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BJP Cong key contenders in 2nd phase of LS polls in Assam


first_imgGuwahati: Altogether 60 candidates have filed papers for five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state, with the BJP and the Congress emerging as the major contenders in at least four of the seats.Tuesday was the last date for the filing of nomination for the second phase of election, scheduled on April 18. Among the five seats, Karimganj (SC) registered maximum number of nominees at 19, followed by Silchar with 14 candidates, an election office spokesperson said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The other three constituencies that will go to polls on April 18 are Autonomous District (ST), Mangaldai and Nowgong. In Karimganj (SC) parliamentary constituency, the major players are sitting MP of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Radheshyam Biswas, BJP’s Kripanath Malla and Congress candidate Swarup Das, poll analysts said. In Silchar, BJP’s Rajdeep Roy is set to pose a tough challenge to sitting Congress MP Sushmita Dev, they said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe candidates of the two national parties are prime contenders for Mangaldoi, Autonomous (ST) District and Nowgong seats too. While Congress MP Bhubaneswar Kalita will lock horns with BJP’s Dilip Saikia at Mangaldoi, the grand old party’s minister, Pradyut Bordoloi, will put up a tough fight against Rupak Sarma of the saffron party, the analysts added. In the Autonomous (ST) District, six candidates have filed their nominations, with the prominent ones being sitting Congress MP Biren Singh Engti and BJP nominee Horen Singh Bey. The scrutiny of papers will be held on March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.last_img read more


Catalonia PM Says Region Will Declare Independence in Coming Days


Rabat – The Spanish region of Catalonia seems determined to go ahead with independence plans despite the crackdown from Madrid.The northern region’s premier, Carles Puigdemont, said late on Sunday that his government will declare independence in the coming days.Despite a violent intervention from the National Police and the Guardia Civil on Sunday to prevent citizens from voting in the independence referendum and and seize ballot boxes, results of the vote were announced. Preliminary figures show a massive support for independence as around 90% of citizens declared in favor of separation from Spain.It’s not only Catalans voting in the #CatalanReferendum #ScotsForCatalonia @bcnrogues pic.twitter.com/m90uAofOHy— Andrew Thom (@thomthegolfer) 1 octobre 2017The vote was marked with a relatively low turnout with only 42% of eligible voters casting their votes. According to the local government, 2,262,424 out of a total voter pool of 5,343,358 took part in the referendum.It is not clear if this is mainly due to police intervention in an attempt to stop the referendum.Puigdemont said that his government will transmit the vote’s result to the Catalan parliament to “act in accordance with the referendum laws.”The Catalan premier had a word to say about the crackdown, slamming what he called police “brutality” and “repression”.He urged the European Union not to stay silent about what is taking place in Catalonia.Today will go down in history, by 2 opposed images: 1-Catalans voting for their future ??? 2-The brutality of the Spanish Government ?????? pic.twitter.com/khnCUldZex— Jon Inarritu (@JonInarritu) 1 octobre 2017The use of violence against voters increased the tension between Catalonia and the central government. Catalans claim their right to vote as a democratic exercise. Madrid maintains that the vote is illegal as was previously declared by the country’s supreme court.On Sunday, pictures and videos of Spanish security elements beating, pushing and firing tear gas and rubber bullets at pro-referendum protesters, causing several injuries among them, came as a shock in Spain and elsewhere.The scenes were described as “unprecedented” in the country’s history. Yet, the Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy defended security forces, saying they acted so that the law prevails.“We did what we had to do”, he said in a speech to the nation on Sunday night.Rajoy is facing one of the toughest challenges in his political career as Spain’s PM. The leader of the Popular Party was heavily criticized by Pablo Iglesias, the Secretary General of the left-wing party Podemos.Iglesias said the Popular Party must step down from government, calling for a negotiated solution to the ongoing crisis in Catalonia. read more


TSX little changed following solid gain traders look to Apple earnings


The Toronto stock market was subdued Monday following last week’s strong advance and ahead of another busy corporate earnings week, with Apple reporting after the close.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 3.69 points to 13,395.73.The Canadian dollar found some buoyancy after dropping about 1.5 cents last week in the wake of the Bank of Canada signalling that interest rate hikes are further off than thought. The currency rose 0.07 of a cent to 95.72 cents US.U.S. indexes were lower as data showed that U.S. factories barely boosted their output in September, adding to other signs that the economy was slowing even before the government shutdown began on Oct. 1.The Dow Jones industrials fell 21.81 points to 15,548.47 as the U.S. Federal Reserve announced that manufacturing production rose only 0.1 per cent in September, down from a 0.5 per cent gain in August, which was slightly lower than previously reported.The Nasdaq shed 2.25 points to 3,941.12 while the S&P 500 index was off 0.7 of a point to 1,759.07.Before the markets opened Monday, drugmaker Merck & Co. said its third-quarter profit plunged 35 per cent to US$1.12 billion because of competition from generic drugs, lower sales of its top-selling medicine, and restructuring and acquisition charges. Ex-items earnings came in at 92 cents a share, four cents better than expected. However, revenue of $11.03 billion missed expectations of $11.13 billion and its shares fell 90 cents to $45.64.Apple Inc. is set to release its results after markets close. Analysts surveyed by FactSet forecast Apple to report earnings of US$7.92 a share, down nine per cent from a year ago. That would mean the third consecutive quarter of falling profit for Apple. The company’s stock has fallen 13 per cent in the last year and was up $2.25 to US$528.21 Monday morning.In Canada, traders will be taking in earnings from a variety of resource heavyweights this week, including Suncor Energy (TSX:SU), Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS), Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) and First Quantum Resources (TSX:FM).Last week strong earnings from Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR), Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) and miners Goldcorp (TSX:G) and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) helped push the TSX up 1.24 per cent.October has been positive for the TSX, which is up seven per cent year to date with investors also encouraged by steady economic improvement in China and Europe.Commodities were mixed and gold stocks led decliners, down 0.6 per cent while December bullion declined 50 cents to US$1,352 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) faded 28 cents to C$27.70.December crude was up nine cents to US$97.94 a barrel and the energy sector was down 0.45 per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) declined 37 cents to C$32.95.The base metals sector also drifted 0.45 per cent lower with December copper unchanged at to US$3.27 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gave back 45 cents to C$29.82.Consumer staples led advancers with grocer Metro (TSX:MRU) ahead 57 cents to $66.37.Traders also looked to this week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting amid speculation on when the Fed will reduce its key monetary stimulus that has kept long term rates low and supported a rally on many stock markets.The Fed is currently buying $85 billion of U.S. government bonds and other securities but there are low expectations for the Fed doing anything to taper just yet.“Because of delayed data, the Fed won’t have enough information to determine whether the economy is strengthening sufficiently to warrant tapering,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Sal Guatieri. “Perhaps more importantly, the data on hand won’t justify a reduction in asset purchases, as cautious businesses have curbed new orders, investment and hiring even before the government partially closed shop.”In Canada, the major economic report of the week comes down on Thursday. Statistics Canada is expected to report that gross domestic product grew by 0.2 per cent in August.In other corporate developments, there’s a major deal in the North American fertilizer industry. Minnesota-based Mosaic Co. (NYSE:MOS), which is primarily a potash producer, says it has a definitive agreement to acquire the phosphate business of CF Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CF) for $1.2 billion in cash plus $200 million to fund CF’s asset retirement obligation. Mosaic stock rose 85 cents to US$46.79.European bourses were negative with London’s FTSE 100 index down 0.05 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX slipped 0.14 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 fell 0.7 per cent. read more


