JNUTA slams last-minute cancellation of meeting

first_imgThe Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) said it was shocked at the last-minute cancellation of the 95th meeting of the Board of Studies, School of Social Sciences, scheduled to be held on Tuesday. The teachers alleged that ever since Pradipta K. Chaudhury had taken over as Dean at the School of Social Sciences, all decisions had been notified illegally by him in his individual capacity and without discussion or ratification by centres, extended faculty committee and the Board of Studies of the School of Social Sciences.The JNUTA said 50 members, constituting roughly two-thirds of the total, had submitted six resolutions to the Dean’s office on Tuesday morning. These resolutions were to be placed and discussed at the 95th meeting of the Board of Studies, School of Social Sciences. Instead of discussing these urgent issues, the Dean decided to postpone the meeting half-an-hour before it was scheduled to begin, the JNUTA said. “This clearly shows total institutional collapse of the Dean’s office in the School of Social Sciences. The JNUTA stands firmly behind the members of the Board of Studies of the School of Social Sciences. The JNUTA will take up this matter with the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor and also the members of the Executive Council, and request them to address the academic impasse in the School of Social Sciences on an urgent basis,” the association said in a statement.last_img read more

With an Eye on Artificial Intelligence, NRI Looks to Replicate Silicon Valley in Punjab

first_imgIt could be the next big leap for Punjab. Kamal Kaur, founder and CEO of the US-based DaVinci11, which claims to be the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) big data marketing cloud company, has received the state government’s approval to test its Whisper Network Protocol, a blockchain technology developed by Kamal and her brother, serial tech entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal.Read it at Hindustan TImes Related Itemslast_img

Apple wants you fit with the iPhone 6 and Watch

first_imgWith Apple’s official launch dates rolling in for the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, hungry fanboys are going to line up and tent down. Apple’s newest products though seem to have better plans for their users. The primary health accessory is the Apple Watch which will be competing along with the Moto 360 and Gear S. This is Apple’s most interesting device from the recent launch event because it is an arrival into the wearable category. Health conscious timepieceThe Watch packs in a host of features that distinguish it from run of the mill fitness accessories and health monitors. the Apple Watch comes with a built in heart rate monitor that sits at the back. Keeping track of body vitals in real time is essentially a matter of looking towards the wrist. A gyroscope and built in accelerometer make the Watch a perfect companion for walkers, runners and cyclists who need to track movement and distance. the Fitness app included in the Watch can tell users of their calorie expenditure along with running countdowns to set goals.The Workout app breaks activities further into Cycling, Cross Training and Running for specific details. Since third party apps are supported on the Watch, the usual pick of the lot like Endomondo Fitness Tracker,  MapMyRide etc will also have additional features in store. Controlling music, placing quick calls and alerting near ones in case of emergency can be quickly accomplished with the scrolling ‘Digital Crown’ or through voice commands. An aluminium casing coupled with ‘Ion-X’ glass make the Apple Watch Sport an especially rugged device that can be taken out for the tumble. This version is 30 percent lighter than the standard Apple Watch. advertisementSmarter iPhoneThen there’s the iPhone 6 itself which comes with an upgraded M8 motion co-processor and the addition of a barometer which measures elevation changes, useful for Cross Trainers and elevation based fitness. The iPhone 6’s Ion-strengthened glass is supposed to be sturdier and more resistant to drops and impact than ever before.The Apple Watch is expected early next year at $349 in the US. The 16GB version of the iPhone 6 is set at $649.last_img read more

BCB suspends fast bowler Shahadat Hossain

first_imgThe Bangladesh Cricket Board suspended fast bowler Shahadat Hossain on Sunday for allegedly torturing an 11-year-old housemaid.BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury says Hossain is suspended “from all kind of cricketing activities under BCB’s jurisdiction until a final decision is reached regarding the ‘torture accusations’ brought against him.”The law will take its own course. BCB has nothing to do with it. He has to prove himself innocent.”Hossain played 38 Tests and 51 one-day internationals for Bangladesh in a career spanning 10 years. He last played a Test against Pakistan this year but lost his place because of injuries.last_img

