Sudhir Gautam is known to the world as Team India’s superfan and can be seen cheering for the Men in Blue in cricket stadiums all across the world.But coming from a humble background, Sudhir finds it very difficult to follow the team around the globe on tours every time and has to rely on financial help from his idol Sachin Tendulkar, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and other India players from time to time.India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018: Live ScoreAt the Asia Cup 2018 however, Sudhir got help from across the border to reach United Arab Emirates, where the six-team tournament is being played.Sudhir’s Pakistani counterpart, Bashir Chacha a.k.a Chacha Chicago, helped him out with the flight tickets, food and stay in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.Cricket is Beyond Borders. So is Fandom. With Chicago Chacha, Pakistan Chacha, Shoaib Tiger of Bangladesh for #AsiaCup2018 #Friends #Sachin #Bangladesh #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/J1gaffAJoYSudhir Kumar Gautam (@Sudhir10dulkar) September 17, 2018″It’s pure love. You know money will come and go with Allah’s grace. I told Sudhir you just come here and I will take care of everything. I am not a rich person but my heart is as big as an ocean. If I help you, Allah will be happy,” Bashir Chacha told www.xtratime.in from the UAE.Sudhir added: “I handled the visa, chacha handled the tickets just for me to cheer for Team India. Chachaji also took care of everything, including the hotel and my food.”advertisementIndia and Pakistan will meet for the first time since the ICC Champions Trophy final last year on September 19 in Dubai.While India were comprehensively beaten in that game, Sudhir has no doubt that Rohit Sharma’s team will be able to avenge that defeat and go on to lift the Asia Cup.”We lost the Champions Trophy final against them last year but 2018 is ours. We will take revenge against them here and Asia Cup is ours,” Sudhir said.Interestingly, Bashir Chacha will also be happy if India win the match on Wednesday since Pakistan had won the Champions Trophy final.”India and Pakistan game will happen every year. Last time we won [Champions Trophy final] and this time I will be happy if you win the game,” Bashir said.
For someone as flamboyant off the pitch as on it, it is fitting that Hardik Pandya’s transformation into India’s reliable fifth bowler has been nothing less than spectacular at this year’s Cricket World Cup.The 25-year-old, known for his flash clothes and love for bling, arrived in England with many wondering if he was good enough for the fifth bowler’s job in his maiden World Cup.The seam-bowling all-rounder has since effortlessly dispelled any shred of doubt with a string of stellar performances with the ball.He bowled his full 10 overs against Australia, Afghanistan, England and Bangladesh. India’s opening fixture against South Africa was the only match where the opposition lasted 50 overs and Pandya did not complete his quota.He now inspires so much confidence in Virat Kohli that the India captain went with only five bowlers in Tuesday’s victory against Bangladesh which secured their place in the semi-finals.”We experienced that Hardik, when put under pressure has, come back really well in this tournament…” Kohli said of what prompted his “gamble” with the bowling attack.”He finds a way to contain the runs and get you wickets. He’s really looking forward to do stuff for the team, that’s really helping his cricket.”Pandya claimed 3-60 on Tuesday and his victims included Bangladesh talisman Shakib Al Hasan, who top-scored for his side with 66, and Liton Das, who he dismissed with a trademark short ball.WISER PANDYAThe all-rounder has fine-tuned his bowling and appears to have returned wiser from a brief suspension earlier this year for his comments about women on a television show in January.advertisementKohli suggested that underneath Pandya’s casual exterior lies a cerebral cricketer who draws from his experience as an all-rounder to outwit batsmen.”When he comes to bowl, he thinks like a batsman,” Kohli said. “He actually wants the ball under pressure because he thinks like a batter, so he can check their body language and know what to bowl and when. He’s bowling really well for us.”Bowling coach Bharat Arun had earlier explained how much Pandya had evolved to fit the fifth bowler’s role.”It was a big challenge for him to bowl those 10 overs, and he realised that to be able to bowl those 10 overs I need to develop a certain armoury in my bowling’,” Arun said in Manchester last month.”And that’s what he’s worked on. He’s worked on his slow balls, his slow bouncers, and he’s also worked on perfecting his bouncers.””All these put together have given him the confidence to go through those 10 overs.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: How the points table looks like after England reach semi-finalsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson rues lack of partnerships on difficult wicket after England lossAlso See