TSX higher amid solid earnings US economic rebound in second quarter


TORONTO – The Toronto stock market advanced Wednesday, powered by solid earnings and an indication from the U.S. Federal Reserve that it is in no rush to raise interest rates.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 78.27 points to 15,524.82.The Canadian dollar was off 0.36 of a cent to 91.73 cents US.U.S. markets were mixed after the Fed ended its policy meeting with word that it is continuing to pare its monthly bond purchases. They have been intended to keep long-term borrowing rates low and are set to end in October.The Fed reiterated that it will keep short-term rates low “for a considerable time” after those bond purchases end. Most economists think a rate increase is about a year away.The Dow Jones industrials dipped 31.75 points to 16,880.36, while the Nasdaq gained 20.2 points to 4,462.9 and the S&P 500 index edged up 0.12 of a point to 1,970.07.Strong economic growth data had raised concerns the Fed could act sooner to raise rates.Gross domestic product grew by a better-than-expected annual pace of four per cent in the second quarter. The contraction of the economy in the January-March period because of severe winter weather was also revised to 2.1 per cent from 2.9 per cent.“It really answers how constructive the Fed’s quantitative easing has been, whether this huge intervention had a positive effect on the economy and the answer is yes,” said Monika Skiba, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.Two days before the release of the American government’s employment report for July, payroll firm ADP reported that 218,000 jobs were created in the private sector during the month, short of the 235,000 print that was expected. Analysts looked for the U.S. government report to show that about 230,000 jobs were created during July.Meanwhile, Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) shares gained 80 cents to $33.61 as the company more than tripled its second-quarter net earnings to $615 million or 81 cents per share as it benefited from increased oil production and higher commodity prices.“Since the price of the commodity has been strong, the earnings of the companies are reflecting that, they’re better than expected,” added Skiba.“But beyond this, we’re probably at the stage where higher prices would be negative for economic growth.”Meanwhile, Sherritt International Inc. (TSX:S) reported a quarterly loss of $30.1 million or 10 cents a share, mainly due to startup costs at its Ambatovy joint venture nickel and cobalt mine in Madagascar. But its shares were ahead 17 cents to $4.61. The loss came as prices for nickel and cobalt continued to improve as many anticipate nickel shortages due to an Indonesian mineral export ban on raw ore exports.In the U.S., shares in Twitter surged 20 per cent after the social network’s earnings blew past expectations.September copper was ahead two cents at US$3.24 a pound and the base metals sector rose 0.77 per cent.The TSX energy sector was ahead 0.47 per cent as September crude declined 70 cents to US$100.27. A major decliner was Penn West Petroleum (TSX:PWT). Its shares plunged 13.78 per cent to $8.57 after the company announced it’s reviewing its accounting practices going back several years and will have to restate some of its past financial reports.September bullion was off $3.60 to US$1,296.90 an ounce.The gold sector fell about 0.65 per cent ahead of earnings later in the day from major miners including Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX). TSX higher amid solid earnings, U.S. economic rebound in second quarter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 6:44 am MDT read more