IPL 2016: Pandya brothers draw inspiration from Pathan brothers

first_imgFrom Vijay Hazare to Munaf Patel, quite a few cricketers who started their careers from Baroda, the city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, made it big at the international level. However, two men from the same family in Baroda – Irfan and Yusuf Pathan –  took the world by storm with their all-round abilities.The younger Irfan was a left-arm pacer who also had the ability to score quick runs. He was touted to be the next Kapil Dev. The way he preyed on Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf in three successive deliveries in the Karachi Test of 2006 was testimony to his talent.On the other hand, his elder brother Yusuf did not think twice before flashing his blades against the best in the business. Not many have made their debut in the final of a World T20. Even if they had, not many had the guts to smash a steaming pacer out of the park. Yusuf did it against Mohammad Asif in the final of the ICC World T20 2007 against Pakistan.The brothers did not stop there. For over five years, they were mainstays in the Indian cricket team and won many matches either with single-handed efforts or as brothers.  However, injuries and lack of form made it difficult for both of them to seal a permanent spot in the team. They are still plying their trade in the lucrative Indian Premier League but are no more the attention seekers they once were.However, another pair of brothers from the same state are making heads turn in this season. Hardik Pandya was the star of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian team that dominated the T20 format in the last few months. Hardik, the younger one off the two, made his debut in Australia while his brother Krunal, who kept grabbing the attention of big names in cricket, was recovering from an injury that kept him out of action since March last year. However, Krunal’s lack of match practise didn’t stop one of the most successful IPL franchises Mumbai Indians from bagging him for a record price (Rs 2 crore, which is ten times the money paid for Hardik) at the auctions earlier this year.advertisementAnd Krunal needed just five games to put his brother in the shade. The 25-year-old is has shone with both the bat and the ball so far. On Wednesday Krunal went berserk after he removed two of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket at the moment – Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma was full of praise for the young left-armer.At this rate, Hardik and Krunal, have a good chance of emulating Irfan and Yusuf. And the inspiration for them, as expected, are the Pathan brothers.”To be honest, the inspiration for us comes from Pathan brothers. They also came from the city where we are from. I have seen Irfan and Yusuf play and wanted to be like them,” Hardik told echoed his younger brother’s statement saying, “Once we were playing cricket at the U-19 level. We watched them play and I started dreaming that one day we will also play for Baroda together. It’s just the beginning for us and we have to go a long way.”The Pandya brothers, who seem to be enjoying their sting at Mumbai Indians, said they were lucky that they had always played together.  “We’ve been very lucky that we have always played together. From our childhood we were dreaming to play together, at a good level. Finally we’re here. We are really happy to represent such a big franchise at the IPL,” Krunal said.On Wednesday, Krunal ran around Wankhede after he outsmarted the South African superstar. His celebratory run reminded most people of his brother. Krunal, though denies that he had copied his brother’s style. “It came naturally to me. I haven’t copied the celebrations from Hardik,” he said.Apart from his on-field heroics, Hardik stole the show with his off-field show-offs during his stint with the Indian team.  Krunal, who proclaims that he is an old-school guy, conceded that he was always tempted to imitate his brother’s fashion sense. “I am an old-school guy and thus I copy his fashion sense,” Krunal said.Hardik, who has been taken for a ride by most batsmen in this season, wants to imbibe his brother’s economy rate. “I have been going at 9, 10 runs an over. I want to bowl like my brother who has been tidy so far,” he said.advertisementKrunal wants a share of his brother’s big-hitting capabilities. “I am amazed by the confidence he has. He is a strong guy, I would like to get some power for hitting the big ones,” he said.Hardik was also quick to say that both of them had a similar style of playing cricket and that they did not have the need to copy each other.last_img read more

