost the inpatient experience and overall service delivery.In his address, Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the Type Three facility, which offers a range of healthcare, as well as pharmacy services, will allow community members to “access good public healthcare at the primary level”.“You will get medication more promptly, and that’s important, because waiting time is a challenge in the system and we are trying to correct that by offering more options under the NHF [National Health Fund] programme,” he said.Dr. Tufton urged community members to utilise the services at the facility instead of hospitals, which are usually located farther.He encouraged Jamaicans to adopt healthy lifestyle practices and focus on a preventative approach to health, rather than a curative approach.Stressing the importance of improved health facilities for both the patients and medical staff, former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for the area, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said it will allow the staff to be in a better position to treat more patients.“They will have more comfortable workspaces, which will positively impact their output,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller urged the community members to protect the facility. “It is here to serve you the citizens of this community and surrounding areas. You have a responsibility to protect it, watch it and ensure that it is not vandalised. Please ensure that you help to keep it in excellent condition,” she said.Chief Executive Officer, NHF, Everton Anderson, said the Fund is involved in partnering with all stakeholders to improve healthcare in Jamaica.“Whether it be through our pharmacies, through our individual benefits programme, we recognise that for health to improve, it has to be a partnership,” he said.He pointed out that in a few months, the Fund will be moving to provide a world-class pharmacy service at the health centre.“Our Senior Vice-President has toured the pharmacy and is… working with the community to ensure that every patient gets their prescription filled promptly at this health centre,” he said.In her remarks, Regional Director, South East Regional Health Authority, Maureen Golding, said the facility has been serving the communities for more than 50 years.She noted that all primary-healthcare facilities across the region will be upgraded and renovated on a phased basis. “This is the third healthcare facility that has been completed over the last 12 months,” she said.The project was financed through the NHF. Ground was broken for the renovation works in February 2015.The facility provides mental health, child health, medical/curative, pharmaceutical, dental and maternity services. The centre, which serves approximately 27,000 residents in 14 communities, was renovated at a cost of $42 million and now boasts new and improved features such as covered walkways and awnings, new sanitary facilities, air conditioning, fire-safety features, and access for disabled persons. Story Highlights In his address, Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the Type Three facility, which offers a range of healthcare, as well as pharmacy services, will allow community members to “access good public healthcare at the primary level”. Users of the Hagley Park Health Centre in South West St. Andrew are hailing the reopening of the refurbished facility, which has been closed since 2015.
the Point Tupper/Bear Head Industrial park is situated near the Town of Port Hawkesbury and located on the Strait of Canso the strait is one of the world’s deepest, ice-free and dredge-free harbours zoning: commercial, light industrial and heavy industrial Nova Scotia Business Inc. entered into an agreement on March 21, with Bear Head LNG to sell a 72.42 acre parcel of land located at the Point Tupper-Bear Head Industrial Park, Richmond Co. The agreement for sale of the parcel of land is for the third-party appraised value of $450,000. Bear Head LNG’s purchase and sale agreement for the land will close April 8, or 10 days after sub-division approval. The land will become part of Bear Head LNG’s overall land holdings in the area and will facilitate project development for Bear Head LNG’s proposed liquefied natural gas facility. Quick facts: To learn more, go to http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/en/home/invest/property/default.aspx . -30-
TORONTO — Air safety authorities say the runway setup at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport poses a serious risk of crashes.The Transportation Safety Board says there were 27 runway incursions between June 2012 and November 2017.Incursions occur when an aircraft finds itself on the wrong runway.The board says the incursions all involved aircraft that landed on an outer runway but ended up on an adjacent inner runway.The incidents occurred despite instructions from air traffic control to stop before entering the second runway.The report cites design problems with the airfield and busy flight crews missing various cues.“All 27 incursions examined involved flight crews who understood they needed to stop, and that they were approaching an active runway,” Kathy Fox, chairwoman of the board said in a statement.“Despite all the visual cues, including lights, signage and paint markings, professional crews were not stopping in time as required, thereby risking a collision with another aircraft on the other runway.”The board report makes four recommendations, including better instructions to flight crews and changes to the runway layout.The Canadian Press
Chandrasiri signed an agreement with Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan, for undertaking a demining project in the Northern and North-Central provinces with the grant of $6,34,860 from the Japanese government. Terming the track record of Sri Lanka in demining a “very good story”, he said the problem would be in raising funds. Yet the government is “trying its best” in this regard. Earlier, there were nine organisations engaged in demining whereas only four bodies including the SLA are currently involved, he added. The goal set by the Sri Lanka Government to make the country free of mine impact by 2020 is “very ambitious” but is essential, Ananda Chandrasiri, Director/Programme Manager of the Delvon Assistance for Social Harmony, an NGO working in the area of demining, said.Answering a question by The Hindu, Chandrasiri, formerly a Brigardier in the Sri Lanka Army, said the Government was pursuing the matter with “utmost efforts and interest”. To a query, the Japanese envoy said his country had supported demining projects in Cambodia and Afghanistan. (Colombo Gazette) Bethan Davies, Regional Programme Officer, South and Southeast Asia of the Mines Advisory Group, also entered into a similar pact with the Japanese envoy for securing a grant of $6,03,143 for a mine action project in Mannar district of the Northern Province and landmine survey in the Northern and Eastern provinces. Since 2003, the Japanese government provided $28 million for demining in the North and the East.According to data available on the website of the Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka, the extent of mines was 5,000 square km at the end of the civil war in May 2009. Now, it is about 63 sq km, says K.J. Jayaweera, spokesperson of the SLA.
A spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General was disturbed to learn of the deaths of two Palestinian children that occurred over the last few days, particularly since they followed similar incidents earlier in October.On Thursday nine-year-old Rania Iyad Aram was killed by gunfire on her way to school in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. On Saturday morning, 12-year-old Ibrahim Mohammed Kmileh was killed in a refugee camp in the West Bank town of Jenin, while two other boys were wounded.”The Secretary-General expects that the Government of Israel will launch a rigorous investigation into these incidents and that the results will be made public,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said at the daily briefing in New York.Mr. Annan also renewed his calls on the Government of Israel to take effective measures to avoid any harm to Palestinian civilians, and to have special care for the protection of the children, he added.”He calls on both parties to exercise maximum restraint and responsibility during this critical period,” the spokesman said.
Jim Tressel opened up the Ohio State offense, the Buckeyes overcame an athletic disadvantage and OSU finally ended its BCS Bowl Game hex.In related news, Hell froze over, pigs were spotted airborne and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.OK, so only one of those sequence of events actually occurred. But considering OSU’s nationwide reputation lately, widespread perception would have told you that the chance of either series of events was slim to none.Tressel pushed all of the right buttons in the Buckeyes’ dismantling of the Ducks. The conservative coach stuck to his guns during the regular season, even after repeated BCS Bowl Game failures.Over the past three postseasons, the Buckeyes came up short against quicker, more aggressive and more athletic opponents.Ohio State, winners of five consecutive Big Ten titles, represents a conference that has fared poorly in recent bowl seasons. That has made the Buckeyes, and Tressel, the primary targets for criticism.Oregon, another athletic adversary that runs a spread offense and represents a conference that has performed well in recent bowl seasons, embodied all of the components that the Bucks haven’t been able to overcome in recent memory.So Tressel changed gears.In a late-season surge, the Buckeyes powered through the tough part of their schedule — Penn State, Iowa and Michigan — with a dominant run game.Against the Ducks, Ohio State came out throwing the football, as quarterback Terrelle Pryor attempted 24 passes in the first half alone.Ohio State’s inability to execute a diverse offensive scheme? No longer.An Oregon offense that had terrorized opponents for 37.7 points per game was held in check. Shifty, elusive quarterback Jeremiah Masoli finished with just 81 yards through the air and 9 yards on the ground. The Ducks’ potent offense managed to gain just 260 yards, a far cry from its average of 425 through the regular season.Oregon’s athletic advantage on offense? Neutralized.The Bucks put the Big Ten on their backs and carried the conference to its first signature postseason victory since Ohio State thwarted Notre Dame four years ago in the Fiesta Bowl. Penn State’s win over LSU earlier in the day helped as well, temporarily quashing the notion that the Big Ten can’t hang with the SEC. Obviously, one Capital One Bowl victory doesn’t nullify that theory (especially when Auburn topped Northwestern just hours earlier), but both Big Ten wins on New Year’s Day boosted the Big Ten back toward respectability.Big, slow Big Ten teams can’t win the big game? No longer a go-to media critique.Carrying the brunt of the Big Ten load, the Buckeyes have felt the most heat over the past 36 months. Tressel’s close-to-the-vest coaching style has produced annual conference crowns, but not the ideal postseason results. The coach finally shook things up when he needed to, and his Buckeyes are reaping the benefits.Incessant roar from Buckeye critics? Silenced.Whether Hell froze over or not, the Buckeyes’ national perception should finally start warming up.