Five takeaways from Indiana Ohio State is not invincible


OSU defensive players celebrate after making a big stop on defense during the second half against Indiana on Oct. 8. OSU won 38-17. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State remained undefeated this season after Saturday’s game against the Hoosiers, but the game was far from easy. The Buckeyes stumbled mightily in the passing game, and allowed big plays to Indiana’s offense. Statistically speaking, the game was ugly compared to the other games for the Buckeyes this season. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett completed just nine of 21 passes, but did pick up a passing touchdown late to senior H-back Dontre Wilson.On defense, the Buckeyes held Indiana to 17 points, but sacked redshirt junior quarterback Richard Lagow just once. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said the team may not be picking up sacks, but they are still doing their job.Moving forward, OSU is still undefeated, but looked like a much different team from the first four games. Here are five takeaways from Saturday’s game against Indiana.Nick Bosa has arrivedThe 2016 season is well underway for the Buckeyes, and freshman Nick Bosa is making an impact in his limited role.Bosa has been earning more playing time each week, and his presence was especially felt on Saturday. Picking up four tackles, he was in the backfield on multiple occasions, earning 1.5 tackles for loss. Even though he’s been playing since Week 1, Bosa said he finally feels like he is where he needs to be.“It took me a couple games to get my feet under me,” Bosa said. “I think I’m getting better every week, so I’m ready to go.”All told, Bosa has 13 tackles and a pair of sacks so far this year, along with a handful of hurries and hits on the quarterback. His brother, Joey Bosa, at this point in his freshman season: 11 tackles and no sacks. Looks like the younger Bosa may have a leg up on his brother.There’s a reason teams don’t target Gareon Conley’s side of the fieldRedshirt junior Gareon Conley might not be producing eye-popping numbers this year, but he is still the Buckeyes’ primary cornerback, and Conley proved why Saturday against Indiana. Conley deflected away two passes, with both nearly resulting in turnovers for OSU. An Indiana receiver had to wrestle the ball away from Conley each time. The big story of the season has been the ability of redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore to make big time plays. However, Conley has had the ball thrown to his side of the field less, resulting in fewer opportunities to make a play.He may not have an interception this season, but Conley showed he is the lead guy for the Buckeyes’ secondary. He makes a great argument to be called a shutdown corner.Weber can be a workhorse for the Buckeyes in the redzoneAfter Saturday’s 38-17 victory, redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber said he wished OSU would stick to the stuff that works earlier in games, a strange proposition for a guy who scored two rushing touchdowns for the first time in his college career.“When we realize (our week’s game plan) it don’t work, we go back to our normal traits,” Weber said. “I feel like we should do that from the start, but a win’s a win so that’s all I go for.”Regardless, OSU does struggle in the first few minutes of games. That much has been seen multiple times this year. But, something else was clearly established in the game against Indiana. Weber is a load to bring down near the goal line. Weber received the ball twice within the 10-yard line, and proceeded to barrel through the defense on both occasions. The second time, he lept over his own offensive line.Standing at 5-foot-10 and 212 pounds, Weber runs like a man who is more like 6-foot and tips the scale at 240. OSU would be wise to keep feeding him the ball when drives are down inside the redzone.Cameron Johnston is a gemThe punter from Down Under who apparently doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving (because he’s Australian) is better known as redshirt senior punter Cameron Johnston. Punting is an underrated skill in football, but it is valuable to have a punter who can boom the ball deep and pin opponents within the 20-yard line. Johnston, playing off his Australian Rules Football roots, can easily do both.Against the Hoosiers, Johnston had three punts land inside the 20, and four travel 50 or more yards. Flipping the field is a big reason why the defense for OSU has been able to give the offense good field position, forcing the opponents’ punter to kick from deep in his own territory. Johnston will be moving on from Columbus after this year, and most likely won’t be hearing his name called early, if at all, during the NFL draft.Be that as it may, the Geelong, Australia, native is having a great year to go along with a solid career with the Buckeyes.Ohio State is not invincibleAfter the first three weeks of the 2016 season, OSU looked like they were an unstoppable force in the world of college football. After a slow start against Rutgers in which the Buckeyes were able to eventually pull away, most fans still felt OSU was the team to beat.Now, after playing a hard fought game against Indiana, Urban Meyer’s squad seems much more vulnerable than before. After the secondary showed they can be fooled, Barrett played rough and the special teams unit continued to give up big returns and make mistakes. Sure, OSU might be 5-0 at this point, but for the first time this season it appears that some of the youth on the team is showing through, along with the occasional inefficient play at skill positions that haunted the team last season.The Buckeyes will most likely be staying at No. 2 in the AP poll, but don’t expect teams to be blown out week in and week out like the first few weeks. Opponents may be ready to exploit the obvious holes OSU showed against the Hoosiers.Meyer and company will be quick to address the problem areas. But for now, it appears that OSU has shown the chink in its armor. read more


Gronk Was The Most Efficient Receiver Weve Seen


2Julio JonesWR1,09510,7319.8 6Michael IrvinWR9608,9369.3 7Jordy NelsonWR9248,5879.3 1Rob GronkowskiTE7947,8619.9 9Doug BaldwinWR7226,5639.1 3Malcom FloydWR5705,5509.7 8T.Y. HiltonWR8788,0979.2 Among players with at least 500 career targetsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 4DeSean JacksonWR1,05710,2619.7 It was the Instagram post that shook the NFL. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took to the social-media platform Sunday night to announce what had been speculated for the better part of two years: He was retiring from football at age 29, leaving the Pats less than two months after New England won Super Bowl LIII. Despite his relatively short career, Gronk seems like an ironclad lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame based on his three championships and many spike-worthy touchdowns. And there’s plenty of evidence that the traditional markers of tight end production undersell Gronkowski’s success. When healthy, Gronk was one of the most efficient offensive weapons in NFL history, notable as much for the nightmares he caused defenses as for the short amount of time his star shone (or his party-loving ways off the field).Not that Gronkowski’s conventional stats are anything to scoff at. He was named to the Pro Bowl in five of the seven seasons in which he played more than half of the Patriots’ games and was the first-team All-Pro tight end in four of those years. In the 2010s, no tight end had more receiving yards, and no receiver of any kind scored more receiving touchdowns. Only two tight ends in history — Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez — have more regular-season career TD catches, and Gronkowski caught 12 more in the postseason, which ties him with John Stallworth for the second-most playoff TDs among all players behind Jerry Rice.On a per-16-game basis, the average Gronk campaign would consist of 72 catches, 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns — numbers that would rank among the top 25 tight end seasons in history. And Gronkowski sustained that pace for nine seasons.Those numbers are only scratching the surface in terms of how valuable Gronk was to Tom Brady and the Patriots over the years. On a per-target basis, Gronkowksi picked up 9.9 yards — basically an entire first down every time the ball was thrown in his direction — according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. Since 1992 (the first season for target data on PFR), that’s the best of any receiver — wideout or tight end — in the NFL. 5Brandin CooksWR5465,1479.4 Good things happened when you throw to GronkMost career yards per target for NFL players, 1992-2018 10Travis KelceTE5795,2369.0 PlayerPositionTargetsYardsyards per target Remember longtime Vikings WR Cris Carter’s old reputation — “all he does is catch touchdowns”? For Gronkowski, that was closer to being true than for any player of his generation — and it was a very good thing for the Patriots. With 521 career receptions and 79 career touchdown grabs, Gronk hauled in a TD once every 6.6 catches. Only eight players in NFL history with a minimum of 400 lifetime receptions — Don Hutson, Paul Warfield, Tommy McDonald, Art Powell, Jimmy Orr, Wesley Walker, Randy Moss and Lance Alworth — caught touchdowns as a greater share of their total catches than Gronkowski did.With those rates of great things happening whenever he was involved in the play, it’s easy to make a case that Gronkowski was the most efficient receiver (of any type) in NFL history. What’s more, Gronkowski consistently made his teammates more efficient, too.When our colleague Kyle Wagner looked at Gronk’s impact during the 2017-18 playoffs, he found that Brady’s passing efficiency numbers were significantly higher when his favorite tight end was on the field than not, one of the big ways Gronkowski has been a secret weapon for the Pats during the latter phase of their record-smashing dynasty. Since Gronk’s debut in 2010, Brady’s passer rating when targeting Gronkowski is 124.7, but it was just 96.8 when throwing to any other receiver. Even when it came to the greatest quarterback of all time, Gronkowski found a way to make him look much better.And then there was Gronkowski’s effect as a blocker. He frequently graded out as the best blocking tight end in the game, according to ProFootballFocus.com’s ratings. This aspect of his game made Gronk an asset whether the play call was a pass or run — keeping the Patriots from having to sub him in and out depending on the situation, or having his presence tip the Pats’ hand on which type of play was coming. No matter what Gronkowski was asked to do, he generated a mismatch with the defense.(All of this is to say nothing of the fun-loving image Gronkowski cultivated both on and off the field. We’ll leave others to judge his extracurricular activities, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t reference this great description of Gronkowski’s playing style from The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay: He was “six-foot-6, 265 pounds, galloping straight at you in the open field like a pony who just broke loose at a children’s birthday party.”)Gronkowski was still a valuable player in 2018, but there’s no denying that he was a shell of his old self. According to ProFootballFocus, he was ranked 11th best overall at the position. But as he showed in the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory this year, Gronkowski could still be a game-changing player. His 29-yard reception in the fourth quarter set New England up on the goal line, leading to the game’s only touchdown. While Gronkowksi’s impact as a blocker generated great fanfare during the regular season and in the playoffs, he also was the team’s primary downfield weapon after Josh Gordon exited New England, averaging 16.4 air yards per reception, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. That was more than 50 percent greater than Brady’s overall mark per attempt during the same span.Few Hall of Famers have ever retired before their age-30 season,1In the parlance of Pro-Football-Reference, which calculates its seasonal ages based on the player’s age as of Dec. 31 during the year in question. but Gronkowski is destined to join a group that also includes Jim Brown, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley and Gale Sayers (among modern2Retiring since 1960. players). Though his time in the NFL was relatively short, Gronk made his mark on the league as a receiver, blocker and all-around offensive terror. The game — and its greatest quarterback — will miss him dearly next season. read more