Olivier Giroud ready to fight for his place at Arsenal F.C., says Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsenal striker Olivier Giroud wants to stay at the club and fight for his place despite the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, manager Arsene Wenger has said.Giroud struggled for opportunities at Arsenal last season, starting 11 league games after losing his spot to Alexis Sanchez in the lineup.The 30-year-old France international could be further bumped down the pecking order by compatriot Lacazette, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Olympique Lyonnais for a reported to 46.5 million pounds ($60.57 million).”Giroud fancies the competition,” Wenger told reporters. “As a manager, you have him on your back, wanting to play.”He fights hard, you know. I like the way he responds to what’s happening. He is focused and determined and showed that on the (pre-season) tour.”last_img read more

Acy Suspended, Wall Fined Over Foul

first_imgNEW YORK — New York Knicks forward Quincy Acy has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for his flagrant foul against John Wall in a Christmas game.The league said that Wall was fined $15,000 for escalating the confrontation by pushing Acy.The NBA adds that Acy’s flagrant foul 2 initiated an altercation in Washington’s 102-91 victory on Dec. 25. Wall was dribbling up the court when Acy knocked him down with a forearm shove with 5:31 remaining.Wall got up and pushed Acy, who swung his arm and appeared to hit Wall behind the neck and was ejected.Acy will miss the Knicks’ game at Sacramento on  Dec. 27. New York acquired the forward from the Kings last summer.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Trudeau government wants to demystify G7 summit by involving Canadians

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government wants to lift the mystery surrounding the G7 summit as it prepares to host the gathering next year, in hopes that Canadians will feel more included and, perhaps, less inclined to protest on the periphery.“The idea is to get input from Canadians,” Peter Boehm, the Canadian G7 summit sherpa, said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“What are they thinking about some of the big themes in the world, whether it’s economic inclusion, what the jobs of the future might look like, climate change, energy and, indeed, some of the big foreign policy and security questions that might be out there?” said Boehm.The efforts to open the process up to Canadians includes Boehm speaking at a public event Thursday night, organized by the Toronto branch of the Canadian International Council and the G7 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.“A lot of this is listening and then feeding it through, but also a chance for us to demystify what the G7 is,” said Boehm, who is preparing for Canada to assume the G7 presidency in January, six months before it hosts the summit at a resort in La Malbaie, Que.“It’s not just a big gathering where you see a lot of people and even more security.”Heavy — and armed — security presence is a common sight on the edges of G7 summits, where the need to protect the leaders of powerful countries takes on added urgency due to crowds gathered for demonstrations, which have sometimes turned into violent clashes with police.The turbulent Toronto G20 summit in 2010, which included mass arrests and cases of police misconduct, reverberated for years.Boehm suggested involving Canadians along the road to the G7 summit is one way to get ahead of the issue.“We all have the right to express our views and we fully expect that there will be people who will be expressing their views,” said Boehm. “My own view is that it is best to do that from an informed perspective, so that’s part of the reason for the outreach.”Still, Boehm said the summit organizers will nonetheless be prepared for protests.“In the past at large gatherings there has also been infiltration by less desirable elements who do not want to express views nor hear views, but they want to create mayhem,” he said. “So, on the security side, we will certainly be ready for that.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

ATF offers reward after explosives stolen in Morgan County

The ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the recovery of the explosives and/or the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible.Anyone with information is asked to call ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477), email, contact ATF through its website at, or text to 63975 using the code ATFLOU. Tips can also be submitted by using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting All tips will be kept confidential. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Federal authorities are offering a reward in an effort to locate explosives stolen in Morgan County.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms says someone broke into a construction site near Wheelrin Road sometime between Friday afternoon and Monday morning and stole the explosives.- Advertisement – read more