Tottenham Hotspur Spurs star Kane matches Drogba record while reaching 150 club goals Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:19 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Premier League The Tottenham talisman was on target again in a meeting with Crystal Palace and now has as many London derby efforts to his name as a Chelsea legend Harry Kane’s remarkable strike rate at Tottenham has seen him hit two more notable landmarks on the goal front.With two Premier League Golden Boots secured in as many years, the England international is chasing down an impressive hat-trick this season.He leads that particular chase at present, with another effort added to his tally during a meeting with Crystal Palace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Spurs needed inspiration from somewhere as the clock ticked down at Selhurst Park, and their talismanic frontman duly provided it as he snatched a dramatic winner.His 24th strike of the season has edged him back in front of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and three clear of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who is in Carabao Cup final action this weekend.While continuing to set the standard in the 2017-18 campaign, Kane has also enhanced his reputation as a man for the big occasion.Few sides have been able to contain him down the years, but London rivals have found it particularly difficult to keep him out.Nobody has managed more goals in derby clashes than Kane, with his record now matching that of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba — with that landmark reached in considerably fewer games than the Ivorian.23 – Harry Kane has scored 23 goals in 34 London derbies in the Premier League – equalling Didier Drogba’s total in the competition (23 in 64). Capitalised. pic.twitter.com/g0Y6PC1egx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 25, 2018Kane’s late effort against Palace was also notable for having lifted him to 150 club goals, with that total reached in just 266 appearances.He remains the go-to man for Spurs when they need somebody to provide a spark, with no player in the Premier League having earned their respective side more points than Spurs’ No. 10.14 – Harry Kane’s goals have been worth more points to his club than any other player in the Premier League this season (14). Valuable. pic.twitter.com/7GjF5NVFJj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 25, 2018Spurs will be hoping that Kane can maintain his standards over the coming weeks, with an important run of games set to see them face Rochdale in the FA Cup, Huddersfield in the Premier League and Juventus in the Champions League.
Kolkata: The body of a naked young woman was found from the adjacent area of Howrah bus terminus, late on Thursday night. Some local inhabitants saw her lying there unconsciously and informed the police. According to sources, on Thursday night some bus drivers and conductors saw the woman lying near the bus terminus. When they went close, they saw that she was naked. Immediately, they arranged some blankets and went to rescue her. But when they tried to pull her up, they understood that she had died. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaImmediately, Golabari police station was informed. Later, police recovered the body and sent it for autopsy examination. Though primarily it was suspected that she might have been raped and murdered, but after the autopsy, doctors provided a primary opinion and said no sign of any sexual assault could be found. According to police sources, in the primary opinion, it has been found that there were several injury marks on the body which seemed to have occurred due to an accident. Sleuths also came to know that several people had seen the woman roaming aimlessly inside Howrah station in the last few days. It is suspected that she was a vagabond and somehow came there a few days ago. On Thursday night, she may have been hit by a passing vehicle, which killed her. Police are checking footages from nearby CCTV cameras for clues. As of now, no foul play could be suspected.
NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission Tuesday sent a notice to the Delhi police chief in connection with a 58-year-old man allegedly jumping to death from the third floor of the Bawana police station building where he was called for questioning.The NHRC in its notice said, the police chief is also expected to explain as to why this “custodial death” has not been reported to the Commission as per its guidelines on the subject. “The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports about a 58-year-old man, who was called for questioning regarding his wanted son, was found dead inside the premises of Bawana police station, Delhi on May 26. Reportedly, while the police claimed that the man himself had jumped to death, his family alleged foul play,” the rights panel said in a statement.