National Mining Association (NMA) Senior Vice President Bruce Watzman has outlined the association’s principles for mine safety legislation in testimony before the House Education and Labor Committee on H.R. 5663, “The Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010,” and pointed to basic weaknesses in resource allocation of the government’s mine safety and health programs. Noting that 87% of all US mines operated in 2009 without a single lost time accident, Watzman advised, “There should be a clear-eyed assessment of whether fundamental components of the existing law are being properly and fully executed,” before we make sweeping changes in the Mine Act.Watzman explained NMA looked at the proposed legislation within the framework of the following principles, which the organization used to identify omissions in the proposed legislation that merit attention; provisions that basically align with these principles and that the industry could support with some modifications; and provisions that are counter to these principles:• Will it improve mine safety and health¬ – the NMA’s number one priority,• Does it ensure greater transparency,• Will it build upon, rather than dismantle, the positive features of existing law,• Does it avoid additional layers of enforcement already provided for under the law that are not fully utilised,• Are proposed penalties commensurate with the severity of violations,• Will it protect due process,• Will it maintain a robust mining industry that maximises the health and safety of its workforce while meeting the needs of the American people?Watzman called the committee’s attention to recent findings of the Inspector General that point to problems in the execution of Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) programs and authorities due to half the mine safety inspectors being new to their job and half not receiving mandated or adequate training; other analyses that suggest a lack of correlation between significant and substantial violation rates and injury rates at mines; a regulatory and resource focus on at-risk conditions when more injuries, incidents or near misses are arising from at-risk behavior; and inconsistencies in the application of the nation’s mine safety laws that are impeding regulatory certainty and compliance, as noted in testimony by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.He questioned whether we would not “be better served to stress improving implementation rather than imposing more changes on inspectors and operators struggling to attain clarity, consistency and credibility in the application of existing safety laws and regulations?”While noting concerns shared with the committee regarding certain elements of MSHA authority, including the need to reform the Pattern of Violation system to provide greater transparency and a broader look at mine safety performance, Watzman emphasised, “We do not believe sufficient attention has been given to weaknesses in the execution of MSHA’s existing authority. Absent such an evaluation, we believe H.R. 5633 layers harshly punitive and restrictive provisions over a flawed framework to the detriment of successful safety and health programs.”“We remain ready to work with the committee on actions we should be taking,” Watzman concluded, “just as we did before Congress enacted the MINER Act.”NMA’s complete testimony is available at: http://nma.org/pdf/tmp/071310_Watzman_House_testimony.pdf
GE has been selected by Korea Western Power Co (KOWEPO) for the first integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant to be built in South Korea and one of the first in Asia. The 300 MW “cleaner coal” facility will help the South Korean government meet its low carbon emissions targets, while bolstering the country’s electricity supply and of course, is a welcome development for the global coal industry and its major equipment suppliers as these types of more environmentally friendly coal-based plants will form an important proportion of demand over the long term.GE will supply a 7F Syngas Turbine, a D11 steam turbine, a heat recovery steam generator and a cyber security-featured Mark VIe integrated control system (ICS) that will run the power island control system for the new plant. GE also will provide 10 years of maintenance services for the facility, located 20 km northwest of the city of Taean-Eub and about 100 km south of Seoul. The Taean IGCC project is the first commercial gasification combined-cycle plant to be developed under South Korea’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS). The government has provided research and development funding for the gasification process. “The South Korean government is mindful of the need to reduce the country’s carbon footprint while ensuring security of energy supply. Through the application of GE technology, we will be able to use coal, the most abundant source of primary energy, in a more environmentally friendly manner,” said Kyong-Il Ohm, general manager of the mechanical engineering and procurement team for KOWEPO. “We believe that GE’s 7F Syngas Turbine and engineering solution offer the best fit for this IGCC project, providing high efficiency, fuel diversity, operating flexibility and low maintenance costs.”Specifically designed for IGCC applications, GE’s 7F Syngas Turbine operates on cleaner burning syngas fuel produced from coal. For the Taean plant, the turbine will operate on syngas produced from the gasification of low BTU coal. Key equipment for the project will be shipped during the first half of 2014, with the plant’s commercial operation to start in late 2015. GE is a pioneer in the development of syngas turbine technology and has provided syngas-capable gas turbines for several milestone IGCC projects, including the pilot Coolwater IGCC plant in Barstow, California and Tampa Electric’s 250 MW Polk Power Station in Florida.