Rooting For Armageddon At The World Chess Championship

TIEBREAKER ROUNDCHANCES OF PLAYINGCARLSENKARJAKIN Rapid Game 3100.028.46.7 ARMAGEDDON!0.173.626.4 Blitz Match 26.972.025.7 Rapid Game 1100.0%0.0%0.0% Blitz Match 50.373.626.4 Rapid Game 2100.00.00.0 CUMULATIVE CHANCE OF WINNING CHAMPIONSHIP Blitz Match 120.268.924.3 Blitz Match 32.373.126.2 When will the chess end? Blitz Match 40.873.526.4 Tiebreaker games at the World Chess Championship will begin this afternoon. Over the past 19 days, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the defending champion, fought his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, to a 6-6 tie in their best-of-12 match and the battle for chess’s top prize.And they’re not done yet. According to the FIDE match rules, this is how the tiebreaker will go:First, a mini-match of four rapid games will be played. Each player gets 25 minutes for all of his moves, plus 10 bonus seconds after every move played.If the players remain tied after those four games,1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth a half-point for each player, and losses are worth zero points. they’ll play a mini-match of two blitz games. Each player will get five minutes, plus three seconds after every move. They’ll keep playing those, if the two-game mini-matches are tied, for up to five total mini-matches (10 total blitz games).Finally, if none of that settles it, they’ll play one sudden-death game using a format known as Armageddon. White gets five minutes and black gets four minutes, but a drawn game counts as a win for black.I’m not supposed to root from the press box, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued by the possibility that the World Chess Championship will be decided by Armageddon. So what are the chances of that happening?To find out, we need to know the likelihood of draws in individual games in the rapid and blitz matches. In last year’s World Chess Rapid Championship (Carlsen won, Karjakin finished 19th), 29.9 percent of the games in the tournament were draws. So let’s suppose a 30 percent chance of draws in the individual rapid games. In last year’s World Chess Blitz Championship (Carlsen finished 6th, Karjakin 17th), 20.2 percent of the games were draws. So let’s say there’s a 20 percent chance of draws in the individual blitz games.2In the rapid and blitz championships, the time controls are similar to today’s tiebreakers, but slightly different. Players in those tournaments received 15 minutes rather than 25 for rapid, and three minutes rather than five for blitz. I’ll also use the two players’ listed rapid and blitz ratings from the FIDE website throughout my analysis to estimate chances that individual games in the two formats are won by either player. Rapid Game 464.959.720.1 I simulated tens of thousands of iterations of this afternoon’s tiebreakers using the same basic method I used to forecast the 2016 chess championship before it began. We’re guaranteed to see the first three games of rapid chess, as no player will be able to clinch the match in only two games, but there’s a 35 percent chance that one player will have clinched after those first three games. That would end the mini-match and thus the championship. There’s a 20 percent chance that Carlsen and Karjakin will be tied at the end of the rapid mini-match and that we will move on to the five-minutes-a-side blitz segment. According to my simulations, the two-game blitz mini-matches would each wind up tied about a third of the time.What all that means, sadly, is that there is just a 0.1 percent chance that Armageddon will decide the 2016 World Chess Championship.The tiebreakers begin this afternoon, and a world champion will be crowned. I’ll be covering them here and on Twitter. read more

Israel cancels plans to build 20000 settler homes in the West Bank

first_imgUpdated 10.50pmISRAELI PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu late this evening cancelled plans to build 20,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, after US and Palestinian criticism of the project.Netanyahu ordered the Israeli housing minister Uri Ariel “to reconsider all of the steps for evaluating planning potential (of the settler homes) that he distributed without any advance coordination”, a statement from his office said.Netanyahu told Ariel the plan was:An action that creates an unnecessary confrontation with the international community at a time when we are making an effort to persuade elements in the international community to reach a better deal with Iran.The announcement was made after Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned the construction plans, announced earlier by Israel, would prompt him to declare the peace process over if they went ahead.Washington had also expressed “deep concern” over the plans. “We are deeply concerned by this latest report,” said US State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki. “We were surprised by this announcement and are currently seeking further explanation from the government of Israel.”Psaki emphasized that Washington had not been briefed in advance by Israel about the settlement plan.She repeated the long-standing US diplomatic position on settlements – a position reaffirmed last week during Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the Mideast – that “we do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity.”Psaki said the United States has “called on both sides to take steps to create a positive atmosphere for the negotiations,” which, with Kerry’s mediation, re-launched in July.During his visit to the Mideast last week, Kerry rejected statements from Israeli leaders that the settlement announcements were in keeping with tacit “understandings” between the two sides linked to the release of 52 veteran Palestinian prisoners since August.- © AFP 2013.Explainer: What do the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks mean?>Read: Palestinians say there’s only one suspect in Arafat death>last_img read more