Belfast bomb could have killed or maimed anyone nearby


first_img(Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire/PA)Chief Superintendent Alan McCrum said it had been a “totally reckless” attack that could have killed or maimed anyone nearby when the device went off.“This was an attack on the people of Belfast going about their normal lives on a busy night for socialising in the city,” he said.This attack ruined the night out for these people. Those who carried out this attack have nothing to offer except disruption and destruction.Police are appealing for continued community support and vigilance on the run up to Christmas in seeking to disrupt or deter any further attack on the city.Related: Explosion forces evacuation of busy Belfast retail district> POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have condemned those who left a bomb in a hold all in the heart of Belfast yesterday evening.A small explosion occurred outside a restaurant in the busy Cathedral Quarter shortly before 7pm yesterday and the PSNI has said the device “had the potential to kill or cause serious injury”.Police said a warning had been given about a device to a newspaper, but it was left at a different location to that named. That call warned of a device at a hotel in the Cathedral Quarter, but it was actually left on the footpath adjacent to the front of a busy restaurant.Police were clearing people from licensed premises,a hotel, The MAC, residential properties and St Anne’s Cathedral when the device exploded. Approximately 1,000 people were affected.last_img read more


In pics 40 years of the Trócaire Lenten box


first_imgPOSSIBLY ONE OF the most recognisable and enduring charity campaign devices in Ireland, the Trócaire Lenten campaign box is marking its 40th year.These are some of the designs which would have featured in Irish households over the past four decades. Do you remember any of them?last_img


Ocean Beach Pier scheduled to reopen


first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After being closed for months the Ocean Beach Pier finally has an expected date to be re-opened.KUSI’s Dan Plante visited the O.B Pier for an update on its progress. Dan Plante, Posted: May 17, 2019 Ocean Beach Pier scheduled to reopen Dan Plante May 17, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


For a greener city


first_imgSaplings, seeds, flowers, fruits distributed at Green Garden Society fair at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka recently. Photo: Sajid HossainNeither the rain nor the traffic jam could stop them. About 200 men and women gathered on the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University campus on 21 October to exchange their plants. They came with seeds or saplings of tomatoes, plums, chillies, gladioli, and so on.This was a fair to exchange plants. Ideas and knowledge for gardening skills, along with saplings and plants, were all exchangeable at the fair. They were the ‘builder of the green’, initiated by AFM Jamal Uddin, professor of horticulture at the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University. His knack for greenery took him to study horticulture in detail. He loves teaching and researching on the subject.Dhaka city’s steady loss of greenery is a matter of concern for Jamal Uddin deeply. He began lecturing in an effort to mobilize public awareness in this regard. He delivers talks at Dhaka University, BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology) and different schools, about the dangers of pollution, carbon-dioxide and the urgency of trees for the future. In response to demands to safeguard the future generations, Mayor Annisul Huq of Dhaka North City Corporation had founded a ‘Sobuj Dhaka’ (Green Dhaka) programme, which Jamal Uddin brought forward. He began working on a bigger network for green lovers. German nation of Bangladesh origin Mirza Al Raji and ABM Billal Hussain have joined hands with him. He met them at the tree fair.They took up a gardening movement in Dhaka and inspired city dwellers to garden on their terraces, balconies or anywhere appropriate in their apartments. Flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, decorative shrubs, anything would do. They formed a Facebook group ‘Green Garden Society’ and also a website. The response was fast and tremendous. On 15 October 2016 it began with about 4000 members and on 15 October 2016 its membership reached 106,000. The number is on the increase and they dream to cross 1 million. People from overseas have also joined them. The US national of Bangladesh origin Rebecca Yasmin, Alok Ghosh of UK, Mirza Al Raji and immigrant to Malaysia Rafiq Abdul Mannan run the admin while there are a number of local moderators from different districts. The group meets on two Saturdays every month with a training and tree exchange programme. They discuss better methods and technologies for gardening along with the preservation of rare and nearly extinct genus. Members get their queries answered on Facebook. Last September they had a session on hydroponics (planting without soil).AFM Mohammad Jamal Uddin is at the center of all these activities. He is joined by volunteers in an drive to increase the numbers in the movement. The group never deals with any financial matters. Jamal Uddin alerts anyone doing so will no longer be a member. They are now speculating on quarantine of harmful plants and working on affordable soil management options in apartments.The group hopes 100,000 people will join in the green movement. Women are remarkably more in number. They hope that the whole country will turn green one day through their combined efforts.*This piece, published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nawrinlast_img read more


