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first_imgParis: Trains were slowed down and holidaymakers flocked to swimming pools, beaches and lakes in western Europe on Wednesday as another heatwave set new temperature records. A host of French cities saw their highest levels since records began on Tuesday, with wine capital Bordeaux recording 41.2 degrees Celsius (106.16 Fahrenheit), beating the previous high of 40.7C registered in August 2003, weather service Meteo-France said. Forecasters predicted new temperature highs in neighbouring countries Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands, where the mercury could beat the previous record of 38.6 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, according to the Dutch weather office. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMany Dutch farmers are leaving their cows outside to sleep, rather than bringing them in at night, while some kindergartens have closed their doors because of the risks for young children. Britain’s Met Office has said there is a chance that the UK temperature record of 38.5 degrees Celsius, which was recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2004, will also be exceeded on Thursday at the peak of the heat. The operator of the British rail network, Network Rail, said it was slowing down trains in response to the extreme weather, which comes only weeks after another record-breaking heatwave in Europe in June. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Extreme heat can cause overhead wires to sag and become damaged by fast trains. We slow down services to keep passengers safe when this happens,” the company said on Twitter. Across the area affected by the unusually high heat, stretching from France up to Norway in the north, people sought out ways to cool off in lakes and rivers, leading to an increase in drowning incidents. In London, police were searching for three people who have gone missing in the River Thames while swimming. France’s weather office said the scorching conditions “require particular care, notably for vulnerable or exposed people” with almost the entire country under an orange-level weather alert, the second highest level.last_img read more


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Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. CALGARY — For Canadians who’ve made faithful contributions to an RRSP for most of their working lives, converting it to an RRIF may seem a terrifying milestone.Overnight, your nest egg that has steadily grown for decades becomes a declining asset, with a government-mandated, taxable annual minimum withdrawal to ensure its gradual depletion.Retired investors might decide they need to make big changes to the investment mix in their registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) to brace for the feared impact of its conversion to a registered retirement income fund (RRIF).At that time, it’s best to take a deep breath, talk to a trusted financial adviser, and realize that no change at all is often better than too much, says James McCreath, portfolio manager for BMO Nesbitt Burns in Calgary.“One of the biggest mistakes people can make is getting too concerned with recalibrating things just because it’s a change on the title of the account or the structure of the account,” said McCreath, pointing out there’s no legal requirement to change any of the investments in an RRSP when it becomes an RRIF.“The RRSP-RRIF conversion is a small portion of the overall planning for retirement. It’s a tax issue that the government has,” agreed David Popowich, portfolio manager with Popowich Karmali Advisory Group CIBC Wood Gundy in Calgary.“It has very little to do with the success of an overall retirement plan. People get confused about that all the time.”An RRSP can be converted to a RRIF at any time, but must be turned into a RRIF, annuity or paid out in a lump sum by the end of the calendar year in which the investor turns 71.Aside from the fact that one is designed to allow tax-sheltered growth and the other to allow the government to start to receive long-delayed tax payments, RRSPs and RRIFs are similar creatures.Both can contain many types of investments. The investor has the right at any time to redistribute assets within the account. You can have more than one RRSP or RRIF account at the same time. You can withdraw from either, but the funds are taxable except in certain circumstances.Although no new money can be added to the RRIF once it’s established, you can decide which investments in the RRIF are best liquidated when it comes time to withdraw the money.The simplest way to deal with an RRIF is to cash some or all of the investments and buy an annuity, usually from an insurance company. The annuity is then held inside the RRIF account and pays a guaranteed income for life or another set period of time to the investor, who pays taxes on the amounts received.The downside of an annuity is that it can drain the retiree’s savings, leaving nothing for the heirs, and there’s no protection from the buying-power erosion of inflation, a growing threat given longer average lifespans.Deciding on what asset mix to hold in your RRSP or RRIF is made more complicated by current low interest rates — the classic 60-40 equity-fixed income split isn’t necessarily what savers should be focused on. “As life expectancies have pushed out, you want to make sure within the RRIF you’re creating not only the income you need but also some growth, so if you live for a long time, you have enough money to draw on,” McCreath said.Popowich suggested investors should think in terms of placing their assets in “buckets” tagged income, growth, health and legacy.As retirement nears, an investor should assign enough low-risk assets to the income bucket to fund his or her lifestyle (along with private and government pensions and other income sources) for the next 10 years or so.Meanwhile, a second bucket should be filled with enough assets to be invested in higher-risk, higher-reward vehicles to generate larger returns with the goal of refilling that income bucket for when it’s needed.“It’s almost impossible to maximize predictable, sustainable, tax-efficient income at the same time as maximizing growth,” Popowich said. “Those are, in my opinion, mutually exclusive objectives.”Bucket No. three covers anticipated expenses related to health. A person’s home might be placed there, for example, to be sold or mortgaged in the event that poor health requires the saver to enter a care facility, he said.The last bucket sets aside assets to be saved for the retiree’s heirs. read more