Yes (558) Poll Results: He was purely thinking about his application for the United job (1096) Other (1100) No (1078) ONE OF THE more interesting comments about last night’s match between Manchester United and Real Madrid came from the latter side’s coach, Jose Mourinho.Speaking in the immediate aftermath of the game, he told ITV:“The best team lost, independent of the sending off. We didn’t deserve to win and didn’t play well.”So with that in mind, what do you think? Did he do his own team a disservice?Or was Mourinho right? YesNoHe was purely thinking about his application for the United jobOtherVoteHow Twitter reacted to Manchester United v Real Madrid>Keane: ‘The referee made the right call and Nani’s not the bravest boy on the planet’>
OLYMPIA — Washington is poised to continue offering college aid to so-called Dreamers, even if Congress doesn’t act to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.The state Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that would allow undocumented immigrants of college age, who were brought to the United States as children and graduated from a Washington high school, to be eligible for some new types of state financial aid.That would be true for a student currently allowed to stay in the country under DACA even if Congress doesn’t pass legislation before a March 5 deadline, allowing some students’ protection to expire.“With the debate over DACA, they don’t know what their status is,” Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, the bill’s sponsor said.Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, said extending state financial aid to Dreamers was a simple matter of social justice. “This is the right thing to do,” he said.GOP amendments failBut some other Republicans balked. Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said the bill was adding Dreamers to the College Bound scholarship program without guaranteeing there will be enough money to cover the extra demand. He tried unsuccessfully to add an amendment requiring the supplemental budget have an extra $5 million for the program or the legislation would be void.
Smoke seeping out of a shuttered restaurant on East Fourth Plain Boulevard led authorities to a suspected metal and wiring thief Wednesday afternoon.Firefighters responded to a call of smoke blowing out a window of the closed El Rancho Viejo Mexican restaurant, 6321 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.When they arrived on the scene at around 3 p.m., they confronted a man who allegedly had been attempting to strip metal wiring from the back corner of the building, said Drew Tracy, a battalion chief with the Vancouver Fire Department. Officers from the Vancouver Police Department also responded to the 911 call and took the suspect into custody.Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department, said a man was taken into custody near the restaurant on an outstanding warrant. His name was not immediately available.Tracy said it looked like the man had used paper as a starter to try to burn the wiring and other metal out of the building.Occupants of a passing car saw smoke billowing out the building and called 911, Tracy said.He said the building wasn’t damaged. The building has been empty for months.The building has attracted attention in the past, Tracy said.“It’s a dilapidated building,” Tracy said, “and it’s been damaged by people multiple times.”Authorities said it’s common for thieves to break into empty buildings and strip them of wiring. Metal wiring is easy to scrap and sell for money.
(WSVN) – Miami-Dade Transit officials have launched a new program to make paying for Metrorail rides easier.Transit officials launched a contact-less payment system that allows riders to pay by tapping their credit card or smartphone, Wednesday.The program allows riders to pay for their fares without inserting, swiping or signing.Smartphone users who have set up a digital wallet — such as Apple, Google or Samsung Pay — will be able to use the new feature.Credit card users can check to see if their card works with the system by looking for what looks like a sideways WiFi icon on the front or back of the card.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
While mobile carriers tout 5G rollout, research firm finds one-third of Americans lack broadband access. SOPA Images As mobile carriers prepare to deploy 5G networks in metropolitan areas across the US, a new report finds that nearly one-third of American households don’t have a broadband connection. Roughly 100 million consumers lack access to high-speed internet connections of at least 25 Mbps, according to research firm NDP Group’s Rural America and Technology report, released Thursday. That’s 31% of the country.”The so-called digital divide, between those that can or cannot make the best use of the Internet, can be clearly felt in rural markets where the lack of broadband impacts everything from entertainment to the educational system,” said Eddie Hold, president of NPD Connected Intelligence, in a release. “And even the state level data masks the underlying reality that in the most rural markets in America, less than 20 percent of households have a broadband connection.”NDP’s report is the latest to chart the growing divide between rural and urban internet access rates. In 2016, the FCC found that 39% of rural Americans lacked broadband. Pew Research Center’s 2019 report found rural Americans are now 12% less likely to have home broadband. However, the rollout of 5G, the next generation of wireless technology that promises to greatly enhance the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks, could also help rural areas.”The roll out of 5G will have a significant impact in rural America, disrupting the limited broadband carrier market and delivering broadband to many households that have not previously had access,” said Hold. 0 5G Share your voice Tags Mobile Internet Internet Services Post a comment How to solve the rural broadband problem? Fix the maps Now playing: Watch this: 5:13
Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Isha Ambani, Radhika MerchantInstagramNot many people would know that Isha Ambani, daughter of Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani, and Priyanka Chopra has always had shared a close bond with each other. Isha had even joined Priyanka’s bachelorette brigade in Amsterdam. And as we all know that Priyanka is currently in India for her brother Siddharth Chopra’s wedding. Isha decided to host her bunch of best friends on Sunday evening at her new house in Mumbai.Apart from Priyanka, Isha also hosted her cousin Parineeti Chopra, Radhika Merchant, daughter of Viren Merchant and Shaila Merchant, who is rumoured to be dating Isha Ambani’s younger brother Anant Ambani, along with Srishti Behl Arya and Tamanna Dutt. The girl gang was seen having a blast by relishing on some homemade ice cream.An overwhelmed Priyanka documented the moment in an Instagram post expressing her gratitude for offering her a wonderful night. She even teased Alia Bhatt for missing the moment by minutes in the post. “Making home made ice cream! Thank you to the hostess with the mostest. @_iiishmagish love u! Your home is amazing! I wish you love and laughter always. Here’s to many more girls nights!❤️ @aliaabhatt u Missed the madness by minutes! Love all u ladies!” she wrote on Instagram.Priyanka and her husband Nick Jonas, who had made their first public appearance as a couple at Akash Ambani’s engagement bash at the family’s residence, Antilia, earlier had also attended Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s engagement at Lake Como, Italy. On the other hand, Isha was also one of the important guests at Priyanka’s roka ceremony in Mumbai.Isha Ambani had earlier spoken about her close bond with Priyanka and had said that she was more than a friend to her.”PC (Priyanka Chopra), I’ve known forever. But she is more like an elder sister to me. We actually got closer when we were both living away from home in the US. We again share a very real relationship—we see each other in real-life settings and not in like glamorous ones; we have real conversations. She’s a really strong mentor and role model,” Isha was quoted as saying by Vogue India.
Jennifer Aniston went topless for a photoshootHarper’s BAZAAR(@harpersbazaarus/Instagram)Jennifer Aniston recently opened up about posing topless for a magazine photoshoot. The Murder Mystery movie actress also talked about how she is all game for a FRIENDS season 11 or FRIENDS a reunion episode.As earlier reported, for Harper’s Bazaar’s latest issue, 50-year-old Jennifer Aniston went topless. In her own words, she felt completely normal in doing that shoot. However, she received a lot of criticism from several of her fans for going nude at the age of 50.Earlier this week, Jennifer Aniston was the guest at Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. When Ellen asked her about whether she likes being naked, Jennifer simply replied, “I love it.”To this, Ellen had to ask, “Well, you take very good care of yourself and you enjoy doing activities, so you’re not ashamed of when you’re holding your breasts like that and getting a picture taken?”Jennifer Aniston added she is not ashamed of that. Things became hilarious when Ellen quipped, “Do it now.” To this, Jen wittily said, “Only if you do it with me.”This is apparently not the first time when Jennifer Aniston has talked about getting naked on screen. Prior to this, We Are The Millers movie actress stated that as per her beliefs, “our bodies are beautiful and [I] think celebrating them and being comfortable in them no matter what age you are is important.”Meanwhile, wherever Jennifer Aniston goes, she is bombarded with one question almost every time — Is FRIENDS reunion happening? To this, Jennifer has finally shared her perspective.When Ellen asked if or when she would reprise her role of Rachel Green, Justin Theroux’s former wife stated that she would do it only if the other two girls (Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow) and boys (David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry) are onboard with the idea.All the FRIENDS stars are busy with their respective projects and it won’t be an easy task to bring them onboard for one more season. When Ellen ask Jennifer what would she do if someone decides to avoid coming back?”I can do it by myself. Who needs the other? Those are just—they take me down,” Jennifer joked.There you have it folks — Jennifer Aniston is all up to the game for a FRIENDS reunion.