Facing Defections Senate GOP Leaders Delay Health Care Vote


first_imgIn a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized health care bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation, two sources said Tuesday.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered the message to GOP senators at a private lunch attended by Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. The decision was described by a Republican aide and another informed person who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the closed-door decision.All GOP senators were planning to travel to the White House later Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump, one source said.McConnell had hoped to push the measure through his chamber by this week’s end, before an Independence Day recess that party leaders fear will be used by foes of the legislation to tear away support.The bill rolling back much of President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law has been one of the party’s top priorities for years, and the delay is a major embarrassment to Trump and McConnell. At least five GOP senators — conservatives and moderates — had said they would vote against beginning debate. Sharelast_img read more


Study shows how external ecological communities can affect the coevolution of hosts


first_imgPigeon Citation: Study shows how external ecological communities can affect the coevolution of hosts and their parasites (2011, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-external-ecological-affect-coevolution-hosts.html Explore further More information: Community interactions govern host-switching with implications for host–parasite coevolutionary history, PNAS, Published online before print May 23, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1102129108AbstractReciprocal selective effects between coevolving species are often influenced by interactions with the broader ecological community. Community-level interactions may also influence macroevolutionary patterns of coevolution, such as cospeciation, but this hypothesis has received little attention. We studied two groups of ecologically similar feather lice (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera) that differ in their patterns of association with a single group of hosts. The two groups, “body lice” and “wing lice,” are both parasites of pigeons and doves (Columbiformes). Body lice are more host-specific and show greater population genetic structure than wing lice. The macroevolutionary history of body lice also parallels that of their columbiform hosts more closely than does the evolutionary history of wing lice. The closer association of body lice with hosts, compared with wing lice, can be explained if body lice are less capable of switching hosts than wing lice. Wing lice sometimes disperse phoretically on parasitic flies (Diptera: Hippoboscidae), but body lice seldom engage in this behavior. We tested the hypothesis that wing lice switch host species more often than body lice, and that the difference is governed by phoresis. Our results show that, where flies are present, wing lice switch to novel host species in sufficient numbers to establish viable populations on the new host. Body lice do not switch hosts, even where flies are present. Thus, differences in the coevolutionary history of wing and body lice can be explained by differences in host-switching, mediated by a member of the broader parasite community. (PhysOrg.com) — In a novel experiment running over three years, evolutionary biologists Christopher Harbison and Dale Clayton, both of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, sought to show that a certain species of lice evolved the way it did, in part due to the way it’s hosts evolved; while another species of lice on the same hosts, did not. By studying two different types of lice that live in the feathers of doves and pigeons, the two researchers, as described in their paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) show that one of the lice species had a similar evolutionary history to its host, while the other did not, due to its inability to migrate to other birds. Did dinosaurs have lice? Researchers say it’s possible © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Pigeons and doves, as many people well know, play host to lice; but not all the lice are the same. In fact, there are two distinct species of lice aboard any given bird; one that lives in the wings or tail feathers and one that lives on the belly, eating downy feathers. But only one of the species share a similar evolutionary history with the host; those that live on the belly; a fact that has bothered evolutionary biologists for quite some time. Harbison and Clayton suspected it had something to do with the hippoboscid fly, a species that survives by drinking bird blood; they suspected that the species of lice that lived on the wings of birds, because they have longer legs, were able to hop aboard the flies, which would then carry them to other birds of other species. The belly lice on the other hand, because they had shorter legs, would be unable to attach themselves and would thus be condemned to live out their whole lives on just one bird species, which would help explain why they were more closely tied evolutionary wise, with their host.To prove their idea correct, the duo set up a shed that housed two groups of pigeons; on one side was a group already infested with both species of lice; on the other, pigeons that had no lice at all. The pigeons could not reach one another due to a partition, but the hippoboscid flies that were introduced could; they were able to hop from bird to bird on either side of the partition as they chose. After studying the results over a three year period, the team was able to very clearly see that the lice that lived in the pigeons’ wings were able to make their way over to the clean birds on a consistent basis, while the belly dwellers were not able to at all.The results show that species interactions among communities can help explain evolutionary patterns, which suggests that further research among other species might yield new clues to help build a more accurate picture of how whole evolutionary systems might work.last_img read more