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The rule of law and development, and the role of governments in criminal justice will be the focus of the annual session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), which opens tomorrow in Vienna.The 40-member Commission, which formulates international policies and makes recommendations for crime control, is expected to spotlight the many ways criminal activity can and often does undercut development. The discussions over the next two weeks will focus on international cooperation to strengthen the rule of law, including combating corruption, and reform of criminal justice institutions with an emphasis on technical assistance, including post-conflict reconstruction.”We need to break the vicious circle between poor governance and slow development. Without the rule of law, countries cannot prosper and under-development persists,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).In conjunction with the Commission’s 13th session, UNODC today released two 30-second video shorts – a first for the UN – to raise global awareness about the negative impact of corruption and its social and financial costs.Statistics reveal that organized crime impedes economic growth: UNODC data shows that a high level of crime correlates with a low level of human development. On the other hand, under-development and institutional weaknesses provide an environment where organized crime and corruption thrive.The Commission is expected to hold a high-level discussion on terrorism Friday, which will highlight UNODC’s efforts to provide technical assistance in combating that scourge through the implementation of the related conventions and protocols.The panel will also address urban crime, kidnapping and UN standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice. Moreover, the session will offer an opportunity to reiterate the importance of the existing normative instruments against crime: the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols against human trafficking, smuggling of migrants and firearms, and the Convention against Corruption, the first legally binding international agreement to fight corruption. read more