10 February 2011The United Nations special envoy on sport today concluded a five-day mission to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories by watching a football match between two women’s teams in the West Bank, an event he said filled him with optimism for the cause of gender equality in the region. Wilfried Lemke, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, watched the inaugural match of the Palestinian Women’s Football League at the Faisal Al-Husseini Stadium in Al-Ram, West Bank, where the two teams, Sareiat YMCA Ramallah and Deyara Bethlehem, slugged it out in the presence of the UN envoy, the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and other officials.“I very strongly support this important development of the launch of the Palestinian Women’s Football League. Today was not only a football match but a remarkable breakthrough in the advancement of gender equality in the region,” said Mr. Lemke in a press release.“For young children in the area, especially girls who have seen so much hardship in their lives, to see these young women and role models realizing their dream and playing football will be a source of inspiration and hope,” he added.During the mission, Mr. Lemke also met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport, Limor Livnat, with whom the Special Adviser discussed how sport can contribute to the peaceful development of the region.Mr. Lemke’s trip followed last month’s historic meeting at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, between representatives of both the Israeli and Palestinian Olympic Committees.“Last month in Lausanne, we saw the power that sport can have in bringing people to the table, to facilitate dialogue and to begin the process of cooperation and understanding. It is important to keep this momentum and good spirit going to achieve concrete mutual understanding for the benefit of the athletes in the region,” said Mr. Lemke.“The region is one of my top priorities within my mandate as Special Adviser and missions such as this are crucial in order to assess the needs and possibilities in harnessing the power of sport to bring positive change across the region,” he added.
“Fayaz confessed to having arranged passports and visas for the women after getting in touch with a female agent from Bhutan. The woman agent introduced him to the three women in Delhi. She told them that they would be paid well for working in a men’s spa. They were also promised payment for the first six months of their training period,” said a Sahar police station officer. The victims had paid Indian Rs 6,000 each for the supposed jobs. Mumbai cops have provided for their food and accommodation and informed the Bhutan embassy in India so that the women can fly back to their homes. When the three women, aged between 20 and 21, were brought to the police station, they got frightened on seeing the cops. However, the cops reassured them that they would not be charged but made witnesses in the case. “Today we have learned from our mistake and the cops are helping us return to our country. They have also provided us a room, food and given us a mobile phone to communicate with our families,” one of the victims told TOI.Cops are investigating how many women have been similarly trafficked by the accused in the past. The accused got the women to Mumbai and was to fly to Sri Lanka en route to Iraq. A Sri Lankan travel agent was arrested in Mumbai for allegedly trying to fly to Sri Lanka with three Bhutanese women. The women told the Police that the accused had promised them high paying jobs in a men’s spa in Iraq. Cops suspect he may have intended to force the women into the sex trade, the Times of India reported.Sahar police caught Mohiuddin Fayaz (41) from the international airport after immigration officials got suspicious and checked his papers to find that he was “trafficking” the women using fake Indian passports. “A probe is on to find whether the accused forces the victims into the flesh trade in Iraq after luring them with job offers,” said a police officer. Fayaz was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 34 for common intention, 370 for trafficking, 465 and 468 for forgery, and 471 for forgery of an electronic record. He is in police custody till Friday. A manhunt has been launched for the woman agent. (Colombo Gazette)
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,While the market has slowed in 2017, this was in line with expectations and demand remains at a high level. In fact, LCV registrations have increased 62.5% since 20101. For 2018, however, we expect the economic and political uncertainty to continue to affect the market so government must rebuild business confidence and encourage operators to invest in new vehicles given fleet renewal is fastest way to reduce overall emissions.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New light commercial vehicle registrations fall -3.6% to 362,149 units in 2017 – the first decline since 2012, but market still third highest in a decade.Demand for pick-ups continues to grow – up 7.8% in 2017 as large van registrations fall -3.1%.December van registrations increase 2.9% to 28,016 vehicles.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLEThe new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined in 2017, a -3.6% fall on 2016, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).It is the market’s first decline since 2012 but with 362,149 new vans and pick-ups driven off forecourts in the year, demand is still at its third highest in a decade.The markets for vans under 2.0 tonnes and heavy vans weighing 2.5-3.5t drove the overall annual decline, falling-20.3% and -3.1% respectively. However, demand for pick-ups and smaller vans weighing 2.0-2.5 tonnes saw uplifts of 7.8% and 2.3% respectively, compared with 2016.December, meanwhile, saw LCV registrations increase 2.9% to 28,016 units. Pick-ups were particularly popular, with demand rising 6.0% in the month, while registrations of larger vans weighing 2.5t – 3.5t grew 7.5%. Demand for car-derived vans weighing under 2t and smaller vans weighing 2.0t – 2.5t fell by -20.4% and -5.7% respectively.