Three Technologies That Will Change the Way You Use WiFi


first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 19, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Wi-Fi as you know it will begin to evolve over the next few months, changing how businesses stay connected.Three new Wi-Fi technologies — 802.11ac, Hotspot 2.0 (also known as Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint) and Super Wi-Fi — will provide faster, seamless, more widespread and more secure connectivity via mobile devices and wireless connections in the office and home.Here’s a look at what to expect, as well as insight on what it means for business:1. More seamless mobile connections.When you get off a plane, you turn your smartphone on and, voilà, you get service. This type of cellular roaming convenience is coming soon for Wi-Fi.Instead of sorting through a list of available Wi-Fi hotspots figuring out which ones are safe and secure, remembering passwords or dealing with sign-in pages, Passpoint-certified Wi-Fi hotspots are expected to completely automate connectivity.You won’t need new phones or tablets. Portable Wi-Fi devices will require only firmware, software or operating system updates to make them Passpoint compliant, says the Wi-Fi Alliance, an international nonprofit group shepherding Passpoint’s adoption and certification.Once Passpoint compliant, phones will automatically connect to the most secure and powerful Passpoint Wi-Fi hotspot available for all data activities. That will mean less need for spotty and slow 3G or even 4G data connections.Related: Three Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Safely What it means: More widespread Wi-Fi should make travel communications easier. Employees could more easily access attachments and transfer documents, as well as avoid costly hotel Wi-Fi charges. Voice connections via VoIP also could save businesses on cellular costs.Any business can set up its own Passpoint hotspot, then partner with a local cellular carrier or Passpoint hotspot operator and earn a commission for any resulting Wi-Fi traffic.The first Passpoint-certified Wi-Fi routers are expected to go on sale this July, and the first commercial Passpoint hotspots are expected this fall. Charges for Passpoint Wi-Fi connectivity will simply be one more item on your cellular invoice rather than a separate bill. While prices have yet to be set, hotspot operator and Passpoint supporter Boingo charges less than $10 a month for unlimited domestic connectivity. Passpoint connectivity will likely be priced similarly.2. Faster Wi-Fi communications.Today’s fastest Wi-Fi protocol is 802.11n, or just “n,” which provides theoretical data transfer speeds of around 300 megabits per second (Mbps).Up next on the Wi-Fi speed chart is 802.11ac, alternately called “gigabit,” Very High Throughput Wi-Fi or fifth-generation (5G) Wi-Fi. By any name, 802.11ac Wi-Fi is expected to offer speeds of up to 1300 Mbps — potentially more than four times faster than current “n” routers and about 1,000 times faster than 4G LTE connectivity.Instead of operating in the crowded 2.4 GHz frequencies along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and wireless communication gadgets, 802.11ac Wi-Fi will transmit data in the relatively vacant 5 GHz spectrum.Related: What I Learned About Business Travel on the Way to the Taj MahalWhat it means: These and other improvements are expected to create speedier, more consistent wireless links further from the router with fewer dead spots and greater ability to penetrate walls.For businesses, this would mean more reliable in-office connectivity and could reduce or eliminate the need for complex and expensive wired broadband connections. For portable devices, speedier downloads via gigabit Wi-Fi would increase battery life.Expect the first gigabit Wi-Fi routers to go on sale this summer, likely for only a small price premium over current “n” routers.3. Wi-Fi everywhere.Even if gigabit Wi-Fi slightly expands Wi-Fi’s range, distance from the router will still be limited to a couple of hundred feet in optimal conditions, making office wireless a hit-or-miss proposition.Hotspots measured in miles rather than feet may be coming soon via a technology called Super Wi-Fi, which uses so-called TV white space, unused over-the-air spectrum recently approved by the FCC for commercial use.What it means: These lower frequencies allow wider and more powerful wireless signal propagation. An indoor Super Wi-Fi 40 mW transmitter creates a Wi-Fi hotspot up to five times the range of current Wi-Fi hotspots. In other words, a hotspot blanketing more than 1,000 feet would be enough to cover a small business office with a single router.More impressively, a high-powered outdoor four-watt commercial transmitter could create a Super Wi-Fi hotspot stretching many miles.Related: Three Low-Cost Ways to Keep Data Safe When Traveling for BusinessThe drawback is that Super Wi-Fi speeds tend to be slower than regular Wi-Fi. For example, the first Super Wi-Fi network in the U.S. launched in Wilmington, N.C., in January and offers speeds of just one to two Mbps over an area of between one and two miles. It’s faster than 3G but a crawl compared to any other Wi-Fi technology.Aside from Wilmington, commercial Super Wi-Fi field tests are under way in various locations around the U.S. The first consumer Super Wi-Fi gear, including dual-mode standard Wi-Fi/Super Wi-Fi home routers, is due to go on sale in early 2014. Mobile equipment manufacturers are expected to begin building in Super Wi-Fi by the end of next year.Over time, the combination of these three advances could create a global Wi-Fi blanket, with only a few spots on the planet where a Wi-Fi connection was not available. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more


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first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications February 8, 2013 – CT texture analysis of primary tumors may be a potential imaging biomarker in localized esophageal cancer following neoadjuvant chemotherapy, according to research being presented at the 2013 Cancer Imaging and Radiation Therapy Symposium. This Symposium is sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).This study evaluated the tumoral texture analysis on baseline and post-treatment CT scans of 31 patients with localized resectable esophageal cancer patients with a median age of 63 and who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy between 2007 and 2010. CT scans were performed before and after the use of chemotherapy and prior to surgery. All patients received platinum and fluorouracil-based chemotherapy followed by surgery. Texture parameters (mean-grey level intensity (MGI), entropy, uniformity, kurtosis, skewness and standard deviation of histogram (SDH)) were derived for four filter values to highlight structures of different spatial width: 1.0 (fine texture), 1.5-2.0 (medium) and 2.5 (coarse). Median follow-up was 21.9 months. Primary tumors became more homogenous following chemotherapy, as entropy decreased and uniformity increased. Smaller change in skewness following chemotherapy was a significant prognostic factor—median overall survival was 36.1 months vs. 11.1 months. Lower baseline entropy and lower post-treatment MGI were also associated with improved survival, although they demonstrated only a trend toward significance.Texture analysis of the CT scans is a post-processing step, which was done utilizing proprietary software (TexRAD) that enhances the images in ultra-fine detail not visible to the human eye. Certain tumoral features changed consistently following chemotherapy, and some features were associated with overall survival.”Though these results are for a very small number of patients, they suggest that the tumoral texture features may provide valuable information that could help us to distinguish which patients will do well following chemotherapy and which ones will do poorly,” said Connie Yip, MD, the lead study author, a clinical research fellow at King’s College London, United Kingdom and an associate consultant in radiation oncology at the National Cancer Centre, Singapore. “As a biomarker for treatment efficacy, this technique could save patients from unnecessary surgery and provide more definitive guidance in developing patient treatment plans with improved outcomes.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | February 13, 2013 CT Tumor Texture Analysis May be a Valuable Biomarker in Localized Esophageal Cancer Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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There is More To Norfolk Island