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Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. jumps up for a shot. OSU beat Michigan State, 69-67, at the Schottenstein Center March 9. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternBattered and bloodied, the Ohio State men’s basketball team gave everything it had to pull out a 69-67 victory against No. 22 Michigan State.With some added red on their pure white jerseys from the blood spilled against the Spartans, the Buckeye players came into the postgame press conference after surviving one of their biggest games of the season.With the game on the line, Michigan State senior center Adreian Payne fired up a 3-pointer that would have given the Spartans a two point lead. After junior forward Sam Thompson got a hand to change its course, senior guard Aaron Craft threw himself across the floor to secure the ball, the timeout and the game.Even though Craft sustained a cut on his arm on the play, he said he just did what he had to do.“Sam did a great job of contesting him,” Craft said. “We thought we knew what play they were going to run and he made a good play on it. Down the stretch this year we haven’t found ways to make plays like that, and at that moment, that was what I had to do for our team.”OSU coach Thad Matta said Craft was upset right after the play because he didn’t understand why timeout had been called.“As only Aaron Craft could do, he comes over and goes ‘Why did you call timeout? It was a possession and we don’t even have to waste the timeout’ … Just a big time play. With Lenzelle and Aaron, you look at all the memories they have in this building over the course of four years, and to end it this way is just a great feeling for a coach,” Matta said.Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris had another chance at the buzzer to tie the game, but he couldn’t convert and the Buckeyes came out on top.Craft finished the day with 12 points, seven assists and four steals. The senior also set the record for most steals in Big Ten history with a steal with 4:26 remaining in the first half.Although an announcement was made following the play, Craft was caught off guard when told he broke the record.“What … I honestly thought I had it already,” Craft said. “It feels good though, looking back I can tell the people around me I was decent playing basketball back in the day and I can have some proof of it.”Even though it was Senior Day for both Craft and fellow-senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., Craft said the game was all about pulling off the victory.“It’s a lot more fun right now than if we had lost,” Craft said. “I think that’s what Lenzelle and I wanted to do is find a way to enjoy tonight, and the best way to do that was to win the game.”Smith Jr. echoed his backcourt teammate, adding that this win isn’t just big for the seniors, but the whole of the program.“It means a lot, not just ending the career but to play Michigan State Spartans and to beat them, I think that says a lot about our team and at this time in the year is when teams are playing what is supposed to be called their best basketball,” Smith Jr. said. “It means a lot to me personally but this is a huge step for our team, for all of Buckeye nation. It just shows that when we come to play and we fight for each other, we can beat anybody in the country. Michigan State is a very good team, even final four level, but if we come out and play like we’re capable of, I think we can beat anybody in the country.”The Buckeyes closed the game out with a 9-2 run over the final six minutes, including holding the Spartans scoreless for the final 4:31.Junior forward LaQuinton Ross, who led the Buckeyes with 22 points, said the late-game stretch was indicative of what kind of team OSU is.“I think we did what we should have been doing all year,” Ross said. “I think down near the end of the game, down the stretch, we all got together and fought. If you watch some of our old games, at the end of the game it looked like we didn’t know what we were doing out there. Tonight I think we showed what kind of team we are, what type of team people need to look forward to going into (the Big Ten Tournament).”With Nebraska taking down No. 9 Wisconsin, 77-68, the Buckeyes head to the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 5 seed, with a first round matchup against Purdue.The Buckeyes beat Purdue in each of their first two meetings this season — 78-69 Dec. 31 and 67-49 Feb. 8.Thompson said getting a first round bye would be a big plus for OSU, but that the team will be focused no matter where they are seeded.“That’d be big,” Thompson said. “We know how great of a league this is and to get a bye and not have to play that fourth game in four days, that’d be huge for us. We’ve done all that we can do today, what’s in the past is in the past. Today, we came out and wanted to beat Michigan State.”Craft added that every team heads into the postseason with an unblemished record, so anything can happen.“Every year, you go into postseason play and say it’s a clean slate,” Craft said. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done to this point and it’s no different here. Hopefully we can build off this momentum, but everyone’s starting 0-0 and that’s probably the most exciting part of the year.”The Big Ten Tournament first round is scheduled to start Thursday at noon, with Indiana taking on Illinois, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. OSU’s is set to tipoff against the Boilermakers 25 minutes after the finish of the first game. read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Athenian Democracy might have influenced many of our modern political systems, but was it truly a fair society? How far was its functioning reliant on slavery and empire?These questions will be answered tonight as emeritus professor Ronald Thomas Ridley gives the lecture “The Athenian Democracy, how did it work?”.Professor Ridley is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society, and the Pontifical Academy of Archaeology in Rome.The lecture will be held at the Greek Centre, Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne at 7pm. Entry is free.last_img


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first_imgEtna : une spectaculaire éruption survient dans la nuit du 30 juilletLa nuit du 30 juillet a été marquée par une impressionnante éruption de l’Etna. Le volcan sicilien situé près de la ville de Catane, a atteint le paroxysme de son activité vers 23h30, libérant des jets de lave d’une hauteur de 500 mètres. L’intense activité volcanique de l’Etna qui a marqué ce mois de juillet 2011 se poursuit à une fréquence et une violence toujours plus forte. Le 30 juillet au soir, est survenue la quatrième éruption de ces vingt derniers jours. Un rythme qui, dans un passé proche, n’a eu que peu de précédents. Selon le rapport établi par l’Institut national de volcanologie de Catane, le plus grand volcan actif d’Europe, s’est réveillé en début de matinée. Une entrée en activité marquée par des explosions et libérations de cendres et de sables dans l’atmosphère. Il a toutefois fallu attendre 20h du soir pour observer les prémices d’une éruption au sud-est du cratère. A 23h30, l’événement a atteint son paroxysme avec des explosions d’une grande puissance et des fontaines de laves de 500 mètres de haut. L’activité de l’Etna s’est ensuite achevée aux alentours de minuit laissant le flanc du cône illuminé de lave en fusion. À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriquePeu après la fin de l’éruption, des pluies de cendres portées par de puissants vents d’ouest se sont déversées dans la mer Ionienne, épargnant les villes côtières de la Sicile. Mais l’aéroport de Catane n’a cette fois-ci, pas eu à subir les conséquences des nuages de particules et l’ensemble des vols ont été assurés en toute sécurité. Découvrez la spectaculaire éruption volcanique de l’Etna en vidéo sur Maxisciences : https://www.maxisciences.com/etna/des-fontaines-de-lave-jaillissent-de-l-039-etna-entre-en-eruption_art16060.html et en images :  https://www.maxisciences.com/etna/etna-les-images-de-la-spectaculaire-eruption-du-30-juillet_art16085.htmlArticle publié le 1er août, édité le 2 août Le 2 août 2011 à 11:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