Junior forward Ryan Dzingel lines up for a shot against Michigan State. The teams tied, 1-1, Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternPostseason hockey is almost here, but before the Ohio State men’s hockey team (15-12-5, 5-8-5) can start packing its bags for the Big Ten tournament, it must travel to Penn State (6-24-2, 2-15-1) for the first time in program history.With two games remaining in the regular season, OSU’s first round matchup in the conference tournament is all but set. The Buckeyes are currently in fourth place, and can’t leapfrog Michigan into third, nor can they fall lower than fifth. Michigan State sits two points behind OSU, and is also locked into fourth or fifth place.In the Big Ten tournament, one of the two quarterfinal contests is between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, which means the Buckeyes and Spartans are slated to face each other Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., with their respective seeds yet to be determined.The Buckeyes will again be without senior Alex Szczechura this weekend. The forward missed both games against Minnesota last weekend after sustaining an injury against Michigan on March 2.Despite its tournament opener already being set, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the weekend’s games against the Nittany Lions are still important to his team.“We obviously know who we’re playing in the Big Ten tournament, (now) the thing that we’ve got to do is get better this weekend,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to play the best hockey we can Friday and Saturday and try to get as many points as possible.”Things haven’t been easy for PSU in its second season as a Division I program. It enters this weekend having lost five straight, and has only won two conference games all year. But Rohlik called the poor record “deceiving,” especially considering the team still has had some notable results at home — including a 4-0 win against Michigan.The Buckeyes swept the Nittany Lions in Columbus earlier in the season, but senior defenseman Curtis Gedig said getting results on PSU’s home ice won’t be easy.“They’ve always hung in there with teams, so it’s not like we can take them lightly,” Gedig said. “They’re a hard-working team that won’t give up no matter what the score is, so it’ll be a good test for us going into the playoffs because it’ll feel like playoff hockey.”Freshman forward Nick Schilkey, who scored the clinching shootout goal against Minnesota Saturday, reiterated that this PSU team was going to give OSU all it could handle.“We know that we have to play hard and play our game,” Schilkey said. “We can’t look past them at all because if we do there’s a great chance that they’ll get the best of us, so we’ve got to stick to our game plan.”The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Queen visits the Science Museum in 2014Credit:Getty During a tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in the Autumn, the Kensington Palace social media accounts also posted several images and videos taken by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex themselves, including a picture of the Duke rehearsing for a speech taken by Meghan, and one of the Duchess cradling her baby bump in a forest shot by Harry.In 2014, the Queen sent her first tweet in person while opening an information technology gallery at the Science Museum. The press offices of the Royal Households each have an official Twitter and Instagram account, sharing announcements and photographs of public engagements with social media users around the world.They have also begun to share photographs from engagements that the mainstream print and broadcast media have not been invited to observe, including a Kensington Palace picture of the Duchess of Sussex at a private meeting with academics earlier this month. When she ascended to the throne, news about the Queen was delivered via black and white newsprint, telegram and, in some fortunate homes, a terribly modern television set.But the monarchy, like the public, must move with the times, with Her Majesty leading the way in the social media era, it has emerged.The Queen’s director of communications has disclosed that the Queen is “very supportive” of the “big ideas” the palace has for social media, believing it can “spread a bit of the magic” of the monarchy to the public around the world.”The Monarchy has to be seen to be doing its job, otherwise people ask why we need it, which goes full circle back to what our job is, which is to engage people in the purpose, relevance and value of a modern Monarchy,” said Sally Osman, who this week left the Buckingham Palace press office after five years.