first_imgThe 2012 Hall of Fame Tourism Award Winners prove Norfolk Island is a must do for AustraliansThe Norfolk Island 2012 Tourism Award winners were named on June 19thand taking top prize was Forrester Court Cliff Top Cottages, The Olive Café, The Travel Centre; all made the Hall of Fame for winning in their category three years in a row. With such a high quality of product, the Travel Industry is discovering there is more to Norfolk Island ………An intimate, family owned, eco property Forrester Court Cliff Top Cottages recently hosted Australia’s riches woman Gina Rinehart. The 5 Star self contained luxury cottages provide the perfect base for the most discerning traveller with native birds, and spectacular waterfalls that can be seen from the property after the rains. With a glass of local wine, relax on the bench overlooking Cascade and watch the Whales frolic in the Bay. For the ultimate night in, your own Personal Chef will create a special menu of local, seasonal produce served on an expansive deck with that unforgettable view. The Islands motto of paddock to the plate is showcased by The Olive Café. The Olive Café pride’s itself on the season menu, utilising all of the local produce and livestock while offering the perfect place to start the day; a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Cementing its status as the Islands premier group and events specialists, The Travel Centre Norfolk Island has crafted their winning formula by focusing on special interest and group travel. With the endless range of special event and tournament opportunities on Norfolk Island, the itineraries are only limited by the imagination; from the Hardys ProAM on the worlds only World Heritage golf course, Bounty Day at Kingston, First Fleet Celebrations, Jazz in the Pines week-long Festival, Line Dancing, Quilting, Ballroom Dancing, Squash and much, much more. Offering a very special venue for tailor-made holiday packages including weddings, family reunion and special occasions; The Travel Centre will show there is more to Norfolk Island. Glen Buffett, General Manager, Norfolk Island Tourism said:“The awards are central to the success of Norfolk Island tourism and our delivery of the World of Norfolk Experience.   All winners demonstrated more than just excellence in product development, business planning, marketing and customer service; they also were able to show how our brand strengths of diversity and connectivity can be infused in a business approach for sustainable tourism in the future.  Congratulations to all involved.” This is the fifth year that Norfolk Island Tourism has organised the awards, and it wouldn’t be possible without major sponsor Air New Zealand. The local businesses were judged by Australian national tourism veterans John Atkin (Chief Judge), Trish Denny and Bob Hagley Source = Norfolk Island Tourismlast_img read more


Bahrain Air has announced that it has launched its


first_imgBahrain Air has announced that it has launched its first flight between Bahrain and Kuwait City as part of its expansion within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).The airline will operate ten weekly flights between the Middle East destinations, plus a further four between Kuwait and Beirut.The inaugural flight was greeted at Kuwait International Airport by a water cannon salute and a welcoming ceremony for the arriving delegation, which included a number of officials from the Embassy of Kuwait.Commenting on the launch of the service, Ibrahim Abdullah Alhamer, managing director of Bahrain Air, said: “As our airline undergoes dynamic development, it is of key importance for us not only to offer new routes and services, but also to become more easily available to our customers.”Mr Alhamer added that the new route reflects the airline’s dual objectives of expansion and providing the best service for passengers.Bahrain Air announced earlier this month that it had added a third aircraft to its fleet, with an additional order for next year set to take the airline’s total fleet size to seven. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSun-Air launches new flight between London City and BillundSun-Air a franchise partner of British Airways, has announced the launch of a new flight between Billund and London City AirportNew Dubrovnik flights from FlyglobespanNew Dubrovnik flights from FlyglobespanDelta Air Lines launches a new route from Atlanta to StockholmDelta airline launch flights between Atlanta and Stockholmlast_img read more


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first_img RelatedTop 10 best nudist beaches in Europe: video and picturesNude is bang on trend this summer. But we’re not talking about nude heels or handbags; we’re talking about ditching your clothes and opting for a “nakation”. Nervous about bearing it all but fancy giving it a go? Novice or old pro to sunbathing in your birthday suit, you’ll be…Cool Courses: weird and wonderful golfing around the worldCool Courses: weird and wonderful golfing around the world6 Bargain flights to Europe from £40Summer may be rushing past at a rate of knots, yet even at this late stage there are still chances to bag bargain flights to popular sun-baked destinations like Faro or Ibiza for as little as £59. But if you’re after something a bit different from your summer hols, why… Beat the baggage charges – don’t pack any clothes! A Skyscanner poll showed that 2% of Skyscanner users have booked a ‘nakation’, so how about going to back to basics? We reveal the top ten places to holiday as nature intended.1. Naked sauna – Kotiharju, Helsinki, FinlandFinns have long enjoyed getting hot and naked with their friends and the country boasts an average of one sauna for every household. Steam yourself silly in The Kotiharju Sauna, the only remaining sauna in Helsinki which is still powered by a wood-burning stove. 2. Naked golf – La Jenny, FranceLa Jenny naturist resort near Bordeaux in south-west France offers Europe’s only naked golf course, and features six holes spread over nine hectares as well as an indoor and outdoor driving range. 3. Naked village – Costa Natura, SpainThis cosmopolitan village near Malaga on the Costal Del Sol has nearly 200 apartments and was the first naturist settlement in Spain. Nude enthusiasts can enjoy Costa Natura’s facilities which include a heated swimming pool, volleyball court, tropical gardens and nudist beach. 4. Naked festival – Okayama, JapanEvery year in the town of Okayama, 9000 scantily clad men take to the streets to celebrate Hadaka Matsuri – Naked Festival. An important Shinto tradition, the event has become popular with tourists who also join the locals dressed only in loin cloths.5. Naked scuba diving – FijiBuff Divers is a company that offers ‘clothing optional’ scuba at sites all around the world, including the tropical climes of Fiji. Naked divers will need to watch out for stinging creatures, spiky sea urchins and stray conger eels. 6. Naked hiking – Harz Mountains, GermanyIn Germany’s Harz Mountains, an 18km naked trial opened to nudist walkers in May so fans of hiking as nature intended can jump on a flight to Berlin to join the clothes-free fun or ‘Nacktwanderen’ for themselves. 7. Naked sailing – CroatiaThere are a total of 1,185 islands which lie off the coast of Croatia, many of which are very secluded, making them a popular spot for nudist sailing trips. You can even book yourself a berth on a large sailboat offering nude cruises running out of Split.8. Naked fishing – Lake Tekapo, New ZealandIf you’re angling for a fishing trip with a difference, try a fully instructed naked fishing expedition at Lake Tekapo Holiday Park on New Zealand’s South Island. A rod and some tackle are essential (sorry! couldn’t resist!). 9. Naked bungy jumping – Nanaimo, CanadaThe centrepiece of the annual ‘Naked Weekend’ celebrations on Valentine’s Day weekend in Nanaimo, Vancouver is a naked tandem bungy jump, where lovers strip off and leap over 140 feet together above the ice-cold water below. 10. Naked Skiing – Obertraun, AustriaThe famous naked skiing contest in Crested Butte, Colorado may have stopped, but you can still get your naked snow sports fix in Obertraun, Austria, which offers the world’s first naked cross-country skiing route in a sheltered valley 1,700m above sea level.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more