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first_imgThe Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents the musical “Anything Goes!” The show follows Billy Crocker as he sneaks aboard a cruise ship in hopes of winning the heart of society girl Hope, with the help of his friend, nightclub singer Reno. But Hope is engaged to a wealthy Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Meanwhile, small-time gangster Moonface Martin is using the cruise to escape from the law, causing trouble for all those aboard. The musical includes memorable songs, including “I Get a Kick Out of You.”When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.Where: Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St., Washougal.Admission: $10, $8 for seniors and children 12 and younger.Telephone: 360-975-1585Web: Metropolitan Performing Arts AcademyThe musical is one of several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a tulip festival and winery tours.Learn the art of salsaThe Rose City Salsa and Timba Too Festival offer something for dance enthusiasts and spectators of all skill levels: dance instruction, beginning workshops, competitive performances and dance socials. The festival will feature the addition of Cuban salsa, also known as timba, with a lineup of Cuban instructors and an exclusive timba room. Visit the website for the complete event schedule.When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.Admission: $60 for Saturday workshops; $35 for Saturday night; $60 for Sunday; $60 for a weekend night pass; $65 for a beginner bootcamp pass; $100 for a workshop-only pass; $135-$150 a full weekend pass.Web: Rose City Salsa FestivalBlooms of springThe annual Woodland Tulip Festival celebrates 10 years of visitors strolling through the fields. This year’s festival will feature the new 5K Tulip Trot, with day-of registration from 7:30-8:45 a.m. and the race beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. In addition to the race, you can visit the Dutch-inspired eatery, watch gardening demonstrations, take part in the outdoor Artisan and Farmers markets or pick up some tulip bulbs for home.When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Where: Holland America Bulb Farms, 1066 S. Pekin Road, Woodland.Admission: Free, $15-$25 for 5K.Telephone: 360-225-2512.Web: Holland America Bulb FarmsWineries embrace the seasonThe English Estate Winery hosts a celebration of the estate’s 109-year history in Clark County and its 12 years as a winery. The event will feature free tours by the English family through the estate’s turn-of-the-century buildings and its three tasting rooms, along with live music by Tom Mann. You also can take the Battle Ground Wine Loop and experience self-guided tours of three other Battle Ground wineries, with tastings at each stop. Or hop on the wine-loop tour bus, which makes stops at each winery, for $5. Follow the tour up with live music at Rusty Grape Vineyard starting at 7 p.m.last_img read more


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first_imgThere are good blogs and bad blogs. And then there is The Vancouver Side.OK, it’s a good blog — but I like it because it’s fun. Along the way, it informs us on neat community events, local businesses and our friendly politicians.Community conquistadors Jim Mains and Gary Bock do the heavy lifting here. They venture into the nooks and crannies of our neighborhoods with a permanent smile and a zest for all things good.I made a cameo appearance in their latest video. (If I get a second chance, I promise I’ll do better!)You can see it at the bottom of this column or by going to http://www.vancouverside.com.(Watch it through the end of the credits. There’s an outtake where Santa gets down with his elves.)Conspiracy theoryThere are conspirators among us. But The Columbian?The Internet was abuzz — well a little — over a wire story The Columbian ran on a power shift going on in Olympia.Two conservative-leaning state Senate Democrats were planning to side with the minority party Senate Republicans. And that was just enough of a swing in numbers to give Republicans some say in what the heck is going on in Olympia.But here’s where it gets interesting with the conspiracy theorists:We did several stories during the election campaign about how the Republicans disowned Republican County Commissioner Marc Boldt. And our conservative friends thought we were making too big a deal of it.last_img read more