Relatives of Ayhan Arik, one of the victims of the Reina night club attack mourn during his funeral ceremony on January 1, 2017 in Istanbul. AFPThe Islamic State jihadist group on Monday claimed the shooting rampage inside a glamorous Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s night that killed 39 people, as police hunted the attacker who remains on the run.With foreigners making up the majority of those killed in Sunday’s attack, families were due to reclaim the bodies of more than two dozen non-Turkish and mainly Arab victims.The shooting, which unleashed scenes of carnage and panic among party-goers at one of Istanbul’s swankiest venues, took place just 75 minutes into 2017 after a bloody year in Turkey in which hundreds of people were killed in violence blamed on both IS jihadists and Kurdish militants.In a statement circulated on social media, the jihadist group said one of the “soldiers of the caliphate” had carried out the attack on the Reina nightclub.It accused Turkey, a majority-Muslim country, of being a servant of Christians, in a possible reference to Ankara’s alliance with the international coalition fighting IS in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.The statement said the assault was in response to Turkey’s military intervention against IS in war-ravaged Syria.Turkish troops are pressing on with a four-month incursion in Syria to oust IS jihadists and Kurdish militants from the border area.In the last few weeks, the forces have encountered fierce opposition from the jihadists around the town of Al-Bab. The army said Turkish war planes launched new air strikes around Al Bab.‘Danger continues’ -Arriving by taxi at the plush Reina nightclub on the shores of the Bosphorus, the gunman produced a weapon, reportedly a Kalashnikov, and shot dead a policeman and civilian at the entrance.According to the Hurriyet daily, the gunman then fired off four magazines containing a total of 120 bullets around the club, as terrified guests flung themselves into the freezing waters of the Bosphorus in panic.But after changing clothes, the gunman left the nightclub in the ensuing chaos and has managed to evade security forces.Interior minister Suleyman Soylu said Sunday that intense efforts were under way to find the gunman, and expressed hope that he would be captured soon.Late on Sunday, police rushed to Istanbul’s Kurucesme district after a tip-off but the operation did not produce any arrest.“The danger continues,” wrote columnist Abdulkadir Selvi in Hurriyet.“So long as this terrorist is not seized we do not know when and where a massacre could take place.”Hurriyet said investigators believe the attacker may be from the Central Asian states of Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan.Investigators also consider it possible that the attacker is linked to the same cell that in June carried out a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport blamed on IS that left 47 people dead, the paper added.Turkey also received intelligence from the United States on 30 December warning of the risk of attacks by IS in Istanbul and Ankara on New Year’s night, the paper said.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said the nightclub bloodbath sought to sow “chaos”, was on Monday due to chair a meeting of the Turkish cabinet.Prime minister Binali Yildirim meanwhile denied reports the attacker had worn a Santa Claus costume.Soylu said the assailant had arrived with a gun concealed under an overcoat but subsequently exited the venue wearing a different garment.‘No crime more cynical’ -NTV television said that the bodies of 25 foreigners killed in the attack were to be handed back to their families on Monday following identification.According to Turkish press reports, the latest figures show 11 Turks were killed in the attack alongside 27 foreigners, including one Belgian-Turkish dual national. One victim is still unidentified.Sixty-five people were wounded.The foreigners who died—most of them from Arab countries—had come to the club to celebrate a special night in style.They included three Lebanese nationals, two Jordanians and three Iraqis, officials in their respective countries said.A Canadian woman, a Russian woman and a teenage Arab Israeli woman were also among dead. Turkish press reports said at least seven Saudi nationals died but this has yet to be confirmed by Riyadh.The attack evoked memories of the November 2015 carnage in Paris when IS jihadists unleashed a gun and bombing rampage on nightspots in the French capital, killing 130 people including 90 at the Bataclan concert hall.World leaders rushed to condemn the nightclub shooting, with Russian president Vladimir Putin saying it was “hard to imagine a crime more cynical than the killing of civilians during a New Year’s celebration”.
A file photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un watching a military parade and mass rally on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. AFPNorth Korea on Tuesday launched a ballistic missile into the East Sea, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).”North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile into the East Sea from the vicinity of Banghyon, North Pyongan province, at around 9.40 am,” Yonhap News Agency quoted the JCS as saying.Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for the JCS, told the media that the missile travelled “several hundred kilometres”, which means the firing was successful.”But South Korea and the US are analysing the apogee of the missile and its exact flight distance,” he said, adding “Our military is maintaining full preparedness against the possibility of North Korea’s additional provocation.”A government source said the missile is estimated to have flown 800-900 km.Japanese media reported that the missile may have landed in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).Tuesday’s launch comes after North Korea fired four surface-to-ship cruise missiles on June 8 in the wake of a ballistic missile launch about a week earlier.It also comes amid signs that US President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in curbing North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, reports CNN.On Friday, Trump declared US patience with North Korea was “over” and on Sunday he spoke with the leaders of both China and Japan, two important regional actors in the ongoing standoff with Pyongyang.