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”Digital is right at the centre of everything.”Of the Queen, she added: “She is very supportive of the big ideas we have for social media in the future.” It read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”Since then, the accounts of the Royal Family, Clarence House and Kensington Palace have grown exponentially, with 3.85m following the main social media account on Twitter, and 7.1m following the Cambridges and Sussexes on Instagram. Speaking of 21st century communications, Osman told CorpComms magazine: “Social media can also spread a bit of the magic – the views from the inside.”Asked about the bureaucracy of the Royal household, she added: “If you have a great idea, you can send a memo to the Queen and if she says ‘Yes’, you’re off. She is amazing at seeing the value of doing things.”
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After years of research, the second volume of the prestigious Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum (CVA), co-authored by Michael Turner and Alexander Cambitoglou, which describes the Campanian, Lucanian, Paestan and Sicilian vases in the Nicholson Collection, is complete.The new volume will be launched in the Nicholson Museum in Sydney, by the State Patron and President of the AAIA, Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales.Supporters of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens are encouraged to attend and celebrate this milestone event. Books will be available for purchase on the night.When: Wednesday 27 August at 6.00 pm for 6.45 pm startWhere: Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney To RSVP, email email@example.com For more information visit www.facebook.com/AAIASydney Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awarded DR wants consulate office in TCI Related Items:governor peter beckingham, Grand Turk Fishing Tournament, HJ Robinson High Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Jun 2015 – Ten thousand dollars and over 80 prizes are all up for grabs at this year’s Grand Turk Fishing Tournament set for June 27-28; it is the third time for the event. Organizers say the sponsors have excelled last year’s support. Right now teams are being registered for the fishing tournament which begins 5am, with weigh in on both days at 3pm. Entry fee is $100 per boat, both days and includes drinks and gift packs. If fishing is not your sport, then there is golfing – for the first time – at His Excellency the Governor’s Golf course. There’s lots more information to be had, so visit the Facebook page of the GTFT and learn more about this non-profit organization which last year assisted HJ Robinson High in the Capital; the plan this year is to assist projects at the Ona Glinton Primary school. Recommended for you
The change will affect devices running Android 7 and up, which accounts for half of all Android users. James Martin/CNET Your Android passwords could one day go the way of the floppy disk. Google and the Fast Identity Online Alliance said Monday that Android is now FIDO2-certified, meaning its devices can use fingerprints and security keys for logging in to accounts instead of passwords. The certification was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.The change will only affect devices running Android 7 and up, which accounts for half of all Android users. Nothing is needed for the billion Android devices to get the added security. It’ll be available out of the box or with an automatic Google Play Services update, the FIDO Alliance said.Using fingerprints or security keys as passwords was already available for a handful of apps on Android, primarily for banking and other financial services. The change opens security features to any Android developer, allowing for password-less logins on the operating system’s mobile browser and apps.Passwords are the keys to your digital lives, allowing access to accounts managing your finances, your social life and more. The problem is, they aren’t very secure gatekeeper because hackers can easily steal your credentials and sell them in data dumps. They’re even more ineffective if you use the same password for multiple accounts, as highlighted by reports that TurboTax account information was accessed using passwords from other accounts. The Best Password Managers of 2019 Comments Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Tags Here’s how to use Google’s Password Checkup tool Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Google Computers have also become so powerful that they can easily guess complicated passwords within a matter of hours by entering