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first_imgChinook salmon (Photo: Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)Kuskokwim river subsistence fishermen should receive more fishing openings for Chinook salmon this summer than they had last year.Listen nowHarvest figures show that about 37,000 Chinook were harvested from the Kuskokwim last summer. That’s about 10,000 fish less than managers had allocated for subsistence catch. Now managers are estimating that this year’s Chinook run will be similar, so there can be more openings.“The benefit of hindsight is we understand what opportunity we provided and what that harvest equated out to. So given that the forecast is similar, if we’re trying to get a similar harvest we can provide more opportunity,” Aaron Poetter said. He’s a fish biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.The agency predicts a Chinook run size of 132,000 to 222,000 fish along the Kuskokwim. Like last year, the numbers are below the historic average.State and federal managers remain in what they call “conservation mode,” and will be taking a cautionary approach to fishing openings this summer as they try to rebuild the salmon stock. The number and length of openings will be determined in-season based on the run size entering the Kuskokwim.The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group has suggested that state and federal managers close the main Kuskokwim stem to Chinook fishing from May 20 through June 11.During closures, managers could still set aside times for fishermen to use live release gear like fish wheels, beach seines, hook and line and dipnets as well as four-inch or smaller mesh gillnets to target non-salmon species.Poetter said that Kuskokwim tributaries will have different restrictions from the main river. In non-salmon spawning tributaries like the Gweek and Johnson Rivers, any size gillnets will be allowed.In tributaries where the salmon do spawn, like the Kwethluk, Kisaralik, Tuluksak and Aniak rivers, no gillnets will be allowed all season.last_img read more


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first_imgA bumper North American railroad bid and three other big tie-ups announced this week that they have taken the number of takeover deals worth $5 billion or more to a record 128 this year, according to Thomson Reuters data.Pacific Railway’s bid for rival Norfolk Southern Corp. on Tuesday, 24 November, would be the biggest ever Canadian acquisition in the United States, and lifted this year’s Canada-U.S. M&A activity to $104.1 billion, surpassing all other years.The week’s biggest M&A deal was a $13.4 billion tie-up between France’s Air Liquide and U.S. peer Airgas.Those deals pushed worldwide announced takeover deals above $4 trillion this year for only the second time in history, after the record M&A year of 2007, the data revealed.They also helped take the number of deals worth more than $5 billion above the previous record of 125 from eight years ago.U.S. banks Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan have all advised on deals worth more than $1 trillion, the data showed.last_img read more


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first_imgBadiul Alam MajumdarEminent citizens in a joint statement on Monday condemned the recent attack on the residence Badiul Alam Majumdar and demanded immediate punishment of the perpetuators.The residence of Badiul Alam Majumdar, Secretary of civil right organisation Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik came under attack on Saturday.The 38 signatories that include, among others, ex caretaker government advisor M Hafizuddin Khan, eminent jurist Shahdeen Malik, professor Anu Mohammad, Hamida Hossain, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Sheepa Hafiza, and Khushi Kabir, stated that the attack took place after a dinner programme arranged at his home by Badiul Alam on Saturday in honour of outgoing US envoy,news agency UNB reportsAfter finishing the dinner, when US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat was going out from Shujan secretary’s house around 11 pm, a gang of miscreants attacked the envoy’s vehicle and assaulted Badiul Alam’s son Mahbub Majumdar.The attackers also smashed window glasses of his residence and attempted to make force entry into the house.last_img read more


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first_imgListen X Share – / 3Every year, more than 250 local artists donate a couple of pieces for the Art on the Avenue auction. The event, now in its 20th year, raises money to help create affordable housing in Houston.But the artists benefit, too.“I’ve sold something every year,” says Marlo Saucedo, who’s taken part in the show for 10 years. “Most of the time, I’ve sold both pieces.”The auction is hosted by the Avenue Community Development Corporation and differs from some of the other typical art auctions out there.“We also share proceeds with the artists so we’re not really trying to just tap the artist for a full donation like a lot of other benefits do,” says Curator Tami Merrick.They’re expecting to raise more than $250,000 during this year’s event. And the effort to create affordable homes and apartments isn’t just for families. Avenue has helped develop the Elder Street Artist Lofts just west of downtown.  “That’s giving artists in the community an affordable place to live and work,” says the organization’s Executive Director Mary Lawler. “So, it’s really helping to contribute to this overall arts district that the Washington Avenue area has become.”The Art on the Avenue charity auction is Saturday night at Winter Street Studios in Houston’s First Ward. 00:00 /01:19 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more