Three suspected dead after earlymorning California shooting spree

first_imgA CHAOTIC 25-minute shooting spree through California has left three people dead and more victims before the shooter stopped and killed himself, police said.There were at least six crime scenes, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino told KNBC-TV.The shootings started with an apparent carjacking just after 5am local time (1pm Irish time) in an unincorporated Ladera Ranch area of Orange County, said Tustin police Supervisor Dave Kanoti.From 5:30am to 5:55am, Tustin police received police reports of shootings in several locations, he said.Officers found one dead person and one wounded at one location, two shot and wounded at another, and another deceased victim at a third, separate location.The alleged shooter then drove to the middle of a junction in a residential neighbourhood and shot himself, Kanoti said.The conditions of the wounded victims were unknown.It is possible more people were shot at because some people may have chased the shooter, Kanoti said.A spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol said they didn’t have any active crime scenes on the freeway.Kanoti said authorities were trying to figure out if the spree started with the fatal carjacking but could not yet confirm that.Tustin is about 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.last_img read more

Le cannibalisme un mode de croissance rapide chez les larves de thon

first_imgLe cannibalisme, un mode de croissance rapide chez les larves de thonPubliant récemment leurs travaux dans une publication de l’Institut espagnol d’océanographie, des chercheurs espagnols et norvégiens ont mis en évidence un fait surprenant. Dans les zones de frai des thons, que partagent souvent plusieurs espèces de ces poissons, les larves peuvent s’entredévorer pour s’assurer une croissance rapide.Les chercheurs de l’Institut espagnol d’océanographie (IEO), en collaboration avec le Département de Biologie de l’Université de Bergen (Norvège), se sont penchés sur l’écologie des larves de différentes espèces de thon, notamment près des les îles Baléares, l’une des zones de frai les plus importantes du monde. En effet, y coexistent, l’été, des densités relativement élevées de larves de trois espèces : thon rouge, germon (ou thon blanc) et thon bonitou.À lire aussiUn chercheur laisse grandir des larves de mouche dans son brasGrâce à leur étude, les chercheurs ont alors découvert qu’outre la prédation (par d’autres espèces), l’un des mécanismes qui peuvent influencer le taux de survie des larves de thon est : le cannibalisme. Autrement dit, les larves s’entre-dévorent pour survivre. Ce processus et al prédation jouent ainsi un rôle majeur dans la détermination de l’abondance des larves au cours de leurs premiers jours de vie, et donc du futur nombre de juvéniles.”Ces grands prédateurs mesurent à l’éclosion environ 3 millimètres et croissent rapidement, étant capables, en moins d’un mois, de se nourrir des larves plus petites des autres espèces de thon, ou même de leur propre espèce. Dans les environnements peu riches en invertébrés (…), la survie des différentes espèces de thon peut dépendre de la coexistence des larves de différentes tailles et des relations prédateur-proie établies entre elles”, résume Patricia Reglero, auteur principal de l’étude. Le 15 octobre 2011 à 18:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