every possible combination.That’s why security industry professionals want to move past passwords, using tools like biometrics and security keys instead. Unlike passwords, fingerprints and security keys are much harder to steal online, and with the FIDO2 standard, they’re protected against phishing attacks. “With this news from Google, the number of users with FIDO Authentication capabilities has grown dramatically and decisively,” Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance, said in a statement. “Together with the leading web browsers that are already FIDO2 compliant, now is the time for website developers to free their users from the risk and hassle of passwords and integrate FIDO Authentication today.”Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox already support the FIDO2 standard.The security standard checks when you log in to make sure it’s the real page and not a fake site designed to fool you. Hackers frequently spoof pages as Google showcased several fake support pages that looked identical to the real ones. In a 2016 survey from TeleSign, the security company found that 72 percent of companies plan to stop using passwords in the next 10 years, moving to biometrics and two-factor authentication. It’s the same vision for Google, which created its own security key in July, and experts believe fingerprints are the most popular replacement for passwords. Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Security Related Content Share your voice • See All 52 Mobile World Congress 2019 reading • Google looks to leave passwords behind for a billion Android devices 1:15
By Nyame-Kye Kondo, Special to the AFROThe D.C. Black Film industry is on a steady incline. In the last two years, big advancements have been made to enrich African-American cinematic culture in the nation’s capitol; 2017 was especially important because it was the inaugural year of the DC Black Film Festival. A groundbreaking media platform, the DC Black Film festival is helping to reshape Black cinema along with the African-American film festival that will be taking place at various Smithsonian locations this fall.The first of its kind in the District, the DC Black Film Festival’s mission is to provide people of the African diaspora with a new resource to express themselves, and to ultimately get their work recognized on larger media platforms. The DC Black Film Festival is important because it gives D.C.’s own filmmakers a chance to interact and engage with other Black filmmakers from all over the country, while also setting a new standard for Black film in the District of Columbia.“Boom For Real” is a new film featured in the Smithsonian African American Film Festival. (Courtesy Photo)When interviewed for DCist, DC Black Film Festival founder Kevin Sampson said, “We only get a certain amount of films each year led by an African American. I realized there are a lot of screenwriters and directors out there trying to do the work—but they don’t have the accessibility.”Initially attempting to raise funds for an independent film on the lack of diversity in 2014, Sampson switched gears and decided to provide an answer to the problem. Three years later the DC Black Film Festival had its first event. With this year’s festival featuring films like “United Skates,” which documents the resurgence of skate culture in different Black communities, as well as the festival’s local pick “Odyssey: A Web Series,” the festival is paving its own way.In its inaugural year is the Smithsonian African American Film Festival, which will be taking place this fall at a slew of Smithsonian locations throughout the District. An international platform, the launch of the Smithsonian African American Film Festival is a welcomed surprise to many because it provides filmmakers and film enthusiasts with a second experience of cinematic excellence to look forward to in one year.Juxtaposing themes within the museum with those featured in the films, the focus is on these three themes; 1) Making a way out of no way, 2) Power of place and 3) cultural expressions. Featuring films like the highly acclaimed “Boom for Real” which documents the teenage years of the art legend Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well “Copper,” which explores death from a gender perspective, the Smithsonian African American Festival is giving Black filmmakers the opportunity to both curate and abstract the Black experience.While different in presentation and packaging, both festivals are important in making strides in the film industry as they both seek to create new opportunities for the Black voice to be recognized and properly represented moving forward.