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first_imgRemember the movie American Desi? And even more specifically the song Aap Jaisa Koi that had a boy crooning the lyrics of the hit Bolly number with a spectacular acapella touch to it?We are talking about Penn Masala — the acapella band from the University of Pennsylvania that has music lovers paying them good attention as they render interesting mash-ups of Bollywood and international songs with their own signature touch. And guess what, they are on their second India tour and their last stop is Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Talking history, Penn Masala was started by four students in 1996 in the university. The inspiration came from the eclectic mix of music these students grew up on. Bollywood, south Asian tracks and influences merged with international strains and found place in acapella sounds, and there was Penn Masala, says current president Sam Levenson.What started in 1996 and found shape through seven albums (Awaaz, 11 PM Soundcheck, The Brown Album, Pehchaan, On Detours, Panoramic Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix and the compilation album Out of Stock) that included some strong original compositions is now in its 13th year and counting. Every year, singers graduate and new talent is brought in. Levenson joined Penn Masala in 2009 as a fresher and is now in his senior year and as he says — there is no looking back.And do the alumni ever come together? Of course they do, says Levenson. Every fall the old students come together to pass on the Penn Masala history to the freshers, and there are informal meets around the year. Once singers graduate, they get busy with the non-musical part of their careers, adds Levenson, but they are always there to support the team. Speaking about the alumni, Levenson points out that quite a few old Penn Masala members are in Delhi and they are all coming in for the 11 January performance. Back in India after 2009, Penn Masala has already performed in Mumbai and Pune, there are two more cities on the cards before Delhi becomes the last stop on this tour. While Mumbai had almost 700 people attending their show, Pune was more fun, says Levenson. The crowd, the ambience, the vibe and the sound system was wonderful, he points out. ‘Delhi gave us an energetic crowd three years back and we expect a big show this time around as well,’ he adds.So what is their modus operandi this time around? They have tied up with Teach for India campaign and have already given a few schools a taste of their music skills and they hope to extend the collaboration over this year working on mutual promotions and fund-raising events. Penn Masala is also hoping to tie up with media houses like they did last year to create an Independance Day music video on Maa Tujhe Salaam. They have also started work on their music video. And the icing on 2013 is their eighth album that is all set for a March release.What next for the band? Bollywood, pat comes the reply. ‘We want to work with artistes who have inspired the Penn Masala kind of music,’ says Levenson. DETAILAt: Hard Rock Café, DLF Saket When: 11 January Timings: 9 pm onwardsEntry: Rs 1,500last_img read more


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first_imgHowever, most restaurants and diners leave us very disappointed when it comes to the pigs and the cows. Well worry no more. One of Hauz Khas’s latest hangouts, Matchbox, is all ready to dish out as much of those sinful eats as you want. We walked into Matchbox on an unsuspecting Thursday night. Placed pertly just a next to Raasta, Matchbox has come up where Themis used to be. Which is a huge relief because Themis was quite terrible. With spanking new interiors Matchbox appeals to your senses with some very innovative walls, some comfy cushions, a video game console for Tekken (which we loved!) and yes – some great music (these guys love their old school rock, thank the lord!).  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Chatting with Amit, one of the brains behind this two-month old joint, we get to know that the venue is all about all things legendary. The music, the movies, sports and of course the comics. We dug into the classic Pigs in a Blanket and the pork sausage pizza as Pink Floyd played in the background. Then came the bacon and fries ( a generous helping of bacon strips with french fries) and we were in heaven!  These guys also have a classic hotdog, a mac and cheese , fried chicken, burgers and yes – maggi! You can add your own twist to the dish of course picking from chicken, veggies and bacon bits. Yes. Get the drift – we love the bacon. They have a huge list of cocktails on offer and some select wines so pick your poison. They also have an all-day breakfast that you could try and a pretty impressive dessert spread which we skipped thanks to all the yummy meat we had just downed with a lot of beer. For next time! Head over and check these guys out.last_img read more