HarleyDavidson LiveWire owners will get free charging from Electrify America

first_img More From Roadshow Enlarge Image$Free.99 is a hard price to beat. Just don’t go overboard on the road trips. Electrify America Harley-Davidson first unveiled the production spec of its upcoming LiveWire electric motorcycle in late 2018. Now, just before the media (Roadshow included) take their first crack at this revolutionary offering, Electrify America has an announcement that will be sure to sweeten the deal even further for prospective buyers.Electrify America announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement with Harley-Davidson that will give LiveWire owners two years’ worth of complimentary charging at Electrify America charging stations across the country. In order to making these chargers easy to find, Electrify America charging locations will be highlighted in the Harley-Davidson app. Owners who buy a LiveWire manufactured between Aug. 2019 and July 2021 can sign up for the plan using Electrify America’s app.It’s worth noting some caveats, though: The agreement covers the per-minute equivalent of 500 kWh over those two years, so if you hit the limit early, you’ll have to pay for juice after that. Think of it like a car’s warranty — if you reach 36,000 miles before the three-year mark, the warranty is still kaput. It’s really an either-or sort of situation, rather than Electrify America offering unlimited charging for that period of time. Given the LiveWire’s battery capacity of 15.5 kWh, that should cover a little over 32 fill-ups. With an estimated range of 95 miles combined city and highway riding, that means riders could receive over 3,000 miles of free electrons, with the number going even higher for riders who stay in the city. It takes 40 minutes on a DC fast charger to reach 80 percent battery capacity, or about an hour from E to F.The LiveWire has been available for preorder since January, when Harley-Davidson announced open order books at CES 2019. Owners will be glad the juice is free, because the bike sure as heck isn’t — at $29,799, it’s one seriously pricey proposition. Motorcycles Electric Cars 3:03 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire first ride: Harley’s electric future is bright Harley-Davidson 47 Photos 2019 Subaru Ascent reviewcenter_img Tags Comments Share your voice Riding Harley-Davidson’s all-electric Project LiveWire… 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire is the sporty electric streetbike we need 4last_img read more


Vega rocket fails after takeoff in French Guiana

first_imgKourou: A rocket carrying a satellite for the United Arab Emirates failed shortly after taking off from French Guiana on Wednesday night, launch company Arianespace said. “About two minutes after takeoff a major anomaly occurred, leading to the loss of the mission,” said Luce Fabreguettes, director of operations in Kourou, on the northern coast of the French territory in South America. It is the first failure after fourteen successful launches of Vega — Arianespace’s lightweight launcher — since operations began at the Guiana Space Centre in 2012. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “On behalf of Arianespace, I wish to express our deepest apologies to our customers for the loss of their cargo,” Fabreguettes added. Video of the launch showed the rocket’s trajectory began to deviate after two minutes, then was significantly “degraded”, according to Arianespace. The reason for the failure was not immediately known. The launch was postponed twice due to high winds over the Spaceport. Vega was meant to take the UAE’s FalconEye1 satellite into the Earth’s orbit.last_img read more


BNP keen on Unity Process inclusion

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is most likely to include leaders of newly formed Jatiya Oikya Prokriya (National Unity Process) in its next pre-polls programmes, according to a number of party insiders.Senior BNP leaders have been given the responsibility to engage the Unity Process leaders.The key opposition party has recently ended their two-day programme to press home their seven-point demand, including the release of the party’s chairperson Khaleda Zia before the announcement of the election schedule.Various systematic programmes, including rallies and demonstrations would be organised until the schedule, according to the BNP leaders.On Thursday night, they did sit for a meeting at the chairperson’s office in Gulshan to plan the next plan of action,  but no programmes were finalised.BNP policymakers, however, apprehend a negative verdict against acting chairman Tarique Rahman, who is one of the accused in the 21 August grenade attack case. The verdict of the case is scheduled for 10 October.BNP leaders in Thursday night’s meeting discussed about connecting with the reformist groups of BNP and the need for forming a greater unity with the Unity Process led by eminent jurist Kamal Hossain, also the president of Gono Forum.“Many of the reformist groups are in touch with the central leaders of BNP. They have to come to the spotlight. They should know, the party will always welcome people who want to join in,” said a member of BNP’s standing committee on condition of anonymity.A number of leaders who were present in the meeting said they agreed to take a decision on greater unity once Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain returns home.Kamal Hossain is now out of the country for treatment.last_img read more