Charles Aznavour known as Frances Sinatra dies


first_imgCharles Aznavour, known as France’s Sinatra, dies at 94 by Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2018 8:38 am PDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – Charles Aznavour’s performing career endured eight decades, with a prompter in his final years the sole concession to age — or to difficulty recalling a 1,000-song repertoire.Known as France’s Frank Sinatra, the dapper crooner and actor, who got his start as a songwriter and protege of Edith Piaf, died Monday at 94.His versatile tenor, lush lyrics and kinetic stage presence endeared himself to fans the world over, but nowhere more so than in France. He sang to sold-out concert halls into his 90s and said he wrote every single day.“I throw most of it away. You write first, judge later,” he said in a 2015 interview before the release of the album “Encores.”Often compared to Sinatra, Aznavour started his career as a songwriter for Piaf, but it was she who took him under her wing, encouraging him to sing his own material. Like her, his fame ultimately reached well outside France, including being awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.“What were my faults? My voice, my size, my gestures, my lack of culture and education, my honesty, or my lack of personality,” the 5-foot-3-inch (1.6-meter) tall performer wrote in his autobiography. “My voice? I cannot change it. The teachers I consulted all agreed I shouldn’t sing, but nevertheless I continued to sing until my throat was sore.”In his career, Aznavour wrote upward of 1,000 songs, for himself, Piaf and other popular French singers. The love ballad “She” topped British charts for four weeks in 1974 and was covered by Elvis Costello for the film “Notting Hill.”Aznavour sold more than 180 million records, according to his official biography. He broke an arm in May but was set to start a new tour in November in France, starting in Paris.Liza Minnelli, who met Aznavour when she was a teenager and he was in his 40s, described following him to Paris.“He really taught me everything I know about singing — how each song is a different movie,” she said in a 2013 interview. The two remained close through the decades, often performing together. On Monday, she said in a statement: “Charles was my mentor, my friend, my love… I will miss him forever.”He resisted description as a crooner, despite decades of torch songs that are now firmly fixed in the French lexicon.“I’m a songwriter who sometimes performs his own songs,” was his preferred self-description.But it was as a performer that Aznavour came most to life, expression vibrating from his thick brows to his fingertips.“On stage, I don’t feel like I’m singing for the audience. I’m singing for myself, and I give it to the audience. We share. If it’s not shared, it’s not good,” he said in 2015.French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Aznavour’s “masterpieces, voice tone” and “unique radiance.”“Deeply French, viscerally attached to his Armenian roots, recognized throughout the world, Charles Aznavour will have accompanied the joys and sorrows of three generations,” Macron said in a message posted on Twitter.Shanoun Varenagh Aznavourian was born in Paris on May 22, 1924, to Armenian parents who fled to Paris in the 1920s and opened a restaurant. His singer father — whose own father was a chef to Russian Czar Nicholas II — and actress mother exposed him to the performing arts early on, and he acted in his first play when he was 9.Aznavour, who cut the Armenian suffix from his stage name, decided to switch to music but still acted in films throughout his career. His movie credits include Francois Truffaut’s 1960 “Tirez sur le Pianiste” (Shoot the Pianist), Volker Schloendorff’s 1979 “Die Blechtrommel” (The Tin Drum), and Atom Egoyan’s 2002 “Ararat.”That last film dealt with the 1915 massacres of up to 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire, an event that has strained relations between Turkey and Armenia for a century.Aznavour campaigned internationally to get the killings formally deemed genocide. Turkey vehemently denies that the massacre was genocide and insists it was part of the violence during World War I.Aznavour became a piano player, and toured in New York after World War II with Piaf. There, he performed on stage with Minnelli. In 1963, he performed in a sold-out Carnegie Hall. In addition to the English-language “She,” other bestselling songs included “La Boheme,” ”For me, Formidable” and “La Mamma.” Other songs gained fame by their notoriety, including the seductive “Apres l’Amour,”(After Love) which was banned by French radio in 1965 as an affront to public morals, and the 1972 “Comme Ils Disent” (As They Say) — a first-person narrative of a gay man’s heartache.His style varied little over the decades, his lyrics sticking to traditional structures, his melodies catchy and smooth with a swelling orchestra in the background — and lacking in imagination, some critics said. But in live performances, his small, lithe frame exuded an energy and emotion that made his songs something more.If sometimes critics hinted that his voice wasn’t quite up to the task, they said people went to see one of the century’s great singer-songwriters in action.“We continue to go to find this intimate link that each one of us keeps with their songs and what they represent,” critic Caroline Rodgers wrote after a 2014 concert. “If there are failures, these insignificant musical blemishes called false notes, advanced age has this privilege — that you are simply overcome before such a monument who is still singing after all these years.”With half a wink, Aznavour never quite forgot that critics were less kind when he was younger.“No one dares say what they said before. So when were they lying — before or after?” he asked in the 2015 interview.The singer also never forgot his Armenian roots.He travelled regularly to Armenia after it earned independence from the Soviet Union. He was named itinerant ambassador for humanitarian action in 1993 by then-President Levon Ter-Petrossian, served as Armenia’s ambassador to U.N. cultural agency UNESCO and was named Armenia’s ambassador to Switzerland in 2009. He founded Aznavour and Armenia, a non-profit organization created after the devastating earthquake that hit Soviet Armenia in 1988.Aznavour was awarded France’s prestigious National Order of Merit In 2001, and in 2009, he received the National Order of Quebec, a first for a singer.“I am not trying to boast, but I have to admit that for an uneducated son of an immigrant I could have done far worse,” Aznavour said.Along with other French celebrities, in April 2002 he urged people to sing France’s national anthem in a campaign to defeat far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, known for his anti-immigrant stance.“If Le Pen had existed (in my parents’ time) I wouldn’t have been born in France,” Aznavour said at the time.Aznavour owned La Boheme restaurant in Aix-en-Provence, southeastern France. He also published two volumes of memoirs — “Aznavour by Aznavour” in 1973 and “Le Temps des Avants” (The Times Before) in 2003.For his 80th birthday, Aznavour sang at the renowned Palais des Congres in Paris and then went on a tour of France and Belgium. He celebrated his 90th birthday with a concert in Berlin.Married three times, Aznavour had six children. He is survived by his wife of more than four decades, Ulla.___Samuel Petrequin contributed to this story.center_img FILE – In this Oct.20, 2017 French singer Charles Aznavour poses for photographers as he arrives to attend the 9th Lumiere festival Award ceremony, in Lyon, central France, Friday. Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades, has died. He was 94. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File) last_img read more


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