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first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Thursday raised questions over the evaluation of the answer scripts of History in the wake of a number of students who had scored 90 percent or above in Higher Secondary or its equivalent examinations getting less than 10 in the entrance test at Jadavpur University.”A number of students have approached me in the past few days who have secured less than 5 in the entrance examinations at JU. These students have bagged more than 80 percent or even 90 percent marks in History in the Board examinations. Even Granthan Sengupta, who came first in Higher Secondary examination, is among the students who have secured poor marks in JU’s History entrance test. Have the answer scripts been examined properly,” the minister questioned.He, who has always claimed that admission should be strictly on the basis of merit, was critical against a section of students who had agitated in the varsity demanding admission test for a number of days last month. “Now, I will ask those students who had agitated whether there has been transparency in the evaluation of the answer scripts in the entrance examination,” Chatterjee said.JU decided on Thursday that Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das will be acting as the Chairman of the admission committee of Jadavpur University and a fresh review of the History answer scripts will be conducted. Registrar Chiranjib Bhattacharjee will assist the V-C. The decision was taken after Dean of Arts Subhasish Biswas wrote to Vice-Chancellor Das praying resignation.”I strongly declare that the entire crisis which has taken place in the admission procedure of BA admission test in History of JU is due to my negligence of work and I am solely responsible for that… In the case of admission test in History, I detected an uneven marking after receiving many complaints,” Biswas’ self-declaration stated.A senior JU administrative official said Biswas’ resignation from the post of Dean of Arts has been accepted and he will no longer be involved in the admission process. “He is also the head of the History department. His resignation from this post is still under consideration,” the official added.A section of students had been demanding the resignation of Biswas in the wake of this crisis and had gheraoed Das and some other senior administrative officials on Wednesday. It was lifted in the wee hours on Thursday after Biswas tendered his resignation. The admission in the Arts subjects like International Relations, Bengali and English went off peacefully on Thursday with the majority of the seats getting occupied.last_img read more


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first_imgFirefox dropped below the 10% share value on Netmarketshare by Martin Brinkmann on June 04, 2018 in Firefox – 140 commentsNetmarketshare’s browser market share has just been updated to include May 2018 share information. The company recorded a drop below the 10% mark in the desktop and laptop devices market for the Mozilla Firefox browser.Firefox had a market share of 12.63% in June 2017 according to Netmarketshare and even managed to rise above the 13% mark in 2017 before its share fell to 9.92% in May 2018.Google Chrome, Firefox’s biggest rival in the browser world, managed to increase its massive lead from 60.08% in June 2017 to 62.85% in May 2018.Microsoft’s Internet Explorer dropped a percent point to 11.82% in May 2018 and Microsoft’s Edge browser gained less than 0.50% to 4.26% over the year.Netmarketshare recorded a downwards trend for the Firefox browser in the past 12 months and while that may sound alarming on first glance, it may not be as bad as the numbers indicate.Netmarketshare collects usage stats and does not get “real” numbers from companies like Mozilla, Google or Microsoft. The company monitors the use of browsers on a subset of Internet sites and creates the market share reports using the data it collects.While that is certainly good enough for trends if the number of monitored user interactions is high enough, it is not completely accurate and real-world values can be different based on a number of factors. While it is unlikely that they differ a lot, it is certainly possible that the share is different to the one reported by the company.Mozilla launched Firefox 57 Quantum in 2017 as an effort to revitalize Firefox by dropping support for legacy systems such as the classic add-on system in favor of the new standard WebExtensions, and integrated new features such as support for multiple processes, and faster components in the browser.Mozilla has yet to reveal how successful the change was for the organization in terms of users. How many users did switch from Firefox to another browser, and how many switched to Firefox because of the new browser?Netmarketshare’s statistics indicate that Firefox lost more users than it gained but we don’t know for sure unless Mozilla reveals before and after numbers to the public.Firefox is still the third largest desktop browser right after Chrome and Internet Explorer. Actually, only Chrome and Internet Explorer have a market share above 10% according to Netmarketshare’s latest figures while all other browsers are below the mark.The end of Firefox?Even if Firefox lost users it is not the end of the browser. Opera, Vivaldi and other browser companies show that it is possible to develop browsers with a lower market share and the same can be true for Mozilla. The organization may need some restructuring in the coming years to take this and — probably — falling revenue from search engine inclusion deals into account but Firefox won’t just go away because it is dropping.Now You: What’s your take on the situation?SummaryArticle NameFirefox dropped below the 10% share value on NetmarketshareDescriptionNetmarketshare’s browser market share has just been updated to include May 2018 share information. The company recorded a drop below the 10% mark in the desktop and laptop devices market for the Mozilla Firefox browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


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