11 HoustonArea Restaurants Chefs Selected As Semifinalists For 2019 James Beard Awards

first_img Share Eric Sauseda for H Town Restaurant GroupAll four Houston James Beard winners of Best Chef: Southwest. From left to right: Chris Shepherd (2014), Hugo Ortega (2017), Justin Yu (2016) and Robert Del Grande (1992).Adding to its list of culinary accolades, the greater Houston area has received a total of 11 semifinalist nominations for the 2019 James Beard Chef and Restaurant Awards.Among the semifinalists are long-time locale The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, which is up against 19 national restaurants for Outstanding Restaurant, and Indigo Chef Jonny Rhodes, who is in the running against 22 chefs for Rising Star Chef of the Year.Across the state, Texas received 27 nominations in five cities: Houston, Austin, Dallas, Lubbock, San Antonio and Pearland. The awards are often referred to as the “Oscars of the food world,” covering categories such as Best New Restaurant and Outstanding Chef.  This year Houston will also play an additional role in the awards — it was selected to host the announcement of the award finalists on March 27. The winners will be announced in Chicago on May 6.  Here are the Houston semifinalists:Outstanding Bar Program: Anvil Bar & RefugeOutstanding Chef: Chris Shepherd, Georgia JamesOutstanding Restaurant: The Original Ninfa’s on NavigationOutstanding Restaurateur: Tracy Vaught, H Town Restaurant Group (Hugo’s, Caracol, Xochi, among others)Outstanding Service: Hugo’sOutstanding Service: Tony’sOutstanding Wine Program: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse at the GalleriaRising Star Chef of the Year: Jonathan “Jonny” Rhodes, Restaurant IndigoBest Chef Southwest: Kaiser Lashkari, HimalayaBest Chef Southwest: Trong Nguyen, Crawfish & NoodlesBest Chef Southwest: Ronnie Killen, Killen’s SteakhouseView the full list of nominations, here.last_img read more

Paint the town red white and blue at the Visit USA Seminars

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F The Americans are set to paint the town red, white and blue when they make their annual trip to Australia for the Visit USA Seminars next week.  Australian travel agents are encouraged to attend the seminars to learn how they can best promote the US to their clients.The US will mean big business for agents in 2010, thanks to a never-before seen exchange rate, which has remained between the 80-90 cent mark.There will also be a number of great airfare deals to the USA from Australia this year and both Delta and Virgin have increased their capacity between the two countries. Last year when many other travel destinations suffered from the effects of the GFC, Australian visitor arrivals to the U.S continued to prosper, increasing by 4.3% during the January-November period.  In November, Australian visitation was up 27% from the previous year and Visit USA expects this positive trend to continue throughout 2010. Getaway TV Presenter, Catriona Rowntree will host this years’ Visit USA Expos, which will be held in Melbourne (15 February), Brisbane (16 February) and Sydney (17 February).  Travel industry attendees will have the opportunity to network with 30 visiting USA suppliers, 12 Tourism Bureaux and local representatives from major wholesalers, airlines, accommodation, attraction and car & camper rental companies including: Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, Apollo Motorhome Holidays, Asia/Pacific Travel Marketing,  Avis, Choice Hotels, Creative Holidays, Delta Airlines, Discover the World Marketing, Disney Destinations International, DriveAway Holidays, Explore Holidays, Hawaiian Airlines, Hertz, Insight Vacations, Intrepid Travel, Marriott International, Travel 2, United Vacations & United Airlines, V Australia, Qantas & Viva Holidays.For more information about the Visit USA Seminars, please visit: <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more


Chimu Adventures supports Pinktartica voyage

first_imgChimu Adventures, the McGrath Foundation along with Australian artist Ken Done showcased the up and coming feature voyage to Antarctica named ‘PinKtarctica’.The ‘PinKtarctica’ voyage will take place over 12 days, allowing travellers to explore the Antarctic Peninsula, whilst supporting the McGrath Foundation’s mission to raise money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia while increasing breast awareness in young Australians.Travellers aboard the expedition will be joined by McGrath Foundation ambassador and director Tracy Bevan and Ken Done. Source = ETB Travel News: Megan Tran McGrath Foundation ambassador and director, Ms Bevan, said the fundraiser will go a long way in helping the Foundation ensure every family in Australia experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse no matter where they live or their financial circumstance.“We are proud to have funded 100 McGrath Breast Care Nurses working nationally, who together have supported over 25,000 families experiencing breast cancer in Australia. Remarkable events like PinKtarctica, will truly help us to continue to make a difference,” Ms Bevan said.​last_img read more