Enjoy the best of both worlds. Korma and Biryani, put together bring a unique blend of Korma Biryani. The menu offers six varieties of authentic biryanis such as Kacche Gosht ki Biryani, Awadhi Murgh Biryani, Malabar Prawn Biryani, Aloo Gobhi ki Tehri, Ambur Biryani and Soya Chaap Matar ki Biryani. Come, indulge in the authentic flavours and heavenly aromas of these flavourful biryanis served with Korma. When: Until July 31 Where: Singh Sahib Restaurant, Eros Hotel, Nehru Place Price: Starting from 1145 + taxes Timings: 12 pm – 3 pm (Lunch) and 7 pm – 11:30 pm (Dinner)
The Pride Group of Hotels announced the inclusion of Pride Resort and Convention Centre Rajkot as its 15th property under The Pride umbrella. The resort is conveniently located on Rataiya Road, Ishwariya, Rajkot. It is well connected through rail, road and air to all the major cities.Announcing the launch, SP Jain, Managing Director, Pride Hotels Ltd. said, “We are extremely pleased to unveil Pride Resort and Convention Centre at Rajkot, our 15th property in the country. This is also our third property in the state of Gujarat. We are extremely upbeat on the growth prospects in the region, having successfully managed our properties in Ahmedabad and Vadodara. The city of Rajkot has seen steady growth in the inflow of travellers from India and across the world. Pride Resort Rajkot with its imposing ambience, banqueting and conferencing facilities and a host of hospitality services will appeal to guests looking for the ideal destination for business meets, MICE, theme weddings and leisure.”Located in a scenic landscape surrounded by lush greenery, Pride Resort and Convention Centre Rajkot offers 99 spacious rooms with facilities like a speciality restaurant with global culinary choices, 24-hours room service, fully-equipped business centre, banquet and conference halls, travel desk, four lavish green party lawns and dedicated parking areas.Guests can divulge in a magnificent culinary journey that spans diverse gastronomic options and authentic Gujarati cuisine at the Casablanca restaurant. The Pool Café offers a choice of mocktails and open buffet while Café Pride is the ideal for grabbing a cup of great coffee. Culture Lounge offers a great variety of delicious cuisines. It is the ideal place to meet, greet and crack business deals. The resort offers wonderful settings for pre-wedding shoots, destination weddings, pool parties and sunset point brunches as well.
Doug Duncan Economic and Research Group Economy Fannie Mae Federal Reserve Forecast GDP Home Sales HOUSING Interest rates mortgage Origination 2019-02-21 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Checking the Fannie Mae Forecast Share February 21, 2019 1,333 Views The Federal Reserve’s (the Fed’s) pause on rate hikes is likely to help the housing market as well as the broader economy according to Fannie Mae’s February forecast update by its Economic and Research Group.While the report maintained its previous projection for a 2.2 percent full-year growth in GDP in 2019, it said that the slowing global economic growth and trade uncertainty remained downside risks. However, the report indicated that the Fed’s “patience” on raising rates “has led to easing financial conditions, while the expanding labor pool suggests minimal wage pressures, which together server as potential growth offsets to the opposite direction.”The Fed’s current stand also supported the report’s projection of a single mid-year hike in 2019.Looking at the housing market, in particular, Fannie Mae projected the calls for total home sales to remain flat in 2019. The decline in sales that the market saw last year, the report said, was likely to be eased by decelerating house price appreciation as well as a slowdown in interest rate increases. However, the report indicated fewer mortgage originations in 2019.”On housing, a reduction in our forecast of existing home sales has our team projecting fewer 2019 purchase mortgage originations,” said Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “However falling–or at least not rising–interest rates, strong employment, continued wage growth, and a deceleration in home price appreciation should support more favorable homebuying conditions heading into the spring, with improved affordability.”For the broader economy, Duncan said that while Fannie Mae’s projections for the first quarter were reduced slightly the forecast for the full year’s economic growth remained unchanged due to a strong labor market, modest rise in wages and the expectation of just one rate hike in the year. “Uncertainty regarding terms of trade remain a downside risk, as does slowing global economic growth,” Duncan said.Click here to read the forecast.
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