QLDs peak industry body celebrates women in tourism

first_imgQueensland’s peak industry body for tourism, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), has called on other industries to join tourism and hospitality employers in addressing gender equalities in the Australian workforce, as part of celebrations for Queensland Women’s Week from 7 to 13 March 2016.QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said now was the time for tourism and hospitality to continue fighting for gender equality and diversity in the workforce.“The theme of Queensland Women’s Week is ‘When women achieve, Queensland succeeds’ and nothing could be more true for the state’s tourism and hospitality sectors which employ a very high proportion of females,” Mr Gschwind said.“Tourism and hospitality in Queensland contribute $23 billion in expenditure to the state’s economy, therefore it is critical for our state to focus on equity issues such as narrowing gender pay gaps and providing more support services for women in the workforce.“The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has stated that societies and economies flourish when women and men are more equal. We want to see Queensland and indeed Australia positioned in a more positive light when it comes to gender equality,” Mr Gschwind said.There are many career paths in the tourism industry with a broad scope of professions and job descriptions, including in regional Queensland.“Women are very prominently represented in many leading roles in tourism in Queensland, including in transport, hotel management, tour operators, attractions, events, administration, research and travel,” Mr Gschwind said.“The accommodation and food and beverage industries for instance are employing more women than other industries in managerial positions (key management, general managers and senior managers), again demonstrating the importance of these industries for the empowerment of women in the workforce.”The Queensland Tourism Industry Council works in partnership with a variety of member organisations and industry partners, including many that are proud to have women in key leadership roles.In 2016, QTIC acknowledges a number of inspirational women making a difference to Queensland’s tourism industry:Julieanne Alroe, CEO, Brisbane Airport CorporationMary Carroll, CEO, Capricorn EnterpriseLiz Ward, Managing Director, Digital Coaching InternationalMelinda Watt, Vice President – Relationship Management, EarthCheckToni Brennan, CEO, Fun Over FiftyKerri Jekyll, Owner Managing Director, Get Wet Surf SchoolSusanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism, Griffith UniversitySonya Jeffrey, Managing Director, Ingan ToursKim Morgan, General Manager, Maroochy River ResortRachael Hodges, Assistant General Manager, Mossman Gorge CentreNatalie Chapman, Human Resource Manager, Mossman Gorge CentreJan Claxton, Owner, Ocean Safari and Ocean RaftingHope Rust, General  Manager, Pethers Rainforest RetreatElsa D’Alessio, Regional Manager Queensland, Qantas Airways LimitedSuzanne Miller, CEO, Queensland Museum NetworkVicki Jones, Owner Operator, Red Dirt ToursAmery Burleigh, General Manager, Sofitel Gold CoastMary-Clare Power, CEO, Southern Queensland Country TourismLeanne Coddington, CEO, Tourism and Events QueenslandKayleen Allen, Director, Tourism GemsPatricia O’Callaghan, CEO, Townsville EnterpriseToni Ward, Owner, Whitsunday Jet Ski ToursQTIC also acknowledges that it is a female Tourism Minister, Hon Kate Jones MP, who leads the Queensland Government’s tourism portfolio and the Department, also headed by a female Director-General, Megan Houghton.In 2016 Queensland is expanding International Women’s Day celebrations into a week-long, state-wide series of events and activities called Queensland Women’s Week.The theme for the inaugural week is “Good for her. Great for us. When women achieve, Queensland succeeds.” This theme celebrates women’s achievements as well as acknowledging that supporting and enabling women to take advantage of opportunities to succeed is good for everyone in Queensland.International Women’s Day, held on Tuesday 8 March, celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future.QTIC is the peak industry body for tourism in Queensland, acting as “The Voice of Tourism”. QTIC is a private sector, membership-based organisation which, since 2001, has worked to influence and shape the state’s tourism business environment. QTICSource = Queensland Tourism Industry Councillast_img read more